RSMS Newsletters

  • RSMS Newsletter - October 30, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 10/30/2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family, 

    We had a great week at Rockwood South! I know our students are enjoying an opportunity to sharpen the saw over this extended weekend. Remember, our students will return to school on Wednesday, November 3rd for B-Day classes. 

    We appreciate all of our parents who joined us for our virtual parent-teacher conferences last week. Remember that even though our conferences are finished, the vital communication between parents and teachers must continue. Please reach out to our teachers with your questions to best support your student. Your partnership is critical to the success and well-being of our kids! 

    In addition to our conferences, we also celebrated our students who demonstrated academic achievement during the first quarter of school, with our Renaissance "Movie Nights". We plan to have our next school-wide celebration in January! Remember, students will achieve the school-wide incentive by meeting the following criteria: 

    • Gold - Students achieve all A’s in every subject
    • Silver - Students achieve all A’s and B’s in every subject
    • Bronze - Students achieve all A’s and B’s in every subject with an exception of ONE C
    • Most Improved - Raise GPA by .5% from the last grading cycle. No F’s 

    What can you do to support your student?

    Encourage your student to be proactive! Take some time each weekend to sit down with your student to look at their Infinite Campus. Plan out time for your student to make up missing/incomplete assignments and support them in communicating with their teachers. 

    What will we do to support your student?

    Our staff will continue to review our students' assignments to provide valuable feedback and to design lessons that best support the learning needs of our students. Our staff members also support our students in continuing the learning process of essential skills and concepts through assessment re-takes and additional help before school and after school. 

    Also, remember that our parents have the opportunity to nominate students for the Discover, Connect, and Make a Difference Awards! Each quarter, the PSO awards one Discover winner, one Connect winner, and one Make a Difference winner from these nominations. 

    For an explanation of each award or to nominate a student, visit the form at

    https://forms.gle/WMtsdM3yJyYrP4VNA. The deadline to nominate a student for the PSO-nominated awards will be Tuesday, Nov. 23. The PSO will deliberate, select, and announce one winner for each category before Winter Break. 

    We greatly appreciate the excellent character and leadership these students exhibit within our school! 

    Last but not least, as we head into November, we look forward to celebrating our Veterans at our Veteran's Day Breakfast. Breakfast will be served on Thursday, November 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the RSMS cafeteria. Please see the picture below for more details and complete this form to attend. 

    We appreciate all of your support. As always, please contact me if you have any questions. Have a wonderful weekend! 

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     

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    • Please see the PSO newsletter here!
    • Join us for our next virtual PSO Meeting on Wednesday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m. Simply use this Zoom Link to participate! https://rsdmo-org.zoom.us/j/94208688764 All are welcome!
    • Want to nominate a student for a Renaissance Award? Our PSO has a category for parent/guardian-student nominations! Simply use this link for nominations https://forms.gle/WMtsdM3yJyYrP4VNA. The explanation of each award, example and scoring criteria are all available on the form.
    • Missing something? Please remember to check out our LOST and FOUND! South Lost and Found - Google Drive
    • We Need You! We have several committees that would love to have your help this year. Book Fairs, RSMS Food Pantry, 6th-grade events, 8th-grade events, and more!

      Check out the opportunities and let us know if you can help!

     
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    Attention Rockwood Parents: 

    You can view the film DON'T WAIT for free now through November 28. 

    Addiction is Real's award-winning substance use prevention film, DON’T WAIT, was created to provide you with the knowledge and empowerment you need to immediately start implementing drug prevention in your home. Parents can’t afford to ignore the pressures their children face to try drugs and alcohol. From
    school hallways to social media to pop culture, your child lives in a world that encourages substance use. 

    Through interviews with parents, drug prevention experts, and one brave mother sharing her son’s story, DON’T WAIT offers you insights on:

    • Why it’s essential to talk to your kids early and often about the dangers of drugs and alcohol
    • How to best approach these conversations based on your child’s age
    • How and why 90% of addiction develops during the teenage years
    • Proactive measures you can take to prepare and protect your children from addiction
    • What to do if you spot signs of drug and alcohol use in your child
    We appreciate that there are many important things you could do with your time. We promise that our 52-minute film will be worth your time and attention. Now, more than ever, it is critical that parents/caregivers understand how to care for their children’s mental health, as well as recognize signs of risky behavior. 

    To view the film:

    1.) Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dontwaitpromo
    2.) Click on “Rent $10.00”
    3.) You will be asked to log in or to create a Vimeo account by entering your name, email, and password.
    4.) Enter the Promo Code: ROCK2021
    You can now watch the film at your convenience. Don’t forget to download the discussion guide to accompany the film at addictionisreal.org/dont-wait-discussion-guide.

     
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    HELPING HANDS NEEDS YOU!

    Although the RSMS Stock the Pantry event was a huge success, we continue to have requests from families for our services. And since we always have such great support from the community, we thought we would ask again for your help! 

    1. Water Bottles - We are in search of plastic reusable water bottles to be used at school. 

    2. Services - We are currently in search of services such as auto repairs, dental work, haircuts, and legal counsel that can be donated to families. 

    3. Monetary Donations - money donated to this fund go directly to families in the program to help with medical needs (such as glasses), medication costs, gas cards for a parent to get to work, pet food, clothing, etc. Donate directly here

    4. Food Donations - we have an Amazon Wish List to make it easy to purchase and ship directly to the school! 

    If you can help with one of the above, or have questions, please contact school Social Worker Ashley O' Daniel. 

    Last but not least, we would like to give a HUGE shout-out to Team Sam Personal Training Studio who raised $1200 for our Helping Hands at their open house this weekend! Thank you for supporting our families!

     

    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m. The Student Sign-up form is linked on each Counselor’s Canvas page. The After School Activities sign-up will open on Friday at 7:15 a.m. and will close on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Students need to sign up for activities each week they wish to stay, sign-ups do not carry over from week to week. To view our full activities selection for this week, please click here! 

    FALCON PLAYERS--FALL PLAY!

    Fall Play "Horror Hike Whodunnit” by Troy Schnider - November 17, 18, 19 - 7:00 p.m. - Tickets on Sale Now! 

    8TH-GRADE VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS

    8th-grade Volleyball team tryouts will be held on November 3 and November 17 after school in the gym. If you are interested or need more details, see Coach Koger or Coach Lampe. 

    ALIVE AND WELL STUDENT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY

    Alive and Well has a Youth Ambassadors program that helps young people have a positive impact in their communities. The flyer indicates that applications are due October 4, but the deadline has been extended to November 5, so apply today if interested!
     
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    VIRTUAL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

    DID YOU MISS THE IN-PERSON BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK?

    The virtual book fair is going on now, October 18-31!

    Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to our school when you shop online. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free!

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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 10/18/21 – 10/31/21 - Virtual Book Fair
    • 11/01/21 – No School - Conference Compensation Day
    • 11/02/21 – No School - Professional Development Day
    • 11/08/21 – Cotillion - RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 11/11/21 - Veterans Day Breakfast
    • 11/15/21 – Cotillion - RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 11/22/21 – Cotillion Grand Finale – Missouri Athletic Club - 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    • 11/24/21 – 11/26/21 – No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
     
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    HELPFUL LINKS AND REFERENCE INFORMATION

    LINKS:

    NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE

    When is too sick for school during the pandemic? 

    If your child has ANY (even one symptom) of the following, they are too sick for school. Please remember to check your child every morning before coming to school.

    Low-Risk Symptoms

    • Fever >100.0F
    • Congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Tiredness (fatigue) 

    High-Risk Symptoms

    • Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Loss of Taste or Smell

    *If you give your child ibuprofen, Tylenol, or cough medicine in the morning to help them with symptoms then they are too sick for school. Please keep them home and call their health care provider for guidance. 

    We must work as a community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school. COVID-19 has many of the same symptoms as environmental allergies, influenza, and other viruses. COVID is undistinguishable without testing; please do not assume symptoms are caused by another condition. It is important that everyone stay vigilant and cautious to keep our school community safe and healthy. Rockwood does NOT accept home COVID tests. Your child must go to a health care provider to get tested for COVID. 

