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 Daniel Hale Williams. Daniel Hale Williams was the first surgeon to perform an open heart surgery successfully. He was one of the first physicians to use sterilized equipment and to be the head of a hospital with an interracial staff.


“A people who don’t make provision for their own sick and suffering are not worthy of civilization.”

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.

Attention Seniors - If you would like a senior shirt in time to wear for the senior panoramic you must purchase it online TODAY

Attention Seniors - 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.

Attention Seniors – 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.

Do you want to choose the color of your yearbook cover? Make sure you purchase your book TODAY either in ASB or online at Jostens.com

Attendance Facts: “DID YOU KNOW…” Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time. FACT: Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.

Peer Mediation - Starting Monday, 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.  

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.

Hey everyone! FCA is during lunch today in the gym! Come to hear Carter Cunningham's dad speak. You won't want to miss it! See you and your friends in the gym today at lunch!