Welcome to Parchment High School, where we strive to create a safe and supportive educational community where our students can thrive academically, socially, and personally.
I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend, the weather was great! T'is the season for graduation open houses and as always, the weekly calendar of events is attached below.
Speaking of graduation, I hope everyone enjoyed the graduation ceremonies last Friday at WMU's Miller Auditorium! We are so thankful for the use of this wonderful facility and their staff is so great to work with. Mrs. Klok, Mrs. LeRoy and many other staff members all worked very hard to ensure that this evening would be as successful as it was so, thank you! Nothing gives me more pride and enjoyment than watching the students walk across stage to receive their diplomas. To see the pride, excitement, and in some, fear of the unknown future, is absolutely priceless. I was also very glad that we were able to reunite one of our students with her mother after a long military deployment to Cuba. It did my heart good to see this emotional reunion.
I hear that the graduates had a very good time at Grad Bash. After the ceremony all of the seniors loaded on the buses and travel north to the Salvation Army's Kroc Center, where they spent an evening participating in many fun activities! All of the reports I received were all very positive, great job Grad Bash Committee and senior parents!
Also, as some of you may have noticed, we had a few errors in the commencement program and for any of you who may want a corrected and clean copy as a keepsake, you may stop up to the office for a new one or download by clicking the link below.
In athletics last week, our women's softball team traveled to Otsego for the MHSAA Regional tournament where they were knocked out of the semi-finals by Paw Paw, losing 5-2. According to Coach Butler, "Parchment got its first hit of the game on a single in the sixth inning from senior center fielder Morgan DeGraaf. Kassidy Butler scored DeGraaf on an RBI double. Kortney Baur pinch-ran for Butler and scored on a throwing error by Paw Paw." The ladies had a great year; they were MHSAA District Champions and ended the season with 27-11 record, great job ladies!
I would like to take a minute to introduce and welcome our new varsity football coach, Mr. Bob Verduzco. Coach Verduzco comes to us from Galesburg-Augusta where he currently teaches mathematics. Coach Verduzco met with all of his players last Friday during lunch and he is very excited and proud to be a part of our program. He will be having their first conditioning workout next Monday, June 16th, from 8:00 am - 9:00 am (They will begin weightlifting the following Monday, June 23rd, from 9:00 am - 10:00 am). In the very near future, Coach Verduzco will be sending out summer calendar, camp brochure and golf outing information). Again, congratulations and welcome Coach!
Tonight is the All Season Sports Dessert in the high school multi-purpose room. The program will start at 6:00. Mrs. Burghdoff is looking for volunteers who may be able to help scoop ice cream tonight, if you are able to help, please contact her at 488-1102.
Parchment Schools Summer Food Service Program will be up and running again this year. There will be three (3) locations where students under 8 may receive free lunch. The times and location are as follows: Parchment High School, 1:30 - 12:30 (July 7 - August 22, 2014), Northwood Elementary, 11:30 - 12:00 (July 7 - August 22, 2014), and Hillcrest Acres, 3205 Douglas Avenue, 12:15- - 12:45, (July 7 - August 15, 2014).
The final exam schedule for this week is as follows, Thursday exams will be over 1st, 2nd, and 4th hours with students being released at 11:55. Friday exams will cover 5th and 6th hour, with students being dismissed at 10:30. (Please talk to your students about any debts they may have prior to exam day. All debts need to be settled before exams are administered.)
I want to personally thank all of you for another great year. I cannot believe how quickly the school year has come and gone. It seems just like yesterday we were just beginning! Thank you for all of your continued support and I hope that you all have a wonderful summer!