Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation: Leading with Pride!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Welcome to Wolf News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Howling Wolf Choir: All State Results
  • Movin' Out West
  • Collin College Students
  • 1st Semester Report Cards
  • Class Ranking Information
  • AVID Parent Seminar
  • 2016 SAGE Summer Expo
  • From the Nurse
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Destination College: Parent Workshop
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Juniors: AP Art Studio
  • Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Members of the Howling Wolf Choir competed for All-State Saturday. West led Region 25 and Area C by placing more than any other school.

Those selected for All-State are: Matthew Berry, Carolyn Chen, Adam Christa, Arta Fan, Donald Fielding, Hayley Leavell, Allison Moore, and Neil Patel. Brittany Cox was selected as an alternate.

These students will perform with the Texas All-State Choir February 10-13 in San Antonio.

Congratulations to each of these students and their parents.

Movin' Out West

Dear Plano West Families and Students:

Please save January 14, 2016 to take the opportunity to visit with teachers and get a glimpse of other activities offered at Plano West. The festivities will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude at 9:00 pm. This is a come one, come all event open to all current Plano West families and students as well as all incoming juniors. For current families, teachers of all courses will be available for a meet and greet and to answer questions about the subject areas. The event is held in conjunction with 10th Grade Parent Night, so that all students have the opportunity to explore course options as they begin making their course selections for the 2016-2017 school year. Additionally, parents will have the opportunity to tour the buildings.

Follow us on Twitter @PWSHWolves and enews for updated information.

As a reminder, please park in the designated parking areas West and North of the buildings and avoid the fire lanes.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to visit Plano West at 7:00 pm on January 14th. Please see flyers below.

Collin College Students: Please note that the first day of Dual Credit Classes will be Wednesday, January 20. Please check your Plano West Schedule for room assignments.

First semester report cards were mailed to students’ homes on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Class Ranking Info: Senior Class Ranking/GPA will be updated at the end of January. Junior Class Ranking/GPA will be updated early February. Announcements will be posted when these become available.

All PISD AVID parents are invited to attend the AVID Parent Seminar on January 20, from 6pm to 830pm at Clark High School.

2016 SAGE Summer Expo: see flyers below.

From the Plano West Nurse

Staff, students and parents can help reduce the impact of the cold and flu season by following these simple tips:

  • Get a flu shot!
  • Keep your children at home for fever of 100° or more for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand rub/gel.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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:

Destination College: The Parent Workshop

6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Target Audience: Parents Only

Collin College Living Legends Conference Center

Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano

This popular workshop will provide parents with the essentials of planning and preparing for your student’s college experience. Speakers will address practical parenting concerns, strategies for a successful college admissions process, and financial aid resources and terminology. Join us for an entertaining and informative evening. Dinner will be provided starting at 6 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please note this workshop is for parents only. Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required and limited to two people per household. Please go to to register. The RSVP deadline for this event is Jan. 21, unless capacity is reached sooner. For questions, please email or call 972.377.1772. If you do not receive a confirmation email upon registering, please call to ensure your reservation was received. Hurry ~ Spaces fill quickly!

Colleges Visiting Week of Jan. 11 - Jan. 15:

Texas Army National Guard Wed. 1/13

University of Texas: Business Honors Program Wed. 1/13

Stephen F. Austin Thur. 1/14

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

Ithaca College Regional Audition-Dallas, Meyerson Symphony Center Sat. 01/23/16


Are you interested in AP Studio Art next year? Student scheduling is about to begin. If you have taken an art class during high school 9th-11th, you may apply for AP Studio Art.

Plano West Art Department offers the following AP studio courses. All studio classes are a two hour block.

AP Drawing (Application Required)

AP 2-D Design (Application Required)

AP 3-D Sculpture (Application Required)

Apply NOW! Don’t be left out. Follow this link to apply for any AP Studio Art course.

Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines. See below.

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PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Boys Soccer Spirit Night
  • Girls Varsity Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Softball Open Tryouts
  • Men's Basketball
  • Hockey

Plano West Boys Soccer Spirit Night

When: Thursday, January 14th

3:00-9:00 p.m. (to-go & eat in)

Where: Newk's Restaurant
Southwest corner of Parker & Parkwood in Plano

Boys Wolf Pack Soccer will receive 15% of all receipts left that night. Come out and support your Wolf Pack Soccer and enjoy a great dinner. Please pass this along to your family and friends. Also see flyer link below.

Girls Varsity Soccer competes in the National Elite Prep Showcase this weekend in Ft. Worth. Come out and show your Wolfpack spirit as they take on some of the best teams in the country. All games are at Nolan Catholic High School. Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 2pm and 8pm; Saturday at 5pm.

Plano West Wrestling

Saturday, January 16th
McKinney North Wrestling Tournament 10:00 am

Check out highlights and photos on Facebook and Twitter each week!

COME Support the West Wolves!

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 Softball

Open Tryouts 2016

The Plano West Softball program will be having open tryouts Friday, Jan. 22nd from 4:45 to 6:00 and on Saturday, Jan.23rd from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Plano West softball field or indoor facility if weather is bad. This is for those students or athletes who are not in 7th period softball class that would like an opportunity to try out for softball this year. If you are interested and want to try out, you will need to contact

Coach Mike Ledsome @ or 972-743-3723.

Plano West Men’s Basketball Booster Club

Plano West Hockey News, Games and Events! Come support your JV and Varsity Teams!

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PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Plano West Young Democrats
  • DECA
  • HOSA
  • Badminton Club
  • Second Chance Club
  • PWSH Reads book club
  • Key Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Anime Club
  • USA Biology Olympiad
  • Plano West PTSA Membership

The Plano West Young Democrats will be meeting on Wednesday, 1/13 at 3:30 and 4:20 in room A2059. The topic for discussion will be a comparison of the Democratic and Republican Parties’ beliefs. All are welcome!

DECA: *MANDATORY* All-membership meeting Wednesday, January 13 at 8:30 or 4:30 in G129. Last all-membership meeting of the year! Brief District CDC Competitor meeting to immediately follow the 4:30 session.

There will be a HOSA meeting on Wednesday, January 13th in Ms. Field’s room (G229) during 7th period and after school.

Plano West Badminton Club will have our next meeting Friday the 15th 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!

Second Chance Club will be meeting on Friday 1/15, after school in room G 134 -- come join a group that cares about homeless animals. Bring your smiling faces, since the yearbook photographer will be there to take pictures!

PWSH Reads, our book club, will meet in the library Jan 19 from 4:30-5:00. Our reading challenge for this month is New Year, New Book. Read a book published within the past year. Find out more by checking out the PWSH Reads tab on the library website,

The next Key Club meeting will be Wednesday, January 20th during A and B Lunch in the Presentation Room. Come to learn more about opportunities for volunteering during the spring semester.

ATTENTION JUNIORS: you can finally stop PINING for an Environmental Club officer position, because an officer application is now available! Fill it out at by 11:59pm on January 31st to be considered. It willow be worth it fir sure. Sorry for all the acorny jokes.

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 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

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