PALCS is proud to announce the University Scholars Program (USP) mock trial team who won 3rd place at the 7th annual La Salle Blue & Gold Invitational Mock Trial Tournament on January 14th and 15th, 2017.
On Friday, January 6, 2017, in the midst of a cold Pittsburgh afternoon, PALCS students, their family and friends joined our staff for some winter fun at the Alpha Ice Complex located right next door to the PALCS Western Regional office.
PALCS student William McGregor has been selected as a National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner. William is 16 years old and in 11th grade here at PALCS. He is a member of the University Scholars program (USP) and has attended the Juilliard Pre-College program in NYC for the past eight years studying the double bass.
It truly is the “season of giving,” which is why for the 6th year in a row, members of PALCS staff have sponsored children in need for a Christmas gift drive called the "Angel Tree" for the Delaware Valley Children's Charity (DVCC). 16 PALCS teachers took on sponsorships this year. 3 of those teachers coordinated donations for entire departments within the school. Members of the Guidance Department, Student Services Department, and Child Accounting Department have all sponsored one or more children as a team.
The Lackey family was recently interviewed by WPVI’s Erin O’Hearn for the Channel 6 Action News segment know as “Your Life,” which aired in the Philadelphia area on November 2, 2016. The family was interviewed about their experience using a new filtering device to enforce internet safety and time spent in front of the computer. The new system is called Circle; it is designed to make the most out of technology while still keeping families connected and safe over the internet. While PALCS places a security filter on all of our devices known as iBoss, the Lackey family wanted to explore an additional internet filtering system for their personal devices, as well.
Kurtis, Kris, and Nik Theorin had always taken an interest in filmmaking and writing. Being enrolled at PALCS allowed them to follow those interests and use them in class assignments. During their time at PALCS, they had the chance to create several films that USP still shows today. PALCS allowed the Theorin students to create their own schedules so that they could work on their school assignments while still being able to explore their passions and work on their own projects on the side. After graduating, the Theorin brothers decided to start a company called Something’s Awry Productions. They work with national companies and small businesses on achieving their marketing goals. They started working with the LEGO group several years ago; LEGO has now become one of their biggest clients.
The PALCS 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start, as are our intelligent students. 1,232 students, of a total of 2,503 at press time, have earned honor roll certificates at PALCS recognizing their hard work and exceptional grades in the first marking period.
10th grade student Tyler Diggs is off to a great start in his first year here at PALCS! Tyler is a very talented ballet dancer and is also now a member of the University Scholars Program (USP) at PALCS. Tyler is 15 years old and is from Bucks County. The Diggs family discovered PALCS from speaking with a few students who are members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, who attend or have graduated from PALCS as well as participated in USP and the Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA). Tyler’s mother, Carmina, explained that they chose PALCS over other schools because all of the PALCS graduates that they know who have went on to attend college at reputable schools.
On October 21, 2016, PALCS 10th grade guidance counselor Erin Neason had an article published in the Urban Education Journal from Sage Publishing. Ms. Neason has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Chester University and her Master of Science in School Counseling from Villanova University. Her article is entitled "Local Liaisons: Roles, Challenges, and Training in Serving Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness."
Entering his 8th year with PALCS, Mr. Christopher Stiles is now taking on the role of Principal for the PALCS University Scholars Program (USP). Learn more about him!