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Meet the High School Math Department

By |October 20th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, Staff Spotlight|

Meet the PALCS High School Math Department! Pictured above from left to right, we have Mrs. Kristina Takac, Mr. Patrick Antonucci, Mr. Jeff Smith, and Ms. Maria Majersky, all stationed in our Western Regional office in Pittsburgh. We then have Mrs. Anne DiSciullo, Ms. Yassara Antar, Mr. Aaron DiFernando, and High School Math Department Chair Mr. Robert DiCicco, all located in our main office in West Chester. Not pictured is Ms. Paula Bridgewater, who just joined the high school math team last month.

With half of the department being located in western PA and half in eastern PA, they always take advantage of the opportunity to pose for a group photo at PALCS Professional Development, which is held at the beginning of each year.

Thanks to the wonderful unity and open communication of the department, many may not realize that they are evenly spaced out between the West Chester and Pittsburgh offices. Working together to teach a wide range of courses, including various levels of Algebra, Geometry, Calculus and Statistics, as well as Probability, Computational Thinking, Mathematical Thinking and Consumer Math, the High School Math Department is dedicated to helping PALCS students understand and gain confidence in their mathematical skills. More information about high school and a complete description of all our high school courses are available on our high school academics page.

We would like to thank all eight hard working members of our High School Math Department who have shown their dedication to their students over the years. PALCS is proud to have these educators represent our school!

Back-to-School Picnic Recap

By |October 16th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, School News|

The 2017 Fall Back-to-School Picnics were a huge success, thanks to our PALCS community! We had wonderful turnouts at both our east and west picnics on Friday, October 6th. PALCS staff, students, and their families gathered from all around the state to join in an afternoon of community fun.

Student Spotlight: Kyleigh Guttman

By |October 13th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, Student Spotlight|

Meet Kyleigh Guttman: a 13 year old 9th grade ballerina who is new to PALCS this year. Kyleigh has been practicing ballet for the past 11 years and is very dedicated to her craft, sometimes practicing over 5 hours a day. As a very ambitious young lady, Kyleigh has hopes to become a professional dancer. Continuing her education in a traditional brick-and-mortar school was not an option with her rigorous training schedule. This is why Shauna Guttman, Kyleigh’s mother, explained they needed to make the change to cyber school. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Kyleigh and her mother about the decision-making process when choosing the right school, Kyleigh’s dancing, and their goals for the future.

Choosing PALCS

After 3 years, much thought, and careful consideration, Shauna and Kyleigh decided that a cyber charter school would be the best option, as Kyleigh’s dance schedule was becoming too rigorous to keep up with a brick-and-mortar school schedule. Recently accepted in to the pre-professional/pre-trainee program at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, she now trains 27 hours in 6 days each week, and even more when she is in a performance. “It has been a battle to have her dancing so many hours a day and then keeping up with her school work, with getting the proper amount of rest,” Shauna explained. “Her day used to be waking up at 6 am, heading to school and after school heading straight to ballet and not getting home until 9:30-10:00 pm.”

When searching for the perfect school for Kyleigh, Shauna had a few main concerns. They needed a place where Kyleigh was going to get an excellent and challenging education on par with the one she was […]

Spreading Kindness During Bullying Prevention Month

By |October 10th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, School News|

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and here at PALCS, we are celebrating all month long! We want to join together as a community to prevent bullying and make positive changes. The PALCS Guidance Department will be spearheading and sponsoring many activities through the month of October to promote bullying prevention.

Unity Day: We will be celebrating Unity Day on October 25th by joining together to wear orange. Make sure to wear your orange on the 25th and post your photos of support to PALCS social media using #PALCSUnite.

The Kindness Rocks Project: The Kindness Rocks Project encourages everyone to make kindness contagious by spreading optimism. In addition to performing daily random acts of kindness, participants are encouraged to craft positive messages. Here at PALCS, we will be creating our own Kindness Rocks and encourage you all to do the same! All you need is a rock and a positive message. Grab a rock and write a positive message on it or paint a happy picture. The message can be one word or image that could mean the world to someone. Take a picture with your Kindness Rock and post your picture using the hashtags #palcskindnessrock and #PALCSUnite, then place your rock for someone else to find. Suggestions include your neighbor’s garden or your local community park. Whatever location you choose for your rock, remember that one message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire life.

The Kindness Wall: The Kindness Wall encourages all students, faculty, and staff to share their kind thoughts and motivational ideas on a website. The website is a digital “wall” that the PALCS community can access for encouragement. PALCS families, visit PALCSchool for the […]

Scholastic Book Fair

By |October 6th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, School News|

PALCS families, we are having a Scholastic Tabletop Book Fair! Come out to the Western Regional Center at the Landings and check out all the wonderful books! Drop by on October 19th or 20th between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm and shop around for the perfect book, and maybe even tackle some early holiday shopping.

If your student will be attending Book Buddies this month in the Pittsburgh office, then they will also get a chance to visit the book fair at that time. Book Buddies for the West will be held on October 20th and will include a fun afternoon of making bookmarks, trying origami, reading Ada Twist, Scientist, attending the book fair and more! Grades K-5, make sure to visit your PALCSchool calendar to register for Book Buddies.

If you are not able to get to the Pittsburgh office but would still like to purchase books, no worries! Join the PALCS Scholastic Reading Club as a quick, easy, money-saving way to increase your student’s book collection. Details are now listed in the PALCSchool lobby under announcements.

PALCS is so proud and pleased to provide our students and their families the same opportunities they would find in a brick-and-mortar school. Creating opportunities for our students and families to meet each other is a top priority for here at PALCS! Let’s work together as a community to raise readers!

Bullying Prevention Month

By |October 2nd, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, School News|

Here at PALCS, we create a safe environment both virtually and on-site where we have zero tolerance for bullying. With October being National Bullying Prevention Month, we wanted to take this opportunity to bring up this extremely important topic, continue the dialogue, and get our PALCS community involved.

#1 Best Online School in PA & Top 10 Nationwide

By |September 29th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Blog Article, Latest News, PALCS in the News, School News|

PALCS is extremely proud and honored to announce that we have been named the #1 Best Online School in Pennsylvania on’s 2018 Best School Rankings list! We are also ranked #9 Best Online School in America!

Field Trips and Events

By |September 22nd, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Blog Article, Latest News, School News|

We hope as you are settling into the new school year, you are looking forward to the wonderful activities and field trips we have planned this year! As a cyber school, many think that the importance of socialization just goes out the window, but here at PALCS, we make it a priority! We encourage all students and PALCS families to take advantage of as many as they can!

Back to School Picnics

By |September 18th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Blog Article, Latest News, School News|

Hey PALCS families, it’s time to Picnic! Yes that’s right, come one, come all to the back-to-school picnic this fall! On October 6th, bring the whole family and come meet teachers, PALCS staff and fellow PALCS families.

MAP Testing Begins

By |September 12th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, School News|

As we settle into a new school year, it is important that we make sure that all of our students are in the correct classes and levels! So with that being said, we want wish our students and teachers well at the start of MAP testing! Elementary school MAP testing began yesterday, while middle school and high school MAP testing begins next Monday, September 18th.

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