Board Approves Construction at Prairie Creek

At its February 16 meeting, the RISD Board of Trustees approved the construction of six additional classrooms at Prairie Creek Elem. to accommodate current and projected student enrollment growth in the PCE attendance area.

"Our goal is to have the new classrooms ready in time for the first day of school in August of 2016," said RISD Deputy Superintendent Tony Harkleroad. "Prairie Creek staff and parents will be able to provide input regarding design decisions at different points in the process."

The construction will mark the twelfth RISD campus since 2012 to undergo construction of additional classrooms to increase enrollment capacity.

Northrich is Thinking Kind

Northrich Elem. has participated in the Think Kindness Challenge this school year along with eight other RISD schools. Part of the challenge involved collecting at least 1,000 pairs of gently used shoes for children who are less fortunate. NRE students did their part and the goal was surpassed, with more than 1,400 pairs of shoes collected to benefit the RISD Clothes Closet as well as children in other countries.

Great job!

Spotlight on RISD

Click the image to watch the January/February edition of Spotlight on RISD, a video magazine about the great things happening around the district.

Student Art Accolades

Lake Highlands HS student Tyler Squires was one of just 18 high school artists from around the U.S. to have his work selected for a two-year display in the College Board offices in New York City. In addition, Tyler's photograph The Order of Life will also receive a $500 award.

Student artists from across RISD were recently recognized at the Districtwide K-12 Art Show at the Eisemann Center's Green Mezzanine-Gallery.

"More than 200 guests from our community were able to join students, art teachers, and parents to enjoy the show and meet our stellar student artists whose art was on display," said Director of Visual Arts K-12 Myron Stennett.

Legal Eagles At It Again

The three time state champion Richardson HS Mock Trial team has again qualified for the state competition and will be competing for top state honors in March in Dallas. "We're very proud of our students," said RHS Principal Charles Bruner. "The Legal Eagles have a long tradition as one of the top programs in Texas. Congratulations and good luck to the students and teacher Ben Fiedler."

All State Performers

Seventeen RISD students were recently selected to participate in Texas Music Educators Association All-State performing groups. Based on a rigorous statewide audition process, the number of student musicians selected as All-State performers represents the top 0.5% of all of students participating in fine arts in Texas.

Congratulations to:
Robert Burns, Pearce HS - Band
Peyton Cabaniss, Lake Highlands HS - Choir
Griffin Camacho, Richardson HS - Choir
Darren Carter, Pearce - Orchestra
Becca Shea Davis, Richardson - Choir
Brady Diffee, Lake Highlands - Band
Lucas Havelaar, Berkner HS - Band
Emily Hughes, Lake Highlands - Choir
Bethany Jelinek, Richardson - Choir
Dylan Kirk, Richardson - Choir
Samantha Laner, Pearce - Choir
Jared Marble, Pearce - Band
Donovan Mirelez, Berkner - Choir
Lance Moore, Pearce - Band
Zoe Moore, Pearce - Choir
Brennan Moran, Pearce - Band
Jason Rodriguez, Berkner - Band

Thank you to RISD Scoreboard Sponsor

Richardson Medical Center

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

  • February 23 - Board Study Session
  • March 2 - Regular Board Meeting
  • March 9-13 - Spring Break
  • March 23 - Board Study Session
  • April 3 - Student/Staff Holiday (Snow Make Up Day - If needed)
  • April 6 - Regular Board Meeting
  • April 10 - End of Grading Period

Coming Up

  • Lake Highlands Black History Month Program - Feb. 20
  • FAFSA Super Saturday Financial Aid Workshop - Feb. 21
  • LHHS Show Choir Espree 35th Anniversary Show - Feb. 27-28
  • BHS Band Applebee's Pancake Breakfast - February 28
  • RISD Special Student Services Parent Ed. Series - ADHD - Feb. 24
  • Parent Ed. Lecture - Issues Facing Teens - March 4
  • Richardson Library Lego Camp - Grades 5-12 - March 13