Parkland Weekly Update

March 20, 2015

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PHS Geo Club collected markers and high lighters to be recycled and used for fuel for environmentally conscious manufacturing.

Coming Events

March 25, Telescope Observation of the Moon and Jupiter, 8:30 - 9:30 PM at PHS parking lot adjacent to the Athletic Wing. Mandy Weidenhammer, Earth/Space Science and Biology teacher at PHS, and her students, will attempt to set up telescopes to view the Moon, Jupiter and it's 4 Galilean moons for astronomy class. Rain date is March 26. If sky conditions are questionable, call 610-758-3413 after 6:30 PM. A voice-mail greeting will indicate whether or not the Sky Watch will take place that evening.

March 26, Parkway Manor Elementary's Wax Museum, 2-3 PM. Third graders will dress up as a wax statue of a historical character. Visitors can press a button and see the student come to life to tell about what made each character famous.

March 26, Early Childhood Literacy Workshop on "Raising Readers," Troxell Building, 6-7 PM. All Parents of Parkland School District children who will be attending Kindergarten in the Fall of 2015 are invited to attend. RSVP by Tuesday, March 24 to or 610-351-5695.

March 30, First Book Donation, Troxell Building, 10 AM. 1,052 donated books were received as a result of a grant that was awarded to Parkland School District from the First Book organization in Memphis, TN. The books will be distributed to 400 students who need remediation in reading and some of the 1,800 students who receive free or reduced lunch within Parkland to encourage a love a reading.

SAVE THE DATE: The Grassroots Environmental Organization Club (GEO) will be running an Electronics Recycling Drive on Saturday April 18th at the FreeCycle Facility in Allentown, 795 Roble Road, Allentown, PA 18109.

New Employee and Volunteer Recognition Program

Parkland School District students, parents, residents and staff, are invited to participate in a the new Superintendent's Parkland Pride Award Program which recognizes outstanding employee and volunteer achievements within Parkland School District. We invite you to tell us about a Parkland School District staff member or volunteer who has gone the extra mile this school year to make you proud to live in Parkland or be a part of the Parkland staff! Don't delay - nominations are due April 17, 2015. All nominations must be made online. Click here for more information and the nomination form.



The following Parkland HS students made the "LCTI Students of the Month" list for their hard work and dedication to their lab:

Victoria Balkam, Marketing and Business Education

Cole Swanger, Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

David Gumina, Diesel/Medium/Heavy Truck Technology

Melody Davila, Early Care & Education of Young Children

Emma Lewis, Cosmetology

Bath Zachary, Law Enforcement/Security Systems

Patrick williams, Auto Technology

Nicole Dilley, CAP Early Care & Education of Young Children

Matthew Rice, Pre-engineering and Engineering Technology

Akeem Mohammed, Computer Maintenance Technology

Nicholas Glassic, SOC Indoor/Outdoor Maintenance

Adam Kedl, Welding Technology

Joseph Brey Auto Technology

Abigail Gordon, Advertising Design/Commercial Art

Students from Parkland High School, Orefield and Springhouse competed in the Lehigh Science and Engineering Fair held at Lehigh University. In each scientific category, there is one first, one second, and one third place winner. Students are judged against each other from a variety of local school districts by using a display board to share their experimental use of the scientific method. High school students who receive a first, second or third award, and middle school students who receive a first place move on to compete at the Delaware Valley Science Fair. This fair is a competition between Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey. Parkland School District dominated the event with 31 high school students moving on to the statewide event, and 10 students from Springhouse Middle School, and 9 students from Orefield Middle School. To view a list of these amazing students, go to

2015 NATIONAL AMERICAN VISIONS AWARD - "The Color Wheel" Film and Animation (Teacher: Mr. Barrett)
2015 NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC SILVER AWARD- "She Waits" Photography (Teacherr: Mr. Barrett)
2015 NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC SILVER AWARD - "Lucille" Mixed Media" (Teacher: Ms. Danner)
2015 NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC SILVER AWARD - "Double Exposure" (Teacher: Ms. La Due)
All regional Gold and American Visions awards from Lehigh, Berks, Carbon and Northampton High Schools, were sent to New York City for national adjudication from schools throughout the United States. There were 300,000 submissions and less than .05 received national recognition. Alyssa will travel in early June to Carnegie Hall in New York City for the National Celebration where she will receive her medals. It is unprecidented in the history of the scholastic awards that a student from one high school would receive four national medals. Her work will be on display in the Trojan Gallery in April.

Swimming Gold - Siena Salvaggio earned two gold medals at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships for both of her individual events, the 50 and 100 Freestyle with times of 23.10, and 49.61 respectively. She also becomes the first athlete since Jamie Malandra’s Junior year to win both individual events she was entered into at states from our school. Other athletes and performances that deserve recognition: Erin Jordan - 5th in the 500 (5:00.65) Swam in the Finals, Tori Connolly - 4th in the 500 (5:00.42) Swam in the Finals, Erika Freeman - 16th in the 100 back (59.1), and 14th in the 200 IM (2:08.24), Adam Sicinski - 14th in the 100 free (47.20), and 15th in the 50 (21.49).

Jamie Stover, reporter with WFMZ, won a Pennsylvania AP Broadcasting Association award for her coverage of Parkland student Jared Brown who walked across the PHS stage to receive his diploma in the spring after a debilitating disease caused him to be wheelchair bound when we was just 14. Jared's "Rising above a Disability" video will also be submitted for two more awards, including an Emmy. To view the winning videos and Jared's amazing spirt and his inspiring story:

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OMS Science Olympiad

A team of 7 Orefield Middle School girls participated in Science Olympiad 2015. The team won in four events.

Participant Names, Events Team Won, Winner names

Anam Ali, Solar System, Anatomy & physiology - (Anam Ali & Punya Bhasin)

Punya Bhasin, Picture This Disease Detective - (Anam Ali, Tanya Mehta)

Saakshi Girotra, Green Generation Meteorology - (Tanya Mehta & Aashika Shah)

Hayya Khan, Elastic Launch Glider Simple Machines - (Saakshi Girotra & Hayya Khan )

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SMS Science Olympiad

Springhouse Middle School's Science Olympiad team won Regionals with a score of 43 points (the lowest score wins), a tournament record.
This year they received 14 gold, 5 silver, and 1 bronze.
The team will compete at States on April 25th.