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Each week, an RISD campus program or department is featured in an article in The Rockdale Reporter.  You can view the past articles here.


2017 Sept 20: It Takes a Village

The community of Rockdale has always risen to the occasion and provided help to those in need in various ways through many generations. This week Rockdale Junior High Principal Ms. Kelly Blair has some important ways she and her staff are encouraging the students on her campus to continue giving assistance to those less fortunate and need our support.

        Over the past several weeks our neighboring communities have been devastated by hurricanes, flooding, and high winds.  Basic needs that we have all taken for granted such as running water, electricity, shelter, food, and water have been stripped from thousands of Texans. Many large organizations and high profile individuals have responded, using their platforms to raise millions of dollars for those affected.  The staggering figures have far surpassed anyone’s expectations.  These stories have been featured across local and national new stations.  Citizen’s across the country have recognized a need and responded financially in a big, big way!  The road to recovery will be long, but thanks to donations, thousands of families will receive the much needed financial support to rebuild their lives.  While monetary aide is a critical aspect of the relief efforts, many who were unable to contribute have equally responded to social, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.  Strangers who have risked their lives to save others, giving their time and resources to members of their community.  Stories like these make me proud to be a Texan!


        So how do stories like these, relate to the small community of Rockdale?  Hundreds of people right here in our own community wake up each day, facing these same physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges.  How can we unite as a community and do our part, to support someone in need today? 


        Rockdale Junior High began the school year with a community walk, in which every student in the city limits was greeted by a teacher at their front door to welcome them to a new school year.  Parents and students alike were pleasantly surprised by such a small act that cost virtually nothing.  This year, we are committed to continuing these efforts and do our part to “raise the village”.  I challenge each of you, to reach out to our schools and contribute what you can for the students of Rockdale ISD.


        RJH will do their part by offering several events involving our staff, students and parents alike.  Our P.E. classes will compete in Jump and Hoops for Heart to raise funds for the American Heart Association.  We will also host a kickball tournament which will raise money for cancer awareness along with a “Skate for Cancer” at our local skate park.  Just before the Christmas break, students will host and compete in a social skill building event called “Rockdale’s Got Talent”.  We will also hold a hot chocolate social along with an ice cream social with proceeds benefiting our RJH community garden.  Throughout the school year, students will participate in a school wide recycling program along with a Water Challenge to bring awareness to environmentalism. 


        So, how can you get involved?  Whether it is time, resources, or simply mentoring a student in need; do your part in raising “our village”.   


2017 Sept 13: Rockdale Intermediate's Parent Involvement

Success at school for any Rockdale ISD student begins at home. The support of parents who are willing to insure their child is ready to learn is vital. The role parents have in the educational experience can have an impact that can last a lifetime. This week Kathy Pelzel, Rockdale Intermediate Principal, has important information regarding parental involvement on her campus.


          This week we would like to discuss parent involvement at Rockdale Intermediate School. There have been a plethora of studies done over several decades on the subject of student success as it relates to parental involvement in the educational process. There are many benefits that can be observed in students with parents who are closely involved with their studies and school life.


          Studies show that children tend to reach higher levels of achievement regardless of racial background, socioeconomic status, or parental education level. These students have better grades, attendance, and complete their homework consistently. They tend to have a positive attitude about school in general and more self-esteem which lends itself to better conduct and productivity.


          All of these things are what every parent wants for their child but how does one participate in the process in a way that achieves these results? There are a lot of ways to get involved in a way that makes your student feel that education is important and that you care about achieving success inside the home. Doing a nightly homework check is a great way to show your student that you are interested in what they have done at school today. Reading with your child and completing their reading log results is some great quality time where you can get lost in a story together. Just talking to your child about what they are learning this week makes them feel that it is important.


