All Around Allen

A monthly newsletter for the Allen ISD community

May 27, 2022

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Hats off to the Senior Class of 2022!

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Allen ISD and Allen High School celebrated nearly 1,700 graduating seniors during the Graduation Ceremony on May 20 at Eagle Stadium. Thanks to all the families, friends, and loved ones who came out to celebrate our amazing Class of 2022. Seniors, we wish you all the best!

Top photo by Ku Creative, bottom row by David Hicks/Allen ISD.

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Our Hearts are with Uvalde CISD

The entire Allen ISD community grieves alongside our friends in Uvalde CISD. We are truly devasted from the tragedy that occurred in Uvalde, and our hearts remain with the students, families, and staff of Robb Elementary.

Uvalde CISD has established a Robb Elementary Memorial Fund through an account at First State Bank of Uvalde. If anyone wishes to donate to this fund, please make checks payable to "Robb School Memorial Fund" and mail it to 200 E. Nopal St., Uvalde, TX 78801.

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Watch: District Teachers of the Year Make Their Classrooms Shine

2022 Allen ISD Primary Teacher of the Year Laura Nguyen
2022 Allen ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Misty Gallo
Earlier this spring, Allen ISD announced the two winners of the District Teacher of the Year honors:

  • Laura Nguyen, Vaughan Elementary
  • Misty Gallo, Allen High School

These two amazing teachers will represent Allen in the Region 10 Teacher of the Year competition. Take a look at the videos above to see why these educators were chosen for this prestigious honor.

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News & Notes from the School Board Meeting

Three Trustees were officially sworn in to office during the May 18 Allen ISD Board of Trustees meeting. Following an official canvassing of the votes, Amy Gnadt was re-elected to the Board, and Sam Abiog and Elle Holland were elected to their first terms.

The Trustees also elected Board officers and appointed committee positions. The Board Officers for the 2022-2023 school year are: President Amy Gnadt, Vice President Sarah Mitchell, and Secretary Vatsa Ramanathan.

The Board of Trustees also bid farewell to Kelley Rowley and Susan Olinger and thanked them for their service and dedication to the Board over the last several years.

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The Board of Trustees also recognized several student groups during the May 18 meeting, including students in the DECA and FFA programs who advanced to state and national competitions, and Evans Elementary fourth-grader Poorvee Srivastava who won the Keep Allen Beautiful Arbor Day poster contest.

The Board also thanked the Radha Krishna Temple for donating $10,000 to the Foundation For Allen Schools. The temple hosted the inaugural ceremony of the JKYog Center for Indian Culture and Education on April 23, and the check originally was presented at that ceremony. Allen ISD, the Board, and the Foundation are grateful for the support from Radha Krishna Temple and its President, Mrs. Shreya Bhat.

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Have Fun and Stay Safe with your Chromebook this Summer

Not all screen time is created equal. Digital content consumption in moderation can be fun, but creativity in a structured setting is more engaging! Find ideas for fun, productive screen time at Allen ISD's Empower 1:1 webpage.

There are also resources and tips from Common Sense Media on how to help your child stay safe and respectful while online.

Elementary student can also access learning tools throughout the summer months via the Allen ISD student portal. The following tools are available:

  • Amplify

  • Dreambox

  • Edmentum

  • Elementary Typing Practice

  • Universal Handwriting

Need help with your device? Contact the Technology Help desk at The Help Desk email is monitored during the summer between 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursdays (excluding Memorial Day and July 4th holidays).

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Student's Artwork to be Displayed in U.S. Capitol

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Allen High School junior Isabella Vinas' artwork is headed to Washington, D.C. after winning first place in the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for Texas' 3rd District. Isabella’s drawing of her horse, titled “Valentino,” will be on display for one year inside the U.S. Capitol Building.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

Congratulations, Isabella!

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Help Us Highlight Recent Graduates for #FutureReadyFriday

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One of the three goals in Allen ISD is preparing students with Future Ready Skills. Earlier in the Spring semester, Allen ISD launched a new campaign to highlight Senior students in its #FutureReadyFriday series. The social media features include quotes from the students, future plans, and how AISD has helped them to become future ready.

Do you know a Class of 2022 graduate we should highlight this summer? We are looking for all kinds of students to share how Allen ISD has helped them become #FutureReady on their path to college, career, or military. Senior students can fill out this form to be considered for an upcoming #FutureReadyFriday post: (student logins required to access link).

Allen ISD Seeking Stakeholder Feedback re: ESSER III Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services Plan

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Allen ISD received Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. The intent and purpose of the funding is to sustain the safe operation of schools and address student learning needs as a result of COVID-19. District staff regularly monitor these plans and will engage in meaningful consultation every six months as required by the U.S. Department of Education. We are seeking feedback from stakeholders in our community as we begin preparing for the 2022-2023 school year.

To provide feedback, please complete the survey:

Your feedback and input are incredibly valuable as we review our plans. Responses to the survey are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 3, 2022.

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The Latest Issue of SOAR Magazine is Out Now!

The Spring 2022 SOAR Magazine is now available. Learn about girls soccer coach and AHS alumna Kelly Thompson, the construction and renovation at Ereckson Middle School, the second Eagle Give Day, Green Elementary namesake Flossie Floyd Green and much more!

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Allen ISD Provides Update on 2nd Year of SOAR 2030 Strategic Plan

SOAR 2030 Year 2 Update: Culture of Excellence
SOAR 2030 Year 2 Update: Future Ready Skills
Soar 2030 Year 2 Update: Empowered Learning

Allen ISD has made significant progress as we complete the second year of our SOAR 2030 strategic visioning plan. This includes development towards our three district goals:

  • Culture of Excellence
  • Future Ready Skills
  • Empowered Learning

At the April 25 Board of Trustees meeting, district leadership shared a SOAR 2030 Year 2 Update to highlight the work in teaching and learning that is helping meet the goals set forth in our strategic vision. Please enjoy the above that highlight the amazing work going on in Allen ISD.

SOAR 2030 was created collaboratively by a group of more than 200 members of the community including teachers, students, parents, staff, and community members.

The SOAR 2030 planning process builds upon the Allen High School graduate profile and provides a foundation for educational decisions in Allen ISD through the remainder of this decade.

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