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September 11, 2017
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National Arts in Education Week

Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.

As an example of this joining together, see the Photo Gallery of the creation of the giant origami sculpture on display in the lobby of the Administration Center. This paper sculpture was created using more than 1,000 folded paper "fortune tellers;" a classic school-age origami device that students use to predict the future. These modules were then joined together to create the sculpture and as a symbol of encouragement to students to "Unfold Your Future" in Plano ISD.

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Six Middle School Students Named in Broadcom MASTERS "Top 300"

August 30

Six students representing four Plano ISD middle schools were named among the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS (formerly known as semifinalist) on September 6, 2017. Competing in this competition were students from 49 states and four territories. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) a program of the Society for Science & the Public, is the premier middle school science and engineering fair competition. Thirty national finalists will be selected on September 20.

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Breakdown of Plano ISD Property Taxes on Average Home 2013-17: 2013 (Retained by district $3,322 and recaptured by State $222) Total $3,544; 2014 (Retained by district $3,448 and recaptured by State $314) Total $3,762; 2015 (Retained by district $3,497 and recaptured by State $401) Total $3,898; 2016 (Retained by district $3,581 and recaptured by State $706) Total $4,287; and 2017 (Retained by district $3,634 and recaptured by State $1,023) Total $4,657. The detail of the recapture by the state is: Detail: Plano ISD Recapture by State was: 2013 was $222; 2014 was $314; 2015 was $401; 2016 was $706; and 2017 was $1,023

State Funding Continues Downward Trend

August 9

Texas topped a list of nineteen states who cut general funding per student during the 2016-17 school year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This decline occurred during a time when increasing property values throughout the state have benefited the state budget.



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2018-19 Calendar Survey

Response Requested by Nov. 1

Plano ISD appreciates your input on the two calendar options for the 2018-2019 academic year that were presented to the school board on September 5. Please review both drafts and provide feedback on your preferred calendar. Each option is provided below, along with a survey to gather your input. The survey is open until November 1, 2017

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Parent Education Nights

Please join us for Parent Education Nights on issues affecting teens. Three identical sessions are scheduled in October and November.

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College Nights

Please join us for College Nights on Sept. 11 and 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
at Plano Senior High and Plano East Senior High, respectively.

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