Oct. 23 School News

Portales Junior High
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Students have the opportunity to sleep-in Monday while their parents visit with teachers during parent/teacher conferences. Teachers will be in their classrooms from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. then from 3-6 p.m. To help eliminate long waits, Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks asks parents to schedule their visits according to the following schedule, set by first letter of the last name, if at all possible:
A-C 11a.m. to noon
D-G noon to 1p.m.
H-L 1-2 p.m.
Lunch 2-3 p.m.
M-O 3-4 p.m.
P-S 4-5 p.m.
T-Z 5-6 p.m.

Library fines
If students owe a library fine, parents may pick up their child’s report card at the library.
Director Franklin Smith announces the Portales Junior High Honor Choir list.  These students will be learning new music in preparation for a major competition in November.
In the “treble choir” the sopranos are Titiana Torres, Raesha Lackey, Andrea Brown, and Whitney Jarvis. Singing alto are Justin Burback, Cayla Bergsieker, Tori Taylor and Terasa Shirley. Alternates are Natalie Salas, Nancy Piedra, and Taylor Cage.
The “mixed choir” includes sopranos Jessica Terry, Jenna Wagner, and Allison Tsybenko. The alto section includes Kaitlyn Stratton, LeAnne Blaeser, and Perla Nunez. Resounding the baritone section are Michael Banda, Zach Terry, Justin Perry, and Nathan Prestwich.
Basketball Try-outs Scheduled
Coaches announce a three-day tryout schedule to make the PJHS Basketball teams this year. Eighth grade girls wanting to make the team will be in the gym from 2-4 p.m. Seventh grade girls meet from 4-5:30 p.m.
The eighth grade boys meet during Organized Athletics, and the seventh grade boys begin at 3:30 p.m.
All students must have their physical and insurance forms before they can get on the court, and they must attend all three days of the try-out sessions.
Chess Club
Sponsor Gregory Bucher instructs students every Tuesday after school in the strategies of playing chess. Fifteen to 18 students have been attending weekly and practicing their new skills.
Special Conferences Begin
Principal Steve Harris states that conferences with parents of students who are at risk of failing will be Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2.

Upcoming Events
• Picture retakes will be Wednesday.
• Shot day will be from 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday. Students who need immunizations them that day. Call the school for more information.
•Tuesday the second -graders will be having Career Day.
• National FFA will be next week.

Red Ribbon Week
This week Floyd Schools are celebrating Drug Free Red Ribbon week.
Monday — Decoration Day
Tuesday — Red Ribbon Day
Wednesday — Red Rally Day
Thursday — Sock It to Drugs Day
Friday — Drug Free is No Sweat For Me Day
Six-man quarterfinals are Oct. 28-29. Times TBD.
District 3A Tournament is this week. Times TBD.
First Grade News
Haller’s first grade has an exciting week coming up. The week of Oct. 24-28 is our Fire Safety Week. They will doing everything from learning about fires and firemen to learning how to prevent fires. On Friday, the Clovis Fire Department will be coming out to the Elementary School. They will be sharing various things with the class.
2nd Grade News
Floyd second graders are joining other children across New Mexico to make handcrafted Christmas ornaments to decorate our nation’s Capitol Holiday Tree in Washington, DC. This year’s tree is from the Santa Fe National Forest and will be on the west front lawn of the Capitol facing the Washington Monument. The tree will be decorated with 10,000 lights and over 4,000 handcrafted ornaments from New Mexico schoolchildren. Floyd second graders chose to make corn husk wreaths and snowflakes made from discarded plastic six-pack rings for the tree. For making an ornament, each student also was allowed to enter a drawing to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the tree lighting ceremony in December. The route of the holiday tree can be tracked via the Internet at www.capitolholidaytree2005.net.

Jennifer Essary can be reached at 478-2846 or by e-mail: ess227@yucca.net