McGuire Family Foundation establishes first-ever Student Service Award

Park City students have been making an impact in our community and throughout the world for many years through the volunteering they do. Now, for the first time, students will have the chance to be rewarded for their efforts with the Park City Student Service Award, thanks to the Park City-based McGuire Family Foundation.

The Park City Student Service Award aims to honor students in grades 9-12 who are committed to making a difference by volunteering their time to non-profit organizations in Park City or elsewhere. This award is not attached to grades or participation in a club — it is purely a volunteer service acknowledgement.

Award certificates will be given to students who meet the criteria of 50+ hours of community service from April 15, 2019, to April 15, 2020.

Seniors who meet the criteria and have completed 200+ hours of community service over the past four years will earn a service honor cord for graduation. The top senior honoree will receive $1,000 to donate to the nonprofit organization of his/her choice.

The deadline to apply is April 15. For more information contact Katie McGuire,kmcguire@mcguirefamilyfoundation.org, or Pepper Elliot at Park City High, pelliot@pcschools.us.

Full details and application available here in English.

Detalles completos y solicitud disponibles aquí en Español.

PCHS Needs Volunteers to Assist with Robotics Tournament

Park City High School will be hosting a Robotics Tourament on Jan. 18 and needs 80 student and adult volunteers to assist with the qualifying competition. Some 24 robotics teams from thoughout Utah will be competing.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities which include varying amounts of commitments the day of the event (and possibly some the prior day). The descriptions of the volunteer roles can be found below.

Volunteer role description: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/volunteer-resources 

The following positions are currently available:

Adult Roles

– Judges

– Cameras

– Robot Inspectors

– Field Inspectors

– Robot Inspector (hardware) (5)

– Field Inspector (software) (4)

– Referees/Scorers (8)

– Dean’s List Interviewer (1)

– Judge Match Observer (2)

– Set Up (8 AV experience helpful)

– Team Registration (2)

– Volunteer Registration (2)

– Breakfast Pick Up

– Lunch Pick Up

– Clean up/set up

Student Roles

– Pit Runners (4)

– Field Reset (4)

– Judge Queuer (2)

– Team Registration (2)

– Volunteer Registration (2)

To sign up for a volunteer position, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to http://firstinspires.org   As an international organization, FIRST has a standardized process for registering and certifying their volunteers.   When you get to the “Event Search Page” please select “FTC” on the left side of the screen to narrow the event options to First Tech Challenge (FTC).  Then select the Park City Qualifier on Jan. 18. You will be asked to select a role for the qualifier.  If we have discussed a specific role for you, please select that role.  If we have not discussed a specific role or if you have forgotten the role name, simply choose “Assign Me as Needed” and I will assign you to the correct position.   If you are a returning volunteer, the system will take you to My Dashboard and will direct you to any paperwork needed. After filling out the forms as prompted, then you will be able to volunteer for the event.  

Step 2: Complete the registration and required screening.

Step 3: If we have not discussed a role for you, sign up as “Assign Me as Needed,” and please email Kimberly Drury, volunteer coordinator, at snowangelkim@gmail.com, your volunteer preferences. She an assign that role in the system.    

The schedule for the Park City event can be found on the event website:  https://www.parkcityqualifier.com.

PCHS Dance Company II to present 'Informance' Jan. 15-16

Park City High School’s Dance Company II has been working hard on its annual informative performance for this year, and Director Ashley Mott says it has been a process.

The dancers will present their annual Informance, set to the theme of “Process,” at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Center Black Box Theater Jan. 15 and 16. Admission is $5 at the door.

All 13 company members have been working on creating every aspect of the production, from filming and editing informational videos, to designing and distributing posters, to organizing the order of the show.

Each group of dancers has been assigned a specific choreographic approach – or process – to explore. The processes were “theme first,” “style first,”
“music first,” “inspiration from a famous choreographer,” “formations first,” and “costumes first.”

The production will also feature performances from PCHS’s Dance Company as well as choreography from dance company director Ashley Mott, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s Nick Jurica, and guest choreographers Emily Denham and Efren Corado.

Elizabeth Becerra said this project has allowed her to choreograph using a method that she would never have used to create a dance otherwise. Dulce Robles describes the experience as a creative process that allowed her to branch out and work with new people. Zoe Jensen described how it has been difficult because some dancers had little experience with the genre of hip-hop, which was what her “style first” group has chosen to use as their medium.

