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  • SAVE/SADD Club and the PWHS Counseling Department Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

    The Parkwood High School SAVE/SADD Club along with Counseling Dept. conducted a week long Red Ribbon Week Celebration on October 23-27, 2017. This annual tradition at the school centers around the promotion of anti-drug and anti bullying initiatives each October and this year’s theme was “The future is key, so be drug free”. The celebration included a number of events that students found engaging, informative and fun.

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  • The Ultimate Collaboration Challenge

    What do you get when you combine a Spanish 1 class of 25 students with an Introduction to Culinary Arts and Hospitality Class of 21 students, then mix them all together with a globalism theme stirring in a generous amount of work and preparation with a final topping of fun and enthusiasm?  A recipe for “The Ultimate Collaboration Challenge”! “The Ultimate Collaboration Challenge” was created when Mrs. Rodriguez’s Spanish 1 class visited Mrs. Hoobler’s Intro. To Culinary Arts & Hospitality Class on October 13th and together accomplished many objectives.  These included the joint celebration of National Hispanic Month as the Culinary Class prepared four different Hispanic Food Truck Projects.

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  • Parkwood Saves Lives

    Parkwood Key Club organized the semi-annual American Red Cross Blood drive on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. During the blood drive, Key Club members greeted eager students and staff members by signing them up for the drive.  After donating blood, the donors were escorted to the canteen area to enjoy refreshments with a sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that they helped save lives. In total there were 111 units of blood collected from Parkwood, making this fall blood the most successful in several years. Mark your calendars to save more lives during the Spring Blood Drive on Wednesday March 14, 2018!

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  • Congratulations to Cheryl Brightsen, Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to our new teacher of the year, Cheryl Brightsen. She is an outstanding classroom teacher who recognizes the importance of developing great relationships with students and strives to make content fun and relevant. She says she loves standing back and listening to students talk over the tasks she assigns. It not only shows her that they are fully engaged, but it also tells her that they understand the material well enough to work it out for themselves and to challenge or correct each other's thinking. Her favorite area of mathematics to teach is Calculus because it allows students to put into action all the other math that they have ever learned. Parkwood is very blessed to have Ms. Brightsen in our school and we are proud to have her represent us as teacher of the year! 

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  • Parkwood Drama Club and International Thespian Society presents Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling

    On October 12th, 13th, and 14th, the Parkwood Drama Club and International Thespian Society will present Steel Magnolias by Robert by Robert Harling. It tells the story of six strong Southern women living in Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana, during the 1980s. The curtain rises at 7PM on October 12 in the Partkwood Theatre. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students, seniors, and military personnel. Come on out and support your fellow students.

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  • Congratulations to Jaclyn Diaz!

    Congratulations to Jaclyn Diaz, a Parkwood senior who was selected for the 2017 North Carolina Honors Chorus. She participated in a rigorous audition process, in which the top 20 singers in each voice part are selected from the entire state. Approximately 800-1000 students audition, and only 180 are selected. This was Jaclyn's second year auditioning, and she is only the second student in Parkwood history to qualify for Honors Chorus.

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  • Parkwood High students use mobile apps to bridge history and technology

    This school year, several classes at Parkwood Middle and High schools are piloting a web-based curriculum program that teaches mobile app development. History teacher Vinson Covington said his goal is for students to learn how to create an app so they'll enter college having background knowledge of computer programming.

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  • Students Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force

    Monday, September 18, 2017 was the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, which was established on Sep 18, 1947 when it split from the U.S. Army and became a separate, independent military service. To commemorate the occasion, cadets celebrated with balloons and a big cake in the classroom.

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  • Parkwood High School Students, Staff and Community Members Travel to France and Spain

    A group of Parkwood High School students, staff and community members traveled in June to Spain and France. After the 13 day tour the travelers returned to Union County via Malaga and NYC with a world of knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for the French and Spanish cultures of Europe. They will never forget the fantastic sights, knowledge, memories, and friends they collected along the way.

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  • Building Students Character and Love for God through FCA

    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and students (FCA) is a student led club that strives to meet the spiritual needs of the students of Parkwood High School (PWHS). FCA gathers together several times monthly for a time that ultimately builds character, community, and Christ-like love. Any and all students are welcome to FCA. You don’t have to be a Christian or an athlete to come, and no paperwork is required; students can just come to the meetings and enjoy a time of fellowship and a God-focused Bible study. Meetings are generally from 7pm-8:30pm but are subject to change (see flyers around school for more information).

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  • Assistant Principal Moore Inducted into High School Hall of Fame

    This past weekend, on Saturday, September 16, 2017, Mr. Moore was inducted into the McQuaid Jesuit Hall of Fame. Mr. Moore travelled back to New York to be recognized for his great accomplishments in front of a sold out crowd of 330 people. Parkwood High School is very proud of Mr. Moore for his accomplisments and we are proud to call him a part of Team PWHS!

