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Spring Testing Information
The STAAR End-of Course tests for English 1 and English 2 will be given on March 31 (English 1) and April 1 (English 2) for students taking the test for the first time or for students who are retesting. It is important that all students be present and on time on these days.

TAKS Retesting (for Senior students) will occur during the week of April 21-April 24, 2014.

The TAKS testing schedule will be as follows:
ELA--April 21st
Mathematics--April 22nd
Science--April 23rd
Social Studies--April 24th

Retesters will report to the library at 7:20 on these days.

The final round of STAAR EOC (End-of-Course) tests will occur during the week of May 6th-9th for students taking the test for the first time or for students who are retesting. It is important that all students be present and on time on these days.

The testing schedule will be as follows:
Biology--May 6th
Algebra I--May 7th
U. S. History--May 8th
Senior Class Meeting
The seniors will have a class meeting during 3rd/8th period on Friday, May 2nd to discuss prom photo packages, prom guidelines, travel forms, fines/fees, attendance, etc.
Talent Show
The PHS 13-14 Talent Show is May 2nd at 6 pm.
Tickets are $5 at lunches and $10 at the door.
Important Dates For The Senior Class
May 9th – Last Day to buy Prom Tickets
May 16th – Prom at the Bell Tower on 34th St.
May 16th – Senior Packets will be handed out during check-in
May 19th to 23rd – Senior dress up week
- Mon. the 19th – Spartan Gear Day
- Tues. the 20th – Celebrity Day
- Wed. the 21st – Senior Citizen Day
- Thurs. the 22nd – Would you be my friend if I dressed like this day?
- Fri. the 23rd – College Day
May 23rd – Last day to buy Picnic Tickets
May 23rd – Last Day of Instruction for Seniors
May 23rd – All Fees are Due
- Fees must be paid in order to walk at Graduation
May 27th – Final Senior Class Meeting
May 28th – Senior Picnic at H&H Ranch
- Seniors must ride the bus
May 29th – Graduation Rehearsal
- Seniors must ride the bus
May 30th – Pizza Party and Yearbook signing
May 31st – Graduation
- Seniors arrive at 7:45 am
- Event begins at 9am
- Location is the MO Campbell Center in Aldine
- Seniors are responsible for their own transportation/no bus available
Prom Tickets On Sale
Prom tickets are now on sale.
Theme: Moroccan Mystique
Location: Bell Tower on 34th Street in Houston
Date/Time: Friday, May 16 from 8pm to midhight

Save $ 5 --- Tickets are $ 65 if purchased by April 18th.
May 9th is the last day to purchase Prom tickets !
See Ms. Sutherland in room C 104.
2014-2015 Academic Calendar

2014-2015 Academic Calendar
2014-2015 Calendar - Printable Version
PHS Art Winners

PHS Art Winners Final Competitions of the '13-'14 year for PHS Art Students!
Daniella Mata won Grand Champion at Montgomery County Fair, bringing in $2,500!
Alex Nora and Tasnuva Haider both won Medals with a perfect score of 4 at State Vase at Bryan High School.
April 18 Will Be A "B" Day For Secondary Students
April 18 Designated Bad Weather Make Up Day

All students at Keefer Crossing Middle School, White Oak Middle School, New Caney High School and Porter High School will follow their B-Day schedules on April 18.

Please update your family calendars to reflect the changes. Should you have any questions, contact your child’s campus.
Golden Grace Joins Collegiate Dance Team
Alyssa Perry, a senior Golden Grace, is one of only two incoming freshmen to make the Houston Baptist University dance team for next year.
Spartan Track and Field Regional Qualifiers
Congratulations to the following athletes for qualifying for the Region III 4A track meet at Sam Houston: The top 2 athletes from this meet qualify for the State Meet in Austin.

Evelyn Chavez- 1600/3200
Alyssa Herrington- Discus
Courtney Mitchell- Shot put
Alex Reece- Pole Vault
Band Receives First HS Varsity Sweepstake​s Award at UIL C&SR 2014

Band Receives First HS Varsity Sweepstake​s Award at UIL C&SR 2014 Our non-varsity band - The Symphonic Band - made a dramatic improvement from last year's scores with a 223-222 score from six judges, which earned them 2nd division Concert and 2nd division Sightreading. non-varsity is now performing concert music AND sightreading at an "EXCELLENT" level.

