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Tony Romo and
Will Smith Visit LHHS
Football Playoffs!
Lake Highlands Lady
Wildcats in State Final Four
Celebrate Freedom Week
RISD in Top 100 Nationally Among Peers
Richardson Named #2 City
in Texas to Raise Kids
Business & Industry Award
Richardson High School
Senior Show
Bowie Elementary Goes
for the Record
Bukhair Elementary Math & Science Night
Richland Elementary
Mock Election
WWJH Brings Home the
District Championship
Berkner High School STEM Students Tour SMU
Engineering Facility
Election Central at Spring
Valley Elementary
Lake Highlands Elementary
Science Night
This Weekend in RISD
Proposed 2009-10 Calendar
Fine Arts Schedules
Athletics Schedules
Tony Romo and will smith visit lhhs
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo and Super Celebrity Will Smith stopped by Lake Highlands High School on Tuesday to share words of encouragement with the school's playoff bound football and volleyball teams. >Top
Football Playoffs!
The district is behind our Lake Highlands Wildcats and Pearce Mustangs football teams in the playoffs. Good luck!

Lake Highlands High School Wildcats vs. John Tyler High School
Saturday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Corsicana High School Stadium
Tickets on sale Tues. through Friday at LHHS, $6.00-adult, $4.00-student - At the game - $10.00

J.J. Pearce High School Mustangs vs. Dallas Carter
Friday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Texas Stadium in Irving
Tickets on sale Tues. through Thurs. at PHS, $7.00-adult and $5.00-student - At the game - $10.00 >Top
Lake Highlands Lady Wildcats in State Final Four
Lake Highlands High School Varsity volleyball is going to state after winning Region-II-5A.
Friday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum, Texas State University - San Marcos, Texas
LHHS vs Austin Westlake
Final Four Teams for 5A: Lake Highlands, Austin Westlake, Amarillo, Clear Creek >Top
Celebrate freedom week
Schools across the district observed Celebrate Freedom Week last week with activities designed to promote awareness and education of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. >Top
RISD in Top 100 Nationally Among Peers
RISD was informed this week that the district has again been chosen as one of the 100 districts across the U.S. eligible for the prestigious $1 million 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The $1 million Broad (rhymes with "road") Prize is a national award honoring large urban school districts that annually demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among poor and minority students.
One hundred of the best largest urban American school districts are considered. Districts cannot apply to be eligible for The Broad Prize. The 100 eligible districts are selected every year from among all urban school districts across the country, based on size, academic achievement, urban environment, and minority and low-income student populations. The Broad Prize is the largest K-12 national public education award given annually by the Broad Foundation.

RISD will learn if it has won the 2009 Broad Prize this Spring. >Top
Richardson Named #2 City in Texas to Raise Kids
Factoring in quality of education, affordability, real estate and crime statistics, Richardson was recently named the number two city in Texas as a place to raise a family. The rankings were created by the national magazine BusinessWeek, and Richardson finished just behind Euless, ahead of Mission, and apparently everywhere else. For more information, visit >Top
Business & Industry Award
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce held their annual Business & Industry Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 20. Richardson ISD received the Public/Non-Profit/Educational Award given for its impact and distinguished service to the businesses and citizens of Richardson as evidence by a recent achievement milestone.

Incoming Chamber president Steve Moon presented the award to RISD Superintendent Dr. David Simmons citing the recent recognition of 21 RISD schools by the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC).

More RISD schools received TBEC Honor Roll status than any other district in Texas for the second consecutive year. >Top
Richardson High school senior show
"Shelter" was written and produced by the senior students in RISD's Theatre Arts Magnet program at Richardson High School. This year's senior show took an in-depth look at the plight of the homeless in the Dallas area. Senior students spent the summer interviewing homeless teens and adults on the streets and in shelters in Dallas to gather material for the play. As part of their research, students also volunteered time at the Stewpot, the kitchen that serves many Dallas area homeless people. "Shelter" was written as a series of monologues and small scenes to give insight into the hearts and minds of people who awakeone day to find they have nowhere to live. The students were led by teacher Jessica Carey. >Top
bowie Elementary goes for the record
Two-hundred sixty students from Bowie Elementary joined with people around the world in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record in sport stacking on Thursday, November 13th. Students from all grades were given an opportunity to participate in the cup-stacking event, organized at Bowie by Linda Goldman, Physical Education teacher. The students hoped to help break the record for the most people sport stacking at various locations around the world in one day. The unofficial count shows a new record with a large margin, as tallies continue to be received.

Sport stacking has been termed a “track meet for your hands at warp speed.”

Sport stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures. It promotes hand-eye coordination, action, teamwork, speed and lots of fun. >Top
Bukhair Elementary math & science night
Recently, Bukhair Elementary partnered with Heights Baptist Church and sponsored the annual Math & Science Night. More than 1,400 students and family members came to learn math games and science experiments and were invited to stay for dinner at the end of the exciting evening. What a great partnership between, Heights, CBE and the community! >Top
Richland elementary mock Election
Mock elections were also recently held at Richland Elementary. Joining a number of RISD campuses that used Election Day as a teaching tool. >Top
wwjh brings home district championship
Congratulations to the Westwood Junior High 7th grade girls volleyball team who took home the district championship on Nov. 8 at Berkner High School. They are coached by Ashlea McGill. >Top
Berkner High School STEM Students tour SmU engineering facility
Berkner Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy students recently visited SMU's College of Engineering Open House.

