Plano West Senior High School

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome to Wolf Howl News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Homecoming Tickets
  • State Fair Tickets
  • Yearbook Information
  • 2015-2016 House District 67 Student Leadership Advisory Council
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Award
  • NASA
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • University Information Session
  • Important Note to Juniors
  • Ask-A-Counselor
  • Senior Transcripts

True champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.

Mia Hamm

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.

SENIOR ADS are on sale thru Jostens. Go to and create your own for your senior student. Deadline is Oct. 2.

SCHEDULE CHANGES – After September 11, no more level changes may be made until the end of the first six weeks grading period. (September 29).

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

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. 21-25:

Northeastern University Wed 23-Sep

University of Southern California Fri 25-Sep

Information Session

University of Notre Dame

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:30 PM

Location: St. Mark’s School of Texas, 10600 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

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


Do you need help with naviance?

Do you need help with college choices?

Do you need help with requesting transcripts?

Or you just need help?

Stop by the table in the foyer in A building in front of the cafeteria during both lunches 12:00pm – 1:00pm on Wednesday, September 23rd and a Counselor will be available to answer your questions.


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

  • Golf results
  • Pink Out shirts
  • Varsity Football tickets
  • Mum and Garter Sales
  • Cheer Mascot packets
  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Basketball Booster Club
  • Plano West Royales Mini-Royales Clinic
  • Volleyball Camp
  • Jasper Jazz fundraiser at Chik-fil-A
  • "Stettes Rock" Dinner and Auction
  • Shepton High School Drama Boosters

The Plano West Boys Golf Team played in the Bart Granger Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday and Saturday. This tournament included 50 of the best teams across Texas. Plano West placed first with team scores of 286, 278, and 279—all three days under par!

Pink Out shirts will be sold MWF , Sept. 21, 23, & 25 during both lunches. The Pink Out Game is Oct. 2, West vs. Plano again. Cost is $10. Shop early-sold out last year! All proceeds donated to Komen Foundation. "Better hurry-less than 300 shirts left."

PWSH Varsity Football tickets

Student ($4) and adult ($6) general admission tickets for the PWSH vs. McKinney Boyd at Clark Stadium on Friday, September 25th go on sale Monday, September 21 at 10am through Friday, September 25 at 10am. See Mrs. Johnson in the front office.

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.

Come cheer with the best & be our Mascot!

Plano West is looking for a new Wes T. Wolf.

Packets will be available in the front office starting Tuesday 9/8/15 and will be due 9/25/15.

Any questions See Coach D in B116 or email

Wrestling News

Parent Meeting for West, Jasper & Shepton Wrestling will be Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 pm Wrestling Room at Plano West.

This will be an informational meeting and a great time to talk to the coaches about the season.

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

Open Gym

Pack Accelerated mat time will begin the week of September 21st and will take the place of Open Gym.

Plano West Men’s Basketball Booster Club

Please support the Plano West Men's Basketball Booster Club. Everyone is welcome to join and membership fees directly support all current and future players and coaches. The next booster club general meeting is September 24th at 6:30 in the Main Gym. Follow us on Twitter @BballPlanoWest

Plano West Royales Mini-Royales Clinic

Plano West Senior High School Drill Team Presents: Pre-Register today! MINI ROYALES GAME NIGHT Friday, September 25th – Check-in between 6:00- 6:30 PM at Front West gates of Clark Stadium; March on the field for pre-game activities @ 6:45 & sit in the stands with the Royales for the first quarter! & MINI ROYALES DRILL TEAM CLINIC Saturday, September 26th –1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Check-in between 12:30- 1:00 PM in Plano West Senior High School Competition Gym foyer; Showoffs at 4:00 PM in Competition Gym! Open to All Girls Grades K-5 Cost: $50.00 for Clinic & Game, $40.00 for Clinic or $30.00 for Game Only.

Pre-Register today! Visit for more information and registration form.

