Rice Middle School eNews

Monday, January 11, 2016

College Week Dress-Up Schedule

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


"Take a tour to find your path to college!"

Wear tourist attire.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"Look your BEST; feel your BEST!"

Dress for success!

Wear age-appropriate interview attire.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

"You have a BRIGHT future ahead of you!"

Wear neon colored clothing and sunglasses.


Friday, January 15, 2016

"The West Cluster prepares you for college!"

Wear Rice, Jasper, or West spirit wear.

Table of Contents

1. PACE Referral Deadline is Wednesday, January 13th!


2. College Admission Parent Night, January 14th!


3. PTA Board Openings 2016-2017


4. AMC 10B Math Competition


5. Attention Parents of 6th Graders


6. Attention Parents of 7th Graders


7. Group Picture Day


8. World Arts Family Night


9. Attention All Muslims & MSA Members


10. Yearbook News


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


12. Donations Still Needed for Rice's New Makerspace!


13. Jasper Band Boosters: Princeton Review Practice Tests

1. PACE Referral Deadline is Wednesday, January 13th!

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2. College Admission Parent Night, January 14th!

Do you have an 8th grader preparing for high school? Are you curious what your student will need to do during high school in order to do to get accepted into college?


Rice AVID and Counselors Present a College Admission Information Night for parents on Thursday, January 14th, at 6 PM in the library. Get the answers to all your questions about the classes kids should take in high school, the importance of GPA, what is class rank, and should they be involved in extracurricular activities. Our guest speaker will be Carlos Martinez, The University of Texas at San Antonio Admissions Outreach Officer for the DFW area. Our counselor, Mrs. Edwards, will also speak briefly about the upcoming registration for next school year. This meeting is open to all Rice parents. We hope to see you there!

3. PTA Board Openings 2016-2017


  • President
  • 1st VP of Membership
  • 3rd VP of Ways & Means
  • 4th VP of Volunteers
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Parliamentarian
  • Communications


For more information on any of these contact Shannon DeWolf at president@ricepta.org

4. AMC 10B Math Competition

The Rice Middle School Math Department will host the AMC 10B Math Competition on Wednesday, February 17, from 3:45 to 5:15 PM, locations TBA. This competition is open to all Rice students. Information about the test can be found at MMA website. Please see the attached form for further details. Registration forms are due this Friday, January 15, to Mrs. Coveney, room 411. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Coveney or Mrs. Liu. Forms can also be found on the Mathcounts classroom.

5. Attention Parents of 6th Graders

Please click on the link below to view important information from Nurse Yang, regarding immunization requirements students who will be 7th graders in 2016-2017.

6. Attention Parents of 7th Graders

Your 7th grade student will have a state mandatory screening for vision, hearing and AN (Acanthosis Nigricans) through English class at the library on 1/12/2016. Please remind your student to wear eyeglasses/contacts for accurate results if they have them.


Please click on the links to learn more about AN and eye health.

7. Group Picture Day

Just a reminder that group picture day is THIS Friday, January 15th Please check the schedule (attached) so that you know when you are supposed to be at the gym. Schedules are located in the following places: across from the counselor’s office, outside room 821, in the rotunda, and in each of the pods. See Mrs. Graves in room 821 if you have any questions. Please talk with your student about what times they need to be in the gym, and make sure they have the correct club shirts before leaving for school.

8. World Arts Family Night

Attention Rice Families!

Our PTA is sponsoring a World Fine Arts Family Night on Monday, February 29th at 6:00 PM in the Rice cafeteria.

Do stop by to enjoy this fun event during the Open House.

Mark your calendars now for the Leap Day evening! More details will follow next month.


*If you would like to volunteer or help out with Henna art, please contact:


Sona Kasargod

Rice PTA Cultural Diversity Program Chair

Email: sonadileep@yahoo.co.uk

9. Attention All Muslims & MSA Members

MSA is inviting a guest speaker on Tuesday, January 12th at 3:45 in Room 728 for an interactive talk. Don’t miss this great opportunity to gather and have fun. Refreshments will be served. Please join us.


Hope to see you all there!

10. Yearbook News

Individual Pictures

Mrs. Graves will post the individual student pictures in the cafeteria windows facing the hallway in the rotunda starting today. Please have your student check to ensure their names, grade levels, and pictures are all correct. If there are any issues, there will be a form for your student to fill out. They will be located near the pictures and they will need to turn into Mrs. Graves by January 19th. Pictures will be taken down on January 20th.


Final Yearbook Sale

Our final yearbook sale is going on next week! Starting next Tuesday yearbooks will be sold online, and by Mrs. Graves. Order forms will be available in the front office and the counselor’s office. Pay attention for yearbook sales details to be posted by our yearbook staff!

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:

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.***

12. Donations Still 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 view an updated list of items you may donate!

13. Jasper Band Boosters: Princeton Review Practice Tests

Thinking about taking the SAT or ACT? Don't practice on the real thing! The Jasper Band Boosters and Princeton Review are sponsoring practice SAT, ACT, and PSAT tests at Jasper High School on Saturday, Feb. 6th. The tests are open to all students. Online registration is now open at https://jasperband.membershiptoolkit.com/Open_Forms.
You don't have be a band member to take the test. Registration deadline is Saturday Jan. 31st.
For more information, please contact Yining Fang at yiningli_1@yahoo.com

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