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Plano Independent School District
Plano Schools Celebrate National Day of Service
and Remembrance
The Plano ISD Council of PTAs celebrated the centennial of Texas
PTA with a gift to Plano ISD’s historic classroom located at the Cox
Building on Avenue H in downtown Plano. A historic PTA scrapbook
is now showcased in the classroom, which is toured by fourth grade
students each year.
Plano ISD Council of PTAs President Cara Mendelsohn joined
fellow Council officers and past-presidents at the November, 2009
school board meeting where trustees recognized the PTA gift. Karla
Oliver, executive director for government and community relations, noted
that the PTA’s historic scrapbook is a “special treasure overflowing with
notes, letters and memorabilia that focuses on a period of the district
from 1951 through 1958. In addition, there is a separate PTA program
from 1932-1933 that lists board members with familiar last names such
ILLUM INATING LEARNERS
as Mathews, Harrington, Haggard, Haynes and Schell.”
I L L U M I N A T I N G
2010
L E A R N E R S
Annual Report
Table of Contents
Dear
Friends
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Mission and Goals
2
Vision Statement
3
Quick Facts
4
Class of 2010 College Readiness Indicators
6
National Merit
Semifinalists
The Plano Independent School District is happy to present this
7
Financial Focus
results of a twelve-month journey filled with gains in educational
8
Bond Program Update
college readiness, the results of state assessments, state honor
10
School & Community Relationships
12
Education Foundation
ratings. And we list our facility and technology bond projects that are
16
Student Achievements
These bond projects are revitalizing neighborhoods across the school
20
Professional Pride
22
Faculty & Staff Honors
24
2010-11 District
Initiatives
Mission Statement
The mission of the Plano Independent School District is to provide
an excellent education for all students.
District Goals
Plano ISD has two major ongoing district goals:
•Ensure continued improvement in student learning
•Ensure efficient use of financial resources/budgeting
2009-10 Annual Report “Illuminating Learners,” which reflects the
achievement. You will read about the Class of 2010 and our graduates’
roll schools and numerous student achievements across academic
disciplines and in extra-curricular programs.
We also proudly report our school district’s superior financial
being fulfilled on time and within budget as promised to our taxpayers.
district, as existing campuses are being renovated to bring them up to
today’s technical and aesthetic standards.
Superintendent
AND Cabinet
Dr. Douglas Otto
Superintendent of Schools
Danny Modisette
Deputy Superintendent
School Board
This report includes highlights of the many vital programs provided
by the Plano ISD Education Foundation and other community partners
whose tireless efforts on behalf of our students and staff enhance and
support education in Plano schools.
Richard Matkin
Associate Superintendent
for Business Services
We are pleased to feature the professional benefits of working
in Plano schools, while we shine a spotlight on several achievements
of our faculty and staff, educators who
have dedicated their lives to the success of
our students.
Jim Hirsch
Associate Superintendent
for Academic and
Technology Services
We conclude the report with a look
ahead at our 2010-11 district initiatives, which
support two overarching goals: ensuring
continued improvement in student learning
and ensuring the efficient use of financial
Dr. Doug Otto
Superintendent of Schools
Karla Oliver
Executive Director
for Government and
Community Relations
resources.
On behalf of the Plano ISD Board of
Trustees, administration, faculty and staff, I
invite you to celebrate the successes of our
district and to share these success stories
Denise Gillespie
Executive Assistant to
the Superintendent
and Board of Trustees
with your friends and colleagues. Thank you
for your continued support of Plano schools.
Sincerely,
“Illuminating Learners” Annual Report
Published December, 2010, by the Plano ISD
Communications Department
For a summary of this publication in Spanish, visit our
website at www.pisd.edu or call (469) 752-8150.
Doug Otto
Superintendent of Schools
Area Assistant Superintendents:
Roxanne Burleson
Central Cluster Schools
Mike Collinsworth
East Cluster Schools
Patty Meyer
West Cluster Schools
2010-11 Board of Trustees (back row) Lloyd “Skip” Jenkins, president;
Carrolyn Moebius; Tammy Richards; Brad Shanklin, vice-president;
(front row) Nancy Humphrey, Marilyn Hinton and Missy Bender, secretary.
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STRATEGIC GOALS
COMMUNITY
SCHOOLS
Student Learning
Plano is a multicultural community located 20 miles
Number of Schools
We will provide an innovative curriculum with instructional programs
Participating in Plano ISD
and services that develop each student’s potential to graduate
prepared for post secondary experiences and the challenges of a
schools empowers students
global society.
to be able to adapt to new
Community Connectedness
north of Dallas in a high-technology corridor and is home
Grade Level
Enterprise Services, Bank of America Home Loans, Frito-
Elementary (PreK-5)
26,783
Lay, Dell Services and Alcatel-Lucent.
Middle (6-8)
12,630
Population 2009*
High (9-10)
8,368
Senior High (11-12)
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273,000
responsibility, understanding, involvement and support of education to
Higher Education
throughout their lives,
ensure student success.
Collin College, SMU in Plano, University of North Texas,
collaborate with, and
Capacity Development
University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University,
learning opportunities
contribute to, the global
community and to be creative
and disciplined in their thinking.
We will provide professional development for all employees to
We will analyze and use relevant data to improve student achievement
and district operations.
Income*
maximize student learning.
We will work to acquire and manage appropriate resources to
maximize student learning.
All programs, support services and facilities will be continually
evaluated to promote successful student learning.
Data-Informed Decision-Making
Guiding Principles
• We will model and encourage cooperation and teamwork.
• We will encourage and be responsive to high community
expectations consistent with our mission.
• We will strive to ensure a safe, nurturing and orderly environment
Mean Household Income 18.6%
33.2%
6.0%
19.7%
14.9%
3.4%
4.1%
$101,381
(2009 inflation adjusted dollars)
Top Employment Industries 2009*
Professional, scientific, management,
administrative & waste management services
18.6%
Educational services, health care
& social assistance
16.9%
leadership by all.
Finance, insurance, real estate,
rental & leasing
13.0%
• We will focus on academic and life-long learning skills.
Retail trade
11.9%
conducive to learning.
Plano ISD former Teachers
of the Year helped lead
7,000 employees in a
flash mob dance to the
tune I Gotta Feeling
at the 2010 Employee
Convocation. Pictured
are Aldridge Elementary
School Principal
Marilyn Carruthers and
Literacy Specialist Beth
Hubbard with Hedgcoxe
Elementary School Music
Specialist Linda Arbolino.
Total Enrollment
University of Dallas
Educational Attainment of
Citizenry 2009* (25 years and older)
Graduate or professional degree
Bachelor’s degree
Associate’s degree
Some college, no degree
High school graduate (includes equivalency)
9th to 12th grade, no diploma
Less than 9th grade
continually develop their professional and interpersonal skills to
# of students (October, 2010)
to corporate giants like JCPenney Company, Inc., HP
We will proactively inform and engage our community to promote social
• We will encourage, develop and support bold, responsible
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Quick Facts
PLANO SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY
Manufacturing
9.4%
Arts, entertainment, recreation,
accommodation & food services
8.7%
Information
5.0%
Construction
4.3%
Staff
Teachers 4,015
Librarians 70
Education Aides 625
Non-Instructional Campus Paraprofessionals 339
Interpreters 11
School Principals 71
Assistant Principals 88
Counselors 156
School Nurses 73
Educational Diagnosticians, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists & Social Workers
149
Superintendent, Deputy, Associate & Assistants
7
Non-Campus Professionals & Paraprofessionals 443
Auxiliary 787
Total Number of Employees
6,834
To celebrate Earth Day, 2010, all 640 Mitchell Elementary School
students were able to pick out and take home a two-gallon tree
donated by TXU Energy and
the Texas Trees Foundation.
Pictured are Mitchell 5th
grader Jared Friedman
and his mother,
Terry Friedman.
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Other services,
except public administration
4.6%
Wholesale trade
3.4%
Transportation, warehousing & utilities
2.3%
Public administration
1.0%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting & mining
0.8%
*Source: Information adapted from U.S. Census Bureau 2009
7,574
55,355
ILLUM INATING LEARNERS
Statement
VISION
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
CLASS OF 2010
INDICATORS
“In addition to exceptional college entrance exam scores, a significant
number of Plano ISD students are challenging themselves by taking
Plano ISD students’ scores on
college entrance exams far
exceeded state and national
averages in 2010. The
Advanced Placement courses and participating in the International
Baccalaureate program and Collin College concurrent enrollment,”
noted Paul Weaver, director of counseling and guidance.
