- Rogers-Herr Middle School
Weekly Update May 21, 2023
Principal’s Weekly Message – Week of 5/21/23
There are only 4 more instructional days before EOG testing begins. Testing will begin Friday, May 26. We do not have a day or minute to waste.
EOG TESTING UPDATE
We will begin testing Friday, May 26-Friday, June 9. It is important for students to get a good night’s rest and arrive to school on time each testing day. Students will not be allowed to enter a testing session once testing begins also please do not plan to pick your child up early on their testing days. State testing regulations prohibit us from entering a testing session once testing begins. Late students will report to the media center and test on a testing make-up day.
Cell phones, smart watches, fit bits, timers, anything that makes noises are not be allowed in any testing session, will be collected each testing day and returned after the testing session ends. Consider leaving these items at home on testing days. We do not want anyone to cause a misadministration, which is any disruption to the testing environment. If there is a misadministration in any testing group, state testing regulations require the entire testing group to retest.
The last day of school for most students will be Friday, June 9. However, students who do not score a level 3, 4 or 5 on the reading, math, Math I and/or 8th grade science EOGs will be expected to attend TAKE II at Rogers-Herr June 12-June 18 (8:30am-1:00pm) to retake the assessment. Bus transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided. A letter will be sent home with students who are required to attend Take II as soon as the scores are available to the school.
Please note the following upcoming EOG/EOC testing schedule:
- Friday, May 26 – 6th Grade Math, 8th Grade Math, Math I & Math II Final Exam
- Tuesday, May 30 – 7th Grade Math & 8th Grade Science
- Wednesday, May 31 – 6th Grade Reading & 8th Grade Reading
- Thursday, June 1 – 7th Grade Reading & English I Final Exam
- Friday, June 2 – Environmental Science Final Exam
- Make Up Testing – June 2-June 9
The last day to submit any late or missing assignments is Thursday, June 1. All grades will be final as on Thursday, June 1 and no late or missing assignments will be accepted after Thursday, June 1.
ENCORE Afterschool Update
The last day of ENCORE is Thursday, May 18. We will not have afterschool care after Thursday, May 18.
Music Department Update
The Music Department would like to remind parents and students of the upcoming school concerts at Rogers-Herr.
- 6th grade chorus and orchestra concert - Monday, May 22 (6:30pm)
- 7th and 8th grade chorus and orchestra concert - Wednesday, May 24 (6:30pm)
Orchestra students need to be at school by 5:30pm and chorus students need to be at school by 5:45pm. Please contact Mr. Stine if you have any questions.
EOG Proctors Needed
EOG testing will be here soon, and we need your help. We need 25 test proctors for each day of testing on May 26, May 30, May 31 and June 1. Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends around 12:00 p.m. As a proctor, you will assist the test administrator ensure that testing occurs following state guidelines, fairly and uniformly. In order to proctor you will need to complete the following 2 steps:
- Register as a volunteer for Durham Public Schools at https://ec.samaritan.com/recruiter/index.php?class=VolunteerRegistration&recruiterID=1343#/ and select Rogers-Herr as your school of choice
- Then, sign up to proctor - Select possible dates and times for you want to volunteer as a proctor using the Sign Up Genius Link - https://forms.gle/zuTvdiRK6A9dtf9P8
If you have any questions please contact principal intern, Ms. Candice Norwood at 919-560-3970 ext. 70232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chromebooks and Chargers
Families, as we approach our end-of-year testing, it is vital that students have a working Chromebook and charger. Please check with your child to ensure their DPS device is in optimal condition, and that they have their assigned charger. Please reach out to Jenny Umbarger at email@example.com if you have concerns about your child's device or charger. The IT Department recently indicated that they would not be able to provide replacements for broken or lost chargers. A huge thanks to those who have been able to help us get additional chargers. If you are still able to assist, please purchase from our Amazon wish list and we thank you for your support!
No School Monday, May 29
School will be closed for students and staff Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Holiday.
There are currently more than 600 library books marked as overdue or lost, equaling approximately $10,700. We need your help to ensure future Rogers-Herr students have access to great books in our library. On Friday, we emailed notices to students for lost or overdue books. Please help make sure these materials are returned as soon as possible. All library materials are due back Friday, June 2. Sixth and seventh grade students who are returning to Rogers-Herr next year and have cleared their accounts by June 2nd are eligible for summer checkouts. Students may check out up to ten items with a signed contract on file. Summer reading contracts will be available soon in the library or through the Rogers-Herr Library Canvas page.
Free Book for Summer Reading
As part of the #WeAreReaders DPS summer reading program, all DPS students will get a free book! Rogers-Herr students will be selecting their free book in the next week. You may preview the titles at the slide show linked here, and students will fill out a Google form to indicate their top 3 choices. Visit https://bit.ly/DPSwearereaders for more information about the DPS Summer Reading opportunities.
Rams Fest Celebration
We are excited to announce our annual Rams Fest is back. All students are invited to participate in a day of fun, food, music, and games to celebrate a successful school year on Thursday, June 8th. Thank you to our PTA for sponsoring this school-wide event.
We look forward to seeing all of our students tomorrow morning! Thank you for making Rogers-Herr an extraordinary place to learn, work, and grow! As always, Rams ROCK!!!