Paschal High School
Dec. 10, 2012 

From PTA President Debra Million

Is it possible that the year is almost half over? We are

in the third six-week period and Winter Break is just around the corner. While we are all looking forward to time off with our children and families, there are many things still going on at Dear Old Paschal.


Parents, don't forget the Gold Seal Programs of Choice sign-up for next year's freshman class begins Dec. 10, 2012, and closes on Jan. 11, 2013. The three programs offered at Paschal are Engineering; Graphic Design for Web and Print Publication; and the Scholars Program. Registration is available online only at Even if you live in the Paschal attendance zone and have attended a Paschal pyramid school, you still need to register for one of the Programs of Choice to ensure that your child has a spot in his or her preferred program.


No matter how you choose to celebrate during the holiday season, I'm sure we all can agree that it is a time for giving and thinking of others. There are so many opportunities right here at PHS to do just that. You can donate a toy to the JROTC Toys for Tots Drive or donate new hats, gloves mittens or hand soap to those affected by Super Storm Sandy (details below).


Also, instead of buying a gift for a teacher, consider making a donation to a Paschal Booster Club in their honor. There are Booster Clubs for many organizations at PHS, including Band, Orchestra, Choir, Theater and Athletics.


You could also make a donation to our largest PTA fundraiser: The Paschal Silent Auction and Dinner, which will be held on Feb. 9 at the Cendera Center. The theme this year is "Lucky 13" as it is the 13th Annual Auction. The funds raised at the auction really do benefit every student at Paschal. It's a fun evening that gives you the opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones and help Paschal students and teachers in the process. Please plan to be there!


Now you have a list of some of the things going on at Paschal. Make sure you check it twice. Santa may know if you've been naughty or nice. Either way, enjoy the break with your family. I know I am looking forward to my college girl coming home and all of us being together. Warm wishes for a blessed holiday season!


P.S. Be prepared to hit the ground running when school resumes after Winter Break on Jan. 8. Finals Week will follow shortly, from Jan. 14 through Jan, 17. Reviews will be given out in all classes. Remember, Honors, Pre-AP and AP class finals count for 25 percent of your student's grade. On-level class finals count for 10 percent of your student's grade. 


Toy Drive Ends This Week

The Paschal Toy Drive ends Friday, Dec. 14. JROTC is collecting new and unwrapped toys to benefit the Marines' Toys for Tots  program. Paschal clubs and everyone in the Paschal family are being asked to join in this project.


Please help by bringing toys to JROTC or to club sponsors who are participating in the drive. Bring your new toys to the JROTC room 189. (NHS members can bring toys to room 203.)

If we have at least 500 toys, students will be allowed to wear hats on Friday, Dec. 21 (the day before break). But our real goal is to help children who are in need during the holidays. 


Help Super Storm Sandy Victims!

Please help FCCLA (Family Career & Community Leaders of America) collect gloves, mittens and hand soap for those affected by Super Storm Sandy. There are tens of thousands of people still struggling to recover from the aftereffects of those storms.

Please bring donated items to room 257 by Thursday, Dec. 13. We must put them in the mail before Dec. 17. Monetary donations are also welcome to help with postage.


Have You Ordered Your 2013 Panther Yearbook?

Time is running out! The DEADLINE TO ORDER IS JAN. 31! Don't wait until after the yearbooks come out in May. Look for your order form in the mail or stop by room 229 to pick one up! You can also visit to place your order. It's really easy and you can do split payments, pay by credit card, check or money order.  Pre-ordering also saves you $5 and you don't have to wait in line hoping to get one after the books are delivered!  Email Crissa Sigl, the yearbook advisor, at with any questions. 




Auction Items Needed!

Do you have something -- or know someone who has something -- great to donate to the auction? Please consider being part of this large fundraising effort and consider donating to the Paschal Auction. We would love plane tickets, tickets to various sporting or arts events, a piece of jewelry or art, etc. If you have an item or service to donate, please follow this link.


NOTE: All donations are due by Jan. 11 to be recognized in the brochure.


The Paschal Auction is the only fundraising event that benefits the entire school body. Funds raised at the auction are used to support all academic, arts, and athletic groups based on desire and need.


PHS Reflections Winners Named

The Reflections art contest, themed "The Magic of a Moment," had a record 65 entries.  The winning entries will be submitted to the next level of competition on Dec. 12.  Congratulations to all of our students on their exceptional work!!


