STEM Awards Honor Excellence in Teaching Through Technology

The RISD Excellence in Education Foundation prize patrol was back in action today, awarding another $20,000 through a partnership with the Texas Instruments Foundation. The first stop was made at Carrie Galvan's anatomy classroom at Berkner High, followed by a visit to Mark Mester's automotive bays at Richardson High.

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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (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.

Freshman Center Will Become Part of LHHS

After months of study and reflection on community input, Richardson ISD has created a plan to combine the Lake Highlands Freshman Center and Lake Highlands High School under the LHHS name. Freshmen will continue to be served at LHFC. The district will seek approval from the Texas Education Agency in fall 2015 to combine the schools.

Letter to Parents and Community
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Principals' Chat: Lake Highlands

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and schools across RISD will engage in activities to promote awareness. Based on its research, the U. S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). According to the CDC, “Boys are estimated to be five times more likely than girls to have autism.”

Learn more through the CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign

LHHS Student Earns U.S. Patent

Justin Yarbrough, a junior at Lake Highlands High School, recently received a United States patent for his winning invention from the 2009 RISD Invention Convention. Justin’s invention, a food topping device, won both Most Patentable Invention and Best of Show. The device, originally called “Pancake Perfection,” can cut food while dispensing a topping.

The law firm of Baker Botts, LLP represented Justin in the filing of his patent with the U.S. Patent Office, a process that took almost five years to complete. The RISD Invention Convention has been held for 30 years and is open to all district students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.


District Calendar

  • April 6 - Regular Board Meeting
  • April 10 - End of Grading Period
  • April 20 - Board Study Session
  • May 4 - Regular Board Meeting
  • May 18 Board Study Session
  • May 25 - Student & Staff Holiday
  • June 5 - Snow Make-Up Day / Last Day of School

Coming Up

  • Excellence in Education Foundation Gala - April 10
  • Mohawk Elem 50th Anniversary- April 11
  • Wallace Elem Spring Market & Shredding/Recycling Event- April 11
  • West JH 50th Anniversary- April 18
  • Stephanie Calams Memorial Golf Tournament - April 28
  • Berkner Booster Club Golf Tournament - May 15

EiE Foundation Gala - April 10

The Excellence in Education Foundation's annual Evening of Honors fundraising gala will be held Friday, April 10. The EiE Foundation provides supplemental funding that solely benefits RISD students and staff members through grants, teacher awards and scholarships. The Evening of Honors celebrates RISD's award-winning teachers and staff from 2014-15, and includes a silent auction among many highlights.