Thanking Our Veterans

Last week, schools across RISD honored and thanked those who have served America in our military. Click to watch some Veterans Day activities around the district.

Board of Trustees Activity

At its November 16 work session, RISD board members discussed topics including Dual Credit courses, the 2016-17 Student Academic Calendar, and planning for a 2016 bond package.

Dual Credit & Class Rank/GPA
Trustees discussed district recommendations that would expand dual credit course offerings to students, allow dual credit courses to be used in calculating Class Rank/GPA, and include quality points for dual credit courses in Rank/GPA calculations.


Additional Dual Credit courses would be offered through different options at school, online and at Richland College. Currently, AP and Honors courses include quality points in Rank/GPA calculations, but not Dual Credit.

The potential inclusion of Dual Credit courses into Rank/GPA calculations would begin with the sophomore class of 2016-17.

Learn more about Dual Credit expansion & inclusion in class rank

2016-17 Student Academic Calendar
Trustees discussed a draft of the 2016-2017 Student Academic Calendar. The draft includes the first day of school on August 22, 2016, holiday breaks similar to the current year, and two snow make-up days. One change from the current year calendar would be a return of Spring Break to the third week of March. Barring weather make-up days, the school year would conclude on June 1, 2017.

Parent, staff and stakeholder feedback on the 2016-2017 Student Academic Calendar will be solicited and reviewed prior to a Board vote in early 2016. Feedback regarding the draft calendar can be shared with RISD Communications at risd@risd.org or 469-593-0301.

See the draft of the 2016-2017 Student Academic Calendar

2016 Bond Planning
Trustees continued discussions about possible items for inclusion in a 2016 bond and received information about feedback from the latest Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) meeting. CBAC feedback included general support of potential enrichment items and ranked the items in order of priority. The community group also recommended that if multi-purpose facilities are included in the bond, they be added as a separate proposition due to their cost. The CBAC is planning to meet again after the four 2016 Bond planning community meetings.

Trustees also previewed RISD's 2016 Bond planning website that includes the presentation being provided to stakeholder groups, supporting information about what is under consideration, and an online form for taxpayers, parents, staff, students and other stakeholders to provide feedback.

Learn more about planning for Bond 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

RISD schools and offices will be closed next week, November 23-27, for Thanksgiving Break. Click to watch students join Dr. Waggoner in sharing a holiday message.

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.

Stakeholders are also encouraged to visit RISD's 2016 Bond planning website to learn about items under consideration and provide feedback.

Learn more about planning for Bond 2016

Parent Weather Reminder

As temperatures are cooling off and we prepare for the possibility that weather conditions may impact school schedules, please ensure your child’s school has up-to-date contact information, including an accurate phone number and email address.

When inclement weather arrives, RISD will notify parents and staff directly of any closures or delays, so please make sure the district can contact you.

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Rethinking Dyslexia - November 18

The RISD Dyslexia Department, SAGE, and PDEG invite parents to a free screening of The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. at the RISD Professional Development Center.

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District Calendar

  • November 23-25 - Student Holiday/Staff Development
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 7 - Regular Board Meeting
  • December 21-January 4 - Winter Break, Student Holiday
  • January 4 - Staff Development Day
  • January 5 - First Day of Second Semester Classes

Coming Up

  • Movie Screening - The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia - Nov. 18
  • LHHS Folklorico In-N-Out Burger Cookout - Nov. 19
  • Eaglette Holiday Craft & Gift Fair - Dec. 5 & 6
  • LHHS Espree Holiday Coffee & Desserts - Dec. 11
  • Military Family Appreciation Month - November

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