The Panther Parent Volume 1 Edition iii

Say It's Not So . . .

If you are like most parents at this time of year, time has just gone by way too quickly. Our students are getting ready for prom and graduation, and it just seems unreal. It seems like only yesterday they were tugging at our pants leg begging us to not leave them on the first day of kindergarten, and now here they are, ready to graduate high school. Many are busy making plans for senior trips or putting the finishing touches on their housing plans for college, while others are enduring weekly PT training in preparation for the military or hoping that their chosen career will enable them to become independent and self-sufficient. Yes, they will always be our babies, but it's time to trust that we've taught them enough to make good choices in life and set them free.


C2G stands for Commitment to Graduate. And at Portland High School we take that seriously. Each year our students participate in a ceremony in which they sign their name to a banner showing their Commitment to Graduate. And we, the faculty, make a promise to them to help them achieve that goal.

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, April 7th Shakespheare Goes to Gravel Gultch
  • Saturday, April 8th Shakespheare Goes to Gravel Gultch
  • Tuesday, April 11th Jostens Cap & Gown Delivery Day
  • Friday, April 14th - Good Friday - No School
  • Saturday, April 15th - FFA Greenhouse Sale
  • Monday April 17th ELA & USH Writing component
  • Tuesday, April 18th ACT Jrs. to complete pre-test requirements
  • Wednesday, April 19th ACT Test - ALL Juniors
  • Monday - Friday, May 1st - 5th, EOC's
  • Saturday, May 6th Prom
  • Monday, May 8th Senior Meeting in Theatre during 2nd block to finalize graduation details
  • Friday, May 12th Transportation permission forms for graduation practice due
  • Friday, May 12th @ 9:00AM Senior Breakfast
  • Friday, May 12th @ 9:50AM Staffulty Talent Show for Seniors
  • Monday, May 15th Senior 3rd & 4th block Exams
  • Tuesday, May 16th Senior 1st & 2nd block exams
  • Thursday, May 18th Senior Awards Nigh at 6:00PM
  • Friday, May 19th Graduation DRESS REHEARSAL Practice
  • Saturday, May 20th Graduation Day!!!
  • Tuesday, May 23rd: 1st & 2nd block Underclassmen exams (8:00-11:20)
  • Wednesday, May 24th: 3rd & 4th block Underclassmen exams (8:00-11:20)

Not to Brag, but . . .

The CNA girls were offered positions at the nursing home to work in the afternoons and on weekends after only being there 3 weeks!
HOSA went to State and brought back trophies, E I E I O. . . Katie Humphrey, Bethanie Bergman, Savannah Summers... 3rd place in Public Health. Victoria McCullough... Chapter Reflections Debbie Rush... Top 5 in Medical Assisting; Now on to Nationals they will go E I E I O!

DECA Strut their Stuff!

Portland, Tennessee – February 15, 2017 – Portland High School’s DECA chapter increased its student membership and won the highest level of the state membership campaign this year. DECA is an organization for students with an interest in marketing, management, hospitality, finance, and entrepreneurship. The 3rd year organization grew from 63 student members last year to 93 student members, 9 alumni members, and 28 professional members/business partners this school year. PHS DECA is the 2nd largest DECA chapter in the county and one of the top ten largest chapters in the state. This remarkable increase earned PHS DECA a National Membership Campaign award, which rewards the chapter with three extra spots to the International Career and Development Conference/Competition held in Nashville this April. PHS DECA also placed in the National Membership Campaign and Community Service Campaign, and they are currently competing in the National Advocacy Campaign this February. PHS DECA members competed at the District level in late January, and the following members qualified for the State competition:
  • Tannah Groves placed 3rd in role play and 6th overall in Apparel and Accessories Marketing
  • Colin Rogers placed 10th in Business Services Marketing
  • Addison Dorris placed 3rd in test, 2nd in rold play & 3rd overall in Hotel & Lodging
  • Rheanna Waggoner placed 2nd in role play 1, 3rd in role play 2, 3rd in test & 1st overall in Marketing Communications
  • Brent Kibbey placed 3rd on test & 6th overall in Personal Finance Literacy
  • Emily Rogers placed 10th overall in Principles of Marketing
  • Cody Hunter placed 2nd on test & 7th overall in Principles of Marketing
  • Quentin Boots qualified for State in Marketing Communications
  • Mackenzi Settles qualified for State in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Emma Gregory & Alanna Herrington will be representing PHS at State in the DECA Leadership Academy
  • Savannah Huntsman will be representing PHS as our voting delegate

