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610-351-5615

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From the Principal's Desk

Jim Moniz

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Commencement practice will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 8:30 AM at the PPL Center. Please be prompt! Practice is mandatory if you wish to participate in Commencement. Shuttle buses will be provided for students needing transportation to graduation practice. The shuttle buses will depart from the circle at 7:40 AM. Students must sign up for the shuttle with the receptionist by Thursday, June 6. Students are permitted to use their own means of transportation to commencement practice but, will need to pay for parking. If utilizing your own transportation arrive promptly and enter at the Air Products gate at 7th and Linden Streets. All graduation requirements must be fulfilled to participate in the graduation ceremony. All fines or money due to the Parkland School District must be paid in full to receive your diploma. Expect graduation practice to last until 12:00 PM. Commencement tickets will be distributed after commencement practice. National Honor Society stoles will also be handed out at graduation practice to those students fulfilling all NHS requirements.

The Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the PPL Center. Students should arrive at the PPL Center by 5:45 PM, and enter at the Air Products gate at 7th and Linden Streets. Parents will not be permitted to enter at this gate. Parents should utilize the WFMZ gate (7th and Hamilton), LVHN gate (8th and Hamilton), or Northwest gate (8th and Linden). If you have not ordered a cap and gown for graduation, please call Jostens at 1-800-Jostens. You must have a cap and gown to participate in graduation. Graduation is a formal ceremony and the Parkland School District will be treating this evening with the respect and dignity it deserves. This is the final moment of your high school education, so dress your best. Gentlemen are expected to wear slacks, a dress shirt and preferably a tie. Ladies are expected to wear dresses, skirts or dress slacks and appropriate footwear.  Sunglasses or defaced caps and gowns will not be permitted. If you are not dressed appropriately as noted above, you will not participate in the graduation ceremony.

A special message to the Seniors…

Commencement is a special ceremony marking the culmination of your high school education and it requires appropriate behavior. Most recently your class had an extremely enjoyable Senior Prom that was held without incident or distraction. The administration and faculty were extremely proud of your conduct and decision-making during the prom. It was an incredibly enjoyable evening that we expect to see duplicated at commencement. To be clear, beach balls, silly string or anything else that detracts from the ceremony are not permitted. Inappropriate behavior during the graduation ceremony could lead to your dismissal from the PPL Center. My recommendation is to celebrate in your own way during private parties with family and friends once the graduation ceremony has concluded. Your four years at PHS will always be remembered for students enjoying incredible success while also displaying tremendous dignity. I expect the Class of 2019 to carry on that tradition at commencement!

Sincerely,

James Moniz Signature

James E. Moniz II

Principal

E-Mail:  monizj@parklandsd.org

Jim Moniz

From the Principal’s Desk

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

Our very rewarding school year is in high-speed mode as we are already into the month of May. May is a very busy month filled with assessments, concerts, playoff games, awards nights and of course the Prom. In terms of testing, Advanced Placement Exams are given May 6-17 while Keystone Exams are May 13/14 (Literature), May 15/16 (Biology), and May 20/21 (Algebra I). Best of luck to these students as they showcase their knowledge and the quality education they are receiving in Parkland. Looking ahead, Seniors will take their Final Exams June 4-6 and underclassmen have their Final Exams scheduled for June 12-14. Unless students are exempt, they must be present for their scheduled Final Exams.

 

The Senior Prom, which tends to kick off the end-of-year activities, will be held on Saturday, May 11 at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem. Last year was our first at Steel Stacks and the experience was so positive that we are very excited for this year’s prom. I am always impressed by our students’ behavior at the prom and look forward to another wonderful evening with the Seniors. The Post-Prom party, led by an incredible effort of our PHS parents, begins at 11:30 PM at PHS and lasts until 5 AM on Sunday, May 12. The Post-Prom party is an incredible event that seniors should not pass up. If a parent is interested in helping, it is not too late to volunteer for this exciting evening. We truly appreciate the support of our many PHS parents, community members, and organizations in assisting us in creating this outstanding and safe event for our students. Once again, a special thank you to the Heintzelman Funeral Home for their extremely generous donation to Post-Prom!

