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RHS Homecoming Parade
Money Matter$
Invention Convention
LHHS First-time Voters
Really Early Voting at ACM
Election Day at
Springridge Elementary
PHS Mustangs Tennis
Anyone Have a Blimp?
BHS Fine Arts
A Thrilling Show
This Weekend in RISD
LHE Recycling Round-up
Fine Arts Schedules
Athletics Schedules
RHS Homecoming parade
A long standing Richardson tradition was renewed Friday as Richardson High School held its annual Homecoming Parade down Belt Line Road. Creative floats and enthusiastic students highlighted the event, which starts near Floyd Road and ends at RHS. Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, and came out to watch (and catch candy). >Top
Money Matter$
“Richardson Independent School District maintains the highest quality financial operations and has sound fiscal policies, procedures and leadership in place to assure continued financial security.”
Hankins, Eastup, Dean & Seay, Independent Auditors
Did You Know?
The Texas Education Code (paragraph 44.008(a)) requires each Texas school district to have its school district fiscal accounts audited annually. The audit must be performed by a Texas certified or public accountant holding a permit from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and must be completed following the close of the fiscal year. The firm of Hankins, Eastup, Deaton, Tonn & Seay has completed the audit of RISD's fiscal accounts for the 2007-2008 school year and found that the District demonstrates fiscal responsibility, efficiency, and effectiveness in all operations. At the regular Board of Trustees meeting on November 3, the Board approved the audit and will file the report with the Texas Education Agency.

What does this mean?
This means that RISD is on very stable financial ground, and that taxpayers have a lower debt service tax rate because of RISD’s superior bond ratings of AA+ and Aa1 from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s respectively, both leading providers of independent credit ratings.

Looking ahead
The 81st legislative session begins in January 2009, and RISD, along with most districts in Texas, is looking to the legislature to provide additional funding to help offset increases in expenses like salaries, utilities and transportation. The financial strain comes from the current school finance system which holds schools districts to 2005-06 funding levels with no allowances for inflation or increases in costs. While cities and counties benefit from property value increases, school districts in Texas receive no increase in revenue for operations under the current school finance system. >Top
Invention convention
RISD's Invention Convention celebrated its twenty-fourth year earlier this month.  Thirty-two schools participated with over 600 students taking part in this inventive thinking process.

New sponsor Texas Instruments supported the Richardson Invention Convention along with The Container Store, Baker Botts, the Richardson Environmental Action League, the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and Arapaho Road Animal Clinic.  Many of these groups also provided volunteer judges, as did Nortel, Sun Microsystems, and several other firms.  In addition, several McDermott Scholars from UTD, and RISD employees and alumni offered their time.  Without their help, this program would not provide our young inventors a chance to share their inventions with the public.

The purpose of the RISD district Invention Convention is to recognize the outstanding inventors from each of the schools in RISD, and to provide them with the opportunity to present their inventions to each other and the public.

In addition, a select few of the outstanding inventions from among the entries received awards.  Each invention was evaluated from the following criteria:
Effectiveness of display
Special recognition is given to those inventors who exhibited outstanding creativity and originality, called the Rube Goldberg Award.  It was named for the American cartoonist famed for his depictions of elaborate inventions.  They also had several special area awards, which were judged by representatives for the organization presenting the award.

Click here to view the list of this year's winners. >Top
LHHS first-time voters
Approximately 50 Lake Highlands High School seniors walked with Assistant Principal Ramona Powers and government teacher Joel Rosenzweig to the Audelia Branch Library last week to vote. For the seniors, who recently turned 18, this was their first opportunity to be part of the electoral process. Special thanks go to the League of Women Voters and the LHHS Patriotism & Pride Committee. >Top
Really Early Voting at ACM
Campaign speeches, promises for change, and even Secret Service. Second-graders at Arapaho Classical Magnet got a jump on Election Day last week when they held their annual election for class president and vice president.

Students listened carefully to speeches from the candidates, sang patriotic songs and then lined up at the ballot boxes to make their voices heard in a different way.

After all the votes were tallied, Olivia Westbrooks was elected president and Annie Nagele vice president, to thunderous applause from students & parents in attendance.

No word on whether the Westbrooks/Nagele administration will result in lower taxes, but more recess time may be on the way. >Top
election day at springridge elementary
On Election Day, Springridge Elementary was in the voting spirit! Fifth-graders passed out "Don't forget to vote" stickers to parents in the drop-off lane. Teachers voted on a food item that they would like to have in the lounge on Friday, and the student body voted on a name for our mascot, the Eagle. >Top
PHS Mustangs Tennis
The Pearce Mustangs Class 4-A Tennis Team defeated Corsicana 10-2 in the quarterfinals, Frisco High School 10-1 in the Semi-finals and lost to Highland Park in the Regional finals. They are currently ranked fourth in the state in class 4-A. They are coached by Jim Morrison and Sammy Gunters.

Congratulations Mustangs! >Top
Anyone have a blimp?
What began as a student science competition at Liberty Junior High concluded last week with the help of Dallas Fire/Rescue. With the cooperation and encouragement of the Berkner HS Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy, Liberty students were asked to design a container, using common materials and weighing no more than 40 grams, that would keep an egg unbroken after being dropped from increasing heights onto concrete.

Students responded with all manner of designs, with varying levels of effectiveness.

Liberty Principal Stephen Quisenberry began by dropping eggs from a ladder, with students measuring the distance from the ground. As more contenders were eliminated, higher heights were needed to determine which design worked best, so Mr. Quisenberry went to the school’s roof to test the top designs on a more than 35 foot drop.
It wasn’t high enough, as several students had created superior designs that kept the egg safe from that distance. At that point, there was just one thing to do: call in the fire department.