Along with these winners, the following students qualified to go to state based on their marketing plans they produced in the Advanced Strategies Marketing II class:

  • Learn & Earn project: Lauren Troutt, Carder Venable, & Summer Moseley
  • Public Relations Project: Alexia Dorris & Bailey Thornton
  • Hospitality Operation Research Project: Ryan Smith, Hunter Templeton, & Tristan Sutton
  • Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan: Brianna West & Emma Smith
  • Creative Marketing Project: Reagan Fox & Shelby Weatherbee
  • Business Services Operations Research: Noah Woods, Damon Wilson, & Allie Sutliff

California Bound!

Congratulations to the following competitors who placed at the DECA State Competition and will be representing PHS DECA at the International Competition in Anaheim, CA in late April.
  • Cody Hunter placed 7th in Principles of Marketing
  • Rheanna Waggoner placed 7th in Marketing Communications
  • Addison Dorris placed 5th in Hotel & Lodging Management
  • Reagan Fox & Shelby Weatherbee placed 4th in Creative Marketing
  • Ryan Smith & Hunter Templeton placed 3rd in Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research
  • Brianna West & Emma Smith placed 3rd in Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
  • Bailey Thornton & Alexia Dorris placed 2nd in Public Relations Project
  • Carder Venable, Lauren Troutt, & Summer Moseley placed 1st in Learn & Earn
  • Alanna Herrington & Mackenzi Settles were chosen to attend the Thrive Leadership Academy

In addition, Carder Venable won a $1,000 scholarship from the national DECA office. He will be presented with his award onstage at the International DECA competition. We are so proud of all of our DECA competitors for representing PHS so well at the State competition.

An exciting two days of competition with these amazing young people. I may get a little tough sometimes but hopefully they know it is that I truly care about them. I also received an email last night about what nice and respectful students they are. Portland High is well represented by them.
Seventh place finish at TN State Academic tournament and Brent Kibbey made All State. So very proud of these kids. 💜 Coach Helena Baier

If You Build It. . .

American Society of Civil Engineers Nashville Bridge Building Competition: Students from area high schools build bridges in advance and then add weight to them until the bridges collapse – or the students concede. The exercise teaches them about structural efficiency (mass of the bridge vs. load supported) and moves them toward higher education and careers in civil engineering. PHS was well represented.

  • John Adkins placed 2nd &received an invitation to Nationals
  • Maria Aguirre & Kalei Hair placed 3rd
  • Stanley Zhao placed 4th
  • Sean Pilkington & Corey Workman placed 7th

Our Future's So Bright . . .

The 2016-2017 PHS Future Business Leaders of America competed in the Regional Conference Competitions at Middle Tennessee State University. Congratulations to a total of 12 students that will be advancing to the State Conference in Chattanooga over spring break. The winners are:

  • Insurance & Risk Management, Carder Venable 1st Place
  • Cyber Security, Noah Woods 4th Place
  • Marketing, Kobey Butcher & Caleb Schmittou 4th Place
  • Computer Problem Solving, Chris Jenkins 1st Place
  • Advertising, Lonnie White 5th Place
  • Economics, Paige Martin 4th Place.

FCCLA Members Prove They are STARS!

We have winners! Congratulations to the following students:

  • Savannah Roe & Maria Aguirre: Gold & 1st place, Life Event Planning
  • Ashley Runyon: Gold, 2nd place, National Programs in Action
  • Camille Brown: Silver, 3rd place, Fashion Construction
  • Paige Martin & Courtney Holt: Bronze, 3rd, Chapter in Review

Great job, Portland Fccla! So proud of you! Good luck to our 1st and 2nd place winners at Nationals this summer!

Congratulations to Allie Olivia Johnson, newly elected 1st Vice-President for TN FCCLA for 2017-18! We are so very proud of you!

And You Just Can't Stop the Speech Team!

Prom Fashion Show

Triple Ruby!!!

Portland High school has its very first Triple Ruby Student and first National Speech Association Academic All American. Ashley McIntosh, we are so proud of you!

Forensic Shows

and Bringing Home Those Trophies!

All the fun isn't just had in clubs! Mrs. Lane's Wellness classes "walk the line" to learn about the affects of drugs and alcohol on your reaction times and accomplishing simple tasks.
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