• Weekly Update: June 11

    Posted by Luke Miles on 6/11/2018 8:00:00 AM

    1) The End of the Year is almost here so that means it's time to party!  We will have a pizza party on the last day of school, June 29, from 12:30-1:30 on team.  We are asking for all students to bring in $2 to cover the price of pizza.  Also, if you would like to sign up to bring in chips or drinks, you can do tos on our sign up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4eaca82fa20-eoypizza.

     

    2) IMPORTANT: We desperately need your help with proctoring the EOGs.  You can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4caeac2ca4fc1-20172018 to help out. Thanks ahead of time!

     

    3) Our Awards Ceremony is on Wednesday, June 27 at 9:30.

     

    4) Our EOGs are the week of June 18.  We will start with Math on Monday, Science on Tuesday, Social Studies on Thursday, and Language Arts on Friday. Please make sure everyone is getting a good night's rest and eating a great dinner.  The school will provide free breakfast on Monday and Tuesday of EOG week.

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  • Weekly Update: June 4

    Posted by Luke Miles on 6/4/2018

    IMPORTANT: We desperately need your help with proctoring the EOGs.  You can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4caeac2ca4fc1-20172018 to help out. Thanks ahead of time!

     

    1) Social studies test corrections are officially due on June 7th.  All tests have been returned for some time so please make sure to finish those up this week if you want credit for them. 

     

    2) Track 2 comes back on Friday.

     

    3) We are gearing up for EOGs, which are June 18-22. Unfortunately, Mr. Miles is tracked out that week, but the school will provide a consistent and certified sub who all the kids are familiar with for the test.

     

    4) We are working on end of the year celebrations for our team so be on the lookout for more details soon.

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  • Weekly Update: May 21

    Posted by Kim Jeffries on 5/21/2018

    IMPORTANT: We desperately need your help with proctoring the EOGs.  You can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4caeac2ca4fc1-20172018 to help out. Thanks ahead of time!

     

    1) The SPLASH Dash fundraiser has been extended to May 23 to turn in money and fundraise online.  Please consider donating or sharing the information with friends and family for just a bit longer.  We have no officially hit the $10,000 amount.

     

     

    2) Interims went home on Friday.  For Track 3, the Honor Roll and Principal's List grade cut off for the End of the Year ceremony is May 24th.  All grades up to this point will be count towards determining your GPA at the end of the year.  A 3.0-4.0 is Honor Roll.  A perfect 4.0 is the Principal's List. This does not mean grades will stop being collecting towards your final grade for class.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Miles.  All students will be told ahead of time where they stand for their GPA.

     

    3) Track 1 will start EOGs this week and finish up next week.  Please remind students to remain quiet in the hallways and respect the testing environment at the bottom of our hallway.

     

    4) Finally, it's a three day weekend. Enjoy the break! Happy Memorial Day!

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  • Weekly Update: May 7

    Posted by Luke Miles on 5/7/2018

    IMPORTANT: We desperately need your help with proctoring the EOGs.  You can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4caeac2ca4fc1-20172018 to help out. Thanks ahead of time!

     

    1) The SPLASH Dash fundraiser is upon us, and we want our team to be the #1 fundraising team in the school! You have two ways to raise money: online or cash/check donations.  You can use your online fundraising page by retrieving the link through your email.  To find out how to get that email, check out this webpage: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/34834. You can email that link to anyone you want to or you can post it all over social media.  If you don't want to fundraise online, you can bring the money to your HR teacher.  

     

    All students have been asked to raise at least $5.  This will help pay for your color run t-shirts.  Also, if every student in our school brought in $5, then the school would raise $5,000.  The race is during school on May 9th for Track 2 and May 16th for Track 3.

     

     

    Our archnemesis, 6th Grade - Track 2/3, has taken the lead!  We need to get back on top!

     

    2) The Track 2 field trip is May 10th.  Remember...if you plan to pick up your child from Triangle Town Center after lunch, then you must email Mr. Miles.  All students need to bring $5-$10 for lunch or pack their own lunch for the field trip.

     

    3) The Track 3 field trip is May 11th.  Remember...if you plan to pick up your child from Triangle Town Center after lunch, then you must email Mr. Miles.  All students need to bring $5-$10 for lunch or pack their own lunch for the field trip.

     

    4) Have a great track out, Track 2!  Welcome back Track 3 on Friday!

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  • Weekly Update: April 30

    Posted by Luke Miles on 4/30/2018

    1) The SPLASH Dash fundraiser is upon us, and we want our team to be the #1 fundraising team in the school! You have two ways to raise money: online or cash/check donations.  You can use your online fundraising page by retrieving the link through your email.  To find out how to get that email, check out this webpage: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/34834. You can email that link to anyone you want to or you can post it all over social media.  If you don't want to fundraise online, you can bring the money in to your HR teacher.  

