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Enterprise City Wins RISD's Second Magna Award
Apollo Robotics Takes
Excellence Award at
Regional Competition
Regional Science Fair
RHS Plant Sale a
Huge Success
BHS, RHS Moving On
To Debate Nationals
The Lake Highlands JH
“A Team" breakfast
Window Art at Forest
Meadow Junior High
FRE Art Students Succeed
in UNT Immigration
Poster contest
Prairie Creek Honored
to Host “Astronomy Day”
on April 4th
RISD Rangers Night
Arapaho Classical Carnival
Country-Western Dance Off
This Weekend in RISD
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ENTERPRISE CITY WINS RISD’S SECOND MAGNA AWARD
RISD has again won a prestigious First Place Magna Award from the American School Board Journal, this time for the Enterprise City program, which has provided RISD students a hands-on experience in economics and government since 1985.

The award will be accepted by RISD trustees Karen Ellis and Lanet Greenhaw at the National School Board Association conference in California next month.

The Magna Awards, sponsored by Sodexo, Inc., recognizes districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. RISD also won a first place Magna Award in 2002.

For more information, please read the ASBJ press release. >Top
Apollo Takes Excellence Award at Regional Competition
The Apollo Junior High Robotics team beat the odds this month and won the Excellence Award as the top overall team at the Allen/Lucas VEX Robotics Competition at Lovejoy H.S.

Competing against more experienced students from high school teams around the region, Apollo was equal to the task, winning the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition.

Per the judges, Apollo’s team “exemplified overall excellence in building a well-rounded VEX robotics program. The team excelled in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork. A strong contender in numerous award categories, this team deserved to be recognized for their accomplishments building a robot and in building a ‘team’ committed to quality in everything they do.”

Team members include:
Josh Anderson
Nicholas Braden
Joshua Caldwell
Anthony Castillo
Tinsaye Gebeta
Grace Hoffman
Andrew Ho
Jonathan Levya
Moin Muhammad

They are coached by AJH teacher Jack Nelson. >Top
Regional Science fair results

Earlier this month, the North Dallas Regional Science Fair was held at the Garland Special Events Center. Over 450 entries from 8 districts submitted elementary science fair projects. All entries had to first win their building’s science fair before being eligible for the regional event. The following is a list of RISD winners:

  • 1st place - Andrew Asher, Trevor McDearmon, and Jeremy Fundling – Jess Harben Elem. – “Effect of Lit Light Bulb on Evaporation Rates”
  • 2nd place – Annie Hutton, Anna Schrader, and Brigitte Faris – White Rock Elem – “Building Beaches: A study of Wave Action and Erosion”
  • 2nd place – Rasin Faruk – Richland Elem. – “More Than Just Dirt”
  • 3rd place – Lauren Schleinat – Mohawk Elem. – “Paper or Plastic”
  • Honorable Mention - Andrew Webb – Spring Creek Elem – “Do Worms Prefer Sand or Soil?”
  • Honorable Mention – Zaiba Fatima – MST Elem. – “Red Rusty Reaction”
  • Honorable Mention – Diana Lazroy – Dover Elem – “Global Warming and Glaciers Alert”
  • Honorable Mention – Ginger Easterling – Yale Elem – “What Trajectory of a Missile Will Make it go the Farthest”
  • Honorable Mention – Sara Rodriguez and David Rodriguez – Arapaho Classical Magnet – “Water Works” >Top
RHS Plant Sale is Huge Success
March 7 was the perfect morning for buying plants from RHS horticulture students.

Hundreds of plants were sold to gardeners in the community before and after the annual 5K run. During fall semester horticulture students began propagating plants from cuttings and seeds in the RHS greenhouse. Tomato plants and herbs were big sellers, as well as hanging baskets and bedding plants. Many horticulture students gave up their Saturday morning to work at the plant sale, helping customers select appropriate plants for their needs and carrying purchased plants to cars.

This is the second year that horticulture classes have been offered at RHS. Five different horticulture classes are available this year. In addition to propagating plants for the two spring plant sales, students provide the plants used in the first and third grade science curriculum for all of RISD.

Another plant sale will be held on April 25. Bedding plants, herbs, peppers, and hanging baskets will be featured. >Top
BHS, RHS Moving On To Debate Nationals

Five outstanding RISD students turned in exceptional performances at the recent National Forensic league (NFL) district meet in Aubrey, Texas, and qualified for the national meet in June in Alabama.

Rahfin Faruk, Richardson High School, first place in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking (6-0)
Julien Teel and Sheba Aslam, Berkner High School, first place in Public Forum Debate (5-0)
Derek Centola and Ashlee Rood, Berkner High School, third place in Public Forum Debate (5-2)

The Berkner students are coached by Chuck Brandon and Monica Simonds is the Richardson H.S. coach.