Park City High Announces 2020 Sterling Scholars

Park City High School has announced the 16 recipients of the 2020 Sterling Scholar competition. A Sterling Scholar is a high school senior who is publicly recognized and awarded for his or her pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah.  

A potential Sterling Scholar presents an all-encompassing portfolio on his or her work in a specific category and during the later stages of the competition is interviewed by judges in the category’s field.  Sterling Scholars are awarded at the high school, regional, and state levels.  

This year’s Sterling Scholars are:  

– Agricultural Science: Lucy Flitton

– Business & Marketing: Molly Gallagher

– Computer Technology: Gabe Sherman

– Dance: Clara Bradford

– English: Sydney LaPine

– Family/Consumer Science: Kathryn Clapier

– Foreign Language: Mary Hurner

– General: Ella Ball

– Instrumental Music: Liam Hanrahan

– Math: Jack Skidmore

– Science: Sydney Senn

– Skilled & Technology: Bella Miller

– Social Science: Siri Ahern

– Theater: Victoria Kenton

– Visual Art: Ashley Silver

– Vocal Performance: Emma Sundahl

School counselors introduce inaugural issue of ‘Counselor Connection’

Beginning this month, Park City High counselors, along with counselors throughout the school district, invite parents/guardians, educators, and community members to review the new “Counselor Connection: Parenting Tips for Today.” This month’s issue focuses on vaping.

Park City School District works with students and families to minimize/eliminate the use of e-cigarettes in or around school campuses. If devices are found, cartridges are tested to be certain there are not illegal substances such as THC in the device.

Devices, as they are not permitted on site, are confiscated. We work with students and families on both educational intervention and age appropriate consequences.

Please contact your school administrators if you have additional questions about vaping or the use of e-cigarettes on campus. 

Read the full newsletter here: English | Espanol

Business Leaders Invited to Tour PCCAPS Program Nov. 1

Park City High School’s corporate solutions lab, the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS), invites area business leaders to attend an open house Nov. 1 to see if PCCAPS students can help them solve a business problem.

Set from 11 a.m. to noon at PCHS, the open house is an opportunity to 1) tour the CAPS space, 2) experience the students in action, and 3) create a custom project to help solve a business problem. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to rpittard@pcschools.us by Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Park City High School’s new PCCAPS Project Coordinator Rachel Pittard is thrilled to facilitate new partner projects for the students. “What differentiates this new generation of PCCAPS students is the leap from project members to project drivers. Their instructors and mentors teach Agile management techniques throughout the project life cycle; from discovery to delivery,” said Pittard. “Ready or not, these students are coming to the table with outstanding client communication and project management skills. I have no doubt these young people will be running the show in their future roles.”

Pittard encourages business leaders to see how other companies and organizations have benefitted from PCCAPS services. Most importantly, she said visitors will leave inspired.

Lyndsay Huntsman, director of PCCAPS, said the PCCAPS space is intended to provide a personalized, student-centered learning environment.  “We want students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset by taking risks, failing forward, and making pivots along the way,” she said.

“PCCAPS provides an experiential learning opportunity for students to discover where their passion and skill sets intersect.  I’m fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing team — our instructors and mentors serve as the backbone of support for the projects,” Huntsman said.

Now in its 7th year, PCCAPS has assisted more than 250 companies and continues to expand its partnership with organizations across the State of Utah.

Since its inception, the Park City community and PCCAPS students have mutually benefited from solving real problems in the areas of space design, software development, marketing, business strategy, injury prevention, nutrition education, social media optimization, product development, prototyping, brand development & customer communication. Students earn credit in the program while participating in experiential learning & making career contacts. Partner organizations gain creative, customized assistance on problems which disrupt their goals and objectives. 

PCHS Dance Company Preparing for National Festival

Park City High’s Dance Company has a busy year planned, including plans to attend the National High School Dance Festival, which draws the best high school dancers from around the world.

Dance Company will be spending this fall raising funds to attend the festival that will be held Feb. 26 to March 1 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We are the only high school from Utah attending,” said PCHS dance program director Ashley Mott. “We will be one of only a few public high schools attending. It is an elite festival with mostly high-level arts conservatories, and pre-professional dance high schools attending.”

