Nov. 4 School News

PHS Counselors
Portales band competes at Zia
The weekend of Oct. 27-28, the 3A Portales High School Marching Band competed in the 30th annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta in Albuquerque. Their score improved five points from last year and they outscored seven 4A bands; Durango, Del Norte, Farmington, Belen, Santa Fe, Goddard, and Santa Teresa.

ACT and SAT tests listed
Seniors interested in attending a four-year university after graduation must take a college entrance exam, either the ACT or the SAT. The next ACT will be given on Feb. 9. Deadline to register is Jan. 4. The next SAT will be given on Jan. 26. Deadline to register is Dec. 26. Seniors should also be applying to the colleges of their choice this month as well as obtaining scholarship information.

Information available
Available scholarships are posted on the Portales Schools Web site in the schools section under Portales High School, Counselors Corner. Other information is also posted in the Counselors Corner. Talk to the counselors for more information about college entrance exams, college admissions, and scholarships. Thomas Tafoya meets with students whose last names begin A-L and Pam Nelson-Ray meets with students whose last names begin M-Z.

Scholarships offered
Burger King Restaurants is offering the 2008 Burger King Scholars program to this year’s high school seniors. The program is offering a $1,000 scholarship to all eligible applicants.
Applicants must be high school seniors who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, work part-time an average of 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year, be actively involved in community service activities, demonstrate financial need, and plan to enroll in accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school by fall of the application year.
Interested students can apply on line at Deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

Progress report nights set for Nov. 13-14
On Nov. 13-14 parents will have the opportunity to pick up their child’s progress reports at the junior high office. On Nov. 13, parents can pick up the reports from 5:45-7 p.m. This will give parents time to pick up the progress report before they attend the Math Tutorial Parent Training at 6 p.m. On Nov. 14 parents can pick up progress reports from 5-7 p.m. PJHS is offering this service since many progress reports disappear before parents see them.

Parent/student fun night planned
Parents and students are invited to the Parent/Student Fun Night at PJHS on Nov. 30 from 6-8 p.m. Parents and students will follow the student’s daily schedule. In each class they will spend about 15 minutes completing an activity together. This will not be a time for parent/teacher conferences, but a time for the parents to spend working with their student on an activity related to the class. More information will be given at a later date.

Christians attend athletic meeting
Over 35 students attended the organizational meeting of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. They are each providing a shoe box filled with Christmas goodies for “Operation Christmas Child” through the Samaritan’s Purse project. These gifts are distributed worldwide.

Cell phone policy enforced
Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks said students and their parents must sign the cell phone policy. Even after signing, cell phones must remain turned off during school hours.

Tutoring offered
Students may attend tutoring sessions from 7-8 a.m. or from 3:10-4:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This is offered free to any student who wishes a little extra help in math, reading, and English.

Basketball season begins next week
All students on basketball teams are practicing for their season which begins next week.

2008 yearbooks available
Sponsor Jon Birdsong is offering the 2008 yearbooks for $20 for early orders.

Dora School News
Blood drive scheduled
Jorie Watson, Dora Schools nurse, announces that due to the big success of last year’s blood drive, another one is scheduled for Wednesday. Students must be 17 or older and have a photo ID in order to donate blood. The United Blood Services bus will be at the school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Picture retakes, sports photos set
Tuesday Dora Schools have scheduled individual picture retakes. Students wishing to have retakes must bring their entire original packet of photos to the photographer.
Volleyball players and football team members will also have their pictures taken on Tuesday.

Parent/teacher night set
Thursday has been designated by Principal David Bass as parent/teacher night. Teachers will be in their classrooms from 4-8 p.m. for parent meetings. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served by members of the Dora School Board and the Parent/Teacher/Student Organization. Bass encourages all parents to come receive a written report of their student’s progress and enjoy the evening.

Floyd School News
Fifth grade will have a bake sale on Thursday.

Character Counts
The following students received the Character Counts Award for the month of October:
Elementary — Gustavo Herrera, Ryan Wallace, Karen Torres, Esmeralda Marquez, Chance Smith, Jake Pierce
Middle School — Gage Yamron, Alan Zertuche, Brandon Nunn, Tannesa Watson, Casie Kropp, Martyn Mendoza, Victor Sosa, Monica Tovar, W.T. Whitecotton, Kimberlee Bagby
High School — Hannah Benoit, Jordan Terry, Aaron Ruther, Alexis Benoit, Jessica Christensen, Roni Mendoza, Tanna Whitecotton, Tait Nall, Stormie McBride, Andrea Abarca, Alejandra Navarro, Blake Martin, Kelsi Gray, Jolynne Corley, Brook Reed.