Area schools begin mandatory federal testing with mixed feelings

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun It’s testing time again for area public school students: Time to put the books away, take a deep breath and attempt to show education officials in Santa Fe and Washington, D. C. how well students are learning math, science, English and social studies. Students will be taking the Standards […]

Drug suspension policy fair, athletes should learn lesson

Letters to the editor Ben White (Feb. 16 letter to the editor) feels our school’s drug/alcohol policy is unfair. I say those who agree to abide by the policy should accept any resulting consequences. How does White propose to teach that forbidden acts have consequences, and that signed commitments are to be honored? When does […]

High School gets bomb threat

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun A bomb threat forced students to evacuate Tucumcari High School for about 90 minutes on Tuesday, but no bomb was found and students were back in class by 11:45 a.m. Tucumcari High School Principal Gary Salazar made the decision to evacuate students and staff about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday after […]

Local middle school student battles cancer

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Ashley Lopez, 13, will have to miss classes for the rest of the school year. She is battling cancer — Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lopez, a 13-year-old student at Tucumcari Middle School, entered the University of New Mexico Medical Center Monday for undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “She has cancerous […]

Parent want fair drug, alcohol policy

A story published in Saturday’s Quay County Sun might suggest I don’t believe in punishment for drug and alcohol use by teenagers. This is far from the truth. What I would like to see is fair and equal punishment for every student. Often, I believe the punishment is not fair for the violation committed and […]

School officials stand behind suspension policy

By William Thompson The father of a Tucumcari High School student-athlete said last week he wants school officials to change their suspension policy for drug and alcohol violations. Ben White believes the season-long suspension for first-time offenders is too harsh. But school officials said they continue to support the policy that’s been in effect since […]

Academic honors

Oklahoma Baptist University A former Logan High School student was informed recently that he would be the recipient of two endowed scholarships. Kyle Hurt a 2001 graduate of Logan High School and currently a student at Oklahoma Baptist University has received the $1,500 Eddie Hurt Scholarship which is an annual scholarship given by OBU. He […]

DECA honors fellow students

TV Hagenah Five Tucumcari Distributive Education Club o America students were honored with the “Top Five” awards which according to Antonio Pacheco honor the best five DECA students at the high school. “Selecting the top five is not an easy task,” said Pecheco, “being that all of my DECA students are winners and have been […]

Teachers learn new ways of handling misbehavior

William Thompson Around 60 high school and middle school teachers met at the Tucumcari Convention Center Friday to learn more effective ways to handle misbehavior on the part of students. The day-long workshop was presented by Rick Dahlgren, founder of The Center for Teaching Effectiveness. Dahlgren said the goal of his workshop was to show […]

Local student teacher recognized

TV Hagenah A student teacher from Tucumcari, Maria Christina Martinez, has been named one of New Mexico Highlands University three Outstanding Student Teachers for fall Semester. According to representatives of NMHU, Martinez and two fellow student teachers from Farmington and Las Vegas were named as Outstanding Student Teachers because of their “professionalism, knowledge of content, […]