    We are doing our best to follow the guidance provided by Rockwood, St Louis County Health Department, and the CDC to keep our students and staff members safe, but we need assistance for our families to succeed. Please take a few minutes to review the guidance on our website.

    Health Monitoring

    Contact Tracing and Notifications

    Social & Emotional Support

    Rockwood Safe Together   

     
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    ROCKWOOD SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    We are Falcon Proud!

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  • RSMS Newsletter - October 24, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 10/24/2021

    OCTOBER 24, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It's hard to believe we are heading into our final week of October and the beginning of our second quarter of school. Whew! With the new quarter starting on Monday, remember that our sixth-grade students will begin new encore classes (with the exception of all music classes). Please remind your student to ask any staff member for help if they need support with their schedule or locating their new encore class.

    On another note, we appreciate all of you who joined us for our in-person Parent-Teacher Conferences last week and look forward to our virtual conferences this week. Please see below for the information you need for this week, for our conferences, and more!

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    • We will hold conferences virtually on Thursday, October 28, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Conference appointments will be brief, 7 minutes in length, in order to accommodate as many parents as possible while still allowing time for discussion.
    • You may sign up for a conference slot with a teacher using this Conference Links Document. Once you access the document, simply look for your child's teachers and click on each of their names. This will take you to the teacher's Sign Up Genius where you will select the time for your conference.
    • Your child's teachers will send you a follow-up email by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, sharing a Zoom link to the conference session.
    • We will accept sign-ups for virtual conferences until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26. Please be sure to sign up prior to that time.

    Reniassance Information

    This week, the Rockwood South Renaissance team will celebrate all of our students who have met the Renaissance requirements for Academic Achievement. Our students had an opportunity to vote for their celebration and chose a Grade Level Movie "Night". The movie day schedule will be as follows:

    • Wednesday - 7th Grade (Watching Hocus Pocus)
    • Thursday - 6th Grade (Watching Night at the Museum)
    • Friday - 8th Grade (Watching Night at the Museum)

    We also celebrated our Students of the Week. This week's winners were:

    • AJ Tibbs--nominated by Ms. Allinder
    • Elizabeth Davis--nominated by Ms. Stoverin
    • Morgan Pyles--nominated by Ms. Engle
    • Kate Lawler--nominated by Ms. Engle
    • Vivie Lowery--nominated by Ms. Stoverink

    We greatly appreciate the excellent character and leadership these students exhibit within our school!

    Rockwood Heartbeat Survey--We need YOUR feedback!

    The Rockwood Heartbeat check-in is an ongoing process to solicit feedback to meet the needs of all members of our school community. These checkpoints will be used to support re-entry transitions as we identify and respond to the needs of our students, staff, and families.

    As part of these activities, students and parents will be asked to complete an online questionnaire (3-5 questions) that encourages them to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning (view questions).

    You will also find a Parent Guide to taking the middle school heartbeat survey that may answer some of your questions.

    Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, as your feedback and thoughts are very helpful to us!

    State Testing Individual Results

    The Rockwood Assessment Department will use electronic distribution methods to share MAP and EOC Individual Student Reports with parents. We will begin sending reports home in the morning at 10:00 am on October 27, via email. Please take note of the following:

    • Parents will receive a separate email for each child and MAP assessment (ELA, Math, and science).

    • Students participating in an EOC (Alg 1, Alg 2, Geometry) will receive a separate email with EOC results.

    • Remember, these individual student reports are from April/May 2021, and may not be reflective of the academic progress your child has made since testing in April.

    Red Ribbon Week!

    We invite all staff and students to join us in participating in our RED RIBBON SPIRIT WEEK fun! Please use this Tic-Tac-Toe document for all the information your student needs to participate! The tic-tac-toe document lists fun activities and spirit week dress attire. The dress attire is as follows:

    • Monday-Wear Red
    • Tuesday-Team up against drugs by wearing your favorite sports jersey
    • Wednesday-wear pajamas to dream of a drug-free world
    • Thursday-backward day! Wear your clothes or hat backward
    • Friday-Candy Corn OR school appropriate costume - Costume face coverings are not permitted–no full masks!
      • 6th grade-yellow
      • 7th grade-orange
      • 8th grade-white

    Last but not least, please remind your student that Monday will be an A-Day, the start of our second quarter and that we will begin our new breakfast process. Starting on Monday, our breakfast process will be as follows:

    • Students will only go to the cafeteria to purchase breakfast and to eat. Students who are not purchasing breakfast will go directly to homeroom.

    • Students will go directly to their homeroom after eating breakfast.

    We appreciate all of your support and look forward to an amazing second quarter of school. As always, please contact me if you have any questions. Let's have a great week!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     
     
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    Check out our Student Services Newsletter https://www.smore.com/cbtu6

    • Please note, that it is already time to be considered for our holiday assistance program. The RSMS Financial Assistance Form is due by October 25th.
    • If you are interested in applying, please indicate "holiday assistance" on the "other" line. If you need help printing the form and/or have additional questions about financial assistance please contact RSMS School Social Worker or your student's School Counselor. 

    HELPING HANDS NEEDS YOU!

    Although the RSMS Stock the Pantry event was a huge success, we continue to have requests from families for our services. And since we always have such great support from the community, we thought we would ask again for your help!

    1. Water Bottles - We are in search of plastic reusable water bottles to be used at school.

    2. Services - We are currently in search of services such as auto repairs, dental work, haircuts, and legal counsel that can be donated to families.

    3. Monetary Donations - money donated to this fund go directly to families in the program to help with medical needs (such as glasses), medication costs, gas cards for a parent to get to work, pet food, clothing, etc. Donate directly here.

    4. Food Donations - we have an Amazon Wish List to make it easy to purchase and ship directly to the school!

    If you can help with one of the above, or have questions, please contact school Social Worker Ashley O' Daniel.

    Last but not least, we would like to give a HUGE shout-out to Team Sam Personal Training Studio who raised $1200 for our Helping Hands at their open house this weekend! Thank you for supporting our families! 

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    RSD SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH 

    The Board of Education is working with School Exec Connect, an educational search firm, to hire a new superintendent for the Rockwood School District. In an effort to understand what qualities stakeholders feel the Board should be looking for and what priorities the new superintendent should focus on, all stakeholders - students, staff, parents and community members - are encouraged to weigh in. Opportunities to participate include:

    • Online Survey, available Oct. 11-29
    • Staff Public Forums
      • Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Rockwood Summit High in the Commons
      • Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. at Marquette High in the Library
    • Community Public Forums
      • Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. at Rockwood Summit High in the Commons
      • Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. at Marquette High in the Library

    Findings from the survey, the open forums and several focus group conversations will be used to develop a New Superintendent Profile that will be reported to the Board on Nov. 18, 2021. 

    Learn more

      
    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m. The Student Sign-up form is linked on each Counselor’s Canvas page. The After School Activities sign-up will open on Friday at 7:15 a.m. and will close on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Students need to sign up for activities each week they wish to stay, sign-ups do not carry over from week to week. To view our full activities selection for this week, please click here!
     
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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 10/25/21 – Second Quarter Begins
    • 10/25/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 10/28/21 – Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • 11/01/21 – No School - Conference Compensation Day
    • 11/02/21 – No School - Professional Development Day
    • 11/08/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 11/15/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 11/22/21 – Cotillion Grand Finale – Missouri Athletic Club - 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    • 11/24/21 – 11/26/21 – No School - Thanksgiving Holiday  
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    HELPFUL LINKS: 

    NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE

    When is too sick for school during the pandemic? 

    If your child has ANY (even one symptom) of the following, they are too sick for school. Please remember to check your child every morning before coming to school.

    Low-Risk Symptoms

    • Fever >100.0F
    • Congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Tiredness (fatigue) 

    High-Risk Symptoms

    • Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Loss of Taste or Smell

    *If you give your child ibuprofen, Tylenol, or cough medicine in the morning to help them with symptoms then they are too sick for school. Please keep them home and call their health care provider for guidance. 

