Monday Memo

March 21, 2016

Four-day Week

Lucky us, we did not use our snow day this no school on Friday! Enjoy your extra day!


Please be sure to have all your grades entered by the end of the day today so that we can run progress reports first thing in the morning on Tuesday.

As always, if a student is missing work, let Jan know for Wednesday School and keep parents informed of failing grades.


Make sure you have the following dates on your calendar:

March 22:


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

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!

2016-17 Student Assistants

Please see Maggie if you would like a student assistant for next year.
Twitter Week in Review. Week of March 12-20th

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.


Thank you all for taking attendance every period, every day!

Keep up the good work so we can have our cookout on April 15th!

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!

Several of you are using our yearlong, free Zaption Pro subscription with videos in your classes. If you want to know more, let Sara know--she can provide you with the login information.

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.
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!!!

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Events for the Week

TELPAS testing (Labs 407/507)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 8:30am

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

John Mackey-Visiting Guest in Band

Tuesday, March 22nd, 8:30am

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Soccer Club Practice

Tuesday, March 15th, 3:45pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Track Meet

Tuesday, March 22nd, 4pm

700 North Murphy Road

Murphy, TX

Middle School Principal Meeting-Chris, Kendyl, Sara Out of Building

Wednesday, March 16th, 8:30am

6301 Chapel Hill Boulevard

Plano, TX

Band Pre-UIL

Wednesday, March 16th, 6:30pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

NO PDAS Appraisals

Thursday, March 24th, 8:30am

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX

Soccer Club Practice

Thursday, March 17th, 3:45pm

8500 Gifford Drive

Plano, TX