Adapt to new learning and career opportunities throughout their lives.
Collaborate with, and contribute to, the global community.
Be disciplined and creative in their thinking.
Augmented Reality Software Helps Demo Theme 'Loud and Clear'
To complement this year's theme, Plano ISD is using a mobile app called Aurasma, allowing readers to uncover digital content in printed materials. Through the auras created using this software, the district is giving new meaning to the phrase, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Download the Aurasma app and follow PlanoISDCommunications to reveal "Loud and Clear" messages throughout this school year. Follow these instructions and view our online Aurasma photo album to see the auras created so far.
District Judge Issues Findings in State School Finance Lawsuit
State District Judge John Dietz issued a final judgment on August 28 declaring the state’s school finance system unconstitutional on several premises. All the school district plaintiff groups succeeded on their claims. Judge Dietz held that the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs had proven that the current school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional statewide property tax and fails to sufficiently fund Texas schools at the level required to provide a constitutionally adequate education.
Texas Department of Agriculture School Nutrition Update
Plano ISD has received further clarification from the Texas Department of Agriculture regarding changes in the statewide standard for school nutrition. The district can confirm that elementary schools will continue to operate under the same guidelines as last year, and there will be some impact for secondary schools.
Back-to-School Open Houses
Plano ISD schools have kicked off the new year by hosting open houses on several dates in August and September.
Sept. 2 – *Elementary Schools
Sept. 9 – Middle Schools
Sept. 15 – High Schools
Sept. 22 – Senior High Schools
Sept. 29 – Academy High School
Families districtwide are invited to visit schools to meet the faculty and staff and to learn about students' daily schedules on these dates. (*Note: elementary schools had three dates in August and September on which to host open houses.)
Education Foundation Seeks Grants to Educators Applications
The Plano ISD Education Foundation Grants to Educators program helps teachers enhance instruction in their classrooms by providing funding for innovative instructional programs. The 2014 online application is now available on the Foundation's website. Grants are due on Friday, September 26. The Foundation also announces the induction of Harvey Fishero as its board president for the new school year.
New Grad Requirements and Accountability System Explained
The Texas Legislature's passage of House Bill 5 last year resulted in new graduation requirements and a new Community and Student Engagement Accountability System (CSEAS) for rating schools and districts. Plano ISD leaders explained these new programs at a spring meeting of the district's Key Communicators group. Watch the meeting video , and read more about the new requirements and program.
CSEAS District and School Ratings
Plano ISD's ratings, based upon a new Community and Student Engagement Accountability System (CSEAS), are being reported this week to the Texas Education Agency. Information about the rating system and the 2014 ratings for Plano ISD and each campus can be found on the district website.