2015-16 Calendar Adopted

At its January 12 meeting, the RISD Board of Trustees adopted the 2015-16 Student Academic Calendar.

The 2015-16 school year will begin on August 24, 2015 and conclude June 2, 2016.

View RISD's 2015-16 Student Academic Calendar.

Highlandettes Greet Fans at CFP Championship

The Lake Highlands HS Highlandettes were proud to be part of the first College Football Playoff National Championship this week.

At the big game, students greeted fans entering AT&T Stadium and gave them $25 gift cards from DonorsChoose.org. Cards could be redeemed by donors on that charity's website to raise funds for public school projects and teacher school supplies requests.

RISD Growth Expected to Continue

At its January 12 meeting, RISD Trustees heard the annual demographic update from Templeton Demographics. The update examines demographic, enrollment and population growth trends, along with economic and real estate data to project future district and school enrollment patterns.

Among the highlights, RISD's growth is expected to continue at a moderate rate, primarily due to turnover in single family households as young families continue to move into the district.

With multi-family housing rents at an all-time high, the district's economically disadvantaged student population is continuing to decline.

View the 2014-15 Demographic Update.

Lucky Lizard

Northrich El. Librarian Shelly Kraal wanted to encourage more students to take part in the school's annual book fair, so she promised students she would kiss a bearded dragon lizard during the school's Bear Jamboree if participation increased.

After participation increased by more than 60%, Mrs. Kraal had to pucker up last week!

BForce Is On the Jump

BForce, the Brentfield El. Jump Rope Team, recently performed at Richland El. to help kick off Richland's Jump Rope for Heart efforts to promote wellness among students.

Richardson Rotary & Dover Dive Into Reading

Kay Reynolds, former longtime RISD principal, recently presented library books to Dover El. on behalf of the Richardson Rotary Club. As part of an on-going tradition, the books are signed by the guest speakers at Rotary Club meetings.

Dover Dolphin students appreciate the Rotary's support and are always excited to dive into reading.

Reading, Writing & Enrichment at O. Henry

Families and faculty at O. Henry El. recently came together to celebrate the joy of reading and writing. Students received books donated from Half Price Books and listened to stories and puppet shows led by their teachers. Parents were empowered with tools to use with their child to support literacy at home and gained knowledge about homework support strategies.

All families enjoyed viewing the projects and products students created during Fall Enrichment Cluster to promote College and Career Readiness.

Making A Difference

RISD's Primary REACH (gifted & talented program) theme for this year is People Who Make a Difference in Our World. One of these people is former district REACH teacher Sara Pearson, whose daughter Katherine was born with a rare genetic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU). Sara's family worked to establish Team PKU in response to Katherine's diagnosis. Through the support of numerous members, hundreds of donations and countless volunteer hours, Team PKU has created a presence within the North Texas community and provides birthday baskets for PKU children.

Primary REACH students in RISD wanted to help, collecting more than 500 coloring books to donate to this local organization that makes a difference in our world.

Weather Reminder

The safety of students and staff is the top priority when poor weather creates hazardous travel conditions.

In the event that travel conditions may require classes be delayed or cancelled, parents and employees will be notified directly by telephone message before 6:30 a.m. Parents are encouraged to ensure their child's campus has up-to-date contact information.

In addition, stakeholders can check the RISD homepage, the district Facebook page or the district Twitter feed. RISD also notifies local media outlets of closures or delays.

If unsure, parents, employees and students should assume a normal school day unless notified of a closure or delay by RISD. The District does not send a message verifying a normal operating day. Parents are encouraged to ensue their child's school has up-to-date telephone and email information.

Upcoming Events

  • January 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Student/Staff Holiday
  • February 2 - Regular Board Meeting
  • February 13 - End of 4th Six Weeks
  • February 16 - Student Holiday/Staff Development
  • February 16 - Board Study Session

Events & Fundraisers

  • BHS Pancake Breakfast - January 17
  • PHS Pacesetter Workshop Elementary - January 19
  • PHS Pacesetter Workshop Junior High - January 19
  • PHS Theatre - How to Succeed in Business. - Jan. 29-Feb. 8
  • PTA Used Book Fair- February 12-15
  • Prairie Creek Blood Drive - February 16