. . . . . . Mar. 11: End of third quarter . . . . . . Mar. 13: 3 hour early dismissal, professional development . . . . . . Mar. 19: Advisory Night, 5-8pm . . . . . . . .


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Dear PHHS Students and Parents:

PHHS students are currently participating in the national Vans Custom Culture shoe design contest.  The overall message for PHHS is "It's My Life."  Students are completing their designs on templates from Vans.  The top four designers from PHHS will be selected to execute their creation on an actual pair of shoes.   Shoe designers from the top five high schools in the nation will travel to New York for the final round of judging.  The top school wins $50,000 for their art department.
"Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets.  Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes:  Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor (vans.com.)"
This is an excellent opportunity for students that have a passion for art and design to have practical real world experience. Check out the teaser video at http://youtu.be/dIWT9r5TEpk.

Beginning this week and continuing for the next two weeks the seniors in US History 1865-Present are preparing to hold a war crimes tribunal.  Once they finish their research and prepare their case we will be holding the tribunal that Emperor Hirohito never faced after the Second World War.  The prosecution is split into two groups digging into the history of the First and Second Sino-Japanese war as well as the invasion of Manchuria to find evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity on the one side while the other works to connect the Emperor's knowledge and actions with the activities of Imperial Japan's military.  The defense is working to establish that Emperor Hirohito's role in the execution of the war was as that of a figure head who, while knowledgeable of what was being done, was powerless to prevent or alter events or the crimes associated with them.

The PHHS Music Departments are busy preparing for State Large Group Festival and Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Both of these events are held on a yearly basis and involve almost all of the students in the music department.  The Instrumental department under the direction of Adam Twenter, will prepare a Concert Band and will prepare 32 soloists and 7 ensembles.   The Vocal department, under the direction of Karen Dollins, will prepare 4 choirs and 28 soloists and 22 ensembles.  The soloists and small ensembles require much independent rehearsal by the students with some guidance from their teachers.  Not only is in class preparation required but those “dreaded” early morning rehearsals at 6:30am are also required in order to continue  at a high level of performance.  Commitment is not only required from the students but the parents as well as they shuffle numerous schedules and provide transportation.  It is with great honor that the music department represents PHHS at the State and District level.    

The Hillside Singers auditioned and were selected by a panel of out of state music educators to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Conference this past January.  This is the 5th time that PHHS has been represented at this conference.  Mr. Jim Oliver, PHHS Activities Director and Adam Twenter, PHHS Band Director also performed in the presentation in an instrumental ensemble.  The choir was accompanied by Janet O'Neill, our wonderful accompanist.   Hillside began preparing for this back in August when the selection was made.  Along with prepping for this honor, they continued to put together their show choir show and along with our other two show choirs, Hilltop Harmony and Hillsound, they hosted 2 competitions this year, The Heart of American Competition at Crown Center and the PHHS Battle of the Best.  The show choir season began in January and all choirs have been performing successfully with Hillside taking 1st in their division in each competition and Hilltop taking 2nd in their division at the Harrisonville Competition.  Terry Young, a long standing community volunteer for the Vocal Music Department continues to teach young people how to work hard while also engaging many fathers and mothers who come along to volunteer for the choirs. 

With the help of many parents, volunteers and administrators the music department continues to thrive.


Paul Canaan , Ed.D
Principal, Pleasant Hill High School

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