School Times Now!
Initial 2011 Bond Draft
Presented to Board
RISD Observes Celebrate
Freedom Week
Spirit Run 5K 2010
College Fair 2010
Law Review Gives
to Dover Elementary
RHS Robotics Invited to
State Fair Classic
New RISD Child
Nutrition Website
PHS Student Makes it Big
This Weekend in RISD
2010-11 Parent/Student
Guidebook & Student
Code of Conduct
Follow RISD on Twitter
2010-11 Academic Calendar
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Initial 2011 Bond Draft Presented to Board
On Sept. 20, 2010, the RISD Board of Trustees reviewed an initial draft of a bond proposal that could be brought before voters in a May 2011 election. The bond planning process is in its early stages and aligns with the district’s Vision 2020 plan. Stakeholder and community input are critical factors as the bond proposal evolves.

The district has capacity for a bond package of approximately $170 million without requiring a tax increase for RISD taxpayers. The initial proposal was the result of ongoing needs assessments and input from RISD staff that began last school year.

Highlights of the draft proposal include programs, maintenance and updates in the following areas:
  • Curriculum – instructional resources and equipment
  • Facilities – security systems, heating/air conditioning, resurfacing of walls, floors and ceilings; roofs, ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) improvements, Auditorium renovations at high schools, LHJH and HPPM; Natatorium renovations, athletic field improvements and stadium improvements
  • Technology – computers, equipment, software, labs and classroom connectivity enhancements
Additional bond-related information and updates can be found at

Planning for a potential 2011 bond is consistent with RISD’s long-term bond cycle planning process that includes capital expenditures to maintain or refresh facilities and equipment approximately every five years. RISD began this process with the 2001 bond ($351.6M) and continued it with the 2006 bond ($145.4M), and believes it’s the most prudent way to keep schools, facilities and equipment in sound operating condition, while providing students the instructional and technology equipment and infrastructure that the RISD community expects.

Based on community input, RISD attempts to match the useful life of capital items purchased with the life of bonds used to finance the items. For example, RISD would avoid using a 20 year bond to finance laptop computers with an anticipated useful life of five years.

Richardson ISD stakeholder input is strongly encouraged in the bond planning process. Parents, residents, staff and other stakeholders are always welcome at RISD Board of Trustees meetings to listen to bond-related discussions and offer feedback. Board meeting schedules can be found on the RISD website here.

The district will hold meetings and presentations for stakeholders to learn more, ask questions and provide feedback regarding the 2011 bond proposal and will announce the dates, times and locations on the RISD website, in RISD’s School Times Now community newsletter, to local media outlets and in employee communications.
In addition, bond-related comments, input and questions can be sent to or call RISD Communications at 469.593.0301. The district will share all input received with the RISD Board of Trustees. >Top
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RISD Observes Celebrate Freedom Week

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Celebrate Freedom Week was observed in all RISD schools the week of September 13-17, with lessons, events and activities.

Texas law requires schools during this week to "Educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded."

District social studies teachers in grades 3-11 conducted specific lessons commemorating the Declaration of Independence and the beliefs therein.

During Celebrate Freedom Week, Constitution Day was also observed on September 17 around the district. >Top
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Spirit RUn 5k 2010

Run "The Spirit Run" and be thoroughly entertained every step of the race! Four High Schools will compete for bragging rights and a coveted traveling Spirit Trophy based on your end of race votes for the most spirited High School.

Each High School will be assigned one of four water stops and have their Drum Lines, Jazz bands, and others entertain you and cheer you to the finish!

This year's Spirit Run will be held on Sat., Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m. in Galatyn Park (George Bush Turnpike & Central Expressway). Registration is now open. You can register for $25 through Oct. 4, and after Oct. 4, the registration fee is $30. Registration is $35 on Race Day.

