NRMS Family Newsletter

For the Weeks of February 28 and March 7, 2022

North Rockford Middle School

Principal: Lissa Weidenfeller

Assistant Principal: Al Reickard

Student Activities/AD: Jen Domagalski

Counselors: Karla Koops-Fikse and Angie Ohlman


  • March 4: Early Release Day for Students
  • March 4: Last day of 2nd Trimester
  • March 7: Trimester 3 Begins
  • March 23: Early Release Day for Students
  • March 31-April 8: Spring Break

Wacky Wednesday

March 2- Accessory Day

8th Grade PSAT Testing, April 13th

On April 13th, 8th-grade students will be taking the PSAT. This is a College Board assessment that provides information to our schools and families on how proficient students are in math and reading. It also helps to predict how our students will do on the SAT assessment, which is given to all 11th-grade students.

Please try to avoid scheduling appointments during this time. THANK YOU!

6th-8th Grade M-STEP Testing Dates

Our dates have been set for M-Step Testing, which will be on April 26th and 28th.

Grade and Subjects:

6th and 7th-grade students will be assessed in Reading and Math

8th-grade students will be assessed in Science and Social Studies.

Please try to avoid appointments during this time. THANK YOU!


Featured RAM Time Sessions offered by REF and RHS Peer Listeners!


Thank you to the Rockford Education Foundation for hosting a special RAM Time session to teach students how to write REF Student Grants! This was a great opportunity for our students to learn about the process of grant writing and how to go about obtaining funds for their classrooms and school.

RHS Peer Listeners

The RHS Peer Listeners are hosting RAM Time Sessions every Wednesday for middle school students. RAM Time sessions include:

  • Transitioning to High School
  • KCTC and Obtaining College Credit
  • AP Courses
  • Stress Management
  • and more!
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RHS Peer Listener Group

During the month of March, Rockford High School students from the Peer Listening program are hosting Ram Time sessions for NRMS students every Wednesday! Topics they are addressing with middle school students include High School Transitions, Be Nice Lessons, KCTC information and Stress Management.

7th & 8th Grade ROCK Information

The AAP Department oversees the academically advanced program placement in the middle school ROCK classes. The attached flyer will provide you with more information. If you have any questions, please let us know.


Sonia Andrews

Advanced Academic Programs Specialist

Rockford Public Schools

616.863.6363 x4530

Summer GRASP Learning Program for Students!

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GRASP is a correspondence program for students in Kindergarten through 8th grades which helps students maintain reading and math skills while they are on summer break. Students will receive a packet of materials with a booklet containing 9 lessons. It should take your student approximately one hour to complete each weekly lesson. They can complete one lesson a week or work at their own pace, as long as all lessons are submitted before August 5th. The students can mail the lessons to GRASP for scoring and they will be returned to them with comments. There is also an on-line version of GRASP for students in 4th through 8th grade and these students will receive feedback immediately.

Students who successfully complete and submit at least 7 lessons with 70% accuracy are awarded a certificate. Those who successfully complete and submit all 9 lessons with 70% accuracy will receive a medal! Certificates and medals will be distributed by your student’s school at the beginning of the next school year.

Please order your student’s CURRENT grade level. If there are extenuating circumstances, order the level that is appropriate for your student. The fees for the summer of 2022 are $26 for one subject or $48 for both subjects for each student. You can enroll your student for the book version (grades K-8) or the optional online version (grades 4-8) by completing the registration and payment online.

Don't Forget Your Water Bottle!

We have water bottle refilling stations throughout the building for your child to use, both at lunch and during their school day!

NRMS Counseling Support

Mrs. Koops-Fikse and Mrs. Ohlman will soon be going into 6th and 7th grade classes to talk about scheduling for next fall. They will also be doing some college and career mini-lessons with students using the new program called Xello (formerly Career Cruising).

We are here to support your child! If your child is in need of academic, social, or emotional support, please have them come to our office. We are also available by contacting (616) 863-6313.

NRMS Counselors

Last Names A - L: Karla Koops-Fikse

Last Names M-Z: Angie Olhman

NRMS Counseling Dog



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What's for dinner Monday night? Come join us!!!

Rockford Middle School Athletics is hosting Dollars for Dogs at the Rockford Corner Bar on the first Monday of each month. This is a uniform fundraiser for our middle school athletes with 15% of your total bill for dining in and take-out applied to our fundraiser. Thank you for supporting our middle school athletes!!


RPS Spanish Speaking Families

On the Rockford Public Schools' website, under the Family Resources tab and then under “Family Access” is a bullet titled “Herramientas de Recursos” which translates to “Resource Tools”. This link provides Spanish-speaking families and students an FAQ and several 60-second videos navigating many facets of Family Access/Skyward. Please note there are some videos that do not pertain to what our district offers in English, however, we do not have the ability to edit the contents of this specific link. If you have any questions, please don’t contact our any of the RPS schools.

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NRMS Spanish Immersion Families

Are you a Spanish Immersion family? If so, please use the links below for additional details.



Free Covid Tests

Home COVID tests are available from the US government. Every home is able to order 4 free at-home tests with shipping in 7-12 days.

Please share this link with your staff and families: - Free at-home COVID-19 tests

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Do you have a younger child?

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