RISD School Times — November 14, 2019

RISD Selected to Host Delegation From China

More than a dozen educators from Shanghai visited two Richardson ISD schools last week as part of an ESC Region 10 effort to showcase STEM education in Texas.

The delegation visited Math Science Technology Magnet School and Berkner High School STEM Academy to see how students learned integrated STEM principles from Pre-K — 12th grade through hands-on activities and instruction.

“Richardson ISD was a natural choice to showcase for our international visitors,” said Megan Timme, Region 10 Director of Administrative Services. “Through implementation of their STEM For All initiative, the district is a leader in promoting and providing STEM opportunities and career pathways for students.”

While in Dallas, the delegation also visited Dallas ISD’s Hillcrest High School. The Texas stop came after visits to schools in New York before heading to campuses in Los Angeles.

90% of AVID Students Accepted to Four-Year Colleges

The AVID systems at Berkner and Richardson high schools continue to be the paragon for all similar programs around Texas and the country.

Richardson ISD began offering the Advancement Via Individual Determination system in 2003. This month, both high schools were recertified as AVID National Demonstration Schools. This year marks the 10th year for Berkner to celebrate demonstration status and the seventh year for Richardson High School.

At 98%, nearly all RISD AVID seniors applied to a four-year college last year, and 90% were accepted. In many cases, AVID students are the first in their family to attend college.

Read more at the RISD Newsdesk.

National Letter of Intent Signing Day

A handful of RISD student-athletes signed letters of intent this week to continue their academic and athletic careers in college. Congratulations to all our Eagles, Mustangs, Rams and Wildcats.

Cole Hill, Berkner Baseball, New Mexico

Heather Grigsby, Pearce Volleyball, Hardin-Simmons

Finley Sims, Lake Highlands Volleyball, Lincoln Memorial

Kim Martinez Pompa, Richardson Soccer, Brookhaven

Preston Lawrence, Lake Highlands Basketball, Rogers State

Dallas Bible Church Supports Dover Students, Families

Dover Elementary received a donation from Dallas Bible Church this week that will help fund basketball uniforms and supplies for other campus groups.

“At Dallas Bible Church, we love our community and want to extend that love the best that we can,” Pastor Aaron Armstrong said. “These uniforms and shoes are just a small gesture, but it’s our hope that the families of these students know there’s a community of people who care about them.”

Lake Highlands, Pearce in Football Playoffs

Lake Highlands plays Mansfield Summit tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Gopher Bowl in Grand Prairie.

Pearce plays Cedar Hill at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Coppell High School.

Congratulations to both programs & good luck!

Know Your 2019 STARS — Courtney Wright

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.

Courtney Wright, 4th grade ELAR and Social Studies — Bukhair Elementary https://youtu.be/-G8kRKCjrIE

District Calendar

Meetings, Events & Fundraisers


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.

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.


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