December 14, 2014

Message from PTA President 

Dennis Johnson


Greetings, as we appreciate the upcoming holiday break, I reflect on two things that the entire Paschal Community can be thankful for:


1. Our great teachers! Two of those teachers; Jennifer Andrews-Cox and Allyson Easton were recently honored by being chosen as two of the fourteen FWISD 2014-2015 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence. Way to go Allyson & Jennifer!


2. Our administrators and others going to bat for us! Isn't is absolutely wonderful that out students will be taking first semester finals next week versus after break in mid January. Thanks to Pashcal for their efforts in making this change happen and enjoy your students over the holiday break.


Also please mark your calendar for Coffee with Dr. Mossige on Friday, January 9th at 8:45 am in the cafeteria. This meeting will be a great opportunity for all to be the PTA's guest for coffee and enjoy dialogue with Dr. Mossige. 

See you then...

News from Advanced Academics 


Dual Credit

Attention parents of current 11th grade students.  Representatives from TCC will be at Paschal High School on January 22, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the library to discus Dual Credit.  They will be addressing the application process, classes available, testing requirements and many other important items.   If your child is interested in enrolling in Dual Credit for the fall of 2015 you MUST attend this meeting. 


9th/10th PSAT RESULTS:  All 10th grade students were included in the PSAT test but due to FWISD restrictions only half of our 9th grade students took the PSAT.   Check with your student as to which

exam they took.  This meeting will only cover PSAT results.


*The other half of the freshman class took the ACT Aspire and we do not know when those results will be in. 


Attention parents of 9th and 10th grade students.  There is a very important meeting on January 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium.  Distribution of the PSAT results will be from 5:30 to 6:00 pm, followed by a meeting.  We will discuss

  • How the PSAT scores impact scheduling for next year.
  • The changes for the PSAT/SAT
  • What we are doing to address the changes
  • New AP Capstone Seminar Class

We are very excited to share this information and new opportunities with you and your child.

2015-2016 Class Scheduling Process  
Paschal Students and Families:
Scheduling season for the 15-16 school year is upon us, and there are some changes we want you to be aware of for the scheduling process this year. For the 15-16 school year, students will select their classes through class meetings and through the PHS Scheduling Expo.

The fast-paced 20-minute individual scheduling meetings will not take place this year, so it is very important that students attend the class and parent meetings and that students and parents attend the PHS Scheduling Expo to get the best information about their class selections.

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULING EXPO? The PHS Scheduling Expo is an "Open House" come-and-go style evening in which every PHS department will have a table with information about the department's classes and representatives ready to answer questions about that department's classes.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE SCHEDULING EXPO? Rising 12th, 11th, and 10th grade PHS students and their parents.

WHEN IS THE SCHEDULING EXPO? Thursday, January 29, 2015 6-8 p.m.

PARENT MEETING: A parent/student counseling scheduling presentation will take place the night of the Expo 5-6 p.m. in the auditorium.
5:00 - 5:30 pm: Current first-year 9th grade students
5:30 - 6:00 pm: Current 10th &11th grade students    

WHERE IS THE SCHEDULING EXPO? Throughout the halls and cafeteria of PHS following the 5:00 p.m. parent meeting in the PHS auditorium.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND THE SCHEDULING EXPO? This is your opportunity to learn about classes and to ask teachers questions about their classes so you can make educated decisions about the classes you are choosing.     

Because teacher staffing is determined by student schedule requests, Fall 2015 schedule change requests will be extremely limited. Students must choose their classes carefully during the PHS Scheduling Expo because these classes will be on their Fall 2015 schedules.

HOW DOES THE SCHEDULING EXPO WORK? Rising 12th, 11th, and 10th grade students will attend a class meeting during school the week of the PHS Scheduling Expo where they will receive their individual Fall 2015 Course Selection sheets. The night of the Scheduling Expo, parents and students will attend a counseling scheduling presentation in the auditorium beginning at 5:00 p.m.

From 6-8 p.m. students and parents will visit PHS department tables in the halls of PHS asking questions and learning about classes. Students should bring their course selection sheets with them so they can make scheduling decisions as they are visiting tables. Student course selection sheets will be due back to counseling by Thursday, February 5.

HOW DOES THE SCHEDULING EXPO WORK FOR RISING 9TH GRADE (current 8th grade) STUDENTS? Rising 9th grade (current 8th) students will select their classes at a later date either at their feeder middle school or at PHS. More info will be announced for rising 9th grade students.


*Representatives from each department (teachers/students/etc.) who can answer your questions about classes offered in that department.
*A sample course syllabus with expectations for classes in that department, including levels of classes (AP vs. honors vs. on-level, etc.).
*For some classes, samples of work done in the classes (ex. graphic design, fashion design, etc.).
*Course trajectories and prerequisites, as applicable (ex. CTE).
*Certifications available in taking the class, as applicable (ex. CTE).
*Applications needed for participation in the class, as applicable.

WHAT TABLES WILL BE AT THE EXPO? All of the areas below will have tables. Other tables may be added to the list below.

MathArtAdvanced AcademicsJROTC
ELABandCareer & TechnologyYearbook
ChoirDual CreditSocial SciencesOrchestra
SpeechWorld LanguageStudent Support SvcsNewspaper & Journalism


The following stores offer easy ways for you to help the Paschal PTA raise money and/or earn supplies to help our teachers and students this year.  The more you participate, the more it adds up for Paschal!!


