Paschal High School
April 8, 2013

From PTA President Debra Million

Lessons from College Basketball


Whether you have or have not been swept up in March Madness, you have heard the story of Kevin Ware, the Louisville guard who broke his leg during the game over Duke. The footage of the compound fracture was so graphic that subsequent replays of the incident had to blur the image of Ware's leg. The moment his leg snaps in front of the Louisville bench, the entire team turns away in horror.


What is the most remarkable part of the story is not the horrific break, but Kevin Ware's behavior as he is being taken out of the arena on a stretcher. He told his teammates, "Don't worry about me. I'll be OK. You guys go out and win this thing!" Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said, "The bone is sticking 6 inches out of his leg and all he's yelling is, 'Win the game! Win the game!'" He wanted his team to stay focused, and to make it to the Final Four and, possibly, to the Championship Game in Atlanta.


Regardless of hardships or obstacles, we as parents need to help our children stay focused as they head into these last couple of months of school. Seniors and some of their parents are suffering from acute cases of Senioritis. But we have to help seniors and all grade levels focus on what is important: To be prepared for upcoming AP tests, End-of-Course exams and semester finals.


Did you know that extra tutoring sessions during the week are being offered, in addition to the already extensive tutoring offered by Paschal staff? In some cases, Saturday review sessions are also provided. Please check the school website or contact your student's teacher for more information. Encourage your daughter or son to finish the year strong.


As I write this, it is Saturday, April 6, and the Louisville Cardinals face the Wichita State Shockers in the Final Four today. I wonder if Kevin Ware and his teammates will make it to the Championship Game? Did they keep their focus on what they need to do and not on the loss of an important teammate? Did they get distracted by the media frenzy of the past week? Regardless of whether Louisville wins or loses this afternoon, let Kevin Ware's indomitable spirit be an inspiration to us all.


Spring General PTA meeting

April 18 at 6 pm in the Theater

We will have a brief PTA meeting

followed by a Q & A session with

Ms. Mossige and Barbara Ozuna.

Please attend!


Attention Juniors and Junior Parents!

The Spring National College Fair for the D/FW area is today, April 8, from 4-8 pm at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Exhibition Hall, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving, Texas 75039. For a list of college and universities attending the fair follow this link.


Summer PSAT/SAT Registration

Don't forget to sign up for the PSAT/SAT Summer Course Registration. There are three sessions June 17-28; July 8-19; and July 22-Aug. 2. Register here.


Congrats to Dominic Yurk
Dominic won 2nd grand prize in physics at the Exxon Mobil Texas State Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio recently. He will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix May 12-17. Paschal is proud of your many accomplishments! 


Prom Ticket Sales Begin Next Week

Prom tickets will be on sale Monday, April 15, through Friday, April 19, during lunch in the main foyer. Tickets may be purchased after this date in Room 232 before/after school or at lunch. Tickets are $50 per person. Seniors received a prom information sheet through their English classes this week. Any questions?  See Ms. Eaton in Room 232.




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April 8: D/FW Spring College Fair, 4-8 pm; Irving Convention Center


April 10: Paschal Power Hour, 4 pm


April 11: Sonic on Berry Theatre fundraiser, 5-8 pm


April 12: PTA Board, 9:30 am; Cafeteria


April 13: Paschal Internet Café, 8 am


April 13: Car Wash at Paschal benefitting Senior Celebration; 9 am-2 pm


April 15: Prom ticket sales begin


April 17: Paschal Power Hour, 4 pm


April 18: Spring General PTA meeting at 6 pm; Theater 


April 20: Paschal Internet Café, 8 am


April 23: TAKS, grade 11; Math, exit-level Math


April 24: TAKS, grade 11; Science, exit-level Science


April 25: TAKS, grade 11; Social Studies, exit-level Social Studies


April 26: Big Band Dance & Auction, 7 pm, Masonic Temple


Theatre News

The Vagabond Players will present: Words, Words, Words; Babel's In Arms; Universal Language; Mere Mortals; and Variations on the Death of Trotsky all by David Ives. Performances will be at 7:30 pm on May 2, 3 and 4 and again on May 9, 10 and 11. There will also be matinees at 2:30 pm on Sat., May 4, and May 11. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and faculty. Tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before each performance. 


Would you like to show your support for a student or promote your local business? Consider purchasing an ad in the Playbill for this show. For information, email or call Elisa Rode (  817.372.3556). 


Upcoming Fundraiser for Theatre Arts

We will host a fundraiser this Thurs., April 11, from 5 to 8 pm.  Please stop by the Sonic on Berry to purchase your $5 Sonic Community Value Card! The Sonic Community Cards each contain more than $15 worth of great deals. Don't miss out on your chance to save while also supporting the PHS Theater students! 


Orchestra/Mariachi News

Mark your calendars. The Spring Mariachi Concert is Sat., May 2, at 2 pm and the Spring Orchestra Concert is Tues., May 21, at 7 pm; both are in the Auditorium. The 2nd Annual Evening with the Fine Arts is Fri., May 31, 6:30-8 pm in the Auditorium.

Peter Nam and John Heo will be performing the Bach Double Violin Concerto at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on May 27.