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DRMS' Principal Message

Happy Sunday, Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud principal at Durant Road Middle School, with your May 29, 2022 Family Message.


We hope everyone is enjoying time with their family and friends this Memorial Day Weekend.  Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday and a time that we honor and mourn those who have died while serving our country.  Memorial Day Weekend is also the unofficial start of summer! 


This has been a challenging week for many of us. The tragic events of Uvalde, Texas weigh heavily on our hearts. Please know that the safety and security of your child are our top priorities. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding our procedures.   


For our upcoming week, please take a look below for a few updates on school-wide events. Specific grade-level information will be shared via grade-level communication. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or needs you may have.  


Free/Reduced Price Meal Information: DRMS and WCPSS need you to complete a 2022-2023 meal benefits application for next year. If you have not completed a free or reduced-price meal application, please pick up an application at your child’s school or apply online. Paper applications can also be requested by calling 919-588-3535 or 919-856-2920 or emailing  


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


2021-22 DRMS Athletics Banquet:  The Durant Road Middle School Athletic Banquet will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. The banquet will begin at 6:00pm and take place in the auditorium. The banquet will recognize students that participated in sports during the fall, winter, and spring seasons.

There will be bins in the back of the auditorium labeled for you to drop off any uniforms you may have. Thank you so much and we look forward to recognizing your student athletes!


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.


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 Updates:  DRMS PTA will hold our last PTA General session for the 2021-2022 school year on Tuesday, June 7th at 6pm -virtually (call information below). Please join us as we celebrate our successes during the 2021-2022 school year, share some of our plans for the upcoming school year and review the planned budget. We will also hold our board elections for the 2022-2023 school year.
The nominating committee has presented the following slate:
President - Open

Vice President - Jennifer Finnell (second term)

Secretary - Devona Cranford

Treasurer - Kara Bundy (second term)


We will be taking nominations from the floor.


More information regarding the President's role, the main responsibilities are

• Chairing board and general meetings

• Serving as a liaison with school administration

• Checking in regularly with officers and committees to ensure the overall

plan is on target

• Familiarizing yourself with all PTA programs and resources

• Volunteering at events, when available


The PTA president's time commitment to role is 2 to 3 hours per month.

Topic: DRMS PTA General Meeting - June 7, 2022

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Thank you for supporting DRMS,
Kristen J Faircloth