Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation eNews: Leading with Pride!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Welcome to Wolf Howl News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Student lunches
  • Homecoming Tickets
  • State Fair Tickets
  • Yearbook Information
  • 2015-2016 House District 67 Student Leadership Advisory Council
  • Destination College - How to write a college essay
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • NASA
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Important Note to Juniors
  • Senior Transcripts

Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It's all funny. Next. Everyone gets so upset about the wrong things.

Joan Rivers


Please do not order food from local vendors for delivery during lunches. The delivery will not be accepted. If you order, you will need to go and pick it up.

Homecoming tickets are now available on-line through Parent Portal. You can purchase a ticket for $25.00 or 2 tickets for you and your date for $50.00.

***Remember***if purchasing 2 tickets, the purchaser must be a PWSH student.

1. Login to parent portal

2. Click on "student name" under the STUDENT REGISTRATION BOX

3. Click on "pay now" where you'll see a box with options for "Homecoming tickets"

4. There are 2 options.....1) to purchase one ticket, or 2) to purchase 2 tickets

5. Once you make your purchase, click on "view previous charges" and click on "view receipt" to print it.

6. Please bring with the receipt with you to claim your tickets

Tickets will be available on-line through the end of the school day October 9th.

Student Congress will be in the foyer selling tickets and for ticket pick up beginning Monday, October 5th during both lunches.

2015 Homecoming Dance

Saturday, October 10th


PWSH Cafeteria

STATE FAIR TICKETS FOR STUDENTS are available and can be picked up in the sub-school office, counseling office and the front office beginning today. Student State Fair tickets are good on Sundays ONLY beginning Sunday, September 27, 2015.

DEADLINE for Senior Ad Sales for the YEARBOOK will be Friday, Oct. 2.

Go to to build your senior student’s ad.

You must have the pictures, words for your student and pay for the ad by Oct. 2

Don’t miss the DEADLINE… First come, first serve…

The Office of State Representative Jeff Leach is Now Accepting Applications

for the 2015-2016 House District 67 Student Leadership Advisory Council

PLANO - Today, the Office of State Representative Jeff Leach will begin accepting applications for Class 2 of the House District 67 Student Leadership Advisory Council.

Launched by Representative Leach in 2014, the Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC) is designed to provide a unique opportunity for high school students within House District 67 to engage in the legislative process with Representative Leach and his staff and to obtain a hands-on education of the role and inner-workings of Texas state government.

"The primary objective of the Student Leadership Advisory Council is to educate, encourage and inspire our next generation of Texas leaders by providing them with a venue to learn the intrinsic value of public service," stated Leach. "It is my hope that through this program, these bright young leaders will leave with a more thorough understanding of the nuts and bolts of the Texas Legislature and the significance of civic engagement."

Representative Leach's office is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 in public, private or homeschool and must reside in District 67. Students will be selected by the Student Leadership Advisory Council Selections Committee, which is comprised of various community leaders within House District 67. Applications are due September 29, 2015 and final selections will be announced on October 7, 2015. Students selected to participate in the Student Leadership Advisory Council will be required to attend three meetings throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Meetings will be led by Representative Leach and his staff as well as other elected officials, covering various topics including the significance of community involvement, the role and functions of state government and the overall legislative process.

Click here to access the application for the Student Leadership Advisory Council for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information please contact Representative Leach's District Office at (972) 424-1419 or

The Magic of Storytelling: How to Write a Successful College Essay
6:30 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Target Audience: Parents and Students Grades 9-12

Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco
According to the 3,500 colleges and universities in the U.S., "The single most challenging aspect of the college application process is writing the college essay." Learn the secrets behind writing a meaningful and memorable personal essay that connects with the admissions committee while distinguishing yourself from the 3.2 million students applying to college each year, from one of 25 college counselors on The Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board. Join us for one of the most popular workshops of the year! 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!

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 Sept. 28-Oct. 2:

Northwestern University Thurs 1-Oct

Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails Thurs 1-Oct

An Important Note to Juniors – The deadline to register for the PSAT is October 2. You may bring the $15 registration fee, in an envelope with your name and ID# printed on it, to the Counseling Center. To prepare for the PSAT you may use a free resource offered by the College Board by going to


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

  • Varsity Football tickets
  • Volleyball
  • Final Chance Pink Out!
  • Mum and Garter Sales
  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Volleyball Camp
  • Baseball Booster Club
  • PWSH Basketball Casino Night & Auction
  • Jasper Jazz neighborhood garage sale
  • Shepton High School Drama Boosters
  • High Kicks and Herkies Drill/Cheer Clinic

PWSH Varsity Football tickets

Student ($4) and adult ($6) general admission tickets for the PWSH @ Plano Senior at Clark Stadium on Friday, October 2nd go on sale Monday, September 28 at 10am through Friday, October 2 at 10am. See Mrs. Johnson in the front office.

VOLLEYBALL: The Lady Wolves defeated Flower Mound Friday night. No game this Tuesday. Friday is "PINK OUT" in support of breast cancer awareness month... Wear your pink and come cheer the teams on as they face Plano East at home, Varsity 6pm & JV 7pm.


This is the final week for Pink Out Tshirt sales for Oct. 2nd game! Get yours while supply lasts, MWF (Sept. 28, 30, Oct. 2), during both lunches. Cost is $10 and ALL proceeds donated to Susan G. Komen Foundation on behalf of Plano West.

HOCO is just around the corner! ORDER a FABULOUS MUM or GARTER through The Mum Shop & SUPPORT THE ROYALES TOO!

