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  • Fourth grade students from Aikin Elementary and MST magnet recently attended Education in Action's Proud to be a Texan field trip to the state capitol in Austin.
  • Dartmouth students and staff prepare for the school's 40th anniversary in August.
  • The Wallace Elementary fourth grade class recently spent a day of learning in Austin while touring the Bob Bullock Museum and Capital as a capstone project for Texas history.
  • Five Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet students recently received new bicycles and helmets through the generosity of local cardiologist Joel Roffman and Richardson Bike Mart.
  • 2014 Lone Star Challenge Winner – Richland Elementary
1 2 Fourth grade students from Aikin Elementary and MST magnet recently attended Education in Action's Proud to be a Texan field trip to the state capitol in Austin.3 Dartmouth students and staff prepare for the school's 40th anniversary in August.4 The Wallace Elementary fourth grade class recently spent a day of learning in Austin while touring the Bob Bullock Museum and Capital as a capstone project for Texas history.5 Five Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet students recently received new bicycles and helmets through the generosity of local cardiologist Joel Roffman and Richardson Bike Mart. 6 2014 Lone Star Challenge Winner – Richland Elementary7
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ACT Participation Doubles as RISD Only District in Texas to Offer Exam Free to Juniors  8/20/14
For the last two years, Richardson ISD has been the only district in Texas to offer the ACT college entrance exam free-of-charge to all junior students at their home campuses during the school day. This unique effort has introduced the college entrance process to hundreds of additional students than otherwise traditionally participate. Overall, more than 95% of RISD's Class of 2014 took the ACT, compared with 40% in Texas and 57% in the United States.

RISD was able to offer the exam through a collaborative effort with ACT in its District Choice School Testing Program, the first school district in Texas to participate. "We believe that this notable decision was important for the success of all our students," explained Dr. Kay Waggoner, RISD Superintendent. "When all students are able take the ACT for college entry at their own campus where they are comfortable, and without the barrier of cost, they increase their chances of attending college."

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Patranella Named O. Henry Principal  8/15/14
RISD Superintendent Kay Waggoner announced today that Mr. Frank Patranella has accepted the position of principal at O. Henry Elementary School. He comes to O. Henry from Lake Highlands Elementary, where he has been the assistant principal since 2011.

"I'm excited that Mr. Frank Patranella will be leading O. Henry Elementary," said Dr. Waggoner. "His background and experience is a great fit for O. Henry, and I invite parents, students and staff to join me in welcoming him to the OHE family."

Mr. Patranella has been with RISD for nine years, beginning as a classroom teacher and also serving as a TAP master teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Dallas and a master's degree in Education Administration from Lamar University.

He will assume his new duties immediately.
 
 
LHE's Born Named National Finalist  8/14/14
Lake Highlands Elementary Kindergarten teacher Anne Born has been named a finalist for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. The award recognizes K-6 science & math teachers who use innovative methods to bring teaching to life. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The awards are made biannually, and the national winner will be announced in the summer of 2015.

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Miller Named Lake Highlands HS Principal  8/12/14
"I am pleased to announce that Mr. Frank Miller has accepted the position of principal at Lake Highlands High School," said RISD Superintendent Kay Waggoner. "He is an exceptional fit with the profile developed by Lake Highlands staff and community members, and he will be an outstanding and collaborative leader who will continue to honor and promote the strong traditions of the Wildcats. I ask the Lake Highlands and RISD communities to please join me in welcoming Frank Miller to his new position and our community."

Miller comes to RISD from Garland ISD's Sachse High School, where he has been an assistant principal since 2006. He has been in education for 14 years, beginning as a classroom teacher. Miller holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and a master's degree in Education from Texas A & M University-Commerce. He is currently completing a doctoral program in Education from Texas A&M-Commerce. He will assume his new duties immediately.
 
 
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