Skyview Music Teachers Featured on RISD Blog

From the article: "Looking for new ways to reach and better understand their students, [Aeschbacher and Miller] formed small groups based on individual needs and now spend time with students before and after school and during lunch. Stephanie created multisensory strategies for use in the classroom and began researching teaching strategies in urban schools. She now leads staff development programs for other music educators – most recently presenting a session at the Texas Music Educators Association conference with Aeschbacher entitled, “Bach, Beyoncé, Beyond: Two Worlds Collide.” 

Their unique team approach has led to a 98.9% pass rate in district music assessments – the highest among RISD’s 41 elementary school campuses. Austin’s work leading to this achievement is in addition to volunteering with the Skyview Elementary PTA, preparing grant proposals for instructional technology and field trips, and overseeing invention education initiatives like RISD summer camps and STEM competitions. 

“The goal is not only to teach these students about music, or even language and socialization skills,” says Aeschbacher. “We want our students to be the best, and we believe they can be.” - See more at:

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Students Break Ground on the Skyview Harmony Garden Outdoor Classroom

Skyview Elementary Students broke ground on a new school garden on Friday, April 15th. They were joined by RISD officials, Skyview PTA board members, principals, staff and teachers for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9am. Then they spent the remainder of the morning working closely with local gardeners and community partners to install their raised vegetable beds. The Skyview Harmony Garden features both organic vegetable beds and an area dedicated to Texas natives designed to support pollinators. For more information about the Skyview Harmony Garden, please visit


Advocate Magazine Features Skyview Harmony Garden 

Lake Highlands Advocate Magazine recently covered  Skyview Elementary School's plans for a new school garden. Read the full article HERE. The much anticipated project, spearheaded by PTA President, Sarah Greenman, and local landscape architect, Curtis Scoggins, is set to break ground in April of 2016.  The Skyview Harmony Garden is not funded by the district, but instead relies on grants and donations from community partners like you. Interested in donating? Make checks payable to Skyview PTA  |  9229 Meadowknoll Dr.  |  Dallas, TX 75243. 


Skyview Wins a Set of Kindle Readers

Skyview Elementary School and PTA was selected as one out of fifty schools nationwide to receive a classroom set of Kindle Readers for our upcoming Family Reading Experience Night! Learn more HERE


Skyview Music Teacher Named Texas PTA Teacher of the Year

Austin Aeschbacher from Skyview Elementary School, was awarded the Texas PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2015. Mr. Aeschbacher teaches Music, and served as the PTA Secretary this past year. He was chosen because he not only shines as a classroom teacher, but he also shines as an integral part of Skyview's PTA. Mr.  Aeschbacher's partner teacher and mentor, Stephanie Miller (also the Skyview PTA President for 14-15) nominated him for this award. Mrs. Miller had this to say about Mr. Aeschbacher: "Not only has he supported the many events and programs our PTA provides for our school, but he has also begun working with another parent and our community to create the first ever Harmony Garden in Rishardson ISD." RISD Council of PTAs is proud to have teachers like Mr. Aeschbacher in our schools! And Skyview is thrilled to say, "Congrats Mr. A!"


Neighborhood Associations Donate to the Skyview Harmony Garden

On June 1st, both the Town Creek and Forest Meadows Neighborhood Associations donated $1,000 each to the Skyview Harmony Garden for a neighborhood total of $2,000. Town Creek representatives, Marilyn and Stephen Moss, are pictured at left with PTA President Sarah Greenman and Skyview Principal Ingrid Dodd at the final assembly of the spring semester. The garden committee will start the garden project this fall with an official ground breaking in the early spring. Follow the garden progress online:


Exchange Club of Lake Highalnds Honors Skyview Students

On April 24, 2015, the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands honored two star students from Skyview Elementary during and awards breakfast. Both recipients, Kevin and Valery, were chosen due to their academic success, leadership and spirit of excellence. Valery and Principal Dodd are pictured at left and Kevin's mother and Principal Dodd are pictured at right. Congrats to our STAR students and thank you to the Exchange Club for the lovely breakfast and awards ceremony!

Skyview Harmony Garden Receives $4000 Grant from Exchange Club of Lake HIghlands

On April 24th, 2015, Skyview's principal, Ingrid Dodd, and PTA President-Elect, Sarah Greenman, accepted a grant of $4,000 on behalf of the Skyview Harmony Garden. The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands is a local service organization dedicated to youth, community service and citizenship programs. Their generous contribution to the overall budget of the Skyview Harmony Garden is an exciting development for the Skyview Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE). The Exchange Club will also be with us for the ground-breaking (scheduled for early spring of 2016) contributing volunteer hours in the garden. We're so grateful for the Exchange Club's support and ongoing participation.