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From the Principal's Desk

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Dear Parents:

Academic excellence is always something special to celebrate and this year Parkland High School students Thwisha Anantasagar, Abigail Bartynski, John Blizard, Sarah Clapham, Coltrane Conner,William Dacey, Nehali Gupta, Christine Hutchinson, Sahil Inaganti, Matthew Liu, Aditi Pallod, Rayhan Rahman, August Schwartz, Sriyaa Suresh, Shaili Vyas, James Wang and Matthew Zager have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Each of these excellent students has received a Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  They represent a select group of 34,000 Commended Students across the nation who scored among the top five percent of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program.  The administration, faculty, and student body congratulate these Commended Students and their parents for these outstanding accomplishments.

The school year has kicked into high gear as we near the completion of the first marking period on November 8.  October was a busy month highlighted by a terrific Homecoming Week (October 1-6). Student Council is very proud to announce that PHS, spearheaded by Student Council’s Garter Bowl, raised $3,000 for the Wildlands Conservancy. I would like to commend all the Garter Bowl participants while issuing special kudos to the champion Seniors and runner-up Juniors for a tightly contested and extremely well played championship game.

Maintaining a safe learning environment is paramount in Parkland and we utilize various activities to address the needs of our students. Bullying, violence, and substance abuse are top concerns among schools, students, parents and communities.  The powerful “CHOICES!” School Program, presented by former WWE Wrestling Champion Marc Mero, helps students see life from a new perspective.  Our 9th and 10th graders will see his program on November 5 during a school assembly and ALL parents are invited to a Parent Night with Marc Mero at Springhouse Middle School beginning at 7 PM. The program is free for Parkland parents thanks to a generous sponsorship by Jaindl Farms.

The high school will hold a Parent Forum on Wednesday, November 14 at 6 PM in room C200.   This forum is open to all parents and/or legal guardians of Parkland High School students.

Our fall sports teams have displayed their power in league play and we wish them the best as they pursue their goals in District XI and State Competition.  For families with younger children, do not miss out on our theater program’s production of “Disney’s Mary Poppins, Jr.”, with performances November 9-11.  The cast and crew can’t wait to perform and I highly recommend coming out to what will be a very entertaining show.

Please note on Wednesday, November 21, Parkland High School will have a 1 PM early dismissal.   

Happy Thanksgiving!


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James E. Moniz II

Athletic News


Athletic News

We are starting to wind down with our fall sports. 

The Golf team had an impressive record of 14-2.  We had four players qualify for the District Tournament. Chris Panny, Trevor Grimm and John Angelella all tied for seventh.  Ava Sweeney finished ninth.  

Our Girls Tennis team finished with a record of 17-3.  The girls finished second in the District Team Tournament.  Joanna Wu finished third in Leagues in the #2 singles slot. 

The Girls Cross Country team finished the regular season with a 16-1 record. The Boys Cross Country team captured the EPC title with a perfect record of 17-0.  Our Boys team then took second place in Districts and will be going onto the State Meet on Saturday, November 3.  Madison Zaun took third place in Districts and will also be competing in the State Meet. 

Our Volleyball team finished with a 14-2 record and lost in the EPC finals.   

Football is currently 6-4 and will be playing in Districts. 

Girls Soccer won their 5th consecutive League Championship.  Both Boys and Girls are currently in the Semi Final round of Districts.

Our Field Hockey team finished with a 10-6 record and qualified for the District Tournament.   

All-League performers so far are:

Volleyball: Grace Steurer 1st team, Adriana Goetz-Morales and Brooke Kratzer were on the 2nd team. 

Boys Soccer: Connor Burke and Justin Douglas earned 1st team honors. 

Good Luck to all Remaining Teams in the Playoffs.


Winter Sports

Winter sports tryouts are right around the corner. All student athletes must have a current physical to try out. 

November 16 is the first official day of tryouts.

Boys Junior High, Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball will practice at the High School right after school. 

Wrestling and Swimming will also practice at the High School right after school. 

Girls Junior High, Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball will practice at 6 PM at the High School. 

This list is for the first day of tryouts only. Please check with your coaches for the remainder of the schedule.


