Summer is here

With warming temperatures comes the end of the regular school year. By the time this edition of The Rockdale Reporter gets to your home school will have almost ended for the 2011-12 year in Rockdale ISD.

The district does not shut its doors when school ends, this is the time of year when a lot of work gets completed. We will have several small construction jobs taking place that will repair and maintain our facilities. This is the time of year when most of our staff participates in professional development provided by the district or the Regional Service Centers. Campuses will be completing their class schedules and student schedules and students will be attending band, cheerleading, athletic and Golden Girl summer camps.

We also will be finalizing and adopting a 2012-13 financial budget before the end of June. Following our budget workshops we will post the results of the budget surveys on our website and in this article space.

June is one of our busiest months of the year. We will have a breakfast and lunch program at the elementary cafeteria. This is a federally funded program that provides free lunches for children through 18 years old. Beginning Monday, June 4 through June 28 the iTiger program will be in full swing with many enrichment activities for all ages of students.

Drivers education and sports camps will be a part of the program, allowing for more students to participate in both the enrichment activities as well as the academic classes. Transportation to and from school will be provided for those that currently qualify for transportation during the regular school year. The iTiger program is provided through a grant and is open to all students.

Summer is also a time when we review student test data and begin preparing for the fast approaching school year. This year it is a little more challenging to grasp a full understanding of what the data really means. We have received raw scores from different tests over the past two weeks, but the state has not determined passing scores. Therefore the raw scores do not provide us much information and it would not be prudent to send them home without explanations.

That information will not be sent to us from TEA until sometime next fall. The agency also has not provided us with the usual written information and explanations for parents about STAAR. Currently, the best resource for information on STAAR can be found on the TEA website Find the sidebar link for Testing/Accountability and that should take you to additional information.

In order to save on utilities this summer we will work longer hours Monday through Thursday and close on Fridays. This schedule begins on Friday, June 8 and continues until Friday, Aug. 17. We will also close the district during the week of Independence Day, July 2–6.

Have a great summer and enjoy the opportunities you have with your children. We hope that many of our students will participate in our iTiger program and take advantage of the enrichment activities as well as the academic activities.

I will continue to post for this column most of the summer and provide district updates and information. Be safe if you are on the road and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our summer offerings.

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