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.
James E. Moniz II