          There are also some great ways to be involved at the campus level as well. Simply having lunch with your child in the cafeteria is a really enjoyable way to engage when you happen to have time on a particular day. We have a Campus Education Council that is always looking for more parents. Each semester we have a Family Night and we would love it if every parent and student could attend. The PTO always welcomes additional volunteers. Parent Teach Conferences are an important way to learn about successes and challenges your student is facing. We also hold EAFK and STUCO ceremonies and having parents in attendance makes them much more special for everyone. We always appreciate volunteers and encourage you to communicate often with your child’s teacher.


          The faculty at RIS thoroughly enjoys working with our student body. A strong parent/teacher and especially parent/child communication link with regard to education results in success in all cases. It only improves their education. Contact the office at your child’s campus for more opportunities to get involved!


2017 Sept 6: Anchors Away at Rockdale Elementary

Rockdale Elementary School has their campus “full speed ahead” as they begin their 2017-18 school year. This week Ms. Alesha Eoff, RES Principal, has the spotlight, and would like to share many great opportunities for her students and staff during their educational journey this year.


TREASURED. VALUED. RESPECTED.  LOVED.  Those four words are our guiding compass at Rockdale Elementary School as we embark on the 20217-2018 school year.  We treasure each of our students, value their ideas, respect their individual uniqueness and personalities, and love them unconditionally.  Keeping these principles in mind, our teachers and staff have spent hours this summer to prepare classrooms to welcome our children, to map out a dynamic curriculum, and create a positive school environment that celebrates success and fosters a love of learning.  


Our teachers have worked diligently to strengthen their academic focus this school year.  Several of our teachers attended a Professional Learning Communities conference this summer.  The main emphasis of this conference was to gain the knowledge and skills required to develop quality Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) in our elementary.  We began this process last year, and are continuing to implement what we learned.  We are looking closely at individual student achievement.  We are focusing on what we want the students to learn (the curriculum), and how we assess that they have learned the desired curriculum.  We are not only planning interventions for those students that haven’t met those expectations, but also developing extension activities for those students who have met the expectations.  We are working to develop goals and strategies to meet the needs of all students by looking closely at the achievement of each individual child.


As a school, we not only value your child and his/her education, but we value YOU as well.  Parents, your role in the education of your child is paramount to your child’s success. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to make RISD the best district around. We encourage the partnership between home and school, and do all that we can to ensure the strength of this partnership. We ask that you volunteer, attend school activities, and to keep in close communication with your child’s teacher.  We welcome you into our school and invite you to take part in the many opportunities to join along with us on this exciting adventure.  Research has proven that when parents and schools collaborate together, student achievement soars.  So please keep an eye out for opportunities to join us!


Our staff is committed to providing a learning environment which equips students with skills to help them to flourish and be successful.  We believe that we are responsible for the academic, social, emotional and physical well-being and development of the children in our care.  Our goal is to develop the whole child and enable them to become more independent as they grow, and our school theme is that we are “Anchored in Excellence and Cruising to Success!”.  We strive to be excellent in all that we do, so our children will be successful in all that they do.  We invite you to set sail with us on an unprecedented learning adventure filled with exciting educational experiences that both challenge and excite the minds of our young learners.

An outstanding adventure awaits...won’t you join us?


2017 May 10: Intermediate's Early Act First Knight Rotary Club

The development of effective leadership skills is essential for students at any age. The Rockdale Intermediate School has been involved with a leadership program this year sponsored by our local Rotary Club, and this week Principal and Rotary Club Member Kathy Pelzel has more information regarding this very successful program on her campus.


          Rockdale Intermediate School recently organized and implemented our first ever Early Act First Knight Rotary Club. The club will focus on service learning. It is important that all members of society understand the critical need for community service if we want to create a healthy city, state, and nation. Rockdale Intermediate School believes that even our youngest members can accomplish a great deal if given the opportunity.


          RIS students complete many service activities throughout the school year by providing donations of food/money for Christmas Roundup and cooking desserts for the Senior Citizen Center. Our EAFK Rotary club has set its focus on supporting animals through the local animal shelter and have developed a fundraiser to do so. Below is an announcement from our club officers.


Good Morning,


We are members of the EAFK Rotary club. My name is Karroline Bullock and I am the president. My name is Braden Pickel and I am the president elect.


