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DRMS' Principal Message

Happy Sunday, Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, proud principal at Durant Road Middle School, with your September 24, 2023 Family Message.  


Thank you to everyone for their patience, understanding, and flexibility on Friday, September 22 as we navigated a challenging situation together.  Just before 3:00 PM on Friday, the school received a phone call stating “there was a bomb.”  We are very proud of the way our students and staff remained calm and were able to evacuate the building and dismiss school in an orderly fashion.  On Monday, September 25, all students should report to their last period class when they arrive at school.  All students will have an opportunity to gather their belongings.  Students will remain in their last period class until directed by their teacher to transition to their first period class.   


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


Quarter 1

Friday, September 29, 2023 is the last day of Q1.  All assignments are due by Friday, September 29.  Track out will begin Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 20.  Students will return from track out on Monday, October 23 to begin Q2.  This will be our last Family Message until Sunday, October 22.  


DRMS Spirit Week

“We’ve got spirit, yes we do, we’ve got spirit, how about you?”  Our first SPIRIT WEEK is here and scheduled for the week of September 25!  Check out this flyer and get ready to show your DRMS Pride! 

  • Monday, September 25 - Rock Your Crocs Day

  • Tuesday, September 26 - Happy Holiday Day

  • Wednesday, September 27 - Outer Banks/Island Day

  • Thursday, September 28 - Football Day

  • Friday, September 29 - Freaky Friday


DRMS Athletic News

  • Football: 9/28 (Thursday) - vs Wakefield (Home Game)

  • Girls Soccer: 9/27 (Wednesday) - vs Wakefield (Home Game)

  • Cheerleading: Monday - Wednesday 3:30 - 5:30 (Practice) 

  • Volleyball: 9/27 (Wednesday) - vs Wakefield (Home Game) 


Just as a reminder, all student athletes will be responsible for a ride home. We do not provide transportation home from practice and/or games. If you want to learn more information on the specific sports, please visit our athletics website


Also, parents and student athletes, please check the Sportsyou app regularly. Coaches will be sending important messages on the app for communication purposes. 


All students who are interested in the podsquad membership, please make sure to turn in slips to Mr. Esposito by Friday, September 29th. Remember, with a podsquad membership, you are granted access to every home game for the entire year for only $50!


Fall Picture Retakes

Fall picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2023. If you would like to retake your pictures, please return the purchased packet on September 26. Any student that is new to the school or was absent on the initial picture day, will be able to have their picture taken as well.  You can order pictures here.


2023-24 Yearbook

Friday September 29 is the end of our Back-to-School Yearbook Sale! Purchase your yearbook before Friday to receive the lowest price all year and four free icons to personalize your yearbook! Use this link to purchase: Please reach out to Mrs. Robertson, the yearbook advisor, with any questions at


8th grade families, your students are in their last year of middle school! Celebrate their achievements and accomplishments with a yearbook ad specifically for them. To purchase an ad, go to

Reach out to Mrs. Robertson ( with any questions!

PS: don't forget to order your yearbook too at


8th Grade Counselor News

Greetings 8th grade families! In case you are interested in learning more about WCPSS Early College High School options and/or Magnet programs, please see the opportunities below:

  • Early College Fair (in-person) on Saturday, October 14, 9 am - 11 am at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy

  • Magnet and Early College Fair (in-person) on Saturday, November 4, 9 am - 12 pm at Garner Magnet HS

You can also visit this website regularly for up-to-date information:

Thank you! Mrs. Warren, 8th Grade School Counselor


Science Olympiad Team

Durant Road MS will be building a Science Olympiad team this year for the 2024 competition season. Science Olympiad is a science-based competition with over 20 different topics to compete in.  Please see the websites below to get more information about the competition. If your student is interested, they can fill out the link HERE and if you are able to coach or help in any way, please fill out the interest form HERE. and


Student Attendance Notes 

Thank you to the parents for sending in notes when your students are absent.  Please do not forget to include your student's first and last names along with the date(s) of their absence.  


Meal Benefits

Apply for free and reduced-price school meals

To receive free or reduced-price meals for the 2023-24 school year, families must submit a meal benefits application online at Paper copies will be available at your school’s office. For families who completed the 2022-23 meal benefits application, the benefit continues for their student's first 30 school days of the 2023-24 school year. At elementary schools, full-paid breakfast will be $1.50 and lunch will be $3.25. At middle and high schools, full-paid breakfast will be $1.75 and lunch will be $3.50.


All families must complete an application for the 2023-2024 school year 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 2023-2024 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 2022-2023 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 2023-2024 school year has been processed.



JOIN THE Durant Road Middle School PTA


Your school PTA is working hard and we need your help.  Why should I join the PTA?  Membership dues help support your child by helping us with funding for essential education and curriculum needs.   Our board is small but made up of parents and community leaders who want to help our school support our children to the best of our abilities.


Right now, we are focused on membership and looking to raise our membership in our school.  Our goal is 100 parents and 100% faculty membership.


If you have not joined, please join now.


We have a raffle for all members who join now at the beginning of the year.   A Yeti Cup raffle for parents and for faculty.  Your name will be entered and one parent/community member and one faculty member will each be selected. We will draw winners in the last week of September, before track out.


We look forward to working hard this year for our DRMS families and welcome all to DRMS.


PARENT/GUARDIAN QR Code and Link to join PTA for 2023-2024


Thank you for supporting DRMS,

Kristen J Faircloth