Spring is here and we are into the 4th quarter.

State testing continues for the next two weeks. Juniors will take their math tests on May 19 - 21 and 26-28 in their Social Science classes. Please remind your students to get rest the night before their test and to eat a good breakfast.

This year teachers have been focusing on the new California State Standards. Instructional strategies include more inquiry, evidence based writing, critical thinking and collaboration. I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication they have put into adjusting, changing, and creating new lessons to prepare our students for college and careers.

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

Ms. Cook, Principal

Twitter: @lqprincipal


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Period Begins Ends
1 7:42am 8:44am
2 8:50am 9:46am
3 9:52am 10:48am
4 10:54am 11:50am
Lunch 11:50am 12:30pm
5 12:36pm 1:32pm
6 1:38pm 2:34pm

Period Begins Ends
Planning7:30am 8:14am
1 8:14am 9:10am
2 9:16am 10:06am
3 10:12am 11:02am
4 11:08am 11:58pm
Lunch 11:58pm 12:38pm
5 12:44pm 1:34pm
6 1:40pm 2:30pm

Period Begins Ends
1/2 7:42am 9:46am
3/4 9:52am 11:50am
Lunch 11:50am 12:30pm
5/6 12:36pm 2:34pm



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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing will be scheduled at various times throughout the month of May for Grades 10 and 11.  

  • English Language Arts will be on April 28, 29, and 30 and then again on May 5, 6 and 7
  • Mathematics will be held on May 19, 20, and 21 and then again on May 26, 27 and 28.
Students will following the regular bell schedule, and should be able to complete testing during the course of the dates offered.

As you play an important role in 
assisting your son and/or daughter to give their best performance, there are a number of ways you can help your child put his/her best foot forward.  The following tips will set our students up for testing success:

  • Make sure you son/daughter is well rested
  • Keep routines the same
  • Be positive and confident regarding testing performance
  • Plan ahead to avoid testing conflicts
  • Be sure your son/daughter arrives early for testing
  • Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast

Even though these assessments are a snapshot of performance, it is important that our students have every advantage to do their very best.  On behalf of LQHS teachers and staff, thank you for all your efforts! 


The IT Academy is at La Quinta! If you have interests in Video gaming, Networks, Software development, or Computer systems support, then the Information and Communications Academy may be for you! For details, see Mr. Snell in room 502 before or after school, or pick up a flyer and application in the counseling office.

Athletic Physicals will be held in the mini-gym Thursday, May 21 and Thursday, May 28 at 3p. The cost is $25, cash only. All needed paperwork will be available at the physicals. Anyone planning to try-out for a sport MUST have a current physicals on file with Coach Armstrong prior to trying out so get your physicals done here at school on May 21 or May 28.

Attention Seniors: Please check your DSUSD e-mail account ( for an important textbook and library book notice from the library. This e-mail contains a list of textbooks and library books that you must return by Thursday, May 28, in order to be cleared for all senior activities, to receive your cap and gown, and to participate in graduation. Don't be late seniors!

SENIORS......Do not forget to complete your final transcript request forms. They are on my office door (#116- Registrar's Office) if I am not available. If you do not complete one, then a transcript will not be sent to the college you will be attending.

SENIORS: We have extended the deadline for ticket sales for grad night? Payment and permission slips are due by May 22 in the ASB office - $100

La Quinta HS choir is looking for students who are interested in taking a zero period class to accommodate students who may not have room during the day to take the class. See your counselor for more information.

The student list for next years PSA classes is now posted on the window of room 168. If you applied stop by and make sure you have been accepted.