By Kinea Epps
Hello, RMS Families!
The RMS band is making some noise. Students from the band were recently given high scores from judges with the N.C. Bandmasters Association. In what is called the Band EOG or Music Performance Adjudication, students are assessed based on their performance ability and musical literacy. Students receive a score of one to five, with one being the best. RMS band students received ones. “This took significant preparation and determination by each of the students,” said RMS band director Tim Kohring. We are super proud of our band students and Mr. Kohring!
Next up, students at RMS recently took trips to some fascinating places. Through the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program, students were taken on guided virtual reality field trips. Some of our students took college tours, went to the moon and even toured ancient Rome. The students and teachers raved about the experiences.
I also have to give a mention to some of our students and teachers who recently participated in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event. St. Baldrick’s is a charity that raises money to research cures for childhood cancer. Seven of our students and two teachers recently shaved their heads in support of the cause. They also raised more than $2,000. Greg Kasse, a social studies teacher at RMS and one of the coordinators of the RMS event, said, “This is an opportunity to give kids a chance to make a difference.” Kasse has participated in the event for six years.
Now, I need to share a little bit of business with you. Please keep in mind that we will have another opportunity for rising sixth-grade parents and students to tour the building and listen to a presentation from our principal at 6:30 p.m. April 14.
Rising sixth-grade parents and students are beginning the elective registration process for RMS. Students this year are selecting electives online. In the new system, students choose their top four elective choices out of a total of seven options. Students then choose two alternate electives. The courses are not ranked in order of preference even though the computer numbers the electives. Our goal at RMS is that electives are exploratory for students and an opportunity for students to be exposed to a variety of options.
We know this is a new process and are happy to answer questions as you and your student work through the process.
Kinea Epps is Lead School Counselor at Rolesville Middle School.