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  • Meet Mr. Fortune, Agriculture Teacher

    Mr. Seth Fortune has been a very happy educator for 10 years. He has had four other jobs besides teaching that include marketing, area managing, air filtration specialist, and a sales coordinator. He likes to collect old tractors and firearms, he also likes to farm. He graduated from the University of Tennessee. His favorite thing about joining Parkwood High School is all the new and interesting people. Welcome to Parkwood Mr. Fortune!

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  • Rising Senior Attends Uplift PLUS

    This past summer, rising senior, Janna Townsend, attended an intensive 5-week summer academic enrichment and college readiness program at UNC-Chapel Hill called Uplift PLUS. This program for NC residents gives students the experience of living on campus while they receive SAT/ACT coaching, engage in leadership development and more.

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  • AFJROTC Record Setting Week

    Parkwood had a record-setting week for awards at AFJROTC Cadet Leadership Camp at Converse College in Spartanburg. Twelve of out of 15 cadets earned at least one trophy. We are proud of our Parkwood students!

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  • Bryant plans to retire after 30+ years at Parkwood

    Mitch Bryant first started teaching at Parkwood in 1985. Over the past 30+ years of teaching at Parkwood, Bryant’s love of helping students learn and master new skills in the shop has not changed. He still believes that the skills students learn through hands on activities is the most effective way of learning. Many students are first introduced to the work Bryant does as 3rd graders through Wake Up to AG Day, an event hosted by Parkwood each year for local 3rd graders to learn how important agriculture is to our society. Bryant says that some of his students will talk about the memories they have of AG Day, as a 3rd grader, and now they are the ones hosting the event. Bryant has touched many lives over the years and after 34 years of teaching, he plans to retire at the end of this school year. Bryant says God has blessed him with a good career and now he looks forward to hunting, fishing, traveling, visiting family and doing “whatever I want to. After all, I am retired.”

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  • Parkwood AFJROTC Visits McEntire Joint National Guard Base

    On February 28, 2019 Parkwood AFJROTC cadets traveled to McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover SC to learn about F-16 fighter operations. Because McEntire is a joint base, it hosts units from the Army and Air National Guard; cadets mostly got to see the Air Force side of the base. Soon after arrival cadets witnessed an F-16 formation takeoff, which was very loud; fortunately they were given ear plugs for hearing protection.

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  • Culinary Students to Conduct Taste Test

    PWHS's culinary team will help Denise, Sallie and John (supervisor) prepare 100 servings of this dish on the traditional line in our cafeteria in time for first lunch on Wednesday, March 20th at 11:30 am. Our Culinary students will conduct a student taste test survey during this lunch, as well and submit this information in their team’s portfolio.

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  • Meet Ms. Johnson

    Ms. Johnson is Parkwood High School's new Behavior Based Therapist. Ms. Johnson not only enjoys the staff and students but the school as well. She says, " The staff and students seem to be very friendly and helpful. It seems to be a very pleasant and well organized high school." What drew her to her line of work is the fact that for over 25 years she worked at public schools in Chicago. When she moved to North Carolina five years ago she wanted to get back to working in the school system. She says that if she could have any other job it would be as a school social worker. Ms. Johnson is married with two adult children who live in Chicago. Her favorite hobby is traveling because she likes to learn and try new things from new and exciting places.

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  • Meet Mrs. Poloche

    Mrs. Poloche is the social worker for Parkwood High School. She went to Boston University to earn her degree. Part of her job is helping people find resources when they are in need of them. For example she helps people with developing healthy relationships. Before coming to Parkwood, Mrs. Poloche worked with kids in the foster care system. She helped people who were about to adopt kids and helped kids who were about to be adopted.  Mrs. Poloche is married and has two boys, named Xavier (16) and Gavin(13).  She has been working at Parkwood since November, and  she loves it here. Her favorite thing about Parkwood is the staff; they are so friendly. She’s only here on Wednesday’s and Friday’s. If you see her in the hallways take the time to say hey. She is very nice and wants to help everyone in need.

