New Construction Open Houses
More than 500 parents, students, neighborhood residents and RISD staff attended White Rock Elementary's recent New Construction Open House. Students showcased technology in the six new classrooms and breakaway rooms that were added during the summer expansion of the school.
Students also demonstrated features in the new gym which was doubled in size.
RISD added classrooms at seven schools over the summer as part of the district's ongoing response to enrollment growth. All of them recently had open houses to share the work with parents and community members.
2014 Class Size Waiver Request
At its October 6 meeting, the RISD Board of Trustees authorized the district to seek a class size waiver from the state of Texas. For 2014, RISD is exceeding the state's K-4 class size limit of 22 students in a single classroom at one school. After hiring additional teachers and constructing new classrooms over the last three years in response to enrollment growth, RISD's number of class size waivers has fallen significantly, from a high of 291 waivers in 2012.
On October 2, Dallas County Health & Human Services (DCHHS) contacted RISD with information that three Wallace Elementary students had potentially been in contact with the Dallas Ebola patient. The students were identified, and at the request of DCHHS, removed from class, evaluated for symptoms and interviewed by health authorities. The students were healthy and have exhibited no symptoms. At the request of DCHHS, they were removed from school in order to be monitored.
Yesterday, Wallace sent a follow up letter home to parents with updated information that the students continue to be healthy with no symptoms of illness.
Learn more on the RISD homepage.
LHHS Student Council Gives Back
The Lake Highlands High School Student Council recently held a schoolwide fundraiser for grocery store gift cards to help out families in need from feeder school Thurgood Marshall Elementary.
Students were able to provide TME with more than $1,000 in gift cards.
Special Delivery to Dobie Primary
Former longtime Dobie Primary principal Kay Reynolds made a special delivery of books donated to the Dobie library by the Richardson Rotary Club. Additional books from the club were donated to the Dover Elementary library.
Thank you to Richardson Rotary!
Dallas Museum of Art Student Selections
Two Richardson HS Art students recently had works chosen to participate in the Artrageous Art Silent Auction at the Dallas Museum of Art. This Teen Art Silent Auction benefits educational programs at the DMA.
Congratulations to RHS students Nohemi Galaviz (teacher Beth Grant-Field) and
Jessica Chen (teacher Sonia Krusleski).
North JH Students Tutoring Students
The Richardson North Junior High Students Tutoring Students Program is a program available to all students who want some extra assistance with their homework, projects, or studying for tests. North students can become tutors in English/Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies if they meet grade and citizenship criteria.
This year students from Advanced Placement Spanish classes were included to assist their ESOL peers. The program is mutually beneficial and fosters positive relationships among students.
Liberty Students Are Ready
Through a partnership with the American Heart Association and Ross Stores, Liberty Junior High students are learning how to give CPR (hands only) in their P.E. classes and in athletics.
Thanks to Liberty teachers Tim Thornton and Chanel Wilson for providing students with this important skill.
Come out to AMF Richardson Lanes at 2101 N. Central Expressway in Richardson on October 18 from 2:00 to 4:30pm to have a great time and help raise money for college scholarships for RISD students!
Sixth Annual Berkner Bazaar
Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Berkner Bazaar, sponsored by the Berkner PTA. This year's bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 11:00am to 4:00pm - see you there!