Happy Thanksgiving

Richardson ISD will be closed from Monday, November 24 through Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving Break.

School will resume on a normal schedule beginning Monday, December 1.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

2014 Invention Convention

Students from across the district showed off their innovation and creativity in the recent 30th Annual RISD Invention Convention.

Inventions were judged on uniqueness, usefulness, research, construction/design, salesmanship and effectiveness of display. The district Invention Convention recognizes outstanding inventors from each RISD school, and provides them with the opportunity to present their inventions to each other and the public. They were judged by representatives from event sponsors, local elected officials and area business representatives.

Congratulations and thanks to all winners, participants, volunteers and organizers for helping to make this outstanding event a reality. For the complete list of winners, please click here.

Preparing Future Falcons

Students-to-be in the Northwood Hills Elementary Future Falcons program recently had lots of fun with spooky science in the NHE Think Tank. The children enjoyed experiments with static electricity, making slimy worms, creating green "snow" and then learned all about where germs hide in a hand washing clinic using glow soap.

The program engages pre-Kindergarten age children in the attendance pattern in fun academic and social activities at the school to help them with their eventual transition to Kindergarten.

Jones Named Interim FMJH Principal

Mr. Shannon Bennett has resigned as principal of Forest Meadow Junior High due to a family health situation and has accepted an assignment as assistant principal at Pearce High School. Dr. Waggoner has named Ms. Kerri Jones as the interim principal of Forest Meadow for the remainder of the school year. Ms. Jones was an assistant principal at Forest Meadow from 2006 through this past June, before moving to Liberty Junior High.

In addition, Mr. Rodney Beasley is being assigned to Forest Meadow as an assistant principal through the end of the school year. He will be coming from Pearce HS to help support students and staff during the leadership transition. Ms. Jones and Mr. Beasley will assume their new duties after Thanksgiving Break.

Mohawk Walks to Cure Diabetes

Students at Mohawk Elementary recently hosted a Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations. Students worked together to raise $2,400, with the Blue Hair competition generating lots of donations. Students could donate $1 to vote for a staff member they wanted to see with blue hair. Mrs. Parks, 2nd grade teacher, earned the right to have blue hair the day of the walk. Throughout the month of October, students learned facts about Type 1 diabetes and worked to raise awareness in addition to funds. Way to go Colts!

Outstanding Art Educator

Congratulations to Christina van Hamersveld-Foster, art teacher at Richardson West JH, who was recently recognized at the 2014 Texas Art Education Association Conference as the Outstanding Art Educator in the junior high category.

She was honored at the conference for her contributions to the field of art education.

Love of Books at Aikin

The Aikin Eagles love reading, and recently showed how much during Book It! week.

Wearing red and in the shape of a heart, they pledged to read their hearts out

Board Discusses Strategic Approach to Secondary Growth

At its November 17 meeting, the RISD Board of Trustees heard a presentation from Dr. Waggoner about the district's strategic approach to planning for secondary growth in the Lake Highlands area. Planning for secondary enrollment growth is one of RISD's priority goals in the 2014-15 school year.

The district will create two groups to assist with the strategic planning effort, an Advisory Team of approximately 10 members and a Stakeholder Committee of approximately 30 members. The effort will begin in 2015 with the goal of arriving at recommendations for the Board to consider in June.

For additional details and general timeline, please review the presentation.

Womack To Lead District Communications

Dr. Waggoner has named Ms. Karah K. Womack as RISD's new Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Ms. Womack is coming to RISD from The University of Texas at Dallas, where she most recently has served as the Associate Director for Communications.

"We are pleased that Ms. Womack has agreed to join our team," said Waggoner. "Her knowledge and experience will be tremendous assets to our communications and marketing initiatives."

In her new role, Womack will plan and implement the district's strategic communications efforts while leading the Communications Department.

Womack holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Auburn University and a master's degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Dallas. She will begin her duties on December 8.

Partners Corner

Thanks to the Buddha's Light International Association and the International Buddhist Progress Society Dallas for their donation of $1,800 to the RISD Partners Fund to assist with school supplies. The organization's Richardson location has partnered with RISD for eight years. It serves as a cultural destination for the city's diverse population offering meditation and Chinese classes, yoga, and an acclaimed vegetarian buffet and tea room.

Special thanks also goes to all of the sponsors and exhibitors for RISD's 7th Annual Parental Involvement Fair. The event, hosted by RISD's Newcomer Center, targeted parents who speak languages other than English and shared information about resources available for families and students. Staff and student volunteers also helped with child care and activities while parents attended educational sessions. Nearly 450 parents and students participated, thanks to support from our sponsors and RISD's Guidance and Counseling, Child Nutrition, Translation Services, and AVID departments, along with the Berkner & Lake Highlands Cosmetology programs. See our sponsors list.

Vintage RISD Memorabilia Wanted

As part of the upcoming event on Saturday, December 6 to celebrate the history of the Red Brick Building as one of RISD's original schools, we are interested in any memorabilia that alumni or community members may be willing to lend related to The Richardson School from 1914 to 1960. Items like diplomas, report cards, letter jackets and photos would be welcome and placed on display. Items can be dropped off to Trish Bittle in the RISD Administration Building and will be returned after the event. Contact trish.bittle@risd.org with questions.

Bring your friends and family out for the celebration. There will be building tours by alumni, a memorabilia museum, activities for kids, food trucks, student performances from across the district and more!

Visit www.risd.org/100 for more information.

Upcoming Events

  • November 24-28 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 6 - Red Brick Building Centennial
  • December 8 - Regular Board Meeting
  • December 19 - Student Holiday / Staff Development Day
  • December 22 - Winter Break Begins
  • January 5 - Student Holiday / Staff Development Day
  • January 6 - Second Semester Begins