NRMS Family Newsletter

2021-2022 School Year Kickoff Information

North Rockford Middle School

Principal: Lissa Weidenfeller

Assistant Principal: Al Reickard

Student Activities/AD: Jen Domagalski

Counselors: Kara Dixon and Angie Ohlman

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IMPORTANT: Public Health Order Reminder

Friday afternoon the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) issued an order requiring face coverings in schools for certain populations. The full order is attached to this message, along with an updated Rams Return flyer. Per this order, effective immediately, face coverings are required inside our buildings for the following groups:

  • all students in pre-kindergarten (age four and over) through 6th grade, regardless of vaccination status
  • all staff serving students in pre-kindergarten (age four and over) through 6th grade regardless of vaccination status. For Rockford Schools, this includes any and all staff assigned to any preschool and child care program, elementary building, East Rockford Middle School or North Rockford Middle School regardless of the grade level assigned.

Exceptions may be made as follows:

  • when students and staff eating or drinking
  • students with developmental conditions for whom it has been demonstrated that use of a face covering would inhibit the person’s access to education (limited to persons with an IEP, Section 504, individualized healthcare plan or equivalent)
  • vaccinated teachers working with children who are hard of hearing or with developmental conditions who benefit from facial cues
  • those who have a medical reason confirmed in writing from an MD or DO

At this time, there is no requirement for face masks for students in grades 7 and above while in school buildings, so this will remain parent choice for those students. Choice is provided for staff grades 9 and above, however, RPS staff not required to wear a mask are strongly encouraged to wear one.

The Kent County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control strongly urge everyone to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status. Rockford Public Schools strongly recommends that staff and students follow the recommendations of local and state public health officials if they are not otherwise required to mask by public order. As a reminder, all individuals riding a bus must wear a mask at all times.

Thank you,

Dr. Michael Shibler
Superintendent of Schools

NRMS Security Letter: Drop-off and Pick-up Information

Parent Drop-Off Times: 7:15 am to 7:35 am

Parent Pick-up Time: 2:30 pm

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North Rockford Middle School will once again be running our annual, school-wide fundraising drive during August and September. This initiative is very important to our school to fund various student recognition programs, subsidize costs for student events such as school dances and middle mania, and provide assistance for students in need. This assistance includes partial scholarships to 6th grade camp, 7th and 8th grade class trips, school supplies, or other needs that arise.

North Rockford Middle School decided to transition to a donation system for fundraising, in lieu of the magazine sale that had been in place for many years. We chose to move to this type of fundraiser for four main reasons:

  1. NRMS will keep 100% of every donation to use for the benefit of our students.
  2. Students and families will not be asked to sell any product or service.
  3. We maintain focus on learning in the classroom by reducing disruptions and distractions associated with traditional fundraising initiatives.
  4. Several RPS elementary schools have been successful with this type of fundraising.

In order to support the NRMS programs listed above, we ask that you consider a one-time, family donation of $25.00. If you are able to support our school in this manner, please see the attachment for the merchandise order form, attach your contribution, and send it in with your student to the main office. If you would like to donate a different amount based on circumstances, we appreciate that as well. It is important to clarify that students may be asked to participate in other program fundraisers for specific programs such as band, choir, 6th grade camp, etc.

Thank you for your continued support of North Rockford Middle School.

Attendance and Tardiness Information

Students are required to arrive to school and to each class on time. The following is a partial list of what is considered an unexcused tardy: overslept/alarm not going off, missing the bus, car problems of any kind, bad road conditions. See tardy policy below for details on consequences for failing to arrive on time.

Tardy Policy:

1. Students are allowed 2 “free” tardies for each class each trimester.

2. On the 3rd tardy, a 30-minute after-school detention will be served.

3. The 4th, 5th, 6th, and all successive tardies will result in an after-school detention with the principal and a behavior referral will be completed by the teacher.

4. On the 7th tardy, a meeting will be scheduled with the principal, parents, student and student’s teacher. The student will not be allowed in class until this meeting takes place.

Chronic absenteeism is when students miss 10% or more scheduled school days, including excused or unexcused. Truancy is ten unexcused absences.

Excused absences are issued for reasons involving illness, recovery from accident, professional appointments, death in the immediate family, religious holiday or other justifiable cause.

Unexcused absences are issued for school refusal, missed bus, car problems, oversleeping.

Chronic Absenteeism Policy: RPS is required to report chronic absenteeism and truancy to the KISD office of Truancy.

1. Automated attendance messages relate to attendance (phone and email).

2. Student meeting with school principal, staff, counselor.

3. Parent/guardian phone or email contact.

4. Development of an Attendance Improvement Plan.

5. Reporting from school building to the KISD Office of Truancy.


  • Students will have lockers on a limited basis for the 21/22 school year. Primarily, for their coats, lunches, instruments, etc. Lockers are to be used prior to school, prior to the student's lunch period, and after the school day ends.
  • Students are expected to bring their backpacks to class with all of their needed classroom supplies, therefore minimizing the need to use their locker throughout the day.

Student Chromebook Insurance Information


  • August 23 - First Day of School for Students
  • August 27 - No School for Students
  • September 3 and 6 - No School for Students
  • September 22 - Early Release for Students
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