Parma School District

November 5, 2021

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Message from Superintendent Winston

Hello Patrons of the Parma School District

I hope this message finds you well. It has been a busy couple of months as we have entered the Fall season and the beginning of the Holiday season.

Thank you to all of those that have helped out and donated to the the fun run fundraiser for Maxine Johnson Elementary and the basket raffle/dodgeball tournament for the middle school. The Elementary raised over $23,000 and the Middle School is currently a little over $15,000 before the dodgeball tournament tonight.

If you are looking for some family fun, come down and watch the dodgeball tournament at the Laca Gym.

Time: 6pm

Location: Laca Gym

Cost: $2 per person

Concessions available if you are hungry including hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and more!

Another big thank you to all of those that participated in parent-Teacher conferences. We appreciate you stopping in and checking in with teachers and staff.

There had been a question about why graduation was moved to Sunday this year. Parma High School Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM. Due to the way the calendar fell this year and the many students and parents who wanted the first semester to be completed before Christmas Break, the 2nd semester will be completed before Memorial day weekend. The last day of school will be May 20th. State Tournaments are finishing on Saturday, May 21st. The Board and administration did not want any student to have to choose between a possible state title and graduation so graduation was moved from Saturday.

Mrs. Jensen had sent out a survey to Senior parents of the class of 2022, asking questions regarding moving graduation to a different day during the week so it wouldn't land on the Saturday of the state tournaments for our athletes. We used this data to make the decision to move graduation so students wouldn't have to pick athletics over graduation.

Once again, thank you all for your support and commitment to the Parma School District. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Go Panthers!!

Panther Pawsitives


High School Volleyball took 2nd at 3A State Tournament. The girls did amazing as they battled the long way around, defeated Fruitland and played in the Championship Game! Excellent job Ladies.

Red Ribbon Week

Mrs. Ah You-Dias and Mrs. Dickeson both organized Red Ribbon Week at the Middle and Elementary Schools. Days were packed with fun dress up days and and positive message to find positive things in life and stay away from drugs.

Other Pawsitives

A lot of staff have given shout outs to our IT Director, Tom Horrace. Currently Tom is a one man show that does a lot of work in the district. Tom's first response to IT request is usually, "I think we can make that work". Thanks for all yo do Tom.

High School Leadership class is busy creating a positive culture at the high school. They had put up posters that recognized some of the staff with some heartfelt messages. Thank you Panthers!

We have some Amazing, Great, Awesome substitute teachers that help out in the district. These folks are available on a day or hours notice. You are so appreciated. Thanks also to Emily Obenchain who coordinates the subs. This is a time consuming job and she does it with a smile.

We have some good stuff going on in classrooms throughout the district. Just a few that I have seen or heard about include -

  • Differentiated instruction in Mrs. Miller's class with students working on various assignments. All the students were very busy.
  • Mrs. Sitts having 6th grade students present their elements to the class.
  • Mrs. Hyde transforming her 5th grade ELA class into a Book Cafe, where the books were on the menu.
  • Mr. Sitts had his 8th grade students paint a math grid on the grass for greater visualization.
  • Mrs. Clark is already having her 12th graders starting work on their Panther Projects for the Spring. If you have a chance sign up to be a reviewer of these projects this spring. Students do a great job and is very enlightening.
  • Mrs. Stimpson invited Mr. Winston down to read a story about a girl who writes a letter to a librarian, who is named Mr. Winston, to apologize for bringing a snake in the library. Mr. Winston and the class had a good time with it.

Help the Booster Club with Amazon Smiles

The Parma Booster Club have done some great things for the District. We have a new scoreboard at the football field and new weight room equipment for athletes to use and become faster and stronger. They are always willing to add more people to the group.

Don't want to be a member, there is an easy way to still support the Parma Boosters. Do you ever shop on Amazon? Now when you shop, a small portion of your purchase can be donated to Boosters at no extra cost to you. Simply shop through AmazonSmile at by following this link and select Parma High School Boosters Inc as your preferred charity. Same products and services at the same prices. It's an easy way to support Boosters.

Turn Back your Clocks

Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 AM is when clocks turn back. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep, unless you have young children or dogs that didn't get the memo!

Important Dates

  • November 9 - Middle and High School Band Fundraiser and Concert, 6PM in the HS Commons
  • November 11- Veterans Day - Assembly to Honor Veterans at PHS Gym 10 -11 AM
  • November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 13-17 - Finals week at High School
  • December 17 - End of 1st Semester and Early release
  • December 20 - 31 - Christmas Break
  • January 3- Teacher workday - No School for Students
  • January 4 - Students Return, 1st day of 2nd Semester/3rd Quarter
  • January 17 - MLK Day No School
  • February 11 - Teacher In-service Day, no school for students
  • February 21 - President's Day, No School

Go Panthers!!