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RISD welcomed more than 32,000 students to the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 14. Below and at left, students lined up at the door at Dobie Primary, many clinging tightly to mom or dad as they faced the unknowns of Kindergarten or Pre-Kindergarten. At Bukhair Elementary, above, these first graders got right to work! Reports in from schools indicate a mostly smooth transition from summer vacation to "back-to-school."

Last Spring, Early Childhood students at Dobie Primary planted a variety of plants and vegetables in their garden, including sunflowers, radishes, potatoes, beans, basil and pumpkins. Before leaving for summer vacation, they enjoyed harvesting them all (except the pumpkins which bloom in the fall).

This summer’s severe drought has injured the sunflowers, but staff and students were surprised when they returned from summer break to find five watermelons growing in their garden! Somehow, despite the drought and lack of attention over the summer, the ‘miracle’ watermelons have flourished.

The children then remembered an outside watermelon-eating party in the garden last spring.  That must be how they planted pumpkins, but got watermelons! Principal Kay Reynolds said, “Miracles happen every day at Dobie!” >Top

Thanks to Leslie Hamilton and the Adult Bible Class from Heights Baptist Church for the phenomenal “Extreme Makeover” of the Audelia Creek Elementary faculty workroom.

The renovations include sunshine yellow paint, colorful curtains, new furniture and a bright, cheery atmosphere, shown at right.

The Boeing Service Company, below, added to Audelia Creek Elementary School's back-to-school gifts by donating a myriad of school supplies.  These supplies included stylish backpacks, as well as pens, paper, markers and other vital materials.

During their recent staff development, the elementary principals received a surprise from the Campbell Road Desperados Mexican Restaurant.  Desperados thoughtfully donated $1,000 worth of gift certificates to the hard-working principals.  Thanks for their generous gift.

IEX, a N.I.C.E Company, met the needs of several RISD schools this week with a donation of 550 binders to the AVID program and additional school supplies to Thurgood Marshall Elementary. IEX truly is a “nice” company! >Top
Richardson High Recognized for its teamwork
Richardson High School has been recognized by the National Center for Educational Accountability and Just for the Kids as one of three schools statewide that exhibit "best practices" of teaching. Principal Charles Pickitt credits the entire staff, including former principal Bob DeVoll, for the honor. "The faculty works so hard to foster a team approach to learning and it pays off in great dividends for the students."

Read today's article in The Dallas Morning News here.

LHHS Sports Honor
For the second year in a row, Lake Highlands High School has earned the Dallas Morning News All-Sports Award for district 10-5A and has been named one of the top 10 athletic programs in the metroplex.

The award considers all UIL-sponsored athletics.

"This is a testament to all of our student-athletes,, exceptional coaching staff, Wildcat Club athletic boosters, and the continued support we receive from the Lake Highlands community," said Bob Iden, LHHS principal.

"We're proud of the overall success of our athletic program, and are appreciative of the tremendous amount of hard work that our coaches and student-athletes contribute to continue our tradition as the School of Champions.

“There are many excellent programs in our district and in the metroplex. Lake Highlands is always at the top as it relates to the total program in men and womens' athletic competition,” said RISD Director of Athletics Bob Dubey.

“It is a wonderful achievement to be named one of the best and really a tribute to Lake Highland's coaches, student athletes, administration and community. RISD is very proud and fortunate to be a part of this type of success and commitment."
Berkner Symphony Orchestra
Congratulations to Berkner Symphony Orchestra students for their fourth-place award in the state's Honor Orchestra competition held in San Antonio in July at the Texas Orchestra Director's Association Convention. Director Craig Needham said, "There are so many fantastic orchestra programs throughout the state of Texas and it is an honor to be able to compete at the highest level. BHS is one of only two schools that made the Honor Orchestra finals for String and Full Orchestra this past year. This is a credit to the kind of students and families that we have in this area. I am very proud to teach at Berkner."
Cheers for Pearce
Pearce High School cheerleaders were busy this summer in camps and competitions. Their varsity, junior varsity and freshman cheerleading squads received bids to nationals, were Spirit Stick winners, and took home several awards. All three squads were also top team/camp champion finalists. The freshman squad received the ACA Fun Jam Award for most creative choreography and were the winners of the ACA Star Chant Competition. The varsity squad received NCA Technical Excellence Awards for Stunts and Jumps. >Top
Thanks to Credit Union of Texas for their generous contribution to help provide the coffee and juice for Convocation, they are a valued partner.

Thanks to Amigos Restaurant on Belt Line for allowing us to film part of the Convocation video in their restaurant. Y gracias por el pan dulce. >Top
Members of the Inside RISD community class spent last Friday morning learning how RISD prepares for the first day of school. Breakfast at the bus lot gave participants an overview of how Transportation works.
A guided tour of the Facility Services area showed how the district handles work orders, the energy management system, grounds, irrigation, water conservation, security and much more. Members of the class meet again in September to learn about curriculum and instruction. They are set to graduate in December and a new class will begin in January. If you are interested in becoming a member of the next class of Inside RISD, please talk with your local principal.

For all the current news and information on students in RISD, please visit the district's award-winning website at A wealth of information is available at the click of a mouse or the move of a cursor. >Top
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