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Plano District and Curriculum

Using standards set by the Department of Education of Texas, Plano schools help each student reach their potential and beyond. These standards provide teachers with the classroom objectives that guide their teaching and give students a structure to their learning, building yearly upon their knowledge. Academic activities are supplemented by extracurricular activities and character development programs that foster the development of highly effective personal and social skills.

We currently cover the following Plano-area school district: Plano Independent School District.

Schools in Plano include:

Harrington Elementary School is located on 1540 Baffin Bay Dr, Plano, TX 75075, Harrington Elementary School covers grades PreK-5 and can be contacted at 469-752-1500. Harrington Elementary School’s motto is “learning today, leading tomorrow”. The school originally opened in 1978, offers programs such as English as a second language, special education, after school childcare and afterschool enrichment programs such as chess and continental math league. In the past, the school has been awarded with the TEA Elementary school of distinction award, the governor’s award of education excellence and the inclusionary efforts award. Like other students in the state of Texas, students attending Harrington Elementary school are taught using a curriculum that follows the standards of the Texas Essential knowledge and skills (TEKS). These standards describe the knowledge and skills students should have. For example, students in grade 2 focus on applying mathematics to problems in everyday life, society, and the workplace. Students learning about numbers and operations, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement, data analysis and financial literacy. In geometry, students use and select units to describe length, area and time. They also learn about fractional units and how they are used to describe parts of a whole. For more information on the mathematics and English tutoring SchoolTutoring academy offers, please contact us.

Rice Middle School is located on 8500 Gifford Dr, Plano, TX 75025, Rice Middle School covers grades 6-8 and can be contacted at 469-752-6000. Rice Middle School offers an accept and safe community environment where students are free to learn and grow as responsible individuals. In the 2017-2018 school year, the enrollment at the school was 1,083. The school had many been awards with many achievements in the past, including having a Global finalist in the Google Science Fair Competition in 2013, being the Verizon App Challenge Winners in the 2014-2015 year, and winning the grand prize in the State of Texas Science and Engineering Fair Competition in Physical Sciences and Life Sciences. Extra curricular programs offered at Rice Middle School include cheerleading, chess club, mock trial and poetry book club. Participation in extracurricular activities is a great way for a child to explore their passions outside of academics.

Plano West Senior High School is located on 5601 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75093, Travis Early College High School covers grades 11-12 and can be contacted at 469-752-9600.  Plano West Senior High School was established in 1999 and in the 2014-2015 school year had an enrollment of 2,896. In 2016m Newsweek ranked Plano West Senior High School in their list of the best public high schools as the #1 comprehensive high school in the state of Texas and #22 in the entire United States. The school offers all advanced placement (AP) courses except AP Japanese Language and Culture and AP Italian Language and culture. The school also offers concurrent enrollment courses through Collin College. The mission of the school is to prepare students to strive for excellence and contribute to a diverse society. Many students from Plano West Senior High School have gone on to attend prestigious colleges. However students wishing to attend college must take SATs and ACTs. For more information on the SAT and ACT tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Plano District Curriculum

Students at Plano schools take small steps when they first learn how to write. The writing curriculum is set up so that the students become familiar with the letters that make up their names. They continue on by learning all the letters of the alphabet and how to form each one. As they go through middle and high school, they learn about types of writing like persuasive and narrative. They also learn how to research, create rough drafts and edit papers before coming up with a final draft.

The geography curriculum at Plano schools begins with students learning the characteristics of basic shapes. They then observe the world around them to look for examples of these shapes. Within the next few years the students discover more complex shapes, such as pentagons, plus they learn how to find the perimeter of the simple and complex shapes. Next they learn how to find the volume of a shape by using examples that they are familiar with, like a swimming pool.

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I belive that all students can learn; however some students learn differently. This has become evident through many years of teaching students in reading and mathematics. Students learn in various educational formats, such as auditory, visual, and kinesthetic techniques. While some students learn by listening to the instructor, others may perceive instruction best through visual aids such as textbooks or notes. I have found that the majority of students that are taught excel kinesthetically or through the use of technology.
As a well-rounded educator, I intend to show my students and acquaintances the joy and use of knowledge. Through different reading and writing activities, I strive to teach students that there is a link between studying literature and everyday real life. I also attempt to entertain and bond with the students to help facilitate the learning process and encourage student productivity.
Education provides the tools for young people to better their lives and have more opportunities. Every individual has strengths and weaknesses regarding how they learn. Knowledge can come in many forms and is absorbed individually.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Plano Educational News

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes - The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an organization that allows students to make an impact on other people’s lives. These students and coaches help to make a difference by sending their message to the community. Through their work they equip, empower and encourage people with their faith. Students that take part in Fellowship of Christian Athletes grow in integrity, service, teamwork and excellence through their meetings and service projects. Those that participate are eligible to go to summer camp or take part in summer internships.
  • Junior World Affairs Council - The Junior World Affairs Council demonstrates how students and adults can help to save the world. This group helps to raise awareness of international policies, while increasing awareness and showing how these policies are connected. This is done through meetings, two times a month, where students are shown how to research and present their viewpoints through competition with other schools.
  • Future Business Leaders of America - Future Business Leaders of America is a group for students that are interested in the world of business after graduations. Students are presented with different areas of work and education to prepare them for a future in business. They also use time in meetings to hone skills in various business and career-related areas. These students then can compete against other FBLA students throughout the state at the State Leadership Conference. Those that end up as the top winners are then free to compete at the national Leadership Conference.

