Clark High School Monday Memo

March 21, 2016

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Staff Passwords Expiring...Please Read Closely Today

Please be advised of a recent recommendation by the district’s auditors regarding network passwords for STAFF. In order to increase security and strengthen our internal controls, PISD will be requiring network password changes for all of our staff. We have worked out a plan to expire all staff network passwords between March 22nd and April 14th. Your password could expire at any time during that window, and your password may or may not expire at the same time as someone sitting next to you.

Once your network password expires, you will have to change it immediately or you will be unable to login to the network or any other systems that rely upon your network login. This includes various systems such as TEAMS, Outlook, Google, My Learning Plan, etc. Some of these systems may be incapable of displaying a “password expired” prompt and may simply give you a failed login message if you attempt to access them once your password has expired. (outlook) Each of you are encouraged to change your network password as soon as your PC prompts you to do so.

If you want to be proactive: As a convenience you may also change your network password at any time from any desktop computer and from most mobile devices by visiting https://password.pisd.edu in your browser. This website is accessible both inside and outside of PISD.

Please note that once you change your password, it will synchronize to various other systems such as Office 365, Google, TEAMS, etc. However, if you have your password stored or “remembered” anywhere, you will have to update any location where you have stored it. For example, if you have saved your password in the email application on your smartphone, you will have to update the password on your smartphone after you change it on the network. In addition, Outlook on your PC remembers your password and once you change your network password Outlook should also request that you enter your new password the first time you launch it.

A simple reboot will resolve password sync issues in applications such as Milestone or Laserfiche

Some things to remember about password requirements:

· Your password must be a minimum of 8 characters (no more than 10 works best with google)

· Must include at least one numeric character, one upper case character, one lowercase character, and one special character (such as !, #, *).

· You cannot reuse any password that you have used in the past.

As always if you have any questions or trouble, please contact Sam Pecoraro for assistance. If your CTA is unavailable, the Help Desk will also be able to assist you by calling x28767.

Free Breakfast for ALL Students...help spread the word!


Our wonderful Food and Nutritional Services will be providing Free Breakfast to ALL students during 2 separate weeks this Spring. The weeks are as follows:

  • Monday, March 28th through Friday, April 1st
  • Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 13th

Please remind your students of this, especially since these are STAAR testing weeks, and we want all of our students to have a good breakfast!

Captivating Guest Speaker Coming to Clark on March 29th and 31st

Jamie Nash, a young woman who survived a horrific car accident caused because she was texting while driving, will share her story with Clark students during a special presentation on March 29 for 10th grade and March 31 for 9th grade during the two scheduled days of English end-of-course (EOC) testing. Jamie was trapped inside her burning car for 20 minutes and shows police cam footage filmed of the accident. She shares her story of struggle, survival, and the lessons learned for drivers of all ages. Anyone who hears this powerful presentation will think twice before texting while driving. This presentation is sponsored by the Clark PTSA.

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The library will be hosting Ms. Rubio and Ms. Smith’s classes for the student Career Fair this Wednesday and Thursday (March 23 & 24). We will be closed during school hours for this event, but we will be open before and after school on those days if students need to come to work.


I want to share a great little app I found which you may want to use with your students. It allows you to generate a fake text message which can be saved as an image. I thought this might be an interesting way to have students engage with, or respond to, material they are learning in class. If you follow the link, you can make something like this in a matter of minutes:

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Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information: “Did You Know”

The Paparazzi Snapped a Few Pics to Share with You from the Clark Spring “Red Carpet” Event! A HUGE thank you to Jordan Smith and her Wonderful PALS !

Two of our PALS practice “posing” after spending the day decorating for the big event. No, they did not attend the dance like this!

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Officer Parker looks like a natural on the Red Carpet!

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Our Hollywood Stars Keep Getting Younger and Younger!

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Where Did ALL the Shoes Go?

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DFC Made an Guest Appearance and WOWed the Crowd...As Usual!

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Sophomore Wins Scholarship to Study in Russia

Josh Meaders won the NSLI-Y State Department scholarship to learn Russian in Chisinau, Moldova! This is an intensive study program, and the NSLI-Y Scholarship is sponsored by the Government of the United States of America through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
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Just How Many Sandwiches Can One Person Really Make??

Xytlaly Lopez and her family joined Mrs. Bauerkemper to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the number of sandwiches made simultaneously. The previous record was held by Subway with 1,481, and collective they broke the record on Saturday with 2,586 people making sandwiches simultaneously! All the sandwiches were donated to local charities like the SoupMobile to help feed the homeless across Dallas/Ft. Worth.
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Faculty Council News provided by Casie Gall, a CHS faculty rep

  • The $481 million bond package is on the ballot in May. Some early polling they have done seems to bode well with our community, especially after they learn what all it will support.
  • At our last meeting, someone brought forward concern about how many times we don't have subs. So here's an update from HR:
  • 93% of jobs are filled every day. Most surrounding areas are at 85%. Just a few years ago, we were at 88%. (It’s getting better!)
  • One of the things that has helped is moving away from the phone based system & now we have an app the subs can use to find jobs! Yes, all the teachers there expressed our jealousy :) There has also been an effort to streamline for the process for the subs across the campuses.
  • The standard is to have 1 sub for every 4-5 teachers. Our ratio is 1: 2.6 teachers!! (We have more subs than most districts.) But not every sub wants to work every day.... We do have a requirement that they work 10 days/a year.
  • FYI, we are the 2nd highest sub pay in the metroplex. (#1 beats us by $4/day)

  • T-TESS update
  • Dr. Binggeli recently recorded a video for us explaining the process of how we will be informed of the new appraisal system.
  • There are 4 Domains (each with several dimensions). They will be giving us an overview of each of the 4 each month through the end of the year. Their goal is to not to overwhelm us with it now with details that don't pertain to what's right in front of us. But they also don't want us to feel blindsided when we return in August.

  • A question was asked about 6 wks vs 9 wks. The recommendation is being made to the board in March to adopt the 9 wks plan. Each of the 9 wks will be weighted 40% & the semester exam decrease to 20%.

  • A question was asked about our flex time for PD to "bank against" the Monday in June after school ends. The plan for next year is to do the same & possibly a second day like it. The intention being.... our district values Professional Learning. And they don't want us to just have us learn on 1 day in August & 1 in February. :) Giving us more flexibility for what our learning is as well as more ownership of what we learn.