Students learned about opportunities to continue their studies at the post-secondary level, and also got a glimpse of what kind of real world applications STEM disciplines allow them to work in. >Top
The highlight of the past few weeks at Spring Valley Elementary School has been "Election Central." The mock election, which was organized by school librarian Grace Culbertson, Instructional Specialist Cindy Bronson, and Campus Reading Specialists Janet Huben and Marissa Marez McConnell, allowed all students to learn about how the election process works through hands-on experience.

Students were required to register to vote. The older students did research and prepared signs and posters explaining the two political parties, the candidates, and the issues. On Monday, each grade level listened to students, acting as the candidates, make speeches about the issues so they could make an educated decision before voting. On Election Day, the hall was decorated in red, white, and blue as the students approached the election sign-in table to receive their ballot. Each student voted, deposited their ballot in the voting box, and received an "I voted" sticker. >Top
Lake Highlands Elementary Science Night
Laney, a Lake Highlands Elementary fifth grader dressed up to help promote LHE's annual Science Night which will take place tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to raise money for next years' Science Camp. The science experiments will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. The Texas Astrology Society will be also on hand with a collection of telescopes to view the night sky! >Top
This weekend in risd
Varsity Football Playoffs – Friday, Nov. 21 & Saturday, Nov. 22
Pearce Mustangs vs. Carter High School @ Texas Stadium, 6:00 p.m. Friday.
Tickets are on sale Tuesday through Thursday at PHS, $7-adults, $5-students. Tickets are $10 at the game.

Lake Highlands Wildcats vs. Tyler John Tyler @ Corsicana High School Stadium, 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets on sale Tuesday through Friday at LHHS, $6-adults, $4 students.  Tickets are $10 at the game.

Volleyball Playoffs - Friday, Nov. 21
LHHS Lady Wildcats vs. Austin Westlake in the 5A state tournament at Texas State University’s Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.

The championship game will be at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The RHS Orchestra 45th Reunion Concert, Thursday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. in the Richardson High School Auditorium. 

Berkner High School Theatre presents “Steel Magnolias”, November 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. each night in the BHS Auditorium.  Bridging on the 20th anniversary of the Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning movie, Berkner High Schools production of Steel Magnolias is sure to delight and inspire.  Please don’t miss this heartwarming story of life, love, and friendship.  Compe laugh, cry, or do a little bit of both:  “Laughter through tears…my favorite emotion!”

Tickets are $7 at the door.

Berkner Rambler Dance Clinic, Saturday, November 22 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. (Show-off for family and friends at 2:30 p.m.) in the Berkner High School gym.  Open to school-aged children 5 and up.   Registration is $25.  Download registration form at for more information.

Berkner Art Camp, Saturday, November 22, 9:00 – noon.  Open to all elementary students grades K-3.  Come join the fun and participate in all kinds of arts and crafts activities.  Cost: $20 per camper.  Questions? Email

Basketball Tournaments – Thursday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 22
BHS Boys to Texas Invitational Tournament, Pasadena, TX (V)
Thursday, Nov. 20 @ 10:30 vs. Fort Bend Bush @ the Phillips Fieldhouse
Thursday, Nov. 20 @ 7:30 vs. San Antonio Madison @ the Phillips Fieldhouse
Friday and Saturday information will be posted when available at
PHS Boys to Texas Invitational Tournament, Pasadena, TX (V)
Thursday, Nov. 20 @ 10:30 vs. Channelview
Thursday, Nov. 20 @ 7:30 vs. Pearland Dawson
Friday and Saturday information will be posted when available at
RHS Boys to Sachse Freshman Tournament in Sachse, TX (Fresh B)

LHHS Boys to Highland Park Tournament in Highland Park (V)
Thursday, Nov. 20 @ 4:30
Friday, Nov. 21 at 4:30 or 6:00 depending on outcome of Thursday game
Saturday game TBD
LHHS Boys to JV Tournament in Marcus (JV)

BHS Girls to R. L. Turner Tournament, Carrollton, TX (V)
Thursday, Nov. 20 @ noon vs. El Paso Burges
Friday, Nov. 21 @ 5:00 vs. Carrollton Ranchview
Saturday, Nov. 22 @ 3:45 vs. Grand Prairie
BHS Girls to Fort Worth Christian Tournament at Fort Worth Christian (JV)
Friday, Nov. 21 @ 5:30 vs. Carroll
Friday, Nov. 21 @ 8:30 vs. FW Nolan
Saturday, Nov. 22 @ 10:30 vs. Fort Worth Christian
Saturday, Nov. 22 @ 1:30 vs. Keller Central
LHHS Girls to Lady Eagle Hoopfest, Allen, TX (JV, V) – info at
PHS Girls to Texas Invitational Tournament in Pasadena, TX (V) – info at
Wrestling – Friday, Nov. 21
RHS Boys Richardson Round-Up at RHS Big Gym, 12:00 p.m. (V)
RHS Boys Richardson Round-Up at RHS Big Gym, 4:30 p.m. (JV)
Wrestling – Saturday, Nov. 22
RHS Richardson Round-Up at RHS Big Gym, 9:00 a.m. (JV, V)
LHHS @ Plano East, 9:00 a.m. >Top
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