Aug. 10, 2008 PHS Counselors

School begins Aug. 15

School begins at Portales High School on Aug. 15 for all 9–12 grade students. All students new to PHS as well as incoming freshmen will have an orientation assembly at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 in the PHS Performing Arts Center.

This meeting is designed to provide students and parents with information about PHS and our Gear Up program that will make the high school transition go smoothly. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. We will have a period of time for question and answers.

Open House for all PHS students is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15. New and returning students can talk with teachers and staff as well as tour the campus. All new and returning students must complete the registration packet and have a new student photo ID made prior to receiving their 2008-09 class schedules.

Cheerleader tryouts

PHS cheerleaders will be having open tryouts Aug. 18-22. Four spots are available, two on the varsity squad and two alternates. Interested students can contact Coach Isaacs at 749-0984 with any questions.

Official practices for PHS volleyball, football, and boys and girls soccer will begin Monday. Coach Mark McAfee can be contacted at 607-6177 with any questions.

Season passes for all PHS athletics can be purchased at the PHS Athletic Office. The cost is $40 each for adults and $30 each for students.

ACT/SAT tests 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 Oct. 25. Deadline to register is Sept. 19. The next SAT will be given on Oct. 4. Deadline to register is Sept. 9. Seniors should also be deciding which college(s) they intend on applying to as well as obtaining scholarship information.

Available scholarships are posted on the Portales Schools Web site in the schools section under Portales High School, Counselors Corner. Students can visit the guidance and counseling 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.