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DRMS' Principal Message

Happy Sunday Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud Principal at Durant Road Middle School, with your March 21, 2021 Family Message.  


We hope you enjoyed this beautiful March weekend.  It is hard to believe how quickly the weather turned to spring!  It has been great to see our students enjoy the weather outside enjoying various activities.  As we get closer to the end of the 3rd Quarter, please continue to encourage your child to attend class, complete work, and seek assistance from their teachers.  Durant Road Middle School staff continue to work hard to support both Virtual Academy and Non-Virtual Academy students to finish the quarter strong.  This week we welcome back Cohort 1-A students to campus.


We know there may be some changes coming from the WCPSS Board of Education regarding in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.  The School Board of Education will be meeting and voting on a decision Monday, March 22, 2021.  Please continue to read the WCPSS communication that is sent to families.  Additionally, we will communicate from Durant Road Middle School regarding how changes could directly affect our school starting April 14, 2021.  


Please take a moment to read the Family Message below as there is a lot of great information.  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 Durant Road Middle School front office at 919.870.4098.


DRMS Spirit Week:  We've got spirit, yes we do!  We've got spirit, how about you?  March 22nd - March 26th is SPIRIT WEEK at DRMS! Please see the graphic below for the Spirit Week opportunities. Don't forget to post pics of your Spirit Week gear, tag DRMS and DRMS Yearbook on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


Quarter 4 Student Materials Pickup:  DRMS will be hosting a drive thru materials pickup on April 12, 2021 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the DRMS bus loop. Students will receive curriculum materials, school pictures, and STEAM Engine Fundraiser Prizes! We look forward to seeing all families at our Materials Pickup Event on Monday, April 12, 2021. Please bring back any ELA Novels or overdue library books during this event.


DRMS Athletics / Spring Sports: This week we start spring sport skill sessions for our 1-A students and Virtual Academy students placed in with cohort 1-A! Only those students who have received an email from Mrs. Mauder and completed all of their paperwork will be allowed to attend these skill sessions. Virtual Academy students will have to arrive and stay in their cars for their health screening at the front of the school between 3:00 PM-3:20 PM. 1-A students will wait for Ms. Dunbar to announce their dismissal from class. All skill sessions will end at 4:30 PM. Please pick your student up in the bus parking lot no later than 4:45 PM. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Mauder ( 


Lunch & Learn:  We are pleased to share that the DRMS Student Services Team will be hosting virtual meetings (Lunch & Learn) for parents and caregivers monthly.  Our Student Services 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, March 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM. The topic is “PowerSchool.”  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!



Attention 7th Graders:  Registration for 8th Grade Electives has begun! Ms. Van Rensburg visited Science and Social Studies classes this week to review the course offerings and the registration process with students.  Students will register at home through PowerSchool and Ms. V will be available to assist as needed.  Please reference this slide deck that was shared with all 7th graders to familiarize yourself with the process and course offerings.   Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss course offerings and take part in the process. It's a great way to connect with your child and engage in their schooling!  Registration Deadline for rising 8th graders is March 24, 2021.


¡La inscripción para las clases optativas de octavo grado comenzado las! Visité las clases de Ciencias y Estudios Sociales esta semana para revisar las ofertas de cursos y el proceso de inscripción. Los estudiantes se registrarán en casa a través de PowerSchool y estaré disponible para ayudar según sea necesario. Consulte esta presentación de diapositivas que he compartido con todos los estudiantes de séptimo grado para familiarizarse con el proceso y las ofertas de cursos. Animo a los padres y tutores a discutir las ofertas de cursos y participar en el proceso. ¡Es una excelente manera de conectarse con su hijo y participar en su educación!  La fecha límite de inscripción para los estudiantes que ingresan al octavo grado es el 24 de marzo.


DRMS Yearbook:  Did you miss getting your yearbook picture taken at school? No worries! Please submit your own portrait/headshot to the yearbook by Friday March 26, 2021 at midnight. Make sure there is good lighting and solid background in your portrait. Submit your picture to the yearbook link with the description "Yearbook Portrait" and include your name and grade: 


Future Virtual Academy:  As we continue to navigate the pandemic, the district is considering the possibility of Virtual Academy instruction next year.  We will continue to send information as it becomes available.  DRMS will continue to operate on a single track year round calendar.  


Rising 7th Grade Immunizations:  NC State Law mandates that all rising 7th grade students have their TDAP and Meningococcal vaccines.  Please return immunization records showing TDAP and Meningococcal vaccines by or before August 1, 2021.  Immunization records may be emailed to  We appreciate your attention to this mandate.  


A Message from the DRMS PTA:  A huge thank-you to all the students and families who participated in our STEAM Engine fundraiser! DRMS earned nearly $9,500 for technology needs and STEAM equipment - thank you so much for your support! Congratulations to 8th grade ELA teacher Ms. Collins on this week's Staff Shout Out. You can view all our Shout Outs, or submit one of your own, by clicking here. If you know a business that might be interested in sponsoring a project or event at Durant, please email or call/text 919-523-8335 - we'd love to connect! 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 areas of interest. Thank you as always for supporting DRMS!   

Thank you for supporting DRMS,
Kristen Faircloth