• Highlands Literary journal getting national recognition

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

  • Grad to develop program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University social work graduate plans to develop a school-based substance abuse prevention program for Latino youths.

    Marcos Martínez, MSW 2010, recently completely his Ph.D. degree in social work from Arizona State University and joins the faculty in a tenure track position at Florida International University in Miami in the fall semester.

  • Dear Teacher - June 19

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: So much of the oversight of children’s progress in school is done by mothers. She is usually the person who helps children with homework, reads to them, takes them to the library and does all kinds of after-school activities with them. Fathers often are not able to spend as much time with their children. It seems to me that children should see fathers participate in school and other activities so that their worlds are not so mother-centered. — Spoke my Mind

  • Institute named after bomb victim

    The Associated Press

    BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Bridgewater State University has formally renamed its Institute for Social Justice for the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, and announced plans for a bronze memorial to him on the campus where his parents met.

    Martin Richard was 8 when he was killed in the April 15, 2013, bombing at the marathon finish line that also killed two other people and wounded more than 260. Martin’s younger sister lost her leg and his parents were also injured.

  • School gets money to prevent suicides

    By Regina Garcia Cano
    The Associated Press

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Federal education officials have given Pine Ridge School in western South Dakota $218,000 to help students and teachers in their recovery from a string of student suicides and attempted suicides in recent months on the Indian reservation where the school is located.

  • LCC’s Trujillo preps for national competition

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    There is an old adage that says that preparation and hard work is the key for success.

    Luna Community College cosmetology student Iisha Trujillo is doing exactly this as she readies herself for the SkillsUSA National Competition which will take place from Sunday June 21 through Saturday, June 27 in Louisville.

  • West students attend Boys, Girls State

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas American Legion Post 24 and West Las Vegas High School sponsors James Esquibel and Pamela Spaulding selected two Girls State and five Boys State delegates to represent their high school at this year’s New Mexico Girls State and Boys State Sessions on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales recently.  

    Students selected for the honor were Melanie Alderete, Kyanna Spaulding, Terrance Baca, Gabriel Blea, Jorge Gallardo, Anthony Rivera and Zachary Yee.

  • Jemez charter bucks state’s low Native grad rate

    By Robert Nott
    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    JEMEZ PUEBLO — When Jemez Pueblo student Marley Perea entered Walatowa Charter High School in the ninth grade, she was reading at the seventh-grade level. Now, she prepares to enter her senior year with her reading on par with a college student.

  • Dear Teacher - June 12

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Readers: Summer vacation’s long lazy days of play are rapidly disappearing. Not only are your children more likely to have a shorter vacation, they often will have summer homework to do. Furthermore, parents now realize that their children may lose valuable academic skills unless they do some schoolwork in the summer, especially in math and reading.

  • Students of the month - June 5