Mark Your Calendar

Spring 2018-2019 sports physicals will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Parkland High School.

Boys 8 AM – 9:30 AM, Girls 9:30 AM – 11 AM. They are free of charge.

No student can participate in a spring sport without a full PIAA physical.  Recertification forms may be used for a spring sport if the athlete had full physicals for a fall or winter sport in 2018.  The Parkland Athletic Department understands it may not be convenient to come to our scheduled free physical event.  However, those who miss must get a PIAA physical on their own prior to March 4, 2019. Paperwork can be found on the Parkland website at under Forms. 

All Parkland athletes must get an ImPACT test once during their four years at PHS and before participation. 

The first day of spring sports is Monday,  March 4. 


Counseling Corner


Counseling Corner



Seniors need to remember that a minimum of ten working days is needed to process college/scholarship applications. Please pay close attention to your deadlines!  Applications with a January 1, 2019 deadline date, requiring a letter of recommendation and /or secondary school report, must be reported no later than Friday, December 7, 2018.  Please contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions. 



First marking period report cards will be distributed in homeroom to all students on Thursday, November 15. If you have concerns regarding your son's or daughter’s progress in an academic subject area, please contact the classroom teacher or your child’s guidance counselor. Tutoring is available to all students through the National Honor Society. Tutor request forms are available in the Library and Counseling Office. Tutoring is typically scheduled during a study hall.  Students are notified of their assigned cycle day and tutoring time by their English teachers. Math tutors are also available before and after school. Please contact your child’s math teacher for a referral to this service.



Requests for homework can be made only if a student is absent from school for at least three consecutive days due to illness. Requests should be made early in the day in order to give the teachers time to collect missing assignments.  All calls for homework should be directed to Mrs. Bodnar in the Counseling Office at 610-351-5610. Students are encouraged to check Schoology for additional information.



November 2 – Registration deadline for the December 8 ACT, and Registration Deadline for the December 1 SAT.

November 3 – SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests Administration (Parkland High School is a test center).

December 1 – SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests Administration (Parkland High School is not a test center).

(Note: You can register for the SAT at or for the ACT at


Drivers Ed

Driver's Education             

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As leaves begin to fall, consider the following as 'discussion starters' when talking with your new drivers:


  • Wet leaves on the roadway can be as slippery as ice. They can also obscure traffic lines and other pavement markings, making driving in unfamiliar areas particularly difficult. Motorists should slow down and use extra caution on leaf-covered roadways.


  • Other fall hazards for motorists can be fog and sun glare. When driving in fog, motorists should use low beam headlights since the high beam setting creates glare and reduces visibility. Not only will headlights enhance visibility of your vehicle, state law requires headlights be on when wipers are in use.


  • Sun glare can be the most problematic during sunrise and sunset, which coincide with morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing an unexpected traffic slowdown. Drivers can prepare for the glare by keeping a set of sunglasses handy, removing clutter from their sun visors and keeping the inside of their vehicle's windshield clean.


  • Morning frost and icy spots on the roads can also cause problems as overnight temperatures drop closer to freezing. Motorists should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses and shaded areas on roadways where icy spots can form on the pavement. In addition to exercising caution while driving, motorists should clear their vehicles' windows of frost before travel.


Has your child recently gotten their learner's permit?  Consider registering them for the CLIU's Behind-the-Wheel program!  Learn more and register online at  Questions?  Call 610-769-4111 x1299 or email

Information from the School Nurse

Health Room Information


Flu Season

The flu season occurs from October through April.  Check with your doctor about getting the flu vaccine for your student. The Health Room would like to remind you of some information about preventing the flu and other viruses:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Get a flu shot
  • Cover your cough
  • Get adequate rest
  • Eat healthy nutritious food 

To help stay healthy and decrease the spread of illness in the school, we encourage families to adhere to the following guidelines for sending your child to school:

Please keep your child home from school if he/she is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • fever of 100 degrees or more
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • severe head cold
  • persistent cough
  • severe sore throat

It is advised that a student should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Please remind your student that cell phone use is prohibited during the school day. If your student feels ill, he/she should visit the Health Room for evaluation.


