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photo of students and ACE logo1 super teacher logo2 2018 STARS Teachers Prize Patrol3 The Online Enrollment window opens February 26th and closes May 18th4 photo of students, Dr. Stone and mayor5 link to strategic planning website6
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patti kieker photo Patti Kieker Servant Leader Award
Dr. Jeannie Stone is proud to announce the creation of the “Patti Kieker Servant Leader Award.” This award will provide recognition to an exemplary central-level employee who has helped RISD achieve the district’s mission and exemplifies servant leadership.

Read more about the Patti Kieker Servant Leader Award

 
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Students drill during "I Know What To Do" Day RISD Raises Safety Awareness With 39,000 Students During
"I Know What To Do Day"

Today, the district introduced “I Know What To Do Day” among its students and staff at all the 55 RISD campuses. The first-year program was implemented by the RISD Safety & Security Committee this spring. Its goal is to guarantee that students and staff in all grade levels are prepared to respond appropriately in any situation.


Read more about the initiative at the RISD News Desk

 
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Budget Planning Continues
RISD Trustees and staff are continuing the budget planning process for the 2018-19 year. This week, information from the strategic planning action team on budget & finance was shared with trustees, including their conclusion that RISD must take immediate actions to increase sustainable sources of revenue to be able to accomplish its mission.

Learn more about RISD Budget Planning

 
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2018 Dell Scholars Announcing the Class of 2018 Dell Scholars
Dell Scholar finalists have been announced for the Class of 2018 and Richardson ISD is celebrating the nine students that earned this recognition! Each of RISD’s four high schools produced a finalist and all nine finalists are products of the AVID system in RISD. Since 2009, the RISD AVID system has produced 49 Dell Scholars — among the highest in the U.S.


Read more about the Dell Scholars at the RISD News Desk

 
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Erika Ralston Erika Ralston Receives Jerry R. Junkins Memorial Scholarship
Richardson High School’s Erika Ralston, recently named a National Merit Scholar Finalist, added another academic accomplishment to her growing portfolio last week by earning the Texas Instruments Jerry R. Junkins Memorial Scholarship.


Read more about Erika Ralston at the RISD News Desk

 
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Course alignment and class rant guidelines approved as research continues. Course Alignment, Class Rank Guidelines Approved as Research Continues
RISD’s Board of Trustees voted April 16 to approve one element of the proposed new Class Rank/GPA guidelines that have been studied and discussed since the spring of 2016. The vote primarily impacts students in two grade levels next school year — incoming 9th and 12th graders.


Read more about Class Rank and GPA Guidelines at the RISD News Desk

 
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Shattered Dreams Program depicts consequences of drinking and driving Shattered Dreams Program Depicts Grim Consequences of Drinking and Driving
Seniors at Lake Highlands HS were able to experience Shattered Dreams, a school-based program that promotes responsible decision-making regarding underage drinking and impaired driving by showing teens how irresponsible choices can end all dreams.


Read more about the Shattered Dreams Program at the RISD News Desk

 
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Marlee ColeMeet Marlee - The New Face of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Kids
Being able to run and play freely without pain is something most children instinctively do, yet for the daughter of Spring Creek Elementary’s Andrea Cole, restricted movement was a way of life. 


Read more about Marlee's journey at the RISD News Desk

 
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Beutel photoBeutel To Oversee Teaching & Learning
Dr. Denise Beutel has been named Richardson ISD Executive Director of PK-12 Teaching & Learning Services. She comes to RISD from the Texas Education Agency’s Region 10 Education Service Center, where she has been the Director of Teaching and Learning since 2016. Dr. Beutel is in her 26th year of public education service, beginning as a classroom teacher in 1993. She has previously served in RISD as a bilingual and reading recovery teacher at Dobie Primary, followed by work as an instructional facilitator directing districtwide early education staff development. She has served as an assistant principal and principal, and most recently, worked in Highland Park ISD as the K-12 Reading/Language Arts Coordinator and then Assessment & Accountability Director.

Dr. Beutel has earned bachelor’s degrees in Education and Spanish from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University and a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin, where she has also taught as an adjunct professor.

In RISD, Dr. Beutel will work with campus and central administrators in a collaborative, coordinated effort to help all schools realize success across all areas of Instruction. She will begin her duties on May 1.

 
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Forest Lane Academy Students Visited by Award-Winning Author
Author Jewell Parker Rhodes addresses students at Forest Lane AcademyStudents at Forest Lane Academy enjoyed a visit from renowned author Jewell Parker Rhodes. Rhodes is an award-winning writer and acclaimed educator and speaker. She is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book; Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award; and Bayou Magic. She has also written many award-winning books for adults.

Born and raised in a largely African-American neighborhood on the North Side of Pittsburgh, she was a voracious reader as a child and preferred reading and writing over dolls and sometimes even food.  She began college as a dance major, but when she discovered there were novels by African Americans, for African Americans, she knew she wanted to be an author.


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Forest Meadow Jr. High Students Choose to Stand Beautiful
Chloe Howard speaks to Forest Meadow Jr. High students.Students at Forest Meadow Junior High had the opportunity to be inspired by teen motivational speaker Chloe Howard. Chloe is the voice of Stand Beautiful, an anti-bullying movement that promotes the acceptance of self and others. This event was a part of the FMJH Motivational Meetings, assemblies that are designed to inspire and motivate students.   

