Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation: Leading with Pride!

Welcome to Wolf News

Thursday, February 4, 2016

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • What's Up At WEST
  • AVID Teacher of the Month
  • Class Ranking Information
  • 2016 SAGE Summer Expo
  • From the Nurse
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Financial Aid Workshop
  • Plano Mayor's Summer Internship Program for Juniors
  • Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors
  • Children's Medical Center Junior Leadership Board
  • Updated GPA/Ranking for Juniors
  • Juniors: AP Art Studio
  • Junior Academic Conferences
  • Yearbook
  • Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines
  • From the Registrar
  • Clinical Rotation Applications
  • Senior Art Shows
  • Speech & Debate Results
  • Protect Yourself From Mosquitos
  • Destination College Workshops
  • Shepton Theatre Production

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

What's Up At West -

Congrats to Ms. Ortiz for being voted by the students as the AVID Teacher of the Month! Thank you for all that you do!

Class Ranking Info: Seniors: Updated GPA/Ranking will be available beginning Wednesday, January 20. You may request a copy of your updated Rank/GPA and transcript during passing periods, during both lunches, and after 6th period, at the Registrar’s Office. Junior Class Ranking/GPA will be updated early February. Announcements will be posted when these become available.

2016 SAGE Summer Expo: see flyers below. The SAGE Summer Expo takes place on Saturday, February 6, 2016. This free and family-friendly event will provide you with information on summer camps and programs for all students from preschool to high school, and especially those with special needs and gifted students.

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.



A video that explains the score report is available at -

Preliminary scores show that a perfect on a section is no longer 800. It’s 760.

Scores for math and evidence-based reading and writing (EBRW) range from 160-760.

The Selection Index (score for National Merit qualifying) will equal the math score + 2 EBRW scores.

Bring your PSAT score report to your Academic Conference if you have questions to ask your counselor.

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:

PWSH Financial Aid Workshop

The Plano West Counseling Center is hosting a Financial Aid Workshop on February 11 between the hours of 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Along with Plano West Counselors, college financial aid representatives will help you log-in to FAFSA and complete the application for college financial aid. To reserve a computer be sure sign up at - Also be sure to bring your financial information with you.

This is not a presentation. It is a “hands-on” learning opportunity. Computer space is limited to be sure to reserve a computer as soon as possible.


If you are interested in participating in an 8 week PAID internship program this summer, you will want apply for the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program.

To discover more about the program and apply online before March 11, go to

Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors!

Coolidge Scholars Program: ~Full-ride scholarship ~Can be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. university ~Current high school juniors are eligible to apply ~Deadline is March 18, 2016 ~Apply online at:

Children’s Medical Center, a pediatric not-for-profit hospital in our community, is now accepting applications for membership on their teen board, called the Junior Leadership Board (JLB).

The 2016-2017 board term begins in September 2016 and runs through May 2017. In order to qualify, you must be a high school student during the 2016-2017 school year, and be at least 16 years of age or older by October 7, 2016 (you can be 15 years of age at the time you apply as long as you turn 16 in October).

Please go to for information about the Junior Leadership Board at Children’s Medical Center and to learn how to apply. For questions, email

Deadline for applications and references is February 29, 2016. All submissions are electronic through the JLB’s webpage:

JUNIORS: Updated GPA/Ranking will be available beginning February 2nd. You may request a copy of your updated Rank/GPA and transcript during passing periods, during both lunches, and after 6th period, at the Registrar’s Office.


  • During the months of February, March, and April, all juniors and their parents will be invited to meet with counselors in an individual Academic Conference to discuss senior schedules and plans beyond high school. The time of the meeting has no impact on the availability of a student’s course choices.
  • Approximately two weeks before the individual conference, parents will receive notification of the scheduled date and time for the conference. A week prior to the individual conference, during the school day, students will receive a notice reminding them of the conference appointment date and time. Students are asked to remind their parents of that appointment.
  • Due to the large number of students in the junior class and district deadlines for completing conferences, changing appointment times is not possible.
  • If parents are unable to attend the conference, the counselor will meet with the student, and a conference summary sheet will be sent home with the students.
  • Upon entering the building, parents are asked to please check in with the receptionist in the front office for your visitor’s pass, before going the Counseling Center.

