Pikesville High Newsletter | March 2019
From Principal Reid's Desk
Greetings Pikesville Family,
"I like to think that the greatest success of any life is that moment when a teacher touches a child's heart and it is never again the same... Everything America is, or ever hopes to be, depends upon what happens in our school's classrooms."—Frosty Troy, editor Oklahoma Observer
The staff and teachers at PHS are keenly aware of their potential impact on the lives of their students and do not take this important realization for granted. Student achievement is held at a premium by all the committed educators of our learning community. Daily, we endeavor to build trust, relationships, and student capacity for academic success in our 21st century world. We will continue to be purposeful and vigilant in appropriately instituting meaningful programs, approaches, and practices for the betterment of our entire student body.
Currently, we are preparing for the administration of the PARCC, HSA, SAT, and AP assessments in the upcoming months. We are tenacious about ensuring that all students receive the essential curricula needed for success in their classes and on these high-stakes exams. We have implemented our school-based Project 520 and SAT Word of the Day, SIT for LIT programs which allow students time daily/weekly, and across every discipline, to gain reinforcement in varied and necessary reading, math, vocabulary/grammar building, writing, and test-taking skills that are aligned to the level of rigor they will experience in their exams. We are monitoring all aspects of these recently-refined programs so that they best serve the purpose of solidifying essential skills for all students.
Please continue to remind your child of the life-long benefits of education and the importance of doing their absolute best in both their classes and on any associated assessments they are required to take. Expect that your child should be recreationally reading, expanding their vocabulary, and reviewing important math facts, and engaging in purposeful writing to augment necessary and life-long skills. Devise varied strategies to provide your child with certain kinds of intellectual stimulation. Thank you for creating a literacy-rich home environment by monitoring your child’s time on video games/television.
Due to the importance of these assessments, we ask that you do not schedule doctor’s visits or any other out-of-school commitments. Your child’s timeliness and attendance on these days, and ALWAYS, are crucial. Your cooperation with this important matter is appreciated.
Congratulations to the many Honor Roll students and their families for the second quarter!! All students received a complimentary bracelet and certificate, and our Principal’s List students obtained d a distinguished recognition of a breakfast in their honor. Remember that third-quarter interims will be distributed on Thursday, March 7th, so please ask your child to see it and then set progressive academic goals for the remainder of the school year. Please be reminded that you will be able to meet with your child’s individual teachers at our PTSA Teacher -Parent Conference Night on Thursday, March 14th. We continue to strongly urge that you regularly access information regarding your child’s school performance via your BCPS One account. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers, counselor, and/or administrator with any appreciations, concerns, or questions.
PRIDE HONOR SUCCESS
Congratulations to Ms. Corasaniti and Owen Taliaferro, our Teacher and Student of the Month, respectively.
PHS’ AP Capstone program, as well as our student -run Help Desk for technology were both highlighted on BCPS-TV this past month.
We participated in our first annual #LoveTeaching Week and were able to show our passion for this noble work.
Savoy Adams and Ryan Kornblit were both finalists in the Black History Oratory Competition.
Our MRAD (Multiculturally Rising Above Differences) Club hosted a phenomenal selection of activities/festivities (including forums, luncheons, Poetry Slams, Debates, and Choral/Jazz performances) for Black History Month.
Engineering Week at PHS included shadowing at JMT and other corporations.
Our DECA students did a stellar job at their recent competition with Jacob Booth as the Region IV Vice President.
Our Panthers placed second in both the recent Physics Olympics and the Chemathon.
Our Lady Panthers are the Girls Basketball County Champs- a FIRST in BCPS history!!!!
Congrats to Molly Labriciossa who received an official citation from the Maryland General Assembly for being named an “AVID4College” Staff Developer.
We thank Associate Principal Kieran O’Connell for a successful month’s internship here at The Pike. He had PAWsome things to say about our School of Excellence. We appreciate his support and encouragement.
Your partnership with our home-school alliance reaps tangible benefits for your child. We commend you for playing an active and thoughtful role in supporting his/her education at Pikesville High School – Home of Panther PRIDE HONOR AND SUCCESS!!!!!!
Yours in Education,
Sandra G. Reid
Important Dates to Remember
Third Quarter interims distributed
Sit for Lit
Panther Pampering, 10:00-12:00PM
PTSA Conferences (sign up sheet here)
Senior Parent Meeting in the Auditorium, 6:00PM
PTSA Meeting, Sophomore College Night, 7:00pm
Panera Bread Class Fundraiser from 6-9 pm, 1852 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville--mention PHS!
Spring Concert I for Chorus, Jazz, and Dance 7:30PM
Spring Concert II for Wind Ensemble, Percussion & Orchestra 7:30PM
For a full calendar, click here
Girls' Basketball Baltimore County Champs! Pikesville 53, Western Tech 30
PHS AVID Newsletter
Visual and Performing Arts News
Music Department Info
We are entering our assessment season for our large ensembles and we wish all of our student performers the best of luck. Please remember if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Department Calendar
3/11 Orchestra Assessment Performance at Owings Mills HS 5:00PM
3/13 Wind Ensemble Assessment Performance at Owings Mills HS10:00AM
3/14 Chamber Choir Assessment Performance at Owings Mills HS 9:55AM
4/30 Spring Concert I for Chorus, Jazz, and Dance 7:30PM
5/2 Spring Concert II for Wind Ensemble, Percussion & Orchestra 7:30PM
(Note that students have received a more complete performance calendar at the start of school, the above information is provided for planning purpose only.)
Senior Class News
Important Dates for the Class of 2019
March 14 Senior Parent Meeting in the Auditorium, 6PM
March 25 Panera Bread Class Fundraiser from 6-9pm, 1852 Reisterstown Road
May 20 Senior Awards in the morning in the Auditorium
May 21 Senior Graduation Rehearsal and Picnic. Mandatory Rehearsal at 1pm in the Gym. Picnic to follow.
May 23 Senior Prom, Valley Mansion in Hunt Valley 8pm.
May 30 Graduation, SECU Arena
We all know at any age we do not function well when we are anxious, scared, sad or hopeless. Everyone is at their best when they feel secure and hopeful. It is also true that a little stress can motivate us to perform well and work harder and a little sadness can help us be empathetic and humble. When we get out of balance, anxiety and depression can have a negative impact on grades, attendance, decision making, relationships, health and overall sense of fulfillment in life. One of the best ways to stay in balance is to check in as a family every day. You might find the study here surprising, feel free to use it as a springboard for conversations at home. If you think you or a family member is experiencing anxiety or depression, feel free to reach out to me for support and or resources.
Maureen McGuire, LCSW-C
Order Your Yearbook before it's Too Late!
Time is running out to order your 2019 Pikesville High School yearbook. Don’t miss out on this opportunity which captures the highlights of the year.
You can order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com OR click on the Jostens link on the school website. You can also pay by check (to Pikesville High School) $68.90. Bring checks to Room 128 or leave in Mrs. Leiby’s mailbox. email@example.com
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