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Frisco ISD Reedy High School student wins Grand Prize at Dallas Regional Science, Engineering Fair

Frisco ISD Reedy High School’s Vivek Kogilathota earned the Grand Prize Award in the Senior Life division at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Kogilathota won first place in his category before all category winners went through another round of judging.

Frisco ISD sent 86 middle school and 14 high school projects to the annual Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF). The 100 projects were presented at Centennial Hall at Fair Park near downtown Dallas.

Kogilathota’s project “DyslexAI: A Novel Approach for Dyslexia Diagnosis and Therapy Using A Computer Webcam via Machine Learning” was recognized as the best of the best in this final round.

Kogilathota advanced to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Anaheim, California.

Students who earned a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize have advanced to the Texas State Science Engineering and Science Fair  at Texas A&M University in College Station. The fair includes more than 20 categories spanning engineering, biological sciences and physical sciences. Winning high school entries advanced to ISEF.

Frisco ISD student projects covered a myriad of topic from “Natural Electricity” to “A Novel Communication System for Stroke Survivors Using an Electronic Glove.”

Frisco ISD students went home with a number of awards for innovative projects. More than 40 percent of the Frisco ISD middle school projects and 70 percent of the high school projects received awards.





Frisco ISD stars at Dallas Regional Science, Engineering Fair

Frisco ISD winners and honorable mentions(*) from the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Centennial High School

Pranav Myana*, Senior Engineering Mechanics

Fowler Middle School

Vaishnavi Moturi – 2nd Prize, Junior Robotics & Intelligent Machines – Health Physics Society STC-HPS Science Fair Excellence Award for “Building an AI model to detect Chest Anomalies Given a Chest X-ray”

Esha Bhandari*, Junior Biochemistry & Biomedical Engineering
Neha Shyamsunder*, Junior Earth and Environmental Sciences
Pranav Uttarkar*, Junior Plant Sciences – North Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Honorable Mention

Frisco High School

Jayanth Pandit, Senior Embedded Systems – Directed Energy Professional Society Honorable Mention for “Child-Alert System: A wearable device”

Hunt Middle School

Lino Marrero – 1st prize, Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences – Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award, Junior Division for “The Kinetic Kickz”

Independence High School

Jathin Desan – 2nd prize, Senior Animal Sciences – “Early detection using a Novel Climatic-Ecological Niche Model in Prediction of West Nile Virus: Descriptive analysis of WNV neuro and non-neuro cases with Machine Learning”

Lawler Middle School

Ria Garg – 3rd prize, Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences – “Screening for Parkinsons: Isolating Characteristic Typing Patterns with Machine Learning”
Hahra Padda – 3rd prize, Junior Microbiology – “Can Different Substances Reduce Biofilm Growth on Hydroelectric Dam Components?”
Anushka Sharma – 3rd prize, Junior Robotics & Intelligent Machines – “Voice Controlled Robot”

James Coffman*, Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences
Shriya Majumdar*, Junior Biomedical & Health Sciences
Krishna Sahay*, Junior Biomedical & Health Sciences
Nishi Soni*, Junior Cellular and Molecular Biology & Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Lebanon Trail High School

Abhinav Bichal, Shanmuka Jayanti and Varshaan Parthibannandhini*, Senior Biomedical & Health Sciences – The Cooper Institute Exercise/Health/Nutrition, Senior, 3rd Place for “Development of an Accelerometer – Based Medical Device for Posture Management“

Liberty High School

Vishnu Vasudev – 3rd prize, Senior Biomedical Engineering – “A Novel Communication System for Stroke Survivors Using an Electronic Glove”

Maus Middle School

Kevin Su*, Junior Materials Science

Nelson Middle School

Anika Chebrolu – 3rd Prize, Junior Cellular and Molecular Biology & Computational Biology and Bioinformatics – “In-Silico Molecular Docking Study of Novel Hemagglutinin Inhibitors to Combat Influenza Epidemic”

Pearson Middle School

Shobhit Agarwal – 1st prize, Junior Robotics & Intelligent Machines – “Using Machine Learning to Classify Tumors and for Early Detection of Cancer”

Manyaa Bhatia – 2nd prize, Junior Cellular and Molecular Biology & Computational Biology and Bioinformatics – “Fighting Alzheimers: Memories Last”

Michelle Ee and Hana Sim*, Junior Robotics & Intelligent Machines
Katherine Gipp and Karini Narayanan*, Junior Systems Software
Alyssa Lo and Nayonika Sharma*, Junior Materials Science
Gwen Mckee and Sayuri Sigdel*, Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences
Ryan Patel and Ronit Totlani*, Junior Engineering Mechanics
Nick Perkins*, Junior Earth and Environmental Sciences
Roshan Rajan and Saketh Sadhanala*, Junior Engineering Mechanics – DiscoverSTEM Honorable Mention for “Smart Spoon”
Connor Smith*, Junior Earth and Environmental Sciences
Brandon Tuttle*, Junior Energy: Physical – Directed Energy Professional Society Junior 3rd Place for “Screen or Swelter”

