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First Day of School
Welcome to the 2013-2014
school year!
Berkner Robotics Score
Back-to-Back National Titles
Richardson High School
Teacher Named Tech Titan
Teacher Receives 2013
National Teacher of the
Year Award
Principals of the Year Named
Destination Imagination
Parent/Student Information
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First Day of School
Smiles, photos and a few tears (mostly from parents) marked the beginning of RISD's 2013-2014 academic year on Monday. The district welcomed back a projected 39,000 students. Overall, the first day went well and another year of teaching, learning and academic growth in RISD has begun. >Top
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Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!
When the doors open for a new school year, students and staff are eager to see teachers and friends. Even after 32 years in education, I, too, look forward to the first day of school.

Student academic success is a top priority in RISD, and our staff members have been working diligently to prepare for the return of students. We take our responsibility to your children seriously as we continue the RISD tradition of high expectations. As part of Vision 2020, our Strategic Plan, we will continue to stress college and career readiness for all students as we help them prepare for their future.

We are looking forward to working with you, parents and community, to ensure that students are engaged and learning. Your input and support make a great difference in your child's education.

We would love to have you join our schools' volunteer programs. Your time, talent, and expertise can benefit our students in numerous ways. We have tried to make it easy for you to volunteer; simply call your child's school or Amanda O'Neal at 469-593-0307.

I am privileged to be part of the RISD school family and I look forward to working with you this year. Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.

Best wishes for a wonderful school year!

RISD Superintendent


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Berkner Robotics Score Back-to-Back National Titles
The Fearless Robotics Team from Berkner High School was among the top 70 high school teams from more than 20 states to compete over the summer in Orlando, FL in the 2013 Technology Student Association VEX National Robotics Championships.

After advancing to the final 16, Berkner defeated all opponents in the head-to-head playoffs and won the TSA VEX National Robotics Championship for the second consecutive year.

In addition, the judges panel selected the BHS team to receive the National Excellence Award, the tournament's highest honor.

Congratulations to TSA team members Indy Vermeersch, Christopher Chen, Steve Kim, Kai Hernandez, Andrew Ho, Henry Kim and coach Eon Meusa.

For more information, please visit the TSA website here. >Top
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Richardson High School teacher named Tech Titan
Chad Gilliland, Richardson High School teacher, was recently named a Tech Titan of the Future by the Metroplex Technology Business Council at their annual banquet. The Tech Titan of the Future Award recognizes a high school math or science teacher for the development and implementation of an innovative teaching technique or program that inspires student interest in math and/or science.

Berkner High School teacher Clark Good was also a finalist.

Congratulations! >Top
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Teacher Receives 2013 National Teacher of the Year Award
Renee Hayes, Prairie Creek teacher, was surprised Monday with the 2013 National Teacher of the Year Award by the Kids in Need Foundation. Ms. Hayes applied for a grant last year based on her project "Author's Celebration" in which students authored, edited, and published their own books. Her project was one of the top two projects nationwide, rated highest for creativity and resourcefulness.

The award was presented by Mary and John Lester on behalf of the foundation during a school-wide assembly. Ms. Hayes is one of two national winners of this award that is sponsored by Staples. Kids in Need Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to school children and teachers.

Click here to read the Dallas Morning News story. >Top
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Nelwyn Shows, principal of Arapaho Classical Magnet, and Stephen Quisenberry, principal of Liberty Junior High, were recently honored as elementary and secondary RISD principals of the year by the Excellence in Education Foundation. Board Chairman-Elect Gail Hefton presented the principals with their awards at the Annual Administrative Awards Breakfast supported by AXA Financial Services. >Top
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Destination Imagination Parent/Student Information Meeting
Parents, do you have a child with a big imagination? Of course you do! Creativity, innovation, and teamwork are critical skills to develop in our children, and a great way to build all these skills and more is by joining Destination Imagination!

Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization that helps kids around the world discover their creativity. Our Challenge program invites student teams to solve open-ended Challenges and bring their solutions to a tournament to celebrate their successes and discover just how many different ways problems can be solved!

To learn more, please join us at our informational meeting:
When: Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 pm
Where: Professional Development Center, in the Professional Library, 701 West Beltline Road, Richardson 75080


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