District Begins Consideration of Secondary Growth Planning

At its September 22 study session, the RISD Board heard a comprehensive presentation and options from district staff about long range plans to accommodate academic programs and student growth at the secondary level (grades 7-12). As part of district priority goals this school year, staff have been studying projected enrollment patterns at the secondary level, best practice academic offerings aligned with the new state graduation plans, implementation of expanded Career & Technical Education offerings and the physical capacity of high school campuses.

Topics discussed included planning for expected enrollment growth in Lake Highlands at the 9-12 level, potential new academic programs, moving toward more flexible learning environments in classrooms, and initiating studies related to possible equipment and construction needs in a potential 2016 bond election. Next steps involve engaging staff, parents and community members to share information and gather suggestions and feedback.

Learn More About Secondary Growth Planning.

Celebrating Our Freedom

Students in schools across RISD engaged in activities and events this month honoring our first responders and learning about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of our country and the values upon which America was founded.

Thank you to our service men and women, veterans and first responders for their services, sacrifices and for participating in school events related to First Responders Day and Celebrate Freedom Week.

Northrich Kicks Off Marathon Kids

Northrich Elementary students, led by physical education teacher Terry Wade, recently kicked off another year of Marathon Kids in style. The Marathon Kids program improves the health of children by providing them the tools, education, motivation and support to live happier, healthier lifestyles. Participating students will run/walk 26.2 miles by the end of the year.

Security of Student Information

RISD was alerted recently about the possibility that some confidential student data was unsecured online. District Information Services staff immediately began to investigate and confirmed that the interaction of two software systems had resulted in a vulnerability. The condition was immediately corrected. Staff then reviewed all existing security protocols to ensure that the vulnerability did not exist anywhere else on RISD's information systems. Based on that review, RISD is confident that student data is secure.

RISD received the alert from a third-party network security firm that accessed two records that contained confidential information of two RISD students. The district has no information or indication that the personal information of any other RISD student has been compromised. At no time could student information be improperly accessed through any district website or by someone who was not highly familiar with network security protocols.

Parents who want to learn more about ways to protect their child's personal information or tips related to child identity security are encouraged to visit the non-profit idtheftcenter.org.

Parents with questions or concerns about this information may also contact RISD at 469-593-0001.

RISD understands our very serious obligation to protect confidential information for our students and employees, and the district will continue to be diligent in securing confidential data.

DART to DFW: Art Contest Winner

Pearce H.S. AP Art student Becky Groves was recently recognized by elected officials and industry leaders from around the Metroplex at the opening of the DFW Airport DART Station event. Her artwork placed first in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's "DART to DFW: Connecting You to the World" Art Contest.

Becky's artwork is on display between Gates 10 and 15 at the DFW International Airport.

USDA Visits Moss Haven Farm

Since 2012, Moss Haven Elementary's farm has grown from a grassy knoll to 23 raised beds, a farm field and chicken coop.

Moss Haven Farm encourages environmental awareness, nutrition and outdoor learning while connecting with math, science and reading curriculum. Recently, the farm provided student-led tours to visitors from the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The special visitors learned first hand about the program that MHE is providing for all students.

Campus Improvement Plans

At its September 22 meeting, the RISD Board approved the 2014 Campus Improvement Plans (CIPs). Reviewed and adopted annually, the CIPs are aligned with the District Improvement Plan and provide strategic direction for each school for the year. Parents are encouraged to review their school's CIP to become more familiar with the different initiatives and priorities of their campus.

Learn more.

Berkner Earns National Honor Choir Win

The Berkner Varsity Men's Choir recently earned the National Commended Honor Choir Award, winning the Open Choir category from more than 245 entries from 35 states across the country.


Pearce Hall of Honor Inductees

The Pearce H.S. Athletic Booster Club invites community members to attend the Pearce vs. Richardson H.S. football game tonight at 7:30pm at Mustang Eagle Stadium.

During halftime, three former PHS students, Paul Robinson (class of 1986), Devin McCalla (class of 1998), and Logan Sherman (class of 2004), will be inducted into the J.J. Pearce Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor was established to recognize former student-athletes who excelled at PHS, the collegiate level, or beyond.

For more information, please visit www.pearceathletics.org.

West Nile Virus Reminder

With cases of West Nile Virus being confirmed around Dallas County, RISD reminds parents that WNV information, tips and precautions can be found on the RISD Health Services Page.

2014 RISD Spirit Run

Sign up for the 2014 RISD Spirit Run on November 8, 2014, at Galatyn Park. The popular annual RISD Excellence in Education Foundation event raises funds to directly benefit RISD students & staff.

Go to www.risdspiritrun.com to learn more & register. See you at the race!

Be An Informed Voter - LWVR/PTA Candidate Forums

Texas House District 102 Candidate Forum
The League of Women Voters of Richardson and the Richardson Independent School District Council of PTAs will hold a candidates forum for candidates vying for Texas House District 102. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the small gym at Westwood Junior High School, 7630 Arapaho Road, in Dallas.

Click here to view the event flyer.

State Board of Education District 12 Candidate Forum
The League of Women Voters of Richardson, along with the League of Women Voters of Collin County and the Richardson Independent School District Council of PTAs, will hold a candidates forum for candidates vying for the office of State Board of Education District 12. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Richardson ISD Administration Building Auditorium, 400 S. Greenville Avenue in Richardson.

Click here to view the event flyer.

Upcoming Events

  • 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