Wildcat Weekly

January 21st, 2019

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The spring brings with it many contests and competitions. If you have a group that will be involved in a competition, please send me the dates, and I will add to this calendar. Thank you!

Sarah Watkins

It's Musical Time!

You haven't seen a high school musical like a PLANO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL musical. Get your tickets today. Here is the link to the online site:


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Important Dates

1/24 -- PSHS Career Fair, 8-11 a.m.

1/24 -- Leadership Team Meeting, 3:30

1/24, 25, 26, 27 (matinee) -- PSHS Theatre presents their musical Mamma Mia!

1/28 -- Calling All Cats! 6-8 p.m.

1/28 -- Three-week grade check

1/30 -- Team Leader Meeting, 2 lunches

2/2 -- North Texas German Winterfest, Jasper HS

2/7 -- Band MidWinter Concert

2/8-9 -- Regional Academic Decathlon competition, HPHS

2/9 -- Mr. Plano

2/13-16 -- TMEA, All State musicians to San Antonio

2/15 -- Three-week grade check

2/15-16 -- Dance Contest hosted here

2/15-18 -- Speech to Harvard

2/16 -- VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event) REGIONAL at Prosper High School

2/21 -- NAEP Testing

2/23 -- Band to Solo and Ensemble

2/23 -- Texas State German Contest, San Marcos

2/28 -- Plano's Got Talent

2/28-3/1 -- Orchestra UIL Contest

3/2 -- Jazz Invitational

3/4-7 -- TELPAS Reading and Listening

3/6-10 -- State Academic Decathlon, San Antonio

3/7 -- Orchestra Spring Trip to Orlando

3/8 -- End of 3rd grading period

4/4-7 -- Band Spring Trip to Corpus

4/6-9 -- Choir Spring Trip to New Orleans

4/26-27 -- State VASE, San Marcos

Prom and Graduation

These two events are big milestones in our seniors' lives. Seeing you, their teachers, at these events also adds meaning. We are asking for volunteers to participate in these events.

Prom is April 27.

Graduation is June 8.

Control Environment Survey is coming

Be sure to watch this video to understand what the survey is about:


Want to learn Sign Language?

See flyer below for a learning opportunity.
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Professional Learning Information

Trade Learning Saturday: January 26th, 2019 @ Shepton High School

The flyer linked above was sent to all teachers, librarians, and counselors last Friday. It is our last face-to-face, district-wide, trade hour opportunity, so you may want to take advantage of the opportunity! This link also shares other trade learning opportunities offered this Spring.

Classroom Management Learning Lab:

We have 21 spots available in the Classroom Management learning lab on January 31st. If you would like to learn more about classroom management, talk with your administrator about going to this workshop.

February PL Day:

We will be publishing all activities, locations, and content on our District PL Calendar, and will be shared with you as soon as the calendar is complete and ready for you to distribute to your staff.

Extended Online Courses:

We have added a few additional online courses this spring that might be helpful for staff. Please log into MLP then click the link above to see the newly added titles.

Full List of Online Courses:

For a full list of courses available for teacher trade hours, please log into MLP, then click the link above.

Regarding your W-2:

Just a quick reminder that W2 documents are available electronically as well as in the standard paper format. TEAMS automatically defaults to a paper W2 form. If you have NOT changed to an electronic W2 documents, please consider doing so. The electronic form is an exact replica of the paper form and can be printed from TEAMS to fulfill any need you may have for a paper document.

If you are a new hire during 2018 or have never considered changing to an electronic form, but would like to do so follow these quick steps.

· Sign into TEAMS

· Select Employee Service Center

· Sign into Employee Service Center

o The system may ask for verification of who you are by sending an access code by text or email for you to enter to confirm your identity

· Select My Payroll Information

· Select W-2

· Type of delivery will show either –

o Paper

o Electronic

· If Paper and you would like to change to electronic copy, click the edit button.

· Agree to statement displayed to confirm you wish to change to an electronic copy of your W2.

Thank you for considering the electronic W2 document.

Professional Learning

Here are the dates when we will have campus pdh. These will also be in the lecture hall from 7:45-8:30, 3:30-4:15, and 4:30-5:15 each day.

1/24/19 Kagan/Recent attendees (meets only at afternoon times, C111)

2/21/19 Self care/counselors

3/21/19 Grading Tips sharing/Coryn

4/25/19 TBD

5/16/19 Collaborative teaming (progress assessment and planning)/Ashley Helms (afternoon times in C111)

These DO count toward your flex/trade hours.

Our district Social Emotional Learning/Restorative Practices training sessions are now open for enrollment in MyLearning Plan. Please share with your staff members as you see fit.

February 20 --3:30-5:30 -Active Listening/Effective Collaboration-Bird Center-Building A

March 20 --4:00-6:00- -Respect/Relationship Agreements-Bird Center-Building A

April 17 --3:30-5:30- Adult SEL Competence and Wellness- Bird Center-Building A

A gentle reminder that the deadline to enroll teachers in the Spring GT Academy is this Friday, December 21st.


Heart of the Scholar Now Available

This training is the foundational training specific to the district's equity work regarding closing the opportunity gap in advanced courses. All staff is welcome. Participants will examine barriers to enrollment, dominant narratives that may hinder success and steps we can take to move the work forward.

While this workshop is during the school day and therefore cannot be used as trade hours, it is powerful information for staff on this campus as we seek to close that opportunity gap. It is strongly recommended for AP and honors teachers in all disciplines.

See My Learning Plan to sign up. Dates are available in January and February. All teachers, administrators, and counselors are welcome to attend.



Congrats to both the men and women of Wildcat basketball for their wins over McKinney last night! Up next:

  • LADY WILDCATS vs Plano East at PSHS, Fri. Jan. 25th. JV plays at 6:00pm and Varsity plays at 7:30pm.

  • WILDCATS vs Plano East at Plano East, Fri. Jan. 25th. JV plays at 6:00pm and Varsity plays at 7:30pm.


  • LADY WILDCATS at Plano West at Clark East, Fri. Jan. 25th. JV plays at 5:45pm and Varsity plays at 7:30pm.

  • WILDCATS vs Plano West at Clark Stadium, Fri. Jan. 25th. JV plays at 5:45pm and Varsity plays at 7:30pm.


  • JV WILDCATS at Districts Diving @ McKinney Boyd, Fri. Jan. 25th at 9:00am.


  • WILDCATS at Battle of Plano, Wed. Jan. 23rd at Plano West. Time is 6:30pm.

  • WILDCATS at District Duals, Sat. Jan. 26th at Allen. Time is TBA.