Plano West Senior High School

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Welcome to Wolf Howl News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Flu Vaccine
  • Plano West's Casserole Day!
  • New students
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • NASA
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Upcoming College Information Sessions
  • Show Me the Money: Finding and Applying for Scholarships
  • SENIORS: Rank and GPA
  • Senior Transcripts

If you don't ask, you don't get.

Stevie Wonder

Flu Vaccine!

As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can still provide protection against the flu. Flu activity doesn't usually peak until January or February in the United States, and the season can last as late as May, so it is important to vaccinate now if you haven't already.

How Flu Spreads Person to Person

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

The Flu Is Contagious

Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Plano West's Casserole Day 2015.

It's that time of year!

The staff LOVES this event..and why wouldn't they...a remarkable meal provided by their students and their families!

Central Market has been so generous to offer a delicious casserole, salad, dressing, dessert in a thermal bag for just $20!

To order a meal for a Wolf Pack staff, please call Central Market at 469-241-9336 and speak to anyone in catering. Please call as soon as possible. The last day to order has been extended Thursday October 16. Catering is open 9-5 every day. Please call with your credit card information and they will reserve a meal for the staff from your family! Casserole Day is Oct. 20. Casserole Day sign up has been extended to Friday Oct. 16...we still need 100 casseroles purchased.

Please order today! Thank you!

New students: If you haven't had your picture taken for your student ID card, stop by Mrs. Johnson's desk in the front office before school, during lunches or after school.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

If you have taken part in community service activities over the past year, fill out an online application form at or The form must be completed and submitted online by November 3, 2015. In the application, identify Associate Principal, Randy Hayes, as your certifier. Two students will be selected to represent Plano West at the State level and will become eligible for a chance to win an award of $1000 or more, a medallion, and a trip with a parent to Washington, D.C. in the spring. National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a non-profit, charitable organization of their choice.

NASA seeks high school juniors interested in space and science! The High School Aerospace Scholars application is now open at: The deadline is November 3.

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) is a NASA unique opportunity for juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at no cost to participants. Selected students will participate in an interactive, online course during the school year that culminates in an all-expense-paid trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the summer.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit the HAS website at:

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:

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

University of Utah at Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria on 10/14 - 6:30pm

Fashion Institute of Design & Merch., Los Angeles at Dallas Museum of Art, 10/17 - 10am

Johns Hopkins University at Trinity Christian Academy on 10/17 - 3pm

University of Southern Calif. at Dallas/Addison Marriott by the Galleria, 10/18 - 2pm

Colleges Visiting Week of Oct. 19-Oct. 23

Austin College Thurs 10/22

University of Houston Thurs 10/22

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

Univ. of Cal. Berkeley Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Dartmouth College Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Northwestern Univ. Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Princeton University Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Vanderbilt University Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Yale University St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas 10/21 7pm

Yale University Trinity Valley School, Ft. Worth 10/21 7pm

Show Me the Money: Finding and Applying for Scholarships

6:30 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Target Audience: Parents and Students Grades 9-12

Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco
Looking for scholarships can be overwhelming and confusing, and some national scholarships are very competitive. However, scholarships are out there and many of them are more accessible than you may think. Join us for an informative look at how you can find scholarships, regardless of income or major, and learn how to improve your chances of receiving a scholarship. Please note: Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. Please go to to register. For questions, please call 972.377.1772. If you do not receive a confirmation email upon registering, please call to ensure your reservation was received. Hurry ~ Spaces fill quickly!

SENIORS: Rank and GPA has been updated. You may ask for a free copy of your transcript with the new ranking at the Registrar’s Office. We will be glad to assist you before 1st period, during passing periods, during both lunches, and after 6th period.


To have your transcripts sent to colleges, you will need to turn in a hard copy request to the Registrar’s Office.

Here’s how:

Log in to Naviance/ Family Connection.

· First add your colleges and click “request transcripts” button.

· Then click the “colleges I’m applying to” link.

This page should have your list of colleges, along with an icon (computer symbol or postage stamp) to the right of the college name.

· Screen print (Ctrl+P) this page, and

· Turn it in to the Registrar’s Office.

PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Volleyball
  • Varsity Football tickets
  • Swim Team
  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Baseball Booster Club
  • Kendra Gives Back-Shepton Stallionettes fundraiser
  • High Kicks and Herkies Drill/Cheer Clinic
  • "The Great Jazzby" Silent Auction, Dinner & Dance Performance

VOLLEYBALL: HOME GAME TONIGHT vs Lewisville, Varsity @ 6, JV @ 7. Come cheer on your Lady Wolves before football game...GO Wolves!!

