New Student Q&A

What’s a class meeting?

You’ll get your official PHS handbook and planner, go over the honor code, and miss a period or two of classes with the people in your grade

How does changing for gym work?

You have a five-minute window (hypothetically) between the second bell of your gym period and the first bell of your next class to change. Bring your own combination lock if you want a changing room locker; otherwise, carry your clothes in your backpack! Although teachers encourage you to use locker rooms, many students prefer to change in a convenient bathroom. You don’t have to change on the first day of school.

Can I eat in class?

Depends on the teacher—some will invite you to nosh if it helps you study, but others prohibit food, calling it a distraction. It’s best to ask.

What’s up with attendance?

A good reason to be present and on time is that too many unexcused absences or tardies can result in loss of credit for a course. If you find yourself with too many attendance points (thoroughly explained in your PHS handbook), you can appeal at the end of the year, but it’s better to not find yourself in that position at all. If you need an absence or tardy to be excused, turn in an excuse note to the attendance office.

What are my class colors?

Your class color is featured on your student ID. Make sure to wear your colors to show your spirit on class colors day during Spirit Week!

  • Class of 2018: green and black
  • Class of 2017: orange and black
  • Class of 2016: red and black
  • Class of 2015: yellow and black

Want to start a club of your own?

Here’s how: go to guidance and pick up a club registration form from Ms. Lygas. All you need is a club name, description, location, advisor, and five student signatures to become an official group.

Why does school end at 1:49 on Wednesdays?

On Wednesdays, classes are 35 minutes long instead of the typical 45, and a 25-minute homeroom period is sandwiched between second and third periods. School gets out early to accommodate Peer Group for freshmen and community service meetings for sophomores.

What is Teen PEP?

Teen PEP is a sex-education program in which select juniors and seniors present workshops on sex-related topics and healthy decision-making for freshmen and sophomores.

What are summer assignments?

Required summer reading, math, and science assignments differ by classes. Assignments can be found on the district department webpages. These assignments serve more as benchmarks than anything else, but make sure to do them so you’re prepared for the infamous summer reading essay and any math or science quizzes your teacher decides to give.