Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Rancier Principal

Rancier Family,

As you're probably aware, I've been named the new principal at Ellison High School, and will begin working there this summer.

I am happy and honored to introduce you to the new principal here at Rancier Middle School: Mr. David Manley.

Mr. Manley currently serves as Assistant Principal at Ellison High School. (Yes, the same school where I'm going to be the new principal!)

Welcome aboard, Mr. Manley!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Talented Students!

Ka-Roo Family:

If you missed tonight's Rancier Choir Spring Concert, you really missed a treat. Thanks to Mr. Morehouse and Mrs. Jumonville for preparing our students for such a wonderful performance.

Don't forget about our Band Spring Concert Tuesday evening, May 19, at 7pm in the Rancier Gym!

See you there!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

El Chico Night!

Rancier Family,

Be sure to mark your calendars for a great Mexican dinner at El Chico of Killeen on Monday, May 11th. Any time from 5 pm - closing, 10% of El Chico's profits will be donated to the Rancier Middle School AVID program. What a great opportunity to support our school while enjoying a family dinner.

Thank you, El Chico!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Upcoming Testing


Be sure to keep your calendars marked for upcoming TAKS testing:

Tuesday, April 28: 6th & 7th grade Math TAKS.

Wednesday, April 29: 6th & 7th grade Reading TAKS.
8th grade Reading TAKS, 2nd Administration.

Thursday, April 30: 8th grade Science TAKS.

Friday, May 1: 8th grade Social Studies TAKS.

Tuesday, May 19: 8th grade Math TAKS, 2nd Administration.

Congratulations to our 8th graders on the 1st Administration of the Math & Reading TAKS! Great improvement over last year's scores!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Enjoy A Long Weekend!


Remember that there is no school on Friday, April 10th! Enjoy a 3-day weekend, and a Happy Easter!

Congratulations to our 8th graders, who now have the 1st Administration of the Math TAKS behind them! We expect the test results by April 24th!

Spring is rolling right along! Keep focused until the end!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Nearing End of 9 Weeks!

Ka-Roo Parents,

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 3rd, the end of the 3rd Nine Weeks! Be sure your child makes up any missing work and turns in all assignments to teachers.

Watch your mailboxes for report cards in the later part of the week of April 6 - 10.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Welcome Back, Early Out, & Welcome New Friends!


It's great to see everyone back safe & sound from a restful Spring Break. We had a nice, quiet day today as everyone got back into the flow of school.

Remember that Thursday, March 26, is an Early Out! Students will be dismissed at 1:35 pm.

New Friends:

The middle school boundaries are being changed for next school year, and several students from Eastern Hills Middle School and Nolanville Elementary School will be moving to Rancier Middle School. Let me take this opportunity to welcome these new students to the Rancier family.

We have planned a special event to get acquainted with our new students:

Thursday, March 26, from 5:30 - 7:30, we will hold a special Open House, just for students and parents from Eastern Hills and Nolanville. These students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the campus and meet our teachers.

Welcome aboard!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ready for a Break?

It's almost time for Spring Break in Ka-Roo country! KISD's Spring Break is the week of March 16 - 20, and we're all looking forward to a little time off.

However, that doesn't mean there's nothing going on at Rancier!

Here's a quick summary of some exciting things happening:

*AVID students going to UT Explore on Saturday, March 7.

*Tennis matches March 7 against Union Grove & March 12 against Live Oak Ridge.

*Track Meets on March 10 (Girls) & March 11 (Boys) @ Ellison HS.

*KISD Middle School Theater Festival March 11 @ Shoemaker HS, with the Rancier Theater II class performing! (Play to be performed for our student body on March 13).

*Our much-anticipated Talent Show, March 12, 4 pm. ($1 admission).

Yes, indeed. This will be busy week in Ka-Roo country, and I hope you'll be a part of the action.

Get ready for a wonderful Spring Break!

Monday, March 2, 2009

TAKS Time!

Parents of 7th and 8th graders:

Be sure to remember that tomorrow begins TAKS season! Tuesday, March 3rd, our 7th graders will be taking the Writing TAKS test, and our 8th graders will be taking the Reading TAKS test.

Your child needs to get a good night's sleep and have breakfast in the morning before school.

See you Tuesday!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Calling all Rancier Parents!

This Thursday, February 26th, will be an Early Out, with a 1:35 dismissal time.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. 6th grade teachers will be in the library, and 7th & 8th grade teachers will be in the cafeteria.

