PARIS, ILLINOIS
                                                                                      VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1

                                    PARI S C OOPE RAT IV E
                                    H I GH SC H OOL
                                    SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2009

                                   P C H S FALL S PO R T S UN D ERWAY
 INSIDE THIS                           The fall athletic season is     have been working very hard         19th at Sycamore Hills Golf
   ISSUE:                           now underway, and the              and look forward to opening         Club and will feature over 15
                                    coaches and athletes are           their season as they continue       teams. This is always a great
OPEN                2               excited about another suc-         to build their young program        event, and we expect more of
HOUSE                               cessful season.                    which is now entering its fifth     the same this season.
                                       Head football coach Mike        season.                                 PHS cheerleading is also
                                    Brouwer and his staff are anx-         Marilyn Wright and the girls    gearing up for another run at
WELCOME             2               ious to follow up last year's      tennis team had an eventful         the state competitive cheer-
TO THE                              playoff run with continued         summer and welcome back             leading championship. Last
JUNGLE                              success with a young and           plenty of experience as they        year the PHS Cheer Team
                                    talented football team. Our        get set to compete in a tough       finished 2nd in the entire
NEW                 3
                                    varsity football team opens        Apollo Conference that is full      state, and many of the tal-
FACULTY                             the season with three straight     of talented teams. The Lady         ented young ladies that
                                    home games, and we invite          Tigers have one of their larg-      earned them that distinction
THE PRIDE           4               everyone to John P. Allen Me-      est rosters in recent years         are returning this year. The
OF PARIS                            morial Field to cheer for the      and hope continue to build a        cheer team earned many 1st
                                    Tigers.                            quality team.                       place awards and honors at
ABOUT               4                  The PHS volleyball team             The PHS boys and girls golf     camp this summer and are
PCHS                                welcomes new head coach            teams also return plenty of         poised to make another
                                    Crystal Graham to the pro-         depth and talent for the 2009       strong effort this year.
                                    gram. Coach Graham joins us        season. Both teams opened               All of our sports schedules
                                    from the University of Illinois-   their seasons early this year       are available online at
                                    Springfield where she was an       and have been very success-
  MARK YOUR                         assistant coach and also a         ful so far. The boys golf invita-   We hope to see you at the
                                    former player. The Lady Tigers     tional will be held September       games, and go Tigers!

 October 9th
  No School—Institute
                                   CHANGES TO STAR MENTORING
                                       Based on the discussions        program is the addition of the          Using the Freshman Focus
 October 12th                      and feedback during the school     second monthly meeting. It is       model, S.T.A.R. Leaders went
  Columbus Day                      improvement meetings that          the intention of the M&M com-       through a lengthy application
                                    took place this summer, many       mittee that this time is used for   process in which they were
 October 16th                      changes have been made to          informational meetings deliv-       required to submit a resume,
                                    the mentoring program for the      ered by class sponsors, but,        letters of recommendation, and
  End of 1st Quarter                2009-2010 school year.             more specifically, it is for the    lesson plans and ice breaker
                                       Implementing a new morn-        mentors to choose a topic or        activities. Nineteen juniors and
 October 22nd and                  ing mentoring period allows the    activity of their choosing to       seniors were chosen to pilot the
  23rd                              mentor and mentees to interact     engage their group.                 program for the 2009-2010
                                    on a more regular basis. This is      In an attempt to lessen the      school year. At least two
  Parent-Teacher                    meant to be a time to listen to    struggle of transitioning from      S.T.A.R. Leaders have been
  Conferences                       the morning announcements,         junior high school to high          assigned to every freshman
                                    discuss grades, engage in          school, the M&M committee           mentoring group. They are to
 October 22nd                      thought-provoking activities,      has put together an additional      serve as role models, facilita-
                                    and have general discussion        support system for the fresh-       tors, and assistants to their
  Report Cards Out                  among peers.                       man class, the S.T.A.R. Leader      respective groups. They also
                                       Another major change to the     program.                            serve as a contact to freshmen.
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     The first PCHS open            recent alumni came back        there were still a fair num-
  house was held on August          to visit them.                 ber of people who stayed
  27, 2009, and was consid-            In addition to classroom    for the raffle.
  ered a success by many.           visits, parents and stu-          Kyle Andrews was the
  Gary Doughan, English             dents had the opportunity      lucky student who won the
  teacher, said, “I think the       to attend workshops. Dave      iPod nano, and a yearbook
  open house went really            Meister, PCHS director,        was also given away to
  well. A lot of parents            informed parents about         Corey Hays. Several stu-
  stopped by my room during         the new online gradebook       dents and parents won             Open house 2009 was
  the evening.”                     system called MMS, and         Pride Passes to athletic           a booming success.
     Other teachers were            Mark Cox, PCHS assistant       events as well.
  happy with the response           principal, discussed              Overall, it seems that
  as well. Tammy Pittenger,         changes to the student         the open house was well
  FCS teacher, and Heather          handbook.                      received, and PCHS staff             Paris Cooperative
  Seaton, business teacher,            PCHS also offered a         members were thrilled to
                                                                                                        High School is a
  said they also had a large        raffle at the end of the       have so many visitors from
  number of visitors and that       open house. Although           the community. Thank you             learning
  they were especially ex-          some students and par-         for making open house
  cited because so many             ents had to leave early,       such a positive event.
                                                                                                        dedicated to

