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Message from the Superintendent
Campus Security Enhancements
Connect-ED Voice
Messaging System
Star_Portal™ for Parents
Online Student Attendance
& Grades
RISD.org - Your Online Resource for Everything RISD
BACK-TO-SCHOOL
The First Day of School is Monday, August 25
Enrollment Information
Where's the Bus?
School Lunches
Dates to Remember
School Supplies
After School Programs
Beating the Tardy Bell
What are the Rules?
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dr. David Simmons
On behalf of our teachers, support staff, administrators, and Board of Trustees, welcome back to school in Richardson ISD. You will find in this electronic newsletter, all of the information you need to know about getting your student ready for school, along with other important news about what is happening in RISD.

I am extremely proud of our district as we have again earned a "Recognized" rating from the Texas Education Agency. RISD is the largest, most economically diverse district in Texas to receive a Recognized rating for three consecutive years.
     
What the rating does not detail is the academic improvement that has been made in most every subject at every grade level, which is reflective of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, building leaders and students.

Our goal this year is to continue that improvement by challenging every student to achieve at their highest level, not only in their academic work, but also through their extra and co-curricular activities.

I encourage all parents to take an active role in their child’s education by asking about their school work, providing a place where they can study and do homework and making sure they get enough rest and healthy meals. Parental involvement in education is a critical element to academic success, and students need to know consistently what their parents expect them achieve.

Please continue to read our School Times Now! and view our web site, www.risd.org, for news and information about RISD. As always, please don’t hesitate to call if we can answer any questions, 469-593-0000.

Sincerely,
David Simmons Ph.D.
Superintendent >Top
CAMPUS SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS
The safety of our students and staff is a top priority, and RISD’s goal is to be proactive, rather than be forced to react to a major incident involving a breach of campus security. Therefore, most parents, students and staff members returning to RISD campuses this year will notice some additional security enhancements at their school. Some campuses have been renovated to accommodate a more secure environment, and all campuses will follow similar security protocols, based on national best practices. The additional security measures will represent a change and may be considered inconvenient to some, but the end result provides a much more secure environment for students and staff.

Elementary campuses are expected to have all enhancements implemented by the first day of classes, August 25, while measures at secondary campuses are expected to be fully implemented during the first semester.

Click here for more information on the new campus security enhancements. >Top
CONNECT-ED VOICE MESSAGING SYSTEM
Connect-ED is RISD’s automated telephone notification system for important announcements, attendance information, or emergency communications.
     
Throughout the year, parents will receive telephone messages about important school events, deadlines, and student attendance. In the event of an emergency, administrators are able to reach parents in minutes with information and instructions.

This system uses the primary contact number parents provide at enrollment. If that number changes, it is important for parents to keep their child’s campus up to date. >Top
STAR_PORTAL™ FOR PARENTS - ONLINE STUDENT ATTENDANCE & GRADES
Star_Portal™ is a new technology resource that gives parents secure online access to information about their student’s education. Star_Portal™ allows parents to view their child’s up-to-date cumulative average, report card grades, period-by-period attendance, and unofficial transcript throughout the school year.
     
For data and security reasons, Star_Portal™ accounts must be renewed each year. If you had an account during the 2007-08 school year, that account has been deleted. Parents can renew accounts for the 2008-09 school year starting September 8.

How to Sign Up
Star_Portal™ is a part of RISD’s Rportal website. To access Star_Portal™ parents need an Rportal account. Directions for creating an Rportal account can be found on the district’s website here. >Top
RISD.ORG - YOUR ONLINE RESOURCE FOR EVERYTHING RISD
In the event of school closure due to inclement weather, RISD.org will display a red bar at the top of the page. If classes are to continue as scheduled, a green bar will be displayed.
RISD.org is the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource for information about the Richardson Independent School District.

Visit often for the latest news, events, weather notifications, athletics and fine arts calendars, maps, documents and more.

Click here to view online district maps.

Click here to view online athletic schedules.

Click here to view online fine arts schedules.

Click here to view frequently used documents.

Click here to view the 2008-09 calendar.

Click here to view a list of useful district phone numbers.

Click here to visit the RISD homepage >Top
     
BACK-TO-SCHOOL - THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS MONDAY, AUGUST 25
Richardson Independent School District encompasses approximately 38.5 square miles in the cities of Richardson, Dallas and Garland. Fifty-five schools house approximately 34,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades.