Be sure to bring your child's schedule with you! And, if you haven't signed up for online access to your child's grades, be sure to bring a picture ID so we can set you up with a password.

See you there!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Congrats, Lady Ka-Roos!

Championship time @ RMS!

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Girls "A" Basketball Team, who defeated Liberty Hill Thursday evening to take the city championship!

Also, congrats to our 7th Grade Girls "B" Basketball Team, who captured the best record in the KISD Middle School "National" Conference.

Our 8th Grade Girls "A" Basketball Team took on Live Oak Ridge Middle School in the city championship game as well, but came up short in their effort to take the title.

We are so proud of these girls and their coaches, who worked so hard all season.

Go Ka-Roos!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Chess Kangs!

Congratulations to the Rancier Middle School Chess Club, the Chess Kangs!

For the second straight year, the Chess Kangs traveled to Ft. Worth and won 1st place in the Scholastic Regional Chess Tournament.

What a great success for the students of Rancier Middle School!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Can't Believe It's February!


The time is flying by!

We just had our Valentines' Dance today (a week early, but that's OK), and Spring Break is just a little over a month away! Seems like just yesterday we were kicking off this year.

Parents, be sure and mark your calendars for two special days in February:

*Monday, February 16: Holiday; No School for Students or Staff

*Thursday, February 26: 1:35 Release; Parent/Teacher Conferences from 2 - 6 pm.

More detailed information on the conference schedule will be sent home for parents.

If you don't yet have GradeSpeed access to monitor your child's grades from home, please contact our office right away!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Frosty Morning

Students & Parents,

We had a lot of frost and ice this morning, but we still got everyone here and started on time.

Just a reminder to watch the weather reports, especially the early-morning news. If there is a school closure, you'll see it announced on TV. If the TV news gives no information about Killeen ISD, then we are starting on time.

Stay warm!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

KISD News, Public Hearing

Rancier Family,

As many of you have already heard, KISD has approved plans to close Fairway Middle School at the end of this school year, and to open brand-new Patterson Middle School in August.

These moves will impact students at almost every other middle school, as boundaries are changed in order to re-assign all the students from Fairway, and to create a student body for Patterson.

There are some Rancier students who will be shifted over to Manor Middle School, and Rancier will also receive a whole new group of students from the Nolanville area.

KISD believes very strongly in parent communication. Therefore, public meetings have been scheduled to allow parents and community members the opportunity to hear firsthand what is going on, and to ask any questions they might have.

If you can possibly attend, please make plans to come to the public meeting at Rancier Middle School on Wednesday, January 28, at 6:30 pm, in the Rancier cafeteria.

I would love to see lots of Rancier parents in the audience!

Special Thanks

A big thank-you goes out to the 5th grade students at Peebles, Hay Branch, and Brookhaven Elementary schools!

We were honored at Rancier to host these students for a couple of hours Friday morning. The 5th graders got to tour the Rancier campus, see performances by the Band & Choir, and even got to enjoy lunch in the Rancier cafeteria! It was a great visit, and we're excited to have these new Ka-Roos come aboard next year.

5th graders: Remember to finish the year strong!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

5-Day Weekend! (for students...)

Hey Y'all,

The first semester comes to an end this week.

Just a reminder to all students and parents that there is no school for students on Friday, Jan. 16th, Monday, Jan. 19th, or Tuesday, Jan. 20th. Students will return to school on Wednesday, Jan. 21st.

The Rancier staff will have a Teacher Workday on Friday, Jan. 16th, a holiday on Monday, Jan. 19th, and a Staff Development day on Tuesday, Jan. 20th.

Let's start the second semester strong!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Attention Parents of 8th Grade Students!

Rancier Middle School is planning a special presentation for the parents of our 8th grade students. We will be presenting information on the Student Success Initiative (SSI) and the requirements 8th graders must meet before being promoted to 9th grade.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13th, and will be offered three times that day:

9am in the Rancier Library

Noon in the Rancier Library

6pm in the Rancier Cafeteria

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year!

It's good to see everyone back from the holidays! I hope you had a restful break.

We are back on our regular schedule, but there are a few dates you need to be aware of.

The first semester ends on Thursday, January 15th.

There is no school for students on:

Friday, January 16th

Monday, January 19th

Tuesday, January 20th

We will resume our regular bell schedule on Wednesday, January 21st, which will be the official beginning of the third nine weeks and second semester.

Let's finish the semester strong!