Comments from the Canyons: Grandmother knew best

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist On occasion, I have written about Grandmother Moncus and have mentioned how close we were from the time I can remember. She was the one who planted the seed for my becoming a teacher because she so loved teaching. Although I was not privileged to be in one of her [...]

Hearing from former students always a joy

by Lynn Moncus Each year as Rattler Reunion approaches, excitement builds in those of us who are proud of our heritage in the Tucumcari Public Schools. Some of us are fortunate enough to be doubly proud because we graduated from T.H.S. and also were privileged to teach there. For some reason, this former teacher has [...]

Community Events

By QCS Staff Rummage sale will benefit scholarshipsProceeds from a rummage sale will help the Tucumcari Education Association fund its scholarship program, said Tucumcari elementary school teacher Martha O’Rear.Community donations will be accepted for the sale from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tucumcari Elementary School Cafeteria.The rummage sale will be from 8 a.m. [...]

Contrary to Wolf’s declaration, you can go home again

By Lynn Moncus Members of Tucumcari Historic Research Institute were treated by the presence of two favorite Quay County natives at our annual dinner Monday evening at the Elks Lodge. Dr. David Stratton, Professor Emeritus of History at Washington State University was met by his high school English teacher, Mrs. Kathryn Stephenson who now lives [...]

For every reason, season Mardo’s got the tie

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By Chelle Delaney, Quay County Sun David Mardo is the kind of guy who can give any dress shirt a �toon-up.� Mardo has more than 150 ties to his name. Well, they aren�t all exactly in his name. Many of his ties have other people�s names on them. Such as the Pittsburgh Steelers. �I didn�t [...]

Examining life segment by segment

By Lnn Moncus Because another English teacher and I have been doing a lot of visiting about our profession and our love thereof, I have spent an exorbitant amount of time recalling some of the wonderful experiences I had during those 34 years and have been a bit amazed to be viewing that time as [...]

Former student, teacher loved and missed

By Lynn Moncus Although I was not privileged to be a parent, I was most fortunate to be a teacher and to have so many wonderful students through the years. As a teacher, I always drew a magic line between the students and me to let them know that we were student and teacher instead [...]

Watch out, things change faster than you think

I recently remembered an occasion on which I was paddled at school. I’m sure this happened many times; but, frankly, I remember only this one occasion (my parents’ spankings were much more memorable). As best as I can recall, I was just sitting at my desk, minding my own business when my sixth grade teacher [...]

School board eyes increase in salaries

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education wrestled with how to give raises to school staff for the 2008-2009 school year during their regular meeting Monday night. One school board member said that any raise should be a lump sum that was equal throughout the staff instead of a [...]

Politics in the classroom get a low grade

By Lnn Moncus Some of us have been following the grade-changing incident in the large city in our state and have hoped that many people will be made aware of what can happen when politics get in the way of education. Having endured a similar experience while teaching down south, I have been particularly interested [...]