Classes offered for youngsters

By William Thompson Want to go on a dinosaur dig or learn to paint a mural on a wall? Then you may want to go to “summer camp” at Mesalands Community College. The college is also offering science and cheerleading classes for area youth, in addition to other summer activities. Beginning Monday, Mesalands paleontology student […]

Teachers should take reins on unruly students

Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyons columnist After reading a series of articles about students’ behavior in public schools, I have but one question: Where is Mrs. Babcock? Those of us who were privileged to have her as a teacher at Tucumcari High School know that one such person turned loose in each school and […]

Comments from the Canyon 2-12-05

Lynn Moncus Although I’ve been away from campus for many years, I still miss the classroom and the excitement of watching students learn. Fortunately, a few young college students take the time to talk to me a little about their classes and let me know they are still excited about learning. Those visits are most […]

Hands-on learning

Baxter Black There are some things you can only learn by hand. Imagine reading a book with instructions on how to milk a cow: 1) Secure the beast 2) Grasp the teat 3) Squeeze and pull The same instructions (with slight alterations) could apply to picking an orange, lancing a boil, cracking a safe or […]

Fears: Stupid is as stupid does

By Leslie Radford: Quay County Sun I love meeting new people and learning about who they are and where they come from. That could be the very reason I chose this profession. I’m always up for a chat about me, as well. I grew up as redneck as a person can get. But I can’t […]

Students gain insight from museum tour

Lynn Moncos Some of the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute board members had quite an experience Wednesday morning when 175 students from Tucumcari Elementary School toured the museum to see the Smithsonian Exhibit, as well as some of the items belonging to the institute. Just watching those youngsters and their teachers was a major treat for […]

School test scores show racial gap

William Thompson The New Mexico Public Education Department recently released the 2004 Standards-Based Assessment scores. Although the scores show marked improvement overall by fourth and eighth-grade students, Hispanic students continue to lag behind Caucasian students statewide in language arts and mathematics. Veronica Garcia, Phd., New Mexico’s Secretary of Education, said the differences in performance can […]

Old friends visit ‘Woman from Ima’

Lynn Moncus As several of you have discovered, Harold and Kathy Nichless have arrived from their home in Keosauqua, Iowa to spend a few months in town to visit with friends and to cause this woman from Ima more problems. Harold was the cause of my purchasing a computer and the necessary gadgets a few […]

What you don’t know about sex

TV Hagenah I was at a county commissioners’ meeting the other day and they were talking about the best way for children to learn about what we used to called, “the birds and the bees.” A couple of people at the meeting were supporters of school-based sex education and some of the others were big […]

Earth Day proves hit

TV Hagenah Over 500 Tucumcari Elementary School children took part in Earth Day Thursday at the school district’s “Outdoor Classroom.” The students went to the green expanse just north of the elementary school campus and learned about a variety of outdoor related subjects set up at six different stations spread across the western quarter of […]