    We must work as a community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school. COVID-19 has many of the same symptoms as environmental allergies, influenza, and other viruses. COVID is undistinguishable without testing; please do not assume symptoms are caused by another condition. It is important that everyone stay vigilant and cautious to keep our school community safe and healthy. Rockwood does NOT accept home COVID tests. Your child must go to a health care provider to get tested for COVID. 

    We are doing our best to follow the guidance provided by Rockwood, St Louis County Health Department, and the CDC to keep our students and staff members safe, but we need assistance for our families to succeed. Please take a few minutes to review the guidance on our website.

    Health Monitoring

    Contact Tracing and Notifications

    Social & Emotional Support

    Rockwood Safe Together  

     
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    ROCKWOOD SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    We are Falcon Proud!

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  • RSMS Newsletter - October 17, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 10/17/2021

    OCTOBER 17, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    We had a great chilly Fall week at Rockwood South! I have a lot of information to share with you this week. Please read the information carefully to best support your child. I will do my best to section off the information to make it easier to read and to locate the information you need!

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    • We will hold conferences in person on Wednesday, October 20, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. and then virtually on Thursday, October 28, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Conference appointments will be brief, 7 minutes in length, in order to accommodate as many parents as possible while still allowing time for discussion.
    • You may sign up for a conference slot with a teacher using this Conference Links Document. Once you access the document, simply look for your child's teachers and click on each of their names. This will take you to the teacher's Sign Up Genius where you will select the time for your conference.
    • If you sign-up for a virtual conference on Thursday, October 28, your child's teachers will send you a follow-up email by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, sharing a Zoom link to the conference session.
    • We will accept sign-ups for in-person conferences until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, and for virtual conferences until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26. Please be sure to sign up prior to that time.

    Reniassance Information

    We celebrated our Discover, Connect, Make a Difference Renaissance Winners for the Month of September! We had a total of 6 Student Winners and 4 Staff winners. You will find a picture of our student winners below my letter. Congratulations to our amazing students and staff!

    Student to Student Award Winners:

    • Discover Award: Blake Erhart
    • Connect Award: Addison Mueller
    • Make a Difference Award: Mya Perstrope

    Staff to Student Awards:

    • Discover Award: Caleb Hardee
    • Connect Award: Georgia Teller
    • Make a Difference Award: Adriana Kraushar

    Staff Nominated by Student Winners:

    • Discover Award: Kristen Engle
    • Connect Award: Emily Stoverink
    • Make a Difference Award: Jim Allen and Christina Patrick

    We also celebrated our Students of the Week. This week's winners were:

    • Marissa Swanick--nominated by Mr. Young

    • Brian King--nominated by Mrs. Shimkus

    • Kami Kraus--nominated by Mrs. Shimkus

    • Adelyn Horn--nominated by Ms. Forgerson

    • Charlie Roper--nominated by Ms. Meldrum

    We greatly appreciate the excellent character and leadership these students exhibit within our school!

    Very soon, the Rockwood South Renaissance team will celebrate all of our students that have met the Renaissance requirements for Academic Achievement. We want to reward ALL of our students that are actively engaged with their academics by inviting them to a Grade Level Movie Day! Please see below for a reminder of the qualifications and how you can support your student.

    How can your student qualify?

    Students that achieve all A’s and B’s in every subject (with an exception of ONE C) will be invited to the Grade Level Movie Day.

    There will be a Renaissance Grading check on October 20th to determine eligibility for this incentive.

    What can you do to support your student?

    Encourage your student to be proactive! This weekend, take some time to sit down with your student to look at their Infinite Campus. Plan out time for your student to make up missing/incomplete assignments and support them in communicating with their teachers.

    What will WE do to support your student?

    On Monday, homeroom teachers will be sharing with students the information about Renaissance Movie Day, offering students the opportunity to do a grade check, and encouraging students to make up missing/incomplete assignments.

    Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek!

    Rockwood Heartbeat Survey--We need YOUR feedback!

    The Rockwood Heartbeat check-in is an ongoing process to solicit feedback to meet the needs of all members of our school community. These checkpoints will be used to support re-entry transitions as we identify and respond to the needs of our students, staff, and families.

    As part of these activities, students and parents will be asked to complete an online questionnaire (3-5 questions) that encourages them to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning (view questions).

    You will also find a Parent Guide to taking the middle school heartbeat survey that may answer some of your questions.

    Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, as your feedback and thoughts are very helpful to us!

    Rockwood Equity Parent Advisory Council (REPAC)

    The Rockwood School District is seeking parents interested in serving on a diversity, equity, and inclusion advisory council through the Office of Educational Equity and Diversity. The Rockwood Equity Parent Advisory Council (REPAC) will ensure the Rockwood School District stays on course with the universal equity, opportunity, and access goals outlined in The Way Forward, the Rockwood strategic plan. REPAC will promote, support, and inform the school community of DEI resources, initiatives, and opportunities. Please use this link to complete the interest form. REPAC information can be found on the RSD website using this link.

    This Week-SEL Survey

    This week we will issue the Rockwood Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey. Social and emotional learning is an important part of the educational experience. Over the next week, students will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that encourages them to reflect on their own mindsets, experiences, and approaches with learning. These questions help us to check in with our students to ensure they feel connected to our school and we are meeting their social-emotional needs. We encourage you to review the Parent Information flyer (Attached and linked) for the survey.

    The information that is collected in the questionnaire will be shared with our school and your child's teachers to guide the work that we do as a school and district (will not be used as part of their grade or academic record). For a complete list of questions, please visit the Rockwood School District website.

    The survey is voluntary and students can feel free to skip any question or choose not to complete the survey. If you do not want your child to attend complete the survey, please notify your child's administrator or counselor.

    Also this week, as part of our work with the Rockwood Education Equity and Diversity Office, we will continue to celebrate Disability History and Awareness Month, LGBTQ History Month, and Red Ribbon Week. Through our morning announcements, our students will provide our school community with interesting facts, information about the contributions of individuals within our country, and more. We enjoy celebrating and learning about the many cultures that shape our amazing community!

    Last but not least, please remind your student that Monday will be a B-Day and that they will have the opportunity to visit The Scholastic Book Fair at RSMS this week! Students may want to be prepared to purchase items, if interested. Here are the dates and times for the book fair 

    • Tues. Oct 19: 11-3 pm
    • Wed. Oct 20: 7:30-7 pm (Conferences)
    • Thurs. Oct 21: 7:30-3 pm

    We appreciate all of your support and look forward to meeting with you at our Fall Conferences. As always, please contact me if you have any questions. Let's have a great week!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     

     

    RENAISSANCE WINNERS FOR SEPTEMBER

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    Check out our Student Services Newsletter https://www.smore.com/cbtu6

    • Please note, that it is already time to be considered for our holiday assistance program. The RSMS Financial Assistance Form is due by October 25th.
    • If you are interested in applying, please indicate "holiday assistance" on the "other" line. If you need help printing the form and/or have additional questions about financial assistance please contact RSMS School Social Worker or your student's School Counselor.

    Hidden in Plain View:

    • For those who choose to sign-up for our in-person conferences on October 20, we are happy to announce the return of the Hidden in Plain View workshop from Addiction is Real, Inc.
    • At this event, parents will be able to view the Hidden in Plain View exhibit, a teen bedroom exhibit that parents can explore to learn to recognize signs of risky behavior. Simply visit our cafeteria during conferences to participate.
     
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    RSD SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH 

    The Board of Education is working with School Exec Connect, an educational search firm, to hire a new superintendent for the Rockwood School District. In an effort to understand what qualities stakeholders feel the Board should be looking for and what priorities the new superintendent should focus on, all stakeholders - students, staff, parents and community members - are encouraged to weigh in. Opportunities to participate include:

    • Online Survey, available Oct. 11-29
    • Staff Public Forums
      • Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Rockwood Summit High in the Commons
      • Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. at Marquette High in the Library
    • Community Public Forums
      • Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. at Rockwood Summit High in the Commons
      • Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. at Marquette High in the Library

    Findings from the survey, the open forums and several focus group conversations will be used to develop a New Superintendent Profile that will be reported to the Board on Nov. 18, 2021. 

