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What's Happening at Mendenhall?


Doors Open-7:00am

Morning Announcements-7:30am

Official Start Time-7:40am

Dismissal 2:45pm

Return to School Plan 2021-2022 Updates

Tell us how we are doing.

No School Monday, January 17!

No School Monday, January 17! It is a Teacher/Student Holiday!

School will resume on Tuesday, January 18!

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Due to Recent COVID Spike Campus Closed to Visitors for Lunch

Due to a recent spike in COVID cases around us, we are suspending visitors to the campus for lunch effective immediately until further notice. Thank you in advance for your understanding with this. Again, no campus visitors for lunch until further notice. Thanks, again!!!

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Click the link to order your house shirt!

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Seven Loaves food Assistance

Seven Loaves food pantry (part of St. Andrews Church) gives vouchers for turkeys at Thanksgiving. Seven Loaves is also an option for regular food pickups. Their link is below.

Brighter Bites Announcement!

We are so excited to bring back this free fruits and vegetables program for those that have registered. Last year you parked and we loaded your car. This year, you are to park in a parking spot in front of the school, behind the school or the parking lot next to Mendenhall. After you park, you will walk up to our distribution table located in the front of the school, check in using your cell phone and then you will be given your free box of produce. Again, remember, you must park your car and walk up to the front of the school to check in and then you will receive your free box of fruits and vegetables. We are so excited to have this program back again. Distribution will begin at 3:00 and end at 4:00. Again, do not pull up in the driveway, park and walk up to the front of the building. See you at 3:00! Have your cell phone ready!

Distribution Dates are:

  • 1/13
  • 1/27
  • 2/10
  • 2/24
  • 3/31
  • 4/14
  • 4/28
  • 5/12
  • 5/26

Register by clicking here

Let's go to the library!

Free Library Card: Getting a library card is easy and free for all Plano residents as well as residents of reciprocating cities: Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Richardson, The Colony and Wylie.

· Free Programs: Plano Library has in-person and virtual workshops for all ages, including financial literacy, STEAM, and business and career. You can view our events on our website. Programs are free and library cards are not required to attend.

· Info on Your Phone: Plano Library mobile app makes it easy for library card holders to access their account, place items on hold, use the Porch Pick-Up service, check out items and more. You can see our tutorial videos on the library’s YouTube channel.

· Hands-On STEAM: STEAM Kits are self-contained mini-collections of books, DVD’s and hands-on items designed to introduce STEAM concepts. STEAM kits are for preschoolers, elementary age children, teens and even adults.

· Homework Help: offers live online tutoring from real tutors, every day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Student subjects include math, science, English, history and more. Adult tutoring includes career coaching, ESL and citizenship test help.

· Language Learning: Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn to speak, read, and write any of 163 languages, many with lessons for preschoolers and elementary students. You can also check out a Bilingual Backpack for books, dictionaries, flashcards and other tools to help you learn a new language, perfect for kids and families.


Plano ISD’s COVID Dashboard is now live. The dashboard includes positive case counts on school campuses. The information will be updated weekly.

Parent and Family Engagement Connection Newsletter

The Parent and Family Engagement Connection newsletter is available! Topics in this volume of the newsletter include: “The Gift of Giving,” “Tips to Prevent Holiday Stress and Depression” and many more!

PFE Smore

PFE Newsletter Website:

Things to Know!

Good Afternoon Mendenhall Families!

Here are some things to know:

  • Do not pull up and park in the bus lane. That is restricted for busses. There is a large parking lot next to the campus for families to park and walk their student over.

  • At this time, you will not be able to go to the cafeteria to eat breakfast or lunch with your student for at least the first 9 weeks.

  • If your child is being dropped off through carpool, they will need to exit the car independently. We will have staff on hand in case your child needs help, but we are encouraging independence and students having the ability to exit the car independently. Again, staff will not be opening car doors at this time, unless your student is requiring assistance.

  • Masks are recommended, but not required.

  • Please remind your child to bring their own water bottle to use throughout the day and bring home to wash each night.

  • Finally, at dismissal, please be sure you have your child’s dismissal card. This is required to pick up your child. If you do not have a dismissal tag, you will need to stop by the office with I.D.

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Parent Education & Engagement Program “Lunch and Learn” Sessions for Parents

Beginning September 14, the Parent Education & Engagement Program (PEEP) will host 30-minute ”Lunch and Learn” parent sessions for Plano ISD families on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. on Facebook Live. Please share this informational flyer through your campus communication platforms to encourage families to log on with PISD Parent Educators and other parents to explore evidence-based positive parenting strategies as a community.

For more information about the Plano ISD Parent Education & Engagement Program, please visit the PISD PEEP webpage, PEEP Facebook page or contact Sharon Bradley.

Enroll Now! It's all Online!

As a public school system, Plano ISD welcomes all students. who live within the district's boundaries and meet state age and health requirements. For specific registration information, please contact your child's school. If you need to find out which school your child will attend, please use the School Finder to look up the attendance boundaries for your address.

Enrollment for all grade levels is online. A secure document portal is available for upload of enrollment packets and documents. Click here for more information.

For more information on registering your youngest learners, pre-K—kindergarten, visit our Early Childhood Programs Portal

Need help enrolling...Contact the Enrollment Center

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2021-2022 Academic Calendar

2021-2022 Academic Calendar Approved

The Plano ISD 2021-2022 school calendar was adopted by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees at the December 8 meeting. The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 11, 2021, and the last day of school will be Friday, May 27, 2022.

