PLANO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

PSHS eNews: Where the Wildcat Nation Gets Its Information

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information

Did you know that PISD has a Substance Abuse Prevention website? Here is the link, http://k12.pisd.edu/substance-abuse-prevention be sure to check out the videos linked on the home page and the excellent informational websites linked on the “Resources” page.

State of Texas 2014-2015 School Report Card for Plano Senior High

The State of Texas 2014-2015 School Report Card for Plano Senior High has now been released, and it is included in this enews. It is also posted to the website http://k-12.pisd.edu/schools/pshs/. This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. The information contained in the School Report Card is required by state law and is briefly described in the “School Report Card Definitions.” If you have any questions concerning the School Report Card, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of Plano Senior High.

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Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Proposal

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STUDENT AND SPECTATOR BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

We always say, Win with class; lose with class. At public events, PLEASE represent PSHS with pride and respect for the hard work of all participants.



  • Show respect for the National Anthem and those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect this country and our freedom.
  • Cheer FOR our team, not against the other. Our athletes have worked hard to be on the playing field. They deserve our POSITIVE SUPPORT.
  • Treat the opposing team and their fans with respect. Positively acknowledge their efforts.
  • Similarly, bring only signs that convey a positive message.
  • Follow the directions of school officials, police officers.
  • Respect the decisions of the officials. Ultimately, their say is final.
  • Follow UIL rules, including no mechanical noisemakers such as air horns.
  • If a player is injured, show respect, and remain quiet while he/she is being tended to.
  • Represent your school and yourself with pride. Many children attend these events. Be good role models for them.

FROM THE REGISTRAR

Mid-Year transcripts for SENIORS are NOW available in the Registrar’s Office. Updated Class Rank and GPA are also available. Be sure to bring a picture IDDO NOT COME DURING CLASS.


JUNIORS

Class rank and GPA will be available in the Registrar’s Office beginning Monday, February 1st.

Please have picture id ready.

DO NOT come during class time (even if you do not have a class)

Thanks !!

Student Parking for 2nd Semester

Student Parking stickers will be prorated to $40 starting in January 2016.

See Mrs. Gilbert in the Gamma subschool office for parking forms.

Remember all students need to have a parking permit on their vehicle or they could be towed.

No parking in visitors, handicapped, striped areas or numbered spaces.

Dress Code Reminders – Please help your student choose clothes wisely and respectfully. Click here to view the district dress code: http://www.pisd.edu/parents/supplies/index.shtml#Dress

Attendance Reminders – It is vital for students to be in school. Please remember these state guidelines


  • Notes must be turned in within three days for makeup work to be allowed. Unexcused absences could result in zeroes on assignments.
  • Beyond 10 absences, students must turn in doctor’s notes.
  • Three tardies in a class equals an absence.
  • Chronic absences will result in an intervention plan that may include loss of open campus lunch, Saturday Schools, and mandatory tutorials.
  • Continued absences can result in loss of credit for a course and truancy being filed.
  • Students absent more than 10 consecutive days will be withdrawn.

Please work with your sub school principal to avoid these difficult situations. Most importantly, be in school!

FROM THE NURSE

Allergy, Cold and Flu season is coming….


Per PISD policy these are the medical reasons for exclusion from school. Please remember the school clinic does not have any medications that we can give students. Medications can only be given to a student if the proper medication form is signed and the medicine is brought to the clinic from home. If the student is sent home from the clinic a note from the parent must be taken to sub-school for the absence to be excused. Below are the symptoms I am allowed to send students home from school with.

A student with any of the following symptoms will be excluded from
school until such time as the student is free of symptoms, has been satisfactorily treated or submits a signed physician’s statement that he/she is not contagious.

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or more. Student must be fever free
    for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry.
  • Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw.
  • Undetermined rash over any part of the body.
  • Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp.
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Student must be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before re-entry.
  • Red, draining eyes.
  • Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection.
  • Open, draining lesions.
  • Jaundice
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FROM THE CLINIC

If your child needs medication at school please bring medication in the original container with the proper paperwork to be left in the clinic. Medications brought into the clinic can remain in there until the end of the school year.

To protect all students from illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while they are contagious. Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Contact the clinic if you are unsure whether or not your child should return to school. 469-752-9309.

SENIORS

Immunization records can be found in the parent portal. Please bring into the clinic any new immunizations that you have received to be added to the current record. Most colleges will require an additional meningitis shot to begin college in the fall. Check with your college for more information.

ID Cards

There were several students whose ID cards we did not receive with the others. We have now received the last of the IDs. If your student is one of those students that did not receive theirs, have them go to the ISS Room, C102 to pick their ID up.

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Destination College's February Workshops

The Destination College office at Collin College will be hosting two workshops in February, one featuring information on applying for financial aid and the other will be a session with our university partners. If you could please include the following information in any upcoming e-news or publications that would be beneficial to parents and students, we would greatly appreciate it. Registration is required for both events.

