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DRMS' Principal Message

Happy Daylight Saving Time Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud principal of Durant Road Middle School, with your March 13, 2022 Family Message.


Many of us are excited and ready for longer days and warmer weather.  However, it is always difficult to "spring forward" and lose an hour of sleep this time of year.  We had another great week full of learning and teaching.  Our students, staff, and families once again rose to the occasion to help ensure that all members of our school community were treated with respect regardless of their decision regarding wearing a mask or not.  We look forward to this mutual respect continuing at DRMS.  


Our final track out for the 2021-22 school year is quickly approaching!  While we are all excited about this much needed break, there is still a lot of curriculum to cover and work to do.  We officially have 2 weeks remaining in Quarter 3 and until we track out.  Please consider speaking with your child(ren) about their efforts inside and outside of the classroom to ensure we end this quarter strong.  


Please take a moment to read through the Family Message below and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or needs.  As always, our goal is to support you and ensure your child is successful at DRMS.  


2022 WCPSS School Social Worker of the Year:  Congratulations to our very own Orlander Bullock on being named the 2022 WCPSS School Social Worker of the Year!  The 22-year military veteran was praised for his strong support of military families, in addition to his work with those in crisis.  We are proud of you, Mr. Bullock!  


First in Fitness:  Congratulations to our First in Fitness team who traveled to Southeast Raleigh High School on Friday, March 11 and competed against other middle schools in the county.  DRMS had 13 sixth grade students represented in Friday's competition and had 6 students place!  A huge shout out to Coach Mauder for leading our team.  Way to go Dolphins!


Spring Athletics: We are excited about kicking-off our Spring Athletics this week. All of our teams will take the field this week. Take a look at the schedule below to see which events you can attend. All events will start at 4:00 PM.

  • Softball: Monday, March 14 @ Carroll Middle School
  • Boys Soccer: Tuesday, March 15 @ Carroll Middle School / North Hills Park
  • Track & Field: Wednesday, March 16 @ Durant Road Middle School vs Carroll Middle School
  • Softball: Thursday, March 17 @ Durant Road Middle School vs Wakefield Middle School


Family Engagement Event:  DRMS is excited to offer our second virtual family engagement event on Tuesday March 15th at 6:00 PM. The Office of Equity Affairs will be presenting "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Social Media." Please see the linked flyers for google meet links and we look forward to seeing you there! English  Spanish


Fall Retake Pictures:  Strawbridge Studios will be on campus Thursday 17, 2022 to photograph Fall Retake pictures and any new student who enrolled after September 17, 2021. 

Parents can use the link below to sign up to receive updates via email regarding their child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals, and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school. 


School Spirit Week:  DRMS will participate in a School Spirit Week the week of March 21 hosted by our newly elected Student Council!  Be on the lookout for more details coming soon!


8th Grade Students:  Want to learn about a cool opportunity for incoming freshmen at Millbrook? It's the Digital Media Career Academy (DMCA). So, you might be wondering what the Digital Media Career Academy is. 

The Digital Media Academy is a small learning community within Millbrook High School. In the DMCA, you will learn in smaller groups and build multi-year relationships with teachers and other students. Specialized classes will teach you the skills needed to succeed in college and career.  Want to know more? Check out the video link, or come to the virtual Open House on March 16th.
DMCA Open House for New Students
Wednesday, March 16 · 6:30 – 7:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA):  The SSA test request window is from April 18, 2022 - May 3, 2022.  Students meeting qualifying criteria can take advanced academic content in select mathematics or English Language Arts courses through Single Subject Acceleration (SSA).  If you are interested in having your child tested to skip grade level content, please contact Ms. Dunbar at for more information.  The WCPSS SSA website outlines the windows when test requests can be made and when testing will occur. All applications are due by March 25, 2022. 




DRMS PTA is currently recruiting for the 2022-23 school year. As a small group of dedicated volunteers, we are always looking for people interested in supporting Durant Road Middle school students, staff, and the community. 

Please fill out the following form to let us know if you are interested in one of these board positions or committees.


Elected Positions


President (2-3 hours per month)

  • Shall preside at all meetings of the general membership and the board of directors at which he/she may be present, and shall designate another officer to preside when he/she will not be present (in the absence of such designation, the board may elect any board member to preside at any meeting); 

  • Shall coordinate the work of the officers, the board and the committees of this local PTA; 

  • Shall perform such other duties as may be provided for by these bylaws or assigned to him/her by this local PTA 

Vice President of Communications (2-3 hours per month)

  • Shall preside at meetings when the President is not available 

  • Works to share information with the community through newsletter, social media and emails

Secretary (1-3 hours per month)

  • Takes minutes at board and association meetings

  • Handles PTA correspondence as directed by the president 

  • Maintains and preserves PTA records and important documents to pass on at the end of the term

Treasurer (2-3 hours per month)

  • Keep accurate and detailed financial records of budget, check requests and receipts/invoices, disbursements, funds received forms with deposit slips, monthly bank statements, reconciliations, and financial reports 

  • Prepare and present the annual budget

 Committees and other positions


We are looking for chairs for these committees for the 2022-23 school year. These positions are NOT elected positions and will be appointed through a vote by the PTA board.

  • Advocacy

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

  • BAC Rep (Board Advisory Committee – District 3)

  • Volunteers for special events (i.e.Staff appreciation, Day of Awesomeness)


Thank you for supporting DRMS,

Kristen J Faircloth