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  • Parkwood/Cuthbertson JROTC Wins Big at Drill Meet

    On Saturday, November 9th, Parkwood/Cuthbertson, Monroe/CATA, and Piedmont/Porter Ridge AFJROTC units competed in the annual Union County AFJROTC Drill Meet. Parkwood/Cuthbertson crushed its opponents by sweeping all five of five events and winning first place overall. Later that morning cadets participated in, and observed a special Veterans Day program planned by the Union County Veterans Services Office at the Charlotte Monroe Executive Airport. At the end, a top cadet from each of the six Union County JROTC units received the Union County Board of Commissioners’ Patriot Award. Our unit’s recipient this year was Avery Batts! The grand finale for the day was the Warbirds over Monroe Air Show, which lasted all afternoon. The air show concluded with a giant “wall of fire” under passing warbirds, which simulated bombs but was actually pyrotechnic devices safely rigged across the runway from spectators.  You could feel the heat from hundreds of yards away! The field trip lasted nine hours and was an amazing day of drill competition, honoring our veterans, and fun!

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  • Beta Club visits 2nd grade students in Parkwood cluster

    Each year Beta Club takes time out of their schedules to build relationships with the younger students in our cluster through a reading program called Beta Buddies. Parkwood students choose picture books with global settings and travel to Waxhaw, Western Union and Prospect Elementary schools to read to 2nd grade students. After reading the books, the 2nd graders have an opportunity to decorate a book cover for their book and place it on a map near the country or continent where the story takes place. Before leaving each school, Parkwood students get to leave 2nd graders with a stuffed animal to be their "reading buddy" each day. This day is always a fun experience for all involved.

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  • Students visit Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Mr. Morgan's AP Environmental Science students took a trip to the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Plant Friday, October 25, along with some of Ms. Mims' Clean Energy students. On average 1.5 to 2 million gallons of wastewater travel through the plant each day. First, primary treatment removes material that floats or settles out by gravity. Second, the sewage is treated to further remove solids and dissolved and suspended organic compounds. The solids (sludge) is pumped out to be disposed of in an environmentally beneficial manner. Finally, the water is disinfected to kill microorganisms. Some of our students even had the opportunity to put on gloves and handle the solids!

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  • JROTC participates in training mission with the NC Air National Guard

    On Friday, October 4, 2019, 17 AFJROTC cadets from Parkwood and Cuthbertson flew on a 3.5 hour C-17 aeromedical evacuation training mission with the NC Air National Guard at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The C-17 is a massive cargo plane with flight and medical crews for this mission. After takeoff, cadets spent time with the pilots in the cockpit, where they learned about military flight operations and aircraft instruments and equipment. In the cargo compartment, they learned about military medical careers from a flight nurse, and for lunch, they had an inflight meal of subs. Also on the trip, cadets were able to view the ground and horizon from several windows. The route of flight took them from Charlotte to Asheville, then to Roanoke and Norfolk Virginia, and finally southbound along the coast to Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston before returning to Charlotte. Visibility was mostly clear, and the mountains and beaches were beautiful from their cruise altitude of 9000 feet. Cadets all had an unforgettable experience on this very special field trip!

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  • Meet Ms. Anne Berryhill, Instructional Coach

    Mrs. Berryhill has been an educator for 20 years. While in college, she worked for a house repair mission camp. She is happily married and has a beautiful three-year-old daughter. When she is not working, you can catch her cooking, reading, watching sports or just having a good time with her daughter. She attended both Appalachian State University and East Carolina. Her favorite color would have to be blue. Her dream job would be to go around the world and write about what she sees. Her favorite thing at Parkwood is the nice friendly students and teachers.

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  • Meet Ms. Jennifer Richardson, English Teacher

    Mrs. Jennifer Richardson has been an educator for 16 years. She has two sons and while they were in preschool she worked at their school. In her free time, she likes to read. Mrs. Richardson attended UNC Chapel Hill. Her favorite animal is her dog, Mickey. She really loves her teaching job now, but when she was little she always dreamed about being a news journalist. Her favorite part about teaching at Parkwood is the nice friendly environment that the students and teachers provide.

