Principal Message: Week of June 1st, 2020

Posted by Andrew Trbovich on 6/1/2020

DRMS' Principal Message

Hello Dolphins!  This is Kristen Faircloth, principal at Durant Road Middle School, with your weekly family message.

 

Thursday, June 11, 2020 is the last day of school for the 2019-2020 year.  Final grades will be posted and available in PowerSchool on Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Please communicate with your teacher any questions or concerns.  As we move into the final two weeks of school, please continue to encourage your child to finish strong.  Teachers will continue to focus on essential material and provide students with exciting virtual activities.  Don't forget to continue to check the DRMS website for updated information.  Please carefully read the family message below with important information and procedures.  We thank you for your patience and collaboration as we navigate successfully closing out the 2019-2020 school year.  

 

Elective Olympics:  Our staff and students had a great time engaging in "Olympics Week" May 18 - May 22.  A huge shout out to the DRMS elective teachers for organizing a fun week of virtual activities.  Check out some of the fun that was had in the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMHzyUw1l6Q

 

8th Grade Dolphins: DRMS 8th grade teachers and other staff members had a great time honoring our 8th graders with a special delivery on Friday, May 29, 2020!  Yard signs were delivered to our 8th grade Dolphins wishing them the best as they head into high school.  Please reach out to ensure we have a correct address if your 8th grader did not receive a yard sign.  

 

PowerSchool Access:  Student grades will be finalized and available for access on Thursday, June 4.  Any student and/or parent that is unsure how to access PowerSchool, please follow the directions below: 

 

Student PowerSchool Access Directions

Students can access grades and attendance through PowerSchool by following the steps below.  

  • Logging into the WakeID portal
  • Clicking the Home Base icon
  • Entering your student ID number (lunch number)
  • Clicking Go
  • Clicking PowerSchool Student icon.

PDF of directions can be found here.

 

Parent and Student PowerSchool Access Directions

Due to Covid-19 school building closures, parent processes may be impacted. 

 PowerSchool Information(including Spanish directions) can be found at this site.

 

June 6th - Building Access / Closing Year Procedures:  It is difficult to believe we are at the end of another school year.  While this year has been unique in many ways, we are proud of the resiliency of our students and have been inspired by their growth and work.  As we move into these final weeks of remote learning, we will offer one final day for Durant Road Middle School to be open for students to retrieve/return and pick-up items.  

Saturday, June 6, 2020, will be a dedicated day for students to come in the building and retrieve all of their belongings, return school-owned materials and pick-up apparel, prizes and/or yearbooks.   

We ask anyone who plans to come on June 6, 2020 to adhere to these health and safety guidelines.  Our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone.

  • Anyone who plans to enter the school building is required to wear face coverings and it is recommended gloves are worn.  
  • Families are asked to limit the size of their group.  A parent/guardian is encouraged to attend with their student from DRMS.
  • In order to support social distancing guidelines, we will follow the schedule below.  Please ensure you arrive during your assigned window of time only.  Assigned times are alphabetical by student’s last name.
    • 1:30 - 2:30 - A through I
    • 2:30 - 3:30 - J through R
    • 3:30 - 4:30 - S through Z

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, there will be two designated areas for specific items.  Please note the directions for each.

  • If your student requires any of these areas or procedures, please follow the directions below first:  
    • Please enter DRMS and park in the staff parking lot.  There will be a traffic director and signs to guide you.
    • Please plan to enter your student’s grade-level hallway.  Please note the sign of the appropriate grade-level on each wall.  In order to promote social distancing, only 10 people will be allowed in each grade level hallway at a time.
    • There will be a cart in each grade-level hallway for students to return EL books, library books and school-owned books.
    • Medication pick-up will take place in Student Services.
    • Any student needing to pick-up artwork from art class may do so in the Art Room.
    • Anyone needing to pick-up medication or retrieve items from PE lockers, will be asked to exit the school through the carpool doors and walk back to the staff parking lot.
    • Grade Level Lockers, PE Lockers, Returning Books, Medication Pick-up, Artwork Pick-up
  • After your student has completed the above tasks in the designated areas, parents will proceed and drive to the bus loop for the following needs:  
    • Please enter the bus loop and stay in the line of cars.  
    • Tents will be designated for stops and needs. 
    • In order to promote the most efficient process with returning and delivering materials, we are asking everyone to remain in a single file carline through all “tents.”
    • Thank you for your patience during this process.
    • Returning of school-owned band instruments, pick-up of musical t-shirts, returning of chorus dresses, athletic uniform return, pick-up of athletic team pictures, prize pick-up from “Day of Awesomeness” and Yearbook pick-up

If you have any questions or concerns regarding details of the Saturday, June 6, 2020 building procedures, please reach out to your child’s grade-level administrator.

6th Grade - Destinie Hartman (dhartman@wcpss.net)

7th Grade - Jeff Kleiber (jkleiber@wcpss.net)

8th Grade - Dawn Edwards (dedwards@wcpss.net)

 

High School Athletics:  High school athletics may begin shortly (potentially as early as June 15...stay tuned to the news, High School OT, and your high school's athletics website) and you need to have the necessary paperwork in order to participate, just like you did for middle school athletics. One page you will need in order to participate is a physical exam completed by a doctor. Miss Cicco has this page on file at school if you previously tried out for a sport at Durant this past school year, and can return it to you if you do not already have a copy of it yourself. Copies can be picked up on June 6th at Durant at the athletics tent in the bus lot, or copies can be sent directly to your high school's athletic trainer. Miss Cicco will only return valid physicals (physicals completed from 03/01/2019 and beyond). A physical dated prior to 03/01/2019 will not be accepted by your high school and will not be returned to you. In order to receive your physical exam page and to learn more about the necessary paperwork requirements, please carefully read the information here in this Pre-Participation Packet Information Google Form. This form will close at midnight on June 3rd to allow Miss Cicco time to retrieve, copy, and prepare all necessary papers for your retrieval on June 6th. If you have any questions about your physical or high school athletics, please email Miss Cicco (tcicco@wcpss.net)

 

Celebrations:  As we make plans to close out the 2019-2020 school year, we are also making plans to celebrate our students.  Your staff is collaborating and organizing virtual celebrations for each team/grade level.  Virtual end of the year celebrations will include event pictures, DRMS awards, Student of the Year, and messages from various staff members.  Please save the following dates:

  • 6th Grade - June 10, 2020 @ 9:20 AM
  • 7th Grade - June 10, 2020 @ 8:30 AM
  • 8th Grade - June 11, 2020 @ 9:20 AM

We look forward to celebrating a unique and successful school year as well as the hard work and perseverance of our students and their accomplishments.

 

Message from the PTA:  This week, the Wake County Public School System proposed moving Durant Road Middle School to a traditional calendar for the 2020-21 school year.  This proposal is due to a new state law changing next year’s school calendars due to COVID-19. Moving to traditional is a significant departure from the previously proposed calendar and would be a huge change for our school and our families. WCPSS has an online forum where parents can ask questions and express concerns.  Please click here to get to the forum and share your thoughts!

 

Thank you for supporting DRMS,

Kristen Faircloth

Principal

Reminders

 
  • June 4: Final Grades in PowerSchool
  • June 6: Building Access/School Close Out Event
  • June 11: Last Day of School