RISD parent involvement meeting set for Oct. 15 at RJH
Allen Sanders
RISD Community Relations Director

Rockdale Independent School District, in conjunction with the Rockdale Parent Teacher Organization, will host our first ever Operation Parent Involvement Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at the Rockdale Junior High Commons. We will begin the evening with our monthly PTO meeting followed by a short introduction to the evening activities which are informational booths addressing Title I requirements, Gifted and Talented (GT), English as Second Language (ESL), Dyslexia, Student Success Initiative (SSI), Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Food Service, Transportation and Technology (Skyward Family Access and My School bucks).

Also, our iTigers programs will have their Lights On After School activities planned for the evening as well. They include arts and crafts, snacks, cards for the troops and other fun activities. There will be something for all ages of students. There will also be door prizes given away through out the evening with a Kindle Fire HD tablet given away at the end of the evening donated by GFL Americas in Rockdale. Participants must be present to win their door prizes. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Allen Sanders, Community Relations Director for Rockdale ISD at 512-430-6000 or email at

This week we have Rockdale High School in the spotlight.

On Sept. 4 last year’s Rockdale High School PALS students, along with their sponsor Tina Barcak, traveled to Texas A&M University to surprise a very deserving man with a replacement Aggie ring, according to RHS principal Joey Geletka. Curtis Childers, a former student body president of TAMU, was a guest speaker here at RHS during Red Ribbon Week in 2012. Curtis came from a loving home and was very successful as a student. He also held many prestigious offices in FFA and has even shaken hands with many world leaders including President Bill Clinton. One thing that Curtis did not expect was an addiction to a chemical substance. It was that addiction that almost cost him his life. Through the healing process, Curtis has rediscovered his faith and strength in his family. His only goal is his hope that he can prevent just one person from taking the same path that he did. Curtis has survived against the greatest of odds and now devotes his life to share his story and powerful message of hope.

Curtis almost lost his life after falling three stories onto his head. He suffered a traumatic brain injury which left him in a coma. Curtis woke from the coma and had to relearn all of the basic things that we all take for granted. Upon his arrival at RHS, he explained that he had lost his Aggie ring and due to the injuries suffered, he could not remember when or where. It was at that moment that we decided, because of all he is doing for others, that we needed to do something special for him.

The PALSs program held several fundraisers and with the help of our school and community, purchased his exact ring from 1998. This is a gift that Curtis truly deserves and it is our hope that he will continue to share his life and story with young adults everywhere.

Service and civic responsibility are an investment in our community. By participating in service projects, students have the ability to create bonds with each other, as well as other members of our community. Volunteering can lead to an increased desire to “give back” and teach valuable lessons. Through community service our students are learning responsibility, respect, and how to put others ahead of themselves. It is through community service that the students of Rockdale High School will continue to learn and grow and achieve a sense of purpose and direction.

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