Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation: Leading with Pride!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Welcome to Wolf News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • AVID Teacher of the Month
  • Class Ranking Information
  • 2016 SAGE Summer Expo
  • From the Nurse
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors
  • Destination College: Parent Workshop
  • Children's Medical Center Junior Leadership Board
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Juniors who took the 2015 PSAT
  • Juniors: AP Art Studio
  • Plano West Theatre Musical Production of Funny Girl
  • Yearbook
  • Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines
  • From the Registrar
  • Clinical Rotation Applications

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Teresa

Congrats to Mrs. Burgdorf for being voted by the students as the AVID Teacher of the Month! Thank you for all that you do!

Class Ranking Info: Seniors: Updated GPA/Ranking will be available beginning Wednesday, January 20. You may request a copy of your updated Rank/GPA and transcript during passing periods, during both lunches, and after 6th period, at the Registrar’s Office. Junior Class Ranking/GPA will be updated early February. Announcements will be posted when these become available.

2016 SAGE Summer Expo: see flyers below.

From the Plano West Nurse

Staff, students and parents can help reduce the impact of the cold and flu season by following these simple tips:

  • Get a flu shot!
  • Keep your children at home for fever of 100° or more for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand rub/gel.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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:

Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors!

Coolidge Scholars Program: ~Full-ride scholarship ~Can be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. university ~Current high school juniors are eligible to apply ~Deadline is March 18, 2016 ~Apply online at:

Destination College: The Parent Workshop

6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Target Audience: Parents Only

Collin College Living Legends Conference Center

Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano

This popular workshop will provide parents with the essentials of planning and preparing for your student’s college experience. Speakers will address practical parenting concerns, strategies for a successful college admissions process, and financial aid resources and terminology. Join us for an entertaining and informative evening. Dinner will be provided starting at 6 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please note this workshop is for parents only. Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required and limited to two people per household. Please go to to register. The RSVP deadline for this event is Jan. 21, unless capacity is reached sooner. For questions, please email or 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!

Children’s Medical Center, a pediatric not-for-profit hospital in our community, is now accepting applications for membership on their teen board, called the Junior Leadership Board (JLB).

The 2016-2017 board term begins in September 2016 and runs through May 2017. In order to qualify, you must be a high school student during the 2016-2017 school year, and be at least 16 years of age or older by October 7, 2016 (you can be 15 years of age at the time you apply as long as you turn 16 in October).

Please go to for information about the Junior Leadership Board at Children’s Medical Center and to learn how to apply. For questions, email

Deadline for applications and references is February 29, 2016. All submissions are electronic through the JLB’s webpage:

Colleges Visiting Week of Jan. 25 - Jan. 29:

New Mexico Military Institute Wed 27-Jan

Texas Army National Guard Wed 27-Jan

The University of Texas at Dallas Thu 28-Jan

For Juniors Who took the 2015 PSAT:

College Board has pushed back the date that paper PSAT results will be available for students.
Students who set up a College Board account prior to testing should be able to view their scores online at

Students who have not set up a College Board account should set up an account soon, but you will probably need to wait until the your school receives the PSAT paper reports to see your score. Those reports are currently set to arrive the end of January.


Are you interested in AP Studio Art next year? Student scheduling is about to begin. If you have taken an art class during high school 9th-11th, you may apply for AP Studio Art.

Plano West Art Department offers the following AP studio courses. All studio classes are a two hour block.

AP Drawing (Application Required)

AP 2-D Design (Application Required)

AP 3-D Sculpture (Application Required)

Apply NOW! Don’t be left out. Follow this link to apply for any AP Studio Art course.

Get your seats now for the Plano West Theatre Musical Production of Funny Girl, Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, January 30. Tickets are on sale now at! We will also be selling tickets and 'Luckie Duckies' outside the cafeteria the week of the show, Monday, January 25 through Friday , January 29. 'Luckie Duckies' will be $2 each and are a fun way to wish good luck to your friends in the show! Act fast and get the best seats before they are gone!

YEARBOOK – Time is running out. Please purchase your yearbook from Jostens ASAP. $75

www. or call 1-877-767-5217

Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines. See below.

From the Registrar - Seniors may submit Mid-Year transcript requests. Stop by the Registrar’s office to pick up a green request form and the Counselors Office for the yellow form.

Clinical Rotation applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be available on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Application deadline is Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

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PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Shepton fundraiser
  • Tennis Results
  • Boys Soccer

Plano West Wrestling

Mark your calendars - Plano West Wrestling District 6 - 6A Tournament

Saturday, February 6th @ Plano East. These athletes have a long season that leads up to Districts and need the Blue Nation support behind them.

