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I am delighted to begin my 24th year in the Rockdale Independent School District. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to nurture and support a dynamic learning community that works collaboratively to strengthen the academic and social achievement of students and the relationship between home, school, and community.

Before coming to Rockdale Intermediate School, I had the opportunity to spend sixteen years as an elementary school teacher, a technology teacher and the Director of Instructional Technology. I have spent my entire career working with the students of Rockdale ISD.

I obtained my Masters degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. My undergraduate work was at Sam Houston State University. Go Bearkats!

My husband and I are both Rockdale High School graduates. We are the proud parents of two Rockdale High School graduates, Christa (class of 2011) and Josh (class of 2014).
 

Recent Posts

RIS Newsletter - September 17, 2018

Greetings from Rockdale Intermediate School!
 
A we enter into the final weeks of the first six weeks, I have noticed that many of our students are not reading each night. Reading is important! I think that is one thing that everyone can agree on. However, have you ever thought about what benefits children get from reading daily? Best Books for Kids recently listed the Top 10 Benefits of Reading. (http://www.best-books-for-kids.com/benefits-of-reading.html)

1. Kids who read often and widely get better at it. - At Rockdale Intermediate students are required to read every night for at least 20 minutes. Parents are encouraged to read with their children and discuss what they are reading.

2. Reading exercises our brains. - It allows our kids to use their imaginations as they are reading. This is much better for our kids than watching tv. Reading is time well spent.

3. Reading improves concentration. - This is something that comes with age. The more you read the longer you are able to focus your attention on what you are reading.

4. Reading teaches children about the world around them. - Reading allows our students to experience life outside of Rockdale. They can visit Mount Rushmore by reading Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose: Growing Up On Mount Rushmore by Tina Nichols Coury or venture to the bottom of the ocean by reading Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy. Reading opens doors to places one may never travel.

5. Reading improves a child’s vocabulary and leads to more highly-developed language skills. - Students learn much more from reading than just content. They expand their vocabulary and learn to form sentences. Reading improves a student's ability to write.
 
These are just some of the benefits of reading. Taking time out of our busy schedules to read with our children is clearly an investment in their future that can be enjoyable for the entire family. Rockdale Intermediate School is committed to improving reading for all students by providing reading materials that are of high interest for our students. Students are RIS are required to read nightly and to log their progress. Parents can support their students by not only ensuring they meet this requirement but by also talking to them about what they are reading. Parent involvement in reading is a huge indicator of individual student success.  The National Education Association reports that "the substantial relationship between parent involvement for the school and reading comprehension levels of fourth-grade classrooms is obvious, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Where parent involvement is low, the classroom average (reading score) is 46 points below the national average. Where involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average - a gap of 74 points." You can make a difference - get involved!
 
 
September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  Hydrocephalus Awareness Month
18 Picture Day
19 College Colors Day
28 Last Day of First Six Weeks
  American Indian Heritage Day`
October Bully Prevention Month
  Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month
1
First Day of Second Six Weeks
1-5
Book Fair
3
Early Release noon, Students Only for Parent Teacher Conferences
8
Teacher Professional Development, No School for Students
9
AgriLife Drug/Alcohol Abuse Presentation, 5th Grade, 2pm
 
PTO Meeting @ RIS, 6-7pm

 

RIS Newsletter - September 10, 2018

3 weeks in and our students and teachers have settled in nicely. I visited classrooms last week and our students were hard at work. I noticed that many students are very tired after lunch. Please help our students by ensuring they get a good night's rest each night. This will allow them to be able to focus and not miss out on anything during the day.
 
We had a great turn out for our Grandparents breakfast. It is always a pleasure to host our families and this event was no exception. The cafeteria prepared a wonderful breakfast and the students enjoyed sharing it with their families. Thank you to everyone who made this day special for our students.
 
We kicked off our EarlyAct First Knight's program last Friday with a presentation for Lady Charnell. EarlyAct FirstKnight is a character education program sponsored by Rockdale Rotary Club. EAFK motivates and teaches students to become civil, service-oriented people during their most formative years.
 

This is the third year that Rockdale Intermediate School has participated in the FirstKnight program. The goal of the event is to inspire students to commit to the EAFK program throughout the school year where they will learn and apply concepts like respect, personal responsibility, honesty, compassion, fairness, tolerance and service to others. Contact our counselor, Keely Reinser, at 512.430.6200 for more information.

Next week we will begin accepting applications for RIS Student Council and EAFK Rotary Club. Applications require students to exhibit good behavior, have good grades and a reference from a teacher. These organizations support not only our campus but also our community. We look forward to all of the great  work they will accomplish this year. 

Gold Out Pep Rally : RIS students will attend the Gold Out Pep Rally at Rockdale High School on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 9:30 am. We will leave campus at 9:00 am. Students must be on time to school as students can not be dropped off at RHS by parents if they are late. Also, if you need your student before 11:00 am you will need to let us know before the end of the day of Wednesday, September, 12, 2018 so that we can make arrangements for your student not to attend the pep rally.

