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RISD Class of 2013

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More than 2,000 students walked across the stage at the Culwell Center Sunday and Monday, receiving their high school diplomas and becoming RISD's Class of 2013.

Congratulations to RISD's newest graduates from Berkner High School, Lake Highlands High School, Pearce High School and Richardson High School. >Top

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Annual Luncheon Recognizes RISD's Top Academic Finishers
RISD's 2013 Valedictorians and Salutatorians with Dr. Waggoner.
RISD recently held its annual Top Ten Luncheon to celebrate each high school's top ten students, their parents and single most influential teacher during their RISD career. Students each had some time on stage to talk about why the teacher they brought was the most influential to their success.

The event recognized and celebrated many of RISD's best students and teachers.

Each student received a watch, courtesy of Fossil. Event sponsors included Cadence McShane, PBK Architects, Estes, McClure & Associates and Perkins & Will. Thanks to the sponsors and volunteers for making this memorable event happen.

RISD's 2013 Top Ten Graduates are listed first, along with their most influential teacher:

Berkner High School
Student:
James Lee
Ellen Zippi
Annie Chou
Christopher Chen
Tiffany Oche
Samuel Reeder
Molly Steeves
Jonathan Bright
Emily Wright
Jennifer Jin
Teacher:
Donna Rosen
Miranda Martin
Talyna Neff
John Frensley
Erinn Wilcots
Gail Nobles
Jennifer Park
Juan Beracochea
Jennifer Barbknecht
Shigeko Metcalf

Lake Highlands High School
Student:
Nathan Bucki
John "Jack Stewart
Paul Holden
Elizabeth Wall
Andrew Faris
Austin Curnutt
Dallas Crotty
Blake Lueder
Isabel Pask
Siobhan Kelley
Teacher:
Kim Swarm
Jeff Bradford
Scott Tiffany
Frank Gidwani
Bob Williams
David Wood
Ken Taylor
Tracey Bishkin
Hunter Wood
Terry Berrier

Pearce High School
Student:
Kathleen Francis
Joshua Frankl
Samantha Glazer
Kendall Wolkenstein
Daniel Bailey
Casper Winge
Sarah Baxter
Elizabeth Bach
Matthew Hammond
Anthony Sabzkooh
Teacher:
Barbara Watson
Jordan Cappetta
Sean Dowlatshahi
Eric Cappetta
Sarah Thompson
Matthew Fields
Dr. Carol Whatley
Marla Beimer
Paul Gieseking
Tobin Knox

Richardson High School
Student:
Shirly Ho
Annie Bui
Wilson Yeh
Hannah Elandary
Madeline Goss
Kimberly Pilatovsky
Yaseen Ahmad
Neena Malhotra
Hong-Dan Le
Kang Choi
Teacher:
Kathleen Lewis
Anthony Strohmeyer
Henry Vo
Ann Schiller
Chad Gilliland
Amy Hammer
Allison Steinberg
Alisa Salvans
Connie Schneider
Cameron Yarborough

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RISD in the News - RHS Student Thabit Pulak
The ingredients for Thabit Pulak's experiment sound like material for an elementary school science project: a handful of rust, a bar of soap, a scrap of paper, a pipeful of sand. All cooked up in the family kitchen.

But Pulak's project recently won major awards at two international science fairs. And it has at least some potential to help people living on the other side of the world.

"I want to give something back," he said.

Pulak, 17, will be the president of the senior class this fall at Richardson High School. His parents are from Bangladesh, and every few years, the family goes home for a visit. Three years ago, Pulak discovered that a family friend was suffering the effects of arsenic poisoning.

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Bennett Introduced as New Forest Meadow Principal
Mr. Shannon Bennett has been named the new principal of Forest Meadow Junior High. He was introduced to Forest Meadow teachers and staff by Dr. Waggoner last week.

"I am excited that Mr. Bennett will be joining the Forest Meadow family and community," said Dr. Waggoner. "He is a strong leader and excellent fit with the profile established by the parent and staff principal reflector group. I encourage parents and staff to join me in welcoming Mr. Bennett."

Mr. Bennett is coming to Forest Meadow from Berkner High School, where he has served as an assistant principal for the last seven years. He has also worked in RISD as an assistant principal at North Junior High and began his career as a classroom teacher at West Junior High.

