Class of 2020
Plans to Honor the Class of 2020
Our PHS administrative team has been working to plan alternative arrangements for many milestones that typically occur at the end of a PHS student's senior year. We'll post updates to this page as more information becomes finalized.
Commencement Ceremony link for the Class of 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDXnqWMAFRQ&feature=youtu.be
Senior Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXVG9Kec_KY&feature=youtu.be
Senior Shout Out link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC_A-e6JtiA&feature=youtu.be
Graduation/Senior Affirmation Day on June 9th
We know that everyone wishes we could have an in-person graduation ceremony but we feel strongly that this rite of passage needs to happen on schedule as our students have many different plans after graduation which is why we are planning to have a Virtual Ceremony on June 9th.
Yearbook and Diploma Distribution June 10 & 11
Pull up to the school’s front circle
Stay in your car
Someone will ask for your graduate’s name
The graduate’s diploma and yearbook will be handed to the graduate, unless you prefer they are both placed in your trunk.
The Senior Prom has been canceled.
Senior Class Send-off
The Senior Class Informal Send-off celebration has been canceled.
Virtual Awards/Scholarship Recognition Events & Performances
Academic, athletic and arts awards are a favorite tradition and include surprise awards for some seniors. Award presentations debut on the Parkland YouTube Channel and Parkland TV (Channel 65 on RCN and Channel 264 on Service Electric, or 102.9 for digital subscribers) and will be re-broadcasted throughout the summer and linked below:
May 14 - College Athlete Recognition Video - recognizing all athletes planning to play a sport in college (or view the list)
May 18 - Academic Awards Video (or view the list)
Scholarship Recognition Ceremony Video (or view the list)
May 27 - Athletic Awards
May 28 - Visual & Performing Arts Awards, (or view the list)
June 4 - Senior Cabaret Performances
We were pleased that the PHS Spring Musical cast, crew and pit were able to celebrate what would have been their opening night on April 15th via a virtual meeting that included this cast performance. Additionally, on April 17th, 46 schools throughout the Lehigh Valley honored senior athletes and healthcare workers by lighting up their stadiums during the Friday Night Lights event. The scoreboard displayed 20:20 with 19 yards to go and a 4th down to signify that COVID-19 is on its final down. All scoreboards and fields were lit up in Parkland in their honor and many posted Parkland Pride pictures and comments on the District's Facebook page. Service Electric also did a nice TV story about the event. The Visual and Performing Arts Department's annual Festival of the Arts is celebrated in this video.
Cap and Gown Distribution
Caps and gowns were distributed on Friday, May 22nd.
If you were unable to pick up your child’s cap and gown at your designated time, please email Crystal George at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Throwback Thursdays on Facebook
Starting Thursday, April 23rd, we will ask parents to post pictures of their seniors from the past. (Hint: we'll be celebrating PTO event days, arts/concert events, sporting events, etc. from the Class of 2020 days of their youth). Stay tuned to the PHS Facebook page for instructions!
Senior Graduation Lawn Signs
We are pleased to announce that PHS and the Parkland Education Foundation have worked together to fund and create lawn signs that will honor every PHS graduate! These signs will be delivered by being placed on the lawn of every senior's residence by PHS and Parkland Education Foundation staff and the local police departments. For those of you who have already purchased a yard sign, the Foundation will offer refunds, or you can choose to have your purchase put towards the Foundation's Celebrate Innovation Staff Grant Program and COVID-19 Emergency Teacher Grant Program. The Foundation will be emailing those who have purchased signs already with more information. The signs will be delivered and placed on lawns by mid-May. They look like the one below and will be customized with each student's first name:
Senior Recognition Webpage
We are creating a Senior Recognition webpage within the PHS website that will honor all seniors and include a teacher "shout out" message for every PHS senior. We'll email all students and families when this is complete.
Senior Shout Outs on ParklandTVFilm Instagram
A request for seniors to submit information on Schoology was posted on Friday, April 17th. Any information that is submitted by seniors will be used for Senior Shout Outs that will be posted on the ParklandTvFilm Instagram feed and possibly used in the Senior Video. Students can upload their information for that presentation here: https://forms.gle/YZji4gjRVo3DEk8w9. View the Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/parklandseniors2020/.
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