Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation: Leading with Pride!

Monday, April 11, 2016

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • What's Up At WEST
  • AVID Teacher of the Month
  • AP Exam Mandatory Meeting - "New"
  • AP Exam Late Fee - "New"
  • Plano West Choir Offering Simply Sheets - "New"
  • Jostens - Shepton High School Alumni Scholarship
  • AP Students - Mandatory Meeting
  • AP Psychology Students Tutorials
  • Dating Violence Seminar
  • Plano West Theatre News
  • On Line Numbering System for Elementary Transfer Requests
  • Craig Gilbert Scholarship Fund of Plano
  • AP Exams
  • Pharmacy Tech Application Now Available
  • US History EOC Information
  • 2016 Bond Information Meetings
  • Southwest Youth Leadership Conference
  • Requesting Transcripts in Naviance
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information
  • Colleges Visiting Week of April 4th - 8th
  • Upcoming College Information Sessions
  • Frankford Middle School PTA Scholarships
  • PWSH Counseling is now using Remind
  • Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines
  • 2016 Bond Election
  • Parent Survey
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship
  • Jazz Band Presents Glenn Miller Night
  • Plano West Senior High Education and Training Program
  • Senior Night Live

"Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak."

Thomas Carlyle

What's Up At West -

Congrats to Mr. Cherry for being voted by the students as the AVID Teacher of the Month! Thank you for all that you do!

"New" AP Exam Mandatory Meeting -


  • On Thursday, April 14, students who are taking AP exams need to report to a mandatory meeting to complete one set of AP Pre-Administration forms.
  • Beginning 1st period, students should report to the meeting that is held during their 1st AP class of the day.
  • There is no “0” hour meeting, so students whose only AP class meets during “0” hour may attend a meeting later in the day.
  • Periods 1 – 5 will need to report to the auditorium.
  • Periods 6 – 7 will need to report to the Presentation Room.

During this half hour meeting AP students will complete AP Pre-Administration materials. Students will return to class for the 2nd half of the period.

Each student needs to complete only ONE set of forms, so they only need to attend the meeting once.

Students need to bring:

  • #2 pencil,
  • a hard surface to write on,
  • a highlighter.

Students may not take an AP exam if they have not completed the Pre Administration materials prior to exam day.

"New" AP Exam Late Fee - For students who are still considering taking an AP exam:

  • Beginning Monday, April 11, the College Board requires a $55 late fee to order a regularly scheduled AP exam.
  • Friday, April 15, is the College Board’s absolute deadline for ordering any regularly scheduled AP exams.


Since everyone loved Simply Sheets, the award winning Plano West Choir will be offering them again this year. These 1800 thread count sheets are fabulous and have a gorgeous color selection! They will be available is all sizes- Twin XL through California King. The packaging is ready for gift giving. These are perfect for upcoming graduations, dorm rooms, weddings, or to freshen up your own home. Everyone loves the feel of these sheets and the PRICING is a bonus! Contact Patti Goodwin for more information at

The Blue Nation Plano West Choir Thanks you for your support!

Jostens-Shepton High School Alumni Scholarship – Jostens is offering a $500 scholarship to a SENIOR graduating from a PISD Sr. HS or PISD Academy Program, who attended Shepton HS throughout 9th & 10th grades. Please download from Naviance or pick up an application in the counseling center. Applications are due to Shepton High School PTSA by Monday, May 2, 2016.


Thursday, April 14, students who are registered to take an AP exam are required to attend an AP Pre-Administration meeting in the auditorium (periods 1-4) or the Presentation Room (periods 5-7). There is no meeting during zero hour.

  • Students should attend the meeting during their first AP class of the day. They only need to attend the meeting one time.
  • Students who are taking AP Chinese as their only AP exam do no need to attend the meeting.
  • Students should report to auditorium or Presentation Room the at the beginning of the period, after checking in with the AP teacher. The meeting only takes 30 minutes, so students should report back to class before the end of the period.

ATTENTION AP PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS. Please plan to attend the tutorial meetings to prepare for the AP Psychology test on May 2nd. We will meet every Thursday after school beginning April 8th and continuing every Thursday until April 28th. Meetings will begin at 4:30 P.M. They will end at 5:30 at the latest. The first meeting will focus on the format of the test and finding strategic approaches to get to FIVE. See you there.

Dating Violence Seminar - April 26th 6:30 at Plano Police Training Academy. Please see flyer below.

