Parkland Weekly Update

December 12, 2014

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MAXPREPS came to PHS today to announce it has ranked the PHS State Champion Volleyball team 9th in the Nation!

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The Political Science Club participated in the Delaware Model United Nations Conference. 22 students attended, with 14 winning awards, the largest number of awards in the history of the club.

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Coming Events

December 13, Ironton First Annual Holiday Open House, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM. The event will include a Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop complete with gift wrapping.

December 13 and 20 - Parkland High School Performing Arts Club Children’s Theatre Workshop 9:00 AM & 12:30 PM at PHS Auditorium.

December 14, PHS Chorale Winter Concert at Neffs UCC, 7:00 PM.

December 18, Parkland Senior Citizen Holiday Dinner #2, 5:30 PM.

December 18, Parkland High School Orchestra/11th & 12th Grade Chorus/Chorale Winter Concert 7:00 PM.

Note that all of our winter concerts are free and open to the public!


The Parkland Girls' Volleyball team was ranked 9th in the nation by MAXPREPS with a 45-0-1 season and a championship win at the state level. MAXPREPS and a representative from the National Guard presented the team with a trophy in front of the whole student body.

Check out the WFMZ video coverage of teacher Deb Reilly's GRAMMY nomination as a top 10 finalist in the country here.

The PHS Multicultural Leadership Club delivered socks from the Sock Drive in November to the Sixth Street Shelter. They collected more than 500 pairs of socks!

111 gifts for Northampton County Children, Youth, and Families were collected by PHS staff and students to fulfill holiday wishes. Many student clubs volunteered to help with the collection and load up the gifts!

Students from PHS attended the PA State Thespian Conference where awards were given as follows:

Tech Challenge:
First Place: Light Hang & Focus- Noah Guth
First Place: Costume Quick Change- Audrey Blizard & Claire Santa
First Place Overall Tech Challenge- Parkland High School: Audrey Blizard, Claire Santa, Noah Guth, Emma Finkle, Sydney Cope

Individual Event Participants: Tyler Haney, Jade Rodriguez, Megan Schmidt, Victoria Bartkavage, Hannah Hakim, Audrey Blizard, Noah Guth

STO Select Showcase Participants- Megan Schmidt, Victoria Bartkavage, Hannah Hakim, Harrison Eckert, Kyle Cohick

Individual Events Qualifying For Nationals:
Solo Musical- Tyler Haney
Solo Musical- Victoria Bartkavage
Solo Musical- Hannah Hakim
Sound Portfolio- Audrey Blizard

Tech Hall of Fame- Emma Finkle
Thespian Hall of Fame- Bryan Sobczak

Parkland High School- Gold Honor Troupe Status

Performance Scholarship- Samantha Curry

2015 State Board- Amanda Harris

PHS Music Production “Parkland: A Season for Giving 2014” Music CD This year marks the Parkland High School’s Music Production class’s 9th annual holiday CD. The CD features more than 40 Parkland students who have produced and/or performed 13 stylistically diverse tracks, from classical to rock to pop to electronica and more. The CD’s are $10 and include covers of well-loved holiday classics and two original songs. For a complete list of concert sales dates, tracks included on the CD, sample sound clips of each track, and more please visit:

The CD be ordered online at: Here you will also be able to view the track listing and the students who were involved with each recording. CD’s will be sold before all middle and high school winter concerts in the PHS auditorium lobby. All CD’s bought at the concert tables will come with a $1-off coupon for the Tilghman Square YoFresh Café! Proceeds benefit the Parkland SD Education Foundation.

Need a gift for a favorite teacher? Honor her/him with a student-designed holiday card! A $10 tax deductible donation will allow you to receive a beautiful student-designed holiday card that includes space to add your personal sentiments. Best of all, card orders can be made online by clicking here. You can have the cards sent home to be personalized or fill in your comments and we will hand-write your note and send it to your favorite staff member this month.

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Multicultural Leadership Club Sock Drive

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Gifts Collected for Northampton County Children and Youth Wish Lists

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Heroes and Helpers Event

This week, South Whitehall Township Police Department, Upper Macungie Police Department and Target helped children from Parkland School District to purchase holiday gifts for their families. During the in-store shopping event, the children are paired with Police officers who will help in picking out holiday gifts for the kids’ families. The Heroes & Helpers program fosters strong community relationships by pairing public safety officials with local youth to shop for the children's families during the holidays.
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This year's Foundation Holiday Staff Tribute Card was designed by Eva Roy, a 5th grade student in Nancy Nahrgang's art class at Kernsville Elementary School.