|2008 SUPERINTENDENT'S CONVOCATION|
Convocation: from the Latin convocare meaning ‘to call together.’ When RISD calls its teachers, administrators and support staff together to begin the new school year, it becomes a giant pep rally to celebrate and encourage the dynamic teachers and administrators of RISD.
The event, held on August 21 at the Garland Special Events Center, welcomed more than 3,000 RISD employees back for the 2008-2009 academic year. Highlights included performances by RISD’s staff choir, along with student groups from all four district quadrants including the Lake Highlands High School Band and Drum Line, the Berkner High School Color Guard and Junior ROTC, the Pearce High School Pacesetters, and Forestridge Elementary physical education students.
This year’s theme was ‘Three Peat’ – in reference to being a Recognized District three years in a row as the largest district in Texas to earn that distinction.
Elementary principals Charis Hunt and Keith Forte were joined by administrator Matthew Gibbins as energetic emcee’s, and with the help of Richardson High School's combined cheer teams, performed a rousing opening routine across the arena’s large floor. The twelve RISD Excellence in Education STARS teachers, including the two 2008 Teacher of the Year Representatives, were then recognized to thunderous applause.
Board of Trustees President Kim Quirk used the event as an opportunity to announce the Board’s revised vision, beliefs, and goals for RISD and shared RISD's new tagline for all students: RISD – unlock potential, provide opportunities, enable dreams.
RISD Superintendent Dr. David Simmons offered the keynote address, and left no doubt how he felt about the district’s efforts over the past three years, “No one does it better than RISD in serving the needs of all students. I am proud of every person here this morning, and honored to be your superintendent.” >Top
|RICHARDSON CHAMBER'S ANNUAL NEW TEACHER LUNCHEON CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY|
The year was 1958. General Dwight Eisenhower was president, Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit at TI, and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce welcomed new teachers to Richardson ISD by hosting the first annual luncheon in their honor.
This year, more than 675 people, including Chamber of Commerce members, principals, new teachers, PTA presidents and district administrators, were on hand to mark the 50th anniversary of the Chamber’s commitment to embracing new RISD teachers at Richardson’s Renaissance Hotel on August 14.
The luncheon, sponsored by Texans Credit Union and 22 other Richardson area businesses, provided a great opportunity for new teachers to become acquainted with local businesses and to meet other civic and community leaders. Richardson Mayor Steve Mitchell and Chamber chairman Dave Anderson expressed their continuing support of RISD’s new teachers, noting that “the tradition and strong partnership that exists between the City of Richardson, its businesses, citizens and schools is what makes our community one of the best places to live in Texas.”
The new teachers were also welcomed by RISD’s Board of Trustees president Kim Quirk and Superintendent Dr. David Simmons. Both expressed grateful appreciation to the Chamber, local businesses and PTA for their ongoing support and partnership with the district.
In a short DVD created especially for the 50th anniversary of the luncheon, Dr. Carolyn Bukhair, former RISD Superintendent said she attended her first luncheon as a new teacher to the district in the early 1960’s. “We thought the luncheon would be in the school cafeteria. Then we discovered it was going to be in a hotel and we were beside ourselves because in that day and time, you didn’t really get to go to a nice hotel and eat. We thought it really said a lot about how Richardson felt about their teachers and how special they treated their teachers. The thing I remember most is that it was my first experience in Richardson and how excited I was. Having the community there to greet us, having the superintendent, I felt so special. I have not forgotten that to this day.”
“The Richardson Chamber and our members realize that strong schools are a good investment for our community, and we look forward to honoring RISD’s new teachers for the next 50 years,” said Chamber president Bill Sproull. >Top
|RISD COMMUNITY PARTNERS "RALLY' FOR CHILDREN|
On August 16, RISD teamed up with a host of sponsors, led by the First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park, Network of Community Ministries, The Heights Baptist Church and more than 20 RISD community partners, to create a multi-layered partnership for the Second Annual Back-to-School Rally. The Rally, dedicated to providing necessary school supplies and services for families in need, set a goal of serving 4,300 students and their families.
With dozens of businesses and civic groups generously working with Rally organizers, thousands of backpacks, books, supplies, immunizations, counseling and information services were provided free of charge. Along with getting all the supplies they'll need for the first day of school, the kids were able to enjoy six bounce houses, face painting, popcorn and balloons. The number of children able to be served this year tripled from last year.
First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Pastor Anthony Foster was very pleased with the event. "We've been planning this for about 10 months and will start planning next year’s event very quickly. Our volunteers will probably have caucuses tonight! That's the best thing about our church: To be able to do it, to review it, and to do it again. Everyone is so excited to work together in concert to make this a blessed event."
Network of Community Ministries Coordinator of Emergency Services Amber Stewart was pleased her organization could take part. “This event aligns perfectly with the Network’s mission of empowering our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life, and is a great example of how resources donated to us are delivered to those who can benefit most.”
Richard Covington, Community Minister at The Heights Baptist Church agreed. “The Heights is thankful and excited to be a part of this effort to help our less fortunate neighbors,” he said. “We appreciate our members really stepping up to donate resources that help make the school year better for so many families.”
Celina Cardenas, RISD's Community Relations Coordinator, was thrilled with the participation. "This is a true community partnership. Being able to provide everything some of our children and families in the district need for the start of school is truly great, and helps them enter the year with confidence and ready to learn. It's because of our many generous partners that this is able to happen - they are the ones who make it possible for us to help our kids."
For a complete list of our Second Annual Back-to-School Rally partners, please click here. >Top
|21 RISD CAMPUSES MAKE TBEC HONOR ROLL FOR 2008 - MOST IN TEXAS AGAIN|
Twenty-one RISD schools have officially been named to the Texas Business and Education Coalition's (TBEC) Honor Roll for 2008, the second consecutive year RISD has lead the state in Honor Roll Campuses.
The TBEC Honor Roll is the most prestigious award for sustained, academic excellence in Texas. It recognizes schools that have demonstrated three years of consistent, high performance in all subjects compared to other schools serving similar student populations. TBEC Honor Roll schools have the highest percentage of students performing at the state’s most rigorous standard-commended- in every subject.
Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet
Jess Harben Elementary
Lake Highlands Freshman Center
Merriman Park Elementary
Moss Haven Elementary
Northwood Hills Elementary
Parkhill Junior High
Pearce High School
Prairie Creek Elementary
Richardson North Junior High
Stults Road Elementary
White Rock Elementary
Yale Elementary >Top
|LADY WILDCATS TOP-RANKED IN TEXAS|
The Lake Highlands High School volleyball team won the prestigious Duncanville Tournament of Champions last weekend, becoming just the second team from the DFW area to win since the tournament began 32 years ago. They finished the tournament with wins over perennial Texas powers Westlake and Amarillo, and their effort has been rewarded with the top current spot in the Texas Girls Coaches Association rankings. Tori Mellinger was named tournament MVP and Angie Morgan and Kenzie Thompson were named to the all-tournament team. They are coached by Cory Williams.
Congratulations on a great start to the year! >Top
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