Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation: Leading with Pride!

Welcome to Wolf News

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • What's Up At WEST
  • AVID Teacher of the Month
  • Colleges Visiting Week of Feb.15-19
  • Upcoming College Information Sessions
  • From the Nurse
  • PWSH Counseling is now using Remind
  • Plano Mayor's Summer Internship Program for Juniors
  • AP Exam Orders and Payments
  • Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors
  • Children's Medical Center Junior Leadership Board
  • Juniors: AP Art Studio
  • Junior Academic Conferences
  • Yearbook
  • Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines
  • From the Registrar
  • Clinical Rotation Applications
  • Protect Yourself From Mosquitos
  • Destination College Workshops
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information - "Did You Know"
  • UTD Student Internship Program
  • Student Summer Research in QuarkNet
  • Physics Camp for Young Women
  • Midwinter Band Concert
  • 2016 Bond Election

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

What's Up At West -

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

Colleges Visiting Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19

U.S. Airforce - Wed. 17-Feb 11:30-1:30

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

Prairie View A&M University - Sat., Feb. 20th - 4:30p - 7:00p

Texas A&M University, Texarkana - Sat., Feb. 20th - 10:00a - 3:00p

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:


If you are interested in participating in an 8 week PAID internship program this summer, you will want apply for the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program.

To discover more about the program and apply online before March 11, go to

AP EXAM ORDERS and PAYMENTS are due February 26, 2016.

  • For Collin College English students, an AP Order and Payment form should be obtained from the Counseling Center, before school, after school, or between classes.
  • Students are encouraged to use the PayPAM system to order and pay for exams online. AP EXAM ORDER and PAYMENTS are due February 26.

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:

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:


  • 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.


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.

YEARBOOK – Please purchase your yearbook from Jostens ASAP. $75 Book only, no personalized books available at this time. Deadline is Friday, Feb. 19th

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 Counselor's 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.

Protect Yourself From Mosquitos - See flyer below

Destination College Workshop presented by Collin County Community College

Collin College Pre-Admission Partnerships: Transferring to Universities
6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Target Audience: Parents and Students Grades 9-12

Living Legends Conference Center, Spring Creek Campus

2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano

Please note: Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. To register, please go to For questions, please call 972.377.1772 or email If you do not receive a confirmation email upon registering, please call to ensure your reservation was received. Hurry ~ Spaces fill quickly!

Increasing Overdoses From Synthetic Cannabinoids (“Spice,” "K2,” etc.) in Several States.” Follow this link to learn more!

University of Texas at Dallas Student Internship Program, June 13 – August 5, 2016. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with university professors in science and engineering research. Assisting in the ongoing research of the mentor’s project will be a part of each day’s work. Each intern is expected to study, research, and work responsibly, and apply learning to help realize results. This is not a science camp experience but a true application of science in the real world and job related. A vast amount of work and contribution will be expected from each student at all times.

Current enrollment in either the 10th or 11th grade is required to qualify for this program. Students not attending school in Plano ISD for the 2016-2017 school year are not eligible, nor are students who previously participated in the program. The application will take just a few minutes of your time but careful consideration of your commitment must be made. Turn the completed application into your science teacher on or before the deadline date of Monday, February 22, 2016.

Student Summer Research in QuarkNet - Please encourage any interested physics students that you know of (current 10th and 11th graders are eligible) to apply for the QuarkNet summer research program for students:

Design Connect Create! Physics Camp for Young Women is now open for registration. Get a head start in physics through hands-on activities, interactive problem solving and fun engineering challenges. You will gain knowledge to be successful in school, hear about STEM careers and visit a high-tech company. This camp is for rising 9th-12th graders who plan to take their first physics course in the fall. Join us for physics, friends, field trip and fun! Apply today:

Plano West Senior High School Band is having a night of music!