Our EAFK Rotary club is selling Lucy calendars as a fundraiser. We are trying to raise money to help support PAWS animal shelter. The Lucy calendars are $10.00 a piece. If you would like to purchase a calendar, they are located in the front office at Rockdale Intermediate School.


Thank you for supporting the CAUSE for PAWS!


          Through these projects, our students are able to make a meaningful contribution to the community. Their hard work yields real results for real people with immediately observable success. The satisfaction of helping others through a time of need is a lesson that is not easily forgotten and will pay dividends throughout a person’s lifetime. We are proud of the students’ accomplishments and thank everyone in our community who support the effort through donations that help these children become active and successful citizens of whatever community they live in.



2017 May 3: Economic Development at RISD

Economic Development at Rockdale ISD

            Rockdale ISD's Sari McCoy has worked with the Rockdale MDD to bring a portion of National Economic Development Week to Rockdale High School. Sari has more about this exciting week, and encourages the Community of Rockdale to get involved.

Celebrate Economic Development Week!

            May 8 -13, 2017 is National Economic Development Week. This week is designed to increase awareness regarding the efforts of the Rockdale Municipal Development District to create jobs, develop careers, support local business growth, and so much more! Economic development in Rockdale benefits everyone in the community. Please join in the MDD in attracting new businesses, supporting current businesses, and encouraging tourism in our community. How do you start? Grab your neighbor and celebrate with us next week!

            We are celebrating every day with an event and the entire week with a “Did you know?” scavenger hunt. Starting Monday, community members can pick up game sheets at City Hall, the MDD, or the Chamber office and begin collecting signatures from local businesses. This game with introduce you to products and services that you may not know are available in Rockdale. On Thursday night, turn in your game sheet at the Wolf Park Family Night to be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize!

            The events of the week kick off with a Proclamation and Recognition session during the City Council Meeting at City Hall. Tuesday evening hosts the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Rockdale’s new Industrial Park. Wednesday is Rockdale ISD’s Economic Development Day with the seniors at RHS. Thursday is the Community-wide Family Fun night at Wolf Park. We will have games, food, prizes, and fun for everyone! Friday evening wraps up the week with a Business Social at The Ranch. This evening, community and business members can network, mingle with new customers, and see who wins the grand prize from the scavenger hunt!

            For more information, please visit You may contact the MDD, the Chamber, or City Hall for more information as well. Also, watch for flyers and advertisements around the community. Thank you to the City of Rockdale, the Municipal Development District, the Chamber of Commerce, the Rockdale Downtown Association, Little River Health Care, the Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, and the Rockdale ISD for hosting this event.


2017 Apr 19: RISD Early Childhood Center

The Rockdale ISD is very fortunate to be able to offer quality Child Care to our staff, and our staff members are excited to have the center available for their children. Ms. Sari McCoy has an update this week on The Tiger Learning Center.

          Rockdale ISD opened its Early Childhood Center on August 1, 2016. The Tiger Learning Center (TLC) is close to completing its first year of operation. What an incredible year it has been! We are fully licensed with the State of Texas, and are deeply engaged in the process to be nationally accredited with the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

          The Tiger Learning Center was created to offer early childhood education to the children or grandchildren of the RISD staff members. It is a perfect opportunity for current staff, or potential staff, to rest assured that their children are safe and happy while they are diligently serving the students of RISD.

          We began the year with an enrollment of 11 full-time and 3 part-time students. Currently, we serve 14 full-time and 4 part-time students. We also increased our staff from 2 full-time teachers to 3 full-time and 1 part-time. The students of the Tiger Learning Center are blessed to have exceptional teachers who provide individualized curriculum and developmental activities each day.

          Open enrollment for the 2017 – 2018 school year begins on April 24, 2017. We are excited to expand the TLC and welcome new families and students to the center. Thank you to the wonderful community members who have donated supplies and financial resources to the TLC! Your generosity enhances the learning and development of our children. These little Tigers will be school ready because of YOU!

