Rice Middle School eNews

Monday, March 21, 2016

PISD Bond Proposal

On May 7, 2016, Plano ISD voters will decide on a $481 million bond proposal to fund initiatives recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force. Appointed in August, 2015 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, the task force included citizens, business leaders, teachers, principals and parents. The task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs, validated costs and sought input from fellow community members. After five months of study, debate and public input, the task force made final recommendations to school trustees which are included in this bond proposal. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. Find out more, including specific project allocations, at www.pisd.edu/2016bond. You may send questions to askpisd@pisd.edu.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions - along with their answers - in both English and Spanish, please access one of the following links:

- Frequently Asked Questions (English): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/FAQ.shtml

- Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/FAQ_Spanish.pdf

Congratulations, Rice's Speech and Debate Team!

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Congratulations, Carina Jiang!

Please congratulate Carina Jiang, Rice MS seventh-grader, for being recognized with a Regional Award in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Carina received an Honorable mention for her essay, “A Formal Food Fight,” and a Gold Key award (highest honor) for her fiction piece, “I Don’t Know.” Since nearly 320,000 works were submitted nationwide, this is an exciting accomplishment!

Table of Contents

1. Upcoming STAAR Testing Dates--Mark Your Calendars!

2. "Say Cheese!" Spring Picture Day

3. Open Positions Rice PTA for 2016-2017

4. Attention 8th Grade Students and Parents: 8th Grade Celebration!

5. Cold & Flu Prevention Information

6. News from Nurse: Parents of 6th Graders

7. Scholarship opportunities for PISD's CenterStage Summer Camp!

8. Speech and Debate Classes at Rice

9. Moving or Might be Moving?

10. Plano West Swim & Dive Team Tryouts

11. Jasper Board & Chair Openings Still Available

12. PWHS Royale's Spring Show!

13. Jasper Jazz News

14. Forman Elementary Garage Sale!

1. Upcoming STAAR Testing Dates

Please keep the following dates in mind as you are making plans:

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

**Students cannot leave the building and return later to complete their tests. If your child has an appointment on any of the testing days that affects him or her, please try to change the appointment.

2. "Say Cheese!" Spring Picture Day

We have Spring Picture Day coming up Friday, April 8. Only students that pre-order pictures or bring picture packets the day of photos will only be allowed to take a picture. You may order online at Mylifetouch.com using picture ID: LD935758Q0. You may also print this attached flyer and have your child bring it to the photographer. Pictures will be taken through science classes.

3. Open Positions Rice PTA for 2016-2017

Parents please consider volunteering with Rice PTA next year. We have several important positions that we need to fill! Some of them are School Supplies and PE Uniforms. If you have any questions or are interested in a position, please Shannon DeWolf at president@ricepta.org

Open Positions Rice PTA for 2016-2017:

Board Positions:

  • President- Attend and preside over board meetings, general meetings, vote on tied issues, meet with staff at school as needed, and attend Plano PTA meetings.

  • VP Membership- Recruit PTA members and maintain an accurate record of membership for the school year.

  • VP Ways & Means- Sets up and runs any fundraising for the school year.

  • VP of Volunteers- Puts together lists of volunteers for the school year and contacts the volunteers to place them at events.

  • Parliamentarian- Assists in making the meetings run smoothly. They apply the rules of Parliamentary procedure Robert's rules of order, the by laws and the standing rules.

  • Communications- Collect from others and e-mail the school contact all information weekly to be included in e-news

**Board Positions require monthly 1-hour board meetings & bi-monthly general 1 hour meetings**

Committee Positions

  • School Supplies Chairman- Oversee the orders for school supplies for students

  • Social Coordinator-Plan a fall and spring social for all grade levels (can be done with 2 coordinators)

  • PE Uniforms Chairman-Bring samples of PE Uniforms to feeder elementary schools, order and pass out uniforms

  • Box Top Chairman-Collect box tops from Rice and turn in

  • Spirit Wear Coordinator-Coordinate getting designs from vendor and take orders for spirit wear

  • Band Coordinator-Work with Band Director to help band with what they need

  • Copy Room Coordinator-Organize volunteers to use copy room to make copies at Rice for teachers

  • Multicultural Chairman-Organize event before spring open house

**No monthly meetings just complete job position requirements**

4. Attention 8th Grade Students and Parents: 8th Grade Celebration!

Celebrate your final year at Rice with an end-of-year 8th grade party at the Heritage Farmstead Museum on Friday, May 20th, from 7-9 PM. Plans are already underway, and we are currently looking for someone to create a video to highlight the past three years at Rice. If video creation is your thing and you would like to help out, please contact either Bethany Ulteig (gulteig@sbcglobal.net) or Cristi Dyer (cristi.dyer@pisd.edu). We will need lots of additional volunteers to make this event fun for our students. Please be on the lookout for announcements in the coming weeks with more information regarding 8th Grade Celebration.

5. Cold & Flu Prevention Information

Parents and students can help reduce the impact of the cold and flu season by following these simple tips:

  • Get a flu shot!
  • Keep your children at home for fever of 100˚F or more for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for 20 seconds or more. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs can easily enter the body this way.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hand.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces at home, work, and school, especially if someone is ill.
  • Practice other good health habits such as being physically active, drinking plenty of fluids, getting plenty of rest, and eating nutritious foods.

If you want more information on influenza please visit these helpful sites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

Texas Department of State Health Services: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/influenza/

*From CCHD and PISD

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6. News from the Nurse--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.