Before their individual appointment students need to:

  • discuss future academic plans with parents to guide senior course selection.
  • make a list of questions concerning courses, graduation requirements, plans beyond high school.
  • complete the PROPOSED COURSES form that was distributed during Junior meetings with the counselors. Please bring that form to the Academic Conference.


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.

YEARBOOK – Last Chance, Last Chance. Please purchase your yearbook from Jostens ASAP. $75 Book only, no personalized books available at this time.

www. or call 1-877-767-5217

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

From the Registrar - Seniors may submit Mid-Year transcript requests. Stop by the Registrar’s office to pick up a green request form and the Counselors Office for the yellow form.

Clinical Rotation applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be available on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Application deadline is Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Senior Art Shows - Come to the first round of Senior Art Shows featuring some of the most talented Senior Artists at West. The opening receptions are on Thursday, February 11th from 5:30-7:30. Come support and see the incredible art work of Maxx Hess, Vy Mai, Skyler Sisler, Bill Wang & Kathryn Maley in the Auditorium Rotunda and the stunning works by Madison Harbi, Olivia Montefiore and Hailey Slovak in the Library Rotunda! Keep a look out for their awesome posters across campus.

Speech and Debate Results - Plano West Speech and Debate took a small part of our team (only 10 students) to Flower Mound High School and FMHS 9th grade tournament this past weekend. This is two tournaments in two days, which is incredibly intense, but as usual, they represented the team very well with the following results:

  • 4th place overall sweepstakes (with fewer than half the number of students of 1st , 2nd, 3rd, and 5th)
  • Neil Patel – 1st and 2nd in FX and 1st and 3rd in DX – Also 1st overall speaker and a $500 scholarship!
  • Marghi Jani – 1st and 2nd in Congressional Debate
  • Michael Eng ($250 scholarship) and Jayaram Rajagopalan – Octafinals in Quarterfinals in Public Forum Debate – they are now qualified for state =)
  • Derek Ji and Roland Yu advanced to Octafinals and got their first state points!
  • Aarti Kapoor placed 2nd and earned a bid to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Denver
  • Peter Huang and Aaron Raj advanced to Octafinals and Quarterfinals (Aaron’s first time to do Public Forum Debate)

Please congratulate them on a job well done!

Protect Yourself From Mosquitos - See flyer below

Destination College Workshops presented by Collin County Community College -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

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

Please note: Seating is limited. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required. To register, please go to For questions, please call 972.377.1772 or email 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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PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Shepton Fundraiser
  • Cheerleading and Mascot Tryouts
  • Mini Cheer Clinic
  • Lady Wolves Basketball
  • Plano West Swimmers
  • Shepton's Theatre Production

Plano West Wrestling

Mark your calendars - Plano West Wrestling District 6 - 6A Tournament

Saturday, February 6th @ Plano East. These athletes have a long season that leads up to Districts and need the Blue Nation support behind them.

Go Wolves!

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 Men's Basketball site at:

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

Soccer - Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Soccer team on their win against Flower Mound Marcus last Friday night. The team came away with a 1-0 win and are now 4-0 in district play. They will travel to Lewisville on Tuesday night then will be back at Kimbrough on Friday, February 5th against Hebron. Come out and support your Wolf Pack Boys Soccer.

Shepton Fundraiser - see flyer below

Cheer Tryouts - Come cheer with the best!

Plano West is hosting cheer tryouts.

Packets will be available in the front office starting Monday 2/1/16 and will be due 3/1/16.

Join us for an informational meeting at Plano West Wednesday 2/17/16 at 6pm.

Mascot Tryouts - Do you have what it takes to be Wes or Whitney Wolf?

Plano West Cheer is hosting Mascot tryouts.

Packets will be available in the front office starting Monday 2/1/16 and will be due 3/1/16.

Join us for an informational meeting at Plano West Wednesday 2/17/16 at 6pm.

