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Focus on Artesia Fall 2020 | Success Makers


Students can write a Successory Note to any school employee that has helped them in some way or done something nice for them.

The student turns the note into their teacher or school office. The notes are carbon copies, so the principal takes the original and turns it into the Admin. Office. The carbon copy is given to the teacher so that he/she can read the note. The original notes that are taken to the Admin. Office are put in a container, and once a month, they randomly draw one note as the “Success Maker” for that month. They receive $500, a plaque, and a dozen roses (for ladies) or a “manly” item (for men).


May | Cassey Malone
Elementary Penasco School
4th – 8th Grade Teacher

My name is Cassey Malone. I moved to Artesia when I was a sophomore in high school. For 35 years, I have been married to my husband, Sammy. We have two children, JJ and Laci, and three grandchildren, Bailey, Conner, and Jaxen. When Laci started kindergarten, I decided to go to college. I attended ENMU where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education. Later, I attained a Master’s from Walden University.

I have been teaching for 24 years. My education career began as a half-day resource teacher at Roselawn Elementary and a half-day Title 1 math teacher at Central Elementary. The following year, I moved to Penasco School, where I taught 3rd – 5th grades. I then moved to Yucca, where I spent 14 years. When I saw a new opening at Penasco, I jumped at the chance to work there again because I love the country life and feel very much at home with all my “ranch kids.” I have spent the last eight years at Penasco and will be very content if I can stay at this campus until I retire. My current assignment includes teaching 4th – 8th grades, which can be challenging at times. In addition to teaching, I have been driving the Flying H bus for five years.

My “kids” and I spend a lot of time together. ☺

I love everything about teaching, but my favorite thing would have to be the relationships that I have built with my students. Each one of them has made a huge impact on my life. Thanks again for the award.

I truly do appreciate it.

School Supply Drive

School Supply Drive!

In August, Written in Red Foundation teamed up with Faith Baptist Youth Ministries, Packs of Love, and Changing Lives Coalition to host a city-wide school supply drive for Artesia. Boxes for collection have been set out at 20 local businesses throughout Artesia!

Coming This Fall in Artesia

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Family Fun Run with Faith Baptist Kids Ministry in Artesia
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Annual Soles for Students Shoe Drive Hosted by Written in Red and Tate Branch Artesia
Article originally published in Focus on Artesia 2020 Fall edition.

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