11th Grade Physicals

Juniors should return their completed physical forms to the Health Room as soon as possible.  Forms are available on the PHS website at  

***Please Note:  Immunization Requirement - the meningitis vaccine is required on or after a student's 16th birthday.  Students currently in 11th grade will be required to have this immunization on the first day of their senior year. The 11th grade physical is a good time to be sure this requirement is fulfilled.



Students who need medication during the school day will need to submit a parent authorization AND a physician’s order for prescription or over-the-counter medications. All medication must be brought to the Health Room by a parent or guardian; students may not transport medication to or from school.  Forms are available on the PHS website at

Reminder: The Health Room does not have cold medication.  If your student has cold symptoms, please medicate as needed before or after school.

If you have any questions for the Health Room staff, do not hesitate to call 610-351-5616.

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PHS Upcoming Events

   Week Day       Date        PHS Upcoming Events   
   Saturday       11/3       SAT Exam   
   Sunday       11/4       Daylight Savings Time Ends   
      Monday         11/5    Mark Mero Presentation for 9th & 10th grades -- in the gym at 9 AM    
                   French Honor Society Meeting -- in C220 at 3 PM   
                   Scholastic Scrimmage -- in C200 & C210 at 3 PM   
   Wednesday       11/7       LEO Club Meeting -- in C200 at 7:15 AM   
                   Tri-M Honor Society Inductions -- in C200 at 7 PM   
   Thursday       11/8       End of First Marking Period   
                   LEO Club Meeting -- in C200 at 7:15 AM   
   Friday       11/9       Children's Show "Disney's Mary Poppins, Jr." -- in the auditorium at 7 PM   
   Saturday       11/10       Children's Show "Disney's Mary Poppins, Jr." -- in the auditorium at 3 PM & 7 PM   
   Sunday        11/11       Children's Show "Disney's Mary Poppins, Jr." -- in the auditorium at 3 PM   
   Monday       11/12       Scholastic Scrimmage -- in C200 & C210 at 3 PM   
   Tuesday       11/13       Post Prom Meeting -- in the library classroom at 7 PM    
                   German Honor Society Inductions -- in C200 at 7 PM   
   Wednesday       11/14       Key Club Meeting -- in C200 at 7 AM   
                   Parent Forum Meeting -- in C200 at 6 PM   
                   National Letter of Intent Signing -- in C200 at 3:30 PM   
   Thursday       11/15       Report Cards Distributed (B Schedule)   
                   National Honor Society Inductions -- in the auditorium at 7 PM   
   Friday       11/16       First Day of Winter Sports   
   Monday       11/19       Scholastic Scrimmage -- in C200 & C210 at 3 PM   
   Wednesday       11/21       Early Dismissal at 1 PM (C Schedule)   
                   LEO Club Meeting -- in C200 at 7:15 AM   
   Thursday       11/22       Happy Thanksgiving! -- School Closed   
   Friday       11/23       Thanksgiving Holiday -- School Closed   
   Monday       11/26       Thanksgiving Holiday -- School Closed   
   Wednesday       11/28       Key Club Meeting -- in C200 at 7 PM   

Student Information/Activities

Homecoming 2018

Congratulations to all senior students that were nominated for the Homecoming Court this year. 

This year’s court included:  Laura Brooke Walker, Kira Halma, Danielle Colapietro, Katelyn Rizzetto, Gabrielle Wilby, Michael Olenick, Matthew DeStefon, Colby Carlson, Seth Fine and Jason Dratch.  Danielle Colapietro & Colby Carlson were named Homecoming Queen and King at the Homecoming dance on Saturday, October 6. 

Congratulations to the senior girls' Garter Bowl team that won the annual championship on Wednesday, October 3.  The senior team was coached by Mr. Mike Carpenito, Ms. Calliope Volikas & Ms. Lori Muzzello. This year’s game brought in $3,000, which will be donated to the Wildlands Conservancy.

