Those were the (school) days

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist As you are well aware, all this woman from Ima has to do is to hear some conversations about the present and then to head into the past to recall the times that were and to feel ever more privileged to have grown up when and where I did. Recently, [...]

Knowledge needs wisdom to succeed

By Debra Whittington: QCS columnist Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:9-10. Area children are once again in school or [...]

Q&A: Marty Garcia

Editor’s note: Our newspaper misquoted Tucumcari school board member Marty Garcia recently. He did not say teachers’ salaries could be cut when the district goes to a four-day week this fall. A more accurate reflection of his thoughts: “I wonder how much support we would have had from teachers had the four-day week included a [...]

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 [...]

Teachers among Who’s Who

QCS staff Twenty area teachers or instructors were named to Who’s Who among America’s Teachers recently. Students listed in Who’s Who Among American Students were requested to nominate the one teacher from their academic experience they felt made a difference in their lives by “Helping to shape their values, inspire interest in a particular subject [...]

Taste beguiles seventh graders

TV Hagenah Seventh graders at Tucumcari Middle School spent one class period on Thursday in a way that many students and some adults wish they could, dining on food of the Southwest. Social studies teacher Alicia Trujillo had her second annual “Taste of New Mexico Day” at which the students bring foods that are identified [...]

THS teachers get turkey early

TV Hagenah It was a week early, but teachers at Tucumcari High School got a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings which they said was “as good as it gets.” The dinner which was prepared by the high school’s culinary arts students under the supervision of their teacher Gail Balzano was served to [...]

Most area schools meet standards

William Thompson Tucumcari Public Schools recently met requirements established by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That is good news for Tucumcari Middle School which had previously been on probation for failing to meet the standards. Tucumcari students took “Criterion Reference” tests last year which guaged their ability to meet the latest federal standards. [...]

Teachers return to school as students

TV Hagenah Elementary school teachers became students for two days this week as they went back into the classroom Monday and Tuesday not to serve as the mentor, but instead as the mentored. The reason that the desks were turned on the 33 Tucumcari Elementary School teachers was that a new math program is being [...]

Anti-bullying guidelines released in area

William Thompson The University of Colorado Anti-Bullying Project released information recently for parents and teachers designed to help them recognize bullying behavior in students and Tucumcari educators are taking note. According to the report, warning signs that a child may be suffering the effects of bullying include poor attendance, loss of appetite and poor sleeping [...]