Robstown Independent School District held their Second Annual Back to School Rally at the Robstown High School on Aug. 7.
Students and their parents filled the auditorium and the first 500 students would receive a backpack with some school supplies provided by RISD. RISD Superintendent Maria Vidaurri also went over some of the new things the district and campuses will be doing this upcoming school year. She spoke about the district's philosophy and their theme which is One Team, One Goal.
“It's just our way of telling our parents some of the new things that are happening for this year. Welcoming them back, telling them we're excited and we're ready for their kids,” Vidaurri said.
Hot dogs and popcorn were also given for participants to enjoy. The athletic and band boosters were also present during the rally selling football shirts and asking for volunteers. During the rally the RHS band performed a piece of this year's marching show which contains music from the TV show, The Walking Dead. The RHS cheerleaders also performed some cheers for the audience and Vidaurri introduced the campus leadership teams as well.
“This is our time to introduce the campus principal, introduced their assistants so again the parents get to see the teams that each of the campuses and the teams from the district level,” Vidaurri said.
Vidaurri went over the new construction going on at the high school as well. She said their started their $12.5 million project which includes renovating and adding a new addition to the school. The project began this past summer with the demolition of the old section at the center of the campus.
“So of course, we didn't have a blank piece of land where we could just start new construction. So we are in the middle of the high school, so we're going to ask our parents and students to be a little patient with us,” Vidaurri said.
Vidaurri said construction is expected to last 12 to 18 months before the project is completed. She said the new section will be more technology friendly, a little more innovative and more updated. It will have more classrooms, labs, a new multi-media center and the quadrangle will have a new look as well and include outlets for students to plug in their iPads or other devices they are allowed to use at the campus.
“It's just a state of the art area for our kids,” Vidaurri said.
Students will be rerouted around the construction area and Vidaurri said safety will be the upmost importance.
“We're just excited to get the year started and excited to get those kids in the classroom and make it happen for '14-'15,” Vidaurri said.