Titan eNews

September 4, 2015

Traffic: Drop off and Pick up UPDATE


Thank you for your support as we have begun another school year and welcomed an additional grade level of learners into our Titan family. As many of you are now aware, in response to learner feedback and safety concerns we moved learner parking to the front of our building. We are continuing to use the same traffic pattern AHS has used over the last years with parents and learners entering using the South entrance off of Alma and exiting using the North entrance off of Alma.

In response to learner and parent feedback and with the support of our district Safety and Security team we have determined opening an additional entrance to the carpool lane off of Columbia may alleviate traffic on Alma, particularly in the afternoon. The traffic flow in front of our building and to pick up a learner or to park is still the same. Please use the map as a reference point.

We also ask those of you who will choose to enter off of Columbia to use extreme caution when entering in the afternoon. We will have many learners in that area in the afternoon during Club/R&D time. Please view the map below.

As always, we greatly appreciate your support and participation in our community.

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Clubs and R&D Time Launch on Tuesday!

In today's Titan Talk, Ms. Gaschen and Ms. Ojeda presented expectations and opportunities for learners to pursue their passions and connect with their peers around their interests. We are excited to have you share your passions, too! Please look at the following schedule. We've asked learners to explore clubs next week and commit to clubs the following week. We've also challenged our learners to Make Their Mark! It's time to begin Science and Engineering Fairs, and we have R&D time to support learner research!
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2nd Year News:

As the second week of our kick-off project, True Grit is coming to a close, Second Year learners have reached Camp 2 in their quest for mental and physical “grittiness.” They have been exploring approaches to leadership, goal-setting, dealing with conflict, as well as other critical skills.

This four week project will culminate in a presentation of their digital interactive, which responds to the driving question, “What does it take to thrive?” to PISD counselors on Friday, September 18th. As you sit down to dinner with your learner, consider asking them about their grittiness score and how they personally define success.

1st Year eNews:

First Years are learning the culture of the school, identifying their characteristics, and assimilating into the existing culture of the school. The learners are also exploring the STEAM PBL learning model and discussing ways to contribute to our school. At Open House on 9/29, we encourage our 1st parents to locate their child's tour zone and complete a brief tour. Your feedback will help our learners polish and prepare for their first presentation event on October 1st.

Alliance Meeting Invitation

The Alliance is a principal-parent partnership that builds relationships and strategic partnerships that enrich and enhance the Academy experience for our learners.

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, 9/8 from 4-5 pm in the Bubble and on Wednesday, 9/9 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Bubble. If you would like to learn more or become a member of the Alliance, please select a meeting date/time that will best work with your schedule.

We are grateful for your interest and support of our learners!

Our agenda items for the first meeting will include:

  • Introductions
  • Review of the Alliance objectives
  • Campus theme and focus for the year
  • Overview of the year and projects
  • Immediate needs

Sally Riddle, our PTSA Community Partners board member, and Tina Cone, our facilitator supervising the senior Internship and Capstone Project will be present as direct contacts for continued communication following our meeting.

From the Counseling Office:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program:

Are you a high school student who’s making a difference through volunteering?

Apply for a 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1000 and a trip toWashington DC next May.

The application can be accessed at http://spirit.prudential.com

The deadline for submission is November 3, 2015.

Sophomores and Juniors:

On Wednesday, October 14, you will be taking the redesigned PSAT.

All sophomores will take the PSAT and juniors are HIGHLY encouraged to take it.

If you are interested in preparing and learning about the changes to the PSAT, visit


Colleges on Campus:

On Thursday, September 10 we will be hosting 15 universities for a lunch time college fair.

Some of the schools in attendance that day include: UT, A&M, Purdue, University of Tulsa, Rhodes

College, Trinity University, John Brown, UT San Antonio, and Missouri S&T.

We encourage all students to visit with the representatives on campus to learn more about

each institution and college admissions in general.

In September, our campus will also play host to the following universities who will be meeting with small groups

of juniors and seniors interested in hearing about their institutions. Learners must sign up to attend

in the counseling office and spots are limited.

September 14-Baylor University, American University

September 15-University of Michigan

September 16-Ringling College of Art and Design

September 17-Colorado School of Mines

September 18-Univeristy of Illinois

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We will be posting information concerning prospective student events in the

Dallas area. SAIC, U of Alabama, and U of Indiana all have events in September that you

can register for.

Plano ISD College Fairs

This year the district college fairs will be held at Plano Senior and Plano West.

September 14-Plano West Senior High School 6:30pm

September 15-Plano Senior High School 6:30pm

We strongly encourage learners to register for and attend one of these events.

Register at: www.gotocollegefairs.com

Choose the TACRAO event that is listed first and continue through the registration process.

If you forget to register ahead of time, that’s okay, come anyway!

Senior Information Night ~ 9/10/15

Senior Parent Information Night Thursday September 10 6:00pm

Parents of seniors, join us for an informational meeting concerning the college application process, using Family Connection, financial aid, and college essays.

Seniors are welcome to join us as well! District meetings are still in progress to finalize our graduation date and venue ~ stay tuned for confirmation soon!

Canvas for Parents

There will be a Canvas Orientation and Training session offered on our Open House night, 9/29. Parents will be available to help you learn more about Canvas, offer tips, and answer questions.

Canvas Parent Guide: http://tinyurl.com/CanvasForParents

Other Upcoming Dates:

9/7 ~ Labor Day ~ no school

9/8 ~ PTSA Board Meeting

9/8 ~ Alliance Meeting 4 pm

9/9 ~ Alliance Meeting 8:30 am

9/10 ~ Senior Information Night

9/11 ~ 4th Years to Southwest Airlines

9/12 ~ CoCoBest Kickoff - Robotics

9/17 ~ 4 1/2 weeks Progress Reports go home

9/18 ~ 2nd Years True Grit presentation day

9/29 ~ Fall Open House