Portales Junior High School News: Jan. 15, 2006

By Billie Dixon

Report cards issued
Friday teachers gave report cards to all students in their sixth period classes. If students owed a library fine, the teacher either told the student or taped a little note to the report cards.
Basketball Schedule
All four of the girls’ teams are in action in Clovis Tuesday as they play Gattis. Games will be in two gyms with “B” teams playing first. Thursday the seventh and eighth grade “A” teams host Tucumcari. Saturday all of the girls’ teams host Ruidoso with tip off at 11 a.m. Again “B” teams play first, and action will be in two gyms.

All of the boys’ teams host Gattis Tuesday. The “A” teams play first, and teams will use both gyms. Thursday both the seventh and eighth grade “A” teams host the Tucumcari Rattlers. Saturday finds all four of the boys’ teams on a road trip to Ruidoso. Action begins at 11 a.m. with “B” teams playing first.
No school Monday
All Portales public schools are closed Monday in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
NCLB testing approaches
Principal Steve Harris says that the mandated testing is scheduled the week of March 6-11. Last year all students at Portales Junior High except one small sub-group scored above the state-set goals. Because of that one group, the whole school was declared as “not meeting adequate yearly progress.” It is essential for all students to take the tests seriously, and for parents to avoid scheduling doctors’ appointments or out of town trips that week. Regardless of school scores, if less than 95 percent of students take the test, the school automatically fails.

According to Harris, teachers have been working diligently teaching the information prescribed by the State Board of Education, which will give students the knowledge they need to answer the questions.
Relay for Life discussed
Friday students gathered in the gym after lunch while high school students presented information about Relay for Life. This national program has raised money to support cancer research for several years. Certain types of cancer that were once fatal can now be cured or permanently controlled.
Students will have the opportunity to form their own teams to help find a cure for all types of cancer.