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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Girls Soccer Playoffs – Regional Quarterfinals

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2016 Bond Information Meetings to be Hosted by Superintendent

Plano ISD community members are invited to attend any of the remaining four information meetings to be hosted this spring about the district’s May 7 bond election proposal. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli will present information and answer questions. Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the district’s high schools on the following dates:

  • April 6 (Wednesday) - McMillen High School (cafeteria), 750 N. Murphy Road, Murphy, TX 75094
  • April 13 (Wednesday) - Jasper High School (presentation room), 6800 Archgate Drive, Plano, TX 75024
  • April 25 (Monday) - Vines High School (presentation room), 1401 Highedge Drive, Plano, TX 75075
  • April 28 (Thursday) - Shepton High School (library), 5505 Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093

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Parent Engagement Survey

You are invited to participate in the Parental Engagement Survey for Plano Senior High.

House Bill 5, adopted in the 83rd Legislative Session (2013), changed several regulations regarding accountability and added a new type of accountability rating and reporting, Community and Student Engagement Accountability (CSEAS). The law requires each school district to evaluate and assign a performance rating for each campus in various program and performance areas including Community and Parental Involvement.

There are many ways in which parents may be involved in the education of their child. Extensive research has shown that activities such as reading and communicating with the child and setting expectations have the largest effect on student achievement. Other forms of parental involvement, such as attendance and participation in school functions, also contribute positively to achievement in school.

This Parental Engagement Survey will help us understand some of the ways in which parents are engaged in the education of their child. This information will guide us in providing support to the parents in our community.

With Plano Senior High and the 2015-2016 school year in mind, please take a moment to answer this brief survey.

Thank you for your participation.

Here are the links to the online survey:



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Dress Code Reminders – Please help your student choose clothes wisely and respectfully. Click here to view the district dress code:

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!

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.


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.


Mid-Year transcripts for SENIORS are NOW available in the Registrar’s Office. Updated Class Rank and GPA are also available. Be sure to bring a picture IDDO NOT COME DURING CLASS.


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)

Thanks !!


Did you know approximately 25,000 people overdosed and died from prescription drugs in 2014? You can help keep unused and expired prescriptions from being abuse. The DEA holds a drug “take back” day where you simply bring any unused or expired medications to a site and drop it off. It is FREE and it is EASY to do! On April 30, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, you can stop by any collection site nearest you and drop off your medications. There will be sites at PSHS, PESH, PWSH and Clark schools this year. I have included the website if you need a site closer to home.

Please consider cleaning out your medicine cabinets and help us fight the battle of prescription drug abuse. Together, we can make a difference…Dawne Click on finding an authorized collection center

Former NBA player, Chris Herren, will share his story of drug abuse and recovery in a FREE presentation that will be held on April 12 at 7:00 pm in Frisco. It is geared towards reaching our youth but all are welcome! I have attached the flyer. Registration is not required; but, if you do, you can possibly win some great prizes!
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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.
  • Jaundice
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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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  • 11 April, Monday: Units 3 & 4
  • 19 April, Tuesday: Units 5 & 6 at 8am
  • 28 April, Thursday: Mock Exam

All prep sessions will be in Mr. Magavern’s room after seventh period unless noted otherwise.

AP PSYCHOLOGY REVIEWS: After school in A-123

  • Tues., April 12th – Tips & U1 (The Field)
  • Thur., April 14th – U2 (The Mind)
  • Tues., April 19th – U3 (Dev. Person) & U4 (The Environment)
  • Thur., April 21st – U5 (Thinking) & U6 (Mental Health)
  • Wed., April 27th - Mock Exam
  • Mon., May 2ndAP PSYCH EXAM - 12pm


An additional step has been added to the Dual Enrollment registration. If you are a student taking a dual enrollment class for the first time , (2016-17 school year), please come to the Counseling Office to pick up the additional material.

Don’t miss out on $$ for college

Check out scholarship opportunities at and Naviance for a complete list of available scholarships.


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 mkasprisin@collin.edufor 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 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 Call Tiffanee Arnold, festival coordinator, at 972.881.5830 or email 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 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 .


Wednesday, April 6th Both Lunches/Cafeteria:

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  • 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.

Attention Juniors

If you took the PSAT in October a paper copy

of your results as well as your test booklet is

available to pick up in the Counseling Office.

You will need a photo id to pick up your results.


On-line registration for High School Summer School is available Monday, March 21st. Counselors must pre-approve courses in the registration portal. To register, visit with your counselor about course selections, then login to parent portal and complete the student emergency information from any computer with internet access. Courses pre-approved by the student’s counselor will be viewable and available for selection. Online registration and payment is the most efficient and convenient way to enroll in Summer School courses. Questions regarding registration can be directed to the campus counseling office.


First Session

  • June 13 - June 30
  • 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Second Session

  • July 5 - July 22
  • 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Session Break

  • July 1, July 4
  • Note: On the last day of each session students will be released at 10:00 am.


