Plano West Senior High School

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Welcome to Wolf Howl News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Report Cards
  • Saturday School
  • AVID Teacher of the Month
  • Unannounced Lock Down Drill week
  • From the Nurse - Flu Vaccine
  • PWSH student art work at Plano ISD Fall Art Exhibit
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Upcoming College Information Sessions
  • Destination College workshop
  • Senior Transcripts

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

Desmond Tutu

Report cards will be distributed this Friday, November 13th during 2nd period.

Hours for Saturday School are 8:30 – 11:30. We meet in the library. The remaining Saturday School dates for the fall semester are as follows: Nov 14, Dec 5, Dec 12.


Must bring at least 2 hours of book work

There will be no use of computers, phones, electronic devices

No food and/or water in the library

No sleeping

No hats or hoods to cover face or eyes

No talking at all; or no passing notes

Congrats to Mr. Reinberg for being selected as the AVID Teacher of the Month! Thank you for all that you do!

Dear Parents and Students,

The District asks each campus to conduct an unannounced lock down drill. The unannounced lock down drill is to take place in a 2 week window and that all parents, teachers, and students are made aware. Today marks the beginning of the first of the designated 2 week windows at Plano West (week of October 26th and the week of November 9th) for the unannounced lock down drills. Please be advised that this drill could take place anytime during the designated weeks. The campus will make sure that it is made clear to students and staff that it is only a drill and not a real emergency. It has been requested by the District that no advanced warning be given to ensure that the campus is prepared in a real emergency.

From the Plano West Nurse - Flu Vaccine!

As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can still provide protection against the flu. Flu activity doesn't usually peak until January or February in the United States, and the season can last as late as May, so it is important to vaccinate now if you haven't already.

How Flu Spreads Person to Person

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

The Flu Is Contagious

Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The following student’s art work has been selected to represent Plano West Senior High in the Plano ISD Fall Art Exhibit. The show is being held at the Sockwell Center until December 7.

Please congratulate these students on their outstanding work.

Angel Aisosa

Ashley Chanpong

Alex Cruz

Jierui Fang

Josh Jordan

Ava Nazary

Breana Silva

Andrew Yu

The Sockwell Center is located at 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd.

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 Nov. 9 - Nov. 15:

Univ. of Oklahoma Wed. 11/11

Univ. of Texas Wed. 11/11

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wed. 11/11

Univ. of South Alabama Wed. 11/11

Illinois Wesleyan Univ. Wed. 11/11

American Univ. Wed. 11/11

The Univ. of Texas - Dallas Thur. 11/12

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

Southwestern Univ. McKinney Performing Arts Center 11/8 2:30pm

The Univ. of Texas - Dallas UTD-Edith O'Donnell Arts & Tech. Bldg 11/14 8am

Universal Technical Institute UTI-Dallas, Irving TX 11/14 930am

Building Your Depth: The Top 10 Things Colleges Want in an Applicant

6:30 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Target Audience: Parents and Students Grades 9-12

Living Legends Conference Center
Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano
With college applications at an all-time high, it is important to understand what colleges are looking for when deciding which students to accept. This session will provide an inside look at the 10 most important components a student needs to demonstrate in order to compete today with other students applying to college, and explain the role each plays in a college's decision to consider a student for admission. Additionally, students will learn how they can apply their academic interests, unique talents and personal passions in ways that will build depth as an individual. The more interesting the student, the more desirable she or he is to colleges. 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!


For December 1 college deadlines, letters of recommendation must be requested by November 10.

For January 1 college deadlines, letters of recommendation must be requested by December 1.

Recommendation letters are not written during the holidays.


If you have not yet requested your transcript for colleges that have a December 1st deadline, then you should turn in a transcript request to the Registrar’s Office by Friday, November 13. Remember: To Request transcripts, please print the “Colleges I’m Applying To” screen from Naviance, and take it to the Registrar’s Office.

PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • Cheer Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
  • Cheer: Holiday Shopping Event
  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Shepton H.S. One Act Play: Anatomy of Gray
  • Shepton HS Band Spirit Week

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Drive-thru or dine-in at Chick-fil-A (Park & Preston) on Thursday, November 12 and mention Plano West Cheer!

