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.

PCHS Marching Band Only Utah Group Performing in Normandy, France, at D-Day 75th Anniversary

June 2019 marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. As part of that anniversary, the Park City High Marching Band will  travel to France to participate in the momentous festivities. The PCHS band is the only Utah group participating in the D-Day celebration.

The band will perform in Normandy June 5-8, including performances at the Brittany American Cemetery at St. James and the Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. The cemetery memorial services will be attended by families and dignitaries from around the world.

In additional to their individual performances, the student musicians will perform as part of a combined 1,000 member band that will perform John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen.” Williams have given special permission for the combined band to perform his composition only on June 6 and 7.

The actual commemoration will be held June 8 with each band taking part in the D-Day Memorial Parade and Musical Salute.

The students will perform in Paris on June 9 in town squares throughout the city. Some 75 students will be going to France, including six students who will have graduated a few days before leaving. Students are covering their own expenses for the trip and scholarships are being offered to those who need assistance thanks to the Park City Education Foundation and the generosity of local donors.

Bret Hughes, assistant director of Bands, said he hopes the students gain an understanding of the historical significance of D Day. “This is their chance to be part of something bigger, something that is so important to American and world history,” he said.

In December 2016, the Marching Band participated in the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Hughes said that experience had a lasting impact on students.

The band rehearses Tuesday and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. at the high school where they are currently learning technique and rehearsing their musical selections.  A special logo was designed by Park City High band student Valeny Valles, and she received a $1,300 scholarship for her design.

The band has planned a “Send-Off Concert” on Wednesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Dozier Field. Due to the field being set up for Graduation that Friday, the Marching Band will perform facing East (the Visitors side).  All attendees should sit in the Visitors Bleachers on the East side of the field. (In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved into the front Gym at Park City High.) The evening is free to the community.

“We invite the community to attend and hear some of the musical selections we will be performing in Normandy,” Hughes said. “We want to get the community as excited about our trip as we are. It really will be a life-changing experience for our students.”

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CONTACT:

Bret Hughes, Assistant Director of Bands, and Director of Percussion, Park City High

Email: bhughes@pcschools.us

Cell: 307-421-3252

PCHS Dance Concert to Present “Iconic” Tribute May 2-3

Park City High’s dance program will feature iconic music of the past century
at its upcoming spring concert “Iconic.” The performances begin at 7
p.m. at the Eccles Center.

Performers are students in grades 9-12 from the Dance Company, Dance Company 2, and Dance 2/3 classes. The concert will feature original choreography by students, as well as professional works by guest
choreographers and company director Ashley Mott.

Members of Dance Company chose this year’s concert theme. “They wanted to work with choreographing original work inspired by iconic music,” said Mott. “Music choices range from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Prince.

The selections represent many genres and styles of dance, including contemporary, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and AfroBeats (a stylized form of African dance). Approximately 50 students will be performing, and another half dozen are involved behind the scenes of the production as members of the technical crew, running the lights, sound, and video.

Tickets are $6 if purchased in advance (from any performing dance student), or $8 at the door. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the dance company and dance programs at the high school.

Parley’s Park Elementary Cuts Ribbon on New Greenhouse on Earth Day

Parley’s Park Elementary School (PPES)cut the ribbon this morning to open the school’s first outdoor classroom, a greenhouse where K-5 students experience science and nutrition education.

“We are very excited to create outdoor, hands-on learning experiences for our students,” said Principal David Gomez.“This greenhouse provides our teachers a new tool to create fun outdoor STEM learning.”

At the grand opening EATS volunteers taught students from kindergarten and third grade how to plant seeds and helped them pot tomatoes and herbs that seeded the greenhouse. “EATS is excited for the first Park City school greenhouse and the essential life skills opportunities the garden provides students K-5,” said Meaghan Miller-Gitlin, EATS ExecutiveDirector.

