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DECEMBER CHIEF AVAILABLE

December 2014 The Chief Online is now available. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the newspaper staff!

DEAR PARENTS/GUARDIANS (letter from Principal Bohm)

Due to the recent tragedies our school community has endured and the unknown of funeral arrangements we are going to make final exams optional for our students. Our policy concerning final exams will be the following – students may take a final exam if they wish to improve their standing in the course. If students wish to take a final exam they will have three options, (1) they can take the final exam during the regularly scheduled time, (2) they can come at 9:00AM on December 29th and take the final exam in the Library, or (3) they can make arrangements with their teachers to take the final exam after Christmas at an agreed upon time. Please contact me at the school if you have questions regarding this...

PTHS TEACHER PRESENTS OPERATION ENDANGERED SPECIES AND P2D2 RESEARCH

Mike Soares, PTHS English Teacher and Illinois State University graduate student, presented “Intersecting Publics of Service Learning Rhetorics” featuring the extensive work and research created by PTHS students and faculty who have participated in Operation Endangered Species and the International Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program. The presentation was part of the “English Studies Goes Public” conference held at Stevenson Hall at Illinois State University on the evening of December 10, 2014. The event, attended by ISU students and professors, was also open to the public.

PTHS MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT “CHRISTMAS JOY”

The Pontiac High School Music Department will present their annual free Christmas Concert Sunday, December 14th, in the PTHS Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. The concert will feature the musical talents of the students of the music department in a presentation of festive Christmas music for the enjoyment of the audience. Opening the program will be the Symphonic Band performing “Christmas Joy” arranged by Sammy Nestico. They will follow with “Highlights from the movie Frozen” arranged by Sean O’Loughlin. The band will finish with the traditional favorite, “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. The Concert Band will be performing “Christmas Troika” by James Curnow. The choral portion of the...

SEMESTER EXAM SCHEDULE DECEMBER 17-19

Exams for periods 1,3, and 5 will be on Wednesday, 2,4, and 6 on Thursday, and 7, 8, and make up on Friday. Schedule: 1/2/7: 7:55 – 9:25 Break: 9:25 – 9:40 3/4/8: 9:45 – 11:15 Break: 11:15 – 11:30 5/6/Makeup*: 11:35 – 1:05 *Make up exams may be arranged with teachers for excused absences only. Students are only required to be in attendance during their scheduled finals, but may come to school during non-schedule exam times, and remain in the commons or report to the media center to study quietly. The cafeteria will be serving a limited menu during...

PTHS TO HONOR ITS ALUMNI THROUGH “DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD”

In August of 2015, Pontiac Township High School will begin honoring its alumni through its “Distinguished Alumni Award”. Award recipients will be inducted during a ceremony at the High School and have the opportunity to speak to current students about how PTHS helped them succeed and how current students are capable of similar achievements! Before an alumni can be inducted, they must first be nominated! Do you know of an alumni who you feel deserves to be honored? Then visit www.pthsalumni.org to find out more! From this website you can download and print the nomination form as well as complete the form entirely online! The deadline for nominations will be March 31! Share this information with...

FOLLOW PTHS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Check out PTHS on Facebook and Twitter using the icons at the top of our page or click the title of this post to follow the new athletic account, @PTHS_Indians, Mr. Kilgore, PTHS Music, the Dr. Yates Memorial Library, and the Snapping Turtles!

SPRING PLAY ANNOUNCED – AUDITIONS SCHEDULED

The PTHS Drama Club and Thespian Society are excited to announce our school’s Spring play, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  This classic comedy is set in Victorian England and details the lives of several members of the upper classes in all of their hilarious excesses.  It calls for a cast of nine characters, four of which have very large parts.  Performance dates for the play are March 13-15, 2015.  Auditions are open to all students, and will be held on December 15, after school in the auditorium.  There are also many openings for students to work on play committees and crews.  Please see Mr. Ramseyer for information or to sign up for an audition spot.

STUDENTS SKYPE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYER-ADVOCATE  

Following a class viewing of “A Civil Action,” senior Katie Kuska was motivated to contact Jan Schlichtmann, the real-world lawyer in the case, who agreed to meet the class over Skype. Schlichtmann took on two companies that had contaminated municipal water supplies in Massachusetts, leading to increased levels of leukemia. Kuska plans to use the classroom conversation as inspiration for local projects including addressing plastic bags and local water contamination. Click the title to read the Daily Leader article!

NOVEMBER CHIEF AVAILABLE

Happy November, PTHS, from The Chief Online! This month’s issue features many exciting articles, including the recent activities of your favorite clubs, interviews with students, and other links. Read about a visit from Holocaust survivor Marian Lazan, FFA and Music Department success, the Veteran’s Day ceremony, and order your tickets for the Madrigals concert.  The Chief Online is informative and interactive. Thanks for reading!  

PTHS STUDENTS TO PERFORM AT IMEA DISTRICT III MUSIC FESTIVAL

Twenty Pontiac High School students were selected by audition at Bloomington High School on October 13th to participate  Saturday, November 22nd, at the Illinois Music Educators District III Festival at Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University, Normal.  These students represent the top high school musicians from over 50 schools in Central Illinois.  The students will perform in concert at 5:00 p.m. in Braden Auditorium. The Senior Band will be under the direction of Dr. Mike Fansler, of Western Illinois University.  PTHS students selected for the band were Eric Campbell, contrabass clarinet; Tatum Joerndt, flute: Chloe Mayback, trumpet; and Jeanette Wooldridge, tuba. The Senior Chorus...

MADRIGAL TICKETS ON SALE

HEAR YE, HEAR YE, HEAR YE! Tickets are now on sale for the 48th Annual PTHS Madrigal Dinners! Tickets are now on sale for the 48th Annual PTHS Madrigal Dinners! You are cordially invited to the 48th Annual Madrigal Dinners! Be transported to 16th Century England and be the honored guests of Lord and Lady Pontiac! Enjoy the beautiful costumes and castle decorations as you hear wonderful music by our Madrigal and Court Singers as well as our Brass and Recorder ensembles. Experience the joy and revelry of the occasion all while enjoying a delicious, candlelit three course meal! Whether you are a returning guest or will be visiting Castle Pontiac for the first time, the Pontiac Township High School Madrigal...

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