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They Did It! - Stults Earns
National Title 1 Award
Bond 2011 Update
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2011 Legislative Priorities
RISD Campuses Collects
171 Gold Performance
Acknowledgments
Red Ribbon Week
Northrich Votes
Spirit Run 2010
Playoffs!
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They Did It! – Stults Earns National Title 1 Award
After a comprehensive evaluation process, Stults Road Elementary has been named by the Texas Commissioner of Education as one of two schools to represent Texas as a recipient of the 2010 National Title 1 Distinguished Award.

This is the highest level of recognition available to a Title 1 school in the United States and is reflective of superior levels of student achievement coupled with innovative programs and practices.

"This award is something that Stults Road Elementary and Richardson ISD can be proud of," said RISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner. "On behalf of the entire RISD Community, I offer congratulations to the students, staff, parents, partners and community of Stults Road Elementary. In particular, I'd like to recognize the efforts of Principal Darwin Spiller and his Professional Learning Community staff as a driving force behind the school's success."

Stults Road Elementary will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Florida on January 31 and will be featured in the national publication that describes all of the National Title I Award winners.

Stults was selected by the Texas Education Agency as one of six Texas finalists in August. Following that was a comprehensive evaluation process that included a school site visit and a series of interviews, presentations and data analysis.

The Federal Title 1 Program exists to supplement state funding to schools in the U.S. with high percentages of economically disadvantaged students. Stults Road Elementary has been an Exemplary rated school under the state accountability system for three consecutive years and currently has approximately 78 percent of students who are considered economically disadvantaged under Federal guidelines.

For more information, please visit nationaltitleiassociation.org. >Top
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Bond 2011 Update & Online Survey
Over the last six weeks, Campus Principals, RISD Administration and the RISD Board of Trustees have reviewed and discussed many bond proposal items, and the cost of each, for possible inclusion in a May 2011 bond election.

In a Nov. 4 workshop, Dr. Waggoner and senior staff recommended a total not to exceed $170 million for the proposed bond program, so there would be no tax increase if approved by voters. The district's bond planning process is ongoing, and ultimately, the RISD Board of Trustees will determine what the bond program will include and whether to place it on the ballot. To hold a May 2011 bond election, the RISD Board would have until early March 2011 to call an election.

Please visit the 2011 Bond Program link online to give your input in a brief survey. A 'frequently-asked questions' document and an online map to view the completion of the 2001 and 2006 bond programs are coming soon. If you have bond-related comments or questions, please email RISD Communications at risd@risd.org. >Top
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2011 Legislative Priorities
On Nov. 1, the RISD Board of Trustees approved its 2011 Legislative Priorities for the upcoming 82nd Texas Legislative Session, which begins January 2011.

Did you know that public education funding accounts for approximately 60 percent of the state's budget? Currently, the state is estimating up to a $25 billion deficit, and the RISD Board of Trustees and Administration expect that our district, along with all other Texas public schools, will face a reduction in funding. It is too early to determine what our loss of funding may be, but we will keep you informed as the spring semester progresses.

That is why it is important for Richardson ISD priorities to be heard by our legislators -- both newly elected and veterans. Each fall prior to the upcoming January session, the RISD Board determines key areas of focus to share with district stakeholders and legislators. The 2011 Legislative Priorities include three areas of focus: finance, accountability and local control. To review these in more detail, please click here. >Top
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RISD Campuses Collects 171 Gold Performance Acknowledgments
Fifty-one of 53 eligible RISD schools (96 percent) recently received at least one Gold Performance Acknowledgment (GPA) from the Texas Education Agency as part of the state accountability system. GPAs are a measure beyond the traditional school rating system that recognizes schools that have done especially well with student achievement in one or more areas. Areas such as TAKS commended passing rates by subject, improvement compared with peer campuses, attendance rates, and college readiness are possible ways to earn Gold Performance Acknowledgment.

As a district, RISD earned a GPA in College Readiness and Social Studies Commended. For a list of GPAs by RISD campus, please click here.

For more information, on Gold Performance Acknowledgments, please visit www.tea.state.tx.us. >Top
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Red Ribbon Week
North Junior High Red Ribbon Week pep rally.
RISD celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week, with drug prevention and awareness events and projects happening at schools across the district. >Top
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Northrich votes
After learning about the candidates running for Texas Governor, Northrich students participated in a mock election the day before Election Day. Students filled out registration cards, which they brought with them to the polling station. Each student cast their vote in private voting booths and placed their ballots in a ballot box.

