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Rockdale PTO to meet Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Rockdale Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will hold their next meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at the Rockdale Junior. High Commons.

The purpose of the meeting w ill be to elect new of f icers and/or re-nominate existing officers.

Babysitting will be provided.

RJH community book fair ends Friday

Rockdale Junior High School will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair, May 7-11 in the school library, Pat Elliott, book fair chairperson, said.

The book fair will be open each day from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a wide range of books for children, young teens and adults, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy series, sports guides, graphic novels and the latest bestsellers from more than 100 publishers. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited to attend, Elliott said.

On Thursday, May 10, the book fair w ill hold a special “family night” from 4-6:30 p.m., with contests, prizes and plenty of good books.

Student volunteers, dubbed “the Crew,” helped to plan the fair and will also help run it. From creating special promotions and merchandising displays to managing inventor y and assisting shoppers w ith their selections, “Crew” members lea r ned rea l- life sk ills while helping to make reading for pleasure a cool activity at their school, Elliott said.

“Our student crew is working very hard to put on a great book fair event—one that promotes literacy and reading,” Elliott said.

Fair attendees can also help build classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the “Classroom Wish List” program.

Marek earns bachelor’s degree from UMHB

BELTON—Donny Joe Marek Jr. of Rockdale earned his bachelor’s degree during spring commencement ceremonies for the University of Mary Hardin- Baylor held May 5 at the Bell County Expo Center.

This was the university’s 156th graduating class. Three hundred and forty-nine students were awarded degrees. Of these, 291 received baccalaureate degrees, 42 received master’s degrees and 16 students received doctoral degrees.

Marek earned his bachelor of sciene degree in exercise and sport science.

Gause ISD health fair, blood drive Thursday

GAUSE—Gause ISD will host a community health fair and blood drive on Thursday, May 10, in the school g ym, Supt. Perry Bell announced.

The event, which w ill r un from 1 to 6 p.m., is set to include stress management information, health snacks, health screenings, blood pressure checks, and much more.

The blood drive will run from 1 to 7 p.m. and donors will have a chance to win four tickets to Schlitterbahn Water Park.

Other sponsors include Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Blinn College Dental Hygiene Program, Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol & Substance Abuse, Milam County Health Department, Milam County AgriLife Extension Service, St. Joseph Regional Health Center, HEB BUDDY program, Gause Parents Club, Gause Volunteer Fire Depa r tment a nd Gause 4-H Club.

RHS Driver’s Ed class sign up through May 18

Current Rockdale ISD students who are interested in taking Driver Education this year may sign up in the RHS office May 7-18, spokesperson Gloria Thomas announced.

Students must be 15 years old before July 11. The Driver Education fee this year is $375. The first 48 current RISD students who register must pay $205 to sign up with the remaining $170 being paid by the ACE Grant.

If 48 RISD students do not register by May 18, other district students will be allowed to register on May 21 on a first come, first served basis, Thomas said.

For more information, contact Thomas at 512-430-6141.

RISD wants community to fill out survey

Rockdale ISD would like to ask parents, grandparents and legal guardians of RISD students to take a few minutes and complete its 2011-2012 Title I Parent Survey found on the Rockdale ISD website, w w w. rockdaleisd.net.

Hard copies of the survey are available at any RISD campus, central office and at upcoming school events, Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and administration, said.

The information will be used to evaluate our goals and plans for the remainder of the 2011- 2012 school year. The survey will also help us plan for the 2012-2013 school year.

“The faculty and staff at RISD truly value what you have to say and we need to hear your voice to make this a successful partnership,” Kaufmann said. “We welcome your opinions and thank you for participating.”

The survey will be open until May 23. You may complete the survey online or turn in to any campus or central office.

Out-of-school TAKS Exit test offered at RHS

Rockdale High School w ill offer the TAKS Exit Level Exams in July 2012 for Out-of-School (OOS) examinees, Ly nnet te Guerra, RISD testing coordinator, announced. Tests dates are July 9 (ELA), July 10 (Math), July 11 (Science) and July 12 (Social Studies).

“Individuals who are no longer enrolled in school and who have not previously met minimum expectations on all sections of the TAKS test, but who have met all other graduation requirements, may register to retake the necessar y sections(s),” Guerra said.

All out-of-school TAKS examinees must complete an online registration process. Out-ofschool examinees may register online at www.TexasAssessment.com/ taksoos. Registrat ion is open now t hroug h 5 p.m. June 8. All out-of-school TAKS examinees should notify the high school counselors (512- 430 - 6140) of their intent to test.

On the day(s) of testing, examinees should ar r ive by 8 a.m. and report to the high school office. Examinees must present picture identification, such as a driver’s license, school ID, DPS ID, etc. to test. Examinees will not be able to take the test(s) without a picture ID, Guerra said.

OOS students with additional questions may contact Guerra at 512-430-6145 for more information.


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