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RISD representatives attend conference


From left, Renee Sadler leads “Growing Good Kids’ program Rockdale and Sandee Calame (elementary) were among the Rockdale principals Kathy Pelzel (intermediate), April Eschberger (junior high) contingent in New Orleans, From left, Renee Sadler leads “Growing Good Kids’ program Rockdale and Sandee Calame (elementary) were among the Rockdale principals Kathy Pelzel (intermediate), April Eschberger (junior high) contingent in New Orleans, The Rockdale ISD sent a number of representatives to the recent 21st Century Community Learning Centers Summer Institute in New Orleans.

Rockdale Intermediate School iTigers after school Junior Master Gardeners Program was chosen to present nationally from a large field of applicants.

Their program was titled “Growing Good Kids! Stem in the Garden.”

Renee Sadler, instructor of the weekly class, held at RIS, led the session assisted by Susan Boyd, coordinator of the RIS iTigers program.

A slide presentation of Junior Master Gardner activities that RIS students have participated in over the last three years was shown.

Sadler focused on the math and science involved in gardening and how she used it in her classes. Participants had the opportunity to experience hands-on activities to take back to their programs.

Rockdale Elementary School also presented a session on its recycling program, titled “Talking Trash.”

Sandee Calame and Alice Van Borsumm, principal and assistant principal, conducted the session, assisted by Amber Brooks who will be the Elementary iTigers coordinator in 2012-13.

In addition to the presenters, RISD was well represented at the conference.

Also attending were RIS Principal Kathy Pelzel, RJH Principal April Eschberger, RJH iTigers coordinator Sandi Wynn, RHS Assistant Principal Brent Hasselbach and RHS iTigers coordinator Denice Doss.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about 21st CCLC programs.

Rockdale ISD is beginning its second year of a five year federal grant.

All campuses provide after school tutorial and enrichment programs. Schools will focus on providing parental and family support through classes and various programs this year.

For more information about iTigers, contact the coordinators through each school’s office.


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