December 10, 2019

Today during the announcements we are highlighting the celebration St. Lucia Day.  


St Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred, killed for her faith, in 304. The most common story told about St Lucia is that she would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head so she had both her hands free to carry things. Lucy means ‘light’ so this is a very appropriate name.

St. Lucia’s Day is now celebrated by a girl dressing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head. Small children use electric candles but from about 12 years old, real candles are often used!

St Lucia’s Day first became widely celebrated in Sweden in the late 1700s. St Lucia’s Day is also celebrated in DenmarkNorwayFinland, Bosnia, and Croatia. In Denmark it is more a of a children’s day and in some part of Italy, children are told that St Lucy brings them presents. They leave out a sandwich for her and the donkey that helps carry the gifts!


PAPA has a diversi-tree in the front lobby and we welcome students to add a decoration to the tree that reflects a tradition they celebrate.   Include your name and grade on the decoration so we can return it to you. 

Dual credit students!  Please make sure you are preparing for your final exams, and that you turn in your books to Ms. Maestas next week.  Also, if you haven’t turned in your book request forms to Ms. Maestas for next semester, do so immediately or you will not receive your book in time.

Don’t miss the Band Concert December 11th at 7pm Orchestra Concert December 12th at 6pm both at the Manzano High School Performing Art Center.

Your mentors are looking at their lists and checking them twice!  Some of you will have grades of good and some grades are not nice! Senior Showcase music is due. . . almost NOW! Remember, professionally cut, edited & finished music is due to Mr. Torres BEFORE Winter Break!

Middle School Student Council will be selling pencil pals,
little animals that wrap around your pencil. $2 dollars includes a pencil.  For sale during middle school lunch THROUGH this FRIDAY in Mr. Simpson’s room.

Come and get a warm and fuzzy from NHS!
We will be selling fuzzy sock grams for the season, so come by in front of Mr. Powers office during MS & HS lunch all this week to get a warm and fuzzy!

Stickers! Scrunchies! Friendship Bracelets!
PAPA’s Thespian Troupe is selling the things you want every Wednesday and Friday between 7th and 8th period. Look for the Thespian Troupe table in front of the Art Wall before you leave campus!

Support PAPA’s PTSO by eating at Panera at
6600 Menaul Blvd NE 87110 this Thursday, December 12th from 4 to 8pm Panera will donate 20% of your meal when you show our flyer.
Link to flyer:

The end of the semester is drawing near very quickly!
  Final exams are scheduled for the week of December 16 – 19 A link to the final exam schedule will be emailed home:

What’s for LUNCH today?

–Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Baked Fries, Ranch Beans, Lettuce Leaf, Tomato Slice, Grapes, Salad Bar, Milk

–Please order lunch each day if you plan to eat and if you order lunch come and get it. Thanks

–Middle School!!!! No trays outside and you are not allowed to leave without lunch aides checking your tables. We are having lots of disrespectful people leaving their trash and their trays and not cleaning up. It is your responsibility to clean up after yourself no matter what!