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    I am very honored to be the Principal of Richland Elementary! I loved getting to know the staff, students, parents and community members in Richland Hills and I feel like Richland Elementary is home. I have been in education for 28 years and have served many schools in BISD.  I attended BISD growing up going to Holiday Heights Elementary, Smithfield Middle and am a graduate of Richland High School.  I feel truly blessed to be a part of this great school district.


    The mission at Richland Elementary is to collaborate while educating and inspiring students to become lifelong problem solvers in today's ever-changing society.  I am in total agreement with this mission and will do my best to uphold this pledge with all students.  I feel strongly that when a school builds a strong bond between staff, students, parents and the community together we can accomplish almost anything. I can assure you that our teachers and staff members are truly dedicated here at our school. They have spent many hours of their own time working this summer to get prepared, so that everything is ready for your children as they begin this school year. I know that our staff will continue with that same dedication throughout his year to make sure that your child gets the best education possible. 


    Our PTA is just as dedicated as the staff here at Richland. The PTA has planned many fun family events this year including a grandparent night, a school carnival, a dance and programs involving our students. The PTA members work alongside our staff to provide the support needed to make Richland an outstanding school. I strongly encourage you to join our PTA and become involved in the lives of our students.  This year we have implemented a Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), to encourage dads, grandpas and other strong male role models to get involved at our school. Please go to the BISD website and sign up to be a volunteer, so that you will be able to assist with parties, field trips, field day and help out in your child’s classroom. It is so rewarding to see the children as they learn and grow and we would love to see many families involved here at Richland. It is my hope that you to talk to your child’s teacher to see how you can get involved. 


    Helping to keep your child feel safe at school is one of our top priorities. In the last few years BISD installed new fencing that put an added layer of security for our students while they are on the playground. BISD also implemented a buzzer system at our front door.  We also have an additional layer of security including cameras in our building and around our school as we want the very best for your children and to ensure their safety. We will continue our dismissal card procedure this year to also increase your child’s safety. To get more information about our procedures, contact the office or your child's teacher.


    I am ready to work alongside you in any way I can to help your child become successful. Please contact me if you have any questions, and I will do my best to assist you.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year!


    Kerri Sands


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