Board Recognitions

RISD trustees recognize the importance of the achievements of students, staff, schools, and departments. The board also recognizes community businesses, organizations, and individuals who make important contributions to the district and RISD campuses.

At each regular monthly meeting, the RISD board takes time to celebrate the achievements of our schools, students, staff, and community partners.

If you think someone should be recognized at a board meeting, the following information will help you decide if the honor or achievement qualifies for board recognition. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive.

Student Honors

  • First-place, state-level awards
  • First, second, or third-place national level awards
  • Winners of international competitions
  • National Merit commended students, semi-finalists and finalists
  • Presidential Scholars
  • District-level contest winners

Staff Honors

  • County or regional, state or national awards
  • Grant recipients
  • Successful participation in special invitation-only training or development programs
  • Employees chosen for state-level leadership positions in professional organizations
  • Employees who earn professional certifications such as National Board Certification, school nurse certification, behavior analyst certification, etc.
  • Employees published in an important article, story, presentation, etc.

School/Department Honors

  • County or regional, state or national awards
  • State or national grant recipients

Community Appreciation Awards

  • Recognizing volunteer service that goes above and beyond
  • Donors who make large monetary or in-kind contributions

How Do I Nominate Someone?

If you feel that RISD should recognize a student, staff, team or group, or a community group, please use the form linked below to send that information to the RISD Strategy & Engagement Department. You must fill out the form completely.

Board Recognition Guidelines and Calendar

  • Individual students: Student places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at a state competition
  • Teams and groups: Teams that place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at a state competition

(Note the number of students that attend the board meeting to represent the team may be limited depending on the size of the team. For example, a football team or an AcDec team might have only seniors attend. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.)

Recognition Logistics:

Students being recognized will meet their coach or sponsor or teacher in the RISD Administration Building up to 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the board meeting. Parents and guests are invited to go directly into the auditorium upon arrival. Attire for all presentations is professional. Students will follow their coach or sponsor or teachers’ directions. The coach or sponsor or teacher will receive specific directions from the RISD Office of Strategy & Engagement prior to the board meeting.

To help with the scheduling of specific appreciations, recognitions and extracurriculars, the district will use the following calendar as a guide:

  • August – Backpack Bash Sponsors
  • September – National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October – National Principal Month
  • November – cross country, tennis, Native American Heritage Month
  • December – volleyball, Holiday Card Winners
  • January – football, School Board Appreciation Month
  • February – TMEA band/choir/orchestra, Black History Month
  • March – swimming and diving, basketball, National Merit Finalists, Fine Arts Month
  • April – wrestling, powerlifting, spelling bee winners, campus Teachers of the Year, volunteer appreciation
  • May – soccer, individual tennis, DECA/HOSA/TAFE, AVID Dell Scholars, Asian American Pacific Islanders Month, Teacher Appreciation Week
  • June – baseball, softball, golf, track, STARS Teachers