STARS Teacher Profile - Heath Anderson

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Thank you to RISD's 2016 STARS teachers of the year for all you do for students!

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Annual College & Career Fair - September 17

The 2016 RISD College & Career Fair is Saturday, September 17. RISD high school students and their parents are invited to learn more about the college application and admissions process and meet with representatives from more than 150 local and national colleges & universities.

Speakers will offer sessions related to college applications/essay writing, financial aid options, college services for students with disabilities, qualifying to play intercollegiate athletics, and more.

This year's College & Career Fair will be held at Berkner High School (1600 E. Spring Valley Rd.), with shuttle bus service to/from BHS available from RISD's other high schools.

Visit College & Career Fair Website

Patriot Day Thanks

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Watch students at Arapaho Classical Magnet honor our local heroes

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Board of Trustees Activity

At its September 12 regular meeting, the RISD Board of Trustees discussed several items, including the District Improvement Plan process and pursuit of a state District of Innovation designation.

Community Recognition
Board members kicked off the meeting with a public recognition of Methodist Richardson Medical Center (MRMC) for its partnership in creating a Health Sciences Program at the MRMC's location on Campbell Road. Approximately 200 high school students are studying in an authentic hospital setting. The District and MRMC will host an open house later this fall.

District of Innovation
In a public hearing, staff also presented information about the District of Innovation (DoI) option, a designation offered by the last State Legislature designed to return local control to districts in some functions and allow schools to act on community input. A stakeholder group, comprised of community members and RISD personnel, will collaborate to create a plan for DoI. The group will present its recommendations to the Board of Trustees in the spring. If accepted, the exemptions and flexibility provided for DoIs and chosen for RISD could be put into practice for fall 2017.

District Improvement Plan
Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone also provided an overview of the District Improvement Plan, as well as changes to the process for updating progress toward measurable growth goals.

Campus principals, who in turn complete and update their own campus improvement plans, may access their records online for greater flexibility. Central administrators may review campus plans via the online system, allowing faster adjustments for support and increased monitoring of progress. The DIP and CIPs will be discussed further at the Board's September 19 Study Session.

Learn more about the September 12 meeting, including video

Board Discuss Boundaries, Configuration of New School

Boundaries Recommended
At its September 12 meeting, the RISD Board heard attendance boundary recommendations for the new elementary school planned for White Rock Trail. The boundaries were drawn from within White Rock Elementary's existing attendance boundaries, and considered criteria previously provided by the Board of Trustees, including:

  • Addressing current and projected overcrowding at White Rock Elementary
  • Prioritize student safety to & from school
  • Utilize geographical landmarks and major streets
  • Maintain existing socio-economic and racial diversity
  • Consider existing neighborhoods and homeowner associations

As recommended, the enrollment of White Rock Elementary in 2018-19 projects to be 653 students, while the enrollment of the new school projects to be 356 students, leaving room for future growth. The Board invites parent and resident feedback related to the boundary recommendations, and a public hearing will be held September 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the RISD Administration Building (400 S. Greenville, Richardson). The Board is anticipated to vote on final attendance boundaries at its October 3 Regular meeting.

View the recommended boundaries
Provide feedback to the Board about the new boundaries
Watch the discussion
FAQs about the new elementary school

Design Configuration Chosen
RISD Trustees also directed architects to move forward with detailed plans for a two-story design option of the new school. The two-story option does not require a zoning variance request from the City of Dallas. Architects will now prepare detailed plans for the school in advance of filing for a building permit from the City of Dallas as part of the planning process. The detailed plans are expected to be ready by the end of the year.

Trustees also heard details of the traffic engineering study (TES), completed by firm DeShazo & Associates. The TES is a required part of the planning process with the City of Dallas, and includes both a traffic impact analysis and a traffic management plan. The study evaluates the impact of traffic from the proposed site on public streets, determines if the site design can accommodate traffic loads at peak times, and makes recommendations to the design of the site to best manage traffic flow to reduce the impact of public streets.

Highlights of the traffic engineering study include:

  • The amount of queue space for cars on the site as designed exceeds City of Dallas specifications for peak periods during pick up and drop off times.
  • The district should build a deceleration lane on the west side of White Rock Trail, taken from the front of the property, for traffic travelling southbound turning into the school.
  • Recommendations for City of Dallas consideration include altering the timing of traffic lights and/or addition of a signal arrow at the Walnut Hill/White Rock Trail intersection during peak drop off and pick up periods, and restripe and maintain pedestrian crosswalk at Walnut Hill and White Rock Trail.
  • Other than the addition of a deceleration lane on school property along White Rock Trail, additional widening of White Rock Trail is not recommended by the study.

See the entire design & boundary presentation
Read the Traffic Engineering Study
Watch the discussion

Ending the Week With Spirit

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Berker HS Ramblers and football players welcome Jess Harben ES students to school on Fridays, spreading energy, fun and spirit.

2016 Spirit Run is November 5

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The 2016 Excellence in Education Foundation Spirit Run is Saturday, November 5 - registration is open now. The Spirit Run directly benefits the students & staff of RISD. Register on September 14 from 5pm - midnight for $15!

Scoreboard Sponsors

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that support RISD through scoreboard sponsorships at Eagle-Mustang or Wildcat-Ram stadiums. Please consider supporting these businesses that support RISD.

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District Calendar

  • September 12 - Public Hearing - District of Innovation RISD Administration Building - 6 p.m.
  • September 17 - 2016 RISD College & Career Fair
  • September 19 - Board Work Session
  • October 3 - Regular Board Meeting
  • October 7 - Student Holiday - Staff Development Day
  • October 10 - Fair Day Holiday

Upcoming Events & Fundraisers

  • RHS Eaglette Mini Dance Clinic - September 17
  • Destination Imagination Parent Information Meeting - September 20
  • PTA/SAGE Parent Education Opportunity - Parents & Teachers as Allies - September 21
  • RHS Golden Eagle Band March-A-Thon - September 24