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DRMS' Principal Message

Hello Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud principal at Durant Road Middle School, with your May 22, 2022 Family Message.  


We hope everyone was able to brave the heat this past week and stay cool!  With the heat, some of our students have moved to summer vacation in their minds.  If you have not looked at your child's grades recently, we encourage a quick review.  We do not want families to be surprised at the end of the quarter or year if a child did not turn in any of their assignments, etc.  


As a reminder, grade-level-specific information will be shared via grade-level communication.  Please take a moment to review a few key items below.  As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or needs you have.  


DRMS Interims:  We are half way through quarter 4!  May 23-May 27 is interim week.  As mentioned above, please log into PowerSchool to view your child's grades.  Don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher(s) with any questions or concerns you may have.  


Arts Performances:  Congratulations to our band students for an amazing performance on May 19!  We are looking forward to enjoying the chorus concert on Thursday, May 26 and the dance concert on Thursday, June 2.  Come out and support our Dolphins!  


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.


If you have any questions about EOG or EOC testing, please contact our testing coordinator, Erin Dunbar


EOG Remediation/Readministration Opportunity: This year, Wake County has opted in to have students that pass an EOG course, but do not score a 3 or higher on the EOG to have an opportunity for remediation and readministration of the EOG. Please refer to previous information and/or reach out to our testing coordinator, Erin Dunbar with questions.  Again, this is optional for only those students that qualify.


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 DRMS staff is excitedly planning the details.  Continue to be on the lookout for more detailed information from your grade level teachers in the coming 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:  8th Grade Invitation


DRMS Yearbooks:  Thank you to all who have already ordered their 2021-22 yearbook.  There will be limited extras to sell once they arrive.  Order your copy at or call 1-877-767-5217 today. Act fast, quantities are limited.


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
2022-23 Calendar Update:  During the May 17 Board meeting members voted to modify the 2022-23 calendars to provide additional time needed for staff professional development.  To provide staff with additional time to complete training within their normal workdays, the Board approved the addition of six early release days (two-hour early dismissal) to each instructional calendar.  The updated 2022-23 calendar can be found below:
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:  The PTA President position is open for the 2022-23 school year!  If you love DRMS and want to help our school, we are looking for you.  The term begins July 1.  If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, please email
Thank you for supporting DRMS,
Kristen J Faircloth