Clark High School eNews

September 11, 2015

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Welcome to the 2015-2016 Clark High School eNews

ITEMS OF INTEREST

1. PTSA News (NEW)

2. Attendance Information (NEW)

3. Practice PSAT at Williams HS (NEW)

4. PSHS Choir Craft Fair (NEW)

5. Cougarettes Garage Sale (NEW)

6. Planoettes Fundraiser (NEW)

7. NHS Information

8. BPA – Business Professionals of America

9. Math Club

10. Junior World Affairs Council – JWAC

11. Counseling Center News

12. Yearbook Ordering

13. Dress Code

14. PISD Volunteers

15. Athletic Schedules

16. Student/Parent Policy Guide

17. 2014-2015 PISD School Calendar



1. PTSA (NEW)

A big THANK YOU to all the parents who joined us yesterday for our first general PTSA meeting of the year. We were able to present our proposed 2015-2016 school year budget and gain approval by those in attendance. We’re ready to roll! Membership in PTSA is one way to help fund the programs we are able to provide for our students as well as the wish list items for our campus that the district does not provide. If you haven’t yet joined PTSA, we hope you will consider purchasing a membership for you and your student. We have 1,552 students enrolled at Clark for this school year and would love to see all families represented in PTSA membership.

How else do we fund our programs?

· Annual school supply sale at Cougar Preview each August

· Spirit wear sales

· PTSA membership sales

· Good old-fashioned donations are always welcome!

Our annual school supply sale is over, but spirit wear and PTSA membership sales continue throughout the school year. Spirit wear does more than just fund our programs. Spirit wear creates an atmosphere of school pride and community whether it’s in the halls/classrooms at school, a sea of red in the stadium/gym, or out in the community. If you haven’t yet purchased any spirit wear, it’s not too late! We’ll be selling spirit wear at Open House and will be offering more opportunities in the future.

Check out our upcoming PTSA newsletter later this month to learn more about our programs planned for this year.

Go Cougars!!!


2. ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR (NEW)

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!


3. PRACTICE PSAT AT WILLIAMS HS (NEW)

Williams High School is offering a practice PSAT on Sept 19th in the Williams High School cafeteria. Please see the flyer below for more information.


4. PSHS CHOIR CRAFT FAIR (NEW)

PSHS Choir will host a Craft Fair on October 3, 2015 from 10AM-5PM at Plano Senior High School. For more information see the flyer below or go to their website, www.pshschoir.com.


5. COUGARETTES GARAGE SALE (NEW)

The Clark Cougarettes Garage Sale fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 8:00am-2:00pm at the Clark High School Parking Lot. Please come by and help the Cougarettes with this profitable fundraiser. See the flyer below for more information.


6. PLANOETTES FUNDRAISER (NEW)

The Planoettes will be having their next “Dine-out” fundraiser Monday, Sept. 21st at Chipotle (see attachment).


7. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) INFORMATION

National Honor Society now has an updated webpage with information at tinyurl.com/ClarkNHS and a Twitter feed for updates. Follow @NhsClark for all the latest news. Forms will be available online soon. Keep checking back!


8. BPA – BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA

The Clark chapter of BPA will have its first meeting of the year on Monday, September 14 at 4:30 PM in Room 124. BPA is a business and technology organization that is nation-wide and provides students with the opportunity for leadership, competition, and service to the community.

The pre-requisite for membership in BPA is that you have taken or are currently enrolled in one of the following business or technology courses: Touch System Data Entry, BIM, Digital Design and Media Production, Web Design, Virtual Business, Video Game Design, Introduction to Engineering Design, or Principles of Engineering. If you are interested, please attend the opening meeting to find out more information.


9. MATH CLUB

Math Club meets every other Tuesday in Ms. Bothman's room, C104. Math Club provides a forum for kids that are interested in math and the students are surrounded by others who share a similar interest. In the club you have an opportunity to participate in many prestigious competitions including AMC, McNabb, and Texas Math League. Come join the Clark Math Team!


10. JUNIOR WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL – JWAC

Join the Junior World Affairs Council at Clark! The purpose of this organization is to help Clark students gain insight, understanding and information about international affairs. We will attend an International Career Fair and compete in the academic World Quest contest. Students take a leadership role and will learn about exciting opportunities such as study abroad scholarships.

Our first meeting is Tuesday, September 8, at 8:15 a.m. or 4:20 p.m. in room 240. Officer elections will be held at the September 15th meeting.

For more information see Miss Collier or Miss Vickerman.


11. COUNSELING CENTER NEWS

The deadline for changes in levels (honors to on-level) is Friday, October 10.

PISD College Nights

· September 14 at Plano West Senior High

· September 15 at Plano Senior High

· 6:30-8:30 p.m.

· Register and print a Scanner Code @ www.gotocollegefairs.org (click “Student’s Register Now” / Texas / TACRAO)

· Bring the printed scanner code to the fairs.


12. YEARBOOK ORDERING INFORMATION

Yearbooks can be ordered at jostensyearbooks.com. Please like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ClarkYearbook or follow Clark Yearbook on Instagram@Clarkhighyearbook and @clarkhighYB for updates and information.

You may also submit your photos for review and possible inclusion in the yearbook at clarkhighyearbook@gmail.com. For yearbook questions, please contact Ms. Gibson at evelyn.gibson@pisd.edu.


13. DRESS CODE

We want to remind everyone to keep the PISD dress code in mind when making back to school clothing purchases. 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.


14. PISD VOLUNTEERS

PISD requires that all volunteers complete a new background check every year. If you have not done so since July 1, 2014, 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.


15. ATHLETIC SCHEDULES

Athletic schedules can be found on the Clark website at:

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


16. 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


17. 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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