For more information about the Tiger Learning Center, please contact Sari McCoy or Pam Kaufmann at 512-430-6000.


2017 Apr 12: RES PreK and Kinder Round-up 2017

This week Rockdale Elementary has some exciting news to share regarding their Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration better known as “Roundup”.  Ms. Alesha Eoff, RES Principal, has the details below.

Rockdale Elementary School would like to tell you about an exciting event that we are offering this year.  This year our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will have our annual Round Up at the Kay Theatre.  The big event will be Thursday, April 20th from 4:00-6:00.  All children that will be four years old before September 1, 2017 will be eligible to register for Pre-Kindergarten, and all children that will be five years old before September 1, 2017 will be able to register for Kindergarten.  To register, you must present:

*an official Birth Certificate

*Social Security Card

*Immunization Record

*Proof of Residency (utility bill)

*Parent Driver’s License

*Proof of Income (Pre-K students only)

All newly enrolled students will be given a free Sno-Ball and will be entered into a drawing for a backpack full of school supplies.  All children and their families will be given free popcorn provided by the Kay Theatre.  Childcare will  be provided from our Pre-Kindergarten Instructional Aides.  This will be a great opportunity for your little ones to meet their teachers and aides, and start to become familiar with them.  We are also grateful that the Milam County Health Department (One Stop Center) will be open at the same time for immunizations for those who need it.  

We have an amazing Pre-Kindergarten program at Rockdale Elementary.  Not only do we have excellent teachers, but also we are fortunate to have a High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) according to House Bill 4.   This grant allows us to increase the quality standards of our Pre-Kindergarten program.  To qualify for this loan, we had to submit an application to TEA and meet the following guidelines.    We had to use a curriculum aligned with the Prekindergarten Guidelines, increase prekindergarten teacher training and/or qualifications, implement student progress monitoring, provide kindergarten readiness results, and develop quality family engagement plans. Our teachers have worked very hard this year planning and training, attending professional development, progress monitoring our children every six weeks, and implementing the TEA approved curriculum guidelines.  In addition to these things, our students have benefitted from having new technology access through IPAD’s for the classroom, as well as the addition of educational software and programs.  Our teachers have also worked on several parent and community engagement pieces such as their most recent Math and Reading Make-and-Take Night at our campus.  Attendees were able to make educational games and activities to use at home with their families, and it provided another opportunity for the community to see the wonderful things that our teachers are doing to help our kids.

The mission of the Pre-K program is to empower, motivate and encourage life-long learners by providing a foundation that nurtures the student’s social, emotional and academic needs. Pre-K is an excellent opportunity for our young learners. Having an extra year to develop a foundation and learn about school is a powerful opportunity for students.  It is our goal to provide a challenging and engaging curriculum for all students in our Pre-K program.  A high-quality pre-kindergarten program impacts the education of four and five year old children in many positive ways.  Research has shown that Pre-K impacts the lives of our students in these ways:  it improves the overall educational outcomes for a community, helps children to learn and read on grade-level, makes them less likely to fall behind their classmates in academics, and drastically improves the likelihood that they will graduate high school  and attend college.

    Our Pre-Kindergarten program embraces and celebrates the diversity of our youngest learners through a variety of hands-on extracurricular activities.  To date, some of these activities include the Pre-K Rockin’ Rodeo, annual Thanksgiving Extravaganza, STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math integrated activities), community field trips, and various family involvement projects.  In the near future, the students will participate in the annual QU weddings, Field Day, trip to Crowe’s Nest Farm, and Water Day.

Our Pre-K students and teachers celebrate personal and academic milestones, such as birthdays and the 50th and 100th days of school.  Our students and teachers work collaboratively to set academic and social goals and to celebrate individual and class successes.  There’s no doubt about it, Pre-Kindergarten at R.E.S. ROCKS!

