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Plano RDSPD Staff News - October 9, 2015

Keep Up the Good Work

It has been a busy start to the school year. I can tell that staff and students are all busy with the activities of school. Thanks for all you do everyday to help our students learn and to keep our program running smoothly. It really makes a difference in the lives of our students.

Thanks to all of you who attended the picnic and encouraged your families to attend. Lindsey Fry had 100% participation. She has a prize coming through school mail. Who will get the prize in October?

October Parent Meeting & Student Social

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 6:30pm

2701 Parkhaven Drive

Plano, TX

Join us on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 for our October Parent Meeting & Student Social. The parents will meet in the library with a panel of parents discussing the joys and struggles of raising a child with a hearing loss. Students K - 12 will socialize in the cafeteria. There will be child care provided for younger children.

A flyer has been emailed out to parents. Please contact parents to remind them about the meeting and to encourage them to attend.

There will be a prize for the teacher with the highest percentage of parent participation.

Help Support Student Activities by Purchasing a Shirt

T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies are on sale now through October 24. Click the link below to go to the flyer and order form. The order form has the shirt choices, colors, and prices.

Everyone needs to "Keep Calm and Communicate Any Way You Choose". The tax free days for checks is the same date as are October Parent Meeting. Spread the word.

Other Fundraising Opportunities for Plano RDSPD

Plano RDSPD Garage Sale

We need your help. We need your donations and your time to make this project a success. Please contact Leslie about donating your items and about helping.

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 are students are able to participate in activities outside of school.

Dates to Know:

October 12 Parent Conference Day

October 22 @ 6:30 October Parent Meeting & Student Social

October 23 - End of Shirt Sales

October 24 - Garage Sale

December 3 @ 6:30 December Parent Meeting & Student Social

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

February 20 @ 2:00 - Spring Show

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

March 31 @ 6:30 Parent Meeting & Student Social

April 5 - 8, 2016 - Peer Review

April 21 @ 6:30 April Parent Meeting & Spring Show

May 19@ 6:30 Parent Meeting & Student Social

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.

Indicator 5 addresses programs and placement of students.

5.1 - A full continuum of placement options to meet the linguistic and educational needs of each student in the least restrictive environment.

5.2 - There is evidence of ongoing and system-wide review of data to determine appropriateness of placement and services.

Please review the document Plano RDSPD Placement Options -

Other links:

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

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

DM/FM Do You Know What It Means?

For students who have the new Roger technology, they no longer technically have an FM system. They are getting assistive technology from a DM system. In an effort to be more accurate, for Plano RDSPD centralized students we will start listing their equipment as FM/DM. This keeps us safe for students who have not switched over to Roger or who move to home districts who may not be updated to a DM systems. Change is hard.

Here is some information from Laura:

As more and more manufacturers are touting the benefits of mini-mics, many families are requesting that these devices be used at school. For some students, these devices are appropriate for school use, but are not for others and it can be hard to tell families otherwise (they often get hung up on “Bluetooth, Bluetooth, Bluetooth”). And some manufacturers are getting rid of DAI-compatibility altogether.

Here are some points I send to families:

• A Bluetooth transmitter (remote) microphone can only broadcast to 3 devices, whereas DM can transmit to an unlimited number of receivers. At Davis Elementary in Plano, we have many students with hearing loss in the same class, so if we utilized a separate connectivity (personal) microphone for each student, the teacher would have to wear multiple microphones. The student would also have to take that microphone with them to other classes (whereas teachers at Davis have their own DM transmitters so no transfer of equipment is needed). Mini mics work much better for itinerant students.

• DM has a shorter timing delay compared to Bluetooth, although it is improving. A timing delay can be noticeable with face-to-face communication – in other words, the audio is delayed and doesn’t match what you see on the person’s face, which can affect the ability to use speech-reading cues. This is less problematic for older students who rely more on listening (for example, frequently changing their gaze between looking up at the teacher, and looking down for notetaking), but more of a problem for emergent language learners in lower grade levels because they are using more direct gaze and visual cues with the teacher.

