PLANO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
PSHS eNews: Where the Wildcat Nation Gets Its Information
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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Attendance Reminders – It is vital for students to be in school. Please remember these state guidelines
- Notes must be turned in within three days for makeup work to be allowed. Unexcused absences could result in zeroes on assignments.
- Beyond 10 absences, students must turn in doctor’s notes.
- Three tardies in a class equals an absence.
- Chronic absences will result in an intervention plan that may include loss of open campus lunch, Saturday Schools, and mandatory tutorials.
- Continued absences can result in loss of credit for a course and truancy being filed.
- Students absent more than 10 consecutive days will be withdrawn.
Please work with your sub school principal to avoid these difficult situations. Most importantly, be in school!
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information: “Did You Know”
“Use of synthetic party drug puts two North Texans in hospital” DMNews
Student Parking for 2nd Semester
Student Parking stickers will be prorated to $40 starting in January 2016.
See Mrs. Gilbert in the Gamma subschool office for parking forms.
Remember all students need to have a parking permit on their vehicle or they could be towed.
No parking in visitors, handicapped, striped areas or numbered spaces.
STUDENT AND SPECTATOR BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
We always say, Win with class; lose with class. At public events, PLEASE represent PSHS with pride and respect for the hard work of all participants.
- Show respect for the National Anthem and those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect this country and our freedom.
- Cheer FOR our team, not against the other. Our athletes have worked hard to be on the playing field. They deserve our POSITIVE SUPPORT.
- Treat the opposing team and their fans with respect. Positively acknowledge their efforts.
- Similarly, bring only signs that convey a positive message.
- Follow the directions of school officials, police officers.
- Respect the decisions of the officials. Ultimately, their say is final.
- Follow UIL rules, including no mechanical noisemakers such as air horns.
- If a player is injured, show respect, and remain quiet while he/she is being tended to.
- Represent your school and yourself with pride. Many children attend these events. Be good role models for them.
FROM THE REGISTRAR
Class rank and GPA will be available in the Registrar’s Office beginning Monday, February 1st.
Please have picture id ready.
DO NOT come during class time (even if you do not have a class)
FROM THE NURSE
Allergy, Cold and Flu season is coming….
Per PISD policy these are the medical reasons for exclusion from school. Please remember the school clinic does not have any medications that we can give students. Medications can only be given to a student if the proper medication form is signed and the medicine is brought to the clinic from home. If the student is sent home from the clinic a note from the parent must be taken to sub-school for the absence to be excused. Below are the symptoms I am allowed to send students home from school with.
A student with any of the following symptoms will be excluded from
school until such time as the student is free of symptoms, has been satisfactorily treated or submits a signed physician’s statement that he/she is not contagious.
- Temperature of 100 degrees or more. Student must be fever free
for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry.
- Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw.
- Undetermined rash over any part of the body.
- Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp.
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Student must be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before re-entry.
- Red, draining eyes.
- Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection.
- Open, draining lesions.
FROM THE CLINIC
If your child needs medication at school please bring medication in the original container with the proper paperwork to be left in the clinic. Medications brought into the clinic can remain in there until the end of the school year.
To protect all students from illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while they are contagious. Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Contact the clinic if you are unsure whether or not your child should return to school. 469-752-9309.
Immunization records can be found in the parent portal. Please bring into the clinic any new immunizations that you have received to be added to the current record. Most colleges will require an additional meningitis shot to begin college in the fall. Check with your college for more information.
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COLLIN COLLEGE OFFERS SUMMER CAMPS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
There is a little something for everyone this summer at Collin College. Middle and high school students interested in nursing, robotics, music or dance have a lot of options on campus as summer camps heat up. Here is the schedule of the camps sponsored by Collin College:
Nurse Camp Monday-Wednesday, June 13-15
For students interested in getting an inside look at the nursing profession, Collin College is hosting its free Nurse Camp. Open to students between 8th -12th grades, participants will observe demonstrations and participate in simulations from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney. Space is limited. Call Beth Kasprisin, clinical coordinator of nursing, at 972.548.6605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
Summer Robotics Camp Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23
From 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., participants will stimulate their minds and unleash creativity at the Summer Robotics Camp. Open to students between 7th - 10th grades, the camp will be held at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano. Cost is $89 and includes three lunches. This camp is sponsored by the Collin College Robotics Club and the Engineering Department. Call Gena Martin at 972.377.1501 or email email@example.com for more information.Collin Summer Dance
Festival Monday-Friday, July 11-15
The sixth annual Collin Summer Dance Festival features workshops in modern, ballet, jazz, pilates, musical theatre and hip-hop. Daily workshops are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the dance studio (room AA146) at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano. Cost is $125. The Summer Dance Festival is for beginners or advanced dancers, 14 years old and up. Space is limited. Online registration is available at www.collin.edu/department/dance/summerdance.html Call Tiffanee Arnold, festival coordinator, at 972.881.5830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.All Girls
Summer Robotics Camp Tuesday-Thursday, July 19-21
From 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., girls get to design and build their own technological creation at the All Girls Summer Robotics Camp. Open to students between 7th - 10th grades, the camp will be held at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center, 9700 Wade Blvd in Frisco. Cost is $89 and includes three lunches. This camp is sponsored by the Collin College Robotics Club and the Engineering Department. Call Gena Martin at 972.377.1501 or email@example.com for more information.