Go Wolves!

Check out highlights and photos on Facebook and Twitter each week!

COME Support the West Wolves!

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

Plano West Men's Basketball site at:

Plano West Hockey News, Games and Events! Come support your JV and Varsity Teams!

Shepton Fundraiser - see flyer below

Tennis Results - The PWSH Tennis Team participated in the Frisco High tournament this past Friday and came away with the following results:

Anoop Kumar….2nd place Boys A singles

Andrew Fuller/Corey Fuller….2nd place Boys A doubles

Davis Housman/Rohan Moghe….1st place Boys B doubles

Ally Zhang….1st place Girls A singles

Julia Chung….1st place Girls B singles

Courtney Fenech/JoJo Thai….2nd place Girls A doubles

Alyssa Grubstein/Divya Manohar….1st place Girls B doubles

Uday Avula/Tiffany Hollebeck….1st place A Mixed doubles

Mark Kanevsky/Tori Simmons….2nd place A Mixed doubles

PWSH Boys Soccer - Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team last night as both team defeated Plano Senior. JV won 2-1 and also a Varsity win with a score of 2-0. Wolf Pack Soccer takes on Flower Mound Marcus on Friday night Clark East.

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PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • What Up At West
  • Senior Shirts
  • Writer's Guild
  • NHS
  • International Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Anime Club
  • Plano West Badminton Club
  • The Wolf Den PTSA 2016 – 2017 Board Wants You!
  • Plano West PTSA Membership
  • Go Red for Heart Disease
  • PTSA Community Outreach

What Up At West:

Senior Shirts
Senior shirts are still available in G212 for $15. PALs will be selling shirts every Wednesday in the foyer until all shirts are gone. The proceeds will continue to go towards helping feed needy families.

Writer's Guild will be having a meeting on Monday, January 25th 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.

National Honor Society Mandatory Spring Informational Meetings:

Juniors - Wednesday, January 27th during both lunches and 7th period in the Presentation Room

The International Club will be celebrating Chinese New Year during A and B lunches on February 12th. Please email Co-Secretary Alexia Albarracin if you have A lunch, or Co-Secretary Nayelli Ramirez if you have B lunch. Include the name of the food you will bring. All cultures are welcome! Please email Mika or Kevin with questions.

ATTENTION JUNIORS: you can finally stop PINING for an Environmental Club officer position, because an officer application is now available! Fill it out at by 11:59pm on January 31st to be considered. It willow be worth it fir sure. Sorry for all the acorny jokes.

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.

Chess Club will meet on Wednesdays in A1167 during both lunches. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

Youth for Christ meets every Wednesday at 4:15p.m in Ms. Gomez's room, A2030. Everyone and anyone is welcome.

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

Anime Club will meet every Thursday. Meet new friends and watch anime movies or episodes. Join us in Room B-209 (Ms. Roop-Morland) at 8:15am or 4:20pm OR Room A-2060 (Mr. Cherry) 7th period.

The Anime Club is pleased to announce that Lara Woodhull, voice actor, will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Thursday 4:15 meeting (B-209, Ms. Roop-Morland). She has performed in 45 voice roles in 44 titles. They include Chiyori in the show Selector Spread WIXOSS and Haruka Nanase (young) in the show Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Yuki (child) in the movie Wolf Children and Time Patroller in the video game Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.

Plano West Badminton Club will have our next meeting Friday the 29th 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!

The Wolf Den PTSA 2016 – 2017 Board Wants You!

The Wolf Den PTSA is looking for dedicated, fun, energetic parents to serve on the 2016 –2017 Board. The Wolf Den PTSA Board is formed of men and women who volunteer to plan and coordinate activities that support our school. We would love to have you get involved and help shape the organization for years to come. Please see the attached Interest Finder to see what positions make up the PWSH PTSA. If you have any questions about these positions please contact Wolf Den PTSA Parliamentarian Lisa Bruno at or 972-491-2043. The form is due no later than Friday, February 5th.

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

Go Red for Heart Disease Awareness! 4,991 people in DFW died from Heart Disease in 2015. Join DECA to raise awareness with a GoRed T-shirt - $10 in the foyer both lunches. Sale ends Tuesday, 2/2 when we Go RED for the Pack!

PTSA Community Outreach - Plano West is collecting new or gently used elementary age-appropriate books and new valentine cards for Barron Elementary School’s Friendship Week. Collection begins on Monday, Feb.1st until Tuesday Feb. 9th. Please drop off all donations in box at the front office marked: “Barron ES Friendship Week”.

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