Clark High School eNews

May 13, 2016

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Clark High School eNews

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Items of Interest

1. Cougar Chow on May 20 (NEW)

2. PSHS Swimming and Diving (NEW)

3. From the Counseling Department

4. From the English Department

5. From the Clinic

6. Food and Nutrition Information

7. Attendance Procedures

8. Dress Code

9. PISD Volunteers

10. Athletic Schedules

11. Student/Parent Policy Guide

12. 2015-2016 PISD School Calendar



1. Cougar Chow is FRIDAY, May 20! (NEW)



Tickets will be sold in the cafeteria during all 4 lunch periods on


Wednesday and Thursday & before school on Friday, May 20


Tickets will also be available for purchase during Cougar Chow


Tickets are $1.00 each


Don’t forget to buy extra tickets for an opportunity to dunk your favorite Clark Administrator or Teacher!


5 tickets is the typical amount needed to provide a meal and a drink.


Clark Cougar Chow Menu:


Chik-fil-A: 4 tickets- chicken sandwich with pickles available on the side


WhatAburger: 4 tickets- plain hamburgers or plain cheeseburgers (fixins on the side)


Little Caesars: 1 ticket- per slice cheese or pepperoni pizza


Panda Express: 5 tickets- fried or steamed rice with orange chicken, 3 tickets- vegetarian option of fried or steamed rice only


FANS: 5 tickets-Turkey legs, 2 tickets-Oreo Churros, 1 ticket-Funnel cake, 3 tickets-chill ice cream


Kona Ice: 3 tickets-regular size snow cones in a variety of 10 flavors


Drinks: 1 ticket- Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Powerade & water bottles


Chips: 1 ticket for 2 bags- Lays, Flamin’Hot Cheetos, Dorritos


Candy: 1 ticket- Sour Patch Kids, Skittles


Dunk Tank: 1 throw for 1 ticket *Dunk Clark High School Administrators & staff!


Parents! We still have volunteer opportunities available!


If you would like to volunteer for Cougar Chow, please click here.


If you would like to donate drinks for Cougar Chow, please click here.


Thank you for supporting the Clark PTSA!


Please click here or visit the Activities and Events tab on the ClarkPTSA.org website for more information on Cougar Chow!


2. PSHS SWIMMING & DIVING INFORMATIONAL MEETING (NEW)


If you are at all interested in entering into the world of Texas High School competitive swimming or diving, then please come join us on Wednesday, May 18th at 6pm at the Plano Aquatic Center (2301 Westside Dr.). There will be discussion of team policies, training expectations, and the try out process. There will also be a time for open questions. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about what the PSHS swim and dive team is all about. See you soon!


Feel free to contact me at the number listed below if you have any questions.


Thank you and have a great day!


J. Marie Young

Receptionist

Plano Senior High School

469-752-9302

marie.young@pisd.edu


3. FROM THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT


Are you planning to move over the summer?


If you don’t think you’ll be attending school in Plano ISD in August, please complete a “Next School Year Notification Form”. Please see the attachment below or you may pick this form up in the Counseling Center.


If you are moving to another location within PISD attendance boundaries, you must have an approved transfer from Student Services to return to Clark High School in August.


If you have already moved and have not updated your address with Clark, please bring a current gas or electricity bill to the Counseling Center as soon as possible so that we can update your address.


Clark High School mail will be delivered during the summer and we want to be certain that it is being sent to the correct address. See the Next School Year Notificatiion forms below to submit a change.


Thank you.


4. FROM THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT


English Elective Opportunities at Clark:

Do you want your child to earn a great SAT score ---but don’t want to pay for Karen Dillard’s prep classes?

In College Reading, your child will learn about the new SAT, lhow to improve his score, practice on actual tests, and improve his vocabulary. He’ll also have the chance to talk with college students, admissions officers, and National Merit Scholars to learn how improving an SAT score can earn big money for college!

See your counselor to sign up for this semester-long, sophomores-only elective course.


Is your child sick of writing to a prompt? Does she love writing stories, poetry, or memoirs? Would she like to be in a class with other people who like to write and who are willing to give her feedback on her ideas?

This loosely-structured, workshop-style, semester-long class will expose your child to many forms of creative writing and will give her the opportunity to write (and share) about what interests her.


Contact your counselor and sign up for Creative Writing!


5. FROM THE CLINIC


News from the Department of State Health Sercices and Collin County Department of Health Services


Health Alert: Flu



Parents and students 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.


Additional information and resources can be found:

· www.TexasFlu.org

· http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

· http://www.pisd.edu/parents/health/diseases.shtml#ManagingtheFlu


The following link provides information for locating flu vaccine providers:

www.ImmunizeTexas.org


6. FOOD AND NUTRITION INFORMATION


Food and Nutritional Services is pleased to announce MealViewer, a new on-line communication tool for menus and nutritional information to meet your campus needs. It comes as a web and APP version. Parents can retrieve menus and dietary information anywhere anytime. Please forward the information to your staff so that they can utilize it.

A few suggestions:


1. Send the attached instructions to your campus eNews staff so they can post it on the campus eNews, Facebook to make the announcement to all the parents.

2. Pass along the information to your campus nurse so he/she is aware of where to retrieve menu/allergens/nutritional information to assist the parents. It will greatly enhance communication with parents regarding student diets.

3. Direct those parents who contact you regarding menu/allergens/nutritional information to the Food and Nutritional Services web site.


Parents can follow the pisd web site links listed below to access the announcement. We have provided instructions on the web site to assist parents on how to retrieve menus/allergen/nutritional information. It is very easy to use.

http://k12.pisd.edu/food-and-nutritional-services/contributions/14222-school-menus


We hope this new service will be a helpful communication tool regarding dietary issues. Any suggestions or comments, please contact Harriet Chiang, compliance and technology specialist for FANS who was instrumental in the set-up of this system: harriet.chiang@pisd.edu


7. 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!


8. DRESS CODE


We want to remind everyone to keep the PISD dress code in mind when making clothing choices now that the weather is nice. 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.


9. 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.


10. ATHLETIC SCHEDULES


Athletic schedules can be found on the Clark website at:


http://k12.pisd.edu/clark-high-school/contributions/16951-athletic-schedules.


11. 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


12. 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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