Clark eNews - 3/1/21
Your Weekly Update
Update Regarding Plano ISD COVID-19 Safety Protocols/Masks
On Wednesday, March 3, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released an update to its Public Health Planning Guidance, which is in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34, issued March 2. The updated guidance affirms that the Governor’s new executive order “provides TEA with the legal authority to publish requirements for the operation of public school systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Stating that “the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, and school system leaders should do everything feasible to keep students, teachers, staff, and our communities safe,” TEA maintains that schools must comply with the following requirement:
- “Every student, teacher and staff member shall wear a mask over the nose and mouth when inside a school building, school facility, facility used for school activities, or when in an outdoor space on school property or used for school activities, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”
Based on the updated guidance provided by the TEA, and considering evidence that current safe practices have been effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Plano ISD will continue to follow the instructional plans and safety protocols outlined in our Return to School Plan. Wearing face masks (or face shields for students in preK-2nd grade) will continue to be required in all Plano ISD buildings and at all district events.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to keep you informed on the updated public health guidance from the Governor and TEA related to student wellbeing and success.
Upcoming Events and Announcements
PSHS Youth Soccer Night
Plano Girls’ Soccer will be able to host our annual Youth Soccer Night this upcoming Friday, March 5th at 7:30pm at Clark Stadium.
If you have a child that is in 8th grade or younger and they have a soccer team jersey and they wear it to the game, they will be able to get into the game for FREE! The first 40 youth to enter will get a nice little goodie bag and any youth we have present will receive an autographed poster and will be able to walk the Varsity team onto the field.
We would love to have your support at our 2nd round game vs. Plano East. Our JV game is at 6:00pm and our Varsity game will follow at 7:30pm.
Let's ROCK enROLLment!
Did you realize that enrollment for PISD's early childhood programs is underway? Help spread the word - the PreK, Head Start, and Kindergarten programs are open for enrollment! Please see the website below for complete information.
On Saturday, March 20th @12:00pm there will be a Virtual All-Plano Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest. Registration is available for students from 9th to 12th grade that go to school in the City of Plano. They don’t need to be in speech & debate.
Toastmaster judges score and rank the participants. The top 12 students move to the next round and win scholarship prize money. The Plano Senior High School Interact Club planned the contest and Rotary Clubs of Plano West, Plano Metro, Plano East, and Plano Sunrise sponsor it.
1st Round: Virtual All-Plano 4-Way Test Speech Contest on March 20th @12:00pm
2nd Round: Four Separate Virtual Rotary Club Contests–Different Dates & Times
- Four $250 scholarship prize winners
- Four $150 scholarship prize winners
- Four $100 scholarship prize winners
3rd Round: Rotary District 5810 Virtual 4-Way Test Speech Contest on May 15th
- One $1,000 scholarship prize winner plus a plaque
- One $750 scholarship prize winner plus a plaque
- One $500 scholarship prize winner plus a plaque
- 4th–6th Place: Plaques
A student can win up to $1,250 with a good 5–7 minutes speech on Rotary’s 4-Way Test.
- Click this link for details and registration: https://bit.ly/4waytestspeechcontest
- Contest Information Packet: https://ly/4waytestinfo
- Contact the Rotary Contest Organizer: Jenny Orth @214-929-1021 or email@example.com
Congrats to Our Cougarettes!
On Saturday, 2/13, our Cougarettes had an amazing showing just before the weather hit and walked away as Grand Champions!
- JV Team Pom- Winner
- JV Team Contemporary- Winner
- JV Team Jazz- Winner
- Team Super Sweepstakes (3 routines scoring 90+)
- JV Team GRAND CHAMPION
Dance Officers and Social Officer Awards
- Socials- 1st Runner Up (Against all other Varsity Social Officer Groups)
- Officer Modern- Winner
- Officer Contemporary- Winner
- Silver Sweepstakes (2 dances scoring 90+)
- JV Officer GRAND CHAMPION
- Solo Finalist- Sarah Fish - 3rd Runner Up (against all 9th and 10th Grade Soloists)
- Duet Finalist- Cassandra Lopez and Reyna Sanchez- 2nd Runner Up (against all Varsity and JV Duets)
- TopCats Medium Ensemble (8-12 dancers)- Winner (against all Varsity Medium Ensembles)
- Crowd Pleaser Award- Clark JV Large Team Jazz. Check out this video of the routine choreographed by the fabulous Cougarette Directors 🙂
Congratulations to everyone involved!
Update from Counselors
PSAT Test Dates for 9th and 10th Grades: 3/22 - 3/24
To help prepare our students for future success, 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT 10 Test in March. Remote students can sign up for the test to be given on Monday, 3/22. Face to face students will take the test on either 3/23 or 3/24, depending on their Cohort.
Note: This is NOT the PSAT/NMSQT and cannot qualify students for the National Merit Program.
Academic Conferences for 10th Grade Students:
- Your Academic Conference is a time for you to go over your 11th grade schedule, goals, and future testing with your parents and counselor. If you missed the window to sign up for an Academic Conference, a time slot will be assigned to you.
- Before your Academic Conference, please make sure that you and your parents have reviewed all of the information on the link below to help you prepare (note the information tabs in the top right corner on the site).
- Prepare for your Academic Conference Here: 10th Grade Course Selections
Face-2-Face and Virtual Tutorials Available
Just a reminder that we are offering both face-to-face and virtual tutorials for selected courses! Help our Cougars finish the semester strong and encourage them to join tutorials to help bring up their grades!
Face-2-Face and Virtual Tutorial Schedule (use tabs at bottom to switch between modes)
Reminder for Face-to-Face Students: In order for students to enter the hallway in the morning, they will need to scan the QR code and fill out the Google Form. Students must fill out the Google Form prior to entering the hallways for contact tracing purposes.
Baseball Season Has Begun!
Health Reminder From the Clinic
As a reminder, please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:
- Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for include fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
- Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
- Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.
Parents may contact Nurse Phaiksee Chuah at 469-752-7209 or Phaiksee.firstname.lastname@example.org to report student illness or possible exposure.
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:
- They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
- Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
- 10 days have passed since symptoms began
If a student wants to return to school prior to meeting the above criteria, they must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or receive a negative PCR or antigen test.
Thank you for your assistance in doing your part to keep our students healthy and safe.
Verification of Enrollment Forms and Clark Parking Pass Information
For students about to start driving and/or parking at Clark High School:
- The district has developed an online process for students who wish to request a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form. Students may make a request for a VOE form at https://myforms.pisd.edu/Forms/VOE. The form will be completed and returned to the student via email.
- To park your vehicle at Clark HS, make sure that you fill out this form to recieve your CHS Parking Pass!