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DECEMBER 18, 2014
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2014 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest Draws 1,000 Entries from Students District-wide
"Sights, Sounds & Celebrations" was the theme for Plano ISD's 2014 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest, which attracted 1,000 student entries. The winning artwork (pictured) by Sana Suhail, a sophomore at Jasper High School, is featured on the cover of the holiday greeting cards for Plano ISD and ATMOS Energy, the contest's sponsor through the Plano ISD Education Foundation. The district's holiday art contest photo gallery showcases judges' top picks, including finalists in the elementary, middle, high school and senior high school divisions. Finalists were recognized at the December 9 school board meeting. View this year's top artwork and school board recognition photos on the 2014 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest Photo Galleryopens in new window.
Plano ISD Student Performances to Highlight Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. on January 22, 2015
The Plano Independent School District invites the community to a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a celebration of the legacy of the Plano ISD community. The annual event will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in the Williams High School Auditorium, 1717 17th Street in Plano. Pre-program entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. program showcasing student performances and awards for diversity leadership and art. Read more
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Save the Date for Ski Plano: January 31, 2015
Purchase tickets now new window for Ski Plano 2015. This 19th wintry season, the Ski Plano Lodge will once again take over Southfork Ranch in Parker from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The casual and fun Ski Plano event is the annual fundraising gala hosted by the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Watch this Ski Plano promo video video, and read about the programs benefitting Plano ISD students and teachers on the Foundation websitenew window.

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School Board and District Leaders Prepare Priorities for Texas Legislative Session to Launch January 13
The 84th Texas Legislature will convene on January 13, 2015, in Austin. In preparation, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees and district leaders have prepared several legislative priorities for this session. Trustees hosted a breakfast for state legislators this month in Plano to share the district's priorities, which include such topics as opposing vouchers, local control of the school district calendar, early childhood education and several funding issues. Read more on the Advocacy for Plano ISD website.
Superintendent Attributes Added to Search Timeline
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees continues to progress in its search for a new superintendent, working in conjunction with an executive search firm. Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin's retirement is effective January 31, 2015, following a distinguished, 40-year career as a public school educator. Posted this week to the superintendent search timeline is a list of attributes for Plano ISD's new superintendent. These attributes are the result of information collected during public input sessions, focus group meetings and an online survey. Read the list of attributes and follow the superintendent search timeline on the district website.
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