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Important Dates

3/15- No School

3/18-3/22- Spring Break

Snow Day Plan

Please click here to view important information regarding the new snow day plan and changes to the calendar.
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Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free Teen Depression webinar on Thursday, March 21 from 6-7:15 PM. Presenter Rebekah Gibbons, LICSW, will provide an overview of what teen depression is, communication strategies for teens and parents, treatment options, where to get help, and what to do if help is refused

Fundraising Opportunity!

Come and test drive a brand new Ford vehicle on Saturday, April 6th, from 9-4 pm at Park Hill South High School. There is NO sales pitch at ALL! No one will call your phone asking for more information or commitments. You just test drive a car and Ford donates to our band program.

For every valid test-drive at a Drive 4 UR School (one driver per household), Ford will donate $20 to the Park Hill South Band program, up to $6000. Our goal is to raise the maximum donation of $6000 on April 6th. Join us and help us raise the maximum amount that Ford will donate - $6,000!!


Please congratulate the following PHS students who qualified over the weekend to attend the National Tournament!

-Amy Graham: United States Extemporaneous Speaking

-Matthew Kruse: International Extemporaneous Speaking

- Maya Yildirim: Informative Speaking

The final National qualifier in Congress and Big Question Debate will be held in Liberty on March 28th.

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Park Hill South PTA 2018-2019


The Park Hill South PTA Board members are listed below. Please feel free to email with any questions, ideas or ways to be involved. New Programs are born out of your involvement.

Co-Presidents: Jada Rawlings

Richelle Hoy

Vice-President: Elizabeth Cuzner

Treasurer: Christine Kron

Secretary: Heather Fisher


Complete the online membership form


Teacher Appreciation Week – May 6th to 10th

Tri-Country Mental Health Presentation on Stress & Anxiety in Youth – April 24th @ 6pm; PHS Media Center

Ali Kemp – Self Defense Training November 16th


Car Care 101 – TBA for Tri-Country Presentation

Hamburger Mary’s Bingo Night – TBA for Ali Kemp


April 9th at 5:30 in the PHS Library


Please see the PTA page on the PHS website

AVID Seniors (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID Seniors gave up their No Attendance Super Test Day to attend Tucker Leadership Lab at William Jewell on Tuesday. It was a great experience, and students enjoyed working together to solve problems.

Sponsor a Panther - Yearbook

We need your support to get every Panther a yearbook. Each year we have students who don't get to have their yearbook signed by friends and faculty. They also miss out on having tangible memories of high school. By donating $72.00, YOU can make a difference and sponsor a Panther.

We know not every family can afford the costs the extras of high school and we want ALL of our Panthers to experience this opportunity. With your help, we can purchase yearbooks for our Panthers in need.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Two Park Hill South Panthers have received NATIONAL Silver Medals from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

In art...

Maya Yildirim (Grade 12) for "See Me" (Drawing & Illustration)

In writing...

Gretchen Roth (Grade 11) for "Okay" (Flash Fiction)

​This contest has been around since 1923, and, since its inception, has recognized aspiring young creators including the likes of a young Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Compote, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Redford, Ken Burns, Richard Linklater, and many more. The fact that we see Park Hill South students emerging on this national platform speaks greatly to the supportive, creative atmosphere YOU collectively foster as a team here at South. Thanks for all you do to support all our students' creative efforts and making this a safe place for teens to express themselves.


If you submitted an application to the Park Hill Professional Studies Program, your next step is a professional interview.

-Please check your student email to help you prepare

- Interviews take place…

*LEAD Innovation Studio – Friday, April 5

*Park Hill High School – Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9

*Park Hill South High School- Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12

If you have any questions, please respond directly to the email.

Have a great spring break,

Park Hill Professional Studies

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Junior Police Academy Deadline is Approaching

Anyone who has applied for the Junior Police Academy needs to have it turned in no later than March 29. Any student who is still interested in participating should obtain an application, complete it and get it turned in by the deadline.

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From our Librarian

As you are all well aware, Spring Break Time is here! Prior to your students leaving school we would love it if you would encourage them to stop by the Library and check out a book to keep them company for next week. We just received a shipment in of many beautiful new books and we would love to match your students up with the perfect copy. Also, please remember if they have not had a chance to grab a physical copy of a book, our Overdrive system is always available 24/7 where they can check out a digital copy of a book anytime. They just have to go into the Park Hill South website, click on Library Media Center and scroll down to Overdrive. Once they are on the site they can access a great selection of digital and audio books. And, please remind them that they should always feel free to come into the library and let us know if they need any help or guidance with Overdrive or checking out any of our many resources.

