April 4, 2016
One Down and a Few More To Go...
You all played a huge role in preparing our students and I appreciate each one of you for your efforts. We do work in a great environment with awesome students, but a lot of the successes we experience is because of the continued dedication to teaching in the classroom.
Kendyl, Sara, and I will be at iLead this Wednesday morning – please help cover morning/lunch duties if you are able.
Thursday is Cause Day, jeans are acceptable!
Spring Pictures THIS Friday
Students will have an opportunity to purchase spring pictures and have their pictures taken on Friday, April 8. Pictures will be taken through science classes. Only students that pre-pay for pictures will take a photo.
Parents have two choices for payment:
--Order online at MyLifetouch.com using picture
Turn in a picture packet. Additional forms can be picked up in the front office.
Also, congratulations to Anya and Gregg who were honored at the Beal Bank Science Fair SMU Luncheon on March 22 for their dedication to supporting students' science research. My understanding is a monetary award came with this honor!!!
AVID Summer Institute
Rice has 4 spots for staff members for this summer's AVID institute. Please email Cristi Dyer if you would like to attend. You will need to plan on being on the Rice AVID site team next year.
Here is the rest of the info.
What: AVID Summer Institute
When: June 22-24
1. The stipend is $250. However, they can choose to waive the stipend if they would like to get training hours. They cannot do a combination of hours and stipend. If they would like to get training hours, it has to be approved by the principal.
2. If this is their first time to go to SI, then they should choose one of the strands for their subject area.
3. Yes, they will get a DART pass to travel to the conference.
PLANO ISD ETSI
From Instructional Technology. Please also email me if you plan on applying:
We are beginning the application process for ETSI 2016. Our Educational Technology Success Initiative will take place August 1-5 at McMillen High School. We are in search of teachers who would like to increase their own knowledge of appropriate technology integration techniques and who are looking for leadership opportunities on your campus.
Rather than asking you to recommend participants like we’ve done in the past, we ask that you please forward this email to your professional staff members so that they all have the opportunity to apply. We will be back in touch with you to discuss the applicants from your school.
We also invite you to put August 4 on your calendar as the date to meet with your ETSI team members to plan for technology success on your campus for the 2016-2017 school year.
A copy of this email is also being sent to curriculum coordinators and former ETSI participants, so that they can encourage applications from the ed tech leaders who are familiar to them.
Rice Shoutouts from the Rice Bragging Board Google Classroom
#RMSShoutOut to Coach Cole for lunch duty help this past Monday!
#RMSShoutOut to Mr. Mullins for being a big help in admin today!
#RMSShoutOut to Coach Gauger for helping cover the gym this morning! #teamefforr
Everyone Matters Day
Thanks to those of you who put everything together for this event. Joirdan sent out an email before break with the following information: https://www.smore.com/s7cxw
Hopefully we can make this a great day celebrating each other!
We will be participating in Everyone Matters Day again this year. Everyone Matters Day is on April 12, 2016 and I hope that we can continue this and make a tradition out of it. The city of Plano officials are planning to come out again in the morning this year. We will share further details with the staff once we have them.
Here is a link the Everyone Matters Day website.
Thanks in advance for participating!
Please educate yourself on the upcoming Bond Election. You might want to post the information as well.
Social Media and Technology Trends
Sara sent out information regarding a new tool she learned about at an EDCamp a few weeks ago.
Thank you Linda Fleming for being the latest to tackle Twitter to showcase what the students are doing in your classroom!
I am definitely encouraged by the enthusiasm and willingness of the staff to take the plunge and find new ways to make learning fun at Rice!
Professional Learning Hours
Thanks for all the great ideas for your professional learning that have come across my desk. We have numerous book studies going along as well as PLCs that have been planned. Great way to grow professionally!
Don't forget to begin documenting your professional development hours for the June 6, 2016 work day. Refer to the memo below for more information.
Volunteers for Group Discussion
Great informational resources for you to apply in the classroom. This is updated weekly with Craig McKinney's latest and greatest ideas.
TESTING DATES TO REMEMBER:
STAAR Algebra I EOC
STAAR Grades 6-7 Math
STAAR Grade 8 Math Retest
STAAR Grades 6-7 Reading
STAAR Grade 8 Reading Retest
STAAR Grade 8 Science
STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies
May 31-June 3:
A great visual description of what we should be providing students in the classroom.