We would like to invite you to come visit our campus for a tour of our Pre-K classrooms.  I think you will be impressed with the quality of instruction, and the nurturing environment that our teachers provide for our students.  I would like to encourage all parents of children ages 4 and 5 to stop by and pre-register during this exciting Round Up event and start your child on the path to success!  We hope to see you all there!

2017 Apr 5: First Annual NASA Trip

This week Rockdale Junior High has the spotlight, and Principal Kelly Blair has an extraordinary trip to share with you. NASA has been providing our youth with wonder and excitement for many years, and last weekend a group from RJH had the opportunity to experience it firsthand.

           On Saturday, April 1st, 2017, Rockdale Junior High boarded 3 school buses of 200 students, families, and staff members at 7 o’clock in the morning, to go where no other RJH student has ever gone before. The journey began two years ago, when Kristy Kaufmann’s 6th grade class was introduced to a Space Exploration unit in Science. The students in her 2015-­2016 class were eager to learn more about NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, which put a man on the moon, and NASA’s upcoming plans to visit Mars in the near future. To quench their curiosity, the science department began researching the possibility of a school trip to visit Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Despite many budget factors that would work against them, they remained hopeful that Rockdale Junior High would conquer its NASA mission.

          After countless hours of planning and preparation, the science department was able to send 150 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to the Johnson Space Center. When they arrived at NASA, there were so many things to see and do. Many students were entertained by the variety of hands on interactive stations at the entrance. They were allowed to explore the Johnson Space Center, as long as they stayed with their buddy. Many chose to see Human Destiny, which was a video timeline of space exploration, and then rode a rocket launch simulator. Many students explored the Boeing 747 aircraft that carried the space shuttle; a majority of our students had never even seen the inside of an airplane. Students enjoyed the chance to experience the differences in gravity on planets and watch a robot dispense swirled frozen yogurt. They also were able to participate in a demonstration of Newton’s Laws of Motion, explore historical artifacts of space travel, and even touch a real moon rock.

          The students represented Rockdale Junior High and the Rockdale community with honor and pride. Students were able to see their teachers in a different role, make new friends, and add a new dimension to their real world experiences. This year’s trip would not have been possible without the Title I Scholarship from NASA along with parental support. For many of our students, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, they may not have ever had if it were not for the staff volunteers and parent chaperones. The excitement, curiosity, smiles, and memories made all of the time, planning, and money worth it. Upon taking the first steps on the moon, Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The RJH Science team is hopeful that this is only the first of many leaps, not just for their department, but for Rockdale Junior High!

2017 Mar 29: RIS Jump Rope for Heart

Rockdale Intermediate School’s annual Jump Rope for Heart has been completed, and RIS Principal Kathy Pelzel has a report regarding another successful event this year.

Rockdale Intermediate School recently participated in our annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event. Each year we challenge our students to raise more funds than the previous year for the American Heart Association by collecting monetary donations from family and friends. This year our students raised over $5,800 for the cause.  Jump Rope For Heart not only teaches students the benefits of physical activity, but also shows them how they can save lives right in their own community.

It is important that all members of society understand the critical need for community service if we want to create a healthy city, state, and nation. Rockdale Intermediate School believes that even our youngest members can accomplish a great deal if given the opportunity. RIS students complete many service activities throughout the school year. Students in our ACE iTigers program help prepare desserts each month for our local Senior Citizen’s Center. Budget cuts for meals for our senior citizen’s meant that Friday meals would no longer be available. Citizens of Rockdale realized how important these meals are and have donated meals each Friday for the past several years. Rockdale Intermediate School is proud to be a part of such a giving and caring community. We have several campus clubs that are currently working on community service projects supporting Rockdale PAWS and surrounding nursing homes. Look for information concerning those projects in weeks to come.

Through these and other projects, students are able to participate and succeed in helping others. They work very hard to provide real results that help real people. The satisfaction of helping others through a time of need is a lesson that is not easily forgotten and will pay dividends throughout a person’s lifetime. We are proud of the students’ accomplishments and thank everyone in our community who support the effort through donations that help these children become active and successful citizens of whatever community they live in. 

