Plano ISD has adopted the 2014-15 school calendar. The coming year will include a week-long Thanksgiving Break and bad weather make-ups days planned before the last day of the school. View the calendar.
The February issue of the Council Connection is now available. Find out about this month’s Council-hosted workshops on bylaws and leadership and discounted registration for Thrill-of-the-Grill. Help out a local school by donating water and snacks for STAAR testing.
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Plano ISD Council of PTAs is searching for enthusiastic volunteers to serve on the 2014-2015 Plano ISD Council of PTAs Executive Board. Officer positions will be elected at the March 18, 2014 General Membership Meeting. These positions include President, 1st VP-Aide, 2nd VP-Programs, 3rd VP-Membership, 4th VP-Volunteers, 5th VP-Communications, Secretary, and Treasurer. To be considered for any of these positions, please submit the 2014 Officer Nomination Form by Friday, February 21st to Plano ISD Council of PTAs, Attn: Michele Mecca, Nominating Committee Chair, PISD Administration Building, 2700 W. 15th St., Plano, TX 75075. You can also email your form to Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more about these positions and other leadership opportunities on Council? Attend the Leadership Workshop on February 18th.
Plano ISD Council of PTAs is pleased to announce that Texas PTA President Karen Slay will be the keynote speaker at the annual Life Membership Award Banquet. The Plano Council will host the Banquet, which honors recipients of the Texas PTA Life Membership and Extended Service Awards from across the 70 Plano ISD school PTAs, on February 11, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas.
In addition to her role as Texas PTA President, Ms. Slay serves on many community-based boards, and is the volunteer Executive Director of the Injury Prevention Coalition of the South Plains. She served on the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees for eight years. She is the founder of the US Department of Transportation’s “Kids Aren’t Cargo” campaign, and was the driving force behind legislation in Texas that passed in 2001 to keep kids out of the back of pickup trucks. She has appeared in many magazines including Woman’s Day and Texas Monthly, and has appeared on the Oprah Show.
Congratulations to Huffman Elementary School PTA! Their Life Membership Banquet attendees will be riding to the Banquet in style! They won the grand prize, a limo ride, in the Membership Increase Drawing. We thank EPI for providing this donation.
Plano ISD Council of PTAs is pleased to announce its honorees for the Texas PTA Life Membership Award. This award recognizes individuals for their outstanding service to children and youth and is one of the highest honors bestowed by PTA. Congratulations to Richard Matkin, Plano ISD Superintendent; Lesley Range-Stanton, Plano ISD Director of Communications; Penny Chapman, Plano ISD Council of PTAs 1st VP-Aide; and Amanda Driscoll, Plano ISD Council of PTAs Community Outreach Chair.
Congratulations to Plano ISD Council of PTAs volunteers, Amy Nelson, Treasurer, and Laura White, 4th VP-Volunteers, for being selected to Texas PTA Emerging Leaders Academy, class of 2014. Amy and Laura are among just 12 applicants accepted into the program. The Emerging Leaders Academy identifies dedicated volunteers from diverse backgrounds and provides them with skills to become effective, successful leaders within PTA and throughout their communities. The series of four, one-day sessions over the next year and across the state will provide participants with proven strategies in outreach, communication, advocacy and family engagement.
Learn more about the Emerging Leaders Academy at http://www.txpta.org/programs/ELA/.
SAGE of Plano ISD Council of PTAs is hosting the 6th annual Summer Expo, a summer camp and resource fair, on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 10 am to 2 pm, at Plano Senior High School Cafeteria. More than 70 camps are expected this year. This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to speak with actual camp directors, counselors and alumni.
Are you interested in getting more involved in Plano ISD Council of PTAs? Join us Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:30 am for a Council Leadership Workshop. Plano PTA Council Board Members will be on hand to share information and experience. Learn how to volunteer and become a future leader. At the Plano ISD Admin Building, 2700 W. 15th Street in Room 309. RSVP is encouraged, but not required.