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DRMS' Principal Message

Happy Sunday, Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud principal at Durant Road Middle School with your August 7, 2022 Family Message.


We have had an amazing start to the 2022-23 school year!  The DRMS staff have been working very hard to prepare our Dolphins and set them up for a successful year.  Students have spent the last week building relationships with their teachers and peers, getting acclimated to their classrooms and schedules, and learning more about the curriculum.  


Please take a minute to read through the Family Message below, as well as the grade level newsletters, and do not hesitate to reach out with any needs.  


Raleigh's Best:  We are so excited!  Durant Road Middle School has been nominated for Raleigh’s Best Middle School by The News and Observer!  In order for us to win this category, we need everyone’s help!  

  • Please vote at this link (every day) -

    • Click, “Education”

    • Click, “Middle School”

    • Click, “Durant Road Middle School”

    • Click, “Review and Cast My Ballot” (in green)

  • Vote once a day now through August 19, 2022 at 5:00 PM.

  • Results will be revealed via and the Raleigh’s Best Winners print magazine on October 30, 2022.

Let’s work together to get DURANT ROAD MIDDLE SCHOOL recognized as the BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL in Raleigh!


Breakfast & Lunch:  During the 2021-2022 school year, all students received free school meals supported by federal funding due to the pandemic; however, this funding ended on June 30, 2022. In order to receive free or reduced-price meals for this school year (2022-2023), families need to submit a meal benefits application. 


All families must complete an application for the 2022-2023 school year starting July 1 in order to receive benefits. Please allow 10 business days for processing.


For every student that turns in the free and reduced meals application and qualifies, the school also receives federal funds that benefit the students and teachers at the school.


We need you to complete a 2022-2023 meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for extra funding next year. If you have not completed a free or reduced-price meal application and think your child may be eligible, pick up an application at your child’s school or apply online


A student’s status from the 2021-2022 school year will roll over to this current year; however, it only carries them forward for the first 30 operational days or until a new application for the 2022-2023 school year has been processed.


Meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are below:

  • Breakfast - $1.75
  • Lunch - $3.25


2022-23 Athletics:  Durant Road sports are fast approaching! All students interested in trying out for an athletics team at Durant Road Middle must complete the following requirements:

  • Dragonfly - Please see the linked file on how to complete the health forms for athletic eligibility. There are two documents on how to complete this (one in English & one in Spanish). 
  • Academic Eligibility - Please see the linked document.
  • Season Dates - Please see when each season will begin in the linked document. A reminder will be sent out for winter & spring sports when the time arrives.
If you have any questions, please contact Gianni Esposito (Athletic Director) or Tim Capel (First Responder) at the following emails listed below:
Student Lockers:  Due to the increased use of technology, utilization of classroom sets of books/materials, and allowing students to carry backpacks from class to class, Durant Road MS will not be assigning lockers to all students.  Teachers and staff members have found not utilizing lockers to be beneficial for students, including an increase in instructional time, students being prepared for class, and overall improvement of student behavior in hallways.

Students needing a locker due to special circumstances (medical/health issues, equipment, etc.) can make a request to receive one.  Lockers will be assigned to individual students, since students will not be able to share lockers.  These lockers are made available for student use in storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school, but the lockers are not to be used to store items that may interfere with school purposes or are forbidden by school rules. The school retains the right to inspect the locker and its contents to ensure that the locker is being used in accordance with its intended purpose and to maintain a safe, healthy learning environment.

Students will be assigned designated times to utilize their locker throughout the school day.  Students will not be allowed to retrieve items from their lockers outside of these designated times.  As always, students are expected to follow D.R.M.S. expectations while visiting their lockers during the designated times.  


By submitting this request form, you (parent/guardian) acknowledge that you accept the guidelines above and understand that your student(s) must follow all expectations to have and maintain their locker.  If not, their locker privilege will be revoked.  


***ONLY PARENTS/GUARDIANS can make this request by clicking here to complete the form. 

Información de DRMS Locker (¡lea a continuación!)

Debido al mayor uso de la tecnología, la utilización de juegos de libros/materiales en el salón de clases y permitir que los estudiantes lleven mochilas de una clase a otra, Durant Road MS no asignará casilleros a todos los estudiantes. Los maestros y miembros del personal han descubierto que no utilizar los casilleros es beneficioso para los estudiantes, incluido un aumento en el tiempo de instrucción, ya no es una oportunidad para que los estudiantes dejen artículos en sus casilleros para las clases y una mejora general del comportamiento de los estudiantes en los pasillos.

Los estudiantes que necesiten un casillero debido a circunstancias especiales (problemas médicos/de salud, equipo, etc.) pueden hacer una solicitud para recibir uno. Los casilleros se asignarán a estudiantes individuales ya que los estudiantes no podrán compartir casilleros. Estos casilleros están disponibles para que los estudiantes los usen para almacenar útiles escolares y artículos personales necesarios para usar en la escuela, pero los casilleros no deben usarse para almacenar artículos que puedan interferir con los propósitos escolares o que estén prohibidos por las reglas de la escuela. La escuela se reserva el derecho de inspeccionar el casillero y su contenido para asegurarse de que el casillero se utilice de acuerdo con el propósito previsto y para mantener un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y saludable.

A los estudiantes se les asignarán tiempos designados para utilizar su casillero durante el día escolar. Los estudiantes no podrán recuperar artículos de sus casilleros fuera de estos tiempos designados. Como siempre, se espera que los estudiantes sigan D.R.M.S. expectativas al visitar sus casilleros durante los tiempos designados.

Al enviar este formulario de solicitud, usted (padre/tutor) reconoce que acepta las pautas anteriores y comprende que su(s) estudiante(s) debe(n) seguir todas las expectativas para tener y mantener su casillero. De lo contrario, se revocará su privilegio de casillero.


***SÓLO LOS PADRES/TUTORES pueden realizar esta solicitud haciendo clic aquí para completar el formulario.


Information Regarding Child Abuse and Neglect: NC Legislators passed a law last year that requires all secondary schools across the state to inform students in grades 6-12 each year about important resources related to child abuse and neglect. It also requires schools to have this information posted in each middle and high school. The attached document contains important information and resources available in our community. WCPSS is committed to the safety and well being of children in our community.  If you have any questions about this information, please reach out to your school social worker or school counselor.


7th Grade Immunizations:  NC State Law mandates that all 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.  


Thank you for supporting DRMS,

Kristen J Faircloth