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Monday, September 12, 2016

The Rice Choirs Received Some Great News Last Week!!!

The 2015-2016 Rice Tenor/Bass (guys) Choir are the National Winners for the Foundation for Music Education's Mark of Excellence Competition!!

Our 2015-2016 Rice Acapella Treble (girls) Choir earned a Commended Mark of Excellence Award!!

The Mark of Excellence project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school choirs. CD recordings from each entry were gathered from throughout the United States, and a nationally renowned choral adjudicator scored the entries and provided detailed feedback. The Mark of Excellence competition allows choirs to compare their performance quality to other outstanding ensembles from across the country.

All entrants receive a compilation recording of the winning choir performances. Winners will also be recognized in regional and national publications and at national and regional conventions. National winners and commended winners will receive a trophy.

We are so proud of the Rice Choir students!!!



Table of Contents

1. Please Join us for the Katie Greer Parent Program on Sept. 27


2. Ravens Take Flight, Outreach Program!


3. Fall Picture Day Coming Soon!


4. Sign up for a PTA Membership Today


5. Last Call for P.E. Shirts


6. Health Alert: Flu


7. National PTA Reflections Contest 2016-2017


8. It’s time for RMS Whiz Quiz Tryouts for 2016-2017!


9. Go See "The ABC's of Bully," a one-act play, by Rice Former Student!


10. Learn about Rice Clubs


11. Yearbook News


12. PSAT Practice--Attention 8th Graders!


13. Join the Jazz at Panda Express


14. Mini Royales Drill Team Clinic Information

1. Please Join us for the Katie Greer Parent Program on Sept. 27

It’s often overwhelming being a parent today in our technology-driven society. Keeping up with the latest trends and dangers can often seem like an impossible task.


On Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym, Rice PTA is sponsoring a special parent program facilitated by Katie Greer, a recognized national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology. This program is a must for every parent concerned about keeping their kids safe.


Katie will help you navigate the digital waters and let you know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your children and technology, and provides parents with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe. She’ll answer questions such as: What apps should I be worried about? Is social networking safe? Is my child being cyberbullied? What’s texting? Sexting? What’s next?


Katie has presented to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, educators and administrators across the country. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be informed. No kids under 18 will be allowed to attend the Sept. 27 evening session.

2. Ravens Take Flight, Outreach Program!

This year Mr. Glasscock has challenged Rice staff, students, and parents to give back to the community. We have a number of activities planned throughout the year and our first one is currently underway.


Please join us for our September Outreach, Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive, as we partner with the Plano Mayor, Plano City Council, and the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) to collect unopened, regular-sized, plastic peanut butter jars to help rid hunger in our area. This food drive will last the entire month, and jars can be left on the table in the rotunda. Our Rice goal is 600 jars of peanut butter, and we currently have 291 jars. Please help us reach our goal by donating a jar of peanut butter this week! More information about the NTFB can be found here: http://web.ntfb.org/planokids.


For those with Allergies: We are also accepting other butters such as soy, sun, and almond, but please make sure these are in plastic jars. Thanks!!!!

3. Fall Picture Day Coming Soon!

Picture packets were distributed last week via students' homeroom/6th period classes. Picture day is scheduled for Thursday, October 13. All students will have their picture taken through their social studies class.


Every student will take a picture, as we utilize photos for our student database and yearbook. Students will only receive pictures if they are pre-ordered online or bring money in the picture envelope and give to the photographer on picture day. Teachers do not collect the money.


Instructions on how to pre-order online including the order ID# are attached in the flyer here: Flyer 10/13/16 Rice's picture ID is: LD946414Q0 Order online at: mylifetouch.com


If your child is unable to take a photo on 10/13/16 there will be an opportunity for a retake on Thursday, 11/17/16.

4. Sign up for a PTA Membership Today

All Rice families are invited to become PTA members. Your membership helps support important programs at Rice. Click here to sign up for a PTA membership.

5. Last Call for P.E. Shirts

Rice PTA still has P.E. shirts available, including a number of youth larges and a few of the other sizes. Cost is $10.83. If you would like to purchase a P.E. shirt, please contact Dawn Smith at peuniforms@ricepta.org to make arrangements.

6. Health Alert: Flu

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° or more for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand rub/gel.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Additional information and resources can be found:


The following link provides information for locating flu vaccine providers:

7. National PTA Reflections Contest 2016-2017

What is your Story?"

National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities at Rice MS to explore and be involved in the arts. Choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and express your artistic talent! with the theme “What is your Story?”

All participants will receive a participation certificate. You may drop off your work at front office (deadline is Oct 31, 2016).



Click on the link below to learn more about the program, general participation rules, and to obtain the entry form.


