Stakeholder Committee to Study Secondary Growth in Lake Highlands

One of RISD's priority goals this year is to plan for future space needs at the secondary level due to enrollment growth and new course offerings. An initial idea suggested by the district to help address future space needs is a possible merger of Lake Highlands Freshman Center and Lake Highlands High School. On October 23, RISD held the third of three community meetings in Lake Highlands to discuss the topics surrounding the idea. Dr. Waggoner announced at the meeting that more time is needed to study the different options for addressing space needs.

"We have heard consistent feedback that the Freshman Center is a valued and important part of the Lake Highlands community," said Waggoner. "I'm not comfortable making any recommendation to our Board regarding how to address secondary growth in Lake Highlands until more time can be taken, in concert with parents and other stakeholders, to evaluate the issues involved and determine what course of action is best for students in Lake Highlands."

A stakeholder committee that includes parents will be created to study the issue and report findings and recommendations to the district and community. No decisions or recommendations will be made to the RISD Board of Trustees before the committee has completed its work and shared findings and recommendations.

Details regarding the stakeholder committee will be forthcoming.

College & Career Readiness Update

At its October 20 Study Session, the RISD Board heard an update about College and Career Readiness efforts in the district. The comprehensive presentation included background about the programs and tools that expose students to potential career interests and possibilities as early as Kindergarten. A major planning resource provided to high school students is an online system called Naviance, which allows students, counselors and parents to manage virtually every aspect of planning for a student's postsecondary education or training plans.

Trustees also received data involving RISD student participation and performance related to Advanced Placement, dual credit, SAT, and ACT. Under the most recent accountability ratings, RISD was one of only 20 districts in Texas to receive the only available distinction for Postsecondary Readiness; RISD is the largest and most diverse district in Texas to receive this distinction.

View the entire presentation on the RISD website.

TI, United Way, Dorsett Inspire HPPM

Students at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet participated in engaging, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experiments and activities as part of United Way's 90th anniversary celebration. Legendary Dallas Cowboys player Tony Dorsett urged students to maximize their potential and work hard to achieve their goals.

Volunteers from Texas Instruments, Accenture, EY and Prime Lending helped students with activities including building potato-powered calculators and solar ovens. Fun learning opportunities where also provided by the Frontiers of Flight Museum and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

HPPM and RISD thank all of the community partners and volunteers for making the day memorable for students.

ACM Focused on Fitness

Students and teachers at Arapaho Classical Magnet take their designation as a Healthy Zone School seriously. Teachers Gil Martinez and Krista Norris lead a weekly running club of more than 70 students and staff. So on Thursdays, watch for a "Sea of Yellow" with a little blue running down Mimosa Drive, having fun and staying fit.

Speak Up Survey

Richardson ISD is again participating in Project Tomorrow's "Speak Up" Survey about technology within school districts. Project Tomorrow summarizes and shares the data with state and nation policy makers. By participating in the survey, Richardson ISD will receive individual campus feedback which help the district assess future technology needs.

Richardson ISD invites stakeholders to participate in the survey by visiting this link or using the link on school website homepages. If prompted, the password is risd.

The survey is open now through Friday, December 19.

Desperados Dance Clinic

The Richardson High Desperados Country Western Dance Team will will host a mini clinic on Saturday, November 15 from 9:00am - Noon, covering stunt, line and partner dancing. It is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The cost is $25. See the flyer for more information and to register.

MST Monster Dash and Fall Fest - Oct. 25

Come visit the Math Science & Technology Magnet, 450 Abrams Road, on October 25th from 10:00am -1:00pm for the First Annual MST Monster Dash and Fall Fest. No registration is necessary to attend. Just show up ready to have fun!

The event starts with a one mile family fun run or walk, followed by fall fest activities on the field by the gym. There will be a costume contest, dunking booth, bounce house, obstacle course, and other fun family activities. Come join the fun!

Pearce Band Italian Fest & Market

What is Italian Fest & Market? It's the JJ Pearce Area Band Club's biggest band fundraiser of the year, and it's going to be fun for everyone!

Saturday, November 8 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm at JJ Pearce High School

  • Live Music featuring the Tyla Taylor Band
  • While the band students enjoy a combined "clinic" with the Jr. High band students, everyone else will be in the Corral enjoying an Italian Festival & Market with Italian foods, desserts, live entertainment, a market, and the silent auction
  • Attendees will be treated to a combined band performance after dinner and then finish the event with the raffle drawing
  • No reservations required – food tickets available for purchase at the event.
  • Great raffle prizes include: three $500 Visa gift cards and one $1,000 gift card!

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2014 LHHS Choir Poinsettia Sale

'Tis the season for the award-winning Lake Highlands HS Choral Department to sell its Holiday Poinsettias available in red, white or pink for $10 each. To place an order, email Deena Peterson by October 28 at Special pricing for large volume orders of 90+ is available. Orders will be delivered Tuesday, December 2.

Upcoming Events

  • November 3 - Regular Board Meeting
  • November 6 - Second Six Weeks Ends
  • November 17 - Regular Board Meeting
  • November 24-28 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 6 - Red Brick Building Centennial