Foster parents sought

TV Hagenah The State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department is looking for more foster parents in Quay County said Placement Worker Cecelia Bernal and Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruiter Renee Fitts. “We need parents who are willing to do this in Quay County,” said Fitts. “We need at least two families who […]

Graduates to enjoy Elks’ all nighter

William Thompson On May 28 the Tucumcari High School class of 2004 will hold its graduation ceremony and afterwards, nearly fifty seniors will attend an all-night party at the Elks Lodge on South First Street. The party will run from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and the Elks Lodge will serve the seniors a hearty […]

Talks more powerful than pamphlet

Lynn Moncus Although my parents and grandparents have been dead for many years, I tend to think of them on a daily basis and frequently wish I could ask just a few more questions even though I think I know some of the answers. I become particularly frustrated while watching or listening to ads telling […]

Circus offers fun for all

William Thompson Nearly 300 Tucumcari area residents enjoyed an evening performance of the circus Wednesday at the fairgrounds. The Culpepper-Merriwether Combined Circus had all the trappings one would expect from a traveling circus. Two male clowns, Doodles and Melvino, strolled about the circus grounds prior to the show, playing tricks and making children and parents […]

Truancy addressed

William Thompson Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law recently a measure designed to curtail truancy on the part of New Mexico students. Tucumcari High School Assistant Principal , Rex Maddaford, who oversees attendance at the high school, said it was about time. “We have had a real problem with unexcused absences here at the school,” […]

N.M. needs respectable education

By Lynn Moncusa: Comments from the Canyon Noting that our state ranks 49 and 50 (worst in the nation) in math and reading certainly caused this woman from Ima to pause one more time. Both the student and teacher in me became a little chagrined and rather embarrassed. I don’t necessarily believe in ranking by […]

Educators want parental involvement

By Angela Peacock A family affair, in which parents get involved to help their children receive the best education possible, is the mission behind Mesalands Community College’s Family Academy. The college has been working with Tucumcari schools and local parents to design the after-school program to assist children with special academic needs. Teachers refer the […]

Local school wants parents involved

By Angela Peacock Remember one, two and Sept. 23 were the three specific instructions Gov. Bill Richardson gave Tucumcari elementary students for reminding their parents to vote in the upcoming special election. Though the children may not have understood everything Richardson was discussing during Tuesday afternoon’s visit Tucumcari Elementary Principal Teresa Salazar said the governor’s […]

Reading program boon to elementary

Yvette McFarland and Margaret Mate Has your child read 78 books this school year? Second graders at Tucumcari Elementary School have! The Accelerated Reading Program (A.R.) helped make this possible. We have evaluated this program this year to find the following results: o 64 Second-grade students o Average reading level: Third grade (2 months above […]

New center looks for family involvement

By Dave Gragg There is one goal for the new Success Center: Get more students through school and into college. To do that, the program will work to make learning a family affair, Director Beth Sisneros said. In addition to tutoring students from kindergarten to 12th grade, the program’s three academic coaches will work with […]