Parkland Weekly Update


Coming Events

  • January 15, 7th Grade STEMM Car Contest at Orefield Middle School, 12:15 PM.

    Students will be working in teams to design and create cars made entirely of food products (and toothpicks or popsicle sticks). These cars will then be tested and raced in individual classrooms. A final competition will be held in the auditorium with the entire 7th grade present.

  • January 15, Mohawk for a Mission at PHS, PHS Gym, 6:45 PM. As a Key Club fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, PHS teachers have volunteered to sacrifice their luxurious locks in order to help save the lives of those suffering from blood cancer. The teachers will be ranked according to their fundraising. Winners will have their selection of style first, ranging from a faux-hawk to a full “bald eagle” shave. As their money totals drop, so do their choice of cut. On January 15, in between the JV and varsity basketball games, the volunteers will receive their haircuts.

  • January 15, Wellementary Program #3, Orefield Middle School Cafeteria, 7 PM.
    Elementary families are invited for a night of healthy snack ideas and family yoga.

    Families can sign up to participate in the program by pre-registering here. Program flyer:

  • January 16, Community Advisory Council, Ad Center, 7 PM. The January CAC meeting topic will be “PSD Budget Update” and given by Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent and John Vignone, Director of Business Administration.

  • January 18, The Parkland Dance Team K-8 dance team clinic, PHS, 1-4 PM. Dancers will learn a routine choreographed by PHS Varsity coach, Janelle Makowski, former captain of the Philadelphia Eagles Dance Team. Participants will return on Tuesday, January 21st to perform during halftime of the JV basketball game.

  • January 23, Operation Safe Surf, SMS, 6-7 PM. Operation Safe Surf is a community-wide presentation designed to help educate kids, parents and schools on the importance of being safe online. Presenter is Special Agent Janene Holter. No video recording is allowed.

  • January 24, Youth Night at Parkland Boys Basketball, PHS Gym, 7 PM. All area youth who are playing basketball in a recreation league are invited to wear their jerseys and get in free to the PHS boys basketball game. After the varsity game, the team will autograph team photos for the young athletes to take home as a free souvenir.

  • January 24 and 25, PHS winter play, “The Imaginary Invalid,” Parkland High School auditorium, 7:30 PM. This hilarious farce is recommended for audiences members 14 years old or older. Ticket order form:

  • January 27, Are you Smarter than a Teacher?, PHS Library, 3-4:30 PM. For the second year, the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society are joining forces for a highly competitive afternoon of "Are you Smarter than a Teacher?" All faculty and staff are invited to challenge the students to a match. The event will raise money for the Parkland School District Education Foundation.

  • The January exhibit in the Trojan Art Gallery will feature PHS student work in Computer Graphics, Photography, Jewelry, and Metals.


  • Parkland High School’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Program received a $10,000 grant to purchase VEX kits to support the enhancement of the PLTW engineering curriculum, including the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based courses that are a distinguishing characteristic of PLTW’s curriculum.. The kits include 1,976 parts including hardware, motors, gear, chains, and drive system components. The purchase of the kits will allow the students to creatively solve problems and design and build electro-mechanical systems. Students will be using the VEX kits to construct robotic systems and learn the logic control to program the robots to complete a variety of tasks. The additional kits will allow students to gain more access and hands on construction and programming. The students currently use the VEX Robotics systems Engineering classes as well as during the Engineering Club, an after-school program.

    Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the PMEA District 10 Band Festival: Mikaela Krim, flute; Sarah Lerew, oboe; Grace Lerew, bassoon; Christopher Campbell,Amiya Kalra, Matthew Latshaw, and Max Stempel, clarinet; Unique Divine and Zachary Tridico, alto saxophone; Ryan McConnell, Sean Micca,and Josiah Smith, trumpet; Aleksander Gulkewicz and Chris Sperry, French horn; and William Wilkinson, trombone. The PMEA District 10 includes schools from Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Schuylkill Counties. Of the 80 schools represented, Parkland placed the highest number of students in the band, based upon the students' live auditions in December, which is also an all-time record number of District Band students for Parkland. The band festival will be held February 6-8 at Blue Mountain High School. The festival concerts are open to the public.

    Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the District 10 Orchestra Festival which will be held at Wilson West Lawn High School January 23-25: Kristie Budihardjo, Katerina Lansang, Haley Schilla, David Park, Michael Wu, Jeffrey Strisovsky, Joshua Yang, and Brittany Gelb, violin; Saagar Asnani, viola; Hannah Geiger, Daniel Yang, and Lisa Stein, cello; Guinevere Conner, bass; Mikaela Krim, flute; Sarah Lerew, oboe; Christopher Campbell, Zachary Tridico, and Matthew Latshaw, clarinet; Grace Lerew, bassoon; and William Wilkinson,trombone.

    Registration for new students entering Parkland High School next fall will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014 and Tuesday, February 25, 2014. A snow make-up date is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014. This after school registration is designated for those students currently residing in the Parkland School District but not attending Parkland schools. Appointments can be made by calling Mrs. Kris Chenworth, Registrar at #610-351-5610 or emailing

    Friday, February 14 and Thursday, April 17th will now be regular school days to make-up days lost from inclement weather.