PWSH Varsity Football tickets-Homecoming

Student ($4) and adult ($6) general admission tickets for the PWSH @ Lewisville at Goldsmith Stadium on Friday, October 9th go on sale Tuesday, October 13th at 10am through Friday, October 16th at 10am. See Mrs. Johnson in the front office.

Come support the Plano West Swim Team Saturday, October 17 at McKinney High School where the junior varsity will swim in the Bronco Invite! Meet starts at 9 am.


Hydration Tests Date & Location Change - Saturday October 24th (Required for Wrestlers) Plano West, Jasper & Shepton

Location: Plano East High School

Wrestlers meet at Plano West at 10:00 am - A bus will be going.

Our scheduled appointment time is 11:00 a.m. Wrestlers wear a singlet under your clothes to weigh in.

Bring $5 for the hydration test fee.

This is required by the school districts to compete in wrestling. If you have issues with the date contact Coach Goodloe.

Open Mat - will continue through the season with the PACK Accelerated Club on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m

If you need information on joining the club, contact the Club Director Coach Woods.

Plano West Men’s Basketball Booster Club

The Plano West Baseball Booster Club is hosting its 17th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting the Plano West Baseball program on Friday October 23, 2015. We’d love to have you be a part of it by being a golfer or sponsor. Golf spots are $150 with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Information and sign up forms are available on Please sign up to join the baseball boosters and coaches in a great day of fun, networking, golf, and dinner/auction!


The Kendra Scott jewelry store at The Shops at Legacy is hosting a “Kendra Gives Back” shopping party for the Shepton Stallionettes Drill Team on Friday, October 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The booster club will receive 20% of sales from the evening. This party will be the perfect opportunity to get a head start on some holiday shopping! The store’s address is 5800 Legacy Drive, Suite C2A, Plano, Texas 75024. Please contact Leslie Hyne at if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting the Shepton Stallionettes!

High Kicks and Herkies Drill/Cheer Clinic
Does your kid like to dance or cheer? Don’t miss “High Kicks and Herkies,” a dance and cheer clinic for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Jasper High School (JHS) gym, 6800 Archgate Dr. in Plano. Cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt, snacks, photo opportunities with the JHS drill team and cheerleaders and a performance “show off.” Space is limited, and pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, drop off registration and payment (payable to Jasper Jazz Booster Club) at the elementary front office, JHS front office, or mail registration and payment to: Jasper High School, 6800 Archgate Dr., Plano ,TX 75024, Attn: Jasper Jazz/April Lutts. Day-of registration will be held starting at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. For questions or a registration form, contact Marcy Cadena-Smith at Spots are limited, so register today! Sponsored by the Jasper Jazz Booster Club.

Tickets Now on Sale for “The Great Jazzby” Auction, Dinner and Dance Performance
Get your tickets for the “The Great Jazzby,” an entertaining evening featuring both a live and silent auction, a raffle and an thrilling dance performance by the award-winning Jasper Jazz drill team. Mark your calendars for 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Jasper High School cafeteria. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include dinner catered by Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Want to check out the auction only (without dinner)? Purchase $10 tickets at the door.

Auction items range from Brighton, Kendra Scott and Stella & Dot jewelry to private parties from Total Wine or Oil & Vinegar to fitness passes and memberships, a wide range of restaurant gift cards, a round of golf at the Stonebriar Country Club, Plano Symphony tickets and so much more, including a football autographed by Tony Romo, Jason Whitten, Dez Bryant and Brandon Weeden.

To purchase advance tickets or for more information, contact Lisa Finnerty at Don’t miss this entertaining event supporting the Jasper Jazz drill team. Get your tickets today! Sponsored by the Jasper Jazz Booster Club.

PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Orchestra Boosters fundraiser
  • Plano West FFA – Pecan Fundraiser
  • Best Buddies
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Badminton Club
  • Writer's Guild
  • Choir Concerts
  • JROTC Booster Club
  • SAT or ACT?
  • Literary Magazine
  • PTSA Reflections Program 2015-2016
  • Plano West PTSA Membership

Plano West Orchestra Boosters – Spirit Night – Palio's Pizza ( 1941 Preston Road Plano, TX 75093).Sunday October 18

Come enjoy delicious pizzas at Palio's this Sunday from 5-9 p.m.

Great way to spend quality time with friends and family!!!

Here's the important part: Please remember to tell the Cashier that you are there for PWOB's fundraiser. Make sure you or the Cashier places the receipt in the collection Jar so your sales will be counted towards fundraiser profit.

Plano West FFA – Pecan Fundraiser

FFA is selling Durham Ellis Pecans again this year. Don’t miss this opportunity to have freshly picked pecans for Thanksgiving. We are selling 1 lb. bags of halves or pieces, 12 oz. bags of frosted pralines, and jars of syrup pecan topping. Prices range from $6.50 - $10.50. Contact an FFA member or Jamie Hanna at to order some today!

