May 13, 2007 Portales Junior High News

GEAR-UP meeting
Parents of seventh grade students are invited to a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the junior high gym. The GEAR-UP program provides allows students and their parents to learn about many educational opportunities. Additionally, the program assists students in organizing and provides tutoring where needed.

Final tests done
Students completed their fourth quarter tests Thursday and Friday. Teachers will give the semester tests Tuesday and Wednesday. Students must complete all assignments and make-up tests by Friday so teachers can post final grades.

Final week events
The final week of school includes two early-release days on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24. Students begin their summer break that Thursday while school employees return for in-service and work sessions on Friday.
Yearbook sponsor Jon Birdsong will conclude the sale of yearbooks and hold a signing party for students who purchased a yearbook. A few yearbooks are still available for students to purchase for $30.

Awards assembly
According to Principal Steve Harris, parents and friends are invited to join PJHS students as they are recognized for their hard work during the Academic and Sports Awards Assembly at 1 p.m. May 21 in the new gym.

May 22 promotion
Families and friends of the eighth grade students are invited to the eighth grade promotion ceremony at 5:30 p.m. May 22 in the Greyhound Arena.

Library closes
The PJHS library closes for students this Friday. Students who still owe fines may pay those fines and have their names entered in a drawing for a full-color yearbook.
First period teachers remind students of what books are overdue and what fines they have.

Computer check-in
The technology department wrote a proposal and won a grant to provide laptops for all seventh grade students. Teachers have incorporated technology into their lessons and assignments using the laptops. Students have had access to these all year, but Monday Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks begins checking in the seventh grade students’ laptop computers for the summer.
Next year students may check them out again, and the new seventh grade students will receive laptops to use if the grant continues.