Clark High School eNews

October 16, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Clark High School eNews

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

1. School Picture Retakes

2. PTSA News

3. Multicultural Club

4. PSHS PTSA Information

5. Exam Exemption Guidelines

6. Attendance Procedures

7. NHS Information

8. Math Club

9. Yearbook Ordering

10. Dress Code

11. PISD Volunteers

12. Athletic Schedules

13. Student/Parent Policy Guide

14. 2015-2016 PISD School Calendar



1. SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES

Picture retakes will be held on October 20, 2015. If your child was absent on his or her picture day, or if your child would like their picture retaken, they can take their picture during their study hall. There is no charge for picture retakes this year; students simply must bring back their picture package they received with them on the day of retakes to have their picture retaken. The photographers will need the code on their packet, so it is imperative that they bring this with them so they can be given a new package with their new pictures. If you have any further questions, please email Ms. Gibson at evelyn.gibson@pisd.edu.


2. PTSA NEWS

Principal Coffee – October 19, 2015, 9am

Please join Mrs. Williams for coffee and good conversation on October 19th in the library at 9am. If you have something specific you would like for her to address, please send your question to askclarkptsa@yahoo.com by Saturday, October 17th. We look forward to seeing you in the library!!

Cougar Chow – October 30, 2015, 11:44-1:30

What is Cougar Chow you ask?!?!? It is a day the students of Clark eat outside for lunch! There will be food trucks, a DJ, snow cones, and lots of fun to be had by our students and staff. A and B lunch will be combined for the first lunch. Then C and D will be combined for the second lunch. They each will have a full hour outside that day to take advantage of all there will be to eat and play. We ask that each student bring at least $5 that day to purchase food from the food vendors. A more complete listing of food vendors participating and prices will be coming soon. Watch for posters at school, listen to the announcements, read the eNews, and save your $1 bills in order for your student to be ready for this most exciting PTSA event for Clark HS!!!!!

Reflections – “Let Your Imagination Fly”

The deadline for this year’s Reflections Program is November 6th, at 9am. Entry forms and guidelines are at www.txpta.org/programs/reflections/participate. More information will be coming through your students Art and English classes.

Membership Update

Clark PTSA needs you to help us meet the needs of our AWESOME school. So far this year we…

· Supplied Kleenex to each of the classrooms

· Donated paper towels to the Chemistry department

· Provided graph paper, calculators and expo markers to the Math Department

· Paid for LOTE Association dues for Spanish, French and German so their students can receive outside of class enrichment opportunities

· Donated school supplies and spirit wear for those students in need

· Donated to the new MARQUEE

· Are purchasing a microwave for the cafeteria

There are so many other areas where our help is needed and we need YOU to help us make Clark HS the best learning environment it can be! Sign up today at www.clarkptsa.org. You can make a difference!!!

Questions

If you have any questions you can ask us at askclarkptsa@yahoo.com


3. MULTICULTURAL CLUB

The next Multicultural Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6th, from 4:20 to 5:00 pm in Room B118. The purpose of this club is to offer a place to get to know, learn and share about world cultures and cultural heritages that are represented in Clark High School and in our Plano community.

Next Multicultural meeting dates:

Thursday, October 15th 8:20 to 8:50

Tuesday, October 20th 4:20-5:00

Thursday, October 29th 8:20-8:50

All these meetings will be in Room B118.


4. PSHS PTSA INFORMATION

The PTSA is partnering with Plano Urgent Care to help earn funds for our teachers. For every Facebook ‘like’ (up to 250) during October, $2 will be donated for the PTSA Grants to School Requests program. Simply click this link and ‘like’ their page! (Also see the flyer below.)

https://www.facebook.com/PlanoUrgentCare


5. EXAM EXEMPTION GUIDELINES
Our exam exemption guidelines have been revised so that we are in compliance with state attendance requirements. Below you will find the 2015 -2016 Final Exam Grade Waiver Guidelines for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students.

Students enrolled in an AP/IB course for the second semester of the school year may be eligible for a grade waiver from the final exam in that subject for the second semester if the following conditions exist:

- A minimum grade of 80 overall 2nd semester average (per class) and 80 for the 6th six weeks must be maintained (per class).
- Student takes the National AP or IB exam for that course in May.
- Student shall have no more than four absences during the second semester (per class).
- Student shall have no more than five tardies in that AP/IB class.
- No major infractions resulting in ISS, Saturday School, Out of School Suspension, or Special Program Center.
- Student must have no outstanding fines, fees, or debts for school property or other PISD services.

To qualify for the grade waiver, students must report to class on the day of the exam and take the final exam for the course. Students will have the option of allowing the final exam grade to be counted towards their grade or utilizing the grade waiver option.

Failure to report to class will result in a zero as the grade for the examination. If the student has an excused absence, he/she will be allowed to take the make-up examination on the scheduled date.


6. 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!


7. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) INFORMATION

National Honor Society now has an updated webpage with information at tinyurl.com/ClarkNHS and a Twitter feed for updates. Follow @NhsClark for all the latest news. Forms will be available online soon. Keep checking back!


8. MATH CLUB

Math Club meets every other Tuesday in Ms. Bothman's room, C104. Math Club provides a forum for kids that are interested in math, and the students are surrounded by others who share a similar interest. In the club you have an opportunity to participate in many prestigious competitions including AMC, McNabb, and Texas MathLeague. Come join the Clark Math Team!


9. YEARBOOK ORDERING INFORMATION

Yearbooks can be ordered at jostensyearbooks.com. Please like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ClarkYearbook or follow Clark Yearbook on Instagram @Clarkhighyearbook and @clarkhighYB for updates and information.

You may also submit your photos for review and possible inclusion in the yearbook at clarkhighyearbook@gmail.com. For yearbook questions, please contact Ms. Gibson at evelyn.gibson@pisd.edu.


10. 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.


11. 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.


12. ATHLETIC SCHEDULES

Athletic schedules can be found on the Clark website at:

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


13. 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


14. 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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