Students are encouraged to wear a Gold Out Shirt to the pep rally and football game. We will also take a school photo after the pep rally with students who are wearing Gold Out Shirts. Forms are available in the office to purchase the 2018 Gold Out Shirts. The shirts are $10.

Have a great week!

Kathy Pelzel, Principal

RIS Newsletter - August 27, 2018

Greetings from Rockdale Intermediate School. We are off to a great start! We welcomed 327 students on the first day and have since grown to 334. We extend a special welcome to our new students and their families and look forward to working with them. 

Our teachers spent many hours preparing for the school year and were excited to greet their students on the first day. The custodial and maintenance staff did a phenomenal job of getting our building and grounds ready for students. We are all very proud of Rockdale Intermediate School and it shows!

We are also very proud of our students. If you have not already heard, Rockdale Intermediate School will once again met standard. Our students could not have accomplished this without the help and support from their parents, teachers, and community. Working together we can achieve great things. Congratulations RIS on a job well done!

If you need to pick your child up early for any reason, you must do so before 3:00 pm.  Students are in transit from their classroom to their dismissal location and cannot be reached after 3:00 pm. If you need to change the way your child gets home, please let the office know before 2:30 pm.

Have a great week!

Kathy Pelzel, Principal

  • Back to school forms should be turned in by Friday, August 31, 2018.
  • Homework: Math homework will begin on Monday, August 27, 2018. Your child will bring home math homework each night and will take a 5 minute quiz each morning over the skill they practiced the night before. Please ensure your child is completing their math homework in preparation for their quiz. 
  • Reading Logs: Students should bring home a library book and reading log each night. Please be sure they are completing their assigned reading each night. Becoming a fluent reading and building vocabulary requires practice. Reading each night is essential to growing these skills.
  • RIS would like to provide the opportunity to celebrate your child's birthday by having a Happy Birthday message with their name on our electronic marquee in front of the building. Their birthday will also be mentioned during morning announcements. Please contact Mrs. Hirt in the front office for more information.
  • First day of iTigers will be September 4, 2018. Students are invited as needed to provide academic support.
UPCOMING DATES
9/3 Labor Day Holiday
9/4 iTigers Program begins for Fall Semester
9/14 Gold Out Pep Rally @ RHS
9/18 Fall Picture Day
9/28 Last Day of First Six Weeks

RIS Newsletter - March 5, 2018

Greetings from RIS,
 
I'm sure that all of us are aware that school attendance is important. "Being there" is half the battle with any task we undertake. What many don't realize is how critical attendance is to the learning process. Studies have shown that as few as two absences per month can impact student success even when they are excused absences.
 
Students who attend school regularly are more successful. Even students who struggle with learning will perform better and make significant gains as attendance improves. Regular attendance facilitates learning social skills from interacting with peers on a daily basis. Students who miss very little school time are significantly more likely to graduate.
 
Reading skills are critical to student success and reading can be heavily impacted by absenteeism. As students reach the third grade, their reading skills have matured to the point where they transition from learning to read into reading to learn. Students with good skills in this area are much more successful, more likely to attend college, and generally become life long learners. 
 
The staff at the RIS want to let everyone know how much we appreciate parents getting their children to school on time and ready to learn each and every day. This enables us the best possible opportunity to educate our students. There is a great deal of joy in seeing students succeed and achieve their goals
 
Public School's Week - RISD will celebrate Texas Public School's Week the week of March 5th. Each grade level will be sending home invitations for parents to join us in the classroom as well as for lunch on Wednesday, March 7th. This lunch is a change from the breakfasts that were held in the past for parents and grandparents. Our parent involvement survey as well as our Thanksgiving meal turn out in November indicated that one meal for our families was better for attendance than seperate events. For the younger students, kids often felt embarrassed when a grandparent or parent could not attend on the specified day. In creating one day where all family members are invited, we hope to avoid this scenario for our students.
 
We look forward to seeing you on campus during the next few weeks!
 
Kathy Pelzel, Principal
Rockdale Intermediate School
 

Upcoming Calendar Events

 

March Texas History Month
5-9 Texas Public Schools Week
6 Student Council Meeting - parents required to attend
7 College Colors Day
  Family Lunch - Texas Public School's Week Celebration
  EAFK Meeting after school - parents invited to attend
8 DEC Meeting at RES Library, 4pm
11 Daylight Saving Time Starts
12-16 Spring Break
19 School Board Meeting @ Central Office, 5:30pm
21 CEC Meeting, Intermediate Library, 4pm
29 Field Trip - Mrs. Willis' Class - Homestead Craft Village in Waco
30 Good Friday – Student and Staff Holiday
 
 

RIS Newsletter - February 5, 2018

Greetings from Rockdale Intermediate School,
 
We were excited to hold parent conferences yesterday. We were able to meet with many parents and enjoyed the opportunity to plan with parents on the best way to meet the needs of their children. We believe that that the home-to-school connection is one of the most important factors when working to help students be successful.
 