This was a wonderful way to connect student learning with current events and encourage students to take their right to vote seriously.

The results were counted by 6th grade students, and despite a few voting irregularities, Governor Perry won with more than 50% of the vote. >Top
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Spirit Run 2010
Run (or walk) "The Spirit Run" and enjoy entertainment every step of the race! Four High Schools will compete for bragging rights and a coveted traveling Spirit Trophy based on your end-of-race votes for the most spirited High School.

Each High School will be assigned one of four water stops and have their Drum Lines, Jazz bands, and others entertain you and cheer you to the finish!

This year's Spirit Run will be held on Sat., Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m. in Galatyn Park (George Bush Turnpike & Central Expressway). Registration is open now. The registration fee is $30. (the registration is $35 on race day, so register early). All proceeds directly benefit students and teachers in RISD.

Click here for more event details. >Top
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PlayoffS!
Football (Bi-District)
Richardson v McKinney Boyd @ Clark Stadium
Friday, November 12th @ 7:30

Pearce v Frisco Liberty @ Kimbrough Stadium
Friday, November 12th @ 7:30

Lake Highlands v South Garland @ SMU
Saturday, November 13th @ 12:00 (noon)
Volleyball Playoffs Update
The Pearce Girls Volleyball team has advanced to the regional tournament semifinal game.

They will play this Friday, November 12 at 4:00pm at Sachse H.S. against Waxahachie.

If they win Friday, they'll play in the regional final game on Saturday, November 13 at 4:00pm at the Garland Special Events Center.

Go Mustangs!>Top
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High School Highlights
Berkner High School
The BHS Debate Team recently fared well at the Princeton High School Tournament, with students earning a number of top finishes. In all, BHS Debaters brought home 14 medals and gavels total. They are coached by Chuck Brandon.

The November blood drive is almost here! On November 17th and 18th, the Berkner High School Senior Class of 2011 will be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with Carter Blood Care. Any student wishing to donate must bring back a signed permission form. These forms will be available starting November 11, in the cafeteria during all three lunches. You may begin to bring back your permission slips on Friday, November 12. Any student who donates will receive 15 hours of community service towards the Student Service Learning Medal, which is worn with your cap and gown at graduation. If you have any questions or for more information, please see Mr. Gregson in room A 127, or find him at the sign-up table in the cafeteria beginning Friday. >Top
 
BHS recently hosted future Rams at Ram for a Night during a varsity football game.

One elementary student from each BHS feeder schools was honored. Students were chosen by their counselors and principals. Each student received a complimentary Ram t-shirt, a certificate and dinner, and then recognized on the field. This popular annual event recognizes future BHS Rams. >Top
 
The BHS Symphony Orchestra recently advanced to the Honor Orchestra finals and placed 7th in the State. Thirty-one Orchestras entered the contest, and eight advanced to the finals. They are Directed by Craig Needham. Members of the BHS Symphony include:
Violins
Thomas Baek
John Chang
David Cheung
Ellen Donaldson
Garrett Jackson
Karolina Koziol
James Lee
Emily Lin
Tiffany Lin
Hunter Porter
Ben Su
Daisy Su
Tiffany Wong
Steven Zhang

Viola 
Thomas Baker
Richard Lee
Virginia Nguyen
Lisa Sun
Kyle Wong
Cello
Hanna Choi
Colin Horton
Will Hughes
Daniel Machuca
Halley Terleski

Bass
Paul Gomez
Cody McDaniel
Kathryn Siverling >Top
 
The BHS Robotics Team recently competed in the local Dallas BEST Robotics Competition at Mountain View College, qualifying to advance to the regional Texas BEST Competition to be held in November at the University of North Texas.

The team, coached by Eon Meusa, battled though many rounds of robot skill competition to reach the finals against Pearce High School, which also qualified.