This outdoor classroom didn’t happen overnight, it took significant fundraising and staff/volunteer dedication from both the PPES PTA, Park City School District, and the EATS organization.“The process for the greenhouse started five years ago with a committed group of PTA parents who began working with EATS to expand the classroom to the outdoors,”said PPES parent Sara Sergent. “I am very excited to see it come to life, especially on Earth Day.”

This greenhouse is a first of the school district and is seen as an outdoor education pilot initiative. “The greenhouse is a great visual representation of where the Park City School District is heading with our master plan and integrating outdoor education into each school,” said Superintendent Jill Gildea.


Contact: Brandi Connolly | Parley’s Park Elementary PTA | 214-448-9651, parleyspta@gmail.com

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Park City High’s PCCAPS to Host National Documentary Film Tour April 15

Park City High’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS) is a nationally-recognized model for profession-based education and experiential learning. As part of the CAPS Network, PCCAPS connects students, educators and business partners in a collective vision for the future of education.

The CAPS Network is launching a documentary film and speaking tour as part of a strategic effort to propel experiential learning throughout all levels of education. The film, “Where Students Lead,” chronicles the dramatic student impact of the CAPS profession-based education model, and its growth across the country. The film will be premiered across the U.S. this month, including a stop in Park City on April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Eccles Center.

Tickets are free with the use of promo code CAPSNETYES and are available now at WhereStudentsLead.com.

CAPS is recognized by the Department of Education as a national exemplar and by the Edison Awards for educational innovations in preparing students for higher education and the evolving workforce. Currently, there are 50 affiliate programs in the CAPS Network across 100 school districts in 13 states and 2 countries.

About PCCAPS

The Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program, housed at Park City High, was founded in 2014 to share experiential learning practices and innovative ideas for business and education partnerships. Students work with local businesses on projects to fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real-world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school credit. The CAPS model transforms the educational experience, centering on students’ interests with opportunities for real-world immersion and authentic projects, resulting in highly-skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders. Learn more about PCCAPS here.

Career Compass Event March 4 to Encourage Students to Explore Careers

Park City School District’s CTE will host its second annual Combined Registration and Career Compass Event on Monday, March 4, from 5-7 p.m. at Park City High for students in grades 5-11 and their families.

Compass

Monday’s event is about providing information so students can progress through PCSD schools and refine their interests and begin developing a plan to focus and deepen their knowledge base and skill sets towards their plans for the next stage of life.

Set to the theme, “Come Find Your True North,” a compass illustrates the theme with the four cardinal directions representing Ecker Hill Middle, Treasure Mountain Junior High, and Park City High — each cardinal direction narrowing the focus as students proceed from school to school.

As students mature and progress in their career interests they should move from exploring to tactically engaging in classes, clubs, and experiences that will provide them a strategic advantage in whatever their goals are for the next stage in life.

CTE Director Danny Fisher said the end goal of this event is to start or support meaningful conversations with students, parents, teachers, counselors, etc. about how the culmination of our students’ educational experiences will “give them a strategic advantage as they choose a career and lifestyle that is right for them.”

The evening begins at 5 p.m. in the Lecture Hall with registration details. Seven breakout sessions will be held both at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. Those sessions include:

– Health sciences: Intermountain Healthcare panel

– Information technology Earl Foote, CEO of Nexus IT Consultants

– Business and marketing: Bruce Emerson, E-Commerce

– Audio/Visual Communications: Conrad Iacobellis and Nick Chace, Park City Television

– Community Outreach: Eric Esquivel, PCSD Latino Community Relations

– Engineering and architecture: Sue Sharp, vice president of Operational Excellence for Sinclair Oil

– Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies: Caleb Fine, PCHS assistant principal and PCCAPS administrator

There will also be an Electives Fair from 6- 7 p.m. that will provide students with more details about elective courses offered at the high school.

Expert to Discuss Executive Functioning Skills for Students March 7

Dr. Parth Gandhi, director of the Neuroassessment and Development Center in Salt Lake City, will be at Park City High School on March 7 to talk to parents and students about executive functioning skill development in emerging adults and what can be done at home and in therapy to assist teens. 