Visual Arts Senior Shows - Please join our Visual Arts Seniors for the last set of Senior Shows on Tuesday, April 12th from 5:30-7:30. There are 3 shows, one each in the Auditorium Rotunda, G North Hallway and Library Rotunda. The opening receptions will be showcasing work by Megan Ramirez, Mick Fridman, Ruoyi Gan, Yana Gevorgyan, Tiffany Li, Peter Kim, Emilie-Rose Schmiele, Kalid Robledo, Meghan Munoz, Yana Kapusta, Rayven Davies & Austin Holt. Keep an eye out for the awesome student posters on campus and come enjoy free food, drinks and awesome art!

On Line Numbering System for Elementary Transfer Requests - The On Line Numbering System for ELEMENTARY transfer requests will be available beginning April 11th at 6:30 am. Parents must log in beginning April 11th to receive a number to hold a place in line for them on the April 18th transfer day.



The Craig Gilbert Scholarship is a very prestigious award given each year to a senior from each of the Senior High Schools in Plano ISD who demonstrates outstanding leadership and good citizenship among his/her peers. The award is named in memory of the late Craig Gilbert, Plano ISD’s first athletic trainer, who devoted his life to the students he served and their well-being. Applications may be downloaded from Naviance or found in the counseling office. Interviews will take place on campus April 26. Please return the completed application to Ms. Powers in the Counseling Office by 4:15 PM, April 15, 2016.

AP Exams - Students who registered to take AP exams must check the huge poster on the cafeteria wall to be sure their AP order has been recorded correctly.

The AP orders are listed by your ID number, not your name.

  • If you ordered AP exams and your ID number is NOT on the AP poster wall in the cafeteria, no AP exam has been ordered for you.
  • Report to the Counseling Center ASAP to check on this important issue. Extra AP exams are not ordered, so if you are not listed, you will not have an exam waiting for you in May.

Pharmacy Tech applications are now available in Ms. Field’s room G-229. Please return your completed applications no later than April 12th.

US History EOC Information: Junior students in Dual Credit US History, or any junior that wants a little extra preparation; here is a resource that will help you prepare for the upcoming US History End of Course Exam on May 4.

Go to:

Scroll down to “End of Course Assessments”

For 2015 Released Test Questions, scroll down to the box marked “Social Studies”, click on the 2015 US History links for test forms and answer keys. Released Test questions from other years are also available. For additional Sample Questions, scroll down to the “Sample Question” box and click on “2011 US History”. Answers are at the end of the document.

2016 Bond Information Meetings to be Hosted by Superintendent at Six High Schools this Spring

Plano ISD community members are invited to attend any of six information meetings to be hosted this spring about the district’s May 7 bond election proposal. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli will present information and answer questions. Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the district’s high schools on the following dates:

  • April 13 (Wednesday) - Jasper High School (presentation room), 6800 Archgate Drive, Plano, TX 75024
  • April 25 (Monday) - Vines High School (presentation room), 1401 Highedge Drive, Plano, TX 75075
  • April 28 (Thursday) - Shepton High School (library), 5505 Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093

About the May 7 Bond Election
On May 7, Collin County voters residing within the Plano ISD attendance zone will be asked to consider a single proposition to provide $481 million toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate. If approved, all Plano ISD campuses will be impacted by district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. Visit for more information.

Bond Proposal Resources





PISD Website

PWSH Website

Southwest Youth Leadership Conference is now accepting applications for Juniors who are interested in being nominated for this summer camp opportunity, sponsored by the Military Order of World War –MOWW- veterans.

Juniors who have leadership potential should talk to their counselor about being nominated for this leadership camp. Expenses are covered by MOWW, but a $25 refundable deposit is required if students are chosen for the event.

If you are a student interested in being nominated, please come to the Counseling Center to get an information sheet/application.The completed application needs to be returned to the Counseling Center by April 14. At that point the students will be scheduled for a personal interview with the MOWW reps. Interviews are Tuesday, April 19.

SENIORS: If you are requesting transcripts in Naviance, please use the following instructions:

  • Access Naviance Family Connections
  • Click the Colleges tab
  • Then click the colleges I’m applying to link. This page should have your list of colleges, as well as computer icons and/ or postage stamp icons.
  • Screen print (Ctrl P) the “Colleges I’m Applying to” page, AND turn it in to the Registrar’s Office.

