Reindeer Run Saturday
The Paris Education Foundation, which provides scholarships for PHS graduates, will hold its annual Reindeer Run Saturday, Dec. 10, from the staging area of the Downtown Community Park across from First United Methodist Church. Registration starts at 7:15 a.m. with a 1 mile fun run and 5K run both beginning at 8. See flyer for more information (but remember that the date has been changed to Dec. 10).
Attendance Credit Dates
Students who need to make up excessive absences should plan to attend a Thursday Night (4 to 8 p.m.) or Saturday School (8 am to 12 noon) to receive attendance credit. Download flyer for rules and dates.
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Paris High School is the grades 9-12 campus for the Paris Independent School District located in Paris, Texas, and Lamar County.
Exams Mark End of First Semester
Wednesday, Dec. 14
Thursday, Dec. 15
Friday, Dec. 16
Semester exams will officially close the 2016-17 first semester and will be administered the week of Dec. 12 at Paris High. Students can exempt one exam for any eligible class. (see Student Handbook or exemption form below for more information on eligibility guidelines). The exam counts for 20% of the semester average. If the exam is exempted, the semester average becomes the average of the first two grading cycles.
There will be a 12:20 p.m. early dismissal scheduled Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15-16, with no lunches served either day. The Christmas holidays will begin following dismissal on Dec. 16, and classes for the second semester resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Paris High is the only high school in Region 8 (northeast Texas) to earn a perfect 7 of a possible 7 distinctions on 2016 campus accountability ratings recently released by the Texas Education Agency.
PHS was 1 of 77 high schools statewide to gather a perfect 7 of 7 distinctions, which places the school in the top 6% of high school campuses. Also, 38 of those 77 high schools are either magnet or early college high schools, which further distinguishes PHS as 1 of 39 traditional public high school in Texas to achieve the feat.
PHS received an accountability rating of Met Standard. Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are also eligible for distinction designations based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics. Distinctions can be earned for academic achievement in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.
Statewide, more than 400 campuses, including PHS, earned all distinction designations applicable to their individual school.
“Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride in a community,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus.”
The state changed its accountability rating system four years ago to one based on STAAR end of course testing (from the previous TAKS testing system). Over those four years, PHS has earned a total of 19 distinctions of a total possible 24 which ranks first among Region 8 high schools.
Texas High, Mount Pleasant, and Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill are tied for second with 16 apiece. Sulphur Springs has collected 14, and Avery has 11. Mount Pleasant and Pewitt each received 6 distinctions on this year’s rating system.
For more information on accountability ratings, visit the TEA website.
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Paris High School Mission Statement:
The mission of Paris High School is to equip each student with the knowledge and skills to be a life-long learner and productive citizen in an ever-changing world.
2012-2013 Texas Academic Performance Reports
Note: Due to changes in legislation, the performance report formerly known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) report is now the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR).
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Each month Paris High staff recognizes a student who goes above and beyond the norm of student expectations to help make the school a better place for learning. The October 2016 Student of the Month is senior Austin Pendergraft, who receives a $25 Wal-Mart gilf card.
Paris High swept this year’s VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. (From left) Zach Lamb was third, Anthony Pierotti first, and Matthew Cochran second. They will be recognized at a dinner in their honor on Dec. 20, and Pierotti’s essay advances to regional competition.
Six members of the Paris High TAFE chapter qualified for their state contest in February during regionals held recently at Mount Pleasant. Read more.
Paris High senior Phillip Sikes signs a letter-of-intent to attend the University of New Mexico on a baseball scholarship to play for the Lobos. Sikes was the District 15-4A Co-Defensive MVP and All-Red River Valley Co-MVP last season playing shortstop and pitching for the Wildcats.
Band Concert. The Paris High band program presents its holiday music in a free concert Monday, Dec. 12, at the Weger Auditorium on the Paris Junior High campus. Downbeat at 7 p.m.
Wildcats Basketball. The state-ranked Paris Wildcats boys basketball team returns to the Wildcat Gym on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to host the talented Class 5A Sulphur Springs Wildcats for three games starting at 5 p.m. with the freshmen game. Varsity should tip off around 7:30.