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National Merit
Semifinalists Named
RISD Teacher Named Texas
Finalist for Top National
Recognition
Spotlight on RISD
Aikman, Cooper, Students
Highlight Healthy Zone Event
at Arapaho Classical Magnet
RISD—Molding Texas
Students' Lives
Board Hears HR Update,
Approves District
Improvement Plan
RISD Students Participate in
Japanese-American Summit
Patriot Day at Bowie
Elementary
RISD Scoreboard Sponsors
Eagle Volleyball Dig Pink
Fundraiser and Match
2012 College Fair
Eaglettes To Perform
at TCU Game
Touch A Truck Returns
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RISD thanks our 2012-13 scoreboard sponsors!

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National Merit Semifinalists Named
Eighteen RISD students have been named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These academically talented high school seniors earned this prestigious recognition by being among the highest-scoring students in the United States on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test taken as a junior in 2011. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

They may now go on to apply for National Merit Finalist status, which would qualify them to compete for approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarships valued at more than $32 million.

Congratulations to RISD's 18 National Merit Semifinalists:
  • Grayson Audette, Pearce H.S.
  • Sarah Baxter, Pearce H.S.
  • James Bell, Pearce H.S.
  • Nathan Bucki, Lake Highlands H.S.
  • Christopher Chen, Berkner H.S.
  • Annie Chou, Berkner H.S.
  • Kenton Cozart, Lake Highlands H.S.
  • Dallas Crotty, Lake Highlands H.S.
  • Austin Curnutt, Lake Highlands H.S.
  • Hanna Davis, Pearce H.S.
  • Hannah Elandary, Richardson H.S.
  • Kathleen Francis, Pearce H.S.
  • Andrew Gonzales, Pearce H.S.
  • James Lee, Berkner H.S.
  • Richard Ralston, Richardson H.S.
  • Corinne Ryan, Pearce H.S.
  • John San Soucie, Pearce H.S.
  • Wilson Yeh, Richardson H.S.
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RISD Teacher Named Texas Finalist for Top National Recognition
Lake Highlands Elementary School 4th grade math & science teacher Maggie Anderson has been named one of three state finalists in elementary mathematics in the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. The PAEMST program is the highest recognition that a mathematics or science teacher may receive for teaching excellence in the United States, and recognizes math and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

A panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators may now consider Anderson for selection as the national PAEMST elementary mathematics award winner from Texas, which would include $10,000, additional staff development opportunities, a presidential citation and trip to Washington, D.C.

Anderson is beginning her seventh year teaching in RISD, including six at Thurgood Marshall Elementary. "Maggie has a wonderful rapport with her students," said Lake Highlands Elementary Principal Kim Sullivan. "Her passion for learning and ability to think outside the box to engage students in math and science concepts makes her an extremely effective teacher."

"On behalf of our district, I congratulate Maggie on a job well done, and feel her efforts are reflective of the quality teaching found across our district," said RISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner. "This recognition also reflects RISD's continued emphasis on math and science as critical components of preparing our students for their global futures."

The National Science Foundation administers the PAEMST program on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For additional information, please see the Texas Education Agency Press release.

Congratulations to Maggie, Lake Highlands Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary and the RISD Mathematics Department! >Top

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Spotlight on RISD

Please take a moment to watch the September edition of Spotlight On RISD – a video highlighting news and happenings from around the district.

Click here to watch the video. >Top

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Aikman, Cooper, Students Highlight Healthy Zone Event at Arapaho Classical Magnet

Arapaho Classical Magnet, one of the 2012-2013 United Way Healthy Zone Schools, recently hosted Dallas Cowboys great Troy Aikman, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Dr. Kenneth Cooper of The Cooper Institute in honoring the work of North Texas schools fighting childhood obesity as part of the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program.

Aikman and Cooper congratulated students on their commitment to being fit and the event culminated outside with a series of physical activities with students.

For more information and links to local media coverage, please visit the United Way website. >Top

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RISD—Molding Texas Students' Lives
Brad Kent takes a brief breath before starting his new position with Texas Music UIL.

"Richardson ISD helped mold a director that will touch lives of students and teachers across the state of Texas which is something we can all be proud of." Richard Floyd, UIL State Director of Music, spoke these words as Brad Kent, Director of Fine Arts for RISD, assumes the role of Associate Director of Music for UIL. The same words might have also been said 28 years ago when Richard Floyd, also a product of RISD schools, accepted the position.

"It is time for me to pass the torch," explains Floyd. "We looked for someone who will fulfill the expectations that we have for the transition. Brad has a great personal vision and priorities, exhibits outstanding leadership abilities and is a performing musician."