  • Only one absence is permitted per session.


Plano East Senior High School, 3000 Los Rios Blvd, Plano TX 75074

  • English, Spanish, Math, Communication Applications and SAT-PSAT Preparation Classes.

Plano West Senior High School, 5601 West Parker Road, Plano, TX 75093

  • Social Studies, Science, Physical Education and Health.

For a comprehensive list of High School Summer School course offerings, visit:

Upcoming College Information Sessions

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.

College Admissions Information Session

Who: Washington University in St. Louis

When: Sunday, April 24th @ 7:00 pm

Where: Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center

2493 North Stemmons Freeway

Dallas, TX

No Reservations needed


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.

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 @ 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 Deadline for applications is April 15th.

Hightower Scholarship

The Hightower Elementary PTA would is inviting graduating Seniors to see where their education journey started. There will be a reception for students, parents and teachers and spend some time to reconnect. The reception will on Thursday, May 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We will announce the winner of the Hightower Elementary PTA Scholarship as well as have light snacks and drinks.

The Luanne Collins – Hughston Elementary PTA Scholarship

The Luanne Collins – Hughston Elementary PTA Scholarship is now available. Pick up an application in the Counseling Department. Deadline is April 29, 2016.


See attached application


A $500 scholarship for a graduating senior that attended Carpenter Middle School for at least 2 years; be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program at a college or university for the 2016-17 academic year as a full time student and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The scholarship is in memory of Alex Trejo, who worked at Carpenter for 24 years. An application and full requirements can be picked up in Counseling or the Fish Bowl (Front Office). DEADLINE is Friday, April 29th.


Seniors, many of you are in the process of working on your college applications so here are some important reminders:

  1. use the Common Application if the college accepts it
  2. you must connect your Common Application to your Naviance account (for the school to send your transcript, the school report and recommendation letters)
  3. you must sign the FERPA waiver before your teacher and counselor can send your recommendation letter
  4. all recommendation letters must formally be requested in Naviance
  5. request all teacher letters of recommendation in Naviance ( Colleges Tab--- Colleges I’m Applying To). Make sure to talk to your teachers as well!
  6. you must complete and submit a blue packet to your counselor for school reports and recommendations at least three weeks before your deadline
  7. 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.
  8. all transcript requests must be requested in Naviance.
  9. if you are no longer going to apply to a school remove it from "Colleges I am Applying To"
  10. don't wait until the last minute to complete your application


Any student interested in becoming a maroon guard or manager, applications are now available through Mrs. Walraven ( or stop by D136. They are also posted on the Planoette website .



  • Plano Senior High: THIS WEEK…Starting April 4th; Make-up Auditions will take place after school in D109 (Choir Room)

  • Vines High School: Starts the week of April 18th; Auditions will take place during your choir classes.

  • Clark High School: Starts the week of April 25th; Auditions will take place during your choir classes.

Auditions will include:

-Demonstration of your vocal range.

-Demonstration of the strength of your aural skills

-An 8 measure sight reading exercise

-A general singing exam

-All singers must present a most recent copy of their report card on audition day

PLEASE make plans to attend the ’16-’17 Choir Meeting on Tuesday, May 31st at 7pm in the PSHS Choir Room – D109. Contact with any questions


You’re Invited as the PSHS Chamber Singers presents DREAMSCAPE on TONIGHT, April 5th at 7pm at the Christ United Methodist Church. Admission is free and open to the public. A light reception to follow.

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PSHS STUCO is hosting a Book Drive until Friday, April 8th to donate books to Children's Health Advocates. They are in need of children's picture books and elementary-level books (fiction or nonfiction) in decent condition (hardback, thin hardback, or paperback-- no magazines) with age-appropriate content. ALL students can participate! Books can be dropped off in boxes located in B256, Student Activities Center, and the Fish Bowl.

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The Planoettes present their annual Spring Show "Tune In" from Thursday - Saturday, April 14th, 15th & 16th at the Doyle Dean Performing Arts Center, PSHS. Tickets are $10 each.

Ticket Sales:

  • TODAY, April 4th – Fri., April 15th (except for April 7th) from 4:15 - 6pm at the PSHS Theatre Box Office
  • Monday, April 11th - Friday, April 15th during Both Lunches in the Cafeteria

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Join us for a Movie Night Under the Stars hosted by PSHS STUCO on Friday, April 15th at the PSHS Tennis Courts. Tickets are $5 and concessions will be available. The time and movie TBD.
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PROM 2016!

Prom Tickets are on sale online through parent portal at $30/student until Tuesday, April, 26th. At the door, they will be $40/student. Only seniors may purchase tickets. Limit is two per student.


-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

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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 for all the details.


Parents: PLEASE READ the attachments from PISD safety and security about the Standard Response Protocol in case of an emergency. Thank you!


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

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

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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