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BHS Teacher Chosen for Prestigious STEM Award
Round-Up Time of Year
District Rewarded
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Forty Safer Kids in RISD
RHS Gymnast Named
Scholar Athlete of the Week
Lake Highlands Elementary Green Team
Richardson High School
Plant Sale - March 7
Terrace Elementary
Boot Camp
Westwood Junior High Student Honored in Essay Contest
Ac Dec State
Competition Winners
Japanese Calligraphy
Prestonwood Elementary Library Recycles
Apollo Junior High Boys Basketball Goes Undefeated
Northwood Hills TAKS Takers Receive a "Little" Support
JROTC Visits
Forestridge Elementary
Berkner High School
Mock Trail Team
Mohawk Elementary
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BHS Teacher Chosen for Prestigious STEM Award
Picture: RISD Assistant Superintendent Bob Devoll, STEM Academy Principal Erica Castille, STEM Award Winner Kevin Cieszkowski, Foundation Board Member Gail Hefton, Deputy Superintendent Patti Kieker, BHS Principal Ron Griffin, and Texas Instruments' Torrence Robinson.
"Everything comes back to the kids.”

Those were among the first words from Berkner High STEM Academy Physics teacher Kevin Cieszkowski after he learned he was the 2008-09 winner of the prestigious Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teaching Award.

“Mr. C” received the $10,000 award in a surprise ceremony in his classroom this week, to the loud cheers of his students. The presentation was attended by representatives from TI and the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, which presents the award.

"This is an amazing honor," a beaming Cieszkowski said, "Everything we do here as educators comes back to the kids we have. They’re the reason we’re here.”

The recognition is given to one teacher annually in RISD who is nominated by their school principal and teaches in one of the four STEM disciplines. The award includes $5,000 for personal use and $5,000 for use in the classroom for equipment, supplies or professional development.

“Mr. Cieszkowski is an outstanding educator who connects with his students through high expectations and unwavering support. His results have been nothing short of sensational," said Torrence Robinson, Director of Public Affairs for TI. “The Texas Instruments Foundation created the STEM Teaching Award to recognize innovative and exceptional teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math, so that students can ultimately compete in the global economy in which we live.”

“Kevin exemplifies excellence in education and will represent Texas Instruments, the foundation and the district most admirably,” said Elizabeth Hart, President and CEO of the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.risdfoundation.org. >Top
Round-up Time of year
Pre-Kindergarten Round-Up
Eligible children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2009 and who live in the RISD attendance area can go to any RISD elementary school to get a Pre-K referral. The child/family must meet ONE of the following eligibility criteria:
  • The child is Limited English Proficient (LEP) OR
  • The family meets the free/reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines (verification of income such as a check stub will be required) OR
  • The family meets the criteria of “homeless” OR
  • The child is an active duty military dependent OR
  • The child is or has been in foster care
 
Click here for more information about Pre-Kindergarten Round-Up.
 
Kindergarten Round-Up
Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before September 1 of the current school year and the student and either parent must be a resident of the district.
 
To enroll a student in the Richardson Independent School District, the following information is required:
  • Birth certificate (for students aged 10 and under)
  • An official document (their last report card)
  • Your child's Social Security Card
  • Complete immunization records (date, month and year of every immunization received)
  • Proof of residency (utility bill for homeowners or apartment lease with the parent's name)
  • Proof of withdrawal from your child's former school (Only if withdrawal was during the school year.)
 
Click here for more information about Kindergarten Round-Up.
DISTRICT REWARDED FOR ENERGY EFFORTS
RISD Energy Manager Ed Sheftall, Oncor's Barry Young, RISD Executive Director of Facility Services Michael Longanecker and Dr. Simmons.
RISD's electricity provider, Oncor Energy, presented the district with a $70,000 rebate check at a recent Board of Trustees meeting. The rebate came because of RISD's 2008 efforts to reduce energy consumption through installation of high-efficiency lighting, HVAC and roofing.

This is the second year of an efficiency-related rebate from Oncor, and since 2000, RISD's more energy-efficient buildings and facilities have resulted in more than $400,000 in rebates through different programs.

Overall, since 2005, the district has reduced consumption for a cost avoidance savings of $9,160,000. This amount was achieved by improving mechanical efficiencies, operating facilities more efficiently, and educating staff and students to be more conscious of energy conservation in everyday behavior. >Top
Forty Safer Kids in RISD
For the last six years, the RISD Council of PTAs has sponsored a project to provide car safety seats for some of our youngest students.  In the past five years they have placed nearly 200 children in safe car seats, and this year the Council provided this protection for forty children.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of accidental death of children under the age of 14, and although it is known that a proper safety restraint protects little ones when an accident occurs, some of our smallest students don’t have this protection.  There are at least two known instances where a car seat donated by the program provided the protection to prevent serious injury or death.  It is especially sad and frustrating to read newspaper accounts of injuries and death that could have been prevented.

