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Education

  • NMHU students help people experience ancient pueblos

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    Media arts students at Highlands University used a blend of technology and design to create an interactive exhibit that allows more people to experience Pueblo life circa AD 1300 at the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo.

    First excavated in the 1930s, the remains of the ancient ancestral village known as Kuaua is one of the first points of contact in New Mexico between Native American civilization and the Francisco Vasquez de Coronado expedition from Spain in 1540-1541.

  • Dear Teacher - May 8

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My son in 10th grade is doing well in school except when it comes to writing essays for his English class. He just doesn’t know how to choose a topic or to organize what he wants to say. His teacher certainly hasn’t been helpful. He has had about zero instruction in writing essays.

  • New inductees
  • Keyboarding returns to curriculum

    By Lisa Leff
    The Associated Press

    SAN PABLO, Calif. — Seven-year-old Ja’Niyah Smith’s first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and as they do every week practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog’s tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.

    The students, their legs dangling off their chairs, fell quiet, the silence broken by an occasional “I did it!”

  • Research day
  • Keyboarding returns to curriculum

    By Lisa Leff
    The Associated Press

    SAN PABLO, Calif. — Seven-year-old Ja’Niyah Smith’s first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and as they do every week practiced using mouses to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog’s tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.

    The students, their legs dangling off their chairs, fell quiet, the silence broken by an occasional “I did it!”

  • Dear Teacher - April 17

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: As a mother of a 16-year-old, 10-year-old and a 5-year-old kindergartner, I have seen the changes that have occurred in education in the past 10 years. Children now are to know how to read, write, add and subtract in kindergarten ­— all halfway through kindergarten. This makes me crazy. I have no patience to try to teach these things. Yet I have to help the kindergartner.

  • East expects to end year with surplus

    For years, the Las Vegas City Schools district has battled with its finances. This time around, however, according to district Superintendent Ruben Cordova, the district is expecting a cash balance at the end of the fiscal year.

    Cordova said he is anticipating a roughly $39,000 cash balance at the end of the fiscal year that ends on June 30.
    “It seems like this year we will stay within our budget,” Cordova told the board during a recent meeting.

  • New trustees
  • Los Niños student heading to state Spanish Spelling Bee

    Submitted to the Optic

    More than 30 students will compete for the honor of being crowned the champion of the 22nd Annual NMABE State Spanish Spelling Bee. The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, will host the event on Saturday.  

    Clayton Crawford from Los Niños Elementary will represent Las Vegas City Schools at this year’s competition.