    Learn more

     
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    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m. The Student Sign-up form is linked on each Counselor’s Canvas page. The After School Activities sign-up will open on Friday at 7:15 a.m. and will close on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Students need to sign up for activities each week they wish to stay, sign-ups do not carry over from week to week. To view our full activities selection for this week, please click here!

     
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    NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE

    When is too sick for school during the pandemic? 

    If your child has ANY (even one symptom) of the following, they are too sick for school. Please remember to check your child every morning before coming to school.

    Low-Risk Symptoms

    • Fever >100.0F
    • Congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Tiredness (fatigue) 

    High-Risk Symptoms

    • Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Loss of Taste or Smell

    *If you give your child ibuprofen, Tylenol, or cough medicine in the morning to help them with symptoms then they are too sick for school. Please keep them home and call their health care provider for guidance. 

    We must work as a community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school. COVID-19 has many of the same symptoms as environmental allergies, influenza, and other viruses. COVID is undistinguishable without testing; please do not assume symptoms are caused by another condition. It is important that everyone stay vigilant and cautious to keep our school community safe and healthy. Rockwood does NOT accept home COVID tests. Your child must go to a health care provider to get tested for COVID. 

    We are doing our best to follow the guidance provided by Rockwood, St Louis County Health Department, and the CDC to keep our students and staff members safe, but we need assistance for our families to succeed. Please take a few minutes to review the guidance on our website.

    Health Monitoring

    Contact Tracing and Notifications

    Social & Emotional Support

    Rockwood Safe Together  

     
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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 10/11/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 10/12/21 – Picture Retake Day and Last Chance for Yearbook Pictures
    • 10/18/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 10/20/21 – In-Person Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • 10/22/21 – First Quarter Ends
    • 10/25/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 10/28/21 – Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • 11/01/21 – No School - Conference Compensation Day
    • 11/02/21 – No School - Professional Development Day
    • 11/08/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 11/15/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
    • 11/22/21 – Cotillion Grand Finale – Missouri Athletic Club - 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    • 11/24/21 – 11/26/21 – No School - Thanksgiving Holiday 
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    HELPFUL LINKS: 

    Submit a Tech Help Ticket.

    See the Falcon Players calendar, FP activities sign-up and more on the Drama website, www.D-R-A-M-A.com.

    Find here each of the Principal's RSMS Newsletters for the year.

    See the A/B Day Calendar.  It will change if we have a snow day or other unscheduled day off.

    Find here our Daily Bell Schedule and Lunch Schedule.

    Find here our After School Activities Permission Slip Form. 

    Find here our  Daily Walker/Bike Rider Form 

     

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    ROCKWOOD SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    We are Falcon Proud!

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  • RSMS Newsletter - October 10, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 10/10/2021

    OCTOBER 10, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    We had an exciting week at Rockwood South! On Friday, we had the honor of welcoming the CEO of Shape America, Stephanie Morris, to our school. Ms. Morris visited our 7th-grade Physical Education Classes and even participated in a workout with our kids as part of her Health Moves Minds tour. You can view many pictures of her visit on our school Twitter Hashtag, #RSMSrocks.

    We also celebrated our Students of the Week. This week's winners were: 

    Elli Bayer - nominated by Mrs. Krueger

    Zoey Zweifel - nominated by Mrs. Spiezio

    Brenna Williams - nominated by Mrs. Spiezio

    Megan Moran - nominated by Mrs. Allinder

    Charlotte McIntosh - nominated by Ms. Grebas

    We greatly appreciate the excellent character and leadership these students exhibit within our school!

    On another note, it's time to sign up for our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. As we shared with you last week, we will hold conferences in person on Wednesday, October 20, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. and then virtually on Thursday, October 28, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. You may sign up for a conference slot with a teacher using this Conference Links Document. Once you access the document, simply look for your child's teachers and click on each of their names. This will take you to the teacher's Sign Up Genius where you will select the time for your conference.

    If you sign-up for a virtual conference on Thursday, October 28, your child's teachers will send you a follow-up email by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, sharing a Zoom link to the conference session. As a reminder, conference appointments will be brief, 7 minutes in length, in order to accommodate as many parents as possible while still allowing time for discussion.

    There are a limited number of slots available, so we ask you to focus on courses where you have questions or concerns with your child’s progress when signing up for conferences and utilizing email as a means to check in on courses for which you do not have questions or concerns. We ask that multiple parents for the same child do not sign up for separate appointments with an individual teacher.

    If you are unable to secure a conference time with a teacher, please contact that teacher to make other arrangements. We will accept sign-ups for in-person conferences until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, and for virtual conferences until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26. Please be sure to sign up prior to that time.

    *If your availability changes and you are no longer able to attend your conference appointments, please cancel your appointments through Sign Up Genius to free up those slots for another parent.

    Again, you may use this link to sign up for conference appointments.

    For those who choose to sign-up for our in-person conferences on October 20, we are happy to announce the return of the Hidden in Plain View workshop from Addiction is Real, Inc. This event will include a 45-minute drug prevention presentation for parents/caregivers. Additionally, parents will be able to view the Hidden in Plain View exhibit, a teen bedroom exhibit that parents can explore to learn to recognize signs of risky behavior. Simply visit our cafeteria during conferences to participate.

    Last but not least, as we begin this week on an A-Day, we will also begin offering Rush Bowls in the cafeteria every Monday starting on October 11. Rush Bowls will be available for purchase during lunch as an ala carte item, for $2.80.

    We appreciate all of your support and look forward to meeting with you at our Fall Conferences. As always, please contact me if you have any questions. Let's have a great week!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     
     

    Please see the PSO newsletter here!

    Thank you to all of our parents who joined us for our PSO meeting last week! If you missed the meeting, you can still watch our Technology Tips and Tricks video for Parents focused on accessing Canvas! 

    We Need You! We have several committees that would love to have your help this year. Book Fairs, RSMS Food Pantry, 6th-grade events, 8th-grade events, and more!

    Check out the opportunities and let us know if you can help!

     
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    LAST CHANCE FOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS THIS WEEK!

    This is a reminder that October 12th will be our photo RETAKE day. This is also the VERY LAST opportunity to get your photo taken. If you have a student who is new to our school, please plan on having them get photographed on October 12.

    Any students who plan to take a retake picture will need to have their original photo package to take a new picture.

     
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    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m. The Student Sign-up form is linked on each Counselor’s Canvas page. The After School Activities sign-up will open on Friday at 7:15 a.m. and will close on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Students need to sign up for activities each week they wish to stay, sign-ups do not carry over from week to week. To view our full activities selection for this week, please click here!

     
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    NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE

    When is too sick for school during the pandemic? 

    If your child has ANY (even one symptom) of the following, they are too sick for school. Please remember to check your child every morning before coming to school.

    Low-Risk Symptoms

    • Fever >100.0F
    • Congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Tiredness (fatigue) 

    High-Risk Symptoms

    • Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Loss of Taste or Smell

    *If you give your child ibuprofen, Tylenol, or cough medicine in the morning to help them with symptoms then they are too sick for school. Please keep them home and call their health care provider for guidance. 

    We must work as a community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school. COVID-19 has many of the same symptoms as environmental allergies, influenza, and other viruses. COVID is undistinguishable without testing; please do not assume symptoms are caused by another condition. It is important that everyone stay vigilant and cautious to keep our school community safe and healthy. Rockwood does NOT accept home COVID tests. Your child must go to a health care provider to get tested for COVID. 

    We are doing our best to follow the guidance provided by Rockwood, St Louis County Health Department, and the CDC to keep our students and staff members safe, but we need assistance for our families to succeed. Please take a few minutes to review the guidance on our website.

    Health Monitoring

    Contact Tracing and Notifications

    Social & Emotional Support

    Rockwood Safe Together   

     
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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    10/11/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/12/21 – Picture Retake Day and Last Chance for Yearbook Pictures

    10/18/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/20/21 – In-Person Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    10/22/21 – First Quarter Ends

    10/25/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/28/21 – Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

    HELPFUL LINKS: 

    Click to submit a Tech Help Ticket.

    Click Falcon Players website www.D-R-A-M-A.com.

