NRMS Family Newsletter

For the weeks of January 16th & 23rd, 2023

North Rockford Middle School

Principal: Lissa Weidenfeller

Assistant Principal: Al Reickard

Student Activities/AD: Jen Domagalski

Counselors: Karla Koops-Fikse and Angie Ohlman

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NWEA MAP Growth Testing starts MONDAY!


  • January 16th-27th- Winter MAP Growth Testing
  • January 18th- Early Release Day
  • January 24th- In Person Parent Teacher Conferences
  • January 26th- Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences
  • February 2nd - 7th Grade Vision Screening
  • February 3rd - Middle Mania
  • February 7th- 9th Grade Orientation RHS Auditorium 6p.m.
  • February 8th- Count Day
  • February 20th-21st-No School Mid-Winter Break
  • March 3rd- Early Release Day
  • March 8th- PAC Meeting
  • March 22nd- Early Release Day
  • March 30th-April 7th- Spring Break

NWEA MAP Growth Testing starts Monday!


January 16th - 27th

NWEA Map Growth Parent Video Link


  • This assessment helps our students see their growth and achievement. It also provides information to families and schools on how we are doing in comparison to students across the Nation.
  • The scores from this winter assessment are used as a data point for future planning and scheduling of students. This assessment is used when considering students for academically advanced classes and classes that offer additional support, which includes ROCK and LAB course offerings.

A few tips to help your child:

  • Please encourage your child to do their personal best!
  • Help your child to be well rested.
  • Minimize the use of technology prior to bedtime.
  • Have your child eat a well-balanced breakfast or eat breakfast at school.
  • This is an adaptive test that adjusts depending on your child's responses. There will be some questions that may challenge your child. Please encourage your child to use the test-taking strategies they have earned throughout the school year.

6th Grade Testing Schedule:

  • Reading: Monday, January 16th
  • Math: Thursday, January 19th
  • Science: Monday, January 23rd
  • Language Usage, Wednesday, January 25th

7th and 8th Grade Testing Schedule:

  • Reading: January 16th and 17th
  • Math: January 18th and 19th
  • Science: January 23rd and 24th
  • Language Usage: January 25th and 26th

Parent Teacher Conferences

Our Parent Teacher Conferences are coming soon! A newsletter will be sent out on Tuesday, January 17th with sign-up links for both in-person and virtual conferences.

January 24th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

In-person Parent Teacher Conferences

January 26th from 3;30 to 6:30 pm

Virtual Conferences

(Option of a Google Meet, Phone Call, or E-mail)

Please look for the sign-up links coming soon!

2022-2023 North Rockford Middle School Scripps Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to 7th grader Brady Bowers (1st place) & 8th grader Logan VanHolten (2nd Place). Brady & Logan will be advancing to the Regional Spelling Bee on February 28th. More Info to come!

Rockford Youth Night

Friday, February 24, 2023 6:00pm - 8:00pm

At MVP Sports Club in Rockford

Middle School students (Grades 5th-8th) are invited to spend an evening playing basketball, dodge ball and volleyball with local police officers and fire fighters.

Pizza and T-Shirts guaranteed for only those that pre-register.

Cost is $10.00 to pre-register (Guaranteed T-Shirt) and $10.00 at the door (NO T-Shirt)

Pre-Registration Deadline: February 16th, 2023


Lost & Found

Lost and Found is now located in the main entry of the school. Please feel free to remind your child(ren) to look through or parents stop by anytime during the school day and claim what belongs to them.

NRMS Athletics

Rockford Ram Nitro Shotgun Team

Anyone interested in shooting on the Rockford Ram Nitro Shotgun Team, there is an informational meeting Thursday, January 19th at the Rockford Sportman's Club at 7:00pm at 11115 Northland Dr. NE Rockford, MI 49341. If you have any questions, you may also reach Tim DeGeest.


North Rockford MS Yearbook

Cost: $39 August 1st–October 10th

Cost: $42 October 8th–December 16th

Cost: $45 December 17th–May 5th

Purchase your yearbook now at the lowest price of the year.

To order go to:

NRMS Counseling Support

Mrs. Koops-Fikse and Mrs. Ohlman 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


UOFM Middle School & Parent/Caregiver Digital Wellness Workshop on Sat 1/21

Calling 6th, 7th and 8th Graders and Their Parents/Caregivers!

Middle school can be a time when kids are getting their first phones, texting, signing up for social media, and exploring the web on their own. Sometimes, online life is fun and rewarding, connecting us to our interests and the people we care about. At other times, it can feel overwhelming, addictive, or manipulative.

The past two years have reminded us of how much we rely on our devices. We want kids to thrive when they are online, and we want parents and caregivers to have confidence and tools for supporting that journey.

Please join us Saturday, January 21st, from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m., for the University of Michigan Digital Wellness Conference! We’re looking for two-person teams (middle schooler plus parent/caregiver) to join us on Zoom for a fun morning of learning, conversation, and activities about healthy online behaviors.

There will be time for tween/teen-only activities with U-M students, time for adults to engage Q&A with featured speaker Victoria Saylor of CommonSense Media, breaks to get up and move around and at-home conversation prompts or fun challenge activities to complete together.

Each family that participates will receive a Digital Wellness care package after the symposium which includes the book Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology. As well as some fun Michigan swag!

Registration is $15/family with a free option for those who need it.

Learn more and register here:


Absences are required to be called into the attendance office @ 616.863.6300 in order to be excused.

Please leave a message on our voicemail if you are calling after hours.

  • Student's name
  • Reason for Absence - if it is an illness we need to know the symptoms of the illness - vomiting, coughing, fever, cold, diarrhea - whatever the reason may be


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Spanish Immersion News


Spanish Immersion In-district Applications are now being accepted. If you have an incoming Kindergartener and would like them to be put in the Spanish Immersion Lottery please fill out the following form -

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School Funds - Paying for Meals, Balances, Etc.

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