Lake Highlands Students Discover New Stars

Two Lake Highlands H.S. students, Jason Barton and Dominik Fritz, have been in the news recently due to their interesting summer activities. While participating in a summer opportunity at SMU to conduct physics research, the two were credited with discovering five previously undocumented "eclipsing contact binary stars."

Read more in The Dallas Morning News.

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New Teachers Welcomed by Area Businesses

Over 450 new RISD teachers were greeted by area businesses and organizations at the 2nd Annual New Teacher Welcome Fair during new teacher induction week. Teachers visited tables to learn more about the vendors' products and services while enjoying giveaways, special discounts and a taco bar lunch. Some vendors also gave away door prizes, including ING Financial Services (Android Tablet), Great American Insurance (several lunch totes) and Vein Clinics of America (large school supply gift basket). Thanks to all of the vendors and community organizations that participated. See the complete list of participants here.

If your business is interested in being a part of next year's New Teacher Welcome Fair, please contact RISD Community Relations Coordinator, Amanda O'Neal.

RISD Provides Dyslexia Simulation for State Board

Earlier this summer, State Board of Education members, including local District 12 representative Geraldine "Tincy" Miller, learned first-hand what it is like to experience dyslexia while navigating classroom expectations.

Guided by Dyslexia teachers from RISD and members of the Parent Dyslexia Education Group, several tasks were undertaken that mimic the labored reading, frustration and struggle that children with dyslexia experience daily. Following the simulation, members were debriefed by RISD Director of Dyslexia Shannon Suess. State Board members increased awareness and understanding about the need for appropriate, early intervention and identification, as well as appropriately accommodating the learning differences experienced by students with dyslexia.

Berkner Entry Chosen for National Film Festival

Film students from Berkner H.S. will travel to New York City in October to compete in MTV's National Film Competition after its submission, WZRDZ, was chosen as an official selection for the 2014 Varsity Brands All American High School Film Festival. As an Official Selection, the film will be screened at AMC Empire Theaters in New York City's Times Square in competition for Finalist status. There were over 1,000 submissions from 45 states and 15 countries.

RISD Students Are Lone Star Leaders

Four RISD students, Mya Johnson & Chloe Rosenthal, Arapaho Classical Magnet; Jaida Gough, O. Henry Elementary; and Cole Leonard, Lake Highlands Junior High, participated in Education in Action's 2014 spring break and summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. These young leaders were selected from students across Texas for the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school/community activities.

During the weeklong Lone Star Leadership Academy camps, students developed leadership skills while learning about Texas. Participants had the opportunity to experience first-hand what they are learning in school through visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites. Venues included places such as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. In addition, career speakers introduced participants to a wide variety of unique career and internship opportunities during camp.

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RHS Volleyball Recognized in the Classroom

For the second consecutive year, the Richardson H.S. varsity volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Team Academic Award for their accomplishments in the classroom.

This award is given by the AVCA annually to honor collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display academic excellence by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average. The 2013-14 team GPA was an outstanding 3.65, making the Lady Eagles one of just 227 high school programs in the U.S. to receive the AVCA Team Academic Award.

Eat Chipotle, Support the Calams Scholarship Fund

On September 16, stop by Chipotle on Coit & Belt Line and 50% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to the Stephanie Calams Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Excellence in Education Foundation.

Learn more about the fund and former RISD teacher Stephanie Calams.

Pearce Band March-A-Thon is September 27

Support the Pearce Mighty Mustang Band at its March-A-Thon community concert and fundraiser on Saturday, September 27.

For more information, read the flyer.

Upcoming Events

  • September 8 - Regular Board Meeting
  • September 13 - RISD College and Career Fair
  • September 22 - Board Study Session
  • October 2 - End of First Six Weeks Grading Period
  • October 13 - Fair Day - Student Holiday/Staff Development