February is Black History Month. 
It is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Celebrating the achievements of African-Americans began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the United States when noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1926 the group sponsored a national Negro History week which coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. By the late 1960’s Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month and every U.S. president since has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. In celebration of Black History Month we will be recognizing two African-Americans each week and sharing stories, quotes, and culture from the African American community.


Winter 2015

We are winding down the first semester of 2015-16. As we move to semester finals, please remind students to keep up with their work, study smart and ask for help when needed. We provide after school tutoring for math, English, and Chemistry. The calendar under the tutoring tab in Student Resources. Finals will be on our minimum days: January 21 and 22. 

Here is a link to a blog regarding "struggling learners." The idea is that all students should struggle when they learn. Please, take a look at it.

All Students Should be Struggling Learners


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Black History Month - For today’s Black history fact, in honor of the Super bowl, Doug Williams was the first black starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl in 1988, and the only one until Russell Wilson won the Super Bowl in 2014. Williams was named the Super Bowl MVP, passed for a Super Bowl record 340 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. He also became the first player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a single quarter, and four in a half.


IB Candidate meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 9th for ninth graders, Feb. 10th for tenth graders, and Feb. 11th for eleventh and twelfth graders. All meeting are in the gym at lunch. Please note: Sophomore full Diploma Candidates will be meeting in Room 410 to discuss Extended Essay requirements. Please be there!


Attention Mock Flock: We will be having a meeting Monday Feb 8th at lunch in Room 602 and going to the first competition of the year on Wednesday Feb 10th at 6pm at the Indio Court house. Make sure to attend Monday's lunch meeting to get the details!


If you are a junior and you love history and politics, please see Mrs. Ramirez in counseling about a possible opportunity to network with like-minded students.


AP Exam registration has begun! The deadline to register is Friday, March 4, 2016. Please see Dr. Schantz in the Counseling Office for more details.

Attention Key Clubbers, we will be meeting today during lunch in Room 205


Attention Seniors - Do you want to sing the National Anthem at your 2016 Graduation Ceremony? Try-outs will be on February 23rd at 7:30am in the LQHS Theater. You must sign up in the Counseling Office with Mr, Leon prior to that date to audition.

Do you want to go on the senior trip to Disneyland and California Adventure? Permission slips are available in ASB and tickets are on sale for $190. You must purchase your ticket before March 25.

Do you want to party with your class after graduation – permission slips are available in ASB for your grad night trip to Wet N Wild. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased by March 25th.

Peer Mediation - Starting today, peer mediation will be available for all students.  If you are having a conflict with someone and would like to work it out with trained students instead of adults, try peer mediation.  The forms can be found in the counseling office with Mr. Leon. 

Attendance Facts: “DID YOU KNOW…”
The U.S., which had some of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries. After World War II, the United States had the #1 high school graduation rate in the world. FACT: When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.