The following week, Dallas Fire/rescue kindly agreed to help, and brought a large ladder truck to the campus, ultimately extending the ladder to 100 feet!

From that height, all but two student designs resulted in egg yolks on concrete, and the competition was declared a draw between Sally Tong and Rachel Green.

This activity is the first of several Liberty will coordinate this year, working with students from the Berkner STEM Academy, to spark interest in the different facets of science. The activities will culminate in a STEM Science Camp at the beginning of the summer for incoming 6th graders. >Top
Congratulations to the Pearce, Berkner and West Junior High Robotics Teams. They competed in the annual Dallas BEST robotics competition and fared well.

Pearce robotics finished second overall and advanced to the state championship competition Nov. 14 & 15. Berkner just missed the finals, finishing fifth. West, despite competing against mostly high school opponents, finished 11th out of 20 teams.

Congratulations. >Top
BHS Fine Arts
BHS Orchestra
The Berkner High School String Orchestra, under the direction of Craig Needham, just placed 10th in the State in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra Competition this past weekend. 32 recordings from throughout the state were evaluated by a panel of judges to earn this recognition. This is an outstanding honor to again be recognized as one of the very best!

BHS Band
Last weekend, the Berkner Band was one of three bands from UIL Area C to qualify for the UIL State Marching Contest in San Antonio.

From Band Director Frank Troyka: “It was quite a thrill as we all listened to the announcement on Saturday night telling us who would advance to State--only three bands of the seventeen at the contest were eligible to advance. After Duncanville and Coppell were both named to State, you could hear a feather drop as the crowd of thousands listened for the first utterance of a syllable of the name of the third and final band to advance. Of course, the kids erupted when they heard ‘BERK---!’” Thank you for supporting them and their participation in events such as this one.

Thanks to all who support the Mighty Ram Band! >Top
A Thrilling show
The LHHS Highlandettes' gave a spirited performance Halloween night with a rendition of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at halftime of the football game.

The football team responded with a 48-42 win that clinched the 9-5A title for the Wildcats. >Top
This Weekend in RISd
November 6 - November 9.  RISD high school students participate in many different activities in addition to their academic endeavors.  Don’t miss the fine performances of our talented students on the stage, court or field!

For events weekly scheduled events, please click here. [Every attempt is made to include all activities occurring over the weekend.  Send information about activities to]
Lake Highlands Lady Wildcats vs. Bryan HS@ Fairfield HS, Fairfield, TX  7:00 p.m.

Pearce HS Lady Mustangs vs. Lincoln HS @ Loos Field, Carrollton, TX  6:00 p.m.

Richardson HS Lady Eagles HS vs. A&M Consolidated @ Temple Community College, Temple, TX  7:00 p.m.
Berkner High School Choir hosts “Berkner Idol” Competition in the Berkner Auditorium Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is $10.00-$12.00.

TMEA High School All-Region Choir Concert, Lake Highlands Auditorium, Saturday, November 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Berkner High School Theatre Elementary Workshop – open to all elementary students!  Berkner High School Auditorium, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon Saturday, November 8th.  Cost is $20.00.  Students will learn the elements of theatre warm-ups, pantomime, improvisation, face-painting and a musical production number.    
Freshman and JV Football - Thursday, November 6:
  • Berkner Rams vs. W. T. White @ W. T. White, 5:30, 7:30 p.m. (F, JV)

  • Berkner Rams vs. LHHS @ Berkner B Field, 5:30 p.m. (F)

  • Lake Highlands Wildcats vs. Molina HS @ Wildcat/Ram Stadium, 5:30 p.m. (JV)

  • Pearce Mustangs vs. Newman Smith HS @ Pearce B Field, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (F)

  • Pearce Mustangs vs. Newman Smith HS @ Polk Middle School, 6:00 p.m (JV)

  • Richardson Eagles vs. Creekview HS @ Eagle/Mustang Stadium, 6:00 p.m. (JV)

  • Richardson Eagles vs. Creekview HS @ Creekview, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (F)

Varsity Football - Friday, November 7:
  • Rams vs. W. T. White HS @ Ram/Wildcat Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

  • Lake Highlands Wildcats vs. Molina HS @ Kincade Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

  • Pearce Mustangs vs. Newman Smith HS @ Mustang/Eagle Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

  • Richardson Eagles vs. Creekview HS @ Stanridge Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Basketball - Thursday, November 6:

  • Richardson HS Girls scrimmage vs. N. Mesquite & Pearce HS @ Pearce HS, 6:00 p.m. (JV, V)

  • Richardson HS Girls scrimmage vs. N. Mesquite & Pearce @ N. Mesquite HS, 6:00 p.m. (Freshman A & B)

  • Pearce HS Boys scrimmage vs. Denton Ryan @ Denton Ryan HS, TBA (JV, V)


Basketball - Saturday, November 8:

  • Berkner HS Girls scrimmage vs. Rowlett HS @ Rowlett HS, 9:00 a.m. (JV, V)

  • LHHS Girls scrimmage vs. Desoto & Plano @ Desoto HS, 10:00 a.m. (JV, V)

  • LHHS Boys scrimmage vs. Desoto & Plano @ Desoto HS, 10:00 a.m. (F)

  • LHHS Boys scrimmage vs. McArthur @ MacArthur HS, 10:00 a.m. (JV,V) >Top

Lake Highlands Elementary Recycling round-up
On Saturday, November 15 Lake Highlands will celebrate Texas Recycles Day with a Recycling Round-up. Click here for more information. >Top
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