DRMS' Principal Message
Hello Dolphins! This is Kristen Faircloth, proud Principal at Durant Road Middle School, with your March 14, 2021 Family Message.
We hope you had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. We are all looking forward to the additional sunlight with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. This past Thursday, a new law was signed by the Governor allowing school districts to operate grades 6-12 in Plan A or Plan B. The WCPSS Board of Education will be meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 to discuss plans for secondary schools. The DRMS staff continues to be ready and committed to support all students regardless of changes and learning platforms. We will communicate information as soon as we are made aware.
We are excited to welcome Cohort 3-C students to campus this week. Please take a moment to read the Family Message below as there is a lot of helpful information including STEAM Engine fundraiser updates, March 17, 2021 Family Engagement event, Lunch & Learn opportunities, and much more. Please let us know if you have any immediate questions or concerns that we can help you with. You can always communicate with your grade level Assistant Principal or Counselor or call the Durant Road Middle School front office at 919.870.4098.
STEAM Engine: DRMS is thrilled to partner with STEAM Engine! presented by Power of Purpose (Pop!). STEAM Engine! is all about equality, positive vibes, and helping students believe in themselves and their ability to help others. We also reward them with some incredible prizes and a bunch of amazing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math supplies for our students. Our STEAM Engine fundraiser began on Monday, March 1, 2021 and will run until Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Help us empower your child to help others by helping them with their GOLDEN TICKET assignment. We thank you in advance for being awesome!
DRMS Family Engagement Event: DRMS will host a virtual Family Engagement Event on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. The fun will begin at 5:00 PM. Families can choose from four engaging options for two rounds. Please see more information below and sign up by clicking on the links to join the staff and friends on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
Join us for a wee bit of fun at our virtual community engagement night. It is sure to bring you some laughs and delight. A four leaf clover may bring some luck your way; as trivia and bingo will be played. Maybe it’s crafts or food that interest you; go ahead and sign up for one round or two! So prepare your screens and wear your green; come join us to play and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Free Family Workshops for Stress Management, Wellness Skills, and Keeping Kids Safe: WCPSS offers free wellness workshops that focus on helping students and families during this challenging time. Topics available include Circle Connections, keeping kids emotionally and physically safe, stress management and wellness skills, and a Virtual Parent Summit. These workshops can help families learn about emotional support strategies being used in our schools, which can also benefit families at home. Learn more.
National School Social Worker Week: National School Social Worker Week was observed March 7-13, 2021. School Social Workers work every day with students, preschool to high school, promoting positive change and eliminating barriers to student learning. They provide a link between the home, school, and community through support services that positively impact the development of the whole child. Thank you to Mr. Orlander Bullock, DRMS School Social Worker, for your commitment to your students, families, and staff!
DRMS PTA Updates: Congratulations to 7th grade Special Education Teacher Ms. Decker on this week's Staff Shout Out! You can view all our Shout Outs, or submit one of your own, by clicking here. The PTA is seeking board and committee members for the 2021-22 school year. If you are interested in being part of the PTA, please click here to indicate your possible areas of interest (this is just an interest/contact form, NOT a commitment). And, we have just two more days until the end of our STEAM Engine fundraiser - let's keep those donations coming and thank you as always for supporting DRMS!
Thank you for supporting DRMS,
Kristen J Faircloth