It’s just around the corner, back to school we go again

I t is August and that means it is that time again to see school buses on the roads, returning teachers, local stores w ith classroom supply lists, summer band practice, the grueling two a day football and volleyball practices and finally on Monday, Aug. 27 the start of school. T his d ay w ill m ark t he first day of school for our very youngest students and the long awaited senior year of school for our oldest students.

A lready the Big Blue Band has been practicing for t wo weeks, and this past Monday, high school young men and young ladies at tended t heir initial practices in football and volleyball.

This summer our district has been busy. Rockdale ISD has undertaken some repair and maintenance projects and for the first time in a while we have not had any major construction projects. We have hired a few new people to replace some of our educators that have gone on to new adventures in their lives.

We have also offered an entire summer of professional development for our staff. We are very excited about our newly hired employees that have shown us their capability and desire to help Rockdale students learn, graduate and be successful.

There are will be some new offerings in our after school program, especially at the high school. Theboardoftrustees approved a “Flexible Day Calendar” that will allow the high school to offer eligible students the oppor tunit y to meet the coursework requirements for graduation outside of the typical school day.

Pre-Kindergarten will remain as a full day class and this year students that are not eligible under the guidelines to qualify for Pre-K will have the opportunity to enroll by paying tuition.

Dual credit courses will be offered to students that want to get both advanced high school credit and college credit at Temple College in Cameron. Temple College, the Cameron Economic Development Council, Cameron ISD and Rockdale ISD have worked together to make it economically feasible again for our juniors and seniors to take advantage of this learning opportunity.

Students that learn best through an online environment w ill have the option to take dual credit courses through The University of Texas at Permian Basin.

Orientation sessions for parents and students are planned for sixth graders at the junior high and for ninth graders at the high school on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Parents will have an opportunity to meet the teachers and administration of the Intermediate School and the Elementary School on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 23.

The following night, Friday, Aug. 24 is “Meet t he Tigers Night” at the high school gym where football players, volleyball players, cross country runners, trainers, coaches and their families will be introduced and the Golden Girls and Big Blue Band w ill p erform. T here w ill also be plenty of opportunities to bid on and purchase the cake or cakes of your choice between per formances and introductions.

It seems like t he summer has gone by so fast and as we anxiously wait for an exciting school year we invite you to join us for the different activities that are planned for August. We are looking forward to working as partners with our awesome parents and our wonderful community this next year and we are looking forward to seeing your children soon.

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