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EDUCATION NOTES

Incoming freshmen invited to 'Fish Camp'

It is time again for the Rockdale High School sponsored Fish Camp for incoming freshmen. All freshmen are invited to meet at the high school auditorium from 1- 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 and Thursday, Aug. 13, for the two-day camp, according to RHS teacher Karen Muston.

Students will be informed and entertained as RHS staff demonstrate dress code violations through the "What Not to Wear Fashion Show" and will build class spirit as they compete in different contests, including cheer, dance and school song competitions, Muston said.

The culminating event will be a scavenger hunt designed to help students become more familiar with the high school campus. Guest speakers w ill discuss "Bullying and Conf lict Resolution" and "How to Build Effective Study Habits." Door prizes will be awarded daily and every student who attends both days will receive an official RHS Fish Camp T-shirt and a homework pass to be used during the first grading period.

Junior high schedules ready for pickup

Rockdale Junior High students can pick up their schedules from 8- 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14 at the RJH office, principal April Eschberger said. No schedule changes will be made until Tuesday, Aug. 18. Call the junior high office for more information, 430-6100.

Tiger Camp for incoming sixth graders will also be held from 8- 11 on Aug. 14 in the junior high commons.

Sixth grade orientation is set for 6- 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at the RJH commons and all parents are encouraged to attend, Eschberger said.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 24 with the first bell ringing at 8:05 a.m. School doors will open at 7:30 a.m. School is dismissed at 3:40 p.m.

Eschberger said the RJH "Back to School" dance, for Rockdale junior high students only, is from 7- 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 in the school commons.

All seventh graders are reminded that they must have received their newly required immuniza- tions by the first day of school. It is a requirement by the state in order to enroll into the seventh grade, Eschberger said.

Packets available for new RHS students

New students to Rockdale High School are encouraged to pick up new student packets at the new RHS office from 8 a.m.- noon and 1- 4 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21, according to principal Chad Jones.

Students should bring the following items when picking up their packet for registration: birth certificate, social security card, shot records, most recent report card, TAKS scores and proof of residency.

For more information, call the RHS office at 430-6140.

RES sets Aug. 20 'Meet the Teacher'

Robin Faulk ner, Rockdale Elementary School principal, announced the campus' "Meet the Teacher" night will be held 5:30- 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

Students grades Pre-K through second grade are welcome to bring school supplies at that time, Faulkner said.

She added that class rosters will be posted at the elementary office after 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17.

New shots required for '09-'10 school year

Changes to school immunization requirements for five vaccines take effect Aug. 1, according to Texas Department of State Health Services officials.

Changes affect mainly students entering kindergarten and seventh grade.

All immunizations must be completed by the first day of attendance at public and private schools. The vaccines and new requirements are:

• Hepatitis A vaccine- Students entering kindergarten statewide must have had two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine.

• Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine- Students entering kindergarten must have had two doses of the MMR vaccine. Students in grades 1- 12 must continue to meet the current requirement, which is two doses of a measles-containing vaccine and one dose each of mumps and rubella vaccine.

• Varicella vaccine- Students entering kindergarten and 7th grade must have had two doses. Students in grades 1- 6 and 8- 12 must continue to meet the current requirement, which is one dose of varicella vaccine.

• Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis-containing vaccine (Tdap)- Students entering 7th grade must have had one dose of Tdap vaccine. Students in 7th grade must have had a booster dose of Tdap, but only if it has been five years since their last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine. Students in grades 8- 12 must have had a booster dose of Tdap if it has been 10 years since their last dose of a tetanuscontaining vaccine.

• Menigococcal vaccine- Students entering 7th grade must have had 1 dose.

Thorndale ISD to hold open house Aug. 20

A Thorndale ISD Open House/ Meet the Teacher Night is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, according to Hank Laywell, THS principal.

All three Thorndale campuses will participate for the entire time instead of staggering the times between campuses as has been the practice in the past, Laywell said.

GISD sets open house, soccer sign up dates

Gause ISD's "Meet the Teacher Night" is set for 5- 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, according to superintendent Perry Bell.

"This is the perfect time for parents and kids to get to know their teachers for the coming school year," Bell said.

School begins Monday, Aug. 24 and buses will run that morning. Parents with children in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to a short assembly beginning at 7:50 a.m. that day, Bell said.

Gause Parents Club (GPC) will be present at both "Meet the Teacher Night", and the first day of school for parents interested in joining. The membership fee is $5 for each family.

GPC also sponsors soccer for youth ages 4 to 11. Parents can sign children up at the Aug. 20 event. The cost is $40 for children ages 4-8.

For the older kids, information will be on hand for participation in the Bryan Soccer League.

Three additional sign-up opportunities will be held at the school, Bell said. Two sign up times will be available Aug. 24, from 8:15- 9:15 a.m. and 6- p.m. The third sign up time is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

The Gause Soccer League is open to students attending school in the Calvert, Gause, Hearne, Milano and Mumford ISDs, Bell said.

If you have any questions regarding soccer, please contact the soccer chairperson Jennifer Skiles at 979-595-7073, or one of the following GPC Officers:

Shawn Walton at 512-739-7460, Kim Blakely at 979-280-0105 or Janet Pilkey at 979-575-8794.


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