NRMS Family Newsletter
FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 26
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:
Prior to spring break, due to a spike in cases, we implemented the requirement for elementary students to wear masks while on the playground. This Friday, I will revisit whether we will continue with this practice and base my decision on case data. We will notify you whether there is a change in this practice.
As far as year-end high school activities such as prom and graduation, we are continuing to follow the MDHHS closely for compliance information. Please understand there is a high level of planning for these events so we are holding out as long as possible to make a decision but in the interest of allowing time to properly plan the events, we will need to finalize our decisions soon.
We have not let up on mitigation and sanitizing strategies in school facilities and on buses, and we will continue to maintain these important protocols to minimize the spread of illness.
Enrollment for summer learning opportunities is open with several remediation and enrichment options. Please take a moment to check out the many opportunities here. We will also launch a book bus this summer, which will travel through neighborhoods to promote reading.
In summary, at this time, we plan to continue with face-to-face learning with the understanding I will make decisions based on data.
Watch Weekly Video - April 21, 2021 here
Dr. Michael Shibler
Superintendent of Schools
M-STEP TESTING SCHEDULE BEGINS APRIL 27TH
Our Spring testing continues with M-STEP starting on Monday, April 27th. 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.
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 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/
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
April 29 – 6th Grade Solo Festival in person at NRMS Starts at 4:30 and goes till 7:30 but the individual kids are only here for their 30 minute window.
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
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.