Paradise High School

Paradise High School

Seniors Honored at Graduation

cap toss at the end

The Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2019 was held on May 25 at Weatherford High School. We have photos of the event here:

dotPre-Ceremony Activities

dotOpening and Speeches

dotDiplomas through "K"

dotDiplomas through "Y"

dotConclusion & Post-Ceremony

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Seniors Honor Faculty and Staff at End of Year

At the year-ending staff luncheon on May 24, a group of seniors read letters that they wrote to Paradise ISD staff members. The letters described the effect that the teacher or staff member had on them.

group picture of seniors and employees

Pictured are Maddie Mitschke and Megayla O'Rear, Dody Hodges and Mercedes Carrillo, Grant Caddell and Larry Norwood, Karin Essig and Keylee Winters, Andrea Ishmael and Morgan Wilmoth.

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13 Year Graduates

group photo of seniors

The 13-year graduates of the Class of 2019 posed for a picture on May 23 after the senior breakfast. These students attended Paradise Schools all for 13 years.

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Seniors Pose for Group Picture

group photo of seniors

On May 20, the seniors posed for a group picture. Photo gallery.

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Important Dates for Seniors

PHS Seniors have several important dates coming up. See the updated list here.

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Summer Assignments

Some students at Paradise High School will have summer assignments. We will add them to this section as they are received:

English 1 Pre-AP, (Bohmfalk)

Pre-AP Algebra 1, (Waggoner)

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Seniors Honored at Send-off

class officers lead the school song

On May 16, the class of 2019 participated in the annual Senior Send-off. Photo gallery.

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Athletic Awards Presented

stage at the athletic awards ceremony

Paradise High School held their Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 16 at Grace Fellowship Church. We have photos of the event here:

Part 1 | Part 2

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Senior/Faculty Basketball Game is a Hit

Nash and Grant coaching the game

The annual Seniors vs. Faculty basketball game was held on May 13. Coaching for the seniors were Nash Ingram and Grant Caddell. Thanks to Ms. Harkins for the photo.

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PHS Conducts Academic Ceremony

Mark Mathis gives opening remarks

On May 13, Paradise High School held the annual Academic Awards Ceremony at Grace Fellowship Church. We have photos of the event here:

Academic Awards | OAP and UIL

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Burross Graduates from WC

Parker Burross in cap and gown

PHS Sophomore Parker Burross graduated from Weatherford College with his Associate of Arts Degree on May 11.

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2019-2020 Class Officers

Paradise High School has elected class officers for the 2019-2020 school year:

9th Grade
President Dean Caddell
Vice President Jacie Pennington
Secretary Levi Waggoner
Treasurer Bryson Gibson
Reporter Carlos Perez
Public Relations Elizabeth Eisen
Webmaster Tatum O'Riley

10th Grade
President Cade Pearson
Vice President Dustin Meadows
Secretary Levi Goodman
Treasurer Callie Davis
Reporter Kyler Kelsey

11th Grade
President Mia Caddell
Vice President Jaton Rottman
Secretary Tres Pennington
Treasurer Krista Richey
Reporter Shyann Jennings
Public Relations Reighlee Carbajal
Webmaster Parker Burross

12th Grade
President Kennedy Schneck
Vice President Danae Meadows
Secretary Matthew Eisen
Treasurer Gracie Oates
Reporter Megan Aldape
Public Relations Wyatt Reeves
Webmaster Jenna Huitt

Tanner Forsyth and Coach Ryle

Forsyth is Awarded Character
Counts Scholarship

DECATUR-On April 25, PHS Senior Tanner Forsyth was the recipient of the Character Counts Scholarship Award. Tanner is pictured with Coach Ryle, who spoke on his behalf.

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PALs Assist with Elementary Field Trip

group picture of PALS at trails4success

On April 12, the PHS Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs) accompanied the third grade on the annual Trails 4 Success field trip at Sid Richardson Ranch outside of Bridgeport.

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Coach Mitschke is April Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Coach Mitschke for being awarded "Teacher of the Month" for April. Coach Mitschke gives her time and mentorship to students, both on the athletic field and in her classroom. In addition to her endless Track season this spring, Coach Mitschke has thoughtfully applied her time and technical skills into creating the "Senior Slide Show" for Senior Send Off. Thank you for all you do Coach!

Thank you to Jennifer Stevens of JDS Realty for sponsoring this award. Coach Mitschke will receive a $50 gift card.

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Freshmen Dive into STAAR Boot Camp

freshmen pose for picture in Mrs. B's room

In the days leading up to STAAR testing, students at PHS participated in the annual STAAR Boot Camp. We have photos of the freshmen here.