Kent, who recently joined UIL, is beginning his twenty-first year in education which began when he served as band director at Lewisville H.S. in 1992. He later left to finish his Master's degree and begin work on his doctorate at UT in Austin. In 2001 Kent took the position of band director at Texas A & M Commerce where he also completed his doctorate. He then served as band director at Lamar University before joining RISD as Director of Fine Arts in 2008.

"I came to Richardson because of its excellent reputation in fine arts and the excellent reputation of the district. My wife, Laurie, and I wanted a community where we could be involved and raise our children," explains Kent. "This new opportunity at UIL came without me looking for it. In fact, I was very hesitant to leave, but this position gives me the chance to serve more students and directors. It is the "ultimate" type job in arts education."

Richard Floyd may have had similar feelings about the UIL position when he came back to Texas from the University of South Florida where he served as Professor of Conducting. Working with the Texas UIL brought him closer to Richardson where he had grown up, studied music, directed his first band, Richardson Junior High School, and founded the band program at the then new J.J. Pearce High School in 1967. During his final two years with the district, he also served as Director of Fine Arts. In 1973 Floyd was named Director of Bands at Baylor University where he served until 1982 when he went to the University of South Florida. As Floyd states, "I look back with great pride for being part of the RISD music program. I can't think of any other district in the country that has maintained the high quality fine arts program that Richardson ISD has for 50 years."

Richardson ISD's influence on UIL and Texas music will continue through Brad Kent. After all, what other district besides Richardson ISD can say that it has influenced two state-level music leaders who have committed to serve students and teachers across Texas. >Top

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Board Hears HR Update, Approves District Improvement Plan

The RISD Board of Trustees met for a Regular Meeting on Monday, September 10. Among the topics discussed were the annual Human Resources Update and District Improvement Plan.

For additional details about the meeting, please see the September 11 edition of Board Brief. >Top

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RISD Students Participate in Japanese-American Summit
Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend (left middle) and U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson join the Pearce Stampede in welcoming Japanese visitors to Richardson.
Westwood JH students presented a Texas version of an English-Japanese dictionary.

Students from Pearce High School and Westwood Junior High had an opportunity to participate in the recent Japan-America Grassroots Summit, which is held alternately in Japan and the U.S. and promotes cultural exchanges and business opportunities among participants.

The Pearce Stampede Country & Western dance team helped welcome visitors to Richardson with a performance at the Richardson Civic Center, while Satako Neese's Japanese Language class students from Westwood Junior High created and presented a unique Japanese-Texas dictionary at a luncheon at Fujitsu.

Richardson is one of 15 North Texas cities selected to host the visitors as part of the annual gathering of Japanese and American citizens. More than 150 visitors from Japan are touring North Texas during the summit. >Top

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Patriot Day at Bowie Elementary
Bowie Principal Staci Low and Nurse Sherri Johnson are joined by students displaying their patriotism on Patriot Day, September 11.
Bowie students observe Patriot Day by wearing red, white, and blue on September 11.

Students at Bowie Elementary displayed their patriotism by wearing red, white, and blue on September 11

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RISD Scoreboard Sponsors

Thank you to our 2012-2013 RISD Scoreboard Sponsors!

Varsity Level Sponsors:
Christy+Norcross+Thomas Group - Nathan Grace Real Estate
Courtesy Nissan of Richardson
Methodist Richardson
Raising Cane's

Freshmen Level Sponsors:
Spring Valley Athletic Association

RISD still has two Freshmen Level sponsorships available! Please click here to view the Sponsor packages or contact Celina.Cardenas@risd.org for more information. >Top

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Eagle Volleyball Dig Pink Fundraiser and Match - TONIGHT!

Please join RHS Volleyball tonight for our annual Dig Pink Fundraiser and Match to raise money for breast cancer research.

For more information, please see the attached flyer. >Top

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RISD College Fair - Saturday September 15, 2012

Students and parents in grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend the RISD College Fair on Saturday, September 15 at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Colleges and Universities from around Texas and the U.S. will be in attendance with information and to answer questions.

For more information, please see the attached flyer. >Top

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Eaglettes To Perform at TCU Game - Saturday September 22, 2012

The Richardson High School Eaglettes Drill Team will be among the groups performing at halftime of the TCU game against Virginia on Saturday, September 22 in Fort Worth. >Top

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Touch A Truck Returns - Saturday October 20, 2012

Touch-A-Truck, the unique and family-friendly event benefitting My Very Own Book (MVOB), is returning on Saturday, October 20 at Valley View Center at Dallas Midtown.

MVOB's Touch-A-Truck event is a car show like no other – where kids get to sit in/on, honk the horn, explore, and learn about cool vehicles from the people who drive them (fire fighters, police officers, letter carriers, trash truck operators, etc.).

Proceeds benefit MVOB, a non-profit that raises funds to provide books to students in need. MVOB directly benefits students at several RISD schools.

For more information, please see the attached flyer. >Top

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