Message from the PTA President...
I said here once that one thing I love about Paschal, and why I am involved with PTA, is the rich mix of students - "the delicious diversity". Another key factor that keeps me tied in to PTA, though, deals not with diversity, but with one thing that I know to be exactly the same for all of us: parenting is HARD.
I don't care where you live, whether your student is or isn't in the Zombie Club, or what endorsement plan they are pursuing; parenting is HARD. Graduation requirements are changing, Snap Chat is the new Facebook, and then there's the driving! Parenting. Is. Hard.
So, as a fellow parent, I want to tell you about a few projects and upcoming events at PHS that I am proud to be a part of:
"The Dangers of Social Media/Internet Awareness for Parents"
On the evening of February 11, we are hosting a parent program (see details below) designed to address parent questions and concerns about inappropriate use of social media, possible consequences, and how to better understand your student's "digital footprint"... and juicy nuggets like: "Netflix and Chill" has NOTHING to do with watching a movie!
In April, please plan to attend the 2nd Annual "No More" Symposium. This event is a partnership of PHS staff and students, community organizations, and faith-based partners. The mission is "to raise awareness of mental health issues facing our young people today and work to prevent teen suicide." Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24; for every suicide completed, 25 attempt. I urge each and every one of you to participate in this; it is a conversation that we all need to be a part of.
The Paschal Enrichment Foundation (PEF) is something exciting and new, the mission of which may seem drastically different from the two above, but it's not. The mission of the PEF is "to collaboratively raise and steward funds and other resources to enhance programs and activities for the benefit of the Paschal High School community." The administration is committed to ensuring the strength and success of Paschal students by providing intervention, support services, and curriculum development throughout the Paschal pyramid. That's expensive. To be the best we can be, we need to leverage private funding sources other than the PHS parent base. PEF will work to generate awareness and raise funds to address Paschal's growing needs in the areas of: advanced academics/professional development, capital improvements, visual/performing arts, athletics, and intervention.
Lastly, it's not too late to join the PTA. The mission of the Paschal PTA is "to serve the needs of all teachers and students so that every student's Paschal experience will be as rich and fulfilling as possible." For me, it has been a rewarding experience and an opportunity to work with others across Fort Worth who are committed to our kids' well-being. Join us.
Paschal PTA President
Adopt a Panther 2015 serviced 78 families which came out to almost 300 children. We had over 70 volunteers that consisted of community members as well as Paschal families, staff, and even students. We serviced not only Paschal families but also pyramid families in McLean Middle, Daggett Middle, Daggett Elementary, De Zavala Elementary, Westcliff Elementary, and Alice Contreras Elementary. We are overwhelmed by the response we received from our community this year.
Read more about this amazing project here.
General PTA Meeting and Presentation
Please join us for a General PTA Meeting at Paschal
Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 5:45pm
To be followed by an informative presentation about:
The Dangers of Social Media and Internet Awareness for Parents
Kyle Gibson, Digital Forensic Specialist from the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office
Location: Paschal High School -Todd Theater
The deadline for dual credit paperwork is March 4 @ 3:00. Due to staffing concerns, no late paperwork will be accepted.
Academic Success Parent Meeting
On Feb. 3 at 6pm for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade parents and students: come hear about these important items and more!
- PSAT Results-receive score reports and decipher their meaning.
- AP Potential-how will your students AP potential affect their schedule?
- Foundation Graduation Plans
- Changes to ELA Course Sequence
Future Business Leaders of America
The Paschal chapter of Future Business Leaders of America attended the Area 7 Conference on Saturday, January 23rd. Over 15 schools attended the conference to compete in business events, network, and listen to business leaders.
Paschal had six FBLA students compete and I am happy to announce that all six students placed in their events.
Raul Cano - 1st place in Intro to Business test
Sha'Shana Fennel - 2nd place in Health Care Administration test
Marco Marvelli - 3rd place in Client Services speaking event
Jennifer Ochoa - 3rd place in Personal Finance test
Kameron Cooper - 3rd place in Job Interview speaking event
Briana Covington - 4th place in Personal Finance test
These students now have the opportunity to advance to the state FBLA competition this March in Houston.
Please congratulate them!
