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SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
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Eight Plano ISD Music Ensembles Capture National "Mark of Excellence" Awards through the Foundation for Music Education

The Foundation for Music Education announced that eight Plano ISD music groups have been awarded through the foundation's 2015 Mark of Excellence Project. National winners include music groups from Robinson Middle School, Jasper High School, Plano East Senior High School and Plano West Senior High School. Earning commendations are groups from Carpenter and Robinson Middle Schools. "While we are always extremely proud of the recognition our outstanding ensembles receive, the expert commentary and sample recording from all of the national winners makes this event a powerful learning experience for our students and their directors," noted Plano ISD Director of Fine Arts Kathy Kuddes. She said that awards like these are among the many reasons that Plano ISD has been named one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" each year since 1999 when the NAMM Foundation initiated the designation. READ

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Two Plano ISD Students Among 30 National Finalists in Broadcom MASTERS Middle School STEM Competition
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Two Plano ISD students have been selected among only 30 finalists in the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition. Jasper High School students (formerly of Rice Middle School) Natasha Chugh and David Yue will travel next week to Silicon Valley, CA, to present their research projects in challenges demonstrating their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. Broadcom MASTERS is the nation’s most prestigious STEM competition for middle school students. READ
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Plano ISD Educators Honored at TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards Reception
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The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation presented its Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards to 18 area teachers, including three Plano ISD educators, during a September 2 ceremony held at TI’s Dallas headquarters. The awards program honors local secondary math and science teachers who consistently demonstrate quality instruction and build student achievement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. Read more about these award winning teachers and view a reception event photo gallery on our district website. READ
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Plano ISD Education Foundation Director Jennifer Jamieson Honored among Top Women of Collin County
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Jennifer Jamieson (second from right), Plano ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors member, was among honorees recognized at the 2015 Top 10 Women of Collin County reception held on September 10 at Neiman Marcus, Plano. Ms. Jamieson, who is an alumnus of Plano Senior High School and Leadership Plano, also serves on the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center, the Legacy Chapter Board of Directors and is an active member in the PTA. READ
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Schools Celebrate Constitution Day and Freedom Week
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Students in Plano ISD celebrated Constitution Day on September 17 in addition to commemorating Freedom Week and the 201st anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Schools participated in several patriotic lessons and events. Groups, including the Jasper High School Choirs, also kicked-off card writing campaigns for military heroes in anticipation of Veterans Day in November. Enjoy this Constitution Day video video, featuring students from Christie Elementary School, Carpenter Middle School, Clark High School and Plano Senior High School.
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