** ORDER ONLINE at Available TODAY - go online & see the selection; order tallies while you go! Credit cards accepted.

** ORDER AT PWSH CAFETERIA during lunch Sep 21-Oct 2. Royales Moms will be there to show you samples & help complete order forms. Cash & checks accepted.

SAME SELECTION & PRICING AS ORDERING AT THE MUM SHOP! The Royales thank you so much for your support.

Wrestling News

Varsity Wrestlers need to purchase the work out t-shirt, work out short & West socks $10 each - See Coach Goodloe for pick up & payment.

Yard Signs are on sale now. Booster Contact: Sheryl Duncan/

Open Gym

Pack Accelerated Club Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at 6pm

Plano West Men’s Basketball Booster Club

Plano West Lady Wolves Volleyball is hosting their annual "FUTURE LADY WOLVES VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CAMP" on Saturday, October 3rd, from 1:00pm-4:00pm. The camp will be held at Plano West. Complete and mail in the attached registration form with payment. This is a great opportunity for elementary and middle school volleyball players to receive outstanding volleyball instruction and work with the Lady Wolves players!

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!

You are invited to the Plano West Basketball Casino Night and Auction benefiting the Men's and Ladies Wolves booster clubs. Saturday Oct. 24th, 7-10pm at Avignon Clubhouse 6016 Jacqueline Dr., Plano Tx. 75093. A share of the proceeds will also benefit the Lacrosse booster club.

For more information please contact: Lady Wolves - Sherry Yancey at ( or Men's Basketball - Jayne Zogg at ( Information is also available on the Plano West Men's basketball website:

New location for neighborhood garage sale!
The Jasper Jazz Booster Club invites the community to a garage sale from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Jasper High School, 6800 Archgate Dr. in Plano. Money raised will support the award-winning Jasper High School drill team. Sponsored by the Jasper Jazz Booster Club.

Shepton High School Drama Boosters will be holding an Online Silent Auction September 28 – October 7. Check it out the attached flier and support our Award Winning Drama Department.

High Kicks and Herkies Drill/Cheer Clinic
Does your kid like to dance or cheer? Don’t miss “High Kicks and Herkies,” a dance and cheer clinic for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Jasper High School (JHS) gym, 6800 Archgate Dr. in Plano. Cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt, snacks, photo opportunities with the JHS drill team and cheerleaders and a performance “show off.” Space is limited, and pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, drop off registration and payment (payable to Jasper Jazz Booster Club) at the elementary front office, JHS front office, or mail registration and payment to: Jasper High School, 6800 Archgate Dr., Plano ,TX 75024, Attn: Jasper Jazz/April Lutts. Day-of registration will be held starting at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. For questions or a registration form, contact Marcy Cadena-Smith at Spots are limited, so register today! Sponsored by the Jasper Jazz Booster Club.

PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Junior World Affairs Council
  • HOSA
  • Choir Poinsettia Fundraiser
  • Plano West FFA – Pecan Fundraiser
  • Best Buddies
  • PWSH Marching Band Wolfpack Prowl
  • PWSH Bowling Club
  • Writer's Guild
  • Art Club
  • SAT or ACT?
  • PTSA Reflections Program 2015-2016
  • Plano West PTSA Membership


Fascinated by global current events? Interested in competing at the 2016 Academic WorldQuest? Join JWAC to gain the insight, understanding and information to keep up on international affairs and to join a WorldQuest competition team. Our first meeting will be during 7th period and after school on Wednesday Sept. 30 in Mr. Scott's room – A2046. See you there!

HOSA meeting on Thursday, Oct. 1st during 7th period and after school in Ms. Field’s room (G229).

Plano West Choir Beautiful Poinsettias Fundraiser

Don’t miss out on ordering your Holiday Poinsettias from the Plano West Choir. These BEAUTIFUL 14” Plants with 5 Blooms are just $10 each. Pre-order sales are going on now through October 2nd. Delivery is the 1st week in December.

Order forms are in the Plano West office or you can contact Patti Goodwin or 214-704-0551

Thank you for supporting Plano West’s Blue Nation Choir!

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.

The Plano West Senior High Marching Band will be conducting its 2015 Wolfpack Prowl fundraiser parade in the neighborhoods around Plano West on Saturday, October 3rd from 9:30am to 1:30pm.

The “Prowl” is the largest fundraiser for the Plano West Band with proceeds being used to support the band and its activities throughout the 2015-16 school year. The Prowl is a 3.5 mile parade and the band will stop by individual homes to play song requests for a set donation. The event ends with a 30 minute mini-concert so neighbors, parents and friends from the area can join the festivities. Each band member solicits corporate and/or individual sponsors for the Prowl and everyone has a great time at this spirited event.

This year we will be marching in the neighborhoods of White Rock Creek Estates, Castlemere, Windhaven Farms, Huntingdon Green and the mini concert will be held in the south parking lot of Brinker Elementary around 1:00pm.

If you want more information or would like to be a donor/sponsor for the Prowl, please email us at We hope to see you on October 3rd.

Thank you for your support and Go Wolves!

Plano West Bowling tryouts, see attachment.

Writer's Guild will be having a meeting on Monday, October 5th in Ms. Heck's room, A2015, during 7th period and after school. There will be food, friends, and fun! Officer applications are due at this meeting. Please come to socialize with fellow members.

Art Club will be participating in the Homecoming Parade on Wednesday, October 7th. We’ll meet at 5:15 in Ms. Depetris’ room (g109) and then go set up in the parade line as a group. For more info and to join us in preparing our Artist Costumes, please come to the Art Club Meeting on Tuesday, October 6th at 4:15-5:00 and join us on Facebook at PLANO WEST ART CLUB AND NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY. Hope to see you there!

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

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

Plano West Senior High School


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