Dec. 2 School News

PHS News
Wal-Mart offers scholarship
Wal-Mart Stores is once again offering the COMMUNITY Scholarship this year for interested college-bound senior students.
The COMMUNITY Schol-arship is a non-renewable $1,000 award for the first year of undergraduate study at an approved accredited college or university. The 2008 Sam Walton COMMUNITY Scholarship is available through The deadline for entry is a postmark of Jan. 14, 2008

ENMU advisor to visit school
Stephanie McClary from the Eastern New Mexico University enrollment services department will be on campus Thursday to speak with students interested in attending ENMU in the Fall of 2008. Interested students can sign up at the counseling and guidance office no later than Wednesday.

ACT and SAT dates set
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.

Scholarships available online
Available scholarships are posted on the Portales Schools Web site in the schools section under Portales High School, Counselors Corner. Students can visit the counseling and guidance office for more information about college entrance exams, college admissions, and scholarships. Thomas Tafoya meets with students whose last names begin with A-L and Pam Nelson-Ray meets with students whose last names begin with M-Z.

Music concert planned
Family and friends are invited to the Portales High School Performing Arts Center for a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Both junior high choirs and the band will perform a selection of music, and for some arrangements, they will join the high school choir.
As a gift to service men and women, music directors Franklin Smith and Suzanne Cottrell are asking the audience to participate by bringing pre-paid phone cards or by donating $5 to purchase the phone cards. This is strictly a voluntary gift and not required to attend the concert, say the directors.

Short-cycle assessments
Students are finishing the second quarter short-cycle assessment. The MAPS test shows how students have progressed since the first of school. The computer-based program also shows activities for teachers to incorporate to help students achieve their goals.
PowerSchool available online
Principal Steve Harris reminds parents to check their children’s grades on PowerSchool. He says by staying current with students’ grades, parents can help keep students focused and completing assignments so they succeed. Progress reports were distributed before Thanksgiving, and grades are posted for current assignments.
Tutoring is offered for students Monday through Thursday both before and after school.

Basketball teams back in action
Monday the seventh and eighth grade “A” boys teams head to Clovis to play Marshall. On Tuesday the eighth grade boys “A” team hosts Floyd. Monday the girls seventh and eighth grade “A” teams host the girls from Marshall. Tuesday the eighth grade girls “A” team will host Floyd at 5:30 p.m. The other games begin at 4 p.m.

Dora School News
Basketball schedule
Monday — Dora Junior High hosts Floyd at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday — Dora JV and varsity teams host San Jon at 4 p.m.
Thursday — Dora JV boys and varsity boys and girls play at Clayton Tournament through Saturday.

DHS to present Christmas drama
Nancy Jones, fine arts teacher, announces that “Merry Christmas Mayhem” will be performed by the drama class at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

Library holds food drive
Patsy Ward, librarian, is accepting canned goods in lieu of payment of library fines until the end of the semester. Students may bring one can of food for each dollar they owe until Dec. 20.