Athletic Trainer, AED Save a Life

A Richardson HS football player collapsed Monday during conditioning drills, after suffering a cardiac event that stopped his heart. Athletic Trainer Maria Rosanelli, with the aid of RHS coaches, determined the student had no pulse and immediately began CPR, eventually using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to revive the student. He has recovered and is back at school.

Every RISD school is equipped with at least one AED and has at least three staff members trained in CPR and the use of an AED, including every coach, performing arts director, athletic trainer and nurse in the district.

In addition, each school has organized an emergency response team to respond to student, staff or visitor cardiac events on campus. Thank you to Maria and other trained staff for saving this life and being prepared for future situations.

Filing Window for Board Elections Opens

The filing period for residents interested in running for the RISD Board of Trustees is currently open, with a deadline of February 27 at 5:00 p.m.

In 2015, the three-year terms of Place 1 (currently held by Adam Meierhofer) and Place 2 (currently held by Kim Caston) will expire, and both seats will be on the election ballot.
An election will also be held to fill the unexpired final year of the term for Place 5, which was vacated when Karen Holburn resigned. Place 5 will then be on the ballot again in 2016 for a full three-year term.

More information about RISD Board Elections

RISD Student Enjoys Unique Space Camp

Liberty JH student Lee Kamara was selected to attend a recent NASA Space Camp in Alabama for students with visual impairments, thanks to a grant from Northrop Grumman and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The week-long camp took students from around the U.S. through a full space training program, designed with accommodations for the blind and visually impaired. Lee had a week of exciting discoveries that helped him make real life connections in math and science.

Partner Spotlight: UT Dallas

RISD renewed an ongoing collaboration this week with The University of Texas at Dallas to prepare college students seeking their teaching certification for the workforce and life in the classroom. Each semester, students from UT Dallas's Teacher Development Center tutor in several RISD elementary and junior high schools. This is valuable to both organizations, as aspiring teachers gain field experience and RISD students receive extra assistance and one-on-one attention.

The district appreciates the University's continued partnership and support.

Chamber Supports Excellence in Education

Members of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce presented a check of more than $3,300 to the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation this week.

Bill Sproull, CEO of the RCC, was joined by Bryan Marsh of Digital Realty and Megan Mahoney of Post Properties in presenting the check to the Foundation as a designated charitable beneficiary of the annual RCC golf tournament. "We are deeply grateful for this generous support that will directly benefit RISD students and teachers," said Foundation Board Chair Gail Hefton.

Thank you to RISD Scoreboard Sponsor

Courtesy Nissan

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.

District Calendar

  • February 2 - Regular Board Meeting
  • February 13 - End of 4th Six Weeks
  • February 16 - Student Holiday/Staff Development
  • February 16 - Board Study Session
  • March 2 - Regular Board Meeting
  • March 9-13 - Spring Break

Events, Meetings & Fundraisers

  • RHS Band Mattress Palooza Fundraiser - January 31
  • PHS Theatre - How to Succeed in Business - Jan. 29-Feb. 8
  • PHS Baseball & BBQ Marathon - Feb. 7
  • Parent Dyslexia Education Group Meeting - Feb. 11
  • PTA Used Book Fair- February 12-15
  • Prairie Creek Blood Drive - February 13
  • LH Highlandettes Community Dance Clinic - February 16
  • FAFSA Super Saturday Financial Aid Workshop - Feb. 21
  • LHHS Show Choir Espree 35th Anniversary Show - Feb. 27-28