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Red Ribbon Week

RISD Lands 18 on the TBEC Honor Roll - Most in Texas
Racing for the Cure Free Online Homework Help for Students
RHS Homecoming Parade
It Sure Beats Watching TV
Strike up the Band
BHS Player Stars in Latest Gatorade Campaign

Supply Drive for Future Eagles

Time to Make the Doughnuts
All-Region Choir and Orchestra
Partners Corner
PHS Pacesetter Bazaar
RISD Superintendent, Dr. David Simmons and Assistant Superintendent Bob Devoll accept the check from Atmos Energy Manager of Public Affairs, Mrs. Jeanne Hooker.
RISD’s newest partner, Atmos Energy, recently donated $5,000 to the Student Services Department.  This generous contribution will sponsor a campaign to raise awareness of the Report-It and Crime Stoppers lines in our secondary schools. In addition, the funds will also help RISD's truancy prevention efforts to promote school attendance.

The Report-It line allows a student caller to anonymously report any situation, activity or rumor they have heard that makes them feel unsafe in school.

The Crime Stoppers line, 469-593-TIPS(8477), allows students to provide information regarding any crime that has been committed. Information that leads to a conviction will be often rewarded with cash.

Both lines are monitored regularly, and information received is investigated.

Thanks Atmos Energy! >Top
The 33rd annual RISD Invention Convention Finals were held October 27, at Berkner High School, the culmination of events at 33 campuses involving more than 700 student participants.

This district tradition encourages students at all grade levels to employ a variety of critical thinking skills in the creation of their inventions.

The RISD Invention Convention would not be the success that it is without support from many sponsors and volunteers, among them The Container Store; Baker, Botts, L.L.P.; the Richardson Chamber of Commerce; the Richardson Environmental Action League; the Arapaho Road Animal Clinic; Nortel; Sun Microsystems; UTD's McDermott Scholars; and RISD parents, alumni and employees.
Among the finalists, a number were chosen as outstanding and/or to receive special awards. For a complete list, please click here.

Thanks to all of this year's inventors, parents, sponsors, judges and volunteers for helping to make this year's event great, and a special thanks to RISD's Michael Bray for bringing all the aspects together. >Top
Thousands of RISD parents have already received recorded telephone messages from their child's campus, letting them know about important dates, deadlines, events, or their child's absence from school. Beginning in October, a new mass notification system called Connect-ED became available for principals to use, allowing them to record and send messages containing important information for parents.

In addition to sharing campus information with parents, the system will allow the district and campuses to rapidly communicate information to parents in the event an emergency arises. Also, the system is automated to notify parents when their child is absent from school.

This new system uses the contact information provided by parents during the enrollment process each year. Parents or community members who feel they are receiving calls in error, or at an inaccurate phone number, should contact the specific campus making the call and request changes be made to the database. >Top
Red Ribbon Week, a national tribute to drug and alcohol prevention awareness, was recently celebrated across the district. Staff and students wore silly hats, colorful socks, pajamas, and even interesting clothing in order to get the message across that substance abuse is not good for students. Groups including peer mediators from high schools and celebrities, police officers and local firefighters made special presentations throughout the week.

Pictured right, North JH viking, Audie Wood, shows off the funny hat she wore in support of Red Ribbon Week.

Pictured below, North Junior High shows their Red Ribbon spirit with a large fence sign.
Eighteen RISD schools were officially named to the Texas Business and Education Coalition's (TBEC) Honor Roll on October 30 in Austin.

TBEC's Executive Director Ken Zornes states, "Honor Roll schools not only have a high percentage of students meeting the state's standards on all tests, they also have the highest percentage of students performing at the state's most rigorous standard, commended, in every subject.

Of the more than 8,000 Texas public schools, less than 5% will be so honored in 2007.

Congratulations to the following schools:
RISD's 2007 TBEC Honor Roll Campuses Include:
Pearce High School   Forestridge Elementary
Parkhill Junior High   Prairie Creek Elementary
Canyon Creek Elementary   Prestonwood Elementary
Lake Highlands Elementary   Brentfield Elementary
Mohawk Elementary   Jess Harben Elementary
Northrich Elementary   Yale Elementary
Northwood Hills Elementary   Big Springs Elementary
Richardson Heights Elementary   Merriman Park Elementary
Wallace Elementary   Math/Science/Technology Magnet >Top
Longhorns for Life teammates Sara Sowan, Pearce High School, Stacy Stout, Bowie Elementary, and Amy Lancaster, Prestonwood Elementary, successfully completed the Breast Cancer 3-Day, 60-mile - walk, raising more than $27,000 to support finding a cure for breast cancer! DFW's 2,600 walkers raised over $6.5 million dollars for breast cancer research and prevention.

