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.
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.