Monday morning briefing: Video games, school talk and a lot of wind

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own video game fan Jenna Zamie. Game: Fallout: New Vegas Genre: Role-playing game System: PC, 360, PS3 What is it? An enjoyable and sophisticated adventure through the western wastes with a few technical […]

Oct. 24 —

Portales elementary schools and Portales Junior High School are set to participate in drug awareness activities this week as part of National Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon campaign promotes the belief that one person can make a difference in the fight against drugs and encourages a drug-free lifestyle and participation in drug-use prevention activities, […]

Oct. 17 — Weekly update

No school Monday Portales Municipal Schools has reserved time for parent/teacher conference 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. There is no school that day. Information: district administration at 356-7000 or call individual schools.

Five Oklahoma schools leaving Lone Star after 2010-11

The Associated Press RICHARDSON, Texas — Five Oklahoma schools that have already announced they are leaving the Lone Star Conference now will depart after the 2010-11 school year. Conference Commissioner Stan Wagnon made the announcement Wednesday after a meeting of the NCAA Division II league’s council of presidents in Dallas. Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State […]

Press release: Portales schools phone system down

The Portales Municipal Schools telephone system is out of order. The following is a list of temporary numbers that can be used while the voice system is being repaired. These numbers are also posted on the website at www.portalesschools.com:• Central Office – 356-6641• Portales High School – 356-5831• Portales High School Attendance Office – 359-2087• […]

Portales schools back in session

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Jared Tucker Students in Portales schools were back in the classroom Tuesday, and several schools welcomed new teachers to their faculty to start the school year. Portales native Shawna Neece said her first day at Valencia Elementary was almost exactly what she expected. She said her third-grade class is a great, and she looks forward […]

It’s their job: Michael Terry

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Michael Terry is the new Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System-Visions coordinator for Portales Municipal Schools. He said he reports student data — including demographics and test scores — to the state Public Education Department, verifies the information and puts test data into a usable format before distributing it to teachers. He feels his work influences […]

Wayland joins Yellow Ribbon program

Kevin Wilson Wayland Baptist University is one of 1,100 schools that have joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs for the GI Bill’s “Yellow Ribbon” program. Wayland, based in Plainview, Texas, offers a campus in Clovis and a satellite office at Cannon Air Force Base. The Yellow Ribbon program, a key provision of the new […]

My Turn: Court ruling in 1974 leveled playing field in Portales schools

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist All that’s left of the historic W.E. Lindsey Elementary School in north Portales now is a huge pile of rubble. Demolition trucks demolished this epicenter of my childhood last week. There are no longer walls, but rocks. And if rocks could talk, they would shout out vibrant stories of festive […]

No Portales schools meet AYP standards

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Argen Duncan All seven Portales schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, according to test results the state Public Education Department released Monday. Statewide, 644 schools, or 77.9 percent, didn’t reach the goals for “adequate yearly progress,” or AYP, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That’s up from 560 schools, or […]

Most NM schools fail to meet AYP status

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say New Mexico students have improved their performance in math, reading and science during the past six years, but about three-fourths of schools missed this year’s goals for boosting student achievement. Grady, Logan, Melrose, San Jon and Texico schools did meet AYP status, state officials said. Clovis, Portales, […]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

Three Oklahoma schools prepare to leave LSC

Staff and wire reports Eastern New Mexico University is taking a wait-and-see attitude on the possibility of three Oklahoma schools — and perhaps all five — leaving the Lone Star Conference. Nine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday to apply to the NCAA for permission to create a new conference. Arkansas-Monticello, […]

Conference: Three Oklahoma schools leaving LSC

The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — The Lone Star Conference says three of its Oklahoma members plan to withdraw from the NCAA Division II league. Conference commissioner Stan Wagnon says the Richardson, Texas-based league has been notified that East Central University in Ada, Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford […]

Meetings watch: Schools being prepared for merger

During the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting, board members: • heard district Director of Maintenance Nat Gomez say his crews had finished moving supplies and playground equipment for the grade levels that are changing schools in the fall with the addition of the new Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School. Lindsey Elementary School is being demolished, […]

ENMU weighing options on Lone Star Conference

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble raised concerns Saturday about the future of the athletic conference ENMU competes in with Texas and Oklahoma schools. During ENMU’s Board of Regents meeting in Portales, Gamble said the Lone Star Conference is “unraveling before our eyes,” and said the university may soon have to hunt for a […]

Schools going solar

Clarence Plank Elida and Portales school districts will be getting $300,000 each in federal stimulus dollars for solar power projects, according to the state Public Education Department. Department spokeswoman Beverly Friedman said each of 15 New Mexico school districts would receive that amount for a total of $4.5 million for school solar electricity projects in […]

Meetings watch: Portales board of education

During the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday in the district Administration Building, the board: • heard Portales Junior High School Principal Steve Harris say math and reading scores on Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) tests had increased slightly over the past school year. • heard Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser say […]

Summer school in full swing

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Clarence Plank Summer school has already started and continues until June 17 at schools around Portales. Teacher Connie Hernandez said she has been teaching summer school for 19 years and she loves seeing a child’s reaction when they get something they have worked hard at learning. “The most important thing we look at are the […]

Hereford to hold tennis tournament

Freedom New Mexico Hereford Schools is hosting a summer tennis tournament June 4-5 at the high school’s tennis courts. Friday play will include junior singles competition, with 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U tournaments for both genders. Saturday’s play features youth doubles, also 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U, with the age of the oldest player recognized. […]