Letter: Focus upon the good going on at PHS

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Focus upon the good going on at PHS

To the editor:

I'd love to take a few minutes to brag about a wonderful place that is near and dear to my heart. As a Pittsfield High School graduate and now a teacher at that very school, I pride myself on bleeding purple and white.

Let me take you back through these last few weeks at PHS. It is clear that the community is aware of the issues at the skate park, and our tenacious leader's initiative to keep our PHS students safe by placing limitations on the time the park is open. But what you may not know, is all of the great things that are happening right inside that building.

Since the beginning of the second quarter alone, PHS has shown its greatness in a variety of ways. The PHS newspaper, Generally Speaking, rolled out, with student-driven articles and information being poured into the school. PHS students won many awards at their first academic decathlon of the 2015-2016 season. The PHS SkillsUSA chapter spent a weekend in central Massachusetts where they competed in their trades and brought home many awards, including gold metals.

The culinary program began a cooking show aired on the local TV station. Proteus put on a show-stopping performance of "Almost Maine," drawing crowds of laughing students and community members. Clubs like PeaceJam and SADD collected holiday items for local families.

The orchestra continues its path to success in performing in NYC. The art department had another fantastic showing at The Festival of Trees. The band has performed another wonderful holiday concert, giving the school a festive push through to break. These are just a few examples. I could go on.

In addition to all of the extra curricular activities, students are working hard every day in their classes. Early acceptance letters are flooding the doors of our senior level students, earning the ultimate reward for their dedication to their work.

This past week alone in my classroom, I have seen students work diligently on pre-calculus tests, analyze text from The Help, complete projects on the human brain for psychology and more. I've watched as students fill out college applications and apply for scholarships. I have heard conversations of programs offered at BCC and how the guidance staff help them through the college process.

Day in and day out, five days a week, students show up at 300 East Street ready to be taught lessons in academics and lessons in life. They mature right in front of our eyes. We're the lucky ones who get to see them become young adults who are readying themselves for the world outside of high school.

Imagine that. All this great stuff going on even though they were allowed to go off campus for lunch.

Ali Charles, Pittsfield The writer is a teacher at PHS.


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