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PHS Phone Numbers

Receptionist:
610-351-5600

Attendance Office:
610-351-5655

Absentee Hotline:
610-351-5655

Discipline Office:
610-351-5615

Athletic Office:
610-351-5600

Counseling Office:
610-351-5610

Health Room:
610-351-5616

Visual & Performing Arts:
610-351-5665

Box Office:
610-351-5666

Counseling Corner

Counseling Corner

 

Requests for Course Changes

All requests for course changes must be submitted to the Counseling Office by June 28, 2019. No schedule change requests will  be accepted throughout the summer months. Students interested in making a change to their schedule after June 28, 2019 may pick up the request form in the Counseling Office during the first six days of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Summer School

Summer school information will be forwarded will be forwarded to eligible students shortly after final grades are received. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you have any questions about your son or daughter’s academic standing.

 

Moving?

Please contact the Counseling Office this summer if your family will be moving within the Parkland School District or outside of the district. Two documents are required to confirm a change of residence within the district by the end of July in order for new transportation information to be issued on time. If you plan to move outside of the district, please contact the Counseling Office to withdraw your child from the school district. At that time, we will provide you with the academic and medical documents necessary to ensure a smooth transition to your new school.

 

SAT Testing

The remaining test dates for this school year are June 1, 2019 for the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests, and June 8, 2019 for the ACT. Parkland High School is a test center for the June administration of the SAT.

Online registration for the 2019-2020 SAT tests will be available throughout the summer months at www.sat.org/registerAugust 24, 2019 and October 5, 2019 are the first two SAT test dates scheduled for next school year.

 

PSAT Testing

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) will be administered this fall to sophomores and juniors on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Parkland High School. The College Board allows for this test to be administered only once every school year. Please mark this date on your calendar for future reference. Information about the PSAT can be found on www.collegeboard.com/psat. Registration for the PSAT will take place at Parkland High School in mid-September. Fee waivers are available to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please contact Mrs. McGarr in the Counseling Office with any questions regarding the PSAT.

 

Counseling Corner

 

College Night

On May 8, from 7 PM - 8:15 PM, Parkland High School will offer a college night. Admissions representatives from The Pennsylvania State University, DeSales University and Lehigh Carbon Community College will conduct two 35-minute informational sessions. In addition, a panel of 2018 Parkland graduates will be on hand to discuss their transition from high school to college. The panel will also hold two sessions. 

 

Advanced Placement Testing

Advanced Placement Testing takes place for two weeks at Parkland High School, from May 6 through May 17. A pre-administration activity is held in April for all AP candidates. Parents and students should be aware that afternoon AP exams may not be completed before regular dismissal time. Afternoon testing must begin at noon and several tests require four hours to complete, therefore, an alternate form of transportation home may be required. Students needing to cancel an AP exam will be charged a $15 College Board processing fee. Only a partial refund will be returned to parents when an AP exam is cancelled. Students requesting any type of alternate testing will need to see Mr. Gordon in the Counseling Office. The College Board only allows alternate testing for specific reasons, and a supplemental fee is charged. The College Board has made it clear that no early testing will be allowed.

 

Eighth Grade Orientation

In May, all eighth grade middle school students tour the high school as part of the ninth grade orientation program. We believe this will help our incoming freshmen ease the anxieties that normally exist with this type of transition. Please contact the high school counseling office if you have any questions or concerns about your child entering Parkland High School next year.

 

Moving Over The Summer

Please contact the Counseling Office as soon as possible if your family will be moving within or outside of the Parkland School District. Two documents are required to confirm a change of residence within the district. In order for new transportation information to be issued on time, the paperwork must be received in the Counseling Office by the end of July. If moving outside of the district, please contact the Counseling Office to withdraw you child from school. At that time we will provide you with the academic and medical documents necessary to ensure a smooth transition to your new school district.

 

College Board 2019 PSAT

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) will be administered to sophomores and juniors on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Parkland High School. Please mark the October date on your calendar for future reference since the College Board does not allow for make-up administrations of this exam. Information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.com/psat. Registration for the PSAT will take place in the Counseling Office during the first few weeks of the 2019-20 school year. This is an important assessment for all college bound sophomores and juniors. Additional details will be shared in the August/September newsletter.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT COURSE CHANGES

All requests for course changes MUST be submitted to the Counseling Office by June 28, 2019. No requests for schedule changes will be accepted during the summer months after the June 28 deadline. Students looking to request a schedule change after the deadline date may do so during the first six days of the new school year.

