School Times Now!
Message from Dr. Waggoner
Spotlight on Special
Student Services
Academy's Carrasco Earns
National Recognition
December STAAR EOC
Test Results
Brentfield Elementary Choir
Performs for Primary
Students, Shoppers
Apollo Feeds the Homeless
Pre-AP & AP Parent
Information Q&A
High School Highlights
Pasta for Pennies Contest at
RISD Academy

Northlake Annual Canned
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Message from Dr. Waggoner

The 83rd Legislative Session has begun and bills that affect schools in multiple areas are being filed. I encourage you to keep abreast of proposed legislation and contact your legislators concerning your views. Your feedback makes a difference in their voting decisions. I will provide you with updates throughout the legislative session. Below is a recap of some of the bills that have already been filed.

Both the House and Senate have introduced appropriations bills that include $2.2 billion to cover the cost of an estimated 85,000 new students each year of the next biennium.

HB 96 is another bill seeking to restore funding cuts imposed by the 2011 Legislature and also includes a proposition to restore full-day pre-K with the start of the 2013-2014 school year. SB 75 deals with the creation of a universal pre-K in Texas for qualifying students.

Several bills pertain to class sizes including SB76 which places a limit of 18 students in pre-K classes and HB273 which extends the 22 to 1 cap on class sizes to the fifth grade.

Bills that provide for Career and Technical and Fine Arts Courses to be used to complete graduation requirements have been filed. Some of these bills include HB399 and HB422.

Several bills, including HB 224 and SB135, concerning elimination of the 15% rule concerning End of Course (EOC) assessments have been filed.

In addition, several bills relating to changes in the administration of student assessment including HB65, HB85 and HB94 have been filed.

Current Senate and the House budget proposals out of the increase contributions for the TRS pension fund to 6.4% in both years of the coming biennium (an amount equal to active member contributions as a percentage of payroll).

The TRS-Care program was also increased in the current budget proposal to 1.0% of the aggregate active teacher payroll (the amount required by state statute).


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Spotlight on Special Student Services

RISD will again partner with Region 10 and surrounding districts to bring to the community the Live the Dream Expo event. This event fair is a resource for parents and educators to learn about opportunities for students and adults with disabilities. The event will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center on February 9th from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM. This is a family-oriented event with plenty of kid-friendly entertainment and great information. Please refer to the attached flyer for additional details.

Click here to download the flyer. (PDF) >Top

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Academy's Carrasco Earns National Recognition

RISD Academy Bilingual Instructional Specialist Dr. Laura Carrasco was recently named the first place winner of the 42nd Annual Bilingual Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE).

Her dissertation, Exploring the Principal's Experience with the Diffusion of Dual Language Immersion, was selected by NABE from among entries across the United States.

As the first place winner, Laura will be recognized formally during the NABE Awards Luncheon in February at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, FL.

Congratulations Laura! >Top

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December STAAR EOC Test Results

In December 2012, RISD students that did not meet the Satisfactory Level on one or more STAAR EOC assessments had the opportunity to take the test again. Any student that does not meet Level II: Satisfactory should take the test at every testing opportunity until the Satisfactory level is achieved.

In the next week, the results for the assessments administered in December will be mailed to the homes of students that were tested.

If a student did not achieve the Satisfactory Level on an EOC assessment, they will have another opportunity to take the assessment in March for English EOCs and in May for Math, Science or Social Studies EOCs.

During their high school career, students will take a total of 15 EOC assessments; three each in of the subjects Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing. In order to graduate, the combined scores of the three EOCs in each subject area must meet a minimum required cumulative score.

Parents or students with any questions are encouraged to contact their high school counselor. >Top

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Brentfield Elementary Choir performs for primary students, shoppers

Fourth grade choir students from Brentfield Elementary had a busy day last month, performing for the young students at Dobie Primary, and then serenading shoppers at the Northpark Mall. >Top

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Apollo Feeds the Homeless

Apollo Junior High counselor, Jana Anderson, and after school site coordinator, Larry Wilson have put together an after school class called Apollo Cares, which helps students learn about the value of community service. A few projects students have worked on include: making fleece blankets to donate to a children's organization, learning to crochet scarves for donation to a nursing home, and hosting guest speakers from the Richardson Animal Shelter regarding animal adoption and caring for pets.

Recently some students from Apollo Cares, as well as students in Apollo's AVID and TOPS student groups went to the Cornerstone Kitchen in Dallas to feed the homeless. The experience was incredible, and both students and staff learned some valuable life lessons. The group cannot wait to return in the spring, and are continuing other projects to let the world know that Apollo Cares! >Top

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Pre-AP & AP Parent Information

What are Advanced Placement (AP) courses? How does Pre-AP support AP? Which core content areas offer Pre-AP or AP courses? Have these questions answered and many more at this informational session geared for sixth grade parents but that is open to all.

January 22 at 6:30 pm
PDC Auditorium
701 W. Beltline Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080

Click here to download event flyer.

A Spanish translator will be available. >Top

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High School Highlights
TaskinLake Highlands High School
Perkins Named USA Today All-American

Lake Highlands High School senior Kent Perkins has been named to the All USA Football Team by USA Today.

Perkins, an offensive tackle, has previously been named a U.S. Army All-American and is committed to play collegiately at the University of Texas.

Congratulations Kent!>Top

Pearce High School
Pacesetters Dance Workshop

J.J. Pearce Pacesetters will hold their Annual Dance Workshop on Monday, January 21, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Pearce High School Gym.

Students in grades K-8 are invited to participate. Pre-registered cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt, photo with a Pacesetter, refreshments and a craft item.

Registration forms are available at For more information:>Top

TaskinRichardson High School
Richardson High School junior Khan Taskin gained one of the highest marks in the world in the Cambridge International AS Level examinations for Mathematics.

Taskin took the test in June 2012 while a student in Bangladesh, and the results were recently announced. The assessment is an international exam, recognized by universities around the world, that can earn students credit in college.

Congratulations Khan! >Top


TaskinRodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
The Lake Highlands High School Musical
9449 Church Rd
Dallas, TX 75238

Show times:
1/24-1-26 at 7pm
1/26 also features a 2pm matinee.


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Pasta for Pennies Contest at RISD Academy

Congratulations to Ms. Alanis' Class for winning the Pasta for Pennies contest at RISD Academy. They are pictured here with their prize, a luncheon from Oliver Garden. In a short four days, the campus raised nearly $3,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ms. Alanis' Class alone raised more than $250. This community service project was coordinated on campus by the Student Leadership Enrichment Cluster. >Top

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Northlake Annual Canned Food Drive Takes Off!

The Northlake Elementary Student Counsel, headed by third grade teacher Lori Raines diligently motivated Northlake students (Pre-K -6) to donate more than 900 pounds of canned foods this year - surpassing all previous records! Cans of food were delivered to the Network Community Ministries just in time for the holidays. This non-profit charitable organization provides health and emergency services to children, low-income families and senior citizens in need within RISD boundaries. >Top

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