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IN THIS ISSUE
Transition Services Business Luncheon a Success
District Administrative Announcements
Forestridge Celebrates
Soldier's Return
15 RISD Schools Receive
Honor from City of Richardson
Partners Corner
J.J. Pearce High School
Student Council Organizes "Feed the Future"
State DECA Winner
Yale Elementary Gets Groovy
Youth Art Month Exhibit
RHS 5K 2008: 3.1 Miles
of Smiles
Spring Break Reminder
TRANSITION SERVICES BUSINESS LUNCHEON A SUCCESS
Canyon Creek Country Club staff members are: (L to R) Omar Abdallah, DuWayne Carrera, Nony Michulka, Alan Johnson, Jay Guthrie (holding award) and student Lanita Brown, Richardson High School.
RISD's Transition Services Program held their 18th Annual Business Luncheon recently with a packed room at Canyon Creek Country Club.

The Transition Program assists students with disabilities by providing training, life skills and employment experience to help prepare them for independent employment and living as valuable, productive members of the community.
     
The purpose of the annual luncheon is to recognize existing employers who work with the program by providing employment opportunities, and offer potential employers the opportunity to see the powerful impact that a transition student can have on their workplace focus and culture. The keynote speaker was Mr. Jerry Allen, a Dallas Councilman from the Lake Highlands area who employs a transition student at his business, Colonial Bank. Congratulations to Canyon Creek Country Club the Transition Services Employer of the Eear.

If you are a parent of a child with a disability or a business potentially interested in offering employment through the program, please contact 469-593-7440 for more information.
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Donna Johnson
Ms. Donna Johnson has been named RISD's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Currently RISD's Executive Director for Elementary Staffing, Ms. Johnson brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. Ms. Johnson has been in RISD for the past 26 years, serving as a principal, assistant principal and counselor. Ms. Johnson received a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master's degree from Trinity University.
 
Dr. Brad Kent
Dr. Brad Kent has been named as RISD's Director of Fine Arts. Dr. Kent currently serves as the Director of Bands at Lamar University. Prior to his other university experience at Texas A&M at Commerce and the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Kent served for six years as the Director of Bands at Lewisville High School. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Louisiana State University, a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

Both Ms. Johnson and Dr. Kent will assume their duties July 1. >Top
FORESTRIDGE CELEBRATES SOLDIER'S RETURN
Forestridge Elementary students and staff lined the halls, holding American flags, and eagerly anticipating the arrival of a very special visitor this week. Since last school year, students in Karen Sulzman's second-grade class have been trading letters, emails & gifts with Lt. Colonel Phil Foster, who until recently had been stationed in Iraq, helping rebuild the Iraqi government. Through good times and difficult, Lt. Colonel Foster knew he could count on hearing from his friends at Forestridge, whose principal, Kathy Higgins, met him through Rotary years ago.

When Lt. Colonel Foster arrived, students and staff erupted in cheers, and he spent the morning visiting with students, showing them pictures of his time in Iraq and answering questions at two special assemblies.

Ms. Sulzman's classes from this year and last had a special treat prepared for their guest of honor: welcome home gifts, a song written for him, a scrapbook and even poetry.

Welcome home Lt. Colonel Foster! >Top
Lt. Colonel Foster is greeted by Forestridge Elementary staff and students.
15 RISD SCHOOLS RECEIVE HONOR FROM CITY
Cafeteria managers, seated (L-R): Janice Stevens, Apollo; Kieu-Lien Le, Prairie Creek; Lori Kidd, MST; Middle row (L-R): Janet Beal, Richardson North Jr.High; Dee Willoughby, Northrich; Jeannie Brown, Jess Harben; Idali Soltero, Mark Twain; Jan Van Wyck, West Jr. High; Back row (L-R): Pam Boyd, Springridge; Debra Chambers, Richardson Heights; Lisa Boehmke, Yale; Laura Horning, Richardson High; Kathy Etchieson, Dartmouth; Patrice Jackson, Mohawk; not pictured; Pamela Smith, Christa McAuliffe
Fifteen RISD schools received a certificate from the City of Richardson recently, for consistently maintaining a high level of sanitation in their kitchens. A review of their 2007 inspection history revealed that no critical violations (3, 4, or 5 points on the food service inspection report) were observed during inspections conducted between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31. In addition, the food service workers consistently met food handler certification requirements.

Congratulations to these schools for receiving this honor:

Apollo Junior High
Christa McAuliffe Learning Center
Dartmouth Elementary
Jess Harben Elementary
Mark Twain Elementary
Mohawk Elementary
Math/Science/Technology Magnet
Northrich Elementary
Prairie Creek Elementary
Richardson Heights Elementary
Richardson High School
Richardson North Junior High
Richardson West Junior High
Springridge Elementary
Yale Elementary>Top
PARTNERS CORNER
Many thanks to all our outstanding partners for their generous contributions and continued support.
 
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Astronaut Anousheh Ansari shared her space shuttle experiences with almost 200 fifth graders at the 3rd Friday Technical Luncheon held on February 22. Her "Experiences of a Serial Entrepreneur and Private Space Explorer" wowed the young ones as their faces were kept in awe of her fascinating stories. She shared what she felt on September 18, 2006, when she captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh's heartfelt energy for life and space had all listeners, craving to achieve lifelong dreams.....and reaching for the stars.

