Oct. 31 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Students met Friday during their lunch for FCA a fellowship and planning program. Under leadership from Laura DeBusk, Ann-Marie Bucksath, Teri Thatcher, and Ginger Golden students have Bible study and work to improve their community.

Student Council bricks
Amanda Burnett and members of the student council sponsored Red Ribbon Week, a drug prevention program.  All students were given the opportunity to sign a red brick pledging a drug-free lifestyle.  These bricks and colorful anti-drug signs brighten the hallways as reminders of choices and consequences bad choices bring.

No bullies allowed
Wednesday students learn some of the consequences of bullying during an assembly. As part of a state-wide campaign to make schools a friendlier place, Portales teachers learned ways to better implement anti-bullying practices on campus. The assembly Wednesday will empower students to prevent that also.

Science fair coming
Every student in science classes will prepare a science fair project. City competition will be in early March followed by the regional science fair March 12. DeBusk encourages parents to talk with their children about possible topics, and the library has several new books about science fair projects. DeBusk states that the school will hold an assembly soon to show students some exciting examples of science in action.

MESA
Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) sponsor Shareen King reports some interesting events scheduled for this year. This program, designed to make students aware of exciting careers, engages students with challenging tasks to solve. Additionally students attend various competitions with the state and learn how other students solve some of the challenges.