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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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  • Meet Ms. Ouelette, Math Teacher

    Mrs. Ouellette grew up in Rockingham, North Carolina. She went to college at the University of North Carolina, but graduated from Campbell. She majored in middle school education. Ouellette didn’t want to be a teacher at first, but that changed when she started tutoring in college and began to run mini tutor sessions in an empty classroom. Oullette has been teaching for twelve years, and this is her first year teaching high school. Her favorite thing about teaching at Parkwood is the teachers in the math department. She’s married, has four kids, seven horses, and runs a cat rescue.

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  • Meet Coach Lithicum

    Coach Lithicum has been an educator for the last eight years! He has two daughters, one is three & the other is two. He actually met his wife of 4 years at Parkwood high where Coach Lithicum graduated! He enjoys sports such as golf & frisbee. HIs favorite team is the Carolina Panthers and his favorite color is blue!!. After Parkwood he graduated from Chowan University. His favorite part about being a teacher at Parkwood is ¨The feeling of coming back home¨.

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  • PWHS Athletes Encourage Elementary Students

    On Friday, September 21, 2018 Parkwood High School football players and cheerlearders went to Prospect as part of their mission to visit all three feeder elementary schools in the cluster. They visited Waxhaw and Western Union two weeks ago. These visits are a way for Parkwood athletes to build excitement for the school and show support for the cluster schools during their first few weeks of school. Students were greeted as they got off the bus and out of their cars and Parkwood athletes wished them a great day.

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  • Meet Mr. Ansell, Science Teacher

    Mr. Ansell grew up in Leicester, UK. He went to university in London to study physics, and has a masters in physiology and a post masters in science. He's been teaching for three years and taught in London before coming to America. He decided to teach in America for the adventure and the scenery. Mr. Ansell is staying in America for three years due to his work visa, and said teaching in the United States is much easier and laidback. His hobbies include; listening to music, playing piano, cooking and eating, going outside and having cups of tea.

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  • Meet Mr. Thompson, Guidance

    One of our new guidance counselors here at Parkwood is Mr. Thompson, who has been in the education system for 22 years. Mr Thompson likes outdoor cooking, backpacking, golf, and reading: his favorite books are the Lord of the Rings series. He has been married for 25 years, and has three kids and a dog named Cleopatra. His favorite thing about being a school counselor is helping students navigate their choices to best impact adult life. His advice for students is: “Take responsibility for your actions instead of blaming others. Do whatever you need to do to get what you want, as long as it doesn’t hurt others.”

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  • Meet Mr. Harris, EC Teacher

    Mr. Harris has been teaching since 1980. He taught at Monroe High School for over 20 years and also spent 5 years at Monroe Middle and 4 years at Porter Ridge. In addition he also spent some time at South Providence. His hobbies include fishing, cycling, and long distance running. He attended Pembroke. Before teaching he worked at an insurance company and he also worked in the manufacturing business.

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  • Meet Ms. Hughes, History Teacher

    Mrs. Hughes grew up in Elmira, New York and eventually relocated to North Carolina where she attended college at UNC Charlotte. She majored in middle grades education with concentration in social studies and English. Mrs. Hughes has been teaching for 8 years. She taught at Weddington middle for one year, Parkwood middle for seven years, and now at Parkwood High teaching history. She really enjoys teaching at the highschool because she is now teaching history which she has a passion for and she already had a relationship with many students from Parkwood Middle. Mrs. Hughes says she loves teaching because she wants to make a difference in student’s lives and she learns as much from the students as they learn from her. Along with teaching, Mrs. Hughes enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids, coaching for softball and basketball, and going to the beach.

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  • Meet Mr. Dunn, History Teacher

    One of the new history teachers here at Parkwood this year is Mr. Dunn. This is his first year teaching after graduating from UNCC. Mr. Dunn says the best thing about being at Parkwood is all of his amazing students! His favorite color is blue, his favorite animal is a dog, and in his freetime he coaches wrestling. Mr. Dunn is very excited to learn about his students this upcoming school year.

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  • Meet Ms. Stout, CTE Teacher

    Ms. Stout is part of the CTE classes. She has only been teaching for 3 weeks now and was previously in the business world. She has two boys, one is a graduate in college and the other is a senior in college. Some of her interests include sports such as football. She also likes The Tar Heels & enjoys working outside! Before the business life, Ms .Stout graduated from Chapel Hill North Carolina. If she were too travel the world she desires to go to Spain. Her favorite part about teaching at Parkwood is ¨Working with the kids¨.

