Parkland Weekly Update

March 18, 2016

THURSDAY is an Inclement Weather Make-up Day - if we have a SNOW DAY on Monday - we will have school on Thursday.

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Spelling Bee 2nd Place Winner

Coming Events

March 15 - 29, Parkland student artworks will be showcased at Penn State Lehigh Valley's new Community Art Gallery. Click here for more information about the FREE reception on March 21st.

March 18, OMS Helping Hands Fund OMS COMMUNITY SERVICE NIGHT, 6 – 8 PM.

Bingo in the cafeteria (all ages) 6:30-7:30 PM, 50 cents per card 3 cards for $1.00.

Food and drink available for purchase. Basket raffle 6-7:30 PM.

Raffle tickets on sale at the event and during lunch in the cafeteria March 16, 17 18

50 cents/ticket $5.00 for 12 tickets $10 for 25 tickets. Come and join your friends and favorite teachers for a night of family fun and the chance to win a themed basket!

March 23, The ExploraVision National Competition Ceremony, Orefield Middle School, 1 PM. The OMS student team of Aishani Ramoju,Prathysha Kothare, and Tanya Mehta will be recognized for making one of the top 6 region teams in the Exploravision National Competition where they are vying for the #1 Prize. Toshiba's Jim Bingham (who is flying to Allentown) will be on site to hand out their awards. The competition is focused on solving real-world problems with a strong emphasis on STEM. The goal is to have students envision and communicate new technology that would be possible 20 years into the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. The team won for their idea called AB Scavenger: Game Changer in Alzheimer’s Treatment which is a nanorobot that carries a protein inhibitor to stop the plaque build-up in Alzheimer’s patients. They will now compete against 5 other teams and if they get a first or second place, they go to Washington DC, all expenses paid, with their families for 4 days to receive their reward. During the ceremony, an overview of their project and their work ahead will be presented. Their teacher advisor is Dianne Haberstroh.

March 29, Parkland High School Turf Dedication, 6:45 PM. Join us as we celebrate the first interscholastic sports event and all of the teams who will be using our new synthetic turf soccer/field hockey/lacrosse sports field at Parkland High School.



PHS students Siena Salvaggio finished her PIAA career in style Thursday, winning the 100 freestyle for the second consecutive year, breaking her own school record twice along the way. Salvaggio's new school record of 49.34 gives her a total of 10 PIAA medals — four individual golds, two silvers and four relay medals. The District 11 12-time champion won her third gold Wednesday night in the 50 free. Siena has also received two gold medals as a member of the Girls Volleyball Team at PHS.

SMS Student Vaishnavi Joshi placed 2nd at the Regional Spelling Bee this week! She is shown above with her trophy!

Parkland teachers were ranked high in's latest rankings report on the "Best Teachers in PA." Click here to see the list.

Check out SMS student Kelly McMahan's energy conservation poster which was highlighted in this month's PPL Connect newsletter to its customers here.

National History Day

The following students won awards at the regional History Day competition and will be moving on to the State Competition in May:


Individual winner:

Sriyaa Suresh-Individual Website

Group Winners:

Alex Fry and Katrina Olenwine-Group Website

Mark Freeman, Varun Sivakumar, Will Campbell, Jacob Miller-Group Exhibit

Amanda Freeman, Minahil Chaudhry and Rashmi Raghuraman-Group Exhibit

Lisa Stein and Brittany Gelb-Group Performance


Individual Documentary - Hayya Khan - Jonas Salk, Leader in Modern Medicine

Individual Web Site - Sahas Veera- To infinity and Beyond: Satellites in Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange

Individual Web Site - Tanya Mehta - Exploring the World in 72 Days: Nelli Bly


Individual Website

First Place

Charles Babbage: The Father of Computing and Mathematical Visionary” by Kavish Senthilkumar

Group Website

First Place

Ellis Island: Land of Joy and Tears” Ankhitha Manjunatha and Akshatha Manjunatha


Third Place

Political War Waged on the Battlefront of Outer Space: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange During the Space Race” by Benjamin Esquieres

Second Place

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats Exploring the Use of Radio to convey information to the American People” by Jacob Roth

Individual Documentary

First Place

The Mariel Boatlift: A Cuban Exodus” by Maggie Gareca

Individual Dramatic Performance

Second Place

Florence Nightingale and the Evolution of Modern Nursing” by Kelly McMahan

First Place

Mary Ann Shadd Cary and the Obstacles she Encounter in Starting a Change in the World." by Cora Hochstetler

Group Dramatic Performance

Second Place

Immigration: Now and Then” by Meghna Sequira and Abigail Dunn

Individual Exhibit

Third Place

From Russia to North America: Mennonite Migrations of 1870-1880” by Ronak Singh

Group Exhibit

First Place

Rosalie Edge: Activist, Pioneer, Conservationist” by Maya Halma and Arti Dhareshwar

Calling all Parkland School District students, parents, residents and staff,

The Superintendent's Parkland Pride Award is a program that recognizes outstanding employee and volunteer achievements within Parkland School District. We invite you to tell us about a Parkland School District staff member or volunteer who has gone the extra mile this school year to make you proud to live in Parkland or be a part of the Parkland staff! Don't delay - nominations are due April 15, 2016. All nominations must be made online. Click here for more information and a nomination form.

PHS Music Boosters are hosting a Giant Yard Sale at PHS on Sat, May 14th. Sellers are wanted to set up a $20 lot space or $5 table. You keep the profits. Contact Mariann Danko at 610-533-7503 for more info.

The Parkland Community Resource Fair is April 23rd at Jordan Lutheran Church, 11 AM - 2 PM. Mark your calendar. In attendance will be more than 50 community partner agencies.

Tickets are on sale now for the PHS Spring Musical Titanic which opens on April 13 and tickets are selling FAST. Get your tickets by clicking here.