Students attended the event from a variety of school districts in the Metroplex. Students representing Richardson Independent School District included Northwood Hills Elementary, Richardson Heights Elementary, and Math Science Technology Magnet Elementary. >Top
Astronaut Anousheh Ansari takes a moment to visit with a few RISD fifth-graders.
 
Wamu representatives present Stults Road Elementary Principal Darwin Spiller with a check for $2,425.
Washington Mutual and Stults Road Elementary
Stults Road Elementary recently received a check for $2,425 from the new Washington Mutual (WAMU) location at Greenville and Forest.   For the first month WAMU was open, $25 was donated to Stults for every new account opened!

Thanks Wamu! >Top
 
The Lake Highlands JH “A Team" breakfast
Congratulations to the more than 100 Lake Highlands Junior High students who were recently recognized at the “A Team" breakfast.  To be an "A Team" participant, a student must earn an "A" average in Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts for the first semester. Many thanks to the Lake Highlands Exchange Club for their generous financial support and to Starbucks for their coffee donation. >Top
An "A Team" Lake Highlands Junior High student receiving his certificate from LHJH Principal Lorine Burrell and assistant principal Elizabeth Swaner.
 
Richardson YMCA representatives have implemented a new mentoring program at Westwood Junior High.
Richardson YMCA and Westwood Junior High
The Richardson YMCA has implemented a new mentor program, called "Girls in Real Life Situations," at WWJH. Lead by the YMCA Senior Program director, Kezia Goodwin-Terry, and funded by a YMCA grant, the purpose of the program is to empower and expose young ladies to college and career options. >Top
J.J. PEARCE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL ORGANIZES "FEED THE FUTURE"
The Pearce High School Student Council just finished another service project, this time for Bryan's House, a managed facility that cares for children infected by HIV/AIDS. Students and faculty at Pearce were asked to contribute jars of baby food, with a goal of collecting 15,000 jars by February. This project is one of many that sponsor Becky Keeton has helped guide her student leaders to successfully complete over the past thirteen years.

In past years, the Pearce Student Council has organized such community service projects as collecting dog houses and food for Operation Kindness, purchasing assistance kits for the Lighthouse for the Blind, and purchasing a guide dog and training for the Southeast Guide Dog Association.

In addition, the Student Council annually organizes a massive donation of food and toys to Richardson-area elementary students.
J.J. Pearce Student Council members with sponsor Becky Keeton.
     
In the latest project, students at Carolyn Bukair Elementary, Mohawk Elementary, RISD Academy, Canyon Creek Elementary and Prairie Creek Elementary were encouraged by the Pearce Student Council to get involved in the project and contribute baby food. Students at Bukair Elementary were honored with a special pizza party for bringing the most baby food of the elementary schools, with 3,070 jars. J.J. Pearce students and the local elementaries contributed 24,206 jars in all! >Top
STATE DECA WINNER
RHS senior Meg McMills was named a winner at the DECA State Career Development conference.
Richardson High School senior Meg McMills was named a winner at the DECA State Career Development conference recently. Meg won in the category of Restaurant Management Services Marketing. She now advances to the international competition that will be held in Atlanta next month.

Congratulations to Meg on this great accomplishment! >Top
YALE ELEMENTARY GETS GROOVY
"I Will Survive!" is the battle cry of Yale's fourth grade writing students. The students, Principal Philip Bates, teachers Wendy Rouse, Katherine Tinney, Carol Bumpas, and Lucy McCulloch ended a "sweet day of writing" with ice cream sundaes, singing and disco dancing to seventies music to help relax and gear up for the TAKS test. It was groovy! >Top
Yale Elementary fourth-graders let off some steam after a day of writing activities.
YOUTH ART MONTH EXHIBIT
The RISD Art Department will hold its annual Youth Art Month Exhibit and reception on Tuesday, April 1 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Professional Development Center auditorium. The event recognizes art students from all schools, K - 12, and has grown annually in size. Last year, even with pouring rain, more than 600 students, parents, teachers, and administrators attended.

The public is welcome to attend.

The PDC is located at 701 W. Belt Line Road in Richardson. >Top
RHS 5K 2008: 3.1 MILES OF SMILES!
The fourth annual RHS 5K, benefiting the Excellence in Education Fund, was held on March 8. There were 606 registered runners participating this year, including Richardson Mayor Steve Mitchell, who ran after he fired the starting gun. Runners came from all over the metroplex to run on the very brisk but bright morning.

Many families ran together with the family dogs. The football team, swim team, student groups and plenty of teachers ran too. Total money raised through the generosity of RHS families, friends, neighbors and community sponsors brought a new record to date: well over $35,000!

The RHS feeder school with the most registered runners was Spring Creek Elementary.

Thanks to all who supported this great cause. >Top
The fourth annual RHS 5K was a huge success. More than $35,000 was raised to benefit the Excellence in Education Fund.
SPRING BREAK REMINDER
Parents, please remember (as if your children would let you forget) that Spring Break begins Friday, March 14, through the following week. School starts agian on Monday, March 24. Have a safe and restful break! >Top
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