School bells ring Monday for 1,649

Pelzel Pelzel Rockdale ISD administrators are looking for 1,649 students when the first bell of t the 2011-2012 school year rings at 7:33 a.m. Monday.

Or maybe it’s 1,598. Or something in between.

Campus principals estimated presented enrollment estimates Monday to the Rockdale ISD board of trustees with Sandee Calame, elementary principal, noting it’s tricky at the moment to project enrollment at that campus, pre-K through grade two.

Calame said as of Monday, 403 had enrolled but another 51 are in the process of enrolling.

She said birth certificates, immunization records and proof of income are part of the enollment process at that level.

If all 51 complete the process, enrollment at the elementary would total 454 and the Rockdale ISD projected enrollment would be 1,649.

That compares to 1,663 who answered the first bell of the 2010-2011 term.

RHS—Projected enrollment at the high school is 476, compared to 503 on the first day of classes last year.

Calame Calame Principal Joey Geletka said 90 juniors are expected with a huge freshman class of 160.

April Eschberger, junior-high principal, said 355 are expected at that campus. Last year’s first-day enrollment was 380.

Kathy Pelzel, intermediate principal, estimated an enrollment of 364 in grades 3-5. That compares to 351 last year.

PRINCIPALS—Two of the four campus principals were hired during the spring.

In April, Pelzel replaced Pam Kaufmann, who moved up to become assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

In May, Calame replaced Robin Faulkner, who resigned, then accepted a position as elementary physical education teacher.

CHANGES—The biggest physical change in the district will be in the 75-year- old elementary gym, which has been air conditioned for the first time.

Geletka said the new Freshman Academy approach will be a part of the high school this term.

The elementary has gone to a full-day pre-kindergarten program in 2011-12.

BELLS—There has also been a change in the bell patterns.

First bell at all four campuses rings at 7:55 a.m. with classes starting at 8.

The school day at the elementary and intermediate campuses ends at 3:20 p.m. with RHS ending the school day at 3:30 and the junior-high at 3:35.

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