Have a Safe Summer!

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Tomorrow is the final day of the 2015-16 school year for students. Best wishes to students, parents and staff for a safe, enjoyable and restful summer break!

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All-RISD Teams Announced - Spring Sports

Congratulations to the student-athletes named to the All-RISD teams in Spring sports, as voted on by district coaches.

See the 2016 All-RISD teams for Spring sports

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Board Supports Recommendations for Two New Schools in LH

RISD Trustees met in a called meeting last evening to continue discussions about plans to accommodate enrollment growth in the Lake Highlands area. Acting Superintendent, Dr. Jeannie Stone, began with a review of past and projected enrollment at each elementary school in the Lake Highlands area in relation to each building's location and enrollment capacity. The review included the total number of additional general education classrooms needed at each school (if any) to accommodate peak projected enrollment growth at no more than 90% of capacity.

Dr. Stone then presented recommendations to address growth, to be implemented in two phases.

Phase 1 Recommendations - for completion between 2016-2018

  • Construct a new school at the site on the corner of Walnut Hill Road and White Rock Trail to address enrollment growth at White Rock Elementary, which has experienced the strongest enrollment growth in RISD, has the highest projected growth and most immediate need for additional space.
  • Relocate the southern RISD employee early childhood education program, currently operated at Lake Highlands Elementary, to White Rock Elementary as a more central location.
  • Move the Wallace Elementary Pre-K program to Lake Highlands Elementary.
  • Recapture classroom space at Aikin Elementary as part of existing renovation plans.
  • Evaluate the addition of magnet programming at Northlake Elementary as an option more convenient for elementary parents in eastern Lake Highlands.

Phase 2 Recommendations - for completion between 2018-2021

  • Construct a new K-6 elementary school on the eastern side of the Lake Highlands zone, targeting the area on either side of 635, approximately between Abrams Rd. and Royal Lane. The new school, with accompanying attendance boundary changes, would provide classroom space relief to Aikin, Forest Lane, Skyview, Stults Road, Thurgood Marshall and Wallace elementary schools.
  • Return students to Aikin Elementary that are currently in areas north of 635 that had previously been relocated to Stults Road Elementary. The impacted area is closer to Aikin.
  • Relocate a portion of Skyview Elementary's attendance boundaries to Thurgood Marshall, which is closer to the impacted area.
  • Expand Northlake Elementary to include magnet programming if evaluation determines demand exists.

Trustees expressed support for the recommendations. RISD has begun evaluation of site options for the new eastern Lake Highlands elementary school.

The grade configuration of the new campus to address growth at White Rock Elementary will be discussed at the next Board meeting on June 13. Options include a K-6 school, which would necessitate an attendance boundary change, or an intermediate White Rock campus for upper grades, which would not require a boundary change.

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Destination Imagination Teams Fare Well at World Competition

Three teams from RISD recently competed at the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, each performing very well against other top teams that advanced from around the U.S. and 20 countries.

  • Gravity 6.0, from Merriman Park Elementary, finished 5th (out of 60 teams) in elementary fine arts challenge
  • Thinky Dinks, from Brentfield Elementary, finished 18th (out of 76 teams) in elementary structure challenge
  • TREHL, with students from three RISD junior highs (FMJH, WWJH & RWJH), finished 13th (out of 53 teams) in middle level fine arts challenge.

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.

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Excellence in Education Foundation Scholarships

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Congratulations to the 65 RISD graduating seniors earning scholarships through the EiE Foundation.

Staff Spotlight - Champion Award

Four RISD support staff members were recently named as 2016 Champion Award winners through the Excellence in Education Foundation. The Champion Award was established to recognize support staff who go above and beyond in their duties in support of schools and students.

Thank you to all the nominees and congratulations to 2016 Champion Award winners Chris Mason (Richardson HS), Michael Christian Dorbandt (Maintenance), Robin Scott (Facility Services) and Fran Tesh (Lake Highlands HS).

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District Calendar

  • June 2 - Last Day of School
  • June 3 - Records Day
  • June 5 - Pearce, Berkner and Lake Highlands High Schools Graduation
  • June 6 - Richardson High School Graduation
  • June 13 - Regular Board Meeting
  • June 20 - Board Study Session
  • August 22 - First Day of 2016-17 School Year

Graduation

RISD's Class of 2016 will graduate on June 5 & 6 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Tickets for each of RISD's four graduation ceremonies are available to graduating seniors through their high school. Each event will also be available to watch via video stream at no cost.

Sunday, June 5
Pearce High School – 12:30 p.m.
Berkner High School – 4:30 p.m.
Lake Highlands High School – 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 6
Richardson High School – 7:30 p.m.

Learn more & see links to the video streams

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Summer Camps

RISD's Summer Camp page lists district- or school-affiliated summer camp offerings, including opportunities from RISD partner organizations.

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2016-17 Student Academic Calendar Now Available

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