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Northlake TEAMS Up!

Terrace Elementary Receives
Local Support
A Day Made Better
Walker Named White Rock
54th Annual RHS
Homecoming Parade
Spreading Dyslexia
Culinary Arts Students Serve
State Convention
It's Atomic!
Texas Granted NCLB Waiver
Sports & Diabetes
RISD Dyslexia Parent Meeting
Reminder: Stephanie Calams
Memorial Scholarship
Fundraiser is Oct. 15
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Northlake TEAMS Up!
Northlake Elementary staff and students recently TEAMed-up with new themed t-shirts: "TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More." The NLE shirts were underwritten by several generous community members.

"We are grateful to work with the Lake Highlands community to help our students understand the importance of working together to not only accomplish goals, but also achieve joint success," said Northlake Principal Mary Kellagher.

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Richardson Terrace Elementary receives Local Support
Richardson Terrace Elementary recently received more than $1,300.00 from the First United Methodist Church of Richardson, United Methodist Women. The money will be used to purchase school supplied for students in need. Pictured are Marta Mountjoy, Sharon Newman, Principal, Melanie Cottam and Janice Myers.

RISD appreciates the many organizations that support our students! >Top
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A Day Made Better

Two RISD teachers' days were made better this week as OfficeMax representatives surprised them in their classrooms with more than $1,000 worth of classroom supplies as part of the "A Day Made Better" program. Forestridge Elementary teacher Christina Merta and Dover Elementary teacher Summer Cox were nominated by their schools as teachers who regularly go above and beyond for students, including spending their own money on supplies that benefit kids.

Thanks to OfficeMax for making the day better for two RISD teachers! >Top

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Walker Named White Rock Principal

Dr. Waggoner has named Lee Walker the new principal of White Rock Elementary. Ms. Walker began her career in RISD as a teacher and most recently has served as the assistant principal at White Rock.

"I'm excited that Lee Walker will be leading White Rock Elementary," said Dr. Waggoner. "She is a great fit for the school community and will provide continuity in leadership for students, staff and parents."

Ms. Walker has a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State and a master's degree from Lamar University. She will assume her new duties immediately. >Top

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54th Annual RHS Homecoming Parade
Several thousand members of the community, including residents, alumni and future RHS Eagles, came out October 4 for the 54th Annual RHS Homecoming Parade, renewing the cherished Richardson tradition. >Top
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Spreading Dyslexia Awareness
Teachers across RISD continue to increase their awareness of dyslexia and how it affects students in the classroom. Recently, the staff at Bowie Elementary and Big Springs Elementary participated in a dyslexia simulation designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia encounter daily. This experience will continue to provide insight into working more effectively with students identified with dyslexia and lead to greater empathy and understanding.

Campuses across RISD will continue to participate in the simulation throughout the school year. >Top
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Culinary Arts students Serve, Impress at state Convention
The Practicum in Culinary Arts class at Richardson High School recently attended the Texas Association of School Administrators and School Boards convention at the Dallas Convention Center. They and students from other districts were asked to represent the Texas Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation. The students demonstrated how to make an appetizer, Chicken Chutney Cucumber Cups. They also engaged superintendents and board members from across Texas with interactive sessions on Chocolate Tasting, Infused Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars, and a ServSafe Jeopardy game. >Top
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It's Atomic!
Students, parents, and RISD staff members have a new technology learning opportunity at their fingertips 24 hours a day. The RISD Professional Development Department has acquired access to Atomic Learning, an online educational tool that creates flexible and fun learning opportunities. Learners of all ages can choose topics of interest and participate in a tutorial session on that topic. Atomic Learning is a partner in RISD's dedication to providing the highest quality technology training resources available. >Top
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Texas Granted NCLB Waiver
The U.S. Department of Education has approved the State of Texas for a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This means that RISD and its schools will not receive federal ratings of "Met AYP" or "Missed AYP" for 2012-13 or 2013-14. Under the waiver, the lowest performing 15% of Texas schools may still be subject to federal intervention. Texas joins most other states in the U.S. in receiving a NCLB waiver.

Read the press release. >Top
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Sports & Diabetes - October 16
"Sports & Diabetes" is the featured topic for RISD's Diabetic Buddies and Parent Mentors meeting Wednesday, October 16th, 6:00PM-7:00PM, in the Brentfield Intermediate Library. Mr. Kevin Pitts, athletic trainer, Pearce High School will be discussing the considerations that must be taken into account when managing nutrition, medication, and playing sports for a person with diabetes.

Please join us for this important discussion for each family navigating the challenges of Type 1 Diabetes. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call Carol Brandle, School Nurse, Brentfield Elementary, 469-593-5727 or email Kathy Crutcher, Certified Parent Mentor, Carb-free snacks and bottled water will be served. RISD Diabetic Buddies and Parent Mentors meets monthly to support, inform, and encourage families in the district who are impacted by Type 1 Diabetes. >Top
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RISD Dyslexia Parent Meeting - November 18
RISD Dyslexia Programs will hold a parent meeting November 18, 2013 from 6:00p.m.- 8:00p.m. at the Professional Development Center, room A101B. We will share information about RISD's new program, Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) as well as provide parents information on district wide updates related to dyslexia.

Mark your calendars for future meetings:
February 10, 2014 from 6:00p.m.- 8:00p.m., Professional Development Center, room A101B
April 9, 2014 6:00p.m.- 8:00p.m., Professional Development Center, room A112

The Professional Development Center is located at 701 W. Belt Line Road in Richardson.

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REMINDER: Stephanie Calams Memorial Scholarship FundRAISER IS OCT. 15
A memorial scholarship fund has been established in the memory of Dover Elementary teacher Stephanie Calams, who died unexpectedly last summer.

Stephanie, whose parents D'Ann and Jim are both RISD employees, taught at Dover for five years and is greatly missed. The scholarship, administered through the Excellence in Education Foundation, will be awarded annually to a college-bound Richardson High School senior who went through Dover Elementary.

Fundraisers are being set up to benefit the scholarship fund, including October 15 at the Richardson Whataburger at 1910 N. Coit Road.

For more information about Stephanie, the memorial scholarship fund and ways to support it, please visit

For more information about the October 15 Whataburger fundraiser, please read the flyer. >Top
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