Richardson ISD subject matter experts discussing timely topics of importance to RISD students, teachers and families
March 7, 2017
Two incredible stories of life-saving intervention on RISD campuses took place late last year at Wallace Elementary and Lake Highlands Junior High School just days apart. RISD parent Sarah Maupin and district 7th grader Joe Krejci each went into cardiac arrest. In both cases, it was the quick action of school nurses and staff members performing automated defibrillator protocol that saved their lives. It was only a year ago that a similar incident occurred on the football field at Richardson High School.
March 3, 2016
From the Editor: RISD has some amazing student journalists and producers, and from time to time, we’ll feature their work here. The look at Kindness Day on the RHS campus is courtesy of Videographers Cooper Shapiro and Romano Natale, and Audio Technician Ian Kraemer. All work with Communications Magnet head Brent Morton.
March 2, 2017
Like many campuses in the Richardson Independent School District, Skyview Elementary is a bustling, busy school – a dynamic environment for its multicultural, ethnically diverse student body. When music specialist Austin Aeschbacher arrived four years ago approximately 8 languages were spoken on campus. Today that number stands at 40.
February 20, 2017
As a fourth year teacher in Robotics and new to the Berkner High School STEM Academy this year, Omar Pastrana is up front about what it felt like to be the new kid on the block. “At the beginning of a new year, on a new campus and taking on a new robotics team, I was a little overwhelmed. I went from teaching junior high students to juniors in high school.”
February 2, 2017
It’s a two-day event that hosts 160 vendors, is staffed with over 400 volunteers, and welcomes thousands of shoppers from all over the Metroplex. What is it? Market in the Meadow at Forest Meadow Junior High School in Lake Highlands, and when it concluded in late October, what did the committee do the very next day? Start planning for 2017, of course.
January 19, 2017
January 20, 2017
In recent weeks, the Dallas-Fort Worth media has covered emerging cases of the mumps in and around the North Texas region. While there has been no case of mumps reported in Richardson ISD, On Point sat down with Sharon Simpson, the district’s Director of Health Services, to learn about the illness and RISD’s response should mumps be reported on one of our campuses.
January 6, 2017
The ‘What if' ratings were released by the Texas Education Agency this morning. RISD received a grade of “B” in each of the four domains. Click the link below to see how grades were distributed to school districts across Texas.
December 16, 2016
December 16, 2016
RISD Executive Director of Facility Services Michael Longanecker, AIA, discusses the RISD Operations Center, which is nearing completion.
December 8, 2016
Now in its second year, the University of North Texas (UNT) Eagle Advantage Program is making strides in connecting with RISD students and working to ease their transition into college life.
In addition to college preparation workshops for families and $1,000 scholarships given to each district high school principal to award to RISD graduates heading to UNT, there are some extra special benefits provided to participating seniors.
November 11, 2016
Sandra Moore is RISD’s Executive Director of Recruiting, Mentoring, Development & Retention. Her responsibilities include identifying and recruiting the best possible teachers to join, and stay, in RISD.
November 9, 2016
October 25, 2016
Dr. Cindy Lawrence, RISD's leader for special education services, discusses recent news coverage of special education and offers expert perspective.
October 24, 2016
2015 was a year to dream, design and create. For Skyview Elementary in Lake Highlands it was the year of the garden: a year dedicated to planning and building the Skyview Harmony Garden, complete with native plants, vegetable gardens and outdoor musical instruments. The garden and volunteer team recently celebrated its groundbreaking.
On the heels of this immensely successful endeavor, Skyview PTA president Sarah Greenman paused long enough to take a deep breath (maybe two) and then set another goal for her neighborhood elementary school: its first-ever off-campus fundraising gala and auction.
“The students wanted to make this day ‘so huge’ that it would have an impact and that the message would be remembered. They hope that this will start a movement on which others will build, and that this day will be talked about for years to come. They also speak about wanting our district to be one of ‘radical inclusiveness’ where everyone is kind to each other – every day.”
- Dr. Jeannie Stone, RISD Superintendent, on the district’s recent “Kindness Day”
“A trip like this, especially with the tours and places we get to visit, will, I believe, shed a different light and give us different perspective on our nation and its history. It is one thing to read about these places and events in a book, but getting to study them and experience them up close is a completely different story.”
- LHHS Wildcat Wrangler Erin Moudy, on performing for the Presidential Inauguration
“When you can put kids in an authentic work environment that is a skill that you can’t duplicate in a traditional brick and mortar school. You can have the same equipment, you can have the same teachers, you can have the same resources, but you can’t give them the vision of walking into a working hospital.”
- Sandra Hayes, the district’s assistant superintendent of district operations, to the Dallas Morning News during the Open House for RISD’s new Health Science Program at Methodist Richardson Medical Center