2016 STARS Teachers of the Year Announced

Eight outstanding teachers were surprised in their classrooms this week with the news that they have been selected as RISD's STARS (Superior Teaching Achievement in RISD Schools) Teachers of the Year. The awards are administered by the Excellence in Education Foundation and winners are selected through a comprehensive process that begins with a school nomination and includes interviews and classroom observations. The STARS winners represent some of the finest educators in a district known for quality teachers.

A prize patrol, including Dr. Waggoner and members of the Excellence in Education Foundation board and selection committee, visited teachers in their classrooms with flowers, balloons and a check for $1,000. Special thanks to M&A Technology for being the primary sponsor of this year's awards.

Congratulations to the school nominees, district finalists and winners. Thank you for everything you do for students!

Gretchen H. Allen
Spring Creek Elementary
Sixth Grade Math & Science

Heath Anderson
Aikin Elementary
Sixth Grade Science

Ron Crawford
White Rock Elementary
Physical Education

William Gattus
Dobie Primary
Physical Education

Tami Mabry
Moss Haven Elementary
Third Grade

Jennifer Senter
West Junior High
GT Humanities & Pre-AP Language Arts

Marissa Tavallaee
Lake Highlands H.S.
Pre-AP & AP Chemistry

Mary Lou Wild
Pearce H.S.
Career Technical Education



Click to watch the Prize Patrol surprise STARS winners in classroom visits

Pearce, Richardson Advance to State Academic Decathlon Competition

Congratulations to teams from Pearce High School and Richardson High School for advancing to the Texas Academic Decathlon competition.

Academic Decathlon is a program that provides high school students an opportunity to experience the challenges of spirited, rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities. In addition, the Academic Decathlon involves members of the business industry as active supporters of a program promoting academic excellence.

The state competition will be held February 26-28 in Irving. Good luck!


2016 Pearce Ac-Dec

2016 Richardson Ac-Dec

District Calendar

  • February 15 - Student Holiday/Staff Development Day
  • February 15 - Board Study Session
  • February 29 - Regular Board Meeting
  • March 7-11 - Spring Break
  • March 21 - Board Study Session
  • April 7 - End of Grading Period

Events & Fundraisers

  • PTA Used Book Fair - Feb, 11-14
  • LHHS Highlandettes Dance Clinic - Feb. 15
  • Parent & Teen Ed - Using Social Media Safely - Feb. 16
  • Prairie Creek Blood Drive - Feb. 19
  • PHS Choir Chili Cook Off - Feb. 21
  • K-12 Art Showcase at the Eisemann - Month of February

Focus Accounts Needed for Online Enrollment

In March, parents of current non-magnet elementary students in kindergarten through fifth grades will be able to enroll their children for the 2016-17 school year online. In order to enroll online, an active Focus Parent account will be required. Focus Parent accounts also allow parents to view their child's grade and attendance information online.

Online enrollment for secondary students will occur in late July, also through Focus.

Parents are encouraged to create a Focus Parent account
if they have not already done so.

Filing Period Open For RISD Board Election

Terms expire for places 3, 4 and 5 on the RISD Board of Trustees in May. The window is now open for residents interested in running for the RISD Board of Trustees to file for a place on the ballot for the May 7 election.

Place 4 incumbent Lanet Greenhaw has announced she will not seek re-election after 18 years of service on the Board. Place 3 incumbent Kris Oliver and Place 5 incumbent Eron Linn have both filed to seek re-election to three-year terms.

Potential candidates may pick up an information packet at the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Avenue in Richardson during normal business hours. The deadline to return filing documents for the May 7 election is February 19 at 5:00p.m.

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Parent Weather Reminder

As temperatures are cooling off and we prepare for the possibility that weather conditions may impact school schedules, please ensure your child’s school has up-to-date contact information, including an accurate phone number and email address.

When inclement weather arrives, RISD will notify parents and staff directly of any closures or delays, so please make sure the district can contact you.

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