September 19, 2016
I have enjoyed seeing the many notifications on the RiceMSRavens Twitter account. Thank you to all of you who are taking this step and showcasing what is happening in your classroom at Rice! Keep it up!!!!
RAVE Tickets and Other Recognition
Please continue to use the RAVE ticket system to reward those students who are doing good deeds and making a positive difference at Rice.
We are going to be continuing the Remarkable Ravens award this year as well. Sara will be sending information as we get closer to the end of the grading period.
Other Shout Outs:
Kendyl, Sara, and I have discussed recognizing students on a regular basis through a call home when we see a student doing something awesome. I think this is a great way to show our students that we care about even the small things they do and also give their parents something to celebrate. The idea comes from a tweet I saw through my PLN on Twitter (hint, hint). Here is what was posted: #GoodNewsCallOfTheDay
We have called a few parents, with the students in our office, and it was pretty cool to hear the reactions. Definitely something for you to consider and it only takes a few minutes!
Katie Greer Assembly
The schedule is posted here.
Students report to class and then will be called to the gym.
The 2nd period assembly will be 2nd period 6th grade PE and all of 7th grade.
The 3rd period assembly will be 3rd period 6th grade PE and all of 8th grade.
We will call the students down when we are ready.
There is also a Katie Greer program here that evening which is geared towards adults. It is a great program and very informative.
Dr. Binggeli Visit
Tomorrow is spirit day, so we will keep that in place, no need to dress up!
Staff Meeting Thursday
Instead of having the staff meeting, we are going to have an optional professional development meeting which will go towards the campus hours.
Piktochart and LucidPress Training - Lab 907
I have talked to some staff members and there are a couple who are a bit confused as to the requirements for the Flexible Learning. First, I suggest that you read over the information I sent out previously:
We created the professional the Professional Development Calendar as a way to offer various campus professional development that meet the needs of the campus. We chose not to have a limited number of days so that it is more flexible to you. If you have some ideas for professional development, please see Kendyl, Sara, or me for approval and then you can add it to the calendar.
The 15 hours (7.5 campus/7.5 personal) are not optional, they must be completed. You don't get to take a personal day in lieu of completing the requirements.
If you have any questions, please come see one of us for further explanation.
The website is: badges.pisd.edu
Career Day - November 4
Rice Middle School Community Outreach - Ravens Take Flight
We are also accepting other butters such as soy, sun and almond, but please make sure these are in plastic jars.
For the month of September, Rice Middle School will be taking part in the 3rd Annual Food 4 Kids - Plano Peanut Butter Drive.
We are asking for donations of regular sized plastic jars of peanut butter. There are boxes in the front rotunda and our goal for the month is a donation total of 600 jars.
Thanks for spreading the word. For more information on the drive, please visit the school website here.
September 20: Dr. Binggeli visits Rice in the morning
September 27: Katie Greer student assembly in the morning, parent meeting in the evening.
October 4: Progress Reports
October 5: Plano West Homecoming Parade - 6:30
October 7: Ravenfest - 3:30 to 5:30
October 10: Parent - Teacher Conference Day
October 11: Pep Rally/Parade
October 21: First Responder Appreciation Day
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Professional Development - Room 907
Tuesday, Sep. 20th, 4pm
8500 Gifford Drive
Principals Meeting - Chris, Kendyl, Sara out
Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 8:30am
6301 Chapel Hill Boulevard
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