Plano West Senior High School

Blue Nation: Leading with Pride!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Welcome to Wolf News

General Announcements

  • Daily Character Quote
  • Saturday School
  • AVID Teacher of the Month
  • PISD InfoCenter
  • From the Nurse - Flu Vaccine
  • PWSH student art work at Plano ISD Fall Art Exhibit
  • PWSH Counseling
  • Collin College Spring Semester Courses
  • Colleges Visiting campus
  • Senior Transcripts
  • Fall Semester Exam Schedule
  • Final Exam Bus Schedule

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.

Albert Schweitzer

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!

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your child’s school and Plano ISD. 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 child’s campus and Plano ISD. 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.

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:

Important Message For Students taking Collin College Spring semester courses:

On December 2 the Counselors will be delivering your Collin College Registration forms to you during your Collin College class. You need to have a parent sign your form and then return it to the Counseling Center by December 4.

Collin College will pick-up the forms on December 7. All forms not returned to the Counseling Center by that date will need to be delivered to Collin College by the student.

You may register and pay online through your Cougar Web account between December 11-18.

December 18 is the deadline for registration. Students not registered by December 18 will be dropped from Collin College and added to a Plano West class.

Colleges Visiting Week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 4:

University of Tampa Mon. 11/30

Upcoming College Information Sessions:

Ithaca College Regional Audition-Dallas, Myerson Symphony Center Sat. 01/23/16


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

Recommendation letters are not written during the holidays.

Senior Transcript Requests for Colleges with January 1st deadline: Transcripts should be requested by Thursday, December 10th. Remember to screen-print the “Colleges I’m applying to” page from Naviance, and turn it in to the Registrar’s Office.

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PWSH Athletics and Clubs/Jasper and Shepton Announcements

  • PWSH Special Olympics Basketball team
  • Wrestling
  • Men's Basketball
  • Hockey

Your Plano West Special Olympics Basketball team will be playing the Best Buddies Club on Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 7:00pm. Please come support the boys and the Smiles Cheerleaders for this fun and exciting game!!

Plano West Wrestling

JV Colleyville Tournament - Friday 9:00 am

Varsity Frisco Heritage Dual - Saturday 9:00 am

Support the Blue Nation Wrestlers!

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 Woods.

Plano West Men’s Basketball Booster Club

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

PTSA/PWSH Booster Clubs

  • What's Up At West
  • Blue Nation Choir
  • Poinsettia Pick-up
  • Badminton Club
  • Mr. West Voting!
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Service Hours
  • Environmental Club cleanup
  • FFA Pecans
  • Yugioh Club
  • Art Club
  • Key Club
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Youth for Christ
  • Wanna Be Cool?
  • Anime Club
  • USA Biology Olympiad
  • Plano West FFA – Cristina’s Fall Flowers Fundraiser
  • Literary Magazine
  • Plano West PTSA Membership
  • Band Holiday Concert benefitting Toys for Tots

Here is the link to this week’s WUAW:

Blue Nation Choir

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to move forward to

the final round of competition for All-State Choir in January! They are:

Michael Angel

Matthew Berry

Carolyn Chen

Adam Christa

Brianna Cox

Arta Fan

Donald Fielding

Hayley Leavell
Allison Moore

Neil Patel

Poinsettia Pick-up

The Beautiful Poinsettias will be arriving on December 3. Please make plans to pick up your plants Thursday in the foyer of the Theater," C " Building, between

12 - 5 pm. Come early if you can so our volunteers can go home. Thank you again for supporting The Blue Nation Choir.

The PWSH Badminton club won three out of the four events at a tournament over Thanksgiving break against Jasper HS and Richardson HS. The club placed first in Men's Doubles, Singles, and Women's Doubles. Congratulations to all members who participated in the tournament! Watch the skillful and exciting final match of the Men's Singles here between West's Choong Gao Lee and Richardson's Morgan Chen: Plano West Badminton Club Men's Singles- Finals

Mr. West Voting! Time to select your top 10 candidates for this year’s Mr. West Pageant & competition! After logging in to your PISD google account, go the following website to vote for your top candidate: The top 10 candidates that receive the most votes will move onto to the next round and begin preparing for the Mr. West pageant show on Saturday, February 13th! Look out for tickets to go on sale in early next semester!

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!

FFA Pecans have arrived! If you have placed an order, expect delivery soon! Missed a chance to order? We a limited amount of pecans, halves, frosted pralines, and pecan syrup available for sale. Contact Jamie Hanna, FFA Fundraising Chairman, at or 469-231-2431 for details.

Yugioh club will meet in room A1119 from 4:15-6:30 on Friday, December 4, and will meet at the same time every Friday each week.

Art Club

Come to Art Club’s Winter Party and Studio Night on Thursday, December 10th @ 4:15-6:00. We’ll be having a Cupcake Decorating Contest and making DIY Snowglobes and Ornaments! Hope to see you there, make sure you sign up in the Art Hallway by Friday, December 4th to get cupcakes & snowglobe makings!

KEY CLUB MEMBERS: Our next club meeting is Thursday, December 10th after school in the presentation room. This meeting will be your last chance to get a big event, small event, our meeting credit before hour sheets are due on December 14th. In preparation for this meeting, please bring a new, gender-neutral toy of at least $5.00 in value suitable for a child ages 5 to 6. We will be donating these to children at Barron Elementary School in Plano!

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!

Literary Magazine:

The Heuristic Howler - Calling all writers, artists, photographers, and anyone else with a creative flair! If you would like your work to be published and recognized, submit to the Plano West literary magazine, The Heuristic Howler, at Pieces of writing should not exceed 2000 words, and art should be sent as clear pictures. Make sure to include your name (can be anonymous or use an appropriate pseudonym), the type of submission, and an attached file of your work. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and earlier submissions will be prioritized. Please have the submissions in by winter break. The link to last year's literary magazine can be found in the attachments.

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

Band Holiday Concert benefitting Toys for Tots, see flyer below.

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