School News (week of Nov. 27)

Floyd School News
Upcoming Events
l Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Community Building.
l The Book Fair will be in the library from Monday through Dec. 6.
l The Christmas music program will is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Athletics
Thursday — 5 p.m., junior high boys and girls at Portales
Thursday — 4:30 p.m. varsity boys and girls at Dexter

Third Grade News
Last week the third-graders teamed up with the fourth grade class and participated in the Eat Smart, Play Hard nutrition and exercise program. The program was taught by Amy Caballero from the extension office. The students learned how to plan nutritious meals, kept daily food journals and prepared healthy snacks.
This week the students created Thanksgiving crafts and have been reading about the first Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving traditions.
Two of the third graders are celebrating the birth of their new baby brothers. Lyric Ortiz and Shelby Essary both have new babies at their homes.
Christmas Angels
Christmas Angels are needed! Contact the school for names of recipients if you are interested in participating. Donations can be also be given to Liz Smith or Melissa Pimpsner.

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

PJHS News
Pep rally rocks
Students and teachers alike deemed the first pep rally in two years a tremendous success. Under the direction of Cindy Stone, the PJHS Ram Band performed several numbers and contributed to the spirit of the occasion. Recognition of football, volleyball, and basketball teams along with the cheer squad mixed with fun competitions and music set the stage for the afternoon faculty/student volleyball game and the Thanksgiving holiday. Student council sponsor Amanda Burnett along with Ann-Marie Bucksath and Teri Thatcher organized and directed the activities.

Choir performs
Mayor Ortega invited the junior high choir to perform at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree ceremony Tuesday evening. Directed by Franklyn Smith, the following students helped open the season of giving. Vanessa Acosta, Amanda Alvarez, Andrew Ashcraft, Justin Burback, Glennda Curnutt, Yurisis Fierro, Jordan Hill, Frank Hodnett, Kevin James, Raesha Lackey, Kyle Levacy, Jazmin Lujan, Kelly Norman, Keisto Ontiveros, Iliana Perez, Kevin Perry, Sergio Ramos, Ethan Shephard, Cody Small, Omar Soto, Blake Stover, Tori Taylor, and Selena Valladarez form the seventh grade choir. Eighth grade choir are Brandon Albert, Kelsey Creek, Charline Gallegos, Nahivy Hernandez, Kew Mason, Kayleen Perez, RosaMaria Ramirez, Gabriella Reyes, Stephanie Tapia, and Sandra Zapien. The Honors Choir has the following: Michael Banda, Renee Barker, Cayla Bergsieker, LeAnne Blaeser, Andrea Brown, Taylor Cage, Jodie Hibbard, Whitney Jarvis, Allison Lidgard, Monica Lucero, Perla Nunez, Justin Perry, Nancy Piedra, Tathaniel Prestwich, Natalie Salas, Diana Sefcik, Terasa Shirley, Kaitlyn Stratton, Jessica Terry, Zachary Terry, Tatiana Torres, and Jenna Wagner.

Basketball games
Portales teams fared well in tournaments last week. The eighth grade girls won the Friendship title in Clovis while the eighth grade boys earned fourth place. At the Portales tournament, the seventh grade girls “A” team lost the championship game by one point in the last five seconds to claim second place. The seventh grade girls “B” team won the consolation bracket. The boys seventh grade “A” team won the championship.
Monday all four of the boys teams head to Clovis to play Yucca. The “A” teams play first. All four of the girls teams host Yucca with the “B” teams playing first. Thursday the boys eighth grade “B” team plays Floyd there, while the girls eighth grade “B” team hosts Floyd.

Semester ends
Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks reminds parents that there are only three weeks left in the first semester. Nine weeks tests will be Dec. 8-9 followed by semester tests Dec. 12-13. Teachers have until Jan. 5 to get grades entered for the first second semester. Report cards will be sent home with students Jan. 13. Parents may check students’ grades any time by going to PowerGrade from the school’s web site, www.portalesschools.com.

Winter break
For families who plan ahead, Principal Steve Harris says school will dismiss at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 for the winter break. School personnel return Jan. 2 for in-service while students have until Jan. 3 to report for the second semester.