All grades for this 9-week grading period have been updated
All grades were updated in Parent Portal for the current grading period on Monday, Nov. 30th, at 8:00 a.m. Students only have three weeks left of this grading period, so it is very important to review these updated grades with your sons and daughters. Even though there are only three weeks remaining in the semester, students still have time to improve their grades. Due to the pandemic, PISD decided at the beginning of the school year to not give semester exams this year; therefore, each of the 9-week grading periods count 50% of the semester grade. Not only is this important to know in calculating your student's grades, but it is also important because the final week of the semester will be a regular week of school.
Important information about week of December 14-18
Even though the last week of the semester will be a regular week of school, it has been recently decided that Monday, December 14th will now be a synchronous day for Cohort B, and Friday, December 18th will be an asynchronous half day for all students ending at 1:00 p.m. Please note, Friday is the only early release day of the week since semester exams are not being given this school year.
Monday, November 30th was the deadline to make a learning environment change for the 3rd 9-weeks
Monday, November 30th was the deadline for parents to make a change to their child’s learning environment for the 3rd 9-Week grading period in Parent Portal. All changes will be effective on the first day of the 3rd 9-Week grading period which is Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
Please also note the next window to change a student's instructional environment is scheduled for February 15 - February 19, 2021, with changes effective March 15, 2021.
If you do not want to make a change to your child’s current learning environment, no action is required.
If you do want to make a change of environment, action is required. You must log into Parent Portal to select this change for the Third 9-Weeks. It is very important to include your son or daughter in these decisions because changes to learning environments for the third 9-weeks will most likely result in some teacher changes and/or a complete change in the order of their classes during the school day. For example, they may currently have English IV during 3rd period, and it may change to 5th period with a possible teacher change.
In addition to making the change in Parent Portal, please contact your student’s counselor via email to make her aware of your request for a change in learning environment for the third 9-week grading period. A list of our counselors and the students they serve can be found on the counseling page of the Plano West website.
Dual credit students should be aware that the learning environment for dual credit courses will not be adjusted after the start of the spring 2021 semester even if a student changes learning environments for the last nine-weeks.
Unfortunately, even students who do not change learning environments could experience a change to their teacher(s) or class schedule as teachers are assigned based on the numbers of students and course requests in each environment. Every effort will be made to minimize teacher changes for those who did not make a learning environment change; however, we cannot guarantee that in every case because we must assess the overall changes in learning environment selections and the impact they may have on the campus master schedule as a whole. The impact may result in some shifting of staff to align with new learning environment choices.
Instructions for Parent Portal
Primary guardians/parents will use their Plano ISD Parent Portal login to access the Change of Learning Environment selection. A primary guardian/parent must complete this form for each student that you are requesting to change the learning environment.
For more information, please refer to the PISD website.
Graduation Date Set for June 5th
Graduation has been set for Saturday, June 5, and Plano West will graduate at 9:30 a.m. It is scheduled to be held at The Star in Frisco. Due to COVID-19, this schedule could change and social distancing protocols may be implemented.
Go to https://www.pisd.edu/Page/17338 for more information.
Free Meals for All Plano ISD Students
Due to a USDA waiver, all Plano ISD students (face-to-face & School@Home) will receive free breakfast & lunch meals while USDA funds are available. For curbside pickup locations, schedules & docs you should bring if student is not present, visit http://pisd.edu/grabandgo.
Hybrid Cohort Split for Students Returning to Campus and for Students@Home
Beginning September 9, students who have selected to attend face-to-face return to campuses, and students who have selected PISD School@Home environment at all high schools and senior high schools will implement the hybrid schedule. Students will be divided into two cohorts based on the student’s last name. Information and further explanation of the cohort divisions and schedules for each week are included in the following linked document: Hybrid Cohort Split Communication
Student Daily Screening for Return to Campus September 9
Families are requested to begin proactively screening their students for symptoms of COVID-19 and report any symptoms, exposures and quarantines using the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form. A campus nurse will follow up with information on return to campus instruction and timelines.
Curbside Checkout from the PWSH Library
- Curbside Checkout of library books is now available for Plano West students and staff from the PWSH Library.
- Click HERE for instructions for checkout.
- Go to tinyurl.com/pwshlibrarysite for more information about the library.
Curbside Checkout Days and Times:
Tuesdays 1-3 pm
Fridays 9-11 am
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Free and reduced meal applications are now available at www.schoolcafe.com/pisd. If you have never filled out a meal application, just click on “Create a New Account.” Student eligibility status from the 2019-2020 school year will roll over only for the first 30 operating days of school or until a new application has been processed. It is important that households complete an application for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible. Households should allow 10 business days for application processing.
For a one-stop shop of back-to-school resources and information, visit www.pisd.edu/backtoschool. Find the following information (and more):
Go to the College Board link for information on test dates and registration deadlines. Free online practice tests and personalized learning tools are available for students on the College Board website.
The College Board is encouraging students to prepare for SAT testing opportunities through the online platform at Khan Academy
Plano West News
The Wolfpack is proud of these fine students who placed in the 2021 Young Arts Competition!
Intra District Transfers
2021-2022 Secondary Transfer Requests
The Secondary Transfer Request process will begin January 4th at 8:00 am. At that time, please visit http://www.pisd.edu/transfer to receive an online tracking number. Once you have obtained your online tracking number, you will receive instructions detailing how to submit your transfer request electronically. The window for you to receive your online tracking number, and submit your request, will close on January 7th at 5:00 pm.
- If you fail to submit your request during the January 4th through January 7th window, your request will be processed on a first come, first serve basis after the others are processed.
We will not be accepting transfer requests from those campuses listed on the No Transfer List.
*Please note: We are accepting only secondary (grades 6 – 12) transfer requests at this time. This process will be repeated for elementary transfer requests in April, 2021.
Cohort B Calendar Adjustment for High School/Senior High Students
Monday, December 14, has been designated as a day for cohort B students (last names beginning with M-Z) to attend school (for face-to-face) or participate in synchronous learning (for School@Home). This day has been switched with Friday, December 18 for cohort B in order to ensure both cohorts A and B participate in synchronous instruction the same number of minutes during the final week of the grading period. (Friday, December 18, is now an asynchronous learning day for both cohorts A and B.)
December 3 & 10: Plano ISD Industries Academy Virtual Information Nights (Pre-registration required)/Academia de Industrias del distrito escolar de Plano (Se requiere la preinscripción)
The Plano ISD Industries Academy is hosting a virtual information night this Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 PM. Please join representatives from Plano ISD and Collin College to learn more about how students can earn workforce dual credit instruction in high-demand, high-wage career fields such as advanced manufacturing, construction and computer networking. To register and learn more. En español.
See Something, Say Something
If You See Something, Say Something
Report a Concern from the Web
If you don't have a smart phone, you can access the tip line from any web-enabled device at www.pisd.edu/tipline
Report a Concern with the Mobile App
Download the Plano ISD Mobile App
More information about See Something, Say Something, visit www.pisd.edu/mysafeschool.