Rice Middle School PTA 2021-2022 OPEN POSITIONS


Volunteer at Rice Middle School and feel part of an outstanding school community.  The following positions are currently open for the 2021-22 school year and offer a great way for parents to  get involved and make a meaningful contribution to our school.



PARLIAMENTARIAN. Board position. Attends PTA Board meetings which are held once a month, currently by Zoom lasting approx 1hr.  The Parliamentarian ensures all present at meetings act within Bylaws and procedure.  Full training given. Manages/oversees the Nominating Committee Process. This is a great "entry level" Board position without a huge time commitment.


SAGE CHAIR.  The Special and Gifted Education Chair organizes an annual awareness event for students and looks for opportunities to provide education, communication and support to SAGE families. 


Teacher Appreciation Chair.  We love our Rice teachers! Work with the Programs Chair to plan some fun events to make sure our teacher's feel appreciated.    Help and ideas from past events is provided.


Teacher Birthdays Coordinator.  Who doesn't want to wish a teacher a Happy Birthday!  The PTA provides recognition to teachers when it's their birthday and we need a coordinator to stay on top of dates and write a birthday card to teachers.


Reflections Chair.  Are you interested in supporting Arts Education? The Reflections Chair coordinates the Reflections Program at Rice, publicizing details and collecting and submitting entries.


After School Coding Club Coordinator.  Help organize the After School Coding Club by sending emails to the UTD contact to arrange dates, answer questions from parents by email and communicate club details by email. 


Socials Co-Chair. Support the Socials Club Chair with organizing events at school, such as our famous RavenFest.


Apply here  Apply To Volunteer at Rice MS 2021-22



Please select multiple positions that you are interested in. If you have any questions please email Deema Ghata-Aura at deemaghata_aura@hotmail.com



First Virtual Hackathon


The Future of Code is a computer-science-centered non-profit organization aimed to inspire, engage, and influence youth with code while giving back to our community. We host Hackathons, events designed to foster critical thinking, bolster presentation and collaboration skills, as well as hone programming knowledge.


Our first Hackathon will be completely free to all middle school students! It will be held on April 24th through virtual platforms (Zoom and Discord) due to COVID-19. It will feature highly qualified judges, as well as student leaders, who will work together to offer special prizes to the students with the best submissions at the end of the Hackathon. 


 Join PTA!

Connect with your child's school and community!  All are welcome and encouraged to join PTA. Your membership directly impacts student life at Rice through the variety of projects and activities provided by PTA. Please log in or create your account. Use the "Order Here" tab to join PTA, sign up for Volunteer interests and/or make a donation to PTA.  We appreciate your donations and support!

Community Partnerships

Did you know that there are some super easy ways for you to contribute to Rice while you shop - all at no cost to you?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Rice every time you order from Amazon, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.  Go to smile.amazon.com to get started, and select "PTA - Texas Congress 7401 Rice Middle School" as the recipient of donations on eligible purchases.

Kroger Community Rewards donates to Rice PTA based on the shopping our members do every day.  Enroll at kroger.com/account/community rewards.  Search for Rice Middle School PTA, or use our organization number: XV558.  Then use your Kroger Plus card every time you shop to support PTA!

Box Tops for Education now offers TWO ways to participate!  Cut out Box Tops from eligible products and submit them to the office in a baggie or envelope. Or, download the Box Tops for Education app and use it to scan your receipt each time you shop.  No scissors necessary!

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program contributes 1% of eligible Reward card purchases back to Rice PTA!  Designate Rice PTA using code 8022 at the courtesy booth in store to start supporting Rice!


Red Ribbon Week and First Responders Day

10/20/2019 10:59 pm

Red Ribbon Week - Oct 28 to Nov 1 - dress up and send a message that you will stay drug free!

Monday, October 28th- AMERICA Day: wear Red, White and RAVEN Blue (wear a blue Rice Raven t-shirt)
Tuesday, October 29th- Time Hop Tuesday: dress in your favorite decade
Wednesday- October 30th- Neon Day: wear bright neon colors
Thursday- October 31st - Squad Day: dress up with a group of friends or wear your PTA Rice t-shirt
Friday- November 1st: Pajama pants, no house shoes allowed


Monday, October 28 is First Responders Day at Rice!  Please see the sign up genius link for ways that you can volunteer to help welcome Plano's first responders to Rice.


