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.
Our Scholar Athletes for the winter sports are as follows:
Girls’ Basketball: Claire Courter
Boys’ Basketball: Adam Klinger
Cheerleading: Kyleigh Haas
Girls’ Swimming: Alison Lin
Boys’ Swimming: Michael Salvino
Wrestling: Cory Border
Winter sports are winding down with Districts and States. The records as of now are as follows:
Boys’ Basketball: 15-9
Girls’ Basketball: 15-10
Girls’ Swimming: 10-2
Boys’ Swimming: 10-1-1
The following wrestlers earned a 5th place finish in Districts and will be competing in the Northeast Regional wrestling tournament this weekend: Cory Border at 285 and Kale Cummings at 145.
Swimming just completed the District XI Diving Championships with the following divers placing in the meet:
Girls: 1st place - Lexi Lehman, 2nd place - Alexa Brinker, 3rd place - Katharine Gottwald
Boys: 2nd place - Logan Choma, 3rd place - Ethan Radio, 4th place - Kole Cannon
Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball both advanced to the semifinals of the District tournament. They also qualified for the State tournament that begins March 8. Congratulations to all teams and good luck the rest of the season.
Mark Your Sports Calendar
Fall 2019-2020 sports physicals will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Parkland High School.
Girls 8 AM – 10 AM, Boys 10 AM – 12 noon. They are free.
No student can participate in a fall sport without a full PIAA physical that they received after June 1, 2019. The Parkland Athletic Department understands that 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 August 12, 2019. Paperwork can be found on the https://www.parklandsd.org/ website under Departments - Athletics - Forms. All Parkland athletes must get an ImPACT test once during their 4 years at PHS and before participation.
The first day of fall sports is Monday, August 12.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Parents of Current 9th Grade PHS Students:
All 10th grade students will be scheduled for a one semester Driver Education theory course which consists of four class periods for each six-day cycle. It is an excellent way for your child to not only prepare for their PA Learner's Permit, but also provides numerous hands-on presentations and several guest speakers to help introduce and reinforce the importance of being a safe, defensive driver.
For students who have a challenging schedule planned for 10th grade, if they would benefit from extra study halls to complete other school work, OR if they will be turning 16 soon, an optional 30-hour summer enrichment course is offered to take in lieu of the semester course. If your child would like to take the Driver Education - Theory course during the summer, green registration packets are now available from Mrs. Bennick’s office. Students can register for our course, which will start Monday, June 24 – Wednesday, July 3 from 8 AM – 12 PM. The cost is $175, and students must register for our course by the last day of the school year, Friday, June 14. This course is also open to students who are Parkland residents who attend other schools. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Bennick at email@example.com or at 610-351-5600.
All eleventh grade students should return their completed physical forms to the Health Room as soon as possible. If you are planning to have your son/daughter’s physical done by the school physician, you need to notify the Health Room by March 12.
All tenth grade students should have been notified regarding the mandated physical for the eleventh grade. This can be done at the time your student gets his/her physical for their driver's permit, but may not be completed before July 1, 2018. The forms are located on the PHS website under HS links. Copies of the physical forms used for the driver's permit are accepted for the student's school physical. Please return the choice form to the Health Room as soon as possible to indicate how the physical will be completed.
New 12th Grade Immunization Needed
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has changed the requirements for your child’s immunization schedule. ALL12th GRADE (2019-20)Students must have A SECOND DOSE of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) (must be given at age 16 or older) prior to the 1st day of school in September.
Allergy Season Reminder
Allergy season is rapidly approaching. With this in mind, the Health Room does not have allergy medication to administer for seasonal allergies. Please administer these medications before school.
Forms for the Health Room can be downloaded from the PHS website under HS links.
We are here to assist you with any questions regarding the health of your son or daughter.
February was coding month at the PHS Library and our theme for March is “March into Happy”. The Library will spotlight ways to focus on the positive through books and events. Stop in for more details.
To celebrate Teen Tech Week, March 3 through March 9, we will highlight the balance between the need for technology and the need to disconnect. This ties in with our “March into Happy” theme as we encourage students to be mindful of the amount of time they spend on their devices or social media.
Don't forget that we have SAT Prep, AP Test Prep books, and Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (accessible through CLEVER) for free practice tests.
And, combat those winter blues by checking out a great read at our Library.
2019 East Central Pennsylvania Regional Scholastic Writing Awards
Parkland Writing Award Winners
Title of Work
Who I Am
Ruminations Of A Young Mind
Feet, Walls, Voice, Leaf
The Man, The Voice, And The Boy
Parkland School District's Annual Food Drive Update
Thanks to all students and staff that have helped gather nearly 11,000 non-perishable items to support the district wide initiative for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Physical Education department and Mrs. Ellen Snyder's classes have the honor of top "CAN" collections.
DVD Orders will be taken until March 15
Seniors - Class of 2019
Please drop off dues in Room B127
Freshmen - Class of 2022
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.
