Paschal High School
August 26, 2013

Welcome from PTA President Dennis Johnson

Greetings, I hope everyone had a great summer. The start of school is also a time to reflect back a little. For us it is the first year that our two boys (a freshman and a junior) have been in the same building for school since they were in third and fifth grades. Wow time flies!

I know that you all want to get your students off to a great start for the school year, yet it is a very hectic time of year. Since I have the entire year to tell you about the great things the PTA does for Paschal and its students, I will keep your focus on the 5 items you can do to get off to a great start this school year.


  1. Join the PTA
  2. This is first, simplest and most necessary step. The influence our PTA carries is proportionate with the size of our membership. We have a goal to significantly increase our membership this year and are off to a great start; please, help us by joining today. Dues start at as little as $7! Also, there just isn't a better way to stay connected with what is going on Paschal than being a PTA member, so click this link to the membership form.


  3. Volunteer
  4. A second step is to volunteer with the PTA. The PTA is a volunteer army; we need the time and talents of so many of you to cover all the events and other items that the PTA works on during the school year. Click here for more information on how to volunteer.


  5. Interact with Principal Mossige
  6. Mark your calendar for 8:45 a.m. Friday September 6th. Before our 9:30 a.m. PTA Board Meeting that morning, we would like to have you join us for some dialogue with Terri Mossige. Get there on time if you want a coffee and a good seat. Let's overflow the cafeteria!


  7. Open House
  8. Hopefully you already have this on your calendar for 6 p.m. on Monday September 9th. It is a great opportunity to meet your student's teachers and tour the school. We also have our first General Membership Meeting of the PTA at the start of the program which will give you a chance to learn a bit more about the PTA, including our budget for the year.


  9. Site Based
  10. One more reason to attend Open House is to vote on 2 parent representatives to Site Based which is a cross functional group that serves as an advisory council to Principal Mossige. Better yet, put your hat in the ring and run for election. I was elected two years ago and have benefited greatly from my time served. There is generally one meeting a month. If you are interested, please submit a short bio to by Tuesday, September 3rd to obtain a spot on the ballot for election. 

Here's to a successful and satisfying school year for all!

ATTENTION All Clubs, Organizations, etc. who would like a table at Open House
  • please contact Lori Schaefer to reserve a table
  • Groups will share tables unless you specify you need a full table.
  • Please provide your group name, contact person, phone, email and signage you want on the table.
  • Meeting starts at 6pm. 
  • Doors open at 5:30 for table viewing.
Questions? Contact Ruth Nethery at or Lori Schaefer at


ATTENTION PARENTS:  Please visit these sites for back-to-school forms (printed forms will not be sent home with your student). Forms from the two sites listed below MUST BE COMPLETED and SIGNED and RETURNED to your student's 2nd period teacher! 



Enrollment packet:

fillable forms needed for 1st week of school


sign and return page 47



Paschal High School will be the only high school in the FWISD to  bring online The Naviance System. Below, is an overview and a link to the Naviance website to help explain what a wonderful opportunity this is for PHS students and their families.


Naviance helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on their personal skills and areas of interest.  This system has extraordinary capabilities and is currently in use by most, if not all, the private schools in our area.  


Naviance will help all of our students to set personalized goals, explore career options and search for colleges. The greatest aspect, I think, is it allows students to apply for scholarships and TRACK their ADMISSION STATUS.  Personal information, accurate transcripts, test scores and all letters of recommendation your child obtains for college applications are held in one secure location that is accessible to 1800 colleges and universities across the nation as well as the NCAA clearing house for our student athletes. Naviance is fully intergraded with the Common App used by most colleges and universities in the United States.  For more detailed information, go to


There have been bumps in this road as are in all roads to change but we now have a green light to begin uploading our student info. PHS PTA and a few parents on the board have provided one half of the $13,000 needed for this year's subscription to the service.


Please consider making a donation to fund the remaining balance.  ANY amount that you can give helps out students charting their future is welcome. Together this goal is achievable. We have an August 30th deadline.


Checks should be written to PHS PTA.  Please write Naviance in the memo line so that all of these funds go directly to this fund raising effort. This is a tax deductible donation. Any money raised beyond our need for this year's subscription will be held in the PTA account for the 2014-15 subscription.


Please mail your donations to: 

Crystal Williamson


2817 W Cantey St

Fort Worth, TX 76109

Mission statement of the SBDM:
The purpose of site-based decision-making in the Fort Worth Independent School District is to improve student achievement for all students in all schools.

Criteria to be considered for the 2 vacant parent spaces:  

Three parents (elected by parents only with the election to be supervised by the predominant parent group; membership in the predominant parent group is not required). A parent is a person who is a parent of, or who stands in parental relation to, a student enrolled in the District. A parent representative cannot be a FWISD employee.



The site-based decision-making team shall include at least 3 parents of students currently enrolled within the District, elected by parents (with the election to be supervised by the predominant parent group). They shall be


representative of the community's diversity. The principal shall, through a variety of channels, inform all parents of campus students about the team's duties and composition and solicit the names of volunteers to be placed on the ballot.



