STARS Teacher Profile - Meredith Bartholomew

Meredith Bartholomew photo and link to video

Thank you to RISD's 2016 STARS teachers of the year for all you do for students!

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Accountability Reports, Distinctions Now Available

State accountability reports for RISD and each ratings-eligible school are now available through the district website. Every RISD school earned a 2016 rating of Met Standard, and schools can also earn academic distinctions in different areas based on student performance, primarily on the state STAAR test, compared to a peer group of schools determined by the state.

Overall, 11.3% of RISD schools earned all possible academic distinctions, compared to 5.7% in Texas, and 77.4% of RISD schools earned at least one academic distinction, compared to 51.1% in Texas.

Congratulations to the following RISD schools for earning all possible academic distinctions:

Jess Harben ES
Liberty JH
MST Magnet
Parkhill JH
Richardson HS
West JH

To view State Accountability Reports and academic distinction information for each RISD school, visit the Accountability Page and select a school from the the drop-down menu.

Board of Trustees Activity

At its September 19 work session, the RISD Board of Trustees discussed several items, including next steps to determine boundaries of the new school at White Rock Trail, an update on RISD's College & Career Readiness efforts, and the District Improvement Plan, which is required by the state to be adopted for all school districts.

School Boundaries
Reiterating what she shared with community members in a letter last week, Dr. Stone indicated that the district was going to take additional time to arrive at attendance boundary recommendations for the first of two new elementary schools to address enrollment growth in the Lake Highlands area. Dr. Stone said the district would be engaging an outside firm with expertise and experience in changing boundaries to help manage the process of arriving at final recommendations for the Board to consider.

"I believe it's important that we take the extra time to get this decision right," said Stone.

Trustees supported taking additional time to arrive at a final decision regarding attendance boundaries. There is currently no timeline for making a decision. The next formal step for RISD in the design and planning process of the new school at White Rock Trail is expected to occur by the end of the year, when architects complete the detailed plans for the school site for inclusion in the district's application for a building permit with the City of Dallas.

See background on growth & planning for the new school

College & Career Readiness Update
In 2014-2015, RISD developed a priority goal stating 100 percent of students will graduate with three hours of Advanced Placement (AP), college hours, or a license or certification. Since the drafting of this goal, the Career and Technical Education department and Secondary administration collaborated to develop strategies that increase opportunities for students to earn AP, college hours, a license or certification as a demonstration of College and Career Readiness (CCR).

Staff presented the following updates for this benchmark year of the effort:

  • 668 individual students (or 32 percent of the Class of 2016) met this goal
  • Action steps for 2016-17 include expanding the University of Texas OnRamps courses to all four RISD high schools, opening the Health Science Program at Methodist Richardson Medical Center
  • A 2016-17 growth goal of a 14 percent increase in individual students participating in CCR opportunities

Staff will present further information about CCR in October when more data is available.

District Improvement Plan
Trustees also heard an overview of the 2016-17 District Improvement Plan, which moved to a dynamic, online, shared platform this year. Trustees unanimously approved the performance objectives that support five district goals:

  • Goal 1: Students are highly engaged in their educational life
  • Goal 2: Profound curriculum is the foundation for learning
  • Goal 3: RISD has high performing, student focused teachers
  • Goal 4: RISD ensures excellence in operations
  • Goal 5: Student Performance

In October, staff will present an overview of Campus Improvement Plans, which identify and track progress toward growth goals for each of the schools in RISD. The Texas Education Code requires Boards to approve district and campus performance objectives annually.

Learn more about the September 19 Work Session, including video

Scoreboard Sponsors

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that support RISD through scoreboard sponsorships at Eagle-Mustang or Wildcat-Ram stadiums. Please consider supporting these businesses that support RISD.

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Link to upcoming events

District Calendar

  • October 3 - Regular Board Meeting
  • October 7 - Student Holiday - Staff Development Day
  • October 10 - Fair Day Holiday
  • October 17 - Board Work Session
  • November 7 - Regular Board Meeting
  • November 14 - Board Work Session
  • November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Upcoming Events & Fundraisers

  • Destination Imagination Parent Information Meeting - September 20
  • PTA/SAGE Parent Education Opportunity - Parents & Teachers as Allies - September 21
  • RHS Golden Eagle Band March-A-Thon - September 24
  • LHHS Highlandette Dance Clinic - October 7
  • PHS Pacesetter Holiday Bazaar - October 22-23