School Performance Recognized
The national nonprofit Educational Results Partnership recently announced its 2015 Honor Roll schools based on student academic performance. Eight RISD elementary schools were recognized in three categories for outperforming peer schools across Texas.
Jess Harben Elementary, MST Magnet and Springridge Elementary were named Star Honor Roll Schools as high performance campuses with higher-poverty enrollments that have closed achievement gaps among different student groups. MST was also named a STEM Honor Roll School for student performance in Math & Science.
Bowie, Brentfield, Canyon Creek, Prairie Creek and White Rock elementaries were named to the Scholar Honor Roll as high performing schools.
Congratulations to the educators and students at these schools!
RISD Educator Named Teacher of the Year
Tamesia Chatman, a math specialist at Aikin and Merriman Park elementary schools, has been named the 2016 Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) Teacher of the Year.
An RISD graduate from Lake Highlands High School, Ms. Chatman returned to the district and is in her ninth year as a teacher. The TABSE Teacher of the Year program annually recognizes outstanding school teachers who have succeeded in providing high-quality instruction for students. These teachers are acknowledged by their peers and/or supervisors for the exemplary contributions they have made to the profession.
Lake Highlands Reflector Committee Update
Members of the Lake Highlands Reflector Committee held their second meeting this week to continue the process of arriving at recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding ways to address enrollment growth in Lake Highlands.
Deputy Superintendent Jeannie Stone led the discussion that included evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions. As the committee discussed pros and cons, priorities began to emerge and the committee agreed that several options could be eliminated.
The committee will continue to study possible solutions at their next meeting.
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.