Rice CISD’s sadness following the sudden loss of a Rice High School student was tangible at the Sept. 16 Rice CISD school board meeting.
“The sadness across the district following the recent passing of one of our kids is still here. We have support services available for anyone who feels they need the services, and we will continue to offer that support for our students and staff in the weeks to come,” RCISD Superintendent Bill Hefner said.
The district issued a letter to parents Sept. 13 after RICSD was notified of the off-camas death of the RHS student. All after school activities throughout the district were cancelled Sept. 12 - Sept. 14 to allow staff and students time to try to process the shock and grief.
Garwood Elementary School Principal Leroy Stavinoha reported that attendance rate is at about 98 percent currently, and fourth grade had the highest attendance rate at 99 percent. Garwood participated in Colorado County fair, and had approximately 20 participants in parade. At the time of the meeting, Stavinoha also reported the school was awaiting results of the National Blue Ribbon Schools. He went on to report students and had started UIL practice, teachers are working to introduce new ELAR TEKS to students and Garwood is looking forward to Colorado County Extension service presentations in classrooms.
Eagle Lake Primary School Principal Kim Etheridge reported Eagle Lake Primary School teachers were participating in Rock Your School Sept. 19, and Grandparents Day would be Sept. 20 in the school cafeteria. She said ELPS staff and students enjoyed participating in the Colorado County Fair parade with a “Learning is Sweet “ float.
Rice Junior High School Principal Brian Leist reported all new staff members are working hard and enjoying being a part of RJHS. The campus instructional team is monitoring all student performance data carefully and working to show continued improvement on state performance tests.
Texas ChalleNGe Academy Principal Dan Garza reported there are currently 97 cadets on campus, and this group of students is younger than previous groups. Many of the cadets in this class are 16 years old. Construction at the facility is ongoing and all are looking forward to its completion.
Carey reports on trip to UT
RHS student Matt Carey talked to the board about his recent trip to the University of Texas in Austin, and the opportunity to attend Boy’s State. He said he learned a great deal and it was a great opportunity to advance his leadership skills. He highly recommends it to future students.