Rice Middle School eNews

Monday, November 16, 2015

Please Donate to Plano Food Drive!

Attention all Rice Ravens! Thanksgiving is almost here which means it’s time for the Plano Food Drive. Student council will be hosting the drive again. 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. Our goal this year is 5,000 cans! We need all cans in by Friday, November 20th.

Winter Clothing Drive to Benefit the Refugees in the DFW Area.

MSA Clothing Drive


Did you know that the Dallas-Fort Worth area leads in refugee re-settlements? Texas became the new home for about 7,200 refugees from more than 24 different countries. MSA wants to help and we are collecting new or kindly used winter clothing; such as blankets, jackets, and sweaters for all ages. The boxes will be placed for two weeks until November 20; one by the main office and the other in room 817. All the winter clothing collected will be donated to the DFW refugees through the Refugees Services of Texas.

Table of Contents

1.Plano's 2015-2016 Diversity Leadership Awards

2.PISD's InfoCenter

3. PTA News

4. Plano Turkey Drive

5. Attention 8th Graders!

6. Think Through Math Program

7. Mark your Calendars--Rice's Spelling Bee

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

9. Yearbook News--Updated!

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1. Plano's 2015-2016 Diversity Leadership Awards

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2. PISD's InfoCenter

Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your school or district. The following is a guide to help you get started.


What is InfoCenter?: InfoCenter provides access to all the messages and information sent by your organization. Accessible from any internet-enabled device, InfoCenter visually displays and organizes alerts, notifications, and attachments for easy review and reference. InfoCenter also allows you to customize how you receive communications from PISD (campus and district).


How do I sign up for InfoCenter?: Signing up for InfoCenter is easy. Using the email address that you have on file for your district (emergency card), follow these three steps:

1. Download the InfoCenter by SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. You can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/


2. Click the "New User" button, enter your email address, and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token. Note: If you receive an "already claimed by another user account" error message that means you've already created a SchoolMessenger account via another SchoolMessenger product, such as Contact Manager. Simply follow the "Return to login" link and login. Use the "Forgot your password" link if needed.


3. After authenticating via the token sent to your email, return to InfoCenter and sign in using your email and password.



What's in InfoCenter? Once you've created your account, the records associated with your email address will be linked automatically. You can then:

  • View the records associated with your account.
  • Review the last 30 days worth of messages for all your associated records.
  • View your contact information, and configure how you'd like to receive notifications.


Important Things to Know:

  • Regardless of how you choose to receive notifications, all messages associated with your records will be retained in the InfoCenter inbox for 30 days.


  • You can opt into receiving Device Notifications (Push) under Notification Preferences. When choosing to receive Device Notifications, a badge or alert will appear when you receive new communications from Plano ISD.




Our provider, SchoolMessenger, makes the security and privacy of your data a top priority. As one of over 100 approved signatories to Student Privacy Pledge, you can feel ensured that your student's information is safe and will never be sold, rented or shared.

3. PTA News

A. PTA General Meeting

There will be a PTA General Meeting on December 8th in the Rice Cafeteria at 6:15pm (Right before the band concert). Please join us!!



B. 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.


C. Volunteering at the middle school level is much less involved than elementary school, and it's a great way to get involved, meet other parents, and make a positive impact on our students and our Rice community. Please contact Shannon DeWolf at (president@ricepta.org) if you are interested in volunteering or would like more information.

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5. Attention 8th Graders!

Jasper HS Open House on 1/6

Journey to Jag Country is the Open House for all 8th graders planning to attend Jasper High School for 9th grade and their parents. It will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6 pm in the Jasper Cafeteria. Come get a glimpse of your future high school experience, and explore subjects, clubs, and organizations for your freshman year. Parents, please park in the south parking lot and enter the building through the South doors. See you there!

Information about Academy and IB World Informational Open Houses below...

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6. Think Through Math Program

Your student has access to Think Through Math, a web-based program that personalizes learning for your individual student. The program is proven to increase math proficiency when implemented 2 to 3 times each week (or about 90 minutes each week). There is also access to live, state-credentialed teachers within the program who can offer assistance when needed. Please click on the link below to access

7. 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.

8. 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.***

9. Yearbook News--Updated!

Please click on the link below to view information about purchasing yearbooks and learn how to get your fun photos included in the 2015-2016 RMS Yearbook!


https://www.smore.com/r812n

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