Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation: Leading with Pride!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Welcome to Wolf Call

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Senior student ID cards
  • Flu Vaccine
  • New Students
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • NASA
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Upcoming College Information Sessions
  • Show Me the Money: Finding and Applying for Scholarships
  • SENIORS: Rank and GPA

  • Senior Transcripts

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.

Margaret Mead

Senior student ID cards: Please pick yours up in the front office with the receptionist if you haven't done so already.

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

New students: If you haven't had your picture taken for your student ID card, stop by Mrs. Johnson's desk in the front office before school, during lunches or after school.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

If you have taken part in community service activities over the past year, fill out an online application form at or The form must be completed and submitted online by November 3, 2015. In the application, identify Associate Principal, Randy Hayes, as your certifier. Two students will be selected to represent Plano West at the State level and will become eligible for a chance to win an award of $1000 or more, a medallion, and a trip with a parent to Washington, D.C. in the spring. National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a non-profit, charitable organization of their choice.

NASA seeks high school juniors interested in space and science! The High School Aerospace Scholars application is now open at: The deadline is November 3.

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) is a NASA unique opportunity for juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at no cost to participants. Selected students will participate in an interactive, online course during the school year that culminates in an all-expense-paid trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the summer.

For more information and application deadlines, please visit the HAS website at:

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 Oct. 19-Oct. 23

Austin College Thurs 10/22

University of Houston Fri 10/23

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

Univ. of Cal. Berkeley Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Dartmouth College Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Northwestern Univ. Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Princeton University Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Vanderbilt University Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center 10/19 7pm

Yale University St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas 10/21 7pm

Yale University Trinity Valley School, Ft. Worth 10/21 7pm

Show Me the Money: Finding and Applying for Scholarships

6:30 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Target Audience: Parents and Students Grades 9-12

Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco
Looking for scholarships can be overwhelming and confusing, and some national scholarships are very competitive. However, scholarships are out there and many of them are more accessible than you may think. Join us for an informative look at how you can find scholarships, regardless of income or major, and learn how to improve your chances of receiving a scholarship. Please note: Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. Please go to to register. For questions, please 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!

SENIORS: Rank and GPA has been updated. You may ask for a free copy of your transcript with the new ranking at the Registrar’s Office. We will be glad to assist you before 1st period, during passing periods, during both lunches, and after 6th period.


To have your transcripts sent to colleges, you will need to turn in a hard copy request to the Registrar’s Office.

Here’s how:

Log in to Naviance/ Family Connection.

· First add your colleges and click “request transcripts” button.

· Then click the “colleges I’m applying to” link.

This page should have your list of colleges, along with an icon (computer symbol or postage stamp) to the right of the college name.

· Screen print (Ctrl+P) this page, and

· Turn it in to the Registrar’s Office.

PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Tennis team
  • Varsity Football tickets
  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Baseball Booster Club
  • Hockey
  • "The Great Jazzby" Silent Auction, Dinner & Dance Performance

The tennis team completed a sweep of district competition last Friday, defeating Flower Mound 17-2. With the win, Plano West won the district title outright for the 16th straight year and won their 133rd straight district match. We begin play in the Area Tournament on Thursday with our first round against Denton Guyer.

PWSH Varsity Football tickets

Student ($4) and adult ($6) general admission tickets for the PWSH vs. Hebron at Clark Stadium on Friday, October 23rd go on sale Monday, October 19th at 10am through Friday, October 23rd at 10am. See Mrs. Johnson in the front office.


Hydration Tests Date & Location Change - Saturday October 24th (Required for Wrestlers) Plano West, Jasper & Shepton

Location: Plano East High School

Wrestlers meet at Plano West at 10:00 am - A bus will be going.

Our scheduled appointment time is 11:00 a.m. Wrestlers wear a singlet under your clothes to weigh in.

Bring $5 for the hydration test fee.

This is required by the school districts to compete in wrestling. If you have issues with the date contact Coach Goodloe.

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 Woods.

Plano West Men’s Basketball Booster Club

The Plano West Baseball Booster Club is hosting its 17th Annual Golf Tournament benefitting the Plano West Baseball program on Friday October 23, 2015. We’d love to have you be a part of it by being a golfer or sponsor. Golf spots are $150 with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Information and sign up forms are available on Please sign up to join the baseball boosters and coaches in a great day of fun, networking, golf, and dinner/auction!

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

Tickets Now on Sale for “The Great Jazzby” Auction, Dinner and Dance Performance

Get your tickets for the “The Great Jazzby,” an entertaining evening featuring both a live and silent auction, a raffle and an thrilling dance performance by the award-winning Jasper Jazz drill team. Mark your calendars for 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Jasper High School cafeteria. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include dinner catered by Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Want to check out the auction only (without dinner)? Purchase $10 tickets at the door.

Auction items range from Brighton, Kendra Scott and Stella & Dot jewelry to private parties from Total Wine or Oil & Vinegar to fitness passes and memberships, a wide range of restaurant gift cards, a round of golf at the Stonebriar Country Club, Plano Symphony tickets and so much more, including a football autographed by Tony Romo, Jason Whitten, Dez Bryant and Brandon Weeden.

To purchase advance tickets or for more information, contact Lisa Finnerty at Don’t miss this entertaining event supporting the Jasper Jazz drill team. Get your tickets today! Sponsored by the Jasper Jazz Booster Club.

PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • ASL Honor Society and Club

  • Pennies for Patients

  • Plano West FFA – Pecan Fundraiser

  • Best Buddies
  • Engineering Club
  • Writer's Guild
  • Chemistry Club
  • Choir Concerts
  • JROTC Booster Club
  • SAT or ACT?
  • Literary Magazine
  • PTSA Reflections Program 2015-2016
  • Plano West PTSA Membership

ASL Honor Society and Club meeting is Tuesday, October 20th at 4:15 in Ellis’s room. Come and learn about fall plans!!!

ASL Honor Society and Club yearbook picture is scheduled for 4:15 Wednesday, October 21st in the Presentation Room. All members should wear solid red or white or blue shirts.

Pennies for Patients: Starting Today, STUCO is partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to encourage the pack to donate their spare coin change to support the research and care benefitting patients with Leukemia. Donate by visiting one of the following teachers’ room: Mrs. Hodum (A2114), Mr. Ross (C338), Mr. Schmerker (E613), Miss Thornhill (A1102), or Mrs. Pettit (E514). The top two fundraising teachers will participate in “quote – unquote” messy contest held during the November 6th pep rally. You will also be able to donate during Lunch in the main foyer starting the week of October 26th. Your chance to donate ends October 30th! Don’t miss out!

Plano West FFA – Pecan Fundraiser

FFA is selling Durham Ellis Pecans again this year. Don’t miss this opportunity to have freshly picked pecans for Thanksgiving. We are selling 1 lb. bags of halves or pieces, 12 oz. bags of frosted pralines, and jars of syrup pecan topping. Prices range from $6.50 - $10.50. Contact an FFA member or Jamie Hanna at to order some today!

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.

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

Writer's Guild will be having a meeting on Monday, October 19th in Ms. Heck's room, A2015, during 7th period and after school. There will be food, friends, and fun! Please come to socialize with fellow members.

Chemistry Club will have a meeting Wednesday 10/21 at 8:30 in b215 or 7th period in b211. Bring $5 for dues and a plain t-shirt (any color other than black) if you want to make a club t-shirt. There will be snacks, demos, and lots of National Chemistry Week fun.

Plano West Choir Concert-

Choral Connections concert is a combination of Plano West Senior High, Jasper High School and Shepton High School. This spectacular event is Monday, October 19 at 7pm at St. Andrew Methodist Church, 5801 West Plano Parkway. The music and choirs are wonderful. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

Baltic Chorale Concert-

The Blue Nation Choir was asked to participate in the Baltic Chorale Concert. This will be well worth the drive.

A Baltic Journey Chorale Concert

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

First United Methodist Church, 800 West 5th street, Ft. Worth, Tx 76102

Experience firsthand a once-in-a-lifetime combination of world-renowned talent as Eriks Esenvalds and Z Randall Stroope make an unprecedented First Church appearance to work with four award-winning area high school choirs, culminating in an evening concert with the OSU Concert Chorale.

Regional Choir-

The Plano West Choir came in first place at All-Region on Saturday, October 10, 2015. We are so very proud of EVERY student who auditioned.

37 students and 1 alternate were selected for Region Choir. 20 students advanced to Pre-Area.

All of the students will perform with the Region Choirs and two of the best and most respected conductors in the music world: Dr. Betsy Weber and Dr. J. D. Burnett.

The Region Concert is October 31st at 5:00 at Allen High School Performing Arts Center.

The JROTC Booster Club Parents will be working the concession stands (both sides) for the October 23rd home game. The proceeds from that night go to the support the JROTC. Please come by to say hi and buy a lot of food so you have lots of energy to cheer on our Wolves! Beat Hebron! We will be the awkward grown-ups trying to remember how to work in the food industry. :-)

Can't wait to see you!

Not sure if the NEW SAT or the ACT is better for you? Want to take a practice SAT and ACT before the real thing? Want to get some feedback on which score is higher? Join us on October 31 from 8am until 1pm for a practice SAT and ACT (shortened versions of each). The test will be administered by Kaplan representatives under standard testing procedures. You will receive individual follow-up about your scores. The cost is $20 (discounts available for students who qualify for free / reduced lunch). Please bring payment to A2064 by October 23, 2015. For questions, please email

Literary Magazine:
The Heuristic Howler - Calling all writers, artists, photographers, and anyone else with a creative flair! If you would like your work to be published and recognized, submit to the Plano West literary magazine, The Heuristic Howler, at Pieces of writing should not exceed 2000 words, and art should be sent as clear pictures. Make sure to include your name (can be anonymous or use an appropriate pseudonym), the type of submission, and an attached file of your work. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and earlier submissions will be prioritized. The link to last year's literary magazine can be found in the attachments.

Reflections 2015-2016

‘Let Your Imagination Fly’

Unleash your artistic talents and participate in Reflections! Reflections is a National PTA sponsored arts recognition program that encourages artistic expression. The theme for this year is "Let your Imagination Fly.” Reflect on the theme and be recognized for creating an original work in any of the following areas: dance choreography, film/video production, literature, photography, musical composition, and visual arts. NEW FOR 2015: Each entrant must have at least one PTSA member in their family as of September 30. Visit for membership information.

The deadline for submitting "Let your Imagination Fly" Reflections entries is Monday, November 9th. Entries will be collected in Ms. Johnson’s office. A completed Student Entry Form must be submitted with each entry. All entry rules along with a copy of the Student Entry Form can be found at . Please contact Nancy Delamater at if you have any 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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