“These statistics indicate a strong dedication of our teachers and
counselors to work diligently to get more students enrolled and involved
in honors and advanced courses,” said Mr. Weaver.
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incomparable performance
of Plano ISD students on these
exams gives them a competitive
edge for college admission
and college success.
SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT) RESULTS
2,337 Plano ISD students took the SAT in 2010 as compared to
2,119 students in 2009.
Plano ISD students’ average scores far exceeded those of
students across the state and nation on all three tests, including critical
reading, math and writing.
The SAT critical reading score of 556 compares to 481 at the state
level and 498 for the nation’s students. The SAT math average score was
595 for Plano ISD students and 504 and 511, respectively, for students in
Texas and the nation. SAT writing average scores were 545 for Plano ISD
students and 469 and 488 across the state and nation, respectively.
AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT) RESULTS
1,643 Plano ISD students took the ACT exam in 2009-10 as compared
to 1,446 last year. The composite score of 25.7 earned by Plano ISD
students far exceeded that of students across the state (20.8) and
nation (21).
The ACT English score of Plano ISD students held steady at
ENROLLMENT & SCORES
With 2,905 students taking Advanced Placement (AP)
tests for college credit, Plano ISD’s AP program is one
of the largest in the nation.
The number of Plano ISD senior high school students who took
AP exams increased to 7,842 students as compared to 7,513 in 2009.
80% of AP test scores at the senior high schools were 3 or higher. This
reflects the same percentage as in 2009.
AP test-takers at the high school level (grades 9-10) increased
significantly from 1,109 in 2009 to 1,826 in 2010, while the number
of tests taken increased from 1,192 to 2,156 for the same years,
respectively. Also at the high school level, 72% of students scored a
3 or higher on AP tests as compared to 64% of students in 2009. In
alignment with district goals, Plano ISD has opened the door for many
more students to take AP and honors courses. For many of these
students, 2010 was the first time to take an AP test.
Middle School AP Spanish test takers numbered 153 in 2010 as
opposed to 142 in 2009.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM
The International Baccalaureate Program is a rigorous course of study
designed to meet the needs of highly motivated secondary students and
to promote international understanding. Many students earning the IB
Diploma are awarded advanced college credit at prestigious universities
around the world.
Since 1995, Plano ISD students have entered the International
Honors Program at either Clark High School or Williams High School
in the ninth grade followed by the two-year IB Program at Plano East
Senior High.
In 2010, Plano ISD boasted 97 full diploma candidates through its
International Baccalaureate (IB) program. This reflects an increase from
68 students in 2009.
60 IB diplomas were awarded in 2010 as compared to 44 in 2009.
Plano ISD students took 642 IB exams in 2010 compared to 623 in
2009, passing 486 exams as compared to 362 the prior year.
25.1 compared to last year. Scores of students across Texas
and the nation on the English exam were 19.7 and 20.5,
DUAL ENROLLMENT
respectively.
Since fall, 2005, Plano ISD has offered a dual enrollment program
through Collin College. The number of students enrolled
has grown from 27 to 603. This is a strong
indication of the success of the program and our
students’ post-secondary readiness. Students
earned college credit through Collin College in
the following courses: U.S. History, Government,
Economics and English IV.
Plano ISD students scored an average
26.9 on the math exam, a jump from the 26.3
average in 2009. Statewide and nationally, students’
average scores on the same exam were 21.4 and 21,
respectively.
The science reasoning average score
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Graduates in the Class of 2010, representing all three
Plano ISD senior high schools, earned scholarships
totaling $34,600,815 to further their studies at
institutions of higher education.
of Plano ISD students increased from 24.5
nationally, students averaged 20.9 on the
science reasoning exam.
Plano ISD students and 20.8 and 21.3,
respectively, for students in Texas and
the nation.
Shannon Spangler and Zen Ren spoke
together at the Plano East graduation event.
Leah Weintrub was among the student
speakers at the Plano Senior High School
graduation ceremony.
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in 2009 to 25.1 in 2010. Statewide and
Reading scores averaged 25.4 for
Plano West graduates Kelsey Acosta and
Shanon Adams
ILLUM INATING LEARNERS
College
Readiness
I L L U M I N A T I O N
Among the first graduates who participated in
Plano ISD’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual
Determination) program were Diana Tirado,
Bruna Tavares and Walter Neto of Plano
West Senior High School. They are pictured
at an AVID graduation reception. “All the
experiences I’ve had in the AVID program
throughout my years have led me to find
my full potential and exceed in both life and
education,” said Walter.
2010 – 2011 BUDGETARY FOCUS
BUDGET BY FUNCTION
SEMIFINALISTS
Plano East
Senior High School
Ninety seniors achieved
Semifinalist standing in the
2010 National Merit Scholarship
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Program based on their
performance on the Preliminary
Scholastic Aptitude Test. These
academically gifted students
are among 16,000 of their peers
nationwide who represent less
than one percent of high school
seniors. Those who advanced to
Finalist standing competed for
National Merit Scholarships worth
more than $36 million.
Andrew R. Austin
Amber S. Bhargava
Jeremy T. Chang
Borithi R. Chean
Albert Chen
Jared M. Christen
Beverly M. Finneburgh
Eun S. Kang
Natalie R. Lazarescou
Brendon B. Lu
Marissa Miller
Nageen K. Mir
Nilay Y. Modi
Hari S. Raman
Tianhe Ren
Suhith G. Shivani
Yuan Tao
Richa Thakur
Carmen R. Tinker
Alex C. Wang
McIntyre L. Watts
Matthew G. Wheatley
Shruti R. Zaveri
Plano Senior
High School
Prateek Bhattacharya
Katherine E. Borner
Julie C. Chang
Elizabeth L. Chen
Jane Chen
Zi-on Cheung
Stephen T. Cook
Ryan M. Dewey
Neil M. Dsouza
Jennifer W. Gao
Vineet Gopal
Kushal Gulati
Huashu Huang
Benjamin Hwu
David Jiang
Sravanthi Kadali
Ryan A. Kiel
Pictured are 2010
Valedictorians Ian Chan (top
left), Plano East Senior High
School; Julia Chang, Plano
Senior High School; and Kenny
Lee, Plano West Senior High
School. Salutatorians were
Carmen Tinker, Plano East;
Huashu Huang, Plano; and
Michelle Ann Kurkowski, Plano
West.
Isabella Y. Kuo
Xingchen Li Tony X. Lian
Huiwen Liu Douglas G. Schadt
Parth J. Vyasa
Maura K. Wade
Jason B. Wan
Cindy S. Wang
Leah A. Weintrub
Brian J. Widder
Albert K. Xiao
Olyver K. Yau
Xinyue Ye
Celina C. You
Alicia J. Young
Haoshu Yuwen
Janice R. Zhang
Plano West
Senior High School
Vaibhav Agarwala
Davis H. Ballew
William L. Butcher
Andrea M. Chang
Jamison J. Chang
Kevin Chiou
U Hyuk Choi
Carrie D. Dempster
Daniel E. Gonzalez
Isaac A. Hellemn
Justin P. Howard
Winston D. Hurst
Dmitri V. Ilushin
Rebecca John
Elliott J. Joo
Quinn Marie Leary
Kenny A. Lee
Elisa B. Lin
Louis Lu
Corie B. Miller
Sylvianne T. Nguyen
Joshua H. Ou
Tina Ou
Grace J. Park
Megan E. Poorman
Philip M. Rosen
Jennifer E. Sheppard
Visakha Suresh
Tiffany L. Wang
Michael S. Wei
Grace Wey
Megan C. Yu
Financial
FOCUS
SUPERIOR FINANCIAL RESULTS
• Annually, Plano ISD undergoes careful financial scrutiny from an
independent auditing firm Weaver & Tidwell, LLP. The company INSTRUCTION
70.33%
DISTRICT OPERATIONS
14.94%
INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT 12.54%
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
2.19%
delivered “an unqualified opinion” of Plano ISD’s financial services and records for 2009-2010.