2017 Mar 22: Advanced Placement vs Dual Credit Courses

The Spring semester is always extremely busy for all campuses in the Rockdale ISD. It also brings about the opportunity for planning and making important decisions that can greatly affect the lives of our students before and after they graduate. This week Ms. Tiffany Commerford has some significant information on how decisions should be made regarding Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses at RHS. 

            It is the time of year where we are working on student schedules for next year.  Parents and students often ask if their child should take an Advanced Placement (AP) course or a Dual Credit Course.  Below is more information about Advanced Placement courses and the benefits:

Stand Out in College Admissions

          Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.

Earn College Credits

          By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major. AP can transform what once seemed unattainable into something within reach.

Skip Introductory Classes

          If you already know your preferred college major, taking a related AP course and earning a qualifying score on the AP Exam can help you advance and avoid required introductory courses so you can move directly into upper-level classes and focus on the work that interests you most.

          Even taking an AP Exam unrelated to your major – whether or not you know what you want to major in – can place you beyond your college’s general education requirements. This opens up additional time on your schedule, enabling you to do a second major or minor, take exciting electives, or pursue additional interests.

Build College Skills

          Taking an AP course builds the skills you'll need throughout your college years. You give your mind a rigorous workout while polishing up your time management and study skills. You also get better at handling challenging issues and problems, with the support of your AP teachers. AP courses let you know what to expect during the next phase of your educational journey, and help you build the confidence to succeed.

          Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes are just two of many ways Rockdale High School is preparing students for College and Career Readiness.

2017 Mar 8: CTE-Work Force Solutions for Adults

The Career and Technology Education department continues to amaze me with everything they have to offer at Rockdale High School. What’s more amazing is that the Rockdale CTE Department and Rockdale Work Force Solutions are working together to provide opportunities for adults in our community. This week Ms. Sari McCoy has the spotlight with more great news to share.

       At the end of January, I shared with you that the month of February was Career & Technology Education Awareness month. We had a great time introducing students to the possibilities of their futures. What you may not know, is that the RISD Career & Technology Department (CTE) is not just about preparing students for their future in the workforce, but we also offer education and training for all of the community members in Rockdale.

       Adult Education is incredibly important to the leaders of our great city and to the State of Texas. RISD is working with the local Workforce Solutions Office to offer funding and opportunities for businesses and individuals to access new or additional training necessary for success in any industry or trade. Additionally, the RISD CTE department is partnered with the RISD ACE program to offer funded training for the parents of our iTigers students.

       Beyond high school, the closest access to training and education is approximately 40 miles away. It is a pursuit of the Workforce Solutions team and RISD to bring education and training here to Rockdale, in order to meet the needs of our community. There are state and federal grant funding resources to support these endeavors.

       If you are a business wanting to offer customized training for your staff, or if you are individual looking to gain new knowledge and skill to enhance your employment opportunities, please reach out to the Workforce Solutions office or to the RISD CTE department. We are excited about the bright future of our students and of our community. Together, we can develop a qualified workforce for the future of Rockdale and Milam County!

2017 Mar 1: Elementary Spring Events

The Spring Semester, as I have mentioned in weeks prior, is a very busy semester for all Rockdale ISD campuses. This week , our Rockdale Elementary School Principal, Ms. Alesha Eoff, is excited to share all of the activities going on at RES.

At Rockdale Elementary School we welcome parents and family members on campus anytime, but we have some extra special opportunities coming up in the next few weeks that we would like to share with you. 

This week, we will be participating in Read Across America Day.  This is the 20th anniversary of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.  This is an annual even that creates motivation and awareness for students to read by celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. On March 2nd, our students will share books and stories with each other, and partner up with different grade levels to read with each other.  We also have guest readers from around the community who will come in to read with our children.  This is a unique opportunity to help our students develop and share their love of reading. 

The next day, our students will participate in a ReadQuest Challenge.  They will read in their classrooms and take Accelerated Reader tests with students across the nation.  ReadQuest is a one-day event that brings Kindergarten through 12th grade students from all over the country together to celebrate the power of reading.   