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  • Meet Ms. Fisher

    Mrs. Fisher is Parkwood High's new mental health therapist. Before she came to Parkwood Ms. Fisher most recently worked in a private practice. She went to James Madison University and Chapel Hill. Her favorite thing about being here at Parkwood would have to be how friendly the staff and students are. Her hobbies include making jewelry and spending time with her family. Mrs. Fisher has been married for 15 years and she has three pets: a dog named Lucy a cat named Sophie and another cat named Pippin. Her office is located in the front office near the counselors.

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  • Swim Team has Big Weekend

    Parkwood High's swim team had a big weekend as they competed in a swim competition and held Parkwood's first Polar Plunge at the Morrison Family YMCA in Charlotte. Kaylee Hambllin took home her second state champion title in 100 BR and Emilee Hamblin finished 8th in the finals in 100 Fly. On Saturday, February 9 the swim team also held their first Polar Plunge. The event was held to raise funds for the swim team. The water temperature was 53 degrees and the swimmers braved the cold in order to bring in the money. Everyone had a wonderful time at the event.

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  • Amber Parker, Parkwood's First State Champion Wrestler

    Parkwood High student, Amber Parker, made history this past weekend. Amber became the 1st state champion wrestler for Parkwood since the team began in 1989. More important than that she became the 1st female to reach this pinnacle in the state! The NCHSAA decided in their fall meeting this year to host, on a 1 year trial basis, a women’s wrestling state championship. Up until this point any female wrestlers who wanted to compete in the post season had to do it against male opponents, this year the state unanimously decided otherwise. Wrestling is the fastest growing sport in America for females right now, states are adding women’s tournaments, colleges are adding programs, and the participation numbers are sky rocketing. NC showed that this season with over 200 girls on teams this year in our state, and almost 90 of them wrestled in the state championships this past weekend.

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  • Congratulations Marion Millican for being honored by the NC mathematics education community.

    At its annual meeting last week, the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics awarded the North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning its 2018 Innovator Award. The Innovator Award recognizes outstanding and noteworthy contributions to mathematics education in North Carolina by having founded, initiated, pioneered, or developed some program of service that benefits mathematics education across the state. Marion Millican has been an invaluable partner, and the Collaborative’s success and its impact are a direct result of her leadership, expertise, passion, and commitment to the teachers and students of our state.. Please join me in congratulating Marion Millican for being honored by the NC mathematics education community.

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  • Parkwood’s Chamber Women’s Choir Performs at Turning Point’s Domestic Violence Ceremony

    On Thursday, October 4, twelve members of Parkwood’s Chamber Women’s Choir performed at Turning Point’s Domestic Violence Ceremony. Turning Point is an organization devoted to victims of domestic violence, and it offers a shelter to victims as well as a crisis hotline and outreach programs. The Domestic Violence Ceremony on October 4 honored all of the people in North Carolina who died of domestic abuse over the past year. In addition to the performance by Chamber Women’s Choir, there was a performance by CATA students, as well as artwork by Marvin Ridge students.

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  • JROTC Visits Local Airports

    On October 16, 2018 Lt Col Kelly and SMSgt Reid traveled with 24 cadets on a field trip to the Concord Regional and Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airports. Those who went had an opportunity to learn about many general and commercial aviation career fields.  The first stop was the Concord Regional Airport, where they visited three main sites: a hangared $7 million Carolinas Healthcare System helicopter used for medical evacuation, specially trained firefighters and their truck at the fire station, and lastly the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) facility at the commercial terminal that serves Allegiant Airlines.  The next stop was the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport. Here cadets got to talk to the manager and learn how he runs the airport. They also climbed inside “The Tinker Bell,” a C-46 transport from World War II that resides permanently at the airport. 