BUDGET BY FUNCTION
BUDGET BY OBJECT
• For 27 consecutive years, Plano ISD has earned a “Certificate of
Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the
Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada.
• Plano ISD has earned, for seven consecutive years, the highest rating
of “Superior Achievement” through the Texas Education Agency’s
Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) program.
• The Local Government Assistance and Economic Development
Comptroller of Public Accounts presented Plano ISD with a
INSTRUCTION
“Leadership Circle Award” gold seal, a mark of success
indicating
implementation of financial transparency.
70.33%
DISTRICT OPERATIONS
14.94%
INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT 12.54%
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
2.19%
2010-2011 FINANCIAL DATA
SALARY & BENEFITS
CONTRACTED SERVICES/
UTILITIES
SUPPLIES & MATERIALS
OTHER OPERATING
CAPITAL OUTLAY
84.82%
10.44%
3.62%
1.05%
0.07%
Assessed Values
Residential
$23,687,339,686
64%
$8,714,666,802
23%
$886,318,304
2%
$2,966,024,473
8%
Exempt
$1,289,038,107
3%
TOTAL
$37,543,387,372
Industrial
Rural
Personal
Operating Fund
Revenue:
Local Funds
$360,170,612
78%
State Funds
$101,306,384
22%
$1,472,470
Less than 1%
Federal Funds
Operating Fund Appropriations
Salary & Benefits
$347,327,950
83%
Other Expenses
$72,934,085
17%
Flow-Thru Costs
Recapture Payments
$32,563,702
TIF Flow-Thru
$4,900,000
Cost Per Pupil
$7,597*
2010 – 2011 AREA TAX RATES
Wylie Allen McKinney Rockwall Lewisville Coppell
Mesquite Frisco Plano Carrollton/FB Richardson Garland $1.6400
$1.5400
$1.5280
$1.4700
$1.4267
$1.4242
$1.4200
$1.3900
$1.3534
$1.3469
$1.3400
$1.2533
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National Merit
2010
*Per $100 of assessed home value
PLANO ISD TAX
RATE HISTORY
YEAR 2005-2006
2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011
*TOTAL TAX RATE
$1.7334
$1.5784
$1.2684
$1.3034
$1.3284
$1.3534
*Per $100 of assessed home value
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*Based on projected enrollment of 55,322
Dooley Elementary School held its first Kids’
Inquiry Conference to increase students’ critical
thinking and personalize education through
student academic data collection and instruction.
PROMISEDFULFILLED
Bond Program
2008
I L L U M I N A T I O N
Schedules for most of the
bond projects are contingent
upon bond sales.
Construction planning is
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continuing; however, the
interest rate and timing
of improvements in the
Each year that the award has been given
(19 years), Plano ISD has received a “What
Parents Want” award from SchoolMatch® of
Columbus, Ohio, the nation’s largest school
selection firm. Only 16 percent of the nation’s
public school districts have been so recognized
for meeting the needs of families choosing
schools through the consulting company.
Capital Improvements – Instruction $10,497,000
Career Education In progress
Physical Education Lockers Ongoing
Fine Arts Equipment Ongoing
Science Labs Ongoing
Library In progress
Department Requests $15,343,500
Safety and Security Ongoing
Food and Nutritional Services Ongoing
Transportation Ongoing
Additional Capital Projects $9,860,000
Bird Education Center Parking Project Planning for summer
2011 construction
Energy Efficient Lighting 48 sites completed
(as planned)
Water Conservation Irrigation Upgrades Ongoing
Athletic Capital Improvements Ongoing
District-wide Capital Projects Ongoing
Systems and Compliance
market will determine actual
(Capital Improvements – 47 Sites) bond expenditures.
security systems, roofs, flooring, HVAC, energy
management, fire alarms, fire lane parking PROMISED FULFILLED
Pre-funded Projects
$27,850,000
Schell Elementary School Construction completed summer 2007
Employee Child Care Center
Building purchased and opened fall 2008
Land Acquisitions
Capital Improvements – Instructional Sara Isaacs Early Childhood School
Barron Conversion
New Elementary School
Douglas W. Otto Middle School
McMillen High School
$140,855,112
Construction completed fall 2009
Construction completed fall 2009
Planning and construction TBD
Construction completed summer 2010
Construction to complete summer 2011
Renovations (Elementary Schools)
Bethany
Brinker
Daffron
Hedgcoxe
Jackson
Memorial
Mendenhall
Mitchell
Rasor
Weatherford
$121,166,629
Planning to start in third phase
Planning to start in fourth phase
Planning to start in fourth phase
Planning to start in fourth phase
Construction to complete fall 2011
Planning underway, construction to complete fall 2012
Construction to complete fall 2011
Planning to start in third phase
Planning to start in third phase
Planning underway, construction to complete fall 2012
Additions/Modifications
Plano East Senior High School Science/Kitchen & Dining
Vines High School Fine Arts & Science Addition
Plano West Senior High School Kitchen & Dining
$36,154,394
District-wide facility upgrades/replacements for
$62,182,369
Construction completed fall 2010
Construction completed fall 2010
Planning to begin following enrollment evaluation
Haggard Middle School Fine Arts Addition
Planning underway, construction to complete fall 2011
Plano Senior High School Fine Arts Addition Construction to complete fall 2011
Forman Elementary School Addition – Classrooms Construction completed fall 2010
Guinn Center Addition – Classrooms/Kitchen/Serving Line Construction completed fall 2010
Dr. Doug Otto, superintendent of schools, was the
guest of honor at the dedication of Otto Middle School.
The school opened with 835 students in August, 2010.
The school was constructed with funds from the 2008
bond program.
Ongoing
Curriculum and Technology
(Capital Improvements – District-wide) $66,090,996
Replacement Program:
Classroom Technology Initiatives Ongoing
Digital Visual Presenters (K-12) In progress
PC operating and productivity systems upgrade (K-12) Ongoing
Digital Cameras (K-12) Completed
Web-based enterprise applications Ongoing
Curriculum Specific:
Art (K-5) Completed
Career and Technology Education (6-12) In progress
Elementary (K-5) In progress
Foreign Language (6-12) Completed
Health and Physical Education (K-12) Ongoing
Learning Media Services (K-12) In progress
Mathematics (6-12) Completed
Science (6-12) In progress
Special Education (K-12) Ongoing
Speech (9-12) In progress
Theatre Arts (6-12) In progress
Central/Auxiliary Services Initiatives:
(Below) Plano ISD Employee Child Care Center Director
Stacie Kaeuper and a child are pictured at the existing
center located at Spring Creek Pkwy. and Coit Road.
With the construction of the new Mendenhall Elementary
School, the newest wing of the existing facility will be
saved to house an additional employee child care center in
the east side of the district.
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Communications Completed
Food and Nutritional Services In progress
Technology – upgrade wireless infrastructure Completed
Transportation In progress
Total Bond Program (Above) An architect’s rendering of the new Mendenhall
Elementary School front entrance shows how the campus
will look when completed in fall 2011.
$490,000,000
ACADEMY VISIONING
ADULT EDUCATION & FAMILY LITERACY WEEK
City of Plano Mayor Phil Dyer proclaimed September 13-19, 2010,
as “Adult Education and Family
Literacy Week” in Plano with
a special presentation of the
proclamation to the Plano Family
Literacy Program held at the
literacy center.
PTA PRESIDENTS HONORED BY DISTRICT
City Councilwoman Jean
Nearly 200 guests, including PTA presidents, principals, district
administrators and school trustees, attended Plano ISD’s annual
appreciation luncheon for PTA presidents held in March, 2010, at
Excellence in education is best
achieved through a shared vision
and the cooperative efforts of
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schools, parents, community
volunteers and business partners.
These community stakeholders
donate their time, talent and
treasure to Plano’s most
valuable resource — its students.
Collin College.
Jane Lilliston and Jean Callison
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Otto made remarks. Paul
Weaver, district director of counseling and guidance, provided the
keynote speech. Karla Oliver, executive director for government and
community relations, welcomed guests, and Cara Mendelsohn, Plano
ISD Council of PTAs, provided the PTA greeting.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Otto, during his remarks
to luncheon guests, said, “You understand how important it is to be
involved in this great enterprise of serving children. Our schools are not
just good, but they are great, in large part due to our PTA volunteers.”
