Clark High School eNews

May 6, 2016

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Clark High School eNews

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Items of Interest

1.Cougar Chow on May 20 (NEW)

2.From the Counseling Department

3.From the English Department

4.From the Clinic

5.Food and Nutrition Information

6.Bond Information Meetings

7.Attendance Procedures

8.Dress Code

9.PISD Volunteers

10.Athletic Schedules

11.Student/Parent Policy Guide

12.2015-2016 PISD School Calendar


Still not sure what Cougar Chow is?!?!?

It is a day the students of Clark eat outside for lunch and so much more!

There will be a wide variety of food options for students to purchase, DJ Tony will be playing everyone’s favorite songs, dunk tank, snow cones(!), and lots of fun to be had by our students and staff. A and B lunch will be combined for the first lunch of Cougar Chow and C and D will be combined for the second lunch.

Each lunch will have a full hour outside to take advantage of all there will be to eat and play.


Are you planning to move over the summer?

If you don’t think you’ll be attending school in Plano ISD in August, please complete a “Next School Year Notification Form”. Please see the attachment below or you may pick this form up in the Counseling Center.

If you are moving to another location within PISD attendance boundaries, you must have an approved transfer from Student Services to return to Clark High School in August.

If you have already moved and have not updated your address with Clark, please bring a current gas or electricity bill to the Counseling Center as soon as possible so that we can update your address.

Clark High School mail will be delivered during the summer and we want to be certain that it is being sent to the correct address. See the Next School Year Notificatiion forms below to submit a change.

Thank you.


English Elective Opportunities at Clark:

Do you want your child to earn a great SAT score ---but don’t want to pay for Karen Dillard’s prep classes?

In College Reading, your child will learn about the new SAT, lhow to improve his score, practice on actual tests, and improve his vocabulary. He’ll also have the chance to talk with college students, admissions officers, and National Merit Scholars to learn how improving an SAT score can earn big money for college!

See your counselor to sign up for this semester-long, sophomores-only elective course.

Is your child sick of writing to a prompt? Does she love writing stories, poetry, or memoirs? Would she like to be in a class with other people who like to write and who are willing to give her feedback on her ideas?

This loosely-structured, workshop-style, semester-long class will expose your child to many forms of creative writing and will give her the opportunity to write (and share) about what interests her.

Contact your counselor and sign up for Creative Writing!


We invite you all to bring your unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs for safe and proper disposal. This program is free and anonymous.

Important information to know:

• Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications (i.e.: tablets and capsules) will be accepted;

• Intra-venous solutions, injectables, inhalers, and needles will not be accepted;

• Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines are not a part of this initiative.

The following collection sites, hosted by the Plano Police Department, will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:

• Clark High School – 523 Spring Creek Pkwy

For more information about this event, visit:

Help us in reducing the risks of prescription drug abuse and accidental overdoses, come out and let us dispose of your medications


News from the Department of State Health Sercices and Collin County Department of Health Services

Health Alert: Flu

Parents and students can help reduce the impact of the cold and flu season by following these simple tips:

•Get a flu shot!

•Keep your children at home for fever of 100° or more for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

•Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand rub/gel.

•Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hand.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Additional information and resources can be found:

The following link provides information for locating flu vaccine providers:


Food and Nutritional Services is pleased to announce MealViewer, a new on-line communication tool for menus and nutritional information to meet your campus needs. It comes as a web and APP version. Parents can retrieve menus and dietary information anywhere anytime. Please forward the information to your staff so that they can utilize it.

A few suggestions:

1.Send the attached instructions to your campus eNews staff so they can post it on the campus eNews, Facebook to make the announcement to all the parents.

2.Pass along the information to your campus nurse so he/she is aware of where to retrieve menu/allergens/nutritional information to assist the parents. It will greatly enhance communication with parents regarding student diets.

3.Direct those parents who contact you regarding menu/allergens/nutritional information to the Food and Nutritional Services web site.

Parents can follow the pisd web site links listed below to access the announcement. We have provided instructions on the web site to assist parents on how to retrieve menus/allergen/nutritional information. It is very easy to use.

We hope this new service will be a helpful communication tool regarding dietary issues. Any suggestions or comments, please contact Harriet Chiang, compliance and technology specialist for FANS who was instrumental in the set-up of this system:


Bond Election 2016: Election Day is this Saturday, May 7. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. For more information, including specific project allocations and voting locations, visit See the video below for more information.


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.



We want to remind everyone to keep the PISD dress code in mind when making clothing choices now that the weather is nice. The district's dress code can be found in the PISD student/parent policy guide, which can be accessed at


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 and fill out your volunteer application. Make sure to select Clark H.S. as one of the campuses where you would like to volunteer.


Athletic schedules can be found on the Clark website at:


Below please find a link to the 2015-16 Policy Guide for the district:


You can view the 2015-2016 PISD school calendar on the district’s website at.:

Bond Overview Video - Plano ISD 2016 Bond Election
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