Pence Press

October 2, 2022

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Digital Citizenship Spirit Week October 3-7

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Cell Phone Policy Update

Last Monday night, the RCPS School Board approved an update to the Policy JZK about student-owned personal devices. For RCPS middle school students, the guidelines detailed in the policy were already in place, and students have been following them since the first day of school. The administration put these guidelines in place at the beginning of the school year to ensure our students' opportunity to participate in content instruction with fewer distractions.

Below is a quick overview of the guidelines:

1. Cell phones must be muted and put into backpacks until they exit the school building.

2. Students may only use wired headphones to connect to RCPS-issued electronic devices.

3. Smart watches fall under policy JZK and are not to be used for communication.

4. The building principal must approve exceptions for medical reasons.

"Footloose, Jr." Important Dates

November 2-Movie-3:30-4:30 PM*

November 14 & 15-Audition Workshops 3:30-5:00 PM*

November 28-December 1-Auditions-by Appointment*

March 2-5, 2023-SHOW!

*Students need to be picked up promptly!

Fall Growth Assessment

Fall Growth Assessment Information will be coming home with students this week! Please see the following message regarding the assessment:
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Vertical Chorus Workshop UPDATE!!!

The event will now be held at WSPMS.

Students will still be pulled from class for the event,

but will NOT be traveling to Turner Ashby High School.

Please contact Mrs. Mumbauer with any questions.


Fall Fundraiser Book FAir

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Health and Safety Plan Updates

Please see the following document for updates to the RCPS Health and Safety Plan 2022 - 2023

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders:

Students should be dropped off at the front of the school for morning arrivals starting at 7:57 am. An adult will be at the front of the building to signal the start of morning drop-offs.

Students should be picked up at the front of the school for afternoon dismissal. Afternoon dismissal will usually start around 3:18ish. Adults will be at the front of the building to assist in the dismissal process. Please help us keep the flow of traffic moving by moving forward when asked and by treating our faculty and staff in a respectful manner.

We appreciate your help and understanding with this.

EVERFI Scholarship Contest

Everfi is a platform that many of our teachers use in their classrooms. Please pass this information on to teachers and students. This is a good chance for students to earn scholarship money and is open to students k-12.

EVERFI Scholarship Contest

Scholarship Deadline: 12/2

This year, Rockingham County Public Schools was awarded the Empowered District Seal from EVERFI for our exemplary commitment to whole-child education. Because of that, our students are eligible to earn 10 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. Click here for the student application. Please encourage your students to enter by December 2nd. Students can enter in any grade level K-12!

Here's a list of all of EVERFI'S contests and scholarship opportunities.

If you are not using EVERFI, check out what they have available by contacting:

Erin Dlott

K12 Implementation Specialist, Virginia & DC

C 703.501.9975

INterim Reports

Your student’s interim report is now available in PowerSchool by logging in at You will find “Secondary Interim Report” by clicking on the Student Reports tab along the left side navigation bar and looking under the “Currently Published Reports” heading. Please check back here throughout the year for Interim Reports and Report Cards. Paper copies will be distributed next week to students whose families requested them during the online registration process in the fall.

Thank you,

Pence Administration

Homework Help Begins October 4th

Our Homework Help Program takes place Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30, beginning Tuesday, October 4th. Assistance is given with homework assignments, late or missing work, and challenging learning areas. If you are interested, please print and complete the following form:

Homework Help Permission Form

Bus Transportation is available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please print and complete this form if transportation is needed: Homework Help Transportation Form 22 - 23

Hard copies of both forms are available in our office.

Return all completed forms to the office. Thank you!

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band

Whether you currently play your instrument every day,

or you played 20 (or 30, or 40) years ago

and have decided to blow the dust off of your horn, you should join us!

Please bring your instrument and join us!

Students that are in good standing in their 8th-12th grade programs are welcome to attend.

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band

under the Direction of Mrs. Melissa (Harmes) Harper

Rehearsals are held in the

Wilbur Pence Middle School Cafeteria

Door #5 (the loading dock entrance)

Winter season begins Sep 27, 2022

Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm-9:00pm

Please join us for a season of music, fun, and fellowship

Music difficulties averages between grade 3-5

Membership is free

Fall Pictures

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Mark your calendar for our fall school yearbook pictures. They will take place during the student's PE class. To pay online, go to Click order pictures and enter the following code: FM403944

Friday, October 7

Monday, October 10

Fall picture makeups - Thursday, December 1

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22'-23' Pence Yearbooks

It's never too early to start thinking about yearbooks! Beginning in September, the ability to Pre-order will be available. Don't miss out on the fun when they arrive at the end of the year! The cost of the yearbook will be $20.

Online ordering is available again this year (beginning on September 1), but please do note that a credit card processing fee will be added to your order (and will cost you more). This cannot be refunded. The website is and use code 13754. You may also scan the QR code.

You also purchase a yearbook by bringing cash or a check beginning September 6. Yearbooks orders will only be accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the week. No order forms will be sent home. Students will bring their payment to Mrs. Dove in Room 201 and complete an order form at that time.

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Dove at

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Arts and Crafts Market

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Eating Disorder Fact Sheet

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Bell Schedules

School Calendars

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