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2008-09-30 18:01:09

By JOHN SENA Choices narrowed down to nine By John Sena The New Mexican One of the first things visitors to Nava Elementary see is a lighted display case with a picture of Francis Xavier Nava. The school's namesake was the first Santa Fean killed in the Vietnam War. And for many years since the school was built, Nava and his living relatives have been honored during a Veteran's Day celebration. While some might not pay much attention to how the school got its name, Principal Anita...

2008-09-26 12:00:29

By JOHN SENA It's been a whirlwind for Mike Lee and Yann Lussiez, who have spent the last year converting their two elementary schools into K-8 schools. They had to figure out where to house more students, who to hire to teach middle school electives and how to develop schedules for a configuration that had never been tried in Santa Fe Public Schools. They effectively had to remake their schools. So what do students attending Gonzales and El Dorado community schools -- they both...

2008-08-27 12:01:10

By JOHN SENA One day last fall, two fourth-grade boys at Cesar Ch vez Elementary School, an economically disadvantaged school on the south side, spent most of the morning flinging bits of eraser at each other. The teacher, in her first year in the classroom, tried everything. She separated the boys. She scolded them. Nothing worked. Eventually she asked them to leave. Later, a reading and writing exercise fell flat, leaving her frustrated and puzzled. In contrast, fourth-grade students...

2008-08-04 15:00:45

By JOHN SENA State education officials stressed student progress during a press conference Friday announcing otherwise grim results from last year's state tests. The annual tests are used to determine whether schools meet adequate yearly progress, or AYP, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In Santa Fe, only three -- Tesuque and Wood Gormley elementary schools and the Service, Employment and Redevelopment Academy -- of 31 public schools, including charter schools, made AYP. Last...

2008-07-08 09:00:56

By JOHN SENA Having one leader for Acequia Madre and Alvord didn't sit well with staff, parents Grade: Test model used for newprincipal Santa Fe school district officials split one principal between two small schools to save a little money, but parents and staff at those schools want their own principal, and next year they'll get their wish. Bill Beacham, who was split between Acequia Madre and Alvord elementary schools, will go back to working full time at Acequia, while Alvord will...

2008-06-14 18:00:23

By STACI MATLOCK TIERRA AMARILLA Drilling: Rio Arriba filled with wells Some landowners and Rio Arriba County officials are worried about a Texas company's plans to drill exploratory oil wells in the water- rich mountains east of Tierra Amarilla. Approach Resources Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas, has state permits to drill four wells in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains off N.M. 64 and has submitted applications for six more wells in the same area. John Sena, an Albuquerque resident...

2008-06-14 12:00:21

By Staci Matlock, The Santa Fe New Mexican Jun. 14--Some landowners and Rio Arriba County officials are worried about a Texas company's plans to drill exploratory oil wells in the water-rich mountains east of Tierra Amarilla. Approach Resources Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas, has state permits to drill four wells in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains off N.M. 64 and has submitted applications for six more wells in the same area. John Sena, an Albuquerque resident who owns a ranch near...


Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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