September 11 Observances

Schools across RISD observed Patriot Day and Texas First Responders Day on September 11.

Brentfield El.

Richardson North JH

Springridge El.

Heights El.

Arapaho Classical Magnet

STARS Teacher Spotlight - Jeff Brown

Click to learn more about LHHS's 2015 STARS teacher of the year, Jeff Brown

SAT Scores Released

2015 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) college entrance scores were recently released, and RISD students outperformed Texas and national averages. 57% of RISD's Class of 2015 took the SAT.

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Board to Discuss Potential Choice & Non-Traditional HS

At its September 14 Regular meeting, RISD Trustees will hear information regarding additional potential high school programs that would be open to all students in the district. Due to continued enrollment growth combined with higher demand for instructional options outside of the traditional grade 9-12 model, trustees and staff will discuss the possibility of building a smaller, centrally-located campus. The school would house separate programs to serve students who need alternatives to the traditional 9-12 model or those who are interested in accumulating accelerated college credit while completing high school.

Board meetings are open to the public, and parents, students, community members and staff are invited to attend. The September 14 meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the RISD Administration Building.

National Merit Semifinalists

Congratulations to RISD's 2016 National Merit Semifinalists:

Robert Burns, Pearce HS
Morgan Chen, Richardson HS
Mark Garwood, Lake Highlands HS
Russell Hitt, Pearce HS
Emily Knox, Pearce HS
Carlos Velazquez Sagresa, Richardson HS
Jayce Testut, Richardson HS
Cameron Weir, Pearce HS

These students were named by the National Merit Scholarship Corp based on outstanding academic performance on the Preliminary SAT or National Merit Qualifying Test taken as juniors. Their performance ranks them in the top one percent nationally among more than 1.5 million students.

Approximately 90 percent of the Semifinalists will qualify as National Merit Finalists and become eligible for more than 8,000 National Merit Scholarships. Finalists will be announced in February.

Upcoming Events

  • September 14 - Regular Board Meeting
  • September 21 - Board Study Session
  • October 5 - Regular Board Meeting
  • October 12 - Fair Day - Student Holiday/Staff Development

Coming Up

  • Canyon Creek El. 50 Year Celebration - Sept. 18
  • RISD College & Career Fair - Sept. 19
  • PHS Band Shred-a-thon - Sept. 19
  • LHHS Highlandettes Night in Italy - Sept. 26
  • RHS Band Annual 5K March-a-thon - September 26
  • Northwood Hills Light the Night Walk

Focus Accounts Available Sept. 18

RISD is continuing implementation of a new student information system called Focus. When ready, Focus will allow parents and students to view grade and attendance information online, replacing Star Portal.

On September 18, parents are expected to be able to sign up for Focus accounts through, and students will begin receiving Focus account information through their school. In the meantime, parents with questions about grades should contact their child’s teacher, while questions about attendance should be directed to the school’s front office.

Operations Center

At its August 3 meeting, the Board heard information and viewed a preliminary site plan related to the proposed construction of an operations center on vacant district property between Abrams Road and Greenville Avenue.

The facility would provide additional functional space for support operations and consolidate a number of functions currently housed at different locations around the district, including Facility Services, Child Nutrition, Bond Project Management, Purchasing, Testing/Accountability, Textbooks, Warehouse, Print Shop, and Transportation.

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