NRMS Family Newsletter
FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 19
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
Dear RPS Stakeholders:
On behalf of Dr. Shibler, today’s video is provided by Assistant Superintendents Mike Cuneo (Finance), Mike Ramm (Instruction), and Korie Wilson-Crawford (Human Resources).
Last week, Governor Whitmer requested school districts consider moving to remote instruction and pausing sports for the two weeks following spring break. As Dr. Shibler has made clear, it is his priority to remain in face-to-face instruction as long as data indicates it is safe to do so. Because the Governor’s request was precautionary, Dr. Shibler determined we would remain in face-to-face instruction until or unless data indicates otherwise. We will continue with our mitigation strategies and cleaning and disinfecting facilities to make them as safe as possible; we will continue to network with the Kent County Health Department, area superintendents, and the MHSAA; and we will continue to monitor test data as we make decisions regarding activities and delivery of instruction.
Along with springtime comes hiring season at Rockford Public Schools. As of this video, we have 43 job openings in the areas of professional, certified, and support personnel. We regularly update our job postings on the Kent ISD Consortium webpage. Please take a look and consider applying or forwarding the information to friends or family who may be seeking employment and would like to join the RPS family!
Believe it or not, we are down to the final eight weeks of school! Spring testing is underway and, in order to provide distancing, we need to adjust some student schedules. Your child’s school will notify you of any testing schedules and/or possible schedule changes that pertain to your student(s). Testing data provides very important information which allows us to gauge student progress and identify areas for improvement.
Finally, hats off to parents, students, and RPS staff for working through the many obstacles this year has presented. It hasn’t been easy but we are doing our best and we appreciate your understanding of that. We have learned much about flexibility, pivoting, and most importantly, perseverance. We appreciate all of these partnerships as we work together for the benefit of students!
Watch Weekly Video – April 14, 2021 here
Sincerely on behalf of Dr. Shibler,
MAY 3-7 IS EDUCATOR APPRECIATION WEEK
NRMS is very fortunate to have the amazing and dedicated staff that we do and we need your help to make this appreciation week special.
Please help us celebrate our amazing NRMS staff by signing up to donate a $10 gift card to any area business at the following link: https://signup.com/go/WABJZgs
Donations can be brought to the NRMS vestibule by April 29th.
Thank you in advance for your help and support.
SUMMER WRITING CAMPS AT GVSU - Registration Is Now Open
Secondary Full Face To Face Attendance Reporting
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.
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.