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2022-2023 Academic Calendar

2022-2023 Academic Calendar Approved

The Plano ISD 2022-2023 school calendar was adopted by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees. The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 10, 2022, and the last day of school will be Friday, May 26, 2023.


Other PISD calendars can be found here: https://www.pisd.edu/Page/2#calendar1/20220514/month


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

Schedule

Doors Open-7:00am

Morning Announcements-7:30am

Official Start Time-7:40am

Dismissal 2:45pm

What's Going on in Plano ISD?

Tell us how we are doing.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Lunch with your student will be on Fridays only unless otherwise notified

  • The campus will be closed to the community for breakfast

  • 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.

Carpool Safety Message!

In the Morning:

  • Please remain in line order. When you skip ahead of cars, it can be a set up for a possible collision. Please do not cut in front of cars already in the carpool line.

  • Please do not U-Turn after dropping off your student in the morning.

  • The doors in the morning close at 7:40. If your clock says 7:41 or later, please pull around to the front of the school and we have someone to let the students in.


In the Afternoon:

  • Please ensure that you get into the carpool line from 18th street and do not U-Turn or cut in front of others in the carpool line. This way we can ensure that your number is punched in and your student is ready for you when you arrive.

  • Carpool line ends at 3:00pm. If you come at 3:00 or later, you need to pull around to the front to pick up your child(ren).

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!


Link to Sign Up:

Brighter Bites Enrollment Launcher (formsite.com)


Food Delivery Dates are:


  • September 6
  • September 20
  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • December 6
  • January 17
  • January 31
  • February 14
  • February 28
  • March 21
  • April 4
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16

2021-2022 Superintendent's Service Award: Denise Williams

Congratulations to Denise Willliams!! She is an incredible person that is always going above and beyond for our kids in the cafeteria. We are so happy that she is part of the our Mendenhall family and continues to serve our kids daily!! Congratulations, Mrs. Williams!

2021-2022 Teacher of the Year: Emily Parks

We are so proud and excited to announce Emily Parks as Mendenhall's Teacher of the Year!! She is absolutley amazing!! Congratulations, Mrs. Parks!

Annual Registration Due Now!

Hello 2022-2023 Mendenhall Families!

To be officially considered a Mendenhall Longhorn and find out who your child's teacher is, you must complete the following ASAP:

1. It is time for you to log into ParentPortal https://parentviewer.pisd.edu/Login.aspx 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.

2. Applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals https://www.schoolcafe.com/pisd

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 regarding the Free and Reduced Lunch program: https://www.pisd.edu/Page/3840


All online forms must be completed prior to the first day of school and meeting your child’s teacher. Meet the teacher is August 8. Be sure to get all forms completed. You know you have completed forms if you see green checks. If you are unsure if you have completed your forms, you can email me at jana.prince@pisd.edu

Check Your Child's STAAR Scores:

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Parents/Guardians may access preliminary STAAR and End-of-Course (EOC) results for students who tested online by going to your Plano ISD Parent Portal account. If your child participated in STAAR Alternate assessment, results are not yet available.

To view preliminary STAAR/EOC results, go to the Plano ISD Parent Portal https://parentportal.pisd.edu/Login.aspx

  1. Login to your Plano ISD Parent Portal account

  2. Scroll down and locate the Performance Management section

  3. Click on your Student's Name

  4. A PDF of their Student Profile will download

  5. On the PDF, locate the STAAR or EOC section

  6. The results will be listed under Spr 22

STAAR/EOC Performance Scores are as follows:

NM = Not Met - Student did NOT pass the STAAR/EOC test

AP = Approaches Grade Level - Student passed the test

ME = Meets Grade Level - Student passed the test

MS = Masters Grade Level - Student passed the test

SPANISH

Los padres/tutores pueden tener acceso a los resultados preliminares de STAAR y de Fin de Cursos (EOC) para los alumnos que presentaron la evaluación en línea, ingresando a su cuenta del Portal de Padres de Plano ISD. Si su estudiante participó en la evaluación alternativa de STAAR, los resultados aún no están disponibles.

Para ver los resultados preliminares de STAAR/EOC, ingrese al Portal de Padres de Plano ISD https://parentportal.pisd.edu/Login.aspx

  1. Ingrese a su cuenta del Portal de Padres de Plano ISD

  2. Vaya hacia abajo en la pantalla y localice la sección de Administración del Desempeño/ Performance Management

  3. Haga clic en el Nombre de su Estudiante/Student's Name

  4. Se descarga un PDF del Perfil de su Estudiante/Student Profile

  5. En el PDF, localice la sección de STAAR o EOC

  6. Los resultados aparecerán bajo Spr 22

Los resultados del desempeño de STAAR/EOC son los siguientes:

NM = No cumplió - El estudiante NO pasó la evaluación STAAR/EOC

AP = Se acerca al nivel del grado escolar - El estudiante pasó la evaluación

ME = Cumple con el nivel del grado escolar - El estudiante pasó la evaluación

MS = Domina el nivel del grado escolar - El estudiante pasó la evaluación


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: Tutor.com 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.

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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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We Need Volunteers!

We Need Volunteers

In order to be a Plano ISD volunteer, you must go through the VOLY management system, 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 plano.voly.org 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 plano.voly.org. 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.

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.

Mendenhall Report Card

The Mendenhall School Report Cards have 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 https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/accountability/academic-accountability/performance-reporting/federal-report-cards. If you have any questions concerning the School Report Cards, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of 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

https://www.pisd.edu/page/1026

Free English Classes and Free Adult Education Classes

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

https://www.smore.com/b7van

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.

Nurse Cammi Andersen

Questions for Nurse Cammi Andersen, RN, you can email her at cammi.andersen@pisd.edu 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.

https://www.pisd.edu/parentportalhelp

Technology Questions??

If you have trouble with technology, please contact your child's teacher or our CTA, Shaily Jain at shaily.jain@pisd.edu

Social Emotional Well Being

Take sometime and read about our SEL services.

https://www.pisd.edu/staffnews-socialemotional

Title XI

Aja Coleman is the Campus Title IX Coordinator for Mendenhall Elementary. 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.


Title IX Formal Complaint Form


Contact Information

Aja Coleman

aja.coleman@pisd.edu

469-752-2616