Weekly Update

Week of January 10th

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Message from Principal Drew...

Good evening. Pirates. This is your Principal Mickey Drew with your weekly update.

Students don't forget that we will follow our regular bell schedule tomorrow. This means that you will go to 1st period to start the day and WIN time will take place after 2nd period each day. Students it is very important that you arrive on time and stay the entire day in order to reach your full potential in each class.

Masks are still required in all school based settings. This includes buses, hallways, classrooms, and any other area at PCHS. Masks should be worn over the nose and mouth for maximum effectiveness.

We have another busy week at PCHS this week.

In athletics we will host Gates County in basketball on Wednesday night starting at 4:30 with our JV Boys. Our Swim team is off to a great start and will be in the pool on Wednesday as well. On Friday our swim team will be back in action starting at 4:00 and our basketball teams will travel to Riverside High School. Also, our softball and baseball teams will be participating in off season workouts starting this week after school each day.

Report cards go out this Thursday. Students will be given report cards to bring home on this day. Parents be on the lookout for these report cards and take time to discuss your child's progress with them once you have seen their final grades. Taking time to discuss their progress will help your student see the importance of their education from your perspective and allow them to understand why it is important to do their best each day.

Tickets are still on sale for the Snowball dance on January 28th. Any student interested in attending the dance should see Mrs. Russell for tickets.

Students that need to change classes should stop by the guidance department and complete a schedule change form by the end of this week. As always, class changes are based on the space available in each class.

We had a good first week last week. Let's stay focused and prepared each day and take advantage of every learning opportunity we encounter in week 2.

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PCHS Highlights...

- The PCHS FFA will be sponsoring a winter semi formal- Winter Wonderland- on January 28. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 29 for juniors and seniors during all lunches and then they will be available to students in all grades starting Dec. 7. Tickets will be $15 per person and numbers will be limited so be sure to get yours early. If you have any questions please see Mrs Russell or Mrs Perry.

- The Theatre Department is excited to announce that they will be doing "Shrek The Musical" in April!

Auditions will take place on February 3rd so, mark your calendars!

You will need to prepare a 1-minute monologue and 16 Bars (30-45 seconds) of music.

You also need to dress comfortably for the dance portion.

If you only want to dance you do not need to prepare anything.

A sign-up sheet will be sent out within the next week.

- Newsletter/Email Home to Senior Parents

Last chance to purchase a Senior Recognition Ad is February 10. Senior Recognition Ads can be purchased at www.jostensyearbooks.com. On the website parents have the complete freedom in uploading a picture(s) and creating a personal message. This is where parents can submit a baby picture or other favorite shot – many parents use this for professional senior portraits taken on location. It is a time to congratulate your graduate or tell them how proud you are.

Attached is The "place your ad post " photo below.
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This Week @ PCHS...

Mon, Jan. 10th> Full 5 day work week...let's put in your best effort and attitude each day!

Tue, Jan. 11th> Take advantage of WIN Time each day.

Wed, Jan. 12th> Swim 3:00 pm; Basketball home versus Gates Co. 4:30 pm.

Thur, Jan. 13th> Remember, no school on Monday.

Fri, Jan. 14th> Swim 3:00 pm; Basketball @ Riverside 4:30 pm.

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Most Common Words on the ACT Exam...

* "Increasing your vocabulary and learning how to use new words is probably the most helpful way to improve your communication skills. It doesn't matter whether you are focused on college or a career pathway." (number2.com) Number2.com is an online college readiness and career development guide for students and educators.

Aloof = not friendly or forthcoming

Correlate = having mutual relationship or connection

Engross = absorb all the attention or interest

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Counselor's Corner: Student Services...

Reminder...you only have the first 10 days of the new semester to request any schedule changes. Stop by the Counseling Center to fill out a blue form. Changes will be based on graduation requirements, available electives, and class sizes.

College Center...

***********Attention Seniors *********

Below is the link to our Scholarship Spreadsheet, take advantage of this free money! See Miss Gray or your School Counselor for more information.

Student Scholarship SpreadSheet

SECU "People Helping People "Scholarship (Due: March 1, 2022)

All eligible high school seniors must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a senior at a North Carolina public high school

  • Must be an SECU member or is eligible for membership through a parent/guardian.

  • Must be a United States citizen, a resident of North Carolina, and eligible for in-state tuition.

  • Must be accepted to attend one of the 16 UNC system universities as a full-time undergraduate.

  • Must have demonstrated scholastic achievement with a 2.5 or higher unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale.

  • Must have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement.

  • Must file FAFSA as part of the application.

Speak with Miss Gray or your School Counselor for more information.

**A senior from the school will receive the scholarship, so APPLY, APPLY, APPLY! **

Golden Leaf Commitment Scholarship (Due: March 1, 2022)


  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes and reside in a qualifying rural North Carolina county.

  • Be a high school senior enrolling full-time in the fall as a first-year student or a currently enrolled community college transfer student enrolling full-time in the fall.

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

  • Plan to enroll in a participating North Carolina public or private college/university.

  • Have a financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.

  • Be able to communicate a commitment to returning to a rural North Carolina county after graduation.

Speak with Miss Gray or your School Counselor for more information.

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Did You Know???...

- Monday, January 17th is a school Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday) = No school for staff or students).

- Monday, January 31st a Required Work Day = No school for students (work day for staff).

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