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Dover Elementary Visits Richardson High School
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Open to juniors and seniors enrolled in RISD high schools.

The camp will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 9 – June 25, in the Arts and Technology Building on the UT Dallas campus.

Each student must select one session to participate in.

Session One: 9–11:45 a.m.

Session Two: 12–2:45 p.m.

Session three: 3–5:45 p.m.

The camp fee is $35.
(Scholarships are available.)

PTA Scholarship awards luncheon
On Thursday May 28th, the RISD Council of PTA's hosted their annual Scholarship Luncheon at Northwood Country Club. Nineteen scholarships, totaling $35,000, were distributed to fifteen graduating seniors and four teachers from across RISD. The major source of funding for the scholarships is the RISD Council of PTA's Annual Used Book Fair. The scholarships are given in honor of the late Dr. J.J. Pearce, superintendent of RISD from 1946 until his retirement in 1977.

Scholarship recipients include:
Berkner HS - Austin Little, Amber Chen, Robert McCarthy
Pearce HS - Karen Zabarsky, Alex Devine, Rachel Sherman
Lake Highlands HS - Carly Dunklin, Harrison Pask, Michael Stradley,
Veronica Solorzano, Stephanie Williams
Richardson HS - Amanda Murphy, Ruth Fierro, Julie McKinney, Fahmida Musharof
Teacher Scholarships - Jenna Gates, Berkner HS; David Leija, Westwood Jr High;
Shannon Rodriguez, Lake Highlands HS; Bob Williams, Lake Highlands HS >Top
The Big Event
Sixth grade teachers and students at RISD’s three elementary magnet schools, Arapaho Classical Magnet, Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet and Math Science & Technology Magnet, spent the final weeks of school working collaboratively on an exciting and challenging project using Lego Mindstorm Robotics.
The goal of this project was to spark an interest in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering and to allow for creative applications of math and science skills. The curriculum, written especially for RISD by esteemed members of UTD’s SEEC (Science and Engineering Education Center) integrates math, science and language arts with a focus on energy, the physics of force and motion, as well as Newton’s Laws and the algebra of relationships, ratios, proportions, and programming. UTD provided support for this endeavor by training all sixth-grade teachers and supplying UTeach Dallas mentors to help in the classrooms. They also kept in touch with teachers via webcam meetings.

Dr. Russell Hulse, a Nobel Prize winner in Physics and now Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and founder of SEEC at UTD, had the vision and helped get the project started. Dr. Ken Berry, formerly with NASA in their Jet Propulsion Lab, a leading center in the world for the robotic exploration of space, and current assistant director at SEEC, wrote most of the curriculum. They worked closely with members of RISD’s Elementary Curriculum & Instruction team and district Instructional Technology staff in a collaborative effort.

Working in small groups with Lego materials purchased by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, MTBC, and various business partners, students’ learning culminated last week in The Big Event: a robotics competition and quiz bowl at each campus. Students divided into teams and applied their knowledge and robot designs through a series of tasks to be performed within a limited time.

All students learned a great deal and benefited from the partnership, and RISD is exploring ways to expand the program for next year.

Thanks to all who volunteered and participated!

For more information, please visit the UTD website here. >Top
RISD Excellence in Education Foundation Awards Scholarships
The RISD Excellence in Education Foundation awarded nine scholarships to outstanding senior students in RISD!

Parents, friends, donors, principals, administrative executives, Board of Trustees representatives, and foundation board members gathered at a breakfast celebration provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to honor the recipients.

Each student shared future plans and had the opportunity to meet donors who had underwritten the specific scholarship.

Dr. David Simmons addressed the students and urged them to build upon the education they had received in RISD. He thanked the foundation and donors for their generosity in providing the number and level of scholarships.
Kelly Tinsley, Director of Corporate Compliance Investigations for Health Care Services Corporation, foundation board member, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas representative at the breakfast stated; “This is the most gratifying endeavor for our board, to assist in shaping young lives by ensuring a post secondary education. These are our future leaders!”

Scholarship recipients include:
Jacqueline Slanley- Giana Foundation Scholarship
Ghianda Becerrill - Katie Richards Memorial Scholarship
Jason Ruth - Thompson Family Scholarship
Chase Faldmo - Katie Richards Memorial Scholarship
Samuel Haile - AM Anderson Scholarship
Brett Thiele - Giana Foundation Scholarship
Katherine Dedman - Giana Foundation Scholarship
Beilul (LeLe) Weldai - Carolyn Bukhair Scholarship
Shelby Button - Giana Foundation Scholarship >Top
Dover elementary visits richardson high school
On Thursday, May 21, Angie Alford and her 5th grade students from Dover Elementary visited the classroom of George Hademenos at Richardson High School on a science field trip. In a recent project, the high school physics students were charged with developing a toy based on one or more aspects of physics. They also had to develop, among other things, an advertisement, a marketing plan, budget and PowerPoint presentation. The high school students were then required to present their toy to actual customers - the 5th grade students who helped judge the toy. After the presentations were over, the Dover students then got to participate in physics demonstrations such as lying on a bed of nails and using SpongeBob SquarePants dolls to illustrate gravity and the fact that all objects drop at the same rate. >Top
Elementary registration begins august 11
The 2009-2010 school  year begins on August 24.  Elementary parents are strongly encouraged to register their children in school prior to the first day of classes.  Parents can register at their home campus on Tuesday, August 11, through Friday, August 14, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Campuses will also be open for registration the following week, but schedules may vary.  Please contact the home school for registration hours.

Please bring the following documents for registration:
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of Residence in RISD (gas, water, electric bill, or current lease)
  • Parent  Driver’s License
  • Current Immunization Record
  • Last Report Card
Every campus has limited capacity for each grade.  Waiting to register may result in a child being unable to attend their neighborhood school and assigned to another through RISD's Overflow Office.

Please contact your neighborhood school with any questions or visit >Top
Graduation Information

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All RISD graduations will be held at the Special Events Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. in Garland.

Sunday, June 7
Richardson HS - 1:30 p.m.
Lake Highlands HS - 5:00 p.m.
Pearce HS - 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 8
Berkner HS - 7:00 p.m. >Top
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