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RISD Named Finalist for HEB
Excellence in Education Award
RISD Teams Excel at State
Ac Dec Competitions
Japanese Language
Speech Contest
Student Success Initiative
TAKS Summer School 2007
RISD on Capitol Hill
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Richardson ISD has been named a finalist for the HEB Excellence in Education Award, one of eight districts to receive the honor.

Created in 2002, the HEB Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school districts and professionals for their dedication and commitment. One large district and one small district are chosen as winners.
As a finalist for the award, RISD was visited by a distinguished selection committee that reviewed operations and practices. During the visit, the district was presented with a $5,000 check for the district's general fund.

In addition to RISD, four other large districts are under consideration for the honor. The winning district will be announced in May in Austin, and will receive an additional $100,000.

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Three of RISD's four high schools recently had teams advance to the state-level Academic Decathlon competitions.

Teams from Berkner and Richardson high schools competed at the 5A competition in Katy, Texas, and the Pearce High School team competed in San Antonio at the 4A meet.

All teams experienced group and individual success, with Pearce earning the overall 4A Bronze Medal.

Berkner H.S. won Bronze in the Super Quiz Relay and overall Super Quiz. Team members included Kat Chase, Mat Debic, Farha Habeeb, Souphia Ieng, Tammy Lee, Jimmy McCarthy, Lawrence Pham, Danny Rodriguez and Albert Young. They were coached by Tanya Gregson and Dean Webb.

Richardson H.S. team members included Rachel Burger, T.J. Daniel, Micah Diamond, James Glenn, Glenn Kasper, Isabelle Jargowsky, Jesse Owen, Afsheen Saatsaz and Grace Yuan. Their coaches were Lucio Benedetto and Ricardo Romanillos.

In addition to earning the overall team Bronze, the Pearce H.S. team won gold in the Super Quiz Relay and bronze in the Super Quiz.

PHS team members included Ian Campbell, Meredith Corley, James Isaac, Ellie Janco, Tai Krause, Elsa Lee, Michael Mohkamkar, Lauren Morzak and Parker Staats. They were coached by Carol Whatley and Carol Hewitt. >Top
Corey Romero, Pearce H.S. (Division II, 2nd place), Ben Kao, Berkner H.S. (Division III, 2nd place,) and Bianca Park, Berkner H.S. (Division IV, 1st place) successfully competed at the 18th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Houston this month. >Top
This summer, RISD will offer a new intervention option to assist district sixth and seventh grade students who have not mastered the reading or math portions of TAKS.

It's called the Student Success Initiative TAKS Summer School, and it will be an intensive, four-week program designed to enhance student success in those critical areas.

It will be held at Apollo Junior High from June 14 - July 12, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Bus transportation will be provided from students' home junior high campuses.

Specifically, SSI TAKS Summer School is for:

  • 6th & 7th grade students who have not successfully mastered the reading and/or math portion of TAKS.
  • ESOL and Special Education students who are on track to take the TAKS in 2007-2008.

Course descriptions include:

SSI TAKS Reading Course

Time Warp Plus will be the reading program used. A balanced, research-based reading intervention program, Time Warp Plus integrates the essential components of reading with a writing component. The program meets the TEKS requirements for 7th grade language arts, thereby ensuring that students will be well-prepared for TAKS.

SSI TAKS Math Course

The RISD math department is developing a program focused on TEKS deficiencies identified from district data. The math intervention program will incorporate a hands-on inquiry base model comprised of high-energy activities (lessons) that are aligned to the TEKS requirements for 7th & 8th grade math curriculum, thereby ensuring that students will be well prepared for TAKS. Deficient TAKS objectives inherit to the 7th & 8th grade will be spiraled throughout the math lessons.

SSI TAKS Summer School is free. For more information, contact the SSI Summer School offices at 469-593-0733. >Top
Thurgood Marshall Elementary Principal Wanda Watkins recently testified in Washington D.C. before the U.S. Senate Education Committee. She was selected from among TAP principals around the country to talk about the Teacher Advancement Program, which has been implemented at TME since the campus opened last school year.

Staff, parents and students who watched and listened via C-SPAN report Wanda did an outstanding job. >Top
Lions Club Sponsors Free Eye Clinic
at Audelia Creek Elementary

The Lion's Club sponsored a free clinic at Audelia Creek Elementary this week, with 58 RISD students receiving eye exams and being fitted for free glasses. A big thanks to the Lion's Club! >Top
Move over Betty Crocker, here come the
ladies of the Richardson Junior League
Jess Harben students and their families enjoyed a smorgasbord of muffins for their annual “muffins in the morning” breakfast. Juice and coffee provided by the Jess Harben PTA, was complemented with 200 muffins baked by the ladies of the Junior League of Richardson.  Big, small, with fruit or frosted, you name it, they baked it!

Many thanks to the Richardson Junior League for their continued support of RISD schools! >Top
It Takes a Village
Terrace Elementary has gone above and beyond to build stronger partnerships with their community.  Last fall Terrace began monthly meetings, inviting every community organization, business, and church in their area to breakfast to brainstorm about how to maintain Terrace’s excellence.  After three meetings, Terrace and the community, are teaming up to hold their first Parent Academy.

This weekend, parents are invited to come learn about what their community and neighborhood school have to offer. Terrace’s partners in sponsoring the event are: Richardson Police Department, Richardson Fire Department, Richardson Public Library, Neighborhood Youth/Family Counseling, Terrace Neighborhood Association, Network of Community Ministries, Amerigroup Community Care, Salesmanship Club, First Presbyterian Church, RISD, CHIPS, Girl Scouts, YMCA, SVAA, and more!

Many thanks to all these organizations for donating their time and talents to our schools! >Top
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