 

MAY TESTING CALENDAR

May 3, 2019 - Registration deadline for the June 1 SAT Assessment

May 3, 2019 – Registration deadline for the June 8 ACT Assessment

May 4, 2019 - SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test administration date (Parkland High School is a test site)

June 1, 2019 - SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test administration date (Parkland High School is a test site)

June 8, 2019 - ACT Assessment administration

 

 

 

 

           

 

Counseling Corner

 

ASVAB (ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY)

On Wednesday, April 17 the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be administered to all students who have pre-registered for the three-hour exam. The ASVAB is an excellent opportunity for students to complete a career aptitude test that examines ten different areas including mathematics knowledge, mechanical comprehension, coding speed and general science, to name a few. Students interested in a military career must take the ASVAB for career training placement; however, all students can benefit from the information provided by this exam. The exam is free of charge and administered by military testing personnel at the high school; however, there is no obligation to meet with military recruiters if a student participates in the testing. In fact, most students taking the ASVAB are solely interested in identifying their strengths and weaknesses in the skill areas named above. In addition, an excellent workbook highlighting personal traits and several hundred career occupations is distributed to students along with their test results. Results of the test are usually available within two to three weeks. If your son or daughter is interested in taking the ASVAB, registration will be held starting April 3 through April 12 in the Parkland High School Counseling Office. Students can pick up an ASVAB booklet if they are interested in learning more about this valuable career aptitude test. 

 

GIFTED IEP MEETINGS

Gifted IEP meetings for ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students will be held April 2 through April 9 in the Counseling Office.  Please contact Mrs. Randy Hanna at 610-351-5610, ext. 73511 to schedule your appointment time for the GIEP meeting.

 

POSTSECONDARY PLANNING

Postsecondary planning presentations were conducted in the junior English classrooms during the month of March. College admissions testing, financial aid information and college application procedures were reviewed to give all students an understanding of the information needed to continue their college and/or career search. Counselors are available to discuss individual postsecondary plans with interested junior students. 

 

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTING – SAT and ACT

Juniors are reminded that sign-ups for the SAT I: Reasoning Test, SAT II: Subject Tests and the ACT are currently in progress. Some universities require a junior set of SAT or ACT test scores. Only May and June test dates are still available for each exam this school year. Students interested in applying to selective private colleges and universities should check if the SAT II: Subject Tests are required for admission or placement purposes. The most up-to-date information can be found on each school’s website. Students are encouraged to register for the SAT on the College Board’s website located at www.sat.org/register or the ACT at www.act.org/student.

 

JOB FAIR

On February 28, Parkland High School hosted it's 2nd Annual Job Fair where 70 employers had the opportunity to meet with 11th and 12th grade students. The employers in attendance commented that the students they met were polite and respectful, that they received impressive resumes and were looking to hire a number of students as a result of the event.

A huge thank you to the following companies for their food/beverage donations: Duck Donuts, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Philly Pretzel Factory - Tilghman Street, Wawa, Niagara Bottling, Top Star Express/Subway, Weis Markets, Red Robin and Wegmans.

If you own a business or are employed at a business/organization that is interested in participating in next year's event, please e-mail Allison McPeek at mcpeeka@parklandsd.org.

Check out the opportunities below that were shared at the PHS Job Fair on February 28:

Jobs

Internships

Volunteer Opportunities

Training/Military Opportunities

 

EXCITING UPDATE

Guidance Department information is now available in Schoology for students. Be sure to have your student check their Class of 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022 Schoology page for important information in the following folders:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Job Opportunities
  • Special/Summer Programs
  • Scholarships

Students should be sure to check this site often, as items are constantly being updated and added. Any questions or concerns should be sent to Allison McPeek at mcpeeka@parklandsd.org.

 

APRIL TESTING CALENDAR

April 5, 2019 – Regular registration deadline for the SAT I: Reasoning Test and the SAT II: Subject Tests on May 4.

April 13, 2019 – ACT Test Administration.

* Parkland High School is a test center for both the May and June SAT tests.  Remember to register early! 

Counseling Corner

 

Advanced Placement Testing Registration

During the weeks of March 11 through March 22, registration for the Advanced Placement exams will be held in the Parkland High School Counseling Office.  The cost of this year’s exam is $94, payable by check to Parkland High School. All exams ordered after March 22 will have a late fee added on to each exam. Information regarding fee waivers is available to those students and families experiencing financial hardship.  A $15 processing fee will be charged for each exam ordered from the College Board but cancelled by the student. The 2018-19 Advanced Placement Bulletins are available in the Counseling Office.  The exam schedule can be found on the back of the AP Bulletin.  All morning exams will begin at 8 AM and afternoon exams will start at noon.  Students registered for afternoon tests may not be finished until 3:30 or 4 PM, therefore, alternate transportation home may be needed.  Specific guidelines for late testing or alternate testing can be found in the AP Bulletin.  Please contact Mr. Jeremy Gordon in the Counseling Office at 610-351-5600 ext. 73521 regarding any questions about Advanced Placement Testing.

 

Course Registration for 2019-2020

Registration meetings are currently in progress with all freshmen, sophomores and juniors regarding course selection for the 2019-2020 school year.  Questions concerning next year’s schedules should be directed to the student’s assigned counselor.