Pioneer Heritage Middle School

Niharika Anand and Adithi Nemalikanti – 2nd prize, Junior Energy: Chemical – “Natural Electricity”

Aditya Satrasala – 3rd prize, Junior Energy: Chemical – “The Tech We Never Think About”

Kanak Ambwani*, Junior Earth & Environmental Systems – North Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Honorable Mention for “‘Plantables’ a New Way of Pencils”
Aishwarya Akella, Nitya Mattey and Nikita Srinivas*, Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences

Reedy High School

Vivek Kogilathota’s Grand Prize Award in the Senior Life division.

Shantikiran Chanal*, Senior Biomedical Engineering
Ojas Kaveeshwar*, Senior Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Rohit Rajan, Yash Totlani and Ananth Vivekanand*, Senior Robotics & Intelligent Machines – Collins Leadership Association Outstanding Communications Project Senior Div. 1st Place for “A Novel Approach to Learning Robot Dexterity: Utilizing Embedded Linear-Quadratic Markov Decision Process by Projecting onto a New State Action-Space”
Aryan Vemuri*, Senior Biomedical Engineering

Stafford Middle School

Samreen Kaur and Ritu Reddy*, Junior Plant Sciences

Staley Middle School

Arjun Karthik*, Junior Cellular and Molecular Biology & Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Trent Middle School

Siddhant Singh, Archit Thanikella and Rochan Viswanadhapalli*, Junior Biomedical & Health Sciences

Vandeventer Middle School

Dev Aggarwal, Sushanth Elangovan and Rohan Tolia – 3rd prize, Junior Environmental Engineering – “Trash to Treasure”

Haley Hicks and Zachary Homer*, Junior Biomedical & Health Sciences
Rithwik Ravi Kumar and Pujan Shah*, Junior Engineering Mechanics – Collins Leadership Association Outstanding Communications Project Junior Div. 3rd Place for “Radio Wave Amplifier”

Frisco ISD orchestras earn high rankings

Orchestra programs from all Frisco ISD high schools took performing groups to the UIL Region 24 Orchestra Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation and brought home a number of superior and sweepstakes rankings.

All 10 Frisco ISD high schools were recognized for their performances.

At the UIL Orchestra Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation, orchestras first performed a concert of three pieces that the students and their directors had been preparing for weeks. From the concert, the students went straight to sight reading.

During the sight reading evaluation, the director was provided three minutes to study a score before instructing students through a piece they had not previously prepared for. During the seven to 10 minutes of instruction, the director could not perform the music on any instrument, tap rhythms or perform any part of the music in any fashion. No sounds were permitted until it was finally time to perform for a panel of judges.

If the director chose to, the students could play a quick scale or long tone before performing the sight reading music. The students were then judged on the performance of the piece upon their first time to ever play it.

Frisco ISD: Congratulations goes to Lebanon Trail, Liberty, Lone Star, Memorial, Reedy and Wakeland high schools, which had all of their orchestras receive a Sweepstakes designation.

Sweepstakes with Varsity, Non-Varsity, Sub Non-Varsity A, and Sub Non-Varsity B
Superior rating in Concert with Sub Non-Varsity C

Sweepstakes with Varsity
Superior rating in Concert with Non-Varsity

Sweepstakes with Varsity Full, Non-Varsity, and Sub Non-Varsity A
Superior rating in Sight Reading with Sub Non-Varsity B

Sweepstakes with Varsity Full, Non-Varsity, and Sub Non-Varsity A
Superior rating in Concert with Sub Non-Varsity B

Lebanon Trail
Sweepstakes with Varsity Full, Non-Varsity, Sub Non-Varsity A and Sub Non-Varsity B

Sweepstakes with Varsity Full, Non-Varsity, Sub Non-Varsity A, Sub Non-Varsity B and Sub Non-Varsity C

Lone Star
Sweepstakes with Varsity and Non-Varsity

Sweepstakes with Varsity and Non-Varsity

Sweepstakes with Varsity, Non-Varsity, Sub Non-Varsity A, and Sub Non-Varsity B

Sweepstakes with Varsity and Non-Varsity

School STAAR, AP Testing updates

Testing updates via Plano ISD

STAAR Testing: Governor Greg Abbott is waiving all STAAR testing requirements for the current school year amid the Coronavirus pandemic and related school closures.

AP Testing: AP testing is managed by the College Board and they are planning to post information about AP testing on March 20. Monitor the College Board site for Coronavirus impacted schools at:

Plano ISD Superintendent’s message, #COVID-19 update

Dear Plano ISD Families,

As the changes in the world unfold here at home, I can honestly say that the vision statement for Plano ISD has never shined more brightly. Watching this community pull together to help students and families demonstrates so clearly what Plano ISD and the communities we live in are all about—caring for one another first and foremost. While schools are closed, please know we are hard at work to find ways to provide support and educational continuity for your child.

