Clark High School eNews

November 13, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Clark High School eNews

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

1. New Feature in School Messenger (NEW)

2. HOSA News (NEW)

3. PSHS PTSA Information (NEW)

4. PSHS Football (NEW)

5. Calling All Cats (NEW)

6. PSHS Hockey

7. Exam Exemption Guidelines

8. Attendance Procedures

9. NHS Information

10. Dress Code

11. PISD Volunteers

12. Athletic Schedules

13. Student/Parent Policy Guide

14. 2015-2016 PISD School Calendar



1. NEW FEATURE IN SCHOOL MESSENGER (NEW)

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your school or district. The following is a guide to help you get started.

What is InfoCenter?: InfoCenter provides access to all the messages and information sent by your organization. Accessible from any internet-enabled device, InfoCenter visually displays and organizes alerts, notifications, and attachments for easy review and reference. InfoCenter also allows you to customize how you receive communications from PISD (campus and district).

How do I sign up for InfoCenter?: Signing up for InfoCenter is easy. Using the email address that you have on file for your district (emergency card), follow these three steps:

1. Download the InfoCenter by SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. You can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/

2. Click the “New User” button, enter your email address, and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token. Note: If you receive an “already claimed by another user account” error message that means you’ve already created a SchoolMessenger account via another SchoolMessenger product, such as Contact Manager. Simply follow the “Return to login” link and login. Use the “Forgot your password” link if needed.

3. After authenticating via the token sent to your email, return to InfoCenter and sign in using your email and password.

What’s in InfoCenter?: Once you’ve created your account, the records associated with your email address will be linked automatically. You can then:

View the records associated with your account.

Review the last 30 days worth of messages for all your associated records.

View your contact information, and configure how you’d like to receive notifications.

Important Things to Know:

Regardless of how you choose to receive notifications, all messages associated with your records will be retained in the InfoCenter inbox for 30 days.

You can opt into receiving Device Notifications (Push) under Notification Preferences. When choosing to receive Device Notifications, a badge or alert will appear when you receive new communications from Plano ISD.

Our provider, SchoolMessenger, makes the security and privacy of your data a top priority. As one of over 100 approved signatories to Student Privacy Pledge, you can feel ensured that your student’s information is safe and will never be sold, rented or shared.


2. HOSA NEWS (NEW)

Join HOSA and PALS for this year’s Plano Santa’s Canned Food Drive!!

Starting Monday November 2nd bring canned goods and dry food to your 4th period classes!!

If every student brings JUST ONE item we would collect over 1500 things to donate!!

The class with the most cans per student wins a class prize!

Let’s help make the holidays a little brighter for those less fortunate!!


3. REPORT CARDS (NEW)

Report cards for the 2nd six weeks were passed out to students in their study hall classes on Friday, November 13.


4. PSHS FOOTBALL (NEW)

The Plano Football QB Club is having a spirit wear sale. Everything is marked down! Go to www.planowildcatqbclub.com to start shopping!


5. CALLING ALL CATS (NEW)

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, Nov. 22nd @ 6:00 pm vs. Arlington at the Plano Dr. Pepper Star Center.

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

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

Sunday, Dec. 6th @ 3:00 pm vs. Keller at the Euless Dr. Pepper Star Center.

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


7. 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.


8. 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!


9. 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!


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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