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2009 Homecoming

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Berkner, J.J. Pearce and Richardson high schools recently celebrated their Homecomings with special pep rallies, including the annual RHS Homecoming parade!

The parade on Belt Line was full of variety with 101 entries to entertain the throngs of onlookers lining the curbs.

Thank you to all the fabulous participants, willing sponsors, judges and dedicated parents/faculty/staff.

The entry fee donation to the Clothes Closet netted 4,594 pairs of socks and 1,461 underwear items. That’s a grand total of 6,055 needed items for the students and families in RISD.

All three football teams were successful in winning their Homecoming games, and Homecoming Queens were crowned at each half-time.

Lake Highlands High School will celebrate their homecoming on October 23. >Top
Board Notes
RISD’s Board of Trustees met on Monday evening to select a search firm to assist them in hiring a new superintendent. The process first involved a committee of three trustees (Kim Caston, Karen Ellis (chair) and Lanet Greenhaw) spending more than 100 hours researching potential search firms and developing a process for interviewing and selecting a firm. The committee then sent a request to ten firms asking them to respond to a letter of solicitation. From the responses they received, the committee conducted in-depth interviews with four firms, selecting of two as finalists. In a meeting of the full board on Monday evening, the two firms were interviewed again. After substantial discussion, the board voted 5-1 to select the firm of Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston.

Horn, Smith, Wood & Preston, whose representatives collectively have more than 70 years' superintendent experience, has done about 40 personnel searches across the state. Representatives of the firm will meet on Monday, Oct. 12 with RISD trustees to develop and finalize a timeline for hiring a new superintendent and make plans for engaging the community and RISD staff to create a profile for superintendent candidates. The Board hopes to make an announcement about a lone finalist (as required by Texas law) for the superintendent position by early spring.

Check for updates on the superintendent search. >Top
administrative announcement
Dr. Carolyn Bukhair has named Karen Neal, currently principal at J. J. Pearce High School, as Assistant to the Superintendent for Post-Secondary Readiness.

“The creation of this position will broaden our academic focus beyond the state accountability system,” said Dr. Bukhair. “Mrs. Neal will build on the already solid academic foundation established by assistant superintendent Bob DeVoll and his leadership team. She will have responsibility for developing plans to ensure that RISD students graduate with the 21st century knowledge and skills that will afford them success in whatever they pursue after high school, whether that is college, post-secondary training, or a career.”

Karen Neal is a veteran educator with 32 years of experience in secondary education. She began her career as a French teacher, worked as an assistant principal and principal at Parkhill Junior High, and was named principal at J.J. Pearce High School in 2002. Mrs. Neal received her undergraduate degree from Lamar University and master’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce. During her tenure, J. J. Pearce High School received an Exemplary rating for student performance in the Texas accountability system, was named to the Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll for four consecutive years, and was consistently designated as a top U.S. high school by both Newsweek and US News and World Report magazines.

Mrs. Beverly Vance will serve as interim principal at Pearce where she has been an assistant principal since 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and her master’s from the University of North Texas. Mr. Jerry Bishop, former assistant superintendent and principal, has agreed to serve temporarily as an assistant principal.

Mrs. Neal’s new position will be effective October 15. >Top
RISD College Fair
RISD Counselors, PTAs, and UTD hosted another successful RISD College Fair recently on the UTD campus. Approximately 200 colleges and universities were represented at the event, and more than 3,000 students and parents attended. RISD’s College Fair gives students and parents a chance to talk about admission requirements, financial assistance, course offerings and class sizes. Junior colleges, private and public universities from many different states, military academies, and representatives from schools outside the United States were in attendance. >Top
Hademenos and Class
Once again, RHS physics teacher Dr. George Hademenos has earned recognition, this time, as one of the best teachers in the country!

The Ron Clark Academy, with assistance from a group of highly acclaimed educators from across the U.S., has narrowed its national search for phenomenal teachers from more than one hundred down to five finalists for the first annual Great American Teacher Awards.

