Clark High School eNews

February 5, 2016

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Clark High School eNews

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Items of Interest

1. Counseling News (NEW)

2. Cougarette Tryouts (NEW)

3. AVID Teachers of the Month (NEW)

4. Lady Wildcat Youth Night (NEW)

5. Discounted Drivers Ed (NEW)

6. Cougarettes Carnation Sale

7. PTSA News

8. Substance Abuse Website

9. 2016-2017 PSHS Cheerleading Tryouts

10. 2016-2017 White Guard/ Mascot Tryouts

11. PSHS Hockey (NEW)

12. Clark Cheerleading Clinic

13. Free Sign Language Classes

14. Attendance Procedures

15. Dress Code

16. PISD Volunteers

17. Athletic Schedules

18. Student/Parent Policy Guide

19. 2015-2016 PISD School Calendar



1. COUNSELING NEWS (NEW)

AP Exam Fees. The deadline for students to pay for their AP exams is February 26. The fee for each exam is $92. Payment may be made by cash or check to their teacher or online through PayPams. Paying online does incur a $3 additional fee. Students who are on the free/reduced lunch program will see Mrs. Dakota in the counseling center to make their payment of a reduced amount. See the form below.


2. COUGARETTE TRYOUTS (NEW)

If you are interested in trying out for the award winning Cougarette Drill Team, Tryout Packets are available in the front office and in the Dance Room. There will be an informational meeting on February 9th at 7:00pm in 100W.


3. AVID TEACHERS OF THE MONTH (NEW)

Congratulations to the AVID teachers of the Month: 9th grade Mrs. Johnson and 10th grade Ms. Collier.


4. LADY WILDCAT YOUTH NIGHT (NEW)

Friday, February 19th, the Plano Senior High Lady Wildcat soccer team would like to invite you to their home game vs. Allen at Clark East. All youth who wear their jersey will get in free, get a treat bag, and have the opportunity to get autographs from the talented players! The JV game starts at 5:45, and the Varsity game will begin at 7:30. Come out and support your Wildcat Soccer Team!


5. DISCOUNTED DRIVERS ED (NEW)

Plano Senior PTSA is partnering with Aceable Drivers Ed to provide a discounted rate for their online state approved Drivers Education course. Simply sign up using the discount code PLANOSENIOR to receive a 25% discount! Get started today! www.aceable.com. See the flyer below.


6. COUGARETTES CARNATION SALE

Clark Cougarettes will be selling carnations for $1.00 each during all lunches beginning Monday, February 8th through Thursday, February 11th. We want everyone to be included so please encourage your student to reach out and make someone's day! Parents are welcome to get carnations for their students. Thank you for supporting your Cougarettes!


7. PTSA News

Coffee with Mrs. Williams

We are hosting another informative gathering with our principal, Mrs. Janis Williams, on Monday, February 22nd at 9am in the Clark library. Join us for coffee as Mrs. Williams shares the latest Clark updates.


8. SUBSTANCE ABUSE WEBSITE

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information: Did you know that PISD has a Substance Abuse Prevention website? Here is the link: http://k12.pisd.edu/substance-abuse-prevention Be sure to check out the videos linked on the home page and the excellent informational websites linked on the “Resources” page.


9. 2016-2017 PSHS CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS

Tryouts: Thursday & Friday, March 17 and 18th @ Plano Senior High gym

Tryout times: 5:00pm to complete

Monday, March 14th Cheer Clinic 5:00- 7:00pm @ PSHS cafeteria

Tuesday, March 15th Cheer Clinic 5:00-7:00pm @ PSHS cafeteria

Wednesday, March 16th Mock Tryouts 5:00- complete @ PSHS gym

Cheer 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

Cheer packets due: Friday, March 4th 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: Kim.may@pisd.edu with questions


10. 2016-2017 WHITE GUARD/ MASCOT TRYOUTS

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: Kim.may@pisd.edu with questions


11. PSHS HOCKEY

Don't miss Plano Wildcat Hockey!! Exciting!! Action Packed!! No Entry Fees!!

