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Parent Workshop

The Special Education Services Department is providing a Parent Expo on May 14 for all families who have children receiving special education services in Plano ISD. Registration information is below and all sessions will be held virtually.

English Parent Expo Information

El Departamento de Servicios de Educación Especial ofrecerá una exposición para padres el 14 de mayo para todas las familias que tengan niños que reciben servicios de educación especial en ISD de Plano. La información de registro se encuentra a continuación y todas las sesiones se llevarán a cabo de manera virtual.

Spanish Parent Expo Information

Are you planning to return to Mendenhall next school year, 2021-2022?

As we approach the end of the school year, we are already working on getting records ready for the 2021-2022 school year. However, we need your help. If you already know that your child/children will not be attending Mendenhall Elementary next year, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make all the necessary corrections to all the documentation so you can enroll your child/children at the new school. There is a form in the front office that you and I will need to complete. Once the form is completed, you will receive a packet to take to the new school when enrolling.

If you have any questions, please call Diana Alvarado at 469-752-2600.

Are you planning to return to Mendenhall next school year, 2021-2022 Form


Ahora que nos acercamos al final del año escolar, ya estamos trabajando en preparar los archivos para el próximo año escolar 2021-2022. Sin embargo, necesitamos su ayuda. Si usted ya sabe que su hijo/a no vendrá a Mendenhall Elementary el próximo año, por favor háganmelo saber lo más pronto posible para que podamos corregir los documentos necesarios y dárselos a usted para que así usted pueda inscribir a su hijo/a en la nueva escuela. Hay un formulario en la oficina que usted y yo tendremos que llenar. Una vez que este documento esté listo, usted recibirá un paquete con toda la documentación necesaria para que lo lleve a la nueva escuela cuando va a inscribir a su hijo/a.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llameme, Diana Alvarado, al 469-752-2600.

Are you planning to return to Mendenhall next school year, 2021-2022 Form

Order Your Mendenhall 2020-2021 Yearbook Today!!

YAY!!! It's time to order your 2020-2021 Mendenhall Yearbook!!! Each year book is $20 cash only. Please click on the link below and complete the form. Please return the completed form to Mendenhall with the money attached. If you are having trouble printing the order form, we have hard copies in our front office.

Orders will close on May 1. Order yours today!!!

Yearbook Order Form

Any questions, email


Student Tips:

  • Get a good night sleep.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • Arrive to school on time. Do not arrive to school late for testing; having a feeling of being rushed is not good any day, but especially a testing day!

Parents, please be an encourager to your child!! Fill their bucket with positive accolades and send them to school inspired!!!

Order Your School Supplies for the 2021-2022 School Year Now!

It's time to order your school supplies for next year. Last day to order is May 28. Supplies ordered will be delivered straight to the school and will be in your child's classroom waiting for them on the first day of school!!! Buy now! and the school code is 92552

If you want to shop for your own supplies independently, please click the link to access the 2021-2022 school supply list.

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.

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Update Regarding Plano ISD COVID-19 Safety Protocols/Masks

Update Regarding Plano ISD COVID-19 Safety Protocols/Masks

On Wednesday, March 3, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released an update to its Public Health Planning Guidance, which is in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34, issued March 2. The updated guidance affirms that the Governor’s new executive order “provides TEA with the legal authority to publish requirements for the operation of public school systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Stating that “the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, and school system leaders should do everything feasible to keep students, teachers, staff, and our communities safe,” TEA maintains that schools must comply with the following requirement:

“Every student, teacher and staff member shall wear a mask over the nose and mouth when inside a school building, school facility, facility used for school activities, or when in an outdoor space on school property or used for school activities, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”

Based on the updated guidance provided by the TEA, and considering evidence that current safe practices have been effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Plano ISD will continue to follow the instructional plans and safety protocols outlined in our Return to School Plan. Wearing face masks (or face shields for students in preK-2nd grade) will continue to be required in all Plano ISD buildings and at all district events.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to keep you informed on the updated public health guidance from the Governor and TEA related to student wellbeing and success.

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It’s Time to ROCK EnROLLment for Head Start and Kindergarten

Enrollment for next school year’s Head Start is underway and registration for kindergarten begins this Friday, March 19. Watch this video about Plano ISD’s early childhood programs and read below to learn about registration.

Head Start: Head Start is for children who are three or four years old and qualify based on a family’s income. This week, March 15-20, is Head Start Round Up Week and drive-thru appointments will be available for families who would like to know if they qualify or have further questions. Sign up for an appointment via sign up genius. To learn more about the program or to enroll, go directly to the district’s early childhood programs web portal. Families will need the following documents to complete registration forms:

  • Child’s birth certificate

  • Proof of residency

  • Income verification (W2, 1090 form, check stubs or proof of TANF assistance)

Kindergarten: Kindergarten is for children who will be five years old by September 1. Online registration to attend kindergarten in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year opens this Friday, March 19. Registration forms will be available at Documents that families will need for registration are:

  • Student’s birth certificate

  • Immunization records

  • Student’s social security card (optional)

  • Proof of residency (lease, gas or electric bill)

  • Parent/guardian photo identification

Enrollment dates for Plano ISD’s Early Childhood Programs are:

  • Head Start Roundup Week: March 15-20

  • IB World School at Huffman (a Plano ISD Academies Program): March 2-26.

  • Kindergarten: begins March 19

  • PreK: begins April 1

Please spread the word about enrolling in any of Plano ISD’s early childhood education programs.

Kindergarten Registration Opens March 19

Kindergarten registration opens March 19. All registration forms will be found online. Please click the link to access the forms in addition to other important information:

Brighter Bites-Free Produce!!

Mendenhall Parents,

We are so excited to announce that Mendenhall has partnered with Brighter Bites for the Spring Semester. Brighter Bites is an agency that is dedicated to ensuring families are able to access fresh, healthy and nutritious produce absolutely FREE! Their generous donors provide a 20 pound box of fresh fruits and vegetables for every family that signs up to participate. All you have to do is sign up on the link below and come by to the contactless drive thru or walk up line, on the designated distribution dates, and pick up your produce box. There is absolutely NO COST to participate!

Upon enrolling to participate, you will receive text updates from Brighter Bites reminding you to check in to make sure your box is saved for you, as well as the dates of distribution.

We would love to have every family at Mendenhall participate and take advantage of this amazing opportunity! Please click on the link below and sign up today!

Thank you!

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.

2020-2021 STAAR Update

TEA STAAR and A-F Ratings Announcement

The Texas Education Agency announced today that A-F ratings would be paused for the 2020-21 school year due to the ongoing disruptions associated with COVID-19. The press release further states:

“The STAAR test will proceed for the 2020-21 school year in order to provide critically important information about individual student learning that teachers and parents can use to help students grow…STAAR results will allow schools, teachers, and parents to see how individual students are performing while also giving education leaders and policymakers across Texas a comprehensive picture of what are likely to be sweeping impacts of the pandemic on student learning, helping policymakers craft solutions for the years ahead. However, the STAAR will not be used for accountability purposes this school year.”

School systems are required to make STAAR available to every eligible student. The test will be administered on school campuses across the state or at other secure alternative testing sites. STAAR will continue to be administered only in secure environments to ensure the results remain valid and reliable.

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.

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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.

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!

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.

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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.

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

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

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.