Mott said this will provide the dancers with an incredible opportunity to have exposure to, and inclusion in, this kind of setting.  The festival includes hundreds of classes and workshops in all genres of dance, performances by professional companies in the evenings, and scholarship auditions where students can be evaluated by dozens of schools in one audition, at one location.

The 14-member company is hoping to raise enough funds to pay the full cost of attending the conference for each student.

Some fundraising activities include:

– Sept. 17-20: Thrift Store for PCHS students during lunches

– Oct. 30: Children’s Halloween Dance Mentoring for K-8 students, 3:30-5:30 p.m., PCHS Gym (wear costumes). Tickets at the door ($10).

– Nov. 8: Live PC Give PC (dancers will be at The Market on Nov. 2 to encourage support for their project)

– Feb. 3 & 4: Youth Dance Clinic and Halftime Performance; students learn dances on Feb. 3-4 and perform Feb. 5. Registration begins in December.

Six PCHS Seniors Named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Six Park City High seniors were notified today (9/11/19) that they have been selected as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for more than $31 million in scholarships that will be offered next spring.

The students include: Tosh Martin, Lane Myshrall, Owen Nagel, John Reko, Megan Stucker, and Jon Troxel.

“This is an unprecedented year. I’ve never worked in a high school where we have had six National Merit semifinalists,” said PCHS Principal Roger Arbabi. “We are so proud of the work they’ve done.”

These PCHS students now advance to the finalist level of the competition and represent 1% of U.S. high school seniors. More than 1.5 million high school juniors applied for the program.

The National Merit scholarship program was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

The 2020 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

New Transition Program Introduced for Park City High Students

The first days of school this year were a bit different for a group of high school students.  While most were becoming accustomed to classroom routines, the new Transition Program for Park City High students participated in an app-based scavenger hunt via Park City Transit. As part of the hunt, they had to locate all the community businesses and organizations they will frequent this year in the community-based program. 

Thanks to funding approved by Park City School District, special education services are now provided a comprehensive program that assists them in transitioning into the workplace.  “The curriculum is focused on job readiness, independent living skills, and functional academic high school classes,” said Kara Brechwald, Special Education specialist. “Students will also create individualized transition portfolios thanks to a career and college readiness grant from the Park City Education Foundation.”

Already, the high school seniors have developed resumes and cover letters and are in the process of applying for employment or internships in their career field of choice. “Our sophomores and juniors are learning about self-determination, including their strengths and interests, to begin the process of outlining their plans for career exploration,” said Brechwald.

“We are so excited to be able to offer extended support for our students who need help making successful transitions,” she said.

Park City High to Graduate Class of 2019 on May 31

Some 366 Park City High School seniors will comprise the Class of 2019 as it graduates Friday, May 31, at 5 p.m. at Dozier Field.

Park City High has graduates planning to attend every college and university in Utah, as well as out-of-state universities such as: Auburn, Baylor, Cal Poly, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Villanova, and Washington & Lee. The Class of 2019 has received more than $13.5 million in scholarships.

Some graduates say they will be taking a gap year to travel the world, serve missions for their church, or enlist in the military.

The Class of 2019 has achieved numerous accolades:

– National Scholar finalists

– Sterling Scholars

– National Speech & Debate Association Academic All-Americans

– A national Edison Universe innovation award winner

– State winner of the Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute’s High School Entrepreneur Challenge; five of the top 20 finalist innovation projects were from Park City High.

– Numerous honors for performing and art students, robotics club, Girls in Tech, and Future Business Leaders of America.

– Athletic honors include a host of regional and state championships, including the boys golf team winning its 11th consecutive state title, the football team playing in the state semifinals for the first time in nine years, the Girls Cross Country team named Interscholastic UIAAA 4A Academic State Champions for its 3.95 GPA.

The gates to Dozier Field open at 4 p.m., no seats are allowed to be reserved prior to this time, and the community is reminded that graduation will also be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/c/PCHSLive/live.

In the event of severe inclement weather, graduation ceremonies will be moved to the Eccles Center. Graduates will each be issued three tickets, with overflow seating in Gymnasiums to watch the live stream.

Those attending are encouraged to allow extra time for parking. Overflow parking is also available at McPolin Elementary, Treasure Mountain Junior High, Park City Academy, and the District Office.