How to Apply for Financial Aid
6:30-8:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Target Audience: Parents and Students Grades 9-12

Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center

9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco


How do I apply? What is a FAFSA? Get help in sorting out the facts from the myths. This workshop will introduce you to financial aid concepts such as the different types of aid, the application process and more!

Please note: Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. To register, please go to www.collin.edu/destinationcollege. For questions, please call 972.377.1772 or email destinationcollege@collin.edu. If you do not receive a confirmation email upon registering, please call to ensure your reservation was received. Hurry ~ Spaces fill quickly!

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Collin College Pre-Admission Partnerships: Transferring to Universities
6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Target Audience: Parents and Students Grades 9-12

Living Legends Conference Center, Spring Creek Campus

2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano


Representatives from Collin College's pre-admission partner colleges and universities will provide information about their programs’ benefits, the application process, financial aid, scholarships and ways to prepare for college. The partners will meet parents and students during institutional breakout sessions. Information tables from university partners including Austin College, Dallas Baptist University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University - Commerce, Texas Tech University, Texas Woman's University, Texas Wesleyan University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of North Texas as well as Collin College will be available for browsing. Please note: Browsing tables will be available from 6:00-6:20 p.m. Welcome remarks and breakout sessions with the universities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. Please go to www.collin.edu/destinationcollege to register. For questions, please email destinationcollege@collin.edu 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!

College Information Session

Who: UTD Naveen Jindal School of Management invites all Plano Students

What: Information Session about the UTD Business Programs / Admission & Financial Aid presentation

When: Monday, February 15th from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Where: Davidson Auditorium

Naveen Jindal School of Management

The University of Texas at Dallas

RSVP: jindal.utdallas.edu/rsvp (by Monday, February 8)

Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors

The Coolidge Scholars Program is a full ride presidential scholarship open to Juniors that covers tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training. Application is available at Coolidgescholars.org. Deadline is March 18, 2016.

Attention Juniors

Juniors that took the October PSAT now have access to your scores.

Scores are available at studentscores.collegeboard.org with your access code

If you have problems seeing your scores please see the Counseling Office.

Attention Current Juniors:

Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program is taking applications now for anyone interested in participating in the program

Selected students have the opportunity to earn a paid summer internship

For more information visit www.planomayorsinterns.org

Applications will be accepted online until March 11

AP EXAM PAYMENT

AP exam Payment is due in the Counseling Office NO LATER THAN Friday, February 12th (change from the information received at Exam Registration)


If paying by Cash or Check:

1) Print your Confirmation Statement (emailed to you from Total Registration)

2.) bring a copy of the Confirmation Statement with your payment to the Counseling Office

3.) you will receive the payment envelope at that time


If paying by Credit Card:

1) parent signs on to your PayPams account

2) select “Sr High”

3) choose every exam you will take

4) enter payment (receipt will show details)

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COLLEGE APPLICATION REMINDERS

Seniors, many of you are in the process of working on your college applications so here are some important reminders:

  1. use the Common Application if the college accepts it
  2. you must connect your Common Application to your Naviance account (for the school to send your transcript, the school report and recommendation letters)
  3. you must sign the FERPA waiver before your teacher and counselor can send your recommendation letter
  4. all recommendation letters must formally be requested in Naviance
  5. request all teacher letters of recommendation in Naviance ( Colleges Tab--- Colleges I’m Applying To). Make sure to talk to your teachers as well!
  6. you must complete and submit a blue packet to your counselor for school reports and recommendations at least three weeks before your deadline
  7. if you no longer need a recommendation letter from a teacher please have the courtesy to cancel the request in Naviance and to let the teacher know in person.
  8. all transcript requests must be requested in Naviance.
  9. if you are no longer going to apply to a school remove it from "Colleges I am Applying To"
  10. don't wait until the last minute to complete your application
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AVID CARNATIONS & COOKIES VALENTINE’S DAY SALE:

AVID will be taking carnations & cookies pre- orders from Monday, Feb. 8th – Wednesday, Feb. 10th in the Cafeteria during both lunches.


Pick-up and Additional Sales:

Thursday & Friday, Feb. 11th & 12th…Cafeteria during both lunches

Price: $2 for 1 carnation

$5 for 3 carnations

$15 for 1 dozen carnations

$1 for 2 cookies


*Heart shaped card comes with all orders

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MR. PLANO

Please join us for the 17th Annual MR. PLANO on Saturday, Feb. 13th at 7pm in the PSHS Theatre. Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, Feb. 8th – Friday, Feb. 12th in the Cafeteria during both lunches. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. This event has sold out almost every year, so purchase tickets early!!!

GRADUATION CAP & GOWN ORDERS: If you have not already done so, please visit www.texasgradshop.com to order cap and gown and announcements. You can NO LONGER order the cap and gown at www.Jostens.com. For delivery in late March at PSHS, your order needs to be submitted NO LATER than Tuesday, March 1st. This will also ensure that your size will be available.

PROM 2016!

