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Happy Thanksgiving
Veterans Day Observed
Across The District
Spirit Run—A Great Success
Board Brief – November 19
College & Career Day at
Spring Creek
Richardson High School
Senior is a National
YoungArts Finalist
Leader in Me at
Merriman Park Elementary
Giving Tree at Prairie Creek
AT&T Partners with RHS -
Don't Text and Drive
LHHS Students Celebrate
America Recycles Day
The Flags of Iwo Jima
Speak Up Survey
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Happy Thanksgiving

Richardson ISD will be closed from Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving Break.

School will resume on a normal schedule beginning Monday, November 27.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. >Top

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VETERANS DAY OBSERVED ACROSS THE DISTRICT

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Hamilton Park
Veterans Day was the cause for celebration and education as Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet hosted its 11th annual Veterans Day Parade. Students were able to learn history and salute Veterans during the opening ceremony and following event.

Grand Marshall Councilman Jerry Allen provided the opening remarks before students, bands, cars and elected officials from both Richardson and Dallas joined the procession through the neighborhood.

Jess Harben Elementary
Jess Harben held an assembly to honor local veterans for the Veterans Day celebration. One student brought both grandfathers as veterans. The oldest veteran was 93 years old and fought in World War 2.

Mohawk Elementary
Mohawk Elementary students celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony honoring neighborhood veterans. The Mohawk choir and 1st-3rd grade students performed patriotic musical selections. The students were thrilled to honor and recognize a dozen veterans from the community.

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Spirit Run—A Great Success

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A November highpoint for RISD was the Excellence in Education Foundation's Spirit Run on November 10. Almost 600 runners and walkers showed their support for RISD by participating in the event. Richardson High School won the Spirit Stop Award, but everyone who participated was a winner.

  • RISD Spirit Run Trophy for the Outstanding Spirit Stop – Richardson High School
  • RISD Board Of Trustees RISD Spirit Run Team Award (Trophy) – students – LV Berkner ROTC
  • RISD Spirit Run Staff Team Award (Trophy) – Largest participating Team from Staff – Career and Technology
  • RISD Spirit Run Corporate Team Award (Trophy) – Legacy Texas Bank
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Board Brief – November 19

The RISD board of Trustees met yesterday and heard a comprehensive presentation about RISD's Differentiated Instruction initiative at elementary and secondary. Read the details in the November 19 edition of Board Brief. >Top

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College & Career Day at Spring Creek

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Spring Creek Elementary recently held their fourth annual College & Career Day. Students had an opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers talk about their careers, qualifications and the choices they made to get where they are.

Students also had a chance to learn more about different state and national colleges & universities, and the traditions and opportunities at each.

Overall, students gained a deeper understanding of a number of possible career paths, and what it will take to get there.

Thanks to all the volunteers and speakers who helped make it happen. >Top

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Richardson High School senior is a National YoungArts Finalist

Congratulations to Richardson High School Senior Grant Steiner! Grant is a two-year member of the All-State Choir, and has recently been selected as a 2013 YoungArts National Finalist. Nearly 10,000 musicians applied for this prestigious honor and 150 finalists were named. Only 20 vocalists were named as finalists.

Grant will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Miami, Florida, in January. In Miami, he will perform for many of the top conservatories and universities in the country while competing for a final award to be nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, which includes a trip to the White House and a performance at the Kennedy Center. >Top

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Leader in Me at Merriman Park Elementary

Enrichment clusters have been part of the Merriman Park Elementary curriculum for three years and students are learning from staff, parents and important leaders in our community.

Principal Laurie Taylor is leading a cluster this six weeks titled Leader in Me.  The cluster attracts fifth and sixth graders interested in becoming leaders.  They have learned how to recognize leadership qualities and sharpen their skills to become great leaders.

At the suggestion of sixth grader Mitch Fitzgerald, these student leaders were lucky enough to have lunch with three of Dallas’ leaders – Deputy  Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins, District 1 Councilwoman Delia Jasso and Lake Highlands' (District 10) Councilman Jerry Allen. 

The students asked these leaders why they decided to pursue a position in community leadership.  All three agreed that it is important to step up to do something when no one else will.  Too many people are bystanders and not “upstanders” – standing up for what you believe in.

These leaders shared with the students that they were all inspired by someone to become a great leader.  It is Principal Taylor’s hope that these Dallas leaders inspired her students to become great leaders too. >Top

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Giving Tree at Prairie Creek

The Giving Tree at Prairie Creek has been set up to benefit the Richardson Clothes Closet. Students pick a paw off the tree which has a request on it and then they bring an unwrapped gift to give to the clothes closet, which exists to assist area students in need. >Top

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AT&T Partners with RHS - Don't Text and Drive

Thirty representatives from AT&T visited Richardson HS recently to present as part of the "It Can Wait" campaign to prevent teens from texting and driving. Senior English Language Arts students were able to watch the presentation and engage in an open discussion on the topic. Afterward, each AT&T employee partnered with a student to proofread resumes and conduct a mock interview. This was a terrific experience for both groups, and it gave the RHS students real-world experience and the opportunity to improve career readiness. >Top

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LHHS Students Celebrate America Recycles Day

In observance of America Recycles Day, Lake Highlands HS students posted recycling tips and facts throughout the school. They asked students to read the postings and sign a recycling poster. >Top

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The Flags of Iwo Jima

Recently, Berkner HS JROTC students provided a Color Guard, Honor Guard, and ushers in support of The Flags of Iwo Jima Patriotic Event at the Richardson Civic Center, hosted by The Gallagher Group. >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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