Prior to the big awards gala, which Dr. Hademenos will be attending in Atlanta on October 23, Ron Clark personally visited and observed each of the five finalists in their hometown classrooms. Students in Dr. H's class helped to show Mr. Clark a few of the things that make his science classes so engaging. One student laid on a bed of nails to help Dr. H. teach about the laws of pressure, and other students tested Newton’s Laws of Motion with a bowling ball and Spongebob doll.

Good luck, Dr. H! >Top
Please click here to read the latest issue of RISD Nurses' Notes. This edition is full of information about flu season and what RISD is doing. >Top
2010 National Merit Semifinalists Announced
Approximately 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists were announced recently in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Students achieve 2010 National Merit recognition by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The Semifinalist and high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the Semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Congratulations to RISD’s 2010 National Merit Semifinalists!
Bryan K. Chen – Berkner High School
Karen Chen – Pearce High School
Nathan D. Crossman –Pearce High School
Timothy M. Davis –Lake Highlands High School
Nathan A. Hogg - Lake Highlands High School
Haley D. Kassab –Pearce High School
Matthew A. Keath - Lake Highlands High School
Megan G. Noble –Pearce High School
Terrence Pitts –Pearce High School
Michael Redlinger –Pearce High School
Nick B. Semon –Pearce High School
Shea E. Snider - Lake Highlands High School
Jennifer A. Thompson –Pearce High School
Jason I. Wardy – Richardson High School
Kathryn R. Wilson –Berkner High School
Luke A. Wingfield - Lake Highlands High School >Top
Teachers Making a Difference
Berkner High School science teacher Euan Blackman is trying to make a difference, one village at a time. A native of South Africa, he grew up witnessing the injustices of the apartheid system, and later became attuned to the ravages of the AIDS pandemic on that continent, personally losing a loved one to the disease.

Euan founded an organization, Teachers Making a Difference, to send volunteer teachers to impoverished areas of South Africa to teach and help the at-risk children, while also trying to improve the infrastructure.

This year's team included Euan Blackman (Berkner HS), Jenna Gates (Berkner HS), Krystle Haynes (Forest Lane Academy), Cassie Grant (Thurgood Marshall Elementary) and Angela Zinzer (Lake Highlands Freshman Center).
TMD activities included living, working with and tutoring kids at Makaphutu, teaching and working with teachers at local primary and senior high schools, and renovating a classroom into a science room by installing sinks, painting walls, doors, windows, purchasing new tables, chairs, and a projector. All activities were supported by donations to TMD.

To learn more about Teachers Making a Difference, please visit >Top
national achievement scholarship program
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation also announced the names of more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors who have been designated Semifinalists in the 46th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. These scholastically talented young men and women now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship® awards, worth some $2.6 million, to be offered next spring.

Abir Liben from Berkner High School, Abel Joseph from J. J. Pearce High School, and Kaleab Tessema from Richardson High School were among the semifinalists named.

Congratulations! >Top
Wallace Elementary's 50th Celebration
WE Celebrate Dinner and Auction!
Wallace is inviting everyone to join them for the WE Celebrate! Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 21, from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Dallas Elks Lodge, 8850 Lullwater Drive.

Tickets are just $25, and all funds raised will benefit Wallace students and staff.

For more information about the WE Celebrate 50th Anniversary events, please visit the Wallace Elementary PTA website at >Top
audelia creek thinks pink
Audelia Creek Thinks Pink
Audelia Creek Elementary is Thinking Pink. To raise awareness for the prevention and cure of Breast Cancer, the teachers at Audelia Creek donated a dollar a day in exchange for a free jean-wear pass during the week of Sept. 28 - October 2. The THINK PINK week culminated with all teachers and students wearing a pink shirt with their jeans to coincide with the Lee National Denim Day on October 2 to further raise awareness. All donations will go to further studies at Lee Laboratories, Right Action for Women Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

ACE exceed their goal by donating a total of $220.00.

Way to go ACE Stallions!>Top
market in the meadow

It’s never too early to shop for the holidays, and Market in the Meadow is just around the corner. This Forest Meadow Junior High tradition is a real treat, with thousands of creative and gift ideas.

