MST Magnet Named Apple Distinguished School

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RISD’s Math Science Technology Magnet is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2022–2025 for its STEM integration, innovative practices, and authentic technology experiences.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

”We are thrilled for students, families and the entire MST Community for earning this national distinction,” said RISD Superintendent Tabitha Branum. “Congratulations to MST teachers, Dr. Bolack, and her team – this recognition is validation of their commitment to every child, every day.”

“At MST, we make the continuous growth and development of each student a priority,” said MST Magnet Principal Dr. Lauren Bolack. “The MST culture is one where staff and students feel comfortable failing and revising to try again, which is evidenced in the classrooms every day as students are pushed out of their comfort zones.”  The selection of MST Magnet as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success in providing an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students, and provides tangible evidence of academic achievement.

Each MST Magnet student leverages their assigned iPad to access apps and technology blended throughout different portions of the K-6 curriculum, and utilized by teachers trained to thoughtfully integrate technology into the learning experience. MST students are given voice and agency in how and where they learn.  After learning new concepts, students select the best tools and applications to apply their learning, such as iMovie, Clips, Pages, Keynote, GarageBand, Numbers and AR Makr.  Students can often be found gathered in hallways, recording booths, and in the garden as they collaborate on their learning tasks. 

Students are taught and encouraged to use technology responsibly as a tool in their learning, with careful attention from teachers to balance digital learning with effective traditional methods. 

Math, Science Technology Magnet School is an A-rated K-6 elementary school in Richardson ISD, open to all families within the school district. MST’s qualified and experienced educators teach the Texas curriculum in engaging and innovative ways through hands-on activities and responsible use of technology.

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