Pirate Palooza, the most exciting week of the school year, started on Monday, February 20th. Activities included: Gatorball, Team Trivia Throwdown, Dress Up Days, and the first ever Color Run at Porter Ridge High School.
This winter break, Social Studies teacher Kat Smith will have the opportunity to travel to Israel. During her nine day visit, which begins on December 22nd, she will be visiting different schools in the area, as well as experiencing life with a host family.
Porter Ridge High School's CTE Program will offer a Pharmacy Technician course second semester this year. Health Science Teacher Edwina Baucom will teach the world of Pharmacy Technology second semester. It will be a journey into one of today’s fastest-growing fields in health care.
The Porter Ridge High School Band of Pirates took a trip into the jungle this year with their 2016 Field Show, "Africa: A Jungle Safari." The band has been working hard since the beginning of August this year, welcoming about 50 freshmen to the program.
National Art Honor Society, commonly known as NAHS, is a group of students who come together to focus on art and art related events. Jan Kerley and Nicole Crowley are sponsors of the club. Kerley says, "I love sponsoring NAHS because it gives me the opportunity to get to know students better. I love doing community service with them and having fun events like Edible Art Night. The bonds formed with these students will last for a lifetime."
The Boston Massacre was one of the pinnacle points for propaganda in the American Revolution and to learn of its importance is a must in any American History class. US History teacher Dan Korn provided his classes with both an interactive lesson and reenactment in order to learn about propaganda, as well as the true story of the massacre.
Voyagers, PR's multicultural club, raised $1,300 for the American Forests Foundation during the month of September.
Each year Porter Ridge High School celebrates Homecoming with a spirit week complete with dress up days, Quidditch, and a dance. This year Homecoming Week was October 3rd through 7th.
Pirate Nation’s fall sports are officially in full stride. On Saturday, September 24th, the Porter Ridge Cross Country team participated in the Myer’s Park Invitational along with several other teams from both Mecklenburg and Union County.
In honor of National Art Awareness Week the Fine Arts Dept. would like to thank the Administration and Faculty of Porter Ridge High School for their unwavering support of the Fine Arts Programs here. In the Fine Arts curriculum the students become family and support each other and their teachers. "Learning in a Visual Age, it becomes imperative that students have the art background to be well rounded people. It is a proven fact that the new CEO’s and directors hired by companies are creative people who can think outside of the box and therefore are better problem solvers. They have imagination, perception, recognition and sensitivity. All personality traits and talents which take them further in being great managers of people. At PRHS we strive to broaden the Fine Arts students’ view of the world globally and creatively," commented Jan Kerley.
Six Porter Ridge students accompanied Math Teacher Jennie Yearick on a travel tour of Greece in June of 2016. They spent three days in Athens learning about the Greek culture and experiencing the beautiful countryside as well as unique sites such as an olympic stadium, The Acropolis and Parthenon, the Temple of the Oracle of Delphi. There was plenty of local shopping for souveniers, a "Greek Evening" with traditional food and dance, and a fun cooking class to boot!
Four years. Eight semesters. Thirty-two classes. Graduation is a day every high school student can’t wait to reach, but it's what has been done and accomplished along the way to graduation that really counts. For Porter Ridge High School Senior Joanny Rodriguez, "It's been full of ups and downs and many obstacles, but it's all been so worthwhile."
Porter Ridge prides itself on many different things: sports, fine arts, academics and so much more. One thing that has grown in the last two years is the amount of recycling that Porter Ridge does.
Greg Wenger has been named the new Head Varsity Men’s Basketball coach at Porter Ridge High School.
Two PRHS juniors, Kayla Prince and Tristan Shea, have been chosen to serve as youth mentors for the Sandbox program.
On April 26, Porter Ridge High School hosted its first ever Career and College Fair in the Media Center. Representatives from various colleges and industries set up informational tables designed to pique the interest of the PRHS students who rotated through the fair.