• DM has a longer operating range (~20 meters) versus Bluetooth (~7 meters). Below are charts by educational audiologist Tina Childress to describe operating ranges across manufacturers. For some dedicated devices, using them in places like PE (large gym), the operating range may not be large enough.

• DM uses less power than Bluetooth technology.

Bluetooth technology is awesome and will continue to evolve to provide more access for listeners with hearing loss. Due to its limitations and the amount of students at center-based campuses with hearing loss, we prefer for them to use the direct-plug in with the standardized euro 3-pin connection for FM/DM.

If you have any questions about whether your student could utilize their mini mic and accessories at school, please let me know.

Staff Shout Outs!

  • Thank you to the itinerants for participating in the Collin County Courier (Itinerant Newspaper)! It wouldn’t be the Courier without your help.~ Sarah Quintanilla
  • Thank you to Fanny Heninger for making all of my “Spanish Calls” to my families. You go out of your way & take your valuable time to do this for us. You are truly appreciated!! ~ Sarah Quintanilla
  • Thank you to Jo Skelton for sharing your wisdom in lesson planning (& thanks for the bowl of mints that you share with us all)!
  • I love how the Vines Team always works together!

  • Special thanks to Lindsay Fry for giving up an hour every Tuesday afternoon to help with RIT Math Competition.

  • Shout out to Beti for being the most patient teacher ever!

  • Shout out to Chelsey for exhibiting great team work!

  • Lindsay Chandler, THANK YOU for ALL you do!!

  • Sarah- Thank you for always doing such a great job on the Collin County Courier! Tammy

  • To all the itinerants- Thank you for helping me get through the first 30 school days and keeping track of the new students on your campus! I think we made it through all the transfer ARDs without missing anyone!- Tammy

Student Achievements!!!

  • Audrey Lewis in McKinney ISD-performed in her first Orchestra concert! She plays the viola. She did an amazing job and sounding great!
  • UQ ROCKED the CPAA, especially in comparison to this time last year. He is learning to use his ‘BIG VOICE’

  • AM is using language so high, I had to start tracking it on a Complex CASLLS form. His manners are outstanding!

  • EC sat still for 5 minutes while the counselor was here fishing ping pong balls out of water and talking about emotions

  • QG soothed her friend that was feeling anxious during circle

  • NC has learned how to share a bike with 2 seats

  • GS has learned to use belly breathing to control is impulses, he’s a sweet boy!

  • MC is using so much language at home, mom called to thank us!

  • AR helps her friends with fine motor troubles, she will open containers for them

  • Ele Kuehn at Richardson West JH made the "A" team in girls volleyball.

  • Shreena Bhakt is the co-captain of the PSHS Women's Golf Team!

Staff Survey

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

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.

Signing Exact English Sign Classes

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd, 6pm to Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 7:30pm

2701 Parkhaven Drive

Plano, TX

More information

Signing Exact English Classes

Tuesday Evenings starting September 22 - November 17

from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Childcare is available

It is not too late to join.

Helpful Links and Information


AG Bell -

PepNet - Transition

Texas Hands and Voices -

Children & Infant Listening Lab at UTD -

Navigate Life Texas -

Dallas Hearing Foundation -

Supporting Success -

**NEW** - Hearing First -

CI Company Resources - many of the resources are also good for students without Cochlear Implants:

Cochlear’s HOPE Program -

Med El’s BRIDGE to Better Communication -

Advanced Bionics -

The Listening Room - - free listening activities from Advanced Bionics

Hearing Aid Company Resources:

Phonak -

Oticon -

Susie Tigg's Livebinders:

Teaching Social Skills to DHH Students -

Expanded Core Curriculum for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing -

Tech Tools -

Hearing Aid Financial Assistance -

Self- Advocacy for Students Who are DHH -

Resources for Educational Interpreters -

Please send links to share that you have found helpful.

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 -

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.

Plano RDSPD Staff Google Site

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