Panther Post

Pikesville High Newsletter | November 2018

From Principal Reid's Desk

Greetings Pikesville High Family,

Happy Autumn! Our exciting school year is well underway and chock full of enriching school-wide events!! Recently, our underclassmen engaged in PSAT Day while our seniors partook of Panther Prep Day with volunteers from all walks of life to assisting them in preparing to be more globally competitive.

Thank you for supporting our recent Pop’s Concert, Powder Puff Football game, Parent-Teacher Conference Night, and other school outreach events. Additionally, we are so very grateful to our families who are coming out to cheer our student athletes in the numerous fall sports being played this year. It has been exciting to see “Panther Pride” radiate throughout our school. We just ended a very unifying Spirit Week that culminated in an electrifying Pep Rally, Homecoming Game, and an unprecedented large number of our Panthers enjoying Homecoming Dance. During Red Ribbon Week, our students pledged to be respectful and not bully others. This week, we will be increasing our awareness of cancer and honoring the many survivors and the memory of those who have lost their battle with it.

Know that we are elated to have the opportunity to expose your child(ren) to this wide array of learning and enrichment opportunities offered here at PHS.

We duly recognize your dedication to our school community through your parental involvement. Thank you to the many of you who have already joined our PTSA (it is not too late)! We are thrilled for the additional school-related programs that will benefit our students due to this collective effort. Remember to look on our website for the PTSA’s monthly meeting dates and times. I look forward to seeing you there.

Our diligent educators have strategically designed academic opportunities to ensure that students are learning every day, in every class, and in substantive ways. Students are getting acclimated with their varied curricula responsibilities and are adjusting to the rigors of their content standards and our school-wide initiatives that serve to raise the learning bar and close any existing achievement gaps, if applicable.


The first quarter ends on Friday, November 9th, and report cards will be distributed on Monday, November 26th, so look out for them. Throughout the course of each quarter, and the year, we strongly encourage you to access your BCPS One account to stay abreast of your child’s performance in classes and connected to his/her teachers. We welcome you to speak not only with educators, but with our counselors and administrators, regarding questions/concerns you may have so that we can properly service your child’s specific needs.

We are celebrating all students who made the first quarter Honor Roll with a token gift given to us courtesy of the PSTA. Our STRAIGHT A Breakfast will be held on November 30th for students who achieved this tremendous feat as well as their parents.


Our ABSOLUTE favorite time to showcase ALL we do on a regular basis for students is soon coming!! American Education Week will take place the week of November 12th. Whether for a brief visit, or the entire day, we are eager to have you spend quality time visiting your child’s classes. The schedule for the week is in the calendar below.

Join Us for Our 5K Run

Please join us for Pikesville High Schools’ first annual 5K Turkey Trot on November 10th. Race time is 9:00 am at the PHS stadium. Same day registration or click here to register today! Facepainting, food trucks, wellness vendors--fun for the whole community!


I look forward to hosting a quarterly outreach with you, our important stakeholders, entitled “Pastries for Parents”! Our first will take place on Monday, November 12th at 7:10 a.m. in the Administrative Conference Room. It will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss programs, initiatives, make inquiries and suggestions, as well as obtain clarification regarding our service to students and our learning community. Mark your calendars and join me on November 12th for lite fare and an informative bonding session.


We look forward to seeing you on November 15th – November 17th at 7:00 p.m. for PHS’ Pikesville Player’s production of Steel Magnolias. Our thespians and budding actors/performers eager to showcase their talent for you at this highly anticipated fall event.


CONGRATS to our very own NURSE MERANI, who was selected as the State Nurse of the Year for the state of Maryland! PHS is immensely proud of her and her endless contributions to our students and learning community!

DECA is recruiting local business leaders to be judges at our regional event. Please consider serving the school community in this way. Read more here.

We would not be deemed a premiere BCPS high school without your expressed and tangible support. A heartfelt “thank you” for keeping connected and intricately involved. As we move together in harmony and focused on the academic success of ALL our deserving students, we will obtain the momentum to propel us to realize appropriately high levels of school progress and productivity.

