Tovar earns bachelor’s from Texas State Univ.

SAN MARCOS—Stevie Tovar of Austin, received her bachelor’s degreee from Texas State University during May commencement ceremonies.

She received her degree in fashion merchandising, with a minor in business administration.

Tovar is the daughter of Bob Tovar and Monique Gebhart, both of Rockdale.

Project Grad taking support shirts orders

Rockdale High School’s Project Graduation 2013 group is now taking orders for the 2012-13 Tiger support shirt, according to spokesperson Debbie Brinkley.

RHS seniors need to pick up order forms from Brinkley 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at Rockdale Building Materials Center.

Contact any RHS senior if you are interested in purchasing a support shirt, Brinkley said.

RISD flexible school day hearing July 23

A hearing for public discussion of Rockdale ISD’s proposed application for an Optional Flexible School Day Program (OFSDP) under TEC, ยง29.0822 is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 23 at the central administration building, prior to the July board meeting, according to Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and administration.

The goal of the program is to improve graduation rates for students who are in danger of dropping out of school or have dropped out or who are behind in core subject courses. The OFSDP provides flexible hours and days of attendance for students who meet the criteria. All parents and community members are invited to come find out more information about this program.

Dates for 2012-13 creditby exam announced

Rockdale ISD, in compliance with TEA requirements and RISD Board Policy EEJB, has established policies and procedures for credit-by-exam for acceleration in grades K-12. Students and/or parents who want to consider an accelerated progression through school should visit with the campus principal or counselor.

On all campuses, specific criteria must be met. Students must achieve a certain score(s) on a criterion-referenced exam(s). In addition, the student’s parent or guardian must give written approval of the proposed acceleration and the campus principal must also concur.

In grades K-5, the student must score 90 percent or above on a criterion-referenced test for the grade level to be skipped in each of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

In grades 6-12, the student can receive credit for an academic subject in which the student has received no prior instruction if the student scores 90 percent or above on a criterion-referenced examination for acceleration. Students scoring 90 percent or better will receive that examination score as the course grade on the academic record.

Test dates for the 2012-13 school year have been scheduled as follows: Sept. 4-6 and May 14-16. Since the exams may be ordered from outside sources, the deadline to request testing for fall 2012 is Aug. 3 and spring 2013 is April 12.

Campus principals and counselors have the forms required for submitting a request for credit-byexam for acceleration. Please consult the principals or counselors at RISD for more information on this subject.

Summer lists available for AP English classes

All incoming Rockdale High School students who w ill be enrolled in Pre-AP or AP English classes will be expected to com- plete a summer reading assignment before the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, Paige Garrett, head of the English department at RHS, has announced.

Please visit the Rockdale High School website for the list of these assignments. If you would like a print copy of the assignments, they can be obtained in the RHS office.

Any questions should be directed to Garrett at

Milano PATCH Club collecting box tops again

MILANO—Milano PATCH Club, the school’s parent and teacher organization, has started collection of “Box Tops for Education” as a fund-raiser for the school, club president Marie Bakken has announced.

“The box tops are collected, sent in and we get free money to use for our schools,” she said. Last year’s funds were used to buy new books for the Milano Elementary library.

To turn in box tops prior to school starting, contact Bakken at 254-718-0133, m_ or drop them off at The Rockdale Reporter office.

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