Air Force Junior ROTC students from Piedmont and Porter Ridge High Schools in Union County recently visited New York State where they toured the West Point Military Academy and New York City. Students were tasked with homework assignments that they would brief at each stop on the jam-packed four day tour. Several of the 50 students in attendance had the opportunity to present their topics on the bus ride to and from New York. "Sometimes it is just too noisy for the students to be heard trying to brief a large group on a busy Manhattan street," said Captain Louis Werder, the Senior AFJROTC Instructor at Piedmont High School. The student briefings on the World Trade Center, Freedom Tower and the 911 Memorial were accompanied by a 911 documentary.
The Parent Teacher Organization at Porter Ridge plays an important role in the school community. They do everything from providing needed money for classroom supplies to organizing teacher appreciation events. It is a great way for parents to get involved and help out the school. Meetings are generally held twice a year and the PTO Board meets each month.
Three Porter Ridge High School seniors were awarded the Union County Education Foundation’s "Sweet Salute" college scholarships. To apply, Ellie Thompson, Amanda Conti and Jacob Hayward had to each write an essay about their most significant teacher. Moreover, they were to chose a favorite teacher who they feel most impacted them not only in their education but also their growth as a young adult.
Saturday, April 16th, the Robotics Club participated in their third competition, the Second Annual Union County Robotics Challenge. Porter Ridge had three teams compete: the Bilge Rats, Piratech, and Queen Kait’s Revenge. This year’s competition, "Nothing But Net," featured a basketball style match-up of robots. Teams competed by shooting or dumping foam balls into baskets.
Porter Ridge High School senior Corine Olarte was named the April recipient of the John H. Crowder Service Award. Olarte has been active in Student Council at PR and has served as a group leader in multiple projects and as an officer and the team event coordinator in an event called "Spark Plug."
In March of 2016, Social Studies teacher Daniel F. Korn was invited to attend a Bill of Rights Institute Symposium at Mt. Vernon sponsored by the Liberty Fund. While there were nearly 500 applicants, Korn was the only teacher selected from North Carolina, along with seventeen other teachers from across the country.
Getting a call on her cell phone from a Washington, DC, area code sent Porter Ridge High School senior Alyssa Stoltz’ heart racing. She had been waiting for weeks to find out if she would receive the coveted appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in New York.
This spring Porter Ridge’s Play Production class is presenting the three-act play Lord of the Flies. The show will be presented to the community March 10th, 11th at 6:30 pm and March 12th at 2:00 pm. The Play Production class is doing something different in the theatre program this year. In the past the theatre department produced numerous musicals. This year Theatre teacher Jessica Briggs wanted to step out of her comfort zone and give her students an opportunity to reach out to the community through plays that send a message. She also wanted to give them the ability to grow stronger as actors. All of the students in the class have been a part of the program for almost four years. Presenting Lord of the Flies is the last chance for a majority of the senior boys in the class to be invested in a project. The students were inspired by CATA’s production last year. Student director Corine Olarte has big plans for this show. “The show is filled with so many intense moments, They are not only dramatic, but core-shaking” says Orlate.
The Porter Ridge High School Marching Band marched in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade on December 7, 2015, in Hawaii. Only five other bands from around the country were given this opportunity. The Band of Pirates performed with all the invited bands and the Marine Corps Band in the parade’s opening ceremony. Porter Ridge’s drum majors Dylan Chavis, Grace Zelen, and Savannah Meier honored Purple Heart recipients with Hawaiian leis at the opening ceremony prior to the parade.
PR offers many after school activities for students and one program students can attend this year is the Media Center's Maker Series workshops. The "Make It Here" series is held about once a month and allows students to create, make and take a project at each workshop.
According to the American School Bus Council, Love the Bus is ASBC’s "ongoing campaign to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport children to and from school. School bus drivers have made the Yellow School Bus the largest and safest transportation system in the country and are deserving of our thanks. By understanding the value of student transportation to our education system, Love the Bus promotes the idea that every person involved in our schools is critical to our children’s success."
On Friday, October 30th, PRHS’ FBLA Club visited UNC-Charlotte. While on this trip members had an opportunity to speak with an Academic Counselor and learned about the history of the university and admission requirements.