Yours in Education,

Sandra Reid

Important Dates to Remember

November 8 PTSA Meeting | FAFSA and College Scholarships

November 9 First Marking Period Ends

November 10 Pikesville High's First Annual Turkey Trot 5K. Registration starts at 7:45a.m. Race Time: 9:00 a.m. Register here.

November 10: All-State Junior Group Auditions

November 12 Pastries with the Principal 7:10 a.m.

9th Grade Visitation

November 13 10th Grade Visitation

November 14 11th Grade Visitation | Open House

Northwest Advisory Council Meets, 7:00p.m.. Click for flyer.

November 15 12th Grade Visitation

November 15-17 Pikesville Players present Steel Magnolias 7:00 p.m.

November 16 Purple Friday!

November 17 All-State Senior Group Auditions

November 19 Baltimore Honors Group Concert @ Morgan State Univ. 7:30PM

November 20 Tri-M Induction Ceremony & Recital 7:30PM – Auditorium

November 26 Report Cards Distributed

For a full calendar, click here


Discover what our students are learning in their academic classess--and what our amazing faculty are teaching them!


For what's new with our AVID program, click here!

EDA Activity Log

EDA Activity and Attendance Report

First Annual Pikesville High Turkey Trot 5K!

Pikesville High Schools first annual Turkey Trot to benefit PHS’s PE and Health Department. This year we will make a donation to a charitable organization, in honor of an esteemed alumni who has battled prostate cancer. This premier event is a joint effort to raise community awareness about many different health and wellness concerns. You can look forward to student-led activities, face painting, food truck and other various activities. Expect exciting guest appearances from some of your favorite Pikesville High School All-Stars. Could this be your first 5k? Remember, no matter how slow you go you are still lapping everyone on the couch!

This is a family event and is open to participants of all ages!


November 10, 2018

Race bib and shirt pickup for pre-registered participants as well as on-site registration begins at 7:30 am, and will end at 8:45 am.

Race start time: 9:00 am at Pikesville High School Stadium

Professionally chip timed by Blue Cheetah Sports Timing


  • 5K Registration with event shirt is $25.00 until 11/9/2018

  • 5K Registration without a shirt is $20.00 until 11/9/2018

  • 1 Mile Fun Run Registration is $15.00

All registration prices will increase by $5.00 for on-site registration at the race. Register early and save!

Due to the need to advance-order our shirts, those registering after 11/3/18 are not guaranteed a shirt but we will do our best to get all pre-registered participants a shirt. Register early to be guaranteed a shirt in your choice of size!

Purchase Your Tix for Steel Magnolias!

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, November 15th thru Saturday, November 17th at 7:30pm in the PHS auditorium. Steel Magnolias is directed and produced by Theatre Arts teacher, Doug Kotula, with technical direction by Tedd Wilson. “Magnolias,” written as a tribute to the strength of Harling’s sister, his mother, and the small group of women who supported them, is Kotula and Wilson’s 27th collaboration at PHS.

Mr. Harling wrote Steel Magnolias months after his sister, Susan (Shelby), died of complications from diabetes. The original production broke records at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Manhattan, where it ran almost three years. Less than a year into the play’s run, the legendary producer Ray Stark bought the film rights, and in 1988 it was made into a movie starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts as the mother/daughter characters, M’Lynn and Shelby. The Pikesville Players’ production stars Jessica Karmiol (Truvy), Jordan Layman (Clairee), Olivia Clay (Shelby), Tyasia McClinton (M’Lynn), Starr Blackwell (Ouiser) and newcomer, Aliyah Moore (Annelle). For more information, or to reserve your tickets, call 443-809-1217 and ask for Mr. Kotula.

Senior Class News

The Senior Class is holding a Popcornopolis Fundraiser. Students were given forms in early October. Those forms are due November 12, 208 so that the order may be placed and the popcorn to be delivered in December. Students who bring in forms orders of $80 will and get half-off a Senior Prom Ticket. Orders of $130 or more will get a FREE Senior Prom Ticket.

