Titan eNews

Weekly Campus Update

Mission: To create a community of learners empowered to collaborate and compete in a rapidly changing world.

A Round of Applause to our Parents for Lunch!

Thank you for the delicious soups, salads, desserts, and drinks served for our staff lunch yesterday. It's the perfect time of year for a warm lunch with so many yummy choices! Thank you for making our staff feel right at home with a wonderful home-cooked meal!

Check out our Titan participants in the AT&T Hack-a-thon in the Plano Profile!

A word about our daily schedule~

In the event that your learner shared feedback with you regarding how we have scheduled our time this week in learning, please know that we met with our kiddos to talk about flexibility returning to the schedule in the coming weeks during Titan Time today. Thank you for your patience and grace in our responding to the need for additional communication with them. Go Titans!

PSAT Parent/Learner Information Night

2nd and 3rd Year Parents and Learners ~ Please join counselor, Pam Conner, next Thursday, 1/14 at 6:30pm in the Dome to learn more about your child's PSAT results and supporting resources available from the College Board.

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Sophomore & Junior Learner and Parent Meeting

Join your counselors on Thursday, January 14th at 6:30 pm in the DOME for an overview of PSAT scores and conversation about preparing for the college application season.

We will briefly review the information found in the score report as well as review how to use Naviance and talk about why it is important.

Spring Academic Conferences

Beginning in February, counselors will be meeting one-on-one with each sophomore and junior and his/her parent to review the learner’s transcript, PSAT scores, and discuss courses for the 2016-17 academic year.

Each learner and parent will receive an invitation by mail with a preselected conference date and time. Conferences will conclude the week after spring break.

First Year Learners

On January 22nd counselors will be meeting with first years to talk about registering for the 2016-17 academic year.

Each learner will bring home a registration form to be completed and returned on January 29th.


Juniors-This spring is the time to take your SAT/ACT.

We encourage you to take them both.

Check out collegeboard.org and act.org for test dates and registration deadlines


There are numerous scholarships posted in Naviance-check out the list.

You can also find scholarships online through sites such as fastweb.org, chegg.com, collegenet.com, and the counselors have a listing of scholarships in their office.

You are welcome to stop by and pick up a copy.

Titan Talk: Anne French and Jennifer Holm on Friday, 1/15/16

On Friday, January 15, Anne French and Jennifer Holm will be speaking to our female learners about careers in Engineering and emerging technologies. Both of these accomplished ladies work in the DLP division at Texas Instruments, one as a mechanical engineer and one as a computer scientist. They speak frequently to students through an organization called High Tech High Heels. You can learn more about their organization at http://www.hightechhighheels.org/

Winter Formal ~ Save the Date! 1/30/16!

Our annual Winter Formal Dance sponsored by STUCO will be held on Saturday, 1/30, from 7-10pm on the 3rd floor here at PAHS. Tickets go on sale soon ~ stay tuned for more information!

1st Year E-News By Alex Gonzalez

The first years have spent their first week back generally catching up on previous assignments and reviewing concepts that might have forgotten over the break.Their current project, A League of Our Own, is far from over, as it is due in February, and learners are steadily working towards goals to prepare them for their presentations.

1st Years Project League of our Own ~ Save the Date! Saturday, 2/6/16 Clark Stadium Family Event and Tailgate

2nd Year E-News By Jonathan Main

Returning to the Academy, 2nd Year Learners dove back into their project, Beneath the Surface. This week the Titans finished up propaganda campaigns and completed their viral cards assignment. Learners also spent time in the Fab Lab starting work on their submarines this week. Suggesting that one group’s sub design might be a bit too unconventional, Mr Fawcett said, “I like the idea, but I hope you know you’re basically building the Great Wall of China underwater.” With whispers of a Debate deliverable on the horizon, some learners were snooping around looking for any clues about what it could be. All in all, this week got most groups much closer to being ready for presentation day on January 26.

2nd Years Project Beneath the Surface ~ Save the Date! Tues., 1/26

Submarines will launch into the natatorium at Williams High School on January 26th! A flyer with more details will be shared soon. Please save the date as parents are welcomed to attend this exciting underwater challenge!

3rd Year E-News by David Yang

Third-Years visited George W. Bush Presidential Library on January 5th, the first day of the semester, to aid building their own presidential libraries. Learners left at 9:30 and arrived at Southern Methodist University, where the George W. Bush Presidential Library is housed, by 10:00. Titans visited various exhibits chronicling the tenure of George W Bush as president (2001-2009). Two of the exhibits included a Decision Room, a digital interactive that simulates making decisions as president, and an exact-size replica of the Oval Office. After visiting the library and watching a film about the former president, learners went to Haggard Park in Downtown Plano to eat lunch. Learners returned to Academy by 1:30 for seminars.

Learners enjoyed the experience and are using the exhibits and interactives to build their own presidential libraries and decision rooms. Learners will receive their presidents to research by January 8th.

3rd Years ~ Annual Ring Ceremony Tuesday, 2/23/16

Parents of 3rd Years,

Many of our learners ordered senior class rings before the winter break. We will have a special presentation of the rings on Tuesday, 2/23, at 7:00 pm for ALL 3rd years and their families who wish to participate. Jostens will have the rings ready for presentation, and they will also have empty boxes ready to hold a ring you've purchased from another source, a family ring, or any ring so that you and your child may participate as well. During the ceremony, Titans turn their rings together signifying their standing united until graduation. It's a very special evening! More details will follow. Please save the date!

4th Year E-News By Rachel Varnell

This week, learners are adjusting to a new schedule design, intended to give facilitators and learners more time for each seminar and subject. Having this new schedule should take away most of the stress the Fourth Years had, especially last semester. Although the change was a tad shocking to the Fourth Years, having a more structured schedule each day can help students get more work done on time and allow more time for project work, and on capstone projects. No new projects have been introduced to the Fourth Year learners yet, as they still need to finish their presentations for the project they had previously been working on. Keeping the seminar style may have been what learners preferred, but the new schedule makes it much easier to add things to presentations. Stay focused Fourth Years, only a few months left!

Good Luck to Titan Robotics 5431! Kick-Off is tomorrow~ Saturday!

To learn more about FRC FIRST Robotics season and to access live streaming of this year's challenge, link here: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc
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TEA School Report Card Information

The State of Texas 2014-2015 School Report Card for Plano ISD Academy High School has now been released, and posted to the PAHS website http://k12.pisd.edu/academy-high-school/tapr

This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. The information contained in the School Report Card is required by state law and is briefly described in the “School Report Card Definitions.” If you have any questions concerning the School Report Card, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of Plano ISD Academy High School.