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Oct. 7 School News


October 5, 2007

PHS Counselors

School closed Monday

Portales Municipal Schools will be closed Monday in observance of the Columbus Day Holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday.

Make-up exams continue

Make-up exams for The New Mexico High School Competency Exam (NMHSCE) will continue through October 12. Last week current Portales High School seniors, who previously had not passed some or all portions of NMHSCE, were given an opportunity to re-take the exam. Former PHS students from graduating classes 2002 to 2007, who received a certificate of completion and not a diploma, were also given the opportunity to re-take the exam to obtain gradation status. All New Mexico high school seniors must pass the NMHSCE to receive their diplomas. Senior students that have transferred in from out-of-state are also required to take the NMHSCE in order to receive their diplomas. Students and parents who have any questions may visit the guidance office or call at 356-7015.

College entrance exams planned

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 Dec. 8. Deadline to register is Nov. 2. The next SAT will be given on Dec. 1. Deadline to register is Oct. 30. Seniors should also be applying to the colleges of their choice this month as well as obtaining scholarship information.

One year RCEEF

scholarships offered

The Roosevelt County Electric Education Foundation Scholarship Fund is offering the one-year Roosevelt County Electric Scholarship to assist dependent members receiving service from Roosevelt County Electric. Students can pick-up scholarship applications at the counseling and guidance office. Scholarship applications must be submitted to Robin Inge, 121 N. Main St., Portales, NM. Deadline is 4 p.m., Jan. 31. Students and parents who have any questions may visit the guidance office or call at 356-7015.

Scholarships, college information on Web

Available scholarships are posted on the Portales Schools Web site in the schools section under Portales High School, Counselors Corner. Other information is also posted in the Counselors Corner. Talk to the counselors for more information about college entrance exams, college admissions, and scholarships. Thomas Tafoya meets with students whose last names begin A-L and Pam Nelson-Ray meets with students whose last names begin M-Z.


School closed Monday

The Portales Schools will be closed Monday in observation of Columbus Day.

Conferences set

Report cards will be distributed Oct. 22 at Parent/teacher conferences. Teachers are available to meet with parents from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Students have the day off from school, but they may accompany their parents.

First quarter ends

Students complete their first nine-weeks test Wednesday and Thursday. Friday and during the following week, eighth grade students will complete the ACT Explorer tests. This opportunity allows students to get a feel for how the ACT tests they take in high school will be set up.

Football schedule

Both the eighth and seventh grade football teams head to Clovis to challenge Yucca this week. The seventh grade will play Tuesday and the eighth grade team will play Thursday. The seventh grade team is 5-0 and the eighth grade team is 4-1 so far.

Volleyball schedule

Both of the seventh grade volleyball teams finish their season with a conference tournament Friday. Games will be at Yucca Junior High.

Music abounds at PJHS

Band Director Derek Harris has his students working on both music and marching. They participated in Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming parade Saturday. Choir Director Suzanne Cottrell’s students are practicing a wide range of music for their concert Oct. 15.

Dora School News

Senior portraits

due by Dec. 2

Karen Cone, yearbook sponsor, asks all seniors to have their photos taken by the end of October. Portraits are due for the yearbook by Dec. 2. Each senior should submit two wallet size pictures, which must be head and shoulder shots with no head covering. Also needed are up to 12 more photos of each senior at various ages (some may include family). These miscellaneous photos will be used for prom and graduation videos and a baby photo in the yearbook.

Class officers elected

Seventh grade — Jake Tayler, president; Kendra Watson, vice president; Rachel Cox, secretary, Courtney Watson, treasurer; Daniel Butler and Courtney Watson, student council

Eighth grade — Gowan Hays, president; Jessica Fierro, vice president; Layni Breshears, secretary; Kyler King, treasurer; Cindell Collins and Savannah Dimas, student council

Ninth grade — Lathan Lieb, president; Michael Puebla, vice president; Jordan Inge, secretary; Ace Nations, treasurer; Alexis Villanueva and Deserai Haraughty, student council

10th grade — McKenzie Buzard, president; Renee Gantert, vice president; Zac Teston, secretary; Trevor Banister, treasurer; Tori Varnell and Kelsi King, student council

