By Kinea Epps
Hello, RMS Families! As we close out our first semester, I’d like to share with you some of the first-time happenings that have recently taken place as we grow our school.
The Counseling and Student Services Department just completed our first College & Career Week at RMS. Students and staff participated in a variety of activities. Just to name a few, students practiced writing their first college essays, and they signed graduation pledge posters with their respective graduation dates declaring they will complete high school and continue their educations. We also looked at admission statistics from several local universities. It was an eye-opening experience to many of our students. And several staff members recorded messages to the students about the importance of education.
We will continue college and career discussion with our eighth-grade students in the next several weeks as we prepare them for high school registration. Stay tuned for the January column, which will provide important information parents of eighth-graders. We encourage you to continue those conversations at home.
Several of our students will travel to the Durham County Courthouse and compete in a mock trial in December. Mrs. Houser, a social studies teacher at RMS, says students have been given a trial and are assigned parts (defense counsel, prosecutor, witness, etc). Each student must read an affidavit and come up with questions. The RMS team will compete against another school.
Our media specialist, Angie Morris, and art teacher Collin Dalton are partnering to create the first RMS literary magazine. Ms. Morris says the collaboration will be an opportunity for students to combine art and short works of writing. The goal is to have the first publication ready for March.
Last, but not least, I mentioned in November’s column regarding the promotion standards. Please read carefully the information included in the report card cover letter. The letter will again outline promotion standards and will also let you know if attendance is an issue that could be impeding your child’s academic success. As always feel free to email your child’s teacher or counselor if you have questions.
Have a wonderful break, and we’ll see you in the New Year!
Kinea Epps is Lead Counselor at Rolesville Middle School.