EVENT: Midwinter Band Concert

DATE: Friday, February 19th

TIME: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

LOCATION: Auditorium

2016 Bond Election - On May 7, 2016, Plano ISD voters will decide on a $481 million bond proposal to fund initiatives recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force. Appointed in August, 2015 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, the task force included citizens, business leaders, teachers, principals and parents. The task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs, validated costs and sought input from fellow community members. After five months of study, debate and public input, the task force made final recommendations to school trustees which are included in this bond proposal. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. Find out more, including specific project allocations, at You may send questions to

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PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Men's Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Cheerleading and Mascot Tryouts
  • Boys Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Lacrosse

Plano West Men's Basketball site at:

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

Plano West-VG vs. Coppell-VG - Thurs. Feb. 18th, 8:15p at Farmers Branch

Frisco-VG vs. Plano West-VG - Tues. Feb. 23rd, 9:45p at Farmers Branch

Plano West-VG vs. Plano East/Lovejoy-VG - Thurs. Feb. 25th at Richardson

Cheer Tryouts - Come cheer with the best! Plano West is hosting cheer tryouts.

Packets will be available in the front office starting Monday 2/1/16 and will be due 3/1/16.

Join us for an informational meeting at Plano West Wednesday 2/17/16 at 6pm.

Mascot Tryouts - Do you have what it takes to be Wes or Whitney Wolf?

Plano West Cheer is hosting Mascot tryouts.

Packets will be available in the front office starting Monday 2/1/16 and will be due 3/1/16.

Join us for an informational meeting at Plano West Wednesday 2/17/16 at 6pm.

Boys Soccer - Last Friday the Boys Soccer team took on Flower Mound at Clark, the Varsity came away with a 2-1 win to finish the first half of the season with a 6-1-1 record. JV ended their game with a 0-0 tie. The boys are off tonight but will take on Plano East on Friday night at Clark Stadium. JV will play at 5:45 and Varsity at 7:30. Come out and support your Wolf Pack Boys Soccer!!!!

West Wrestling set NEW School Record

10 Qualifiers advanced to the Regional Tournament last weekend.

Mohamed Sonago, Junior, placed 5th in the Regional Tournament.
Sean Venegas, Senior, placed 3rd in the Regional Tournament at 182lb

Top 4 advance to the STATE Tournament this weekend-Houston, Texas.

Good Luck Sean and Coach Clay Goodloe at STATE. Blue Nation Proud!

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

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

Lacrosse - The Spring Lacrosse season kicks off on Thursday, February 18th at 5:45 at Clark Stadium when your West Wolves JV team takes the field against Coppell. Varsity plays at 7:15. Wear your West spirit wear and show your student ID and get in for free--all season long!

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PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Senior Shirts
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Anime Club
  • The Wolf Den PTSA 2016 – 2017 Board Wants You!
  • Plano West PTSA Membership
  • Young Democrats
  • PTSA Community Service Scholarships
  • National Honor Society Meeting

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.

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 Wolf Den PTSA 2016 – 2017 Board Wants You!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! There is still time to be a part of the Wolf Den PTSA for the next school year. The time commitment is small, but the benefits are huge. The meetings are once a month at 7pm for one hour (never longer than one hour). The “Leader of the Pack,” Principal King addresses the group at every meeting, along with student leaders and booster clubs. This is the very best way to connect to Plano West Senior High School and learn about everything that’s happening in the Wolf Den.

Please send an email with the position you are interested in to: Lisa K. Bruno by Friday, February 19th. Attached is a list of positions. Grab a friend and co-chair or go for it yourself.

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

Young Democrats - The next meeting will be on February 17th at 3:30 and 4:15 in A-2059. We will be discussing what primaries and caucuses are and how the different candidates of both parties are doing in the race for the presidency.


Plano West PTSA Community Service Scholarship Applications are available! Whether you have five hours or 500 hours of Community Service, students are eligible to apply. The Community Service hours may be contributed either locally AND/OR internationally. These scholarships will be awarded to Plano West Seniors in 2016. The requirements for the scholarships are available by application that students (Seniors only) can request from Mrs. Powers in the Counselors office.

Follow the instructions on the application. All scholarship applications will be due at the end of the school day on March 31, 2016. Several scholarships will be awarded. The minimum amount awarded is $500.

NHS Members - There will be a growth meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23rd during both lunches in the Presentation Room. Ms. Hall from Carter BloodCare will be the speaker. Any NHS students who want to find out more information about donating blood or volunteering at the annual blood drive should attend this meeting.

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