The election will be held by the PTA during Open House on September 9. Interested volunteers should submit a short biography to by September 3rd to obtain a spot on the ballot for the election.


Tuesday, September 3rd  - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Western Dress Up day


Wednesday, September 4th - Saturday Night Fever Senior Polyester Dress Up and Skating party at Rollerland West from 7-9 (Seniors Only)


Thursday, September 5th - The Great Gatsby 20's/ dress to impress day


Friday, September 6th - Back to the Future Spirit Day


We will have our first pep rally on Friday the 6th, and the LINK Crew is sponsoring a get together after school from 5-7 in the cafeteria.


Student Council will be sending off the football team before the Arlington Heights game on Saturday, September 7th with a tailgate party following at Farrington Field.  


Heights Bites Shirts will be on sale for $15 during the following events (proceeds benefit the PHS Band and Cheerleaders):

  •  Before school, during lunch, and after school starting Monday, Aug. 26, in the main lobby
  •  At the Paschal/Heights March-a-thon Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10:30am til end of the pep rally

Alumni & Public: To order a 2013 commemorative Heights game T-shirt, contact 


Heights Bites Shirt Information Here



Come see us at Rascals Spirit Store !

We are located in the foyer at lunch hours every First Friday of each month (bonus day Aug. 30th since its the first week of school)


We will be at Open House Sept. 9th if you missed us at registration. All proceeds benefit all students through the PTA.



short sleeve graphite tshirt $15.00

Long sleeve white tshirt $20.00

1/4 zip sweatshirts $30.00  


 (for athletic and other events not listed, please visit

Aug. 26:

First day of school for 2013-14 


Aug. 26-30: 

Aug 28: 
Freshman Orientation AKA "Freshman Camp", during the regular school day
Aug 29:  
3:45 - 9pmPhysicals required for sports and band programs are being offered at Paschal, click here for more information 
Sept 3:  
Sept 3-6:  
Sept 7:  
PHS vs. Arlington Heights Football Game, 7:00 pm, Farrington Field,  click here for the history of this event, see below to order your commemorative shirt
Sept 9:  
Open House, 6 pm, PHS Auditorium - SEE OPEN HOUSE INFO BELOW








Your Paschal Varsity Cheerleaders took top honors at this years NCA cheerleading camp at TCU, winning the Herkie Award which is given to the overall top squad and is the highest honor a squad can receive. The Varsity Squad also received the Gatorade Team Award for top squad which was voted on by the other camp participants. Other Varsity Squad awards include:

Top Team Performance, Champion Chant, and all Varsity Cheerleaders were nominated All-American.

JV and Freshman Squads also raked in the awards winning Spotting Award, Superior Cheer and Chant, and 2 spirit sticks. JV and Freshman Cheerleaders nominated for All American were Jodi Gibbs, Carolina Armigo, Molly Musgrave, Mary Kroll, and Tianna White.

The entire Paschal Cheerleading Squad won the honor of being named the Most Spirited Squad Overall. Make sure to congratulate these athletes for their tremendous achievements this summer!

Paschal High School Announces
Feature Twirler Wins National Awards

When Paschal High School's award-winning Mighty Panther Band marches onto the field at halftime this fall, they will be joined again by feature twirler Haylee Castagna. Castagna's 3-baton routine and acrobatic feats are well known to the Paschal home crowd. But what the fans in the stands may not know is that Castagna is ranked 1st in Texas and 7th nationally among twirlers.

"I really enjoy performing for my fellow students and entertaining the Paschal crowd!" says Castagna. "It's an honor to represent Paschal when I travel to other area competitions." 

Earlier this summer, Castagna competed at the prestigious National Baton Twirler Association's (NBTA) national pageant, placing 7th in the 2-baton category and 28th with her solo baton routine. The 5-day competition, held on the Notre Dame University campus, attracts top male and female twirlers from around the world. Castagna, a junior at Paschal, earned her shot at nationals by placing 1st with her solo routine, 1st in 2-baton, and 2nd overall at the NBTA's Southwest Regional contest. Prior to regionals, she earned a 1st place award sweep at the Texas State contest, earning the top trophies in solo, 2-baton and best overall twirler categories at the Texas State contest. Last summer she even went to the Junior Olympics, earning two golds and one silver at that international competition.

Volunteers Needed  

A shout out to all the paschal parents that volunteered for paschal registration. You made it happen! Also, many thanks to our wonderful paschal staff and especially our AWESOME Assistant Principals and Campus Monitor Mrs. Parker, and ROTC staff and cadets who worked 8-4 everyday!


What a great Paschal family we are a part of!


If you would like to volunteer for the 2013-2014 school year please contact:


Terri Jones

Linda Shaver

Sheri Wickman 


PHS PTA is looking for parents to volunteer 1 hour a week to make copies for our hard working teachers. This is a great way to be a part of a committee that can give back to our educators!


Please call:

Lisa Gresham 

(361) 816-5092


Go Panthers!