He will begin his new duties in July. >Top

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Elementary Principal Assignments
Dr. Waggoner has announced the following changes to elementary principal assignments for the 2013-14 school year:

Carol Mixon will be the new principal of Canyon Creek Elementary. Ms. Mixon is coming to Canyon Creek from O. Henry Elementary, where she has served as principal for eight years. She began her career in RISD as a teacher at Big Springs Elementary and was an assistant principal at O. Henry before becoming principal. Overall, Ms. Mixon has 25 years of experience in RISD. She has a master's degree from Northeastern State University and a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University.
     
Glenda Howell will be the new principal at O. Henry Elementary. Ms. Howell is coming to O. Henry from Northlake Elementary, where she has served as principal for eight years. She began her career in RISD as a teacher at Richland Elementary and has also been an assistant principal at Hamilton Park and MST magnet Schools. Overall, Ms. Howell has 17 years of experience in RISD. She has a master's degree from the University of Texas-Arlington and a bachelor's degree from Grambling State.
     
Mary Kellagher will be the new principal at Northlake Elementary. Ms. Kellagher is coming to Northlake from Skyview Elementary, where she has served as assistant principal for the last year. She began her career in RISD as a teacher at Stults Road Elementary and has also been an assistant principal at Thurgood Marshall Elementary. Overall, Ms. Kellagher has 17 years of experience in RISD. She has a master's degree from Lamar University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati.

     
Katie Kirkpatrick will be the new principal at Merriman Park Elementary. Ms. Kirkpatrick is coming to Merriman Park from Dartmouth Elementary, where she has served as principal for the last two years. She began her career in RISD as a teacher at Lake Highlands Elementary and has also been an assistant principal at Big Springs Elementary and Arapaho Classical Magnet. Overall, Ms. Kirkpatrick has 12 years of experience in RISD. She has a master's degree and a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University.
     
Jennifer Balch will be the new principal at Dartmouth Elementary. Ms. Balch is coming to Dartmouth from Forestridge Elementary, where she has been an assistant principal for the last year. She began her career in RISD as a teacher at Arapaho Elementary and has also been an assistant principal at Richardson Terrace Elementary. Overall, Ms. Balch has 12 years of experience in RISD. She has a master's degree from Lamar University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

All principals will assume their new duties in July. >Top

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PARTNERS CORNER
Richardson East Rotary Club Donates Funds
for School Supplies

A huge thank you to the Richardson East Rotary Club for donating $1,000 to the RISD Partners Program for school supplies. The club has been a long-time contributor to helping the district meet the academic needs of economically disadvantaged families. The club's incoming president Bill Walker, RISD Board of Trustee member Karen Ellis and her husband Ted, who is the treasurer of the club presented a check at the club's meeting last week. >Top
     

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Richardson Orthodontist Promotes Reading
at Greenwood Hills

Dr. Douglas Crosby is on a mission to encourage 4th graders at Greenwood Hills Elementary to become strong readers and writers. Dr. Crosby supports an authors program and donates funding to have students' stories hard bound into a book and pays for a column in the Dallas Morning News to publish two student stories once a month. Dr. Crosby and Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka recently congratulated the students at an authors celebration event. Dr. Crosby also treated the kids to ice cream. He is a Pearce High graduate and has practiced dentistry and orthodontics in Richardson and surrounding areas for more than 30 years. >Top
     
Kids Teaching Kids Cookbook
RISD families have more options to help prepare healthy snacks over the summer thanks to a cookbook sponsored by Medical City Children's Hospital and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association. Richardson High School culinary students prepared recipes, while photography and graphic design students provided artistic direction. Medical City printed books for all 4th and 5th graders in the district. You can download the cookbook here. >Top
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Back to School Supply Drive
Calling all partners - RISD needs your help for this year's Back to School Supply drive. We will be collecting basic school supplies over the summer to help our families in need. If you're interested in donating funds or materials, please contact Community Relations Coordinator, Amanda O'Neal at 469-593-0307 or amanda.oneal@risd.org >Top
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STAAR End of Course (EOC) Results Released
The Texas Education Agency released STAAR End of Course (EOC) results Monday, and RISD outperformed the state in all grades in all subjects.

STAAR EOC exams are being phased in as the state's accountability program assessment, replacing the TAKS test. This year, ninth and tenth graders took EOCs at the end of applicable courses. Students must pass selected EOC exams in order to graduate from high school. RISD is currently offering a summer intervention program for students who did not meet the passing standard in advance of the first retake opportunity in July.

"Overall, we're encouraged by our 2013 EOC results," said RISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner. "In most subjects, performance improved and relatively high percentages met the passing standard on their first attempt. One area of concern is Writing. While our students outperformed the state in Writing, we want more students meeting the passing standard. We will evaluate all of these results as part of our comprehensive analysis to determine areas of additional instructional emphasis moving forward."

