RCISD Principal Letters for 2015-2016 School Year (In Full)

Dear RCHS Family,
It boggles my mind that it is already time to write another back-to-school letter; every year seems to fly by faster and faster. This year promises to be another fantastic one, so buckle up, grab a hold, and come join us for another exciting adventure. Go Owls!
We have a few new faces joining us this year: Samantha Dralle, English; Karli Kendall, Math; Kristee Helton, Lifeskills/Special Education; Robbie Robinson, Social Studies and Boys Athletics; Casey Miles, Social Studies and Boys Athletics; and rejoining the RCHS Family is Trent Davidson in our CTE-Ag/Welding Program.
We ended last year with the dedication of the Butterfly Habitat planned, built and installed by the Science Club and the Senior Class of 2015. What a beautiful testament to the work that the students did last year, both academically and through their dedication to service. I challenge the students of RCHS to find even more ways to give of your time and energy through service to your school and community. It is through this kind of effort, in a cause greater than yourself, that you start to learn more about the person you are going to grow up to be and your place in the world.
Then, miraculously, everything that the teachers have been trying to hammer into your heads all these years begins to makes sense ... yes, even Algebra.
When the school year begins on August 24, we will only have 178 days to teach and prepare each student for whatever he/she will face the next year, be it college, vocational school, the military, a job, or the next grade level. We cannot afford to waste a single second of this school year. Parents, we need your help in getting the students to school every day and on time. Attendance is absolutely vital to our students’ success. Students will need to be at school by 8:10 a.m. and we dismiss at 3:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, and then 3:05 p.m. on Thursday-Friday.
It is time to get to work ... 178 days and counting down. Toodles!
Kara Sue Garlitz
RCHS Principal
Middle School ready for new school year,
Maintenance and custodian crews have worked diligently to get the middle school ready for the 2015-2016 school-year.  Floors are shining and rooms and lockers are ready for our new patrons.  Thanks goes out to them for the work they have done. We are truly ready for the students to get in here.
Bells will follow the same schedule as last year.  The first bell will ring at 8:10 and classes will start at 8:15.  The school day will end at 3:45 on Monday through Wednesday.  On Thursday and Friday, classes will end at 3:05.
The security system is still in effect and you will need to enter through the south-east door. An addition to the school is phones in the classroom for each teacher.  These are to be used only by the teachers and are not for trying to talk to your child.
All rules for the dress code, cell phones and discipline have remained the same.  It is important that parents review the rules and keep their children within these guidelines.  All rules will be enforced starting the first day of school.  Hair must be within the guidelines of the student handbook.  
We are looking forward to a great school year.  If you have any questions, please call the campus at 325-884-3728, or email me at: david.kohutek@rcisd.net.
Thank you,
David Kohutek
Middle School Principal
Dear Students and Parents,
We are extremely excited to unveil the new elementary school to the public. I would like to personally thank Western Builders, Parkhill Smith and Cooper, RCISD Maintenance and Custodians, Tracey McPhaul and Sara Baucom, Steve Long and RCISD Central Office, and the RCES office staff for their hard work in getting the building ready for the new school year.  We had a great team of people working hard each day to build our beautiful new school.  Thank you also to the teachers and aides who came in early to work on their classrooms when they did not have to.  We appreciate your passion for our school and students.  I would also like to thank Kara Garlitz and the high school staff for their accommodations and kindness during our journey.
Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, August 20th, from 5:30-7:00pm. This evening also serves as our Grand Opening and everyone is invited to attend.At 5:30 pm, we will have a ribbon cutting at the front of the campus.  No one will be allowed to enter the building until the completion of the ceremony.  Inside, we will have refreshments in the cafeteria.  Pioneer will be distributing supplies, and teachers will be in their rooms anxious to meet their new students.  Please join us and take the opportunity to tour the new addition to our community.
We are looking forward to a great year with many memories to be made.  Our motto for the year is, Owls Lead, Others Follow.  Let’s lead the way to success and victory!
Mandy Traylor
Reagan County Elementary

The Big Lake Wildcat

707 N. Florida St.
PO Box 946
Big Lake, TX 76932
PH: (325) 884-2215
FAX: (325) 884-5771