Note: If an out-of-state college shows a postage stamp icon, you will need to turn in an addressed envelope with your request. If needed, envelopes are available at the Registrar’s Office. If you have questions about your transcript request, stop by and chat with the Registrar during passing periods, before 1st period, during lunch, or any time after 6th period.

MIDYEAR transcript requests for Common App colleges: please use the green paper Mid-Year Request Form available at the Registrar’s Office.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information: “Did You Know”

Did you know approximately 25,00 people overdosed and died from prescription drugs in 2014? You can help keep unused and expired prescriptions from being abused. The DEA holds a drug “take back” day where you simply bring any unused or expired medications to a site and drop it off. It is FREE and it is EASY to do! On April 30, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, you can stop by any collection site nearest you and drop off your medications. There will be sites at PSHS, PESH, PWSH and Clark schools this year. I have included the website if you need a site closer to home.

***Please consider cleaning out your medicine cabinets and help us fight the battle of prescription drug abuse. Together, we can make a difference!

Check out the article from the Plano Police Department.

Colleges Visiting Week of April 11th - 15th

U. S. Army Wed 13-Apr
U. S. Marines Wed 13-Apr

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

University of Southern California, Marriott Quorum by Galleria, Sun , 17-Apr,10:00 a.m.

Washington Univ. in St. Louis - Dallas Marriott Medical/Market Ctr Sun 24-Apr 7:00 p.m.

Frankford Middle School Scholarships - 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 Deadline for applications is April 15th.

From the Plano West Nurse

Staff, students and parents can help reduce the impact of the cold and flu season by following these simple tips:

  • Get a flu shot!
  • Keep your children at home for fever of 100° or more for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand rub/gel.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

PWSH Counseling is now using Remind! All students and parents are encouraged to join.

Text @pwshcouns to 81010

You can opt-out of messages anytime by texting ‘unsubscribe @pwshcouns’

Or, to receive these messages from the Counselors via email, send an email to:

Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines. See below.

2016 Bond Election - On May 7, 2016, Plano ISD voters will decide on a $481 million bond proposal to fund initiatives recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force. Appointed in August, 2015 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, the task force included citizens, business leaders, teachers, principals and parents. The task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs, validated costs and sought input from fellow community members. After five months of study, debate and public input, the task force made final recommendations to school trustees which are included in this bond proposal. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. Find out more, including specific project allocations, at You may send questions to

Parent Survey - During the 2013 Legislative Session, Texas legislators passed House Bill 5 (TEC 39.0545) statute which added a new component to the state accountability system. This statute requires school districts to do a local evaluation that is referred to as the community engagement component. The community engagement requirement is an opportunity for districts to showcase areas of excellence and success as well as recognize areas in need of improvement and set future goals valued in the community. Plano ISD will use criteria written and developed by district committees. With the 2015-16 school year in mind, please take a moment to answer this brief survey regarding parental engagement. This information will be used to complete one section of the Community and Parental Involvement Diagnostic.

The district and campus performance ratings must be reported annually to TEA and made available to the public by August 8 of each year. This information will be shared on the district and campus websites.

Click on the link below to complete the survey. The survey will be open through May 2. -- English -- Spanish Thank you for participating!


Interested in teaching or working with children? See your counselor for information about the Plano West Education and Training Program. The program offers students the opportunity to assist and teach at elementary schools in the west cluster as well as teaching on campus at the Plano West Preschool. The course is a year long, 2 hour block. If you are interested, please pick up an application at the from your counselor or see Mrs. Begis in A1126. Applications are due by May 4, 2016.

Email Mrs. Begis for additional information at

Plano West Wolf Den PTSA presents: "SENIOR NIGHT LIVE” @ PINSTACK - April 17th, midnight - 4a.m.

  • All Plano West seniors are invited to a “late” evening of unlimited bowling, bumper cars, rock climbing, ropes course and a laser maze.
  • Pizza, cookies, and soft drinks will be served. Awesome prizes will be awarded throughout the evening to all Plano West seniors in attendance.
  • Each senior is allowed to bring one guest who is not a senior or who doesn’t attend Plano West.
  • Some of the prizes to be drawn include: flat screen T.V.s, Fitbits, Polar Heartbeat Monitor, Eno Hammocks, a video drone, Beats Headphones, wireless Beats Bluetooth headsets, GoPro cameras, Stereo Sound Bars, Ranger’s baseball tickets, Louis Vuitton wallet, refrigerators, microwaves and Keurigs for the dorm room, dorm room bed sets, movie & popcorn baskets, 2 iPad Minis, $500 scholarships to your chosen college or university and much, much more.
  • The event will take place directly after prom, early Sunday morning from 12:00am – 4:00am April 17th at PINSTACK, 6205 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75024.
  • Casual dress code. Once a student leaves they will not be allowed back into the event.
  • Tickets are $10 each and will be sold April 11-15th during lunch periods in the lobby outside of the Plano West Cafeteria, or at the door on April 17th.

