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  • Dozens of Bond 2016 projects occurred over the summer, with schools across RISD benefitting from repairs, replacements or new equipment. Click to watch some of the work and projects.
  • Congratulations to Jocelyn Pokropinski - the first RISD student to graduate through the newly-expanded Memorial Park Academy.
  • Farrah Smock Principal of the year
  • Debbie Yarger principal of the yea
  • Preliminary designs available for first of two new elementary schools in Lake Highlands.
Dozens of Bond 2016 projects occurred over the summer, with schools across RISD benefitting from repairs, replacements or new equipment. Click to watch some of the work and projects.2 Congratulations to Jocelyn Pokropinski - the first RISD student to graduate through the newly-expanded Memorial Park Academy.3 4 5 Preliminary designs available for first of two new elementary schools in Lake Highlands.6
News and Announcements

Boundaries Recommended For New School - Updated 9/15/16
The District is postponing the public hearing, originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, while RISD leadership further evaluates options for enrollment growth in the White Rock Elementary attendance zone.

Read the message from Dr. Stone

View the Lake Highlands enrollment growth website

At its September 12 meeting, the RISD Board heard attendance boundary recommendations for the new elementary school planned for White Rock Trail. The boundaries were drawn from within White Rock Elementary's existing attendance boundaries, and considered criteria previously provided by the Board of Trustees, including:

  • Addressing current and projected overcrowding at White Rock Elementary
  • Prioritize student safety to & from school
  • Utilize geographical landmarks and major streets
  • Maintain existing socio-economic and racial diversity
  • Consider existing neighborhoods and homeowner associations

Also at the meeting, the Board directed architects to proceed with design of a two story configuration that would not require a zoning variance.

View the recommended boundaries

Provide feedback to the Board about the new boundaries

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District of Innovation 9/1/16
RISD will be holding a public hearing on September 12 regarding the district's intent to pursue state designation as a District of Innovation. A District of Innovation is a concept passed by the Texas Legislature that provides traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to the state’s open enrollment charter schools.

The idea behind Districts of Innovation is that a local school district may want to pursue specific innovations in curriculum, instruction, governance, parent or community involvement, school calendar, budgeting, or other areas. If approved, an innovation plan allows a district to gain exemption from many Texas Education Code requirements, thus gaining more local control.

The public hearing will take place September 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Avenue in Richardson.

 
 

Boundaries & Design of New School To Be Discussed Sept. 12 8/31/16
At its September 12 meeting, the RISD Board is expected to hear initial attendance recommendations and rationale for the new elementary school on White Rock Trail. Stakeholder feedback related to the boundaries will be solicited, and Trustees are expected to make a final decision on boundaries at the October 3 meeting.

Also at the September 12 meeting, trustees are expected to make preliminary design decisions on the configuration of the school, including elements from the most recent community survey, such as the location of the outdoor play areas, number of floors and aesthetic design of the exterior facade.

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Reminder - New School Start Times 8/11/16
Parents, remember to set your alarms a bit earlier this year at elementary and junior high. The elementary school day will begin 10 minutes earlier and the junior high school day will begin 15 minutes earlier. The high school day is unchanged.

Elementary School Day: 7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Junior High School Day: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

High School Day: 9:00 am – 4:10 pm

See you Monday, August 22 for the first day of school!

 
 

Elementary Enrollment Begins Today 8/9/16
The 2016-2017 school year begins August 22. The period for elementary summer enrollment begins Tuesday, August 9. Space at many schools is limited, so parents who have not yet enrolled their children are strongly encouraged to enroll at their attendance area school prior to the first day of school.

Parents of students in grades 7-12 can enroll their students at their attendance area junior high or high school.

Learn more, including required documents & immunizations

 
 

2016 STAAR 3-8 Results 7/21/16
STAAR Logo RISD has received STAAR results from the State of Texas for students in grades 3-8 who took the assessment in the spring. A Confidential Student Report was mailed last week to parents at their home address.

Passing standards increased this school year on all STAAR tests, with more correct answers required for students to meet expectations under the Texas accountability system.

RISD students met or exceeded the state average passing rates on 16 of the 17 tests. Overall passing rates for RISD students increased on 12 of the 17 assessments.

Learn more - see RISD scores

Learn more - understand the confidential student report

 
 
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