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About Plano, Texas

Plano is located in the North of Texas bout 16 miles northeast of Dallas in Collin County. The city covers an area of 71.6 square miles. The region was first settled in 1845-1846 and was later incorporated in 1873. The city was named after the Spanish word meaning “plain”, a reference to the terrain of the area. In 1872, the railroad reached the city, helping to establish it as a small agricultural center in the area. Today, the city is a financial and commercial centre, manufacturing compact discs, satellite communication equipment and metals. Plano is also the headquarters of Frito Lay chips, Keurig Dr. Pepper, J. C. Penney and Cinemark Theatres. Being close to Dallas is also highly beneficial to the company as there are also multiple Fortune 500 companies headquartered there. The nickname of the city is the “Gymnastics Capital of the World”.

Recently, Plano was named as one of the “Safest Cities in America” by Law Street Media and one of the “Best Run Cities in America” by 24.7 Wall Street. In 2011, Forbes magazine wrote that Plano was the safest city in the United States. Livability also ranked Plano in its Top 100 Best Places to Live list. There’s much to see and do in Plano, and there’s something for everyone. There are a variety of dining options for people too, including foods from all cultures,  and attractions for visitors of all budgets.

As of 2017, the population of Plano was 286,143, making it the ninth most populated city in Texas. 24.1% of the population was under 18, 20.9% of the population was between 18-34, 30.9% was 35-54, 12.4% was 55-64 and 11.6% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $85,085 in 2017.

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve contains 200 acres of park and natural beauty perfect or walking, jogging,hiking and other outdoor activities. Visitors can even experience an observation deck for a bird’s eye view of the city. There are three different ecoregions in the park. The first is the Blackland Prairie, named for its black clay soil. The most commonly found plants in the prairie are grasses, with the main one being little blue steam. In the spring, this area is blooms with a variety of wildflowers. The second area is the Riparian Forest, with Riparian coming from the Latin word for river. Here, trees, shrubs and vines grow thickly and appear like a jungle. The third ecoregion is the Upland Forest found at a higher elevation and farther away from the creeks. The most common shade tree in this area is the cedar elm. All the trees in this area provide plenty of shade and make the Upland Forest a good place to walk through on a hot day.

Historic Downtown Plano

Historic Downtown Plano is a community of vibrant performing arts, galleries, event venues and unique shops and restaurants. Historic Downtown Plano is the home of city hall, the municipal courthouse and the downtown fire station. Historic places into the downtown area include Plano Station Dart Rail and Haggard Park. With multiple options for dining, and shopping, there’s something in Historic Downtown Plano for everyone. Today, there have also been multiple high-end apartments built in the area, and with a light rail transit service on the way, downtown Plano is sure to be a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

Heritage Farmstead Museum

The Heritage Farmstead Museum is located at 1900 West 15th Street in Plano, Texas. The farmhouse at the center of the museum belonged to  award-winning livestock breeder Ammie Wilson before her death in 1972. Originally built in 1891, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Today, the Heritage Farmstead Museum displays exhibits related to local North Texas history. These exhibits are displayed in the restored Farrell-Wilson House, Young House and around the grounds of the Farmstead and are rotated about once a year so there i always something new to see. One of the permanent exhibits is the One-Room North Texas School House, which is an exact replica of a 1895 vintage schoolhouse from Ponder, Texas.

Interesting Facts

  • CNN’s Money Magazine designated Plano as the best place of live in the Western United States in 2005, 2006 and 2011.
  • Every year, the city hosts the annual Plano Balloon Festival and the Plano International Festival.
  • Sister cities to Plano include Ivanovo in Russia, Brampton in Canada, Marikina in the Philippines, San Pedro in Mexico, Hsinchu in Taiwan and Port Adelaide-Enfield in Australia.
  • The Courtyard Theatre in historic downtown Plano supports national art exhibits, vocal performances and theatre companies.

Chalk Talk: How to Encourage Class Participation

Many parents remember the feeling of trepidation when a teacher would ask them for an answer. Most children go through this same feeling, but it can cause some of them to avoid class participation. Here are a few ideas that parents can use at home to help their children. The first idea is to encourage the child in asking questions while out on errands with a parent. Allow them to ask the mailman, or the bank teller about things that make them curious. This will help them see that it is all right to talk to grown-ups. Next, when asking a child what they did at school that day, listen to their response and then encourage then to switch roles with you and allow them to ask you what you did that day. Finally, when a child asks a question that a grown-up is unsure how to answer, look the answer up together. This allows them to see that there is not anyone who has all of the answers, but there are ways to find them. With these activities, and others that parents can devise, the child will begin to become more comfortable with the knowledge that they have and will be willing to share it in class.

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