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DRMS' Principal Message

Hello Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud Principal at Durant Road Middle School, with your February 14, 2021 Family Message.


Happy Valentine's Day Dolphins!  We would like to thank and give a huge shout out to the DRMS PTA for providing the DRMS staff Valentine's Day snacks and drinks on Friday, February 12, 2021.  We appreciated you sharing the love!  We hope you have had a restful and productive weekend.  This week we welcome back Cohort 2-B students to campus.  As a reminder, our doors open at 7:35 AM, Core 1 instruction begins at 8:05 AM, and our dismissal begins at 3:05 PM.  If this is your child's first time on campus (either as a new student to DRMS or as a new non-virtual academy student), don't worry!  We have established processes to support your student and will have staff members present to assist with where to go, etc.  


There is a lot going on at Durant Road Middle School over the next several weeks.  Please take a moment to read the updates below to stay informed in your child's education.  Some important items include: DRMS Athletics Interest Meeting, School Pictures, FCA Meeting, Lunch & Learn, High School Registration information, and much more!  


Please let us know if you have any immediate questions or concerns that need addressed.  You can communicate with your grade level Assistant Principal or Counselor or call the DRMS front office at 919.870.4098.  We are happy to help in any way possible.  We are looking forward to welcoming students on campus this week.  


Meal Benefits Application:  Parents, please consider applying for meal benefits by February 26, 2021. For every student that turns in the free and reduced lunch application and qualifies, the school receives federal funds that benefit the student and teachers at the school. These funds provide additional teachers and staff for the school which means more services for students, especially students that are struggling in reading or math. These funds also are used for materials and supplies for students and teachers. These are valuable resources that teachers can use to improve student achievement.  

Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2021 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra funding next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits for the 2020-21 school year can be found at . Help our school receive this funding by completing an application online at Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535. 


Students Return to Campus:  We are excited to welcome Cohort 2-B to campus on Monday, February 15, 2021.  All students should take time to review student/parent doc that contains health and safety processes and procedures that will be followed on campus.  Health and safety processes and procedures were reviewed with students last week to ensure everyone is set up for success.  


Accountability and Health Protocols Form:  Students who are returning to campus must complete the Student Accountability and Health Protocols form. This document tells families that students must strictly follow our required health protocols when on our campus. It also includes possible consequences for non-compliance. If you have already submitted the acknowledgement form, you do not need to do it again.


Transportation Reminders:  Bus riders are required to submit a one-time attestation form stating that they will abide by all health and safety protocols. Forms can be found at If you have already successfully submitted this form, you do not need to submit it again. We ask that students follow all safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering the entire time they are on the bus. Bus route information can be found at


Athletics Updates:  With students coming back to the building for learning, so is athletics! We will begin on February 22nd with our traditional fall sports: girls soccer, volleyball, football, and cheerleading. This year athletics will look a little different as compared to the past. There will be no interscholastic athletic competition against opposing middle schools this year. Instead, student athletes will have the opportunity to participate in skill development, conditioning, and for some sports, intramural options will be held. Health and safety will be our top priority as we conduct these athletic skill sessions.


We know you may have questions and concerns about how athletics will look this year. Mrs. Mauder will be holding virtual informational parent meetings to help clarify all of this information as well as answer all questions you have prior to each sport season beginning. Registration to attend these meetings will be posted online prior to the meetings. Once registered, a link will be sent to families to access the live Google Meet. If you cannot attend a meeting, we will post recordings of the meetings and an FAQ sheet on the athletics website. Mrs. Mauder will also be happy to help answer any questions you have through email at
Fall Sports Parent Meeting:
Spring Sports Parent Meeting:
Monday, March 15 at 6:00pm
Winter Sports Parent Meeting:
Monday, April 26 at 6:00pm
Please continue to monitor the athletics website and social media platforms (FacebookTwitterInstagram) to stay up to date on the latest news. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Mauder at
Lunch & Learn:  We are pleased to share that the DRMS Student Services Team will be hosting virtual meetings (Lunch & Learn) for parents and caregivers twice a month.  Our team will discuss topics related to supporting social & emotional wellness during remote learning and will also be open to provide support in areas you may need. Our next session is on Tuesday,  February 23rd at 12:00 PM. And the topic is “Social Media & Digital Safety.”  The format will be a Google Meet.  Please sign up using the following link: Lunch & Learn Parent/Caregiver Sign Up Form. A link for the google meet will be emailed to families who register.  We hope you find this community engagement session informative!
FCA:  We are super excited to announce that FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) will be returning online this year! Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a faith based, non-denominational club open to all. Our first meeting will be via Google Meet on February 24th at 11:00 AM. Please complete this Google Form if you would like to participate. Everyone is welcome to attend! We miss seeing you all in person, but we are glad that we can meet online. Can't wait to see you there! - Lily Wagner & Nicole Drew
School Picture Day(s):  Mark your calendars and bring those smiles for school picture day!  Strawbridge Studios will be on campus on the following days to take your child's picture:
  • February 25th - Cohort 3-C
  • March 4th - Cohort 1-A
  • March 11th - Cohort 2-B

Virtual Academy students have the opportunity to sign up for an appointment on any of the three days.  Virtual Academy students interested in having their picture taken on February 25, 2021 should sign-up using the following link:  Links for March 4, 2021 and March 11, 2021 will be shared at a later date.  


DRMS Yearbook:  Do you have any pictures from winter track out, the winter holidays, or a snow day? If so, please submit all pictures that you have to the yearbook! Use this link to submit:
Do you have an 8th grader at DRMS? Don’t forget to purchase an ad for them in the yearbook! Purchase your ad for your 8th grader here:
One great way to commemorate this unforgettable school year is by ordering your 2020-2021 DRMS yearbook. The link to directly place an order is here:


Attention DRMS 8th Grade Families: With high school registration and transition on the horizon, Ms. Warren will be posting the most up-to-date information needed for this process to go smoothly on the following webpage: Please bookmark this website and access it regularly with your child as updates will be posted as she receives them from the various feeder high schools. We look forward to supporting your child and family during this process.
  • Millbrook High School Virtual Curriculum Fair - Feb. 18th from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    • Calling All Future Millbrook High School Wildcats! Are you unsure about what courses to take in high school or unsure about your future career? Do you want a fun learning environment and build career skills? If so, then the Digital Media Academy at Millbrook is the place for you. Check out the flyer or contact Dana Kaushik: for more information. 
  • Sanderson High School Virtual Parent Night - Feb. 25th at 6 PM 

  • Enloe High School Virtual Curriculum Fair for Students/Families - Thursday, Feb. 25th at 6 PM


Welcome New Dolphins:  We are excited to welcome our Future Dolphins by facilitating Video Tours. Key stakeholders have created short videos that give an overview of some of the relevant parts of our school and compiled into a slideshow for families to watch on their own.  Within the Video Tour, families will have an opportunity to sign up for a Q & A hosted by Admin Team and a counselor (Durant Discussions). To view the Video Tour, please visit the DRMS website or use this link
DRMS PTA Message:  Happy Valentine's Day! A huge thank-you to the families who donated "Sweets for the Staff" last week. On Friday we filled the staff lounge with prepackaged snacks, cookies, candy and drinks to show our hardworking DRMS staff some love and appreciation. If you are interested in being part of the PTA next year, please be on the lookout for a Google Form later this week. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the PTA at with any questions or concerns. Thanks as always for supporting DRMS!
Thank you for supporting DRMS,
Kristen J Faircloth