Wildcat Weekly

October 18, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Ratliff, Aimee

October 16th

Nelms, Steven

October 17th

Murphy, Kim

October 18th

Congratulations to ...

Plano Band for their outstanding show Vagabond. They competed last weekend and go to UIL Marching Contest this weekend. It will be held at Clark Stadium, and they perform at 6:30. Come out and support our band!

Plano Speech for earning 1st Place Sweepstakes at the highly competitive St. Mark's Tournament this past weekend.

Plano Orchestra students for earning a spot in the all region orchestras.

Plano Choir students for earning a spot in the all region choirs.

DECA for sweeping the business and marketing competition at UTD this past weekend.


This Thursday the Leadership Team will meet beginning 7th period in B264.

Next Wednesday, October 26, we will have a faculty meeting in C111 during both lunches. While we have tried to pull back on the number of faculty meetings this year, working through department meetings instead, there are several items we need to go over with the whole staff. Please plan on attending. Thank you!

Digital Citizenship

Staff members who attended ETSI this past summer are working on ways to incorporate digital citizenship naturally into our work with students. In the meantime, one of the group, Samantha Spears, has done just that by including this sign in her email signature. What a great message to send out!

End of Grading Period

Teachers :

The first 9 week grading period ended on October 14th. The grades will be picked up from grade book on Wednesday, October 19th. At that time the 9 week grade report is also due to us in the Registrar’s Office.

October 19th is also PSAT testing day so I know many of you will be out of your classrooms.

It’s a double-stress -whammy I know, so if there is anything we can do to help you finalize your grades before then, or check new students please ask.

Report cards will be in 2nd period teachers boxes on Friday, October 21st.

Reminder about Eligibility

Last Friday, Oct. 14th was the end of our 1st 9 week grading period. Students will lose or regain their eligibility this Friday, Oct. 21st at 4:15.

Students who lose eligibility will not be able to regain their eligibility until the 3 week grade check process is completed. That means that Mr. Davis will check ineligible students’ grades on Friday, Nov. 4th, and if they are passing all regular classes, then they will regain their eligibility on Friday, Nov. 11th.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

*****WILDCAT SPORTS**************


  • JV & VARSITY LADY CATS vs. Denton Guyer, Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Denton Guyer. JVplays at 6pm. Varsity plays at 7pm.

  • JV & VARSITY LADY CATS vs. McKinney Boyd, Friday, Oct. 21st at PSHS. Varsity plays at 6pm. JV plays at 7pm.

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE!!! Website: http://www.planovolleyball.com


  • JV CATS vs. McKinney Boyd, Thursday, Oct. 20th at McKinney, Game time is 7:00pm.

  • VARSITY CATS vs. Wylie, Friday, Oct. 21st at Kimbrough Stadium, Game time is7:30pm.

RISE AS ONE! Website: http://www.planowildcatqbclub.com/


  • WILDCATS at District 6-6A Meet, Thursday, Oct. 20th at UNT Campus, Denton.


  • WILDCATS vs. Allen, Wednesday, Oct. 19th at PAC. Start time is 6:00pm.

Looking Ahead

October 19 -- PSAT for all juniors

October 20 -- Leadership Team meeting, 3:30, B264

October 21 -- Pep Rally and Stay Day

October 26 -- Faculty Meetings, C111, both lunches

October 28 -- Staff cookout in conjunction with the Plano v. Plano West Football game. Starts at 5:30 on the visitor's side. Bring your family! More details to follow.

November 2 -- Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

November 4 -- Homecoming game

November 5 -- Homecoming dance

Upcoming Campus PD

The following will count as Campu pdh. All are offered at 8 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

October 26 – Zip Grade

November 9 – Presentation Alternatives – Early Session Only

November 16 – Edugence Training

December 7 – Student Engagement Tools

C2E Surveys for EOS

As many of you know, Plano has partnered with Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) to encourage a wider variety of capable and willing students to take AP courses. In order to establish a firmer foundation and gauge the results of our current progress, students and teachers are being asked to complete an online survey designed to provide the district/school with overall trends in information and expectations. Students will be completing the survey in their English classes. We ask that you please complete the teacher surveys by Wednesday, October 26th.

The survey probably won’t take more than 30 minutes to complete.

Here is the link:


Classroom Grants from PTSA!

Hello Wildcat Faculty/Staff,

Each year, the PSHS PTSA awards grants to our great faculty and staff.

Coming in a separate email is the PTSA Gifts to School Request Form for this 2016-2017 school year.

Please complete that form if you wish to submit a grant request. Deadline for submissions is October 24, 2016. All requests should be emailed to Jackie Myers at president@planoseniorptsa.org.

The PSHS PTSA Grant Committee will review requests with Mrs. Watkins in early November.