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!

Eat more chicken during Chik-fil-A fundraiser
Dine in or out at the Chik-fil-A located at Coit and Spring Creek from 5 p.m. to close on Thursday, 9/24, and they will donate a percentage of their sales to the Jasper Jazz. If you’re driving through, remember to say that you’re supporting Jasper Jazz. Dining inside? Be sure to drop your receipt in the Jasper HS bucket. Sponsored by the Jasper Jazz Booster Club.

Come one, come all: 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 2708 Sierra Blanca Ct in the Villages of Russell Creek in Plano. Money raised will support the award-winning Jasper High School drill team. Sponsored by the Jasper Jazz Booster Club.


The annual “Stettes Rock” Dinner & Auction benefiting the Shepton Stallionette Drill Team Booster Club will be held on Saturday, September 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Shepton High School. Some of the auction items this year include 7 nights at the Grand Luxxe premier resort hotel in Mexico at Nuevo Vallarta or Riviera Maya (visit for more information), 2 nights at any category 5, 6, or 7 Starwood Hotel in the U.S. (visit for a complete list of hotels), restaurant gift cards, jewelry, gift baskets, and much more! A Prize Drawing will be held during the event (need not be present to win) for a MacBook Air and an iPad mini 3. Prize Drawing tickets are $5 each and Dinner Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased from any member of the Stallionettes Drill Team or by contacting Leslie Hyne at Thank you for supporting the Shepton Stallionettes!

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.

PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Environmental Club
  • International Deaf Awareness Week
  • Chemistry Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • International Club
  • Anime Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Junior World Affairs Council
  • Plano West FFA – Pecan Fundraiser
  • Best Buddies
  • PWSH Marching Band Wolfpack Prowl
  • SAT or ACT?
  • PTSA Reflections Program 2015-2016
  • Plano West PTSA Membership

The Environmental Club's first cleanup of the year is going to be September 26th from 9am-12pm! Bring your liability sheets (located on the Notes page of the Environmental Club Facebook), shoes you don't mind getting dirty, and your NHS hours sheets. Meet at the front entrance of Plano West! Snacks, gloves, claws, and trash bags will be provided.

ASL Students will be observing International Deaf Awareness Week during the week of September 21 through September 25. They will be spreading information about deafness and Deaf Culture to fellow West Wolves. ASLHS students: be sure to stop by Mrs. Ellis's room each morning next week to pick up your Deaf Awareness sticker.

Chemistry Club – Officer applications are due Wednesday September 23rd to Mrs. Lyssy in B211 or The next Chemistry Club meeting will be October 14th at 8:30 or 7th period.

Spanish Honor Society: Calling all members and candidates to be at the Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, September 23rd in the presentation room AFTER school at 4:20pm. Please sign up on the sheets outside A1096. It is a meeting point. And, be sure to bring your point sheets with you. Don’t’ have one? Visit the Facebook page and print one.

Are you interested in learning and sharing about different cultures? The International Club will have its 1st meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd during A and B lunches in room A1203. We will discuss applying for officer positions and cultural activities for this year. Please contact Mrs. Nelson for questions.

Anime Club will meet every Thursday. Meet new friends and watch anime movies or episodes. The next meeting on Thursday, September 24th will also generate ideas for the Homecoming Parade! Join us in Room B-209 (Ms. Roop-Morland) at 8:15am or 4:20pm OR Room A-2060 (Mr. Cherry) 7th period.

Hello Plano West! The PWSH Badminton Club will hold their first meet on the tennis courts from 4:45 - 5:30 pm on Friday, September 25th. Please wear non-marking tennis shoes or sneakers, and bring your own rackets if possible. Don't worry, we will provide birdies and extra rackets, so bring your friends along too and come play with us! We hope to see you there!!


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!

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! The match party will be October 3, 2015 which is when you will be matched peer buddy to buddy. 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!

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

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