Plano West Senior High School

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Welcome to Wolf Howl News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Saturday School
  • AVID Teacher of the Month
  • PISD InfoCenter
  • From the Nurse - Flu Vaccine
  • PWSH student art work at Plano ISD Fall Art Exhibit
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Senior Transcripts
  • Fall Semester Exam Schedule
  • Final Exam Bus Schedule

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Napoleon Hill

Hours for Saturday School are 8:30 – 11:30. We meet in the library. The remaining Saturday School dates for the fall semester are as follows: Nov 14, Dec 5, Dec 12.


Must bring at least 2 hours of book work

There will be no use of computers, phones, electronic devices

No food and/or water in the library

No sleeping

No hats or hoods to cover face or eyes

No talking at all; or no passing notes

Congrats to Mr. Reinberg for being selected as the AVID Teacher of the Month! Thank you for all that you do!

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your child’s school and Plano ISD. 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 child’s campus and Plano ISD. 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.

From the Plano West Nurse - Flu Vaccine!

As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can still provide protection against the flu. Flu activity doesn't usually peak until January or February in the United States, and the season can last as late as May, so it is important to vaccinate now if you haven't already.

How Flu Spreads Person to Person

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

The Flu Is Contagious

Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The following student’s art work has been selected to represent Plano West Senior High in the Plano ISD Fall Art Exhibit. The show is being held at the Sockwell Center until December 7.

Please congratulate these students on their outstanding work.

Angel Aisosa

Ashley Chanpong

Alex Cruz

Jierui Fang

Josh Jordan

Ava Nazary

Breana Silva

Andrew Yu

The Sockwell Center is located at 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd.

PWSH Counseling is now using Remind! All students and parents are encouraged to join.

Text @pwshcouns to 81010

You can opt-out of messages anytime by texting ‘unsubscribe @pwshcouns’

Or, to receive these messages from the Counselors via email, send an email to:

Colleges Visiting Week of Nov. 16 - Nov. 20:


For December 1 college deadlines, letters of recommendation must be requested by November 10.

For January 1 college deadlines, letters of recommendation must be requested by December 1.

Recommendation letters are not written during the holidays.


If you have not yet requested your transcript for colleges that have a December 1st deadline, then you should turn in a transcript request to the Registrar’s Office by Friday, November 13. Remember: To Request transcripts, please print the “Colleges I’m Applying To” screen from Naviance, and take it to the Registrar’s Office.

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PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Cheer: Holiday Shopping Event
  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball

Holiday Shopping Event!
Shop at Kendra Scott! Thursday, November 19 from 5:00-8:00pm! The Plano West Cheerleaders are hosting a Kendra Gives Back shopping event at the Shops at Legacy store. Hope to see you there!


Plano West Wrestling heads to first Tournament of season!

Friday November 20th JV Tournament at 1:00PM

Saturday November 21st Varsity Tournament at at 9:00 AM

Location: Heath High School / Rockwall

Come support the Blue Nation Wrestlers!!

Open Mat - will continue through the season with the PACK Accelerated Club on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m

If you need information on joining the club, contact the Club Director Coach

Plano West Men’s Basketball Booster Club

PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Mr. West Voting!
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Service Hours
  • Pennies for Patients Finalists
  • Habitat for Humanity-Date changed to 11/18/15
  • Plano West Theatre Dinner, show and silent auction
  • Badminton Club
  • Environmental Club cleanup
  • FFA Pecans
  • Art Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Anime Club
  • USA Biology Olympiad
  • Plano West FFA – Cristina’s Fall Flowers Fundraiser
  • Plano West PTSA Membership
  • Holiday Dreams
  • Band Holiday Concert benefitting Toys for Tots

Mr. West Voting! Time to select your top 10 candidates for this year’s Mr. West Pageant & competition! After logging in to your PISD google account, go the following website to vote for your top candidate: The top 10 candidates that receive the most votes will move onto to the next round and begin preparing for the Mr. West pageant show on Saturday, February 13th! Look out for tickets to go on sale in early next semester!

Canned Food Drive Starts Today! It’s time to give to the Plano Santas Holiday Food Drive! The Plano Santas are a group of local Plano merchants, business men and women, civic and community leaders that provide assistance to needy families each year during the holiday season. Last year, Plano West only raised 2,420 cans and was dominated by the likes of Beverly Elementary (6,150 cans donated) and Plano East SHS (2,600 cans donated). Drop off your non-perishable food items (cans, boxes, plastic bottles, and bags) in the area dedicated in the foyer from November 11th thru December 1st and keep this 17 year effort alive!

In need of service hours? The Plano Santas offer 3 dates for students to volunteer to help at the warehouse location, December 2nd – 4th. Up to 50 volunteers are taken each day for a total of 150 volunteers, so access this URL link if you are interested!