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Raven Fest!

9/22/2019 6:36 pm

PTA is excited to present our Fall Student Social, Raven Fest! 

Raven Fest will be held Friday, October 11 from 3:30 - 5:30. Students will enjoy a fun afternoon with games, music, food, and prizes. Raven Fest tickets are available here or by clicking "Order Here" above.  Tickets are $10 for PTA members and $15 for non-members. Ticket price includes all games and activities, one slice of pizza, one drink and two snacks. 

Interested in volunteering to help out at Raven Fest?  Email saritav21.pta@gmail.com

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9/10/2019 10:36 am


Still want to join the After School Coding Club? A few spots are available for the "Web Page Design" (beginner) class. The "Drawing & Animation with JavaScript" (intermediate) class is full. Questions? Contact Manish Rawat at mrawat.pta@gmail.com.
Cost is $80 for the entire session. If you are a PTA member, use the promo code MEMBER to get $20 off for one student. Aren't a member yet? Join PTA today! Membership costs just $20, so by joining Rice PTA, you help our PTA annual membership drive at no cost to you. Choose "Order Here" from the menu above to get started!

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7/24/2019 9:50 am

Due to ongoing construction at Rice, the originally planned Schedule Orientation on July 31 has to be cancelled.  The new date for Schedule Orientation will be Tuesday, August 6.  This will be a time when students will be able to find their lockers, locate their classes, pick up spirit wear/school supplies/PE uniforms and get ready for the new year.  We are sorry for the inconvenience, but appreciate your patience and support while the building is being completed. 


Schedules will be released online on Friday, August 2, at 4:00, so students will be able to see their classes ahead of the schedule orientation.  Please bring a printed or digital copy of your child's schedule.  If you are picking up school supplies or other items ordered from PTA, please be sure to also bring a copy of your receipt.


The schedule for the August 6 Schedule Orientation is as follows:

6th Grade: 8:00 - 10:00

7th and 8th Grades: 11:00 - 1:00


We look forward to seeing you there!

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Back To School

7/9/2019 1:52 pm

Back To School Dates to Remember:


July 31: Schedule Orientation - 6th grade 8-10am, 7th & 8th grade 1-3pm.  Come to Rice to pick up your schedule and preordered school supplies, spirit wear, and PE/Athletic Uniforms.  

August 6: Raven Walkabout - 1-3pm

August 12: Coffee with the Principal - 10 am. Snacks and coffee will be served at the first PTA meeting of the new school year.

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5/18/2019 11:16 pm

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Volunteer Lunch 2019

5/2/2019 2:29 pm

Thank you Rice Middle School Staff, Teachers and Students for a lovely and delicious Volunteer Appreciation Lunch and heartfelt Thank you notes 

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Staff Appreciation Casserole Day - Take home meal

4/25/2019 11:13 pm

Staff Appreciation Casserole Day

Rice Casserole Day is May 8th! The Rice PTA organizes this yearly event to send our awesome teachers and staff home with dinner. We need your support to make this event a success, and we've made it super easy for you. 
$23 provides 1 casserole, salad, bread and cookies and feeds 3-4 people.
You pay online, we order and deliver the casseroles! Online ordering is through April 30th, 2019.
Visit the Rice PTA website for guest checkout.
We need 105 casseroles. If you haven't ordered yet, please consider ordering. 
We really need everyone's help, so please spread the word!!!
We appreciate your support!
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Teacher Apreciation 2019

4/24/2019 11:31 pm

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10, and Rice PTA is hosting a breakfast for our amazing staff on Monday morning to start the week off right!
We need lots of donated items to make this a special recognition for our teachers. If you are able to provide food, drinks, and supplies, or would like to help set up and clean up, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4cabab2aa64-teacher1

All items must be dropped off at Rice between 7:30am and 7:45am on Monday, May 6. Please provide hot food in a crock pot or other heating device to keep it warm, if possible.

Thanks for your support! 
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Volunteer Luncheon

4/23/2019 10:21 pm

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Stay Connected!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering through PTA supports our school's goal to create successful students and contributes to our thriving community. Everyone benefits when you volunteer!  Find out more about current volunteer opportunities here. 

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