Oct. 17 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon

Parent/Teacher conferences
Thursday and Friday found students taking their first quarter tests to wrap up the first grading period. Report cards will be available to parents during parent/teacher conferences Oct. 25. Teachers will be available for parents from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Students may accompany their parents, but they do not have to attend school that day.
 
Tutoring Available
GEAR-UP offers tutoring services for students at the junior high. Some tutors are available during class time to give students one-on-one help. The morning study hall is in the cafeteria from 7:30-8 p.m. The afterschool study hall is from 3:05-3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Evening sessions are also available at Golden Library on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. The Monday through Thursday sessions last from 7-9 p.m. on the second floor of the library. Any student who wishes a little extra help to ace those classes may attend these sessions.

Football schedules
Tuesday finds the seventh-grade football team on the bus to Clovis as it faces Yucca. The eighth-grade teams follow on Thursday to play Yucca’s counterpart. School-day games begin at 4 p.m.

Basketball
There is just a week before basketball tryouts and practice begin. The season begins Nov. 18-20 with seventh and eighth-grade tournaments.

The show goes on
The movie crew for Believe in Me wrapped up their filming in Portales this weekend. For those who participated as extras in the game scenes at Portales High School Gym, the actors presented some reality lessons about the fantasy industry. With a truck load of equipment to manage lights, sound, and props, the director had the actors and audience practice several times for each scene before shooting. Then he may have asked for half a dozen shoots before it looked right on the camera. Some participants were there for 11 hours, and the total film for that time may be less than 20 minutes.

Local talent
Hollywood may have set the stage for local talent to perform. The student council will be presenting a talent show in November. Sponsor Amanda Burnett encourages students to “get their act together” and sign up for some lively entertainment.

Missing students
Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks reminds parents to call the school if their child will be absent because of illness, doctor’s appointments, or if the family plans to be out of town. The school is required to report students to the authorities if they have more than 5 unexcused absences.