5th grade students will meet with junior high staff on Monday, February 12th at RIS to discuss schedule opportunities for next school year. RJH will host a parent/student meeting for all 5th graders Monday, February 12th at 5:30 pm in the RJH cafeteria to discuss these options and to make schedule decisions.
 
Valentine's Parties - Next week we have several events that I'd like to remind parents about. Our class Valentine's Day parties will be held on Wednesday, February 14th at 2:15 pm. Please call the office prior to the 14th to have your badge preprinted if you plan to attend. 
 
Student Holidays - February 16 and 19th are designated as student holidays at RISD. All RISD staff will receive professional development during this time while students have an extended weekend. Normal schedule will resume on Tuesday, February 20th.
 
Public School's Week - RISD will celebrate Texas Public School's Week the week of March 5th. Each grade level will be sending home invitations for parents to join us in the classroom as well as for lunch on Wednesday, March 7th. This lunch is a change from the breakfasts that were held in the past for parents and grandparents. Our parent involvement survey as well as our Thanksgiving meal turn out in November indicated that one meal for our families was better for attendance than seperate events. For the younger students, kids often felt embarrassed when a grandparent or parent could not attend on the specified day. In creating one day where all family members are invited, we hope to avoid this scenario for our students.
 
We look forward to seeing you on campus during the next few weeks!
 
Kathy Pelzel, Principal
Rockdale Intermediate School
 

Upcoming Calendar Events

 

February Black History Month   
Career & Technology Education Month
12 5th Grade Scheduling for 6th Grade @ RIS, 2pm
  5th Grade Parent Meeting for Scheduling/SSI @ RJH, 5:30pm
13 5th Grade Field Trip – Inner Space Caverns
  SHAC Meeting @ RJH, 4pm
14 Valentine Day Parties, 2:15-2:45pm
15 Last Day 4th Six Weeks
16 Teacher Professional Development – No School for Students
19 State of Texas Remembrance Day
  C2L Collaborative Professional Development 
No School for Students
20 First Day 5th Six Weeks
21 EAFK Ceremony, 1:30pm
  School Board Meeting @ Central Office, 5:30pm
26 Band Spaghetti Supper/Concert, RJH, 4:30pm
27 Spring/Class Pictures
28 Jump Rope for Heart Event
March Texas History Month
7 College Colors Day
  Family Lunch - Texas Public School's Week Celebration

RIS Newsletter - January 22, 2018

Greeting from Rockdale Intermediate School!
 
We have made it back from winter break and working to get back in the routine of things. Our students made great progress during the first semester and we look forward to sharing that information with parents during parent teacher conferences. Parent teacher conference day is scheduled for the afternoon of February 7th. Students will be released at noon with conferences to follow. Due to the inability to see all parents during this limited time, some conferences will be schedule prior to and after February 7th. These may be face-to-face or phone conferences. Your child should be bringing home parent conference requests this week to schedule a time that works for you.
 
The RISD Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is conducting online surveys for students and parents to help determine the extent of alcohol use/abuse, drug abuse and social media misuse. These surveys will be given to 5th grade students only the week of February 5, 2018. All answers will remain confidential and anonymous. The information gathered in this survey will be analyzed as a whole and will not identify any of the individual participants taking the survey.  Thanks for your time and effort to make your school a better place.


As per Rockdale ISD policy, all parents and students have the option to not participate in surveys.  This letter is to inform you of that option. If you do not want your student to participate in these surveys, please sign this letter and return it to the principal’s office by 3:00 PM on Friday, February 2, 2018.  If we do not receive this letter stating that you do NOT wish for your student to take part in these surveys, they will take the survey the week of February 5, 2018. 

All RISD parents are invited to complete the surveys by following the links below.

 
 
 

We look forward to visiting with soon!

 

Kathy pelzel

Upcoming Calendar Events

 

January  School Board Recognition Month 
“Helping Kids Soar to Success”
30 5th Grade Math Benchmark
31 5th Grade Reading Benchmark
  4th Grade Writing Benchmark
February Black History Month   
Career & Technology Education Month
5-9 National School Counseling Week
“Helping Students Reach for the Stars”
7 Early Release/Parent Teacher Conferences
12 5th Grade Scheduling for 6th Grade @ RIS, 2pm
  5th Grade Parent Meeting for Scheduling/SSI @ RJH, 5:30pm
13 5th Grade Field Trip – Inner Space Caverns
  SHAC Meeting @ RJH, 4pm
14 Valentine Day Parties, 2:15-2:45pm
15 Last Day 4th Six Weeks
16 Teacher Professional Development – No School for Students
19 State of Texas Remembrance Day
  C2L Collaborative Professional Development
No School for Students
20 First Day 5th Six Weeks
21 EAFK Ceremony, 1:30pm