Richardson ISD subject matter experts discussing timely topics of importance to RISD students, teachers and families


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Emergency Response Training in RISD


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.



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Kindness Day: the View from 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.



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Meet the Teachers: Austin Aeschbacher & Stephanie Miller


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.



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Meet the Teacher: Omar Pastrana (BHS)


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.”



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Record Year at Market in the Meadow


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.



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On Point with Richardson ISD - Dr. Jeannie Stone


January 19, 2017



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On Point with RISD Director of Health Services Sharon Simpson


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.



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A-F School & District Ratings


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.



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On Point with Richardson ISD - RHS Magnets & BHS STEM Academy


December 16, 2016



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Operations Center On Schedule


December 16, 2016


RISD Executive Director of Facility Services Michael Longanecker, AIA, discusses the RISD Operations Center, which is nearing completion.



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RISD and UNT team up for College Prep


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.



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Take 5 with Sandra Moore


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.



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On Point with Richardson ISD - District of Innovation


November 9, 2016




On Point with Richardson ISD - Dr. Cindy Lawrence


October 25, 2016


Dr. Cindy Lawrence, RISD's leader for special education services, discusses recent news coverage of special education and offers expert perspective.



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Around the World: Milestones for Skyview Elementary


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.



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