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OCTOBER 7, 2016
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Three girls at camp paddling a canoe
Outdoor Learning at Collin County Adventure Camp is Fifth Grade Fun

Camp!! It’s an exciting time for 5th graders. Students begin attending camp in mid-September through early December. See schedule.

At camp, experiments, discoveries and adventure are around every corner, and of course this includes Mother Nature -- beautiful, awesome and sometimes, wet, muddy, and this year brought a sweltering September. But soon autumn will arrive, leaves will fall, and by December, mornings will be frosty. Being prepared, being on time and having supplies are even more important at camp than in a regular classroom. New challenges help students make new friends and present opportunities to shoulder responsibility and foster respect for the environment. Learning is non-stop at camp; most of it is disguised as fun.

Camp video
Watch video. 5:02 video

“Our outdoor school program provides a unique opportunity for students,” explains Brian Thomas, outdoor learning coordinator. “For some it will be their first time to truly experience a walk in the woods or paddling in a canoe on the water. We do things at camp that cannot be duplicated or replicated in the classroom. It is a hands-on interactive learning opportunity. We emphasize teamwork and collaboration to problem solve. The activities the students do at camp help give teachers a foundation of reference when back in the classroom as they bring home a point regarding the knowledge the students gained through their outdoor school experience.”

Students who grow up in an urban area may not have had an opportunity to explore a forest ecosystem up close. It’s difficult to imagine what a forest smells and feels like from a video of a forest. If you have never canoed, it’s difficult to imagine how it might be harder than it looks. Teamwork in a canoe is important -- that is if you want to go anywhere other than around in circles. If you have had students who have already been to camp, then you know what we mean. And if you have attended camp yourself, either as a former student, volunteer or teacher then you have seen what it means to fifth graders.

See photo gallery of September outdoor learners.

Camp is a tuition-based program, the school district has more than 1,000 students every year apply for camp scholarships. Last year the Plano ISD Education Foundation (Foundation) was able to provide scholarships for 281 campers. READ

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Holiday Greeting Card Contest Entry Deadline is October 20
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student artwork stocking feet, fireplace and hot chocolate "Remarkable Memories"Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli and the Plano ISD Education Foundation invite all Plano ISD students to enter the contest by creating original artwork to be considered by our expert panel of judges. The 2016 contest theme is "Joyful Sights. Holiday Lights." The winning entry will be the cover art of the official Plano ISD holiday greeting card. Four finalist prizes will be awarded, one finalist is selected per level -- elementary, middle school, high school and senior high. One winning entry will be selected from the four finalist. Click here for entry form and rules in English and Spanish. See the slide show of 2015 semifinalist and finalist artwork. video

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School Board Approves Legislative Priorities for 85th Legislative Session
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At the October 4, 2016 regular board meeting the Plano ISD Board of Trustees approved the Legislative Priorities for the 85th legislative session that begins on January 10, 2017. In June 2016, a subcommittee of three Board Members was formed to consider legislative priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. The Plano ISD Legislative Priorities are derived from inclusive conversation among Trustees and district administration. Additionally, in-common legislative priorities are considered upon collaboration with peer districts. READ
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School Board Update
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October 4 School Board Meeting
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on October 4, at the Plano ISD Administration Center, 2700 W. 15th Street. The agenda, with links to supporting documents, is posted on BoardBook.

The District of Innovation Report
At the October 4, 2016 school board meeting, the draft Plano ISD Local Innovation Plan (Plan) was presented by the 13 member Local Innovation Committee. The Plan as presented can be viewed here: Plano ISD Local Innovation Plan. In regard to the plan, a public meeting will be held November 7, 2016 at the Plano ISD Administration Building, 2700 West 15th Street in Plano. The school board is scheduled to take action on the Plan on November 15th
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