Important Dates for the Class of 2019

Senior Sponsored Fundraiser at Chipotle in Woodholme, Tuesday, December 4th

Senior Sponsored Talent Show: Thursday, January 17

Senior Class Picnic: Tuesday, May 21

Senior Prom: Thursday, May 23---Location Martin's in Hunt Valley

Graduation is Thursday, May 30 at Towson University

Graduation rehearsal TBA

For Senior Class questions, contact co-advisors Doug Kotula ( and Ethan Goodman (

The Wellness Corner

DATING? Parents be like: "Yikes!" Teens be like: "Oh yeah!"

The best way for our teens to learn about trust, judgement, sexual safety, self-respect and how to be physically safe, is from open conversations without judgement with their parents and caregivers. Check out this article and use it as a springboard to open up the lines of communication. Conversations can be uncomfortable, but if you keep pushing through it gets easier, and the reward is huge. The more comfortable this conversation becomes at home, the better prepared teens are with their friends and those they may date.

Join the PTSA Today!

PTSA – Building the Pikesville High community from the inside out!

JOIN TODAY! #purplepassion

Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7:00p.m.

We have great plans for the coming year and to make them a reality, we need your help!
When you join the PTSA, your membership dues help strengthen the community for your children and there will be more opportunities than ever before to volunteer to help the PTSA help Pikesville High!

Register for membership online HERE

Download the Membership Form

Connect with us on Facebook!

Sincerely, Sherri Flaks

PTSA President

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Visual and Performing Arts News & Calendar

Visual and Performing Arts Department News

Music Department Info

Welcome back everyone, the groups have a few weeks of rehearsals under their belts and we are well on our way to another exciting and musically fulfilling school year. Please remember if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Wilson at

Music Department Calendar

10/13 All Honors Auditions @ Dumbarton MS

10/22 Fruit Sale Fundraiser Begins

10/24 Pops Concert for all Performing Groups 7:30p.m. Auditorium

11/10 All-State Junior Group Auditions

11/17 All-State Senior Group Auditions

11/19 Baltimore Honors Group Concert @ Morgan State Univ. 7:30PM

11/20 Tri-M Induction Ceremony & Recital 7:30PM – Auditorium

11/21 Fundraiser Ends

(Note that students have received a more complete performance calendar at the start of school, the above information is provided for planning purpose only.)


Yearbook News


The second round of senior portraits will be taken on December 10 and 11 from 2:30-9:00pm. Students who have not had a portrait taken will receive an appointment card from Lifetouch Photographers approximately 2 weeks before the portrait dates. If you wish to have your portrait taken at the Lifetouch studio instead, call 410-644-7700 for an appointment. All portraits must be taken by December 31 to be included in the yearbook.


All 2018 yearbooks have not been picked up yet. If you ordered a 2018 yearbook please have your child stop by room 128 to pick it up. If you did not order one, we still have a few available for $70.

It’s time to order your 2019 yearbook.

You can click on the yearbook icon on the website or go straight to and search for Pikesville High School. This year’s book is looking amazing and you don’t want to miss out on it. Because we include every event up to and including graduation, books are mailed to seniors in July and distributed to underclassmen the first week of school in 2019.

Yearbook Ads

Parents of seniors, consider recognizing your graduate with a baby ad in the yearbook. Forms were mailed home in September, but you can download one from the parent page of the school website. You can also email and she will email you a form.

Do you own a business in the community or provide a service to the community. Consider purchasing a business ad in the yearbook. The book is seen by many people for decades to come. You can download the business ad form from the parent page of the school website.

Pikesville High School Vision

Pikesville High, the heartbeat of our culturally-diverse community, is where pride in our work, and honor for ourselves and others, combine to ensure success in cultivating our globally-competitive students.

About Us

Important Numbers

Main Number: 410- 443-809-1217

Guidance: 410- 443-809-1219

Nurse: 410- 443-809-3003

Athletic Director: 410- 443-809-1257


Mrs. Sandra Reid

Assistant Principals

Grade 10 and A-F grade 9, Mrs. Seymour

Grade 11 and P-Z grade 9, Mr. Robinson,

Grade 12 and G-O grade 9, Mr. Carney