Porter Ridge High School is proud to announce Michael Hertz as the next Head Football coach of Porter Ridge High School. Hertz comes to Porter Ridge with extensive academic and coaching credentials including 19 years of experience and licensure in English, Physical Education and Social Studies.
On Monday December 21, student members of the Porter Ridge Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society donated their time in a community service project to help out a retired long time UCPS teacher.
From decorating, to making cookies, to listening to holiday music, the holidays, for many, are filled with traditions. Many children, on Christmas Eve, will sleep in a new pair of pajamas. Unfortunately, not all in our community have the means to buy even just a new pair of pajamas. King’s Pajamas is working to change that.
This past November 13th, Porter Ridge held its annual Poetry Slam. The Poetry Slam is an event where students who have a love and talent for writing poetry get the opportunity to express themselves to their peers and administration. This year, 20 finalists made their way to the stage where they discussed stereotypes, positive body image, and the current generation's identity.
Porter Ridge High School’s Choral Program is branching out and getting involved in some new things this year. From singing at community events to the start of a new extracurricular acapella group, music is in the air at PR.
Porter Ridge Robotics Club had two teams compete at the Inaugural Fall Robotics Classic, held at CATA this year on November 21: Piratech and Pi-Bots. This year’s competition, “Nothing But Net” featured a basketball style match-up of robots. Teams were paired up and competed, by shooting or dumping foam balls into baskets.
During the first six weeks of school, Acacia Sammons’ classes explored the concept of identity, through reading excerpts from American Sniper by Chris Kyle and American Wife by his wife, Taya Kyle to examine what it means to have identity, have it altered or shaped by war, and how someone's identity can alter their loved one's character.
For the first time in school history, Porter Ridge High School served as host to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus was founded in 1998 as a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. With the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. With the assistance of three on-board engineers, Fine Arts students learned how to write, perform, record, and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video all in one day.
Many little girls dream about wearing a crown and being chosen as the fairest in the land. That fantasy became a reality for one Porter Ridge High School graduate recently when she was named Miss North Carolina-USA. “I was in a total state of shock,” said Allie Dunn, a 2013 PRHS graduate. “It was something I had been visualizing for so long and I couldn't believe it was actually happening in real life. I'm still shocked.”
On November 6 & 7, Theatre teacher Jessica Briggs and the Porter Ridge High School Honors Theatre Class hosted the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC). The conference is an event statewide and Porter Ridge was one of eight host sites. A total of 16 plays were performed from 12 different schools from across the state.
From October 28th-30th, students all over Porter Ridge could be seen carrying pink carnations throughout the day, showing their support for breast cancer research. Beta Club just finished their first service project for the year to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In return for a $1 donation to the foundation during lunch, a pink carnation was given.
In celebration of National French Week 2015 (La Semaine du Français 2015), which ran from Nov. 4th through Nov. 10th, Mr. Crider’s French classes participated in a number of events.
English teacher Amanda McDevitt was named Porter Ridge’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. McDevitt was chosen by her peers and then was interviewed by a panel before being chosen Teacher of the Year.
Cross Country runner, sophomore Sloan Ducey, was named All-Conference at the Southwestern 4A Conference Meet at Myers Park High School Wednesday, October 21,2015.
Each year, the Media Center at Porter Ridge High School holds book contests for students to enter and have the opportunity to win prizes. These contests encourage students to read and promote reading.
It was an eventful weekend for Porter Ridge High School’s band program. The Band of Pirates was named Grand Champion at their first competition of the season on Saturday, Sept. 26th at the Sandhills Classic at McBee High School in McBee, South Carolina. A total of 15 bands performed at the event.
Every year PR welcomes new students and new teachers. This year eleven new teachers joined the crew, each with their own educational philosophy.
Porter Ridge is excited to introduce a new class this year: Introduction to Automotive Service. This new class provides students with a foundation for continuing into the Automotive Academy that can lead to becoming a certified mechanic.