Rice Middle School eNews

Monday, December 14, 2015

Please Vote for Rice!

We are proud to announce that Rice Middle School is one of three finalists in the Public School category for the Reader’s Choice Awards. Please take a moment to go to the link below each day now through December 18 to vote! Pass it on!

Absences during Exam Week

December 15th-18th, the 7th & 8th graders will be taking semester exams and 6th graders will take a Math test. Please consider this as you make travel arrangements. Keep in mind that it is important for students to be at school during exam week.


If you know that your child will be out during this time, please contact your child's counselor as soon as possible. Also, have your child pick up an Absence Request Form from the Front office and submit it two weeks prior to the expected absence to Ms. Landy in the front office.


6th Grade, Sarena Edwards, #469-752-6017


sarena.edwards@pisd.edu


7th Grade, Margaret Jimenez, #469-752-6016

margaret.jimenez@pisd.edu


8th Grade, Susan Barshop, #469-752-6018


susan.barshop@pisd.edu

Table of Contents

1. Show Some School Spirit & Dress-Up All Week!

2. Journey to Jag Country--Date Moved to January 7th!

3. Winter Exam Schedule

4. Report Cards for the 3rd Six Weeks and the 1st Semester

5. PISD Secondary Transfer Online Numbering System

6. Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Study Task Force

Seeks Parent and Community Feedback


7. Donations Needed for Rice's New Makerspace!

8. PACE Referral & Assessment Information

9. Attention Parents--Important PE Information!

10. Rice's Annual Poetry Book--Now Accepting Submissions!

11. Jasper HS Band Fundraiser--Online Auction

1. Show Some School Spirit & Dress-Up All Week!

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2. Journey to Jag Country--Date Moved to January 7th!

Rice parents, please be aware that due to an inadvertent scheduling conflict, we are moving the date of Journey to Jag Country to Thursday, January 7. We want to make sure that all Rice students and parents are able to attend. Times will remain the same 6 pm to 7:15. Thank you for your understanding and more details about the night can be found below.



Calling the PWSH Class of 2020!

We hope everyone will plan on attending the Journey to Jag Country Thursday, January 7 from 6 pm to 7:15. Please note this date has changed to Thursday, January 7. We ask all Rice families to park in the south parking lot and enter the building from the South doors. You will be directed to the cafeteria for the meeting to start the evening. This is an opportunity for parents and students to learn all about what you have to look forward to in high school. During this evening, parents and students will have a meeting to learn how to better help their student transition to high school. Parents and students will also be able to get familiar with the campus. While walking around the campus, you will be able to visit with curricular class teachers, student groups and organizations, purchase spirit wear, and visit with the different booster clubs and PTSA. We hope you will not miss this chance to get your high school career off to a great start!!

3. Winter Exam Schedule

Attention Parents:

December 15th-18th, the 7th & 8th graders will be taking semester exams and the 6th graders will take a math test. Be aware that next week school will run on an adjusted schedule, which does affect lunch periods, and that Friday, December 18th, is a half-day where all students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.

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4. Report Cards for the 3rd Six Weeks and the 1st Semester

Report cards with 3rd six weeks' grades and semester grades will be mailed out to students on January 4th. Grades are always available via Parent Viewer, and finalized grades for the first semester will be available online after 4 pm on Friday, December 18th.

5. PISD Secondary Transfer Online Numbering System

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6. Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Study Task Force Seeks Parent and Community Feedback

The Facilities and Technology Study Task Force, assembled by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees in August, is hosting a public hearing to gather community input as they evaluate district needs with regard to a possible bond initiative. I encourage our parent community to attend this public forum, as this will be your opportunity to provide feedback or ask questions related to the committee’s work of reviewing enrollment trends and projections, as well as establishing construction, renovation and technology needs. The hearing will be hosted as follows:


Facilities and Technology Study Task Force Public Hearing


Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Plano Senior High School Doyle Dean Performing Arts Center
2200 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075


Speaker cards will be required from all who wish to speak at the hearing and will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. through the end of the meeting.


Additional opportunities for input are available at the regular school board meetings scheduled for January 12 and February 2, 2016, and via district e-mail at askpisd@pisd.edu. For more information on the work of the Facilities and Technology Study Task Force, please visit the Plano ISD website at: http://www.pisd.edu/news/2016bond/index.shtml.

7. Donations Needed for Rice's New Makerspace!

Great things are happening in the library, and we need your help! Please click on the link below to find out about the new Makerspace we are creating and items you may donate!


https://www.smore.com/2c3xs

8. PACE Referral & Assessment Information

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9. Attention Parents--Important PE Information!

In an effort to keep our students' belongings in PE “safe,” we are making some changes! Starting 2nd semester, ALL students enrolled in PE will need to provide their own locks for their PE lockers. Any standard lock will do-- just make sure your child is able to operate it! Once the semester is over, all locks will be going home!

10. Rice's Annual Poetry Book--Now Accepting Submissions!

The Rice Middle School Poetry Book is now accepting submissions of poetry and artwork. Students can see their English teacher for Directions for Submitting, or see Ms. Weidenbruch in room 518, Ms. Beekmann in room 808, or Ms. Dyer in room 804 for details. The Permission to Publish form must be signed by a parent for poem or art to be published. Students will receive their own copy of the Poetry Book at our annual Poetry Reading Bash in the spring. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 26, 2016.


For directions for submitting and Permission to publish form, click on the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8exyHjC1q44U1Z4aExRSDFSZkk/view?usp=sharing


***The sponsors wish to thank the Rice PTA for assisting us with the funding of the book.***

11. Jasper HS Band Fundraiser--Online Auction

The Jasper HS Band's Annual fundraiser in November - the Italian Dinner & Silent Auction - was a huge success! We are pleased that so many people attended the dinner and enjoyed the concert - it was a fun event! Thank you to the Jasper, Rice and Robinson bands, the Band Directors, and all the volunteers who worked the event -- everyone did a wonderful job!

We have a few great auction items which were received after the event and are available for bidding until December 24 - these are open to any interested party. Please click on this link to see the available items:

http://www.32auctions.com/jasperband2015

This online auction will close at 4 PM on Thursday, December 24, 2015 so be sure to check out the list today! Thank you again for your support of the Jasper Band's biggest fundraiser! Contact Erin Heath at erin@xcelevents.us if you have any questions.

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