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Santa's Village
AP Scholars Awards
High Schools
Nationally Ranked
Prairie Creek Elementary
Provides Toys for Tots
Kiwanis Christmas Parade
Big Springs Elementary Celebrates 30 Years
STEM Academy Students Receive Laptops
Partners Corner -
Holiday Cheer
Proposed 2009-10 Student Academic Calendar Revised
Liberty JH Students
Create Music Video
Fall Sports Wrap Up
RISD Insiders
Complete Program
Carolers Perform at RISD Administration Building
City of Richardson Outdoor Warning System Test
Thurgood Marshall Tops Skyview in Hoops – but all Students Won
This Weekend in RISD
Holiday Sports in RISD
Fine Arts Schedules
Athletics Schedules
Santa's Village
More than 1500 RISD Pre-K and Kindergarten students attended the City of Richardson’s Annual Santa’s Village last week!  The young ones were able to visit with Santa, paint their noses red, make holiday ornaments with elves, and enjoy many other holiday treats! >Top
AP Scholars awards
Three hundred ninety-six students in Richardson ISD have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.3 million high school students in 16,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

Students took AP Exams in May 2008 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on AP exams.

In Richardson ISD, twenty-three students qualified for the most prestigious of the awards, the National AP Scholar Award, by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.  These students are Matthew Banks, Ian Campbell, Gregory Cotton, Anila Dmello, Eric Kawalsky, Andrew Kooiman, Sabin Kshattry, Lindsey Larson, Samuel Lee, Christine Lin, Jessica Lin, Caroline Liu, Harry Liu, Ben Lowenstein, Michael Neinast, Shannon O’Brien,  John Pierce,  Edward Skolnick, William W. Stewart, Jennifer Tran, Catherine Wilson, Christian Winge, and Wen-Cheng Yuan.
One hundred and six RISD students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exam

The AP Scholar with Honor Award, earned with an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams, was awarded to 72 district students, while 218 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher.

Of this year’s award recipients, 138 are sophomores or juniors. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn another AP Scholar Award. Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on the AP Exams (please visit individual college websites for specific information). More than 1,400 institutions award a full year’s credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades. >Top
High schools Nationally ranked
Congratulations RISD high schools! J.J. Pearce (#486), Richardson (#697) and Berkner (#1017) high schools were listed in Newsweek magazine in the top 1300 high schools in the U.S. based on the number of AP tests taken by students. Pearce is in the top 500 of all High Schools nationally, ranked 40th in Texas, and is number 8 in the Metroplex.

Pearce was also recognized as a Silver Medal School by US News and World Report magazine based on a college readiness index that measures state test scores, AP test results and participation rates, as well as all student group performance. PHS is one of only 22 high schools in Texas to receive the award. >Top
Prairie Creek Elementary Provides Toys for Tots
PCE Principal Kyle Stuard and Marine Captain Eric Legge with the van full of donated toys.
Once again, Prairie Creek Elementary students, staff, PTA and community came through with a huge effort to help those less fortunate this holiday season. The school was proud to donate more than 400 toys to the U.S. Marine affiliated charity this week, earning a visit of gratitude from Iraq veteran (and PCE alumnus) Captain Eric Legge.

Thanks Prairie Creek! >Top
Kiwanis christmas Parade
The Bowie Elementary School K-Kids float was in the Annual Christmas Parade of Richardson and won first place trophy for the most outstanding non-professional float.

K-Kids is a student-led community-service club that is community-based with membership open to any child who desires to become a leader in his/her school and community by providing service to others.

K-Kids is the largest service organization for elementary school students in the world, with more than 20,000 members.

The Bowie K-Kids club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Richardson has been in existence for four years. Physical education teacher Linda Goldman and third grade teacher Ginnah Song are the advisors. >Top
Big Springs Elementary Celebrates 30 Years!
Principal Denise May, Deputy Superintendent Patti Kieker and Assistant Principal Katie Kirkpatrick
This year Big Springs Elementary celebrates its 30th anniversary.  A party to mark the occasion was held at the school cafeteria last month.  Attendees included current and former teachers, staff, students and families, current principal Denise May, former principals John Feekin and Jim Smith, and Deputy Superintendent Patti Kieker.  There were old class pictures to look at, commemorative bricks to purchase, and a collection of school memorabilia, including t-shirts, on display.

Principal Denise May welcomed all, and Patti Kieker addressed the crowd on behalf of RISD. The  sixth grade students sang a few songs under the direction of music teachers Adriene Parrish and Connie Gilmer.  A video was shown highlighting some of the history of the school, as well as comments from current teachers and students.

All who attended enjoyed remembering their part in the 30-year history of this elementary school. >Top
STEM Academy students receive laptops
Now in year two, the Berkner High School STEM Academy is moving ahead full force.  The academy is currently enrolling underclassmen, and looks forward to having their first class of seniors next year.

In an effort to prepare their students with 21st century skills, STEM staff recently issued laptops to students for use at home and in the classroom.