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  • Meet Mr. Haynes, Social Studies

    Mr. Haynes grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina and went to East Henderson High. After high school he attended Western Carolina University and majored in History, with a minor in Political Science. Haynes was a teacher assistant at Hillandale Elementary School for one year, before teaching at Monroe High School for two. This is his first year teaching at Parkwood and said he enjoys the other teachers in his department. Haynes is a football and baseball coach, this is his fourth year coaching baseball and his second coaching football. He would like to raft the Colorado river, because it’s in the Grand Canyon. Mr. Haynes likes to hunt and hang out with his dog during his free time.

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  • Meet Ms. Jones, Science Teacher

    This is Mrs. Jones’ first year here at Parkwood, despite teaching for 27 years! Her favorite thing so far is how kind and down-to-earth everyone is. Whenever she is not teaching chemistry or physical science, you can find her scuba diving, reading, or playing pool. Some advice Mrs. Jones would give her students is to work hard now so that later in life you can reap the benefits by being able to choose the path that you want to take.

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  • Meet Ms. Mims, Science Teacher

    Ms. Mims has been teaching for a total of 11 years. Before teaching at Parkwood, she taught at a school in Georgia. Miss Mims enjoys reading and decorating in her free time. Before becoming a teacher she was a med tech. Her favorite thing about Parkwood is the nice and helpful faculty. She also attended UNC Charlotte.

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  • Meet Ms. Suleski, Art Teacher

    Ms. Suleski has been teaching for a total of 14 years. This is her first year as an art teacher at Parkwood. Before teaching, she worked in architecture and interior design. She attended Bowling Green State as well as ECU. Her favorite thing about Parkwood are the students. Miss Suleski enjoys scrapbooking and painting murals in her free time.

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  • Meet Ms. Risi, English Teacher

    Mrs. Risi is one of the newest members of our Parkwood family! Graduating from UNCC this is her first year teaching and she is loving it so far; her favorite thing about Parkwood is how welcoming and supportive everyone is. In her free time she enjoys going on hikes with her dogs, travelling the United States, and reading books. If Mrs. Risi could have any other job she would want to be a Pediatric Nurse, but she is beyond happy with her new position at Parkwood.

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  • Meet Mr. Sale, Band Director

    Mr. Sale has been teaching for 6 years, and this is his first year teaching high school band. His hobbies include golfing, hiking, and spending quality time with his family. He attended Western Carolina University and is currently attending grad school at UNCG. His favorite thing about Parkwood are the students. He loves how respectful and nice his students are. Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Sale worked as a conference assistant and a marching band coordinator.

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  • Meet Ms. Hurley, English Teacher

    Ms. Hurley has been teaching for a total of 23 years. She has taught at Buford, South Providence, and Cuthbertson. She attended Appalachian State University and Gardener Web for her masters in Educational Literacy. Her favorite thing about Parkwood is the staff and students. She feels like Parkwood is her second home. She enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family. Before becoming a teacher, she was a literacy coach and a school administrator.

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  • Meet Ms. Steffler, Health Science

    Ms. Steffler is one of many new teachers at Parkwood. Before beginning as a teacher two weeks ago, she worked as a nurse for 13 years. Her favorite thing about teaching so far is getting to know her student. Ms. Steffler enjoys riding her horses and exercising, which is great because she lives on a farm! Her favorite food is buffalo chicken pizza, her favorite color is anything glitter, and she loves the movie Hope Floats. Her advice for students is to do your best in high school, because is makes a big difference in your life after you graduate.

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  • World No Tobacco Day

    The Parkwood High School SADD/SAVE Club observed “World No Tobacco Day” on Wednesday May 30, 2018. The club and a host of volunteers planned, prepared, and worked an informative/interactive booth that day in the student center at all four lunches. Over 300 students visited the club’s informative booth that day and found out more about this effort to end teen tobacco usage and vaping. The booth contained information and statistics on the history of tobacco and vaping usage, dangers, costs, etc. The booth also included an anti-tobacco pledge, stickers, candy, and a fun interactive “Fact Beach Ball Game”. Students were asked to take a moment to help one another by becoming informed, staying away from, and inform others of the dangers of Tobacco, Nicotine, and Vaping.

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  • Parkwood High School Wins Subway Fresh Fit® Video Contest, School Grant

    When Parkwood High School librarian Jennifer Williams presented the idea to her media production students Emily Crook and Erika Perry to create a video about living a balanced lifestyle, the students were game. They brainstormed a few ideas, recruited classmates for scenes, filmed and posted a short video on their school’s Twitter page for submission to the Subway Fresh Fit® Video Contest, which won first place and a $1,500 school grant. The students received free food from Subway.

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  • Union County JROTC Sports Competition

    On April 19, 2018, Parkwood Air Force JROTC finished first place overall in the spring Union County JROTC Sports Competition, which was held at the National Guard Armory in Monroe. Opponents were Piedmont and Porter Ridge AFJROTC, Monroe AFJROTC, and Forest Hills NJROTC. Events were armed flight, unarmed flight, armed element, unarmed element, armed individual, unarmed individual, and color guard. Parkwood took first place in five of the seven events, and second place in one. Months of after-school practice paid off in this phenomenal performance!

