Dora news — Feb. 21

Science fair The Dora Science Fair was held Feb. 14; and sponsor and science teacher Leslie Lewis is proud to announce the following winners: • Grade 4 — Sarron Simpson; Grade 5 — Gideon Kuykendall • Grade 6 — Lance Fletcher and Vince Gardner • Grade 7 — Bailey O’Connor and Charlyn Simpson • Grade […]

Retired teacher stays busy

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Clovis resident Martha Hardwick grew up on her family ranch, Lee Hammond Ranch, northwest of Clovis. She lived on the ranch in the summer and in Clovis during school. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1965 and went off to college at Oklahoma State University. Hardwick said she wasn’t planning on coming back. But […]

Dora news — Oct. 25

Parent teacher conferences scheduled School will not be in session for students today because of parent/teacher conferences. The school will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tonight for parents to meet with teachers. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available throughout the day for parents to enjoy as they arrive. All parents are […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask students past and present who some of their favorite teachers were and why. Local residents from 12 to 90 years old shared memories of the positive influence their educators have had. Tommie Haislett of Rogers said she was one of the first […]

Breastfeeding moms should be accommodated

Freedom New Mexico A teacher who routinely pumped breast milk during work has lost her job, leading the American Civil Liberties Union to file a notice of claim against the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen in Colorado. ACLU lawyers claim the public charter school declined to renew the contract of teacher Heather Burgbacher because she […]

Fun and Free for Kids: An elementary school teacher shares his top picks

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Tricia Romano In today’s gadget-centric world, entertaining children can become a costly endeavor. But Todd Bohannon, a Seattle kindergarten and first-grade teacher, has a few tricks up his sleeve for engaging youngsters without spending a hefty chunk of change. Many of his recommendations can be done year-round, but parents might find them especially useful during […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top teacher, the Portales band and Billy the Kid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top teacher Adam Quintero, a Clovis native, has been accepted to the Teach for America 2011 corps. Teach For America says it is national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Website […]

Summer learning helps keep children’s minds sharp

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Russell Anglin Clovis Municipal Schools teacher and mother of one, Gwyn Del Toro understands the importance of having her son Matthew hit the books before he starts kindergarten in the fall. She said Matthew has been an active library patron this summer. “He likes the ‘I Spy’ books but then we get a bunch of […]

Our people: Former ENMU math professor Vern Witten said his favorite smell is fresh baked bread

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Portales resident Vern Witten is the oldest of four and was milking cows and working in the field by the age of 10. He is an Army and Air Force veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War. After farming for a few years, he became a math teacher and taught at […]

Texico students overhaul trailer for PHS teacher

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Texico Municipal School’s agriculture mechanics department spent six weeks doing a total overhaul on a trailer for Texico graduate Kip DeFoor. The trailer belonged to DeFoor’s grandfather and after 20 years of letting weeds grow up through it, DeFoor suggested that his friend Terry Whitener’s class rebuilt it as a class project. They stripped it […]

Feb. 1 — Dora news

Science fair The 2011 Dora School Science Fair was held last week and science teacher Leonard Velasquez announced the following winning projects: • Best of Show — Jordan Inge with Worm Works. • Best of Show Runner-Up — Anna Ramirez with Seven Layers of Density. • First Place — Emily Campolla, Fluffy Muffins; Koby Cone, […]

Portales past: Jan. 15, 1951

Jan. 15, 1951: The Portales Daily News: R.M. James, city schools supervisor, gave a program at the Central Parent-Teacher Association meeting. He showed a film on “The Problem Child.”

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships and snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Free money The state Higher Education Department is seeking applications for the No Child Left Behind Title II Improving Teacher Quality grants. The program aims to help shape state and local activities to improve teacher quality and to increase the number of highly qualified […]

Retired teacher stays active in city

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Longtime Clovis resident Joyce Pollard is best known for her work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission in Clovis but she has also served on several other committees in the community. She was instrumental in naming Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Clovis after Dr. King. She was a teacher in the Clovis Municipal […]

Fifth-grade class wins poster contest

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Argen Duncan Markers, glue, pom-poms and creativity have earned a fifth-grade Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School class a pizza party. Art teacher Carol Ainsworth’s fourth-period class has won the Infection Control Week poster contest at Roosevelt General Hospital. The winning class gets a pizza party, and Ainsworth’s other five participating classes receive cookies. Miya Hernandez, Brianna Brooks, […]

Portales past: Sept. 5, 1945

Sept. 5, 1945 Portales Daily News: The community cannery for Arch reopened under the supervision of the Portales High School Vocational Agriculture Department, according to Flowell Payton, agriculture teacher.

My Turn: Teacher helps shy child blossom

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I’ve had my share of good and bad teachers. I was so shy as a child that connections came in small, random ways. I was not the teacher’s pet bringing apples. It was the small things, like in third grade, when Mrs. Lee pulled me into the hallway one morning, concerned because I arrived on […]

Volunteer profile: Billie Reagan

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Name: Billie Reagan Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Why she does it: “I was used to working every day. I don’t like to stay at home, so I volunteered to take sherbet and juice to the patients in the hospital. I’ve been doing this since 2001. I also […]

Portales grad headed to Air Force prep school

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales High School senior has received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, from which he could continue to the academy itself. To get the appointment, Timothy Sando had to complete a lengthy Air Force Academy application process that included a medical exam, essays, teacher […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach reading skills such as reading comprehension and word definition, and to showcase different types of writing. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party and why? My […]