Parkland Weekly Update

January 16, 2015

OMS Edible Cars Compete in the Fast Food 500 in this week's STEM Challenge

OMS science students made cars out of food and then raced them in a friendly team competition. Presentations were mixed in from Air Products Engineers and PowerPoints about inventions, science, the history of cars and more in this STEM-based activity.

Coming Events

January 19, NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 22, Middle School Parent University, OMS Auditorium, 6-7 PM. Tracy Smith, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations, will make a presentation on the District's Open Campus Initiative. Click here for details.

January 23 - ALL SCHOOLS DISMISS EARLY. HS/MS at 1 PM and Elem at 1:45 PM.

January 23, Springhouse MS Get Up & Move Dance-a-thon Event, 6-9 PM.

A fundraiser to support the SMS Partnership by providing additional funds for field trips, ARP Auction, 8th Grade Celebration, and Game Night AND to raise funds in

support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this event will feature:

• DJ organized dances

• Wii Dance

• Hoops for Hope (basketball free throws)

• Race for The Cure Relay Races (ex: sack races, dice relay)

• Zumba

• Hula Hoop Contest

• Photo Booth (for a small additional fee)

• Surprise Guest Appearance by local celebrity

January 28, Are you Smarter than a Teacher?, PHS Library, 3-4:30 PM. For the third year, the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society are joining forces for a highly competitive afternoon of "Are you Smarter than a Teacher?" All faculty and staff are invited to challenge the students to a match.

January 30 and 31, PHS Winter Play, “An Evening with Tennessee Williams,” Parkland High School auditorium, 7:30 PM. One of the most prolific playwrights of the modern era, Tennessee Williams also penned volumes of short plays and one acts that feature remarkable characters. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. For the ticket order form, click here.


  • The following students were LCTI/PHS December Students of the Month, chosen by their teacher for outstanding work:

Diesel/Medium/Heavy Truck Technology, Cameron Lowell

Culinary Arts, Bryant Rodriguez

Carpentry, Ben Geinosky

Commercial Baking, Hailey Reimart

Material Handling/Logistics Technology, Eric Nicholls

Print Technology/Graphic Imaging, Brianna Falise

Computer Maintenance Technology, Corey Barats

  • Gayoung Lee, a seventh grade student, is the 2015 Springhouse Middle School Spelling Bee champion. Gayoung, who had a perfect score on the preliminary round written test, competed against ten other contestants in grades 6-8 for the championship title. Along with Gayoung, Jeff Yi, Sriyaa Suresh, Prachi Soni, Aditi Pallod, Maya Parekh, Kavish Senthilkumar, Audrika Khondaker, Josh Jaffe, Srijan Sharma, and Christina Yi represented the top spellers from more than 200 students who participated in the preliminary written round. The Scripps National Spelling Bee provides students with the opportunity to sharpen their spelling skills through local, regional, and national competitions. After spelling his winning word – savvy – Gayoung received prizes from the Encyclopaedia Brittanica. Gayoung go on to represent Springhouse at the regional spelling bee at Northampton Community College in March.
  • The PHS GEO Club will be running a marker drive through February. They are collecting all markers and highlighters as long as they do not have a metal casing. They will be recycled and used for fuel for environmentally conscious manufacturing.
  • The PHS Student Council will be collecting trial size soaps, deodorants, toothpaste and toothbrushes for

    a Homeless Shelter on 6th & Chew Streets in Allentown. A box will be located in the Rotunda area to drop off these items through Jan. 30th.

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education will honor Parkland’s Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School as a Title I Distinguished School in recognition of outstanding student performance in Reading and Math and for successfully closing the achievement gap for historically underperforming students. The recognition will occur at the 2015 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference in Pittsburgh next week.

  • The PA Department of Education is requesting feedback from teachers, parents, students, and other community members about the academic content taught to our local students. This is an opportunity for you to have your voice heard and effect change in our current standards. Please take part in this initiative by clicking on, and selecting the grade and subject you are interested in reviewing. Once you have answered a few initial questions, you can pick which standards you would like to review! Feedback will be solicited through January 15, 2015. You may visit the site and provide feedback as often as you would like. For the month of December, start by providing feedback on the language arts standards; You can suggest that the standard is just right for the grade or offer suggestions and input for change. Be part of the education process for Pennsylvania’s children. Visit PA Academic today.

The Winter edition of the Parkland Newsletter is here. Click here to view it.

Parkland SWIM AND GYM Sundays are back. Click here for the schedule.

New Student Registration Info for Incoming Kindergarteners, First Graders and PHS Students

Registration for new students entering Parkland High School this fall is scheduled for Monday, February 23, 2015 and Tuesday, February 24, 2015. A snow make-up date is scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2015. The evening registration is designated for those students currently residing in the Parkland School District but not attending Parkland schools. Parents who would like to make a registration appointment should call Parkland High School at 610-351-5610 and ask for Mrs. Kris Chenworth, Registrar, at extension #73432 or email her at:

Parents: Please let friends and neighbors who have a child that will be starting school at Parkland for the first time as either a kindergartener or first grader this fall that we will be holding kindergarten and new first grade student registration in March in all Parkland Elementary Schools. Here is a flyer to share with them.