A Day Made Better at Heights
Thanks to RISD partner OfficeMax on Campbell in Richardson for donating $1,400 worth of school supplies to Richardson Heights Elementary through their "A Day Made Better Supply Donation" program.
Heights teachers and staff were delighted and surprised to receive the generous assortment of supplies and extras. The program has also benefited other RISD schools and teachers in the past, and we appreciate the continued partnership with OfficeMax and their support of RISD.
District To Request Waiver for Third Snow Day
Per the 2014-15 RISD Student Academic Calendar, the district will make up two snow days on Friday, April 3 and Friday, June 5. Both days were previously student holidays and will now be normal operating days.
RISD intends to request a waiver from the Texas Education Agency in order for students to not make up the third instructional day lost to inclement weather.
RISD Supports Food Bank Through Art
Art teachers and their students recently contributed more than 200 ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Luncheon fundraiser to benefit the North Texas Food Bank.
RISD art teachers and students have been involved with this effort for the past 15 years, helping to raise thousands of dollars for the organization that provides food for many RISD students and families in need.
Seuss Mania Sweeps Across District
Early elementary students across RISD observed the birthday of Dr. Seuss this week with activities designed to celebrate the author's contributions and engage students in reading.
"Perhaps better than any other children's author, Dr. Seuss captures students' imaginations from an early age," says Lake Highlands Elementary Librarian Wanda Meador. "We want to engage young readers in every way possible to cultivate a love of reading, and the many works of Dr. Seuss help us do that."
March is Youth Art Month
March is Celebrate Youth Art Month and exhibits featuring works from RISD visual arts students will be on display in several locations around the city. Youth Art Month is observed to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. The public is invited to see selected pieces from our talented students at the following locations:
Rosemary Cheney Memorial Children's Art Exhibit at the Richardson Public Library - until March 18
Junior High Art Show at the RISD Administration Building - March 16-20
Youth Art Month exhibition at the RISD Professional Development Center gymnasium - March 24-31
Board Hears Update on Dyslexia, Gifted and Special Ed.
At its March 2 meeting, the Board heard updates from staff members related to continuous improvement efforts in the areas of Dyslexia, Gifted & Talented, and Special Education Services. In 2013-14, the district identified the areas as priority goals for improvement, and outside audits of RISD services in each area were performed. The district then created action plans in each area based on audit recommendations. At Monday's meeting, staff updated the Board on progress in each action plan.
First Annual Rosenzweig Memorial Tournament - March 21
Lake Highlands HS teacher Joel Rosenzweig passed away unexpectedly last fall. He was an influential teacher, sponsor, director, and coach, and for many years, pushed each student to reach beyond what they had believed were their limits.
As a symbol of the way he created opportunities for his students, a scholarship fund has been established in his name. Joel held a strong passion for both student government and bowling, so the student council and bowling team (the Alley Cats), are creating a new Lake Highlands tradition - The Rosenzweig Memorial Bowling Tournament, to help fund the scholarship.
Reminder: NCLB Report Cards Available
The latest school and district report cards under the federal No Child Left Behind accountability system are now available for viewing.
Visit the RISD Accountability page and select a school from the brown NCLB Report Cards menu on the right hand side.
Parents may also view a hard copy at their student's school.