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2015 Elementary Summer Programs

Summer School
Elementary (K-5)

Middle School (6-8)

High School (9-12)

Online registration for elementary summer school programs is no longer available. 

Plano Summer Opportunities for Learning offers a variety of elementary programs. Each program is unique, and parents may wish to talk with their child's teacher or principal concerning the programs best suited for summer study. All program applications are distributed through the elementary schools. Program dates and times are listed within each program description. Transportation is provided for each program. Bus schedules will be available the last week of the 2014-15 school year and will be sent home with the students.

Plano Enrichment Program (PEP)

The Plano Enrichment Program (PEP) offers more than 30 varied enrichment classes in addition to reinforcement classes for language arts and mathematics. Students are free to enroll in content courses of their choice (see course offerings below). The program is located at Bowman Middle School, 2501 Jupiter Road, and Memorial Elementary, 2200 Laurel Lane; and at Rice Middle School, 8500 Gifford Drive, and Skaggs Elementary, 3201 Russell Creek. The dates are June 15 through July 9 (no classes on Fridays) from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $150 for one two-hour class and $300 for two classes. Tuition may be paid with cash, money order, cashier's check, Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. No personal checks will be accepted.

Parents may register and pay online.  Online registration is available through the parent portal login.  To enroll online, the student must be currently enrolled in Plano ISD (school year 2014-15). Once the credit card transaction is successful, the parent will receive an authorization number.  This ensures the student is enrolled in PEP.  The enrollment process is complete.

The Student Registration Form will be sent home with the student in March and will also be available in each elementary school. Students are encouraged to register immediately to assure their choice of classes.  The deadline for registration is May 15. Out of district students may enroll in PEP.

Transportation is provided from the student's home campus. Bus schedules will be sent home with students the last week of the 2014-15 school year.

Course

Times

Grade Level 2014-2015

Tuition

A Passport to Art 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-2 $150.00
A Passport to Art 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-2 $150.00

Grab your passport for a journey around the Art World.  Take off from the USA and travel to Europe, Asia and Down Under.  You will learn about the art masters as you explore the cultures, crafts and countries using drawing, painting, sculpture and more!

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Grade Level 2014-2015

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Art and Sculpture 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Art and Sculpture 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Do you love Art?  Does four weeks of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting and more sound like the ideal summer?  In Art and Sculpture you will work with Sharpie® markers, watercolor, charcoal, oil pastels, clay and tempera paint as you explore design concepts and techniques.  For students who have completed grades 3-5.

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Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Book Cooks 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-2 $150.00
Book Cooks 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-2 $150.00

Do you love to cook? If so, then Book Cooks is the class for you. This class involves hands-on cooking experiences while enjoying award winning children's literature.

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Building Blocks for Math Success
8:30 - 10:30 a.m
Grades K-5
$150.00
Building Blocks for Math Success
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades K-5
$150.00

This course is designed for students need reinforcement of grade level skills and concepts in Mathematics. Opportunities will be provided for students to strengthen foundational skills included in grade level content using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Building Blocks for Reading Success
8:30 - 10:30 a.m
Grades K-5
$150.00
Building Blocks for Reading Success
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades K-5
$150.00

This course is designed for students who need reinforcement of grade level literacy skills and concepts. Opportunities will be provided for students to strengthen foundational skills included in grade level content using the Texas Esesntial Knowledge and Skills.

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Drama
8:30 - 10:30 a.m
Grades 1-5
$150.00
Drama
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades 1-5
$150.00

This summer an exciting class will be offered to allow the students opportunities to design sets and costumes, sing, dance, and STAR in their own production/performance.  This is sure to be an exciting class!!   Don't delay, register today!  Class size is limited.

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Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Enhancing the Writer Within
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grades 2-5
$150.00
Enhancing the Writer Within
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades 2-5
$150.00

This course is designed for students who could benefit from building basic writing skills.  Opportunities will be provided for students to develop the self esteem needed to enter the next grade level feeling confident about writing.  Emphasis will be placed on preparing struggling students for grade level content using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
First Grade Prep 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Kindergarten $150.00
First Grade Prep 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kindergarten $150.00

This class is designed to promote the literacy and math development of children who have completed kindergarten and who are entering first grade in the fall.  Instructional strategies will include shared, guided, and independent reading and writing and fun filled activities using technology, logical reasoning, games and math mysteries. The children will experience a first grade setting.  The emphasis is on providing experiences that are developmentally appropriate focusing on listening skills, following directions, and time on task.

