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SHAKESPEARE LIVE AT PLHS

Students at PLHS got to experience LIVE theater from a traveling theater company PSF (Professional Shakespeare Festival). The company performed “A Mid Summer Nights Dream”. After the performance, selected students got to attend theater workshops with the actors. These included: Stage Combat, Clowning, Action to the Word and Non-verbal Storytelling. This performance and these workshops were student funded. Thanks to the following clubs who made this possible: Varsity Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Yearbook and Music/Drama Club. The extra funds that were needed to make this happen were raised through a grant from the National Shakespeare Foundation. Thank You to Mrs. Conrad for organizing this event and bringing more Fine Arts Culture to Purchase Line!

STEM @ PLHS

PLHS teachers Mr. Farabaugh, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Malarik, and Mrs. Subich attended the Project-Based Learning “Because It's a Project-Based World” course October 16 and 17 at ARIN IU 28. Each of these teachers will not only implement project-based learning into their classes this year, but they will also complete an externship with STEM professionals to help the teachers to bridge classroom learning with the real world and better prepare students for a career in the industry. They will return to ARIN in January to report on their externships and further explore project-based learning principles.

Elementary Dismissal Changes

In an effort to ensure the safety of all of our students we are making a slight change to our student dismissal procedure. Students will continue to board the buses and vans as normal, but parent pick-up will have a change. If you are planning on signing your student out at the end of the day, you will need to be there by 3:25 PM, if you are after that your students will have to ride the bus. Students will be dismissed from the same door as they have been using, but the person who has signed out the child must come to the door before the child is released. We are no longer going to dismiss the children all at once to go and find the person taking them home. We do not want the children walking or running out into traffic or navigating through the parking lot looking for their parents while cars are moving. Escorting your child to your car is a safer practice. We will do our best to keep this process moving quickly. Please feel free to walk up and make a line along the sidewalk at or before dismissal. We will start to release students at the bell. I would also like to encourage you to park off to the right, away from the vans. This will make the parking area less congested. As always I appreciate your attention to this matter and please know that all decisions were made with the safety of all of our students in mind. I am asking that you please continue to use caution when driving on campus. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me anytime. Thank You.
Grey image of Purchase Line's Dragon Mascot.

Home of the Red Dragons

Western PA, a densely forested, unsettled wilderness was untouched by the hand of the settler, at least until after 1768. In that year on November 5, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix was signed. This treaty established boundary lines between lands belonging to the proprietors of PA, that being William Penn heirs and those lands occupied by the Indians of the Six Nations. The land in question was given to William Penn in the 1700's by King Charles II of England as payment for a debt to Penn's father. After the death of William Penn his son, John Penn, then Lieutenant Governor of PA, decided to have his share of the inheritance surveyed. In pursuit of the matter, John Penn communicated by letter in the fall of 1769 through Sir William Johnson, a British Indian Agent, with the Cayuga Indians, a Northeast tribe dwelling in the land to be surveyed. Due to disputes over surveying procedures, it wasn't until the fall of 1773 that the issues were settled and two representatives for the Penn estate traveled in a birch bark canoe up the West Branch of the Susquehanna River to meet with the Indians at a place known as "Canoe Place," where negotiations were begun for surveying the purchase. Following streams, ridges, and the land-marks familiar to the Indians, the party paced out a boundary, later known as the "Purchase Line," stretching from Cherry Tree to Kittanning and the Allegheny River. During the walking purchase, the party came to a location approximately seven miles from "Canoe Place" where the little settlement of Purchase Line began. Thus, the high school was erected by this village near Penn's boundary line, giving the school and newly formed district its name .
 

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