Monday Memo

March 14, 2016

End Stretch

Not only do we have to come back after a nice week off, but we have to experience the pain and agony of dealing with Daylight Savings as well!!! I know it was hard for me to roll out of bed this morning! Now the fun begins.


Don't forget we have a mandatory staff meeting this Thursday, March 17. This has been on the schedule since the beginning of the school year. The expectation is that all staff is in attendance and all activities (tutorials, meetings, practices, etc.) are canceled.

We will be going over our STAAR training. This is in place of the March 24 staff meeting.

Pizza will also be provided for the training since it will last a bit longer than usual and we all love you! Plan to be here the entire time.

Also, we will be providing staff lunches for the March 29th STAAR date. We will send out a Google Form once we figure out where we are ordering.


Make sure you have the following dates on your calendar:

March 16:


March 29:

STAAR Grade 7 Writing

STAAR Grade 8 Math

March 30:

STAAR Grade 8 Reading

May 5:


May 9:

STAAR Grades 6-7 Math

STAAR Grade 8 Math Retest

May 10:

STAAR Grades 6-7 Reading

STAAR Grade 8 Reading Retest

May 11:

STAAR Grade 8 Science

May 12:

STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies

May 31-June 3:

Semester Exams

Progress Reports

Please make sure your grades are entered and updated by next Tuesday. Kendyl will be running the reports that morning.

Everyone Matters Day

Thanks to those of you who put everything together for this event. Joirdan sent out an email before break with the following information:

Hopefully we can make this a great day celebrating each other!

We will be participating in Everyone Matters Day again this year. Everyone Matters Day is on April 12, 2016 and I hope that we can continue this and make a tradition out of it. The city of Plano officials are planning to come out again in the morning this year. We will share further details with the staff once we have them.

Here is a link the Everyone Matters Day website.

Thanks in advance for participating!

Baron Elementary Student Project Video and No Labels Video

With Everyone Matters Day coming up soon, think about ways that we can make a daily difference in the lives of our students. Kristin showed me the Barron video and I was amazed at the reactions of the students and how great something like this makes the participants and also the viewer feel. I would love to see the Rice staff take on a task like this and share it out with the community. It takes one person to start a movement, but really one follower to get things rolling!

One other feel good video to get us going for the week and even possibly open up some more ideas and discussion is one I tweeted out this last weekend. Great concept, but even more intriguing as to the idea of "what if we could lead by example and break down labels?"

Important Student Project

2016-17 Student Assistants

Please see Maggie if you would like a student assistant for next year.

Soccer Club

Thank you , Beth and Jeremy, for volunteering to take on the Soccer Club. I know Sara is helping out, thanks for that as well. If you would like to help, please contact one of them.

There is an informational meeting for students tomorrow after school in the cafeteria.

Twitter Week in Review. Weeks of Feb 29 and March 7

Don't forget to include #RiceRavens in your tweets!


PISD Bond Information

Please educate yourself on the upcoming Bond Election. You might want to post the information as well.

Attendance Check

10 days at 100% completion! Congratulations!

Linda will send out information on the next challenge!!!

Social Media and Technology Trends

Thanks again to all of you who have been utilizing social media in your classroom and also those who have been trying out new technology features with your students.

Don't forget to add @RiceMSRavens and #RiceRavens to any tweet, so I can retweet it out!

Sara sent out information regarding a new tool she learned about at an EDCamp a few weeks ago.

Thank you Linda Fleming for being the latest to tackle Twitter to showcase what the students are doing in your classroom!

I am definitely encouraged by the enthusiasm and willingness of the staff to take the plunge and find new ways to make learning fun at Rice!

Professional Learning Hours

Thanks for all the great ideas for your professional learning that have come across my desk. We have numerous book studies going along as well as PLCs that have been planned. Great way to grow professionally!

Don't forget to begin documenting your professional development hours for the June 6, 2016 work day. Refer to the memo below for more information.
Wednesday WICORs In One Place!

Great informational resources for you to apply in the classroom. This is updated weekly with Craig McKinney's latest and greatest ideas.

Happy Birthday!!!

March 15:

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March 17:

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March 20:

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8 Things to Look for In Today's Classroom

A great visual description of what we should be providing students in the classroom.

Events for the Week

Orchestra Pre-UIL

Tuesday, March 15th, 8:30am

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Soccer Club Meeting

Tuesday, March 15th, 3:45pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Quiet Book Study Meeting 1-Room 921

Tuesday, March 15th, 4pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Principal Meeting-Chris, Kendyl, Sara Out of Building

Wednesday, March 16th, 8:30am

6301 Chapel Hill Boulevard

Plano, TX


Wednesday, March 16th, 8:30am

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Track Meet

Wednesday, March 16th, 4pm

700 North Murphy Road

Murphy, TX

AVID Collin County Adventure Camp

Thursday, March 17th, 8:30am

1180 West Houston Street

Anna, TX

Mandatory STAAR Training

Thursday, March 17th, 3:45pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

6th Grade Choir Pop Show

Thursday, March 17th, 6:30pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Speech Tournament

Saturday, March 19th, 8:30am

2400 Maumelle Drive

Plano, TX