Miles of Smiles

Is your student in need of dental care? Park Hill School District partners with the Miles of Smiles program to provide free dental appointments to qualifying students. Each student will be scheduled an appointment during the school day to get a full examination FOR FREE!

Completed applications (attached below) and/or questions can be directed to our school social worker, Lauren Caldwell by email at, or by phone 816-359-5931.

Giving the Basics

Did you know that Park Hill school district partners with Giving the Basics to provide hygiene products to families in our district? The google form below provides a list of products available to you through this program. If you would like to participate, please complete the form and one of our nurses will follow up with you on the details and products will be distributed at the school once per month. If you have any questions regarding this resource or any other, please contact our social worker, Ms. Caldwell, at 816.359.5931, or our school nurses, Kathy Cole RN at 359.4124 and Robin Roe LPN, at 359.4124.

Get Involved & Join!

Park Hill South cheerleaders and coaches are hosting free open gyms to prepare for the upcoming cheerleading tryouts. All incoming freshmen thru seniors are welcome to attend to acquire and practice new skills in cheer, dance, jumping, tumbling and stunting. Students do need a current physical on file to participate in open gyms and tryouts.

Save the dates:

Open Gyms, 3-5p (Lakeview) – 3/26 (DATE CHANGE), 4/2, 4/4

Open Gyms, 3-5p (PHS) – 3/28 (DATE CHANGE), 4/3

Parent Meeting, 6p (PHS Library) – 3/26

Cheerleading Tryouts, 3-6p (PHS) 4/9-4/12

Contact Lindsey Diepenbrock at for any questions!

(This information has been updated. Please make note of new dates and times)

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For Sale

Entrepreneurship T-Shirts are still available!

Come by Room A220, the cost is $15.

Panther Buddies

PHS Panther Buddies Club is looking for additional members :) Join us Mondays after school from 2:45-3:30 in C106. See Mrs. McDaniels for more information.

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2019 Summer School

Park Hill School District Summer School information is now available. Enrollment forms and more detailed information can be found on the Park Hill South Counseling website

Deadline for applications is MAY 20th!

NEW…Virtual PE (1 credit only)

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QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program

The College Prep Scholars Program is looking for high school Juniors who have demonstrated high academic ability and who come from a household earning less than $65,000 annual for a family of four. This is not a strict cut-off and students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship are encouraged to apply. In addition, extra-curricular accomplishments, character, motivation and extenuating circumstances are considered.

To find out more information about selection criteria, please visit:

Being a College Prep Scholars is a notable distinction that shows 40 college partners that you are a competitive candidate for admission. Awards for College Prep Scholars may include:

· A full scholarship to a college summer program at Stanford, Yale, Emory, UChicago and more.

· Quest for Excellence Awards, including up to $1,000 for a new laptop and other resources to enhance your college application

· Your application automatically carries over for the National College Match your senior year, giving you a head start on applying for a full 4 year scholarship to our college partners.

And so much more!

The FREE, online 2019 College Prep Scholars Program application is due on March 20, 2019!

Visit TODAY!

Senior Honors Night

Senior Honors Night is scheduled for May 8th at 6:30pm in the PHS Auditorium. We will recognize seniors achievements, such as Top 10%, Perfect Attendance, A+ Students, AVID Students and more! In addition, we will recognize seniors who have received scholarships for their post-secondary education. In order for us to recognize scholarships earned, we need parents and/or students to enter this information in a Google Form. The Google Form is NOW OPEN and will be open until April 25th! You may access the form as many times as you like to enter scholarship money received. Even if the student is unsure if they will attend the college/university who awarded the money, please still share the information.

The Google Form is

Senior Scholarships

The Scholarship Bulletin is growing on a weekly basis with NEW scholarship opportunities for Park Hill South Seniors. Many of the postings are local scholarships! Seniors are getting email, Schoology and Remind messages to look at these scholarships and to apply! Parents, you can also access the Scholarship Bulletin to see what is available. The Scholarship Bulletin is located on the Park Hill South Counseling Website:

Don’t let FREE money pass your Senior by!

College Visits

Tue, 3/26 8:00am Cleveland University

Wed, 3/27 9:30am Old Town Barber College

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