Parents are strongly encouraged to enroll their child before the first day of classes. Every grade level at each elementary campus has a capacity, and waiting to enroll may result in a child not being able to attend their neighborhood school and being assigned to a different campus.
     
Enrollment occurs at the child's attendance area school, and begins August 12 for elementary schools. Secondary students should check with the school for enrollment days.

Call the administrative offices at 469-593-0000, or visit www.risd.org for more information. >Top
ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
Student enrollment takes place at their home campus. If you are not sure which area school your child should attend, please use our online school finder feature found here.

Please call the school to verify enrollment dates and times.
 
All students should register at their attendance area school by bringing:
 
  • Complete immunization records (date, month and year of every immunization received)
  • An official document to determine grade level (student’s last report card)
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (current utility bill or current lease agreement in the parent’s or guardian’s name)
  • Other records from previous schools.
 
RISD does not accept students living outside the district on a tuition-paid basis.
 
Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1 of the current school year, and either
parent must be a district resident.

First-graders must be 6 years old by September 1 of the current year unless the child has completed public kindergarten in another state/country or has been receiving public first grade instruction in another state/country. Enrollees in RISD under the age of 11 must present a birth certificate and immunization record at registration.
 
For further enrollment assistance, please contact RISD Student Services at 469-593-0373 or 469-593-0374.
 
For information regarding testing for acceleration, contact your attendance area school or the office of Advanced Academic Studies at 469-593-0749. >Top
WHERE'S THE BUS?
Per state guidelines, bus transportation is provided for all students living two or more miles from the school they attend, for those in certain special education programs, and for those participating in a variety of extracurricular activities. For information about specific bus routes, call RISD Transportation at 469-593-5809 or 0090, or contact your child's school. >Top
SCHOOL LUNCHES
Menus are available to download by clicking here.
School lunches are available for purchase daily at all RISD schools. The student plate lunch in the elementary school costs $2.00 and consists of an entree, two side dishes and milk. The secondary student lunch consists of an entree, three side dishes and milk, and costs $2.15. Adults pay $2.85.

Nutritious breakfasts are also available to students for only $1.50. Visitors and staff pay $1.85.

RISD participates in paypams.com, an online website that handles prepayments of school meals. Parents may log on to the site directly or through the district website to deposit money into their child's account, thereby eliminating daily lunch money being handled by the child, and speeding up lunch lines. MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted on the site. Parents may also pre-pay directly to the cafeteria by cash, check or money order. >Top
DATES TO REMEMBER
The 2008-09 academic calendar is available online. On it you will find important dates to remember, enrollment information and a number to call in the event of inclement weather. Click here to download a PDF of the 2008-09 calendar. >Top
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
All schools will be using this list as is, or with a few minor additions or deletions. Check with your school for specifics.

For your convenience, many PTAs have school supply sales that offer pre-packaged supplies. These supplies can also be purchased individually at local retail stores. >Top
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
RISD offers a fee-based after-school program called PACE at the following elementary campuses for 2008:

Arapaho Classical Magnet, Audelia Creek, Big Springs, Brentfield, Bukhair, Canyon Creek, Dartmouth, Forest Lane, Forestridge, Jess Harben, Lake Highlands, Mohawk, Moss Haven, Northlake, Northrich, Prairie Creek, Prestonwood, RISD Academy, Skyview, Terrace, Thurgood Marshall, White Rock and Yale.
     
For junior high information, check with your campus to see what opportunities are available.

Program fees at some campuses may be reduced or waived, based on family economic status.

For more information, please contact RISD's Director of After School Programs at 469-593-7536 or visit PACE online at www.risd.org/PACE.>Top
BEATING THE TARDY BELL
In RISD, the school day begins and ends as follows:
 
Grades K through 6   8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Grades 7 through 8   8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Grades 9 through 12   9 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Some magnet schools may have different schedules. Please check with those individual schools. >Top
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
At the beginning of the school year, each student should receive a 2008-2009 Student/Parent Guidebook and Student Code of Conduct handbook. This two-part booklet explains admissions, attendance requirements, grading, student programs and academic performance, discipline management, school records and parental responsibilities, general information such as weather closings, field trips, health services, lockers, and more, including expected standards for student conduct.

Students are asked to take the handbooks home so that parents/guardians may become familiar with practices and policies within RISD. Parents are encouraged to read the entire handbook to better understand the partnership between home and school. This partnership is an critical component of student success.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Student/Parent Guidebook and Student Code of Conduct. >Top
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