     

    All students have been asked to raise at least $5.  This will help pay for your color run t-shirts.  Also, if every student in our school brought in $5, then the school would raise $5,000.  The race is during school on May 9th for Track 2 and May 16th for Track 3.

     

    Even tracked out students, can fundraise for the school.  The school goal is $20,000. 

     

    2) For Track 2, the Honor Roll and Principal's List grade cut off for the End of the Year ceremony is May 2nd.  All grades up to this point will be count towards determining your GPA at the end of the year.  A 3.0-4.0 is Honor Roll.  A perfect 4.0 is the Principal's List. This does not mean grades will stop being collecting towards your final grade for class.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Miles.  All students will be told ahead of time where they stand for their GPA.

     

    3) The Track 2 field trip is May 10th.  Remember...if you plan to pick up your child from Triangle Town Center after lunch, then you must email Mr. Miles.  All students need to bring $5-$10 for lunch or pack their own lunch for the field trip.

     

    4) The Track 3 field trip is May 11th.  Remember...if you plan to pick up your child from Triangle Town Center after lunch, then you must email Mr. Miles.  All students need to bring $5-$10 for lunch or pack their own lunch for the field trip.

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  • Weekly Update: April 23

    Posted by Luke Miles on 4/23/2018

    ***Interims go home on Wednesday, April 25.***

     

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    The SPLASH DASH is coming up quickly! The track 2 race is May 9th and the track 3 race is May 16th.  Here's all you need to know:

     

    1) All students will be allowed to participate.  The PTA is asking for each student to raise $50 (at least $5 will get them a t-shirt).  The DRMS fundraising goal is $20,000.

     

    2) You can raise your donations online through our partner company, 99 Pledges.  If you want to raise money online and you turned in this form, then your child will have an email in their WCPSS email inbox explaining what to do.  For help on finding this email, watch this video.  If you didn't turn in the form, you can print out a copy, turn it into your HR teacher, and then the PTA will email you shortly.

     

    3) If you want to raise money offline, please use this form.

     

    4) For any more information, check out the SPLASH DASH website and this FAQ list.

     

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    Come show your school spirit and raise money for the Durant Road Middle School PTA! Join us for a fun night out with North Carolina FC as they take on Penn FC on Saturday, April 28th at 7pm. In partnership with North Carolina FC, the DRMS PTA will receive part of the proceeds from all tickets sold either through this link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/c/37904AB6D781B52E6DF6C64911489D51/durant-road-middle-school-pta or by calling 919-459-8142 and using the DRMSPTA promo code.

    The game kicks off at 7pm at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park with local educators being honored at halftime as part of NCFC’s Educator Appreciation Night. See you there!

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  • Weekly Update: April 16

    Posted by Luke Miles on 4/16/2018

    1) The PTA is sponsoring a great fundraiser called the SPLASH DASH that is a spin-off of the Color Runs you've probably seen on the news or social media.  In order to handle fundraising properly, the PTA has partnered with a company called 99 Pledges.  They would like to use your student's WCPSS email address when creating the pledge pages.  The permission slips grant the use of your child's WCPSS email address.  Even if you do not wish to grant permission, we need you to fill out the form and check the NO box.  There is also an alternative spot for you to request a different email address be used (like your own personal one).  Please turn this form back in ASAP.  To keep it simple, you can take a picture of it and email/remind it to us.

     

    2) Picture day Update.  Forms went home two weeks ago.

    Mon. 4/16: Track 3
    Thurs. 4/26: Track 2

     

    3) We are officially in 4th quarter, which means we are not only wrapping up the year, but we are also gearing up for the End of Year Awards Ceremony.  Below is a reminder of the Awards Ceremony:

     

    TRACKS 2 & 3 - JUNE 27          

    • Each program will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Programs usually last about 1 ½ hours.
    • Band students will perform at all programs. Mr. Kuni will provide students with the appropriate details and information regarding the performances.

    RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS

    Honors and Principal’s List are based on all classes. In order to be consistent and include all four quarters, calculations are based on the first three quarter report cards and then quarter 4 interim grades. Each teacher will send home a “Pre-interim” before actual interims are sent and those averages used for the calculations.