Our varsity group - The Wind Ensemble - accomplished something truly remarkable. They received 112-112 from six judges, making 1st Division "Superior" Ratings in Concert AND Sightreading! Since the band also earned a 1st Division superior rating in UIL Marching Contest this year, that means the band won 1st Division in EVERY CATEGORY this year! This accomplishment earns them their first-ever UIL HS Varsity Sweepstakes Award!

Our band is the first band in New Caney ISD history to ever be awarded the varsity Sweepstakes award.
Letter Jacket Fitting
On 4/15 we will be having our second ACADEMIC only letter jacket fitting in the LGI during lunches.
Technology Students Associatio​n State Contest

Technology Students Associatio​n State Contest PHS competed at the Waco Convention Center and came home winners. Our students won 58 total medals ranging from 1st to 5th place. Click this link to view individual results.

Porter High School (Chapter 510) brought home the award for Outstanding School and 3rd Place in State.
TAFE at Nationals
This past week sophomores Sarah Reece and Samantha Hughes competed at the Future Educators Association national competition in Minneapolis, MN. They did an awesome job and advanced to the final round on Friday. Although they did not bring home a trophy, making it to nationals as sophomores, and advancing to the final rounds while at nationals, is truly a wonderful accomplishment!
Choir UIL Concert & Sight Reading/Sp​ring Concert
Choir has a very exciting week coming up and would love to include you!
This Tuesday, April 15, Spartan Chorale will be traveling to Summer Creek HS to compete in UIL Concert & Sight Reading.

If you would like to hear us perform before the competition, all choirs will be performing on the Spring Concert this Thursday, April 10 @ 6:30 in the auditorium. Admission is free.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive
New Caney Association for School Nutrition is sponsoring a Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive.
April 14 - 25
A donation box is located by the Clinic door. Donations will be sent to The Mission.
Contact the Child Nutrition Dept. at 281-577-8690 or the Campus Nurse for additional information.
Final 19-4A District Track Results
PHS girls came away from the District Meet with 2 District Champions, 5 Area Qualifiers and a 4th place finish overall. Below are the final top 6 placers:

1st Place (District Champions/Area Qualifier)
Alyssa Herrington- Discus
Evelyn Chavez- 3200
Evelyn Chavez- 1600

2nd Place (Area Qualifier)
Haley Warren- Discus
Courtney Mitchell- Shot put (School Record)

3rd Place (Area Qualifier)
Sam Pennese- 100m (PR)

5th Place
Tierra Mauney- 400m (PR)
4x400m Relay (Mauney, Tristan, Gonzalez, Droddy) (SB)
Marqia Jefferson- Triple Jump

6th Place
Sam Pennese- Long Jump
Sam Pennese- Triple Jump (PR)
Becca Gonzalez- 800m (PR)
4x200m Relay (Pennese, Brooks, Housman, Jefferson) (SB)
Alyssa Herrington- Shot Put
Kim Hinton- 100 Hurdles (School Record)
Kim Hinton- 300 Hurdles (School Record)

PR- personal record
SB- seasons best
Porter HS "Seussical​" in the Houston Chronicle
Porter High School's "Seussical" has an article in the Houston Chronicle this Thursday in the Ultimate Kingwood section. Be sure to save your paper!
Below is a link to the online article. What GREAT news for New Caney ISD!

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Principal's Message


Welcome back students, parents and guardians to another exciting year at Porter High School.  Last year the graduating seniors set a very high bar with their outstanding accomplishments.  Porter High School had 7 AP scholars recognized last year and the class earned over $1.5 million dollars in scholarships and grants.  This year we are once again raising the bar and challenging everyone to perform to their full potential.  

In order to motivate every student and teacher to achieve their full potential we are adopting the laconic phrase of “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” as our theme for 2013-2014..  This quote  is a modern Greek term pronounced ([moˈlon laˈve]); it means  "come and take;” a classical expression of defiance presumably spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army's demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae.

Molon labe was repeated subsequently by countless generals and national leaders in order to express a fervent determination never to surrender. The motto is on the emblem of the Greek First Army Corps, it is the motto of United States Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), and it was a slogan in the Texas Revolution.

