What's Happening at the Ranch!

Week of December 7, 2015

Congratulations to our Teacher and New Teacher of the Year!

Ms. Ashley Ogal is our Teacher of the year and Ms. Yamilys Domenech is our New Teacher of the year. Congratulations, ladies on behalf of the entire staff at Carpenter!
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Shout Outs

To Katie Zeier for going way above and beyond the call of duty and giving a flute lesson to a student who was very upset that he missed his lesson. She really saved the day! -~ Karen Leewright


To Mary Chintapalli for being Ms. Kimmel's long term sub. It has been wonderful having her in our class. She helped so much throughout the semester and ALWAYS had a sweet, positive attitude. It was a pleasure working with her. She will be missed in the RANCH! ~ Betsy Smith

Ranch Keeping

The computer labs need to remain locked all day long. We're finding stragglers going in there to use it as a hiding place. Part of our security plan is that all our doors need to be locked all day long - including those that are not in use. Thank you!


Tardies -

We have one more Friday Night Roundup coming up this semester. If you have a student that has earned an FNR for tardies, please assign it for this upcoming session...students will start over on the tardy plan for second semester. Make sure parents have been contacted.

Payroll for next month

Some of you have asked about the stipend details for next month. This is copied from the employee payroll guide...



Employee Compensation Package Details for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year In addition to a 3.00% general pay increase (GPI) approved by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees for all employees, the Board also desires to recognize employee service through a one-time, lump sum payment of $ 500.00. The lump sum payment will be paid, via a regular payroll check, in December 2015. This will be paid to each eligible district employee who: (1) Was employed by Plano ISD as of the last contract/work day of 2014-2015 as a regular employee (not substitute or temporary), (2) Earned a TRS creditable year of service for 2014-2015, (3) Is assigned to a budgeted, allocated position as of the first contract/work day for 2015-2016, and (4) Is still employed in a budgeted allocated position as of November 30, 2015. This one-time, lump sum payment is subject to all legal deductions, is not considered TRS eligible, and is approved only for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. This payment is taxable and may be taxed at a higher rate. The payment will be prorated based upon the full-time equivalent (FTE) percentage of employment status with the district as of November 30, 2015.

What's on Deck this Week

Monday, December 7 - 8th grade girls basketball vs Renner here, 8th grade boys away

PTA board meeting

Winter Choir Concert

Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 - One Act Play Auditions

Thursday, December 10 - 7:45 or 3:40 Cowboy Production Meeting (please be on time and please get your duty station covered or attend the other session)

Bring Your Parents to Band Day...go stop by on your conference period!

Friday, December 11 - Sunshine Breakfast!

7:40am New Teacher Meeting in L102

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