Category Archives: Education

Anti-bullying workshop offered by RISD Nov. 16

An anti-bullying workshop designed to help prevent bullying in schools will be held Nov. 16 at 9 am and 7 pm at the RISD administration building, 1050 Williams St. in Rockwall.

The one-hour meeting discussion will be led by an RISD behavioral specialist who will teach parents how to help their child deal with bullying and discuss how schools and parents can work together to create a safe place for children.

Free childcare will be provided during the 7-8 pm session.


College financial aid seminar Nov. 11 at RHS

Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath High Schools will offer a scholarship and financial aid seminar Nov. 11, at 6:30 pm, in the Rockwall High cafeteria.

A session for Spanish speakers will also be available.

Rockwall ISD to participate in Texas Scholar program

Rockwall ISD has announced that Rockwall and Rockwall Heath High Schools will participate in the Texas Scholar Program, beginning in 2011.

According to Vicki Foster, lead counselor at Heath High, students who complete at least two college credit courses while in high school will receive a Texas Scholar Medal to wear at Commencement.

The Texas Scholar Program is an effort by the business community to encourage students to take rigorous classes, she said.

Her comments are published in the Heath High School Hawkeye online news website.

After-school programs offered at six RISD elementary schools

After-school programs for prekindergarten through sixth-grade students will be operated by Rockwall ISD at six RISD elementary schools, beginning this week.

Featuring special interest classes, homework help, fitness fun and nutritious snacks, the “ROCK” (Reaching Out Connecting Kids) program costs $250/mo. per student or $125/mo. for students eligible for free/reduced price lunches. A discount is available for multiple students. There will be no charge for August or June.

Operating from 3 to 6 pm, the program is available at the Amy Parks-Heath,  Cullins-Lake Pointe, Hartman, Hays, Pullen and Shannon campuses. Parents can pick up their children at any time and must provide transportation.

According to the RISD website, the program was developed at the request of numerous parents with children in RISD schools.

For info, contact Karen Hunter at 469-698-7140 or

No change in 2010-11 Rockwall ISD tax rate

The Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees maintained the 2010-2011 RISD tax rate of $1.47 per $100 valuation for the fourth year in a row last week.

According to Mike Singleton, the school district’s chief financial officer, $1.04 of the rate will be for maintenance and operation and 43 cents will be for payment of principal and interest on debt.

It will support the RISD budget for the year that was approved in June.

Mississippi high school cancels prom over same-sex couple

With proms across Rockwall County only weeks away, here’s a story that caught my attention. Could this ever happen at a school here?


An small northern Mississippi school district in Itawamba County last week canceled a high school prom after a lesbian student demanded that she be allowed to bring her girlfriend as her date.

The American Civil Liberties Union had stepped in and demanded that the Itawamba County School District allow Constance McMillen, 18, to attend with her date.

A school board statement Wednesday announced the district wouldn’t host the prom on April 2 at Itawamba County Agricultural High School.

McMillen wanted to escort her girlfriend who is also a student. She was also denied permission to wear a tuxedo.

A school district policy requires that dates be of the opposite sex.

The district’s statement never mentioned McMillen’s request, but officials said the change was made because of recent distractions.

District officials say they hope private citizens will host a prom, as one hotel owner has offered to do.

Any comments? Are there any gay couples in Rockwall County high schools?

Rockall ISD schedules early childhood education informational meetings in March

Rockwall ISD officials say they will host two Early Childhood Parent Information meetings in March.

Parents can learn how their children can qualify for Head Start or state funded Pre-Kindergarten, March 2, 6:30 pm, at Pullen Elementary School, 6492 FM 3097, Rockwall.

Parents may register their children for the tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten Program March 9, 6:30 pm, at the Rockwall Administration and Education Center, 1050 Williams St. Rockwall ISD officials say this is an affordable, high- quality, early childhood program for which no qualification is required.

For more info, visit or call 972-772-2073.