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.

Wanna be cool? Join the Engineering Club today! Come check it out in Mr. Coryell’s room, G205, every Thursday at 4:25pm.

Plano West Badminton Club will have our next meeting this Friday the 16th at Plano Badminton Center. The address is 4050 Premier Drive, Plano 75023 from 4:45 to 6 pm. Carpools will be available to the center upon request. You can find more details at our Facebook page, PWSH Badminton Club. Bring your friends, and we'll see you there!

Writer's Guild will be having a meeting on Monday, October 19th in Ms. Heck's room, A2015, during 7th period and after school. There will be food, friends, and fun! Please come to socialize with fellow members.

Plano West Choir Concert-

Choral Connections concert is a combination of Plano West Senior High, Jasper High School and Shepton High School. This spectacular event is Monday, October 19 at 7pm at St. Andrew Methodist Church, 5801 West Plano Parkway. The music and choirs are wonderful. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

Baltic Chorale Concert-

The Blue Nation Choir was asked to participate in the Baltic Chorale Concert. This will be well worth the drive.

A Baltic Journey Chorale Concert

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

First United Methodist Church, 800 West 5th street, Ft. Worth, Tx 76102

Experience firsthand a once-in-a-lifetime combination of world-renowned talent as Eriks Esenvalds and Z Randall Stroope make an unprecedented First Church appearance to work with four award-winning area high school choirs, culminating in an evening concert with the OSU Concert Chorale.

Regional Choir-

The Plano West Choir came in first place at All-Region on Saturday, October 10, 2015. We are so very proud of EVERY student who auditioned.

37 students and 1 alternate were selected for Region Choir. 20 students advanced to Pre-Area.

All of the students will perform with the Region Choirs and two of the best and most respected conductors in the music world: Dr. Betsy Weber and Dr. J. D. Burnett.

The Region Concert is October 31st at 5:00 at Allen High School Performing Arts Center.

The JROTC Booster Club Parents will be working the concession stands (both sides) for the October 23rd home game. The proceeds from that night go to the support the JROTC. Please come by to say hi and buy a lot of food so you have lots of energy to cheer on our Wolves! Beat Hebron! We will be the awkward grown-ups trying to remember how to work in the food industry. :-)

Can't wait to see you!

Not sure if the NEW SAT or the ACT is better for you? Want to take a practice SAT and ACT before the real thing? Want to get some feedback on which score is higher? Join us on October 31 from 8am until 1pm for a practice SAT and ACT (shortened versions of each). The test will be administered by Kaplan representatives under standard testing procedures. You will receive individual follow-up about your scores. The cost is $20 (discounts available for students who qualify for free / reduced lunch). Please bring payment to A2064 by October 23, 2015. For questions, please email

Literary Magazine:
The Heuristic Howler - Calling all writers, artists, photographers, and anyone else with a creative flair! If you would like your work to be published and recognized, submit to the Plano West literary magazine, The Heuristic Howler, at Pieces of writing should not exceed 2000 words, and art should be sent as clear pictures. Make sure to include your name (can be anonymous or use an appropriate pseudonym), the type of submission, and an attached file of your work. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and earlier submissions will be prioritized. The link to last year's literary magazine can be found in the attachments.

Reflections 2015-2016
‘Let Your Imagination Fly’

Unleash your artistic talents and participate in Reflections! Reflections is a National PTA sponsored arts recognition program that encourages artistic expression. The theme for this year is "Let your Imagination Fly.” Reflect on the theme and be recognized for creating an original work in any of the following areas: dance choreography, film/video production, literature, photography, musical composition, and visual arts. NEW FOR 2015: Each entrant must have at least one PTSA member in their family as of September 30. Visit for membership information.

The deadline for submitting "Let your Imagination Fly" Reflections entries is Monday, November 9th. Entries will be collected in Ms. Johnson’s office. A completed Student Entry Form must be submitted with each entry. All entry rules along with a copy of the Student Entry Form can be found at . Please contact Nancy Delamater at if you have any questions.

Plano West PTSA Membership

The Wolf Den PTSA makes it super easy to join the PTSA, sign up to volunteer, enter your own information into our online Student Directory, and purchase a Student Agenda/Planner for your student. Plano West parents have always shown great support of our PTSA, and we want that to continue! Please go to to join the PTSA today! Don't forget that students who join the PTSA in BOTH their junior and senior year are eligible for a PTSA Scholarship. Last year six students were awarded $500 scholarships during the Senior Lunch in May! Your membership fees go towards funding activities that directly benefit our school AND our students. For a complete list of where the money goes, please click on the link at the bottom of this Wolf Howl. Please email Susan Argyle at with any questions. You can also access the toolkit from a within our website

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