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Plano RDSPD Staff News - October 23, 2015

What a busy week!

Thanks to all of you who attended the October Parent Meeting & Student Social and encouraged your families to attend. I feel like the start of our predicted rain storms put a damper on our attendance. I heard great comments from the parents who attended. Becky White had the highest percentage of parent participation with 29%. Who will get the prize for our next meeting in early December?

Shirt Sales have been extended until next Wednesday, October 28. This allows staff time for our October pay check. Please turn your order into your team leader or Ann by Wednesday.

The Garage Sale has been postponed due to the weather until Saturday, November 7. Please continue to support the student efforts by donating your unneeded treasures, volunteering to help, and loaning the use of tables if you have any.

Other Fundraising Opportunities for Plano RDSPD

Eat at Scotty P's

Scotty P's Fundraiser is Thursday, December 3rd at the location on Parker Rd. near Custer. Just mention Plano RDSPD with your order and the program gets 15% of the sales.

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

Dates to Know:

October 28 - End of Shirt Sales - Last Chance to Order - date extended

November 7 - Garage Sale -Rescheduled due to weather

December 3 - from 11:00 - 10:00 - Scotty P's Fundraiser

@ 6:30 December Parent Meeting & Student Social - STAP

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

February 20 @ 2:00 - Spring Show

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

March 31 @ 6:30 Parent Meeting & Student Social - DARS

April 2016 - Peer Review

April 21 @ 6:30 April Parent Meeting & Spring Show - College Accommodations

May 19@ 6:30 Parent Meeting & Student Social - Pot Luck Dinner

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.

Please review the Communication Modality Continuum - As you observe and assess your students, look at how they communicate in various settings. Remember that a student's communication mode can vary throughout the day based on the environment and the complexity of the learning activity. This chart helps us look at how a child communicates and what accommodations they might use or need.


Other links:

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

Plano RDSPD Placement Options -

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

Staff Shout Outs!

  • Leslie, thanks for holding down the fort so we could make the chicken runs.

  • Stacy, THANKS for helping organize the Vines' Canes fundraiser.

  • Krystal, Laureli, Tiffany: Thanks for stepping up to take on all of the Interpreter/CART festivities!

  • Oursbourn, Mullins: Thanks for always including us!

  • Ann, thanks for keeping me straight!!

  • Shout out to Lindsey Chandler and Laurie Kuhlman for being there for me with my interpreting needs. They go above and beyond each time I work with them to make sure I have access to everything being said around me! And Lindsey makes sure to coordinate our schedules using a Google calendar so that nothing gets missed! I’m sure my case is nothing unique and they’re awesome with everyone.

  • Our Deaf ed. Interpreter team is the best!

  • Lauren Canfield who has hit the ground running since returning from leave. Welcome back! We love having you back! You’re such a valuable person and team member!

Student Achievements!!!

  • Amita Srinivasin has been selected to the Student Leadership Advisory Council by Texas Representative Jeff Leach. She is one of a total of 24 students selected from this district. Here is the official news release from Texas House of Representatives:
  • Alexa G got recognized at her school as “Star Student.” A large poster was displayed in the school hallway for everyone to admire.

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

There are only a few more classes until after Christmas. Contact Tina for more information.

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 -

UTD Center for Families and Children - Juenga Conmigo - - play opportunities for Spanish Speaking Families

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 -

Technology Information for Google Searches:

Google Searching -

Here are the codes for the countries.

Sign Language:

ASL STEM Dictionary -

DARS English Prep Winter Webinar -

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.

Staff Survey

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

Plano RDSPD Staff Google Site

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