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October 14, 2016
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COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL (NEW)

Mark your calendars! The Clark PTSA is sponsoring a Coffee with the Principal on Monday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m. Join Janis Williams in the Clark library for coffee, breakfast treats, and some great conversation! If you have a question you would like addressed by Ms. Williams, please email it to askclarkptsa@yahoo.com.

CoGAT/PSAT TESTING

Wednesday, October 19th will be a testing day for all PISD high school students. Our ninth graders will be taking the CogAT test, while our tenth graders will be taking the PSAT. If possible, please avoid scheduling appointments on this test day. Testing will occur in the morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending around 1:15 p.m. There are no make-up days for these tests, and regular attendance is expected for all students.

Students involved in off-campus P.E. or Plano Senior High athletics in the morning during 1st period should report directly to Clark by 8:55 a.m. that day. Plano Senior High coaches are aware that athletes from Clark will be on their home campus that morning when CogAT and PSAT are administered.

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), to be taken by all ninth graders, measures students' learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. For more information on CogAT, please visit http://www.riversidepublishing.com/products/cogAt/details.html

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The CogAT® Form 6 measures students’ abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. Order from HMH today!


The PSAT, to be taken by all tenth graders, is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. PISD students take the PSAT in tenth grade and have the option of taking the test again in eleventh grade as part of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The tenth grade PSAT is not part of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. For more information on PSAT, please visit the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com.

Please note students taking the PSAT may bring a 4-function, scientific, or graphing calculator to the test. Students are not allowed to share calculators during the test. A calculator is not required by CollegeBoard for testing and will not be provided by the school for testing. Students need to arrive Wednesday, October 19, on campus no later than 8:55 a.m. in order to be in their testing room by 9:00 a.m. Since these are timed tests, students arriving late may not be able to be tested.

Both of these testing instruments provide important insights about your student relative to current classes, future classes, and post-secondary information pertinent to careers and colleges.

Many thanks in advance for your help to get all of our Cougars to school early on Wednesday, October 19, for their testing!

2016 BOO-BALL INFORMATION (NEW)

Click this link to see the announcement for this year’s Boo-Ball Event.

Click this link to order a t-shirt for Boo-Ball 2016.

Click this link to make a donation to Boo-Ball 2016.

Click this link to see the Boo Ball 2016 Flyer.

2016 PSHS HOMECOMING (NEW)

Click this link to view information about PSHS Homecoming Parade on November 2.

Click this link for the registration form for participation in the PSHS Homecoming Parade.

PINK OUT T-SHIRTS FOR SALE (NEW)

This Tuesday, October 18, during all lunches PSHS will be selling Pink Out T-Shirts here at Clark. They are $10 each.

RECYCLING SHOES AND CLOTHING NEVER MADE MORE CENTS!

Be a part of diverting thousands of pounds of shoes and clothing from local landfills by filling our shoes and clothing donation bin with your gently used shoes, clothing, purses, belts, wallets, hats, caps, backpacks, hard toys, stuffed animals and pots and pans. For every pound collected from you, Clark High School Theatre receives $0.15 per pound. The benefit to you? Neater closets, drawers, toy boxes, and kitchens, and the knowledge that less textile waste will end up in our local landfills. See this flyer for more information.

REFLECTIONS PROGRAM INFORMATION

PTSA Reflections Program is a program which encourages students to express themselves artistically as inspired by a theme. This year’s theme is “What’s Your Story?”

Students may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. They may enter one or MORE of the categories! All entries are due to Mrs. Lynd in the library by Monday, October 31. Please see Mrs. Lynd for further details.

To download the entry sheet and rules please visit http://www.txpta.org/programs/reflections/participate/

CLARK ORCHESTRA CONCERT

The Fall Concert of the Clark High School Orchestra program will be Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in the Clark High School Cafetorium. The concert will begin at 6:00 PM and everyone is welcome to attend.

