October 1, 2021


Hello, RMS Families!

It’s hard to believe that October is already here and we are halfway through term 1! We are fully into the swing of things here at RMS and students have settled into the routine. Great things are happening both in and out of the classroom.


Picture Day was a success! For those students who were absent or would like a redo, a retake day will be scheduled in November. The date will be shared when we finalize the details.

Progress report grades for term 1 have been posted in Aspen. Please do the following to download them:

The term ends on November 4. This leaves students plenty of time to improve their grades if they aren't where they want to be right now. We encourage students to talk to their teachers and guidance counselors, and stay after school for extra help if necessary. We are all here to help your child reach their potential!

Please send your child to school with a mask. We are more than happy to provide your child with one if they forget or break one, but some students are coming in daily without one. Also, please remind your child to keep masks up over their noses while in school or on the bus at all times. Thanks for your support!

Important Dates:

  • 10/1 progress reports posted
  • 10/8 no school - professional development day

  • 10/11 no school - Columbus Day

  • 10/21 early release professional development day - 11:20 AM dismissal


On Friday, September 17, Jesse Green arrived virtually at Rogers Middle School to give a motivational speech to students, encouraging them to always follow their dreams, even in the face of adversity. Dr. Green is a master chainsaw sculptor who is known for his appearances on National Geographic, ESPN, Boston 25 News and WCVB’s Chronicle, and more. To connect with students, he used his own personal experiences to demonstrate that if you put your mind to something and persevere, you can accomplish your dreams.

We are extremely grateful that the Rockland Cultural Council provided the funding for this interesting and inspiring presentation. Thank you RCC!


Pink Out Day:

RMS Student Council, in collaboration with RHS Student Council, hosted its annual Pink Out Day on Friday, September 24th. The event coincided with the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston, which took place on Sunday, September 26th. Students worked to raise almost $10,000 to donate to the cause through the sales of "Pink Out Day" shirts, as well as donations from the community and teachers. For three days, RMS students spent time helping distribute shirts after school, working on inventory tracking, customer service, marketing, and leadership skills. 25 RMS students joined over 100 RHS students on the trip to Boston to walk the Esplanade in support of raising awareness to the cause. We could not be more proud of our students.

Student Council Elections:

Members of the student council who are interested in running for leadership positions this year brought the idea to us for school-wide elections. For two weeks in September, students running for the "Big 5" (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Publicity Coordinator), as well as 5th and 5th grade class representatives, campaigned with posters, special events in the cafeteria, stickers, and videos. 7th and 8th grade class representatives will be elected in mid-October. School-wide elections were held on Friday, October 1st.

Project Pumpkin:

RMS Student Council will once again participate in gathering donations to support RHS with their annual Project Pumpkin event. The donations from RMS make it so that we can offer a low-cost event for the young members of the community to trick-or-treat at RHS. Please bring in nut-free candy donations to RMS and have your student leave their donation in the boxes in the cafeteria that are labeled with their grade-level starting on Monday, October 4th through Friday, October 22. The grade with the most donations will win a prize from the student council!


The initial meeting of the new RMS Book Club will take place on Tuesday, October 5 in the library/media center at 2:25 PM. Students in grades 5 and 6 will be reading The Untouchables by Amanda Gorman and students in grades 7 and 8 will be reading Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson. Book club members will be discussing what community means to them and how the definition of "community" can change over time and through experiences.

Participating students have already received their books. Meetings will be held every two weeks (starting 10/5), grades 5/6 from 2:25-2:55 PM and grades 7/8 from 2:55-3:25 PM. Interested students can see Ms. Moscone or Ms. Kemp to sign up.

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Test and Stay:

We have launched our Test and Stay program. If your child is identified as a close contact at school, you will be notified. Students have the opportunity to continue to attend school if they have a negative COVID test at the start of school each day for the 7 days following the contact. No testing will be done without permission from the parent or guardian.

Please continue to monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If your student has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home and notify the nurse. We can arrange testing for students who are having symptoms. Contact the nurse to schedule a test. 781-871-8436 or fpang@rocklandschools.org.

  • Fever >100.4

  • Cough (not due to other known cause)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Headache in combination with other symptoms

  • Muscle aches or body aches

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

  • Fatigue in combination with other symptoms

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known cause) in combination with other symptoms

Notify the nurse of any testing at 781-871-8436 or fpang@rocklandschools.org. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.


7th Grade Immunizations

The State of Massachusetts required all 7th grade students to have a Tdap and Meningitis vaccination. Please send in your most recent physical to the nurse by email to fpang@rocklandschools.org or hard copy so that we can verify your student´s vaccinations are up to date.


5th Grade Screenings

We will be doing scoliosis screenings on our 5th graders in October. This is a state mandated screening to detect early signs of spinal problems that should have further medical attention. The screening is conducted by the school nurse during school hours.

If your child is being followed for scoliosis, or if you would like to opt out of this screening, please contact the nurse in writing. You may email fpang@rocklandschools.org or send a fax to 781-871-8448 or send a note to school. Feel free to contact the health office during school hours at 781-871-8436 if you have any concerns.


As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns (cschipper@rocklandschools.org). Follow me on Twitter: @CherylSchipper.

Best wishes to all RMS families for a great month! Happy Fall!