    • Honors List: Students being recognized for Honors must have earned a 3.0-3.99 GPA (A-90-100 and B-80-89) which means they would have mainly A’s and B’s throughout the year. Students could have earned a lower grade for an individual quarter and still earn this recognition if the final averages calculate to a 3.0-3.99. Students cannot have had a D or F for the final average and be recognized.
    • Principal’s List: Students being recognized for Principal’s List must have earned a 4.0 GPA for the year in each class. The average for each class must calculate to a 4.0 (A-90-100). Students could have earned a lower grade for an individual quarter and still earn this recognition if the final averages calculate to a 4.0. Students must have all A’s (90-100) for their final average in each class.
    • Other Recognitions: We will have many other student academic recognitions/awards in various areas and courses. As a courtesy, teachers will notify parents of any other awards that students may be receiving. This is so parents can be in attendance and “camera ready” to see their child receive his/her award. These individual awards should be a surprise to the students.

    DRESS CODE REQUIREMENTS

    Honors and Principal’s List are required to dress up following the guidelines below, however; teachers will also be encouraging ALL students to dress nicer for their programs as this is a special event, we will have many visitors on campus and some students other than these groups may be recognized for awards or other accomplishments. School rules do apply for awards ceremonies as well.

    APPROPRIATE FOR GIRLS: dress, skirt, blouse/sweater, dress pants, sandals, dress shoes

    NO-NO’S: rainbow flip flops, plastic/rubber flip flops, or any other type of casual footwear, tennis shoes, jeans, shorts, any type of denim

    APPROPRIATE FOR BOYS: dress pants, shirts must have a collar, ties and suits are fine but not required (Ties ARE required for 8th graders), belts with pants at the waist, dockers/sperrys/any type of loafer, dress shoes (black, brown)

    NO-NO’S: flip-flops, sandals, or any other type of casual footwear, tennis shoes, jeans, shorts, any type of denim, no t-shirts

     

    TICKETS

    Each student being recognized will receive TWO tickets for guests to attend. Students not being recognized will not receive tickets. We apologize for any inconvenience but space will be limited and we must follow the fire code restrictions.

    Every honors/principal’s list student and any other student receiving an award will each be allowed TWO tickets.

    All students being recognized for honors or principal’s list will receive invitations & tickets in homeroom 2-3 weeks prior to the awards program. Students are responsible for getting the invitations and tickets home to parents. Please make sure you ask your child for these and put them in a safe place. Tickets will be required and collected at the door for each program.

     

    Children age 5 and under will not need a ticket. Please contact Tracey Latham with any questions: tlatham@wcpss.net or 919-870-4098, Ext. 26124

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  • Weekly Update: April 9

    Posted by Luke Miles on 4/9/2018

    First of all, I owe the team an apology! I (Mr. Miles) completely messed up the dates for the 3rd Quarter Awards Ceremony.  I don't know what I was thinking so I'm blaming it on baby brain (if that can be a thing for new dads).  So sorry!  Thanks for your flexibility!

     

    1) The official date for the Awards Ceremony is Friday, April 13th at 8:30 in the cafeteria. Please join us.  We will let you know if your student is receiving an award.

     

    2) The PTA is sponsoring a great fundraiser called the SPLASH DASH that is a spin-off of the Color Runs you've probably seen on the news or social media.  In order to handle fundraising properly, the PTA has partnered with a company called 99 Pledges.  They would like to use your student's WCPSS email address when creating the pledge pages.  The permission slips grant the use of your child's WCPSS email address.  Even if you do not wish to grant permission, we need you to fill out the form and check the NO box.  There is also an alternative spot for you to request a different email address be used (like your own personal one).  Please turn this form back in ASAP.  To keep it simple, you can take a picture of it and email/remind it to us.

     

    3) Picture day Update.  Forms went home two weeks ago.

    Mon. 4/16: Track 3
    Thurs. 4/26: Track 2

     

    4) We are officially in 4th quarter, which means we are not only wrapping up the year, but we are also gearing up for the End of Year Awards Ceremony.  Below is a reminder of the Awards Ceremony:

     

    5) We have a few more people who owe money for the field trip.  Please turn in the money as soon as possible.

     

    TRACKS 2 & 3 - JUNE 27          

    • Each program will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Programs usually last about 1 ½ hours.
    • Band students will perform at all programs. Mr. Kuni will provide students with the appropriate details and information regarding the performances.

    RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS

    Honors and Principal’s List are based on all classes. In order to be consistent and include all four quarters, calculations are based on the first three quarter report cards and then quarter 4 interim grades. Each teacher will send home a “Pre-interim” before actual interims are sent and those averages used for the calculations.

    • Honors List: Students being recognized for Honors must have earned a 3.0-3.99 GPA (A-90-100 and B-80-89) which means they would have mainly A’s and B’s throughout the year. Students could have earned a lower grade for an individual quarter and still earn this recognition if the final averages calculate to a 3.0-3.99. Students cannot have had a D or F for the final average and be recognized.
    • Principal’s List: Students being recognized for Principal’s List must have earned a 4.0 GPA for the year in each class. The average for each class must calculate to a 4.0 (A-90-100). Students could have earned a lower grade for an individual quarter and still earn this recognition if the final averages calculate to a 4.0. Students must have all A’s (90-100) for their final average in each class.
    • Other Recognitions: We will have many other student academic recognitions/awards in various areas and courses. As a courtesy, teachers will notify parents of any other awards that students may be receiving. This is so parents can be in attendance and “camera ready” to see their child receive his/her award. These individual awards should be a surprise to the students.

