February 28, 2019

PAPA Celebrates Black History Month
Why embrace Black History Month?  Simple, because it is a tool in resolving the struggle for racial fairness that Dr. Carter Woodson envisioned almost 100 years ago.  Dr. Woodson’s goal for the first Negro History Week was recognition and importance.  He thought that historically, his people were overlooked, ignored and even suppressed by the writers of history books and the teachers that used them.  The idea took off, and teachers started recognizing the contributions of black Americans in their classrooms.  Ironically, Dr. Woodson hoped someday it wouldn’t be necessary to celebrate Black History Month.  His hope was that we would finally realize the importance of black history as an essential part of American history.  We hope you recognize the lessons that can be learned from the experiences and accomplishments of each hero we embraced throughout the month.

Lottery Window Closes TODAY
– February 28th at 4:30pm.
Remember – if you want a place for a current PAPA student’s sibling you must participate in the PAPA Lottery.

Here is a link to the Application:


NM Summit on Opioid Awareness
Students – don’t forget to turn in your Field Trip Forms for the New Mexico Summit on Opioid Awareness tomorrow to your 2nd period teacher.

Today is the LAST day you can order PAPA merchandise!  Order now!  http://www.spiritgeardirect.com/geardrive/store.aspx?guid=fffbb691-2e78-40b1-9699-a6cbf0ae3312

Dance Department Update
Are you checking the Dance Department’s Google Classroom page?  Info about tech week, directions to the theatre, & tech rules have been posted!


Explora Student Interns
Explora is still looking for student interns, preferably in the 10th or 11th grade.  Please visit https://www.explora.us/en/educational-programs/youth-intern-program/ to apply (ignore application due date).


ENMU School Visit
Eastern New Mexico University will be here Thursday, March 7th, to visit with high school students in Ms. Blackwell’s room during high school lunch.

CNM Dual Credit Summer Registration is now open.  Please see Ms. Maestas for more information.

ACT Registration
Juniors, ACT registration will take place in Mr. Taylor’s class during 4th, 5th and 7th periods on Friday, March 1st.  Please contact Ms. Maestas with questions.

Senior Deadline for CNM
Seniors, the deadline to apply to attend CNM in the Fall is this Friday, March 1st.  Please see Ms. Maestas as soon as possible to apply to CNM if there is any possibility of you attending there in the Fall.  If you do not apply and send your FAFSA by March 1st, you will not receive the Bridge scholarship.

Dayana Diaz Community Service Award

Details and a link to the nomination form will be emailed home.

-Breakfast Tomorrow:  Blueberry muffin, craisins, 100% fruit juice, fat free chocolate milk or 1% white milk
-Lunch today: General Tso Chicken with rice, steamed veggies, mandarins, fortune cookie, fat free chocolate milk or 1% white milk
**If you want to eat lunch today, tell your teacher.
**Teachers please enter the number of students for lunch into PowerSchool ASAP, thanks!
-Link to breakfast and lunch menu:

Health, wellness and good eats for you
Did you know???
Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by 20 percent.
Walking outside – or spending time in green space – can reduce negative thoughts and boost self-esteem.

-Link to breakfast and lunch menu:


Inner Beauty Summit
The APS Office of Equity and Engagement and the Office of African American Affairs will be holding an Inner Beauty Summit  on Friday, March 29.

The INNER BEAUTY TOTAL ME SUMMIT is a one-day summit of fun filled educational and empowering workshop sessions for young ladies who identify as African American in 6th to 8th grade.  Its mission is to provide young African American ladies an opportunity to embrace themselves, achieve greater inner strength, and support one another along their journey.