Questions? Please contact Susan Valesano at 972-333-4743 or

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PROM 2016 - APRIL 16, 2016 - 9:00 PM

"Prom Ticket Sales" - Sales will occur during lunch in the main foyer on April 11-15. Tickets are $40 each. Seniors may purchase 2 tickets.

Prom Ticket Registration


Prior to purchase:

  1. CTRL+CLICK on the Prom Ticket Registration link.
  2. Login using your Plano ISD google drive login which is your network login followed by Ex.
  3. Enter your Plano ISD network password (Only one response per login is allowed.)
  4. Provide the information and click “Submit”.

If paying cash:

  • Bring your money and Student ID to the foyer during lunches, 4/11-4/15, to pay and pick up your ticket(s).

If paying through with a credit or debit card,

  • Print the receipt on parent portal or save to your phone.
  • Bring the receipt and Student ID to the foyer during lunches, 4/11-4/15, to pick up your ticket(s).

Credit or Debit card purchases may be made through

  1. Login to parent portal
  2. Click on "student name" under the STUDENT REGISTRATION BOX
  3. Click on "pay now" where you'll see a box with options for "Prom tickets"
  4. There are 2 options.....1) to purchase one ticket, or 2) to purchase 2 tickets
  5. Once you make your purchase, click on "view previous charges" and click on "view receipt" to print it.
  6. Please bring with the receipt with you to claim your tickets

Online ticket sales will close Saturday, April 16th at 6:00 PM.

Prom information is available on the Plano West Website Prom Page located at


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On-line registration for High School Summer School is available Monday, March 21st. Counselors must pre-approve courses in the registration portal. To register, visit with your counselor about course selections, then login to parent portal and complete the student emergency information from any computer with internet access. Courses pre-approved by the student’s counselor will be viewable and available for selection. Online registration and payment is the most efficient and convenient way to enroll in Summer School courses. Questions regarding registration can be directed to the campus counseling office.


First Session

  • June 13 - June 30
  • 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Second Session

  • July 5 - July 22
  • 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Session Break

  • July 1, July 4
  • Note: On the last day of each session students will be released at 10:00 am.


  • Only one absence is permitted per session.


Plano East Senior High School, 3000 Los Rios Blvd, Plano TX 75074

  • English, Spanish, Math, Communication Applications and SAT-PSAT Preparation Classes.

Plano West Senior High School, 5601 West Parker Road, Plano, TX 75093

  • Social Studies, Science, Physical Education and Health.

For a comprehensive list of High School Summer School course offerings, visit:

PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Baseball Senior Night - "New"
  • Plano West FFA - "New"
  • Men's Basketball
  • Plano West FFA Spring Flower Fundraiser

"New" - Baseball Senior Night - April 15th, 7:00 p.m., PWSH Ballpark. See flyer below.

"New" - Plano West FFA had three teams qualify for State.

  • 1st Place Dairy Cattle: Alex Hannah – 3rd Place Individual, Michaela Gassman, Kate Bearden, Hannah M
  • 2nd Place – Floriculture: Hannah Messer – 5th Place Individual, Lexie Rawls, Carley Torres, Samantha Wallace
  • 4th Place - Vet Science Team: Zoe Geils – 1st Place Individual, Erica Jensen, Elanna Merlino, & Emily McMillen

Plano West Men's Basketball site at:

Plano West FFA – Cristina’s Spring Flowers Fundraiser

FFA is selling Vouchers for a Flat of Cristina’s Spring Flowers 18 at $17 – 4” pots including: BEGONIAS, IMPATIENS, DIANTHUS, ALYSSUM, DUSTY MILLER, PETUNIAS,

MARIGOLDS, COLEUS AND VINCA (PERIWINKLE). – you can mix and match the flowers! Contact an FFA member or Jamie Hanna at to order some today!

