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 karenhunter@rockwallisd.org

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?

From YouTube.com:

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 Rockwallisd.com or call 972-772-2073.

Heath High marketing students hit it big in regional Merrill Lynch Stock Market Game

Congratulations to Rockwall-Heath High School marketing students Taylor Ford (left) and Austin McPherson who recently won first place in the grades 9-12 division of the recent Dallas Regional Stock Market Game program. 

The two boys competed with over 900 other regional teams starting with $100,000 in their portfolios, according to Heath High business and marketing teacher Linda Rogers. 

Both boys will be honored at the upcoming annual Stock Market Game Awards Banquet at the Tower Club in Dallas sponsored by Merrill Lynch and the Texas Council on Economic Education. 

 They will each receive $75 and a certificate for their efforts, said Rodgers.

Dobbs Elementary students collect 500 ChapStick tubes for HIV victims in Africa

Over 500 tubes of ChapStick were recently collected byKC Club members at the “ChapStick for Africa” drive at Rockwall’s Dobbs Elementary School.

Ethan, Logan and Graeson Lynskey (pictured) donated 200 tubes.

The ChapStick are for children  in South Africa with HIV\AIDS, who often suffer from severely chapped and sore lips.  

Dobbs’ SAGE teacher Beverly Stovall, who makes a yearly mission trip to that area, will distribute the ChapStick this summer.

Good job, KC Club members and Ms. Stovall!

Sounds like we need to write a good story about Ms. Stovall’s upcoming and past mission trips!

Drug Awareness Week held last week in Rockwall ISD

Last week was Drug Awareness or Red Ribbon Week in the Rockwall ISD. The objective was to educate students about the dangers of drugs and then encourage them to pledge to be drug-free by signing pledge cards.

We haven’t heard yet how many pledged.

RISD Communications Director Sheri Fowler said all campuses had pledge card signups and gave away prizes to those students who did – pencils, stickers, red ribbons, etc. 

“The older students tied red ribbons on cars in the parking lots, had activities during lunch where students could participate. If you had your D-FY-IT card at RHHS, you might have a chance to play Guitar Hero.  If you brought your D-FY-IT card to RHS Friday, you got one dollar.”

Each day of the week had a different theme, which each campus tailored to its needs:

  • Monday – Crazy Socks Day …. Scare the socks off drugs!
  • Tuesday – CAMO Day ….. Don’t hide behind drugs or alcohol.
  • Wednesday – Backwards Day….. Drugs can turn your life inside out.
  • Thursday – HAT Day …. Hats off to our drug free schools!
  • Friday – Spirit or RED Day ….  Show your school pride during Red Ribbon Week!

We’re awaiting word as to how many students signed up.