RISD Teams Advance to State Destination Imagination Competition
Fifteen Destination Imagination teams from RISD are headed for state competition in Anna after qualifying at the Dal-Rich Regional Tournament. Teams advancing to state tournament will compete against other regional winners from around the state.
Destination Imagination teaches creativity, teamwork and problem-solving as student teams participate in competitive academic challenges. The program develops real life skills that help students to succeed in any endeavor.
Good luck to elementary students from Bowie, Brentfield, Merriman Park, Moss Haven and Hamilton Park; junior high students from Forest Meadow, Parkhill, Westwood and West; and high school students from Lake Highlands and Richardson in the state competition.
Board Hears CTE, GT Updates, Student Survey Results
At its March 21 Study Session, the RISD Board heard updates about Career & Technical Education, Gifted & Talented Service and results from this year's survey of student attitudes.
Career & Technical Education
More than 10,000 students are taking at least one Career Technical Education class this year. CTE courses are designed to expose students to content in areas of interest across different industries and segments of the workforce. 1,386 students are expected to complete course sequences this year that earn a license, certificate or certification that can assist with entry to the workforce upon graduation. Space and equipment for expansion of CTE courses in priority areas of anticipated job growth is included in the 2016 bond proposal.
Gifted & Talented Services
RISD's new model for providing gifted services at the secondary level is being implemented this school year. The changes were one result of the outside audit of district GT services performed two years ago. GT-specific courses are being offered at each junior high school based on identified areas, with plans to expand GT instruction to the high schools in 2016-17.
Results from the 2015-16 survey of students were shared with trustees. Staff discussed using the results as one indicator for planning purposes at the district and campus level. One example discussed included student feedback related to writing projects/journaling as a preferred mode of learning. The curriculum staff will be gathering more feedback from students about students’ views on writing and use their feedback to determine ways to make this mode of learning more engaging and appealing.
Learn more about topics discussed at the March 21 Board meeting, including video
Elementary Magnet Applications
The deadline to submit applications to attend an elementary magnet school in the 2016-2017 school year is March 31.
New for 2016-17, all magnet schools are now open to all students across RISD. Each elementary magnet are offering new initiatives to magnify their focus.
Read the flyer
Lake Highlands Reflector Committee Update
Members of the Lake Highlands Reflector Committee held their third 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.
Committee members divided into groups with the tasks of exploring in-depth the remaining potential solutions under consideration. District staff was on hand to support requests for data, financial and historical information that groups requested.
Each group will present their findings to the entire committee at the next meeting as a catalyst for discussion about which solutions or combination should be considered as part of final recommendations.
Community Bond Information Meetings
RISD will be holding a community meeting to share bond information and answer questions in each of the four high school feeder patterns. The meetings are a great opportunity to learn more about what is in the 2016 bond package that voters will consider in the May 7 election. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.
PHS Area: March 28, Prestonwood Elem., 6525 LaCosa Dr.
RHS Area: April 6, Richardson HS, 1250 W. Belt Line Rd.
LHHS Area: April 13, Lake Highlands HS, 9449 Church Rd.
BHS Area: April 21, Yale Elem., 1900 E. Collins Blvd.
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.