Social justice advocates reconnect in Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer They fought for social justice. Decades later, they’re telling their stories so Portales won’t forget. Longtime Portales resident Dolores Penrod, a member of the Democratic Women of Roosevelt County and Voices of Democracy, helped organize “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County” last Sunday at the Memorial Building. Some […]

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 […]

Teachers want higher goals for first-graders

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales teachers are aiming for higher reading-level goals for elementary students who have trouble reading in the Reading Recovery Program, which is going into its seventh year. The goal of the Portales teachers in the Reading Recovery Program is to have a higher number of Steiner Elementary students go from […]

9-11 Portales Junior High School News

Teacher learning day While students had last Tuesday off, teachers attended vertical meetings to work on adjusting curriculum to match the state standards and benchmarks. The afternoon was spent learning to identify student strengths and weaknesses so instructions can be adjusted to benefit students the most. Progress reports issued Thursday teachers give each student a […]

Portales schools see increase in enrollment

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Principals are reporting higher enrollment numbers throughout the Portales School District after the first four days of school. Todd Morris, Valencia Elementary principal, said there is a slight increase at Valencia Elementary with 210 fourth-grade students and 223 fifth-grade students, totaling 433 students. The fourth-grade students have hit the ground […]

Floyd welcomes new faces

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — Floyd School students headed into the hallways of their school on Wednesday greeted by new faces from the teaching staff and a new face at the top. For new Floyd School Superintendent Paul Benoit it was his initiation into a Floyd school day. Benoit began his tenure as […]

Students prepare for classes at open house

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Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer Portales schools Superintendent Randy Fowler has set expectations for teachers in his district: “I expect the teachers to be dedicated to the profession that they chose and be proud of it,” Fowler said. Portales students return to school today. Fowler, who said he’s had a chance to visit with most […]

Online courses alternative to traditional classroom

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When the school year neared its conclusion at Portales High School in May, administrators and teachers had a wood shop with sheet rock walls and a mission. Three months later, that mission is nearing its beginning. The sheet rock is still underneath, but the wood shop is now home to […]

Online classes subject of open house

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents will have an opportunity to view online classes being offered to Portales High School student starting in the fall. Parents can view a pre-recorded session for one of the subjects the students will be working on during an open house from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the […]