Be sure to make time to visit FMJH on Oct. 10 & 11. >Top
J.J. Pearce Pacesetters Holiday Bazaar - Oct 17-18
Plan to support the Precision Pacesetters by doing some of your holiday shopping at the largest Pacesetter Bazaar ever! It's a little earlier this year and you will have a large selection of crafts, gifts and festive food for all those special people on your list. Come early and browse through the entire school for those unique hand-crafted gifts and pick up something for yourself! Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at J.J. Pearce High School.

Click here for more information. >Top
J.J. Pearce High School Pacesetters Celebrate 40 years!
For four decades, the Precision Pacesetters have strutted, kicked, and danced as half-time entertainment. At Thursday's football game against RHS, the Precision Pacesetters performed a special routine to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the organization. The anniversary routine was a celebration that featured new "birthday cupcake" props. Pacesetter alumni are encouraged to participate in anniversary events planned for this year. For more information visit

Here’s to forty more years of kicking high and smiling big! Happy Birthday Pacesetters! >Top
prestonwood kindergartners are wild about numbers
Prestonwood Elementary chose "Wild About," as the theme for this year. Mrs. Bowles' kindergarten class put the theme to good use by piecing together number lines to show they are “Wild About Numbers."

PWE students will undoubtedly be wild about additional topics as the year progresses. >Top
Up early but still late to work
Dads and Donuts at PCE
Prairie Creek dads took some extra time getting in to work recently at the annual Dads and Donuts breakfast.

Fathers and children alike enjoyed the event, and the chance to meet other parents and staff. >Top
bhs ram football named team of the week
The Berkner High School Rams recently received recognition as Sports Power's "Team of the Week." The Rams were selected due to their dominating performance on homecoming.

Click here to learn more. >Top
Notice of Public Hearing
Pursuant to the Texas Education Code 33.902, school districts with at least 5000 average daily attendance are required to annually consider, during at least two public hearings, the need for and availability of child care before, after, or both before and after the school day and during school holidays and vacations for the district’s school age children.

Parents and community members are invited to express their need for and availability of affordable child care in the Richardson ISD at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Monday, October 12, 2009. There will be no formal presentation; this meeting is solely for gathering input. Patrons may attend this meeting to provide input or may communicate input via letter or email to:

Patti Kieker, Deputy Superintendent
400 S. Greenville Avenue
Richardson, TX 75081 >Top

This weekend in risd
Lake Highlands Area bands, choirs and orchestras perform at Market in the Meadow at Forest Meadow Junior High throughout the day on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10th.

Berkner High School Band will compete in the BOA Regional Marching Competition at the University of Texas at Arlington.  An admission fee will be charged; visit for exact competition times.

Lake Highlands High School Band will compete in the Plano East High School Marching Contest at Clark Stadium in Plano.  An admission fee will be charged; visit for more information.

Richardson High School Band competes in Little Elm High School Marching Contest at the Little Elm Athletic Complex.  Visit for more information.

Theatre, OCTOBER 8, 10 & 11
Pearce High School presents “A Piece of My Heart”, October 8th and 10th at 7:00 p.m. and October 11th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in The Blackbox Theatre at Pearce.  “A Piece of my Heart”, written by award-winning playwright Shirley Lauro, explores the true-life tales of six women – from nurses to an entertainer to an intelligence officer – who struggle with the effects of the Vietnam War, both abroad as well as at home.  Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students.   For more information, go to


Richardson High School vs. Skyline High School, 7:30 p.m. at Eagle/Mustang Stadium.
Berkner High School vs. Lake Highlands High School, 7:30 p.m. at Ram/Wildcat Stadium
Pearce High School vs. Highland Park High School, 7:30 p.m. at Highlander Stadium


Volleyball, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
Lake Highlands High School vs. Sunset High School, 6:30 p.m. at Lake Highlands High School
Pearce High School vs. Highland Park High School, 6:30 p.m. at Highland Park High School
Richardson High School vs. W. T. White High School, 6:30 p.m. at Richardson High School
Berkner High School vs. Creekview High School, 6:30 p.m. at Creekview High School

Lake Highlands High School vs. Dennison High School, 4:00 p.m. at Lake Highlands High School

Cross Country, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10
Lake Highlands High School at Jesuit CC Classic, 7:00 a.m. at Norbuck Park >Top
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