 

Junior Post-Secondary Planning

Post-secondary planning presentations will be conducted in the English classrooms throughout the month of March.  The high school counselors will review college admissions testing, college application procedures, financial aid and so much more.

 

Junior Athletes - NCAA Eligibility Center

Athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center following completion of their junior year in high school. At the end of the student's junior year, a transcript that includes grades for six semesters should be requested through the Parchment Exchange e-Transcript Service.   Additionally, students should have their SAT or ACT scores forwarded directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center (by using code "9999") whenever they take the exam. Students can access the Eligibility Center website at www.eligibilitycenter.com for additional information.

 

Juniors – Don't Forget to Sign Up for the SAT or ACT!

Juniors are reminded that sign-ups for the SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests and the ACT are currently in progress. May and June testing dates are still available for all tests.  Registration for the SAT can be completed on the College Board website at www.sat.org/register.  Registration for the ACT can be completed online at www.actstudent.org/start.

 

College Admissions Testing Calendar

March 8, 2019 – Regular registration deadline for the April 13, 2019 ACT test.

March 9, 2019 – SAT Reasoning Test will be given at Parkland High School.

 

Lehigh University - Summer Engineering Institute

The annual Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is an intense, challenging, eye-opening set of activities for high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring the pursuit of science, technology, or engineering at the college level and beyond. Lehigh University students and faculty will lead enriching academic experiences and serve as mentors and role models. There will be two sessions held, June 30 - July 13 and July 14 - 27. If you are interested in being nominated to participate in this program, please see Allison McPeek in the Counseling Office or email her at mcpeeka@parklandsd.org

Counseling Corner

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING

The 2018-2019 Advanced Placement Bulletin is available in the Counseling Office for students interested in taking Advanced Placement exams in May.  On the back of the AP Bulletin, students and parents can reference the exam schedule, which runs May 6 through May 17.  The cost of each exam will be $94. Registration for the Advanced Placement exams will be held March 11 through March 22 in the Counseling Office.  Checks should be made payable to Parkland High School; no cash will be accepted. All exams ordered after March 22 will have a late fee added on to each exam.  Information regarding fee waivers is available to those students and families experiencing financial hardship.  Parents and students are reminded that a $15 processing fee will be charged for each exam ordered from the College Board but cancelled by the student.  Questions about Advanced Placement exam registration should be directed to Mr. Jeremy Gordon in the Counseling Office at 610-351-5610 ext. 73521 or gordonj@parklandsd.org.

          

COURSE REGISTRATION MEETINGS

Course selections for the 2019-2020 school year will be reviewed with all students throughout the month of February. Please refer to the 2019-2020 course registration book for new course offerings.  Course details will be outlined by classroom teachers throughout the spring semester. Please remember that honors and advanced placement courses require summer assignments. Questions concerning next year’s schedules should be directed to the student’s assigned counselor.  All course registration forms were due in the Counseling Office January 11, 2019.

 

NONPUBLIC STUDENT REGISTRATION

On February 25 and 26, the high school counselors will be available after school to register nonpublic students transferring to Parkland High School for the 2019-2020 school year.  If you have friends or neighbors interested in transferring to Parkland High School from a nonpublic school, please invite them to contact Mrs. Kris Chenworth, Parkland High School Registrar, for a pre-registration appointment at 610-351-5600 ext. 73432 or chenworthk@parklandsd.org.

 

PHS JOB FAIR

On Thursday, February 28, juniors and seniors will be attending the 2nd Annual Parkland High School Job Fair during their history class. Approximately 70 employers will be on site to meet with students. The goal will be for students to land summer employment, internships, volunteer opportunities and job shadowing experiences. Students will be asked to come prepared to speak with employers, many with mini resumes on-hand and a list of potential employers they would like to speak with. Do you have a business that is interested in hiring Parkland students? Or, perhaps you might like to speak to students during Career Seminar Weeks in the fall? Interested employers should contact Allison McPeek at mcpeeka@parklandsd.org.

 

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY - SUMMER ENGINEERING INSTITUTE

The annual Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is an intense, challenging, eye-opening set of activities for high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring the pursuit of science, technology, or engineering at the college level and beyond. Lehigh University students and faculty will lead enriching academic experiences and serve as mentors and role models. There will be two sessions held, June 30 - July 13 and July 14 - 27. If you are interested in being nominated to participate in this program, please see Allison McPeek in the Counseling Office or email her at mcpeeka@parklandsd.org

 

FEBRUARY TESTING CALENDAR

March 9, May 4 and June 1 are the three SAT test dates remaining for this school year.  Juniors are encouraged to register early so they do not get bumped to an alternate testing location.

February 8, 2019 – Regular registration deadline for the March 9 administration of the SAT (Parkland High School is a test center for the March SAT).

February 9, 2019 –  ACT Assessment Administration