To kick off the 2010-11 school year, the new PTA Council President
Angela Miner addressed the school board, sharing PTA’s vision and
facts with trustees.
PTA COUNCIL VISION & FACTS
The vision for the council this school year is to make every child’s
Lilliston with city officials,
In the proclamation, Mayor Dyer encouraged all citizens to join
him and the Plano City Council in supporting Plano lSD, the Plano
parent, community,
business, district
and student representatives, met each week
Plano ISD.
During the printing of this report, the
committee was preparing its recommendation
to the Plano ISD Board of Trustees regarding
the feasibility of a grade 9-12 option for
students that offers program choices not
currently available in the comprehensive high
schools and senior high schools.
In addition to meetings, the committee
ISD Education Foundation and the Family Literacy program for the
hosted an education summit to share its
dedication of the teachers, staff and participants involved in the
findings with Plano ISD parents and patrons
program who positively affect the children and families of the city.
and to solicit public input on an important
district initiative. Committee members
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., TRIBUTE EVENT
presented an overview of their work, including
More than 1,000 guests enjoyed Plano ISD’s Annual Martin Luther
ideas for the academy’s educational focus.
King, Jr., Tribute event held in January, 2010, at Plano Centre. “Free
Guests conversed with committee members
to Lead” was the theme for the
event, which was open to the
public and which showcased
hundreds of students in a parade
who facilitated table discussions and served as
resources. Each table group posted concerns
and interests to the larger group via a shared
electronic work space.
of nations and in the Plano
Children’s Chorale.
• There are currently 32,797 PTA members in Plano ISD.
Also performing were
• Recent training conducted for PTA members included a presidents’
students in the Plano Senior
training attended by Angela Miner and paid for by the Texas PTA, a
High School Wind Ensemble
council board orientation meeting provided by Texas PTA and a
and featured in a video were
Student speaker Yemi Adewuyi of
Williams High School is pictured with
MLK Chairwoman Dr. Myrtle Hightower.
Beaty Early Childhood School
students. Speech students lent
their talents to the words of Dr.
King, while student authors shared their letters to the civil rights leader.
contest, and the Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee’s diversity
Current senior high school students addressed the
Academy Visioning Committee regarding their school
experiences and ideas for an academy school.
leadership awards nominees and winners were announced.
A WELCOME FOR NEW PLANO ISD TEACHERS
Four hundred new-to-Plano ISD teachers were hosted at an August
2010 luncheon sponsored by the school district, InTouch Credit
Union, The Shops at Willow Bend and the Plano Chamber of
Commerce. The annual back-to-school event is held during new
teacher inservice and is attended by teachers, principals, district
Plano West Senior High School Principal Kathy King and PTA
President Mondrell Oz were among guests who attended an
annual luncheon held in honor of PTA presidents and hosted by
the school board, district administration and school principals.
approximately 60
research the concept of an academy school for
At the event, awards were given to the winners of the student art
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comprising
continue to meet in January, 2011, to study and
The group then toured the literacy center.
support local PTAs.
Sharon Goldblatt currently serves as president
of the Texas PTA. For many years, Sharon has
served as a leader in the Plano ISD Council of
PTAs and as president of the Plano ISD Key
Communicators group.
Committee,
Literacy Program Director Jane
Services Dr. Cathy Galloway and other administrators in attendance.
• The Plano ISD Council of PTAs has 28 board members to
Building Success!”
Academy Visioning
throughout the fall semester 2010, and will
Monica Shortino, Plano ISD Executive Director for Student and Family
• The Plano ISD Council of PTAs supports 69 local PTA units.
• This year’s theme for the Plano ISD Council of PTAs is “Let’s Start
The Plano ISD
proclamation to Plano Family
Board of Trustees, Plano ISD Education Foundation Executive Director
community to advocate for all children.
Plano PTA leaders.
STUDY FOR SCHOOL BOARD
Callison presented the official
members of the Plano ISD
potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and the
summer leadership seminar held in Austin and attended by 70
COMMITTEE CONDUCTS
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Relationships
SCHOOL & COMMUNITY
trustees and administrators and sponsors.
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Plano Senior High School new teachers were pictured with
school and district administrators at the 2010 luncheon.
Foundation
PLANO ISD EDUCATION
ALUMNI NEWS
Last year, the Plano ISD Education Foundation announced its initiative
to bring together alumni in support of Plano ISD. As part of that effort
the foundation introduced a new website at www.pisd.edu/alumni and
a quarterly newsletter.
The foundation uses social media as a new form to reach alumni
and allow a forum for interaction among alumni. The launch of a Plano
In 2009-2010, the Plano ISD
Education Foundation raised nearly
$1,000,000 in private donations
supporting quality education in Plano
schools, made possible through an
annual “Ski Plano” gala, Plano ISD
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MAJOR DONORS 2009-2010
Valedictorian $50,000 - $100,000+
Employees of Plano ISD
Texas Instruments Foundation
Texas Health Presbyterian Plano
Salutatorian $20,000 - $49,999
Capital One
Dollar General Foundation
Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts, P.C.
The Medical Center of Plano
Park Place Lexus Plano
employee donations, a parent and
community annual fund drive and
gifts from corporations, foundations
and individuals.
As a result more than $800,000 was gifted to the Plano ISD for
ISD Alumni Facebook page offers an interactive opportunity for Plano
ISD alums to communicate with each other and encourages alums to
stay engaged with the school district. The fan site will include regular
volunteer opportunities in the district, reunion updates, sporting event
updates, alumni spotlights and more.
“Plano ISD has more than 100 years of graduates who know first
hand the value of a Plano ISD education. It seemed logical to engage
alumni as they have potential to be the district’s biggest cheerleaders
and supporters,” said Bart Ridley, co-chair of the alumni committee.
“College and university boosters make a huge impact on their
campuses. They can also help lay an important educational foundation
at the K-12 level.”
Doyle Dean was honored in May, 2010,
are college ready; recruit, retain and recognize the very best teachers;
by the Plano ISD Education Foundation
and support the role of parents and families in students’ learning. The
with a resolution honoring his 45 years
foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board
of service. Dr. Dean was presented with
of 32 business and community leaders.
a lifetime honorary membership to the
Plano ISD Alumni Association.
COMMUNITY HONOR ROLL CAMPAIGN
“I Love Plano ISD” yard signs will be seen at homes and businesses
With Honors $5,000 - $9,999
Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd
& Joplin, P.C.
The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation
ATMOS Energy
Boeing
Central Market Plano
Flextronics Foundation
Innovative Solutions for Education
Sharon and David McCall
Plano ISD Council of PTAs and Local PTAs
Pogue Construction
SHW Group, LLP
Texas Instruments
UDR
Verizon
ViewPoint Bank
scholarships, and many others will be sustained by these funds.
Also as part of the alumni initiative,
the 2011 Ski Plano event’s Honorary
throughout the district as part of the Community Honor Roll Campaign
Chair will be Plano ISD alumni W.T. Greer,
sponsored by the Plano ISD Education Foundation. This campaign
benefits Plano ISD by allowing the district to incorporate priority
MORE FOUNDATION NEWS
Retired Plano Senior High Principal Dr.
priority programs that enhance student learning; ensure all students
Distinguished Achievement
$10,000 - $19,999
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano
City of Plano
Ebby Halliday REALTORS®
InTouch Credit Union
ExxonMobil
THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano
Plano Arts & Cultural Endowment, Inc.
Dr. Doyle Dean was honored by foundation
President Beth Webb during a foundation board
meeting upon his retirement and for his 45 years
of service to Plano schools.
Boggess Elementary School faculty, staff and families were among the 1,200 participants in
the foundation’s 2010 Thrill of the Grill 5K fundraiser.
a musician and singer.
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PLANO ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION
programs for which tax dollars are not available. District-wide
enrichment programs such as additional mathematics and technology
instruction, science camps for all fifth grade students, educator grants,
programs to recruit, retain and recognize outstanding teachers, student
THRILL OF THE GRILL 5K
The foundation held its second annual “Thrill of the Grill” 5K, which
grew to more than 1,200 runners and walkers who supported Plano
schools. Superintendent of Schools Doug Otto served as honorary
chair of the event, which included the 5K run/walk, food, live music, art
and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the Plano ISD Education
Foundation and its programs to support students and teachers.
