Rice Middle School eNews

Monday, November 30, 2015

Plano Food Drive!--Tomorrow's the Last Day!

Attention all Rice Ravens! Currently, our community has contributed 2988 items toward Plano's Food Drive. Our goal this year is 5,000 cans, so we have extended the deadline until tomorrow, 12/1. Each year, Rice brings in an impressive amount of canned food, so let’s keep it up.


This year you can donate cans, plastic bottles of food, bags of food, or boxes. Just no glass please. Students will deliver the cans/items to his/her homeroom teacher. This food goes to help Plano families that are in need.


Thank you to Rice's Student Council for hosting this event again!

Table of Contents

1. Absences during Exam Week


2. PTA News


3. Attention 8th Graders--Mark Your Calendars!


4. MATHCOUNTS Club Reminder


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


6. Mark your Calendars: Rice's Spelling Bee


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


8. 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


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

2. PTA News

A. PTA General Meeting Cancelled

The PTA General Meeting on December 5th is cancelled. We will have more meetings in the spring and will post those dates.


B. Last Week to Nominate for Texas PTA Life Members!

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.

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3. Attention 8th Graders--Mark Your Calendars!

Calling the PWSH Class of 2020!

We hope everyone will plan on attending the Journey to Jag Country on January 6th from 6:00 to 7:15 pm.


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!!

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4. MATHCOUNTS Club Reminder

The December Sprint Round practice test will be held on Monday, December 7th, after school at Rice cafeteria. The test will start at 3:45 and end around 4:30 PM. There is no need to sign up. Come to the cafeteria before 3:40 pm to take test.

5. 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

6. 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.

7. 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.***

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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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