December 11, 2019

Today during the announcements we are highlighting the celebration Kwanzaa. states that Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community. He founded US, a cultural organization, and started to research African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa.

The celebration of Kwanzaa includes an acknowledgment and honoring of its seven principles, known as Nguzu Saba. Each day of Kwanzaa emphasizes a new principle, and the evening candle-lighting ceremony provides an opportunity to discuss the principle and its meaning. The first night the black candle in the center is lit and the principle of Umoja (Unity) is discussed . The principles include:

  1. Umoja (Unity): maintaining unity as a family, community and race of people.
  2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): defining, naming and creating and speaking for ourselves.
  3. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): building and maintaining our community–solving problems together.
  4. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics: building and maintaining retail stores and other businesses and to profit from these ventures.
  5. Nia (Purpose): work collectively to build communities that will restore the greatness of African people.
  6. Kuumba (Creativity): to find new, innovative ways to leave communities of African descent in more beautiful and beneficial ways than the community inherited.
  7. Imani (Faith): the belief in God, family, heritage, leaders and others that will leave to the victory of Africans around the world.

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 TONIGHT at 7pm and the Orchestra Concert TOMORROW 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.

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 THAT’S TOMORROW 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?
Nacho Supreme, Pinto Beans, Salsa cup, Shredded Lettuce, Diced Tomato, Mixed Fruit, 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 aids checking your tables. We are having lots of disrespectful people leaving their trash and their trays and not cleaning up. It is your responsibility