L to R: Corie Griffin (Advisor/Teacher), Kameron Cooper, Marco Marvelli, Sha'Shana Fennell, Alfredo Martinez (teacher)
Sunday, April 3
Alpine Shooting Range
11:30 Check-in & Lunch
Learn More and Register here
SCHOLARSHIP NEWS & INFORMATION
Did you know that last year our PTA awarded twenty-three $1000 scholarships to the Class of 2015? We hope to raise even more scholarship funds for the Class of 2016! If you would like to support our students with a contribution to the PHS Scholarship Fund, please donate here.
Scholarship Chair, Amy Pannell 817.875.5125
Applications for Achievement and Opportunity Scholarships are now available in the Paschal Counseling Office.
Please encourage all seniors to go by and pick one up today.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 12.
The members of the Panther City Lodge are offering two $2000 scholarships to graduating Paschal Seniors who meet qualifications. The deadline for submission is April 15th. Please see your counselor for details.
Church's Scholars program will be awarding 225 $1000 scholarships to eligible students. Deadline to apply is February 15th. Click here to apply. |
(for athletic and other events not listed, click here)
PSAT Parent & Student Meeting
Waiver Day, No School
Cheer Tryout Parent/Student Meeting
5:45 pm General PTA Mtg
6-7pm Social Media and Internet Awareness Parent Mtg
11am-1pm Valentine's Lunhc and Phone-a-thon
We want to hear from Our
Texas PTA Survey
Texas PTA is interested in what interests you, our members. We'd like to learn more about your concerns and insights related to the health, safety and educational opportunities of your children. The number of important issues facing Texas families is growing, so we've created a two-part survey to focus on different policy areas and legislation.
Click here to take the survey.
VALENTINE'S LUNCH &
Who? All Paschal Seniors
What? Valentine's Lunch & Fundraiser for Senior Celebration
When? Saturday, February 13th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where? Pop's Garage 3709 Cockrell Ave.
Why? To help fund Senior Celebration - a super fun all night party at Main Event for ALL PHS Seniors after graduation. The more we raise, the less it will cost the kids and tons of games and prizes are included.
Details on the Phone-a-thon: Each Senior brings their cell phone and a list of at least 10 names with phone numbers and emails. The first hour will be a phone-a-thon where each Senior will call the names on the list and secure at least $20 from each person. The goal is to raise a minimum of $200 each and the Senior who raises the most and collects the most that day will win a prize. The second hour will be a fun lunch and then they will be encouraged to go out and collect their donations together.
to view the latest edition of the Pantherette.
Someone willing to serve as the Treasurer of the PTA Board for the 2016-17 school year.
Begin training now to make a smooth transition over the summer! The current treasurer is VERY organized, and willing to walk you through the training. Requires minimal accounting knowledge, willingness to work on the Finance and Special Projects Committees as well as attending PTA Board meetings. Estimated time required: 6-8 hours/month. Please contact TonyKroll
or Sarah Tempel
8th Grade Roundup
Thursday, Feb. 25th
6 - 8 p.m.
Sponsors needed for PIP Talks
Paschal is excited to announce the return of PIP TALKS. This program is conducted in partnership with TCU and allows students to present research on a topic of their choosing. Last year over 300 students participated, resulting in 150 presentations. Students have gone on to present at university academic conferences as well as use their research for scholarship proposals.
We are currently looking for individual and corporate sponsors
to provide awards and scholarships for the participants and the winning presentations. If you are interested in partnering with us please contact Kristen Browning at Kristen.Browning@fwisd.org
Parents, grandparents, educators, students, neighbors and community leaders are all essential members of the Paschal family. Together, through PTA, we provide support for our school, and also a powerful and effective voice for all children in our community. Thank you to all of our current members!
Not on the list? Join the PTA by clicking here.
Cheer will have a mandatory parent and student meeting for anyone interested in trying out for next year's Paschal Cheer squads on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria. Please email head coach Jeoff.Johnson@fwisd.org
if you have any questions.
May (and the Yearbooks) will be here before you know it. Don't miss out on your opportunity to purchase a copy. Visit jostensyearbooks.com to make your purchase or see Mr. Wheatley in room 253.