Becky Brownlee
joined approximately
30 volunteers from
Capital One who
donated books and
shared their love of
reading with children
and parents at the
Plano Family Literacy
Program.
Students from Jackson Elementary School joined in the fun by
producing artwork for the annual “I love Plano ISD” community
honor roll campaign. Each year the campaign begins in October and
continues through the school year to raise funds from the community
to benefit Plano ISD students.
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I L L U M I N A T I O N
Community
CORPORATE
The Plano ISD Education Foundation has raised
more than $5 million to support quality education in
our schools.
AND EDUCATION
TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN PLANO
2010 Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in
AWARDS $55,000 GRANT TO PLANO ISD
STEM Teaching Award Winners
EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Plano Senior High School’s Karen Shepherd, science department chair,
on a new fitness program designed to help them establish good exercise
and Janet Greene, Frankford Middle School eighth grade math teacher,
and eating habits at an early age, thanks to a grant from Texas Health
captured the 2010 Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in STEM
Presbyterian Hospital Plano. The grant funded the the pilot project
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teaching Awards. They
for 630 students during the 2009-10 school year and 1,770 students
were among six Plano ISD teachers honored for superior teaching by
during the 2010-11 school year. Students enrolled in the pilot have been
the TI Foundation and the Plano ISD Education Foundation.
introduced to the program in the fifth grade and will continue in the
program during the sixth grade.
Barksdale Elementary School students were
pictured with their pedometers and Melinda
Smith, Plano ISD PE/Health coordinator.
Supporting public schools was the topic of a firstannual CEO breakfast hosted by the Plano ISD
Education Foundation and Southwest Airlines.
Pictured at the event are Lisa Raskin, foundation
director; Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines CEO;
Dr. Doug Otto, superintendent of schools; and
Michael Urtso, 2010-11 foundation president.
Also sponsored by the foundation
• STEM education improvement initiatives.
GRANTS TO EDUCATORS
In 2009-2010, the Plano ISD Education Foundation funded $68,000
in grants for innovative teaching programs through its annual “Grants
to Educators” program. In November, 2009, foundation volunteers
and program sponsors visited schools across the district, distributing
awards to teachers as a “Grant Patrol.”
The “Grants to Educators” program is intended to help Plano
ISD educators enhance instruction in schools and classrooms across
the district. Teachers had the opportunity to complete applications
for grants for programs for their classes, schools or joint programs at
multiple schools.
• Student scholarships for economically
disadvantaged students to attend fifth
grade camp.
• Plano ISD’s annual teacher of the year gala, recruitment open house, new teacher dinner and employee convocation.
• Emergency grants to Plano ISD employees experiencing short-term crisis.
• Funding for Plano ISD pilot programs that hold
promise of bridging student achievement gaps and ensuring all students are college ready.
• Funding for family service and literacy programs.
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Fifth grade students at six Plano ISD elementary schools have embarked
Funding for the 2009-10 grants was made possible by the
generous contributions of the following sponsors: Park Place Lexus,
Plano ISD Council of PTAs, Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation.
Christie Elementary School educators earned
three grants for their school.
SKI PLANO 2010 BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORDS!
The Plano ISD Education Foundation’s “Ski Plano 2010” fundraiser
enjoyed another record-setting year for underwriting and net
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proceeds. Surpassing its goal of $200,000, Ski Plano 2010 was a
huge success. Seven hundred guests joined friends and colleagues
at Southfork Ranch Lodge in January, 2010, to support the
foundation. Guests enjoyed silent and live auctions, dinner and
dancing. Proceeds from Ski Plano underwriting, auctions and raffle
sales will benefit the foundation’s programs for Plano ISD students,
teachers and schools.
Joa Muns and Lisa Raskin
co-chaired Ski Plano 2010.
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TI STEM Award Winners Janet Greene and Karen Shepherd
(front, center) are pictured with (front row) Beth Webb, Plano
ISD Education Foundation president, and Torrence Robinson,
TI director of education and workforce, and (back row)
Monica Shortino, Plano ISD Education Foundation executive
director; Dr. Jim Wohlgehagen, secondary math coordinator;
Finalists Catherine Stolarski, Rice Middle School; Julie Baker,
Williams High School; Sara Freeman, Plano East Senior
High School; Dr. Jim Wussow, secondary academic services
executive director; Finalist Laura Mondeel, Vines High
School; and Linda Flack, secondary science coordinator.
I L L U M I N A T I O N
Achievements
STUDENT
ExxonMobil Texas State Science and
Engineering Fair
“Best in Fair” Award – Amy Chyao, Williams High School
Second Grand Prize – Rounok Joardar, Plano West Senior High School
Twenty-three Plano ISD schools have captured
the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools of
Excellence honor awarded by the U.S. Department
of Education. Several Plano ISD schools have been
twice honored.
Plano ISD students earned 52 awards, including scholarships and 21 special awards.
Elementary Science Fairs
National & Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposiums
Campus Fairs
For the first time ever, Plano ISD had a first place winner at the
7,369 Entries (grades K-6)
National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Rounok Joardar,
298 First Place & Grand Prize Awards
in the nation to win first place awards at the event, earning a $12,000
District Fair
college scholarship and expense-paid trip to London, England.
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Engineering Fair
Pranav Civi, Wyatt Elementary (lower elementary level)
Jesse Zhong, Hightower Elementary (upper elementary level)
Jacqueline Pecha & Klye Newman, Frankford Middle School (6th grade)
Highest Participation
Hickey Elementary School – 64%
Frankford Middle School – 24%
Most Projects
Hickey Elementary School – 365
Murphy Middle School – 104
District High Point Awards
Hightower Elementary School
Amy Chyao is pictured with Dr. Doug Otto,
superintendent of schools, and her father
Tim Chyao.
Grand Awards
• 1st Place - Amy Chyao, Williams High School
Chemistry $3,000; Best in category $5,000; Gordon E. Moore Award $75,000; “Best in Fair” award. Amy was among eight
students who were invited to present their
science research at the White House for President Barack Obama in October, 2010.
• 2nd Place - Sheryl Li, Jasper High School,
Plant Sciences $1,500 award
• 2nd Place - Elisa Lin, Plano West Senior High, and Ian Chan, Plano East Senior High,
Team Projects $1,500 award
• 3rd Place - Rounok Joardar, Plano West Senior
High, Energy and Transportation $1,000 award
Special Awards
Amy Chyao, Williams High School
• Office of Naval Research $8,000 tuition scholarship
• Patent and Trademark Office Society - $250
• International Optical Engineering Award
• Applied Spectroscopy Award
• United Technologies Award - 2,000 shares of stocks
Rounok Joardar, Plano West Senior High School
• GE energy award - $2,500
Rounok captured grand prize at the Texas symposium. Additional
students who advanced from state to the final round were Elizabeth
Quigley from Clark High School, Michele Myong from Williams High
School and Andrew Mahre of Plano Senior High School. Teacher
Deanna Shea of Shepton High School was presented with the
Outstanding Teacher Award at the state symposium.
Texas Junior Academy of Sciences
Eight Plano ISD students won first place and will present their
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Grand Prize Awards
International Science &
Rounok Joardar
a student at Plano West Senior High School, was among six students
science research at the American Junior Academy of Sciences in
Murphy Middle School
February, 2011.