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Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Inventor's Club 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Inventor's Club 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00

Come and join in the fun and excitement of invention! Students will learn how famous inventions were created and all about the inventors who created them.  The students joining the Inventor’s Club will have the opportunity to invent a vegetable derby car and to apply “reverse engineering” by which students take apart broken appliances to discover how they work.  This hands-on course stimulates thinking and creativity through inventive activities such as building structures and completing various designing activities.  Students will also “meet” artists such as da Vinci, Seurat, Calder, and Picasso who were known for their inventiveness as well as for their artistry.  Students are divided by grade level.

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Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Junior Science Club 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-1 $150.00
Junior Science Club 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-1 $150.00

Primary students will investigate plants, animals, and space.Many hands-on and outside activities will make science come alive for those junior scientists. For students who have completed kindergarten or first grade.

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Grade Level 2014-2015
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Logical Thinking 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Logical Thinking 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00

People learn to talk, learn to walk, learn to read….we can also learn to think logically.  In this class students will use fun games, literature, and computer activities to learn deductive reasoning, analytical thinking and problem solving strategies.  After analyzing the pattern in Tomorrow’s Alphabet by George Shannon, students will create a Power Point presentation applying the same type of logical thinking to their own original ideas.  Students have so much fun with activities like logic problems, Sudoku, and strategy games that they will want to use these new skills at home all summer long!

 

Course
Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Math Masters
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Grades 2-3
$150.00
Math Masters 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 4-5 $150.00

This class is for students who are "masters" at mathematics and are ready to study the curriculum to a deeper level.  Get ready to investigate topics in algebra, geometry, money matters, consumerism, measurement, and probability.  Do you already have a favorite topic of your own that you would like to pursue?  We'll be using a hands-on approach as we investigate and discover new things about some of the most mesmerizing mathematical matters.  The two hour time will be divided as follows: Master Mind-Boggler, Master Exploration and Master Mystery.  Students are divided by grade level.

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Move Over Pixar 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Move Over Pixar 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00

Produce your own animated movie!  Make reading fun by making an interactive book.  Learn how Power Point can create games.  Students will use computer applications such as Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Power Point, and digital cameras in a fun new way.  Our digital natives will use their creativity, reading, and writing skills to learn new computer skills.

 

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Music 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-2 $150.00
Music 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-2 $150.00

An exciting experience for kindergarten, first, and second graders will be offered this summer.  Singing, playing a variety of instruments, and dancing will give boys and girls opportunities to learn music while having fun.  Let your child come join the fun!  Don't wait!  Don't be late!  Class size is limited.

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Mystery Madness 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Mystery Madness 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Have you ever wanted to solve a real mystery?  Try your skills in solving mysteries.  Be a detective and allow your imagination to seek out clues.  This course will put your inductive reasoning to work by offering a multi-curriculum approach to problem solving.  We will investigate how to dust for fingerprints, create your own mysteries, and discover "who dunnit."

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Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
"Pep" Belles Cheer and Dance Team 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-5 $150.00
"Pep" Belles Cheer and Dance Team 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-5 $150.00

Ready?  Okay!  Come be a part of the PEP Belles Cheer and Dance Team.  This high energy class combines cheerleading, dance, and sports conditioning all into one course.  Students will learn chants, cheers and choreographed dance steps while building self confidence and positive sportsmanship through team building activities.  Students will perform a choreographed cheer and dance routine at the end of the course.  No experience necessary.  All skill levels are welcome.

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Spanish COMO SE DICE? 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-2 $150.00
Spanish COMO SE DICE? 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Would you like to make piñatas, maracas and eat Hispanic foods like tostadas or nachos while learning Spanish?  Students will learn to use basic vocabulary, phrases and questions pertinent to everyday life with the emphasis on oral skills needed to communicate.  Students will have fun while being introduced to the Hispanic world and explore its richness by making crafts, singing, dancing, playing games and tasting Hispanic foods.