 

One of the best parts of spring is the numerous activities highlighting the visual & performing arts and athletics at PHS. The Orchestra Concert is scheduled for May 9 at 7 PM in the auditorium. If you cannot attend that, I highly encourage attending the spring Chorus Concert or the annual Festival of the Arts (May 16-18) to see firsthand the incredible talents of our students. The annual Visual and Performing Arts Awards ceremony is Thursday, May 30 at 7 PM in the auditorium.

 

As spring sports winds down, our athletes are enjoying very successful seasons in EPC play. Every team ranks at the top of division play and is looking forward to a chance to win EPC/District Gold and beyond. The weather is warming up and so is the competition. Best of luck to all our student athletes as they put forth their best efforts in postseason play.

 

Another big night at PHS is our College Night on May 8 from 7-8:15 PM. We will hold two 35-minute sessions with representatives from PSU, DeSales and LCCC and a separate session consisting of a panel of 2018 Parkland Graduates will be on hand to discuss their transition from PHS to college. We hope to see you at this highly informative program.

 

I hope your student enjoys a wonderful end to the school year!

 

Sincerely,

James Moniz Signature

James E. Moniz II

Principal

E-Mail:  monizj@parklandsd.org

 

Jim Moniz

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our spring sports season is well underway with many of our teams just starting to get on the field for their first taste of competitive action. While our student athletes are finally heading outdoors, our spring musical, Curtains, is putting on the finishing touches and prepping to open. You can catch this terrific show Wednesday, April 10 through Sunday, April 14.  Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students/seniors. It is strongly suggested that tickets are purchased in advance to ensure availability.  Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.showtix4u.com.

The warmer weather brings a lot of fun outdoor student activity as well as students pushing the boundaries of our school dress code. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please take a moment to review pp. 44-45 of the student handbook to make sure your son/daughter understands what type of attire is acceptable for school. We appreciate your support in limiting/eliminating any loss of instructional time for students.

The end of the 3rd marking period was extended to April 5 and report card distribution (April 18) is just around the corner so be sure to keep those dates in mind as grades are finalized. As you know, we are well into the scheduling process for the 2019-2020 school year.  Student requests have been tabulated and Dr. Naradko and Dr. Sandt are currently building next year’s master schedule.  You will receive a course verification letter with your child’s third marking period report card.  This letter will contain course requests for next year.  Please review these selections and report any problems to the guidance office.  Please note that course requests may be changed any time prior to June 28, 2019.

One important note for Seniors, on Tuesday, May 28, Parkland High School will hold its annual Academic Scholarship Ceremony to honor students who have received merit-based scholarships, totaling a minimum of 25% of the cost of tuition at the college/university that they will be attending.

April is also an important month for final Keystone Exam preparation. Keystone preparation programs are available, with information available on the PHS webpage.

MARK THIS DATE - On Wednesday, April 24 PHS/OMS/SMS parents are invited to a Parent University focusing on the Vaping Epidemic. The presentation will begin at 7 PM in the OMS auditorium. I highly encourage parents to attend this program to learn more about how vaping is spreading throughout the adolescent world.

Here’s hoping for a warm April!

Sincerely,

James Moniz Signature

James E. Moniz II

Principal

E-Mail:  monizj@parklandsd.org

 

 

 

Jim Moniz

PHS Announces 2019 National Merit Finalists

 

Dear Parents:

Each year Parkland High School is proud to recognize the superior academic performance of a select group of students. This year the following eight seniors have been named National Merit Finalists: Alison Fang, Priyanka Hanumaihgari, Aanika Kapoor, Adam Klinger, Valmiki Kothare, Conrad Lee, Daniel Wilcox, and Murong Yao.  Out of the 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program, these eight Parkland students represent some of the last 15,000 Finalists who are competing for 7,500 Merit Scholarships.  The administration, faculty, and student body congratulate the Finalists and their parents for this outstanding accomplishment.

