April 18, 2016
College Admission Information from Ms. Ozuna...

Having students apply to a variety of colleges and universities is critical these days, especially ones that have similar pedigrees as the top universities, but without the name recognition. As you may know, top universities have become so selective that it is nearly impossible to get in. Please see the Washington Post article here to find a table of admission rates for the country's most selective schools. The percentages are astonishing!

Gaining admission into college just isn't what it used to be. To put it in perspective, Between 1997 and 2015, the University of Chicago's acceptance rate plummeted from 62% to a mere 7.8%. During that same time period, the acceptance rate fell from 41% to 12.4% at Johns Hopkins and from 34% to 14.9% at Cornell. (1997 statistics from 1999 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges.)

Please reach out to Katrina Thompson, our college counselor housed in room 251, and Dr. Teri Blaisdell, who leads our college boot camp summer program where next year's seniors can begin the college selection and application process. Dr. Paula Tyler also works closely with our students. 
Barbara Ozuna
Dean of Instruction
12 grade assistant principal

There are important recent state-wide changes to the ENGLISH COURSE SEQUENCES that could affect your student beginning NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

Please click HERE to learn more and what new choices your student may have.
Advanced Academics

AP Students and Parents: Click here for an important letter regarding AP testing. We are distributing these to students through AP classes as well. If you have any questions call our office at 817-814-5041.
AP Review Calendar

Summer Plans: We know summers are very busy for everyone so please make note of the courses we will be offering this summer. Contact our office with any questions.

Paschal SAT/PSAT Summer Course: click here for the registration form.

Paschal SAT Boot Camp: Juniors, pick from an ala carte selection of the most common SAT subsections to improve specific SAT skills. Click here for the registration form.

Countdown to College: Juniors, come work on your college application essays, your personal statement/resume, and more. This class has very limited space so sign up quickly. Call the office for the registration information. Click here for more info.
National Latin Exam

The following students have earned recognition on the National Latin Exam:

Wyatt Reeves (Latin V - summa cum laude - gold medal)
Andrew Bullinger (Latin II - maxima cum laude -silver medal)
Benjamin Shipman (Latin II - maxima cum laude - silver medal)
Jason Guenther (Latin III - magna cum laude)
Wilson Odom (Latin II - cum laude)
Eileen Yu (Latin II - cum laude)

Many congratulations to these students for their achievement and many thanks to Libby Gann, academic coordinator, for administering the test!
PHS Boys' Varsity Soccer

Congratulations to the PHS Boys' Varsity Soccer team for their first round win at Bi-district. Paschal beat Abilene High School 2 to 1. The game was scoreless until the last 6 minutes of overtime. Abilene scored first about 5 1/2 minutes into overtime. Then Paschal came back with a goal by Senior
Captain Henry Alvarez with an assist from sophomore Micah Garnett. Then with 2 minutes left on the clock, Senior Rigo Gonzalez scored an amazing overhead kick from the far side of the box into the back corner of the net! Paschal won! Congrats boys on an awesome season!

Photo: The PHS Varsity Soccer team celebrates their overtime victory against Abilene High School at the Bi-District championship game. The team is led by head coach Mark Townsend with assistant coaches Jason
Beck, Andrew Manks and Brad Deal.
PHS Fashion Design

Six PHS fashion design students attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America conference in Dallas April 7-9. They participated in 3 STAR Event competitions:  
Fashion Design, Fashion Construction and Recycle and Redesign.

Serena Avitia placed 4th in Fashion Construction and Brianna Lee placed 6th in Recycle and Redesign.

Join us in congratulating all participants for an outstanding job. Competition was extremely competitive this year with over 4000 in attendance.  

Left to Right... 
Raquel Rodriquez - Fashion Construction
Cristina Sandoval - Fashion Design
Victoria Hernandez - Fashion Construction
Serena Avitia - Fashion Construction
Brianna Lee - Recycle and Redesign
Gabriela Castro - Recycle and Redesign

Serena Avitia - Fashion Construction - 4th Place
Brianna Lee - Recycle and Redesign - 6th Place
Paschal Scholarships

Paschal Scholarship Committee 
Providing Opportunity, Rewarding Achievement 
since 1885

Congratulations 2016 Award Recipients: 
Victor Argueta 
 Amanda Toledo Barrios 
 Jane Buell 
 Sol Cruz 
 Carter Dickson 
 Jailine Garcia 
 Luis Garcia 
 Myra Garcia 
 Rafael Madrigal III 
 Jennifer Ochoa 
 Madeline Peart 
 Wyatt Reeves 
 Jack Thielman 
 Chloe Underwood 
 Zerrin Vural