Texas All-Star Jazz Camp Monday-Friday, July 18-22
The Texas All-Star Jazz Camp features a flurry of daily workshops and rehearsals as musicians learn the world of big band jazz. Camp faculty includes top jazz musicians from around the country, who have played with big names such as Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, the Metroplexity Big Band and Woody Herman. This year’s special guest is NYC jazz and rock trombonist - Tom "Bones" Malone. Students must be at least 13 years old with at least one year of study on their instrument. All events will be at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Cost is $265 or $310 with lunch. For information and a PDF application, call Kris Berg, professor of jazz studies, at 972.881.5108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
VISITING COLLEGES / SERVICES
Wednesday, March 23rd Both Lunches/Cafeteria:
Mississippi State University
The Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship deadline has been extended to March 28, 2016. This scholarship is for graduating seniors interested in pursuing a teaching degree in college. Applications are available in the Counseling Department.
JUNIOR ACADEMIC CONFERENCES - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
- During the months of February, March, and April, all juniors and their parents will be invited to meet with counselors in an individual Academic Conference to discuss senior schedules and plans beyond high school. The time of the meeting has no impact on the availability of a student’s course choices.
- Approximately two weeks before the individual conference, parents will receive notification of the scheduled date and time for the conference. A week prior to the individual conference, during the school day, students will receive a notice reminding them of the conference appointment date and time. Students are asked to remind their parents of that appointment.
- Due to the large number of students in the junior class and district deadlines for completing conferences, changing appointment times is not possible.
- If parents are unable to attend the conference, the counselor will meet with the student, and a conference summary sheet will be sent home with the students.
- Upon entering the building, parents are asked to please check in with the receptionist in the front office for your visitor’s pass, before going the Counseling Center.
Before their individual appointment students need to:
- discuss future academic plans with parents to guide senior course selection.
- make a list of questions concerning courses, graduation requirements, plans beyond high school.
- complete the PROPOSED COURSES form that was distributed during Junior meetings with the counselors. Please bring that form to the Academic Conference.
Juniors that took the October PSAT now have access to your scores.
Scores are available at studentscores.collegeboard.org with your access code
If you have problems seeing your scores please see the Counseling Office.
SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION
Registration for Summer School begins Monday, March 21st. Students must have prior approval from their Counselor before they can register for a class. On-line registration is available at http://www.pisd.edu/students/summer.school/ . Paper copies are available from individual Counselors.
Getting Started at Collin College: For New Students
Getting Started at Collin College: For New Students
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Target Audience: Parents and Students Grade 12
Living Legends Conference Center
Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano
Are you planning to attend Collin College in summer or fall 2016? This workshop will walk you through each step of the process to get started, from admissions to advising and applying for financial aid. Representatives from various student services departments will be available to answer your individual questions. Please note: No dual credit information will be discussed at this workshop. This session is intended for those who are graduating or who have already graduated from high school.
Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. Please go to www.collin.edu/destinationcollege to register. For questions, please call 972.377.1772 or email email@example.com. If you do not receive a confirmation email upon registering, please call to ensure your reservation was received. Hurry ~ spaces fill quickly!
College Information Sessions
Who: SCAD Information Session
When: Saturday, March 26th @ 10:00 am
Where: d.e.c. on dragon Street
1414 Dragon Street
Dallas, TX 75207
Who: Texas Tech University
For: Parents of students attending Tech
When: Saturday, April 2nd @ 11:00 am
Where: Collin College
2800 E. Spring Creek
"New" - Upcoming College Information Sessions
Texas Tech University - Highland Park Library, Dallas 75205 Sat 2-Apr 2:30 p.m.
