NRMS Family Newsletter
FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 3
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:
As we continue to navigate educating students safely in the midst of this pandemic, I have received feedback from many people expressing opinions and viewpoints on how we should go about this. I believe it is important to coordinate my decisions using information from the CDC, MDHHS, and the Kent County Health Department and will continue to do so.
Not only are we doing everything we can to keep students attending school in person, but our student leaders at the high school are working to provide spring activities. They have identified Saturday, May 8 as Senior Night. Starting at 5:30PM, the Junior/Senior Powder Puff game will take place, followed by an alternative activity to prom for seniors from 7:30-10:30PM. As far as graduation, we are exploring several formats based on the size of our senior class. Graduation will take place on May 25, and once a decision is made on how that will look, it will be communicated.
In addition to our summer learning opportunities I have mentioned previously, I am happy to share with you that with support from the Rockford Education Foundation, we are also launching a summer reading bus! This retrofitted bus will travel throughout neighborhoods this summer and more information will be shared at a later date.
Spring sports are going well with weekly COVID testing of student-athletes, which is showing little to no cases of the virus. Hats off to our Athletic Department for the added measures to allow these activities to take place as safely as possible. This past Monday, the Board of Education recognized RHS Senior Trenton Wachter who won an individual state championship as an MHSAA Division I wrestler. In addition, Wresting Coach Brian Richardson was recognized for being elected MWA Division I Coach of the Year. Congratulations, Trenton and Coach Richardson!
The Board of Education also recognized our Beyond the Rock students who recently won what equates to their 13th state championship as "TV Station of the Year" through the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Our TV studio program provides outstanding opportunities for students and teaches many skills they can carry on into their future endeavors. Congratulations, Mr. DeYoung, Mr. Springer, and BTR students!
Watch Weekly Video - April 28, 2021 here
Thank you and, as always, feel free to contact your building principal or any administrator with questions or feedback.
Dr. Michael Shibler
Superintendent of Schools
NRMS GIRLS TRACK BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD!
M-STEP TESTING CONTINUES THIS WEEK.
Our Spring testing continues with M-STEP this coming week. The M-STEP testing schedule looks a bit different for each grade and the details are listed below. Results from these tests will help shape our instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.
Testing days can feel long relative to normal school days and we will be emphasizing rest and healthy meals. We would also encourage limited electronics during the days leading up to testing. Cell phones and other electronics must be in backpacks and off during testing.
**For the 6th and 7th grade ELA M-STEP portions there is a listening component. Students will need to bring headphones/ear buds for this.** The media center does have some for sale for $2.
SPRING MUSIC PERFORMANCES COMING SOON........
May 24 - 6th Grade Choir Spring Concert, 6:30 pm NRMS Gym
May 24 - 7th/8th Grade Choir Spring Concert, 8:00 pm NRMS Gym
May 21—8th Grade band at RHS Aud. 7:30 Start time
May 26—7th Grade Concert in the NRMS Gym 7:00 Start time
May 13 - 8th Grade Orchestra at RHS Aud. 6-6:30 pm
May 17 - 7th Grade Orchestra at RHS Aud. 7:30 - 8 pm
May 22 - 8th Grade Honors Orchestra at RHS Aud. 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
6th Grade Orchestra date TBD
Summer Camp WIN Opportunities
CAMP WIN (What I Need) is a hands-on experience designed with your student in mind. Our goal is to engage middle school students in a fun learning atmosphere. Each course will weave critical course material for students while they participate in engaging activities.
Camps are offered Monday-Thursday, 9:00-11:00am
@North Rockford Middle.
-The cost is $50 per child/per class.
Register for the grade your child is currently enrolled in.
Go to: http://www.rockfordschools.org/summer-learning-opportunities/
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.