School Times Now!
Message from Dr. Waggoner
Spotlight on Special
Student Services
Pearce's JA High School
Heroes Help at Bowie
ReadyRosie Comes to RISD
Multicultural Day at
Brentfield Elementary
National Day Of Service -
Moss Haven Farm
The Richardson Civic Art
Society Young People's
Scholarship Show
Northlake Artist Featured
at Richardson's Eisemann

Flu Reminder
RHS Student to Appear
on Sunday Sport Special
RISD Council of PTAs Used
Book Fair

Berkner Fine Arts musical
production of Bye Bye Birdie

Pearce Theater brings
American favorite West Side
Story to life

Pearce Area Band to hold a
Community Auction

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Message from Dr. Waggoner

The spring semester is in full swing. Students are engaged in many extracurricular activities as well as preparing for STAAR, EOC, AP, SAT, and ACT exams. We are excited about the great accomplishments that our students are enjoying.

The district recently received the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results for the 3-8 graders who took the assessment in spring of 2012. Results represent the first year of the state’s transition to a new testing system. Like STAAR EOC results, the STAAR 3-8 results are being phased in, which is common with new tests. Unlike the 2012 STAAR EOC results, the 2012 STAAR 3-8 results do not have an impact on a student’s academic standing. The state is expected to provide confidential student reports (CSRs) to RISD, and the district will then provide this information to parents.

After a recess for the presidential inauguration, Texas legislators are back in session. New bills are being filed in a flurry of activity. Of course, many of these bills have the potential to affect our schools. In fact, 54 bills related to accountability and assessment in public education have already been filed. The last day to file a bill is March 8.

Speaker Joe Straus has named the House Public Education Committee for the 83rd Texas Legislative Session. The committee will have many new members who have not worked with public education before. RISD will miss the presence of Senator Florence Shapiro who retired this year. Senator Shapiro was a tireless advocate for public school children.

This Legislative Session’s House Public Education Committee is as follows:

Chair: Jimmie Don Aycock
Vice Chair: Alma Allen
Seniority Appointments: John Davis, Joe Deshotel, Harold Dutton, Jr., Mike Villareal
Speaker Appointments: Marsha Farney, Dan Huberty, Ken King, Bennet Ratliff, Justin Rodriguez.

Some of the major topics under discussion include vouchers, funding, instruction, assessment and school safety.

The topic of vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits and other measures is being discussed throughout the capitol. All of these measures divert funds away from students in public schools.

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; however, a bill to replace the funding lost in the last session has not been filed. Judge Dietz is expected to make a ruling from the bench on Monday, February 4 in the litigation concerning school funding with his final decision in March. An appeal is anticipated.

HB669 allows for schools to begin instruction the week of August 21 thus returning some local control to school districts.

Several bills, including HB 224 and SB135 concerning elimination of the 15% rule concerning End of Course (EOC) assessments, have been filed. Sen. Kel Seliger (R, Amarillo) filed SB 225 which provides a new graduation plan and the opportunity for endorsements in multiple areas including STEM and CTE. Other bills include HB864 that would create a waiver process for school districts to submit alternative curriculum requirement plans that differ from the current 4 x 4. HB 596 limits the number of days that can be spent on testing among other items.

School Safety:
Many bills on student safety, including HB223 and HB507, have been filed.

In addition to all that is happening on the legislative agenda, the RISD Board received an update from our demographer, Bob Templeton of Templeton Demographics. RISD grew approximately 1,000 students this year, a 3% growth, and is expected to grow another 578 students, a 2% growth, next year. Over the next 10 years, projections show a growth of approximately 5,500 students. Our growth is primarily attributed to regeneration in our existing homes, younger families moving into homes formerly occupied by older couples, and a strong occupancy rate in apartment complexes in the district. Each year we carefully evaluate growth trends to address the increased number of students with the goal to provide neighborhood schools for all students.


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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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Pearce's JA High School Heroes Help at Bowie

As part of the JA High School Heroes program 42 J. J. Pearce High School students delivered Junior Achievement (JA) curriculum to students at Bowie Elementary School last week. These high school students who have a passion for making a difference presented JA curriculum to elementary school students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The high school students exemplified the importance of staying in school, civic involvement, and community engagement to the elementary students. The elementary students enjoyed hands-on experiences during the lessons on lessons on Ourselves®, Our Families®, Our Communities®, and Our City®. >Top

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ReadyRosie Comes to RISD
Skyview Elementary parents get the first peek at ReadyRosie, an online pre-school readiness program available in RISD

In addition to the exciting and educational offerings at Skyview Elementary's Parenting Night, Richardson ISD introduced its new online school readiness program for PK students/parents, ReadyRosie.