Born with a foot deformity, Chloe has had numerous operations and faced daunting challenges. In 2014, she was the victim of assault and bullying at her high school.  “A part of me was revealed that I wanted to hide the most,” said Chloe.  “My foot was different and I had been proud of it, but at that moment I felt ashamed and used.”

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RISD Seniors Plan For Their Future
Seniors plan for their future.Richardson ISD is dedicated to ensuring that all students carry out the district vision of Connect, Learn, Grow and Succeed. In the spirit of this effort, all four high schools held an All-Apply event to make certain all seniors graduate with a clear idea of their next step in life.

High school counselors, college career coordinators and campus administrators worked with current seniors to ensure they had a solid idea of where they are in their college admissions process.  The day was designed to meet the needs of seniors as they transition from K-12 to post-secondary education, with an overall goal of ensuring students are provided time and access to support.

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State Farm Donation will Benefit District AVID Efforts
State Farm Insurance presents a $10,000 check to RISD that will benefit the district's AVID program.The Richardson ISD Excellence in Education Foundation is benefitting from its partnership with State Farm Insurance.

State Farm donated $10,000 that will be split between various aspects of the RISD AVID Program.  The mission of AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Rolls into Richardson
Recording equipment in the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus recently spent time at Berkner High School, working with students to produce a One Day Music Video.

The Lennon Bus is a non-profit outreach program with the mission of giving young people a chance to express themselves through music, video and broadcast productions. Through One Day Music Video Production, The Lennon Bus and staff provide an opportunity for students to create and produce original song and video projects. Berkner HS senior, Beckett Wanamaker, composed the music and lyrics to a song, while other Berkner HS fine arts students worked with him to record it, mix it, shoot video, and produce a music video of their work.


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Dallas Museum of Art Exhibit features work from RHS students
RHS students whose work has been featured at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Dallas Museum of Art, The O’Donnell Foundation and AP Strategies are proud to announce that five Richardson HS fine arts students were selected to participate in the 2018 Young Masters Exhibition.    

The exhibition, currently on display at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) in the Concourse Gallery, features selected original works created by Richardson HS Advanced Placement® Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory students.   


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ACE Program Launched in RISD
ACE Logo On March 19, Dr. Stone was joined by Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to officially announce that RISD is implementing the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) program at four RISD campuses for the 2018-19 school year.

"This program is about equity for thousands of our students with substantial needs," said Dr. Stone at the ACE Launch event at Carolyn Bukhair Elementary. "We are introducing this successful program in RISD in an effort to match many of our top educators with the students, campuses and communities that need them the most."

The ACE program, being implemented at Carolyn Bukhair Elementary, Forest Lane Academy, RISD Academy and Thurgood Marshall Elementary, has operated successfully in Dallas ISD as a way to help students in high poverty and underachieving schools experience consistent educational success. Under the ACE model, the formal school day is extended, as are before and after school programs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided to students, along with small group tutoring, school uniforms, clubs and enrichment opportunities, and other academic supports. All programming is provided to families at no cost.

A major aspect of the ACE model includes the reconstitution of school professional and educational staff, meaning all positions will be re-opened and substantial financial incentives are offered to high-achieving teachers and educators from across RISD to apply to an ACE campus. One community concern that has been expressed is that popular teachers may be taken from other RISD schools. Dr. Stone stressed that "every teacher who moves to an ACE campus will make that decision on his or her own. While an incentive will be offered, the choice to transfer to an ACE campus will be an individual decision made by our professional educators." In addition, there will be a limit to the number of educators permitted to transfer from any one campus to an ACE campus.

"The additional compensation is one welcome facet of the program," Stone continued. "But the real attraction for high-achieving teachers and administrators is the prospect of working with an elite team of colleagues in an environment that is set up to completely support students and remove the non-academic barriers that many students must otherwise overcome before consistently effective learning can occur. This program is a bold step, and will be a game-changer for these students and schools."

Learn more about the ACE Program

 
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Changing Lives, One Graduate at a TimeCreshayla White, Memorial Park Academy's 100th graduate of the year

Richardson ISD’s Memorial Park Academy is more just than a program - for many students it is hope for their future. 

“I don’t think I can imagine my life without Memorial Park Academy.”
“Memorial Park Academy is an outstanding program.”
“This program will truly help you start a fresh, clean life”

Memorial Park Academy is the expanded choice program in Richardson ISD that allows students to earn high school credits while participating in a non-traditional school setting. It is a way for students to experience a rigorous, self-paced curriculum while working in a small group setting to ultimately receive a high school diploma.

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Smile! It's Breakfast!Smile! It's Breakfast!
To encourage families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Richardson ISD schools celebrated National School Breakfast Week, March 5-9.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.

Learn more about the importance of a healthy breakfast

 
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Introduce a Girl to Engineering DayIntroduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Students from Richardson West Junior High put their innovative thinking skills to the test as they built marble roller coasters and created marshmallow launchers during ExxonMobil’s annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day program this month at the Irving Convention Center.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day helps focus a growing movement to inspire girls’ futures so they learn they have a place in engineering a better world.

 

Read more about the event at the RISD New Desk

 
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District involved with court case regarding structure of school board elections
RISD has become part of a federal court case focused on the district’s electoral process for school board members. The case, which was served to RISD this week, alleges that the at-large election system used by RISD to elect Board members doesn’t comply with the Voting Rights Act.

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