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610-351-5600

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610-351-5655

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610-351-5655

Discipline Office:
610-351-5615

Athletic Office:
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610-351-5610

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610-351-5616

Visual & Performing Arts:
610-351-5665

Box Office:
610-351-5666

From the Principal's Desk

 

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

Jim Moniz

Happy New Year!

 

Dear Parents:

Each new year is marked by resolutions and opportunities for a fresh start for students, parents, teachers and administrators.  At PHS, students will quickly be reacquainted with their curricular opportunities as our course registration process begins as soon as we return in January. This month each student’s 2019-2020 educational program will be created through various meetings with teachers, counselors, parents, and administrators.

Parkland High School offers rigorous and standards-aligned curriculum for students of all ability levels, and our 2019-2020 school year course offerings menu is unparalleled in its diversity and quality.  Students currently in grades 9, 10 and 11 will receive their course registration books along with a live course registration process television presentation during an extended homeroom period on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  All parents of students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10 and 11 are invited to and should attend a “Parent Meeting for Course Registration for Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022” on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 7 PM in the Parkland High School Auditorium.  All students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10 and 11 must submit their 2019-2020 PHS Course Registration Form to their high school guidance counselor by Friday, January 11, 2019.  Throughout the months of January, February, and early March, the teachers, counselors, and administration will assist your child with the course selection process.

The high school and middle schools use a team approach to provide course registration information to our current 8th grade students and parents.  Activities involving career inventories will take place at the middle schools during early January to aid our students in selecting a career pathway. Course registration books will be provided to each 8th grade student at Orefield and Springhouse in a joint presentation at Parkland High School on Thursday, January 3, 2019.  All parents of 8th grade students at Orefield and Springhouse are invited to and should attend a “Parent Meeting for Course Registration for the Class of 2023” on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7 PM in the Parkland High School Auditorium.  All 8th grade students must submit their 2019-2020 PHS Freshman Registration Form to their middle school guidance counselor by Friday, January 18, 2019.  Throughout the month of January, teachers, counselors, and administration will assist your child with the course selection process. 

Just a reminder for parents: Students who did not yet demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra or Biology Keystone Exam will be retested on January 8 & 9 (Biology) and January 10 & 11 (Algebra).  World Language midterm exams will be administered in class on January 17 & 18. The four core subject midterm exams will be administered on Wednesday, January 23 (English/Social Studies) and Thursday, January 24 (Math/Science). We will have a 11 AM dismissal on Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24. On Friday, January 25 PHS will dismiss at 1 PM.

Congratulations to our music program on their wonderful winter concert performances this past month.  The exceptional quality of their concerts showcases the talents of our students, their incredible work ethic, and the passion shared by our music educators and students.  This year’s concerts were remarkable and helped make this principal’s holiday season that much more enjoyable! 

Sincerely,

James Moniz Signature

Mr. Moniz

Principal

E-Mail:  monizj@parklandsd.org

 

 

Jim Moniz

Dear Parents:

The holidays are always memorable for enjoying seasonal music and family gatherings. Each of the high school winter concerts are very diverse and provide a wonderful evening of music for fans of all ages.  The Chorus Concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 6, with the Band Concert slated a week later, on December 13.  The school concert season concludes with the Orchestra Concert on Thursday, December 20.  The concerts begin at 7 PM and offer a terrific jolt of holiday cheer!

Congratulations to the talented cast and crew of Mary Poppins, Jr. for their memorable performances during the recent children’s show performances November 9-11.  The high energy show drew rave reviews and led many a fan, young and old, humming those memorable songs all weekend long! Special thanks to Mrs. Smith and Miss Roposh for their dedication in providing such a wonderful experience for cast, crew, and patrons alike.

On the athletic courts and fields, Parkland once again enjoyed a very successful fall sports season.  The Girls Soccer and Girls Volleyball teams each won District XI Championships. Both teams performed valiantly in the postseason until succumbing in the State Quarterfinal (Girls Soccer) and State Semifinal (Girls Volleyball). All of our fall athletic teams had very successful seasons and I want to thank them for their commitment to excellence, selfless attitudes, and positive contributions to Parkland on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

For some of our students it is Keystone Exam time again at PHS. December brings another chance for our students to demonstrate proficiency on the Literature Keystone Exams. Tests will be administered in the library on December 5 and 6. Good luck to all our test takers!

The holiday season always moves quickly, so I just want to remind everyone that January is the beginning of course registration. The 2019-20 Course Selection Book will be available on the PHS website mid-December.  

Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season,

James Moniz Signature

James E. Moniz II

Principal

E-Mail:  monizj@parklandsd.org