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Don't miss your chance to apply! Deadline extended to Tuesday, December 1. Email the Foundation Executive Director Jamee Jolly at email@example.com with questions.
Link to nomination packet. Winners will be recognized during the virtual MLK Celebration in January.
November 4 - The foundation announced the late Robbie and Lynore Robinson's $500,000 gift and a fundraising campaign to establish an endowment to continue the Robinson's legacy.
November 30: Special Called Meeting
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in a special called session on Monday, November 30. View meeting agenda.
- Analysis of the 2020 - 2021 District Improvement Plan, Campus Performance Objectives, and Plan of Work
November 17: Work Session
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in a work session on Tuesday, November 17. View meeting agenda.
- 2021 - 2022 School Calendar Drafts
- Course Selection Process and College Planning
- Cybersecurity Updates for Student Take-Home Devices
- 2020 - 2021 Plan of Work: Strategic Plan Pillars 3, 4 and 5
- Advocacy Efforts for the 87th Texas Legislature
- Board Member Liaison Updates
- National School Board Association (NSBA) Advocacy Institute
November 4: Board Meeting
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on Wednesday, November 4. View meeting agenda and meeting video.
- Fine arts board recognitions:
- Kathy Kuddes, director of fine arts Received "For the Love of Art" Leadership Award
- Matthew Grundler, Hendrick Middle School/Plano West art teacher, Named Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) 2020 Outstanding Middle School Educator of the Year
- Lindsey Petropoulos, Rice Middle School speech and debate, Named Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) 2020 Outstanding Middle School Educator of the Year
- Visual Arts Department, Named TAEA 2020 District of Distinction
Lindsey Petropoulos, Rice Middle School; Matthew Grundler, Hendrick Middle School/Plano West; Laura Grundler, visual arts coordinator; Kathy Kuddes, director of fine arts with their certificates of excellence presented by the board of trustees.
- The board honored Trustee Nancy Humphrey for her ATHENA Award received from the Plano Chamber of Commerce Best of Plano
Trustee Nancy Humphrey was presented with a floral arrangement, created by Plano West floral design students, in honor of her ATHENA award.
The Education Foundation was recognized by the board of trustees at the November 4 meeting. Board Vice President Jeri Chambers (right) presented the certificate of excellence to Jennifer Jamieson, Education Foundation immediate past president; Jamee Jolly senior executive director; and Tim McCoy 2020-21 Education Foundation president.
DISCUSSION AND ACTION
- Review of the 2019–2020 Board Advisory Committees and Approval of the 2020–21 Board Advisory Committee Goals for the Diversity Committee and the School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)
- Approval of Changes to Course Offerings for the 2021-22 School Year
- Approval of the 2020-21 District Improvement Plan and Plan of Work - College, Career and Military Readiness (CCMR)
- Fine arts board recognitions:
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COVID-19 Updates for Staff
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Secondary Science Fair Judges Needed
Secondary district science fair judges are needed. If you are able to help or know someone who may be interested, please use this online sign up form. The science fair is scheduled for January 30 with judging from 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and grand prize judging from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All confirmed judges will receive an information packet and zoom link via email prior to the fair. If you have a co-worker or colleague who might be interested in judging, please forward this information. The fair is successful year-after-year thanks to the support of our community.
If you have questions, please contact Secondary Science Coordinator Ashley Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLK Art Contest: Deadline Dec. 3
In conjunction with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration held in January, the district is once again hosting the diversity art contest. This contest is open to all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. This year's theme is "Plano ISD Celebrating Together." For details, please contact your child's art teacher. Deadline for entry is December 3.
PISD Industries Academy Dec. 3 & 10: Information Zoom Meetings
Plano ISD, in partnership with Collin College, is offering a variety of workforce dual credit instruction. This two-year program begins junior year of high school and continues through senior year. Student selection is based on interest and an application process. Once selected, students will attend both their Plano ISD senior high school campus and the Collin College technical campus. More information and Zoom meeting registration links.
- December 3 at 6:30 p.m. and December 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: High School Hybrid Cohort B, Calendar Adjustment
Monday, December 14, has been designated as a day for cohort B students (last names beginning with M-Z) to attend school (for face-to-face) or participate in synchronous learning (for school@home). This day has been switched with Friday, December 18 for cohort B in order to ensure both cohorts participate in synchronous instruction the same number of minutes during the final week of the grading period. Friday, December 18, is an asynchronous learning day for all students and a regular work day for staff.
Free GED and ESL classes for Adults
In collaboration with Plano ISD, Collin Adult Education & Literacy located at 2000 N. Central Expressway, Suite 115, is offering free GED and English as a second language (ESL) classes for eligible adults in the Plano community. Virtual classes are available. The virtual class times are as follows until further notice:
- Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 16: Deadline for Annual Required 15 Trade Hours
2020-21 Professional Learning Trade Hours
The deadline for campus staff to meet the annual requirement for 15 trade hours is April 16, 2021. The district will no longer require campus-based staff to differentiate between personal or campus hours. All qualifying hours will contribute to an employee's 15-hour requirement. Trade hours must be earned outside of the regular workday. Principals have final approval of their staff's trade hours. Teachers seeking professional learning opportunities are encouraged to visit the PISD Professional Learning website and consider weekly offerings from Elementary and Secondary Academic Services. To check your current trade hour earnings, log into PowerSchool Develop and view your transcript (get video instructions). Please direct questions to Michelle Ribeiro or Ivan Cantu.
Opt in to Receive Text Messages from the District
Plano ISD has implementied a text messaging option to provide our community (including employees) with more ways to receive school and district information. Opt in today by texting “Y” to 67587.
If you don’t opt in manually, and the district has a cell phone number for you, you will receive a text message from Plano ISD inviting you to opt in. The message will read:
“Plano Independent School District messages. Reply Y to confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/tm”
You must reply to this text message with “Y” to opt in to continue receiving text messages from the district. For more information, please visit the "Text Opt in" webpage.
Employment opportunities are available for bus drivers, cafeteria workers and more. Apply on line. Your employment related questions may be emailed to email@example.com. Plano ISD is an equal opportunity employer.