PCHS HOMECOMING WEEK                                                                                    developing well-
       “Welcome to the Jungle.”     serious outfits, depending     der Puff shirts signed by all
       No, this is not a            on the mood of the partici-    of their friends.                    productive,
  flashback to the 1980’s.          pants. Many teachers               The big event, though,
                                                                                                        engaged citizens
  Rather, this was the theme        dressed up for twin day: Mr.   was Class Games, which
  for Homecoming 2009 at            Ogle dressed up as Apollo      was held on Friday, Septem-          in a respectful,
  Paris Cooperative High            and Mrs. Wells and Mrs.        ber 25, 2009. Students’
  School.                           Sherer dressed up as Arte-     shouts and cheers echoed
                                                                                                        safe, supportive
       Homecoming week was          mis, the teachers on the       off the gym walls as dozens          environment.
  filled with many fun events,      bottom floor all dressed up    of students and teachers
  including dress up days, a        as Mr. Happ, Mr. Doughan       competed in the competi-
  penny war, a float building       and Mr. Lynch wore similar     tion. After it was all said and
  contest, and class games at       outfits, and Mr. Dundas and    done, the seniors won the
  the end of the week. In addi-     Mr. Tripp were twins.          competition, and they also
  tion to these activities, there      Students had a great        won the Spirit Award for
  were also the basics—the          time with the dress-up days    Homecoming Week after
  Homecoming football game          as well, and they seemed to    placing 1st in a very close
  and the Homecoming dance,         really enjoy class color day   float contest.
  of course.                        on Wednesday. The hallways         Thank you to everyone
       Students and teachers        were flooded with shades of    who helped make Home-
  alike embraced the dress-up       orange, pink, blue, and        coming Week possible and
  days, and many could be           green, and students were       exciting for all those in-        Welcome to the Jungle
  seen decked out in silly or       anxious to have their Pow-     volved.                            Homecoming 2009
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      Born in Charleston       loh, Mr. Cox accepted a        and is enrolling in a
  and raised in Paris, Mr.     position teaching science      heavy equipment opera-
  Mark Cox attended both       here at PCHS and is now        tor training program in
  Crestwood and Paris          starting his first year as a   January. His youngest
  High School. His father      new administrator in the       son, Zach, is a student at
  was a counselor at Mayo      building.                      Crestwood and loves
  Middle School, and he            His new role consists      football. Mr. Cox’s step-
  followed his footsteps by    of a great deal of tasks:      son, Blake, is in the Na-
  entering the field of edu-   reviewing the school           tional Guard and is en-
  cation himself.              handbook, reviewing            rolled at EIU, and his
      Mr. Cox earned his       building updates, and          stepdaughter, Brittany, is    Mr. Mark Cox is the
  B.S. from Eastern Illinois   overseeing parking; how-       a student at ISU and is
  University in 1994 and       ever, he primarily takes       pursuing a degree in ele-    new assistant principal
  his M.S. at Eastern Illi-    care of school discipline      mentary education.                 at PCHS.
  nois University in 2008.     and conducts faculty                 When not working at
  After graduating from        evaluations.                   Paris Cooperative High
  college, he was first em-         On a personal note,       School, Mr. Cox is an
  ployed by St. Teresa         Mr. Cox is married and         active member of St. Mi-
  High School in Decatur,      has four children. He has      chael's Parrish in Hume,
  where he taught physical     a lovely wife named Tina,      Illinois. He also enjoys        Parent-Teacher
  science and biology for      who is employed at First       spending his time as a
  two years. In 1996, he       Bank & Trust in Paris. He      volunteer youth football        Conferences are
  took a new job at Shiloh     has two sons, a stepson,       coach here in Paris, and
  High School as a junior/     and a stepdaughter. His        he has coached YMCA             Thursday,
  senior high school sci-      oldest son, Levi, gradu-       basketball, soccer, and         September 22nd
  ence teacher and assis-      ated from Shiloh High          American Legion base-
  tant coach.                  School, is working con-        ball since his return to        from 4—8 and
      After teaching at Shi-   struction in Champaign,        Paris in 2004.
                                                                                              September 23rd
                                                                                              from 8—11:30.
       Betsy Wells, our            She is married to          Spanish or computer
  new English teacher, is      Ryan, and they have            technology, and she
  enjoying her very first      two children: a four-year      would also like to start
  year as a teacher. After     -old boy, Liam, and a          working towards her
  completing her student       one-year-old girl, Chloe.      master’s degree in Eng-
  teaching at West Vigo        Being an English               lish or library media in
  High School and Middle       teacher, she, of course,       the next year, but she
  School, Mrs. Wells           loves to read and write,       has not decided what to
  graduated from Indiana       and she hopes to some-         do first yet. She would
  State University in May      day be a published au-         love to just do them all
  2008 with a bachelor’s       thor. She is interested in     and be not only a life-
  degree in English teach-     taking some classes to         long teacher, but a life-
  ing and a minor in crea-     earn an                        long student as well!         Mrs. Betsy Wells is a
  tive writing.                endorsement in either                                        new English teacher.

