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Principal Rogers' Updates

Updated 3/13/2018 10:32 am

Welcome Rogers-Herr family and friends! We appreciate you taking the time to visit our website. Please mark your calendars and note the following upcoming events and reminders.

Upcoming Sports, 3/13-15

On Wed, Mar 14, our track team travels to Carrington Middle. On Thu, Mar 15, our baseball, softball, & soccer teams host Brogden Middle. On Mon, Mar 26, our baseball, softball, & soccer teams travel to Neal Middle, while our lacrosse team plays them here at the Herr. On Wed, Mar 28, our baseball, softball, & soccer teams travel to Lucas Middle. Games start at 4pm, unless against DSA, when they start at 4:30pm. Rogers-Herr's front doors will be locked so parents picking up from any after school activity should enter on the same side of the building as the bus parking lot. Come out and support the Rogers-Herr Rams! Tickets are $3. Kids under 10 & DPS employees w/ ID badge are free.

Seize the Awkward, 3/14

All RHMS students and their parents/guardians are invited to learn about strategies for (pre)teens to cope with anxiety and/or depression at “Seize the Awkward” on Wed, Mar, 14 at 6:30pm, in our auditorium. We have scheduled speakers from Duke Mental Health and Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. To encourage open communication, students and adults will meet separately. This event is being co-hosted by the AIG Parent Partnership Committee and our wonderful Counseling Department.

Walk-Out, 3/14

DPS has been clear that staff may not lead or facilitate a protest during the school day, but if students decide to participate in the nation-wide school walk-out on Wed, Mar 14, at 10am, they may stamd just outside their classrooms in silent protest. Because safety is our top priority, students may not walk off their hall or out of the building. The protest is scheduled to end at 10:17, when students must return to class. To help with context, our social studies teachers have prepared lessons about making positive changes and how one's political opinion may be expressed in organized versus unorganized ways. A yellow letter should have come home with your child on Friday with more information. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Staff Lunch by 3/14

On Wed, Mar 14, our PTA hopes you can you contribute time, food, and/or money. Please sign up to help at this link. If you'd prefer to make a cash donation, drop us an envelope marked "For Staff Lunch" in the front office. Non-perishable items can be brought in any day before the lunch w/ an attached note saying "For Staff Lunch." Setting up begins at 10:15am; lunch will end at 1:15pm. Please bring all perishable items (including hot items in a labeled crock pot) to the office conference room by 10:20am that day.

Summer Camp Deadline, 3/14

The UNC School of Education is hosting ImagineLab, a unique summer camp for teen innovators who want to build, create, design, invent, play, and/or produce! Early Registration ends Mar. 14; the camp begins 6.11.18. The camp will run from 9am - 4pm daily for ages 13-18. It costs $399 per week. For more info, visit this link and/or email

Book Drive Thru Fri

We hope you'll bring your new or gently used books this week for our book drive. We're supporting Book Harvest, whose mission is to eliminate illiteracy throughout Durham County.

Jump at Sky Zone, 3/20

If you go to the Sky Zone at 1720 Guess Rd on Tue, Mar 20, any time 2-8pm, you'll get 10% off 90 mins, which will be donated to Rogers-Herr! You can also get a a large pizza & 4 drinks for $18. Just mention the deal when you check in.

Intersession, 3/20-4/6

Due to intersession, there will be no school at RHMS Tue, Mar 20 - Fri, Apr 6. Students will return to school on Mon, Apr 9.

Music Fundraiser Ends 4/13

Band, Chorus, & Strings students should have come home with a permission slip sell chocolate for the Music Boosters fundraiser, which runs until April 13. We must have a signed permission form before students may begin selling. Students may not sell at school. This fundraiser is for eligible students who need help paying for outstanding fees and the Kings Dominion trip on Sat, May 19. If you interested in chaperoning on the Kings Dominion trip or have any questions, please contact Mr. Bodiford or Ms. Cammon. Chaperones must have completed the DPS volunteer process by completing an online volunteer application and undergo a background check before volunteering. The process will take 5-7 days. Once approved, your certification is good for two years. The Music Boosters will host a parent information night on Mon, April 16, at 6pm to address details regarding the trip.

