RISD College and Career Fair Is Tomorrow

The RISD College and Career Fair will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in Richardson. Workshops will be offered from 8:30-9:15am and 9:30-10:15a.m. Browsing and visitation with college, military and business representatives will occur from 9:00-11:00a.m. in the UTD Activity Center.

Parking will be limited, so please make plans to use the bus service that will be provided from all four RISD high schools. RISD parents and students are encouraged to attend this district event sponsored by Richardson ISD Counselors, University of Texas at Dallas and the RISD Council of PTAs.

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RISD Career and Technical Education Focused on Future

The RISD Career and Technical Task Force reported their findings and recommendations to the Board on September 8. The Task Force, comprised of district employees, community members, and parents, worked throughout the 2013-14 school year on extensive research and analysis of current course offerings, needs of the DFW region, and workforce trends for the future.

RISD will focus its efforts on providing all students with access to CTE courses to meet individual needs and provide students with hands-on experiences to enable them to make career decisions based on personal knowledge. In addition to program development, RISD will work to develop agreements with area businesses and organizations to provide more and stronger internships, job shadowing, and partnership opportunities.

To meet the growing needs of students and businesses, RISD has already added two CTE advisors and will add two more during the current school year. These advisors will serve as liaisons with businesses and advisors for students.

The committee identified four priority industries in the DFW area as areas of district focus that include Education and Training; Business, Marketing, Finance; Health Science; and IT/STEM. RISD will be working with industry experts to evaluate and make recommendations as the district continues in its mission to provide for student success.

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School Supply Drive A Success

Richardson ISD students and staff thank everyone who donated to the annual school supply drive. Hundreds of RISD students returned to school ready to learn with needed supplies thanks to the generosity of area businesses, organizations, community members and parents.

The supplies collected were valued at $7,000 and funds from the RISD Partners Program were also utilized. The following groups helped to make the drive a huge success.

Special thanks to our Partners:

  • Sweet Firefly
  • Haynes and Boone
  • CVS Caremark
  • Stone Eagle
  • Manuel Guzman
  • Dallas City Councilmen Jerry Allen and Lee Kleinman
  • DRS Network and Imaging Systems
  • Raytheon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Supplemental Healthcare
  • Verizon
  • Richardson Altrusa International

Grandparent & Loved Ones at Merriman Park

Merriman Park Elementary welcomed more than 200 grandparents and other important loved ones last week to the school's annual Grandparents and Loved Ones Day.

With attendees traveling from near and far, the MPE Dad's Club offered chauffeur and curbside service with golf carts for those that had to park away from the building. Families were given a short presentation by Principal Katie Kirkpatrick and PTA president Dee Ann Baggett before joining their grandchild to tour the newly-renovated school.

The children loved to show their special guests MPE's famous Outdoor Learning Center and Chicken Coop, as well as introduce their teachers and read books in the library.

National Merit Semifinalists

Ten RISD students were recently named to the prestigious list of 2015 National Merit Semifinalists.

  • Lydia Chen, Berkner HS
  • Matthew Edmison, Pearce HS
  • Rebecca Howland, Lake Highlands HS
  • Raisa Ifquat, Richardson HS
  • Errol Jordheim, Richardson HS
  • Blake Maczka, Pearce HS
  • Ian Miller, Richardson HS
  • Olivia Posner, Richardson HS
  • Patrick Ralston, Richardson HS
  • Emily White, Richardson HS

These students were ten of approximately 1.4 million juniors who entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring students in each state.

From the approximately 16,000 national semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, which will be announced in February. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the group of Finalists on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success.

Education in Excellence Foundation Recognizes Principals

The RISD Excellence in Education Foundation recently presented two suprised principals with the Administrative Excellence Award and a check for $1,000. Sharon Newman, principal of Richardson Terrace Elementary, received the award for outstanding leadership as did Beverly Vance, recently retired principal of JJ Pearce High School.

Both awards were presented at a breakfast celebration underwritten by Sterling Financial Group. Family members of the two winners joined the surprise along with principals, assistant principals, and central administrators from across the district. The event, a traditional kick-off for the new school year, is one of many ways the Foundation recognizes and rewards outstanding performance among district teachers and staff.

Upcoming Events

  • September 13 - RISD College and Career Fair
  • September 22 - Board Study Session
  • October 2 - End of First Six Weeks Grading Period
  • October 6 - Regular Board Meeting
  • October 13 - Fair Day - Student Holiday/Staff Development
  • October 20 - Board Study Session