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At Monday night's Board of Trustees study session, administrators presented a briefing on a draft proposal for a Bond in 2006. State law now dictates that referendums must be held in May or November. The Administration has recommended a May 13 bond referendum as the natural continuation of the 20-year plan laid out in 2000.

Bond 2001 was the first installment of this maintenance and building plan, and 2006 would be the second installment. The proposal for this bond includes Instruction, Technology, and Facilities. Bond 2001 passed for $370 million while the proposed bond for 2006 is between $140 million to $150 million which should not raise taxes.
A community reflector committee is being formed to discuss the bond proposal and make a report the Board. The call of the referendum is expected by the Feb. 20 Board study session.

RISD will be disseminating detailed information on the proposal once it is called by the Board. >Top

Yale Elementary school has been nominated by the Texas Education Agency for consideration as a 2006 No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School, a recognition determined by the United States Department of Education (USDE).

“The entire district is proud of Yale for earning this nomination,” said RISD Superintendent Jim Nelson. “We offer our congratulations to the students, parents and staff for this recognition of their consistently high performance. In addition, we personally offer congratulations to current principal Philip Bates and former principal Steve Lemons (now principal of Brentfield Elementary) on a job well done.”

Schools can earn No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School recognition for being either academically superior in their states or demonstrating dramatic gains in student achievement. Having received the state nomination, Yale will now submit comprehensive nomination information to the USDE.

Based on the nomination information received, the USDE will narrow the field by selecting a portion of the nominees for site evaluation visits, and ultimately announce the 2004-2005 National Blue Ribbon campuses in the fall of this year.

In 2005, Canyon Creek and Mohawk Elementary schools marked the seventeenth and eighteenth RISD schools to earn National Blue Ribbon honors.

For additional information regarding No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School recognition, please visit the U.S. Department of Education Web site at

To commemorate their best-ever season, Berkner High School football players Ugo Chinasa, Wesley Scourten and Wesley Nakwaasah presented a signed team football to Superintendent Nelson this week in the Superintendent's office. Mr. Nelson said he was honored by their thoughtfulness and loved every minute of the season. >Top

Pearce High School Presents Beauty and the Beast
Pearce High School is proud to present the Disney Classic Beauty and the Beast. The show opened on Jan. 27 and will run through Feb. 12th with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sundays. For tickets visit or call 469-593-5136 to make a reservation.>Top


Berkner High School Presents Hello Dolly
February 23,24,25 at 7:30
Based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, Hello Dolly! is a Broadway classic that celebrates the joy of living with irresistible songs, clever comedy and the personality of one of the most unforgettable characters on the musical stage, Dolly Gallagher Levi. When the famous matchmaker decides her latest would-be groom -- the well-know half-a-millionaire Mr. Horace Vandergelder-- is better suited for herself, havoc ensues. Energetic Dolly proceeds to weave a web of romantic complications and stops at nothing to get her man.

  Lake Highlands High School Presents Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

Thursday - Sat., Jan. 26-28 -7:30 PM
Saturday, Jan. 28 -2:00 PM
For tickets call 972-977-2970 or email

Richardson High School Presents My Fair Lady
March 2 - 4, 7:30 p.m.
March 5, 2:00 p.m.
RHS Auditorium for all shows
Changing a flower girl into a lady is the theme of this beloved musical with Eliza Doolittle and Professor Higgins. >Top

Lake Highlands Elementary held the first of three "Wee Wildcat" open houses this month for neighborhood 4- and 5-year olds and their parents. The goal of the program is to expose future and potential LHE students to the school, teachers, traditions and community. The initiative also serves to allow parents the chance to see firsthand the excellent academic and enrichment opportunities available at their neighborhood elementary school.

Teachers, PTA volunteers, current LHE students and even the Lake Highlands High School Wildcat mascot were on hand to help welcome the special visitors.

Prospective RISD parents are always encouraged to contact their neighborhood school to set up a visit and personally explore what the campuses have to offer. >Top

Terrace Elementary held its Literacy Day recently - an event where district and community leaders are invited to read a story to a class. This year's theme, Warm Up To Reading, attracted 26 "celebrity" readers. Pictured is RISD Board President Luke Davis sharing a book. >Top
Club AVID at Lake Highlands Freshman Center hosted a pep rally on Friday, Jan. 13, and featured a student vs. faculty basketball game. Both teams put forth an awesome effort, with the faculty team scoring the final basket in the last seconds to win 23-22.
Pictured in the photo: AVID teachers Anitra Johnson and Whitney Allen; Coach Jill Perry; and LHFC AVID students.

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program is now functioning in every RISD secondary school. AVID targets students "in the middle" and enhances focus, leadership, study habits and college-prep skills. >Top

For the second year, Art teachers in RISD presented their own personal artwork for display in the Administration Building during the month of January. The Art Beyond the Classroom exhibit featured work from 22 art educators. A reception for artists and their families was held earlier in the month. Shown here is Berkner art teacher Kasey Jones with her work 51 Minute Party. This piece and ceramic pottery piece by art teacher Randy Findley were presented Exceptional Awards by the judge. >Top
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