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OCTOBER 14, 2016
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Robotics in Plano ISD video

Competitive Robotics Teams Thrive in Plano ISD

At the October 4th board meeting, Amy Bates, director of special projects, presented a report on the current status of the competitive robotics program in Plano ISD. See the district video. video (00:02:26)

We desire to build a robotics and engineering community that connects students with industry professionals and grows our students into disciplined and creative thinkers with the confidence to pursue big challenges!The district participates in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program. FIRST, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.” FIRST is an international program with participants in 80 countries.

The FIRST teams compete on three levels from fourth grade to twelfth grades. READ

Hedgcoxe Elementary students Dot Day artwork
Elementary Students "Make Their Mark" on International Dot Day in September
Plano ISD elementary students celebrated International Dot Day by "making their mark" along with 6,980,156 children in 140 countries. International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, which began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark.” In Plano ISD students have taken this message to heart. See the beautiful student creations above and on the district Facebook. READ
Clark High School Students Create Positive-Message Murals Guided by Visiting Artist, Alex Cook
Time Lapse Video of Clark Students painting mural

Artist Alex Cook, in cooperation with DFW World Affairs Council, visited Clark High School last week and guided students’ creation of two positive-message murals in the school’s front hallway. Clark High School is one of two DFW area school selected to participate. See time lapse video. video

The artist is known for painting walls nationwide with messages of hope and love. READ

National School Lunch Week is October 10-14

Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program. In Plano ISD our Food and Nutritional Services staff celebrate this week by sharing their excitement about the benefits of students consuming fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains and milk.

Cynthia Lee, director of Food and Nutritional Services (FANS), tells us that FANS staff, “serves approximately 23,576 reimbursable lunch meals and 23,686 converted meals (ala carte) for a total of 47,262 lunches per day. “ And then let’s not forget about the breakfasts served at many of our campuses. "18,000 breakfasts a day,” according to Ms. Lee. That’s 65,262 student meals (lunch and/or breakfast) every single school day. “We feed most of the students in the district,” said Ms. Lee. Healthy food keeps kids going strong and doing the important work of learning. READ

School Board Update

October 18 School Board Work Session

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees will meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m. at the Plano ISD Administration Center to discuss the following agenda items. The agenda, with links to supporting documents, is posted on BoardBook.

Items for discussion and action

  • Approval of real estate sales contract
  • FEA (Local) modification request and response
  • Three-year technology plan
  • Discuss process to develop community-based academy committees
  • Clarification to questions relating to the new PreK through 2nd grade and high school academies guiding principals
  • Proposed changes to board operating protocol and/or board policies
  • Upcoming meeting agendas

October 19 Special Called Meeting

The Plano Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet at 6:00 p.m. at Sockwell Center. The Plano City Council and the Plano ISD Board of Trustees will convene in a joint work session to engage in strategic planning through information sharing, discussion and planning between the two governing bodies. No action will be taken. The agenda, with links to supporting documents, is posted on BoardBook.

October 25 Special Called Meeting

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees will hold a Team of Eight professional development meeting on October 25 at the Plano ISD Administration Center. The agenda, with links to supporting documents, is posted on BoardBook.

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October 14 (Friday)
End of First Grading Period Elementary and Secondary Parent Portal
October 17-21
National School Bus Safety Week
October 18 (Tuesday) School Board Work Session, 6:00 p.m.
October 19 (Wednesday) School Board Joint Meeting with Plano City Council, Sockwell
October 21 (Friday) Report Cards, Elementary and Secondary
October 24-28
National Red Ribbon Week
October 25 (Tuesday) School Board Team of Eight Training
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