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Let your voice be heard. This Saturday, May 13, RISD voters will head to the polls to cast ballots on the School Bond Election as well as other county issues. Please take the time to voice your opinion. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To view an informational video on School Bond 2006, click here. More information can be found on the district's Web site at www.risd.org.

Pictured left, citizens attend one of the four scheduled Town Hall Meetings in May to learn bond specifics.
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS MATH INITIATIVE EARNS NATIONAL AWARD, $10,000
The district's partnership with Texas Instruments continues to strengthen. This year, math students at Lake Highlands Junior High, are participating in a pilot initiative designed to comprehensively increase student math achievement, particularly among demographic groups that have lagged in the past.
 
Through a specifically-designed curriculum, expanded class time for math, TI's Navigator learning systems, and comprehensive teacher training and support, student achievement is rising substantially. And through RISD Tomorrow, the Council for Corporate & School Partnerships, a national organization, has taken notice.

This week it was announced that this RISD-TI Math Initiative is one of just six programs in the United States to win a 2005-2006 National School and Business Partnership Award, which comes with a prize of $10,000 to further the efforts of the partnership.

Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

For more information about the award, please see the official release.

For more information about the initiative, please see a program summary. >Top

EARTH DAY 2006
Several schools from the southwest corridor of Richardson participated in the annual Earth Day celebration held at Cottonwood Trail in April. Co-Sponsored by Neighborhood Service Council and Texas Instruments, more than 2,000 RISD students came out with their teachers to enjoy the great weather and festivities. They participated in exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities by such organizations as the Dallas Fire and Police Departments, TI, Bruce Miller Nursery, Richland College and US Youth Soccer Start. RISD’s Environmental Studies Center showed students the proper care of animals and helped them plant mini-gardens to take home and nurture.

Shown right, students from Bukhair Elementary learn the importance of clean water. >Top

RHS CULINARY ARTS
Richardson High School welcomed a guest in Culinary Arts recently. A 6lb. salmon, with head and tail, was on hand to help students learn how to fillet and prepare a whole fish. Working in groups students learned to make the acclaimed dish Salmon En Papillote (in parchment paper). >Top
SKYVIEW ELEMENTARY GREEN THUMBS
Skyview students, with the generous support of the Town Creek Four Seasons Garden Club, continued the tradition of planting flowers each spring in honor of teacher appreciation week. The plants represent the growth and accomplishments of Skyview students and staff, and also allow students to learn, be active, and beautify the campus.

Members of the garden club donated the flowers, and along with Skyview staff, worked with students by providing expert tips.

Thanks go out to the Town Creek Four Seasons Garden Club for allowing this to happen! >Top
INSIDE RISD
 
In April, Inside RISD community members attended a class featuring Instructional Technology. These 25 community members are part of the inaugural class that meets once a month for a couple of hours to learn all about the inner workings of the school district as a whole.
     
Thanks to staff and students at Math/Science/Technology Magnet for hosting the April session and showing off their great facilities. The class also traveled to the Administration Annex to learn about the district's technology Help Desk and technology infrastructure. If you are interested in becoming a member of the second class of Inside RISD that begins next January, please talk with your local school principal. >Top
MERRIMAN PARK DEDICATES NEW OUTDOOR LEARNING CENTER
Merriman Park Elementary culminated a nearly ten-year project in May with the completion and dedication of a new Outdoor Learning Center.

Driven primarily by the MPE PTA, the project was originally inspired in 1997 by the accidental death of a fifth-grade student, Richie Pearce. Richie loved the outdoors, and that year the PTA, school and community decided to initiate the project in his honor.

The center will be used for a wide variety of instructional purposes, with tie-ins to writing, math and science through projects, observations, experiments, multi-sensory activities, creative learning, performances and more.

RISD sincerely thanks the MPE PTA and community for the beautiful new structure. >Top
DARTMOUTH ELEMENTARY FUNDRAISER
Dartmouth Elementary's Beta Club chose to donate their fundraiser gifts and cash for the Richardson Animal Shelter as part of their annual community service. Fundraising occurred during the school carnival earlier this year, during Open House, and throughout the last month in individual classrooms. Dartmouth Beta members were proud to raise the sum of $400.94 as well as to collect leashes, food and other pet-related items. On April 7, Beta Sponsors, Angelika Stinson and Pam Aitken, along with Beta member representatives and parents, arrived at the shelter to formally present the funds along with the other collected items. With big smiles and much excitement, the members were allowed to hold puppies and feed treats to the dogs at the shelter during a tour of the facility. The students had a wonderful time meeting new furry friends and the staff at the shelter. >Top
RHS STUDENT NAMED ALL STATE ARTIST

Adrian Montoya, sophomore at Richardson High School Arts Magnet, brought home top honors at the Texas Art Education Association Visual Art Scholastic Event. Adrian scored a "4" on his artwork and received a medal and the distinction of achieving All State Artist stature.

Pictured with Adrian are his art teacher, Sonia Krusleski, and RHS principal, Charles Pickett. >Top
APOLLO JUNIOR HIGH GIRL'S TRACK TEAM WINS DISTRICT
Congratulations to the 7th grade Apollo Junior High girl's track team for winning district 10-5A. >Top
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