The Compass

PCHS Parent Newsletter April 2021

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WLOX SUPER Teacher Nominations

Join us in thanking our local super teachers for all that they do. Nominate a SUPER teacher using the link below for a chance to see them featured on WLOX News NOW!

-Sponsored by Hancock Whitney

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Stress Management

Most students experience significant amounts of stress, and this stress can take a significant toll on health, happiness, and grades. For example, a study by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that teens report stress levels similar to that of adults.

That means teens are experiencing significant levels of chronic stress, and that they feel their levels of stress generally exceed their ability to cope effectively. Roughly 30% report feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or sad because of it.1

Stress can affect health-related behaviors like sleep patterns, diet, and exercise as well, taking a larger toll. Given that nearly half of APA survey respondents reported completing three hours of homework per night in addition to their full day of school work and extracurriculars, this is understandable.

Common Causes of Student Stress

Another study found that much of high school students' stress originates from school and activities, and that this chronic stress can persist into college years and lead to academic disengagement and mental health problems.2 Common sources of student stress include:

· School

· Homework

· Extracurricular activities

· Social challenges

· Transitions (e.g., graduating, moving out, living independently)

· Relationships

· Work

High school students face the intense competitiveness of taking challenging courses, amassing impressive extracurriculars, studying and acing college placement tests, and deciding important and life-changing plans for their future. At the same time, they have to navigate the social challenges inherent to the high school experience.

If college is part of a teen's plans, once they are accepted, the stress continues as they need to make new friends, handle a more challenging workload, be without parental support in many instances, and navigate the stresses that come with more independent living. Romantic relationships always add an extra layer of potential stress.

Many students feel a sense of needing to relieve stress, but with all of the activities and responsibilities that fill a student’s schedule, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to try new stress relievers to help dissipate that stress. These options are relatively easy, quick, and relevant to a student’s life and types of stress.

Elizabeth Scott, MS and Amy Morin, LCSW

Autism Awareness Month

The PCHS Science department is leading the way to help promote Autism Awareness during the month of April. Thank you ladies for bringing awareness for all of our students on the spectrum. #AprilAutismAwareness #LiveLoveAccept #piratenation
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State Test Tutoring Schedule

State Testing Schedule

April 28 - Biology and US History with accommodations

April 28-29 - Early Graduate MAAP Testing

May 3 - MAAP Makeup and Multiple Test-takers

May 4 - Algebra I - Session 1

May 5 - Algebra I - Session 2

May 6 - English II - Session 1

May 7 - English II - Session 2

May 10 - MAAP Makeup and Multiple Test-takers

May 11 - Biology I

May 12 - US History

May 13 - MAAP Makeup and Multiple Test-takers

May 14 - MAAP Makeup and Multiple Test-takers

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Tennis: Heading to STATE!!

Ella McCoy and Max Torres are heading to the State Competition to play in the Mixed Doubles Division. Good Luck!! #piratepride
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Health and Wellness are a top priority as we continue to monitor COVID-19 and other common illnesses. Please be sure to monitor your child(ren) for any of the following symptoms and keep them at home when ill.

Notify the school immediately if a student or household member is tested and quarantine the household until results are received.

Notify the school of a positive result so we can do appropriate contact tracing.

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The PCHS Broadcast Journalism class has launched a daily news show to be aired each morning at 7:55 in lieu of morning announcements over the intercom. Be sure to check it out each morning on YouTube at Pass High Daily News!
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Upcoming Senior Events

April 26 Honors Cord Luncheon National Honor Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, French and Spanish Honor Societies

April 28 Senior Awards Practice / Senior Awards Night 6:00 MANDATORY

May 3 AP Government Exam

May 6-7 Senior Exams

May 6 AP US History Exam

May 6 AP Computer Science A Exam

May 10 AP Macroeconomics Exam

May 13 AP Computer Principles Exam

May 13 AP Statistics Exam

May 12 Sensational Senior Day MANDATORY Cap and Gown, parade, ice cream social, Graduation practice, senior dinner, sensational teachers

May 14 AP Biology Exam

May 14 Graduation MANDATORY

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Pirate College Preparatory Academy (PCPA)

Pass Christian High School has supported the Pirate College Preparatory Academy over the last 5 years with 10 Dual Credit College Courses and 7 Advanced Placement Courses.

Offerings for 2020-21 with enrollment numbers:

DC Composition I - 65

AP Government and Politics - 18

DC Speech - 64

AP Macroeconomics - 18

DC Composition II - 45

AP US History - 29

DC World Literature - 16

AP Statistics (new for 2020-21) - 24

DC - College Algebra - 53

AP Biology (returned in 2019-20)- 22

DC Trigonometry - 27

AP Computer Science Principles - 10

DC Calculus - 17

AP Computer Science A - 5

DC - Psychology - 41

DC Art - 24

DC Music (new for 2020-21) - 16

*DC Chemistry - added for 2021-22 school year

495 roster spots filled in college-level classes this year.

Members of the Iconic Class of 2021 that have earned:

3 hours to 1 semester of college - 28 students

1.5 to 2 semesters of college credit - 29 students

2.5 to 3 semesters of college credit - 8 students

64 students (40 percent of the senior class) have already earned college credit.

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The Pass High Counselors are here to support you Academically, Socially, and Emotionally!

How can you contact them?

1) Email them directly to request an appointment:

9th/10th-Dr. Bailey

11th/12th-Mrs. Mannion

2) Let your teacher know that you need to speak with one of us.

*If you are an online student email us and we can set up a time to Zoom!

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Senior Parents,

Mr. Hunter Dawkins, of the Gazebo Gazette, is creating the Iconic Class of 2021's Commencement Magazine.

If you are interested in purchasing an ad (4x3, $30) in the magazine, please contact Mr. Dawkins ( Ads will include a photo of your senior and a statement not longer than 2 sentences (must be provided by family). A proof will be sent once all requirements are submitted and ads are created.

There are three options of payment:

1) mail a check to The Gazebo Gazette, P.O. Box 767, Pass Christian, MS 39571 OR

2) pay online by going to the paper's website (, going to the top right of the webpage under the statement ABOUT, three options drop-down, select ADVERTISING. Once the next page pops up, scroll down and select PAY NOW and enter in your credit/debit card information OR

3) Come by the office on 517 W North Street, Suite 100, Pass Christian, MS 39571 and drop off a $30 check, cash, or money order. Please call (228)224-6781 to make sure that I'm here first.

Gazebo (PC Yearbook revised) (4).pdf

"Unleash the Dog Park" Pet Pawrade and Dog Park Dedication of Trinity Dog Park in the Pass

Please join us this Saturday (May 1st) as we “Unleash” Trinity Dog Park in the Pass! We’ll start the day with a Pet Pawrade. Pets and owners who want to join the Pawrade should gather at Pass Christian City Hall (200 West Scenic) by 9:45am. From there, we will stroll to the new Trinity Dog Park in the Pass (325 St. Louis Street). The “Unleashing” Ceremony (dog park dedication) begins at 10:30am.

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