Plano_RDSPD Staff Chat

Plano RDSPD Staff News - November 20, 2015

Take Time for Yourself and be Thankful

I am so thankful for all the hard work and effort put in by everyone on our staff. You all deserve the week long break. Please take care of yourselves and have some fun. We will have a quick three weeks when you return.

They Made it!!!

Thanks to all your help the students made it to their goal to attend Gallaudet's Academic Bowl in February. They will still be earning money for the other activities that are planned for the year.

Other Fundraising Opportunities for Plano RDSPD

Eat at Scotty P's

Scotty P's Fundraiser is Thursday, December 3rd at the location on Parker Rd. near Custer. Just mention Plano RDSPD with your order and the program gets 15% of the sales.

Spring Show Ads

Spread the word about the fantastic opportunity to advertise in the spring show flyer. All money raised from the advertising helps to support student activities. Contact Tammy Clanton for more information.

Please help us support our student activities. It is through fundraising that our students are able to participate in activities outside of school.

And the Spring Show Theme is ...

One Hit Wonders

Be sure to get your information to Tammy by the deadline. I know it will be a great show!!!

Dates to Know:

November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 3 - from 11:00 - 10:00 - Scotty P's Fundraiser

@ 6:30 December Parent Meeting & Student Social - STAP

December 7 - Staff Party - watch for your invitation

January 28 @ 6:30 - January Parent Meeting & Student Social - Cyber Safety

February 20 @ 2:00 - Spring Show

February 25 @ 6:30 - February Parent Meeting & Student Social - Speech

March 31 @ 6:30 Parent Meeting & Student Social - DARS

April 19 - 22 - Rescheduled Peer Review dates

April 21 @ 6:30 April Parent Meeting & Spring Show - College Accommodations

May 19@ 6:30 Parent Meeting & Student Social - Pot Luck Dinner

Peer Review

As we prepare for our Peer Review, I will use this section of our newsletter to send you information to help you be more prepared for the observations and interviews. Due to state scheduling, the dates have been changed to April 19 - 22.

Please review the Communication Modality Continuum - As you observe and assess your students, look at how they communicate in various settings. Remember that a student's communication mode can vary throughout the day based on the environment and the complexity of the learning activity. This chart helps us look at how a child communicates and what accommodations they might use or need.


Other links:

Plano RDSPD Communication Philosophy - Please be familiar with the philosophy.

Plano RDSPD Placement Options -

We will have a great Peer Review because you are the best. We will just take some time to gather the documentation and meet about all aspects of our program so that you are more knowledgeable about the whole picture.

Items due by 3/1/16:

Professional Development Log Click here for the form to use.

Weeks worth of lesson plans

Samples of assessment used

Plano RDSPD Annual Review of Communication - ARC

As you work with the ARC this year, please let us know what works and what does not. The ARC is a draft document. We want it to be beneficial to gain a better understanding of our students communication and their needs. However, we also want it to be a useful tool for you. The ARC document is posted on the Plano RDSPD Staff Google site. I do make changes on that document. Please send your suggestions and corrections to me. With your help we will create a process that will help us better understand each student's communication needs.

Helpful Links and Information

Free Online Webinars that offer LSLS credits -

Hearing First November Newsletter -

PISD Preschool Curriculum and resources -

Please send links to share that you have found helpful.

Please use and share our Social Media & Other Contacts:

Please make contact with us

Facebook – Plano_RDSPD

Twitter - @Plano_RDSPD - # PlanoDeafEd

MyPISD (for parents of students enrolled in PISD) - Parent Portal Under Classroom - Plano Regional Day School for the Deaf Community Web

Plano RDSPD Parent Google Site -

K12 PISD Site -

Remind – text @rdspdp to 81010

Plano RDSPD Main Office – 469 752-5590

Debbie Martin – Coordinator – 469 752-5583,

Click here for a printable flyer to share with families.

Daily Take 5

I am hearing that people are overwhelmed by the Daily Take 5. I have been lax the last two weeks due to my schedule. Please let me know what works for you. Just because and send and post an article doesn't mean I expect you to read it. I want to send out a variety of articles to help for a variety of needs. They may not be your needs. Please share your thoughts with me.

Staff Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out the staff survey form.

Plano RDSPD Staff Google Site

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.

Sites To Know:

Plano ISD Technology Resources - This tells you how to navigate many PISD tools such as MyLearningPlan, PDAS, Grade Book, phones, printers, and more.

PISD Elementary Curriculum - This is often refered to as the curriculumn planner. You will need your district login and password to access.

Special Education Curriculum Site - Great Resources to help you accommodate and modify the general education curriculum.

Plano RDSPD Staff Site - This site is under construction to help you with your needs as a staff member in Plano RDSPD.

Plano ISD Secondary Special Education Google Site -

PISD Preschool Curriculum and resources -

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