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DRMS' Principal Message

Hello, Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud principal at Durant Road Middle School, with your March 12, 2023 Family Message.  


Happy Daylight Savings Time!  Hopefully, everyone remembered to move their clock forward an hour.  Even though we lost an hour of sleep, we have gained longer days, which also signals warmer weather on the horizon.  We have two weeks until a well-deserved track out.  Please continue to encourage your child to stay focused on their academics, make positive choices, and finish the quarter strong following DRMS expectations.  If you have any grade-level-specific questions, please reach out to your grade-level administrator.  


Please take a moment to read through the Family Message below, as well as the grade level newsletters, and do not hesitate to reach out if there is any way we can support you.  


Upcoming Dates:

  • March 24 - Early Release Day, students dismiss at 1:00 PM

  • March 24 - End of Q3

  • March 27 - April 21 - Track Out

  • April 24 - First Day of Q4, students return from track out


Student Clubs:  We are excited to offer our last student club day for Q3.  Students will participate in their club on Monday, March 13.  Therefore, we will follow an alternative schedule on Monday, March 13.  


DRMS Athletics Updates:  



  • Monday, March 13th: Heritage @ Durant (Softball)

  • Tuesday, March 14th: Heritage @ Durant (Boys Soccer)

  • Wednesday, March 15th: Heritage @ Durant (Track & Field)

  • Thursday, March 16h: Wakefield @ Durant (Softball)



We wanted to communicate our date for the athletic awards ceremony for this school year.  It will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at 6:00 PM in the Auditorium. The athletic awards ceremony will include ALL ATHLETIC TEAMS at Durant Road over the course of the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to seeing our dolphin athletes and families at this event!



On Wednesday, March 22 at 3:30pm, Millbrook High School Head Football Coach, Raymond Marshall, will be visiting Durant Road Middle School. If you are interested in playing football at Millbrook High School next season, this is a great opportunity to meet the head coach and understand what is expected before the tryout process begins! The meeting will be held in the gym.



For those that are interested, please see the flier from Leesville Road High School.  


Grade Level Dances:  Mark your calendars for the up-coming grade level dances!

  • 7th Grade - March 17, 2023 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

  • 8th Grade - June 2, 2023 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

7th Grade Dance:  We are looking forward to our upcoming 7th-grade dance scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2023 (3:30 PM - 5:00 PM).  7th-grade students will remain after-school and parents should plan to pick up students at 5:00 PM in the carpool line.  


Students who are staying for the dance will be served pizza and water at 3:30 PM prior to the dance.  


  • Who can attend?  Any student who received an ISS or OSS placement during Quarter 3 (since we returned to school on January 19, 2023) is ineligible to participate in the dance.  All other students may attend if they choose.  If students are unsure if they are eligible, they should ask Mr. Chew, the 7th grade assistant principal.

  • How much does it cost?  $5 (cash) - Staff will be collecting the money from students on the day of the dance.  Students must have their money at that time or they will be unable to stay.  

  • What’s the theme?  Glow Party!

  • Will students be able to change?  There will not be an opportunity for students to change.  Students should come dressed at school for the dance.  

  • Questions?  Feel free to reach out to Mr. Ralph Chew, 7th Grade Assistant Principal ( 


DRMS Spirit Week:  The DRMS Student Council is hosting our Q3 Spirit Week the week of March 20 - 24!  Check out the flier and look forward to showing that school spirit Dolphins!

  • Monday, March 20 - Miss Match Day

  • Tuesday, March 21 - Rock Your Socks Day - World Down Syndrome Day

  • Wednesday, March 22 - Happy Holidays Day

  • Thursday, March 23 - Throwback Thursday 

  • Friday, March 24 - Comfy PJ Pants Day


Student Agendas:  Student Agendas are used to help students learn organizational skills, time management skills, have an understanding of learning targets, pass to move around the building, and communicate with families.  If your student does not have an agenda, they can purchase one in the front office for $5.  


Rising 7th Grade - Important! Immunizations Required:  NC State Law mandates that all 7th-grade students have their TDAP and Meningococcal (MCV) vaccines by the start of their 7th grade year, July 31, 2023.  7th grade students who have not submitted their immunizations will be suspended based on policy.  Please return immunization records showing TDAP and Meningococcal (MCV) vaccines anytime between now and July 31, 2023. Immunization records may be dropped off at the front office or emailed to  We appreciate your attention to this mandate.  


End of Year Dates:  Mark your calendar for some End of Year Events.

  • EOG/EOC Testing - Begins June 14

  • EOG/EOC Incentive Celebrations for Eligible Students - June 26

  • 8th Grade Picnic - June 27

  • 8th Grade Celebration - June 28

  • Last Day of School - June 28 

  • EOG Remediation & Retest for Eligible Students - June 29 - June 30 


Thank you for supporting DRMS,

Kristen J Faircloth