Prom tickets are on sale now through March 4, 2016, for the reduced-price of $25/student. Price increases to $30/student after March 4, 2016. At the door, tickets will be $40/student. Buy now and safe money….Purchase on parent portal under “student fees.”

ST. ANDREW’S PROM CLOSET

The United Methodist Women of St. Andrew UMC, Plano are hosting a Prom Closet for young ladies to shop for that special event. There are dresses in all sizes and colors, as well as shoes, handbags and jewelry. The event has everything needed to complete the "total look" for the evening.

Shopping days are:

Tuesday, March 1st: 4 - 8pm

Wednesday, March 2nd: 4 - 8pm

Thursday, March 3rd: 4 - 8pm

Saturday, March 5th: 9am - 12pm


Shopping will take place at the church - 1401 Mira Vista side of the church (Plano Parkway and Mira Vista), in the Smith Worship Center. This event is a service of the UMW and is provided at no cost. The ONLY requirement is the high school girl must be present to shop. Questions? Contact: standrewpromcloset@gmail.com .

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS

Thursday & Friday, March 17th & 18th from 5pm to complete at PSHS Gym


* MANDATORY Parent/Participant Meeting on Tuesday, March 1st at 6pm in the

Bldg. B Lecture Hall


PRE-TRYOUT CHEER CLINICS:


  • Monday, March 14th from 5-7pm in the PSHS Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, March 15th from 5-7pm in the PSHS Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, March 16th from 5-complete in the PSHS Cafeteria (Mock Tryouts)



Cheer packets will be available in the Front Office (Fishbowl) starting Monday, Feb. 1stand are DUE to the Fishbowl by Friday, March 4th, NO LATER THAN 4:15pm. Late packets will not be accepted unless previous arrangements have been made with the PSHS Cheer Coaches.



* MANDATORY Post-Tryout Parent/Participant Meeting (for those who made the team!) will be held on Tuesday, April 5th at 6pm in the Bldg. B Lecture Hall.



Please contact kim.may@pisd.edu with any questions.

WHITE GUARD/MASCOT TRYOUTS

Tryouts: Wednesday & Thursday, March 23 and 24 @ Plano Senior High cafeteria


Tryout times: 4:30pm to complete:

Wednesday, March 23rd Interviews 5:00- 7:00pm @ PSHS cafeteria

Thursday, March 24th Tryouts 5:00-7:00pm @ PSHS cafeteria


Packets available: in the PSHS fishbowl Monday, February 1st


*Mandatory pre-tryout parent/participant meeting March 1st at 6pm in the PSHS B Building Lecture Hall


Packets due: Friday, March 18th no later than 4:15pm to the PSHS fishbowl


Late packets will not be accepted unless previous arrangements have been made with the PSHS cheer coaches.


*Mandatory post-tryout parent/participant meeting (for those that made the team!)April 5th at 6pm in the PSHS B Building Lecture Hall


Please contact: Kim.may@pisd.edu with questions.

*IMPORTANT* PISD STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL

Parents: PLEASE READ the attachments from PISD safety and security about the Standard Response Protocol in case of an emergency. Thank you!


http://k-12.pisd.edu/Schools/PSHS/enews/SRP_parentletter.pdf

http://k-12.pisd.edu/Schools/PSHS/enews/SRP_parentletter_spanish.pdf

PLANO ISD INFOCENTER

SchoolMessenger has been updated to now include the InfoCenter mobile app. This allows our parents to login and control how they receive communications from their school or district.

The InfoCenter app provides access to all their messages and information sent by PISD (campus and district). This will be accessible from any internet-enabled device and visually displays and organizes alerts, notifications, and attachments for review and reference. InfoCenter app also allows parents to customize how they receive communications from us. Parents have been asking for this and it will help them get messaging the way they want to receive it.

Parent will sign up for the InfoCenter app using the email address that they have on file with the district. This is the one they provide on the emergency card.

They will download the InfoCenter SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. They can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/

We have provided a link on the online Emergency Card (Parent/Guardian Information tab) with all the information they will need to sign up if they choose to do this. Here is what they now see.


The contact information you provide below (Email Address and Phone Numbers) is used for school communication to you, either individually or in mass. Our automated notification system has a website and apps for iPhone and Android that will allow you to specify how the notification system contacts you. This link for the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter will open in a new browser window or tab and you’ll use the email address you have provided to us below to log in. Be sure to finish your child’s emergency card first and always be sure to sign on the last tab. Once complete, explore the InfoCenter and let us know if you have any questions.

Let me know if you have any questions....

Below is some verbiage that you may wish to use for your newsletters.

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your school or district. 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 organization. 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 https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/

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.

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OTHER WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED

* Please follow us on Twitter @PSHSWildcats

* PSHS website at http://k-12.pisd.edu/schools/pshs/

* PSHS PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Assoc.) website http://www.planoseniorptsa.org/

* PISD (Plano Independent School District) website at http://pisd.edu/

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