The Homecoming floats were a big success again this year, as all clubs “Go Green” to support the Wildlands Conservancy.  Award-winning floats this year were as follows:

  • 1st place: Leo Club “Keep Leo’s Home Clean,” advised by Wes Spence and Dave Martin
  • 2nd place: PALS “Magic School Bus Goes Undersea,” advised by Amanda Keifer
  • 3rd place: Key Club “Scooby and the Mystery Garbage Machine,” advised by Dave Martin and Amber Spence
  • Best Comedy: GEO/Conservation Clubs “Go Green,” advised by Sarah Yenser, John Fegley and Tom Rozycki
  • Best performance: Dance Team “We Speak for the Trees,” advised by Alexis Muhr 
  • Best skit: Cheerleaders “Go Wild,” advised by Laura Gabrick
  • Most innovative: Class of 2019 “Go Hawaiian,” advised by Amanda Keifer
  • Best theme: Latin Club “Going Green 101:  Olympian Edition, advised by Mary Redline                          
November 2018 band members at garter bowl

Marching Band members at the Garter Bowl

November 2018 Jr. Garter Bowl players

Junior Garter Bowl participants

November 2018 Geo & Conservation Clubs float

GEO Club and Conservation Club float

November 2018 dance team float

Dance Team float

November 2018 student council dance prep

Student Council members decorating for the dance

November 2018 student council at homecoming dance

Student Council members at the Homecoming Dance

2018-2019 Par Key Yearbook

Order Your Yearbook Today: Price: $82.00 plus tax until December 28.

Order at:

Senior Baby Photos:
Please email them to: by November 2.

Senior Photos:
Seniors must be photographed by Frank Mitman Photography to be included in the 2019 yearbook. If your senior has not yet been photographed, please call 610-433-2110 to schedule your appointment by December 3.
Note: Frank Mitman Photography will be at the high school for 'yearbook only' photos on November 20 and 21.

Senior Dedications:
Must be submitted by December 7. Go to the yearbook website to see details and requirements:    


Seniors - Class of 2019 

Class of 2019 reminder to pay class dues

Please drop off dues in Room B127


Juniors - Class of 2020

Class of 2020 fundraiser

Class of 2022

Parents of Freshmen Students:

Please remember to pay your $20 class dues.

  • Make checks payable to PHS, and include “Class of 2022” in the memo space.
  • Turn in cash or check in an envelope to Mrs. Yenser in Room C241.

Please contact Mrs. Sarah Yenser at Parkland High School with any questions.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Parenting Tips to Support Your Child through High School


Parents want their children to do well in high school but sometimes it is a challenge to figure out how to support them. High school is a time when parent involvement is critical but often not present. The following are some hints on how to help your teen get the most out of high school:

• Keep tabs on school attendance. Check attendance reports. If you suspect a problem, call the school immediately. Do not encourage your child to skip school for special trips or activities not related to school, such as an outing with friends. Otherwise, you help send the message that school is less important than having fun.

• Make sure your teen gets plenty of sleep. Recent studies show that teenagers need nine or more hours of sleep each night, and that students earning A's and B's generally get to bed earlier than students with lower grades.

• Don’t accept the “I’m never going to use this after high school” excuse for not working hard in a particular class. For example, algebra may not be everybody’s favorite subject, but studies show that courses like algebra are critically important in college acceptance decisions and achievement.

• If you have a senior, beware of “senior slump.” Recent reports indicate that students may consider the last year of high school a waste of time. However, students who waste their senior year are often unprepared for college-level work, even if they took challenging courses during their earlier high school years.

• Help your teen keep an assignment calendar with dates for long-term projects as well as daily homework. Review the calendar at the beginning of the week to plan how time will be used, and make allowances for other activities such as sports and clubs.

• Help your teen divide long-term assignments into smaller tasks and develop a timeline for when tasks should be finished in order to have the entire assignment completed on time.

• Make sure there is a place for quiet study located away from televisions and phones, along with a place to keep school materials, including materials necessary for long-term assignments. Studies show that parent involvement drops dramatically as students move from elementary school into middle and high school. Yet, given the complexities of high school in today's world, this is a time when many students are most in need of parental support and involvement.

• You might not understand a subject, such as Physics or Early American Literature, but you can still listen to your teen talk about what is happening in class. Also, listen to what is happening outside of class. Listen to what your teen is trying to say without immediately judging or offering advice.