Even with Mother Nature giving us a run for our money, our Guidance Counselors are diligently meeting with students to complete the course registration process. I want to assure parents that every student will be seen by a Guidance Counselor to review next year’s course requests.  Please remember that any changes to a student’s schedule for next year must be requested no later than June 28. Further requests for schedule modifications will only be considered during the 6-day drop/add period once the students return to school in September. It’s important to note that the drop/add period was reduced to 6 days beginning the 2019-2020 school year.

PHS holds regular Parent Forums designed to share relevant school topics with parents to support student success in high school. March’s Parent Forum, held on Wednesday, March 20 in room C200, will focus on “Battling Test Anxiety with Proper Preparation and Strategies.” The program, presented by our SAP Coordinator, Mrs. Fitch, will aid parents in monitoring and supporting their children's study habits with useful strategies for test preparation. Looking ahead, PHS is finalizing plans for an April Parent Forum focusing on Vaping in today’s adolescent society. More information on the April presentation will be made available shortly.

The implementation of the Safe 2 Say Something anonymous tip program has been extremely successful as the PHS staff has received over 135 tips already. The Safe 2 Say Something program was designed to promote a safer learning environment and student reports address a wide variety of topics. If you are contacted about a report, we appreciate your support in recognizing that someone (student, another parent or community member) has expressed concern for your child. We are pleased to report our students are using the Safe 2 Say Something program and we are proud that they recognize any potential danger to a peer and the Parkland High School community.

 

Sincerely,

James Moniz Signature

James E. Moniz II

Principal

E-Mail:  monizj@parklandsd.org

Jim Moniz

 

Dear Parents,

Overall PHS has enjoyed a strong first semester and we are already in the 2nd half of the year. The second semester provides out students with a second beginning to new elective courses and a chance to start fresh in the third marking period. I hope all our students enjoy a terrific second semester!

The first couple days of the 2nd semester are busy as we host Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Mark Wood, who will perform with the PHS Orchestra on February 1, Student Council will be coordinating the annual PSD Food Drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank from February 4-14 and our Mr. Parkland competition will be on Saturday, February 9. Each of these events offers a different perspective on the high school experience and I would like to congratulate all the participants. To further develop out students career development, PHS will be hosting a Job Fair for 11th and 12th grade students on Thursday, February 28. This is an opportunity for local businesses to meet our students for potential summer positions or long-term work. The Job Fair, in conjunction with our previous Career Month for 9th and 10th grade students, are two new career education programs that we expect will further expand the career understanding of our students.

Currently our underclassmen are completing the course registration process. By this time parents should have signed course request sheets which were submitted to the guidance office. During the month of February, students will meet individually with their guidance counselors to discuss their requests for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact your child's guidance counselor. Members of the senior class are busy choosing colleges, planning their prom, and preparing for graduation. It is hard to believe that our seniors only have a little more than four months remaining in their high school careers! We are very excited to hold our commencement ceremony at the PPL Center on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 PM.

Our winter sports teams have enjoyed successful season and are eyeing an opportunity to show their mettle during league, district, and state playoffs. If you have not already done so, find time during the evening to attend a PHS event in the pool or gymnasium - you will not be disappointed! Spring sports are right around the corner and it won't be long before we are competing outside again.

Student academic performance can be monitored on Home Access Center. If you have any questions or concerns about a particular class, you may contact the subject teacher or the counseling office. Please be reminded that school attendance and class attendance are mandatory. If you have any questions concerning your child's attendance, please contact their counselor and/or assistant principal. Please be aware of and comply with attendance expectations during the Final Exam period of June 11-13. These expectations are listed on pages 24 & 25 of the student handbook. I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

James Moniz Signature

James E. Moniz II

Principal

E-Mail:  monizj@parklandsd.org