Sept. 19 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon

Pictures Monday
Yearbook sponsor Jon Birdsong reminds students to get ready for school pictures first thing Monday morning. The Lifetouch studio states that no money is needed on picture day. Students will receive a proof and can decide how many pictures they want later.
Music performance set for Friday
 On Friday, Hurrikane 9 will entertain students with a message about their future. The assembly at 1:30 p.m. features the nationally known positive rap artist.

Students elect officers
Last week’s campaign concluded Friday with student speeches and the election of officers for the school year.
Co-presidents are Ethan Ortega and Amber McCasland. Co-vice-presidents are Donavan Sanchez and Seaon Shin. Co-secretaries are Ashley Brunson and Rick Bergman. Megan Lyons completes the team as treasurer.
Although public speaking is listed as the greatest fear of American adults, these students and their campaign managers faced their fears and presented information to support their candidates. The student council sponsor is Amanda Burnett.

Meeks joins staff
Principal Steve Harris and the PJHS staff welcome Glenda Meeks as the new assistant principal. Meeks brings 15 years experience in the Portales schools with her. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in art and elementary education and a Masters of School Administration, Meeks works with NMSU as a Regional Educational Technology Assistant (RETA) and trains many area educators in using technology in the classroom. Meeks and her husband have three children.

GEAR-UP offers study halls
This week GEAR-UP began two study halls a day. In the mornings students may meet in the cafeteria, and after school they meet in the GEAR-UP room to get a little extra help with school work. Any student may attend the study halls to take advantage of the free help.

Progress reports coming Wednesday
This week finds teachers issuing the first quarter progress reports. At the halfway point students and parents can evaluate class averages to determine if students need to work harder or just keep up the good work.
Sports schedules
Volleyball players are looking for a repeat of Tuesday’s success as they prepare for three sets of games this week. Monday the seventh and eighth-grade “B” teams play Faith Triumphant there. Thursday all four teams head to Clovis to play Yucca. Then on Saturday all four teams host Ruidoso.
Tuesday finds the seventh grade football team heading to Texico. Thursday the PJHS eighth grade team follows suit.