Way to go! >Top
Several hundred RISD students are now participating in the program that RISD introduced just a few weeks ago. Students are giving the program high marks and leaving some nice comments such as, "I feel like a physics genius now. It was wonderful:)" Every 7th - 12th grader can sign up for their free 300 minutes of tutoring by going to and entering the unique code that was included in a letter sent to their home. Students can then connect to a tutor during after-school hours when they get stuck. has more than 2,000 tutors who can help students with math, science, social studies or English. If you or your child has questions about this exciting program, please contact Liz Morse,, 469-593-0300. >Top
Richardson High School's traditional Homecoming Parade, had all of Belt Line Road sporting purple and gold. School board members pictured, Kim Caston, Kim Quirk, Karen Ellis and Lanet Greenhaw wave to the crowd. >Top
Last month, the Arapaho Classical Magnet PTA hosted Family Art Night in the ACM gym. Fun was had by all who participated in this fantastic hands-on art event. Students had the opportunity to use their artistic talents to create art in a variety of mediums in the event presented by Pee Wee Picasso. Five art stations were set up: chalk pastel, oil pastel, watercolor resist, free draw with colored pencils, and paper mosaic.

The paper mosaic station included a group activity in which students collectively created a mosaic featuring ACM's Falcon logo that now adorns the walls of the cafeteria. Thanks to ACM PTA & staff for making this happen. >Top
RISD's first "Band Showcase" was October 30 at Eagle-Mustang Stadium.  Each of the high school marching bands performed their competition show, then the four high school bands were joined by all the junior high bands for a Grand Finale.  More than 1,500 musicians took the field to play "Crunch Time" and "God Bless America."

The JJ Pearce Mighty Mustang Band earned a 1st Division Superior rating from each judge on October 17 at their UIL Region Marching Competition at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

They advanced to UIL Area competition and were selected as one of only two bands to advance from our area to the State Marching Contest.  The band went on to represent RISD at State on November 6 in the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Berkner's Mighty Ram Band, Lake Highlands' Wildcat Marching Band, and Richardson's Golden Eagle Band each competed at the UIL Marching Competition October 24 at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.  Each band earned a First Division Superior rating from all three judges.  Congratulations, bands! >Top
Berkner High School senior basketball player Maxx Nakwaasah is the subject of a current Gatorade marketing campaign. Nakwaasah led BHS in scoring last year and helped the Rams advance in the playoffs to their third straight regional final. >Top
Richardson High School Law students collected supplies for children at Dover Elementary, and the excitement was evident as supplies were handed out to those who will someday be Eagles themselves.

Thanks RHS Law students!>Top
The library of Lake Highlands Elementary was the scene of some very energetic early risers last month. It was the annual ‘Donuts For Dad’ event at the school and there were plenty of both on hand. Arriving at 7:00am, about 100 dads and their LHE children gathered to visit, dig into doughnuts, coffee and juice.

The LHE Dad’s Club is an organization committed to supporting the LHE PTA, having fun, and modeling the importance of volunteer work to children and how it benefits our community. David Novit, this year's president, couldn’t have been happier with the turnout and camaraderie he witnessed, “with Krispy Kreme donuts, White Rock Coffee and a great support group of LHE dads, it was definitely a great way to start the day!”

Thanks to the sponsors and volunteers. >Top
All-Region Choir to Perform November 10
Texas Music Educator Association All-region Choir try-outs were held last month. After three levels of competition against students from districts around the region, the following RISD students were named to an All-Region Choir and will perform a public concert on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. in the Garland High School auditorium.  Garland High School is located at 301 South Garland Avenue in Garland, Texas.

Click here to view a list of RISD students participating in All-region Choir.

All-Region Orchestra to Perform November 15
Texas Music Educator Association All-region Orchestra tryouts were held on October 20, 2007, at Pearce High School. The top students in that competition were named to the All-Region Orchestra and will perform in concert on Thursday, November 15, 2007, at 4:00pm in the Pearce auditorium, 1600 North Coit Road in Richardson, Texas.

Click here to view a list of RISD students participating in All-region Orchestra. >Top
Dr. Thomas Pledger, a chiropractor with First Care Pain Relief and Wellness, has gone above and beyond to help Big Springs Elementary.  This partnership began with an donation of $800 for all Big Springs students in need of assistance with school supplies. Principal Denise May was extremely grateful for his support and was all smiles upon receiving the check!

Many thanks to Dr. Pledger and First Care Pain Relief and Wellness! >Top
The Berkner drumline helped welcome 10,000 North Texans in need to HEB/Central Market's First Annual Feast of Sharing at Fair Park. This talented drumline had the whole room grooving to their toe-tapping drum beat! >Top
All are invited to the 28th Annual Pearce Pacesetter Holiday Bazaar on November 10th and 11th! The bazaar is a great tradition for many to begin their holiday shopping. More than 120 vendors will showcase jewelry, quilts, home accessories, seasonal gifts, yard decorations and a whole lot more. Purchase your Fall goodies at the Bake Sale where each Pacesetter family has lovingly prepared homemade goods. Plan to have lunch or snacks at our Café featuring delicious food donated by local eateries that generously support our community and school!

Also, don't miss out on the opportunity to win some great prizes being donated by local businesses for this year's Sweepstakes Drawings! A sampling of the prizes donated--Cooking Classes to Central Market, Ladies Handbags, Target Gift Cards, Certificates to local spas, restaurants, florists, and the list goes on! Drawing tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased from any Pacesetter.

The Pacesetters work hard to represent J.J. Pearce with loyalty and pride so please support this fun and exciting event! All are welcome and admission is FREE! Hours are Saturday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, November 11, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at Pearce High School, 1600 N. Coit Road, Richardson, Texas 75080.

Please contact Susan Shelton 972-699-3752 with questions. >Top
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