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Plano ISD Staff Newsletter Volume 44, Number 5 December 8, 2016

Plano Principals’ Association Proudly Announces 2016 Scholarship Awards

The Plano Principals’ Association (PPA) supports professional growth within Plano ISD by awarding scholarships of $1,500 each to three aspiring administrators and to three paraprofessionals who are seeking college hours. The PPA thanks Jeanne Beall Schell Elementary, Kevin Lyons Plano West Senior High, Ryan Steele Christie Elementary and Cheri Izbicki Pearson Early Childhood School for their role in awarding these important scholarships. read

Photo of Aspiring Administrator Scholarship recepients with principals

ASPIRING ADMINISTRATORS SCHOLARSHIP RECEPIENTS pictured above (from left to right with school principals): Dr. Cheri Izbicki, representing PPA; Alex Casado: Dr. Saul Laredo; Keith Laflower (with fiancée, Jessica Price); Billie-Jean Lee; Molly Pond and Karen Noble.

Photo of Paraprofessional Scholarship recepients with principals

PARAPROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECEPIENTS pictured above (from left to right with school principals): Dr. Cheri Izbicki, representing PPA, Jeannette Toledo, Kamili Carthledge, Olivia Norkiewicz, Dianna Cadena and Toni Strickland.

Blind and Visually Impaired Students visit University of North Texas Fish Bowl Graphic

Blind and visually impaired students visit University of North Texas

In October, a group of blind and visually impaired students from Plano ISD, along with a staff of selected certified teachers and certified orientation and mobility specialists, traveled to Denton to visit the office of disability accommodation at the University of North Texas (UNT) to help students learn what to expect, what they need to ask for in preparation for attending any college and a tour of the campus.

Students grades 10 - 12 were chosen based on their anticipated desire to attend a college after graduation. read

DECA at PSHS organizes Shark Tank event - called “Fish Bowl”

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 DECA sponsors Tricia Cannon, CTE marketing department chair and Samantha Spears marketing education teacher). Area business leaders and business partners 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. WFAA Channel 8 captured the story. read

Around the district

Diversity Leadership Award Nominations
The Diversity Advisory Committee proudly announces its Sixteenth Annual Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Awards. The deadline for entry is December 13, 2016. Keep reading for information on how to make nominations for this prestigious award. Nominations are solicited from students, staff members and Plano ISD community members.

photo of girl at blackboard writing Martin Luther King Jr.
The 2017 tribute event honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Thursday, January 19, at the Williams High School auditorium. The annual celebration will showcase student talent and awards for artwork and diversity leadership in our schools and community. Pre-program entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. program. We look forward to sharing this event with our community.
At the November 15 board meeting, Dr. Jim Wussow, assistant superintendent for academic services, presented the Local Innovation Plan as developed by the Local Innovation Committee. The board approved the plan as presented. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli drafted a letter dated November 28 to the Texas Education Association requesting approval to proceed with the Plan’s implementation. read

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Dec 16 Last Day for Students
End of 2nd Grading Period
Elementary Report Cards
Elementary Early Release
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Dec 19 Winter Break Begins
Jan 2 Student Holiday
Teacher Work Day/ Professional Development
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Label: Employee Spotlight
Kristin Bishop, Davis Elementary principal receives T.A.P.E.D. outstanding principal award for 2016

Kristin Bishop, principal Davis Elementary with T.A.P.E.D. Award

Davis Elementary Principal, Kristin Bishop was honored by the Texas Association of Parents and Educators for the Deaf (T.A.P.E.D) as Outstanding Principal of the Year.

This state award is given to professionals in the field of deaf education who strive to go above and beyond their duties and responsibilities to insure that children with hearing impairments are given every opportunity possible to succeed. Kristin was nominated for the award by Tina Vaguine, the team leader for deaf education services at Davis Elementary. (Pictured above is Tina Vaguine (left) and Kristin Bishop).

Statewide Conference Seal

The 2016 Statewide conference theme was Igniting the Flame Within: The Pursuit of Student Success - students want to achieve greatness, and it’s our job as educators to help them find the spark that will grow to greatness. After learning of Kristin's award, we took this opportunity to ask her a few questions.

What is your favorite part of your job as it relates to deaf education?

I love seeing the growth that the students make. Some may come to us in kindergarten with the language skills of a two-year-old, but they are flying by the time they get to middle school!


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