Teachers Honored For Excellence in Teaching Through Technology
The Texas Instruments Foundation, in partnership with the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, surprised two RISD teachers this week with the $10,000 Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching Award. Congratulations to Forest Meadow Junior High science teacher Jessica Cramer and Richardson West Junior High Technology Magnet mathematics teacher Miko Wagstaff.
Two RISD secondary teachers are selected through a competitive process each year. Each honoree receives a personal award of $5,000 and another $5,000 for professional development and classroom needs. The Innovations in STEM Teaching Award is an annual award underwritten by the Texas Instruments Foundation that honors instructors who are working to enhance student achievement in STEM through innovative teaching methods and use of technology.
The award aims to raise the profile and importance of quality STEM instruction among teachers and the community.
West JH teacher Miko Wagstaff
Forest Meadow JH teacher Jessica Cramer
All-State Fine Arts Students Selected
Eighteen RISD students have been selected as 2015-16 All-State Band, Choir or Orchestra members by the Texas Music Educators Association. Students were selected after a rigorous statewide audition process and represent the top one percent of all student musicians in the state of Texas.
See the list
Congratulations to RISD's 2015-16 All-State Band, Choir & Orchestra Representatives
Board Meeting Summary
At its February 29 Regular Meeting, the RISD Board of Trustees heard updates about several district initiatives.
Executive Director of Special Student Services Dr. Cindy Lawrence and Dyslexia Program Director Shannon Suess provided status reports of progress in their respective areas.
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Fernando Medina also provided trustees with an update of HR initiatives.
View more information about the February 29 Regular Meeting of the RISD Board, including video.
Lake Highlands Reflector Committee Update
Members of the Lake Highlands Reflector Committee held their first meeting this week to begin the process of arriving at recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding ways to address enrollment growth in Lake Highlands.
Committee Chair, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone, led the 48-member committee through discussions to clarify the group's purpose, timeline, expectations and the guiding factors that any potential solutions should consider.
Dr. Stone confirmed that any potential solution would be open for the committee's consideration. A variety of options to address enrollment growth were shared, and members were solicited for any additional ideas for the committee to study.
The initial meeting concluded with Dr. Stone asking members to review provided historical enrollment data, future projections for schools in Lake Highlands and a list of potential solutions to be prepared to discuss at the next meeting.
NCLB Report Cards Available
The federal No Child Left Behind law requires school districts to make information about district and school performance available to the parents of all enrolled students, and NCLB Report Cards are now available for viewing on RISD's Accountability page.
Paper copies of the NCLB school report cards are available for viewing at each school.
Focus Accounts Needed for Online Enrollment
On March 1, 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. 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.