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RISD Welcomes Andrew Quinn as New High School Band Director for 2024-25 School Year

 

Rockdale High School is excited to announce the appointment of Andrew Quinn as the new Band Director for the upcoming school year. Quinn, currently finishing the school year at Bryan ISD, brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Rockdale ISD music program.

Prior to teaching at Bryan ISD, Quinn earned a Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master's degree in Music from the University of South Dakota. With over nine years of experience in education, the 2024-25 school year at Rockdale High School will mark a decade of working in education for Quinn.

As a skilled brass player with the euphonium as his main instrument, Quinn is excited to join Rockdale ISD and contribute to the vibrant music culture of the district. "There is a lot of excitement and energy in Rockdale for what is coming with the future but a lot of strong traditions," says Andrew. "I am super excited to have the opportunity to help guide students in being a part of that experience and to set up a high-performing, exciting, and entertaining band program that the school and community can be proud of."

Throughout his career, Quinn has achieved notable successes, including presenting at two state conferences on the importance of quality music education for all students and leading his students to the State Concert Band Contest in New Mexico.

"We are thrilled to welcome Andrew to our school community," said Dr. Denise Monzingo, Superintendent. "With his expertise and dedication, we look forward to seeing our band program thrive and inspire our students to achieve their musical potential."

Quinn is currently pursuing National Board Teacher Certification and is eager to bring their passion for music education to Rockdale High School.

We invite the entire community to join us in welcoming Andrew Quinn to Rockdale High School.

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Congratulations to our 2023-24 Teachers of the Year!
Mackenzie Heintze, Jessica Kreusel, Cheryl Meuth and Cheryl Swiech holding awards for being recognized as teacher of the year for their campus

Rockdale Elementary School- Mackenzie Heintze

Rockdale Intermediate School- Jessica Kreusel*

Rockdale Junior High School- Cheryl Meuth**

Rockdale High School- Cheryl Swiech

 

*Elementary District Teacher of the Year

**Secondary District Teacher of the Year

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RISD Education Foundation Awards $24,800 in Grants to Enhance Educational Programs Across School Campuses

 

The Rockdale ISD Educational Foundation awarded nine grants totalling $24,800 across all four campuses on Tuesday. The Foundation was accompanied by the RHS drumline, cheerleaders, drill team and Rocky the Tiger as they delivered the prizes to the winning educators.

These grants, made possible by the generous support of community donors and sponsors, exemplify REF's commitment to empowering educators and enriching the educational landscape for students in Rockdale. The winning campuses and teachers expressed their gratitude to the foundation and spoke about how the grants will allow them to provide unique learning opportunities for their students.

"We are thrilled to support these outstanding projects that demonstrate creativity, innovation, and a deep commitment to student success," said Ward Roddam, President of the Rockdale Education Foundation. "These initiatives will undoubtedly make a significant impact on our students' academic journeys and overall school experience."

The grants awarded by the Rockdale ISD Education Foundation this year included

  1. Special Olympics Team Support ($5,000)

    • Grant Recipient: Rockdale ISD Life Skills Department

    • Purpose: To establish and support a Special Olympics Team, fostering inclusivity and promoting athletic opportunities for students with diverse abilities.

  2. Junior High Classroom Map Project ($3,000)

    • Grant Recipient: Donald Shuffield, Lynn Whiteside & Hollis McKinney, Rockdale Junior High

    • Purpose: Implementation of updated classroom maps to enhance geography education and provide visuals of specific time periods and events to junior high students.

  3. UIL Set for Junior High Theater ($3,000)

    • Grant Recipient: Deana Caffey, Rockdale Junior High

    • Purpose: Acquisition of resources and materials to facilitate competitive participation in UIL theater events at the junior high level.

  4. Theater Class Expansion Project for High School ($2,000)

    • Grant Recipient: Deana Caffey, Rockdale High School

    • Purpose: Expansion of theater class offerings and resources at the high school to accommodate growing student interest and talent.

  5. Fueling Curiosity: Investing in Science Lab Equipment for Educational Advancement at Junior High ($2,000)

    • Grant Recipient: Victoria Sisemore, Anita Woelfel and Kinley Stancik, Rockdale Junior High

    • Purpose: To provide essential science laboratory equipment to enrich hands-on learning experiences and promote scientific inquiry.

  6. Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports at High School ($1,500)

    • Grant Recipient: Marilyn Rasmussen and Rachael Barker, Rockdale High School

    • Purpose: Implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) strategies to foster a positive school climate and student behavior.

  7. Multisensory Motor Lab at Elementary School ($1,800)

    • Grant Recipient: Ashley Gerner and Mackenzie Heintze, Rockdale Elementary School

    • Purpose: Establishment of a multisensory motor lab to promote physical development, coordination, and sensory integration among elementary students.

  8. The Power of Play: Cultivating Creativity, Diversity & Critical Thinking through Purposeful Play Experiences & Explorations in Kindergarten ($5,000)

    • Grant Recipient: Pre-K Teachers, Rockdale Elementary School

    • Purpose: Integration of purposeful play experiences to enhance creativity, diversity appreciation, and critical thinking skills among pre-kindergarten students.

  9. Special Education Sensory Room at Intermediate School ($1,500)

    • Grant Recipient: Tammie Ammons, Denise Evans and Janna Carr, Rockdale Intermediate School

    • Purpose: Creation of a dedicated sensory room tailored to the needs of special education students to support sensory processing and emotional regulation.

The Rockdale ISD Education Foundation extends its gratitude to all educators who submitted proposals and congratulates the grant recipients for their dedication to excellence in education.

The Rockdale ISD Education Foundation was founded in 2022 and is in its second year of fundraising for the district. The foundation is always looking for ways to support the district’s teachers and students. Anyone interested in donating to the foundation can do so by visiting rockdaleisd.net/foundation.

For more information about the Rockdale ISD Education Foundation, its initiatives and how to be involved, please visit https://www.rockdaleisd.net/community/foundation.

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RISD Board of Trustees: Unofficial Election Results (May 4th, 2024)

Unofficial election results were revealed late Saturday evening for the two open Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees positions.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. The unofficial results were as follows:

· Place 1, incumbent Jason Barcak earned 60.47 percent of the vote over Susan Pantaleon.

· Place 2, Karen Kirk Laughlin earned 56.13 percent of the vote over Troy D. Zinn.

The Official Canvass of the election will be conducted at a Special Meeting of the Rockdale ISD Board of Trustees between May 7 - 15, 2024. 

All elected Trustees will serve three-year terms after the election is finalized. The seven members of the Board of Trustees are each elected by place. Trustees meet regularly on the third Monday of each month at the Rockdale ISD Conference Center, 1205 Murray Avenue in Rockdale, as well as additional called and committee meetings as needed.

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RISD Provides Healthy, Free Summer Meals for Students

Summer is just around the corner and Rockdale ISD is providing FREE meals to kids and teens in our community.

Child smiling eating sandwich

 

Meals will be served at Rockdale Intermediate and Rockdale High School.

Beginning Tuesday, May 28th, breakfast will be served from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Meals will be served Tuesday - Friday the week of May 28th only and Monday - Thursday from June 3rd to June 27th.

Adult breakfasts can be purchased for $3.25 and adult lunches can be purchased for $4.75.

For additional information, please visit. summerfood.org.