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Things to Know...4-Day Week Calendar

This is the first segment in an upcoming series of communications to address the 4-day school week for the 2023-2024 school year.

Rockdale ISD is very excited with the new change to the calendar for next year. Thank you to all parents who responded with feedback.

Will there by childcare available on Fridays?

Some parents of younger students have expressed concern over what to do with their children on Fridays when school is not in session. As we have done on Wednesday afternoons, the ACE Tiger grant will help us provide half day sessions on most Fridays for those parents who have no other option. Students will receive academic help and participate in activities. We are currently working through all the details such as: will there be bus service, meals, exact hours and programming. Our campus ACE coordinators are already hard at work to revamp for next year.  Space will be limited and a process for determining eligibility is in development.  Watch for information toward the end of March. All information will go through Parent Square so if you are not receiving texts or emails, please reach out to the school and let them know. 

Next up in the series, what does this calendar mean for extra-curriculars?

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RISD Adopts New Calendar with 4-Day Week

The Rockdale Independent School District (RISD) adopted a new calendar for the 2023-2024 school year, which includes a 4-day school week for students. The new calendar was developed with the input of parents, teachers, and community members and is designed to improve student achievement and enhance teacher retention.

Under the new calendar, students will attend school for four days a week most weeks, from Monday through Thursday. This change will allow teachers to use some of the Fridays as a day for planning, professional development, and collaboration, which will ultimately lead to a better educational experience for our students. Teachers will have the remaining Fridays for family time. 

Superintendent Denise Monzingo noted that the decision to move to a 4-day week was not made lightly, but after extensive research and consideration, it was determined that the new calendar would provide numerous benefits for both students and teachers.

"By shifting to a 4-day week, we will be able to provide more focused instruction for our students and give our teachers more time to plan and collaborate," said Monzingo. "We also believe that this change will improve teacher retention and recruitment by providing a better work-life balance and allowing them to recharge and come back to school refreshed and energized."

The new calendar was developed with the support of the RISD Board of Trustees and will be implemented for the first time in the 2023-2024 school year. The district will provide additional information and resources for parents and students as the start of the school year approaches.

"We are excited about the opportunities that the new calendar will bring, and we are confident that it will lead to better outcomes for our students and our district as a whole," said Monzingo.

About Rockdale Independent School District

Rockdale Independent School District is a public school district located in Rockdale, Texas. The district serves students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade and is committed to providing a high-quality education to all students. For more information, visit

2023-24 RISD Student Calendar

2023-24 RISD Calendario de estudiantes

2023-24 RISD Teacher Calendar

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Recognizes Rockdale ISD for their Achievements in the Farm Fresh Challenge

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the nutrition team at Rockdale ISD has successfully completed the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) 2022 Fall Farm Fresh Challenge. Throughout the month of October, Rockdale ISD offered locally sourced Texas foods and provided garden-based learning activities to strengthen students’ appreciation for Texas agriculture. Rockdale ISD shared their achievements on social media throughout the challenge to further champion and promote local food for kids in their schools.

“Participating in the Farm Fresh Challenge has a real impact on students, communities, and local agricultural economies,” Commissioner Miller said. “Connecting Texas farmers with school nutrition programs builds healthy habits that can last a lifetime. I am proud of all the schools that participated in this year’s challenge, and I thank them for the hard work they do to keep young Texans healthy all year.”

Rockdale ISD joined 156 other school districts and charter organizations for the annual event, pledging to Eat Local, Teach Local, and Be Social. By serving healthy and balanced meals, offering agricultural and nutrition education, and prioritizing local Texas foods, the school has demonstrated dedication to the well-being of their students while recognizing the efforts of local farmers and ranchers to provide high quality food.

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Hamrick named as new Athletic Director

Rockdale ISD trustees named Hunter Hamrick as the next Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for Rockdale ISD at the December 12, 2022 regular board meeting. Coach Hamrick will replace current Athletic Director Jacob Campsey.

Hamrick is presently serving as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Ingleside High School in Ingleside, Texas, where he has been since leaving Rockdale in 2016. He has led the Mustangs to qualify for the playoffs four out of the last five years and helped rejuvenate both boys and girls athletic programs while at Ingleside.

Previously, Hamrick was the offensive coordinator while at Rockdale High School, when the team won 30 games in his final three years with RHS. Other coaching stints for Hamrick include Los Fresnos High School and Lexington High School.

Coach Hamrick is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he was an All-American punter. He and his wife, Morgan, a special education teacher, have three children (Hayze, Hutch and Maybri). 

“We are excited to welcome Coach Hamrick and his family back to Rockdale ISD. His knowledge and experience as an athletic director, along with his ability to build relationships with students, staff and the community will be a tremendous asset for Rockdale,” stated Superintendent Denise Monzingo.

Coach Hamrick will be in the district this Thursday to meet with students and staff and will begin his new position in January.