RISD School Times — October 9, 2019


The October theme for Live Wise Live Healthy is Dr ug and Violence Education and Prevention .

For 35 years, the National Family Partnership has sponsored an annual drug awareness campaign known as National Red Ribbon Week.

This year, the RISD Student Assistance Department will provide campuses with Red Ribbon Week kits from Oct. 23 through Oct. 31. The kits include prevention lessons, materials on this year’s theme and helpful ideas on presenting the information to students.

High School Peer Helpers and Peer Mediators will present to elementary campuses on refusal skills and healthy decision-making. Presentations on dating violence prevention, bullying and the dangers of drugs will be delivered at all junior high and high schools.

Richardson Read It

Drop everything, grab a book and read it Friday Oct. 11.

Richardson Read It is an annual districtwide event celebrating student choice and reading for pleasure.

Secondary schools will continue the tradition of devoting at least 20 minutes every class period to students and teachers participating in self-selected reading.

At the elementary level, principals determine how best to incorporate 20 minutes of self-selected, independent reading per student into the schedule.

Know Your 2019 STARS — Jonathan Roozeboom

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.


Jonathan Roozeboom, Orchestra — Westwood Junior High School

Red River Showdown Bands at RHS

The University of Texas band will rehearse at Richardson Eagle-Mustang Stadium on Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the University of Oklahoma band will perform at halftime of the RHS-Molina varsity football game Friday night. The UT band rehearsal is free and open to the public.

Richardson HS received National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award/2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Board Districts 2, 4 and 5 To Vote Under New System

Starting with next month’s election, Richardson ISD Trustees will be chosen using a new system.

Now, only voters living in specific geographic areas of RISD (called board districts) can vote for candidates running in that district. On the Nov. 5 ballot, candidates are running in board districts 2, 4, and 5.

The new method of electing trustees has no impact at all on which school students attend. Attendance boundaries remain unchanged. The five single-member board districts were formed earlier this year after careful consideration of numerous factors, including but not limited to traditional neighborhoods, school feeder patterns, demographic makeup via census data, and voting precincts.

View the RISD Board District Map

Search for your board district by address through Dallas County Elections. Your RISD board district is listed near the bottom of the page.

Berkner Turns 50

Berkner High School STEM Academy is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Please join the learning community for a pep rally and tailgate party Friday Oct. 11 followed by the homecoming court presentation and the varsity football game at Ram-Wildcat Stadium.

On Sat. Oct. 12, Berkner will have its first ever parade followed by the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a block party with food trucks, bounce houses, games and activity booths, as well as campus tours.

Follow this link to register for the parade.

Here is the link to request a booth at the Block Party.

2019 Spirit Run

The 10th annual RISD Spirit Run is Nov. 2 at Galatyn Park.

Early-bird registration continues through Oct. 11, and there’s always the sleep-in option.

The race benefits the Excellence in Education Foundation for Richardson ISD, which supports excellence in teaching and high-achieving students, raises funds for the enrichment and innovations of teaching for all students and reinforces positive relations with the community.

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. Parents are strongly encouraged to ensure their child’s school has an up-to-date email address and a working, text-enabled phone number.


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.

RISD School Times — October 9, 2019 was originally published in Richardson ISD Newsdesk on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.