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RISD Celebrates
Red Ribbon Week
2013 Campus & Facility
Bond Projects
Election Day Roundup
Spotlight on RISD
Cookie Day for We've Got You
Covered! Campaign
BHS maintains its status as an
AVID National Demonstration
RISD Child Nutrition
Recognized for Best Practice
Prairie Creek Boo Buddies
2013 Dallas is Diversity
Calendar Winners from
Richardson ISD
Storybook Character Day
at Spring Creek
Northwood Hills Elementary
Honors Retired Principal

4th Annual Berkner Bazaar
is Coming - Nov. 17
Glee Camp - Presented by
JJ Pearce Choir and Forte
TBEC Closes Doors
Speak Up Survey
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Schools across RISD celebrated Red Ribbon Week recently with activities and reminders for students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

Canyon Creek Elementary
Canyon Creek Elementary staff and students celebrate Red Ribbon Week and R Time initiative with an aerial photo of our student body.

Northrich Elementary
Northrich Elementary Art Club prepared for Red Ribbon Week by completing a banner that all students signed as a pledge to be drug free. The Art Club students are all in 6th grade and work under the guidance of art teacher, Kate Schatz. The student brainstormed the design, prepared and assembled the materials, drew the images and colored the banner. Great job Art Club!

Northwood Hills Elementary
Northwood Hills Elementary students kicked off Red Ribbon Week on Friday, October 19 with a PTA-sponsored assembly featuring Rich Wieber's Bicycle Stunt Show.

Rich, a professional bike stunt performer and motivational speaker, and his son Skylar came to NHE from Minnesota to perform their BMX stunts. In between stunts, Rich explained to the students how determination, perseverance, hard work, setting goals, and living a healthy lifestyle contribute to success. He went on to tell the kids that if he had used drugs, alcohol or tobacco he would not have been able to live his dream.

Also included in the program were important bicycle safety lessons, and a reminder that he and his son had spent many years training to be able to perform stunts. Skylar thrilled the students in the grand finale by performing a jump over three of their teachers and the NHE Principal.

Prestonwood Elementary
Prestonwood Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week with its own flair. Students went all out to show they are drug free for life! >Top
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2013 Campus & Facility Bond Projects

At the November regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, members heard a presentation about the major school and facility bond projects planned for 2013.

The Board also heard a presentation from an independent auditor regarding RISD's strong financial management and stability.

To see the bond presentation with details of major projects at each campus affected, along with other activity from the November regular meeting, please read the November 5 edition of Board Brief. >Top

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Election Day Roundup

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This election season provided an excellent opportunity for schools around the district to engage students with activities related to government and the electoral process.

Aikin Elementary
Aikin's Election Day bake sale helped fourth grade students raise money to go on a field trip to The Texas State Capitol in Austin. Visitors and voters alike had an opportunity to enjoy a treat while supporting students.

Arapaho Classical Magnet
The ACM second grade classes held an election for president and vice president. Eight candidates gave speeches under the watchful eye of secret service agents. At the conclusion, all students headed to the polls and completed their ballots.

Big Springs Elementary
Big Springs Bobcats experienced the steps for voting leading up to Election Day. Students were registered to vote, each class came to the cafeteria stage where they presented their voter registration cards and received a ballot with both presidential candidates' names and pictures. They made their selection in individual voting booths and deposited the ballots into a grade level box. Intermediate students visited with the principal about the voting process, sharing their knowledge of what it means to exercise this civil liberty. Following the voting, results were graphed by grade level on a wall in the hallway. Students and teachers continued to extend their learning as they made observations and comparisons of the vote tally.

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Spotlight on RISD

Please take a moment to watch the November edition of Spotlight On RISD – a video highlighting news and happenings from around the district.

Click here to watch the video. >Top

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Cookie Day for We've Got You Covered! Campaign

Gerald Bright and Dr. Carolyn Bukhair, Education Foundation representatives, present a Top 5 participation award to White Rock Elementary Principal Nancy Kenzie, AP Lee Walker, and Campaign Chair Mary Farrington.

Members of the Board of Directors of the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation spread out across RISD to deliver cookies to the TOP 10 schools supporting the annual payroll deduction campaign, We've Got You Covered!

Chairman of the Campaign, Dr. Carolyn Bukhair and EIE Board Chairman Gerald Bright led the way, delivering cookies and posters to the staff of White Rock Elementary, Richland Elementary and Richardson High School. One school, Lake Highlands Freshman Center earned both the Top 5 in Participation and the Top 5 in donations.

The Top Ten Schools surprise delivery were:

Top 5 in Participation:
• White Rock Elementary
• Jess Harben Elementary
• Richland Elementary
• O. Henry Elementary
• Lake Highlands Freshman Center

Top 5 in Donations:
• Richardson High School
• Berkner High School
• Forest Meadow Junior High School
• Apollo Junior High
• Lake Highlands Freshman Center

Central Administration led the way with the largest aggregate donation!