Plano West Cheer is happy to present their Mini Cheer Clinic Saturday, February 13 in the Plano West main gym. All elementary school girls and boys are welcome! Participants will learn cheers and skills from the Plano West Cheerleaders and receive a cheer bow! Registration begins at 12:30pm. Clinic is 1:00pm-3:30pm. Cost is $30 payable at registration. Information is attached. Please contact Coach D for additional information

It’s SENIOR NIGHT for the Lady Wolves Basketball team on Friday night. The last home game of the season will showcase the Wolves, leading in District, taking on the Lady Eagles of Allen. JV starts at 6 pm, the seniors celebration starting shortly and then the Varsity game. Come hungry – sloppy joes and a variety of concessions options!

2016 graduates: Alexis Carter, Kayla Goodman, Amy Hartleroad, Jalyn Hodge, Erin Parker, Shelby Shinn, and captains Callie Owens, Morgann Yancey and Natalie Chou!

A big Wolf Howl goes out to those Plano West swimmers who will be swimming in the Varsity Regional Meet Friday, February 5 & Saturday, February 6 at Rockwell ISD Natatorium:

Aja Bilodeau

Jessica Bradee

Quinn Chandler

Alexis Dao

Sydney Fitzgibbon

Nina Hunt

Avery Kralovetz

Vincent Le

Ericka Lu

Emma Rigler

Hanson Wu

Sheption Theatre Production - Title: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Dates: February 11th and 12th @ 7PM and the 13th @ 3PM and 7PM

Tickets: Students $8 Adults $10

Selling tickets during lunches February 8-12 and at the door. We will also be selling Candy Grams during all lunches and at the shows. Support your favorite cast/crew member! Candy Grams are $1 and all proceeds will go to Shepton Theatre! See flyer below.

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PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Senior Shirts
  • International Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Anime Club
  • The Wolf Den PTSA 2016 – 2017 Board Wants You!
  • Plano West PTSA Membership
  • PTSA Community Outreach
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Art Club
  • Writer's Guild

Senior Shirts
Senior shirts are still available in G212 for $15. PALs will be selling shirts every Wednesday in the foyer until all shirts are gone. The proceeds will continue to go towards helping feed needy families.

The International Club will be celebrating Chinese New Year during A and B lunches on February 12th. Please email Co-Secretary Alexia Albarracin if you have A lunch, or Co-Secretary Nayelli Ramirez if you have B lunch. Include the name of the food you will bring. All cultures are welcome! Please email Mika or Kevin with questions.

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.

The Wolf Den PTSA 2016 – 2017 Board Wants You!

The Wolf Den PTSA is looking for dedicated, fun, energetic parents to serve on the 2016 –2017 Board. The Wolf Den PTSA Board is formed of men and women who volunteer to plan and coordinate activities that support our school. We would love to have you get involved and help shape the organization for years to come. Please see the attached Interest Finder to see what positions make up the PWSH PTSA. If you have any questions about these positions please contact Wolf Den PTSA Parliamentarian Lisa Bruno at or 972-491-2043. The form is due no later than Friday, February 5th.

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

PTSA Community Outreach - Plano West is collecting new or gently used elementary age-appropriate books and new valentine cards for Barron Elementary School’s Friendship Week. Collection begins on Monday, Feb.1st until Tuesday Feb. 9th. Please drop off all donations in box at the front office marked: “Barron ES Friendship Week”.

Plano West Habitat for Humanity will be holding Carnations for a Cause, its first annual Valentine's Day Carnation Sale, next week! Students may place orders in the foyer from February 3rd through February 5th and February 8th through 9th. Flowers will be delivered to the receivers' 4th period the Friday before Valentine's Day! Carnations are $2 each (including a special note & delivery), and the buyer must know the fourth period teacher of the receiver. Every single dollar will help fund our 2016 homes for 2 homeless Ethiopian families currently living in Plano. See attached flyer for more info! See flyer below.

Art Club - Join us for our Art Club meeting this Thursday @ 4:15 in G109. We’re going to be making coloring books where everyone designs a page. The best part is you’ll get to pick up a bound copy of everyone’s pages at Studio Night on Thursday, February 18th! Hope to see you there.

Writer's Guild will be having a meeting on Monday, February 8th 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.

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