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PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Art Club - "New"
  • SAGE
  • Senior Shirts at Reduced Price
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Anime Club

"New" Art Club - Please join us for the end of the 5th 6 Weeks Studio Night on Thursday April 14th from 4:15-6:00 in Mr. Darracott’s room (G 111). Make sure you sign up for pizza in the g building hallway by Wednesday 4/13. Hope to see you there!

SAGE -Acting classes/workshops for Children 10 & up w/Sensory Processing Challenges

Where: Dallas Children's Theater

When: April 21st - May 12th (Thursdays 4:30-6 pm)

Cost: $85 (scholarships available)

Contact Gina for more information:

214-978-0110 ext 138 or

Also summer classes:

1 - June 20-24 M-F 1-4pm ages 8-12 $150

2 - July 5-8 Tu-Fri 1-4pm ages 10-16 $125

Designed for Children w/Autism, Asperger & Down syndromes,

& other sensory processing disorders/special needs.

Senior Shirts at Reduced Price
Senior shirts are still available in G212 for $10. PALs will be selling shirts every Wednesday in the foyer until all shirts are gone. The proceeds will continue to go towards helping feed needy families.

Best Buddies is a one to one friendship matching program. If you are interested in becoming a peer buddy, associate buddy or an actual buddy please go online to and sign up! If you are renewing, please make sure to go on the website and renew your membership! If you have any questions please contact Jillian Haug who is the Chapter President or Ms. Earl in A1153.

Chess Club will meet on Wednesdays in A1167 during both lunches. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

Youth for Christ meets every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in Ms. Gomez's room, A2030. Everyone and anyone is welcome.

Anime Club will meet every Thursday. Meet new friends and watch anime movies or episodes. Join us in Room B-209 (Ms. Roop-Morland) at 4:20pm OR Room A-2060 (Mr. Cherry) 7th period.

Class of 2016 Elementary Reunions

  • Andrews Elementary
  • Barksdale Elementary
  • Bethany Elementary
  • Beverly Elementary
  • Boggess Elementary
  • Carlisle Elementary - "New"
  • Christie Elementary
  • Daffron Elementary
  • Forman Elementary
  • Gulledge Elementary
  • Haggar Elementary
  • Haun Elementary
  • Hightower Elementary
  • Huffman Elementary
  • Hunt Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary - "New"
  • Matthews Elementary
  • Miller Elementary
  • Saigling Elementary
  • Skaggs Elementary - "New"
  • Thomas Elementary
  • Weatherford Elementary
  • Wyatt Elementary

Andrews Elementary - Tuesday, May 17th 4:45-6:00 p.m.

Barksdale Elementary - Wednesday, May 25th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Library

Bethany Elementary - Thursday, May 19th 5:00-7:00 p.m. Library

Beverly Elementary - Thursday, May 19th 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Boggess Elementary - Tuesday, May 17th 4:30-6:00 p.m. Library

Carlisle Elementary - Tuesday, May 17th 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Christie Elementary - Thursday, May 19th 4:30-6:00 Cafeteria

Daffron Elementary - Wednesday, May 11th 4:30-6:00 p.m. Library

Forman Elementary - Tuesday, May 24th 4:30-6:00 p.m. Library

Gulledge Elementary - Thursday, May 12th 4:30-6:00 p.m. Library

Haggar Elementary - Tuesday, May 17th 5:00-6:30 p.m. Library

Haun Elementary - Tuesday, May 24th 4:30-6:00 p.m. Library

Hightower Elementary - Thursday, May 19th 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Huffman Elementary - Tuesday, May 24th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. 2016 Library

Hunt Elementary - Wednesday, May 11th 4:15-5:30 p.m. Library

Jackson Elementary - Thursday, May 26th 4:30-6:00 p.m. Library

Matthews Elementary - Wednesday, May 25th 4:30-6:30 p.m. Gym

Miller Elementary - Wednesday, May 18th 4:30-6:00

Saigling Elementary - Tuesday, May 17th 4:30-6:00 Cafeteria

Skaggs Elementary - Tuesday, May 17th 4:30-5:30 Library

Thomas Elementary - Thursday, May 26th 4:30-5:30 p.m. Library

Weatherford Elementary - Tuesday, May 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cafeteria

Wyatt Elementary - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 4:15-6:15 p.m. Cafeteria

Plano West Senior High School


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