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  • Meet Mr. Edge Atkins, Math and PE teacher

    Welcome to Mr. Edge Atkins. He is one of our math and PE teachers. This is Mr. Atkins twenty-third year of teaching. He decided to become an educator because he loves teaching, helping others and coaching. His favorite things about Parkwood are being able to teach both math and PE. He also loves the administration and staff. He has taught many math classes before coming to Parkwood his favorites being; AFM, Precalculus, and Discrete Math. Mr. Atkins has also been a PE teacher for middle and high school for six years. Mr. Atkins is married with four children two boys are grown and out of the house and one boy and girl still live at home. He has two dogs and four cats. Mr. Atkins is from Indiana and lived in Florida for six years and on the Gulf coast for eight years before moving to North Carolina in 1999. He loves traveling. Some of the top places he wants to go are Japan/Okinawa, Australia/New Zealand, and Israel.

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  • Meet Ms. McClendon, Instructional Assistant

    This is Ms. Kiara McClendon who is also new at Parkwood this year. Ms. McClendon works as teacher assistant in one of the EC classes. She began her career with the school system about two years ago as a math tutor for seventh grade. She plans to start teaching as soon as she finishes her degree at UNC Charlotte in December 2021. Her favorite teacher growing up was Ms. Coffy because she always would stay on top of her and make sure she was doing her work because she saw the potential. Ms. McClendon loves the atmosphere here at Parkwood and the staff has been very welcoming. Ms. McClendon has four children and no pets, however she does love small dogs. If she could go anywhere in the world, she would go to Paris because she wants to see the world and would want to start there.

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  • Meet Mrs. Parker, Resource Teacher

    Another new face around Parkwood this year is Mrs. Ashleigh Parker. Mrs. Parker teaches one of the EC classes. She chose this profession after seeing her sister, who has autism, struggle in school. Mrs. Parker grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and attended Salem College. She has taught many grades before coming to Parkwood such as fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and ninth through twelfth grade. She says her favorite grade to teach has to be twelfth grade because it is the last step until students become adults and she loves to be part of that. Mrs. Parker lives with her husband and two kids.They also have one German shepherd, one cat, six chickens, two pheasants and 20 bunnies, but she is missing her favorite animal which is a sloth.

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  • Meet Ms. Onley, Guidance Counselor

    Meet Ms. Terri Onley one of Parkwood's new guidance counselors. Mrs. Onley went to Appalachian State for her first three years of school then transferred to UNCC for her last year. For her graduate degree she went to Winthrop University. Before coming to Parkwood she worked in elementary schools as a counselor for over sixteen years. She enjoys Gamecocks, music, reading and spending time with her family. If she could go anywhere in the world she would love to go back to Aruba because the people were very kind and the weather is beautiful and nice all year. Mrs. Onley has been married for thirty years and has two daughters. She has a terrier mix dog, one cat, and a turtle. Her favorite animal is a dog but if she had to pick her favorite it would be a terrier. Mrs. Onley is having fun at Parkwood learning new things and processes. Please welcome Mrs. Onley if you see her.

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  • Meet Mr. Gaither, Desktop Support Engineer

    Meet Mr. Bryan Gaither who is new to Parkwood this year serving as our new DSE. Mr. Gaither graduated from USC, Lancaster. Before coming to Parkwood he served in the Army, worked for Time Warner Cable, and for Kershaw County Schools. He enjoys playing bass guitar. If he could travel anywhere he’d like to go to Hawaii because he loves being in nature. Mr. Gaither has been married for fourteen years, and has no children or pets but his favorite animal is a dog. His transition to PW has been great because he says the staff is easy to work with. Please welcome Mr.Gaither if you see him.

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  • Meet Mr. Whelan, Freshman Focus Teacher

    Mr. Chris Whelan has been a very enthusiastic educator for a long 14 years. He has been working hard and has held 3 other jobs before teaching that includes a sales representative, working on a horse farm, and a frustrated musician. He has been married for18 years and has had two wonderful children that go to Parkwood. He really likes to explore music, nature, and sports in his free time. He attended three colleges: Appalachian State University, Wingate, and Central Piedmont. His favorite food is anything that his wife cooks. His favorite thing about being a teacher is that every day is a new opportunity and everyday is different and exciting.

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  • Meet Ms. Noonan, Social Studies Teacher

    This is Ms. Lauren Noonan's first year teaching. She is not married and has no children but she likes to think of her dog as her child. She has held two jobs before she became a full time teacher. She was a camp counselor and she was a substitute teacher. She has three hobbies she likes to do when she is not teaching. She likes to read, draw and take care of her dog. Ms. Noonan attended Florida State University. Her favorite book to read is called "Rule number two". When asked if she could have any job in the world she replied, "Teaching. Ever since I was little all I wanted to do was to become a teacher." Her favorite part about teaching at Parkwood is her lovely students.

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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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