    Click Principal's RSMS Newsletters to view.

    Click for A/B Day Calendar

    Click for Daily Bell Schedule and Lunch Schedule

    Click for Daily Walker/Bike Rider form.

    Click for After School Activities Permission Form 

     
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    ROCKWOOD SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    We are Falcon Proud!

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  • RSMS NewsLetter - October 2, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 10/2/2021

    OCTOBER 2, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    It's hard to believe we have entered the month of October and are quickly approaching the end of our first quarter of school. Before you know it, Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will be here as well. This year, we will hold conferences in person on Wednesday, October 20, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. and then virtually on Thursday, October 28, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. We will share information in our next newsletter regarding how to sign up for conferences.

    In the meantime, we have much to celebrate as we closed out the month of September. Last week our Renaissance Team reported that they received 175 nominations for our September Discover, Connect and Make a Difference Awards. WOW! We will be announcing the student and staff winners for each award next week. All winners will receive prizes, and they will have their nominations showcased on the brag board within our school.

    We also celebrated our Students of the Week. This week's winners were:

    Zyere Fisher nominated by Mrs. Frisch

    Eva Bausch nominated by Ms. Simon

    Lila Kemp nominate by Ms. Forgerson

    Brady Weyerich nominated by Ms. Engle

    Logan Stevens nominated by Ms. Engle

    We greatly appreciate the excellent character and leadership these students exhibit within our school!

    As we prepare for the upcoming week, remember that our students will not have school on Monday due to staff professional development. We will begin our week on Tuesday with our A-Day classes. Also this week, we invite all students and staff to participate in our WEB Spirit Week in honor of the RSHS Homecoming. The dress days will be as follows:

    Tuesday: Cardinals Days

    Wednesday: Crazy Hair and Sock Day

    Thursday: PJ Day

    Friday: Rockwood South/Summit Spirit Wear Day

    Last but not least, our PSO provided our grant winners with their awards last week. Thanks to your generosity, our PSO is able to support our staff in dreaming big on behalf of our kids! Through these grants, we have been able to purchase picnic tables and umbrellas for outside learning and eating, and more. Although our Falcon Family Campaign came to an end last week, it is not too late to donate! Please click here to donate in support of our PSO and school.

    We appreciate your partnership in supporting all of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 636-891-6850. Have a wonderful weekend!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     
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    Please see the PSO newsletter here!

    Join us for our next Virtual PSO Meeting on Wednesday, October 6, starting at 6:00 p.m. Use this Zoom link to join the meeting:https://rsdmo-org.zoom.us/j/98820787497

    Stop Traffic! We are looking for volunteers to monitor the crosswalk in the center of the lot where families pull up to drop off for the beginning of school Monday - Friday from 7:15 - 7:45. Sign up here to help.

    We Need You! We have several committees that would love to have your help this year. Book Fairs, RSMS Food Pantry, 6th-grade events, 8th-grade events, and more!

    Check out the opportunities and let us know if you can help!

     
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    NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE

    When is too sick for school during the pandemic? 

    If your child has ANY (even one symptom) of the following, they are too sick for school. Please remember to check your child every morning before coming to school.

    Low-Risk Symptoms

    • Fever >100.0F
    • Congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Tiredness (fatigue) 

    High-Risk Symptoms

    • Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Loss of Taste or Smell

    *If you give your child ibuprofen, Tylenol, or cough medicine in the morning to help them with symptoms then they are too sick for school. Please keep them home and call their health care provider for guidance. 

    We must work as a community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school. COVID-19 has many of the same symptoms as environmental allergies, influenza, and other viruses. COVID is undistinguishable without testing; please do not assume symptoms are caused by another condition. It is important that everyone stay vigilant and cautious to keep our school community safe and healthy. Rockwood does NOT accept home COVID tests. Your child must go to a health care provider to get tested for COVID. 

    We are doing our best to follow the guidance provided by Rockwood, St Louis County Health Department, and the CDC to keep our students and staff members safe, but we need assistance for our families to succeed. Please take a few minutes to review the guidance on our website.

    Health Monitoring

    Contact Tracing and Notifications

    Social & Emotional Support

    Rockwood Safe Together   

     
     
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    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m. The Student Sign-up form is linked on each Counselor’s Canvas page. The After School Activities sign-up will open on Friday at 7:15 a.m. and will close on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Students need to sign up for activities each week they wish to stay, sign-ups do not carry over from week to week. To view our full activities selections please click here! 

    RSMS CROSS COUNTRY NEWS

    If you plan to participate on the RSMS Cross Country Team, please take note of this important information: 

    Rockwood District XC Race - October 22

    Permission Forms for race participation are due - October 8 

    RSMS NEEDS YOU!

    Hello Falcons! Our food pantry needs your help. The supply of food in the food pantry is dwindling and needs to be refilled. These next two weeks we will be having a competition to help our food pantry stock up. The competition will start on Monday, September 27, and end on Friday, October 8. Please bring in food, such as any type of unrefrigerated snack item or boxed meal. Packs of bottled water would also be greatly appreciated. These items will be collected in a designated spot in your homeroom, chosen by your homeroom teacher. Each week the items will be counted, and the homeroom with the most items will receive a prize! Again, please bring in food pantry items starting on Monday, September 27 through Friday, October 8. Thank you so much, Falcons!

     
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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    10/04/21 – No School - Professional Development Day

    10/04/21 -- Custodial Appreciation Day

    10/06/21 -- Virtual PSO Meeting starting at 6:00 p.m.

    10/11/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/12/21 – Picture Retake Day and Last Chance for Yearbook Pictures

    10/18/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/20/21 – In-Person Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    10/22/21 – First Quarter Ends

    10/25/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/28/21 – Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

    HELPFUL LINKS: 

    Click to submit a Tech Help Ticket.

    Click Falcon Players website www.D-R-A-M-A.com.

    Click Principal's RSMS Newsletters to view.

    Click for A/B Day Calendar

    Click for Daily Bell Schedule and Lunch Schedule

    Click for Daily Walker/Bike Rider form.

    Click for After School Activities Permission Form 

     
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    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.
    We are Falcon Proud!
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  • RSMS Newsletter - September 25, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 9/25/2021

    SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Welcome to Fall! We had a great week at Rockwood South. Once again, we appreciate all of our parents who volunteered to assist with our 6th-grade camp on Friday. Our kids had a great day of team building! If you took pictures to share of our kids in action, please add them to this google folder. We look forward to our 6th-grade students spending another day at camp in the Spring.

    Last week we had a very successful kick-off to our Renaissance Program. We already have over 70 nominations for our Discover, Connect, and Make a Difference Awards in just our first week! Due to the GREAT response of our students and staff, we will recognize students for these awards this month. In addition, we are excited to announce our students of the week! We appreciate the excellent character these students continually demonstrate. Congratulations to the following students:

    Hailey Clubb - nominated by Mrs. Harper

    Russell Kempf - nominated by Ms. Frisch

    Alex Beck - nominated by Ms. Engle

    Teddy DuBois - nominated by Ms. Engle

    Luke Hardee - nominated by Ms. Forgerson

    Katelyn Short - nominated by Ms. Engle

    In other news, we want to share with you that our Child Nutrition Services Department is currently experiencing some food and drink shortages in our cafeterias throughout the district as a result of food supply issues. School meal programs nationwide are experiencing many of the same supply chain issues that have impacted restaurants and grocery stores throughout the pandemic. Our entire Child Nutrition team appreciates your patience and understanding as we work through these unique challenges to effectively serve your child(ren) with nutritious meals at school! For more information, please access the RSD Website.

    Last but not least, the CHADS Coalition will be visiting our 8th-grade PE Classes during the month of October. Please see this important message for 8th-grade parents and contact our School Counselors Office with any questions. Also, don't forget that our Falcon Family Campaign is currently underway! We are only at 39% of our goal, but you still have time to help fund various programs and activities around the school. Please click here to donate in support of our PSO and school!

    As we look ahead, we will start our week with B-Day classes.

    We appreciate your partnership in supporting all of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 636-891-6850. Have a wonderful weekend!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     
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    Please see the PSO newsletter here! 

