All posts by Elizabeth Hebbard

Panther Pages, August 27, 2021

Park Hill Families:
Good afternoon Park Hill Families and happy Friday. We have
successfully made it through our first week of school. We recognize
that there were a few hiccups and some additional logistics we
needed to figure out. Nonetheless, it was a good week overall. I saw
many happy students and joyful classrooms. A big thank you to all of
the teachers and staff, the students and the families. Together, we
made it a great first week back, and I hope everyone has a restful and relaxing weekend.

I do believe it is important to share our district’s health and safety
protocols at this time. Included in this newsletter is a link to the DPS
website that clarifies our health and safety protocols as they relate to COVID.  At Park Hill, we are fortunate to have an amazing nurse and office staff that are well-versed in how to handle a child who is not feeling well. While there are specific protocols in place, we will handle each case individually as it comes. We will investigate the reasons and symptoms of why a child does not feel well. This will include whether or not they had breakfast, if there is an underlying or pre-existing medical condition such as allergies or asthma, and we will do everything we can to determine how that child is feeling at the moment and what needs to be done. We will also communicate with parents, which may include the need to pick up your child from the office if there are noticeable symptoms. Please do not pre-load your student with Advil/Tylenol or any other medication prior to coming to school if you know they are already not feeling well. We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter. Our goal is to keep Park Hill open and to keep all of our students and adults safe and healthy.

Ken Burdette, Principal Continue reading Panther Pages, August 27, 2021

Panther Pages, May 14, 2021

Good Afternoon Park Hill Families:

I hope this message finds you doing well. Once again, I would like to reiterate my sincere appreciation for your support and generosity with our Dance Party fundraiser last Friday. It was a huge success, and we rely on this type of support to effectively run our programs and staff within the school.

In addition, and on a more serious note, I have noticed an uptrend with students picking up inappropriate language and racially insensitive concepts from social media, and bringing these to school to share. This includes videos seen on TikTok and YouTube, as well as TV programming more suitable for teenagers and up. As you might expect, this leads to curiosity within our students, especially when they do not know what a word or a topic means, and especially not having the proper context for it. Please take a moment or two and speak with your children around what they are watching and what they are taking away from it. This includes the use of racial slurs that they have heard as well as racially insensitive topics. In the fall, we will offer various parent workshops around these very topics and conversations. This is in support of our Black Excellence Plan and our commitment to equity and inclusion.  Please be on the lookout for more as we move into next year.

Ken Burdette, Principal Continue reading Panther Pages, May 14, 2021