Post Falls High School
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Important Dates to Remember
11/2-11/3 Scheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences
11/3 End of First Quarter
*11/4 Craft Fair
11/22-25 Thanksgiving Break (No School)
12/22-01/7 Christmas Break (No School)
01/15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
01/26 End of First Semester
02/19 President’s Day (No School)
*More information in the newsletter below
Chamber of Commerce CTE Student of the Month
Student and Teacher of the Month-October
Congratulations to the PFHS October Student of the Month – Senior Kylie Munday. Kylie has been a member of our varsity volleyball team throughout high school and has verbally committed to attend and play volleyball at the University of San Diego next year. She excels in the classroom, is currently our ASB Vice President, and is also a LINK leader. Outside of school she plays club volleyball and enjoys surfing, hiking, swimming, skiing and traveling. Great Job Kylie!
Congratulations to Mr. Steve Mills for being selected as the PFHS October Teacher of the Month. Mr. Mills has been a teacher for 40 years, the last 10 here at PFHS. He teaches chemistry, physics and is a golf and track coach. In his free time he enjoys traveling, riding his motorcycle, and golfing. Thank you Mr. Mills for everything that you do for our students here at PFHS!
Athlete of the Week
Talia Bonville So. Cross Country- Talia placed second overall at cross country Regionals on Thursday, leading her team to a 2nd place finish and helping them qualify for State. Talia's times this year make her the 2nd fastest sophomore in school history. She is currently ranked in the top 20 for 5A runners in the state of Idaho.
Science Teacher, Emily Sarha, Chosen for Award
Dr.Becca Wills Outstanding Educator Award
Congratulations to our very own, Emily Sarha, for being and nominated and chosen for the Dr.Becca Wills Outstanding Educator Award on behalf of the Idaho Science Teaching Association. Sarha was nominated for her commitment to hands-on science education and her willingness to integrate real-world learning into her classroom setting. She will receive $1,000 to use in support of her science teaching. Congratulations!
Trojan XC Shines in 2023!
Our Post Falls Trojan Cross Country runners have had a great season. The Lady Trojans placed in the top 10 as a team in two of Washington’s biggest meets of the season, led by junior Kaylynn Misner and sophomore Talia Bonville, who have placed in the top 20 of every meet they ran in this season. They are respectively the 4th and 5th fastest girls in Post Falls cross country history. Both have earned Athlete of the Week honors in October.
The Trojan Boys took 2nd place in Priest River at the Ivan Benson Invite and were 1 point away from winning as a team. They were led by Juniors Austin Averette (2nd place), Cannon Simpson (7th place), and senior Noah Wells (10th). Cannon and Noah also placed in the top 20 in their division at the Fort Steilacoom Invite in Washington.
Both teams finished the season representing Post Falls well at the 5A Regional Championships. The girls varsity placed 2nd qualifying for state, led by Talia (2nd) and Kaylynn (3rd) overall. The boys missed qualifying for state by 10 points with senior Noah Wells out with a broken fibula. Everyone showed amazing toughness and heart at regionals and showed improvement all year long. Great job Trojan runners!
Here's a link to results from regionals: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/223224/info
Congratulations Varsity Volleyball!
Girls Varsity Volleyball took third place in the state tournament as well as took home the Sportsmanship Award. Great job, ladies!
PFHS CRAFT FAIR
Mark your calendars! Saturday, November 4th from 10am-3pm our gyms and commons will be filled with over 120 crafters, artisans and vendors. There is something for everyone. $2 entry benefits our visual and performing arts programs. Shop early, Shop local!
Trojan Theatre's Fall Play
Trojan Theatre's Fall Production is "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Susan Nanus based on the book by Norton Juster. This play follows Milo, a young lad who has nothing to be excited about, that is until a mysterious tollbooth shows up in his room. Milo decides he has nothing better to do than to check it out, and is thrust into an adventure that will forever change his outlook on learning and life as a whole. We travel through the Lands Beyond to meet many quirky characters such as Dr. Discord, The Humbug, and the Dodecahedron on their way to rescue Princesses Rhyme and Reason.
Admission is $5 per patron
November 2nd, 3rd, & 4th at 7pm as well as Oct. 28th & Nov. 4th at 2pm.
This play is appropriate for all ages K-12+.
Exploding Pumpkins in Science!