Here is a list of where to shop and how to participate:


Albertson's - each time you shop, be sure to use your "Community Partner" key ring card (available thru the PTA).  If you already have a card, it is still good and you can continue to use it to earn cash for Paschal each time you shop!  Paschal earns 1% of the total of each grocery bill.


Tom Thumb (Charity #7021) - register your Tom Thumb Reward Card for Paschal by completing a "Good Neighbor Charity Addition/Deletion Form" available at the Tom Thumb customer service desk or thru the PTA, and then swipe the card each time you check out.  If you've previously registered your card to Paschal's number, you do NOT have to do so again.  Each time you use the card, Paschal earns 1% of the total of each grocery bill.


Kroger (NPO/Charity #84748) - register your Kroger Plus Card by going to this website and following the instructions:  If you don't already have an online account, it will prompt you to sign-up before you will be able to register your card.  If you use your phone number at the register, you can call 800-576-4377, and select option 4 to get your Plus Card number.  Please note, ALL Kroger Plus Card members must re-register their card to their chosen charity EVERY year in order to participate.


Staples - link your Reward Card to PHS teachers who have a Teacher Rewards account.  Visit for full details and to select the teacher/s you'd like to earn extra rewards for.  Purchases made in store, online or by phone all qualify.  Participating teachers earn 2-5% in rewards depending on your purchase.


Office Depot (Back to Schools ID#70096947) - help Paschal teachers earn rewards toward free supplies when you shop online, by phone or at a local store.  Simply give Paschal's ID# at checkout and 5% of your qualified purchases will be credited to our "Back to Schools" account.


Target (School ID#97991) - if you have a Target REDcard, link it to the Paschal school ID # by going to this website and following the prompts.  Paschal will earn 1% back from all purchases made using your REDcard.


If you know of other programs that will help the community earn money or other benefits for Paschal, please let me know.  And please offer your thanks to all of these participating retailers for their continued support.


Lori Gordon, PTA Store Incentives Rep.

The Visual Arts department has a t-shirt design (front and back print) created by one of its teachers and sales are open to anyone interested. (For prices and design please see attachment below)  

Proceeds will go to the department to further our students education. Orders may be placed through . 

Please include ; name, shirt style, size, payment and contact information. 

Payment may be made by cash, or check made out to Paschal High School.

If mailing Please address to:

Paschal High School

3001 Forest Park Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX. 76110   

Attention: Evelyn McMullen                                    






 (for athletic and other events not listed, please visit

Dec 16:

7:00 p.m.

Orchestra Winter Concert

PHS Auditorium


Dec 17 - Dec 19:

Final Exams

Click here for schedule


Dec 22 - Jan 2:

Winter Break

No School


Jan 9:

8:45 a.m.

Coffee with Dr. Mossige

PHS Cafeteria














The Choir Booster Club 

is organizing and asks all interested to join.  
For more details, contact the following individuals:
Denise Winslow
Karen Fetter 
Emily Fallis  



The 2014 toy drive went very well - we had  471 toys for the Marines Toys for Tots program. Many thanks go to the following:

  • the students, staff, faculty, and administration who donated toys
  • Brandon Wheatley's Graphic Design students who made such excellent posters
  • NHS members who made and posted signs to publicize the drive
  • JROTC for sorting and packing the toys
  • Terry LeBouef for his leadership and transporting the toys to the Marines






He is the first PHS student in history to score PERFECT on a virtual challenge 

test in any category. 

He made a 
PANTHER PERFECT 240 on the computer science test.
This is an amazing feat!
PHS student artist placed in this years Arts in Reflection PTA art competition This years theme was:
The world would be a better place if....

1st place Joy Sydney
2nd place Payton Melcher
3rd place Allyssa Garcia 

These students will now go to the next level.




Paschal High School Senior Tom Nyul was selected to the extremely competitive Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All State Jazz Band. This is the highest honor a student musician can receive in Texas.  Nyul placed 3rd out of more than 300 tenor saxophone players that auditioned from across the state.

Nyul has played saxophone for 7 years and is the first tenor saxophone player from Paschal selected to the State Jazz Band.  Nyul plays in Paschal's concert, marching and jazz bands, and serves as president of the band.  This summer he will travel to Europe with Paschal's Jazz Ensemble to play at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Paschal is Fort Worth's oldest and largest public high school.  Their award-winning jazz band is under the direction of Mark DeHertogh.



Paschal High School Senior Mary Taylor was selected to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)

All State Orchestra violin section.  This is the highest honor a high school musician can achieve in Texas.  

Taylor placed 19th
out of 350 elite student musicians who auditioned from across the state.  She has played the violin since age 3 and serves as concertmaster of Paschal's award winning Symphony Orchestra.
Eighteen Paschal students were selected to the TMEA Region 7 Orchestra, including  Mary Taylor,  

Sean McDonough, Jack Henry, Christian Ortega, Jaqueline Lopez, Sue Youn Oh, and Jacy Dong on violin (with alternates Andrea Aguayo, Diana Lee and Tony Sides); Jackeline Perez,  Brian Guenther, Andrew Adams and Amanda Toledo on viola, (with alternates Elizabeth Aguilera  and Audrey Taylor); Dan Heo, Paul Ryu, Charlie Nesser, Inho Kim and Octavio Aguayo on cello (with alternate Jordan Neville); and Ethan Jones and Jeff Tullis on bass (with alternate Jason Guenther).   The Region Orchestra Concert will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. in the Paschal High School auditorium.

Paschal is Fort Worth's oldest and largest public high school.  Their award-winning orchestra is under the direction of Toby Jones, with assistant director Dianne Babcock. 

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