Special Visitors at May & June Board Meetings

July 3, 2019

At the May Board of Education meeting, three members of the Plano School District Music Team were present to be recognized because the district recently received the 2019 Best Communities for Music Education Award.  Those present were (l-r) Susan Webb from Plano High  School; Ann Arends from PH Miller School; and Jen Scarborough from the Middle School. Also recognized but unable to attend were Liz Schroeder and Jean Reese, music teachers at Centennial School and Kevin McCammon and Brianne Borgman, band and vocal music teachers at Emily G. Johns School.  The award was given by NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and was only awarded to 623 school districts in the nation.  Designations are made to school districts that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.  This group was recently awarded a Plano Premier Award and then recognized with an award of merit at the State level at the Illinois State Board of Education "Those Who Excel Program."


Plano High School senior Synthia Gonzalez presented Ms. Susan Webb with the Tri-M Music Honor Society Award of Excellence for the 2018-19 school year.  Tri-M is a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and Plano High School is one of 6200 participating chapters in several countries.  It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements and to honor and provide leadership and service opportunities to young musicians.  The high school students originally presented the award to Ms. Webb during their final spring concert.  Miss Gonzalez said the award is given to those who show integrity, selflessness and excellence in teaching and Miss Webb shows these qualities and traits every day.


Pictured are High School seniors (l-r) Payton Cullison and Synthia Gonzalez.  They were present at the May meeting, with High School Counselor Courtney Voise, to discuss the high school’s St. Baldrick’s event.  They said they were able to raise $819.37 for children’s cancer research through various events at the building and district-wide.


Special Olympian Shubham Patel was honored at the June meeting to celebrate his 2nd place finish at the Soccer Skills State Competition.  He proudly wore his second place medal and was presented with a special District 88 medallion by Superintendent Tony Baker.  Shubham is pictured with PASEC Director Amy Lee, Special Education Teacher Leann Rogers-Teckenbrock and Superintendent Baker.


The Board of Education and Superintendent Baker celebrated the accomplishments of the 2019 Plano High School Track Team.  Nine members of the track team attended the IHSA State Track Tournament held in Charleston, IL.  Pictured are (l-r) Coach Andrew DeBolt; Sebastian Esparza (State qualifier for 4x400 relay team); Angel Peray (State qualifier for 110-meter high hurdles and 4x200 meter relay team); and Keegan Cullison (7th place in the State in the 100-meter dash and State qualifier in the 4x200 meter relay).  Unable to make the meeting were State qualifiers Dominique Fox (triple jump); Kevin Dixon and Christian Graham (4x200 meter relay); and Kevin Dixon, Christian Graham and MaKai Vann (4x400 meter relay).


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