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DRMS' Principal Message

Happy Sunday, Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud principal at Durant Road Middle School with your May 1, 2022 Family Message.


April showers bring May flowers! Let’s hope these May flowers bloom all month long! It is incredible to think that we are in the final 9 weeks of the 2021-22 school year. While we are certainly looking forward to our end-of-the-year events and break, it is important that we try our best to remain focused on the present. We all still have work to do over these final few weeks.


Below, please take a look at what is happening this week and beyond. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or needs you may have as we are here to serve you and your child.  


Teacher Workday:  This is a friendly reminder that Monday, May 2, 2022 is a Teacher Workday and therefore, there is no school for students.  We look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday, May 3!


Staff Appreciation Week:  May 2 - May 6 is STAFF Appreciation Week!  At DRMS, we celebrate our entire staff during this time.  We are all very excited to recognize and celebrate the staff at Durant Road Middle and across WCPSS.  Thank you to all that have reached out to offer support for our staff with donations, time, and most importantly, kind words.  This has been a challenging year for all members of the DRMS community.  Our families continue to support their students, the school, and the school community as a whole.  Please take this week to recognize the staff in your children's life.  


Family Engagement Night:  Whether your student is in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, high school is just around the corner.  Please join us for an in-person Family Academy Event on Wednesday May 4, 2022 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm in the Learning Commons. We will talk about ways to prepare for life as a high school student and how to set ourselves up for success.


Panorama Parent Survey: Wake County Public Schools is administering a District-Wide Family Survey from Monday, April 4 through Friday, May 6 to learn more about you and your child’s experiences in our schools. This survey provides families with the opportunity to provide valuable information and a high-quality data source for planning and School Improvement. Your responses to this survey will be anonymous and only reported in combination with other responses. No one will be able to see individual responses from any parent or guardian.


If you have more than one child enrolled in the same school, please fill out one survey thinking about the experiences of your oldest student here at Durant Road Middle. Your honest feedback is essential as we work to create the district, school, and classroom environments that are most supportive for our students. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! We sincerely value your input.


To complete the survey online, please visit the link below:


End-of-Year State Testing:  At the end of the school year, your child will participate in the regular administration of North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) tests , Reading, Math and Science 8. Students enrolled in Math 1 will participate in an End of Course (EOC) test and students in Math 2 will participate in a teacher-made assessment. Testing will follow this schedule.  Students who score Level 3 or higher on these assessments are considered proficient.


Students who do not score a Level 3 or higher on the EOG and pass the course have an opportunity to participate in remediation and to retest (take the EOG a second time) on June 28th and June 29th .


Transportation will be provided, and breakfast and lunch will be available.


At this time, we are providing families with information about this opportunity. After students complete their EOGs, we will determine which students are eligible and notify those families of their child’s eligibility to retest.


Students received their Opt-In Letters for EOG Remediation and Retest with their Report Cards. If you would like to opt in to this opportunity, please complete the form and return it to your child's homeroom teacher. Virtual Academy families can return their letters to the school or email them to our test coordinator.


We look forward to supporting our virtual and in-person students with end-of-year standardized testing. NCDPI does not allow students to take these tests virtually.  Students can only take these tests at school. 

If you have any questions about EOG or EOC testing, please contact our testing coordinator, Erin Dunbar
Mark your Calendars:  The end of the 2021-22 school year will be here before we know it!  We are excited to celebrate our Dolphins and their accomplishments.  The staff is still in the process of planning the details.  Be on the lookout for more detailed information from your grade level teachers in the next few weeks.  Mark your calendars with the dates below:
  • June 3 - 8th Grade "Beach Bash" Dance from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  Students are invited to stay after school for snacks and refreshments prior to the dance.
  • June 23 - 6th and 7th grade student End of Year Celebrations
  • June 24 - 8th grade Fun Day/Picnic
  • June 27 - 8th grade End of Year Celebration


Show Your Durant Road Chorus Pride!:  The DRMS Chorus Boosters.Club is selling t-shirts and sweatshirts to not only make your kids look awesome, but also to raise money for sheet music, chorus room equipment, concert attire, future field trips, and more. If you have a child in chorus this year or next (be proactive!) order their attire today so they can show their DRMS chorus pride. T-shirts are $15 each; sweatshirts are $30 each. Don't know if your child wants a shirt? Ask them! But don't delay. Orders are due by May 27th. Apparel will be delivered within two weeks. Thank you for your support of the DRMS Chorus Program!

Here's the link to order: Chorus Merchandise Form
Rising 7th Grade Immunizations:  NC State Law mandates that all rising 7th-grade students have their TDAP and Meningococcal (MCV) vaccines.  Please return immunization records showing TDAP and Meningococcal (MCV) vaccines by or before July 29th, 2022.  Immunization records may be emailed to  We appreciate your attention to this mandate.  
DRMS PTA News:  
As we prepare for Staff Appreciation Week (May 2nd through May 6th), we need help from our DRMS families and the community.  Please review the list of items we need to create gift bags for DRMS Staff and stock the staff lounge.  All donations were asked to be dropped off/delivered to DRMS by Friday, April 29th front office but will still be accepted.
DRMS PTA is still looking for people interested in helping with the PTA next year.  If interested, please tell us so
Thank you for supporting DRMS,
Kristen J Faircloth