    Falcon Family Campaign is underway! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! If you haven't, you still have time to help fund various programs and activities around the school such as grants, teacher appreciation events, and student activities. This year we want to provide additional picnic tables and umbrellas at the front of the school and a large sail shade for the 6th-grade entrance. Donate by Sept. 30 for a chance to win! Each donation of $50 or more will be entered to win one of the following prizes: $50 Lululemon gift card, $25 GameStop gift card (2); $25 Amazon gift card (2), and Hydroflasks (4). Can't donate at this time? Just give us your feedback and enter for a chance to win too! 

    Stop Traffic! We are looking for volunteers to monitor the crosswalk in the center of the lot where families pull up to drop off for the beginning of school Monday - Friday from 7:15 - 7:45. Sign up here to help

    We Need You! We have several committees that would love to have your help this year. Book Fairs, RSMS Food Pantry, 6th-grade events, 8th-grade events, and more!

    Check out the opportunities and let us know if you can help! 

    RSMS 2021 Cotillion for all grade levels - The class combines learning social confidence, good manners, and social dance. It is a wonderful time to practice social skills in a structured environment. Sign-up here

    Buzz Book - The RSMS Buzz Book is the best way to keep in touch with your community and to raise money for your school! Get yours through our PSO here for $10.50. Buzz Books will be ready for distribution at the end of September.

     
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    NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE

    When is too sick for school during the pandemic? 

    If your child has ANY (even one symptom) of the following, they are too sick for school. Please remember to check your child every morning before coming to school.

    Low-Risk Symptoms

    • Fever >100.0F
    • Congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Tiredness (fatigue) 

    High-Risk Symptoms

    • Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Loss of Taste or Smell

    *If you give your child ibuprofen, Tylenol, or cough medicine in the morning to help them with symptoms then they are too sick for school. Please keep them home and call their health care provider for guidance. 

    We must work as a community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school. COVID-19 has many of the same symptoms as environmental allergies, influenza, and other viruses. COVID is undistinguishable without testing; please do not assume symptoms are caused by another condition. It is important that everyone stay vigilant and cautious to keep our school community safe and healthy. Rockwood does NOT accept home COVID tests. Your child must go to a health care provider to get tested for COVID. 

    We are doing our best to follow the guidance provided by Rockwood, St Louis County Health Department, and the CDC to keep our students and staff members safe, but we need assistance for our families to succeed. Please take a few minutes to review the guidance on our website.

    Health Monitoring

    Contact Tracing and Notifications

    Social & Emotional Support

    Rockwood Safe Together  

     
     
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    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m. The Student Sign-up form is linked on each Counselor’s Canvas page. Starting this week, the After School Activities sign-up will open on Friday at 7:15 a.m. and will close on Monday at 4:00 p.m. (new open and new deadline). Students need to sign up for activities each week they wish to stay, sign-ups do not carry over from week to week. To view our full activities selection for this week, please click here! 

    RSMS NEEDS YOU!

    Hello Falcons! Our food pantry needs your help. The supply of food in the food pantry is dwindling and needs to be refilled. These next two weeks we will be having a competition to help our food pantry stock up. The competition will start on Monday, September 27, and end on Friday, October 8. Please bring in food, such as any type of unrefrigerated snack item or boxed meal. Packs of bottled water would also be greatly appreciated. These items will be collected in a designated spot in your homeroom, chosen by your homeroom teacher. Each week the items will be counted, and the homeroom with the most items on October 8 will receive a prize! Again, please bring in food pantry items starting on Monday, September 27. Thank you so much, Falcons!

     
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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    9/30/21 – Flu Clinic - RSMS Cafeteria

    10/04/21 – No School - Professional Development Day

    10/11/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/12/21 – Picture Retake Day and Last Chance for Yearbook Pictures

    10/18/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/20/21 – Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - In Person

    10/25/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/28/21 – Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Virtual 

    HELPFUL LINKS: 

    Click to submit a Tech Help Ticket.

    Click Falcon Players website www.D-R-A-M-A.com.

    Click Principal's RSMS Newsletters to view.

    Click for A/B Day Calendar

    Click for Daily Bell Schedule and Lunch Schedule

    Click for Daily Walker/Bike Rider form.

    Click for After School Activities Permission Form 

     
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    ROCKWOOD SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.
    We are Falcon Proud!
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  • RSMS Newsletter - September 18, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 9/18/2021

    SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    I hope you had a great week. We appreciate all of our parents who volunteered to assist with our 6th-grade camp on Friday. Our kids had a great day of team building! If you took pictures to share of our kids in action, please add them to this google folder.

    I want to share with you some important information related to a Tik Tok trend that has shown up at many schools across the district and in our country. The trend is called "Devious Licks". The idea behind the trend is for students to destroy things or take things from a teacher's desk or from the school, record it, and put it on social media.

    Unfortunately, we experienced some of these actions at our school throughout this week. I'm sure you understand that there are many things wrong with these types of actions. Theft and destruction of property are not the values of our Falcon Community and cause a disruption to our school environment. As such, if students are caught engaging in these activities in our school, they will receive consequences which may include an out-of-school suspension.

    Please speak with your child(ren) about this trend and help them understand the severity of this type of behavior and the consequences which come with it. If you have any questions or you would like to speak more in-depth about it, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the other administrators. We want to keep Rockwood South a great place for all and it takes all of us to make that happen. Your help with this is greatly appreciated!

    On a much more positive note, Monday will be the kick-off to the RSMS Renaissance Program! We provided our students with information on our Renaissance Program in all ELA classes last week. We encourage you to take a look at this presentation to learn how we will celebrate the moments that matter within our school.

    As we look ahead to this week, we will continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by providing our school community with interesting facts, information about the contributions of Hispanic people in the United States, and more, during our morning announcements. We enjoy celebrating and learning about the many cultures that shape our amazing community!

    Last but not least, please remind your student that Monday will be an A Day!

    We appreciate your partnership in supporting all of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 636-891-6850. Have a wonderful weekend!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     
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    PSO WEEKLY NEWS!

    Please see the PSO newsletter here! 

    Falcon Family Campaign is underway! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! If you haven't, you still have time to help fund various programs and activities around the school such as grants, teacher appreciation events, and student activities. This year we want to provide additional picnic tables and umbrellas at the front of the school and a large sail shade for the 6th-grade entrance. Donate by Sept. 30 for a chance to win! Each donation of $50 or more will be entered to win one of the following prizes: $50 Lululemon gift card, $25 GameStop gift card (2); $25 Amazon gift card (2), and Hydroflasks (4). Can't donate at this time? Just give us your feedback and enter for a chance to win too! 

    Stop Traffic! We are looking for volunteers to monitor the crosswalk in the center of the lot where families pull up to drop off for the beginning of school Monday - Friday from 7:15 - 7:45. Sign up here to help

    We Need You! We have several committees that would love to have your help this year. Book Fairs, RSMS Food Pantry, 6th-grade events, 8th-grade events, and more!

    Check out the opportunities and let us know if you can help! 

    RSMS 2021 Cotillion for all grade levels - The class combines learning social confidence, good manners, and social dance. It is a wonderful time to practice social skills in a structured environment. Sign-up here

    Buzz Book - The RSMS Buzz Book is the best way to keep in touch with your community and to raise money for your school! Get yours through our PSO here for $10.50. Buzz Books will be ready for distribution at the end of September.

     
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    INFORMATION FROM OUR STUDENT SERVICES TEAM

    AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m. The Student Sign-up form is linked on each Counselor’s Canvas page. Sign-ups open on Saturday morning each week at 8:00 a.m. and close on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Students MUST sign-up by the deadline to stay for after-school activities. 

    FALCON RUN CLUB - COACH FISCHER - GYM

    Where: GYM with Coach Fischer

    When: Beginning Tuesday, September 14. More dates to follow. Be on time: 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Why: To offer you something after school that you can get involved in, be part of a team, and contribute!

    To promote a healthy active lifestyle through fitness and running. Our focus will be on cross country to prepare for the Rockwood School District XC meet which is 10/22 (info to follow later when I get it from the district).

