• January Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 1/7/2019

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  • December Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 12/12/2018

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  • Volunteers Needed

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 11/28/2018

    The PTA is looking for volunteers for a pair of events:

    • The book fair runs from December 3-7th and we could use some help operating it. If you're free, please consider signing up for a slot here.
    • On Wednesday, December 5, we will continue our DRMS tradition of providing teachers and staff with a goodie bag of homemade cookies. If you can make a batch of cookies and provide (at least) 3 dozen, we would appreciate it greatly. Cookies are due when the 8:15 a.m. bell rings on Wednesday, December 5, so that Santa's helpers can fill the bags and present them to the teachers! You can signup to help out right here.

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  • November Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 11/2/2018

    PTA Update

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  • October Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 10/5/2018


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  • September Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 9/6/2018


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  • August Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 8/2/2018

    PTA Update

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  • July Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 7/22/2018

    PTA Update

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  • April Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 4/29/2018



    Welcome to Durant Middle School!  Durant Middle School is a great place to be! Our dedicated PTA strives to support our students and staff in a variety of ways.  We contribute financially by supplementing teacher mini-grants, supplies and equipment. We host the school Book Fair, Spirit Nights (including McTeacher Night), Box Tops, Teacher Luncheons and Teacher Appreciation week, 8th Grade end of the year activities, and Cultural arts presentations/performances among many other programs. 


    We invite you to join, and become involved in the PTA. Whatever your talent, interest, or time availability, we can help you find a perfect fit.   We would LOVE to plug you in to the Durant community!  You can fill out the PTA membership form when you receive your orientation packet or when your student brings it home at the beginning of the school year.  We are excited that this year you will be able to join both through the paper form as well as directly online through our MemberHub site link https://drms.memberhub.com/dues.  We recommend that every parent join the PTA.  The membership dues contribute to the funds we have to support the school.  Membership is also the best way to stay informed of all the important PTA information throughout the year.   


    We are currently looking to fill out our chair and committee member positions for next year.  Interested? Join us for coffee on May 23nd at 9:30am at Durant Road Middle School in the conference room. If you cannot come to the coffee, you can email me at durantroadmiddlepta@gmail.com OR find us at the 6th grade orientations.  




    May 23rd 9:30 am – PTA Meet and Greet coffee in the DRMS conference room  - come meet me and find out about open positions on next year’s PTA board and committees.  


    April 30 and May 14 are 6th grade orientations at Durant Road Middle School!  Learn all about Durant Road Middle School, hear what’s going on in their classrooms so you can be informed about their education. Mark your calendars now!! 




    Sign up to start receiving Durant Road Middle School communications today. Sign up for the PTA remind  


    Join our Google Group  


    Contact us anytime at durantroadmiddlepta@gmail.com 



    Current open positions on DRMS PTA  

    Box Top Coordinator  - makes contests and collects box tops 

    Book Fair Chair and committee – Works with Media Center Director on annual Book Fair 

    Spirit night coordinator – coordinates all spirit nights 

    Splash Dash Coordinator and committee – coordinates committee in charge of yearly color run fundraiser 

    Hospitality Chair  ( Gretchen McDuffy)  and committee – coordinates and plans all teacher appreciation functions including early release luncheons, snow day breakfast, teacher appreciation week and others as needed.  For this we need someone on a track OTHER THAN TRACK 4 TO HELP WHEN GRETCHEN IS TRACKED OUT ) 

    Chair/Committee for 8th grade activities – coordinates 8th grade dance and picnic 

    Pod Parents – will help distribute email information to their pod. 

    6/2,     6/3,       6/4 



    Jen Oldson, DRMS PTA president 





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  • October Letter

    Posted by Spencer Ziegler on 10/25/2017

    Durant Road Middle School PT– First Quarter Update 

    DRMS Parents, 

    Fall is finally in the air and things sure have been busy at Durant Road Middle School!  Congratulations to all our tracks on completing their first quarter. 

    Here are a few updates on PTA activities in support of our school and students. 

    Book Fair – we are almost done with our Fall Book Fair!  Sales will continue until October 27 so there is still time to come by and shop if your student has not already done so.  All money raised from the book fair goes directly back to our media center to purchase new books and other needed items, and Spirit Wear is also for sale to support the PTA.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the book fair until it ends – please see the SignUp Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acad2f4-drms to see what shifts are available.  

    Spirit Nights  we have two great Spirit Nights in November to help raise money for our school: 

    Dinner & Dessert Spirit Night – Wednesday, Nov. 8:  Subway and Bruster’s in Falls Village have teamed up for a Dinner & Dessert Spirit Night on Wednesday, Nov. 8.  A portion of sales (dine-in and to go) will go toward our school so please come enjoy dinner and a sweet treat and – please remember to say you’re with Durant Road Middle School! 

    McTeacher Night is Back!  Thursday, Nov. 30:  McTeacher Night, one of DRMS’s most popular Spirit Nights, will be held from 4:30-7:30pm Thursday, Nov. 30.  Participating teachers will work the registers and drive-thru window at McDonalds on the corner of Durant and Falls of Neuse.  Hope to see you there at this fun event! 

    Box Tops  We have begun collecting Box Tops and our first contest is ending THIS FRIDAY 10/27.  The homeroom that turns in the most Box Tops will win a breakfast party, so please send them in with your student to give to his/her homeroom teacher.  Another contest will be close behind so keep your eyes out and collect those box tops!  Don’t forget to ask friends and family and co-workers! 

    Volunteers – the PTA needs your help!  We are in need of volunteers this year to help with activities in a number of ways – whether it’s sending in items for teacher luncheons, counting Box Tops from home, or helping at a school event.  If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities please let me know.  We also post signup sheets on Facebook and send them via email. 

    The PTA began using a new communications tool this year called MemberHub.  Unfortunately we’ve experienced a few glitches that have prevented parents from receiving MemberHub messages in a timely manner, but we are working to resolve those issues.  To sign up for MemberHub, please go to https://drms.memberhub.com/join/uggtfy.  Please also check your junk/spam folders for emails as we have heard a lot of emails from MemberHub have ended up there.   We will also start sending more direct email messages and post more frequently to our PTA website https://www.wcpss.net/domain/3290.  To get the latest news about PTA and school events, please “like” our Durant Road Middle School PTA Facebook page. 

     Teacher Luncheons/Teacher Appreciation – One of the special things that the PTA does for our teachers is provide lunch for them on most of the early release days when the students get to leave early and the teachers stay to work.  We need all the help we can get with these afternoons including donating items, helping to cook food, set up and clean up! We will especially need some great cookie bakers ( or purchasers ) as well as we prepare cookie boxes December 1.  Please be one the lookout for sign-ups as each early release approaches! If you are interested in becoming part of the Hospitality committee please contact me at durantroadmiddlepta@gmail.com 


    Thanks as always for your support of our school. 

    Jen Oldson, PTA President 


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