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Sports All Star Camp 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Sports All Star Camp 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-2 $150.00

Hone your skills in a variety of sports in this course.  Students will be provided the opportunity to sharpen their skills in favorite sports such as football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball.  Use your good sportsmanship skills and practice strategies to improve your overall performance.  If you love sports and fun, this is the course for you!

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
STEMtastic Challenges! 8:30. - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-5 $150.00
STEMtastic Challenges! 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-5 $150.00

.Grades K-1: Be a problem solver and explore the world through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Hands-on challenges will encourage students to collaborate in order to design and build their own solutions. Those who love math and science will love this course.

Grades 2-3: Think like an engineer to solve real world problems using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This course offers the opportunity for students to engage in hands-on challenges and work collaboratively to find solutions. Elements of design and critical thinking will enhance all students' pursuit of creative solutions in a highly engaging way.

Grades 4-5: Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to come to this course and be a master problem solver. Students will be actively engaged in high interest, hands-on activies that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Challenges will immerse students in collaborative discussions, critical thinking, design, engineering, and creative problem solving. If you love science and math, this course is for you!

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Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Take a Walk on the Wild Side 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 2-5 $150.00
Take a Walk on the Wild Side 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 2-5 $150.00

Take an advanced look into the world of life science in Biology II.  Hands-on lab investigations, guest speakers, dissecting, insect collecting and much more await the future biologist.  Come join the fun and get a head start on middle school life science

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Technology or Bust! 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00
Technology or Bust! 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 3-5 $150.00

Students will create 3D models using SketchUp and display their artwork through their own blog (kidblog.org).  Together we will learn different features (like grouping, making components) about this program, build models from scratch, learn about architecture, visualize measurement and geometry concepts, scale 3D environments, recreate historical settings, illustrate theoretical concepts, and express creativity.  The final project will be creating a 3D drawing of  a house with specific features (grey brick exterior, shingled roof with a peak 17’, chimney, door three see-through windows, shrubbery, yard with grass, large tree, driveway, sidewalk, car, and a person to show scale).

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Grade Level 2014-2015
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Tennis 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades 1-5 $150.00
Tennis 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades 1-5 $150.00

All levels of tennis ability are encouraged to join in the fun.  Grab a racket and we'll get swinging!  Students are divided by grade level. (Note: Tennis is only offered at 8:30 a.m. at the Bowman/Memorial program.)

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Times
Grade Level 2014-2015
Tuition
Young Authors 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Grades K-2 $150.00
Young Authors 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grades K-2 $150.00

This enrichment writing class is designed as an extension for students who are experienced writers and enjoy writing.  Your child will create and illustrate books using themes from well-known authors in children’s literature.  Art and cooking techniques will also be taught to make this class fun and interactive.  What a wonderful class to show off their great writing and illustrating skills.

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Summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Students (SIGS)

Online Registration is available for the elementary and middle school SIGS (Summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Students) program. To register online, the parent must go to parent portal login and must have completed the student emergency information. Parents may register and pay online with a credit card.  Once the credit card transaction is successful, the parent will receive an authorization number.  This ensures the student is enrolled in SIGS.  The enrollment process is complete.

The Summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Students challenges students currently in the PACE program grades 1-7. Elementary students (grades 1-4) will select and participate in three 75-minute classes. Classes include simulations, math, science, Caldecott stories, creative writing, foreign languages, art, drama, project builder and multimedia project construction. The middle school program (grades 5-7) includes courses such as humanities, science, mathematics, social sciences, and/or computer training.

The program is located at Robinson Middle School, 6701 Preston Meadow Drive; Murphy Middle School, 620 N. Murphy Road; and Wilson Middle School, 1001 Custer Road. The dates are June 15 through July 9 from 7:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. (no classes on Fridays). Tuition is $300 and may be paid with cash, money order, cashier's check, Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. No personal checks will be accepted.

The student registration information will be sent home with the student in March or may be obtained from the home school PACE teacher. The deadline for registration is May 15.

Transportation is provided from the student's home campus. Bus schedules will be sent home with the students the last week of the 2014-15 school year. For more information contact your child's PACE teacher.

