Dallas City Limits -- Richardson Independent School District
9229 Meadowknoll Drive
Dallas, TX 75243
Skyview Elementary is home of the Soaring Skyhawks, serving over 780 students in grades Pre-K through 6th grade. All students take courses in Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, Language Arts, as well as Physical Education, Art, and Music. For kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, a bilingual class is available.
Teachers monitor the progress of students and have weekly team meetings. Communication with parents is emphasized so that home and school work together. A solid foundation of academic and personal development lead to greater success in junior high and beyond.
Other programs offered at Skyview Elementary include:
- PACE afterschool program which provides afterschool care and continued learning. The PACE program runs from 3-6PM daily.
- Girl’s Club offers opportunities for young women becoming future leaders. The Girl’s Club holds monthly meetings as well as outings or fundraisers each month.
- Art Club provides opportunities for young artists to learn and grow their talent.
- Basketball Club provides opportunities for Skyview Dads to come and volunteer at the school. Monthly meetings and volunteer opportunities are offered to all dads, uncles, and grandfathers.
- Mom Squad Program provides opportunities for Skyview Moms to come and volunteer at the school. Volunteer opportunities are available to all moms, aunts, grandmothers, and anyone who is a mother figure.
To stay up to date with Skyview Elementary, visit the Skyview PTA website or like the Skyview Facebook page.
FOREST MEADOWS JUNIOR HIGH
Forest Meadow Junior High
9373 Whitehurst Drive
Dallas, TX 75243
September 7, 2022, RISD trustees, Superintendent Tabitha Branum and Principal Nick Rustin joined students in the Class of 2031 at the groundbreaking for the new Lake Highlands Middle School. These students will be the first sixth graders to use the new facility in the fall of 2024.
Many alumni agree LHHS was established in 1960 and some argue the perpetuation of the “Est. 1964,” which often appears, is erroneous.
To add to the confusion, the school celebrated 50 years last year (2014). Similar festivities were held, under principal Bob Iden, in 2004 to celebrate 40 years, seemingly substantiating the “Est. 1964” slogan.
But the Highlandettes, the school’s drill team, celebrated 50 years in 2011-2012. So did the football team. (We covered all three, so click on those links in the text for more).
Former longtime principal and LHHS alum Bob Iden took to Facebook over the weekend in attempt to straighten out some of the confusion (we touched base with him and quote him with permission).
“Allow me to weigh in on this conversation since I am probably the person who created this issue,” Iden writes.
“During my tenure as principal, I noted that other than class reunions, LHHS had never conducted any sort of anniversary celebration. The information that I had always seen and heard indicated that Lake Highlands High School/Junior High was founded in 1960 at the current site of Lake Highlands Junior High, and that the grade 10-12 Lake Highlands High School campus and its first graduating class were established at its current site in 1964.”
He continues, “It may be a matter of semantics to differentiate between the words ‘founded’ and ‘established’, especially when [as pointed out] all of the current organizations that so well represent the proud history and tradition of LHHS were, in fact, established in 1960.”
He goes on to explain that he promoted the 40-year anniversary in 2004 to “rally support from LH-exes and the Lake Highlands community” and honor the school’s history and tradition.
“The Wildcat Club joined in the promotion of the 40th Anniversary,” he adds, “and ‘Est.1964’ started to appear on shirts and spirit items that they still sell to this day.”
He adds, “Believe me, I would be the last person to deny the great history of our alma mater.”
The first LHHS classes were held in the fall of 1960. The high school as we know it opened in 1964, the same year that the first class graduated. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary, the Advocate published a series of stories about LHHS history that you can find here.