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Best Buddies®is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.  Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.  Best Buddies’ 8 formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs, Ambassadors and Promoters – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide.  Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $155.2 million USD.

As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

Although Best Buddies has advanced tremendously in its short existence, many areas of the country and many regions of the world still lack programs to help people with IDD become part of mainstream society.  With that in mind, Best Buddies is systematically implementing its 2020 Initiative, which will witness the organization’s continued significant growth, both domestically and overseas.

Purpose and Mission Statement

The Black Student Union of Sandia High School, in collaboration with, APS, teachers, parents, and the community, will educate itself and others about African American History and Culture.  The Black Student Union will also promote and prepare ALL to become contributing members of a diverse, changing world with respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of others.

Guidelines for Members

  1. Attend 75% of ALL BSU activities and meetings.
  2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA(2.5 for a Letter)
  3. Participate in 75% of Community Service Projects.
  4. Participate in 75% of Fundraisers.

Charter and Constitution

As a member of the Black Student Union, you will set goals toward the achievement of academic excellence.  You will respect others as you respect yourself.  You understand that you are responsible for your own destiny and will not allow others to stand in the way of your success.  You are also inherently responsible for the actions on not only yourself, but also the actions of your fellow BSU members. It is your responsibility to know and understand the rules of the school and abide by them.

You understand that it is your responsibility to learn all you can about your heritage and be willing to provide knowledge to anyone upon request.  You will be a personal mentor/role model for other students at school and in no way will you, as a member of the BSU, bring discredit upon the school or organization by your actions.  You will support the BSU in anyway possible to ensure the success of its mission.

Link to website: Book Club Website

Chess Club Information:


  • Meetings are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    • In MS 101 (when in school)
    • Meeting via Google Classroom – code 7cjnktd
      • Matches with 2 players at
    • Practices start after Labor Day and continue through March


  • Open to everyone 9th – 12th grades
  • New members and new chess players welcome
  • Must meet NMAA eligibility requirements to compete in matches


Contact Chess Club sponsor, Mrs. Draper @ with questions.

Chess Club Tournaments:

2020 – 2021 Chess Match Schedule

Yet to be determined


Note:  All matches run from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the exception of the State Tournament.


Learn more about our Esports!

Esports website 

The Gender & Sexuality Alliance club meets every Wednesday at lunch in Room E9 in the Main Building. During remote learning email Mr. Seyfried ( for the code to join our Google Meets (also every Wednesday at lunch).

Visit the Sandia GSA website, by clicking here.

The GSA focuses on providing a supportive space for all LGBTQ students, faculty, and community members of Sandia High School.  Sandia's GSA also recognizes and celebrates the impact of allies and we welcome all allies to the GSA meetings and activities. 

GSA activities include fundraising for Casa Q, raising awareness for national LGBTQ commemorations such as LGBTQ History Month, and building community by sponsoring seasonal costume contests throughout the school year. 

No matter how you identify, you are welcome at GSA.

GSA Faculty Sponsors: Ms. Teuteberg and Mr. Seyfried

Virgil Grissom Chapter

Requirements to receive an invitation:

Be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum cumulative GPA or 3.5.

What we’re looking for:

National Honor Society is a group of students who exhibit exemplary character, scholarship, service in the form of extra-curricular activities, and leadership. 

Application Process: 

Invitations for NHS are sent to students in the fall of their sophomore, junior and/or senior year through their APS email account.  Students who do not apply, are not qualified in the fall, or who are not accepted on their first attempt will receive an invitation in the spring.  Approximate dates for invitations:  Fall – Mid September, Spring – Mid February. 

Candidate forms must be completed with proper signatures and turned in by the deadline in order to be considered by the faculty committee for admittance into the National Honor Society.  Approximate dates for applications:  Fall – October (before Fall Break), Spring – March (before Spring Break and Conferences).  Exact due dates stated on invitation.



Students are formally notified of their acceptance during one of their class periods after the faculty committee has reviewed the applications.  Notification occurs approximately two weeks after candidate forms have been turned in.  At this time students receive a letter stating the requirements they must complete in order to become a member in the Virgil Grissom Chapter National Honor Society.   There is a NHS chapter fee of $5 and students must attend the induction ceremony.  Membership is not granted until both requirements are met.  Dates of inductions are published in the student agenda pending any unforeseen events.  Approximate dates for inductions:  Fall – Mid November, Spring – Early April.   There is a $5 membership fee paid annually for each year in NHS.

Online Tools:

NHS members are encouraged to set up their NHS online accounts to access the national organization’s resources and tools provided to NHS members.  NHS members are also eligible for the NHS scholarship.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the NHS adviser, Erica Tencer. MS room 203


The Peer Helpers improve the climate at our school with three main focuses: Peer Helping, Positive Youth Development, and Suicide Prevention.  We produce small monthly Outreach Projects, as well as two larger community projects per year (one in the Fall and one in the Spring).

The APS Peer Helpers Program, which is adapted from the NM Youth Peer to Peer Helper program (NM YP2PH), and the Natural Helper program, is based on the premise that when young people have problems, they most often turn to friends for help, and within every school, an informal “helping network” exists. As Peer Helpers, we receive training focused on suicide-prevention, positive youth development, and peer-helping skills. Ultimately, the Peer Helpers' training serves to enhance the helping skills that we already use with our friends. Peer Helpers also learn to recognize our limits as helpers, and thus we can be the link that is needed between young people and professional help.  

Please visit our website:

Sandia Peer Helpers Website

Requirements to join:

 Anyone in at least the 10th grade with at least 1.5 credits of Spanish or anyone enrolled in a Spanish 3 class or higher!

What we’re looking for:

To be inducted as a member of the Spanish Honor Society a student must have a minimum cumulative average of 3.0, As and Bs in Spanish classes or be enrolled in a Spanish 3 or higher.  


The purpose of Sandia Spanish Honor Society:

More than just an honor, Sandia SHS serves to recognize those students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of 

  • Scholarship
  • Service. ...
  • Leadership. ...
  • Character.


To remain a member in good standing a student must meet the SHS attendance,  

1. Attend 80% of meetings

2. Fulfill Spanish Class requirements or be enrolled in a Spanish class to meet requirement, and participate in two community service during the year.


Why join?

-Looks great on college resumes

-Opportunity to letter and get a senior cord 

-Meet new friends and participate in community service events


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Sandia SHS Sponsor Maestra Ortiz, room Yucca 111

Best Buddies Sponsor
  George Glover (505) 294-1511 ex: 30144 SpEd Teacher
BSU Sponsor
  Joseph Britton (505) 294-1511 ex: 30447 JROTC Teacher
Bowling Sponsor
Chess Sponsor
NHS Sponsor - Rm MS 203
  Erica Tencer (505) 294-1511 ex: 30301 Math Teacher