Weekly Campus Update
Mission: To create a community of learners empowered to collaborate and compete in a rapidly changing world.
Parent Engagement Survey
House Bill 5 of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session included a local evaluation requirement that is referred to as the School District Evaluation of Performance in Community and Student Engagement/Compliance. This report reflects input showcasing areas of excellence and success as well as recognizing areas in need of improvement, allowing schools to set future goals valued in the community. The statute requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance rating for the district and each of its campuses based on criteria set by a local committee (TEC 39.0545). The law requires that each district and each campus be assigned a rating of exemplary (E), recognized (R), acceptable (A) or unacceptable (U).
Please follow this link to complete the survey. We appreciate your input!
Carter Bloodcare Results are in!
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1st Year E-News By Alex Gonzalez
2nd Year E-News By Jonathan Main
The second year learners and facilitators would like to thank all our family and friends who came out to support us at the SIGMA Sub Challenges this past Tuesday!! The competition was fierce and a good time was had by all. You can see lots of pictures and videos by checking out our grade level hashtag, #pahs10, as well as on our project website at bit.ly/BTSAHS. There are also team showcases pages on the site sharing examples of the other missions from the project.
3rd Year E-News By David Yang
Third-Years are facing major deadlines in the next few days, as key early deliverables are subject to review. Facilitators are planning to introduce a schema next week for Third Years requiring learners who are behind in subjects to attend mandatory catch up seminars with their respective facilitators. There is a concern that individuals might miss crucial group work time if they attend mandatory seminars without teammates. Facilitators, however, recognize that junior year can be very stressful, especially in our content-rich curriculum, but are trying their hardest to give learners the motivation and the push they need to get their work done.
On the minds of many learners are two essays to be turned in the near future, a research paper concerning a presidential decision, and an additional essay for OnRamps Rhetoric learners concerning Gender Identity in modern America. Experts from across PISD and the community will review the second draft of the presidential research paper next week.
“My research paper is coming along good [sic],” comments Helena Walker,a Third Year, “I learned a lot about Truman as President and American foreign policy, like the Truman Doctrine.” As learners scramble to turn in papers this week, some groups are zoned out of other deliverables. “We are focusing on the essay right now, but there is a lot right now,” says Nathan, another Third Year.
In addition, learners planned out an engineering timeline for their decision rooms, an engaging and informative exhibit each group is required to complete as a final deliverable for the project.
4th Year E-News By Emily Ware
This week, Fourth Year learners have been steadily working towards their goal for the project “It’s Alive.” Many learners have enjoyed the increasing project time during the school day, and are not as overwhelmed with seminars as they were in past weeks. Across the floor, learners are scattered in separate areas, working on different projects. The assigned goal for the end of the project is “something that imitates life,” however many groups have taken a very liberal meaning to that assignment. Groups are working on robots, art projects, fake clouds, you name it, and they are probably working on it!A spike in capstone project work has also been noticed in the past week. many learners have come to the realization that the end of March, the deadline for capstone projects, isn’t as far away as it originally seemed. College and career decisions are also on the rise, as many universities have deadlines this week and in the next few weeks. Senior year is as stressful as ever, but Fourth Year learners are handling it with grace.
Colleges on Campus
February 23rd- Texas Colleges and Universities College Fair at lunch featuring over 15 Texas institutions.
February 26th- Lunch time college fair including: Louisiana Tech, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri , University of Pittsburgh
Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program
Interested in an 8 week paid internship program in a company or non-profit in Plano?
They will be looking for 50-100 interns.
The program is open to sophomores and juniors who will be 16 years old before June 13, have a GPA above 3.0, and a solid attendance record.
Flyers are available in the Counseling office or check out the website at www.planomayorsintern.org for more information.
Spring EOC Dates
The English I test date is March 29. All first years will take English I.
The English II test date is March 30. All second years will take English II.
All other EOC administrations will be the first week in May.
Thank you in advance for planning doctor visits, etc. around these dates.
If your learner is planning on taking an AP exam this spring, payment for AP Tests is due by February 26th.
Payment can be made in cash or through Paypams.
Below are the instructions:
· Payment for AP exams can be made by check or through PayPAMS.
Payment by check : Give to Mrs. Parker in the Counseling office
-Checks should be made out to Plano Academy High School.
-Each AP exam is $92.
-In the memo line, please write your students name and ID number.
Payment by PayPAMS:
-Login to your current account
-On the main menu, look for: AP Test – Plano Academy High School
You will choose either “high school” for 1st 2nd years
“senior high school” for 3rd years
-Choose every exam for which you are preparing
-The total payment will be calculated by paypams.
-A $3.00 fee has been added to each test in order to use PayPAMS.
Upcoming College Fairs! Feb. 23rd and Feb. 26th:
On 2/26, we will welcome a number of national schools for our learners to access during lunch including Louisiana Tech, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri , and University of Pittsburgh!
Save the Date!
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information:
Did you know that PISD has a Substance Abuse Prevention website? Here is the link, http://k12.pisd.edu/substance-abuse-prevention be sure to check out the videos linked on the home page and the excellent informational websites linked on the “Resources” page.