Honoring Our Mentor Teachers

More than 340 teachers in RISD served as mentors this school year to first and second-year colleagues new to the profession or district. Mentor teachers are experienced professionals who provide additional support and guidance to new teachers as they navigate the exciting but often-difficult first years of teaching.

The district recognized its mentor teachers this week at events thanking them for their service, not only to students, but also to RISD and their profession.

2015 Graduation Ceremonies

2015 Graduation Ceremonies Class of 2015 graduation ceremonies will be held June 7 and 8 at the Culwell Center in Garland.

Sunday, June 7
Berkner HS – 12:30 p.m.
Lake Highlands HS – 4:30 p.m.
Richardson HS – 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 8
Pearce HS – 7:30 p.m.

Graduations are ticketed events, available free through the school to graduating seniors. Attendees should be aware that all bags, purses or containers brought into the Culwell Center must be clear/see through plastic.

Partners Corner

Thank you to the Richardson Young Men's Service League for providing the Terrace Elementary playground with a much needed "Map Makeover." Volunteers from YMSL donated a weekend of cleaning, prepping, and re-painting Terrace's huge United States map.

Thanks also to State Farm and the Eisemann Center for providing a free performance to Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel for Berkner and Richardson High fine arts students. This collaboration allowed students to experience classical piano in a fun way and interact with a professional musician.

Legislative Update from Dr. Waggoner

Both houses are exhibiting a sense of urgency as the legislative session winds down. Yesterday's House deadline to take initial action on bills from its own chamber caused members to work late into the evening. Bills or resolutions originating from that chamber that were not voted on are now dead.

This week Governor Abbott signed SB 149 into law, allowing seniors who did not pass up to two end of course (EOC) exams to petition a local committee to graduate. Richardson ISD is preparing to implement this new law for the Class of 2015, as the measure takes effect immediately.

SB 894 would eliminate restrictions for students who wish to take online courses through the state's virtual school network. A concern surrounding this proposal is that districts would be responsible for issuing diplomas to students without the authority to supervise their curriculum. SB 894 has been placed on the Senate calendar for a hearing.

The Senate voted favorably on SB 2046; the measure would allow homeschooled students to participate in UIL activities. A concern regarding this SB 2046 is the difference in eligibility standards for participation. Public school students must meet the requirements for "no pass-no play" while homeschooled students' standards could vary. The proposal is now with the House for consideration.

HB 2804, which alters the state public school accountability system, would continue to require student performance on STAAR to be the primary measure of school performance, but other factors, including community engagement, AP course enrollment, attendance and dropout rates, would account for 45 percent of a school's rating. Districts and campuses would receive an A-F rating. The House added seven amendments to HB 2804 and voted to approve it yesterday.

Another noteworthy happening this week was the end of discussion on HB 1759, the House's attempt to reform school finance. That task is now firmly back with the Texas Supreme Court.

Given all the movement at the Capitol – more than 400 bills have been heard in committee – there is great potential for proposals to become amendments to other bills. A special session is entirely possible, and if it happens, the legislative process will begin anew for any bills that did not pass previously. RISD will continue to follow the legislative proceedings and update its legislative priorities page.

Visit RISD's legislative page

Blood Drive To Fight Leukemia

Students and staff at Northwood Hills wear pink in support of 3-year-old Reece Griffin, principal Roxxy Griffin's daughter who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. The school is holding a blood drive on May 30 to benefit Reece and patients like her who need transfusions in their fight against this cancer of the blood.

Scholarship Spotlight

Congratulations to Pearce seniors Reese Svetgoff and Jackson Evans for receiving scholarships from the Dallas County Texas A&M Club. The scholarships were awarded based on academics, leadership and extra curricular activities. Reese plans to study business and biology and Jackson plans to study engineering at Texas A&M.

District Calendar

  • May 18 - Board Study Session
  • May 25 - Student & Staff Holiday
  • June 1 - Regular Board Meeting
  • June 5 - Snow Make-Up Day / Last Day of School
  • June 7- Graduation - BHS, LHHS, RHS
  • June 8 - Graduation - PHS
  • June 22 - Board Study Session

Coming Up

  • LHHS Spring Choir Concert - May 15
  • PHS Choir Pearceapalooza - May 20
  • NHE Blood Drive for Reece Griffin - May 30