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Week of 11/30-12/4

Welcome back Panthers! I hope everyone had a relaxing break. It always seems relaxing until those days right after Thanksgiving and then it seems hectic, at least for me. Maybe it is the feeling of anxiety knowing that when we go back to school there are only three weeks left before the end of the semester. Personally, I do not like extended breaks. It gets me out of rhythm. However, this break was good because I started taking a look at my personal health and fitness. I guess it started when practicing to beat the 8th graders in volleyball. The extra physical activity is definitely an adrenaline rush for me. I did good to workout 5 days this last week. Of course, Thursday was a workout of a different sort, stuffing myself with turkey, so I probably just broke even for the week. My new philosophy is to start now as opposed to waiting until the new year.

We have several events over the course of the next three weeks that I encourage you to look at. The first is an event sponsored by PTA…

Week of 11/16 - 11/20

Good evening Panthers! Another week down and another week approaching. This week will go quickly with the holiday season on the horizon. As we enter the week, I want to express how happy I am with the way that we ended last week. I was so happy to hear that our total for Coins for Coats led the district. We also had over 60 Veterans join us for our parade on Wednesday morning. Thanks to those that joined us and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. It doesn’t have to be a once a year visit. There were two things that really stood out for me. One was the pride on the face of the students that walked with their veteran through the hallways. The other was the amount of students that took the time to really look at the Wall of Honor that we constructed. I hope that this idea continues to grow in coming years. Anytime you have a middle schooler take the time to stop talking to a friend and read is special, but in the middle of the commons as they were walking to class or before…

Week of 11/9 - 11/13

Hello Panthers! Another week down. The year is moving so fast I can already smell the turkey. While we don’t have as many events going on this week. We have one very special event that I encourage you to come witness. 

Veteran's Day Celebration
On Wednesday morning we will be hosting our Veteran’s Day parade. We will be featuring our staff who are veterans as well as parents, grandparents, siblings, and community members who are veterans. Last year we had 80 veterans participate in the event and we hope to have that many again. Please let your veteran know about this special event and contact Mrs. Burton mara_burton@roundrockisd.org to RSVP. I hope the students take time to reflect on the true meaning of Veteran’s Day and what service and sacrifice truly mean. We take for granted the life that we live. We have so many freedoms in America that are taken for granted. The ability to send out this newsletter with opinions and free education are just two examples. The liberties that we po…

Week of 11/2 - 11/6

Hello Panthers!

I can’t believe we are already in the month of November! Where has time gone? The year seems to be going really fast. Around November I always start to think about turkeys and beards. I also think about service to others. It usually starts with Veteran’s Day and concludes with Thanksgiving. What wicked deja vu for Halloween to bring two floods in three years. I know there will be opportunities for the Ridgeview community to help others. As I have stated multiple times in the past, I think it is very important for middle school students to be involved with service projects to help out others in need because too many times they are in their own little bubble and can’t see beyond self to the needs of others. We have two projects coming up that give students an opportunity to think of others. The first is an annual food drive to benefit the Round Rock Serving Center. The second is building Service Care packages in conjunction with our Veteran's Day celebration which wil…