DRMS' Principal Message
Hello Dolphins! This is Kristen Faircloth, proud Principal at Durant Road Middle School, with the May 8, 2021 Family Message.
We would like to wish all of the DRMS Mothers a very happy Mother's Day! Thank you for supporting and being your child's biggest cheerleader throughout life. We hope you feel celebrated on Mother's Day and everyday. Thank you to the DRMS PTA and all the families that showed their Staff Appreciation this past week. The DRMS Staff felt the love throughout the week due to your generosity and thoughtfulness. We are so fortunate to be a part of the strong Durant Road Middle School community. Please take a moment to read the Family Message below and do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do to support you.
2021-22 Virtual Academy: The registration window for the WCPSS Virtual Academy closed on Sunday, May 2 at 5:00 PM. Families wishing to enroll in the WCPSS Virtual Academy after the registration deadline are required to complete the waitlist request form by Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Admission to the WCPSS Virtual Academy is not guaranteed and will be determined based on course/class availability. Families will receive more information after May 12, 2021.
2021-22 EOG/EOC Testing Updates: The state is requiring that all students take the EOG/EOCs in person. Virtual Academy families were asked to complete a form stating their intentions on coming on campus for the exams. Thank you to those that completed the form. We will be providing more information to all families prior to the testing window. Please see the tentative testing dates below:
- 6th Grade: June 1st & 2nd
- 7th Grade: June 3rd & 4th
- 8th Grade: June 7th, 8th & 9th
- Make Ups: June 10th & 11th
Lunch & Learn: As we approach the end of the school year and EOG testing is around the corner, parents have some pressing questions about testing. We have done our very best in compiling answers/best practices to parent questions, including tips & strategies. These questions will be discussed in this presentation, as we work together to support our students. *Please note the time change.
Lunch & Learn DRMS English(EOG's, Questions, Tips and Strategies)
Tuesday, May 18 · 12:30 – 1:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/nek-zjgn-nkn
Lunch & Learn DRMS Espanol(EOG's, Questions, Tips and Strategies)
Tuesday, May 18 · 12:30 – 1:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/npt-vfqu-equ
Interims for Quarter 4: Quarter 4 Interim grade will be available for viewing in PowerSchool on Friday, May 14, 2021. If you have any concerns or questions about grades, please reach out to your student’s teacher.
Winter Sports: Winter sport families, this week's skill sessions will take place on May 10, May 11, May 12 and May 13, right after school until 4:30 PM. All girls basketball players and cheerleaders can attend the skill sessions every day this week. Boys basketball DURANT group will attend the skill sessions on Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11 only. May 11 is the last day for the DURANT group. Thank you all for coming out and playing! Boys basketball DOLPHINS group will attend the skill sessions on Wednesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13 of this week. The DOLPHINS group will also continue the week of May 17. Virtual academy families, health screenings are no longer required prior to entering the building, but please screen your student athlete prior to bringing them to school. All virtual academy students should be dropped off at the front of the school between 3:05 PM-3:20 PM and enter the school after the 3:05 PM bell. All families have received an email alerting them which group they are in and the dates they can attend. If you have any questions, please email Trina Mauder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
End of Year Celebration Updates: We are in the planning stages of developing end of year celebration plans for each grade level. The end of year celebrations will be a drive thru event. Please note the date change for our events below. We will continue to share more information as details come together.
- 6th - 8th grade celebrations will take place on June 22, 2021
- 6th - 8th grade celebrations will be held from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Last names ending in A-H invited 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
- Last names ending in I-P invited 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Last names ending in Q-Z invited 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- 6th & 7th grade celebrations will be held in the staff parking lot
- 8th grade celebration will be held in the bus loop parking lot
Students May Keep Chromebooks But Must Return Hotspots by End of School Year: Any student who has a WCPSS-issued hotspot must return it to their school by the end of the school year. Students who have a WCPSS-issued Chromebook will keep their Chromebook through the transition to the 2021-22 school year. Students who are graduating or leaving WCPSS are required to return all devices to their school on or before their last day. Read more.
Health & Safety: As a reminder for parents, please do not send your child to school if they are sick. If your student stays home due to illness or is sent to our school’s Care Center and you pick them up from school, the student is considered to be “experiencing a symptom of illness” and should follow the mandated requirements to return to school. The requirements for students experiencing a symptom of illness can be viewed here.
Unless a student has a negative COVID-19 PCR test or alternative medical diagnosis confirmed with a doctor’s note, they must be out of school for 10 days. If that is the case, please contact the front office for learning options for your student during that time.
Symptom Screening: Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms:
- 100.4 fever or higher
- Sore throat
- New cough
- New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- New severe headache
Thank you for supporting DRMS,