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ACE Program Launched in RISD
On March 19, Dr. Stone was joined by Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to officially announce that RISD is implementing the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) program at four RISD campuses for the 2018-19 school year.
"This program is about equity for thousands of our students with substantial needs," said Dr. Stone at the ACE Launch event at Carolyn Bukhair Elementary. "We are introducing this successful program in RISD in an effort to match many of our top educators with the students, campuses and communities that need them the most."
The ACE program, being implemented at Carolyn Bukhair Elementary, Forest Lane Academy, RISD Academy and Thurgood Marshall Elementary, has operated successfully in Dallas ISD as a way to help students in high poverty and underachieving schools experience consistent educational success. Under the ACE model, the formal school day is extended, as are before and after school programs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided to students, along with small group tutoring, school uniforms, clubs and enrichment opportunities, and other academic supports. All programming is provided to families at no cost.
A major aspect of the ACE model includes the reconstitution of school professional and educational staff, meaning all positions will be re-opened and financial incentives are offered to high-achieving teachers and educators from across RISD to apply to an ACE campus. One community concern that has been expressed is that popular teachers may be taken from other RISD schools. Dr. Stone stressed that "every teacher who moves to an ACE campus will make that decision on his or her own. While an incentive will be offered, the choice to transfer to an ACE campus will be an individual decision made by our professional educators." In addition, there will be a limit to the number of educators permitted to transfer from any one campus to an ACE campus.
"The additional compensation is one welcome facet of the program," Stone continued. "But the real attraction for high-achieving teachers and administrators is the prospect of working with an elite team of colleagues in an environment that is set up to completely support students and remove the non-academic barriers that many students must otherwise overcome before consistently effective learning can occur. This program is a bold step, and will be a game-changer for these students and schools."
Congratulations to Richland Elementary teacher Vanessa Ibarra for being named the KLTY Teacher of the Month!
Parent Survey Now Open
The 2018 RISD Parent Survey is now open, and is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback and impressions about their child’s school on a variety of topics. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will aid RISD in future planning.

The survey is available through Friday, March 30.

Take the Parent Survey Here
Lee To Oversee Equity, Inclusion
Ms. Angie Lee has been named RISD's Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. 

This new position provides leadership and serves as an advocate, educator, trainer and representative across RISD regarding issues of equity, diversity, access, opportunity and inclusion. 

Said Lee, "To quote former First Lady Michelle Obama, 'I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by the people around them.'  “With this quote in mind and a passion in my heart, every day I try to replicate, with all students, that which was poured into me by my community of family, friends, teachers, counselors, and mentors,” said Lee.  “My life’s path is to bring all who are underserved and underrepresented from out of the shadows.”

Lee has been in education for over 19 years, 17 of those in RISD, most recently serving as an assistant principal at Apollo Junior High.  She taught English Language Arts, Reading, Science and Social Studies at Forest Meadow Junior High, has been named a TAP Master Teacher, and served as the campus reading specialist at Liberty Junior High.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Langston University and holds a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix, Tucson Campus, and a Master’s of Education in School Administration from Lamar University.
District Calendar

Online Enrollment Now Open
Parents of currently-enrolled students in grades K-11 can enroll their children online for the 2018-19 school year beginning February 26 through May 18. Students new to RISD in 2018-19 will not be able to enroll online and should contact their attendance area school for registration information.
A new online enrollment system, PowerSchool/InfoSnap, is being introduced this year and parents will no longer use Focus to enroll students.* Parents of currently enrolled students will be sent a letter and email with information for re-enrolling online. Parents unable to enroll online may still enroll using paper forms.
(*Note that a Focus account is still used by parents to monitor student grades and attendance throughout a school year.)
RISD Juniors: Have Summer Plans?
Richardson ISD students who will be seniors in 2018-19 are eligible to apply for a paid summer internship, with a local employer in an area of interest, through the Richardson Mayor's Summer Internship Program.
Dr. Stone joined Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker and Chamber President/CEO Bill Sproull to announce the program, which is a partnership between the City of Richardson, the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, and RISD.
Super teacher logo and link to super teacher website - www.risd.org/superteacher
Know any Super Teachers? Of course you do. Nominate an innovative RISD educator to be recognized as a Super Teacher. Anyone can nominate, and a group of Super Teachers will be announced and recognized each grading period. Learn more!
Acceleration Summer Program
Is your junior high or high school student interested in working ahead over the summer to free up time during the school year?

Registration for the Acceleration Summer program opened to current 6th-11th graders on March 7. Credit-bearing courses available include Health, Data Entry, Government, Economics, World History, Art I and Physical Education (junior high & high school).

Spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay registration.

For more information, please visit risd.org/summer.
Have a Question About RISD?
We’re glad you asked!
From time to time, students, parents, residents or taxpayers have questions about information or issues related to RISD, but aren’t sure who to ask or where to go for information. We’re Glad You Asked is a feature on the RISD website that lets stakeholders ask questions about anything related to RISD, and you’ll receive an emailed response from the appropriate RISD staff member. Some questions & answers may be featured in district publications.
Simply visit risd.org/gladyouasked to use this feature.
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