RISD School Times — November 8, 2019

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Nov 14, 2019 · 7 min read

RISD Partners with Bank of America To Create Better Money Habits

Richardson ISD continues to enhance postsecondary opportunities for students through intentional partnerships with regional companies, creating a sustainable workforce pipeline for area industries.

This week, Bank of America partnered with RISD by infusing the business, marketing and finance strand of the P-TECH program at Pearce High School with curriculum geared toward creating better money habits.

RISD Career & Technology Education Executive Director Sari McCoy said the invaluable, real-world knowledge, skills and mentoring students receive through these types of partnerships put RISD students steps ahead of other graduates. Potential internships, apprenticeships and job training all help students build a work ethic, as well as a resume.

Read more at the RISD News Desk.

Berkner, Richardson HS Recertified as AVID Demonstration Schools

Richardson High School and Berkner High School have become centers of AVID teaching and learning since RISD began offering the Advancement Via Individual Determination system in 2003. This week, both high schools were recertified as National Demonstration Schools.

These schools serve as models for other districts around the U.S. interested in learning about the AVID College Readiness System. Berkner and RHS clearly demonstrate the ongoing pursuit of excellence to ensure college readiness for AVID students with improved academic performance for all students on the campus due to this more equitable, student-centered approach to learning.

For more information visit AVID.org

Trustees Elected Under New System

Regina Harris (District 4) will be the first new trustee elected under the district’s 5–2 electoral system for Richardson ISD school board, according to unofficial results from the Nov. 5 vote. The RISD Board will canvass the election results Friday Nov. 15.

Current trustees Karen Clardy (District 5) and Eron Linn (District 2) were re-elected. The elected Trustees will be sworn in Dec. 9.

This election was the first under the new system and will be followed by an election in May 2020 (District 3, at large Place 6), and then May 2021 (District 1, at large Place 7).

Learn more about RISD’s 5–2 Board electoral system and see the board district boundary map.

Berkner STEM Academy

Veterans Day Assemblies

Veterans and community members are invited to observe Veterans Day with several assemblies that are open to the public.

On Monday Nov. 11, flag raising ceremonies will occur across RISD at the start of school, and Pearce High School will host its annual Veterans Day assembly at 9:10 a.m. Apollo Junior High will assemble at 9:15 a.m., while Bowie Elementary will assemble at 2:15 p.m.; Brentfield Elementary will hold a program from 8:15 to 9 a.m.; and Jess Harben Elementary will have a performance in the cafeteria at 9 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m.

Join us as we honor all our veterans.

DCAD to Reappraise Properties Hit by Tornado

RISD Trustees approved a resolution on Nov. 4 that allows the Dallas County Appraisal District to reappraise property damaged by the tornados that impacted numerous parts of the district on Oct. 20.

The reappraisals likely will lower the DCAD value of the properties, subsequently lowering the tax levy and reducing the taxes paid by the property owner. But the potential lost revenue won’t impact the district’s finances due, in part, to the equalization process included in the state’s funding of public education.

Taxpayers do not need to take action. Once DCAD reappraises, property owners will receive either a new bill or a refund, if they’ve already paid 2019 property taxes.

Read the tornado reappraisal FAQs.

Know Your 2019 STARS — John Witter

Every year, the Richardson ISD Excellence in Education Foundation spotlights and rewards the work of 10 teachers of the year who represent the exceptional teaching and instruction across RISD.

John Witter, Humanities — Richardson High School

Trustees Hear Facilities Action Team Update

RISD Trustees heard a report from the RISD strategic action team for facilities at the Nov. 4 regular monthly meeting of the Board. The committee of RISD stakeholders is one of six action teams that are following through on recommendations shared as part of RISD strategic planning process that began in 2017–18.

Highlights of facilities action team recommendations that have been implemented by RISD include development of a comprehensive campus planning, use and conditions assessment document and process, and formation of a new Safety and Security Department. Both efforts were made possible by the 2018 passage of the tax ratification election by RISD voters that provided funding.

RISD staff continues to work toward establishing a culture of sustainability that touches all departments, from purchasing to working with science teachers on curriculum to child nutrition. A sustainability committee of parents, teachers, staff and community members will continue to meet and craft a comprehensive sustainability plan.

The district is also forming a committee of stakeholders to evaluate the possibility and feasibility of a new grade configuration that would move sixth grade from elementary campuses to create a new 6th to 8th grade middle school structure. This under-construction committee will include RISD Teaching and Learning staff, facilities action team members, parents, and other RISD stakeholders.

Learn more.

Spirit Run Raises $24K

Thanks to all 830 registrants for this year’s Spirit Run. The team from Berkner High School won the staff challenge and Legacy Texas Bank was the corporate winner.

The Lake Highlands High School cross country team won the student category, while the team from Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet carried the elementary division and Parkhill Junior High bested all other junior high teams. Pearce High School received the Spirit Trophy.

The 5K fun run raised about $24,000 for The Richardson ISD Foundation, which supports excellence in teaching and high-achieving students.

District Calendar

Meetings, Events & Fundraisers


Connecting With School

RISD administration and individual schools regularly provide messages to parents of enrolled students with school information, important dates, reminders, and safety information.

In order to reach parents, schools must have accurate contact information.

When inclement weather causes RISD to cancel or delay school, parents and staff are notified by telephone, email and text message.

If you have changed your phone number or email address since enrolling your child, please provide updated contact information to the school front office.


Your child’s school is the best resource for questions about school schedules and operations.

Parents may also contact the main RISD switchboard at 469–593–0000 or email the district at risd@risd.org.

Volunteering in RISD

A new background check is required every school year for all volunteers at RISD schools.

Parents, grandparents and community members must be cleared prior to volunteering at school activities, so the beginning of the school year is the best time to complete that process.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at RISD schools and submit information for a background check.

Richardson ISD Newsdesk

Official news outlet for Richardson ISD

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