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 - The quote of the day for black history month was said by August Wilson. August Wilson was a famous playwright who wrote a series of ten plays that exemplified the black culture for every decade in the 20th century.


All you need in the world is love and laughter. That's all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other,” said August Wilson.


IB Candidate meeting will be today 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!


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.


There will be an emergency meeting of the Thespians on Wednesday, Feb. 10th during lunch. All members and inductees please attend. Meeting in room 303


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 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 - 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. 

Join the La Quinta High School Improvisation group for dinner and a show on February 19th at 5:30. It is guaranteed to be a fun evening! Tickets are only $8.00 which includes dinner

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.