Student Congress would like to congratulate Mrs. Hodum and Mr. Ross for being the top two finalists in this year’s Pennies for Patients. Thank you Wolfpack raising over $300 dollars towards helping fight Leukemia and Lymphoma cancers by donating your spare change. Make sure to go and see Mrs. Hodum and Mr. Ross dressed up on Friday, November 20th and be on the lookout for Pennies for Patients return in 2016!

Hi Everyone! The next Habitat for Humanity meeting will be Wednesday, November 18th in Ms. Hodum's classroom A2114 during A and B Lunch. Stop by to learn about build schedule next semester and our upcoming fall fundraisers.

Plano West Theatre Backstage Boosters are hosting our Second Annual Dinner & A Show with a Silent Auction on Thursday, November 19! Silent Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Join us for an exciting auction, delicious Italian dinner and thrilling show created, produced and performed by our talented students! There will also be special guest appearances by the Shepton and Jasper Theatre Students. Tickets ($20) available through November 17, at

Plano West Badminton Club will have our next meeting this Friday the 20th at Plano Badminton Center. The address is 4050 Premier Drive, Plano 75023 from 4:45 to 6 pm. Carpools will be available to the center upon request. You can find more details at our Facebook page, PWSH Badminton Club. Bring your friends, and we'll see you there!

Come to the Environmental Club cleanup from 9am-12pm on November 21st at Archgate Park! It's through the city of Plano, so you MUST sign up at in order to participate. Our events count for NHS and Key Club hours, so cleaning up trash won't be a WASTE of your time!

FFA Pecans have arrived! If you have placed an order, expect delivery soon! Missed a chance to order? We a limited amount of pecans, halves, frosted pralines, and pecan syrup available for sale. Contact Jamie Hanna, FFA Fundraising Chairman, at or 469-231-2431 for details.

Art Club

Come to Art Club’s Winter Party and Studio Night on Thursday, December 10th @ 4:15-6:00. We’ll be having a Cupcake Decorating Contest and making DIY Snowglobes and Ornaments! Hope to see you there, make sure you sign up in the Art Hallway by Friday, December 4th to get cupcakes & snowglobe makings!

Best Buddies is a one to one friendship matching program. If you are interested in becoming a peer buddy, associate buddy or an actual buddy please go online to and sign up! If you are renewing, please make sure to go on the website and renew your membership! If you have any questions please contact Jillian Haug who is the Chapter President or Ms. Earl in A1153.

Chess Club will meet on Wednesdays in A1167 during both lunches. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

Youth for Christ meets every Wednesday at 4:15p.m in Ms. Gomez's room, A2030. Everyone and anyone is welcome.

Wanna be cool? Join the Engineering Club today! Come check it out in Mr. Coryell’s room, G205, every Thursday at 4:25pm.

Anime Club will meet every Thursday. Meet new friends and watch anime movies or episodes. Join us in Room B-209 (Ms. Roop-Morland) at 8:15am or 4:20pm OR Room A-2060 (Mr. Cherry) 7th period.

FREE! FREE! FREE! All interested students, now is the time to register (FREE!) for the 2016 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). Just create a FREE account at before JAN. 22, 2016 selecting Plano West from the drop-down menu of participating schools. Remember your USERNAME and ID for the FREE Open Exam, Round 1, to be given the week of FEB. 2, 2016. Please see Ms. Roop-Morland (B-209) if you have any further questions.

Plano West FFA – Cristina’s Fall Flowers Fundraiser

FFA is selling Vouchers for a Flat of Cristina’s Fall Flowers 18 – 4” pots including: PANSIES, DIANTHUS, DUST MILLER, PETUNIAS & VIOLAS. – you can mix and match the flowers! Contact an FFA member or Jamie Hanna at to order some today!

Plano West PTSA Membership

The Wolf Den PTSA makes it super easy to join the PTSA, sign up to volunteer, enter your own information into our online Student Directory, and purchase a Student Agenda/Planner for your student. Plano West parents have always shown great support of our PTSA, and we want that to continue! Please go to to join the PTSA today! Don't forget that students who join the PTSA in BOTH their junior and senior year are eligible for a PTSA Scholarship. Last year six students were awarded $500 scholarships during the Senior Lunch in May! Your membership fees go towards funding activities that directly benefit our school AND our students. For a complete list of where the money goes, please click on the link at the bottom of this Wolf Howl. Please email Susan Argyle at with any questions. You can also access the toolkit from a within our website

Holiday Dreams 2015- Plano West Education and Training program is currently collecting the following NEW items: clothes, games, school supplies, sporting good equipment, toiletries, books and gift cards. These items will be given to PISD elementary families for the Holidays. Please help the Wolfpack Give Back by donating. All items are due by November 19th to Lee Ann Begis- A1126. Please email her with any questions.

Band Holiday Concert benefitting Toys for Tots, see flyer below.

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