To view 2013 State and RISD EOC Results, please click here. >Top
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Arapaho Classical Magnet Wins Healthy School Award
A representative from Together Counts presents a check to ACM and RISD health services staff.

Arapaho Classical Magnet recently received the Silver Award and a $2,000 prize from the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge. School nurse Katie Morton entered ACM in the challenge. The money will be used for a kids in the kitchen program and physical activity enhancements. >Top

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Two RISD Schools to Benefit from Lots2Give Program

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Audelia Creek Elementary and Forest Lane Academy of Arts & Communication submitted videos in the Big Lots - Lots2Give Program contest and they need your votes! The schools have a chance to win a grand prize of $20,000! You can vote up to 3 times daily until July 7. Winners will be announced on August 10. Vote and view videos at www.biglots.com/lots2give. You can also make a donation in store at area Big Lots. The one in Richardson is located at 1332 S. Plano Road.  >Top

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2013-14 School Lunch Prices
In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, RISD will be increasing lunch prices for 2013-14.

The law requires school food service authorities to set lunch prices so that the total per meal revenue received for paid lunches is equal to the per-meal revenue provided by the federal government for free lunches. Schools that charge less are required to gradually increase their price over time until they meet the requirement. The increase cannot exceed more than 10 cents per year.

In RISD, this means the prices for charged school lunches are required to increase. For 2013-14, the price of paid elementary lunches will be raised from $2.15 to $2.25 and paid secondary lunches will be raised from $2.30 to $2.40. >Top
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RISD in the News - RHS Student Thabit Pulak (continued)
Arsenic in water is invisible and has no taste or odor. Drinking enough of it leads to a range of health problems, including cancer. It's a common natural groundwater contaminant in much of Bangladesh.

Filters aren't cheap by local standards. Often the filtering material is several unwieldy pounds of specially prepared iron, a material that grabs arsenic out of water.

Pulak decided to find a better, cheaper system that would be easier to use.

He turned to the Internet, searching scientific papers about arsenic filtration. Eventually, he came across a paper about nanoparticles incredibly small bits of things. A spoonful of nanoparticles can do the filtering work of many pounds of larger bits of iron. But nanoparticles generally aren't easy to make.

A researcher at Rice University, Cafer Yavuz, came up with a home-cooking recipe that started by making soap using drain cleaner, then heating it up after adding common rust. The result is a rough sort of nano-iron. Nano enough for possible use in arsenic filters, Yavuz wrote. The paper that described the process left the practical development to future researchers.

Pulak started by simplifying the recipe. Why play with toxic drain cleaner if off-the-shelf lye soap would work? It did. He tossed a handful of his nano-stuff into a homemade sand water filter of the sort often used in Bangladesh. The filter rendered arsenic-laced water safe for six months.

That was last year's science project. Pulak's awards included the EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award and a third prize at the Intel International Science Fair.

The next problem Pulak addressed was how to test water for arsenic. Standard tests aren't cheap and involve dangerous chemicals. Pulak reasoned that paper soaked in water with his nano-iron would conduct electricity differently if the paper was then dipped into arsenic-contaminated water.

It did. The result isn't as sensitive as the more expensive tests. But like the filter, it's easy to use.

Pulak added the test system to the filter for this year's science fairs. His awards this year included the grand prize at the Dallas Regional Science Fair, a second prize at the Intel fair and a gold medal at the International Sustainable World (Engineering, Energy & Environment) Project Olympiad.

Patricia Maurice is an environmental science professor at the University of Notre Dame and was one of the Intel judges this year. These days, it's unusual to find top-quality science projects that aren't connected with some formal laboratory, she said.

"His detection method is cheap and clever," she said.

Pulak has several families in Bangladesh that are using the filter and the test system and are reporting data back to him. But he is careful to note that his research is still more a proof of concept than a product ready for wide use.

His parents say they were surprised at their son's success last year with such an ambitious project, but that they've realized that he's onto something. Both parents were trained as engineers back home, and Mohammad Pulak works here as a software engineer.

When his son first told him what he wanted to do, Pulak said he wondered if the topic wasn't too complex.

"But these days, with the Internet, all things are there for him to read," he said.

Pulak hasn't quit experimenting. PVC pipes filled with sand are commonly used to filter out bacteria in Bangladesh, and that's what Pulak uses to test his work. Three of the filters still fill a corner of the kitchen, Pulak's mother said.

But Choudhuri Pulak doesn't mind. Even when her friends ask about the mess.

"They want to know what it is," she said proudly. "I feel good about it." >Top

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