Titan eNews

April 20, 2015

Updated EOC Testing Dates

Correct EOC dates:

Algebra I-May 5

Biology-May 6

US History-May 7

(Dates have changed due to scheduling of AP exams)

*Algebra I EOC is only for first years who have not already earned Alg I credit in 8th grade.

Titan Robotics departs to St. Louis on Wednesday for world competition!

Wish your rookie team the best of luck as they engage in competition with 600 teams from around the world this week! Watch our Facebook page for links to watch the competition via streaming. Go Titans!! Check out the Titan Robotics mascot, Jonathan Bates, in his creation of this stunning mascot uniform!
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From PISD Food and Nutritional Services:

Dear Parents:



As the school year comes to a close, Food and Nutritional Services would like to thank you for your child’s participation in the National School Lunch Programs. We want to share the following important information regarding meal accounts:

  •  Please ensure your child’s account is paid in full before the last day of school, June 5, 2015. As always, credit card payments can be made by using PayPAMS. To register, visit the following website for instructions: http://k12.pisd.edu/food-and- nutritional-services.

  •  If your child has a remaining balance, it will be carried forward to next school year.

  •  If your child transfers to another school within Plano ISD, the balance in your child’s

    account will automatically be transferred to the new school.

  •  If your child is leaving the district, you may request a refund or a transfer of funds to a sibling’s account. Requests for refunds or transfers should be communicated by phone to the Food and Nutritional Services Manager at your child’s school by June 4th, 2015 to be processed during the summer. The link to the Campus Food Service Contact list can be found at http://k12.pisd.edu/food-and-nutritional-services.

  •  After June 4th, requests should be sent to Emma Ramos via email at emma.ramos@pisd.edu or by phone at 469-752-5790 and will be processed in the fall.

    We appreciate your ongoing support of our programs and hope you have a wonderful summer. Sincerely,

    Plano Independent School District Food and Nutritional Services

Carter BloodCare Drive ~ please sign up!

Plano Academy (click here to sign up)
Tuesday, 04/28/2015

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1701 Alma Road
Carter BloodCare Bus in Parking Lot
Plano, TX 75075

You must be 17 or older to participate. 16-year old learners may participate if the parent is present at his/her sign-up time for authentic consent. For Blood Donor qualification guidelines and to find out more: carterbloodcare.org or call 1-800-366-2834.

2nd Years Update

The 1st Annual AcadeCon was a success! Attendees were asked to vote on video games they would purchase based on the concept design and sales pitch of the teams. Results from the Acadecon voting are listed below:

  • Best Actual Cosplay: Ben Friedman

  • Most Consistent Character Line-up: Luminous Studios

  • Best Gameplay: <p>Default<\p>

  • Most Awesome Story: Silver Cross

  • Most Professional Overall Theme: Ghost

  • Most Unique: Slayer

  • Fantastic Art (both concept and cosplay): BR0K3N PIXEL

  • Top Votes (Ubergroup): I.N.K. & <p>Default<\p>

  • Top Votes (Single Group): Flummox & Next Generation

Project X is underway! Learners were tasked to make a Rube Goldberg machine that would execute in their entry event. The driving question asks learners to consider, “What motives you to innovate?” During this final project learners will design an innovative product with consideration of using recycled or repurposed materials. They will produce a technical manual, corporate responsibility plan and a pitch to a panel of investors. Finally, they will repurpose any remaining materials in an aesthetic endeavor.

On April 21st learners will visit the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU and tour the campus. Please make sure your learner has submitted their permission slip to attend.

Cool News About Our Learners!

Third Year Titan Lauren Stockwell heads to Global DI Competition:

Lauren Stockwell and her team of fellow Plano students won third place at the recent Texas Destination Imagination Tournament. They qualified for the Global Tournament in May, where teams from 15 countries and 45 states will compete. DI is a non-profit organization centered on problem solving, innovation, and teamwork, available to students from K through University. Lauren shares how her Academy experience prepared her for this challenge. “The facilitators and learners here at the Academy have inspired and empowered me to be a better person and fierce competitor. I carry the skills we work on everyday like leadership, teamwork and creative problem solving to each and every competition. I hope to show the world how the Titan way of education truly rocks by bring home a trophy to the great state of Texas.”

Anyone interested in learning more about DI or how they can support Lauren during her Global adventure can visit the team Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1419019215073740/

Second Year Titan Sam Bellesa named Student Advisor for Plano Youth Leadership:

Since 1995, Plano Youth Leadership has empowered more than 550 local young people with the tools and confidence they need to make well-informed life choices and to position themselves as leaders in their communities. PYL is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing leadership training to 10th grade students living in the area served by the Plano Independent School District. 35 students are selected to participate in the year long program designed to broaden their leadership horizons. Sessions include fun, interactive monthly meetings on a wide variety of topics – from team building to volunteer opportunities to local government.
Each class selects two of its members to serve as Youth Advisory Members to the Board for a term of two (2) years immediately following graduation. The selection of the Youth Advisory Members by their classmates is made in the month of April, and Sam was chosen by his class as an outstanding leader and representative of AHS! These students’ leadership and feedback is invaluable to the success of the program.

If you have a story to share about a Titan's achievements beyond the learning spaces on campus, just email Principal Lynn Ojeda!

Are you a member of the Alliance?

Parents of the Alliance group are invited to meet with Principal Ojeda on Thursday, 4/30, at either 8:30 am or 5:00 pm in the Bubble on the 2nd floor to discuss internship opportunities within your company or networking partnerships. An overview of the internship expectations will be provided along with details on our upcoming job fair for 3rd years. Learn more about the Alliance here: http://planoacademyhs.com

Upcoming Events!

4/21 2nd Years visit SMU

4/22 Titan Robotics competitive team departs for International Competition in St. Louis, MO

4/22 Beverly Wheeler from University of Tulsa meets with 3rd years on College Essay Writing

4/23 Magic Tournament and Video Game Tournament

4/24 Video Game tournament

4/28 Carter Blood Drive

4/30 Four Square Tournament

5/1-5/2 Practice AP tests with Mr. Seay