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Richard J. Heffernan, Jr. Principal 
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Phone-610-847-5131ext. 2004

                                     Palisades High School proudly recognized as a top high school in America

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Palisades High School continues to stress reading and writing across all content areas, which we believe will better prepare our students for the Keystone Exams, SATs, PSATs and the students’ post-secondary plans. In order to better monitor our students’ progress in reading, the high school will continue to use the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests similar to how the elementary and middle schools have used them. These tests will provide our teachers with an accurate measurement of student achievement and growth across time and help guide instruction to best meet the needs of the individual student.

Next week, all students will complete the spring administration of the MAP assessments. All assessments will be done online using our chromebook labs or our desktop computer labs. The assessment will take students approximately one hour to complete.

Julia Boardman, a PHS junior, recently qualified for the national FBLA competition in journalism. She has been working hard to prepare and fundraise for the upcoming competition that will take place in California during late-June. If you would like to help her get to California for the national competition, please consider a donation at her gofundme page, which can be accessed through this link . Remember, all donations are appreciated and none are too small.

Congratulations to the following students/groups who recently were recognized for their accomplishments:

  • According to Wikipedia, an Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation "Eagle Scout" was founded over one hundred years ago. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. And a Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. During this school year, the following students achieved either an Eagle Scout or Gold Scout designation:  Zachary Boyd, Doug Koons, Will Thoman, Sam VanderGast, Sarah Dolbier, and Megan McGroarty.

  • On Thursday, April 20th our Madrigal Singers, directed by Mrs. Carolyn Williams, sang the National Anthem prior to the Iron Pigs baseball game. Please click the link to view their outstanding performance!

  • Last weekend, our Track & Field Team competed in the Pirate Invitational Meet. The following Track & Field athletes took home gold medals in the events that are in parentheses after their names:  Lydia Bottelier (100, 200, 400, High Jump), Sophie Doman (1600, 3200), Elora Mitchell (100 Hurdles), Kaitlyn Cavallaro (Javelin), Michael Creighton (200), Matt Siley (Long Jump, Triple Jump), and Drew Nickles (Javelin).

Listed below are a few reminders for Saturday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 30th:

  • Saturday, April 22nd-

    • Our Indoor Colorguard and Percussion Teams will compete in a competition at Salisbury High School.

  • Monday, April 24th-

    • MAP testing

  • Tuesday, April 25th-

    • MAP testing

  • Tuesday, April 25th - Sunday, April 30th-

    • Our Cybersonics Team will compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Good Luck Team #103!

  • Friday, April 28th-

    • Post-secondary day-All 9th grade students will have an opportunity to learn about pathways after high school.

  • Saturday, April 29th-

    • Our Stand Up for Silence club will host its annual car show at Palisades High School from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    • Our Indoor Colorguard and Percussion Teams will compete in the Chapter 2 Championships at Souderton High School.

  • Spring sports teams are nearing the end of their Colonial League competitions. Please click the link to view the teams’ schedules, .

Have a great weekend!

Rich Heffernan, Principal

Last Modified on April 21, 2017