7. Scholarship opportunities for PISD's CenterStage Summer Camp!

Are you an 8th grader and plan to take a theatre or tech theatre class at Jasper next year? Jasper Theatre and Jasper Theatre Boosters are providing full and partial scholarships to PISD's CenterStage Summer Camp. Please see Mrs. Petropoulos in room 731 for more information and to apply.

8. Speech and Debate Classes at Rice

Interested in taking a speech class at Rice next year? Click on the following link to get information on speech classes and access the applications for debate and tournament prep


9. Moving or Might Be Moving?

If you know you will be moving or withdrawing your student from Rice or Jasper (current 8th grader) at the end of school during the summer, please fill out an, "Intent to Withdraw" form as soon as possible. Contact Ms. Pinkston in the Counselor's office for a copy of this form. Please remember , that if you later decide to stay in the Rice zone, you always have a spot!

10. Plano West Swim & Dive Team Tryouts

There will be a mandatory Parent Meeting for all parents of students interested in trying out for the Plano West Swim team: Wednesday, May 4th, at 6:30 pm in the Presentation Room at Plano West. (The team is open to students attending Jasper, Shepton and West for the 2016-2017 school year.) Swimmers are encouraged to attend this meeting.

New Swimmer Tryouts will be held Saturday, May 7, 7:00-9:00 am at Tom Muehlenbeck Center. This is for any swimmer who is not currently on the Plano West Swim Team. Tryouts will start promptly at 7am. Please RSVP to Coach Bobo at peyton.bobo@pisd.edu . Swimmers will need competition suits, goggles, and caps. The try-out will be a swim practice designed to assess the swimmers' competitive swimming skills (including all strokes), ability to work as a part of a team, and competitive drive. A flier with this information is available in the school office if needed.

The Diving Team works out at Oak Point Recreation Center at 7:00 AM Monday thru Friday. Come by and meet Coach Solow. For tryout information contact the coach at bob.solow@pisd.edu .

11. Jasper Board & Chair Openings Still Available

VP Membership. All handled through Membership Toolkit. Have to attend August Teacher Luncheon to collect teacher memberships. Have to file paperwork with Texas Council of PTAs. Updates and applications as the year goes on. Exec Board member. Monthly meetings from 1:30 to 2:30, second Monday of the month.

Arts in Education: announces and collects submissions to PTA Reflections contest. Arranges judges to review campus works submitted. Completes paperwork and orders ribbons for winners advancing. Board member. Monthly meetings from 1:30 to 2:30.

Environmental: serves as representative to PTA Council for advancing environmental awareness at the school. Assists Jasper admin with keeping school entrances attractive (past year, bought and placed mulch around trees. last year, added spring flowers). Board member. Monthly meetings from 1:30-2:30.

Office Volunteer Coordinator: list of volunteers provided from VP Membership. Works with front office to set up volunteers for copy duty and office help as needed. Committee Chair, does not require monthly meetings.

Cultural Diversity: Works with council of PTAs and Jasper admin to highlight diversity. Committee Chair, does not require monthly meetings.

SAGE Chairman: works with PISD PTA Council rep to keep PTSA and campus advised of opportunities for both special and gifted education. Committee position, does not require monthly meetings.

Teacher Treats: Coordinates treats/breakfast for the teachers approximately four times a year. Organizes teacher casserole day. Coordinates with Hospitality Chair and Admin for planning. Currently two people serving as co-chairs, does not require monthly meetings.

Community Outreach Chair: Works with PISD PTA Council, providing necessary resources to support and promote district-wide initiatives, helping schools with limited resources. Committee position, does not require monthly meeting attendance.

Please contact Trudy Hale at txhale@verizon.net if you are interested in particpating.

12. PWHS Royale's Spring Show!

Celebrate with the Royales - Plano West Royales invites the Plano West Community to our Royales Spring Show April 7, 8, and 9 (7PM) in the Plano West Auditorium. Tickets $10, more information on where and when to pick up your tickets coming soon!

13. Jasper Jazz News

A. Come Watch the Jasper Jazz's Award Winning Show, The Heist!

Come watch their award-winning, spring show performance, titled The Heist, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29 or Saturday, April 30 at Jasper High School. Tickets are $10 pre-order or $12 at the door. We anticipate a full house, so purchase your tickets today at http://jasperjazz.dance/forms.html . Pre-order by April 15 to ensure your seat.

B. Kendra Scott teams up with Jasper Jazz
Shop the “just-in” spring jewelry collection at Kendra Scott boutique and support Jasper Jazz at the “Kendra Gives Back” shopping party from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at Kendra Scott Plano, located at The Shops at Legacy, 5800 Legacy Drive. Enjoy bubbles and bites at this fun event with 20 percent of sales benefiting Jasper Jazz. Contact Kim Butler with questions at kkbutler@airmail.net .

C. Calling all Jasper Jazz alumni and fans: Pre-order your commemorative t-shirt today!
The Jasper Jazz national champions are celebrating 20 years of dance and performance excellence since the drill team’s founding in 1996. In honor of the Jazz’s 20th anniversary, the members are calling all Jasper Jazz drill team alumni and fans to show their Jazz pride and pre-order the commemorative Alumni Spirit Tee featuring a black short-sleeve t-shirt with silver alloy lettering for $20. Pre-order by April 10 at http://jasperjazz.dance/forms.html . Email Dana Tocci with questions at dablue2560@yahoo.com . Sponsored by the Jasper Jazz Booster Club.

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