• Encourage your teen to join a club or sport at school. Outside activities are educational and often increase students’ interest in school.

• Help your teens put their concerns or problems into words, and encourage them to try and figure out possible solutions or coping strategies.

If you begin doing the above mentioned items, your teenager may be confused or suspicious by your sudden interest or involvement.  Explain that you are trying to support them through a difficult period of life.  If they resist, tell them that you love them and want to help them, so you are going to be involved whether they like it or not. 


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Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts


As the days get shorter and the temperatures finally become more fall-like, the A-Wing is filled with the color and sounds of autumn. The Marching Band begins its final drive towards the season’s end while the stage at PHS prepares for musicals and concerts.


The 2018 Children’s Show will be the classic "Disney’s Mary Poppins, Jr.".  Follow Jane and Michael Banks on fantastical adventures with their new nanny as she helps the Banks family in more ways than one. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins, this show includes a score filled with timeless classics as well as charming new songs written especially for this adaptation. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” are among the many familiar songs that will be performed in this wonderful story that has brought joy to generations of people, young and old. Performances are Friday, November 9 at 7 PM, Saturday, November 10 at 3 PM and 7 PM, and Sunday, November 11 at 3 PM.

Tickets for this production are now available online. Go to and search for Parkland High School. Choose your own seats and print your tickets from the comfort of your home or office. Tickets for "Mary Poppins, Jr." will also be available at the box office one hour before curtain, but we strongly recommend buying them online ahead of time for the best seat selection. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students, kids, and senior citizens 65 and older (prices include processing fee).


While we are preparing to release the title of our always-exciting Spring Musical, there are a few dates to keep in mind. The show will be presented Wednesday, April 10 - Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM and will close with a matinee on Sunday, April 14 at 3 PM.  Tickets for the musical will go on sale at 12 noon on Monday, December 3 at

Audition materials for this year's spring musical will be available November 1 from Mr. Anonia in A119.   Auditions will be held on November 17, 19, and 20. Specific requirements for the auditions are detailed in the audition packet.  Auditions for the pit orchestra and sign-ups for stage crew will occur in early December.  


Parkland Chorale Holiday Concert!  The Parkland Chorale is gearing up for their annual winter concert at Neff's UCC.  This year's concert is Sunday, December 9 at 7 PM.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Please join the Chorale for an exciting evening of choral music to usher in the holiday season.


The Induction Ceremony for the Tri-M Music Honor Society will take place on November 7 at 7 PM in room C200. Former PHS choir director, Clair Neamand, will be our guest speaker.


During November, the Trojan Art Gallery features the art work of former Parkland Art teacher, Joel Jacobson, as he gives “A Nod to the Past” through his painting.

November 2018 art gallery photo


The following 29 students qualified for the 2019 PMEA District 10 Chorus:

Soprano 1:

       Taylor Shortell (Third Place)

       Michaiah Watkins

Soprano 2:

       Olivia Behr

       Natalie St. Hill

       Jenny Delorimier

Alto 1:

       Abby Hill (First Place)

       Mackenzie Lynch (Second Place)

       Julianne Lane

       Shanyn Kaiser

Alto 2:

       Ava Del Rio

       Aylor Scandola

       Lauren Petrocelli

       Isabella Fedele

       Paige Herman

Tenor 1:

       Colin Bowers

Tenor 2:

       Matthew Melchior (Third Place)

       Robert Moore

       Carter Sachse

Bass 1:

       Brycen Geiger (Fifth Place)

       Noah Erlemann

       Coltrane Conner

       Jacob Roth

       Christopher Kern

Bass 2:

       Raphael Ettinger-Finley (Second Place)

       Dylan Buckner (Third Place)

       Daniel Stewart

       Nate Cowling

       Justin Kuhlman

       Akaash Kapoor

Congratulations to these talented students. The 2019 PMEA District 10 Chorus Festival will be held February 7-9 at Exeter Township High School and will include 200 of the best high school musicians from Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Schuylkill Counties.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

When we return from break, the A-wing will be alive with concerts almost every night. We hope you will join us!

November 2018 Inclement Weather


Marc Mero Presentation


SADD Fundraiser