Band Next Year

6th graders who didn't take band this year and are interested in joining next year should see Ms. Cammon as soon as possible. Parents may reach her at 919.560.3970 x70260 or

6th Gr. Money Class, 3/29

On Thu, Mar 29, from 9:30-3:00, which is during our intersession, 6th graders only may participate in an interactive workshop about money management, hosted by and taking place at the Durham Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster St. Water is provided, but students should bring a lunch. It costs $10 per student. Call Peggy Kernodle, 919.560.0523, or email her at

Academic Competitions

  • Our MathCounts team worked hard & performed well at the district level. Henry Shearer came in 3rd place as an individual. At the subsequent regional competition in Feb, our team came in 10th place and Henry Shearer placed 25th out of all every individual competitor. Way to go!
  • Our Battle of the Books team tied for 2nd place in a District competition in February
  • From Odyssey of the Mind, our 7th graders took 5th place last week. Congratulations to Amani Foday, Noah Raney, Drew VanDine, Nicholas Nonnemaker, & Max Rosselli. We are proud to be the only middle school in Durham to compete with multiple teams at OotM, and we represented Durham well! We couldn't have done all of this without the parents who make Odyssey of the Mind possible.
  • Science Olympiad kids had a great time at the regional tournament. Andrew Bear & Bradley Kirklin won 1st place for Anatomy & Physiology (and got invited to the state tournament). Micah Merriweather & Davion White won 1st place for Rocks & Minerals. Josiah Moore & Zachary Kuo won 1st place in the Wright Stuff. Our varsity team placed 6th out of 19 teams and our junior varisty team placed 2nd out of 3!
  • FIVE students represented us in the regional History Bee last weekend in Charlotte! 6th grader Anna Preston and 7th grader Brayden Zentz qualified to compete at the National level!
  • Olivia Pulliam (8th Gr) is the RHMS Geography Champion!
  • Jack Pye (7th Gr) is the RHMS Spelling Champion!

Keep In Touch!

RHMS offers lots of ways to stay up to date. In addition to getting updates emailed to you (to subscribe, just send an email to, you can also get text messages (text @rogershe to 81010; you'll get a request for your name; reply and you're done). To ensure that you get Principal Rogers' weekly phone updates, send an email to with your child's name and updated phone numbers. We also have an active presence on Facebook & Twitter!

That is all for this week's announcements. Have a wonderful week. RAMS ROCK!

Four Core Classes

English Language Arts

The Language Arts curriculum teaches literacy (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through activities that integrate many types of literature. The activities are differentiated to challenge each student at his or her own level.

Students identify their individual reading levels with the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), a computerized assessment based on the Lexile scale. The data from these assessments and others allow teachers to modify instruction and choose resources.

Students who are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) or Limited English Proficient (LEP) are served via Sheltered Language Arts classes, a Discovery class, and co-teaching in 8th grade Science.

Language Arts Curriculum Standards & more:
Language Arts Resources page »


Mathematics instruction at RHMS continues the Common Core State Standards as well as the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice. Middle School Strands include Ratios and Proportional Reasoning; The Number System; Expressions and Equations; Geometry; Statistics and Probability; and Functions.

Math Curriculum Standards & more:
Math Resources page »


Science at RHMS continues the exploration of skills and concepts that began at in elementary school. Balanced coverage is given to such broad areas of science as living things, matter, energy, space exploration and ecology.

Science Curriculum Standards & more:
Science Resources page »

Social Studies

Our Social Studies curriculum is designed to help all our students acquire the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to be informed, active citizens in the 21st Century. The five organizational strands of the social studies program — history, geography, civics & government, economics & financial literacy, and culture — are addressed with increasing rigor and relevance at each grade level.

Social Studies Curriculum Standards & more:
Social Studies Resources page »