Welcome To the 2016-17 School Year!

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2016-17 school year greeting from Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone

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Summer Elementary Enrollment Opens August 9

The 2016-2017 school year begins August 22. The period for elementary summer enrollment begins Tuesday, August 9. Space at many schools is limited, so parents who have not yet enrolled their children are strongly encouraged to enroll at their attendance area school prior to the first day of school. Each elementary school will be open for enrollment as follows:

August 9-12: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

August 15-19: Hours vary by campus - call your school.

August 22 and beyond: Normal elementary hours of 7:50 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn more, including required documents & immunizations.

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Earlier School Start Times

Students and parents are reminded that the school day will begin earlier at elementary and junior high schools for the upcoming year that begins August 22.

Elementary school day: 7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Junior high school day: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

High school day (unchanged): 9:00 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.

The changes are part of the 2016-17 Student Academic Calendar adopted in February.

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Board Activity Update

At its August 1 Regular Meeting, the RISD Board of Trustees discussed the timeline and process for determining attendance boundaries of the new elementary school in the White Rock area of Lake Highlands and also heard additional details about exterior design options and configuration of the school.

Attendance Boundaries Process & Timeline
Dr. Stone led a discussion about the process, factors and timeline that will be used to determine the attendance boundaries for the new school, which will impact the existing boundaries of White Rock Elementary. Trustees discussed consideration of factors such as balanced enrollments between the two schools, socio-economic balance, natural/logical boundaries, travelling safety, and attempting to preserve existing neighborhoods and homeowner associations, if possible.

Staff will work with the district's demographic firm and leadership team to evaluate the different factors with the goal of arriving at boundary recommendations for the Board to consider at the Sept. 12 meeting.

Exterior Design & Configuration Options
Trustees also received updated information about configuration and exterior design options of the new school. Considerations include options that would and would not require a zoning variance. Potential options include:

  • Number of stories the building would have (2 or 3)
  • Location of green space/play areas (front or rear of building)
  • Traditional (more brick) or modern (more glass) appearance

Each option would include a comparable amount of green space for student use. Choosing a three-story configuration would require a zoning variance process with the City of Dallas that could potentially extend the completion date, but could cost approximately $900,000 less than a two-story configuration that would not require a zoning variance.

Trustees and staff expressed a desire for community feedback before a decision is made on the school's exterior design and configuration at the next meeting of the Board on August 15. District staff are planning to survey White Rock area families and residents to gather feedback about exterior design & configuration options, and will share results with trustees at the next meeting.

See exterior design options

Learn more about the August 1 Board meeting, including video

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Back-To-School Supply Drive

The RISD Partners Program is collecting school supplies for families in need and to reduce the number of students who return to school in the fall without school supplies. Cash or check donations are also welcome.

Donations can be dropped off at the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays through Friday, August 12.

Contact RISD Community Relations Manager Mary Worthington at 469-593-0307 or mary.worthington@risd.org for more information.

School Supplies Needed Include:
Facial tissues; Manila paper; Construction paper; Notebook paper; Wide-ruled notebook paper; Spiral notebooks (one-subject and three-subject); Folders with pockets and brads; #2 pencils; Erasers; Markers; Crayons; Black, blue and red pens; Colored pencils; Glue sticks/Elmer’s Glue; Scissors; Rulers; Binders (2 and 3 inch) Composition books

See school supplies by grade level

Link to upcoming events

District Calendar

  • August 9 - Elementary Summer Enrollment Begins
  • August 15 - Board Work Session
  • August 22 - First Day of 2016-17 School Year
  • September 5 - Labor Day Holiday
  • September 12 - Regular Board Meeting

2016-17 Student Academic Calendar Now Available

Link to academic calendar