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Snow Make Up Day - March 13
Snow Make-Up Date – To make-up for the day school was cancelled in January because of the inclement winter weather, school will be held this Friday, March 13th. Attendance is required for all staff and students.

Spring Break is next week, March 16-20. >Top
Berkner Earns Top National AVID Designation
After undergoing the rigorous examination and review process, Berkner High School has been named RISD's fifth National AVID Demonstration Site - the highest honor an AVID campus can earn.
 
AVID, Advancement Via Individual determination, began in California as a campus-based philosophy to close the gap for students who traditionally face barriers to academic achievement. It provides academic and life-skill support for students in grades 5-12, focusing on college eligibility and success. While AVID is a program within a campus, it often changes the culture of the entire campus towards the tenets of AVID: "Hold students accountable, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge."

"Our students and staff can truly be proud of this achievement," said Berkner Principal Ron Griffen. "AVID has been such a positive program for this campus, and we're excited and honored to be named among the best."

Berkner joins Lake Highlands Junior High, Richardson West Junior High, Lake Highlands Freshman Center, and Lake Highlands High School as National AVID Demonstration Sites in RISD.

For more information, please visit www.avidcenter.org. >Top
2009 Career Summit
Students try their hand at welding while attending the College and Career Summit.
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce and Richardson ISD recently teamed up for the Fourth Annual College and Career Summit. Sixty-one businesses and organizations in the Dallas/Richardson area, ninety-five members of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of colleges, universities, and military organizations donated their time to speak to more than 400 juniors from each RISD high school.

The junior Rams, Mustangs, Wildcats, and Eagles visited an assortment of booths filled with college admissions representatives and business executives, attended a workshop on the importance of community service, and listened to the advice of adults who have non-traditional careers.

A special thanks to the Richardson Chamber of Commerce for their dedication and commitment to making this event possible! >Top
RHS 5k Fun Run
The Fifth Annual RHS 5K, benefiting the Excellence in Education Fund, was held on March 7. There were more than 600 registered runners participating this year, including Richardson Mayor Steve Mitchell, who ran after firing the starting gun. Runners came from all over the metroplex to participate on the brisk, bright morning.

Many families ran together along with their family dog. The football team, swim team, student groups and plenty of teachers ran too. The total amount money raised through the generosity of RHS families, friends, neighbors and community sponsors brought a new record to date: more than $26,000!

Thanks to all who supported this great cause! >Top
State Japanese Speech Contest
Two Richardson High School students excelled at the state Japanese speech contest in Houston.

In the Free Speech division, Jenny Triew won first place and a claim of state champion.

In the Poetry Recitation division, Sarah Rigall won third place.

Congratulations to both students and all from RISD who competed. >Top
This weekend in risd
FINE ARTS
RISD Winter Guard Showcase, Richardson High School, Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Soccer – Friday, March 13
RHS Boys vs. Creekview High School @ Eagle-Mustang Stadium, 5:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (JV, V)
RHS Girls vs. Creekview High School @ Creekview High School, 5:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (JV, V)
BHS Girls vs. W. T. White@ Berkner B Field, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)
PHS Girls vs. Rockwall @ PHS B Field, 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. (JV, V)
LHHS Boys vs. Molina @ Wildcat-Ram Stadium, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)

Softball –Friday, March 13
RHS vs. Lake Highlands High School @ RHS Softball Field, 7:00 p.m. (V)

Baseball – Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, Saturday, March 14

BHS to Lake Highlands Tournament @ Berkner Baseball Field, all 3 days

Tennis –Thursday, March 12
BHS vs. LHHS @ Berkner Tennis Courts, 3:30 p.m. (V)

Track –Thursday, March 12
PHS Girls/Boys in Reliable Chevrolet Relay @ PHS B Field (JV, V)

Track –Saturday, March 14
RHS Girls/Boys in Richardson Invitational @ Eagle-Mustang Stadium (JV, V)) >Top
reminders
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
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