Parkland Weekly Update

March 6, 2015

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Boys Basketball Playoff Game against Conestoga

Saturday, March 7th, 4pm

106 North 17th Street

Allentown, PA

Coming Events

March 8 - Daylight Savings time begins.

March 7-8, Orefield Spring Musical - Peter Pan Jr. Shows are at 2 PM and 7 PM both days. All tickets are $5 at the door.

March 10, Jacy Good Assemblies on Distracted Driving/Cell Phone Use while Driving at PHS, 9-10 AM. Guest Speaker Jacy Good will present to the students with her husband about a life changing experience that included a distracted driving incident. This assembly is to reinforce safety practices to help protect students and the community by avoiding preventable accidents and has been funded by the Parkland Education Foundation. The Lehigh Valley Hospital Driving Simulators will be in the library classroom all day for students to explore.

March 12, 13 and 15, Springhouse Musical - Oklahoma. Shows are at 7 PM on Thurs and Fri and 2 PM on Sunday. All tickets are $5 at the door.

March 13, Pi Day at Jaindl Elementary School, 2:30 PM. The 5th grade team at Jaindl will be celebrating Pi day by getting PIED in the face. Each student will be asked to memorize the numbers in Pi. The student who memorizes the most will have the chance to pie his or her teacher in the face. The student that memorizes the most in 5th grade overall will have the chance to pie Principal Diana Schantz in the face.

March 18, PHS Parent Forum, 7-8:30 PM. Workshops will be presented on drug use among teens, career and college exploration tools, and getting the most out of a college visit.

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.



PHS Students won an honorable mention in C-SPAN's video documentary competition. Liam Power, Matilda Kitabwalla, and Emily Kapelsohn, are Honorable Mention winners in C-SPAN's national 2015 StudentCam competition. They will receive $250 for their documentary, "National School Lunch Program: Healthy Kids, Unhealthy Budgets""

The national competition invites students (grades 6-12) to produce a five- to- seven minute documentary on a national policy issue. Students were asked to answer the question, "The Three Branches and You: tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community." In response, C-SPAN received 2,280 video submissions from almost 5,000 students in 45 states and Washington, DC. Liam, Matilda, and Emily are among 347 students who won a prize.

The PHS Engineering Club competed in the Pennsylvania VEX Robotics State Championships and won the “Excellence Award" which is given to the overall top team at the tournament. It is the highest honor in the VEX Robotics Competition, given to a team that exemplifies excellence in building as well as a well-rounded VEX Robotics Program. They have qualified for the VEX World Competition in April. Team members are: Jacob Nichols, Kyle Nichols, Raquel Herrera, Tim Miller, Aaron Weaver, Austin Chappelear, Joe Dombrosky, Kevin DeVincentis, Liam Power, Mahdiali Hassanali and Shreyas Sane.

At the 81st annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition, there were 32 first place high school winners and one student received a perfect score! From Springhouse Middle School, there were 52 first place awards with 4 of those students receiving a perfect score. From Orefield, there were 32 first place winners with 4 of those students receiving a perfect score! Students who receive a first place award are eligible to participate in the state competition at Penn State in May. All the winners' names can be viewed here.

The following PHS students auditioned and made the 2015 All-State Chorus:
Jennifer Ondrey (Soprano 1)

Natalie Ondrey (Alto 1)

Jillian Krempasky (Alto 1)

Lisa Stein (Alto 2)

Jacob Stahl (Tenor 2)

Josiah Smith (Tenor 2)

Bryan Sobczak (Bass 2)

Additionally, Grace Lerew (Soprano 1) ranked high enough to qualify for the festival but declined her placement because she has already committed to All-State Band (both festivals occur at the same time).

Congratulations to the PHS "Entertainer of the Year" Lindsey Ervolina! She played the guitar and sang an original song called "Make it out Alive" to win the annual competition that is hosted by the PHS Leo Club, a community service club.