• Students of the month - Nov. 24
  • Retired educators inducted into NEA-NM Hall of Fame

    Submitted to the Optic

    Floyd and Theresa Chavez were inducted into the National Education Association New Mexico Hall of Fame on Oct. 24 at the State Hall of Fame Reception held at the Albuquerque Marriott.

    The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization committed to advancing the cause of public education.

  • Stein Romero’s artworks will be displayed at UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    An opening event for local artist Janet Stein Romero will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the UWC-USA Kluge Art Center. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist.

    Stein Romero has lived in the village of El Ancon (25 miles from Las Vegas) for more than 30 years.  She works in a variety of media, including collages, watercolors, acrylic paintings, sculpture, monotypes, miniature nuevo milagro images, and non-traditional retablos.

  • HU and National Hispanic Cultural Center join forces

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University and the National Hispanic Cultural Center formalized a partnership that will bring the center’s traveling exhibits and programming to the university’s main campus. In turn, the university’s faculty will present cultural research in Albuquerque through museum installations and multimedia presentations at the Cultural Center.

  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 14

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy  Gisler

    Question: While my children do all right in math in elementary school, they usually get just B’s. I wonder if you have some tips that might help them get A grades. — Seeking Help

    Answer: What you do to sharpen your children’s math skills will depend on what grade they are in school. Since your children are already receiving good grades, slight tweaks could result in even better grades.

  • Sesame Street marks 45th birthday

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — You don’t get to be the longest-running children’s show in U.S. TV history by doing the same thing over and over. So even though parents who grew up watching “Sesame Street” can still see old favorites like Big Bird, things on the street have changed since the show debuted 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969.

  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 7

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy  Gisler

    Question: My son, a junior in high school, plans to go to college. This fall, the counselors held a meeting with all the juniors to give them general information about what they needed to do this year so they would be ready to apply to college next year. They handed out a worksheet covering what was said.

  • HU student joins international prescribed burn training

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Elyssa Durán of Highlands University was the only student and the youngest person to work the fire line when resource managers and firefighters from across the globe came to New Mexico for a prescribed burn training.

    Durán, 24, a natural resources management graduate student, spent two weeks in the Jemez Mountains in September as part of a Spanish language prescribed fire training exchange, or TREX. Trainees came from Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other countries.

  • Mora High senior named Elks student of the month

    Submitted to the Optic

    Crystal Torres has been named Elk Student of the Month for Mora High School for September.  

    Torres, 17, is the daughter of Mr. Robert Torres of Rio de La Casa in Mora. She is a senior at Mora High School.  

    Torres has been an active participant in the Mora High School Marching Band, in Jobs for America Graduates Career Association, MESA, and Peer Educators.

  • Student gets gig as stunt double

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College student Mark Esquibel was recently asked to help in the production of the film Sicario. Esquibel was a stunt double for Benicio Del Toro. And Esquibel took advantage of the opportunity.