Second semester is underway with students in some new electives classes. On January 21, PHMS went 1 to 1 with each student receiving a Chromebook that travels with the student but remains at school to charge. Students and staff handled this transition gracefully. Now the district is 1:1 from fifth through twelfth grade!
During January we begin to plan for the upcoming school year. Early in the month, PHHS counselors visited our eighth-grade guidance classes to orient them as to how high school enrollment works. They will learn about the requirements for earning diplomas over the next four years. It’s hard to believe that in less than a semester this group will be freshmen.
In Rise students are completing STEM challenges, learning practical skills, and checking grades. Students in ELA, math, and eighth-grade science have already taken the benchmark assessments for content standards twice this school year. Their final attempt will be in March to prepare for MAP testing in late April and early May. The first week of February students will take the FastBridge assessment again to gauge skill growth since November. This data will also help teachers adjust Shine groups and lessons.
Wrestling concluded successfully before winter break, and boys’ and girls’ basketball finished their seasons a few games early due to inclement weather. Track and field is just around the corner in March. Student Council will again sponsor the valentine’s fundraiser for charity. Students can send a valentine and lollipop to a classmate for one dollar. The middle school will host its winter dance on Friday, February 7 from 6:00-8:00 PM. February will also bring a performance of the middle school Variety Show on February 28 and 29 at the high school.
The semester will be full of educational activities and opportunities for students!