Bobcat Tracks

February News From Paradise High School

In This Issue of Bobcat Tracks. . .

FCCLA Region Award

Lion's Club Speech Contest Winners

Musical Production Presents "Broadway Parodyce"

10- grade World History Schindler's List Trip

Ridge Quilter's Guild

Leadership News

Stand-up Desk Contest

PHS Academic Decathlon

Region 4 Skills USA Competition

On The Horizon - Important Dates

Counselors Cornor

Searching for Amazing Student

Electives Fair

Student Store Sale

The "Den of Fame" Bobcat Pride Legacy Award

Campus Painting and Clean-Up Day

FCCLA Region Award

On Saturday, 1/28/17 PHS students competed in the Spring Leadership meeting and regional qualifying competition. Congratulations to the 12 members from our school. We competed in the following 7 different events.

Promote and Publicize - Stella McCann and Kaya Williams - 1st place

Culinary Arts - Kristin Tucker, Matt Harmon, and Edmond Sizwarc - 1st place

Fashion Construction - Odessa Hymers - 1st place

Illustrated Talk - Trinity Stover - 1st place

Interior Design - Jr. Division - Andy Thompson - 1st place

Life Event Planning - Zoey McClain and Lilokalani Croy - 1st and Lyla Belknap 2nd Place

Menu Planning and Table Display Dr Division - Jordan Taylor - 1st place

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Lion's Club Speech Contest Winners

Congratulations to PHS Seniors Luke Wrangham and Zarin Lamiya. They competed in the annual Lion's Club student speaker contest on Jan 31st. Luke delivered the winning speech on Privacy and National Security. He will move on to compete at the next level on 2/28/17.
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Musical Production Presents ---- "Broadway Parodyce"

The Classes of Musical Production are excited to present their spring musical on March 29th and 30th at 7:00 in the PHS Little Theater. You'll enjoy seeing student written parodies of some of Broadway's most famous musicals in a huge cast of over 50 talented performers. Tickets are $5 and will be available soon in the PHS office.

10th Grade World History Schindler's List Trip

Mr. Velikonia is planning the annual Trip for sophomores to attend the movie, Schindler's List. The date has been set for Monday April 3rd. It is a valuable experience for our students.

Ridge Quilters Guild

A BIG Thank You to the Ridge Quilter's Guild. They donated $1,000.00 to our Art Department.

Leadership News

Our students have been busy. Most recently we celebrated Winter Homecoming with a Star Wars themed school-wide rally and a home wrestling match. We crowned Ayden Stockwell our PHS 2017 Homecoming King.

Future News....

  • Leadership and Yearbook are accepting applications for 2017- 2018 school year.
  • Valentine Grams are available in the student store.
  • The PHS Electives Fair is Feb. 9th in the gym during 7th period. It will showcase all of our amazing electives.
  • There is a Lip Sync/ Talent Show tentatively scheduled for February 24th. Sign-ups are in the main office.
  • Senior tributes in the Yearbook are still available (form in the main office) or go to to create your own online.
  • Yearbooks are still available for pre-order... last day for pre-order is April 15th.

Stand-up Desk Contest

Mr. Gillard is holding a design contest for a stand-up desk. Mr. Hansbrough's engineering class is going to participate. See Mr. Gillard for more info.
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PHS Academic Decathlon

Congratulations to our Academic Decathlon team! They have been studying hard about the World War II era since August. On Saturday, they competed with 3 other schools and came home with 29 medals in 10 subject areas. Our team brought back 9 Gold Medals! We are so proud of them! They will soon find out what next year's topic will be! If you're interested in being part of our team, keep your ear out for announcements in the daily bulletin about the next meeting or talk to Mrs. Krulder in room 140.
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Region 4 Skills USA competition

Our students, Michael Turene and Alec Armer took home the bronze medal in Interactive Application and Video Game Development. They will be going to San Diego for the state competition in April. Congratulations! Nice Job! Good Luck!

