Plano_RDSPD Staff Chat

Plano RDSPD Staff News - June, 2015


Welcome to the third edition of the Plano_RDSPD Staff Chat.

I hope you have found this another means of communication to keep you updated and informed about all aspects of our program that may affect you. In the near future, Staff Chat is archived on MyPISD. Please take a few minutes to share feedback with us. We need to know what you need. I have this email set as private. It is a staff only newsletter. Much of the information in your newsletter is also in the parent newsletter.

The Countdown has begun...

It is hard to believe that there are only a few days left. This year has really flown by quickly. In all the craziness of the end of school, please take a few minutes to check out the information in our Staff Chat. There will also be great information in The Talk. You have all been an amazing staff this year. It is so obvious in the accomplishments of our students. Please take a well deserved break this summer and pamper yourself.

While you are away, your team leaders and I will be preparing for the next school year. Look for updates when we come back.

Dates to Know

June 5th last day of school in Plano ISD

Check with your campus for policy on make up days & documentation

June 12 - PSHS Graduation

SEE Conference in Irving - June 29 -July 3

August 2 days durining the first week - Region 10 Visual Phonics

August 12 - 14 - Region 13 - Struggling Readers

August 13 Teachers return

August 17 Paraprofessionals, Interpreters, interveners, and CART providers return

August 21 Davis and Pearson Meet the teachers

August 24 School begins in Plano ISD

April 5 - 8, 2016 - Peer Review

Please watch your mail and emails for updates on the first days back for staff. I am trying to schedule an all RDSPD Staff Meeting.

Wanted the gift of time and your knowledge and input

I would love to have input from our whole team as we prepare for our Peer Review. I have enjoyed sharing our Action Plan with each campus. Unfortunately, time is short and schedules do not coincide to be able to get the whole team together in one place at the same time. I need your expertise and ideas to help me write the documents that need to be completed. Please watch for a survey so that we can get your input to help us write the various parts of our action plan.

Please use and share our Social Media contacts with Parents:

We want to make connections with you:

Facebook - Plano_RDSPD

Twitter - @Plano_RDSPD #PlanoDeafEd

MyPISD for students enrolled in Plano ISD

Plano Parent Folder -

Remind - text @rdspd to 81010

We also still answer our phones and our emails. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Our main office number is 469 752-5590.

Helpful Links and Information


AG Bell -

Texas Hands and Voices -

PepNet - Transition


"How to Connect with Other Families" -

"All Waking Hours: Strategies to Maximize Hearing Aid Wear" -

"Hearing Testing: A Guide for Parents and Teachers" -

"Ears are Just the Beginning: How Sound Turns into Language and Language into Literacy" -

A Trail Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs -

New Hearing Technologies Bring Sound - ABI -

Listening Activities:

The Listening Room/Advanced Bionics -

requires login to access activities - free

Summer Activities:

Summer Camps -

TSD Summer Activities -

RIT Student Programs -

Gallaudet Summer Youth Programs -

Please keep the helpful links coming. I will post them in this section of Staff Chat.

Plano Family Education & Guidance Center is offering Summer Fun Camp in English and Spanish. The links for more information are listed below

2015 Summer Fun Camp for Parents

Summer Fun Camp for Spanish Speaking Parents

Region 10 Training for General Education Teachers - Hearing Loss 101

Student Accomplishments

I would like to use this space to share student accomplishments. Send them to me and they will be included in the next Staff Chat.

Staff Thanks

I would like to use this section of Staff Chat for special thank yous and appreciation. Please send them to me to be included in Staff Chat.

What do you want from a newsletter?

I hope that our newsletter Plano_RDSPD Staff Chat is helpful to you. Please let me know what else you would like to see included.

Our Mission is to serve students with auditory impairment by providing educational challenges and opportunities which empower them to become productive and independent individuals.