Parkland Weekly Update


Coming Events

March 19, PHS Spring Parent Forum, 7-9 PM. Parkland High School parents may choose to attend two 50-minute sessions that will be offered this evening. The three choices are “Everything you Need to Know About Senior Year that Your Child Forgot to Tell You,” “Career Cruising and Exploring Colleges,” and “College Visits, The College Interview, & the SAT.”

March 20, Parkland Community Advisory Council Meeting on “Technology and Blended Learning,” Administration Center, 7 PM. The public is invited to attend.

March 21, Parkway Manor PTO Bingo/Basket Auction Night, 6 PM

March 21, Jaindl Family Movie Night, 6 PM.

March 21, 7th Annual Orefield Community Service Night, 6 PM. OMS families will enjoy Family Bingo and 40 homeroom raffle baskets. Proceeds will support the OMS Helping Hands Fund.

March 21, Springhouse Game Night, 6 PM. Students will enjoy playing fun games to earn raffle tickets and possibly WIN A PRIZE! This year’s GRAND PRIZE is a 16GB iPad mini.

March 22, PHS Spring Semi-Formal Dance, PHS Cafeteria, 7:30 PM.

March 24 – PSSA testing begins with Math and Reading Assessments in Grades 3-8.

March 30, PHS Music Boosters Basket Bingo, PHS Cafeteria, Doors open 11:30 AM. $20 for 20 games, basket auction and door prizes. Bingo starts at 1 PM.

April 9, WELLEMENTARY Session #4 (Final Session) OLYMPIAN WISDOM. Springhouse Middle School cafeteria, 6:30 PM. This program is the last of a series of FREE programs for elementary families entitled WELLEMENTARY. The purpose of WELLEMENTARY is to educate families on how to develop healthy lifestyle habits. Each program includes health tips, instructions for making healthy food and healthy food choices and fun physical activities that can be done as a family. At this session, families will get advice on growing a garden and hear from Olympic Gold Medal Cyclist Marty Nothstein and a bike and helmets will be raffled off as prizes. Plus, the weekend at Bear Creek Grand Prize winner will be selected. Parents can register their attendance here:

April 9-13, PHS Spring Musical “Wizard of Oz.” Get your tickets today as this show as all five performances are just about SOLD OUT.


The following Political Science Club students won awards at the LVIAC Model United Nations Conference held at Lehigh University on March 7, 2014:

Alana Dee-second runner up resolution

Young Kim-second runner up resolution

Jerry Law-second runner up resolution

Mitch Dobbs-first runner up delegate

Daniel Zahn-first runner up delegate

Emma Adams-Best Delegate

Dan Shussett-Best Delegate

Josiah Smith-Best Delegate

The following 2014 National History Day Club winners won awards at the regional competition held on March 8, 2014. These students will complete at the state competition at Millersville University in May.

From PHS:
Group Performance

Josiah Smith and Sujay Rajkumar-third place

Group Documentary

Shika Veera, Kristen Hickey, Taylor Faust, Rachael Sloan, and Cion Kim-second place

Group Exhibit

Mark Freeman, Will Campbell, Varun Shivakumar, and Jacob Miller-first place

Individual Performance

Hannah Hakim-first place

Stephanie Klotz-third place

Group Website

Saagar Asnani, Changyan Wang, Ishan Phadke, and Amal Saeed-first place

Individual Website

Sabrina Ghosh-second place

Chris Lo-third place

Individual Exhibit

Gunnar Litz-third place

From Orefield Middle School
Individual Documentary
Faizaan Datoo - third place
Brody Segan - first place
Group Documentary
Brie Barraco and Mikayla McFadden - first place
Max Hakim - second place
Claudia Coscia - first place
Individual Exhibit
Kaitlyn Furst - second place
Group Exhibit
Emily Bauer and Amanda Clewell - first place
Lindsay Gelb and Madison Lauffer - third place
Individual Website
Jacob Folland - first place individual
Group Website
Katie Kim, Emily Dale, Anne-Hee O'Connor - third place

From Springhouse Middle School

Group Performance

From Citizen to Slave: The Revocation of Jewish Rights in Nazi Germany – Samuel Zahn and Steven Lipson (3rd place)

Group Website

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1987 - Aryaman Khandelwal, Roy Ghosh, Vikram Pandian (1st Place)

Individual Website

W.E.B. Du Bois and the NAACP: Hani Kitabwalla (3rd Place)


The Chicago Tylenol Murders: How they Affect Consumer Safety - Jack Blizzard (2nd Place)

Parkland Regional Computer Fair Award Winners

Springhouse Middle School:


1st Place - Sriyaa Suresh - "The Bully"

2nd Place - Ben Quaglio, Riley Allsop - "Ninja Time Battle"

Computer Fair Logo

1st Place - Kacey Lo - "The Art of Technology"

Digital Movie

1st Place - Vikram Pandian, James Kim, Habeeb Salau - "What's So Cool About Manufacturing"

2nd Place - Prachi Soni - "Gandhi: The Pacifist in Action"

Graphic Design

3rd Place - Mackenzie Snyder, Kelsey Frary - "All Star Cheer Cafe"


1st Place - Vikram Pandian - "The Periodic Table Quiz"

Web Page Design

2nd Place - Habeeb Salau, James McDonald, Seungkwon Sohn - "Magna Carta: A Pivotal Document to Humanity's Rights"

Orefield Middle School:

2nd Place - Arjun Vedantham, Sahas Veera, Jacob Shaffer - "LDSM: Let's Do Some Math"

Web Page Design
1st Place - Dylan Robbins and Yee Chan - "Dye-Namic Reflections"
3rd Place - Raghav Prabakaran - "Bites of Bytes"

Parkland High School:
3rd Place – Evan Diefenderfer
Logo Design
3rd Place – Alyssa Tauber
Digital Video
1st place – Graham Burrell

Parkland Wrestling finished in 4th place at the state tournament in Hershey.

Parkland was just 1 point out of third and 3 points out of second in a closely contested state tournament. All five Parkland wrestlers placed in the top 8 in the state in their respective weight class. Nezar Haddad finished 2nd (silver medalist), Ethan Lizak finished 4th, Jacob Lizak finished 5th, Josh Ortman finished 6th, and Omar Haddad finished 7th. Ethan Lizak, Josh Ortman, and Nezar Haddad will represent District XI in the Lions Classic (District XI VS NJ) on Friday at 7 PM at Easton High School. Ethan Lizak will represent PA in the Dapper Dan Classic (PA VS United States) on Sunday at 6 PM at Pittsburgh Field House.

Parkland Girls’ Swim team finished 6th at States. Siena Salvaggio, a sophomore swimmer, placed 2nd in the state in both the 200 and 100 Freestyle races this past week at PIAA's. Not only did she earn state runner up, but she also helped her two relays final at states, making her one of a select few to medal in every event swam at states this year. She was the youngest in the field and the only 10th grader to make it to the final 200 free (an event with about 5 seniors in it this year) and the second youngest in the 100 free.

The Parkand High School Chess team went 67-2-1 placing 1st in the LVIAC (Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference) and placed 4th at the PA State Chess Championships this week. Team members are Christian Wadsworth, Changyan Wang, Josh Goldin, Garrett Hunsicker, and Teja Kadewar. View a photo here:

The Parkland School District Education Foundation created a 2 minute video to educate the public about who they are and what they do. It can be viewed on the Parkland SD Youtube Channel at:

Parkland videos are now on Youtube! Check out our Community Playlist at:

Thursday, April 17 and Monday, April 21 will now be regular school days to make-up days lost from inclement weather. To view the current inclement weather make-up day schedule, click here.