Dr. Parth Gandhi

He will be available to meet with parents and students from 3-7 p.m. outside the Lecture Hall to discuss individual student needs, and then will speak from 7-7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. Park City High and Treasure Mountain Junior High students and their parents are invited to attend.

Executive functioning (EF) are those skills that adolescents use to function independently and successfully, says Wendy St. James, instructional coach at the high school.

“At the heart of these skills is accountability and motivation. Often students miss developing the skills of planning, organization, time management, self-monitoring, or self regulation as a part of normal development,” says St. James. “Twice exceptional students or those with learning issues or ADHD are particularly susceptible to EF deficits, but developing these skills is essential to living life successfully after graduation when independence is a requirement.”

Dr. Gandhi holds a doctoral education in clinical neuropsychology and continued post-doctoral training in neuropsychology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in both outpatient and inpatient settings. He continues to write and research in the fields of developmental psychology, neuropsychology, family systems, and applied neuroscience.  He is also a consulting neuropsychologist to treatment centers across the country.

PC Bands Presents Annual Sweetheart Gala Feb. 8

Tickets are still available for the PC Bands’ annual Sweetheart Gala planned for Friday, Feb. 8. The gala is an adult dinner and dance party featuring live music by the award-winning Park City High School Varsity Jazz Ensemble.

The dinner/dance is from 6-11 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church Grand Hall, 1505 White Pine Canyon Road. Premium seats (next to the door floor) are $70 per person, and standard seats are $60 per person.

The Sweetheart Gala begins with a catered three-course dinner and cash bar, following by live Big Band music by the Varsity Jazz Ensemble directed by Chris Taylor. The evening also features an online silent auction.

The event is sponsored by the Park City Education Foundation and all proceeds go to the PC Bands and their continued efforts to bring world-class music education to the students of Park City High School. 

Tickets can be purchase online here.

2019 Mr. Miner Pageant set for Valentine’s Day

Park City High School’s annual Mr. Miner Pageant is set for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Eccles Center. This year’s mock pageant will follow the theme of “Men of Romance.”

The young men compete is several categories including character modeling, talent, GQ modeling and response to an interview question. This year’s contestants are Ben Agnew, Isaac Foote, Charlie Lowsma, Cris Mora, Liam Occon, Carl Prior, Judd Ricks, Christian Stockwell, and Marco Zanetti.

“The Mr. Miner Pageant is known for being a funny, light-hearted event,” says Ashley Mott, Dance Company director. “This year’s theme is ‘Men of Romance,’ because it’s being held on Valentine’s Day.”

This year’s talent portion will include singing, playing live music, and dancing. The pageant is judged by Park City High faculty and administrators, as well as community volunteers.

The pageant is organized and coordinated by Dance Company, Dance Company 2, and the stage crew class.

Audience members will have the opportunity to buy ballots, for $1 a piece, and cast them in the lobby to vote for their favorite contestant.

Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance (from a dance company member or Mr. Miner candidate), or $12 at the door. The Mr. Miner Pageant is the primary fundraiser for Park City High’s dance program.

Girls Swim Team Wins Another Region XI Championship

Park City High Swim Team Co-Ed
The PCHS Girls Swim Team won a consecutive Region XI Championship this weekend.

Park City High has added another regional championship to its list of accomplishments. The Girls Swim Team won the 2019 Region XI Swimming Championship for a consecutive year and the Boys Swim Team finished second.

The Miners hosted the meet his past weekend at the Park City Aquatic Center and competed against Juan Diego, Bonneville, Ben Lomond, Ogden, Tooele and Stansbury High Schools.

“Park City had a great swim meet with many swimmers posting their season best times and locking in crucial places/times to qualify for state,” said Head Coach Mike Werner. “Individual swimmers that placed first and second earned automatic invitations to the 4A state championships.”

The Miners will compete Feb. 8-9 at the 2019 Utah 4A HS State Championships at Brigham Young University.