It was a successful campaign with donations projected for the year at $37,864. "We are very grateful for such sustained support," stated Dr. Carolyn Bukhair. "however, we are not yet at 100% participation and that is a goal we want to achieve. Thank you to all of you who gave and who participated." >Top

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BHS maintains its status as an AVID National Demonstration School

Berkner High School first implemented the AVID program in 2005 with four sections, eventually gaining recognition as a National Demonstration Site in 2009 for three years, the highest honor available. BHS has continued to perform at a high level by serving as a model teaching and research facility for other AVID systems around the state and the country. Berkner students are campus ambassadors for AVID, and teachers become mentors and leaders in the building through sharing of best practices. Students in the AVID College Readiness System at Berkner benefit from daily activities and reinforcement of writing, inquiry, collaboration, reading, and organization skills to aid in their preparation for college success. Berkner has received recognition for success with students including a featured spot on the Texas Education Agency Best Practices Clearinghouse, the Texas Exemplar Grant from the Texas High School Project, and visits from the AVID National Board and AVID founder, Mary Catherine Swanson.

In October 2012, fueled by the support of district and administrative leadership, site team, and staff, the Berkner AVID College Readiness System has again been named a national demonstration site through 2015. Congratulations to BHS and RISD AVID!  >Top

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RISD Child Nutrition Recognized for Best Practice

The Texas Department of Agriculture recently featured RISD's Child Nutrition Department on its website that shares best practices with districts and institutions around Texas.

RISD's use of posters, clings and visual aids to help students understand and make healthy food choices was determined by TDoA as a best practice that other districts could consider emulating.

For more information, please see the TDoA Best Practices website here. >Top

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Prairie Creek Boo Buddies

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Prairie Creek fourth and second grade Panther Partners enjoy a Boo Buddy story. The fourth graders practiced writing by making a Halloween story for their second grade partner. The fourth graders then turned their desk into a haunted house and read their story to their second grade partner by flashlight. It was a great way to practice writing and make it exciting for both groups, with bright idea credit to teacher Renee Hayes. >Top
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2013 Dallas is Diversity Calendar Winners from Richardson ISD

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Each fall more than 21,000 fifth through twelfth graders from the Dallas, Frisco, Garland and Richardson school districts participate in the Dallas is Diversity Calendar Artwork Project. Students illustrate their ideas of how soccer promotes diversity with the calendar featuring holidays celebrated throughout the world. Thirteen pieces of artwork are selected, one for the cover of the calendar and one for each month of the year.

Along with the publishing of their artwork, five students are chosen to receive scholarships in the amount of $500 each for their outstanding talent and their vision of soccer "Bringing the World Together." The art teachers of the students selected will receive $200 to assist with purchase of art supplies.

Five thousand copies of the calendar are printed each year and distributed to the schools in each of the four districts. Copies of the calendar are also mailed to friends of Dallas Cup and sponsors. >Top
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Storybook Character Day at Spring Creek

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The entire Spring Creek student body recently came to school dressed up as a character from their favorite book. Students were in a wide variety of costumes, ranging from Fancy Nancy to Harry Potter. Each student at Spring Creek sets personal reading goals each six weeks and this event was a way to share favorite books and encourage students to meet their goal. >Top
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Northwood Hills Elementary Honors Retired Principal

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On October 26, the Northwood Hills Elementary PTA dedicated a bench located in the school's updated landscaping to their recently retired Principal, Mackie Kazdoy. A plaque on the bench reads:

In Appreciation of
Principal Mackie Kazdoy
Welcoming Each Child
With a Smile Every Day

A representative of the PTA said, "These words are so true - Mackie not only stood at the front door and welcomed each child with a smile, but also greeted them by name and often with a hug." Mrs. Kazdoy's father, Edmund Seid, (pictured) was very proud to see his daughter receive this honor from the PTA current and past presidents. >Top

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4th Annual Berkner Bazaar is coming - Nov. 17

Mark your calendars for the weekend before Thanksgiving for the Berkner Bazaar! This event is sponsored by the Berkner PTA. Berkner is located at 1600 Spring Valley Rd. Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9:00 to 4:00 and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 11:00 to 4:00 - see you there!

Click here to download the event flyer. >Top

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Glee Camp - Presented by JJ Pearce Choir and Forte - Nov. 17

Saturday, Nov. 17th
For 5th-8th Graders
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Spend the day learning to sing and dance like the members of Forte and the cast of Glee. With emphasis on group choreography, solo instruction, pop sounds and great music.

Event is sponsored by the Pearce Area Choir Booster Club, and is not affiliated with the television show.

Click here to download the event flyer. >Top

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TBEC Closes Doors

Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) has been honoring schools for student performance since 1989 based on the percentage of students passing the TAAS and, later, the TAKS tests. Since that time, TBEC has named 16 RISD to its prestigious Honor Roll, a distinction only 848 schools statewide have enjoyed.

TBEC has just notified Texas school districts that they do not have the necessary data available for a 2012 TBEC Honor Roll. In addition, TBEC is moving to an inactive status because of funding challenges. While TBEC hopes to be active in advocating for public schools once again, there will be no Honor Roll announcement this year. >Top

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Speak Up Survey

The district is participating in a national survey related to the use of technology in education, and is asking stakeholders to consider taking a moment to complete an online survey.

The survey is created and conducted by Speak Up, and will help RISD understand more about student, parent and employee attitudes related to technology.

Participation is anonymous and easy:

  1. Follow the link below.
  2. Select the survey for student, parent or educator. (Speak Up selected these categories)
  3. Select your state and find your school or district.
  4. If prompted, enter the password 'risd'.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes - RISD appreciates your time and feedback! >Top

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