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Nutrition Class Enjoys Food Truck Challenge

students preparing foods for food truck challenge

On April 2, students in Mrs. Reed's nutrition class formed teams and competed in the class "Food Truck Challenge." Students had to prepare the foods that would be judged, and they even created model "trucks" that advertised their type of food.

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WCWC Dual Credit Presentation Information

On March 25, Paradise High School hosted a dual credit presentation from Weatherford College Wise County. Here are some helpful documents that were presented at the meeting:

PHS Dual Credit Information

Weatherford College Checklist

Mometrix Test Prep for TSI

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PHS Cafeteria Staff Wins Award

high school cafeteria staff pictured with award

In March, the Paradise High School cafeteria staff won an award in a cooking contest. PHS won first place among our cafeterias and second place when measured against all of the cafeterias of the county. Pictured are Olga Tipton, Dody Hodges, and Cindy Watson.

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Human Services Classes Learn Basics of Sewing

On March 19, students in Mrs. Reed's Human Services class dived into the basics of sewing. We observed them learning the basics of threading a needle with a double-thread knot.

Mrs. Reed's students learning to thread a needle

Mrs. Reed's students learning to thread a needle

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Mrs. Hoover is Staff Member of the Month

Congratulations to Mrs. Hoover for being nominated as Staff Member of the Month! Thank you for always being flexible when we are in a bind even though yearbook deadlines are looming.

Thank you to Jennifer Stevens of JDS Realty for sponsoring this award. Mrs. Hoover will receive a $50 gift card.

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Megayla O'Rear, teacher of the month

Mrs. O'Rear is Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Mrs. O'Rear for being awarded "Teacher of the Month" for January. Mrs. O'Rear spends countless hours every year working with students both in the classroom and on UIL academic events. She gives up many Saturdays to travel to UIL meets and never fails to remember to bring the snacks. Thank you for all you do for the students at Paradise High School.

Thank you to Jennifer Stevens of JDS Realty for sponsoring this award. Mrs. O'Rear received a $50 gift card.

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Seniors Perform Graduation Gown Signing

On January 24, the senior class participated in the annual graduation gown signing in the high school cafeteria. Photo gallery.

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New Choir Demo Music is Posted

Here are the new choir club demos:

This is Me Part Descant

This is Me Part 1

This is Me Part 2

This is Me Demo

This is Me Accompaniment

My Shot Demo

My Shot Accompaniment

My Shot Part 1 Mix

My Shot Part 2 Mix

From the Heart-Full

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English Classes Read to Elementary Students

December 14, students from Mrs. Candioto's Pre-AP English 2 classes created children's books and then read them to classes at the elementary campus.

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Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Report

The College Board has posted a YouTube video that describes how to understand the PSAT/NMSQT Score Report. See it here.

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Senior Wall Work Has Begun

girls beginning the senior wall

PHS seniors have started working on the senior wall, which has become a tradition at Paradise. Seniors who are planning on entering college or the armed services will paint a block with the colors and logo of their chosen institution. Thanks to Mrs. G. for the photo.

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Party with a Purpose is a Success

On December 9, several Paradise ISD students and their families worked at the Live Thankfully "Party with a Purpose." Photo gallery.

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Mrs. Reed is Teacher of the Month

photo of Tammy Reed

Mrs. Tammy Reed has been chosen as the November Teacher of the Month for PHS. Her quick wit and fun personality makes her a favorite of both students and staff. Recently, Mrs. Reed and the FCCLA club organized the collection of items to fill stockings for North Texas Soldiers. She and her students are helping make Christmas a little brighter for service men and women unable to be home this holiday season.

As our resident family and consumer science teacher, Mrs. Reed often finds herself in the role of "hostess" for campus events. She and her students did an outstanding job of decorating and hosting Mrs. K's retirement luncheon. Seriously, it was amazing! No doubt, she will play a huge part in planning and organizing the upcoming PHS staff Christmas luncheon as well. Congratulations Mrs. Reed.

Thank you to Jennifer Stevens of JDS Realty for sponsoring this award. Mrs. Reed received a $50 gift card.

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Students Attend Live Thankfully Kickoff Luncheon

Paradise students at kickoff luncheon

On November 26, a group of PISD students attended the Live Thankfully Kickoff Luncheon at the Decatur Civic Center. The Live Thankfully food drive runs November 26 to December 8. See the Live Thankfully story here.