Holiday Shopping Event!
Shop at Kendra Scott! Thursday, November 19 from 5:00-8:00pm! The Plano West Cheerleaders are hosting a Kendra Gives Back shopping event at the Shops at Legacy store. Hope to see you there!


Hydration Tests- Wrestler Make Up Date

Get with Coach Goodloe for details if you missed Saturday's Hydration Test.

This is required by the school districts to compete in wrestling.

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 Booster Club

Come See Shepton High School one act play, Anatomy of Gray.


November 6 and 12 on the Shepton stage at 7:00 pm. Understudies at 8:00 on November 12.

Saturday, November 14 at approximately 11:00 am at Plano Senior High School. We would love to see a lot of students and parents supporting us at competition! (All performances will run less than an hour.) Tickets to any show are $5.

Shepton High School Band Spirit Week 11/9/15-11/14/15: put your receipt in the box marked Shepton Band.

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PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • Canned Food Drive
  • Service Hours
  • Pennies for Patients Finalists
  • Writer's Guild
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Plano West Theatre Dinner, show and silent auction
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Anime Club
  • USA Biology Olympiad
  • Plano West FFA – Cristina’s Fall Flowers Fundraiser
  • Plano West PTSA Membership
  • Holiday Dreams

Canned Food Drive Starts Today! It’s time to give to the Plano Santas Holiday Food Drive! The Plano Santas are a group of local Plano merchants, business men and women, civic and community leaders that provide assistance to needy families each year during the holiday season. Last year, Plano West only raised 2,420 cans and was dominated by the likes of Beverly Elementary (6,150 cans donated) and Plano East SHS (2,600 cans donated). Drop off your non-perishable food items (cans, boxes, plastic bottles, and bags) in the area dedicated in the foyer from November 11th thru December 1st and keep this 17 year effort alive!

In need of service hours? The Plano Santas offer 3 dates for students to volunteer to help at the warehouse location, December 2nd – 4th. Up to 50 volunteers are taken each day for a total of 150 volunteers, so access this URL link if you are interested!

Student Congress would like to congratulate Mrs. Hodum and Mr. Ross for being the top two finalists in this year’s Pennies for Patients. Thank you Wolfpack raising over $300 dollars towards helping fight Leukemia and Lymphoma cancers by donating your spare change. Make sure to go and see Mrs. Hodum and Mr. Ross dressed up on Friday, November 19th and be on the lookout for Pennies for Patients return in 2016!

Writer's Guild will be having a meeting on Monday, November 16th 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.

Hi Everyone! The next Habitat for Humanity meeting will be Tuesday, November 17th in Ms. Hodum's classroom A2114 during A and B Lunch. Stop by to learn about build schedule next semester and our upcoming fall fundraisers.

Plano West Theatre Backstage Boosters are hosting our Second Annual Dinner & A Show with a Silent Auction on Thursday, November 19! Silent Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Join us for an exciting auction, delicious Italian dinner and thrilling show created, produced and performed by our talented students! There will also be special guest appearances by the Shepton and Jasper Theatre Students. Tickets ($20) available through November 17, at

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.

FREE! FREE! FREE! All interested students, now is the time to register (FREE!) for the 2016 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). Just create a FREE account at before JAN. 22, 2016 selecting Plano West from the drop-down menu of participating schools. Remember your USERNAME and ID for the FREE Open Exam, Round 1, to be given the week of FEB. 2, 2016. Please see Ms. Roop-Morland (B-209) if you have any further questions.

Plano West FFA – Cristina’s Fall Flowers Fundraiser

FFA is selling Vouchers for a Flat of Cristina’s Fall Flowers 18 – 4” pots including: PANSIES, DIANTHUS, DUST MILLER, PETUNIAS & VIOLAS. – you can mix and match the flowers! Contact an FFA member or Jamie Hanna at to order some today!

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

Holiday Dreams 2015- Plano West Education and Training program is currently collecting the following NEW items: clothes, games, school supplies, sporting good equipment, toiletries, books and gift cards. These items will be given to PISD elementary families for the Holidays. Please help the Wolfpack Give Back by donating. All items are due by November 19th to Lee Ann Begis- A1126. Please email her with any questions.

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