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Red Ribbon Week

Aikin Wins Pogue
Construction Flame Award
Dobie Visits the
Pumpkin Patch
Donuts for Dads at Skyview
RISD Board Hears Elementary
Expansion Proposal, College
and Career Readiness Report
Moss Haven Triple
Play 60 Day
RHS Law Magnet Students
Join Mayor at Symposium
UIL Marching
Band Competition
LHHS Choir Performs
with Paramore
RISD PBL Parent
Information Session
Mighty Ram Marching Band
March A Thon
RISD Offering Series of
College Informational
Sessions
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Red Ribbon Week
  • Canyon Creek Elementary Red Ribbon Week
  • Wallace Elementary Red Ribbon Week
  • Westwood J.H. Red Ribbon Week
  • Wallace Elementary Red Ribbon Week
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Last week was Red Ribbon Week across RISD, with schools and offices observing and celebrating the week to raise awareness about the dangers of substance abuse and encourage students to be drug free. >Top
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Aikin wins Pogue Construction Flame Award
Aikin Elementary has been named the winner of the 2013 Pogue Construction Flame Award, which includes $10,000 for campus use. Staff learned of the award during a surprise visit as foundation representatives and district officials burst into the school with balloons and a check.

Pogue Construction President & CEO Ben Pogue began the award as a way to recognize an elementary school that demonstrates the following criteria:

Has earned a TEA Exemplary rating
Superior integration of technology
A nurturing learning environment and engaged student body
High percentage of student success and achievement

The Pogue Construction Flame Award is administered by the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation. The elementary campus can use the award on resources to support the school and its students. Every RISD elementary school was eligible to submit an application.

Thank you to Pogue Construction for sponsoring the award, and congratulations to Aikin Elementary students and staff! >Top
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Dobie visits the Pumpkin Patch
The entire Dobie Primary student body enjoyed the annual Pumpkin Patch field trip sponsored by Arapaho United Methodist Church. The students learned about pumpkins, how they grow and each child received a pumpkin to take home! >Top
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Donuts for Dads at Skyview
Skyview Elementary welcomed more than 200 fathers and father figures to school for its annual Donuts For Dad Celebration. "Maintaining positive male role models for our students is a major priority here on campus and in our neighborhood," explained PTA President Katy Phinney. Dads spent time with their students in class and also learned about more ways to get involved at school. >Top
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RISD Board Hears Elementary Expansion Proposal, College and Career Readiness Report
At the October 30 Board of Trustees Study Session, Dr. Waggoner formally recommended the addition of six classrooms each to Dover, Merriman Park, Wallace and White Rock elementary schools to accommodate current and projected enrollment growth. In addition, district staff presented results of common area capacity studies and recommended expanding the gymnasiums at Wallace and White Rock elementary schools and expanding the cafeteria at Wallace.

The recommendations came after several weeks of public input, including two informational meetings at each of the four schools. "We heard feedback from parents, staff and community members," said Dr. Waggoner. "We understand and value the concerns and support that have been expressed throughout this process. My goal in arriving at a final recommendation was to focus on what is best for the district as a whole in terms of allowing as many students as possible the opportunity to attend their home schools."

The Board will vote on the recommendations at its November 4 Regular meeting. If approved, the district would immediately move forward with architectural and engineering work to assess the sites and design plans. Each school community would have input into the design of the expanded areas.

To see the presentation, recommendations and common area capacity studies, please visit the Board Agenda Page.

Read the FAQs related to the proposed construction here.

In addition, the Board heard a comprehensive annual report from district staff related to College and Career Readiness Indicators, which covered the following district initiatives:

· Career development at elementary and secondary
· Career Technical Education opportunities for students
· PSAT/SAT/ACT assessments
· Advanced Placement
· Dual Credit
· Naviance online college planning portal
· National Student Clearinghouse
· RISD College & Career Readiness Website

See the entire presentation. >Top
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Moss Haven Triple Play 60 Day
Moss Haven Elementary celebrated their partnerships with Fuel Up To Play 60 and Healthy Zone Schools by hosting a Triple Play 60 Day. This event reminded the kids and community that active play for 60 minutes each day is important in developing healthy bodies and minds. The students ran/walked, played sport court games and worked on their farm. Money was raised to benefit Our Children's House that helps many kids with therapy and services. >Top
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RHS Law Magnet Students Join Mayor at Symposium
RHS Law Magnet students recently attended the Dallas Bar Association's Education Symposium at the Belo Mansion. This event allowed students to interact with professionals in the legal field, including lawyers, the Dean of Texas A & M Law School, the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at UTD and three current law students. The event allowed RHS students to learn more about law school and steps to take to prepare now in their undergraduate careers. Students were also joined by Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka, who was present to receive an award for her non-profit service to education. >Top
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UIL Marching Band Competition
Congratulations to the Mighty Ram Marching Band, the Lake Highlands Wildcat Marching Band, the Pearce Mighty Mustang Marching Band, and the Richardson High School Golden Eagle Band. Each band competed in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) marching band competition and earned the top Division I rating, which is the first step towards earning the coveted UIL Sweepstakes award. The other two components for the UIL Sweepstakes Award are Division I ratings in the Concert and Sightreading contest which is held in the month of April. >Top
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LHHS Choir Performs with Paramore
Twenty singers from the Lake Highlands High School Choir took advantage of a recent opportunity to sing with the Grammy nominated band, Paramore. They were the back up singers/choir on the band's hit song, "Ain't It Fun," during the band's October 26 performance at the Verizon Theatre on Saturday, October 26th.

The opportunity was given to available members of Espree, the LHHS Show Choir, and A Cappella, the Varsity Mixed Choir.

Students were given free tickets for themselves and a guest/chaperone, and performed for both the sound check and the performance with the band.

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RISD PBL Information Parent Session - November 4

RISD will be holding a Project Based Learning information session for 8th grade parents on November 4. Click here to download event flyer. >Top

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MIGHTY RAM MARCHING BAND MARCH A THON
Saturday, November 9th 9:00am 11:00am

Band members will march through the neighborhoods surrounding Berkner H.S. to promote the Berkner Band program and raise funds.

Come out and support the band on the parade route starting at Berkner and Richardson Square, and marching along the streets of Duck Creek: St. John's, Syracuse, Drake, Dartmouth, Ponderosa, and Yale.

Click here to download event flyer. >Top
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RISD Offering Series of College Informational Sessions
The RISD Guidance and Counseling Department is offering a series of four free college readiness informational sessions open to all RISD high school students and their parents.

Each session will provide information on a different topic, including: College Athletics, Getting into the School of Your Choice, Essay Writing and Financial Aid/Admission Overview

For dates, times, speakers and locations, please see the flyer. >Top
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