The teams built their robots from a box of materials they were issued six weeks ago along with the contest challenge. >Top
 
Pearce High School
PHS Volleyball Teams raised more than $8,000 for the Side-Out Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness. The check was recently presented prior to the last home game of the regular season. Over the last two years, the girls have raised over $13,000! >Top
 
The PHS Robotics Team recently competed in the local Dallas BEST Robotics Competition at Mountain View College, qualifying to advance to the regional Texas BEST Competition to be held in November at the University of North Texas. The team, coached by Robert Acosta and Ronald Gardner, battled though many rounds of robot skill competition to reach the finals against Berkner High School, which also qualified. The teams built their robots from a box of materials they were issued six weeks ago along with the contest challenge. >Top
 
PHS geographic Information System students conducted water quality tests of Richardson creeks in the spring, mapped their results and recently presented their findings to City of Richardson Health Department employees at City Hall. Students created and presented information on creek chemistry in an opportunity to apply their GIS concepts to a project-based, real world scenario.

The PHS GIS Program is one of 125 Career & Technical Education Programs offered to RISD students. All are related to a specific skill or career, and many offer licensure or certifications at the conclusion of specific program course sequences. Lake Highlands H.S. also offers a GIS program.

Kudos to PHS Geographic Information System students and their teacher, Susan McClellan. >Top
 
Recently, PHS AVID students gathered for an old fashioned family cookout. The goal of the event was to provide a relaxing atmosphere for parents, students, teachers and administrators to come together to help support the AVID students in their pursuit of rigorous, college preparation courses. >Top
 
Richardson High School
The RHS Cross Country Teams recently competed in the district meet, with the girls finishing second in district, and advancing to regionals as a team for the first time in many years. The RHS JV Girls won the district meet and have ended their year as district champions. They are coached by Beth Brown. >Top
 
The RHS Programming Team was successful at the inaugural Plano Senior HS Halloween Competition. RHS brought 19 students to the competition, more than any school, forming three advanced teams and four novice teams. Students performed well, bringing home three trophies and four medals, also the most of any school. They are coached by Henry Vo. >Top
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Arapaho Classical Magnet PTA Parent Education Series
Open to the public – speakers, topics and information relevant to parents. For more information, please read the flyer. >Top
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Upcoming High school Theatre Productions
Pearce High School Theatre Presents: Side Show
Side Show is the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins that were catapulted from the freak show of the Side Show to the stage of Vaudeville. “Come look at the Freaks”. As PHS Theater presents an ALL SENIOR Musical, November 13 and 14, call 469-593-5136 for ticket information. All proceeds benefit the Lynn “Zed” Shaw Memorial Fund. >Top
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This Weekend in RISD
Fine Arts
Theatre, Saturday, November 13, Sunday, November 14
Pearce High School Theatre presents “Side Show” @ Pearce High School Auditorium.  7:30 p.m. November 13; 2:00 on November 14.
Richardson High School Theatre presents “Avenue R” @ Richardson High School Auditorium.  7:30 p.m. on November 13.

High School Sports
Basketball, Thursday, November 11, Friday, November 12, Sunday, November 13
Lake Highlands High School and Richardson High School girls basketball to Frisco Tournament@ Frisco High School, November 11 – 13.  Contact the school for times.
Berkner High School girls vs. South Garland High School @ Berkner High School, 6:30 p.m., November 12.
Pearce High School girls vs. Denison High School @ Denison High School, 3:00 p.m., November 13.                 
Lake Highlands High School boys vs. Grand Prairie High School @ Grand Prairie High School, 10:00 a.m., November 13.
Berkner High School boys scrimmage vs. Allen High School and Lancaster High School @ Berkner High School, 10:00 a.m., November 13.
Richardson High School boys scrimmage vs. Grapevine High School @ Grapevine High School, 9:00 a.m., November 13.

Football Playoffs, Friday, November 12; Saturday, November 13
Richardson High School vs. McKinney Boyd High School @ Clark Stadium, 7:30 p.m., November 12.
Pearce High School vs. Frisco Liberty High School @ Kimbrough Stadium, 7:30 p.m., November 12
Lake Highlands High School vs. South Garland High School @ SMU Ford Stadium, noon, November 13

Wrestling, Saturday, November 13                   
Lake Highlands High School wrestling to Keller 6-way duals @ Keller High School, 9:00 a.m., November 13.
Pearce High School wrestling Mustang Showdown @ Pearce High School, 9:00 a.m., November 13.

Diving,  Friday, November 12

Berkner High School Cougar Classic Diving @ The Colony High School, 5 p.m.

For weekly scheduled events, please click here. [Every attempt is made to include all activities occurring over the weekend. Send information about activities to RISD@risd.org.] >Top
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