National College Fair - Arlington Convention Center, Arlington, TX Thu 7-Apr 5:00 p.m.
Texas Tech University - Rudy's Country Store and BBQ, Frisco 75033 Sat 9-Apr 3:00 p.m.
Boston University - Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center Sat 10 Apr 1:30 p.m.
Texas Tech University - Fuddruckers, Grapevine 76501 Sun 10-Apr 1:00 p.m.
TWO SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR A PSHS SENIOR
Justin Brinkley Memorial Scholarship
Graduating senior who plans to pursue a career helping to improve the lives of others, demonstrates leadership, community involvement. Application is available in the Counseling Department. Deadline is April 15, 2016.
Craig Gilbert Scholarship
Graduating senior who demonstrates leadership and citizenship. Essay required. Application is available in the Counseling Department. Deadline is April 12, 2016.
STUDENT RECRUITMENT - PLANO MAYOR'S SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Calling all rising juniors and seniors! Want to be part of an exciting “learn-and-earn” summer internship that will outrun the rest, boost your resume and get your foot in the door at some of the area’s top corporations and non-profits? Sign up by March 11 for thePlano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program, an eight-week paid internship for Plano public high schools sophomores and juniors (Class of 2017 and 2018). You’ll get real-world experience working 20-40 hours per week and earning a minimum of $9/hour. And with internship prep training, a spring Job Fair and other enrichment opportunities, you’ll receive plenty of preparation for your first day of work and beyond.
The internship dates are June 13 - Aug. 5. Requirements include submitting an online application and writing a short essay. To qualify, students must currently be a sophomore or junior (seniors are not eligible) at a Plano ISD high school; have a 3.0 GPA (minimum); be 16 years of age by June 13, 2016; be eligible to work in the United States; and attend Internship Prep training on March 19. Interns who were HIRED last year are not eligible to apply again.
All qualifying students must attend Internship Prep, a mandatory training day on Saturday, March 19, which will be held at Capital One’s Plano Conference Center. The training focuses on resume development and interviewing, business communication, professional dress and personal goal planning. Employers interview intern candidates at the program’s highly competitive Job Fair slated for Friday, April 22, at Collin College’s Spring Creek Conference Center. Then, working with employers, the interns are matched to companies and nonprofits based on the employers’ hiring preferences and students’ areas of career interest.
Selected students receive a formal job offer in May. If chosen, students complete an additional day of Intern Training and Enrichment on June 10 at Atmos Energy covering additional business “soft skills” and work-readiness topics. For details and to apply, please contact Debbie Bono at 469-304-9141 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details atplanomayorsinterns.org. Good luck!
2016 JASPER PTSA Student Scholarship
One (1) $500 scholarship for a male; One (1) $500 scholarship for a female
To be eligible, student must:
- Have been a paid PTSA member for both 9th and 10th grade at Jasper High School
- Must be a 2016 graduating senior from a Plano Independent School District school
- Student must attend a college/university or vocational program for Fall, 2016. Transcript must be attached. No exceptions.
Applications will be accepted February 1, 2016 and are must be received by Noon May 1, 2016.
Winners will be drawn at the general PTSA meeting in May. Please complete this form and attach transcript or verification of enrollment (VOE) and return to:
Kim Funk, Jasper HS VP of Membership, 6800 Archgate, Plano, TX 75024.
Please contact Kim Funk @ email@example.com with any questions.
Good luck graduating Seniors!
2016 Frankford PTA Student Scholarship
Frankford Middle School PTA is offering 3 scholarships (1-$1000 and 2-$500) to PISD graduates who attended Frankford for 6-8th grades. More information can be found on our website www.frankfordpta.org. Deadline for applications is April 15th.
COLLEGE APPLICATION REMINDERS
Seniors, many of you are in the process of working on your college applications so here are some important reminders:
- use the Common Application if the college accepts it
- you must connect your Common Application to your Naviance account (for the school to send your transcript, the school report and recommendation letters)
- you must sign the FERPA waiver before your teacher and counselor can send your recommendation letter
- all recommendation letters must formally be requested in Naviance
- request all teacher letters of recommendation in Naviance ( Colleges Tab--- Colleges I’m Applying To). Make sure to talk to your teachers as well!
- you must complete and submit a blue packet to your counselor for school reports and recommendations at least three weeks before your deadline
- if you no longer need a recommendation letter from a teacher please have the courtesy to cancel the request in Naviance and to let the teacher know in person.
