Titan eNews

Weekly Campus Update

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Veterans Day Event

Yesterday, we held our first annual Veterans Day event in which we celebrated and recognized those veterans from our Titan Family! Hosted by our Spartan Club and PTSA, our honorees were greeted with a breakfast and patriotic music followed by a special token of our appreciation and musical performances by our choir club. Titans love our Veterans!

PTSA Auction closes this Sunday at 10pm!

Plano Academy PTSA Online Auction Is Open!

The Titan 2015 Auction is now open. The auction will run from November 8, 2015 to November 15, 2015, with proceeds going to Plano Academy High School PTSA . This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the auction will go towards Scholarships, community outreach, club support, programs, JR/SR Prom and much much more.

Now is your chance to not only to get all your holiday shopping done early, but to do it knowing you are helping support your school.

Fun with Facilitators is a great opportunity for your learner to spend time with the facilitators. There is Paintball, Imperial Assault (just in time for Star Wars), 3 on 3 basketball, 4 square, capture the flag, Super Smash Bro. tournaments. Mexican Fiesta lunch with the Principal. Bid our buy tickets today!

Day Trips

Go to the Art Museum with Ms. Moore, The Perot Museum with Mr. Hardy, Ms. Eaddy and Ms. Burnham, or spend the day investigating Who Killed JFK at the sixth floor museum with Ms. Platt and Mr. Seay. Limited number of tickets available don't miss out buy today!

Learn more about the 1st Year Lock In event: http://www.tinyurl.com/funwithfacilitators

PTSA would like to thank all the facilitators who offered their time and talents to make our auction awesome.

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1st Year News by Elizabeth Mendoza

This week, the first years are picking up the pace as they prepare to present their regional juice brands to beverage company representatives. The presentation is in less than two weeks. Last Tuesday a logo expert came to the Academy and helped them develop and improve upon their company logos. They also are starting to figure out their marketing plan and their vision for their company, as well as calculating their profits and figuring out the best way to transport their fruits to their production plant.

3rd Year News by David Yang

Third-Years prepare for next step in Project K’Ching

LEARNING SPACE 2- Third-Years are enjoying the progress in K’Ching by going through economic eras of the US and are creating prototypes for their products. The project is midway starting in mid-october and ending December 8th. Students will also go on a field trip to the Dallas Federal Reserve November 17th and 19th.

As the project progresses, each week represents a different era in the history of the US economy. “[It is a] Great way to model the stages of the American Economy,” says Rahul Menon, a Third-year, ”We’re in the great depression and most of the grade could agree that they have been hit very hard .” The depression era started just days ago and several teams lost all their gold due to a severe Academy bank run.

Various agencies have popped up to support different groups. Ms.Platt, Third-year facilitator, appointed various teams to various government contracts. Government contractual agencies include the Federal Reserve, the Works Progress Administration, and the custom bureau.

Because of the great depression, many teams lost various gold. “We’re broke but not in debt,” comments Luke Padget, a third-year who lost gold during a mock bank run.

Teams, known as corporations in this project, have been working on various products. “I like the way facilitators made this project, claims Menon, “Our product is fantastic. We are selling protein supplements and other athletic products.” Groups are selling two to four products and displaying art and moveable parts in a window display on December 8th.

4th Year News by Emily Ware

Last week 4th Years were working on their projects and working with the City of Plano to begin to improve the Collin Creek Mall area. As they study the history of Plano so they can improve the future of Plano, some groups have even made outside trips to historical markers to find out more information about the city they live in or around. Outside mentors have been an integral part of the project this week. One outside mentor, Alan Birkelbach, who was the 2005 Texas State Poet Laureate, gave a presentation last Wednesday morning about the history of Plano as well as the poetry he has written about it. The Planning Director of Plano, Christina Day, also came in to give groups feedback on their plans so far. 4th Years are excited and ready to continue their project.

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Want to learn more about the UTD event below? Link here: http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/event.php?id=1220421786.
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Tuesday, November 17th 6:30 – 7:30 In the Dome

Dana Cazares, Assistant Director of Recruitment at Texas A&M University, will be here to give a brief overview about navigating FAFSA and the financial aid process. There will also be time for Q&A.

FAFSA opens for Seniors on 1/1/2016. Visit: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ for more info.

Also, visit Plano ISD’s webpage: http://ur.pisd.edu/financial.shtml for financial aid information.

Senior Cap and Gown

On Friday, Nov. 13th, our 4th years will attend a Jostens presentation on ordering their senior cap and gown package and graduation announcements. The following Friday, Nov. 20th, Jostens team members will be on campus from 8:30 - 10:00 am to receive orders and provide personal service for our 4th years and their Titan families.

Save the Date:

StuCo will be selling tickets soon for Holiday in the Park Six Flags on December 12th! More info will be coming soon!