NRMS Family Newsletter
FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 8
North Rockford Middle School
Assistant Principal: Al Reickard
Student Activities/AD: Jen Domagalski
Counselors: Kara Dixon and Angie Ohlman
WEEKLY UPDATE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT, DR. SHIBLER
Unrelated to the pandemic, school districts across the nation are experiencing a shortage of teachers as evidenced by colleges of education seeing a 50 percent drop in this as a chosen profession. Schools are also seeing an influx of early retirements which will further the challenges created by the teacher shortage. It will continue to be our priority to hire quality teachers and I certainly encourage our students to consider a rewarding career in teaching.
Our kindergarten through 8th grade students underwent NWEA testing both last fall and this winter, and they will be tested again this spring. This schedule allows us to gather valuable data to identify areas of growth and areas of need. However, the State of Michigan is considering requiring the M-STEP testing module, which is administered only once a year and provides a one-time snapshot of student achievement. We will continue to advocate for student achievement testing that provides relevant and useful data to promote student success.
Over the past weeks, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Korie Wilson-Crawford and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Mike Ramm have been touring our buildings and meeting individually with staff to obtain feedback and suggestions on district operations during this pandemic. The meetings have been extremely helpful, and I appreciate Korie's and Mike's efforts as well as the willingness of our staff who have met with them. Thank you for being part of our commitment to continuous improvement!
We are fortunate to have winter sports underway and, in true Rockford fashion, the support for our student-athletes is outstanding. We recognize the frustration with spectator attendance limits, but please understand we are following requirements established by the Michigan High School Athletic Association so those sports can continue. I encourage you to follow and support our teams by watching event livestreams at https://rockfordrams.org/videos. *We are awaiting clarification of these restrictions and potential changes to MHSAA requirements in light of the Governor's recent announcement relaxing gathering limitations
Watch Weekly Video - March 3, 2021 here
Thank you and, remember, spring is just around the corner!
Dr. Michael Shibler
Superintendent of Schools
NRMS PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (PAC)
NRMS 2020-2021 PAC Meetings are held virtually the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. A link will be sent via the NRMS Family newsletter. *ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE WELCOME*
*Due to preparations for upcoming state testing, the March PAC meeting is canceled.
2020-2021 UPCOMING MEETING DATES
April 14, 2021
May 12, 2021
KENT ISD Career Readiness
Pharmacy Careers – Meijer Pharmacy
Monday, March 22, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Law Enforcement- Grand Rapids Police Department
Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
For full schedule, information and registration visit: https://www.kentisd.org/educators/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/
Meet the Recruiter Event – Local Health Care Employers
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
This is a golden opportunity to get job search information directly from local hospital recruiters!
More information and registration at https://www.kentisd.org/educators/career-readiness/students/programs/meet-the-recruiter/
IF YOU'RE NOT FEELING WELL AT SCHOOL....REMINDER TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Please remind your child, if they are not feeling well, they need to let their teacher know and be excused to go down to the Main Office Health Room. Mrs. Bargwell will make a call to parents if necessary.
Students should not call or text parents from their personal phones.
NRMS STUDENT DROP-OFF REMINDERS
We have noticed morning drop-off has recently been extremely backed up on 10 Mile all the way to Northland Drive, creating traffic issues for the public. This is a reminder that drop-off begins at the Northeast end of the parking lot and all vehicles are to pull all the way through the drop zone to maximize the number of students exiting cars. Students are not to be dropped off at the main entrance or staff parking lot. Thank you for reviewing these protocols and the attached diagram to ensure all students arrive at school safely and on time. We appreciate your attention to this matter as safety is our first priority.
North Rockford Middle School Administration and RPS Security
Secondary Full Face To Face Attendance Reporting
The combination of one-to-one technology, our learning management system (Schoology), and fantastic efforts by our teachers in growing our virtual instruction practices has made education possible during these challenging times. Our remote and hybrid instructional models offered flexibility for students and families and as we transition back to face-to-face, we want to be clear on how staff will be supporting students moving forward while in full, face to face instruction. In-person student attendance is expected in our full face to face instructional model.
COVID Related Absence
Students that are unable to attend school due to COVID will be supported through live-streamed instruction via Google Meet, just as was done during hybrid instruction. COVID related absences include:
· Student is exhibiting symptoms and awaiting test results
· Student has tested positive and has to quarantine for a scheduled period of time
· Student was a close contact and has to quarantine
Absence not Related to COVID
Students that are unable to attend school for traditional short-term absences will utilize Schoology to participate in makeup work. A live streaming option will not be provided for students who are missing for non-COVID short term absences.