The program includes 185 English/Spanish research-based activities that support school readiness. Once parents register for ReadyRosie, they receive daily emails with ideas for easy, interactive activities they can do with their children to prepare them for school. Parents can access the program using their cell phones or computers. >Top

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Multicultural Day at Brentfield Elementary

Brentfield Elementary celebrated Multicultural Day recently. The day started with a Mariachi band greeting all the students in the carpool line! >Top

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National Day Of Service - Moss Haven Farm
Moss Haven Farmers giving back to their community on the National Day Of Service

Moss Haven Elementary families recently participated in the National Day Of Service. This day was started by President Obama in 2009 as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, who gave back to his community and Nation in so many ways. Over 100 volunteers gave up their Saturday to support the Moss Haven School Community. It was a great day with so much work accomplished. For more information about Moss Haven Farm or the National Day Of Service, please visit >Top

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The Richardson Civic Art Society Young People's Scholarship Show
Stephanie Salinas - RHS/Portfolio Division

Congratulations to all the art students and teachers who participated in the 2013 Richardson Civic Art Society Young People's Scholarship Show at the Richardson Public Library. The show will be on display at the Richardson Public Library until February 17, 2013.

In selecting the winners, the judges looked at design, craftsmanship, creativity, and original point of view.

The winning art students received a monetary scholarship award from the Richardson Civic Art Society. The art show is funded in part by the City of Richardson Art Commission.

1st-Stephanie Salinas-RHS
2nd-Adam Stone-LHHS
3rd-Cara Supan-PHS
HM-Yushan Lin-BHS

Twelfth Grade
1st-Christal Roeum-BHS
2nd-Syndey Chestler-PHS
3rd-Kathleen Francis-PHS
HM-Phoebe Allez-RHS

Eleventh Grade
1st-Anna Fields-RHS
2nd-Kelsey Mueller-PHS
3rd-Delaney Sloan-PHS
HM-Hsiao-Chun Wang-PHS

Tenth Grade
1st-Hila Friman-RHS
2nd-Jesus Raymundo-PHS
3rd-Shikong Fang-BHS
HM- Erika Casales-PHS

Ninth Grade
1st-Jessica Chen-RHS
2nd-Rachel Foudray-RHS
3rd-Emily Halligan-PHS
HM-Joy Ogunlana-RHS


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Northlake Artist Featured at Richardson's Eisemann Center

Daijah Lock, a 3rd Grader from Northlake Elementary has been selected to represent Northlake at the 2nd Annual RISD Student Art Exhibit at the Eisemann Center's Green Gallery during the entire month of February. Each RISD school will be featured at the Exhibit and will later be honored at a Special Artists Reception on February 12th.>Top

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Flu Reminder

Parents, please remember that if your child becomes ill with flu-like symptoms (fever of 100°F (38°C) or higher, plus cough and/or sore throat) , they should not come to school until the symptoms have gone, and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol.

Students who come to school with flu-like symptoms will be sent home. It is also important to call the school if your child misses school due to flu-like symptoms. This allows RISD to track illness data as directed by our county health department. Also, as with any absence, when your child is well and returns to school, please send a note with them to school.

For more information, including information about how to care for someone with the flu, please visit the RISD Health Services page here. >Top

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RHS Student to Appear on Sunday Sport Special
Dale Hansen, Rachael Pearson, RHS Swim Coach Regina Moss

Richardson High School student Rachael Pearson was selected among many applicants to appear as one of Dale Hansen's Scholar Athletes. Rachael is on the varsity swimming team and is also in the RHS Law Magnet. Rachael's segment will air on Sunday, February 10th at 10:35am on WFAA. >Top

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RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair - February 14

TaskinOver 80,000 used books, cds, and dvds will be for sale starting Thursday 2/14/13 through Sunday 2/17/13 at Dal-Rich Village. Hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1 with proceeds used for scholarships for RISD graduating students and RISD teachers.

Click here to download flyer. >Top

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Berkner Fine Arts musical production of Bye Bye Birdie

TaskinThe Berkner Fine Arts musical production of Bye Bye Birdie opened Thursday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. and runs Friday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 2nd with a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:00 p.m. The performance will feature Berkner faculty and staff and junior high students from Apollo and Liberty choirs. This is one musical comedy you won't want to miss!

Tickets are available at the door $12 for adults, $10 students/seniors, children 4 and under are free.

Thank you for your support of Berkner Fine Arts and we hope to see you there!>Top

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Pearce Theater brings American favorite West Side Story to life

TaskinWest Side Story shows are: Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online at or at JJ Pearce High School in person during Box Office Hours. Box Office Hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 22 and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m. beginning January 23rd. You can also contact the Box Office at 972-408-6786. Ticket prices are $10, $14 and $16. JJ Pearce is located at 1600 N. Coit Rd, Richardson, TX, 75080. >Top

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Pearce Area Band to hold a Community Auction - March 2

The community is invited to attend the 19th annual Pearce Band Auction, "Auctionopoly" Saturday, March 2nd at JJP High School. There is something for everyone with a bake sale, raffle prizes, silent and live auctions, and band performances from the Pearce, Parkhill and North bands! Get more information at and follow us on twitter PHSauction13@MMBpublicity to see a few of our live auction offerings. Questions? Contact >Top

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