Parkville High Network Success Stories

AVID Students Visit Goucher College, November 2019

Under the leadership of Julie Evans, the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at Parkville helps students succeed academically and apply for college. The Network is a proud supporter of this program and helped fund their field trip to Goucher this November. They had a great time! These field trips to academic institutions open up new worlds of possibility for our students.

ELL Program Goes To Annapolis, Fall 2019

The Network provided the majority of the funding for 180 students in the ELL program (English Language Learners) at Parkville to participate in a field trip to get to know the capital of our state in their unit “My Maryland”.

The Network works closely with the ELL Chair at Parkville, Anita Prifti, and also provides school supplies and other items for students in need.

We Celebrate The AVID Honor Role Students, March 2019!

The Student Support Network is proud to support the AVID program at Parkville High School – Honor Roll certificates were recently awarded to 53 students, including these students from the 9th and 10th grades. In addition, seven teacher awards were given to individual students for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations!

As one student said: “I feel honored and appreciated. Thank you for the reward that pushes me to do better and achieve my goals!”

Congratulations to the AVID Honor Roll Students! December, 2018

Congratulations to Ms. Julie Evans and all of the students in the AVID program at Parkville who made the honor roll!

The Network supports the AVID program at Parkville with two special donors who have made a year-long commitment with monthly donations.

Important Visit to Goucher College for Freshmen in AVID Program at Parkville High School, October 2018

The Student Support Network provides funding for academic field trips at our Network schools for students who cannot afford the costs.  Funds for the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at Parkville are being provided for the 2018-2019 school year through generous donations from Cheri and Bob Pegues and Susan and Jeff Dorsey.  Visiting a college early in high school can be a life-changing experience for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Network funding makes additional college visits and other interactions with former AVID participants possible.

The letter below was written by Julie Evans, the AVID coordinator at Parkville HS, to staff at Goucher who helped arrange this visit:

Cass and Corky,

The Parkville High School AVID Freshmen had a fabulous experience visiting Goucher College Tuesday.  Corky, your presentation was so helpful and informative for this specific audience.   Your student tour guides also did a wonderful job providing an insightful and enjoyable tour of the campus.  Needless to say, lunch on campus in your beautiful new dining hall was a highlight of the trip for the students as they thoroughly enjoyed their lunch.  Thank you so much to all of you for making this valuable college experience happen for our college preparatory students.  I have attached photos from the visit.  We also enjoyed our time with two of our own grads that joined us and shared how thrilled they are to be Gophers.  You all have certainly made an indelible impression on our students that will continue to reap benefits as they work towards making their college dreams a reality.

With gratitude,
Julie Evans
AVID Coordinator
Reading Specialist
Parkville High School

The Network is Proud to be a Partner in Support of AVID!

The Student Support Network supports the AVID program, a wonderful program in schools that helps to prepare all students, using a student-centered approach, to prepare for college. We recently supplied styluses for high school seniors at Parkville HS – here is a message from the AVID coordinator: “Using technology effectively is part of our curriculum in AVID. We want students to be comfortable with technology so they can utilize it in their classes and for study tools. The stylus allows a student to annotate text directly on a document without typing. It also allows them to be more creative with their notes and use color coding, both of which are shown to enhance learning retention. All of our students were issued devices that include a touch screen feature, but the students did not have styluses to use this function effectively. The styluses opened a door to more tech tools for them and they greatly appreciate them!”

Learn more about the AVID program

See the students’ thank you notes below.

School Kickoff, August 2018

Many thanks to Amy, Abby, and Jack McConnor (Jack working in another room), Sharon Childs, and Sharon Walker for their help in filling backpacks with school supplies for Parkville High School. We reached our initial goal of providing 50 backpacks for the beginning of the school year, and plan to do more!

A Successful Summer of 2018 for ESOL Students

These are messages of gratitude from students attending the summer school ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program at Parkville. Most of these students also work in the summer to help support their families.  The Parkville Network provided food and personal care items, which were available occasionally after school sessions and stocked in a classroom.

AVID College Visit, April 2018

In April, 2018, 50 honors students from the AVID program at Parkville High School visited the University of Maryland at College Park – a trip funded by a donor to the Parkville Network.

Board of Education Spring Recognition Event, April 2018

At the Baltimore County Board of Education Spring Recognition Event held April 11, 2018, Laurie Taylor-Mitchell accepted a certificate of recognition from Superintendent White and Board of Education members for the Parkville Network’s programs at Parkville High School.  The award ceremony was held at Loch Raven High School.

Laurie Taylor-Mitchell receiving an award for the Parkville Network.

Laurie Taylor-Mitchell and Maureen Astarita, Principal of Parkville High School, at the awards ceremony.

March 2018, Ascension Lutheran Church Easter Drive

Ascension Lutheran Church on York Road held an Easter Egg Hunt on March 24, 2018 and donations were collected for Parkville High School

February, 2018: Anonymous Donor Gives $7,000 to the Parkville Network

An anonymous Parkville resident gave $7,000 to the Parkville Network in honor of Dr. Richard O. Cook, VMD, known as “Doc” to many, who passed away in 2017.  To read about this generous donation, given through the R.O. Cook Family Foundation, Click here To see the impact that just one part of the donation made on the students at Parkville High School, read the letter from Master Sergeant Ruffin, MCJROTC Instructor at Parkville:  Read More

Photo of Dr. Richard O. “Doc” Cook, VMD, in whose memory a $7,000 donation was made to the Parkville Network.

Winter Clothing Drive, January 2018

A winter clothing drive was held in early January, 2018, to provide warm coats, hats, and gloves for students who needed them.

Before: staff getting students’ attention for coats, hats and gloves, January 2018.

After: Happy students getting winter clothes during January 2018 clothing drive.

Adopt a Family holiday event at Parkville High School, December, 2017

The Adopt a Family holiday program benefited 16 families.

Donations stored in a school office for the Adopt a Family program, December 2017.

Boxes of gifts and items arriving at Parkville High School for the December, 2017, Adopt a Family holiday program

School staff collecting and organizing donations at Parkville High School for the Adopt a Family program, December 2017.

Fall 2017 Support of the AVID program

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.

Fall, 2017: Councilwoman Cathy Bevins (6th District), supporters, and students of the AVID program – the AVID program has been supported by Councilwoman Bevins and the Parkville Network.

August 2017:  Summer Drive sponsored by Empower4Life benefitted Parkville High School

Donations loaded onto a truck during the August 2017 Empower4Life drive.

The Parkville Pantry after receiving donations from the August 2017 drive.