October 23 Varsity Football Games Moved to 6 p.m.

Due to the forecast of severe weather tonight, both of Richardson ISD’s Friday night varsity high school football games have been moved to 6 p.m. kickoffs. This includes the Richardson vs Berkner game at Wildcat-Ram Stadium and the Lake Highlands vs Pearce game at Eagle-Mustang Stadium. In addition, marching band activities will not be part of tonight’s games.

STARS Teacher Spotlight - Ashley Scott

Click to learn about White Rock's 2015 STARS teacher of the year, Ashley Scott

RISD Represents in All-Region Orchestra

Congratulations to RISD orchestra students who were selected through competitive audition to participate in the 2015 All-Region Orchestra. The students have been diligently working since early summer on challenging repertoire and etudes to perform for the blind audition.

Berkner All-Region

Pearce All-Region

Richardson All-Region

Board of Trustees Activity

At its October 19 meeting, RISD trustees heard a comprehensive annual report about college readiness indicators and continued discussions assessing potential items for inclusion in a 2016 bond package.

College Readiness Indicators

Each fall, the Curriculum and Instruction department presents an annual report which addresses Advanced Placement, ACT/SAT, Dual Credit, AVID, National Clearinghouse, and Naviance. The report is conducted as part of a continuous improvement process and serves to identify strengths and challenges, and to help develop next steps. Additionally, RISD adopted a priority goal for every student to graduate from RISD demonstrating College and Career Readiness as evidenced through 3 hours of dual credit, Advanced Placement hours and/or CTE Licenses and Certifications.

2016 Bond Planning
Trustees and staff continued discussion of potential items and requests from different departments, programs and schools for 2016 bond consideration.

Potential items have been categorized in one of three ways: maintenance of infrastructure & equipment at the end of useful life; construction/renovations to accommodate enrollment growth; and items that would provide enrichment opportunities for RISD students.

The board continued discussions about potential construction of a non-traditional high school program to serve students in all feeder patterns. The program would serve up to approximately 500 students across morning, afternoon & early evening sessions, operating out of a facility to be added on to the current administration complex on Greenville Ave. Serving students facing circumstances that make traditional high school programming difficult, the non-traditional program will offer accelerated instruction in core courses to allow students a different pathway toward graduation credit.

Discussions included the possibility that the construction could be funded from a designated capital projects budget, rather than included in the 2016 bond. A formal recommendation to the board regarding the non-traditional program is expected at the November regular meeting.

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2016 Bond Planning Community Meetings Scheduled

RISD is continuing to evaluate potential items to include in the 2016 bond and public input is a critical part of the bond planning process. Public meetings will be held in each of RISD's four feeder patterns to present information about possible items for inclusion, solicit feedback, hear ideas and answer questions. Parents, residents and employees who are interested in the bond planning process are encouraged to attend.

  • November 30 - Pearce HS Corral - 6:30 p.m.
  • December 1 - Lake Highlands HS Library - 6:30 p.m.
  • December 2 - Berkner HS Lecture Hall - 6:30 p.m.
  • December 8 - Richardson HS Library - 6:30 p.m.

District Calendar

  • November 2 - Regular Board Meeting
  • November 16 - Board Work Session
  • November 23-25 - Student Holiday/Staff Development
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Coming Up

  • BHS Theatre - 10 Ways To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse - Oct. 21-24
  • Northlake Community Fun Night - Oct. 22
  • HPPM 40th Anniversary Celebration - Oct. 22
  • FMJH Market in the Meadow - Oct. 24-25
  • Parent Ed. - Strategies for Challenging Behaviors - Oct. 27
  • LHHS Highlandettes Chipotle Night - Oct. 28
  • RHS Theatre - Bat Boy The Musical - Oct. 29 - Nov. 2
  • PHS Pacesetters Holiday Bazaar - Oct. 31-Nov. 1
  • Northwood Hills Light the Night Walk - Nov. 1
  • Wallace Night with the Stars - Nov. 7
  • Lecture - Careers in the Music Field - Nov. 9

Focus Parent Portal Accounts Now Available

Focus Parent Portal Accounts Now Available
Parents are now able to create accounts to see their child’s grade and attendance information through RISD’s new student information system called Focus. Parents will need to know their child’s identification information in order to sign up.

Learn more & create a parent account

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