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The Cotton Bowl, A
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Art Beyond the Classroom
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RHS 5K Run
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Lake Highlands Freshmen Center conducted its inaugural Perfect Attendance Show -down on Friday, January 19th. This marks the first event in an ongoing program to reach out to students and encourage attendance. Simply put, “The more often our students are in school and class, the better their chances are of graduating from high school and becoming responsible, contributing members of our community,” stated Principal Jayne Farmer.

The event was well-attended by students and staff. Participating students were rewarded with an all-inclusive dinner provided by the Lake Highlands Exchange Club. Thanks to the LHFC Student Council and volunteer, Joan Walne, the students received T-Shirts commemorating their success.

The main event included a video game tournament conducted in the school auditorium utilizing the school’s enhanced audio and visual capabilities. The auditorium was filled with students and adults who raucously cheered on the competitors. The winner and runner-up of the tournament received spectacular trophies generously donated by community member David Werther. Microsoft Corp. lent its support by rewarding the top four finishers with the very latest X-Box 360 video games.
By all accounts, this initiative by Lake Highlands Freshmen Center was a success due equally to strong administrative leadership, a cohesive staff and a forward thinking community eager to rally around its future. >Top
Julie Briggs has been chosen as RISD's new Director of Library Media Services. Briggs obtained a bachelor's degree in English education from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University. A former English and reading teacher, Briggs began working as a librarian in RISD at Stults Road Elementary in 1999. She became the RISD Library Systems Administrator in 2004.

Randy Robertson, current assistant principal and assistant head football coach/defensive coordinator at Berkner High School , has been named as the new athletic director and head football coach at Pearce High School. Coach Robertson has been with RISD for 19 years. He earned his bachelor's degree from Baylor University and his master's in administration from the University of North Texas. He has already begun the transition from Berkner to Pearce. >Top
Some things are just a tradition, like football, New Years and the Cotton Bowl.  But in the Nakhoda family, winning the Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest is a family tradition. Trey Nakhoda, a fourth grader at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet, won first place this year in the AT&T Cotton Bowl drawing contest.  Trey competed along with nearly 6,000 other Dallas County students. Trey was one of nine winners chosen from RISD, placing first in the third and fourth grade division.

Trey carried on the family tradition at Hamilton Park by being the third child in the Nakhoda family to win the contest.  Trey’s brother Zein, currently a senior at Lake Highlands High School, won the contest twice when he was at HPPM.  Trey’s sister Maria, now a student at the Lake Highlands Freshman Center, also won the contest when she was attended Hamilton Park.  So, no pressure on little brother?
The Cotton Bowl Classic art program was created in 1997 with the goal of expanding elementary students’ knowledge about the overall college experience, and increasing their awareness in geography, teamwork, local history and tradition. Judging is based on the student’s use of color, theme to tie college football, New Year’s Day and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic in their art.

The top overall winner’s art from both school districts were framed and presented on December 30th at the Big Play Luncheon to the head coaches of the universities competing in the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day.  Trey’s artwork was selected from all the winners for presentation to AT&T.  Winning students and their families attended the luncheon and were guest at the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic game on News Years Day.

The 18 winning entries are on exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. As for the remaining 6,000 pieces of art, they also went at public display on New Year’s Eve in Dallas-area hotels. These works of art were inside the rooms of arriving football fans as welcoming gifts from the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

No doubt, Trey will be looking towards the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and another chance to tie the family record, of two wins! >Top
Art teachers not only inspire students to create interesting works of art, they also create their own personal works. Last week, several RISD art teachers were honored with a reception at the Administration Building where their personal work is displayed. The exhibit will continue to hang in the Administration Building foyer through Feb. 9.

Nineteen artists submitted work this year, and two pieces were chosen for "exceptional" awards --- Classical Repose, by Susan Huguley, Yale Elementary; and Kathryn, by Myron Stennett, RISD Academy.
The judge said, "In both pieces, the quality of craftsmanship and technique is unquestioned, and works as an integral part of the piece as a whole. A pleasure to study... and the longer you look, the more there is to see."

Some of the works are also available for purchase. Twenty percent of the proceeds from each piece sold will be donated to the RISD Tomorrow Foundation, who sponsored the reception. >Top
The 2007 Class of Inside RISD met for the first time January 25. Class members heard from new RISD Superintendent David Simmons, had an authentic elementary school breakfast at Richardson Heights Elementary, and then visited and toured Richardson West Junior High Visual Arts & Technology Magnet.

Class members learned about RWJH's AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, the magnet program offerings and were able to ask questions of students and staff.

Click here for more information about Inside RISD. >Top

Announcing community event benefiting the RHS Excellence
in Education Fund - A 5K fundraising run.

March 3, 2007, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Richardson High School, Eagle/Mustang Stadium

Free t-shirts for registered runners, awards, and live music by Luck of the Draw.
Kids 12 and under can enter a Punt-Pass-Kick competition.

Register Now!

For more information and to register, visit

Deadline is February 27

Register in person: Run On! Richardson, 1469 W. Campbell Road, Richardson >Top
Treat your family to four evenings of great entertainment. Attend all four RISD high school musicals. Such talented students! Such great shows. Such great prices.

Don't miss these amazing theatre productions. The best value in town!
  PHS Theatre Department Presents Disney's Peter Pan

January 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m.
January 28 at 2:00 p.m.
February 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m.
February 4 & 11 at 2:00 p.m.

J. J. Pearce High School Auditorium
1600 N. Coit Road, Richardson 75080
  LHHS Theatre Department Presents Abe Burrows & Frank Loesser's
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

January 25, 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Lake Highlands High School Auditorium
9449 Church Road, Dallas, 75238

Call 214-349-1510 for ticket information
$8 - $9 General Admission - $10 Reserved Seats
  BHS Theatre Department Presents The Pajama Game

February 8, 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Berkner High School Auditorium

RHS Theatre Department Presents Cats

You are invited to a night of extraordinary musical theatre, RHS style, when we present the Broadway musical smash, CATS!

The show will run Thursday, February 1st through Sunday, February 4th; show times are at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st through the 3rd, with a 2 p.m. matinee on February 4th.

Tickets are just $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students/senior citizens. >Top
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