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Both Recognized for Academic Excellence
by U.S. Dept. of Education

Richardson ISD announced this week that Mohawk and Canyon Creek elementary schools have been named No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon Schools by the United States Department of Education. The prestigious recognition stemmed from nominations submitted by the Texas Education Agency.

“The entire RISD community is extremely proud of these exceptional schools for earning this national honor,” said RISD Superintendent Jim Nelson. “We offer our warmest congratulations to the students, parents and staff of Canyon Creek Elementary and Mohawk Elementary schools for this recognition of their continued excellence.”

Schools earn No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School recognition for being either academically superior in their states or demonstrating dramatic gains in student achievement. Recognition for both Mohawk and Canyon Creek was based on their consistently high levels of student performance.

The schools mark the seventeenth and eighteenth RISD schools to earn the honors. Other RISD National Blue Ribbon Schools include Berkner, Pearce, Lake Highlands and Richardson high schools, Richardson, Forest Meadow, and Parkhill junior highs, and Big Springs, Bowie, Brentfield, Dartmouth, Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet, Merriman Park, Moss Haven, Prairie Creek and Prestonwood elementary schools. Mohawk and Canyon Creek are two of only 25 schools in Texas to be named National Blue Ribbon Schools this year.

 
For additional information regarding Richardson ISD, please visit the district’s award-winning Web site at www.risd.org. For additional information regarding No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School recognition, please visit the U.S. Department of Education Web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html. Congratulations to staff, students, and parents at these two schools.
KATRINA EVACUEE UPDATE

Richardson ISD’s smooth opening of school in mid-August is now seen as the calm before the storm – literally. More than 980 evacuee students have enrolled to join the approximate 34,000 pre-Katrina students, the largest group percentage-wise in the Metroplex.

RISD is crisscrossed by the High Five interchange, and many hotels and apartments line those corridors. Hundreds of families were moved in, and are naturally looking around the area for more permanent housing. “When the families started coming into area hotels, our Student Services personnel went to them to start the processes for enrollment, said Cecil McDaniel, RISD administrator in charge of Student Services. “The stability and security of a classroom setting was an immediate need for so many displaced children.”

Since the beginning of the exodus from Katrina’s destruction, RISD has increased its student enrollment by about 3 percent, more than any other district in North Texas. This week, the bus schedule includes stops at 15 hotels and motels across the area. The district is seeing a decrease in the number of students in hotels, and an increase in those moving into area apartments. >Top

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