Rockdale band boosters set bake sale Dec. 8th

Rockdale Band Booster Club will hold a bake sale starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, according to spokesperson Rhonda Wagner.

The sale will be held in the parking lot of Antique Queens, located in downtown Rockdale, through the Christmas parade that starts at 6 p.m.

Baked good donations are needed from all Rockdale band program participants, grades 6-12, Wagner said.

For more information, contact Wagner at 512-760-5410, Monette Schweitzer, 512-760-6118 or visit the Rockdale Band Booster page on Facebook.

Annual band booster food drive under way

The Rockdale ISD Band Booster Club is currently having its annual food drive to help support the local food pantry, director of bands Adrian Acevedo announced.

Non- perishable items may be delivered to either the high school or junior high school band halls anytime between now and the RISD Band Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 10, Acevedo said.

‘Pause for Praise’ recipients announced

Rockdale ISD trustees recognized nine people during the “Pause for Praise” portion of their school board meeting on Nov. 19, according to Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and administration.

Those earning recognition were:

Elementary—Anna Bayer, counselor, educator; Cindy Pelzel, special education aide, employee.

Intermediate—Kurt Streck, assistant principal, educator; Trey Young, special education aide, employee.

Junior high—John Kovar, special education teacher, educator; Pat Elliott, library aide, employee.

High school­— Art Free, CTE/science teacher, educator; Barbara Powell, custodian, employee.

Volunteer of month— Melissa Reynosa, parent.

RISD Christmas concert scheduled Dec. 10th

Rockdale ISD director of bands Adrian Acevedo has announced Monday, Dec. 10 as the date for the annual Christmas Concert.

The concert is set to start at 7 p.m. in the RHS auditorium.

The event will include performances from the RJH Beginning Band, RJH Symphonic Band, RHS Jazz Ensemble and the RHS Big Blue Band.

Admission is free, but we ask for a non-perishable food item donation, Acevedo said.

Miss Globe now Mr. Rockdale pageant

Instead of a “Miss Globe” pageant at Rockdale High School, where male students dress up as females from different countries, there will be a new contest.

The Peer Assistance Leadership (PALS) group will sponsor a Mr. Rockdale pageant.

The event will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, according to PALS sponsor Tina Barcak. The pageant will take place in the RHS auditorium.

Barcak said contestants are members of the juinor and senior classes and will compete for cash prizes. The three part competition will include an outfit of choice, talent and formal wear with interview.

Entertainment will include a performance from Miss Rockdale Emily McCoy, a piano per formance by Hannah Clark, along with additional performances by members of the RHS student body.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are now on sale at the high school office. Proceeds will benefit the PALS group and the Cure JM Foundation.

“You don’t want to miss this entertaining event,” Barcak said. “Come out and support your school with some good wholesome family fun.”

RISD participating in ‘Speak Up’ survey

Since Oct. 3, Rockdale ISD has been participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers.

As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)’s education.

Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of over 2.6 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states, as well as internationally.

By par ticipating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.

The online survey is open to students, educators and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved. To take the survey visit: www.speakup- and click the blue parents “enter here” button.

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