Sunday, February 7th @ 3:00 pm vs. Keller at the Euless Dr. Pepper Star Center.

Plano Hockey T-shirts on Sale Now! Contact Jodie Rea - jodierea@sbcglobal.net

Go Wildcats!!!!

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Don't miss Plano Wildcat Hockey!! Exciting!! Action Packed!! No Entry Fees!!

Home Rink Game - Sunday, February 21st @ 6:00 pm vs. Jesuit at the Plano Dr. Pepper Star Center.

Plano Hockey T-shirts on Sale Now! Contact Jodie Rea - jodierea@sbcglobal.net

Go Wildcats!!!!

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Don't miss Plano Wildcat Hockey!! Exciting!! Action Packed!! No Entry Fees!!

Sunday, February 28th @ 6:00 pm vs. Plano West at the Plano Dr. Pepper Star Center.

Plano Hockey T-shirts on Sale Now! Contact Jodie Rea - jodierea@sbcglobal.net

Go Wildcats!!!!


12. CLARK CHEERLEADING CLINIC

The Clark Cheerleaders will be hosting a cheer clinic in January. All interested should see the flyer at the bottom of this eNews and also open the attached file for the application form.


13. FREE SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf will once again be offering FREE sign language classes this Spring for our Plano ISD teachers, parents, and community. All the details are on the attached flyer, and RSVPs can be sent to Tina.Vaguine@pisd.edu. See the flyer below for more information.


14. ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

Reporting a student absent: A parent/guardian should call the student absence line to report a student absence. Call 469-752-7200 option 1 for English, or option 2 for Spanish, next press option 3 to leave a message. Leave the student name, ID#, reason for the absence, date of the absence and who is reporting the absence.

Parent notes: A student has up to (3) three days after an absence to turn in a parent/doctor note in order to receive an excused absence. The note should include the students name, ID number, reason and dates of the absence. A parent call does not excuse the absence.

Leaving school ill: If a student becomes ill while at school, he/she should go to the nurse's office. The nurse will contact the parents. The student and parent must then sign out at the attendance office before leaving. A student should not call/text you from their cell phone to tell you they are sick and to pick them up. Cell phone use is not allowed during class time. We have a phone available for students in the front office.

Doctor/Dental appointments: If your student must leave school early, PLEASE send a note with him/her so that he/she can be released from class. The student can sign out and wait for you in the front office. A doctor's note is required when the student returns to school. The state requires us to have a doctor's note when a student is gone for an appointment.

Other absences: Non-School activities must be pre-approved by the principal in order for the student to make up missed work. The Student Absence Request Form is available in the front office and on the Clark website in the FORMS section. The form needs to be filled out and turned in to the attendance office at least a week before the absence.

REMEMBER - NOTES CAN PREVENT UNEXCUSED ABSENCES!


15. DRESS CODE

We want to remind everyone to keep the PISD dress code in mind when making back to school clothing purchases. The district's dress code can be found in the PISD student/parent policy guide, which can be accessed at http://pisd.edu/about.us/policies/index.shtml.


16. PISD VOLUNTEERS

PISD requires that all volunteers complete a new background check every year. If you have not done so since July 1, 2015, please go to pisd.edu and fill out your volunteer application. Make sure to select Clark H.S. as one of the campuses where you would like to volunteer.


17. ATHLETIC SCHEDULES

Athletic schedules can be found on the Clark website at:

http://k12.pisd.edu/clark-high-school/contributions/16951-athletic-schedules.


18. STUDENT/PARENT POLICY GUIDE

Below please find a link to the 2015-16 Policy Guide for the district:
http://www.pisd.edu/PolicyGuide.English.pdf


19. 2015-2016 PISD SCHOOL CALENDAR

You can view the 2015-2016 PISD school calendar on the district’s website at.: http://www.pisd.edu/common/calendar/

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