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New Bell Boys, presented by the Lake Highlands Exchange Club

  1. Bell Boys 2015

An annual back-to-football, back-to-school tradition, the Wildcat Bell Boys, their parents, football team staff and other supporters gathered at a local BBQ joint to kickoff the upcoming season.

The dinner, which took place in August at Back Country BBQ on Upper Greenville, was hosted by the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, which also presented crisp, personalized megaphones to four new Lake Highlands High School Bell Boys. Pictured is Jeff Brown, LHHS teacher and the Bell Boys’ faculty sponsor with the new guard, Austin Viad, Brett Bower, Christian Candler, and Luke Molina and LHHS Assistant Principal Joey Gonzales.

The Wildcats full football schedule is here.

2. Star Portal replacement

Out with Star Portal, in with Focus

Out with Star Portal, in with Focus

For years, Richardson ISD parents have used Star Portal to check students’ grades, homework and teacher notes. But that information system will soon be obsolete as RISD implements a replacement called Focus. Like Star Portal, Focus will allow parents and students to view grades, attendance and other information online. Beginning Sept. 18, parents will be able to register for Focus through Students will receive information online. Meanwhile, parents with questions about grades should contact teachers. Questions about attendance should be directed to the school’s front office.

3. RISD’s new operations center proposed 

Proposed operations facility

Proposed operations facility

If Richardson approves a re-zoning request, Richardson ISD could begin work next February on a operations center on vacant district property between Abrams and Greenville. The operations center would utilize 14.6 acres of the existing 43 acres owned by the district across the street from Restland Cemetery and would provide space for a variety of district operations including vehicle storage, print shop and child nutrition services. “The facility would be funded with existing funds and would not be part of a potential 2016 bond package,” according to a presentation at the Aug. 3 board meeting.