2010 North Dallas Regional Elementary Science Fair
Grand Prize Awards
105 Qualifying Entries
Kyle Webster, Clark High School,1st grand prize
54 Awards
Amy Chyao, Williams High School, 2nd grand prize
Grand Prize
Suhasini Ravi, Williams High School, 2nd grand prize
Annika Watson, Rasor Elementary School
Christopher Mao, Murphy Middle School
Secondary Science & Engineering Fairs
First Place Awards
Amy Chyao, Williams High School
Sirish Kamarajudadda, Plano East Senior High School
Darien Lee, Vines High School
Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Michele Myong, Williams High School
400 Plano ISD Entrants (Grades 7-12)
Suhasini Ravi, Williams High School
Two of Four Grand Prize Awards (Junior Division)
Kyle Webster, Clark High School
Lisa Michaels, Renner Middle School
Dylan Hunn and Birinder Nijjar, Frankford Middle School
Kyle Yuan, Williams High School
Shannon Zhou, Jasper High School
Grand Prize Awards Sweep (Senior Division)
Elisa Bisi Lin
Param Jaggi, Plano East Senior High School
Sheryl Li, Jasper High School
Amy Chyao, Williams High School
Shravan Shaastri, Jasper High School
First Place Team Projects
Neeraja Balanchandar and Elise Howard, Shepton High School
Elisa Lin, Plano West Senior High School and Ian Chan, Plano East Senior High School
Siemens Foundation Competition
Ten Plano ISD students captured Finalist or Semifinalist
standing in the prestigious national Siemens Foundation’s
Intel Science Talent Search
Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Regional
Elisa Bisi Lin, Plano West Senior High School, was
Finalists were Favyen Bastani and Jonathan Lin of Jasper
among 40 high school seniors from across the
High School. Semifinalists were Ian Chan, Plano East
country selected as finalists in the prestigious Intel
Senior High School; Amy Chyao, Williams High School;
Science Talent Search competition. Semifinalists
Julie Chang, Neil Dsouza and Stephen Zhou, Plano Senior
included Andrew Mahre and Janice Zhang, Plano
High School; and Justin Kalisher, Edward Strecker and
Senior High School.
Elisa Lin, Plano West Senior High School.
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Fine Arts Awards
For the past 10 of 11 years, Plano has been named among the “Best
UIL One-Act Play
Communities for Music Education” in a survey sponsored by the National
The Plano Senior High School and
Association of Music Merchants Foundation.
Plano East Senior High School theatre
Orchestra
For the thirteenth consecutive year, a Plano orchestra was named top orchestra
in the state of Texas. The Plano West Senior High School Chamber Orchestra,
under the direction of Jo Wallace-Abbie and Amy Mabel, earned the designation
as 2010 High School Honor String Orchestra from the Texas Music Educators
Association (TMEA). Also among the top five high school string orchestras in the
state of Texas was Plano ISD’s Jasper High School, directed by Julianne Booth,
which placed 3rd.
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The Robinson Middle School Orchestra, under the direction of Mary
Havenstrite, captured the “Outstanding Student Performance” Award from “Live
Spelling Bee
Chetan Reddy, Andrews Elementary
School fifth grade student, won the Dallas
Morning News Regional Spelling Bee. As
the winner, Chetan represented North and
East Texas in the Scripps National Spelling
Bee. He is pictured with his parents
Geetha Manku and Vijay Reddy.
High School’s awards included: Jessica Lawrence, best actress; J. Collin
Spring, best actor; Auburn Berry, best technician; Travis Tope, honorable
mention actor. Plano East awards included: Matthew Eitzen, all-star cast;
Leah Scaduto, honorable mention all-star cast; Sarah Schultz, honorable
mention all-star cast; and Cassidy Atchison, all-star technical crew. This
represented Plano East’s seventh advancement to the regional contest since
2001.
David Pluebell, a senior in the International Baccalaureate and Theatre
award by TMEA Executive Director Robert Floyd.
Major Studies programs at Plano East Senior High School, won the
Choir
The Plano Children’s Chorus, made up of 5th grade students from across
Texas Educational Theatre Associations’ Playfest Competition for his play
UnknOwen.
the district selected by audition, performed by invitation for the Organization
Art
of American Kodály Educators national conference held in Dallas in March.
Five Plano ISD students’ artworks were selected to be part of the Texas Art
The Chorus is under the direction of Kendall Allen, music specialist at Schell
Education Association’s Youth Art Month Capitol Exhibit: Jean-Jean Gwo
Elementary, and Brenda Keen, music specialist at Hightower Elementary.
and Luisana Reyes, Plano West Senior High School; Nicole Midgley, Jasper
the leadership of musician Winton Marsailis. The group participated in clinics,
master classes and performances with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center
ensemble during the May festival. Jeremy Kondrat is the Director of Bands for
Plano Senior High School.
The Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) selected the Haggard Middle
School Band Program, under the direction of 30-year veteran Ken Valliant and
assistant Don Fabian, to receive the 2010 Exemplary Middle School Band Award
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from the Area to the Regional UIL One-Act Play competition. Plano Senior
the 2009 Texas Music Educators Association’s conference was submitted for the
Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center under
The Plano Senior High School Academic
nearly 300 5A high schools to advance
Playfest
The Plano Senior High School Jazz Band earned a coveted invitation to the
Regional Academic Decathlon Title
casts and crews were among 24 out of
From Lincoln Center” of New York City. The orchestra’s winning performance at
Band
Plano Senior High School Wins 7th
Theatre
during the bandmasters’ summer conference. Also recognized during this event
was former Plano ISD Director of Fine Arts Larry Tucker who was inducted into
the TBA Hall of Fame.
High School; Heather Chambers, Vines High School; and Lala Xu, Robinson
Middle School.
Williams High School art students’ “Below the Surface - Above the
Surface” was selected for the “Young Artists Program and Exhibition” at the
Dallas Museum of Art.
Several Plano ISD students captured top awards in the 2010 State
Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition. Sixty-six artworks from
Plano received the exemplary rating and were awarded a gold medal. Seven
percent of all of the entries at state were chosen to receive a gold seal.
Twelve out of the 150 gold seals were awarded to Plano ISD students. Of the
artworks from Region 10 that advanced to state, 47% were from Plano ISD.
Two students from Plano East Senior High School captured awards in
the 2010 Congressional Art Contest for the Third District of Texas. Zarina
Karapetyan won fifth place, and Julia Kerwin received an honorable mention.
Decathlon Team captured its seventh
All-State Band/Choir/Orchestra
consecutive regional championship.
Seventy-seven Plano ISD students were selected by TMEA judges for coveted
Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest, sponsored by the school district, Webb
The win qualified the teammates for the
positions in 2010 all-state music groups, including concert and jazz bands,
& Webb attorneys and the Plano ISD Education Foundation. The winner was
state meet where they placed seventh
treble, men’s and mixed choirs and full and string orchestras. Students spent
Tanya Trisna, Grade 9, Jasper High School. Finalists were Amanda He, Grade
and earned nine individual medals. Also
three days in intensive rehearsals with outstanding guest conductors and
3, Mathews Elementary School; Sanchana Vasikaran, Grade 8, Rice Middle
at the regional meet, teams from Plano
performed a concert before the TMEA membership at the annual conference.
School; and Gabrielle Harrison, Grade 11, Plano West Senior High School.
East and Plano West ranked fifth and
OAKE Honor Choirs
sixth, respectively. Plano East’s team
Sixteen singers from around the district were selected through recorded
also advanced to state where teammates
auditions for positions in one of three honor choirs sponsored by the
earned five individual medals.
Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). These students joined
others from around the nation to work with renowned conductors and perform
for the OAKE conference participants at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
Approximately 1,000 students entered original artwork in the Plano ISD
Baseball Plano East 4th in district, advanced
to bi-district round; Plano West (tie) 2nd in
district, won regional final, played at state
Basketball Plano West girls district champs,
advanced to regional quarterfinal; Plano
& Plano East girls district 2nd place (tie),
advanced to bi-district playoff; Plano West boys
2nd in district, advanced to regionals
Cross Country Plano West girls district
champs; Plano West boys 2nd in district; Plano
East boys 3rd in district.
Football First time all three senior high school
football teams advanced to playoffs in the same
year. Plano & Plano East advanced to area;
Plano West advanced to bi-district
Golf Plano East advanced one athlete to
regionals; Plano West advanced 3 athletes to
regionals
Soccer Plano girls advanced to area round;
Plano West girls advanced to regional final;
Plano East boys advanced to bi-district round;
Plano boys advanced to regional quarterfinals
Softball Plano East district champs,
advanced to area; Plano West 2nd in district,
advanced to area; Plano 3rd in district,
advanced to regionals
Swimming Plano boys state champs in 400yd freestyle relay, 2nd place in 200-yd individual
medley, 100-yd butterfly & 200-yd freestyle
relay, 3rd place in 200-yd medley relay, 50-yd
freestyle and 100-yd butterfly; Plano girls 2nd in
200-yd freestyle relay; Plano West boys 2nd in
500-yd freestyle; PISD diving team advanced 4
athletes to regionals
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Student Achievements
Jessica Lawrence, best actress award
winner, is pictured performing with fellow
cast mate Melanie Notinger.
