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Plano ISD Staff Newsletter Volume 42, Number 1 September 4, 2014
2013 Grant Winners

Plano ISD Education Foundation announces educator grant applications due date: September 26

Harvey Fishero takes helm as 2014-15 Foundation board president
The Plano ISD Education Foundation looks forward to awarding several grants to educators again this year, thanks to successful fundraising campaigns which generated more than $1.2 million during the 2013-14 school year. Plano ISD educators are encouraged to submit online grant applications by September 26. Application training will be offered on September 10. For details, visit the Foundation websiteopens in new window. The Foundation also announces the induction of 2014-15 board president Harvey Fishero. Read more opens in new window about Mr. Fishero and the Foundation's goals for the new school year. (Pictured above, celebrating their winning 2013 grant, are Hughston Elementary School students and teachers
Nancy Bassett and Julia Flores.)
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Judge issues findings on school finance system

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. Read the full story, including comments from school district leaders. read


Digest demos theme with reality software

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 in our publications throughout the school year. Follow the instructions, and view our online Aurasma photo album opens in new window to see auras created so far. New auras will be added during the school year.read

Around the district

awardees
Bowman and Murphy middle schools were among the celebrated schools at a June awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. for having earned awards in the "Texas Schools to Watch" program in January. Attending the celebration were principals and teachers representing the two campuses. read
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Summer was a busy time in Plano ISD. Watch this video video produced by our communications department to hear from employees and construction crews who describe what it takes to implement major facilities and technology bond program initiatives in a few months' time.
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The Plano ISD Alumni Association will host tailgate parties this fall at stadiums in Plano. Mark these dates, and join alumni for hot dogs and burgers at the these home games: September 26: PSHS Wildcats, October 10: Plano East Panthers, and October 17: Plano West Wolves. Flyer PDF

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'What I Did on My Summer Vacation' - Submit Your News!
Plano ISD employees are encouraged to submit news and photos to the District Digest staff about professional development opportunities that they experienced this summer. Read submission guidelines here. read

Click here to watch video.Video Feature: First Day of School in Plano ISD
Check out this fun back-to-school video video spotlighting students, teachers and parents on the first day of school in Plano ISD.

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Upcoming Events
9/8 & 9/9 College Nights
9/17 Constitution Day
9/30 End of 1st Six Weeks
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EmployeeSpotlight
Titans
Science teachers named 2014 Tech Titans finalists

Science teachers Dusty Vincer, Plano East Senior High School, and Deanna Shea, Shepton High School, were named Tech Titans of the Future High School Level Finalists by the Metroplex Technology Business Council.

“Only four teachers from the Metroplex were named as finalists for the Tech Titans award," noted Karen Shepherd, secondary science coordinator. "When watching Deanna and Dusty teach and talk about their students, it is evident why they received this honor. Their dedication to their classrooms and extra-curricular organizations they support, such as LASER and Academic Decathlon, is above and beyond."

The Tech Titans of the Future High School Level award recognizes a DFW Metroplex high school (grades 9-12) math or science teacher for development and implementation of an innovative teaching technique or program that inspires student interest regarding further educational and/or career pursuits in science, technology, engineering or math. The nomination requires testimonials from two current or former students.

Dusty Vincer, Plano East
Dusty Vincer, who teaches IB Biology and Biotechnology at Plano East, submitted the DNA Barcoding program, a global barcoding initiative funded through the National Science Foundation and Coastal Marine Biolabs.

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