 Congratulations to the students of the month! Teachers nominate students for this honor for a variety of reasons:
 excelling in the classroom, striving to make great improvements, maintaining a positive attitude, helping their
 classmates, and so on. For this edition of the faculty newsletter, PCHS is pleased to announce the twelve students
 who have been nominated by their teachers for this honor. Great work, Tigers! Way to make your teachers, par-
 ents, community, and school proud. You truly are the pride of Paris.

 The following students have been named PCHS students of the month. Front row (from left to right): Jasmine Ben-
 nett, nominated by Mrs. Wells ; Kalen Pennington, nominated by Mrs. Sherer; Christiana Daniels, nominated by
 Ms. Seaton; and Tyler Bouslog, nominated by Mr. Tripp. Back row (from left to right): Charles Harris, nominated by
 Ms. Collier; Shannon Ueberfluss, nominated by Mr. Dundas; Brandy Foley, nominated by Mrs. Terrell; Michael Mo-
 reschi, nominated by Mr. Roger Thomas; and Ethan Mason, nominated by Mrs. Kelsheimer. Not pictured: Kirsten
 Middleton, nominated by Mrs. Phegley; Brian Groover, nominated by Mr. Carl Ogle; and Marissa Mace, nominated
 by Ms. Hewitt.

 Paris Cooperative High    in Paris. Offering a va-   technology-rich atmos-
 School is home to over    riety of courses, stu-     phere. If you would like
 600 students and 50       dents have the oppor-      to know more about
 staff members. In the     tunity to study any-       the school, please con-
 center of Edgar County,   thing from horticulture    tact the office or visit
 PCHS is one of the most   to criminology to music    us on the web!
 recognized landmarks      appreciation in a

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