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  • Student to participate in summer immersion in Korea

    Janna Townsend was recently accepted into Stony Brook University's Summer Immersion program for Korea. This is their fourth year running the program where they offer high school students a fully immersive environment in learning Korean language as well as an opportunity to experience the culture and life in Korea. Janna says, "I am most looking forward to meeting my host family, NSLI-Y faculty and staff, and my fellow participants! I am thoroughly anticipating being able to study Korean not only in a great learning environment, but in South Korea." This program will help Janna reach her goal of becoming proficient in Korean as she plans to study abroad in South Korea during college. She also wants to major in Foreign Language.

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  • Track team accomplishments

    On April 25, 2018 Parkwood's track team particpated in a competition at Cuthbertson High School. The men's team finished 2nd and the women finished 3rd. The men won four events and set two new school records. The Parkwood Men's 4x100 meter relay team finished in 1st place and set a new school record. Marcus Hesske set a new school record in the pole vault with a winning vault of 14 feet and 1 inch.  The women's team won 5 events and established two new school records. Netanya Linares finished 1st and set a new school record in the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet 6 inches. Anna Bristle finished 1st and set a new record in the 800 meter run with a time of 2 minutes and 22.69 seconds. The track team will go on to compete in the Southern Carolina Conference meet on May 1, at Monroe High School. Come out and support our Running Rebels! 

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  • Track athletes compete in the Bojangles Track & Field Classic

    Our track athletes have been working hard this year and their hard work is paying off. They recently competed at the Bojangles Track & Field Classic in Colombia, SC. Kenan Waltower set a new school record and was a finalist in the 100 Meter Hurdles. His time was 14.95 seconds. Netanya Linares also set a new school record in the Long Jump. She jumped 17 feet 7 inches. Anna Bristle finished 3rd in the 3200 meter run. Her time was 11:00.90. Marcus Hesske finished 8th in the Pole Vault with a leap of 13 feet 6 inches. Congratulations to all of these Parkwood High School Athletes.

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  • Air Force Junior ROTC seniors receive four-year ROTC scholarships

    Air Force Junior ROTC is pleased to announce that a record four seniors in the PWHS program have received four-year ROTC scholarships. They are Cadets Kaitlyn Laney, Molly Setliff, Ryan Harms, and Ariel Ford. All have been a part of Parkwood's AFJROTC program for at least three years. Their scholarships will cover full tuition, books, and fees at their chosen schools.

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  • Parkwood High aspiring chefs showcase their skills at state cook-off competition

    Several months ago, three Parkwood High students submitted a recipe to the inaugural NC Jr. Chef Competition. Their Lemon Pepper Rosemary Chicken dish not only received rave reviews from their peers, but it also earned them one of only eight spots in a statewide cook-off at the April 9 NC Jr. Chef Competition.

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  • Varun Isaacs named February YES Student of the Month

    Parkwood is proud to have Varun Isaacs on #TeamPWHS. Varun is a student from Pakistan who is here as a part of the Youth Exchange and Study program. He was most recently awarded with YES Student of the Month. The Parkwood wrestling team awarded him with the "Rebel Pride Award" for being the most spirited team member. His local coordinator says, "Varun embodies all you would hope for in an exchange student: enthusiastic, friendly and positive."

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  • Parkwood High School Students Attend UCPS Diversity Day and Win a Top Award

    Ten truly exceptional Parkwood High School students attended UCPS Diversity Day at the Union County Agricultural Conference Center on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The students were chosen for this event via teacher nominations and included individuals from various countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Diversity Day is an annual UCPS tradition in which all high schools in the district send student representatives to recognize, understand, and celebrate the wonder of diversity.

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  • Running Rebels

    The Men's and Women's track team had an outstanding performance over the weekend at the Trojan Invitational at Olympic High School. The women collected 3 Golds, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals. Netanya Linares was awarded Field Event Athlete of the Meet after winning the Long Jump and Pole Vault. The men's team brought home 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal. The next track meet will be the Union County Championships this Saturday at Monroe High School. Good Luck to our Running Rebels!

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  • Introducing the Rebel Rocketeers

    The Rebel Rocketeers are one of Parkwood’s newest clubs this year, and as it says in the name, it is a rocket club. Sponsored by Parkwood’s AFJROTC, the Rebel Rocketeers are a team of nine cadets that meet every Monday after school to plan and build rockets.

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  • Parkwood High students showcase social justice podcasts at state conference

    On March 1, Parkwood High teacher Samantha Sherlin and three of her students will travel to the NCTies conference in Raleigh, where they will showcase and discuss their social justice podcasts with attendees.

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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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