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Plano ISD Staff Newsletter | Volume 45, Number 3 | September 19, 2017
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Art Teachers Create Origami Art Installation

All of the Plano ISD art teachers, led by Laura Grundler visual art coordinator, collaborated to create a monumental origami art installation now on display in the administration center lobby. Inspired by the district theme "Unfold Your Future," sharing a creative vision and laboring to produce more than 1,000 folded paper "fortune tellers," these teachers made simple white copy paper into a 3D sculpture that now graces the three-story building lobby. See the video above and the photo gallery of the creative process. Special thanks to facility services staff: Sergio Carona, Bill Couzynse, Logan Singer, Dennis Younkins and Mario Zamora for raising the sculpture so we can enjoy it's beauty.

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Plano Teachers Support Hurricane Harvey Relief as National Guards

Plano ISD warmly welcomes families displaced by Hurricane Harvey, but some Plano ISD staff have gone a step further by serving in the Texas Army and Air National Guard, assisting the Houston area during the catastrophic flooding. Answering the Governor's call to duty were: Master Sergeant Shonda Mashburn, Wells Elementary music teacher; Master Sergeant Leslie Tyson, Schell Elementary music teacher; and Staff Sergeant Brian Robinson Plano West Senior High U.S. government teacher. See photo gallery. If your school completed a service project to help with hurricane relief, please email details and photos to digest@pisd.edu.

Community Input Calendar Survey

Survey open until November 1

With the September 5 board meeting, the board of trustees has begun work on the 2018-19 academic calendar. A Community Input Survey regarding two draft calendars is now available. Please review drafts A and B and provide feedback on your preferred calendar. Please use the comments section of the survey to provide additional input, and take a look at our Calendar FAQ for more information.

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New Teachers Shop at the CORE Store Open House

September 16

New teachers were invited to shop their hearts out at the CORE (Classroom Resources for Education) Store open house. Volunteers helped to help get those tons of supplies to the teachers' cars! See more happy new teachers in this photo gallery. The store opens to all teacher shoppers by appointment in October.

(photo caption: Becky Kozinski, Wilson Middle School teacher, shows her "new teacher" pride.)

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Website Wins Award of Excellence

September 19

We are proud to announce that the Plano ISD website has been awarded the “2017 School Standard of Excellence” award at the Web Marketing Associations' 21st annual International WebAward Competition. This is the premier contest for web developers and marketers, and is open to all organizations and individuals involved in the process of developing web sites for organizations, companies and the government.

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View the list of staff weddings, births and extensions of sympathy to employees who have lost loved ones. Photo gallery.

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The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, at the Plano ISD Administration Building, 2700 W. 15th Street, to hear reports and take action on the following agenda items. The agenda, with links to supporting documents, is posted on BoardBook. The next meeting of the board will be a work session on September 19 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Center board room. The meeting agenda is available on BoardBook.

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND ACTION

Resolution Adopting 2017-18 Tax Rate
2017-2018 District Initiatives
Board Advisory Committee Appointments for 2017-18
Board Advisory Committee Goals for 2017-18

REPORTS

2018-19 Instructional Calendar Drafts
Special Session Legislative Update
Safety and Security Bond Project Update

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