Click here for more event details.
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College Fair 2010
Richardson Independent School District is gearing up for its annual College Fair to be held at the University of Texas at Dallas Campus on Saturday, September, 25. This is an opportunity to visit with College representatives from 10 a.m. – noon.

Colleges and Universities from around the country will be available to meet with Richardson parents and students to explore college pathways based on individual needs and interest. Doors will open at 10 a.m. at the UTD Activities Center for browsing and visiting with college representatives. Bus service will be provided from all four high schools.

Parents and students will also have an opportunity to attend information sessions from 9-9:45 a.m. and 10-10:45 a.m. Mark your calendar now, and plan to attend this great community event sponsored by Richardson ISD, University of Texas at Dallas and the RISD Council of PTA's. Hope to see you there!

Click here to download information about the Speaker Sessions.
Click here to download the college confirmations list.
Click here to download a map of UTD.
Click here to download the RISD College Fair bus schedule. >Top
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Law Review gives to Dover Elementary
Recently, Richardson Law Review delivered school supplies from their 4th Annual Dover Elementary School Supply Drive: Giving Future Eagles What They Need to Succeed.

15 packs of Markers
234 Pencils
3 boxes of sandwich bags
3 boxes of Kleenex
12 packs of Colored Pencils
6 Pencil Pouches
56 Pocket Folders
3 sets of Dividers
12 packs of Notebook paper
30 spiral Notebooks
5 Legal Pads
5 3-ring Binders
2 Book Covers
7 Packs of Construction Paper
33 Composition Books

Law Review will continue its partnership with Dover Elementary throughout the year sponsoring a Legal Clinic, helping with tutoring, and volunteering at Dover's Saturday School.

Please congratulate these kids on giving of their time and hearts to other students in the district. >Top
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RHS Robotics Invited to State Fair Classic
Students from the Richardson High School Robotics Magnet have been invited to the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 at the Cotton Bowl for the game between the Grambling State Tigers and Prairie View A&M Panthers. Approximately 65,000 fans are expected to attend.

Students will be using a student-designed and operated robot to launch T-Shirts into the crowd as part of the entertainment surrounding the game.

The game will also be televised on ESPNU.
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new risd child nutrition website
With the help of the School Nutrition Network, the RISD Child Nutrition Department has successfully launched a new website. The site is comprehensive, focused on Nutrition and Fitness, and includes Nutrition specific educational lesson plans, videos, calculators and tools. The USDA Child Nutrition nutrient database is included along with interactive nutrient display options for parents.

Click here to visit the new site.
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pearce student makes it big
PHS student Kelly McKee currently adorns the side of a building at Mockingbird Station. >Top
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This weekend in RISD
Fine Arts
Theater, Thursday - Sunday, September 23 - 26
Pearce High School Theater presents “Little Women the Musical” @ Pearce High School Auditorium, Thursday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, September 24, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 26, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Ticket information is available at

Band, Saturday, September 25
Lake Highlands High School Band Drumline to Plano Drumline Contest @ Clark Stadium, Plano.  Event begins at 11:00 a.m.

High School Sports
Volleyball, Friday, September 24
Berkner High School vs. Skyline High School @ Berkner High School, 6:30 p.m.
J. J. Pearce High School vs. Rockwall Heath High School @ Rockwall Heath High School, 5:30 p.m.
Richardson High School vs. Sunset High School @ Richardson High School, 6:30 p.m.
Lake Highlands High School vs. Samuell High School @ Forster Fieldhouse, 5:30 p.m.

Football, Thursday, September 23
Lake Highlands High School vs. Samuell High School @ Forester Field, 7:00 p.m.

Football, Friday, September 24 
Berkner High School vs. Skyline High School @ Ram/Wildcat Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
J. J. Pearce High School vs. Rockwall Heath High School @ Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Richardson High School vs. Dallas Sunset High School @ Eagle/Mustang Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

For weekly scheduled events, please click here. [Every attempt is made to include all activities occurring over the weekend. Send information about activities to] >Top
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