As the District manages all of the facets the decision to close schools presents, one thing is certain, we will need every person in our community to support one another through these decidedly uncertain times. That said, I want to thank each person who has taken the time to send us questions, ideas, suggestions and offers of support. Each email or phone call we get, helps us consider solutions from every angle so that we are supporting students and families to the greatest extent possible. I would encourage you to please continue to reach out to us at Together, I feel sure that we can meet the needs of our students and families as needs arise.

In order to provide academic support and instruction, Plano ISD has a short-term plan that will be implemented this week that will provide tools for students and parents to utilize to reinforce previous learning and mitigate the short-term impact of the school closure. You will be receiving information this week that gives directions on how to access these resources and learning tools. As we have come back from spring break, we have been rolling this plan out to our administrators and teachers so that they are prepared to support our students and families. In addition, we have been devising and will communicate a long-term plan should an extended school closure become necessary. As of today, we have been notified that there will be no required STAAR testing this spring as Governor Abbott has waived this requirement. Please be watching for information in the coming days that explains how we will regain instructional continuity.

Thank you for your partnership and support as we manage this rapidly changing situation. Please know our priority is to help manage the public health situation and at the same time provide continuity for your child’s education. We will continue to update you on the status of the school closure this week and any possible decision to extend the closure as we understand that these decisions affect each family in our district.

So what can you do from home during this time?

  • Take care of one another
  • Continue to check our website regularly to stay updated on all communications sent from the District:
  • View a current list of available resources:
  • If you have not already done so, complete the PISD Technology Survey sent by the District so we can provide the tools and access needed for remote learning should a longer school closure become necessary
  • Wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing
  • Practice social distancing
  • Practice social responsibility recommended by the City of Plano: City of Plano COVID-19
  • Reach out if you need help
  • Be kind

Plano ISD wants to do whatever we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 but also realize the pressure this puts on our families. We have had many organizations already reach out to us and we want to make sure we are connecting resources to needs. We will be updating you regularly to let you know what we are doing to support and care for our students, especially as it relates to food and support with basic essentials in the days ahead.

Meeting the basic needs such as feeding our students is a priority. We have six schools that are serving grab-and-go meals daily for FREE to all PISD students and hope that families will take advantage of this resource for the duration of the school closing.

Meal Sites: Daffron Elementary, Huffman Elementary, Meadows Elementary, Rose Haggar Elementary, Sigler Elementary and Thomas Elementary
Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m./Lunch, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Your child may be asking questions about COVID-19, and we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to ease their worries. You might find this resource helpful: Talking to Kids About COVID-19.

At times like these, we can be thankful to call Plano ISD home. Our community has a tradition of teamwork for excellence that makes us proud to call this our home. We want you to know that we care, are committed to supporting the community, and stand ready to greet the challenges this situation presents. We thank you for your support and patience and look forward to your partnership as we take care of one another in the days ahead.

Sincere thanks,

Plano ISD Superintendent

Plano ISD School Information

School Related Student Travel
All travel that is scheduled to occur during the school closure is cancelled as of this time.

Campus Activities
All scheduled activities related to Plano ISD schools are cancelled during the school closure. This also includes all district events and competitions.

Medication Pick-Up
If your child has medication that needs to be picked up from their campus, please contact your school nurse via email to schedule a pickup. Medication can be picked up curbside as entry into the building is not allowed.

Community Services

Free Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch
Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at six locations across the district beginning Monday, March 16. Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check for new information.

Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.

  • Daffron Elementary School
    3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
  • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
    5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
  • Meadows Elementary School
    2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
  • Rose Haggar Elementary
    17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
  • Sigler Elementary School
    1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
  • Thomas Elementary School
    1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

Mobile Food Pantry Open on Friday, March 20
North Texas Food Bank will host a mobile food pantry in the Williams High School parking lot on Friday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. Williams High School is at 1717 17th St., Plano, TX 75074. Families will be able to drive through and receive a box of shelf-stable items.

Other Community Resources
A current list of resources available to Plano ISD families can be found at


Allen ISD providing free curbside breakfast, lunch for students March 16-20

Allen ISD will provide curbside breakfast and lunch meals for all Allen ISD students during the week of March 16-20.

Curbside meal sites at Boyd Elementary School (800 Jupiter Road) and Rountree Elementary School (800 East Main Street) will be open from

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast pick-up Monday through Friday

and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch pick-up.

Families may remain in their cars to pick-up meals curbside at the front of designated campus sites. One meal will be provided for each Allen ISD student, including middle and high school students.

Allen ISD advises students must be present to receive meals. The school district said parents and siblings may not pick up meals for other students.

This meal service will continue if school closures are extended, according to the school district.

Other local school districts are also providing meals during the school closing situation. Check with your local school district for Grab and Go meal information.


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