• Plano Independent School District ENews

    JANUARY 20, 2020

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  • Board Meeting: January 14, 2020

    Board Meeting: January 14

    The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, January 14. View meeting video.


    • The month of January, 2020 has been designated as School Board Appreciation Month by Governor Greg Abbott. "As Plano ISD school board members, you shoulder critical responsibilities, you focus on the future success of Plano ISD students, and you make difficult choices for our district. You help to ensure that our students are inspired and empowered to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow," said Superintendent of Schools Sara Bonser. Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from the ag mechanics, culinary arts and floral design classes prepared gifts for the board. 

    collage of board members and students with gifts

    (Top photo) Trustee Nancy Humphrey, Trustee Dr. Heather Wang, Board Secretary Jeri Chambers, Plano West Senior High CTE floral design students Savannah Guedry and Farah Mobarak; Plano East Senior High CTE culinary arts students Lana Vu and Danny Dang; Trustee Cody Weaver; Board Vice President Angela Powell and Board President Tammy Richards. (Bottom photos) Gifts created by CTE students: floral arrangements of succulents created by the Plano West floral design class; Dr. Wang shows off the cups engraved by the Plano Senior High ag mechanics students; and truffles prepared by the Plano East culinary arts class.

    • Plano Mayor Pro Tem Rick Smith presented a Certificate of Commendation from the City in honor of Board Appreciation month. "Your work ensures our students will have a bright future in Plano and throughout the nation."

    Plano Mayor Pro Tem and Board VP with Certificate

    Plano Mayor Pro Tem Rick Smith and Plano ISD Board Vice President Angela Powell.



  • Elementary and Middle School District Spelling Bees

    Campus spelling bee winners will compete in the district spelling bees. Plano ISD conducts two qualifying events for the county bee: one for elementary and one for middle school. A total of six Plano ISD students will qualify via these district bees for competition at the county bee: three elementary winners and three middle school winners.

    Plano ISD Elementary District Bee (Grades 4-5)

    The Plano ISD elementary district spelling bee will take place on Thursday, January 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Plano ISD Administrative Center located at 2700 W. 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075. Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend. The district bee determines which spellers will continue to the Collin County Spelling Bee.

    Plano ISD Middle School District Bee (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

    The Plano ISD middle school district spelling bee will take place on Friday, January 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Plano ISD Administrative Center located at 2700 W. 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075. Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend. The district bee determines which spellers will continue to the Collin County Spelling Bee.

    More Information About the Bees

    The 2019-2020 Collin County Spelling Bee will be February 12 at the Independence High School Auditorium, 10555 Independence Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75035. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the county bee will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

    The top four county bee winners will advance to the Dallas Regional Bee on March 7.

    Contestants are encouraged to continue studying the words listed in the classroom guides. 

    • Know the 450 study words on the 2020 School Spelling Bee Study List
    • Study the words and do the activities in Spell It!
    • Expand spelling skill set by playing fun word games at Merriam-Webster's Word Central.

    In the final rounds of the district bees, words will be included that may or may not be in the study guides. The final source for the spelling bee is Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and its addenda copyright 2002.

    If you have questions regarding the district bees, please contact Plano ISD Spelling Bee Coordinator, Roxanne Burchfiel at Roxanne.burchfiel@pisd.edu, 469-752-8921.

  • Secondary Science Fair Judges Needed

    Plano ISD is requesting help with judging the Plano ISD Secondary District Science Fair. If you are able to help, please complete the online sign up form.  

    February 6, 2020, 7:45 AM to 1:30 PM
    Plano Event Center
    2000 E Spring Creek Parkway, Plano 75074

    Science fair participant & jundges

  • January 21: Parent SEL Series: Social Awareness

    Parent SEL Series

    We hope you are able to join us for this series to obtain strategies parents can implement at home and to learn more about social emotional learning (SEL) competencies and skills in Plano ISD. Read More.

    Social Awareness: on January 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Carlisle Elementary, 6525 Old Orchard Dr., Plano

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  • January 23: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Program

    Plano ISD invites our community to the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute event "Plano ISD Proud" honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 23 at Williams High School. Read More.

    student art work, crowd of diverse people with flags

  • January 27 - 31: Holocaust Remembrance Week

    Holocaust Remembrance Week January 27-31

    The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 1828 during the 86th legislative session, requiring all public schools to observe Holocaust Remembrance Week yearly, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. Holocaust Remembrance Week’s intent is to create age appropriate educational opportunities for students. Read More.

  • January 29: Attendance Matters - "I'm Present"

    January 29 - Attendance Matters - "I'm Present"

    Learn about truancy laws and receive parenting tips on January 29 at Beaty Early Childhood School, 1717 Neveda, Plano, 75093. Read more.

  • February 8: SKI Plano Tables and Ticket on Sale Now

    February 8 - Is SKI Plano, Table and Ticket Sales Are Now Open

    Make your reservations now to join us for 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. Tickets are on sale now

  • March 4: SAT Day for all Eleventh Grade Students

    March 4, 2020 - SAT Day for all Eleventh Grade Students

    Eleventh grade students will take the SAT exam at their home campuses on March 4. No charge for students. Read More.

  • April 18: Teacher Job Fair

    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.

  • Stadium Bag Policy

    Beginning September 13, 2019, to promote the safety and security of Plano ISD students, staff, families and visitors, the district modified its stadium bag policy by limiting the size and type of bags that spectators are allowed to bring into Plano ISD Stadiums. See the frequently asked questions on the athletics website for more information. Stadium locations include:

    • Clark Stadium & Fields Complex
    • Kimbrough Stadium
    • Williams Stadium

    12" clear tote, plastic storage bag 1 gallon, small clutch purse 5"x7"

  • 2020 Census Information

    2020 Census Information

    Census 2020: Plano ISD wants to help our community and families understand how the U.S. Census helps our schools and neighborhoods. The goal for the Census is to get a complete count of everyone—once and in the right place. Read More.

  • Plano ISD/SMU Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services

    Plano ISD/SMU Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services

    Plano ISD Partners with SMU to Provide Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services: Now scheduling appointments. Read more.

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  • College and Career Week 2020

    Plano ISD students and staff celebrated College and Career Week January 13-17. During this annual celebration, students dressed in career wear, wore neon to celebrate bright futures, wore their pajamas to school with crazy hair and crazy socks. They wore college T-shirts and their counselors made posters and decorated doors getting the word out in creative ways. But the most important activity amid all the fun was the conversations students have with adults about their own college and career choices. Some lucky fifth graders were even able to speak with college students who came back to their elementary schools to share their college experiences. All of these activities are aimed to start the college conversation, to start exploring options now and to get ready for the future. Because the future is closer than you think.