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  • AFJROTC Builds Better Citizens of America

    Here in Air Force JROTC our goal is to build better citizens of America; every cadet in the corps strives for greatness with the Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. In our program cadets get heavily involved in so many different ways, from academics to community service to fundraising for the corps.

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  • Save the Date and Save a Life!

    Here at Parkwood we host two Red Cross Blood Drives per year. Our first drive will be held on October 25, 2017 from 9 am till 2:30 pm. The second drive will be held in March but the date has yet to be determined. Anyone wanting to donate may do so by coming to the school during the day on the 25th.

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  • BC Calculus is back at Parkwood!

    In an effort to establish parity across the county, the Superintendent instructed each school to provide ten face-to-face AP courses. This allowed Parkwood High School to offer students the chance to take BC Calculus with the confidence that the course would make. Parkwood now has its first BC Calculus class in nine years!

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  • Naviance helps UCPS students jumpstart college and career readiness

    Thanks to Naviance, a college and career readiness software, students as young as 11 years old will soon be able to get a head start on planning for their future. The software – which will be provided at no cost to UCPS families – will ultimately help students as young as sixth grade identify their strengths, explore career interests and create education plans for high school and beyond.

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  • Ms. Outing’s Class Makes Children’s Dresses for the Students at a Kenyan Orphanage

    Ms. Outing’s Apparel classes have worked diligently to plan, design, and create children’s dresses for the young girls at the Good Shepherd Orphanage in Nyahururu, Kenya. The facility holds 68 children and includes a greenhouse, school, and farm with animals.

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  • Middle School Career and Academy Day

    On Tuesday, March 14th and Wednesday, March 15th Union County’s Career and Technical Education hosted a Career Connections day for all 8th grade students in the county. This is an annual event that is presented every year. These students had the opportunity to tour many different program areas and academies that are offered across the county at all of our high schools. Our own Parkwood students and teachers, as well as many from other high schools spent time with our 8th graders explaining and demonstrating all the diverse programs and academies that we have to offer in UCPS.

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  • Mr. Meier Showcases Artwork in the 2017 NC Artists Exhibition in Raleigh

    Parkwood's own art teacher, Scott Meier was recently selected to show a painting in the 2017 NC Artists Exhibition in Raleigh. Six hundred seven works were submitted and only seventy-two works were selected to be shown. Mr. Meier's painting "Big Jesus" was selected. The paintings were for sale, and Mr. Meier's painting sold within the first fifteen minutes.

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  • Culinary Students Win Awards at UCPS Holiday Bakeshop Competition

    The Intro to Culinary Arts and Hospitality class and Foods I classes brought home three culinary awards from the annual UCPS Holiday Bakeshop Competition.

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  • FCCLA Members Host Mini-Camp at the Boys and Girls Club

    Thirteen club members of Parkwood High School’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) hosted a two day mini-camp at the Boys' & Girls' Club at Monroe Middle School .

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  • AFJROTC Cadets Serve as Flag Bearers in Ceremony

    On Saturday, November 12, 2016, seven cadets from Parkwood High School's AFJROTC corps served as flag bearers in a Veteran's Day ceremony.

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  • Marion Millican Is Parkwood High School's Teacher of Year

    One Parkwood High School's most devoted teachers, Marion Millican, was recently voted Teacher of the Year.

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  • Parkwood Students Discover the Vibrant Culture of Italy

    This summer, sixteen students, staff and parents from the Parkwood High community traveled to Europe to experience the Italian peninsula firsthand.

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  • Parkwood AFJROTC Cadets Attend Leadership Training

    Ten cadets from the Parkwood High School AFJROTC Corps attended a week-long Cadet Leadership School at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC in June.

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  • Two Parkwood Students Participate in the Butterfly Project

    Luke Earp and another Parkwood junior, Maggie Peacock attended a workshop on the Butterfly Project at the Jewish Community Center in Charlotte.

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  • Parkwood Actors Delight the Crowd at the Kaleidoscope Festival

    The town of Waxhaw held the Waxhaw Art Kaleidoscope Spring Festival the weekend of May 21 – 22, 2016 and for the first time, Parkwood High School Theatre students performed at the arts festival.

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  • Parkwood Wins People’s Choice Award in the Anything Dessert Contest

    Ten students from Carolyn Hoobler’s Foods classes participated in the Anything Dessert contest at the Beach, Blues and BBQ Festival in downtown Monroe. One of Parkwood’s teams came away with the People’s Choice Award for their Frosted Pineapple Cupcakes.

