Friday, January 29, 2016

This Week's Community Leaders!

Evan Peterson (left) and Dylan Dameron (right)

On Tuesday, January 26th, Evan Peterson signed his letter of intent to run cross country at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Evan has been a member of Pembroke Hill's cross country team for four years, and our track team for three. By his junior year, he had broken every single school record in distance running, from the 5K to the 800m. He also won the Raider Award for "commitment, dedication, desire, and positive contribution to the cross country team"; as well as the first Allison Smith Memorial Award, which is given to "the runner whose spirit most uplifts others."

Evan's honors and recognition extends beyond his athletic ability as well. He has been on the Headmaster's Distinctive Achievement List for all four years of high school. He also received the Freshman Cup for pride, leadership and school spirit; and the Rymer Cup as a junior for scholarship and intellectual curiosity. Outside of the classroom, Evan is a Campus Guide, a member of the Discipline Committee, and president of our Cooking Club. He is a member of the concert band, pep band, and jazz ensemble as a gifted percussionist. Finally, he received the Presidential Service Award for over 100 service hours dedicated to organizations such as KC Community Kitchen, Red Lake Reservation, Crossroads Church, Hope Faith, and KC Community Garden.

Dylan Dameron recently earned the Congressional Award Silver Medal, which is given for the completion of several goals over time. Dylan applied for the award in 2013 and worked with his advisor, Melvin Brown, to achieve his goals. He spent over 200 hours sharing his time and talent for the betterment of the Kansas City community through Voluntary Public Service. He also spent an additional 200 hours developing his interests and social skills through Personal Development, improving his health and quality of life through Physical Fitness, and gaining firsthand knowledge of a new environment through Expedition/Exploration.

Dylan's Personal Development goal was to develop his thespian skills. He achieved this by participating in several school plays, most recently starring in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He also improved his Physical Fitness by running several miles every day. His 200 hours of Volunteer Service went to several local organizations, including various elementary schools, the Ronald McDonald House, KC Film Fest, and Operation Breakthrough. Finally, for his Exploration/Expedition, he served as an intern at Bad Robot Productions out in Los Angeles and learned a lot about the film industry.

We are so proud of Dylan and Evan's achievements! They consistently uphold the values of PHS and exemplify both leadership and service every day.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

JanTerm Pics!

During JanTerm, many students offered their talents to various service organizations in Kansas City, around the country, and even internationally. Some of these projects included tutoring elementary students, preparing and serving meals in hospitals and homeless shelters, and building a house in Brazil.

Thank you all for the hard work you put in--we appreciate the time you took to serve your community!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Philan-Topics of the Week: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and MLK Day

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fun, safe holiday break! We are starting off second semester after a week of Janterm, where students explored various academic topics, and 40 students provided community service in Kansas City, around the country, and even around the world. (Check back soon for photos!)

Advisory communities are preparing to start second semester with a Pennies for Patients coin drive through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure blood cancers and help improve the lives of patients and their families. There are over 1 million people in the U.S. living with blood cancers. LLS helps them with financial assistance, education, and support groups. They have also invested more than $1 billion in blood cancer research since 1954. About 50 years ago, the survival rate for childhood leukemia was 3%. Today, that has jumped to 90% thanks to the several research advances funded by LLS!

Communities will compete with each other to raise the most money for LLS. Our school-wide goal is $1,000. Help us reach our goal by getting involved today! You may donate to the collection boxes in the Commons, or you may give online. The community's giving pages are listed below:

Atwood Community

Boulware Community

Dietrich Community

Hicks Community

Lovstad Community

Tron Community

Thank you for your support!

Monday, January 18th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as well as a national day of service. Check out some local opportunities to give back to your community through MLK Day's website or Volunteer Match!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Drive Update

Congratulations to the Hicks Community, our first annual Holiday Drive Winners! Students and faculty donated 50 toys to kids in Kansas City through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. Thank you Tom Niermann, Rachel Cain, Karl Schmidt, Kim Banion, Jeanette Jones, Sara Eshelbrenner, Kathy Lamb, and all of your students. Your kindness has brightened the holiday season for so many families in our community!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It's Giving Tuesday!

Today we kick off the charitable season, where we think about holiday and end-of-year contributions! Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back to your community. On Tuesday, December 1st, families, students, charities, businesses, and communities all around the world come together for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

So how can you leave the biggest impact on your community?

- Make a donation to your favorite charity or organization.
- Volunteer with your favorite cause.
- Post pictures on social media with the tag #GivingTuesday to raise awareness.
- Visit Giving Tuesday for even more ideas!

To celebrate, I'm going to donate a present to the Gillis Gift Galleryplay with some of my puppy friends at Wayside Waifs, and make a gift to promote health and well-being through United Way of Greater Kansas City! What will you do to honor Giving Tuesday in your community?

This Week's Community Leader

This week's Community Leader goes to the entire Lovstad Community! Thank you Chandra Ramey, Lisa Barnett, Beth Reams, Bill McGee, David Burke, Michelle Martinovic, and all of your students for your contributions!

The Lovstad Community donated over 60 brand new toys to children in the Kansas City area through Toys for Tots. This put them in the lead at the end of week 2!

Our holiday drive is closed for donations, but students, you can still receive points for volunteering with your respective organizations. The official winning community will be determined by Thursday, December 3rd, and will be based on a combination of donations and service hours.

Keep up the great work!

Monday, November 16, 2015

This Week's Community Leader Goes To...

The entire Tron Community! Special thanks to Jim Young, Connie Creek, Becky Stevens, Jason Lips, Maud Croibier-Muscat, Kim Cho, Mike Hill, and all the students in this community!

We just wrapped up our first week of the advisory holiday drive. The Tron Community is supporting Reach Out & Read, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting literacy. This week, students and faculty in the Tron Community donated 42 children's books, which will be placed in doctor's offices across Kansas City! This puts them in first place for week 1.

Thank you all so much for your donations! Your generosity is leaving such a significant impact on kids in Kansas City!