    DRESS CODE REQUIREMENTS

    Honors and Principal’s List are required to dress up following the guidelines below, however; teachers will also be encouraging ALL students to dress nicer for their programs as this is a special event, we will have many visitors on campus and some students other than these groups may be recognized for awards or other accomplishments. School rules do apply for awards ceremonies as well.

    APPROPRIATE FOR GIRLS: dress, skirt, blouse/sweater, dress pants, sandals, dress shoes

    NO-NO’S: rainbow flip flops, plastic/rubber flip flops, or any other type of casual footwear, tennis shoes, jeans, shorts, any type of denim

    APPROPRIATE FOR BOYS: dress pants, shirts must have a collar, ties and suits are fine but not required (Ties ARE required for 8th graders), belts with pants at the waist, dockers/sperrys/any type of loafer, dress shoes (black, brown)

    NO-NO’S: flip-flops, sandals, or any other type of casual footwear, tennis shoes, jeans, shorts, any type of denim, no t-shirts

     

    TICKETS

    Each student being recognized will receive TWO tickets for guests to attend. Students not being recognized will not receive tickets. We apologize for any inconvenience but space will be limited and we must follow the fire code restrictions.

    Every honors/principal’s list student and any other student receiving an award will each be allowed TWO tickets.

    All students being recognized for honors or principal’s list will receive invitations & tickets in homeroom 2-3 weeks prior to the awards program. Students are responsible for getting the invitations and tickets home to parents. Please make sure you ask your child for these and put them in a safe place. Tickets will be required and collected at the door for each program.

     

    Children age 5 and under will not need a ticket. Please contact Tracey Latham with any questions: tlatham@wcpss.net or 919-870-4098, Ext. 26124

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  • Weekly Update: March 26

    Posted by Luke Miles on 3/26/2018

    1) Don't forget that Thursday has become a full day, but we don't have school on Friday! Enjoy the short week and long weekend!

     

    2) The PTA is sponsoring a great fundraiser called the SPLASH DASH that is a spin-off of the Color Runs you've probably seen on the news or social media.  In order to handle fundraising properly, the PTA has partnered with a company called 99 Pledges.  They would like to use your student's WCPSS email address when creating the pledge pages.  The permission slips grant the use of your child's WCPSS email address.  Even if you do not wish to grant permission, we need you to fill out the form and check the NO box.  There is also an alternative spot for you to request a different email address be used (like your own personal one).  Please turn this form back in ASAP.  To keep it simple, you can take a picture of it and email/remind it to us.

     

    3) We still need permissions slips from 13 students for the May field trip.  Even if you are not going, please turn in the permission slip (Track 2 Permission Slip and Track 3 Permission Slip). 

     

    4) Over 35 people still need to pay for the field trip.  The field trip costs $5.  You can bring in check/cash to Mr. Miles or you can pay online.  In order to pay online, go to our school’s website (www.wcpss.net/durantroadms).  Next, hover over Parents and click on Online Payments.  From that list of field trips, click on the one for your correct track and grade.  At that point, follow the screen prompts to pay online. You will also need to bring money for lunch at Triangle Town Center ($5-$10 is enough for lunch).

     

    5) Picture day Update:

    Mon. 4/16: Track 3
    Thurs. 4/26: Track 2

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  • Saturday School Plan

    Posted by Luke Miles on 3/24/2018

    Saturday Morning Research (Before the Build)

     

    Answer ONE of the following questions to gain understanding of how engineers build buildings. Read the article found in the website link after the question.  Make sure each person in your group selects a different question so that all are represented in your group. Take great notes! You'll be sharing your findings and teaching the other members of your group.



    1.    What human factors do you think a civil/structural engineer needs to take into consideration when planning an office building? (Examples are the weight of people and furnishings, need for water, fresh air, escape routes, etc.)  (http://asumag.com/facility-planning/focusing-human-factors)



    2.   When thinking about the force pushing down or across a building, how would you be able to assess any impact the weather may have on the structure you are building? (http://rci-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2005-02-crissinger.pdf) 



    3.   What features make strong bridges?  Strong structures can be created using weak materials. What is important to remember when constructing structures using weaker materials?  (Abracadabra of Engineering article)


    (Use Dictionary.com to define any terms that you are unfamiliar with.)

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