Clark High School eNews

December 18, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Clark High School eNews

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

1. From the Counseling Office (NEW)

2. Clark Cheerleading Clinic (NEW)

3. NHS Information

4. Free Sign Language Classes

5. Calling All Cats

6. PSHS Hockey

7. Attendance Procedures

8. Dress Code

9. PISD Volunteers

10. Athletic Schedules

11. Student/Parent Policy Guide

12. 2015-2016 PISD School Calendar



1. FROM THE COUNSELING OFFICE (NEW)

WINTER BREAK

Students will be off for winter break from Monday, December 21, through Monday, January 4. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5. Staff will return on Monday, January 4.

REPORT CARDS

Report cards will be posted to Parent Portal and mailed on Monday, January 4.

SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULES

When students return to school on Tuesday, January 5, they will report to their 1st semester first period class where they will receive a copy of their 2nd semester schedule. All off-campus first period athletes will report to the counseling center when they arrive on campus to pick up a copy of their second semester schedule. Additionally, 2nd semester schedules will be available to be printed from parent portal on Monday, December 28.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

The deadline to drop from an honors to an on-level class is Friday, January 15. Please note that for second semester, there is just a two week window of time to change from honors to on-level.

Please be aware that any student's schedule for second semester may change due to class balancing. This happens every semester, and all changes are final. We appreciate your understanding.


2. CLARK CHEERLEADING CLINIC (NEW)

The Clark Cheerleaders will be hosting a cheer clinic in January. All interested should see the flyer at the bottom of this eNews and also open the attached file for the application form.


3. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) INFORMATION

All sophomores interested in being inducted into NHS in the spring must join the Google Classroom (code r5xmwc2) and submit the three required forms by 5 pm on January 20. Students must do this from their school account. Parents and students are invited to follow @NhsClark for service opportunities and other announcements.


4. FREE SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf will once again be offering FREE sign language classes this Spring for our Plano ISD teachers, parents, and community. All the details are on the attached flyer, and RSVPs can be sent to Tina.Vaguine@pisd.edu. See the flyer below for more information.


5. CALLING ALL CATS

A special evening is coming up for all 8th and 10th grade students, parents, and current students at Plano Senior High School….CALLING ALL CATS, Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016, 6:30 – 8 pm! Please plan to attend this informational evening and learn all about the wonderful opportunities at Plano Senior High School. You’ll be able to purchase spirit wear and visit with incredible senior high teachers regarding course study, learn about all of our award-winning performance art and visual arts programs, and become familiar with all the fabulous coaches for all Wildcat sports. The entire campus will be open for you to visit.


6. PSHS HOCKEY

Don't miss Plano Wildcat Hockey!! Exciting!! Action Packed!! No Entry Fees!!

Sunday, Dec. 20th @ 7:30 pm vs. Plano West at the McKinney Dr. Pepper Star Center.

Plano Hockey T-shirts on Sale Now! Contact Jodie Rea - jodierea@sbcglobal.net


7. ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE FOR 2015-2016 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 note 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 so 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!


8. 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 dress code can be found in the PISD student/parent policy guide, which can be accessed at http://pisd.edu/about.us/policies/index.shtml.


9. PISD VOLUNTEERS

PISD requires that all volunteers complete a new background check every year. If you have not done so since July 1, 2015, please go to pisd.edu and fill out your volunteer application. Make sure to select Clark H.S. as one of the campuses where you would like to volunteer.


10. ATHLETIC SCHEDULES

Athletic schedules can be found on the Clark website at:

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


11. STUDENT/PARENT POLICY GUIDE

Below please find a link to the 2015-16 Policy Guide for the district:
http://www.pisd.edu/PolicyGuide.English.pdf


12. 2015-2016 PISD SCHOOL CALENDAR

You can view the 2015-2016 PISD school calendar on the district’s website at.: http://www.pisd.edu/common/calendar/

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Bill Freeman

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