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RHS Homecoming 2011
2012-13 Student Academic
Calendar Planning
RISD to Reduce Irrigation
Under Stage 3 Water
RHS Class of 1981
Honors Alumni, Staff
With Memorial Bench
Prairie Creek Teacher
Wins Metroplex Teacher
of the Month
ACE, MST Third Graders
Receive Dental Help
International Walk to
School Day
MetroPCS Helps
Combat Bullying
North Junior High
History Simulation
Pearce Hits Mark
on All-Region Choir
Partners Corner
Pearce Area Choir Fall
Concert & Mixer - Oct. 24
Eagle Volleyball - Oct. 25
Pacesetters Add Community
Outreach to Annual Bazaar -
Oct. 29 & 30
Excellence in Education
Foundation Spirit
Run 5k - Nov. 5
Ryan Sanders Scholarship
Pancake Breakfast
Follow RISD on Twitter
Student/Parent Guidebook
& Student Code of Conduct
RISD on Facebook
2011-12 Academic Calendar
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RHS Homecoming Parade 2011

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More than 2,000 members of the community, including residents, alumni and future RHS Eagles, came out for the 52nd annual homecoming parade Friday afternoon. >Top
2012-2013 Student Academic Calendar Planning
RISD has begun the planning process for the 2012-2013 Student Academic Calendar, and is soliciting input from parents, staff, students and the community.

The legislatively-mandated start date of no earlier than August 27, 2012, is five instructional days later than the current year 2011-12 academic calendar. Many school districts would prefer to begin the year earlier than the fourth Monday in August, but the Texas Legislature prohibited districts from doing so beginning in 2006-07. Taken with the requirements for at least 180 instructional days, this may necessitate a shorter winter break or other departures from the traditional RISD academic calendar.

Two initial options of the 2012-2013 calendar are available below, along with additional information. To provide calendar feedback, please call RISD Communications at 469-593-0301 or email

The Board of Trustees will vote on a final calendar early next year.

Click here to download the memo. (PDF)
Click here to download calendar option 1. (PDF)
Click here to download calendar option 2. (PDF) >Top
RISD to reduce irrigation under Stage 3 water restrictions
As the City of Richardson implements Stage 3 water restrictions, RISD will bolster its conservation efforts by reducing irrigation to twice a month at district facilities by Nov. 1. New watering schedules will be in place at all RISD campuses.

Implementation of Stage 3 restrictions comes as North Texas continues to experience drought and the North Texas Municipal Water District faces critical shortages in its water supply.

RISD is seeking a variance that would allow some schools to be watered on days outside times dictated by Richardson's drought ordinance. That request is still pending with the city.

Additional conservation measures RISD will implement include not replacing dead plants while drought conditions persist.

RISD Associate Director of Facility Services Phil Lozano said water conservation is important even under normal conditions. The department uses several tools to help reduce water consumption. Those include moisture sensors that detect when the root zone is getting dry or too wet, as well as weather stations in the north, central and southern parts of the district that help in shutting off irrigation at campuses during bad weather such as rain storms and freezing conditions.

"We manage our water with diligence," Lozano said. "We want to do the right thing all the time, not just in a drought." >Top
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RHS Class of 1981 honors alumni, staff with memorial bench

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Members of the RHS Class of 1981 have donated a bench in memory of students, faculty and staff – past, future and present – who have passed away. The project was funded by donations from class members and spearheaded by alumni Debbie Closser and Glen Wild.

"Even in just the Class of '81, we've had numerous people pass away," Closser said. "This is something that meant a lot to Glen and me. The pride of being a Richardson Eagle goes way beyond graduation."

Additional funds raised will be used for scholarships for RHS students. To donate or to learn more, please click here. >Top
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Prairie Creek Teacher wins Metroplex Teacher of the Month
Prairie Creek teacher Marcy Waters was honored by KLTY and Care Now as the Teacher of the Month for the Dallas Metroplex. Ms. Waters teaches third grade and always provides her students with challenging curriculum, while meeting the individual needs of each student. Her students were as excited as she was with the news, and gave her multiple rounds of applause….along with lots of hugs. Congratulations to Ms. Waters for this wonderful honor. >Top
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ACE, MST Third graders receive dental help

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Math/Science/Technology Magnet and Audelia Creek Elementary third grade students recently had the opportunity to receive a protective dental sealant application to their permanent teeth to prevent future tooth decay. Students also received a dental screening and fluoride treatment.

RISD school nurses partnered with the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry to provide this service at no cost. >Top
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International Walk to School Day

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Several campuses, including Northrich Elementary and Northwood Hills Elementary, recently participated in International Walk to School Day. Parents and students walked to school for the event, which helps to promote physical fitness and walkable communities. >Top
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MetroPCS HELPS combat bullying
RISD and MetroPCS are working together to make Richardson High School safer for students.

MetroPCS, an RISD community partner, donated a cell phone that will serve as a text hotline for students to anonymously report bullying at RHS.

Under a new pilot program, Richardson students are now permitted to have their cell phones out in hallways between classes and at lunchtime, the two times bullying most often occurs in schools. The hotline will allow RHS administrators stop a bullying situation before it escalates.

