Monday Memo

Week 26, Week of March 19-23

Mandatory STAAR Training this THURSDAY for all Staff

Plan to be in the library Thursday after school ASAP so that we can get started with STAAR training. All staff will need to be in attendance the first part of the meeting for safety and security training, paraprofessionals will be able to leave afterwards once that portion is complete. The rest of the staff will need to stay for the duration of the training.


A few things to look forward to as we close out the third nine weeks and begin the final quarter:

  • Another Spring Holiday (thanks to not having a bad weather day and the 7.5 hours of personal PD): March 30 - April 2

Grades are due to Monisha by 2:00 on Wednesday!

  • One more Wednesday School left prior to this date to help students (March 7) -- please notify Jan of students needing to attend and remember to let parents know of students in danger of failing

TELPAS Testing:

  • March 21 and March 22: Reading

STAAR Testing (mandatory training on Thursday, March 22):

  • April 10: 8th Grade Math and 7th Grade Writing
  • April 11: 8th Grade Reading
  • May 14: 6/7th Grade Math and 8th Grade Math Retake
  • May 15: 6/7th Grade Reading and 8th Grade Reading Retake
  • May 16: 8th Grade Science
  • May 17: 8th Grade Social Studies

Final Exam Week:

  • May 29 - June 1


  • April 27

8th Grade Celebration

  • Saturday, May 19 at Carpenter Rec Center

Concerts, Meets, Events, PD, etc.:

  • Check the calendar!

Principal Institute

I will be out of the office Wednesday and Thursday for the final leg of the Principal Institute (actually the final one is in June).

SEL Committee

Thanks to those of you who joined us for the SEL committee. Please don't forget to email me with your interest of the options we discussed.

Required Professional Development-Teacher Pages


The district is going away from mypisd and using Teacher Pages on the website. We had 9 teachers attend a training at the beginning of this semester on how to get these pages setup and the minimal requirements. There will be four sessions offered, you will need to make sure you attend at least one session (campus PD or personal PD will be provided).

The final session will be in CPU Lab 407 beginning at 4:00 on April 24, hosted by Michelle Johnson and Lindsey Petropoulos.

Professional Development

Rice Middle School PD Calendar

None this week.

We don't have any PD scheduled for the rest of the month. If you are wanting to add something, please contact Sara or Kendyl.

Remember, you must complete 7.5 hours of CAMPUS professional development, in lieu of working on April 2. This is required.

The 7.5 hours of personal professional development are optional even though you are encouraged to pursue professional learning on an on-going basis. If you choose not to record these hours or accrue hours in this manner you may work the scheduled work day on June 4, 2018.

Golden Hashtag Award

CONGRATS to the RMS Counselors (@RMSCounselors) for winning the Golden Hashtag award this week!

It takes baby steps, but I appreciate you sharing your story and promoting the Rice Raven Brand! If you have an idea for a challenge, please put it out there. Or use some positive peer pressure and get someone else to tweet great things going on in his or her classroom daily!

Don't forget to include #RiceRavens in your tweets and respond/encourage others!!!

The Challenge:

Tweet out one post DAILY (tag @RiceMSRavens and #RiceRavens) about what learning took place in your classroom (add a picture if you want) and then scroll through the rest of the posts at #RiceRavens and respond as you see fit. That's it! Simple enough.

This is a time where sharing the story of public education is crucial and educators all over need to work together and make sure our communities are aware of how great public education is.

I would love to see MORE of the Rice Middle School staff participate and share what's going on at Rice. Several Monday Memos ago, I shared my thoughts on the need to share our story. This shouldn't be limited to admin or the few staff who have taken this on, this should be the responsibility of all of us. There are many great things going on at Rice Middle School and public education in general, but these can often be overshadowed by bad press or a small percentage of what is reported. We all need to be proud of where we are and what we do each day and SHARE that with the community. If there is no joy in where you are or what you are doing that you can share with others, then this should be a time to reevaluate what you are needing and go and find it.

This Twitter Challenge is a small task that can bring back some huge gains.

Big picture

Professional Development opportunities.

Misc. Items

Rice MS Google Classroom:

If you have not done so already, please join the Rice Google Classroom using the Class Code: iiw1vtp. All relevant and important campus information and announcements are housed here. And if you have suggestions on what should be in the stream (including new “Topics”) or in the “About” section, please send them Sara's way!

Student Assistants:

As a reminder, students should not be grading assignments, entering grades in the grade book, or anything that pertains to working with student information. This violates FERPA, please make sure you are not using student assistants in this manner. Let me know if you have any questions.

Spring Pictures:

Spring Pictures will be Tuesday, April 3 through Science classes. Students will only receive pictures if they order online or pre-pay.

A Look Ahead -Events for the Week


Band Pre-UIL Concert-6:00 PWSH


Principals Meeting-Kendyl and Sara out (see Coach Green or Coach Nelson for any administrative concerns)

Track Meet at Kimbrough-4:15


Mandatory STAAR Training after school

Beginning Choir Concert-6:00-RMS Cafeteria


Speech Tournament-all day-Schim MS


Today: Kendyl

March 23: Lisa Barrett

Those we missed over Spring Break:

Allison King: March 14

Nathan Cassidy: March 15

Kelly Gauger: March 17

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