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The 2020 - 2021 Academic Calendar Is Approved
Plano ISD’s school calendar for 2020-21 was approved at the December school board meeting. The calendar features two fewer days for students and teachers, which was done with the Plano ISD Strategic Plan in mind, and aligns more closely with the number of days area districts attend school. The new calendar allows the district to offer a more competitive compensation plan for teachers by reducing the number of teacher workdays. The reduction in days comes with no reduction in salary or change in the length of the teacher workday. It is accomplished by starting instruction five minutes earlier at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels. School hours for high and senior high schools remain unchanged.
Many factors were considered during the calendar development period, which began with a community survey in September. Considerations included: balancing grading periods and semesters; length of school day/instructional minutes; extended planning/professional learning time; exam and testing calendars; survey and stakeholder input; alignment with dual credit/Collin College; and ending the school year before Memorial Day. The 2020-21 calendar features a Wednesday, August 12, 2020 start date and a Thursday, May 27, 2021 end date. Other features include a full week break at Thanksgiving and spring break on March 8-12, 2021.
2020-21 Bell Schedules for all Campuses
- Early Childhood Schools – Beaty, Isaacs, Pearson and Head Start 7:55 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Elementary Schools (grades pk/k-5) – 7:40 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
- Middle Schools (grades 6-8) – 8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- High/Senior High Schools (grades 9-12) – 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
- Academy High School – 9:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Health Sciences Academy and IB World School – 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
- Special Programs
- Elementary (grades K-5) – 7:40 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
- Middle (grades 6-8) – 8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Secondary (grades 9-12) – 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Dec. 19, 2019 - Otto Middle School has been recognized by Solution Tree as a Model Professional Learning Community at work for its sustained success in raising student achievement.
Dec. 15, 2019 - Rice Middle School seventh grade science teacher Rebecca Bottin named Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT).
Inge Dismuke-Stovall, William High School Assistant Principal, Honored with 2019 Community Forum Educator Award
On October 26 at the Plano Community Forum's 38th Anniversary Awards Gala, Inge Dismuke-Stovall, Williams High School assistant principal was honored as the 2019 Community Forum Educator Award recipient.
Restock Your Classroom - Shop the CORE Store
Come shop with the CORE Store for your classroom needs! The Plano ISD Education Foundation and Medical City Plano are excited to offer ALL Plano ISD teachers the opportunity to visit the CORE Store at least once a semester. The CORE Store is where you will find all of your classroom needs – notebook paper, composition books, backpacks, tissues, sanitizer, pencils, etc. You can reserve a spot to visit the CORE Store at 3900 West 15th Street by using our online reservation system. Learn more about the CORE Store.
Teacher Job Fair, April 18
Plano ISD will host a teacher job fair on April 18, 2020 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Candidates must complete an online application to register for the event. All elementary and secondary campuses in the district will be there with staff to speak to those interested in teaching and other professional opportunities. Visit the employment website for more details. Read More.
SKI Plano Is February 8
Have fun and support Plano ISD staff and students! Ticket sales are open, and you are invited to join us at SKI Plano a totally rad, 80’s themed night of fundraising, dancing and fun on Saturday, February 8 at the Plano Marriott Town Center! SKI Plano is sure to be a night to remember. The Plano ISD Education Foundation (PISDEF) is the 501(c) (3) organization with a mission to help all students in the Plano Independent School District achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs.
March 4: SAT Day for 11th Grade
Eleventh grade students will take the SAT exam at their home campuses on March 4. No charge for students. Read More.
Plano ISD/SMU Family Counseling & Conflict Resolution
Plano ISD Partners with SMU to Provide Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services: Now scheduling appointments. Read more.
SCHOOL BOARD UPDATE
December 10: School Board Meeting
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, December 10.
- The Plano Senior High Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Wildcat Battalion, which includes cadets from Plano Senior High, Vines and Clark high schools, was recognized for excellence at the December board meeting. The Wildcat Battalion was honored by the Board for receiving their coveted Honor Unit with Distinction in November. Battalion cadets attended the meeting to greet meeting attendees, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas Flag and speak about their program with the Board of Trustees. All three battalions the Plano Wildcat Battalion, the Plano East Panther Battalion and the Plano West Wolf Battalion maintain the coveted Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD) rating. JROTC Program Accreditation (JPA) inspections are completed every three years. For 2019, both the Wildcat and Panther Battalions maintained their HUD distinction with above 95% on their JPA inspections. The Wolf Battalion will undergo their JPA inspection next school year.
Recognized at the board meeting are members of the Plano Senior High School Wildcat Battalion color guard as well as cadets who greeted were greeters at the event. Pictured in the front row are Cadet Sergeant First Class Emilly Juarez, Vines High School; Cadet Sergeant Brooke Stevens, Vines High School; and Cadet Sergeant First Class Sierra Stevens. In the back row are Cadet Staff Sergeant Hasset Yoseph, Vines High School; Cadet First Lieutenant Miguel Atanacio, Plano Senior High School; Cadet First Lieutenant Julio Castillo, Plano Senior High; Cadet Private Rosemary Castillo, Clark High School; Cadet Command Sergeant Major Cameron Cook, Plano Senior High; Cadet Sergeant Cloe Bradshaw, Vines High School and Cadet Staff Sergeant Lucas Hosack, Vines High School. The Wildcat Battalion is under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Retired Barry Rhoden and First Sergeant Retired Nicolas Hill.
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