• 2018 Elementary Summer Programs

    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 2017-18 school year and will be sent home with the students.

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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.

  • 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 2018. The prekindergarten program and the kindergarten program will be held at Dooley Elementary School, Christie Elementary School, Daffron Elementary School, and Jackson 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 2018 may pick up an application in the school office when registering for the 2018-2019 school year.

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

  • Special Education

    Special Education offers the following programs.

    • Camp Tejas for students with special needs grades K-12, 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.
    • Specially Designed Reading Program, 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.

  • 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 four different elementary schools. The locations are:

    Mendenhall Elementary
    1330 19th Street

     

    Barron Elementary
    3300 Avenue P

    Thomas Elementary
    1800 Montana Trail

    Rose Haggar Elementary
    17820 Campbell Road, Dallas

    The dates for all three PAL programs are June 6 through June 28 (Monday-Friday) from 7:45 a.m. until 12:00 noon. 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 the 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 2017-18 school year. For more information contact your student's teacher.

  • Summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Students (SIGS)

    Online Registration is available for the elementary and middle school SIGS and PArts programs. To register online, the parent must go to the 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. 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. Elementary Course Descriptions

    At the middle school program (grades 5-7) the students will participate in In Other Worlds: A Paracosm   A paracosm is a detailed imaginary world created inside one's mind. This fantasy world may involve humans, animals, and things that exist in reality…or it may contain entities that are entirely imaginary, alien, and otherworldly. These worlds commonly have their own geography, history, and language (such as Narnia, Hogwarts, Middle Earth). Using research skills and a study of math, science, the Humanities and multi-media classes, students work collaboratively to create a world whose only boundaries exist in the limits of their imagination.

     The program is located at Schimelpfenig Middle School, 2400 Maumelle Drive; Otto Middle School, 504 North Star Road; and Renner Middle School, 5701 West Parker Road. The dates are June 6 through June 28 from 7:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. (Mon-Fri). 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 11.

    Transportation is provided from the student's home campus. Bus schedules will be sent home with the students the last week of the 2017-18 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
    • An introduction to digital art

    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! Students will also be able to begin their very own digital gallery 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!

  • 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 6 through June 28 (Mon-Fri) from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. 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 2017-18). 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 student must have completed the grade level in the course details below during the 2017-2018 school year. The deadline for registration is May 11. 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 2017-2018 school year.

    Times for the following courses are 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM and 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

    Course: First Grade Prep
    Grade Level: Kindergarten
    Description: 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.

    Course: Junior Science Club
    Grade Level: K-1
    Description: 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.

    Course: A Passport to Art
    Grade Level: K-2
    Description: 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!

    Course: Book Cooks
    Grade Level: K-2
    Description: 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.

    Course: Music
    Grade Level: K-2
    Description: 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.

    Course: Young Authors
    Grade Level: K-2
    Description: 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.

    Course: Building Blocks for Math Success
    Grade Level: K-5
    Description: This course is designed for students who 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.

    Course: Building Blocks for Reading Success
    Grade Level: K-5
    Description: 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.

    Course: "Pep" Belles Cheer and Dance Team
    Grade Level: K-5
    Description: 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.

    Course: STEMtastic Challenges!
    Grade Level: K-5
    Times: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Description: 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!

    Course: Inventor's Club
    Grade Level: 1-2
    Description: 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.

    Course: Drama
    Grade Level: 1-5
    Description: 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.

    Course: Tennis
    Grade Level: 1-5
    Description: 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.)

    Course: Enhancing the Writer Within
    Grade Level: 2-5
    Description: 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.

    Course: Take a Walk on the Wild Side
    Grade Level: 2-5
    Description: 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!

    Course: Technology or Bust!
    Grade Level: 3-5
    Description: 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).

    Course: Art and Sculpture
    Grade Level: 3-5
    Description: 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.


     

    Times for the following courses vary by grade level. Refer to each course listing below for the times your child will attend.

    Course: Logical Thinking
    Grade Level: 3-5 at 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Grade Level: 1-2 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: 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 PowerPoint 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: Math Masters
    Grade Level: 2-3 at 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Grade Level: 4-5 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: 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.

    Course: Move Over Pixar
    Grade Level: 3-5 at 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Grade Level: 1-2 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: Produce your own animated movie!  Make reading fun by making an interactive book.  Learn how PowerPoint can create games.  Students will use computer applications such as Microsoft Paint, Microsoft PowerPoint, and digital cameras in a fun new way.  Our digital natives will use their creativity, reading, and writing skills to learn new computer skills.

    Course: Mystery Madness
    Grade Level: 1-2 at 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Grade Level: 3-5 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: 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."

    Course: Spanish COMO SE DICE?
    Grade Level: 1-2 at 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Grade Level: 3-5 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: Students will learn to use basic vocabulary, phrases and questions pertinent to everyday life with the emphasis on oral skills needed to communicate in Spanish.  Students will have fun exploring the language by making crafts, singing, dancing, playing games and tasting cultural specific foods.

    Course: Sports All Star Camp
    Grade Level: 3-5 at 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Grade Level: K-2 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: 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!

     Course: Space Camp
    Grade Level:
     4-5 at 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Grade Level: 
    2-3 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Description: 
    3…2…1…. We have liftoff into exploring our solar system in Space Camp!  Experience what it was like to bring rocks from Moon back to Earth.  Become a rocket scientist as you build and launch rockets.  Take a closer look with telescopes.  Simulate rover exploration of a planet with robotics.  (This course is offered at PEP1 only.)