    We will meet 1-2 days a week (Tuesday/Wednesday) - Only day buses for RSMS, students must get on the bus or be picked up by 3:50.

    Provide weekly workouts

    Discuss the importance of well-balanced meals, hydration, proper sleep habits, and good running shoes

    A Typical Day for a Falcon Runner:

    Meet in the GYM

    Warm-ups

    Stretches

    Workout for the day

    Cool down/strides

    Core work

    Come join a rich tradition! 

    NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY-MRS. KRUEGER - CAFETERIA

    The Rockwood South chapter of NJHS selects new members yearly. Current 7th and 8th graders with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above are eligible and will be notified of this in the month of September and given the opportunity to pursue membership by completing a required application to be reviewed and scored by a faculty council member. These applicants will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance by the end of October. An induction ceremony will be held on November 8.

    Current 8th-grade members (those selected the previous year as 7th graders) need not re-apply for membership. These members, as well as the newly inducted members, will meet 1 Tuesday per month* to devise, plan, and implement service projects throughout the school year. These service projects benefit the school, the community, and the greater “good,” whether in another community, state, or country. These meetings will take place after school in the cafeteria from 2:30-3:55.

    *In the month of February, we will have 2 meetings; in addition, those 8th grade, second-year members who are elected as officers of NJHS will have one additional Tuesday meeting per month to plan the agenda for upcoming general membership meeting dates.

     
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    ANIMALS AROUND US CLUB – MRS. SEBELSKI - ROOM 216

    Love animals? Want to make a difference in their lives? Then join "Animals Around Us," our new after-school club!

    Our focus will be on domestic pets and wildlife, and our goals are to promote compassion towards all living creatures, educate others about animal issues in our society, and empower students to make a difference for all animals. 

    CHICKEN & GARDEN CLUB - MRS. HALL - CHICKENS & GARDEN/COURTYARD

    Help take care of the chickens and work in the garden. Learn about growing and harvesting plants and vegetables as you work to plant and maintain our Rockwood South garden and courtyard. 

    YEARBOOK - MRS. BITTLE - ROOM 309 

    Capturing moments of students, staff, and activities at RSMS. 

    Students will need to have training and access to the yearbook website, but work can be completed at home using your Chromebook. A camera or cell phone can also be beneficial to capture photos but not necessary to participate in Yearbook. 

    FALCON PLAYERS

    AUDITIONS FOR THE FALCON PLAYERS FALL PRODUCTION - "Horror Hike Whodunnit" will be next Wednesday, September 15, and Thursday, September 16 after school. All students in all grades are welcome to audition! There are parts available for actors and crew! If you're interested in being on the stage or building the stage visit, www.D-R-A-M-A.com today and complete an audition form! 

    OUR KIDS ROCK!

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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    9/24/21 – Team 6 Silver Camp Wyman Field Trip

    9/30/21 – Flu Shot Clinic - RSMS Cafeteria

    10/04/21 – No School - Professional Development Day

    10/11/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/12/21 – Picture Retake Day - Last Chance for Yearbook Pictures

    10/18/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/20/21 – Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - In Person

    10/25/21 – Cotillion – RSMS Commons - 2:45 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

    10/28/21 – Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Virtual 

    HELPFUL LINKS: 

    Click to submit a Tech Help Ticket.

    Click Falcon Players website www.D-R-A-M-A.com.

    Click Principal's RSMS Newsletters to view.

    Click for A/B Day Calendar

    Click for Daily Bell Schedule and Lunch Schedule

    Click for Daily Walker/Bike Rider form.

    Click for After School Activities Permission Form 

     
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  • RSMS Newsletter - September 12, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 9/12/2021

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Although last week was brief with our kids, it was certainly packed with events! We greatly appreciate all of you who attended our first PSO meeting last Wednesday and our Curriculum Night last Thursday. I will share resources with you below from both events that you may find helpful in supporting your student. Last but not least, we began our 6th-grade camp experience on Friday with team 6 Black. It was truly amazing to see the level of teamwork and communication our kids exhibited during these activities! We appreciate all of our parents who volunteered to assist with the 6th-grade camp. If you took pictures to share of our kids in action, please add them to this google folder.

    Resources from our PSO Meeting:

    Technology Tips and Tricks-check out the linked video from our presenter, Ms. Larissa Bray, as she shares important technology tips for accessing Infinite Campus. This session will assist parents in locating their child's grades and more.

    Looking for a way to support RSMS? Please consider donating to our Falcon Family Campaign! Your contribution will support our PSO in making purchases that benefit our students' middle school experience. If you would like to contribute to our Falcon Family Campaign, simply access this link for more information.

    Resources from our Curriculum Night:

    Curriculum Night Videos-If you were not able to attend our Curriculum Night, please check out the videos in the linked Curriculum Night Videos folder. If you do not see a video for a particular teacher, please reach out to that teacher for more information.

    RSD Curriculum Overview-The RSD Curriculum Department has shared an overview of each curricular area linked in the RSD Curriculum Overview. You are welcome to use this as a resource.

    English Language Arts Letter-A message regarding book selection and more.

    Curriculum Night Question Form-to submit questions for response by our staff. The form will close by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 14. We will answer all of your questions by email or phone call by the end of the day on Friday, September 17.

    As we look ahead to this week, tomorrow we will follow our B-Day Schedule. We will begin our morning with a moment of silence and special announcements in honor of the victims and heroes who passed during the tragic events on September 11, 2001.

    Also this week, please take note that National Junior Honor Society application packets will be distributed to all students who qualify to apply for NJHS. The requirements for eligibility include the following:

    ⮚ 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the end of 6th or 7th grade

    ⮚ Currently enrolled in seventh or eighth grade

    Finally, our after-school activities will begin this week on Tuesday, September 14. To participate, a permission form must be completed and signed by a parent and turned into the Front Office. You can access the linked Permission Form, here.

    The Student Sign-up form is linked on each Counselor’s Canvas page. Sign-ups open on Saturday morning each week at 8:00 a.m. and close on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Students MUST sign-up by the deadline to stay for after-school activities. Since this is our first week of activities, we will guide our students through the sign-up process tomorrow.

    Please see the current activity choices listed below in our After-School Activities section of the newsletter. Remember, we will hold activities each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m. If you are picking up your child from school, please be present by 3:50 p.m.

    We appreciate your partnership in supporting all of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 636-891-6850. Have a wonderful Sunday!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     
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    PSO WEEKLY NEWS!

    Please see the PSO newsletter here! 

    Falcon Family Campaign is underway! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! If you haven't, you still have time to help fund various programs and activities around the school such as grants, teacher appreciation events, and student activities. This year we want to provide additional picnic tables and umbrellas at the front of the school and a large sail shade for the 6th-grade entrance. Donate by Sept. 30 for a chance to win! Each donation of $50 or more will be entered to win one of the following prizes: $50 Lululemon gift card, $25 GameStop gift card (2); $25 Amazon gift card (2), and Hydroflasks (4). Can't donate at this time? Just give us your feedback and enter for a chance to win too! 

    RSMS 2021 Cotillion for all grade levels - The class combines learning social confidence, good manners, and social dance. It is a wonderful time to practice social skills in a structured environment. Sign-up here

    Buzz Book - The RSMS Buzz Book is the best way to keep in touch with your community and to raise money for your school! Get yours through our PSO here for $10.50. Buzz Books will be ready for distribution at the end of September.

     
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    AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m., beginning the week of September 13. See below for information from some of our club sponsors!

    FALCON RUN CLUB - COACH FISCHER - GYM

    Where: GYM with Coach Fischer

    When: Beginning Tuesday, September 14. More dates to follow. Be on time: 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Why: To offer you something after school that you can get involved in, be part of a team, and contribute!

    To promote a healthy active lifestyle through fitness and running. Our focus will be on cross country to prepare for the Rockwood School District XC meet which is 10/22 (info to follow later when I get it from the district).

    We will meet 1-2 days a week (Tuesday/Wednesday) - Only day buses for RSMS, students must get on the bus or be picked up by 3:50.