Juniors — Santana Chavez, president; Kendra Merrick, vice president; Luli Lopez, secretary; Audra Pinkston, treasurer; Paul Ramirez, reporter; Tearney O’Connor and Jesus Villanueva, student council

Seniors — Julissa Melendez, president; Megan Collins, vice president; Janine Nortje, secretary; Jenifer Mapp, treasurer; Josh Epperson, Hector Fierro, Sadler Hair, Wesley Skelley, and Clay Smith, student council

Athletic schedule

Tuesday — Dora volleyball at Floyd (JH, JV, V) at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday — Dora volleyball at Melrose (JH, JV, V) at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday — Varsity volleyball tourney at Goddard in Roswell; Dora football plays the Clovis C team at Portales (JH 2 p.m., varsity 5 p.m.)

Homecoming events announced

The members of Dora Student Council and their sponsor, Karen Cone, have been preparing for the first ever volleyball/football homecoming, scheduled for Saturday.

Students are encouraged to dress up for Spirit Week as follows:

l Monday — “Are you ready for some … School?” Pajama Day

l Tuesday — “Fan Day” Dress like your favorite sports/movie/music celebrity.

l Wednesday — “Together Everyone Achieves More” (TEAM) Twin Day – You and a friend dress alike.

l Thursday — “How ‘bout them Coyotes!” Red/White Super Spirit Day

After this Saturday’s Dora/Clovis Christian game at the Portales Junior High field, the homecoming king and queen ceremonies and dance will be held in the Luscombe Gym at 8:30 p.m., with the dance in the Rogers Gym immediately following. Times Remembered Photography will take pictures of royalty, couples, friends, or alumni. The Dora Booster Club will be sponsoring the dance with an admission fee of $3 per person or $5 per couple.

Homecoming mums and armbands may be purchased through the Dora Student Council until 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Prices range from $15-$50, come by the office for an order form. Student council members are encouraging dads, moms, players, siblings, and dates to make sure that all present at the game have mums so this new tradition is kicked off at Dora.

Elida School News

Elida volleyball update

The Elida High School varsity volleyball team lost to Fort Sumner on Sept. 25, but on Thursday they won at Melrose. Over the weekend they competed in the Capitan Tournament, finishing fourth. EHS opened the tournament with a win against Carrizozo. In the second round they lost to Magdalena. In the final round they narrowly lost to Capitan in five games.

The team’s next game is at home Thursday against Fort Sumner with games starting at 4:30 p.m.

AYP party planned

An AYP party is scheduled for Friday at Elida Schools. This is a celebration to honor the students for making Adequate Yearly Progress for the school year 2006-07.

The Elida Student Council has planned activities to take place from 12:40-3:45 p.m. They are sponsoring a dance from 7-11 p.m. to be held in the Elida Schools cafeteria. Everyone is invited.

Floyd School News

Upcoming events

PLAN testing for 10th-graders will be on Tuesday.


Kindergarten will have a bake sale on Thursday.

Web site login

Parent login to check student grades is available for students in grades 2-12. Contact: [email protected] for a username and password.



Friday — Junior high and varsity at Tatum. Junior at 4 p.m, varsity at 7 p.m.


Tuesday — Junior high, JV and varsity at Dora, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday — Junior high, JV and varsity at Fort Sumner, 4:30 p.m.

Floyd Schools menu for the week of Oct. 8-11.


Monday: Quesadilla, bacon, cereal, juice, milk.

Tuesday: Breakfast burrito, cereal, juice, milk.

Wednesday: Scrambled eggs, bacon, cereal, juice, milk.

Thursday: Sausage/egg casserole, cereal, juice, milk.


Monday: Beef burrito, salad, applesauce, milk,(Salad bar MS/HS).

Tuesday: Baked ham, mashed potatoes, peas, roll, chilled peaches, milk, (Salad bar MS/HS).

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, corn, salad, milk, (Salad bar MS/HS).

Thursday: Bean burrito, salad, broccoli, peanut butter, milk, (Salad bar MS/HS).


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