KITTY CLINIC 2016

The Clark Cougarettes will be hosting their annual Kitty Clinic on Saturday, October 15th from 9am-2pm. This dance clinic will be for grades K-9. They will be learning dances and playing games, and lunch is included! Also, students will have an opportunity to perform at a Clark Football Game this year, and we are very excited about that. Please see the flyer for additional information. We hope to see lots of our feeder kiddos there!! For more information click here.

JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA CLUB

Are you interested in current events, politics and debate? Then join JSA (Junior State of America). The clubs upcoming meetings are on Thursdays 9/29, 10/13, 10/27 & 11/10 from 4:20-4:50 in Mrs. Landers’ room B118. Language hallway. Hope to see you there.

TCU Representative at Clark

On Tuesday, October 4th, a representative from Texas Christian University (TCU) visited Clark HS campus to present information regarding college admissions, financial aid and school activities to our students. Approximately 157 students attended the presentations during their study hall. Go Horned Frogs! See the photos below:

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EXAM WAIVER GUIDELINES UPDATED

Please see the following link to view the updated guidelines for Exam Waivers in Plano ISD.

http://d3ssju1abnbtac.cloudfront.net/contributions/attachments/24102/original/ExamWaiverGuidelines2016-b.pdf

Drug and Substance Abuse Prevention

Did you know…PISD is committed to providing parents and students with very important information about drug and alcohol prevention? Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists provide students support and guidance in making healthy decisions to be successful in all aspects of their lives. Please contact your campus specialist if you have questions or concerns. The specialists also connect parents and students to resources within our community. Here is the contact information for our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists. Click here for our Substance Abuse Prevention Website. http://k12.pisd.edu/substance-abuse-prevention/contributions/16342-about-us

SAFETY NET INFORMATION

Please click this link to access the information about a program sponsored by the Child and Family Guidance Center. The goal of Safety Net is to empower youth to resist the dangers of substance abuse and encourage them to make healthy choices.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Reporting a student absent: A parent/guardian should call the student absence line to report a student absence. Call 469-752-7200, option 1 for English, or option 2 for Spanish. Next press option 3 to leave a message. Leave the student name, ID#, reason for the absence, date of the absence and who is reporting the absence.


Parent notes: A student has up to (3) three days after an absence to turn in a parent/doctor note in order to receive an excused absence. The not should include the students name, ID number, reason and dates of the absence. A parent call does not excuse the absence.


Leaving school ill: If a student becomes ill while at school, he/she should go to the nurse's office. The nurse will contact the parents. The student and parent must then sign out at the attendance office before leaving. A student should not call/text you from their cell phone to tell you they are sick and to pick them up. Cell phone use is not allowed during class time. We have a phone available for students in the front office.


Doctor/Dental appointments: If your student must leave school early, PLEASE send a note with him/her to that he/she can be released from class. The student can sign out and wait for you in the front office. A doctor's note is required when the student returns to school. The state requires us to have a doctor's note when a student is gone for an appointment.


Other absences: Non-School activities must be pre-approved by the principal in order for the student to make up missed work. The Student Absence Request Form is available in the front office and on the Clark website in the FORMS section. The form needs to be filled out and turned in to the attendance office at least a week before the absence.


REMEMBER - NOTES CAN PREVENT UNEXCUSED ABSENCES!

DRESS CODE

We want to remind everyone to keep the PISD dress code in mind when making back to school clothing purchases. The district's does code can be found in the PISD student/parent policy guide, which can be accessed at http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/policies/index.shtml.

ATHLETIC SCHEDULES

Athletic schedules can be found on the Clark website at:

http://k12.pisd.edu/clark-high-school/contributions/16951-athletic-schedules.

STUDENT/PARENT POLICY GUIDE

Below please find a link to the 2016-17 Policy Guide for the district:

http://www.pisd.edu/PolicyGuide.English.pdf.

2016-2017 PISD SCHOOL CALENDAR

You can view the 2016-2017 PISD school calendar on the district's website at:

http://www.pisd.edu/common/calendar/calendar.glance.1617PlanoISD.shtml.

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