Visual Arts

Batey Grassl

Maria Sandoval



Emma Pritchett



Laura Allison Hix

Lauren Godby

Emma Howard

Mason Fitzwater

Ellie Schwartz

Mary Layne Million

Page Trotter

Victoria Basaldu

Anna Cook


Photography - Honorable Mentions

Maya Arneson

Emma Gensheimer

Mary McMillan

Abigail Blake

Laura Allison Hix


Senior Celebration: Help Needed!

On June 6, 2013, PTA will sponsor Senior Celebration, an all-night alcohol- and drug-free party for PHS seniors. Total estimated cost for this event is $30,000! Fundraisers are under way to cover the costs; every other Wednesday we sell pizza at the concession stand, and we sell senior T-shirts through the Rascal spirit store PLUS we will have a huge garage sale this spring. But you can make a donation of any amount to help. Go here for more info about how you can help or for more senior news.


Note, help is also needed with raffle items given away as prizes at the celebration.




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Dec 12: JROTC briefing


Eat at Topper's Pizza (support the Band)


Dec 13: Holiday Band Concert, 7 pm, Auditorium


Dec 16: Vivaldi's Gloria Orchestra/Choir Concert, 2-4 p.m., Arborlawn Church


Dec 17: 8th Grade Roundup, 6-8 pm, Ralph Miller Auditorium


Dec 20: Winter Orchestra Concert, 7-9 pm, Auditorium


Dec 24-Jan 4: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


Jan 7: NO SCHOOL for students (Waiver Day)


Jan 8: School resumes


Jan 9: PSAT meeting for 9th & 10th grade students/parents, 6 pm, Ralph Miller Auditorium


Jan 11: PTA board meeting, 9:30 am, Cafeteria


Jan 18: NO SCHOOL, Staff Development Day


Jan 21: NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr. Day


8th Grade Round-Up

Is Dec. 17

Parents, don't forget the annual 8th Grade Round-Up on Dec. 17 from 6-8 pm at PHS in the Ralph Miller Auditorium. Note the Gold Seal Programs of Choice sign-up is Dec. 10 to Jan. 13.



Lockheed Martin Academic Sweatshirt Ceremony for juniors (who received invitations) is Dec. 13 at Tarrant County Convention Center.


9th & 10th Grade PSAT/Academic Meeting

Parents & Students plan to attend this important meeting on Jan. 9 at Paschal. Pick up PSAT results beginning at 6 pm followed by meeting at 6:30 pm in the Ralph Miller Auditorium.



Eat out at Topper's Pizza, located at 2911 West Berry St., this Wednesday, Dec. 12, to support the PHS Band!


Holiday Band Concert is Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Auditorium at 7 pm.


Congratulations to the 48 band students who made FWISD All-District! See the list here.



On Wed., Dec. 12, at 7:30 am in the rifle range, the cadet staff will be briefing the principal and the Director of Army Instruction on the status of the JROTC program. The public is invited to attend.



Theatre Arts has just cast their next show, The Hostage by Brendan Behan. The company is as follows: Benjamin Anderson, Hunter Boughton, Aaron Cummings, Kyle Flynn, Tim McAnelly, Maxwell Murray, Ryan Pitts, Duncan Sanford, Stuart Shaskan, Nathan Wolszon, Annabeth Barbre, Kimberly Butler, Morgan Estes, Martha Good, Iris Hayes, Ashley Jones, Dorie Kaye, Maddy Moore and Emma Schwartz. Emily Everts is the stage manager. Show dates are Feb. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 with matinees on both Feb. 9 and Feb 16. A shorter version of the play will be presented at UIL, which will be hosted by Weatherford High School on March 26 at 6 pm.



Athletic Booster Club lunches are back again at football concession stand during both lunches. Menu is: Mondays-Chicken Express, Wednesdays-Mamas Pizza/Crazy Jays and Fridays-Chick-Fil-A. Please, all freshmen and sophomores especially, eat lunch at the stand!



If you have a "care or concern," there is a purple Paschal Family Cares & Concerns box in the school office.  Please let us know of any Cares & Concerns that PTA can provide. Slips of paper will be with the box for you to fill out. You can also reach Sheri Wickman, Paschal PTA - Cares & Concerns, at or 817-691-6958.