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Veterans Day Presentation

To see the PHS slideshow that was made for Veterans Day, click here.

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Ryle Named October Teacher of the Month

coach Ryle with his gift card

The PHS October Teacher of the Month is Coach Jonathan Ryle. Along with teaching and coaching duties, Coach Ryle finds time to sponsor the high school Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He recently took this group to attend the Fields of Faith event held in Decatur. The group is currently collecting donations of clothing and hygiene items to benefit Beautiful Feet ministries. Beautiful Feet provides for the homeless of Fort Worth. Coach Ryle has a unique connection with his students and athletes. We are very lucky to have him at Paradise High.

Thank you to Jennifer Stevens of JDS Realty for sponsoring this award. Coach Ryle received a $50 gift card.

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Pumpkin Contest Winners Named

The High School Book Club sponsored a pumpkin decoration contest before Halloween for which students could submit carved or painted pumpkins. The winners are pictured below. Thanks to Mrs. Hoover for the photos.

library pumpkin contest winners

library pumpkin contest winners

library pumpkin contest winners

library pumpkin contest winners

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Students Assist at STEMania

WEATHERFORD-On October 25, a group of PHS students assisted the fourth graders at STEMania at Weatherford College.

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Wood Named Teacher of the Month

Laura Wood is teacher of the month

The September teacher of the month winner is Mrs. Laura Wood. Mrs. Wood has worked many hours to plan and organize the many Homecoming activities, including the parade, dress-up days at PHS, and pregame and halftime ceremonies. As student council adviser, she is also in the process of planning Red Ribbon Week with our student council.

This award is sponsored each month by Jennifer Stevens of JDS Realty. The winning teacher receives a $50 gift card.

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Mitschke, Caddell are Homecoming Royalty

homecoming queen and king

On September 20, PHS Seniors Maddie Mitschke and Grant Caddell were crowned Homecoming Queen and King. We have photos of the activities here:

Coronation Ceremony | Crowning Ceremony

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Homecoming Parade Draws Big Crowd

freshman class float

On September 17, a large crowd gathered for the annual Homecoming parade. We have photos of the fun in these galleries:

First half | Second half

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Homecoming Court

Here is the 2018 PHS Homecoming Court:

Freshman Prince - Kade Brackeen
Freshman Princess - Zoe Fontenot

Sophomore Prince - Trey Valentine
Sophomore Princess - Candice Green

Junior Prince - Jace Essig
Junior Princess - Ally Black

King Nominees - Grant Caddell, Nevan Graves, Jacob Robinson, Morgan Wilmoth

Queen Nominees - Tegan Cottrell, Maddie Mitchske, Aubrey Pearson, Maddi Terry

homecoming court group picture

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Student Section Makes Impression at First Game

student section cheers at S&S game

On August 31, the student section did a great job of cheering the Panthers on to victory at S&S.

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Schoenthal Honored as Teacher of the Month

Tracie Schoenthal is teacher of the month

Jennifer Stevens with JDS Realty is sponsoring a teacher every month for "Teacher of the Month". The winning teacher will receive a $50 gift card.

The August winner is Ms. Tracie Schoenthal! Tracie went above and beyond when she learned three days before students returned that she would be teaching a section of seventh grade science. Tracie graciously stepped up and hasn't missed a beat.

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Traffic Flow Changes Revealed

Paradise ISD has implemented changes to the flow of traffic around the four campuses when dropping off or picking up students. See videos detailing each campus here:

Elementary | Intermediate | Junior High | High School

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Georgia Helton speaks to faculty

Helton Gives Speech to Staff

On August 7, PHS teacher Georgia Helton had the honor of addressing the PISD faculty and staff as the most recent winner of the Jack Harvey Fellowship. Part of her program included recorded testimonials from Paradise graduates who recalled teachers who positively affected them.

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Dual Credit Textbook Information

Mrs. Helton's English classes
ENG 1013 for 11th Graders (used both semesters)
The ISBN is 978-0393617450.

ENG 2013 for 12th Graders (Fall Semester)
The ISBN is 978-0393919639.

Mr. McMurry's Class
Seniors taking the dual credit Physical Science course through Weatherford College taught by Mr. McMurry are required to find and purchase their textbook. The textbook is Conceptual Physical Science Explorations, 2nd Edition, by Paul Hewitt, John Suchockoi, and Leslie Hewitt.

Mrs. O'Rear's Class
Students who are enrolled in Mrs. O'Rear's Dual-Credit College Algebra/College Trigonometry class through TWU are required to purchase this book, which will be needed on the first day of class.