Parents that receive car seats through this program receive instruction from an officer from the Dallas Police Department so that they will know how to properly use the car seat and will realize how important it is to use it every time.

In the photo of car seats are three riders that helped put it all together.  In the foreground is Debbie Cotton from Dobie Primary, behind her is Pat Tyson, the Health and Safety Chairman from the RISD Council of PTAs, and in the back is Kay Reynolds, the principal at Dobie Primary.

Thanks RISD Council of PTAs! >Top
Eagle gymnast is "Scholar Athlete of the Week"
Congratulations to RHS Gymnast Gus Worden for being selected as the Dale Hansen/McDonald's "Scholar-Athlete of the week."

Watch for the segment to air on Channel 8 on Sunday, March 15. >Top
Lake Highlands Elementary Green Team
Picture includes left to right Suzanne Fields – Assistant Principal, Kristina Crain – Green Team Sponsor/Teacher, Ed Sheftall – Energy Manager, Desiree Foltz – Green Team Sponsor/Teacher
The LHE "Green Team" has worked hard to reduce their electric use by 13% this year, compared to the same period last year. They were presented with a Watt Watcher flag to celebrate their success.

To save energy, LHE staff and students:
 
  • Turn off all computers and printers at night (including computer lab/library).
  • Turn lights off when not in room.
  • Unplug devices that are not used on a daily basis.
  • Keep lights off during teacher planning/lunch.
  • Wear light jackets/sweaters on cold days (instead of cranking up the heat).
  • Use lamps instead of ceiling lights.
  • Use natural light instead of ceiling lights on sunny days.
  • “Unplug It Parties” before long breaks- PTA comes around to make sure teachers have unplugged computers, TVs, refrigerators, etc.
  • Staff Watt Watchers let classes know if they were keeping their lights on unnecessarily. >Top
Rhs plant sale
Richardson High School Horticulture Plant Sale
March 7, 2009 - 8:00 – 12:00 AM
Behind Richardson High School at Coit and Belt Line

RHS horticulture students will have hundreds of plants for sale including hanging baskets, house plants, herbs, and bedding plants.

Greenhouse tours and square foot gardening information will be available. Proceeds will be used for the horticulture program and the Excellence in Education Fund.

Sponsored by RHS horticulture students. >Top
Terrace Elementary Boot Camp
On Friday, February 27, Terrace third and fourth graders participated in TAKS Boot Camp. Students spent time reviewing their skills and strategies in a fun manner. Activities included descriptive writing in the Chow Hall, composition relay in PT, and practicing multiple meaning words on military boots. The day was finished off with a special performance by music teacher Patrick Unkenholz. >Top
Westwood Junior High Student Honored in Essay Contest
Westwood Junior High student Lucas Christiansen was recently honored by the James Billingsley Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for winning an American History essay contest. Lucas’s essay, “The Ideals of the Gettysburg Address,” earned him top honors and a cash prize.

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women's organization dedicated to promoting patriotism and preserving American history. The organization also sponsors the DAR Good Citizenship Scholarship every year for one graduating senior from each RISD high school.

Congratulations Lucas! >Top
Ac Dec State Competition Winners
Two RISD teams made it to the Academic Decathlon State Competition: JJ Pearce High School competed at San Antonio in the Medium School division and Berkner High School competed in Houston in the Large School division. Both teams did very well amidst tough competition.

Here’s the breakdown of medals:

J.J. Pearce High School, ranked 10th in state
Dominic Roemer – 1st Place Math
Jay Anderson – 2nd Place Math
Megan Noble – 2nd Place Language and Literature; 2nd Place Art, 3rd Place Super Quiz

Berkner High School
Robert Deel – 1st Place Interview with a perfect score; 2nd Place Super Quiz
Robert McCarthy – 3rd Place Super Quiz

 
Congratulations to these schools and students! >Top
Japanese Calligraphy
Forest Meadow Junior High students are currently learning about calligraphy in Japanese class.

The ancient art form teaches precision and patience as one way of learning more about the Far Eastern culture. >Top
Prestonwood Elementary library recycles
In collaboration with the kindergarten science unit on recycling, Prestonwood Elementary librarian Mrs. Shacklett taught a lesson on recycling. She gathered different colors of recycled paper from classrooms throughout the building for the kindergartners to use. After She read the story "Michael Recycle" by Ellie Bethel, each kindergartner used the recycled paper to create a recycling collage with the three arrow recycling logo. Mrs. Shacklett is part of the Green Team at Prestonwood, and this is just an example of activities that teach awareness of the importance of conserving resources. >Top
Apollo Junior High Boys Basketball Goes Undefeated
Congratulations to the 7th grade basketball team at Apollo Junior High. The team was undefeated this season.