Thank you to MetroPCS for its support of RISD. >Top
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North junior high history Simulation
Seventh-grade students in Mrs. Ainsworth's Texas history class at North Junior High recently dressed as Native Americans to participate in a simulation activity. Students participated in five different activities and performed tasks similar to what Native Americans did when the Spanish friars were trying to convert them to Catholicism. >Top
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Pearce Hits Mark on All-Region Choir
Eighteen Pearce High School choir students made the prestigious 2011 All-Region Choir after auditioning this month. Students earning the recognition include:

Treble Choir: Natalie Boyd, Elin Williams, Lauren Mearns, Abby Wills, Michelle Wolff, Ashley Seaman, Monica Rainey, Libby Aldridge, Chandler Rowland and Malayna Ellis

Mixed Choir: Victoria Lloret, Betsy Flickenger and Remy Leibow

Mixed Choir and advancing to Pre-Area: Sam Meril (2nd chair), Kendall Wolkenstein (10th chair), Katherine Cotten (1st chair), Rachel Anderson (3rd chair) and Connor Robertson (6th chair)

These students will perform in the All-Region Choir Concert on November 5th. The students advancing to Pre-Area will compete again in November as they continue their goal of making the All-State Choir. >Top
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Richardson Central Rotary &
Richardson YMCA Soccer Program

In a show of true community spirit, RISD has paired up with the Richardson Central Rotary Club and the Richardson YMCA to deliver an after-school soccer program to students at Bukhair Elementary and Terrace Elementary. The program will consist of six soccer sessions including an end of the season celebration at the Richardson YMCA.

"We will be able to positively impact the lives of more than 100 kids through soccer", stated Jean Crosby, Richardson YMCA Sports Director. "Each child will not only receive soccer instruction, but the will get a uniform, soccer ball and award at the end of the season."

"The Richardson Central Rotary club has a long history of community support. Our club is thrilled to be able to provide the means for these children to have an outstanding experience. We just love seeing the smiles on their faces," said Carl Bonds, Richardson Central Rotary Club President.
This program is about more than soccer. It shows the power of community and commitment of these Richardson organizations to improving lives of all children.

Thank you to these two exceptional partners for their continued support of RISD schools! >Top
Mark Twain Elementary welcomes new partners!
First United Methodist Church Richardson and Rack Room Shoes in Rowlett recently donated several resources for the students and staff of Mark Twain Elementary. Coordinated by Communities in Schools' Campus Manager Magda Robles, these two partnerships collectively donated more than $2400 in resources for the campus. Eight hundred dollars was donated by First United Methodist Church Richardson for enrichment classes, including 25 pairs of shoes for students in need. First United Methodist Church Richardson also donated apples for every teacher and plans to volunteer as needed throughout the school year at the school. To complement this great donation, Rack Room Shoes in Rowlett donated $1675 worth of socks, shoes, shoelaces and backpacks as a part of their "Shoes that Fit" program.

Mark Twain and RISD thank their new partners!
Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet's Annual
Principal & Pastor's Breakfast

Pastors from the RISD community recently attended Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet's Annual Pastor and Principal Breakfast, sponsored by La Madeleine (Forest Lane in Dallas) and Fiesta Grocery Store. Principal Megan Timme presented the need for mentors from their congregations, along with providing scholarships for field trips. Thank you to the following churches for their support and interest in partnering with Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet: Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church, Greenville Avenue Church of Christ, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Abounding Love Fellowship Church, Watermark Community Church, and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Thomas Jefferson, president of the Hamilton Park Civic League, also attended the breakfast.
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Pearce Area Choir Fall Concert and Mixer - Oct. 24
The award-winning JJ Pearce High School Choir is proud to host the Pearce Area Choir Fall Concert on Monday, October 24. The event features North and Parkhill Junior High choirs. In addition, Pearce's Forte, Acapella and JV Mixed choirs will take the stage.

The evening starts with a Pearce Area Choir Mixer and dessert reception in the Pearce Courtyard at 6:30 pm. The Concert is at 7:30 pm in the Edith Pearce Auditorium. >Top
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Eagle volleyball - Oct. 25
Eagle Volleyball Senior Night
Come out and support Eagle Volleyball for the final home match of the season, and as we honor our eight seniors: Farrin Bell, Shelby Ellis, Nina McGouldrick, Catherine Miller, Hannah Moss, Smith Reissig, Natalie Schiller, and Anna Wilson.

Match time is 7:00 p.m., there will be a ceremony before the match. Click here to download the flyer. (PDF) >Top
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Pacesetters Add Community Outreach to Annual Bazaar - Oct. 29 & 30
The award-winning Pacesetter drill team of J.J. Pearce High School recently announced it will help Network of Community Ministries at the Pacesetter Holiday Bazaar, Oct. 29 and 30. The annual fundraiser for the team each year attracts numerous artisans (this year the list numbers more than 200) and a large, loyal following of shoppers. For the first time, the bazaar will include collection boxes for non-perishable foods and toiletries to be donated to Network. "This event has always been free to the public," says 2011 Bazaar Chairwoman Alice Doman, "yet people are always willing to pay, so we thought, 'why not take donations for a community organization?' In these tough economic times, Network needs help more than ever."
The 32nd annual Bazaar will take place at the school from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday the 29th and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday the 30th. In addition to jewelry and clothing items, there will be unique home décor items, baked goods, and a prize drawing with over 100 gift certificates. Several Richardson-area restaurants have donated food to the Bazaar Café, in which visitors may rest and eat delicious food, with proceeds benefiting the Pacesetter Booster Club. The holiday bazaar is the Pacesetters' main fundraiser, helping to defray numerous costs including uniforms, supplies, competition expenses, and the annual spring show. For more information, contact Alice Doman at 214-335-8610. >Top
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Excellence in Education Foundation Spirit Run 5k - Nov. 5
Run or walk, you'll be full of school spirit at this unique event. For details please open the flyer. >Top
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Ryan Sanders Scholarship Pancake Breakfast - Nov. 12
All you can eat Applebee's pancakes on Saturday, November 12, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. $5.00 for any Berkner Theatre student, at the door, or call 469-593-7190. All proceeds benefit the Ryan Sanders College Scholarship Fund. >Top
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