Ament graduates from Texas State University

SAN MARCOS—Jill Ament graduated cum laude from Texas State University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in mass communications during spring commencement ceremonies.

She is the daughter of Charles and Debbie Ament of Gatesville and a 2006 graduate of Gatesville High School. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Peggy Hosek of Rockdale.

Ament is currently a videography intern for Teach for America in New York City.

Irwin named to Dean’s List at Howard Payne

BROWNWOOD—Brandon Irwin of Thorndale was one of 246 students awarded for academic success at Howard Payne University during the spring 2012 semester.

Irwin was named to the school’s Dean’s List.

Students must earn a 3.65 to 3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List.

Rockdale summer band practice starts Monday

Rockdale ISD director of bands Adrian Acevedo has announced the schedules for summer band practice that is set to start on Monday.

On Monday and Tuesday, freshmen, leadership team, color guard and percussion will meet at the band hall from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

On Aug. 1-3, full and rehersal will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m., followed by sectionals for brass and woodwinds from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and sectionals for color guard and percussion from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The group will follow that same schedule the weeks of Aug. 6-10 and Aug. 13-17.

The week of Aug. 20-23, the band will have evening practices from 5-7 p.m.

There will be a parents meeting for band members at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at the band hall.

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.

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 submit- ting a request for credit-by-exam for acceleration. Please consult the principals or counselors at RISD for more information on this subject.

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