The following week, March 6th-10th, we will join over four million others across the state in celebrating Texas Public School Week.  This week will be a celebration of educational opportunities and programs that we have at Rockdale Elementary.  Our staff and students have been busy planning some fun activities to appeal to everyone in the family.  We would like to invite everyone to attend our events, and we look forward to seeing you on campus with us! 

Our week will begin on Monday, March 6th, with our campus hosting a Make-and-Take Craft Night from 5:30-7:00.  This event will take place in our cafeteria, and we know the kids will be excited to get to make crafts with someone special to them. 

Our celebration continues on Tuesday, March 7th , with a Breakfast for Moms.  We will also provide a Breakfast for Grandparents on Wednesday, March 8th, and on Thursday, March 9th , we will host a Breakfast for Dads.  Please make plans to attend these special days for our students.  The breakfasts will begin each day at 7:30.    

In addition to breakfasts, our first graders would like to invite everyone to our Texas Program on Friday, March 10th, at 1:00 in the gym.  Our first graders and their teachers have been practicing their singing and dancing skills, and they are ready to perform an awesome program for everyone.

Another great opportunity for our parents is our free ESL classes that are offered at our elementary.  On Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:00, Ms. Guadalupe Orzoco has been offering English classes to any interested parent or guardian.  She welcomes everyone into her class that would like to learn conversational English.  Please contact the elementary for more information, and she will be happy to speak with you about this opportunity.  

Please come support your child and our campus by attending the events that we have planned especially for you.  Your support from home helps to strengthen the success of all of our students.  We would like to invite everyone to attend our events, and we look forward to seeing you on campus with us.  If you would like more information, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the elementary and we will be happy to help you. 


2017 Feb 22: RJH Prepares for Success

Developing an effective plan can prove to be an asset no matter what type of project or job you do. Education is no different, Kelly Blair, Rockdale Junior High Principal, and her staff are preparing for the future. Specifically, plans for the upcoming 2017-18 school year on the RJH campus.

          This year has been an exciting year for Rockdale Junior High. We have had many successes – academically, athletically, and musically. As RJH plans ahead for the 2017 - 2018 school year, we are excited about making positive changes that will impact student achievement.

          Junior high students will still have an eight class period day. Currently at RJH, math and reading classes are double blocked, which means students are in those classes for two consecutive periods. Next school year, RJH students will only have one period each of math and reading. However, RJH will be adding intervention classes for students who fail to meet the standard on this year’s STAAR assessments. These intervention classes will replace one elective in the student’s schedule. Intervention classes will be geared towards providing students with the needed academic support to help them on the next STAAR assessment. The class sizes will be small to allow teachers to focus on each student’s individual needs.

          There will some changes in electives for the next school year. RJH will offer a technology course, which will provide an introduction to keyboarding with a focus on typing skills.  Students will learn about Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher. RJH sixth graders will have the choice of selecting Pre-Athletics or PE. Pre-Athletics will introduce students to the basic skills necessary to compete in many of the UIL sports offered, and is intended for students who plan to be in athletics in seventh and eighth grade. Pre-Athletics will involve a more strenuous daily routine while teaching the rules and skills associated with the sports in season. RJH introduced the SUCCEED class this school year and will continue to offer it next year. This course focuses on providing students with skills that will help them be successful at school, in their relationships with others, and build strong character. Students discuss grades, the importance of organizational skills, and the benefits of college or technical school. Students create goals for life, careers, and learn how to interact appropriately with people on a daily basis. Other courses offered include Beginning Band, Symphonic Band, Art I & II, and Physical Education.

          There are still three months left in this school year. There are many activities and events still in store (STAAR, UIL Band, awards ceremonies, 8th grade promotion), and the teachers and administrators at Rockdale Junior High are looking forward to finishing this year well and creating a successful 2017 – 2018 school year.