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  • Seniors’ Editorial Places Among Top Finalists in New York Times Contest

    At the end of March, Parkwood seniors Jordain Muller and Charlie Wheater submitted an editorial to The New York Times along with the rest of their classmates in Chris Giudice’s English class. Imagine their delight when they discovered their work placed among the finalists.

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  • Parkwood's FFA Teams Place in Regional Rally

    Congratulations to the FFA members who participated in the 2016 Regional Rally!

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  • Jacob Thomas Wins Congressional Art Competition

    Parkwood junior Jacob Thomas has won the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the 9th N.C. Congressional District.

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  • New Century Scholars Recognized at SPCC

    On April 16, 2016 Parkwood High School's New Century Scholars were recognized at a ceremony at South Piedmont Community College. Parkwood has seven New Century Scholar seniors this year.

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  • Earth Day at Parkwood

    The students at Parkwood High School take Earth Day seriously. In fact, for some, Earth Day is every day, not just one day in April. Whether it be recycling, encouraging others not to litter or designing solar panels, our students are working for change.

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  • Kelly and Reid; Parkwood's Dynamic Duo

    AFJROTC is an acronym for Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Parkwood High School has an outstanding AFJROTC program, and its two leaders were recently honored for their work. At the Mid-Winter Conference, the American Legion selected Lt Col Eric Kelly as Officer of the Year and SMSgt William Reid as NCO of the Year for North Carolina.

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  • Matthew “The Voice” Alexander is Voted Beta Club State President

    Known as the “Voice of Parkwood High School”, junior Matt Alexander was elected president of the North Carolina Beta Club at the state convention in Greensboro this February.

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  • Katie Bassler is John H. Crowder Award Recipient

    Parkwood senior Katherine “Katie” Bassler was recently named the John Crowder Service Award winner for the Parkwood cluster of schools for the month of February.

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  • Parkwood Zombie Apocalypse

    On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, zombies invaded Parkwood High School! Well, they were professional actors dressed as zombies, here at the bequest of drama teacher Patrick Antonucci and art teacher Abby Damico.

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  • Students Learn the Dangers of Being a Distracted Driver

    On January 27, 2016, recruiters from the U.S. Army brought a Distracted Driver Activity Trailer to Parkwood High School and parked it in the bus lot. Classes visited the trailer throughout the day, participating in programs and activities designed to educate them about the dangers and consequences of driving without paying attention.

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  • PWHS Students Support Ryan's Case for Smiles

    Each year, thousands of children deal with life-threatening illnesses and the stressors that accompany them. Students in Morgon Outing's Apparel and Development class decided to help these children by sewing handmade pillow cases to support Ryan’s Case for Smiles, an organization that comforts young patients and their families by distributing whimsical pillowcases in hospitals worldwide.

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  • Meredith Little Is Named Bank of North Carolina Athlete of the Month

    For the second month in a row, a Parkwood student has been named the Bank of North Carolina UCPS Athlete of the Month. The December recipient is senior tennis player Meredith Little.

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  • Exchange Student Returns to Visit

    Matyas Jurena is from the Czech Republic. Last year, he attended Parkwood High School as an exchange student. In December, Jurena traveled back to the U.S. to visit his host family in Waxhaw. While he was in town, he got in touch with Neal Nelson, one of his favorite former teachers.

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  • Leckrone is Bank of North Carolina Athlete of the Month

    Timothy Leckrone, a junior at Parkwood High School, was named Bank of North Carolina UCPS Athlete of the Month. On November 24, 2015, Bank of North Carolina city executive Jim Brewer and branch manager Sharon Little came to present the award.

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  • Leading The Parade

    Gabby Hubert, a senior at Parkwood High School, was recently named Union County Christmas Parade Princess. Along with the honor of leading the parade later this month in downtown Monroe, she will receive a $4,000 scholarship. Hubert was selected from twelve finalists from high schools throughout Union County.

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  • A Capella Group Higher Ground Performs at Parkwood

    Students in arts electives and several other classes were in for a special treat when Appalachian State University’s male a cappella group, "Higher Ground", came to perform on the afternoon of October 15, 2015.

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  • Trent Morgan is PWHS Teacher of the Year

    While serving as Master of Ceremonies at the Homecoming Pep Rally, science teacher Trent Morgan was honored with a surprise announcement.

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  • Ecological Global Learning Tour of Costa Rica Amazes Parkwood High School Students

    Parkwood High School students and staff traveled to Costa Rica in July of 2015 for a global adventure.

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  • Parkwood Celebrates Summer Reading

    On September 15, 2015 all the students who particpated in the summer reading program were invited to a celebration in the Media Center.

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  • Broadway Bound

    When Patrick Antonucci, Theatre Arts teacher, wanted to bring in an actor to speak to his Drama I students, he didn't need to look any farther than his family tree.

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