Rice Middle School eNews

Monday, December 7, 2015

Congratulations Rice Speech Team!

The Rice Speech Team placed first at the Robinson Speech Tournament on Saturday earning a combined 718 sweepstakes points. We had numerous students make it from prelims to semis to finals and eventually place.....here are the final results!


Kritika Ramesh - 3rd

Public Forum Debate:

Neha Sridhar and Gaby Montenegro - 2nd

Medhansh Gupta and Riya Pau - 1st

Original Oratory:

David Yang - 3rd

Jennifer Su - 2nd

Emily Ren- 1st

Humorous Interpretation:

Aryan Kapoor - 3rd

Jai Ravipati - 2nd

Readers' Theatre:

The team of Ruchi Bhalani, Kruthi Kanduri, Aryan Kapoor, Katherine Jan,

and Brandon Wang -2nd


Cassie Liu - 2nd


Emily Ren - 1st

Extemporaneous Speaking:

Brandon Wang - 2nd

Nihar Annam - 1st

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!

Table of Contents

1. Absences during Exam Week

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

3. Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Study Task Force Seeks Parent

and Community Feedback

4. Attention Parents of 8th Graders--Scoliosis Screening

5. PTA News

6. Donations Needed for Rice's New Makerspace!

7. PACE Referral & Assessment Information

8. Want to Audition for the Spring One-Act Play?

9. Attention Parents--Important PE Information!

10. Mark your Calendars: Rice's Spelling Bee

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

12. Lady Ravens Athletics Sweatshirts for Shirt

13. Plano West Crew Socks Available for Purchase

1. Absences during Exam Week

With the end of the first semester fast approaching, many of you have already begun to make plans for Winter Break. 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 FIRST contact your child's counselor. 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


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


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


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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. 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.

4. Attention Parents of 8th Graders--Scoliosis Screening

The state mandatory 8th grade Scoliosis screening is scheduled on 12/10/2015. The 8th grade students will be screened through PE classes in the gym. The parent letter is sent home with your student. If your child does not have PE class this school year, they will be pulled out and screened during one of their elective classes. If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, please contact Nurse Yang (serena.yang@pisd.edu) prior to the scheduled screening for further instruction.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

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5. PTA News

A. Last Week to Nominate for Texas PTA Life Members- Extended to December 11th!

The Rice PTA is seeking nominations for the 2015-2016 Texas PTA Life Membership Awards. A nominee can be any teacher, staff member, parent, or volunteer who has shown outstanding service and dedication to the students of Rice Middle School. Please contact Shannon Hodges at membership@ricepta.org if you would like to nominate a deserving individual. Please use the attached form when submitting your nomination. All nominations should be received by December 4, 2015.

B. PTA General Meeting December 8th Cancelled

The PTA General Meeting on December 8th is cancelled. There will be more meetings in the spring. We hope to see you there!

6. 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!


7. PACE Referral & Assessment Information

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8. Want to Audition for the Spring One-Act Play?

Auditions for the spring one act play School Daze are Tuesday, December 8th and Wednesday, December 9th in the Rice Middle School Cafeteria until 5PM.

You will only need to attend one audition day. Please prepare a one minute comedic or dramatic monologue for the audition. Audition forms are posted outside room 731 and must be brought with you to the audition.

School Daze will perform at the Plano ISD One Act Play Festival on Saturday, February 27th at Vines High School.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1MJpGcQ

Want to apply for the tech crew for School Daze? Fill out the application at http://goo.gl/forms/UfTB6qvYTR

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. Mark your Calendars: Rice's Spelling Bee

The Annual Rice Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 12th, in the cafeteria. Any student who wants to participate must attend an organization meeting before or after school on December 9th or 10th.

11. 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:


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

12. Lady Ravens Athletics Sweatshirts

Girls Athletics is selling Spirit Wear! They are heathered grey crew neck sweatshirts and cost $25 (cash or check). Please turn in money to Coach Cole (room 918) or put it in an envelope with your name, ID# and size in her mailbox by Wednesday, December 9th. Orders will be placed Thursday afternoon and students will receive sweatshirts next week. All checks should be made out to Rice Middle School with the size, full name and ID# of the student on the check.

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Plano West socks are on sale for $10 a pair. Crew socks are white with blue wolfhead, available in adult medium and large.

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