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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.

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2015 Sept 09: RISD Food Services

This week I would like to highlight a very important program on all of Rockdale ISD’s campuses, Food Service. I know most, if not every parent or community member can recall eating at the school cafeteria. Standing in line, getting their card punched and the divided tray with their mini milk carton are memories that stay with us. Like many other school programs, food service has had many changes over the years. RISD is very pleased with our food service management company, Southwest Food Service that prepares nutritious meals for our students every school day. Trevor Lee, Director of Dining Services has a very important and useful announcement regarding a new program parents can access to gain more information about their child’snutrition at school.

SFE (Southwest Food Service Excellence) is excited to introduce the My School Menus™ to your school district. My School Menus™ allows you to quickly and easily access daily menus, nutrient fact labels, meal prices, and allergens. A nutrient calculator and allergen filter ensures that all students, parents, and teachers have a healthy meal option everyday! It will also enable you to plan meals in advance, which can assist in counting calories/points. Additionally, by having access to our online menus, we believe it will help you make healthier choices, as you will have access to nutrition information for the school meal programs right at your fingertips.

It is important to SFE that you have access to the best nutrition because we care about your health. We are excited about My School Menus™ which enables parents, students, and teachers to make healthy food choices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Parents of the Rockdale School District can access this service by going to your district’s food service page at SFE looks forward to working together to utilize this app as one more tool to provide your students and community with the best nutrition possible. If you have trouble accessing My School Menus™ or have questions, contact Trevor Lee at (512) 430-6098 or via email at

2015 Sept 02: Communicate with your Child

Our world is in constant change with various innovations that were unheard of 20 years ago. But, one thing that hasn’t changed is our need for effective communication with our children. This week Sandee Calame, our Rockdale Elementary Principal, would like to provide some thought provoking questions that parents can ask their children to achieve more thoughtful responses when they come home from school.

How many times have you asked your child, “What did you learn in school today?” Quite often they utter a word or mumble an incoherent sentence.Here are a few ideas from Terry Heick: When were you most creative today? What does a successful day at school look like to you? How else could you have learned what the teacher taught? How do your teachers show they care? What do you know, and how do you know it? When did you surprise yourself today?What would you like to know more about? What is the most important thing you learned today? Tell me one chance you took today, and how it ended up. What is one thing you learned from a book? What is one thing you learned from a friend? What is one thing you learned from a teacher? Tell me your favorite moment at school today. What did you improve today? Did you experience anything at school that motivates you to make a difference in the world?

Talking with your child is great for oral language and helps your child with their thinking and learning. Even when you think your child is not listening they hear more than you think. Good luck!

2015 Aug 26: RISD's CTE Program

Rockdale ISD has started in full swing, and our students and staff are learning names, schedules and routines during our first week back in school. This year Sari McCoy, who joined RISD last Spring, will be the Director of Career and Technology Education working mainly on the high school campus. At this time, Ms. McCoy would like to share some very exciting information regarding an outstanding new program at Rockdale High School.

What a great start to the 2015 – 2016 school year! We are so excited to have students return to school this week. Our buildings do not seem complete without the voices and faces that fill our classrooms and hallways. It is an exciting year for Rockdale ISD. Each year, our gains are made in strides and we could not accomplish what we do without the talented Rockdale ISD staff, dedicated Tiger families, and the endless support of our community.

This year, Rockdale High School introduces a new Career and Technology course strand for students who are interested in Healthcare. The Health Science Technology courses offer students an intimate look into the careers of healthcare providers. Over a course of 4 years, the students will explore the history of medicine, the various disciplines of medicine, observe patient care delivery in a clinical setting, and earn a certification that propels them into their post-secondary journey.

We would like to thank the Little River Healthcare System for their partnership and support as we enhance our Health Science program. They have generously donated equipment and supplies which enables us to train students with actual items utilized in the clinical setting. We are grateful for Little River’s expertise and guidance as we prepare students for a successful career in the healthcare industry.

Equipped with medical terminology, the knowledge of body systems and functions, and an understanding of disease processes, students will graduate from Rockdale High School with a quality foundation as they pursue a degree in healthcare.

As with all Career and Technology course strands, it is our goal to prepare Rockdale ISD students for success, in post-secondary education and in the 21st Century Workforce, through real-world academic, industry, and leadership training. As the Director of Career and Technology, it is my privilege to collaborate with our community business leaders to ensure the highest level of career preparation is offered to our students. In Rockdale ISD, we challenge and inspire our students to achieve their goals. In return, they change the world.

It’s a GREAT day to be a TIGER!