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How To Eat a Rainbow
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National Achievement Semifinalists
Two RISD students have been named 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalists.

Nanette Elufa and Melody Iro, from Richardson High School, were selected based on their Preliminary SAT scores taken as juniors. Their scores were among the top one percent of more than 160,000 African-American students taking the exam across the U.S.

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Celebrate Freedom Week
As part of Celebrate Freedom Week, Prairie Creek fourth graders came up with original ideas relating to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Preamble, Amendments, Branches of Government and freedoms we have in the United States. Students worked in groups and produced a variety of projects ranging from PowerPoints, collages, skits, 3D models, and games.

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Berkner Debate Continues success

The Berkner H.S. Debate Team recently qualified for the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament for the 5th consecutive year. The tournament is the largest public/private school state competition in the United States.

Congratulations to students Asif Sheikh and Mayesha Ahmed for earning the qualification by placing 3rd twice and 2nd in their first three state qualifying tournaments. The Berkner Debate Team is coached by Chuck Brandon. >Top

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Congratulations Bowie Beta Club
This past summer Bowie Elementary students Lily W., Abbie M., and Alissa W. attended the National Junior Beta Convention in Mobile, Alabama. Lily W. earned a national third place award for her black and white photography entry.

These students placed in the Texas Junior Beta Convention in February, which qualified them to attend the National competition. Students across the nation from grades 5-9 gathered to share their talents and their drive to lead by serving others. Junior Beta Club (betaclub.org) is a national service and leadership organization open to middle grade students. The 2013 Bowie Junior Beta Club was sponsored by Amy Daly and Emily Gruninger. >Top
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2013 SAT Results
The College Board has released SAT scores for the Class of 2013, and Richardson ISD seniors outperformed the state and nation in seven of eight areas tested. "Overall, we are pleased that our students continued to score higher than state and national averages in most areas," said Dr. Waggoner. "We fell short in Writing, which is an area RISD is heavily emphasizing this year. We're also pleased that a higher percentage of our students chose to take the SAT than the state average. High participation is important because even though statistically, average scores tend to drop as student participation increases, we know it's in every student's best interest to take college entrance exams like SAT and ACT as a gateway toward postsecondary education."

2013 SAT Scores RISD Texas U.S.
Critical Reading 505 477 496
Math 540 499 514
Writing 485 461 488
Combined 1530 1437 1498
Percent Tested 66% 56% NA

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RISD Board Meeting Summary

The RISD Board of Trustees met on September 23 for a study session. Trustees heard presentations related to the district's technology planning and the adoption of annual campus improvement plans for each school.

Read more details in the September 23 edition of Board Brief.

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How To Eat a Rainbow
Lake Highlands Elementary students recently forged a colorful, healthy partnership with employees from our local Whole Foods Market.

Read about it, courtesy of lakehighlandstoday.com. >Top
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BHS Hospitality Internship at the Holiday Inn
Berkner High School Juniors and Seniors first day at their Hospitality Internship at the Holiday Inn Park Cities Hotel. Career technical education students in the hospitality practicum will earn real life experience working in Front Desk, Kitchen, Restaurant, Banquets, Housekeeping, Engineering, Accounting and Marketing/Sales. >Top
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Voter Registration
Don't forget to register to vote! The deadline for voter registration is October 7 to be eligible to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5. For more information and to register, go to www.votexas.org. >Top
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Marathon Kids Kick Off Celebration - October 19

Marathon Kids Volunteers are needed! High School clubs and organizations seeking community service hours are invited to volunteer a couple of hours for this amazing program. Marathon Kids' mission is to improve the health of children by providing them the motivation, tools and support to live happier and healthier lifestyles. The program serves Richardson ISD and other Dallas Metroplex school districts, empowering students to be active and healthy.

Several shifts are available to accommodate busy schedules. For more information contact: terry@marathonkids.org or 469-593-6225. >Top

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Want to Honor Your RISD Coach?

Students and parents, if you appreciate your RISD coach and would like to see them recognized, consider nominating them in the myplates.com Texas Youth Coach of the Year Contest. They could win $25,000!

For more information and to nominate a youth coach, visit http://www.myplates.com/COACH. >Top

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