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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.

Chess Club Information:

  • Meetings are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in MS 101. 
  • Open to everyone
  • Must meet NMAA eligibility requirements to compete in matches, but not to practice.  

     Contact Chess Sponsor Ms. Draper at if interested!

Chess Club Tournaments:

     Meeting time: 6:30pm                              Game start time: 6:45pm

October 23rd @ La Cueva HS

November 7th @ AIMS

November 27th @ AIMS

January 15th @ Eldorado HS

January 30th @ Sandia HS

February 13th @ Albuquerque Academy 

February 21st & 22nd @ Wyndham Hotel on Carlisle (Times to be announced)

The Gender & Sexuality Awareness club meets every Wednesday at lunch in Room 106 in the Math/Science Building. 

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, Mr. Olona, and Mr. Seyfried

Virgil Grissom Chapter

Requirements to receive an invitation:

Be a 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 junior and/or senior year through their classroom teachers.  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.

Applications 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 applications 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 $7 and students must attend the induction ceremony. Membership is not granted until both requirements are met.  Once students are members, NHS is recorded on their transcripts. Date of inductions are published in the student agenda. Approximate dates for inductions: Fall - Mid November, Spring - Early April.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the NHS adviser, Heidi Draper: 

Best Buddies Sponsor
BSU Sponsor
Contact Joseph Britton  Joseph Britton (505) 294-1511 ex: 30447 JROTC Teacher
Bowling Sponsor
Contact Kathryn Lein  Kathryn Lein (505) 294-1511 ex: 30187 Bookroom Clerk
Chess Sponsor
Contact Heidi Draper  Heidi Draper (505) 294-1511 ex: 30300 Math Teacher
NHS Sponsor
Contact Heidi Draper  Heidi Draper (505) 294-1511 ex: 30300 Math Teacher
Sandia Beads Sponsor