On 10/31, a few science teachers made a “big explosion” throughout the day! They reacted calcium carbide with water to create calcium hydroxide and acetylene gas. They then lit that gas on fire to combust the acetylene gas to produce carbon dioxide, water vapor, and an explosion to blow out a pre-carved face of a pumpkin! If your student has any of the following teachers, be sure to ask them how it was: Mr. Birdsell, Mrs. Edlund, Mr. Neal, and Mr. Mckain!
Dream Big Campaign
In honor of Next Steps Month, Sources of Strength completed a "Dream Big" campaign. Asking students what their dream job is once they graduate high school and go onto college, trade school, military, and or workforce options, etc. Thank you to all the staff and students who participated, it's never too early or too late to start thinking about life after high school! Stop by the College and Career room today for resources!
Key Club Makes a Difference!
Key Club hosted a successful "Starve a Vampire" Blood Drive on October 30th. More than 40 students and staff at PFHS signed up to donate blood. Each donation positively impacts up to three lives in the community. Great job, Trojans!
In November, Key Club will be volunteering at "Give Hunger the Bird," a fundraising event supporting the Post Falls Food Bank.
National School Psychology Week (NSPW) [November 6-10, 2023]
School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers), to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.
Why Do Children Need School Psychologists? All children and youth can face problems from time to time related to learning; social relationships; making difficult decisions; or managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, worried, or isolated. School psychologists help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face. They are a highly skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life.
How Do I Contact a School Psychologist? Every school has access to the services of a school psychologist, although some school psychologists serve two or more schools so may not be at a particular school every day. Most often, school psychologists can be reached by inquiring at the school directly, the district's central office, or locating contact information on the school or district website.
SOS November Campaign - Gratitude
Sources of Strength - this month we are focusing on the strength of practicing gratitude. Did you know practicing gratitude can help lower anxiety? This is an easy practice that everyone can do....write down three things you are thankful for each day and see for yourself! We are so thankful for each of you reading this! Happy November!
ETS- TRiO College and Career Program
Below are the details and contact information for this FREE program!
Ski and Snowboard Club
Have you ever wanted to try out a new winter sport? Do you spend all day trying to land that one trick in the terrain park? Or maybe you just enjoy spending long days shredding the gnar? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the club for you. All skill levels are welcome! We take 4-5 trips to local mountains, including Schweitzer, Mt. Spokane, and Silver.There will be skiing during the day, and during the night! All Transportation, lift tickets, rentals, and lessons (as needed), are included in the club fee, which is $300. There is also an option to fundraise with raffle tickets to pay your club fee. Tickets can be checked out once the parent permission form is turned in. If interested, join our club Google Classroom using code: dcmh47z, and join our Text Remind by texting "@wytepowder" to "81010". Please see Mrs. Shaber (rm222) or Mr.Stewart (rm219) for paperwork. Paperwork will be available in October. All paperwork and fees are due by Dec. 14th. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Deca is Headed to Regionals!
DECA Regionals will be held on November 29 in Coeur d'Alene. Post Falls High School students will try their hand at events ranging from Sports & Entertainment Marketing to Retail Merchandising, Entrepreneurship, and Business Finance. Those who qualify for state will begin preparation to compete in Boise in February. Wish them luck!
Senior Ads DUE THIS MONTH
Senior Parents buy your senior ad today!
Document their journey
Include more senior pictures from their session(dress code still applies)
Show their school photos from the past.
Just make sure you go to yearbookforever.com and get your senior ad as soon as possible! Deadline Date is November 21st 2023 (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break)!
Go to yearbookforever.com now!
Idaho LAUNCH for Students
Financial Aid for Families - Attention Seniors!
The State of Idaho's College & Career Access Team will be offering two Financial Aid 101 webinars for families this Fall. During this one hour webinar, families will learn about the types of financial aid available, how to prepare for the FAFSA, and state aid programs. The webinars will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Please watch for parent and student emails with the webinar registration info. November 9th - 6pm December 7th - 6pm
FSA ID - Seniors Families
The new FAFSA is set to be available in December 2023. We will notify you via both student and parent email when it is officially open. In the meantime - both student and parent(s) need to set up their FSA ID at https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch ***The FSA IDs have to be completed at least one week prior to completing the FAFSA form.
University of Idaho
Attention Seniors! If you have applied or plan to apply to University of Idaho - join Becky Byers in 137 on November 14th during both lunches for info on next steps! Stop by 137 to sign up!