Hurd Hurd RJH band accepting instrument donations

Rockdale Junior High’s music department is welcoming donations of musical instruments from Rockdale citizens, especially those who were in the “Big Blue Band” in recent years or even the distant past, according to assistant director Les Huff.

The band would “adopt’ the horn, then distribute them to students according to financial need. The instruments can be dropped off at the high school or junior high school.

“We will provide the donor with a receipt they could use for a tax deduction,” Huff said.

Rockdale residents earn North Texas degrees

DENTON—Two Rockdale residents earned their degrees from the University of North Texas during summer 2012 commencement ceremonies.

Amber Dawn Garcia received a Masters of Education in special education.

Lauren S. Lester earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in English.

Hurd earns master’s from Abilene Christian

ABILENE— Shanice Nicole Hurd received her master’s degree in social work from Abilene Christian University on Aug. 10.

Her thesis focused on “ Measuring the Effectiveness of Sensitivity Training as a Tool to Increase Interest in Gerontology Education in a Social Work Curriculum.” Hurd has been asked to present her thesis again at the NACSW 2012 convention at St. Louis, Missouri in October.

While working on her degree, she interned at the Wesley Court Methodist Retirement Community, which has also been highly ranked as one of the best nursing homes by US News and World Report.

Hurd earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from ACU in 2010 and is also a 2006 Rockdale High School graduate.

She is the daughter of Walter and Regina Hurd and the granddaughter of Alvena Nealy.

Local residents receive degrees from Texas St.

SAN MARCOS¬≠— Two area residents earned degrees from Texas State University during 2012 summer commencement ceremonies.

Stevie Tovar, of Rockdale, earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising.

Gloria Richardson, of Lexington, earned a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences.

RISD parents needed for health advisory group

Rockdale ISD is looking for parents of students from all grade levels to participate in our School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC).

This is a required committee appointed by the school board to provide input and advice on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.

The SHAC meets four times a year after school hours.

If you would like more information or would be interested in participating, please contact Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent, at 512-430-6000 or

Meetings set for RISD iTiger opportunities

Rockdale’s iTiger after-school program has begun the second year of the five year grant cycle. The focus of the program is to help students with academics, college and career readiness, as well as exposing them to enrichment activities that will enhance their learning and experiences. But the second focus of the grant is to involve the parents and community in the schools.

The iTigers coordinators are sponsoring several parent and community events in the next few weeks.

On Thursday, Sept. 13 there will be a parent meeting at 10 a.m. at Rockdale Intermediate School discussing the topics.

The adult classes will be provided free to the public and include walking club, technology instruction, and arts and crafts just to name a few.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18 there will be a swap and giveaway of clothing, household items, etc. to be held at the Rockdale High School cafeteria. People can take items to swap or just come and pick out items. This is open to the public and is free.

This will be the first of four swap and giveaways that Rockdale iTigers will be holding throughout the year.

TAKS exit retest offered for OOS examinees

Rockdale High School will of fer the TAKS Exit Level Exams in October for out-ofschool (OOS) examinees. Tests dates are Oct. 22 (ELA), Oct. 23 (Math), Oct. 24 (Science) and Oct. 25 (Social Studies).

Individuals who are no longer enrolled in school and who have not previously met minimum expectations on all sections of the TAKS test, but who have met all other graduation requirements, may register to retake the necessary sections(s).

All out-of-school TAKS examinees must complete an online registration process. Out-ofschool examinees may register online at

Registration is open now and will end at 5 p.m. Sept. 17.

All out-of-school TAKS examinees should notify the high school counselors of their intent to test at 512-430-6140.

On the day(s) of test ing, examinees should arrive by 8 a.m. and report to the high school office. Examinees must present picture identification, such as a driver’s license, school ID, DPS ID, etc. to test. Examinees will not be able to take the test(s) without a picture ID.

OOS students with additional questions may contact Lynnette Guerra, RISD Testing Coordinator, at 512-430-6145 for more information.

Volunteers needed at all Rockdale ISD campuses

Rockdale ISD realizes the need for parents and community to be involved in the school. In light of this need, RISD is starting a Volunteer Program at all four campuses

Dr. Howell Wright said that, “For education to work the parents and community must be involved.”

This year they are focusing on Partners in Education and asking our community to get involved in school. Parents, grandparents, retirees, shif t workers, business owners and homemakers are encouraged to find a place to serve.

“Every person has something to of fer,” Dr. Wright added. Volunteers are welcomed on all RISD campuses in many capacities, ¬≠hall monitors, bus monitors, mentoring a child, helping in a classroom, and working with the after-school program are just a few of the possibilities of which people could be a part.

RISD volunteers are subject to a background check and fingerprinting. You will be notified with more information after the initial background check.

RISD’s Volunteer Program is a part of iTigers, the district’s ACE after-school program.

For more information call Amber Brooks, 430-6144, at the elementary school, Susan Boyd, 430-6226, at the intermediate school, Sandi Wynn, 430-6072 at the junior high, and Denice Doss, 430- 6013, at the high school.

Parent Clubs collecting box tops for schools

The Rockdale PTO and Milano PATCH Club, their school’s parent and teacher organizations, have started collection of “Box Tops for Education” as a fund-raiser for their districts.

The box tops are collected, sent in and free money sent to the clubs.

Box tops can be turned in at any campus office in the Rockdale and Milano ISDs.

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