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  • AFJROTC Takes Flight

    On October 24, Lt. Col. Kelly and SMSgt Reid accompanied 15 AFJROTC cadets to NC Air National Guard Base in Charlotte where they flew on a C-17 aeromedical evacuation training mission . A C-17 is a large cargo and troop transport plane used in the Air Force. As cadets walked to the plane, they saw several commercial takeoffs and landings up close at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. After a short safety briefing, cadets were allowed in the plane. After all cadets received ear protection, two were selected to sit in the cockpit for takeoff. The takeoff was thrilling, and when the plane reached cruise altitude, cadets were allowed to get up from their seats. It was a bright sunny day, and the windows offered a stunning view of North Carolina and our route down to Florida and back.  On the return, cadets flew up the Atlantic coast and passed over Savannah, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach. About every twenty minutes two cadets would be sent up to the cockpit to observe and talk to the pilots. At about ten minutes from landing cadets even flew directly over the Parkwood campus! 

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  • Carolyn Hoobler, Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to Carolyn Hoobler, Parkwood High's teacher of the year for the 2018-2019 school year. Parkwood is thrilled to have Ms. Hoobler on staff and recognizes all of the hard work she pours into the students and the school. She is our Family and Consumer Science teacher. Ms. Hoobler is starting her fifth year here at Parkwood High School, and is living her dream. Over the course of her life, she’s visited twelve countries and over thirty states, and uses her travels to inspire the food she makes. Mrs. Hoobler’s favorite app is Pinterest, which she uses to plan meals and get inspiration for Prom every year. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and making kombucha. Mrs. Hoobler’s favorite foods are sesame chicken, white cake with buttercream, and any kind of soup. She has been married for 33 years to the love of her life, and has three sons and two grandchildren. Way to go Ms. Hoobler!

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  • 2018 North Carolina Honors Chorus

    Congratulations to Noah Voglewede. He was selected for the 2018 North Carolina Honors Chorus through an audition process. Noah is only the third student from Parkwood to qualify for this opportunity in the school’s history, and this was his first time auditioning for the event. Great job Noah!

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  • Guest Reader at Waxhaw

    Second grade students at Waxhaw Elementary had a very special guest reader Friday morning. Parkwood Sophomore, Austin Burns is a true student leader in our community. He read aloud the book, The Invisible Boy. The book was about how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. He spoke to the class about “beginning with the end in mind” by setting goals and striving to achieve them! Austin attended Waxhaw Elementary and his mom is also Mrs. Burns, the elementary school’s speech pathologist. Waxhaw Elementary truly enjoyed having Austin read aloud his favorite book!

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  • Meet Mr. Gill, Lab Facilitator

    Mr. Gill grew up in Monroe, North Carolina and graduated from Sun Valley High School in 2013. After completing high school he went on to earn his bachelor's degree majoring in sports management with a minor in business administration. He is enjoying his first year teaching and says he finds it interesting to interact with students and learn more about the culture of this school. Mr. Gill found his interest in teaching after doing an internship for college where he was coaching football. He realized he enjoyed helping students and decided that teaching would give him the opportunity to continue coaching and it was also something he enjoyed. He is now the ISS facilitator and also works with distant learning and credit recovery. Along with coaching, Mr. Gill enjoys watching and playing all sports, weight lifting, and playing video games. His favorite color is Carolina blue and his dream destination is Hawaii.

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  • Meet Ms. Boyce, Programming Teacher

    Mrs. Boyce grew up in Union County, North Carolina in the Matthews/Weddington area. She graduated from Weddington High School and earned a bachelor's degree in science and business administration from UNC Charlotte. This is her first year teaching and she is teaching programming while attending App State online to get her teaching certificate. Mrs. Boyce has a background working in merchandising as a buyer but always enjoyed working with teenagers and decided to make the switch to teaching. At Parkwood, Mrs. Boyce says she really enjoys the community and how everyone is helpful and the school is diverse. Her hobbies are watching college football, enjoying nature, and hanging out with her husband, Coach Boyce, and two german shepherds.

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