Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation: Leading with Pride!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Welcome to Wolf News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Movin' Out West
  • AVID Teacher of the Month
  • Collin College Students
  • 1st Semester Report Cards
  • Student Parking for 2nd semester
  • AVID Parent Seminar
  • PISD InfoCenter
  • From the Nurse
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Destination College: Parent Workshop
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Movin' Out West

Dear Plano West Families and Students:

Please save January 14, 2016 to take the opportunity to visit with teachers and get a glimpse of other activities offered at Plano West. The festivities will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude at 9:00 pm. This is a come one, come all event open to all current Plano West families and students as well as all incoming juniors. For current families, teachers of all courses will be available for a meet and greet and to answer questions about the subject areas. The event is held in conjunction with 10th Grade Parent Night, so that all students have the opportunity to explore course options as they begin making their course selections for the 2016-2017 school year. Additionally, parents will have the opportunity to tour the buildings.

Follow us on Twitter @PWSHWolves and enews for updated information.

As a reminder, please park in the designated parking areas West and North of the buildings and avoid the fire lanes.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to visit Plano West at 7:00 pm on January 14th. Please see flyers below.

Congrats to Mr. Walta for being selected as the AVID Teacher of the Month! Thank you for all that you do!

Collin College Students: Please note that the first day of Dual Credit Classes will be Wednesday, January 20. Please check your Plano West Schedule for room assignments.

First semester report cards were mailed to students’ homes on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Student Parking for 2nd Semester

Student Parking stickers will be prorated to $40 starting in January 2016. See Mrs. Johnson in the front office for parking forms.

All PISD AVID parents are invited to attend the AVID Parent Seminar on January 20, from 6pm to 830pm at Clark High School.

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your child’s school and Plano ISD. 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 child’s campus and Plano ISD. 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

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.

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:

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!

Colleges Visiting Week of Jan. 11 - Jan. 15:

Texas Army National Guard Wed. 1/13

Stephen F. Austin Thur. 1/14

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

Ithaca College Regional Audition-Dallas, Meyerson Symphony Center Sat. 01/23/16

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

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PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Lady Wolves Basketball
  • Girls Varsity Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Hockey

Calling the #WolfPack to the West Gym this Friday @ JV 6/V 7:30 for a BLUE OUT! Lady Wolves Basketball go head to head with our 2014-15 nemesis Flower Mound. It will be the battle of US National teammates and future Baylor Bears, Natalie Chou and Lauren Cox. The Lady Wolves will assert the advantage of our teamwork and depth, our home court and the support of our loud, rowdy and BLUE fans. Hey, its super nacho night too!

Girls Varsity Soccer competes in the National Elite Prep Showcase this weekend in Ft. Worth. Come out and show your Wolfpack spirit as they take on some of the best teams in the country. All games are at Nolan Catholic High School. Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 2pm and 8pm; Saturday at 5pm.

Plano West Wrestling

This Week: Colony Tournament Saturday 9:30 am

Allen Outlaw Varsity Tournament Highlights

West represented Blue Nation proud on New Years Day in the toughest tournament in the State on Jan 1st & 2nd.
Special shout out to to Mohamed Sanogo, he placed 6th on the podium and is now ranked 10th in STATE.

You can see highlights and photos on Facebook and Twitter.

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 Booster Club

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

PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • ASL Club
  • Plano West Young Democrats
  • Badminton Club
  • PWSH Reads book club
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Anime Club
  • USA Biology Olympiad
  • Plano West PTSA Membership

ASL CLUB MEETING Tuesday, January 12. Come get the New Year started! Mrs. Ellis’s room at 4:15.

The Plano West Young Democrats will be meeting on Wednesday, 1/13 at 3:30 and 4:20 in room A2059. The topic for discussion will be a comparison of the Democratic and Republican Parties’ beliefs. All are welcome!

Plano West Badminton Club will have our next meeting Friday the 15th 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!

PWSH Reads, our book club, will meet in the library Jan 19 from 4:30-5:00. Our reading challenge for this month is New Year, New Book. Read a book published within the past year. Find out more by checking out the PWSH Reads tab on the library website,

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.

FREE! FREE! FREE! All interested students, now is the time to register (FREE!) for the 2016 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). Just create a FREE account at before JAN. 22, 2016 selecting Plano West from the drop-down menu of participating schools. Remember your USERNAME and ID for the FREE Open Exam, Round 1, to be given the week of FEB. 2, 2016. Please see Ms. Roop-Morland (B-209) if you have any further questions.

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

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