      * Plano Arts Summer Program (PArts) held in conjunction with SIGS 

The month of June holds a wonderful and exciting opportunity for girls and boys who enjoy creative visual art experiences.  Students are invited by their art teachers based on talent and ability in art to the Plano Arts Summer Program- PArts.

Students will enjoy using unique tools and materials in both two- and three-dimensional activities.  The springboard to all activities and projects will be known masterpieces by past and contemporary artists.  Among some of the activities in which students will be involved are:

                                                ... a variety of drawing techniques,  

                                                ... a variety of painting techniques,

                                                ... exploration of sculpture.

Each day students meet with peers and the teachers will direct them through the many skills necessary to produce personal masterpieces.  After all work is completed, student creations will be displayed for parents and friends to enjoy at the Art Gala!  Following the gallery showing, student work will be collected to begin a portfolio for future art pursuits.

We know that this sounds like a challenge; however, the students that have been selected to receive an invitation have already demonstrated an outstanding ability to create great works of art, study, work hard, solve problems.  Students will enjoy learning, creating, working and performing in an atmosphere where they are the star!

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Plano Academy of Learning (PAL)

The Plano Academy of Learning (PAL) is for students in grades K through 5. PISD students are invited to attend this program that targets instruction for acceleration of skills in reading, writing and/or math. Students who qualify for this focused instruction will be recommended for the program by their teacher. Recommendation letters will be sent to parents in early spring. Enrollment in this program is limited to students currently attending school in Plano ISD. The program is located at three different elementary schools. The locations are Mendenhall Elementary, 1330 19th Street; Hightower Elementary, 2601 Decator Drive; and Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive.

The dates for all three PAL programs are June 10 through July 2 (Monday-Friday) from 7:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.. Tuition is $215 and may be paid with cash, money order, cashier's check, Master Card, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. No personal checks will be accepted.The Student Registration Form will be sent home with the student. Out of district students cannot register for this program.

Online Registration is available for the PAL program. To register online, the parent must go to parent portal login and must have completed the student emergency information. Parents may register and pay online with a credit card.  Once the credit card transaction is successful, the parent will receive an authorization number.  This ensures the student is enrolled in PAL.  The enrollment process is complete.

Transportation is provided from the student's home campus.Bus schedules will be sent home with the students the last week of the 2014-15 school year. For more information contact your student's teacher.

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Special Education

Special Education offers the following programs.

  • Camp Tejas for students with special needs grades K-8, is an innovative program primarily for students with significant disabilities.This program uses a camp-like format to enhancecommunication and independence through a variety of activities.
  • Strategic Reading, for students in grades 1-5, is a continuous progress reading program forstudents currently receiving special education services and who experience difficulty learning to read and write.

For detailed information about special education programs please contact your child's special education teacher.

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Bilingual / ESL

Bilingual/ESL programs are designed to meet the needs of students with limited English proficiency.

In the prekindergarten summer school program, instruction will focus on language development, academic and social skills. The kindergarten program is designed to develop language and to accelerate academic skills in reading, writing and math. Both of these programs are free for Limited English Proficient students who will be entering a kindergarten or a first grade bilingual/ESL class in the fall of 2015. The prekindergarten program and the kindergarten program will be held at Boggess Elementary School, Harrington Elementary School, Huffman Elementary School, and Thomas Elementary School. Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge. Summer classes are from 8:30 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. Transportation will be provided. The teacher will send home a registration application for students currently enrolled in the prekindergarten or kindergarten program.

Students new to Plano schools that have been identified as LEP and have enrolled for kindergarten or for first grade in the fall of 2015 may pick up an application in the school office when registering for the 2015-2016 school year.

For more information, contact the bilingual or ESL teacher at the student's home campus.

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Kindergarten Prep Program

The Kindergarten Prep Program is for students who are entering kindergarten and have limited or no preschool experience, and/or qualify for free or reduced lunch, and have not attended a PISD Early Childhool School or Head Start Program.

The program is designed to introduce students to the school environment and provide a head start for learning important school routines and skills.  Instruction will focus on language development, academic and social skills.  Transportation will be provided from the student's home campus, and tuition is free.

Contact your child's home campus for information about how to register for this program.

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