Two little words. With these two ancient Greek words, a concept is verbalized that has lived for two and a half millennia: They signify and characterize the warrior spirit... and the defiance to never give up no matter what the opposition. The concept is to stay positive and believe anything is possible.

Students, I want you to ask yourself if you are guilty of misusing and abusing the single most important asset you will ever have? Are you investing enough time, effort and money into developing this powerful asset? Or are you, like most people, letting it decay and atrophy due to lack of use until it becomes totally unusable not only to you but to the rest of humanity?

Attitude is the most important asset you will ever possess. Like most things in life, it is something everyone possesses, yet few utilize it well. While we all look to the outside to find the secrets to success, wealth and happiness, we neglect and disregard the power within ourselves; our own minds.

The mind can be defined as “the human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory and imagination.”

If you need a simpler and more practical definition, it is “the faculty of thinking, reasoning, and applying knowledge.” Why, then, is it the most abused and misused asset man possesses?

One of the most enlightening and inspiring books I have ever read is As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. In this book he compares the mind to a garden. He states, “a man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must and will bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”

Whatever is planted in that garden is what ultimately will be reaped. Just as you cannot plant corn and reap oranges, so you cannot plant destructive thoughts and reap a happy and successful life.”

If you plant positive thoughts you will reap positive results. Plant negative thoughts and you will reap negative results. Neglect to plant anything at all and the weeds will inevitably take over.  There is a reason why a lot of people don’t believe in positive thinking and that kind of thing. It is simply that they do not want to face the fact that their lives are totally in their own hands and they are afraid of the immense potential/results if they do so. Believing in positive thinking would mean that they cannot blame their lack of education, their parents, teacher or spouse for their failures.

It is much easier to think there is some force out there called “destiny” that is just against you and takes pleasure in seeing you suffer. If only this didn't happen or that had happened, you would be so much better off.  I am not saying that bad things don’t happen in life. Sometimes they do happen. However, your response to what happens to you, whether good or bad, is your choice. To quote James Allen once more; “man is the master of thought, the moulder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment and destiny.”

Your mind will work just as hard to make you fail as it will to make you succeed. It does not discriminate between good seed and bad seed. That should be great news! The amount of effort it takes to fail is the same amount of effort it takes to succeed as far as the mind is concerned. It is your responsibility to provide it with the right seeds of thought.

The first step is to be able to recognize the negative thoughts. Any thinking that emphasizes lack, failure, sickness and so on is negative. If you do not want it, don’t think it.  To give a practical example, have you ever seen someone driving a very expensive car and thought to yourself that you would never be able to own such a car? Replace it with the thought that it is totally possible for you to own that car.

By far the best way to change your mindset is to associate with other great minds. The saying “show me your friends and I will show you your future” is right on the spot! The company you keep says a lot about who you are and how you think. If you do not have company worth keeping do not lose heart. This is, after all, the information age. Through books, music, movies and the internet you can have access to the greatest minds that ever lived. Reading in particular has great potential to break the chains on your mind and expand it to greater dimensions.

Take every opportunity you have to read inspiring, uplifting and motivational books that will slowly but surely help you to create a beautiful garden in your mind and weed out the suffocating thoughts that so easily control our lives. Guard your mind steadfastly. Would you leave your now newly acquired car unlocked and without any form of protection in downtown Houston? Then why would you leave the greatest asset you possess, your mind, without defense?

Stay away from any form of negativity. This includes “good” friends that are a danger to your thinking. You don’t have to read everything in the paper about murder, death and suffering! Don’t join the pity party about how “the economy is tough and you are just barely managing.” Stay positive in all circumstances.

Mahatma Gandhi is a man that is greatly admired and who left an indelible footprint on this earth. Could it be because he realized the power that he possessed in his mind when he said, “you can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”

Students, you need to believe in success, have a positive attitude, and never stop trying to achieve your dreams.  Thomas Edison, whose workshop patented 1093 inventions including the phonograph, incandescent light bulb, kinetoscope, nickel-iron batteries, along with key parts of the movie camera, stated “many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

You are all you can be. Go on and be it. “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ”


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