Sports
Achievements
Tennis Plano advanced 3 athletes to regional
tournament and one to state; Plano West
advanced 8 athletes to regional tournament,
4 to state
Track Plano East boys & girls district
champions, advanced 37 athletes to regionals
and one to state; Plano advanced 10 athletes
to regionals and 2 to state, won 3 state medals;
Plano West advanced 19 athletes to regionals,
one to state, one state medal
Volleyball Plano West 3rd in district; advanced
to area playoff; Plano 4th in district; advanced
to area playoff
Wrestling Plano advanced 3 athletes to state;
Plano East advanced 2 athletes to state
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Accountability Indicators
PRIDE
Competitive Starting Salaries
Bachelor’s Degree
Master’s Degree
$46,150
$48,150
Average Years Teaching
Experience
36%
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Teachers Highly-Qualified
as defined by federal
No Child Left Behind Law
100%
Plano ISD hired 586 new employees for the 2010-2011 school year.
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This includes approximately 349 new teachers.
Employee Benefits
Team Leader Academy Aims to
Grow Leadership Capacity
• Master’s degree program for career enhancement
• Teacher mentor program
• Bilingual stipends
• 401(a) retirement savings
• Comprehensive health program
• Employee assistance program
• An educations foundation which raises funds for teacher grants,
A record 14 Plano ISD schools were
indicators. The “all students” group maintained an Exemplary rating in
named as Texas Business and Education
all five content areas of reading - 98%, writing - 99%, social studies -
Coalition’s 2010 Honor Roll Schools. The
100%, mathematics - 97% and science - 97%. At the campus level, 34
coalition identifies honor roll schools by
schools received an Exemplary rating, 26 were rated Recognized and 4
analyzing three years of performance
Academically Acceptable.
data. Honor roll schools have the highest
recognitions and emergency employee assistance
at the state’s most rigorous standard
accountability rating is but one measure of our campuses and our
- commended - in every subject on
district as a whole, and we realize its significance,” said Dr. Doug Otto,
state-mandated tests. Selection criteria
superintendent of schools. “Earning the anticipated Recognized rating
also considers schools’ demographics,
further indicates that Plano ISD is a place for learners, and we are
number of subjects tested and grade
about student success.”
levels. Congratulations to these honor
roll schools.
Recruitment
Open House Huge
Andrews Elementary School
Success
Bethany Elementary School
Plano ISD’s 16th Annual
Beverly Elementary School
Teacher Recruitment
Clark High School
Open House was a huge
Daffron Elementary School
success with a record 1,470
Hendrick Middle School
applicants. Plano ISD has
Hickey Elementary School
historically garnered one-
Hightower Elementary School
third of its new teaching
Jasper High School
staff each year from the
Mathews Elementary School
popular event, which is
Plano ISD instructional administrative staff presented an introduction
sponsored by the Plano ISD
and overview of the Instructional Rounds model of review of campus
Education Foundation and
classroom learning practices at a special principals meeting held
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during the fall of 2010. Developed at Harvard University based upon
across the school district
Certified teachers,
the concept of evidence based observation, this method is a narrow
counselors, librarians and
gathered to explore facets of
and deep look at classroom practices providing a laser look at
other education professionals were invited to attend the open house
educational leadership during
classroom components which contribute to quality instruction, student
where Plano ISD administrators representing every campus in the
achievement and any necessary adjustments. The Instructional
school district met with applicants about teaching opportunities.
the school district’s fourth annual
Rounds method of classroom practice review will be
“We saw some of the strongest Highly-Qualified
team leader academy. Teachers
implemented by principal request for a trained team
candidates currently in the job market,”
to visit their campus. The teams will be comprised
reported Tamira Griffin, executive director of
of principals, team leader teachers and central
human resources. More than 500 volunteers
office personnel.
assisted at the event, which was hosted at
Cultural Competency Training
Renner Middle School.
220 teacher team leaders from
pointers from one another and
honed new skills in the academy
for new and veteran teachers
while sharpening their leadership,
percentage of students performing
accomplishments and the great efforts of our staff is simply a joy. This
Instructional Rounds Model Implemented
shared strengths, picked up
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• On-site professional development
TBEC Honor Roll Schools
(TEA) in the fall of 2010, Plano ISD rated Exemplary on all 25 academic
“Expressing the pride I feel for our students and their
Professional Teacher Profile
Higher Education Degrees
In accountability ratings released from the Texas Education Agency
Rice Middle School
Skaggs Elementary School
ILLUM INATING LEARNERS
Professional
Plano ISD Rates Exemplary on All 25 State
Vines High School
2010 Recruitment Open House
Wyatt Elementary School
During the summer of 2010, two teachers
from each Plano ISD campus were trained on
cultural competency in a “train-the-trainer”
format to allow them to help train employees
communication and management
on their campuses. The training, supported
skills during the workshop.
by funds from the Plano ISD Education
Foundation, is part of a multi-year school
board initiative designed to enhance
cultural competence among employees
and improve relationships with students,
parents/community and colleagues.
Two Plano ISD employees are
pictured discussing cultural
competency during the school
district’s “train-the-trainer” workshop
held during the summer of 2010.
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Honors
FACULTY & STAFF
Top 10 Most Memorable Texas Football
Coaches
Plano ISD’s Legendary Tom Kimbrough, who led the Plano Wildcats
to a 171-28-7 record during his 16 years as head coach from 1976 to
1989, was featured among the “Top 10” most memorable Texas football
coaches in Dave Campbell’s 50th Anniversary Texas Football magazine
Coach Kimbrough is shown
with Wildcat players at a 1988
playoff game.
published in January, 2010. Only four high school coaches made the
Marylou Boardman, Hightower Elementary School literacy specialist,
and Lorraine Seawright, Jasper High School chemistry teacher, captured the 2010 Teacher of the Year titles at Plano ISD’s Teacher of the
Year Gala celebrated on May 13 at Plano Centre.
Highlighting the gala evening were recognitions of 69 experienced
Superintendent’s Service Award
2010 P LA NO INDEP ENDENT SCHO O L DIS TRICT ANNUAL REP ORT
Winners
by the peers at their schools, and the surprise announcements of
10 experienced teachers and two first-year teachers who captured
“Excellence in Teaching” awards.
Excellence in Elementary Teaching Awards
Marylou Boardman – Hightower Elementary School
Kristina Kardos – Pearson Early Childhood School
Karen Morris – Andrews Elementary School
Karon Phelps – Bird Special Programs Center
Kristen Roemer – Memorial Elementary School
Excellence in Secondary Teaching Awards
Winners of the 11th Annual
Treesia Brannon – Carpenter Middle School
Superintendent’s Service Award,
Jeremy Kondrat – Plano Senior High School
announced at the school district’s 45th
Jacqueline Lewis – Williams High School
Annual Service and Retirement Celebration,
Mike Mathis – Clark High School
were Jennifer Carlin, Plano Senior High
Lorraine Seawright – Jasper High School
School food services manager; Hortensia
Chaves, Mendenhall Elementary School
office manager; Blanca Colato, Sigler
Elementary School bilingual teacher
Excellence in Beginning Teaching Awards
Sarah Davis McKee – Pearson Early Childhood School
James Bohannon – Hendrick Middle School
assistant; and Ceil Gandolfi, Plano ISD
Administration Building receptionist. This
prestigious award recognizes members
of the Plano ISD support staff
whose dedication, commitment
and effort rise above and
beyond expectations. Also
recognized at the event were
retiring employees and
approximately 300
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and 52 beginning Teacher of the Year nominees, who were selected
employees with 15,
20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and
45 years of service to
Plano schools.
Dr. Doug Otto, Superintendent; Lorraine Seawright, Secondary
Teacher of the Year; Marylou Boardman, Elementary Teacher
of the Year and Dr. Allan Bird, Gala Honorary Chair.
“Top 10” ranking in the coaches’ category.
Employee Achievements & Awards
• Burton Smith, Shepton High School principal, captured the 2010
Region 10 Principal of the Year award for his compassionate leadership and creating a supportive learning environment.
• Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee Leadership Awards were presented at the annual Martin L. King, Jr., Tribute event to Davis
Elementary School’s “Hands in Harmony:” Angela Williams,
Memorial Elementary School; Mary Ann Bargmann, Skaggs
Elementary School; Judith Alfaro, Bowman Middle School; and The Dallas Concilio.
• Shelli Brown, Vines High School Spanish teacher, won the
Southwest Conference on Language Teaching’s “Excellence in
Secondary Teaching Award” for 2009.
• Len Stevens, principal at Huffman Elementary School, was a
featured guest on the nationally televised program Ideas In Action,
hosted by veteran news caster Jim Glasman, executive director of
The George W. Bush Institute. He spoke about educational
leadership and how it relates to turn-around schools that have experienced challenges.
• Alisa Meli, Schell Elementary School art teacher, wrote the 2010
Texas Youth Art Month application, garnering the Texas Art
Education Association’s top Award of Excellence in a national
contest celebrating how state’s are teaching and encouraging
young artists.
• Craig McKinney, humanities and English teacher at Shepton High
School, was one of 10 high school and two elementary school
teachers selected from among nominees across the state for a
“Texas Exes Award for Outstanding Teaching” and was recognized
at a ceremony held at the University of Texas.
• Bob Weir, Plano Senior High School boys soccer coach, captured
the 2009 National Soccer Coach of the Year Award by the National
Federation of State High School Associations.
• Karen Shepherd, Plano Senior High School science department
chair, won the “2009 Siemens Founder’s Award.” The 2006 Plano
ISD, Region 10 and Texas Teacher of the Year was among a select
group of five U.S. educators who were presented with the award
during a ceremony held in New York in 2009.
• The photo-based work of Plano West Senior High School Art
Teacher Ted Kincaid was exhibited in 2010 at the Marty Walker
Gallery in Dallas. “Elise,” a print which originated from an oil painting
of Plano East Senior High School Art Teacher Lori Whitaker’s
daughter, was exhibited during the North Texas Art Educators
Invitational at THE ARTS Gallery at Collin College in 2010.
• Maria Arena, Plano Senior High School advanced placement
government teacher, earned a coveted spot in the Distinguished
House Fellows Program in the Office of the Historian for the United
States House of Representatives.
• Larry Tucker, retired director of bands and executive director of fine
arts and special academic services for Plano schools, was voted
into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame at the Texas Music
Educators Association convention in San Antonio in 2010.
Shelli Brown, Vines High
School Spanish teacher
ILLUM INATING LEARNERS
2010 Teachers of the Year
Plano ISD Student and Family Services’ new
mobile learning lab was unveiled during a ribbon
cutting ceremony held in April, 2010. Pictured are
Danny Modisette, deputy superintendent; Lloyd
Jenkins, school board president; Dr. Doug Otto,
superintendent of schools; and Dr. Cathy Galloway,
executive director of student and family services.
Plano ISD’s implementation of the mobile learning
lab garnered a 2010-11 Magna Award from the
National School Boards Association.
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Initiatives 2010-2011
Principles and Premises We Embrace
Principles and Premises We Embrace
Digital Learning Environment
Digital Learning Environment
• Continue to support and expand the use of student-owned wireless devices for learning.
• Continue to support and expand the use of student-owned
2010 P LA NO INDEP ENDENT SCHO O L DIS TRICT ANNUAL REP ORT
• Implement interactive DLP projection systems in each elementary
elementary classroom and video image display devices (ELMO)
classroom and video image display devices (ELMO) in
in all classrooms.
all classrooms.
Learning Standards
Learning Standards
• Continue to develop instructional rounds as a process to improve
• Complete the secondary Special Education curriculum
instructional practice.
development project funded by stimulus dollars.
resources.
• Implement Project Lead the Way in the Career and
Technology curriculum.
• Create relevant online learning experiences for parents and
families to use at home. Modules will cover issues such as
bullying, sexual harassment and parenting skills. Also, pilot
“Parent Mentoring” program at four campuses.
Assessments for Learning
• Refine test item creation for NWEA calibration and End-of-Course
(EOC) correlation.
• Design and implement updated student learning growth charts to
include college readiness and district performance metrics.
Organizational Transformation
• Plan and implement construction of existing structures and complete new school facility to incorporate new feeder school
alignment to be fulfilled over the next 3 years.
• Research and develop a Plano ISD nutritional plan for the school
breakfast and lunch program.
• Research and implement additional methods of providing relevant
and useful information to internal and external audiences using
digital tools such as dashboards, electronic media and multi
platform communications.
• Identify and develop tools to improve decision-making in all Human Resource areas.
Accountability for Learning
Balanced State and Local Partnerships
• Prepare for STARR assessment with new proficient and college
• Develop a financial budget plan for the next biennium.
readiness standards.
• Expand and strengthen relationships, in conjunction with the
• Provide common district understanding for EOCs and new
Plano ISD Education Foundation, to encourage awareness in
accountability system.
seeking new and dynamic donors to ultimately support the
Organizational Transformation
academic programs and events of the district.
• Provide iLead (instruction, leadership and development) learning
Middle School Whiz Quiz Champs
Capturing first place in Plano ISD’s Middle
School Whiz Quiz competition were Robinson
6th grade, Rice 7th grade and Rice 8th
grade teams. The district event is designed
in a modified college-bowl whiz quiz format,
challenging 6th, 7th and 8th grade students’
knowledge on topics such as history,
math, science, art, literature, world events,
entertainment, current events and politics.
Pictured are Rice 7th and 8th grade teammates.
wireless devices for learning.
• Implement interactive DLP projection systems in each
• Implement new Reading/Language Arts program/textbook
PTA Reflections
The Plano ISD Council of PTAs honored 355 award
winning students at its annual Reflections Awards
Ceremony. Plano ISD was represented strongly
at the state level as well, with 57 of the Council
Award of Excellence entries advancing to state for
judging, where 60% (34 entries) received awards.
One film entry, entitled Beauty is Difference from
Daniel Wang, a fifth grader at Hughston Elementary
School, advanced to the national level. In addition,
10 Plano ISD visual arts and photography entries
are currently on exhibit at government buildings
in Austin. Reflections is a National PTA program
that challenges students to create artwork in six
categories: dance choreography, film production,
literature, music composition, photography
and visual arts. Pictured are Dylan Pierce and
Lauren Murray at the Plano ISD Council of PTAs
awards event.
Ensure that Plano ISD efficiently uses its financial
resources/budgeting
ILLUM INATING LEARNERS
Ensure continuous improvement in
student learning
GOAL
GOAL
PLANO ISD DISTRICT
TI Junkins Scholars
Seven Plano ISD students were among 21
recipients from across the nation to earn the
2010 Texas Instruments’ Jerry R. Junkins
Memorial National Merit Scholarship®. The
scholarships, named in honor of TI’s former
chairman, president and CEO, are awarded to
National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists
who are sons or daughters of active, retired or
deceased TI employees. Congratulations to
Marissa A. Miller, Carmen R. Tinker and Richa
Thakur, Plano East Senior High School; Joshua
H. Ou, Grace J. Park and Michael S. Wei, Plano
West Senior High School; and Brian J. Widder,
Plano Senior High School.
meetings monthly for campus administration.
• Re-implement Professional Learning Period (PLP) at secondary campuses.
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Balanced State and Local Partnerships
• Continue to participate in the Texas Virtual School Network by
providing existing eSchool courses for review.
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BEST PLACES TO WORK AWARD
Plano ISD employees voted their school district among the top 13 “Best Places to Work in 2010” in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
through an online survey conducted by the Dallas Business Journal. This marks the fourth time that Plano ISD employees have
chosen their workplace for the award. Previously, employees voted PISD among the best places to work in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Plano ISD representatives attending the awards luncheon were Suzanne Drotman, human resources coordinator; Tramy Tran, Forman Elementary School
principal; Tracy Ryerson, Plano Senior High School assistant principal; Sarika Pride, Memorial Elementary School principal; Tamira Griffin, human resources
executive director; Lloyd “Skip” Jenkins, school board president; Courtney Washington, Carpenter Middle School principal; and Cindy Savant, Rose Haggar
Elementary School principal. Also attending the luncheon were Danny Modisette, deputy superintendent of schools, and Lesley Range-Stanton, director
for communications.
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