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IN THIS ISSUE
Vals & Sals 2008
Board Members Sworn In -
New Officers Elected
Terrace Elementary Students Are "Proud to be Texas"
PHS Japanese Club Reaches
out to Medical City
PACE to Debut in 2008-09
RISD Honorees Retirees
Berkner Welcomes
an Old Friend
LHHS Loves Dr. Bob!
Partners Corner
E=MC^ Mentoring Program
Graduation Ceremony Times
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO RISD'S 2007-08 VALS & SALS!
Congratulations to RISD's 2007-2008 valedictorians and salutatorians.
Berkner High School
Valedictorian
Name: Wen-Cheng Stacy Yuan
Hometown: Richardson
College: Pomona College
Area of Study: Biology
Salutatorian
Name: Christine Lin
Hometown: Garland
College: Rice University
Area of Study: Engineering
Lake Highlands High School
Valedictorian
Name: Shannon O'Brien
Hometown: Dallas
College: Brown University
Area of Study: Undecided
Salutatorian
Name: Catherine Wilson
Hometown: Dallas
College: Brown University
Area of Study: Neurobiological Science
J.J. Pearce High School
Valedictorian
Name: Edward Skolnick
Hometown: Dallas
College: Princeton University
Area of Study: Undecided
Salutatorian
Name: Harry Liu
Hometown: Richardson
College: University of Texas - Austin
Area of Study: Business
Richardson High School
Valedictorian
Name: Lisa Greenblatt
Hometown: Dallas
College: New York University
Area of Study: Actuarial Science
Salutatorian
Name: Dana Braff
Hometown: Dallas
College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering
 
BOARD MEMBERS SWORN IN - NEW OFFICERS ELECTED
At a recent RISD Board of Trustees meeting, the two recently re-elected members, Karen Ellis and Kim Quirk, were sworn in to new three-year terms by Judge Marilea Lewis.

In addition, the board elected new officers, including Kim Quirk as the new president of the RISD Board of Trustees.

The entire new slate of officers includes:

Kim Quirk, President
Lanet Greenhaw, Vice President
Karen Ellis, Secretary
Kim Caston, Treasurer
David Tyson, TASB Representative
Luke Davis, TASB Alternate >Top
From left, Karen Ellis, Judge Marilea Lewis, and Kim Quirk.
TERRACE STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION IN ACTION'S "PROUD TO BE TEXAN" PROGRAM
Terrace Elementary students visit the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum during a recent trip to Austin.
Richardson Terrace Elementary took their classrooms on the road to Austin with Education in Action’s “Proud to be Texan” experiential learning day program this month.  Students visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Texas State Capitol and experienced what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History.

On the way to Austin, students discussed why Texans are proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their visit.

In Austin the students visited the State Capitol and their legislators, State Senator John Carona, and State Representative Fred Hill, before seeing firsthand where Texas laws are made.  >Top
PHS JAPANESE CLUB MEMBERS DONATE PAPER CRANES TO MEDICAL CITY
Recently Pearce High School Japanese Club members made strings of 500 paper cranes to donate to the children's hospital at Medical City.

The crane is a symbol of peace, longevity and celebration in Japan, and the Japanese people often make strings of paper cranes as a prayer for recovery from illness.

The Japanese club members spent hours making paper cranes wishing good luck and quick recovery for those children in the hospital. >Top
PHS Japanese Club members donate strings of paper cranes to the children's hospital at Medical City.
RISD'S PACE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM TO DEBUT IN 2008-09
PACE, RISD's new after school program, will begin on the first day of school, Monday, August 25, 2008.

PACE is currently pre-enrolling for the 2008-2009 school year. For more information about PACE, please visit www.risd.org/pace. >Top
RISD HONORS RETIREES
RISD Superintendent Dr. David Simmons and senior RISD staff honored retiring RISD employees at this months annual Retirement Luncheon.

The district is extremely appreciative of the years of dedication and passion our retirees have given the children and community of RISD. >Top
BERKNER WELCOMES AN OLD FRIEND
Executive Director of AVID visits BHS's first graduating class of AVID students.
Jim Nelson, former RISD superintendent and current Executive Director of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) visited Berkner's senior AVID class this month. He came to talk with BHS's first graduating class of AVID students to solicit their input on the strengths of the AVID program and on ways in which they think the AVID program can improve in the future. He motivated them to continue their AVID skills at whatever university they attend in order to be academically successful in rigorous college-level courses. Joan Swim and Jenna Gates, Berkner's Senior AVID Elective Teachers, were excited about Mr. Nelson's visit and thankful for his encouragement of their graduating seniors. >Top
LHHS LOVES DR. BOB!
More than 700 students and staff at Lake Highlands High School surprised retiring principal Dr. Bob Iden by wearing "I Love Dr. Bob" t-shirts last week.

"It's just one small gesture of appreciation we could make to a person who's given so much to this school and community," said event co-conspirator and LHHS Executive Assistant Karen Clardy. >Top
PARTNERS CORNER
Board president Kim Quirk expresses appreciation to Bertriam Thomas of FBCHP.
Partners Program Breakfast
Sixty RISD community partners from across the district gathered Friday morning to plan for RISD's 2nd Annual Back to School Rally. Corporations, small businesses, churches, and services leagues voiced their interest to volunteer and contribute to provide school supplies, free immunizations, free haircuts, and much more for RISD students in need of extra assistance.

This year's Rally will be hosted by the First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park on August 16th. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Community Relations Coordinator Celina Cárdenas at 469-593-0307 or celina.cardenas@risd.org.

Thank you to all of our partners for your continued support of RISD schools! >Top
E=MC^ MENTORING PROGRAM
Mike Gaston, founder of the E=MC^ mentoring programs at Lake Highlands and Berkner high schools, was recently honored at a Dallas City Council meeting for his efforts in helping to organize teen job fairs. Students and sponsors joined him in support, as Dallas City councilman Jerry Allen offered remarks and presented a proclamation.

Congratulations! >Top
GRADUATION CEREMONY TIMES
2008 Graduation is set for June 7 at the Garland Special Events Center.

BHS - 8:30 a.m.
RHS - 12:30 p.m.
PHS - 4:00 p.m.
LHHS - 7:30 p.m.

Click here for directions and a map to the Events Center.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL RISD GRADUATES! >Top

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