RISD Honors Patriot Day

Students and staff across Richardson ISD were joined by first responders on Sept. 11, as the district observed Patriot Day with activities and events.

Early Release Day — Wednesday, Sept. 18
Early release days were added to RISD’s student academic calendar last year. Students will be released two hours early on Sept. 18, Oct. 23, March 4 and April 1.

After-school programs, bus schedules and other portions of the daily schedule will be adjusted by two hours on those days. ACE schools will release three hours early.

The days were added as a direct result of requests from RISD teachers through surveys and interviews, and will provide teachers with more dedicated time for instructional planning with their collaborative teams — known in RISD as Professional Learning Communities or PLCs.

Teachers will be able to use the time to work with colleagues in either their grade level or subject area to plan lessons, discuss individual student performance, share ideas and best practices, and adjust teaching approaches with individual students as needed. While this type of collaboration also occurs at other times throughout the year, teachers were clear that they could benefit from dedicated time built into the calendar for this purpose.

As with all school days, RISD’s after-school programs will operate on the early release days, and parents who are interested in a quality after-school care option can contact their school’s xPlore! coordinator or visit http://www.risd.org/xPlore.

Parents of students in half-day programs and Pre-K should check with their child’s school about the impact of early release days on special programs. Students receiving special education transportation will have their bus service altered to meet early release times.

Parents with questions about early release day schedules should contact their child’s school.

Parkhill Receives All Seven Distinctions from the TEA for 2019

Parkhill Junior High School received all seven possible recognitions from the state for 2019.

The campus in the northwest corner of Richardson ISD is one of just 127 schools across Texas to attain all possible distinctions, which are for achievement based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics.

Parkhill was recognized for academic achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Top 25 Percent: Academic Growth, Top 25 Percent: Closing the Gap, and Postsecondary Readiness.

Read more about Parkhill’s achievement at the RISD Newsdesk.

Know Your 2019 STARS — Sonya Ayers
Every year, the Richardson ISD Excellence in Education Foundation spotlights and rewards the work of ten teachers of the year who represent the exceptional teaching and instruction across RISD.

Sonya Ayers, Dyslexia Specialist — Apollo Junior High, https://youtu.be/fE3NPmLsWcU

Curtis Jenkins Gets Honeymoon After All

Last week, RISD Bus Driver Curtis Jenkins and Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone went to New York to tape the season premiere of The Rachael Ray Show. Curtis’s story has touched many lives across the district and now across the country. His dedication to his students is admirable and proof that kindness goes a long way, especially in the lives of children.

Curtis and his wife purchased presents for the RISD students on his bus rather than taking a honeymoon. Well, thanks to the Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa, they will get to take that honeymoon after all. And thanks to School Specialty, Curtis will receive $10,000 to benefit students.

Read more about Curtis’s appearance on Rachael Ray on the RISD Newsdesk.

Click here to support Curtis’s nomination as LifeChanger of the Year.

Do You Know What Board District You’re In?
Starting with the upcoming November 5 election, Richardson ISD Trustees are being elected under a new system. In this election, only voters living in specific geographic areas of RISD (called board districts) can vote for candidates running in that district. Candidates are running in board districts 2, 4, and 5.

In May 2020, Board District 3 and at large Place 6 will be on the ballot, and in May 2021, Board District 1 and at large Place 7 will be elected.

While all RISD voters are eligible to elect at large candidates, only residents living within the boundaries of a board district can vote for candidates from that district.

See the RISD Board District Map

Search for your board district by address through Dallas County

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.

RISD College Fair Is This Saturday at Berkner High School
The annual RISD College Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at Berkner High School.

RISD high school students and their parents are welcome to attend, speak with representatives from colleges and universities around Texas and the country, and attend informational sessions about financial aid, college applications, and more.

Learn more about the RISD College Fair.

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-Sept. 11, 2019 was originally published in Richardson ISD Newsdesk on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.