Do you have a daughter who loves science and math?
Is she interested in exploring options in STEM careers?  Design Connect Create is an immersive hands on experience for young women to explore and have fun with physics. Students form a deep understanding and build confidence to move forward in science knowing they will be successful. Labs, guest speakers, interactive problem solving and engineering challenges fill our day as we explore topics in physics and engineering. This physics camp is open to girls taking any AP Physics course for the first time next year.  The FWISD site for the camp is Paschal High School from June 6 - 17.  Check out their website for more information or email Linda Antinone, the Paschal Mathematics Department Chair and AP Physics teacher at this address


Bring the world into your home and community by hosting an exchange student with Academic Year in America. Each year, Academic Year in America (AYA) brings more than 1,000 international students ages 15-18 to communities all over the United States. These students become a true member of your family, learning your traditions while sharing their customs and culture with you.
AYA is a not-for-profit organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to offer visas to international students. AYA allows host families the unique opportunity to choose a screened student who will best fit in their family. Students arrive from more than 50 countries including Germany, Brazil and South Korea. Host families can welcome their new family member for a semester, full school year or for a welcoming period. Host families must also provide their student with two meals a day and a place to sleep and study. To help facilitate the exchange, host families receive assistance from an AYA local coordinator and 24/7 support from the national office.
We hope you'll join us in bringing a little more of the world to Fort Worth!
To learn more about hosting with AYA, contact Fort Worth Local Coordinator Lauren Ruth at 817-369-8337 or . Visit the AYA website at


Foreign exchange students for the 2016-2017 school year are in need of kind and loving families here in Fort Worth.  Would your family like to host a student who would attend Paschal High School?  Exchange students come from all over the world - Switzerland, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, China, Japan and more! Host families like yours are needed to provide safe, loving homes to our students. 

You would supply:
A bed (sharing a room with a same sex sibling is fine)
Three meals a day
Transportation to/from school and activities (sports, church, doctors)

Exchange students have insurance, speak English, have strong grades and bring their own money to cover their expenses. They arrive in August and stay until school concludes in June.

We encourage you to also involve your family, friends and neighbors to help take them places. Once the student arrives, they will make friends easily through clubs, sports and church. NWSE offers trips for them to participate in, if they would like to do so.

If you would like to host...check out the online application here.

You will need to upload 5 photos with your application:
1. Front of house in daytime
2. Kitchen
3. Bath
4, Students bedroom (showing bed)
5. Students bathroom (showing toilet)

If you have extra room and would love to explore another culture, consider hosting an exchange student!

Have questions?
Susan Jackubowski 
NWSE Area Coordinator
Ft. Worth, Texas 
 (for athletic and other events not listed, click here)
April 20:
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
"No More" Symposium at McLean Middle School Auditorium

April 23:
Senior Celebration Car Wash Fundraiser

April 27:
Report Cards

April 28:
6:00 p.m.
PHS PTA General Meeting

April 29:

Final Exams will be the week of May 31 - June 2.
Click here for the schedule.

Click here for the latest edition of the Pantherette.

PTA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 28

Election of 2016-17 PTA Board
Click here to view the Proposed Slate for next year

Review of proposed budget amendments

Followed by a parent program:
Overview of Campus Improvements
Presented by:  FWISD Capital Improvement Office, 6:30pm

NHS members...
Volunteers are needed for Paschal landscaping (mulch moving) on Saturday, April 23, starting at 9:00 AM. This counts for service hours and 1 activity. Please contact Mr. Wright in room 203 as soon as possible if you can help.
Junior members - remember that you need to complete at least 5 chapter activities and 10 service hours by May 16. Please contact Mr. Wright if you have any questions or concerns.
Senior members on probation - remember to clear your probations as soon as possible in order to maintain your membership.
Many thanks to our many members for all their good work this year!

Both Varsity Girls Choir and Mixed Girls Choir got SWEEPSTAKES (all 1's) at UIL competition in Weatherford on April 15, 2016. Way to go Mr. Benavides, Mrs. Nipper, and members of the choirs!!


Here are a few
Senior Celebration
Fundraising Opportunities:

Car Wash:
April 23
More details TBA soon

Get Ready for Prom:
May 14
Look your best in a tux from Al's Formal Wear!
Located at 4811 South Hulen and Overton Ridge.
$5 is given to Senior Celebration for each tux rented.
Payment plans are available! 
Go rent yours now-
Tuxes will be delivered to PHS for pick up and can be returned to PHS after the Prom!
Tell them you are with PHS!

FWISD District Walk
Saturday, May 14
Free to all walkers

 Even if you missed the Last Chance sales event from a couple of weeks ago, you can still go to to purchase a copy of the 2015-2016 yearbook. However, you need to hurry as the prices are only going up!

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.

Driver's Ed

Donation Program
Parents Save 25% and Paschal PTA Gets 25% Back
Click here for more information.

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