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1st Year E-News By Alexander Gonzalez

The First Years are now down to the final two weeks of their current project, Tiny Homes. Earlier on in the project, the First Years were given a choice of what to do for their deliverables. They can either build a piece of furniture with Mr. Kinney in the Fabrication Laboratory of create a paper model of their designed tiny home. Although they had a choice between which one to complete, each group is required to complete both of these things and all groups have been working hard on their builds. These assignments have been quite time consuming this week. In Physics, First Years have also been creating garden boxes, with the objective of growing different kinds of plants for this project’s Biology unit. In Math, learners have been conquering new challenges with assignments focusing on adding and subtracting rationals. First Years are also getting ready for what is to come in the final weeks of their project.

2nd Year E-News By Jonathan Main

Following Spring Break, the Second Years’ space has been a hive of activity. Teams have been putting the finishing touches on their animations and moving deeper into game development for Quantum Leap. The Second Year Learners also began prepping for April 5th through designing their Acadacon booth layouts. The room was full of discussions, ranging from presentation space logistics, all the way to giant murals. Now that the initial feelings of panic have waned, teams are rapidly constructing their games. Second Years have also been working on perspective drawings for the graphics of their games. The graphics are meant to capture the feel of what the games are about, and teams are working vigorously to accomplish their tasks. Make sure to check out #pahs10 on Twitter for sneak peeks at the development process.

3rd Year E-News By David Yang

Third-Years’ launched into their new project, Going Viral, on Monday March 14th, the day after Spring Break. The new project gives learners the opportunity to devise a disaster relief and recovery plan after a natural or man-made disaster in a state. Learners were assigned states on Monday and facilitators gave learners four days to prepare the first presentation to experts ranging from actuaries to corporate directors and members of the Plano Emergency Operations Center on Friday.

“I think they did a fabulous job,” Inga Holmes, Logistics and Supply Chain Director at Kone who was one of the chosen experts panelists, noted, “I was very impressed never having witnessed or observed this type of project work before.” Most panelists agree. “I think it’s a dream place for a high school and if I could have done this back in high school, it would’ve rocked,” added Holmes.

Learners seem satisfied with their choice of state, even if they were unable to select their preferred state. Wisconsin wasn’t Syed K. Baber’s first choice yet he is interested in what he has learned about the state and what he has learned about it..

earners are engaged and are enjoying the new project. Third-Years are also experimenting with a smaller group size ranging from two to three members on a team. “ I like the fact that we get to choose our own partners,” Emily Morrison commented.

4th Year E-News By Emily Ware

This week, Fourth Years are presenting their Capstone projects. After nearly half a year of work, learners are excited to present their personal projects to panels. With only one project left before graduation, learners are ready to move on in their spring towards the finish line. However, at this time, exactly what the rest of the school year holds for the Fourth Year is a mystery. A mystery that will begin to unravel itself on Monday morning.

Counselors Corner:


On March 29th, our first years will be taking the English I EOC.

On March 31st, our second years will be taking the English II EOC.

On your learner’s testing date, it will be necessary for your learner to have a sack lunch.

If your learner typically buys lunch in the café, sack lunches will be available in lieu of the normal menu by preorder only.

Preorders for sack lunches will be taken this coming week.

For non-testers, the lunch schedule and menu will remain the same.


May 2- Biology

May 3- Algebra I

May 4- U.S. History


The Counseling Office has received many brochures in regards to various summer programs.

Stop by and see if any of them are of interest.

Most recently received from the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU:

The Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at SMU Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering offers engineering summer programs for students entering 6th through 12th grades in Fall 2016. Each program provides a creative, hands-on environment for student to learn and apply their knowledge. This year we are offering more engineering programs than ever before for middle and high school students! Below is our list of offerings with corresponding registration links.

Visit our website to learn more and register:


Attendees will be able to talk with advisors, faculty and university representatives about the technical degrees at Collin College and transfer opportunities.

This counts as a college visit and is an excused absence for juniors and seniors.

Collin’s Technical Programs that will be represented:

Animation and Game Art, Business Management, Child Development, Cisco Systems Computer Networking Technology, Commercial Photography, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Computer Networking Technology, Computer Systems, Convergence Technology, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Digital Video, E-Business Development, Electronic Engineering Technology

Graphic Design and Web, Green Interior and Architectural Design, Hospitality and Food Service Management, Information Systems Cybersecurity, Interpreter Preparation Program/Deaf

Marketing, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Pastry Arts, Polysomnographic Technology, Respiratory Care, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Surgical Technology

Departments and Universities that will also be represented:

Academic Advising, Continuing Education, Continuing Education-Health Science, Cooperative Work Experience, Counseling/Career Services

Foundation Scholarship Program, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Women’s University, University of North Texas


Frankford Middle School PTA is offering 3 scholarships (1-$1000 and 2-$500) to PISD graduates who attended Frankford for 6-8th grades. More information can be found on our website www.frankfordpta.org. Deadline for applications is April 15th.

Other Plano ISD elementary and middle schools offer scholarships to past students as well. Check the Scholarship list in Naviance or stop by the Counseling Office for more information.


National College Fair - Arlington Convention Center, Arlington, TX - Thurs. April 7 from 5-8:30pm

We expect over 300 institutions from all over the US, plus many international universities, to attend the fair. For more information, including a list of attending colleges and tips for students on how to make the best use of your time at the fair, go to http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/SpringNCF/Pages/Dallas.aspx. This is a terrific opportunity for juniors to focus their college research, and for ninth and tenth graders to begin learning about colleges. In addition to the fair, we will have a number of information sessions on aspects of the admissions.

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD REGISTER at https://www.gotomyncf.com/Registration/EventSelectForState?stateName=All


The Purdue University Office of Admissions invites you to one of our Preview Purdue information sessions detailing the educational opportunities and the admissions process.

Sunday, March 20, 2016 Monday, March 21, 2016

1:30-3:00 pm 6:00-7:30 pm

Check-in will begin at 1:00 pm Check-in will begin at 5:30 pm

Texas Star Golf Course Frito-Lay North America

1400 Texas Star Pkwy 7701 Legacy Dr
Euless, TX Plano, TX

A Purdue University admissions counselor will be in attendance. Take advantage of this occasion to learn more about Purdue and get your questions answered.

R.S.V.P. as soon as possible at admissions.purdue.edu/PreviewPurdue


Boston University will be hosting a reception for high school sophomores and juniors and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to learn more about BU and what makes an application competitive for admission.

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center
5410 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75240

Registration and refreshments: 1:30 p.m.
Presentation: 2:00 p.m.

All students who plan to attend should RSVP on our website. Thank you for your assistance.