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.
Ann Gray is Retiring
Will Davis still be standing? Ann is retiring after 23 years at Davis. She will be missed. I hear she has a full itinerary for her time. We hope to see her subbing with us.
We Will Miss Michael
Michael is retiring after many years as an interpreter for us. He will be missed. However, we hope to see him as a sub when he can fit us in between cruises.
Those Not Returning
We have to say good-bye to several great staff members. Those leaving us, but not retiring are: Stephanie Walker, Mayra Martinez, Brooke Arneson, Claudia Gibson, Suzi Joyner, Laurie Hamilton, Amanda England, and Alexis Long,
Ann Gray is Retiring
We Will Miss Michael
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
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 - http://tinyurl.com/PlanoRDSPDParents
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
Texas Hands and Voices - http://www.txhandsandvoices.org/txhv/
PepNet - http://www.pepnet.org/ Transition
"How to Connect with Other Families" - http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/VoltaVoices/Apr-Jun2015/ReachingOut/
"All Waking Hours: Strategies to Maximize Hearing Aid Wear" - http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/VoltaVoices/Apr-Jun2015/AllWakingHours/
"Hearing Testing: A Guide for Parents and Teachers" - http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/VoltaVoices/Apr-Jun2015/HearingTestingGuide/
"Ears are Just the Beginning: How Sound Turns into Language and Language into Literacy" - http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/VoltaVoices/Jan-Mar2015/EarsarejusttheBeginning/?utm_source=Speaking+from+the+Volta+Bureau.052715&utm_campaign=SFTVB.052715&utm_medium=email
A Trail Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs - http://presencelearning.com/blog/a-trail-map-for-parents-of-children-with-special-needs-infographic/
New Hearing Technologies Bring Sound - ABI - http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/06/01/410065053/new-hearing-technology-brings-sound-to-a-litte-girl?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150601
The Listening Room/Advanced Bionics - http://thelisteningroom.com/dashboard
requires login to access activities - free
Summer Camps -
TSD Summer Activities - http://www.texasdhhresources.org/
RIT Student Programs - http://www.rit.edu/~w-k12/programs-interest.php
Gallaudet Summer Youth Programs - http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=99cbcf14eb23ec525d978c58c&id=4e74a95096&e=53efc7dd0a
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
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.
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