School Times Now!
Back To School - First Day
is Monday, August 26
RISD Receives Top Rating
for Financial Transparency
West Nile Virus Precautions
RISD College and Career Fair
September 9
Want To Take a STAAR Test?
Eagle Mustang Stadium
Parking Restrictions
High School Highlights
Proud Puzzlers
Back to School Supply Drive
Follow RISD on Twitter
RISD on Facebook
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Back To School - First Day is Monday, August 26
The first day of school is August 26, but don't wait to enroll. Parents of students not yet enrolled should go to their attendance area school as soon as possible to register. Please check the RISD School Finder to confirm in which RISD school you reside.

Updated immunization records are required before students can begin the school year. Parents are strongly discouraged from waiting until the first day of school to obtain immunizations for their students as doing so will prevent their child from starting school.

Please bring the following with you to enroll your child:
  • Birth certificate
  • An official document (their last report card)
  • Your child's Social Security Card
  • Complete immunization records (date, month and year of every immunization received)
  • Proof of residency (water, electric or gas bill for homeowners or apartment lease with the parent's name)
  • Proof of withdrawal from your child's former school (Only if withdrawal was during the school year.)
Please click here for more information. >Top

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RISD Receives Top Rating for Financial Transparency

Richardson ISD's efforts to present financial information online in a comprehensive and transparent manner have again earned the district the highest possible rating for financial transparency from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs the 2013 Gold Leadership Circle. RISD has earned the top rating each of the last four years for making key financial documents and supporting information easily available to the public via the district website.

To view RISD's financial information, please visit the district's Budget & Finance page here.

For more information about the Texas Comptroller's Leadership Circle, please visit >Top

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West Nile Virus Precautions
Richardson ISD is working with local health authorities that are monitoring West Nile Virus (WNV) activity in our area.

West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that is most often spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. About 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness, and about 80 percent of people infected will show no symptoms at all. Health authorities have indicated that school age children are not included in the high risk category for developing severe West Nile illness.

RISD is taking and recommending precautions to protect students, including elimination of potential mosquito breeding and resting sites on district property, and encouraging parents to apply insect repellent to their children who might be outside during the dawn or dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active.

For more information about West Nile Virus and precautions, please visit RISD's West Nile Virus page.>Top

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RISD College and Career Fair - September 9
The annual RISD College and Career Fair will be held September 9, 2013 at the University of Texas at Dallas Activities Center between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Students and parents are encouraged to attend and meet with representatives from some of the more than 160 colleges, universities, trade schools, military representatives and businesses registered to attend.

Students can register at

See you there! >Top
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Want To Take a STAAR Test?
For the first time, the Texas Education Agency has released questions from the STAAR tests that Texas students have been transitioning to under the new state accountability system.

The STAAR tests are more rigorous than the TAKS tests that they are replacing.

Click here to see STAAR questions on tests across different subjects and grade levels. >Top
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Eagle Mustang Stadium Parking Restrictions
Parents, community members and fans, please take a moment to read about the traffic and parking restrictions in place for Friday night football games at Eagle Mustang Stadium in Richardson.

If you are attending a game, RISD asks for your help in being a good neighbor to our residents who live near the stadium by following the traffic and parking guidelines. >Top
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High School Highlights
  Richardson High School
RHS Student Earns Top National Fashion Finish
Over the summer, Richardson High School student Maria Alfaro earned a gold medal in her division for fashion construction at the 2013 Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Congratulations to Maria and her teacher, Julie Ashworth. >Top
RHS Volleyball Earns Team Academic Recognition
The Richardson High School Volleyball team was recognized this month by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for being one of just 253 high school teams in the nation to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 season.

The award is earned by teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Congratulations to the Lady Eagles and coach Eric Miracle. >Top
Berkner High School
Mighty Ram Band Presents to Texas Bandmasters
Sixty-one members of the Mighty Ram Band, representing all ages and levels of experience, took a break from their summer activities to accompany their directors to the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio. They presented a workshop on marching technique to several hundred band directors from across the state. Not only did the kids perform beautifully, they were excellent ambassadors for the RISD and its Fine Arts programs. >Top
Pearce High School
JJP Band Shred-a-thon - September 7

Mighty Mustang Band Shred-A-Thon
Community Paper Shredding + Handheld Electronics and Computer Recycling
Saturday, September 7, 2013 9:30 am - 11:30 am
JJ Pearce High School, Southwest Parking Lot (Coit/Melrose)

Now You have three reasons to visit: 1) Shred your papers 2) Recycle your cell phones/tablets 3) Recycle your computers

For the paper shredding: Bring your old tax returns, business records, bank statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements, bills, receipts, and other documents containing personal information. It is okay to leave staples and paper clips, but please remove all metal, glass, plastic or any other objects that may damage equipment.

Suggested donation of $10 for the first banker-sized box, and $5 for every box after that to support the Pearce Band. Cash only, please.

We're partnering with The Mobility Marketplace for recycling handheld electronics. All personal information will be removed, and while there is no charge for this recycling service, any donations will support the MMB.

We're also partnering with RetirePC, an R2 certified computer recycling and data destruction company. This is a chargeable service.

Click here to download event flyer. >Top
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Proud Puzzlers
Students in the RISD Gifted Program (REACH) at Bowie Elementary took the opportunity to publish their own puzzle magazine. Following strict editorial guidelines, the students created, edited, and in many cases, rejected submissions from their classmates. They are eager to share their work with the community.

Click here to download the puzzles.

The solutions will be published in an upcoming edition of School Times Now! >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 >Top
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