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December 9, 2016
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Erika Manning Teacher of the Year Video

Meet Erika Manning, Plano ISD and Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year

Erika Manning, literacy specialist at Weatherford Elementary School, has been twice honored for the 2016-17 school year, as Elementary Teacher of the Year in Plano ISD and as the Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year. A former kindergarten teacher, Erika welcomes the little ones into her class and watches them grow and bloom. She becomes acquainted with their learning styles, their likes and dislikes, their families and their dreams. "I want students to come to my classroom and know they are safe; know they are loved. The learning will come if they feel that we care about them."

In her own words, "if we can instill a love of learning from the very beginning; if they [students] are passionate about what they want to do and want to become, then their dreams will become a reality."

Please view the video above and experience some of the joy Erika Manning receives as she teaches Plano ISD children. Click here to learn more about Erika and her teaching philosophy. (video 8 minutes)

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Plano East Students Win First Place at National Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
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For Adhya and Shriya Beesam their winning journey began on October 28 with their regional finalist award in the 2016 Siemens Competition; in November they achieved national finalist and on December 6 at the 2016 Siemens Competition awards presentation at George Washington University in Washington, DC, twin sisters Adhya Beesam and Shriya Beesam, juniors at Plano East Senior High School, were awarded the $100,000 grand prize in the team category for their work developing a new approach to diagnose schizophrenia earlier in patients with higher certainty using both brain scans and psychiatric evaluations. Their project is titled: Linked Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System: A Novel Approach to Schizophrenia Diagnosis. READ

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Holiday Card Contest Winning Entry by Yayi Ding, Jasper High School
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Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest Finalists and Winner Honored at December 6 School Board Meeting
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Approximately 1,000 Plano ISD students, from PreK through twelfth grade, entered artwork reflecting this year's theme: Joyful Sights. Holiday Lights. View the top artwork and school board recognition of our Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest in our photo gallery. video This contest was sponsored by the Plano ISD Education Foundation.

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PSHS photo of student project leaders and the 7 "Big Fish"
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Plano Senior High DECA Organizes “Fish Bowl” Event Modeled on the TV show Shark Tank
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On Monday, December 5, there were “Sharks” at Plano Senior High. DECA student project managers, Tanvee Asundi, Vince Buccini, Evan Hara and Mehul Virmani organized this student-lead event (under the supervision of Plano Senior High DECA sponsors Tricia Cannon, Career and Technology Education (CTE) marketing department chair and Samantha Spears marketing education teacher). Area business leaders identified through the Plano ISD Education Foundation were invited to the school to listen, to give advice and make offers to student entrepreneurial groups in a Shark Tank style setting. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavs was one of the "Big Fish" along with: Eric Anderson, Fossil Group; Michael Arnold, Texas Construction Aggregates; Kim Dixon, FedEx Office; Dr. Venu Menon, Texas Instruments, Inc.; Jerry Miranda, Dallas Stars; and Dennis Ziegler,Evergreen Packaging Equipment. READ

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Diversity Advisory Committee Nominations Deadline is December 13
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Diversity Advisory Committee logoPlano ISD’s Diversity Advisory Committee is seeking nominations through December 13 for its 16th Annual Diversity Leadership Awards. Winners will be announced at Plano ISD’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute to be held on Thursday, January 19, 2016, at Williams High School, 1717 17th Street in Plano. Nominations will be solicited from students, staff members and Plano ISD community members. READ

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Academy Programs of Plano Deadline for Applications Is December 16
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Academy Programs of Plano logoDecember 16 is the deadline for Academy Programs of Plano applications from incoming 9th grade students.READ

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Holiday Party Guidelines
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website icon of snowmanEach year as the holidays approach, Plano ISD receives many questions regarding seasonal celebrations. To accommodate these inquiries, the district offers these reminders regarding holiday commemorations. READ
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School Board Update
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December 6 School Board Meeting
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on December 6 at the Plano ISD Administration Building. The complete agenda with links to supporting documents is available on BoardBook
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RECOGNITION:

  • 2016 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest Finalists & Winner

Holiday Card Contest Finalist, Joseph Lee (Otto MS), Katherine McMahan (PESH), Jasper Art Teacher Adriane Anderson accepting for Yayi Ding (not pictured), Allyson Chuah (Stinson Elementary), Kayla Lee (Stinson Elementary)

Pictured (left to right): Finalist - Joseph Lee (Otto Middle School), Finalist - Katherine McMahan (Plano East), Jasper Art Teacher Adriane Anderson accepting for Winner - Yayi Ding (Jasper High), Finalist - Allyson Chuah (Stinson) and Finalist - Kayla Lee (Stinson)

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