- all transcript requests must be requested in Naviance.
- if you are no longer going to apply to a school remove it from "Colleges I am Applying To"
- don't wait until the last minute to complete your application
On behalf of the PTA and Williams High School we have the opportunity to host Gates Scholar/Best Selling Author Ej Carrion on March 29th at 7 pm. Ej is the author of Accelerate Your Success and will be leading a 1 hr workshop on how students can brand themselves for the RIGHT college and scholarships.
This opportunity is for students/parents in 8th-11th grade and will be offered one time this Spring. If you are interested in joining us at Williams High School
LADY WILDCAT SOFTBALL
Any PSHS/Clark/Vines student that attends our home game against Lewisville TONIGHT, March 22nd and shows their ID at our concession stand will get a $2 Wildcat meal which includes hamburger or hotdog, drink and chips.JV plays at 5pm and Varsity starts at 7pm.
Prom Tickets are on sale online through parent portal at https://parentviewer.pisd.edu/for $30/student until Tuesday, April, 26th. At the door, they will be $40/student. Only seniors may purchase tickets. Limit is two per student.
ONLINE TICKET PURCHASE INSTRUCTIONS:
-Log in to Parent Portal
-Scroll down to "Student Registration" window
-Click on your student's name
-Click on "Pay Now" button...this will open a window for prom ticket purchase
-Print out receipt, if possible, for student to present when time to pick up tickets
MEN’S WEARHOUSE PROM PROMOTION
NOW is the time to think about what you’re wearing to prom and Men’s Wearhouse can help you find the look that’s right for you! They’ve got the latest styles like slim fit as well as modern styles for those who like to keep it classic.
Become a Prom Rep and earn a free tux rental and suit to keep, plus you could win $25,000! Sign up for their free rewards program and save $30 on your rental. You can even get instant rewards - $10 gift cards for sports apparel, electronics, phone apps and more! You can also help earn money for your school! When you rent your tux from Men’s Wearhouse, your school gets cash back for each rental. Visit your nearest store or check out http://www.menswearhouse.com/ for all the details.
WHITE GUARD/MASCOT TRYOUTS
Tryouts: Wednesday & Thursday, March 23 and 24 @ Plano Senior High cafeteria
Tryout times: 4:30pm to complete:
Wednesday, March 23rd Interviews 5:00- 7:00pm @ PSHS cafeteria
Thursday, March 24th Tryouts 5:00-7:00pm @ PSHS cafeteria
Packets available: in the PSHS fishbowl Monday, February 1st
*Mandatory pre-tryout parent/participant meeting March 1st at 6pm in the PSHS B Building Lecture Hall
Packets due: Friday, March 18th no later than 4:15pm to the PSHS fishbowl
Late packets will not be accepted unless previous arrangements have been made with the PSHS cheer coaches.
*Mandatory post-tryout parent/participant meeting (for those that made the team!)April 5th at 6pm in the PSHS B Building Lecture Hall
Please contact: Kim.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
*IMPORTANT* PISD STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL
Parents: PLEASE READ the attachments from PISD safety and security about the Standard Response Protocol in case of an emergency. Thank you!
PLANO ISD INFOCENTER
SchoolMessenger has been updated to now include the InfoCenter mobile app. This allows our parents to login and control how they receive communications from their school or district.
The InfoCenter app provides access to all their messages and information sent by PISD (campus and district). This will be accessible from any internet-enabled device and visually displays and organizes alerts, notifications, and attachments for review and reference. InfoCenter app also allows parents to customize how they receive communications from us. Parents have been asking for this and it will help them get messaging the way they want to receive it.
Parent will sign up for the InfoCenter app using the email address that they have on file with the district. This is the one they provide on the emergency card.
They will download the InfoCenter SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. They can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/
We have provided a link on the online Emergency Card (Parent/Guardian Information tab) with all the information they will need to sign up if they choose to do this. Here is what they now see.
The contact information you provide below (Email Address and Phone Numbers) is used for school communication to you, either individually or in mass. Our automated notification system has a website and apps for iPhone and Android that will allow you to specify how the notification system contacts you. This link for the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter will open in a new browser window or tab and you’ll use the email address you have provided to us below to log in. Be sure to finish your child’s emergency card first and always be sure to sign on the last tab. Once complete, explore the InfoCenter and let us know if you have any questions.
Let me know if you have any questions....
Below is some verbiage that you may wish to use for your newsletters.
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.
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