     
The National Forensic League has run the National Speech Tournament continuously since 1931 (except for the World War II years) and the National Student Congress since 1938. Events and rules have changed with the growth of the NFL, but the league's commitment to providing exciting competition has remained constant. Six main speech events, four types of debate competition, two consolation speech events and four supplemental speech events produce national champions at the end of an action-packed week of competition. Winning students are rewarded with outstanding trophies and over $130,000 in college scholarships.

Congratulations to these deserving students. We wish them well at nationals this summer. >Top
The Lake Highlands JH “A Team" breakfast
Congratulations to the 109 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 University of Texas at Dallas’ Director of Community Engagement, Raul Hinojosa for his encouraging words and praise to our talented students! >Top
Window Art at Forest Meadow JUnior hIgh
Lake Highlands residents walking or driving by Forest Meadow Junior High might notice something odd about the cafeteria windows. Taking the philosophy "Every Opportunity to Learn: to a new level, Math, Science, and Social Studies students adopted windows to solve problems and share knowledge with others. >Top
FRE Art Students succeed in UNT Immigration Poster contest
Five students from Forestridge Elementary won $100 each for their first place entries in the University of North Texas Immigration Conference's Storytelling and Art Competition. They created posters telling the story of the journeys of their families to America as part of their Art curriculum. Alexandra Blake won in Creativity. Grace Yoon won for Visual Presentation. Rodger Madwa and Teresa Jones won in Story Telling. Jasmin Quinones was the Overall winner for the Elementary Division.

Grace and Alexandra attended the Awards Ceremony with their Art Teacher, Kathleen Kirchoff, at the University of North Texas. Associate Professor of Communication Design Eric Ligon awarded ribbons and certificates. He and Dr. Gilda Garcia, UNT Vice President for Equity and Diversity, praised the students' talents and encouraged them to consider UNT when choosing a college. >Top
RISD Rangers Night
RISD and the Texas Rangers invite the RISD community to come to the Ballpark for RISD Night on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:05pm vs. Cleveland.

RISD parents & students can purchase half price tickets anywhere in the ballpark to see special RISD recognition on the field before the game and on the scoreboard.

All information is in the attached flyer, and all orders and questions should be directed to the Rangers ticket office.

See you at the Ballpark! >Top
Prairie Creek Honored to Host “Astronomy Day” on April 4th
This year, 2009 was declared “The Year of the Astronomer” by the United Nations in honor of Galileo Galilei’s 400th birthday. The evening of April 4th will be the culmination of 100 hours of continuous worldwide public outreach programs. Prairie Creek has been chosen by the Texas Astronomical Society as one of four Dallas area locations to host this event. Come join us on April 4 between 4:00 to 10:30 PM to celebrate Galileo’s birthday, learn about the scale of our solar system, see sun spots through special filters, as well as observe the moon and many deep sky wonders. The event is open to the general public so COME ONE, COME ALL and have a good time. >Top
arapaho classical magnet spring fling
Arapaho Classical Magnet will be hosting a Spring Fling school carnival on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to download the flyer.

All are welcome to join the fun! >Top
Country-western dance off
One day only, the Berkner Ramblers will be hosting the 4th annual country-western DANCE OFF! The Ramblers will battle against Lake Highlands Wranglers, Pearce Stampede and Richardson Desperados in an event not to be missed. There will be dance and stunt competitions throughout the show! Saturday April 25th at noon in the Berkner Auditorium - tickets available in advance or at the door. >Top
This weekend in risd
FINE ARTS
LHHS Jazz Band will participate in TCU Jazz Festival, TCU PepsiCo Recital Hall, all day Saturday, March 28

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Soccer – Friday, March 27
RHS men's soccer team will be playing their area playoff game tonight at 6:00 p.m. at RHS

Come cheer on the Lady Mustang's Varsity Soccer Team as they move onto the Sectional Championship Match on Friday, March 27th at 6pm at Hebron High against The Colony. Hebron High is located at 4207 Plano Parkway in Carrollton 75010. We will be on the Visitors side wearing all blue.

Way to go ladies .... we are supporting you all the way to State!

Pearce Boys Soccer Playoff game against Mesquite Poteet Friday, 7 P.M. at Lake Highlands Wildcat/Ram Stadium.


Softball – Friday, March 27

PHS vs. Greenville High School @ Greenville High School, 6:00 p.m. (V)
LHHS vs. Creekview @ LHHS Softball Field, 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)
RHS vs. BHS @ RHS Softball Field, 7:00 p.m. (V)

Baseball –Friday, March 27
PHS vs. Rockwall-Heath @ Pearce baseball field, 4:30 p.m. (JV)
LHHS vs. RHS @ LHHS Baseball Field, 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)

Tennis –Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28
LHHS vs. Pearce @ LHHS Tennis Courts, 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 26 (JV)
RHS to Fair Oaks Tournament @ Fair Oaks Tennis Center, all day Saturday, March 27 (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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