IMPORTANT: The student or at least one person from their primary household must be a current member of the Local PTA/PTSA where the student is participating. You must join Rice’s PTA by SEPT 30, 2016.

If you have additional questions, please contact our PTA Reflections Chair Deepti Vaidya (deepti2vaidya@gmail.com)

8. It’s time for RMS Whiz Quiz Tryouts for 2016-2017!

What is Whiz Quiz?


It’s an academic competition team made up of students with diverse knowledge in trivia, history, math, current events, sports, geography, etc. Whiz Quiz is for those who want to have fun and engage in intellectual competition!


Students are invited to demonstrate their Whiz Quiz skills through a series of qualifying tests to be administered next week on Monday (9/26), Wednesday (9/28), and Friday (9/30) from 3:45 to 5:00 PM in the cafeteria.


Participants MUST ATTEND AT LEAST TWO OF THE TRY-OUT TESTS in order to qualify for Whiz Quiz! Information flyers with all the details are available from the folder outside Mr. Sommer’s door – room 909 in the 8th grade wing.

9. Go See "The ABC's of Bully," a one-act play, by Rice Former Student!

Former Rice student and a senior at Plano West, Sarah Kate Scribner, has written a one-act play called The ABC’s of Bullying. It is being presented at Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Rd., Plano, TX 75025 on Saturday, September 24th at 2pm and 3pm. All of the actors are part of the PW Theater group. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and counselors will be present to consult. Please come!

10. Earn Cash for your School! Collect Box Tops, Labels


We will be collecting "Box Tops for Education" and “Campbell" labels this year. It's an easy way for everyone to help get extra funds for our school. Just clip the labels off the packages and then bring them (or have your child bring them) to the front office at Rice. There is a collection box for them there. Thank you for helping us raise money for our children! Every Box Top is worth 10 cents and it can really add up fast when everyone is involved. Questions? Call Petra Hein at (214) 274-1218.

11. Yearbook News

A. Attention 8th grade parents!

Do you want to create a custom ad for your student's yearbook? 8th grade yearbook recognition ads are a great way to celebrate student success and milestones and reflect on the person your student has become. Show your pride and support your school at the same time! Visit www.jostens.com/yearbookads to create your recognition ad. ALL ads MUST be paid for and created online by Friday, October 28, 2016! NOTE: RECOGNITION ADS ARE FOR 8TH GRADERS ONLY. Ads are full color. If you would like to see a sample, please visit the website OR contact Ms. Kosel with any questions or comments at hayley.kosel@pisd.edu.


Prices are as listed:

Full page: Not offered

1/2 page: Not offered

1/4 page: $50.00

1/8 page: $30.00



B. Yearbook Needs Your Photos!

Are you involved in off campus PE? We need pictures for our yearbook page! Please email pictures of Rice students involved in off campus PE events to hayley.kosel@pisd.edu. Thanks for all your help with sending us the pictures. Keep them coming!

12. PSAT Practice--Attention 8th Graders!

To all 8th graders:


Thinking about the PSAT? Don’t practice on the real thing! Williams High School is offering the full-length redesigned, NEW Practice PSAT Test and Strategy Session.


When- Saturday, September 24th

Where- Williams High School


Registration must be complete by Friday, September 16th at 9:00 am.


For more information please visit the Rice Middle School Counseling Center.

13. Join the Jazz at Panda Express

11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Panda Express at Spring Creek/Coit


Why cook when you can enjoy delicious entrees and a tea bar from these masters of the wok! Present the attached flyer in the link below at checkout and Panda Express will donate 20 percent of sales to the Jazz. Contact Juliet Kadleck with questions at juliet@getfitwithjuliet.com

14. Mini Royales Drill Team Clinic Information

Dear Families:

The award winning Plano West Royales Drill team would like to invite K-8th grade girls to their annual Mini Royales Drill team Game Night and Clinic. This is a huge fund raiser for the Royales team and we would love to have your girl(s) join us for the fun!



  • The game is on Thursday, 9/22, where Plano West will be playing the McKinney High (7:30 at Clarke Stadium). For this part of the event, the girls will get to march on the field with Royales and stand with them in their victory lines for pre-game activities. They will also sit with the Royales for the first quarter to experience the excitement of the game and the Royales team. Parents must attend and purchase a football ticket to gain entrance to this event.


  • Additionally, we will hold our annual Mini Royales Drill Team Clinic on Saturday 9/24 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Plano West High School gym. The girls will get to experience what it’s like to be on the team, learn and perform a routine. With advanced registration, the girls will receive a tee-shirt.


  • You may choose the clinic, the game or both for the price.



Pre-registration price - $40

Walk-up price - $ 50


To register, please visit royales.membershiptoolkit.com.

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