Thank you so much for your dedication to Plano Senior! Go Wildcats!

HR Documents to complete:


There are two documents for all employees to view and accept through the TEAMS Employee Service Center at esc.pisd.edu or https://oea.pisd.edu/servicecenter/. Step by step instructions are attached for your reference and it must be completed on a network computer within PISD.

The two documents are:

a) 2016-2017 Compensation, Supplemental Duties and/or Stipend Acknowledgment, and

b) 2016-2017 HR Policy Guide Acknowledgment.

Please note:

· All employees are required to view and accept these acknowledgment documents annually.

· Substitutes/adult temporary workers are not required to complete this process as they do so as part of their annual orientation.

· Employees currently on leave are not required to complete this process. We will re-send the notices at a later time for the employees on leave.

· Viewing and acceptance is completed through the TEAMS Employee Service Center at esc.pisd.edu or https://oea.pisd.edu/servicecenter/

· There are two steps for each of the acknowledgments, you must view and then accept each.

· The deadline for electronic acceptance is Friday, October 21, 2016.

· Contact the Help Desk (ext. 28767 or TSOS@pisd.edu) if you need assistance with your login ID and password, or with any part of this document acceptance process.

Plano Principals Association Scholarship for Paraprofessionals

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Plano Principals Association Scholarship for Aspiring Administrators

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Communication in the event of bad weather

In order to facilitate communicating with all employees in the event of school cancellation due to snow or ice conditions, we are updating the ‘All Employee’ group within the phone messenger system.

Before the trial run, each employee needs to log-in to TEAMS and confirm or update the phone number(s) currently listed in the Employee Service Center (ESC). Instructions for accessing the ESC and for updating your contact information are attached to this email.

Please confirm or update your contact number(s) by the end of the workday on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21. After this date, the ‘All Employee’ group will be created and a test message will be sent out to all employees in the near future.

In the event of any school cancellation, other resources such as the PISD website, radio and television stations previously used to communicate the closing of schools should continue to be used, along with the School Messenger tool.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Tycom at liz.tycom@pisd.edu.

Professional Learning

Don't forget to follow @pshstxlearns. We regularly post articles relevant to our professional learning. This is a closed Twitter account which means you have to request to follow. Email Sarah Watkins if you are joining, especially if you have an anonymous Twitter account.

Campus PDH Opportunity --

Due to the state requirement to provide sheltered instruction by trained teachers [§89.1210], specific teachers outlined below are required to receive SI training in order to linguistically accommodate instruction effectively and to provide comprehensible input for English Language Learners (ELLs) [§89.1203]. Since the goal of SI is to provide comprehensible input and develop academic language, content area teachers bear a special responsibility to provide quality SI to our ELLs.

Who is required for participate in SI training?

High School/Senior High

Any 9th-12th grade content teacher who has at least one ELL student, including denials, during the instructional day must provide sheltered instruction. Therefore, SI training will be provided.

Soon, you will be given information regarding a 3-hour online training in Sheltered Instruction that fulfills this state requirement. Additionally, this year you will be allowed to count those hours as campus pdh.

More information will follow.

Campus Professional Development Additional Information

Professionals (Exempt)

As a reminder, the campus principal is responsible for providing 7.5 hours of professional development for teachers in lieu of reporting to work on April 17th. Other professional staff, such as counselors, nurses, and librarians may attend this campus training as well. However, there will be other options also made available for nurses and counselors to attend, if you feel that type of job-embedded learning would be more valuable to them.

Ms. Clark has been sending out campus pdh opportunities for you to attend via Google docs. As a general rule of thumb, we will have various sessions every other Wednesday.

Paraprofessionals (Nonexempt)

Professional learning opportunities are being designed for nonexempt staff, including office managers, CTAs, secretaries, clerks, registrars, and receptionists, in order for them to earn compensatory time off on April 17th. Nonexempt staff will need to attend 5 hours of professional learning to accrue 7.5 hours of compensatory time prior to April 7, 2017 to be eligible to not work on April 17, 2017 . Several departments (Technology, Finance, HR, Professional Learning) will coordinate professional development for eligible nonexempt staff.

The departments working on the professional development opportunities for the specialized areas will be sending their information at a later time.

Policy Alert!

The following revised local policies were adopted by our school trustees on October 4, 2016 and are now available online:

BDAA(LOCAL) Officers and Officials: Duties and Requirements of Board Officers


CDA(LOCAL) Other Revenues: Investments


The following revised local policies were adopted by our school trustees as part of Update 105 and are now available online:

BJCF(LOCAL) Superintendent: Nonrenewal


DFBB(LOCAL) Term Contracts: Nonrenewal


Additionally, the following exhibit was revised by district staff and is available online:

FD(EXHIBIT) Admissions