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BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION (updated August 4, 2022)

Plano West Senior High School Back to School Information

“Calling the Pack” for Juniors AND Seniors on Monday, August 8th


  • Our student orientation for juniors will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon and will begin with a pep rally in the competition gym at 10:00 a.m. After the pep rally, our juniors will have an opportunity to:

    • have their yearbook picture taken and get their new student id badge (in the cafeteria)

    • pick up their school-issued Chromebook (student id will be needed for this) (in the presentation room)

    • walk the campus to become familiar with the location of their classrooms

    • learn about some of our clubs and organizations at the club/organization fair (in the cafeteria)

    • pick up their parking passes (if purchased online via the parent portal) (in the library)

    • purchase spirit wear (in the main hallway outside the cafeteria)

    • reconnect with friends

    • parents may also drop off medication with the school nurse (in the nurse's office in the cafeteria)


  • Our student orientation for seniors will be from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. We will not have a pep rally for our seniors, and seniors will need to schedule their senior portraits through Legacy Studios; however, they will have an opportunity to

    • get a new student id badge if they misplaced their badge from their junior year (in the cafeteria)

    • pick up their school-issued Chromebook (student id will be needed for this) (in the presentation room)

    • walk the campus to become familiar with the location of their classrooms

    • learn about some of our clubs and organizations at the club/organization fair (in the cafeteria)

    • pick up their parking passes (if purchased online via the parent portal) (in the library)

    • purchase spirit wear (in the main hallway outside the cafeteria)

    • reconnect with friends

    • parents may also drop off medication with the school nurse (in the nurse's office in the cafeteria)

  • Please note that while “Calling the Pack” is only from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Legacy Studios will be on campus from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. to take junior photos and make replacement i.d. badges for seniors.

  • Additionally, Chromebook pickup in the presentation room will be open from 9:00-4:00 as well for those who want to avoid long lines during “Calling the Pack.”

1:1 Chromebooks


  • All students will be required to check out a chromebook this school year. Extra chromebooks will not be available in classrooms, and students will need to have their chromebooks starting on the first day of school.
  • If a student isn't able to pick up his or her chromebook during "Calling the Pack," students may also come to the presentation room on Tuesday, August 9th from 9:00-11:30 & 1:00-4:00.
  • Reminder-students must have a student id to pick up their chromebook.

Student Identification badges


  • Per PISD school board policy FNCA (LOCAL), “Students in grades 6–12 shall wear an approved student identification (ID) card while on school grounds and while aboard District school buses or other District-provided transportation. Wearing student ID cards may be required at school-sponsored or school-related events as determined by the campus principal. Students may be excused from wearing ID cards during classes where doing so presents a hazard to student safety. While on school grounds, at other District facilities, or at school-sponsored or school-related events, students shall provide access to their ID card to any staff member when requested.”


  • “Student ID cards shall be worn on a neck lanyard so that the front of the card (photo side) is visible over the outermost layer of clothing. No sticker, pin, or other item shall be affixed to the front of the ID card. Any neck lanyard provided to students by the District shall have a breakaway feature.”


  • This expectation will begin on day 1 of the school year; therefore, juniors are strongly encouraged to attend “Calling the Pack” to get their yearbook picture taken and receive their new id badge. If a student is not able to do so, he or she will need to begin the school year wearing their previous id badge even if it is from Jasper or Shepton.


  • Even though seniors will not have an opportunity to have their senior portrait taken during “Calling the Pack,” they will have an opportunity to get a replacement i.d. badge if they misplaced theirs over the summer. Otherwise, they can wear last year’s student id badge until they get a new one during their senior portrait session.

Student Schedule Release (NEW date and time)


  • Student Schedule Release is Sunday, August 7th at 6:00 p.m. The online process should take less than ten minutes (if you do not owe any fines or have residency issues). By logging in to your parent portal account at https://parentviewer.pisd.edu, you can complete a series of steps to print your schedule AT HOME.


  • Which lunch period do I have? Students will find out whether they have “A” or “B” lunch on their first day of school. Lists will be posted throughout the school, and this information will be available from their teachers.


  • Holds on schedules: If your son or daughter has any holds on his/her schedule, the schedule will not be accessible via the online portal until all holds are clear. If there are holds from a previous campus, these holds must be cleared at the campus placing the hold, so you will need to contact the previous 9-10 campus directly to clear the hold.

Counseling Department Information


  • Schedule change requests: All students will follow their full schedule for the first week of school. Students may pick up a change form from the counseling office beginning, Monday, August 15th. The LAST day to request a schedule change is August 26, 2022. A parent signature is required and changes will be considered based on seat availability. Remember, a course change can impact the placement of other courses in the student’s schedule.


  • Schedule changes cannot be made during "Calling the Pack" UNLESS there is an error on the schedule, such as: too few/too many courses, course already completed, duplicate courses, level change, courses for graduation, government and economics scheduled the same semester or changes related to athletics or other performance-based electives (notification by student to director or coach regarding intent to change out of course is required).


  • Senior Release: If a student has senior release 6th or 7th period, he or she needs to plan to be picked up or have his or her own transportation. Students may not be on campus unsupervised.


  • Students and parents should check the Parent Portal for updates to schedules, and all students should reprint their schedules Wednesday, August 10th, before coming to school.


  • Note to seniors about college applications: PWSH counselors will be visiting English classes in late August to review the application process, transcript request and procedures for requesting letters of recommendation.


  • Transcripts: Plano ISD is currently in the process of switching to a new transcript request system. We expect the new system to be ready by Aug. 10th. We strongly encourage you to wait to send transcripts. But, if you feel you cannot wait and need a transcript sent immediately, you have two options:

NEW Date for Fall Open House- September 12


  • Please note that Fall Open House at Plano West was originally scheduled for September 19 but has been rescheduled to September 12 due to College Night.

