Bobcat Tracks

May News From Paradise High School

In This Issue of Bobcat Tracks. . .

FCCLA State Award

Schindler's List Trip
Senior Projects

Stand-up Desk Contest

On The Horizon - Important Dates

Leadership Luncheon

Campus Painting and Clean-Up Day

Janessa Ramirez (Student of the Year)

More Awards

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.

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Schindler's List Trip

All tenth grade students headed to the theater on April 3rd to watch Schindler's List. Thanks to theater owner and PHS supporter Scott Lotter, Paradise High is able to reserve a couple of screens for a private showing of this very powerful representation of the Holocaust. "It is an experience we really can't simulate in the classroom," says trip organizer and teacher Brady Velikonia. It is one of the highlights for the students each year, and it is a movie we never forget.

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 These projects are incredibly useful and meaningful to our seniors, and we encourage you to share in the experience.

Stand-up Desk Contest

The stand-up desk design contest, launched in January by Mr. Gillard, continues to evolve. The initial competition yielded three winners: Eric McAlister, Keaton Williams and Curtis Bell. Bell is a student in Mr. Hansbrough's engineering classes, which used the competition as an assignment. PHS's AVID 11 class also produced several experimental models. All of these are currently in use in Room 136. The Site Council recently allocated funds for AVID 11 to build two more desks with design improvements and $1,000 for the engineering and wood shop classes to build up to ten desks based on Bell's design, which allows for an easy and quick conversion from standing to sitting. These desks will be used by PHS students and teachers and will cost only a fraction of commercial products.

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

Crew) CAFE

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

Leadership Luncheon

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.

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Co-President Janessa Ramirez Honored (Twice)

Bobcat co-president Janessa Ramirez earned two Student-of-the-Year awards. The first was from KIXE Broadcasting of the North State. Reporters from the station visited PHS in March to interview teachers and administrators as well as the honoree. From those clips a short video was created and on Sunday, April 23rd, the video premiered at the studio in Redding. Janessa and her mother were present for the showing, and Mr. Christie made the trip as well, "Janessa really represented Paradise well this year." North State viewers can catch Janessa on PBS on April at the Big Education Event.

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.

Denise Horre Awarded $1500

Denise Horre’ of Paradise won a $1500.00 Scholarship prize at Optimist International Pacific Central District Oratory Contest at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sacramento on April 23rd. Denise had earlier won Chico Optimist Club’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Contest and the Optimist International Pacific Central District Zone 4 Oratory Contest. She competed against 10 other contestants each of whom had won earlier contests at the club and zone levels to get to the District Contest. Denise place 2nd in the District Contest to win her prize.
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We Honor Our Own (WHOO) Awards

Congratulations to Carol Kirk and John McKalip who received the We Honor Our Own (WHOO) award last night an honor by TAP & CTA. They received their award last night at a ceremony & dinner attended by teachers from across the county. They were recognized for their dedicated & passionate years of service to their students, our school and just for who they are!
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