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Mendenhall BookFair is Online-November 2-15

Mendenhall will still have a fall bookfair beginning Monday, November 2-November 15! Please click on the link below beginning November 2. All orders made will be shipped directly to your home. YAY!!!

Mendenhall BookFair Link to Order

In-N-Out Hamburger Fundraiser

It’s that time of the year for our In-N-Out Hamburger Fundraiser. Tickets are $5 and it includes a hamburger, chips and a drink. 75% of the proceeds comes back to Mendenhall. This year it will be a drive thru system set up at Mendenhall that would allow you to remain in your car. The In-N-Out food trucks will be set up in a manner to support this. Tickets are on sale now. If you would like to purchase a ticket, $5 each, please stop by Mendenhall between 7:30 and 3:00, Monday thru Friday and we would be happy to take care of you. Ticket sales open now and will close on November 9 at the end of the day. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 469-752-2607.

Ha llegado la época del año para nuestra recaudación de fondos de hamburguesas In-N-Out. Los boletos cuestan $ 5.00 e incluyen una hamburguesa, papas fritas y una bebida. El 75% de las ganancias regresa a Mendenhall. Este año será un sistema drive thru instalado en Mendenhall que le permitirá permanecer en su automóvil. Los camiones de comida In-N-Out se configurarán de manera que apoyen esto. Los boletos ya están a la venta. Si desea comprar un boleto, $ 5 cada uno, pase por Mendenhall entre las 7:30 y las 3:00, de lunes a viernes, y estaremos encantados de atenderles. La venta de boletos está abierta ahora y se cerrará el 9 de noviembre al final del día. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en llamar a la oficina al 469-752-2607.

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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.

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Notes from the Social Worker:

Mendenhall Parents,

Attached is the October Parent Newsletter filled with useful resources, articles, and much more. You will also find a link to complete a Family Support Survey that will help us know how to better serve you and your family. Thank you so much for your support!

Padres de Mendenhall,

Ajunto encontrará el Boletín para Padres del mes de octubre lleno de recursos útiles, artículos y mucho más. También encontrará un enlace para completar una Encuesta de Apoyo Familiar que nos ayudará a saber cómo brindarle un mejor servicio a usted y a su familia. ¡Muchas gracias por su apoyo!

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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.
  • Has traveled internationally or on a cruise in the past 14 days.

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.

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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

Mendenhall is Reopening Plan

Click the link to find out more: Mendenhall is Reopening!!!

Things to remember:

  • Please help your child prepare for school by having them practice wearing face coverings. These are required for all students in common areas throughout the building.
  • Wash student masks daily

  • Provide extra masks as needed

  • Charge Chromebooks each evening and bring them to school every day.

  • Send a full water bottle each day. Wash water bottles every night.

  • Send an easy to open lunch items

  • Provide students with required school supplies for in class use

  • Replace lost or broken school supplies as needed

  • Read all school communication regarding health and safety protocols.

Meal Service

Meal Service Updates Effective Monday, September 14

Plano ISD applied for and was granted a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing free meals for all Plano ISD students, whether enrolled in either Face-to-Face or School@Home. This is effective September 14, 2020, through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available. Please read additional information below and visit for details.

Meal Service for PISD Face-to-Face Students

Due to a waiver issued from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective September 14, 2020, all Plano ISD Face-to-Face students will receive free breakfast and lunch meals through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available.

Plano ISD Face-to-Face students will have the opportunity to purchase a la carte snacks and drinks during meal service.

Curbside Meal Bundles for PISD School@Home Students

Due to a waiver issued from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective September 15, 2020, all Plano ISD School@Home students will receive free breakfast and lunch meal bundles through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available.

Two Locations Added for Curbside Meals

Effective Tuesday, September 22, two additional locations will be available for families to pick up curbside meals for their PISD School@Home students.

Parents may pick up weekly meal bundles at any of the following locations on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OR 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Meal service is required to begin and end promptly at the designated serving times, therefore, meals cannot be distributed outside of these time frames.

  • Clark High School
  • Shepton High School
  • Williams High School
  • McMillen High School (new)
  • Vines High School (new)

Meal bundles will consist of five breakfasts and five lunches.

Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school-issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate. Please see details online at

Federal Meal Applications

We continue to encourage households to apply for free and reduced-price meals, in the event USDA funds become unavailable. To complete a federal meal application, please visit Allow 10 business days for application processing.

Menus and Payment Options

Menus can be found on the Food and Nutritional Services website. Online payments will be accepted through theRycor Student Quick Pay system. Cash and checks will also be accepted.

Food 4 Kids Program

The Food 4 Kids program allows Mendenhall to receive food and backpacks from the Kansas Food Bank at no cost so that we can provide food to our families in need. If this is a program that you would like to be part of, please click on the link below:

Nurse Cammi Andersen

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

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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, 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

Texas Education Agency: Education Rights & Responsibilities During COVID-19

As a result of COVID-19, many families must make decisions about their children’s education that factor in student and family safety as well as student learning.

PASAR After School Care Registration Opens August 17 with New Online Registration System

PASAR online registration will begin on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. for students who are enrolled in face-to-face learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration will now be completed in Eleyo instead of the Parent Portal. Eleyo provides a more convenient registration process. Read more about how to register via Eleyo.

For questions about the PASAR program, contact or 469-752-3782. For questions about your account or registration, email

Free/Reduced Meal Benefits

Applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Plano Independent School District offers free and reduced-price meals to families that qualify for the program. Families who wish to apply for meal benefit need to complete an application every school year. All students approved for free or reduced meals last year will remain on that status for the first 30 operating days of school or until a new application has been processed. We encourage families that qualify meal programs applying online for faster processing.

We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Complete applications will be processed within 10 school days.

For more information

Welcome Back!

Hello Mendenhall Families!!

We have a live link that you can click on every morning beginning at 7:30. Below is the Announcements link:

Here are some videos from the teachers at Mendenhall introducing themselves!! Click on the link next to the teacher’s name to hear more about them.

¡Hola Familias de Mendenhall!

Aquí está el link para que nada mas le hagan click cada mañana para que escuchen los anuncios.

Aquí está otro link para que vean videos que han hecho las maestras para que ustedes sepan un poco mas sobre ellas.

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**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.

2020-2021 Mendenhall School Supply List

New Volunteer Management System

Plano ISD is implementing a new volunteer management system for the 2020-2021 school year. In order to facilitate a smooth transition, all 2019-2020 volunteer records will remain active until August 31, 2020, instead of being deactivated on June 30 per standard practice. Volunteers will need to reapply in the new system prior to August 31 when their profile will be deactivated in the old system. The new system will be available at Volunteer in early August, and any new volunteers wanting to apply will be able to do so at that time. We appreciate your patience during this transition as we work to improve your volunteer experience as a valued partner in student success.

Online Registration

Supporting Your Child and Family During COVID-19

With a few simple steps, you can support your child and family during this challenging time. Read/download flyer from the Texas Education Agency.

Social Emotional Well Being

Take sometime and read about our SEL services.
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