Nicotine Salts or “nic salts” are on the rise, presenting new issues in the vaping world. The salt is created by combining nicotine with an organic acid, masking the naturally unpleasant taste of nicotine. Without the negative throat feeling from a hit, use of this form is further attractive and users may take deeper and more frequent puffs. This form also leads to higher nicotine blood content in a shorter amount of time, triggering neurochemical reactions faster. Many experts worry that inhaling these and other added ingredients may cause other health problems in years to come.*
The Student Assistance Program is hosting the CARON Treatment Center’s Tobacco Cessation Group. This will begin sometime in February or early March. If you are interested, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This group will occur during the school day and rotate periods weekly.
Well, winter has arrived with a definite change in the weather. All of our groups are dealing with delays and cancelled rehearsals and rescheduled performances, but the A-wing keeps on going. We are all hoping for sunnier and warmer days.
Parkland High School will be presenting Curtains on the main stage next month. “It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!” The night promises to be filled with large production numbers, dancers, and singers and a mystery needing to be solved.
A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered eight nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical. This “play within a play” will be presented on the Parkland High School stage April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 14 at 3 PM. Tickets are on sale online at www.showtix4u.com. Simply go to that site and choose your own seats and print your tickets from the comfort of your home. Tickets are selling at a very quick pace so make sure you do not miss your opportunity to get the best seats you can.
Please congratulate the following students who will be attending the Region V Chorus Festival to be held March 21 - March 23 at Muhlenberg High School in Reading:
Alto 1: Abby Hill and Shanyn Kaiser
Alto 2: Ava Del Rio, Isabella Fedele, Paige Herman and Aylor Scandola
Soprano 1: Michaiah Watkins and Taylor Shortell
Soprano 2: Natalie St. Hill
Tenor 1: Colin Bowers
Tenor 2: Matthew Melchior and Robert Moore
Bass 2: Daniel Stewart, Dylan Buckner, Raphael Ettinger-Finley, Justin Kuhlman, Jacob Roth and Nate Cowling
The Parkland Women’s Ensemble along with the women’s voices from the Parkland Chorale will have the privilege of performing live with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra during their performance of Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. There are two performances: Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 17 at 3 PM. Tickets for these events can be purchased through the Miller Symphony Hall box office at 610-432-7961 or online at www.millersymphonyhall.org.
The Parkland Marching Band will be traveling to Baltimore, Maryland on March 10 to participate in the Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The trip is sure to be a great experience for all involved.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of 26 Pebbles for qualifying to perform their play at the International Thespian National Conference in June. They are one of eleven productions from the entire country selected for this honor. On Wednesday, March 13 there will be a fundraiser at PJ’s At The Walbert to help raise money to send the production to Nebraska. Come on out for some great food and let your server know you are dining to support the Parkland ITS Chapter.
The Trojan Art Gallery will feature the Computer Art and Photography work of our Parkland High School students during the month of March.
It’s not too early to mark your calendar for this year’s 16th annual Parkland Festival of the Arts. The popular festival will begin with a Chorus Concert and Art Show on Thursday, May 16, followed by “Parkland’s Got Talent” Friday, May 17, and our full day Artists on the Quad event will be on Saturday, May 18.
More specific information will follow.
2019 East Central Pennsylvania Regional Scholastic Art Awards
It is with great honor that the Parkland High School Visual Arts Department announces the award recipients of The 2019 East Central Pennsylvania Regional Scholastic Art Awards. The awards ceremony will take place Sunday, March 16, 2019 at 1 PM in Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University. Doors will open at 12:15 PM.
The Exhibit runs February 24 - March 15 at Kutztown University's Miller Art Gallery. The Exhibit will be open the day of the awards ceremony from 10 AM - 6 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have opportunity, please congratulate these students for an outstanding job. Mr. Barrett, Mrs Coval, Mrs. Danner, Ms. LaDue and Mr. Shemonsky are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments.
Allentown Art Museum Photography Award (2nd place): Mary Powell - "Ballet Solo"
Dennis Danko Affiliate Director's Choice Award: Brice George - Ceramics - "Strung Up In Knots"
Ku Art Education and Crafts Department Award: Olivia Behr - Ceramics - "Life Redeemed"
Ku Art and Art History Award: Julia Lundy - Drawing - "The Art Of Laughter"
Ku Arts Society Award: Kevalin Kalra - Jewelry - "Silver Fox"
Summer Enrichment Packets are now available for students who are looking to complete a course for purpose of advancement in a course sequence or even for students who are looking to study something of their choosing at a local college/university. Any student who is looking to take a course this summer can pick up a “Request Packet” from Mrs. Bennick’s office in the Main Office, and for students who are looking to register for a math course at PHS this summer, they can pick up a “Registration Packet” as well. The cost for math courses offered at PHS is $450. These forms are only available as hard copies and are not online. All summer enrichment forms and payments are due to Mrs. Bennick by Friday, April 19, 2019. Registration and payments for PHS math courses received after April 19 will be subject to a $50 late fee. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Bennick at email@example.com or at 610-351-5600.
SAT Prep Class
Parents/Guardians: If you are coming to PHS to pick up your child, please come prepared with your current, valid ID. Thank you for your cooperation.