2017 Feb 15: Jump Rope for Heart at RIS

Rockdale Intermediate School recently kicked off their Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser and fitness program. This program emphasizes the need for cardiovascular fitness and provides a great opportunity for an effective fundraiser to fight deadly heart diseases. Kathy Pelzel, RIS Principal, has important information regarding this national program and the contribution her campus makes to support this worthy cause.         

          Jump Rope For Heart is an educational fund-raising event. It’s held each year in thousands of elementary schools across the nation by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Jump Rope For Heart raises funds for medical research and for programs such as HeartPower! that help prevent heart disease and stroke. Jump Rope For Heart teaches students the benefits of physical activity, how to keep their heart healthy, and that they can help save lives right in their own community.  Jump Rope For Heart was developed in 1978 and has raised more than $327 million for cardiovascular research and education programs. 

           Jump Rope For Heart offers students many benefits by engaging school age children in community service while promoting the benefits of lifelong heart-healthy lifestyles. Rockdale ISD has participated in the program for over 27 years. Our community was very giving last year as Rockdale Intermediate School students raised almost $11,000. This year, we have set our goal at $8,000! Please help support our students as they work to meet this goal. Fundraising beganon Friday, February 3, 2017 and will continue through Friday, February 24, 2017 when our jumping event will take place. Please contact Regan Fritsche at or 512.430.6200 for more information or to make donations.


2017 Feb 08: RHS Planning for the 2017-18 School year

The Spring Semester is an extremely busy time at Rockdale High School. Amazingly, with the month of February already upon us, RHS is in the process of planning for the 2017-18 school year. This week Ms. Tiffany Commerford, RHS Principal, has some very important scheduling information and tips for students and parents.

         In February Rockdale High School will begin scheduling classes for 2017-2018. We will meet with 8th graders February 15th at RJHS and have a parent information night February 16th at RHS to start helping students plan for high school. Current RHS students will begin scheduling classes February 28th.

         One of the great things about high school is the variety of classes you get to choose from many students and parents want to know what courses to take to improve their chances for admission to college. With the caveat that every situation and students is different, here is some advice to help guide you as you make these decisions.

A Well-Rounded Approach

The high school transcript is almost always the most important document in a student’s application. But it is hard to think of a situation in which the appearance (or absence) of any one class on a transcript would determine admission. Admission committees do not make decisions based on one aspect of an applicant’s recommendations. They look at test scores, activities, and volunteer hours and considers each application as a comprehensive picture of the student. When the admissions committee looks at your transcript, it will not focus on whether you have taken a specific course. It will be far more interested to see that you have challenged yourself with difficult coursework, and have done well.


Trends are important. Remember, admissions committees are primarily concerned with what kind of student you will be for them. So it is very important that they see a high level (or an improving degree) of rigor and success throughout your high school years. This includes your senior year. If you wish to make your application among the most competitive, you must take a challenging senior program and continue to excel in it. Senior year is not the time to take a light course load. Do not catch “senioritis!” The admissions committee will check an applicant’s senior year program and performance before offering admission. Remember that they are looking for students who will make the most of their talents. Knowing how you have engaged in high school gives them an idea of how you might engage at college.


Colleges look for students who have taken a balanced set of the rigorous classes available to them. Generally speaking, you should try to take courses each year in English, science, math, social studies, and foreign language. Be honest with yourself when you are deciding between different courses. Are you choosing a particular course because you are truly excited about it and the challenge it presents, or are you also motivated by a desire to avoid a different OR difficult academic subject? You should also bear in mind that many colleges do have minimum course requirements for entering students. It is best to research each school individually.

When weighing your course selections for the upcoming year, here are a few things to consider:

  • Am I taking a well-balanced academic schedule that will provide me with a good foundation for college?
  • Am I prepared to take college-level math, writing, and science courses?
  • Do I feel challenged by the courses that I am taking?
  • Are my courses among the more rigorous ones available to me at my school?
  • Am I seeking challenge or avoiding it?


            The high school administration and staff are always available to assist students and parents in planning their schedules for the up- coming school year. If you have questions or need more information, please contact the high school office @ (512)430-6140.