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Great Things Are Happening Here
It has been a busy summer at Piedmont High School as students noticed several changes when they returned on Monday, August 26. New staff, fresh paint, a new academy, and more greeted students as they began the 2013-2014 school year.
As students entered the A building on the first day of school, they noticed a new addition to the lobby as a large Panther statue has been mounted as a symbol of our Panther Pride. As students continued through the school, they noticed that all classrooms were painted and teachers had received a new laptop. There were also several new faces on the staff this year, including new assistant principal Tracy Strickland. Mrs. Strickland joins the administrative team after serving as assistant principal at East Union Middle School and Forest Hills High School. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised in Venezuela, South America. She graduated from Academia Christiansen, a small boarding school for English-speaking students in the Andes Mountains, very near the border of Colombia. Her many experiences abroad are sure to be a great addition to our global awareness endeavors.
Piedmont will also be adding its first career academy this year. Mr. Travis Climbingbear will head up the Public Safety Academy, which will expose students to many activities related to public safety, with a focus on firefighting. The Public Safety Academy will be open to any student who has an interest. Students who enroll in the academy will be required to take a general public safety course during the Fall semester before matriculating into Firefighting I during the Spring semester. These courses will include many hands-on activities, which will increase student engagement in order to allow Piedmont students to better serve our community in the future.
Athletically, the fall sports teams are already practicing and participating in scrimmages. The football team participated in the FCA Jamboree held at Wingate University on Saturday, August 10, where they scrimmaged Myers Park and East Lincoln. The Panthers open the home football season on Friday, August 30 vs. Porter Ridge. According to Coach Ron Massey, “The teams, both Varsity and JV, are making progress towards their opening games. We are excited about the upcoming season and the challenges that we will face heading into a new conference. We hope the students and community will be appreciative of the time and sacrifices these young men have put into the program.”
Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 by Donna Helms