On the Horizon (Important Dates)

February 9 8th Grade Parent Night and Electives Fair

February 16 End of Fourth Grading Period

February 17 Lincoln's Birthday Holiday

February 20 President's Holiday

March 8 Academic Awards Ceremony for Spring 2016 - and Fall 2016 here at PHS

March 16 STEAM ( Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) Community Night

March 17 Potential Snow Make-up Day

March 23 Leadership Blood Drive

March 25 Spring Fling Dance 8:30 - 11:30

April 6 End of Fifth Grading Period

April 7 Potential Snow Make-up Day

April 10 - 14 Spring Break

April 17 Potential Snow Make-up Day

Counselor's Corner


Seniors and parents of seniors, are you looking for scholarship money to help pay for college or technical school next year? The treasure hunt begins on the Paradise High School Website. Just use the “Counseling” tab towards the top of the home page, drop down and click on “Scholarships”. Go down the page to the second heading which is “Scholarship Updates, Links, and Tools”. Click on “Scholarship Updates” and you will find a list of scholarship opportunities that have either been mailed/emailed to our Guidance Office or are being sponsored by organizations in our local area. Under that list you will find numerous website links which are a treasure trove of hundreds of scholarship opportunities. You will want to check those websites frequently as they are constantly being updated. Our Paradise High School scholarship page will be updated every other week during the spring semester. For those who may have difficulty with internet access, please feel free to make use of our computer labs in the library and career center. Some applications can be sent electronically and some can be printed off and mailed in.

One last thing about scholarships…seniors, please turn in those “Senior Passport” forms that Guidance Counselors gave you during our visits to your Government and Economics classes. If you lost it, come get another. Occasionally the Guidance Counselors are asked to nominate a pool of possible applicants for a particular scholarship. We use those “Senior Passports” to select eligible nominees. If we don’t have your Senior Passport to match you up to the qualifications, you probably won’t get nominated.

Looking for Amazing Students

Our Leadership, Link, Peer Counselors and Yearbook are looking for some Amazing Students.

The qualities we are seeking:

  • Positive Attitude
  • Responsible
  • Capable
  • Motivated
  • Trustworthy
  • Artistic
  • Cooperative
  • Prideful
  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Courteous
  • Helpful
  • Peaceful
  • With Heart for serving others

Students, we need your help next year! Let Mrs. Martin, Miss Hall or the Guidance Office know if you're interested in working with fellow students, teachers and staff to make our school GREAT.

Electives Fair

The Electives Fair will be on Thursday!

There will be tables set up with information and people to tell you about the classes.

  • Sociology/Psychology/Intro to Law
  • Honors English 9, 10, English 11, 12 (8th grade parent night only)
  • Photo 1 & Advanced Photo
  • Intro to Art & Advanced Art
  • Public Speaking
  • CSF
  • AVID
  • Academic Decathalon
  • Woodshop
  • Link Crew
  • Health Pathway
  • Home Economics
  • Chorus
  • Creative Writing
  • Musical Production
  • Computer Game Programming & Computer Repair
  • Peer Counselors
  • Graphic Design
  • AP Stats
  • And MORE!!!

Come see all the fun and exciting opportunities waiting for all of us here at PHS.

Den of Fame

Do you know a Bobcat alumni who has reached the pinnacle of his or her profession or trade? If you do, please consider nominating the individual for our first inaugural class of the “Den of Fame.”

The Den of Fame was established to honor alumni, teachers and community members who have made significant contributions to society. The intent is to promote and acknowledge the efforts of noteworthy individuals who plot a course for others to follow.

Their example provides a model for other Paradise Ridge students to emulate. They demonstrate that dreams and goals are achievable, and they preserve a legacy of Paradise excellence.

It is our desire to network these individuals with current PHS educators and students and create relationships that will benefit all. Nominations from all are welcome, and they will be vetted by a committee of school and community personnel. Inductees will be honored each spring at the Senior Award Ceremony, and their photo will grace the campus and speak to future generations of Bobcat students. Nomination forms can be found on the Paradise High School website.

PHS School Clean-Up and Painting Day

Parent, teacher and student surveys over the past decade have repeatedly indicated the need for PHS school beautification. From the restrooms to gum “art” and the parking lot to the deteriorating walls, our campus is in need of some love. Many of you have come to administration to offer support and expertise. A date has been set for all to chip in to help restore some of Paradise High School’s greatest facility needs.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 21st through the 23rd (Saturday is the big day), the Paradise community will come together in a campus beautification effort. Coordinated and assisted by the PTSO, the PHS Leadership class, district and site facilities management, churches, volunteers, students and local businesses, the day will include projects like painting the campus, repairing plumbing fixtures, planting flowers, repairing the fields and fences, and others. Snacks, water, and a Saturday lunch will be provided.

Please contact our PTSO President, Heidi Lange ( or John Christie ( if you or your organization wish to assist in this meaningful and overdue endeavor, and thank you for the Bobcat spirit.