Other PISD calendars can be found here: PISD 2021-2022 Calendar page

Elementary Hours: 7:40am-2:45pm

We Need Volunteers!

Volunteer Approval Process for the 2021-2022 School Year is OPEN!

Starting on July 7, volunteers will be able to access the Plano ISD volunteer management system, VOLY, to create an account and complete an application, online orientation and criminal history check. These items need to be completed each school year by volunteers to be eligible for district/school volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can visit to create a volunteer account and begin this process.

An email will be sent to the volunteer applicant communicating the status of their application and criminal history search within 3-5 business days of completing these steps. Volunteer approval status can also be viewed by the volunteer by logging into their account. Volunteers will need to complete the online orientation as well to be eligible to volunteer.

Once approved, they will be able to sign up for volunteer opportunities directly through the VOLY platform at Volunteers should be sure to select all of the schools they are interested in volunteering with when asked on their application. This will allow campuses to see their volunteers and their status in the system. These school selections can also be changed by the volunteer by logging into their account at any time.

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Materials Distribution Online Portal

Plano ISD’s distribution process has moved online. Businesses, organizations and individuals wanting to share information with Plano ISD parents and students can now do so via the Plano ISD website. The website is the official distribution area for third party materials and takes the place of onsite, paper-based distribution. Parents and community members are now able to access information about events, activities and programs within our Plano ISD community directly from the Plano ISD website.

2019-2020 Report Card

The 2019-2020 School Report Cards for Mendenhall has now been released, and posted to the Mendenhall website accountability page. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. The information contained in the School Report Card is described in the “School Report Card Definitions.” The Federal Report Card is also available at If you have any questions concerning the School Report Cards, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of Mendenhall.

Los boletines de informe del gobierno del Estado de Texas del 2019-2020 para la escuela Mendenhall han sido publicados en el sitio de internet Mendenhall accountability website. El reporte proporciona información sobre el rendimiento de los estudiantes en la prueba STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) que es el nombre del programa de evaluación académica para los estudiantes en las escuelas públicas de Texas, así como información sobre estudiantes inscritos, tamaño promedio de la clase y gastos financieros. La información contenida en el reporte de progreso de la escuela es requerida por la ley estatal y se describe en las "definiciones del boletín de informe de la escuela". Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca del boletín de informe de la escuela, por favor háganoslo saber. Gracias por su apoyo continúo en la escuela Mendenhall.

Mobile Computer Lab

Mobile computer offers to learn the use of Parent Portal, PASAR registration and payments, to fill out volunteer applications, access other district online services

Free English Classes and Free Adult Education Classes

Multilingual dept. offers English classes and Free adult education classes among others.

Health Screening Reminder for Families

Health Screening Reminder for Families

Now that students are back in buildings for face-to-face instruction, we need your assistance in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

  • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
  • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:

  • They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
  • Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms began

Thank you for your assistance in doing your part to keep our students healthy and safe.

COVID-19 Test Confirmed Cases by Location

COVID-19 Test Confirmed Cases by Location

Plano ISD will provide regularly updated data for test-confirmed COVID-19 cases by district location. The information will go live on our website later this evening at

Nurse Cammi Andersen

Questions for Nurse Cammi Andersen, RN, you can email her at or call 469-752-2609

MAP Testing

Your child will take the MAP test on the computer during the school day in the beginning, middle and end of the year. Students will view each question and select an answer with the keyboard or mouse. Because MAP is an adaptive test, the difficulty of each question is adjusted to the student’s answer on the previous test question. If a student answers a question correctly, the questions become more difficult. If a student answers a question incorrectly, the questions become less difficult. Because of this technology, the MAP system is able to assess students at a variety of achievement levels. Click the links below for more information:

MAP Test Brochure (English)

MAP Test Brochure (Spanish)

Mendenhall is a Title I campus. What does that mean?

The Title I program is designed to provide supplemental support to students who have been identified as scoring at or below the 25th percentile on district diagnostics and are at risk of not being successful on state assessments. All students who fail the STAAR test and attend a Title I school, qualify for services. Additional staff positions and teaching resources are funded with the Title I federal grant money. This allows identified students to receive the additional help needed to close their achievement gap.

For more information and to view documents in both English and Spanish, please visit our website: Mendenhall: Title I Campus

Parent Guidance for Viewing Student Progress and Grades 3-12

Parents with registered Parent Portal accounts can login and access:

Grades | Student Registration | PASAR Registration & Payments | Emergency Card | STAAR & Performance Data | Immunization and other information about their students. For grades, click the Parent Viewer button on the portal dashboard.Please click the link below to access the steps to view your student's progress.

Technology Questions??

If you have trouble with technology, please contact your child's teacher or our CTA, Shaily Jain at

**ACTION REQUIRED**Complete Online Registration Forms in Parent Portal

It is time for you to log into ParentPortal and complete your online registration forms. You must complete Emergency Cards / Student Registration Forms annually for each of your students before accessing other resources on the ParentPortal.

It is also an opportunity for you to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application at

All online forms must be completed prior to the first day of school.

Social Emotional Well Being

Take sometime and read about our SEL services.

Title XI

Aja Coleman is the Campus Title IX Coordinator for the 2021-2022 school year. Mrs. Coleman will address employee and student concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment.

Reports can be made at any time and by any person, including during non-business hours, by mail, email or phone. During district business hours, reports may also be made in person.

Contact Information

Aja Coleman