Raccoon Review

A Weekly Communication Tool for Rice Elementary Staff

Campus Goals



  1. Ensuring ALL students are in attendance.
  2. Cultivating a climate that welcomes students and parents.
  3. Creating opportunities for students to use and increase critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  4. Moving from Parent Involvement to Parent Engagement.

Staff Shout Outs

Thanks to everyone who filled out the ELA Adoption survey. Your voice is important!!!


A huge kuddos to Megan for all her work in the creating the Stem lab. She is creating a wonderful space for our kids to explore and use their imagination. I can't wait to see the excitement on our students faces as they engage in the learning.

Week at a Glance: January 14th-18th


Monday-White Day

Kinder PLC

1:15-1st Grade Cohort PD

2:10-Kinder Cohort PD


Tuesday-Black Day

3rd/4th ELA PLC

8:35-4th Grade Cohort PD

9:35-3rd Grade Cohort PD


Wednesday-Red Day

3rd/4th Math PLC

Malinda @ Principal's Meeting

10:20-2nd Grade Cohort PD

2:10-Kinder Decision Point Meetings


Thursday-White Day

1st/2nd Grade PLC

Melissa @ MOY LPAC Training in PM


Friday-Black Day

K/1st/2nd ELA PLC

3rd ELA Planning Day

Melissa @ TELPAS Training in AM

8:00-School Board Visit

Staff Birthdays

Maxyne Simon 1/13

Staff Updates

Mid-Year Reflection Form

Last year, at mid-year I asked for feedback from the staff to continue to strengthen our campus practice and procedures. This was so valuable and appreciated!!! Here we go again...this is completely anonymous. Please take a moment to answer the few questions.


https://goo.gl/forms/GpaRwu8TdxUUp3as2



School Board Visit

Our wonderful CISD Board will visit Rice on 1/18 at 8:00. They will be visiting our STEM room, K/1/2 PLC Meeting, and classrooms to see Independent Reading. Although this is the plan they also have veered from the plan and just pop in classrooms. The Board has asked that you treat this like a Learning Walk. They don't want students to stop what they are doing and have a question and answer session. They just want to step in and take part in the learning.


Please make sure your hallways and classrooms are clean and organized. We want to leave a great impression on the board.



Gift of Time

Below are the tentative dates for our Gift of Time. Team Leaders gave me suggested dates and I tried to fit them in. Staff will be treated to breakfast at Pie in the Sky from 7:30-9:00.


2/1-RISE-3 people (delivered)

2/4-Kinder-9 people (Kinder, Seal, Luna, Miller)

2/8-3rd & Specials-10 people

2/13-1st Grade-8 people (1st, Viteaux, Blanco)

2/15-4th Grade-7 people (4th, Artusy, Guererro)

2/1-Custodians, Front Office- 12 people (delivered)

2/22-2nd Grade-8 people (2nd, Cook, Lindwall)

2/28-Life Skills, Speech, Diag, PK -7 people