The Panther Parent Volume 1 Edition II

We're Halfway There!

Man does time fly when you're having fun! It's hard to believe that we are halfway done with the 2016 - 2017 school year!

Panther Pride is strong at PHS! A lot of that is thanks to our wonderful teachers and staff, but also to our fabulous Renaissance Program! One of these teachers, Mr. Ben Warren - our Chorus and Ensemble Director, was able to catch some of that pride in an original song & video that he wrote & directed: PHS Anthem. Check it out below:

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, January 5th - Students Return from Winter Break - FULL DAY
  • January 9th - January 13th - Homecoming Week
  • Monday, January 16th - MLK, Jr. Day - No School
  • Tuesday, January 17th - TN Promise FAFSA Deadline
  • Monday, February 20th - President's Day - No School
  • Tuesday, February 21st - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School
  • Friday, March 17th - End of 3rd 9 weeks
  • March 20th - March 24th - SPRING BREAK
  • Friday, April 14th - Good Friday - No School
Homecoming Week

Monday, January 9th – “B” be something beginning with the letter “B” (baby, baseball, etc.)

Tuesday, January 10th – “A” be something beginning with the letter “A” (angel, alligator)

Wednesday, January 11th – “S” be something beginning with the letter “S” (star, snake)

Thursday, January 12th – “H” be something beginning with the letter “H” (hippie, hyena)

Friday, January 13th – Color Wars: Sr. – Purple, Jr. – Black, Soph. – White, Fresh. – Gray

Saturday, January 14th – Homecoming Dance immediately following the Lady Panthers Basketball Game. Tickets available with any Student Council member

Proposed TNReady End of Course Dates: April 15 - May 5, 2017

TNReady End of Course: used as a measure of student skills in subjects; student score provides a Quick Score that is used to calculate course grade for report cards [currently 25% of 2nd 9 weeks' grade]: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English 9, English 10, English 11, Biology, Chemistry, & U.S. History

~ quoted directly from the Sumner County - Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program Calendar (2016.17SY)

News from the Guidance Office

This and more can be seen at

When I first started subbing, I had no desire whatsoever to work with high school students. I "knew" how teenagers were, disrespectful, rude, vulgar, uncaring, mean, etc. However, Mrs. Debbie King called me needing a sub desperately so I braced for impact and agreed. One day, that's all it took; and I fell in love with these students and I knew I had found where I belong, and I was grateful to be able to come on staff full time the next year. Do I occasionally have to deal with a rude, disrespectful student? Sometimes. But that's not the norm. For the most part PHS is full of WONDERFUL, RESPECTFUL, CARING, & KIND young people who, given half the chance, would love to make you proud.

These young people teach me more everyday then I could possibly teach them. Each and every one of the students that come through the halls of Portland High School, touches our hearts and changes the world. One of these wonderful students posted something on her Facebook page that she has given me permission to share with you.

"As we go into the single digits of the countdown to graduation (for early grads) there's so many things on my mind.

I remember kindergarten like it was yesterday. I remember coloring and bringing home the sloppiest pictures to mom and Dad, but at the time I thought it looked good, and so did my mom and Dad. They kept everything, all throughout elementary school- up until now. When I got to high school I was terrified. I got lost, multiple times. I made new friends, split ways with some of my old friends who I thought would be on my life forever. As I went through high school I liked it, but I hated it. I remember being a freshmen looking at the seniors going "man, they're lucky." Sophomore year, I thought the same thing. "Man, I wish that was me." Junior year I thought "man, that's me next year." And here we are. This year it's me. I've been on the countdown for quite some time now. I've enjoyed high school- but I rushed it. They always said "high school will be the best 4 years of your life or the worst 4 years of your life." Different people have different opinions. They always told me high school would go by super fast. I said yeah, right whatever. But honestly it feels like yesterday I was a freshmen getting lost. It seems as if I blinked and time just took off. I rushed it, a lot. I thought man, I just can't wait to get out of high school. And junior year i decided I was going to work harder- and graduate a whole semester early. The guidance office tried to get me not to. Told me I'll miss it. You know, I will miss it. There's only a handful of teachers I'm going to miss. I'm sure I will miss it. When everyone else is getting up for school, and I'm getting up and going out into the real world. High school was super stressful. It got harder and harder each year. I made mistakes. I failed multiple tests. I stressed about tests, I stressed about exams. But you know what? I wouldn't trade it for the world. High school has been the best and the worst for me. But, it's time I move on to the next chapter of my life. No I don't want to grow up, but we all have to. No matter what, we're all going to grow up and go out into the real world. Whether we want to or not- we have to. I'm thankful for the lessons I've learned, the people I've met, the things I've done. High school is definitely a mix of everything. And I'll miss it, even though I say I won't. I'm just ready to move on to bigger and better things. To all underclass men- don't rush your way through high school. Make new friends, go to football games, cheer at the pep rallys, dress up on dress up days, Participate in school activities. That's something I never did, but I wish I would have. To all that have taken the time to read this- I hope it really hit home. Especially to my senior class. It's been real.🎓 #ClassOf2017"

Courtney Lynn Lucas

Courtney Lynn Lucas, Senior and Early Grad 2017
Check out just a few of the Seniors who have already been accepted to college!

In the News . . .

We Serve Our Community

National Honor Society completed a total of 280.75 community service hours as of 11/30/16

The Academic Team completed approximately 20 hours

FCCLA collected 674 toys to be distributed by CARES

PHS Website & Social Media Links

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