Way to go! >Top
Northwood hills elementary taks takers receive a "little" support
As "TAKS Day" arrived at RISD elementary schools, everyone wanted to encourage students to do their best.

At Northwood Hills Elementary, TAKS-takers in fourth grade received some support from an unexpected source: the schools kindergarten students.

Signs and smiles and encouragement from the young one helped the older students through the writing TAKS.   >Top
JROTC Visits Forestridge elementary
Last month the Berkner Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Ram Battalion visited Forestridge Elementary to help celebrate Presidents Day.  Cadets ArcJohn Dormal, Matthew Johnson and Amanda Hunter enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the students.  The cadets explained the requirements to get into JROTC, related extracurricular activities, and educational and job opportunities provided to JROTC students after graduation from high school. The cadets emphasized the importance of community service by students and the benefits it provides to society.  >Top
Berkner high school mock trial team
Berkner High School’s Mock trial team was back in action recently at the Region 10 Mock Trial Competition. Having competed against 24 other schools from around the region they were ranked high enough to make it to the final round of 8; however, they drew perennial regional powerhouse Richardson High School in the final round and were not able to advance to the state competition. It was an exceptional year for such a young team and they all look forward to next year’s competition.

The team’s slogan this year was “If we have habeas corpus, then why are we in school?”

They were coached by Euan Blackman. >Top
mohawk elementary beta club
Every year members of the Mohawk Elementary BETA Club participate in a service project around Valentine's Day. This year the students took candy and cards to the residents of the Gardens of Richardson nursing home. >Top
Hoops in the highlands
Get your game on! The 6th annual Hoops in the Highlands Basketball Tournament is coming up Saturday, March 28th at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill @ Plano Rd.

This three on three tournament is open to all competitors in 1st through 8th grades.  Hosted by Lake Highlands, White Rock, Wallace and Northlake Elementaries and Lake Highlands Junior High, this annual fundraiser benefits these five schools. Hoops in the Highlands is a ton of fun and features food, live music and the ever-popular Fun Zone, created especially for little fans.

Registration forms are available at any of the five schools or on line at www.hoopsinthehighlands.net  Deadline to register is March 6th and the entry fee is $60 per team, for up to four players.  Need more info about the event, sponsorship or volunteer opportunities?  Contact Hoops Chair, Tammy Williams at 214.553.8241 or tammy_williams@onebox.com. >Top
This weekend in risd
Taste of Lake Highlands – Lake Highlands High School, all day, Saturday, March 7th

Richardson High School 5K Run for Education, Richardson High School, Saturday, March 7th, 8:00 a.m.

RHS Horticulture Plant Sale, March 7 from 8:00-12:00 in the RHS parking lot on the West side of the school.

FINE ARTS
Lake Highlands High School Percussion Concert, Lake Highlands High School Auditorium, Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.

J. J. Pearce High School Percussion Concert, J. J. Pearce High School, Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.

Richardson High School Choir ‘Latte with Legacy’ Concert, Richardson High School Black Box Theatre, Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Soccer – Friday, March 6
RHS Girls vs. Molina High School @ Richardson High School, 5:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (JV, V)
BHS Girls vs. Sunset @ Berkner B Field, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)
PHS Girls vs. The Colony @ PHS B Field, 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. (JV, V)
LHHS Boys vs. W. T. White @ Wildcat-Ram Stadium, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)

Soccer – Saturday, March 7
RHS Boys vs. Molina High School @ Franklin Stadium, 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)

Softball – Friday, March 6
LHHS vs. Sunset@ LHHS Softball Field, 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)
PHS vs. Hockaday @ Pearce Softball Field, 5:30 p.m. (V)
RHS vs. W. T. White @ RHS Softball Field, 7:00 p.m. (V)

Tennis – Friday, March 6
RHS to Allen JV Tournament @ Allen High School, all day (JV, V)
LHHS vs. Jesuit @ LHHS Tennis Courts, 4:00 p.m. (V)

Track
Saturday, March 7LHHS vs. Berkner @ Wildcat-Ram Stadium (JV, V) >Top
reminders
RHS 5k Run - March 7
Richardson High School 5K benefiting the RHS Excellence in Education Fund.

When: March 7, 2009 at 9 a.m.
Where: 1250 W. Beltline Road
Richardson, Texas 75080

Registration at www.runontexas.com or in person at Run On! Richardson

$15 Early Bird-if registered by February 25 - $20 after February 25 - $25 Race Day - $10 for all students

Packet pick-up March 4-6 at Run On! Richardson, 1469 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX.

For more information please visit, www.RHS5K.com. >Top
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