Celebrating Our Students

Two major end of year events were held this week to recognize and honor graduating seniors from across the district for their achievements. The Top Ten Luncheon celebrates the top ten ranked students in each high school graduating class, their parents, and most influential teacher. Students had an opportunity to introduce their most influential teacher and talk about the reasons for their choice. Happiness, laughter and a few tears marked this annual event. Thank you to event sponsors Cadence McShane, Fossil, PBK, Perkins & Will, and Reed, Wells, Benson & Co.

See the top ten & most influential teachers

Valedictorians and Salutatorians join Dr. Waggoner at the Top Ten Luncheon

The AVID Senior Luncheon honored the district’s graduating seniors who participated in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). The AVID College Readiness System has been a fixture in RISD secondary schools for more than a decade, and accelerates the performance of underrepresented students so that those students and all students across the entire campus succeed in college, career and life.

A Gates Millennium Scholar and four Dell Scholars are among this year's 195 graduating AVID seniors. Overall, 95% of AVID seniors have been accepted into a 4 year-college or university, earning in excess of $10.8 million in scholarships. "Congratulations to our AVID students, and the parents and teachers who support them, for working to put themselves in a position to realize their college and life goals," said Dr. Waggoner.

Celebrating Our Staff

Four outstanding RISD employees were selected from among 18 deserving nominees to receive the inaugural Champion Award through the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation. The award was established to recognize and reward district support staff who go above and beyond each day in their duties, making their school or department a better place for students, colleagues, parents or customers. The four winners, who each received a $500 award through the Foundation, include (front row, from L):

John Byrd, Custodial Supervisor, Berkner H.S.
Rhonda Melton Atkins, Cafeteria Manager, Bukhair E.S.
Mary Robles, Executive Assistant, RISD Academy
Karen Clardy, Executive Assistant, Lake Highlands H.S.

EiE Foundation Scholarship Breakfast

Graduating seniors from across the district earned more than $50,000 in college scholarships through the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation and generous sponsors.

The annual EiE Scholarship Breakfast recognized these students and honored the scholarship sponsors who are helping students pursue their dreams.

Friday June 5: Snow Make-Up Day

A reminder to students, parents and staff that Friday, June 5 is a snow make-up day, and will be the final school day of the 2014-15 school year. All RISD schools and offices will be open.

Focus Coming in the Fall

RISD is in the process of implementing a new student information system called Focus for the 2015-16 school year. This extensive effort will impact parents who are accustomed to accessing their child's grade and attendance information through Star Portal, which will be discontinued and replaced by Focus to provide this function for parents.

Information about Focus account creation will be available to parents in the Fall.

District Calendar

  • 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

  • BHS Band Applebee's Breakfast Fundraiser - May 23
  • NHE Blood Drive for Reece Griffin - May 30
  • Summer Camp & Program Opportunity Page

Reminder - 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.