May News From Paradise High School
In This Issue of Bobcat Tracks. . .
Schindler's List Trip
Stand-up Desk Contest
On The Horizon - Important Dates
Campus Painting and Clean-Up Day
Janessa Ramirez (Student of the Year)
FCCLA State Awards
While most of us were taking a well-deserved spring break vacation, Ms. Frenzel and a group of north state FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students were gathering in Riverside for the state FCCLA competition. Paradise High represented well, Kaya Williams took a second place in the "Promote and Publicize" category. She is now eligible to move on to FCCLA Nationals in Nashville Tennessee. We are proud of the effort that all Bobcat students made, and we wish Kaya the best at the next level if she decides to compete. And thank you to all who sacrificed a portion of the break to make the trip and competition happen.
Schindler's List Trip
Senior Project Judges Needed
Every year Paradise High School seniors complete community and/or career based Senior Projects that provide a powerful educational experience for our students as they prepare to venture out in the world, whether they move on to college, military service, or work. Senior projects allow students to pursue a chosen area of interest and showcase their interests and talents, not only to their teachers and peers, but also to caring and interested members of the Paradise community. If you are interested in participating in the Senior Project assessment, which consists of viewing student portfolios at some point during the week of Wednesday, May 24th, and Wednesday, May 31st (which typically takes 2 hours), and attending project presentations on June 1 (from 4:00 P.M. to approximately 6:30 P.M.), please contact the senior project coordinator, Kim Jones at 895-2310 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. These projects are incredibly useful and meaningful to our seniors, and we encourage you to share in the experience.
Stand-up Desk Contest
On the Horizon (Important Dates)
May 1-11 Advanced Placement Testing
May 11 Link Crew AFU #9 in English 9 (Partain for now)
May 12 Link Crew Connection Day 3rd period
May 13 (Saturday) Prom @ California Park Pavilion - 8:30-11:30
May 17 Link Crew May Development Day 6th & 7th periods GYM
May 18 Senior Assembly and College Signing Day
May 18 Senior Recognition Ceremony
May 18 Student Advisory - 2nd Period - Library
May 19 Bobcat Fest (70 minutes after 7th period on Football field)
(Next year we will skip Bobcat fest so that Every 15 Minutes and Bobcat Fest are rotated every year.
May 19 Yearbook Distribution - 3rd period classes
May 24 Link Crew Cocoa & Cram 3:30pm-5:30pm (2:30-6:00 for Link
May 25 2016-2017 Link Crew End of Year Celebration
May 22-25 Aloha Spirit Week
May 25 Aloha Rally - Stadium - 3rd Period
May 26 Potential Snow Make-Up Day
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday
June 1 Link Crew AFU #10 in English 9 (Partain for now)
June 1 Senior Projects
June 1 Senior Sunset - 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Football Stadium)
June 2 Senior Picnic - One Mile Recreation Area
June 5 Link Crew Summer Kick Off Carnival 3:30pm-4:30pm
(2:30pm-5:00pm for Link Crew) middle softball field
June 7-8 Finals Schedule – Minimum Days
June 8 End of second semester
Senior Breakfast 7:00am-8:00am
Last Day and Graduation
June 9 Teacher Work Day
A few years ago the Butte County Superior Court received a grant to connect top area students with judicial and community leaders. The program has grown to include Chico, PV, Oroville, and Paradise. The connection is made with a shared meal at a local restaurant, and this year several top seniors joined court and community leaders for lunch. Attending the luncheon on Friday April 21st:
Honorable Kristen A. Lucena, Judge, Butte County Superior Court
Ms. Melissa Schuster, Council Member, Town of Paradise
Ms. Peggy Moak, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Butte County
Mr. Joe Earley, Attorney, Law Offices of Joseph M. Earley III
Mr. Cliff Jacobson, CEO, Spray Chem Chemical Company
Dr. Richard Thorp, President, CA Medical Association
Mr. John McKalip, Law Class Teacher, Paradise High
Mr. Tyler White, PHS Student
Mr. Tyler Vail, PHS Student
Ms. Serena Riddle, PHS Student
Mr. Jacob Warren, PHS Student
Mr. Riley Potthast, PHS Student
Ms. Lindsey Piper, PHS Student
Ms. Arianna Sells, PHS Student
Ms. Teanna Moniz, PHS Student
At the restaurant, local leaders introduced themselves, explained how they arrived at their position, and offered sage advice. Students contributed as well. Each student explained his or her interests, proposed college choice and choice of major in addition to any other personal items they wished to share. A great time and gratifying meal was had by all!
PHS School Clean-Up and Painting Day
They arrived with rakes and shovels, paint brushes and rollers. Over two hundred volunteers descended on Paradise High School on Earth Day to give the campus a much needed face-lift. Students, teachers, parents and community members all chipped in and conquered the scheduled eight-hour event in just over three hours. Organized and led by Paradise High School PTSO President Heidi Lange, the day was a model of what can be accomplished when good people get together in a unified cause. In the works for over four months, the day featured volunteers weeding, planting, painting and cleaning. Some even scraped gum that had become as much a feature of the school walkways as the redwood towering from the center of campus. After applying over fifty gallons of paint, hauling and spreading yards of mulch and soil, and cleaning virtually every desk and window in the school, the groups rendezvoused outside the cafeteria and shared pizza and friendship. There was a great deal of laughter and appreciation for a job well done. Principal John Christie made an announcement over the loudspeaker to help a rake and shovel find their owners, and then everyone packed up to enjoy the remainder of a rare sunny afternoon on the ridge. Then, on Sunday, a group from the Seventh Day Adventist church followed up to make certain the school was ready for students on Monday.
Among the groups that contributed were LDS Paradise congregations, CMA congregation, Paradise Adventist congregation, Love Paradise, and the Paradise Garden Club. Donating to the event were Juice and Java, Round Table Pizza, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Celestino’s Pizza, Paradise Garden Center, Mendon’s Nursery and Paradise Garden Center.
A special thank you to Dave Brown, Bob Lasby, and Sabrina, who scrambled all morning to keep the paint, mulch and window cleaner flowing. Jake Timm, our new District Facilities Director, was instrumental in providing the paint and supplies for the event.
Paradise Garden Club members arrived in numbers to tend to the landscaping in front of PHS. What a difference!
Can you find six smiles in this picture? Paradise High students "do windows."
Volunteers plant donated flowers in the planters at PHS.
Co-President Janessa Ramirez Honored (Twice)
Janessa was also honored by the local Paradise Free Mason's chapter with a Student-of-the Year award. On Friday, April 21st, the Mason's and school district representatives including Superintendent Colosky came to PHS to honor Janessa and take some photos. Janessa will be officially recognized at the Mason's Lodge on May 9th at 7 p.m. at the Mason's Lodge in Paradise.