College Night 2022-Save the date of Sept. 19 and make plans to attend this exciting free event at the Plano Event Center.


Everyone is Welcome!

Monday, September 19, 2022

Plano Event Center

2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy

6:00-8:00pm


  • Visit with 200+ Colleges, Trade Schools and Technical Schools
  • Visit with Military representatives
  • Receive FAFSA/TAFSA Information
  • Breakout sessions and so much more!

Medicines and Immunizations


  • Students are not allowed to carry any kind of medicine (prescription or over-the-counter) with them while on school property. Under state law, possession of any kind of medicine can have serious consequences. All medications must be in the original container, stored and dispensed by the school nurse. Parents must also turn in a completed Medication Request Form for each medicine. Medication forms and immunization requirements are available online at https://www.pisd.edu/Page/1698.


  • The school nurse will be available to receive medications beginning August 5th from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. She will also be able to assist with clearing holds due to immunization records. If you have any questions for the school nurse, you may email her at celene.berry@pisd.edu.

Senior Portraits


  • Legacy Studios is the official portrait photographer for Plano West. The yearbook picture is FREE of charge. Legacy will furnish a tuxedo for senior boys and a drape for senior girls. If seniors did not schedule their session with Legacy Studios before school starts, they will have an opportunity to have their portrait taken during the school day on August 23 or August 24.



Junior School Pictures


  • Legacy Photography Studios will be taking student pictures this year, and photographers will be at “Calling the Pack” to take yearbook and id card photos for our juniors. Students are required to be within dress code for their school picture. If a junior does not get his or her picture taken during “Calling the Pack,” another opportunity will be on August 18th and 19th through US History classes and order forms will be distributed through US History classes. NOTE: The photograph will be used for your School ID and your Yearbook picture.

Yearbooks



Bus Information


  • The route finder is located at https://www.pisd.edu/Page/6723, and rider eligibility is based on a student’s home address. Busses pick up and drop off at the bus lane on the North side of Building A.


Carpool Pick up and Drop Off


  • Please use the parking lot, rather than the bus lane, north of the Competition Gym located off Willow Bend on the east side of the school or the west parking lot in front of the Career Education Building (G bldg.). Enter off Parker Road, rather than at flag pole entrance. Please exit via student parking lot on the west side.


Student Parking


  • The cost for student parking permits is $75 for the school year (August - May). Spring Semester prices are in Tundra Sub School. You will need to go to Parent Portal to purchase a parking permit, and it is non-refundable. You can order and pay in the payments section. No cash or checks will be accepted at this time. You will need to complete the 2022-2023 Plano West Parking Agreement (click here). You may pick up your parking permit on Monday, August 8, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria during “Calling the Pack.”


  • Beginning the first day of school, all students will need a parking permit to park on campus, including those who have already purchased a senior parking spot. After August 8, all parking permits can be picked up in the Tundra office in the Student Services Office. You will need a copy of your receipt and your driver's license. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Nafziger at 469-752-9725 or by email at Michelle.Nafziger@pisd.edu.


  • PARKING TAGS ARE REQUIRED TO PARK IN THE PLANO WEST PARKING LOTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. STUDENTS MUST PARK IN AREAS DESIGNATED AS “STUDENT PARKING ONLY”. Cars may be towed when parked in ALL other areas.

Lunch Information


  • Students have a 50-minute lunch. Several hot lunch options are available daily in the Plano West Cafeteria. Students are allowed to go off campus for lunch with parent permission.

2022-2023 Renewal of Free or Reduced-Price Meals


  • The United States Department of Agriculture waiver that allowed Plano ISD to provide free meals to all students during the 2021-22 school year has expired. Plano ISD will resume charging for meals during the 2022-23 school year based on student eligibility for meal benefits.


  • Families who may qualify should complete a federal meal application for free or reduced-price meals, available through Parent Portal or via the website at www.pisd.edu/mealprogram. Click the green SchoolCafé button to begin.


  • Families who already have a SchoolCafé account can log in to complete the meal application. Families who do not have an account can create one by selecting that option on the main SchoolCafé page. View this SchoolCafe information video for instructions on how to complete the application.

Student Insurance


  • Voluntary student accident insurance is available for parents to purchase through AXIS Insurance Company. Parents may enroll students in a 2022-23 plan using the Enrollment Form posted on the Student Insurance webpage at www.pisd.edu/studentinsurance. For additional information, parents can contact Combined Benefits Group at 800-749-6458.

PWSH Wolf Den PTSA



Back to School Principal Coffee on Monday, August 15th at 9:15 a.m.


  • The PWSH Wolf Den PTSA will host a back to school coffee with Mrs. Williams, the PWSH principal, in the PWSH library on August 15th. Breakfast treats and coffee will be served.

Building Hours


  • Monday-Friday from 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


  • Students are not allowed to remain in the building after 4:45 p.m. unless attending an activity supervised by a staff member. Therefore, it is important for parents to make arrangement to pick up their child after school if they do not ride the bus or have their own transportation.

Student Management

  • Student Code of Conduct
    Plano ISD's Student Code of Conduct provides methods and options for managing students in the classroom and on school grounds, disciplining students, and preventing and intervening in student discipline problems. The code of conduct can be found below.


Bullying / Harassment
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced prohibited harassment or bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to a teacher, counselor or principal.


Tobacco Use by Students
Plano ISD has adopted and enforces prohibitions against the use and possession of all tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or any other electronic vaporizing device, by students and all others on school property and at school-sponsored and school-related activities. Any student in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.

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Plano West Senior High Website:

http://k-12.pisd.edu/Schools/pwsh/

PWSH PTSA website:

www.wolfdenptsa.org