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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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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 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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Dress Code Reminders – Please help your student choose clothes wisely and respectfully. Click here to view the district dress code:

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  • Students absent more than 10 consecutive days will be withdrawn.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!

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.

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.


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.


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.


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 !!


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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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.


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.

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TODAY, Feb. 16th

Both Lunches/Cafeteria:

United States Air Force


  • 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.

Attention Juniors

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

Scores are available at with your access code

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


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 !!

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College Update

Who: The University of Kansas

When: March 3, 2016

Where: Double Tree by Hilton

Dallas-Campbell Center

8250 N. Central Expressway

Dallas, TX 75206

Check-in starts at 6:30 / Program starts @ 7:15

Register @

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

Applications will be accepted online until March 11

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 Deadline is March 18, 2016.

NACAC Dallas/Ft. Worth National College Fair

When: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Arlington Convention Center

Arlington, TX



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


Operation Beautiful is approaching....T-Shirts will be on sale TODAY, Tuesday Feb. 16th – Wednesday, Feb. 17th in the Cafeteria during both lunches. The shirts are $15.

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Planoette tryout clinics start Feb. 15th in PSHS Cafeteria 4:30-6pm, Feb. 16th 5-6:30pm, Feb. 17th (at Haggard MS) 5-6:30pm

Tryouts Feb. 18th and 19th 5:30pm at Haggard MS

Questions? Email

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You are invited to a Kendra Gives Back Party. It is a fun shopping event with 20% of sales benefiting PSHS PALS. Enjoy sips & sweets while you shop on Monday, Feb. 29thfrom 5 – 8 pm at Kendra Scott Plano – The Shops of Legacy. Thank you for your support!
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GRADUATION CAP & GOWN ORDERS: If you have not already done so, please visit to order cap and gown and announcements. You can NO LONGER order the cap and gown at 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.”


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: .


The 2015-16 PSHS Advanced Fashion Design Class presents SPRING FASHION SHOW 2016. The show will be held on Thursday, March 17th at 7:30pm in the Doyle Dean Performing Arts Theater, Bldg. D. Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door ONLY.

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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


  • 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 with any questions.


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: with questions.


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


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

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

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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