PHS logging on to new way of learning

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a month in Cyberspace, students are giving online classes an A-plus at Portales High School. The program, which is allowing close to 80 PHS students to take their core classes online for the first time this school year, is getting rave reviews from both students and teachers. “It’s better […]

Portales Junior High School News

Qualified teachers The state of New Mexico certified every teacher at Portales Junior High School to teach their respective classes. Some teachers were certified in one field, i.e., math, language arts, science, or social studies to teach K-12. Some teachers were certified to teach any subject K-8. Now the state of New Mexico changed the […]

Raising children with love is essential

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist This time of year is “bittersweet” for me. I see “Back to School” reminders everywhere. I feel a “tinge” of fall in the air and I remember those first days of school with little first graders. They had “new situation anxiety in the worst way.”  That school looked mighty big in […]

Lewis named NIE Teacher of the Year

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Leslie Lewis, who teaches at Portales Junior High and Broad Horizons Educational Center, won the Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award for Roosevelt County. Lewis teaches a Taking Charge and Life Skills class for seventh- and eighth-graders at the PJHS and Anatomy and Physiology at BHEC. Lewis […]

School is never out for the Biblical scholar

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember those wonderful days of childhood when the last day of school arrived? “I’ve got to hurry home and get to playing,” our youngest son would say. He could hardly wait to make every summer day count. In my memory bank I thought high school would never end. Then the […]

James teacher a finalist for state award

By Tony Parra A James Elementary teacher has been selected as one of two finalists for the 2005 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. Mary Murray, a third-grade teacher at R.M. James Elementary, was announced as one of the finalists. The New Mexico Public Education Department officials reviewed math and science teachers for the […]

Arbitrator decides in favor of dismissed Dora teacher

By Tony Parra Almost eight months after a Dora High School teacher was terminated from her job, an independent arbitrator has ruled she was wrongfully discharged. Stuart Shanor of the Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor and Martin law firm in Roswell ruled Friday that Derinda Carter was wrongfully discharged by the district without just cause, according to […]

Yarbrough always willing to help

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Nina Yarbrough brought liberty to the heart of those that encountered her 5-foot-2 stature whether it was through her educational training or her virtuous example of friendship. Nina Yarbrough died at the age of 97 on Dec. 8, 2004. Family members described Yarbrough’s demeanor as being spunky, feisty, stubborn, persistent […]

Jan. 9 Portales Junior High News

Welcome Back Principal Steve Harris welcomes students to the new semester and a great beginning of a new year. Faculty and staff attended training Monday and Tuesday and welcomed students to a cold Wednesday morning.   Career opportunities Thursday will find seventh grade students headed to Eastern New Mexico University to learn about different colleges […]

Teacher reflects on community help

By Bob Fabian Christmas for Carol Lang is a story of losing a granddaughter. Thanks to many Floyd community members, it’s also a story of how people come together for those in need. One of Lang’s 13 grandchildren, Ashely Renee Goar of Ruidoso, was born with congenital heart disease — Lang said Goar was born […]

Graduation a family affair for Smalls

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By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble summed up the graduation in way that you’d expect. “I think every one of our graduates has a unique and interesting story of how they arrived here today,” Gamble said in his closing statements. Though he meant all of the 220 receiving degrees from the […]

Teacher/student bonds always last

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist One of the many blessings in my life comes from former students. Teaching for 31 years left me with happy memories. A special bond between teacher and student lasts forever. Such was the case the other day when a Lt. Colonel walked up to me in a restaurant. “Aren’t […]

Former teacher has hearing in Dora

By Kevin Wilson DORA — A public hearing was held Thursday to determine whether a Dora High School teacher was properly discharged after a former teacher returned from a military committment. The hearing took place at the DHS auditorium. No decision was made Thursday and the board has 20 days to announce a decision in […]

Oct. 10 Elida School News

Elida Elementary and Elida High School will host a parent-teacher conference on Friday from 1-4 p.m. All parents and legal guardians of students at Elida are encouraged to come interact with teachers to be informed about the progress of their children’s school work.  The elementary PTO will be sponsoring their annual Fall Festival on Saturday. […]

Children are just on loan

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Home Tours bring memories of our house tour when the boys were small. Emmitt had just built our first house and we had three little boys, Mark 6, Lance 4 and Lane 3 months. We all felt honored when asked to have our home included on the tour. The […]

Sept. 12 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming Events • The next School Board meeting will be Monday at 7pm. • Please note the following change in the schedule: Parent/Teacher conferences have been changed from Friday to Thursday. Students will not come to school on Thursday. Parent/Teacher conferences will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday. Athletics Football: Friday, […]

Aug. 29 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Great Beginnings Principal Steve Harris reports that the junior high has gotten off to a great start this year. Along with welcoming new students and the seventh grade class, he welcomes Mark Poynor, reading teacher; Eva Deen Stephens, family and consumer science teacher, Amy Dornblaser, cheerleading coach; Vicki Gonzales, special student services […]

Teacher reinstated by Portales High School

By Tony Parra A Portales High School teacher fired on May 6 was reinstated by Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway on Tuesday morning. The decision came 13 days after Kay Jilek presented her case to the school board at a meeting. She told the board she was not given a reason for her termination by […]

Teacher questions dismissal

By Tony Parra Portales school board members met Tuesday to discuss the budget and bid concerns, but those issues took a back seat to discussion of the termination of a long-time Portales school teacher. Kay Jilek, a teacher with Portales schools for 25 years, told the school board Monday she was given no reason for […]

James teacher earns Wal-Mart honor

By Tony Parra The School Board Members recognized Joeli Cathey as the Portales Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year during the school board meeting on Monday. Cathey said she has been teaching for three years for James Elementary and in her first year teaching she split time working for James Elementary and the junior high. Cathey […]