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Stone Named Lone Finalist for RISD Superintendent

Dr. Jeannie Stone, who has been serving as RISD's Interim Superintendent since June, has been named the Lone Finalist for the permanent position by the RISD Board of Trustees.

"The Board has had the unique opportunity to observe Dr. Stone leading our district with distinction as Interim Superintendent over the past months," said Board President Kim Caston. "During that time we have been able to witness first-hand that she possesses all of the desired superintendent profile characteristics, as identified by the Board and supported by the staff and community. We believe we have selected exactly the right person to lead RISD and build on our momentum as we focus on our important vision of growth for all."

"I am honored and humbled to be asked to lead Richardson ISD," said Dr. Stone. "I sincerely love this school district, and I will continue to work together with our staff, community, and Board of Trustees to ensure that all students learn, grow, and succeed."

The Lone Finalist designation is a requirement under Texas law, and begins a 21-day window before the hire can be finalized at the January 9 meeting of the Board.

Stone joined RISD in 2015 as Deputy Superintendent over Curriculum and Instruction. She became Acting Superintendent in April when former superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner took a leave of absence, and was named Interim Superintendent in June when Dr. Waggoner announced her retirement.

Stone holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master's degree in Education from Texas A&M Commerce, and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She has 26 years of experience in education, beginning as a middle school English teacher.

Happy Holidays!

Richardson ISD will be closed for Winter Break from December 19 - December 30. January 2 is a staff development day and classes will resume for students on Tuesday, January 3. Have a safe and joyous holiday season.

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Student Spotlight

Berkner Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to the Berkner Symphony Orchestra for being invited to perform for an international audience at the prestigious Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic this week in Chicago.

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Recognize an RISD Teacher With a Changing Children's Lives Gift

It's the holiday season! What better way to recognize the impact of an RISD teacher than to honor them through the Changing Children's Lives campaign?

Recognize and appreciate those special educators whose work changes children’s lives - it makes a great holiday or teacher appreciation gift.

The RISD Partners Program invites you to consider making a gift to the Changing Children’s Lives campaign in honor of a teacher or other staffer who has made a lasting impact on your student. Your words of appreciation will be shared on your honoree’s campus in the coming weeks, and the money given will be used to support Partner's Program needs across RISD during the spring semester. Download the flyer to get started, or contact Community Relations Manager Mary Worthington for more information

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Network Available to Assist Families For Holidays

The Network of Community Ministries' Toyland Express program exists to help Richardson ISD families in need by providing holiday toys for children. RISD parents can find out more or schedule an appointment by contacting the Network of Community Ministries at 972-234-8880, and choosing option 3

Nurses' Notes Newsletter

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Click to read the seasonal newsletter with healthful tips prepared by RISD nursing staff

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District Calendar

  • December 19-30 - Winter Break
  • January 2 - Staff Development Day
  • January 3 - Second Semester begins
  • January 9 - Regular Board Meeting
  • February 6 - Regular Board Meeting

Upcoming Events & Fundraisers

  • LHHS Wranglers Dance Clinic - January 16

Reminders


Calendar Options Available - Feedback Requested

Staff shared three options of the 2017-18 Student Academic Calendar at the December 5 Board meeting. Each variation commences the academic year on August 21 and concludes on May 31, with the possibility of a snow make-up day on June 1. Under all options, Fair Day, a one-week break for Thanksgiving, and a minimum two-week break for the winter holiday are preserved, as in recent years.

Differences between the three options and rationale include:

View Option 1

  • Closely resembles the current 2016-17 calendar
  • Professional development days are included on Oct. 6, Jan. 2 and Feb. 19.

View Option 2

  • Responds to community concerns about safety and security by excusing students for Election Day (November 7) and repurposing the day for staff development.
  • Professional development days are included on Oct. 6, Nov. 7 and Jan. 2.

View Option 3

  • Responds to community concerns about safety and security by excusing students for Election Day (November 7) and repurposing the day for staff development.
  • Professional development days are included on Nov. 7, Jan. 2 and Feb. 19.

The calendar presented at the November 14 Board work session served as an illustration of how the 2017-18 academic year would be composed in compliance with state law should the District exit the process of pursuing District of Innovation status which allows exemption from start date regulations. RISD is working to complete the process of attaining DOI status in Winter 2017.

The District invites community and staff feedback on the option preferred; those with input may email risd@risd.org to share their thoughts. The Board is expected to finalize the calendar in early 2017.

Watch the Board discussion

Provide feedback on 2017-18 calendar options

Weather Reminder - Can RISD Reach You?

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As we enter the months of colder weather, the possibility arises for cancellation or delay of school due to inclement weather. Please ensure your child's school has the most up-to-date contact information in order to reach you quickly if needed.

In the event of inclement weather, RISD will evaluate the forecast and actual conditions on roads and at school facilities to arrive at a decision to cancel or delay school.

The district will communicate closure or delay decisions by 6 a.m. on school days if an announcement is not made the previous evening. RISD communicates closure or delay notifications in the following ways:

  • Direct phone call, email & text message to parents and staff members
  • Notice on district homepage at risd.org
  • School Times electronic newsletter
  • District Facebook and Twitter posts
  • Alert local news media outlets

Parents, staff and students should assume school will be open on a normal schedule unless they are notified otherwise by RISD. The district does not send notifications stating that school is open or operating on a normal schedule.

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Scoreboard Sponsors

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that support RISD through scoreboard sponsorships at Eagle-Mustang or Wildcat-Ram stadiums. Please consider supporting these businesses that support RISD.


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