NRMS Family Newsletter

For the Weeks of March 28 & April 11, 2022

North Rockford Middle School

Principal: Lissa Weidenfeller

Assistant Principal: Al Reickard

Student Activities/AD: Jen Domagalski

Counselors: Karla Koops-Fikse and Angie Ohlman


  • March 31-April 8: Spring Break
  • April 13: 8th Grade PSAT Testing
  • April 13: 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students ALL report to school. (This has changed for 7th-grade students. See description below.)
  • April 26 & 28: 6th-8th grade MSTEP Testing Dates
  • April 27: Early Release Day for Students
  • May 24: RHS Graduation – Class of 2022

  • May 27: No School
  • May 30: Memorial Day – No School
  • June 2 & 3: Half-Day Dismissal
  • June 2: 8th Grade Michigan Adventure Trip
  • June 3: Tentative last day of school

Testing-Following Spring Break-PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, READ!

Dear Parents/Guardians:

When we return from spring break, we will be welcomed back to school by our Spring testing calendar. Our testing will begin on April 13th and will conclude at the end of May. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NOW HAVE 7TH GRADE STUDENTS HERE IN THE BUILDING ON 4/13. BETWEEN OUR SENIORS BEING OUT THAT DAY, WITH SAT TESTING FOR JUNIORS, AND THEN BOTH MIDDLE SCHOOLS BEING OUT, WE RISK THAT CHANCE OF NOT BEING ABLE TO COUNT THE SCHOOL DAY.

PLEASE NOTE: All students in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th need to report to school on April 13th.

8th Grade PSAT Testing, April 13th

8th Grade Students:

On April 13th, 8th-grade students will be taking the PSAT. This is a College Board assessment that provides information to our schools and families on how proficient students are in math and reading. It also helps to predict how our students will do on the SAT assessment, which is given to all 11th-grade students. Please try to avoid scheduling appointments during this time. THANK YOU!

6th-8th Grade M-STEP Testing Dates

Our dates have been set for M-Step Testing, which will be on April 26th and 28th.

Grade and Subjects:

6th and 7th-grade students will be assessed in Reading and Math

8th-grade students will be assessed in Science and Social Studies.

Please try to avoid appointments during this time. THANK YOU!

7th & 8th Grade ROCK Information

The AAP Department oversees the academically advanced program placement in the middle school ROCK classes. The attached flyer will provide you with more information. If you have any questions, please let us know.


Sonia Andrews

Advanced Academic Programs Specialist

Rockford Public Schools

616.863.6363 x4530

Wacky Wednesday

04/13: Superhero/Villain Day

04/27: Backwards Day

05/04: Tie Dye Day

05/11: College Day

05/18: Historical Figure Day

05/25: Decades Day

06/01: Hat Day

RAM Pride

Two weeks ago our Lady Rams made their first semi-final debut in the history of the program. Although we fell a few points short, their effort and the support of the community was incredible! There were two moments that solidified the feeling of Ram Pride! First was the head coach of the women's basketball program at MSU, Suzy Merchant, having her players come out of the tunnel to see the sea of orange. The look in her player's eyes said it all. The second affirmation came from the director of the MHSAA, Mark Uyl. In his history with the MHSAA, he had never seen a community crowd as large as the contingent that traveled from Rockford. Our community was very well represented, and our girls played an incredible game! There was so much to be proud of!
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Spring is here! Just a reminder of our Student Dress Code

Students should be dressed for the school setting.

Prohibited clothing includes: • Clothing that reveals the midriff • Cut-off t-shirts, spaghetti straps, or muscle shirts • Clothing that exposes undergarments • Hats, hoods, or bandanas (during the instructional day) • Clothing that promotes tobacco, alcohol, or drugs • Clothing that depicts violence, hatred, racism, sexually suggestive messages • Any item that is gang-related Other clothing-related information: • Spandex, legging, and tights may be worn with an appropriate length skirt, dress, shirt or tunic. • Skirt length must be appropriate for the professional setting. • Shorts-inseam for both female and male students must be 4” minimum.

Students are required to wear: • A shirt with solid fabric covering the front, back, and sides under the arms • Bottoms with solid fabric covering the buttocks and upper thigh • Shoes



Location: Virtual

The Michigan Girls Future Flight Challenge is a virtual aerospace competition where 4th-8th grade girls will work in teams of 2-5 students to creatively design a sustainable, unique way of flight to solve a problem of their choosing! The girls will have the opportunity to directly connect with women working in the aerospace industry in Michigan who will serve as mentors for their project, over a period of several weeks.

The virtual kickoff event takes place on Saturday, April 23rd from 10-11AM, and final virtual presentations will be on Saturday, May 21st.

Click here if you are interested in participating as a mentor and click here to view sponsorship information.

Click here to view the event flyer.


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Great for teachers, coaches, family, friends and those hard-to-buy-for people on your shopping list! Purchase Rockford Cash and indicate NRMS to help support North!

ROCKFORD CASH is a gift certificate you purchase online and is redeemable at ONE of the many participating local businesses in the greater Rockford area (with more businesses adding each week). Since each certificate can only be used at one merchant, we offer different denominations to fit your particular gift-giving needs.

Buy ROCKFORD CASH ~ Shop Local ~Support Our Schools

National Junior Honor Society

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NRMS Counseling Support

Mrs. Koops-Fikse and Mrs. Ohlman are working on scheduling and planning for our coming state assessments. We are here to support your child! If your child is in need of academic, social, or emotional support, please have them come to our office. We are also available by contacting (616) 863-6313.

NRMS Counselors

Last Names A - L: Karla Koops-Fikse

Last Names M-Z: Angie Olhman

NRMS Counseling Dog



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NRMS Spanish Immersion Families

Are you a Spanish Immersion family? If so, please use the links below for additional details.



RPS Spanish Speaking Families

On the Rockford Public Schools' website, under the Family Resources tab and then under “Family Access” is a bullet titled “Herramientas de Recursos” which translates to “Resource Tools”. This link provides Spanish-speaking families and students an FAQ and several 60-second videos navigating many facets of Family Access/Skyward. Please note there are some videos that do not pertain to what our district offers in English, however, we do not have the ability to edit the contents of this specific link. If you have any questions, please don’t contact our any of the RPS schools.

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Do you have a younger child?

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2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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