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

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Dr. Stone Outlines Actions in Response to Offensive Images

October 25, 2017

At the October 23rd RISD Board meeting, Dr. Stone shared an update with trustees after students from Pearce and Richardson high schools faced discipline last month for posting a variety of offensive images online, including racially and religiously intolerant images. Dr. Stone and campus administrators have spent the last four weeks meeting with a wide variety of students, parents, employees, community members and alumni to hear their concerns and discuss next steps. After identifying common elements from the meetings, discussions and feedback, Dr. Stone shared actions the district will immediately begin work on.

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RISD Students Sound Off On Grammy Career Day

September 20, 2017

More than 200 Richardson ISD students attended the first ever Grammy Career Day in Richardson on Wednesday, September 20 at the Eisemann Center. Provided at no cost through the Recording Academy Texas Chapter and Grammy Museum, students heard from music industry professionals such as songwriters, musicians, publicists, sound engineers, producers and publishers.

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Richardson HS math teacher among finalists for highest teaching recognition in America

September 19, 2017

Richardson High School’s Lauren Hawkins is among just 10 Texas teachers recently named finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The awards recognize the top math and science teachers in grades 7-12 whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

Learn more about Lauren Hawkins

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Take 5 with Kellie Sellers

June 17, 2017

Kellie Sellers is RISD’s Director of Health and Physical Education. Her job responsibilities include helping all 38,000 RISD students in their PE journey through elementary, junior high and high schools, co-chairing RISD SHAC (School Health and Advisory Council) and is responsible for Off-Campus PA/PE (Physical Activity / Physical Education).

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May 26, 2016

RISD Unveils New Website for Potential Residents

May 9, 2017

May 1-15 is the best time to sell a home in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to Zillow. Just in time for this busy real estate window is RISD's new Welcome Home website, a collection of videos, fact sheets and helpful links to showcase the distinct personalities of the District's four feeder patterns.

Visit the Welcome Home Site

Take 5 with our Teachers of the Year

May 3, 2016

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A Conversation With Superintendents

April 19, 2017

Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone, former Superintendent Dr. Arzell Ball, and former Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Bukhair participated in a panel discussion moderated by former Board of Trustees President Anne Foster last Wednesday to explain how the RISD has maintained excellence from its inception.

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On Point with Richardson ISD - District of Innovation

April 3, 2017

Update: At its January 9 Regular meeting, the Board voted to approve the District of Innovation plan, formally allowing RISD some flexibility from some state requirements in different operational and instructional areas. The district cannot make changes to the approved plan without approval from the district DOI committee and the Board. The DOI plan will be reviewed annually by the RISD District of Innovation committee.

Visit the District of Innovation webpage

View the Board discussion and vote

On Point: Retaining Great Teachers

March 30, 2017

Richardson ISD employs 2,548 classroom teachers who work hard every day to help our students reach their potential. Click below to learn more about what the District is doing to retain our talented educators.

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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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