To complement this year's theme, Plano ISD is using a mobile app called Aurasma, allowing readers to uncover digital content in printed materials. Through the auras created using this software, the district is giving new meaning to the phrase, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Download the Aurasma app and follow PlanoISDCommunications to reveal "Loud and Clear" messages throughout this school year. Follow these instructions and view our online Aurasma photo album to see the auras created so far.
State District Judge John Dietz issued a final judgment on August 28 declaring the state’s school finance system unconstitutional on several premises. All the school district plaintiff groups succeeded on their claims. Judge Dietz held that the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs had proven that the current school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional statewide property tax and fails to sufficiently fund Texas schools at the level required to provide a constitutionally adequate education.
The Plano ISD Alumni Association will host tailgate parties this fall prior to football games in Plano ISD. Watch this video promo about the first tailgate party to be held on September 26, and mark these dates on your calendar to join the alumni for hot dogs and burgers: September 26: PSHS Wildcats, October 10: Plano East Panthers, and October 17: Plano West Wolves. Flyer
Plano ISD has received further clarification from the Texas Department of Agriculture regarding changes in the statewide standard for school nutrition. The district can confirm that elementary schools will continue to operate under the same guidelines as last year, and there will be some impact for secondary schools. Read more about these changes on this website.
Plano ISD joins with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in recognizing 78 seniors who have been awarded semifinalist standing in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These Plano ISD students are among 16,000 academically talented seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million to be awarded next spring.
The Plano ISD Education Foundation Grants to Educators program helps teachers enhance instruction in their classrooms by providing funding for innovative instructional programs. The 2014 online application is now available on the Foundation's website. Grants are due on Friday, September 26. The Foundation also announces the induction of Harvey Fishero as its board president for the new school year.
Science teachers Dusty Vincer, Plano East Senior High School, and Deanna Shea, Shepton High School, were named Tech Titans of the Future High School Level Finalists by the Metroplex Technology Business Council. They were honored at a recent awards ceremony.
Plano ISD schools kicked off the new year by hosting open houses on several dates. Yet to be held are the following:
The Texas Legislature's passage of House Bill 5 last year resulted in new graduation requirements and a new Community and Student Engagement Accountability System (CSEAS) for rating schools and districts. Plano ISD leaders explained these new programs at a spring meeting of the district's Key Communicators group. Watch the meeting video , and read more about the new requirements and program.
Plano ISD reported its accountability ratings for the district and 71 campuses to the Texas Education Agency on August 8. The ratings are based upon a new Community and Student Engagement Accountability System (CSEAS). Information about the rating system and the 2014 ratings for Plano ISD and each campus can be found on the district's Awards & Ratings web page.
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