A very big thank you to all of the RISD technology staff that helped with the distribution process! >Top
Our community partnerships never cease with donations, volunteers, and even holiday treats!  This Holiday season RISD would like to say, we thank you so much for your support everyday!  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
The Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League recently donated clothes to 75 Skyview Elementary students.  The new clothes were complemented with a book donated by Skyview teachers as an added incentive! >Top
Proposed 2009-10 Student academic Calendar revised
Based on input from RISD staff and community, a minor change has been made to the proposed 2009-10 Academic Calendar. The "Z" day (student holiday/staff development day with staff attendance fulfilled on off-duty time) was moved from January 19, 2010 to March 12, 2010. This change will result in getting the second semester started one day earlier and will reduce the length of the student holiday following the first semester by one day. Staff and community input indicated the preference for a longer spring break. This change, while minor, strengthens the RISD Academic Calendar.

RISD will continue to accept staff and community input through January, 2009.

Please click here to view the proposed calendar for the 2009-2010 school year.

The RISD student academic calendar includes the following to support continued student success:
  • Balanced Fall and Spring semesters
  • Relevant, timely, professional development dates in both semesters
  • Conclusion of the first semester after the winter break with time allocated for review
  • No major assignments or projects over winter break as directed in the RISD Instructional Operating Guide (IOG)
  • Conclusion of the second semester the first week of June
  • Two bad-weather make-up days as required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Please send calendar comments to >Top
LIBERTY JUNIOR HIGH Students Create Music Video
Students at Liberty Junior High recently scripted, filmed, edited and produced a music video as part of an after-school student engagement initiative.

Dozens of students participated in the process, which exposed them to a number of technologies they’ll be able to learn more about as they move to high school.

The equipment and expertise was provided by Out of the Box On Demand, a mobile production studio situated on a bus designed for student engagement. The bus visited Liberty for several weeks leading up to the presentation of the video to all Liberty students & staff last week at a pep rally.

Radio station 97.9, The Beat, also assisted with the presentation of the video, much to the enthusiasm of Liberty students. >Top
Fall Sports Wrap up
Liberty JH cross country 8th grade girls won the city championship before Thanksgiving.
Congratulations to all RISD student athletes on their accomplishments in the Fall semester.

Click here to download a copy of the athletic recognitions including All Academic, All City, All District, and All State honors. >Top
RISD Insiders Complete Program
The 2008 class of Inside RISD, a group of parents, community members and business/non-profit partners interested in learning more about the district, completed their year-long program this week with a certificate and congratulations from RISD Superintendent Dr. Simmons.

Inside RISD meets one morning a month at a different campus or facility for an in-depth look at the various components of district operations. The class learned about topics such as curriculum, finance, instructional technology, facility services, governance, athletics, fine arts, accountability and much more.

“We are very appreciative of their willingness to take the extra time to learn more about our district,” said Dr. Simmons. “It is an RISD tradition to have a well-informed, engaged community, and programs like this are one way we can maintain that level of understanding and support.” >Top
Carolers perform at risd administration building
Student singing groups from across the district made the trip to the RISD Administration Building this month to share holiday spirit.

Traditional songs were performed from a variety of holidays and cultures.

Thanks to all students and teachers who stopped in! >Top
City of richardson outdoor warning system test
Schools and residents in the City of Richardson please read for important news from the city.

1st Wednesday of Every Month at Noon Beginning January 7, 2009

These tests will include approximately 30 seconds of audible siren sound. For additional information regarding the system, test schedule, siren locations, and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family during emergency situations, please visit or contact Mistie Gardner in the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security at or 972-744-4212.

Click here to download the informational flyer. >Top
Thurgood Marshall Tops Skyview in Hoops – but all Students Won
Thurgood Marshall Elementary students recently played neighboring Skyview Elementary students in a game of organized basketball after students practiced for weeks leading up the end of the first semester. Both campuses use the sport as an incentive to encourage and maintain student engagement in academics.

The game was such a success in terms of interest and school spirit that organizers are hoping to expand the effort to include other area elementary schools in the future. Until that occurs, the Bulldogs will have to settle for reminding the Skyhawks who won. >Top
This weekend in risd

The PHS Show Choir Forte is featured in “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” at the Eisemann Center's Countrywide Theatre. Showtimes are:

Thursday, December 18 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 19 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 21 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Basketball - Friday, Dec. 19
BHS Boys vs. Molina HS @ Berkner High School, 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (F, JV, V)

BHS Girls vs. Molina HS @ Davis Field House, 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (JV, V)

LHHS Girls vs. Skyline HS @ Skyline High School, 6:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (F, JV, V)

LHHS Boys vs. Skyline HS @ Forester Field House, 8:00 p.m. (V)

PHS Boys vs. Highland Park @ Highland Park High School, 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. (JV, V)

PHS Boys vs. Highland Park @ Pearce High School, 6:00 p.m. (F)

PHS Girls vs. Highland Park @ Pearce High School, 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (F, JV, V)

RHS Girls vs. Sunset HS @ Richardson High School, 6:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (F, JV, V)

RHS Boys vs. Sunset HS @ Davis Field House, 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (JV, V)

RHS Boys vs. Sunset HS @ Sunset High School, 6:00 p.m. (FA)

Wrestling – Thursday, Dec. 18
PHS - Quinlan Ford Quad @ Pearce HS, 6:30 p.m. (JV, V)

Swimming – Thursday, Dec. 18 & Friday, Dec. 19
RHS, PHS, LHHS – City Championship Dive at Pearce Natatorium, 4:30 p.m. RHS,

PHS, LHHS – City Championship Swim at Pearce Natatorium, 5:30 p.m. >Top

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