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Summer 2019 Important Dates:

June 10 – 20: Open Monday – Thursday 7:45am – 4:00pm

June 24 – July 5 – All Campuses Closed for Summer.

July 8 – August 1 – Open Monday – Thursday 7:45am – 4:00pm

July 8: online registration for new students open  Visit: for instructions

July 18: the Registrar at Walsh MS will begin to accept registration documentation.

AUGUST 5 – 14: Walsh will be open Monday – Friday 7:45 am – 4 pm

August 1: online re-enrollment for returning students open

A SnapCode is emailed to the email address the District has on file from the most current school year. To change that email, contact your Campus Registrar. Visit: for instructions

August 1: Beginning Band Everything Day 1pm-6pm   Everything you need to take care of for band so that you can concentrate on everything else the first day of school. Important for Beginning Band students to attend.

Last Name: A – H 11:30am-1:30pm

Last Name: J – R 1:30pm-3:30pm

Last Name: S – Z 3:30pm-5:00pm

*Times listed above are to help keep lines short.  You may attend another time slot, if necessary.

August 1: Football Parent Meeting 5pm-6pm – Cafeteria

August 1: Girls Athletic Meet & Greet 5pm-6pm – Commons

August 6: Football Equipment Pick Up 8am-1pm

August 6: Girls Athletic Locker Check Out 9am-11am

August 12: Welcome Walk for 6th Grade students:

Walsh faculty will visit incoming 6th graders at their homes to welcome them into our Wildcat Family.  The Walk will begin at 4:30 pm. Please know that we cannot honor requests for specific times.

August 13: Camp Wildcat (6th graders) 9:30am-11:30am

6th graders will attend this event in its entirety.  Students will be given a tour of the campus, learn the ins and outs of the school, given their schedules, and receive their locker information. Parents will attend a meeting with the principal and counselor and get more information.

August 13: New 7th and 8th grade Student and Parent Meeting in the Cafe 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.  This will be an opportunity for new 7th and 8th-grade students to our school to meet the administrators and counselors and learn more about Walsh.

August 14th: Schedule pick-up for 7th & 8th graders.  9am-12pm  This is a come-and-go event.  

August 15: First Day of School.  Classes begin at 8:15 am.  

A list of projects from Bond 2018 that impact our campus can be found on schools Bond Webpage

May 20, 2019

Dear Parents,

Students in 8th grade Pre-AP history classes will read the novel Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) by Laurie Halse Anderson over the summer.  Chains is an award-winning historical fiction text, having been honored as a National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. It is an excellent novel, and we feel that it is appropriate in rigor and content for our advanced content students.  The discussions it spawns among our students are mature, rich, and exciting. An overview of Chains is given here:

“‘Freedom and liberty’ has many meanings,” but enslaved Isabel knows that while Loyalists and Patriots battle for their own versions of freedom, she is “chained between two nations” that uphold slavery. She wonders, “If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?” Anderson brilliantly recreates New York City in the summer of 1776, viewed through the eyes of a remarkable heroine. Taught to read by her previous owner, Isabel knows the Bible and has memorized poetry, and her eloquent first-person voice portrays her life as a slave even as she spies for the rebels, covertly delivers food to Bridewell Prison and plots her own escape. Readers will care deeply about Isabel and may feel frustrated by the abrupt ending to the novel, clearly poised for a sequel or two.” (Kirkus Review, 2008)

Chains is on the approved middle school reading list for RRISD; however, students along with their parents have the right to request an alternate selection  if Chains is not considered acceptable by the family for the student to read. The teacher, parent, and student will be responsible for selecting an appropriate alternative novel together in a timely manner. The teacher must agree that the alternate meets the objectives being taught by the original novel.

We are requesting that your student have their own copy so they can annotate and/or make notes while they read.  If you are unable to purchase this book some copies are available through your local library. If you are not purchasing your own copy, your student will need to utilize post-it notes for annotations and notes. Currently, this book can be purchased from the following sites:

Barnes and Noble $8.99.

Amazon $7.39

Half Priced Books $2.79 and up

Students will be expected to have read Chains before school starts on August 15. They will be assigned a project during the first week to complete during the first six weeks.  

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Heidi Jenkins ( or Chaundra Anderson (


8th Grade U.S. History Teachers


Acceptable documentation for student absences:

  • Doctor note, parent note,
  • email, or online submission

Sign out/in logs are considered acceptable documentation ONLY for the date the sign out/in occurs.

  • If the student misses additional days please submit an acceptable form of documentation listed above for the additional dates missed.

A doctor’s note is still required for all healthcare appointments.

All documentation must be submitted to the Attendance Office within 48 hours upon the student’s return to school.

Please email your student’s teachers to request any school work missed.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Attendance Specialist – Anna Davalt

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