    Provide weekly workouts

    Discuss the importance of well-balanced meals, hydration, proper sleep habits, and good running shoes

    A Typical Day for a Falcon Runner:

    Meet in the GYM

    Warm-ups

    Stretches

    Workout for the day

    Cool down/strides

    Core work

    Come join a rich tradition!

    NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY-MRS. KRUEGER - CAFETERIA

    The Rockwood South chapter of NJHS selects new members yearly. Current 7th and 8th graders with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above are eligible and will be notified of this in the month of September and given the opportunity to pursue membership by completing a required application to be reviewed and scored by a faculty council member. These applicants will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance by the end of October. An induction ceremony will be held on November 8.

    Current 8th-grade members (those selected the previous year as 7th graders) need not re-apply for membership. These members, as well as the newly inducted members, will meet 1 Tuesday per month* to devise, plan, and implement service projects throughout the school year. These service projects benefit the school, the community, and the greater “good,” whether in another community, state, or country. These meetings will take place after school in the cafeteria from 2:30-3:55.

    *In the month of February, we will have 2 meetings; in addition, those 8th grade, second-year members who are elected as officers of NJHS will have one additional Tuesday meeting per month to plan the agenda for upcoming general membership meeting dates.

     
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    ANIMALS AROUND US CLUB – MRS. SEBELSKI - ROOM 216

    Love animals? Want to make a difference in their lives? Then join "Animals Around Us," our new after-school club!

    Our focus will be on domestic pets and wildlife, and our goals are to promote compassion towards all living creatures, educate others about animal issues in our society, and empower students to make a difference for all animals.

    CHICKEN & GARDEN CLUB - MRS. HALL - CHICKENS & GARDEN/COURTYARD

    Help take care of the chickens and work in the garden. Learn about growing and harvesting plants and vegetables as you work to plant and maintain our Rockwood South garden and courtyard.

    YEARBOOK - MRS. BITTLE - ROOM 309

    Capturing moments of students, staff, and activities at RSMS.

    Students will need to have training and access to the yearbook website, but work can be completed at home using your Chromebook. A camera or cell phone can also be beneficial to capture photos but not necessary to participate in Yearbook.

    FALCON PLAYERS

    AUDITIONS FOR THE FALCON PLAYERS FALL PRODUCTION - "Horror Hike Whodunnit" will be next Wednesday, September 15, and Thursday, September 16 after school. All students in all grades are welcome to audition! There are parts available for actors and crew! If you're interested in being on the stage or building the stage visit, www.D-R-A-M-A.com today and complete an audition form!

    OUR KIDS ROCK!

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    Congratulations to the AJAX Walsh/Noonan Blue 026 soccer team who recently won the Norco Tourney Championship! The team includes 14 current RSMS 8th graders and 4 RSHS Freshmen (formerly RSMS). Ella Walsh, LeeAnn Lalumondiere, Addy Timm, Lucy Goellner, Eleri Sellmeyer, Lorelei Green, Trevi Guest, Tallie Brown, Lexi Carron, Madi Struckhoff, Syd Struckhoff, Lindsey Wolz, Olivia Dring, Ellen Cottle, Addie Lynch, Maria Domian, Lily Adelmann and Nika Gilbert.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    9/10/21 – Team 6 Black Camp Wyman Field Trip

    9/16/21 – 6th Grade Ice Cream Social - Outside Parking Lot

    9/17/21 – Team 6 Maroon Camp Wyman Field Trip

    9/24/21 – Team 6 Silver Camp Wyman Field Trip

    9/30/21 – Flu Clinic - RSMS Cafeteria

    HELPFUL LINKS

    Click to submit a Tech Help Ticket.

    Click Falcon Players website www.D-R-A-M-A.com.

    Click Principal's RSMS Newsletters to view.

    Click for A/B Day Calendar

    Click for Daily Bell Schedule and Lunch Schedule

    Click for Daily Walker/Bike Rider form.

    Click for After School Activities Permission Form 

     
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    ROCKWOOD SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.
    We are Falcon Proud!
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  • RSMS Curriculum Night - September 8, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 9/8/2021

    RSMS CURRICULUM NIGHT

    SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    I would like to remind you to join us for our Virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 9, starting at 6:00 p.m. During this event, you will follow your student's schedule, using this format, to meet with each of your child's first-semester teachers via Zoom. You will use this Curriculum Night Zoom Sheet to access all of your child's teachers. When you click on the link, you will see the names of all teachers, in alphabetical order, with a corresponding link for their sessions. Remember, each session will be 10 minutes long with 3 minutes in between for parents to move to their next Zoom session (with the exception of English Language Arts which may meet longer since this class meets every day).

    What can I expect to learn during our Virtual Curriculum Night? 

    Information about each of your child's teachers. 

    Information about the specific course curriculum and the essentials of what you can expect your child to learn in the classroom. 

    Information about general classroom expectations. 

    How to navigate the teacher's Canvas page. 

    Information about assignments and grading. 

    Information on how to best contact the teacher for support.

    How do I access the Zoom Sessions?

    You will use this Curriculum Night Zoom Sheet to access all of your child's teachers.

    What if I am unable to attend the event on September 9?

    While the Zoom Sessions will be live, we will record the sessions to allow anyone who is unable to attend the event and opportunity to hear from their child's teachers. I will send these sessions to you in our Weekly Newsletter the weekend following our event.

    Will I be able to ask questions and what do I do if I have questions?

    Although the Zoom Sessions will be live, we ask that all parents use our Curriculum Night Question Form to submit questions for response by our staff. The form will close by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 14. We will answer all of your questions by email or phone call by the end of the day on Friday, September 17. Whether you participate in the live sessions or watch the recorded session, you are welcome to use the Curriculum Night Question Form to follow up with us!

    We appreciate your partnership in supporting all of our students. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     
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    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    We are Falcon Proud!

     
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  • RSMS Newsletter - September 3, 2021

    Posted by SANDRA KAMMERER on 9/3/2021

    SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER
     

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

    Dear Falcon Family,

    I hope you had a wonderful week and are ready to get in a little rest over our long weekend. Remember, our students will not have school on Monday or Tuesday next week. Our students will return on Wednesday and will follow their A-Day schedule.

    Due to the beautiful weather this week, many of our kids were able to take advantage of the awesome outside seating purchased by the RSMS PSO. It was great to be outside with our kids during lunches and to see many classes using our picnic tables outside. Thank you to all of our parents for contributing to our Falcon Family Campaign to support our PSO in making these purchases for our school. If you would like to contribute to our Falcon Family Campaign, simply access this link for more information.

    Also this week, we released our annual RSMS Welcome Back Video! Our kids will see this video next week, however, we are providing you with an "advance screening". Check out the RSMS, One Team, One Goal video here!

    As we prepare for next week, please remember to join us for our Virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 9 starting at 6:00 p.m. During this event, you will follow your student's schedule, using this format, to meet with each of your child's first-semester teachers via Zoom. Each session will be 10 minutes long with 3 minutes in between for parents to move to their next Zoom session.

    What can I expect to learn during our Virtual Curriculum Night? 

    Information about each of your child's teachers. 

    Information about the specific course curriculum and the essentials of what you can expect your child to learn in the classroom. 

    Information about general classroom expectations. 

    How to navigate the teacher's Canvas page. 

    Information about assignments and grading. 

    Information on how to best contact the teacher for support.

    How do I access the Zoom Sessions?

    I will provide you with the links to all Zoom Sessions in a newsletter blast on Wednesday, September 8.

    What if I am unable to attend the event on September 9?

    While the Zoom Sessions will be live, we will record the sessions to allow anyone who is unable to attend the event and opportunity to hear from their child's teachers. I will send these sessions to you in our Weekly Newsletter the weekend following our event.

    Will I be able to ask questions and what do I do if I have questions?

    Although the Zoom Sessions will be live, we ask that all parents use our Curriculum Night Question Form to submit questions for response by our staff. The form will close by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 14. We will answer all of your questions by email or phone call by the end of the day on Friday, September 17. Whether you participate in the live sessions or watch the recorded session, you are welcome to use the Curriculum Night Question Form to follow up with us!

    We appreciate your partnership in supporting all of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 636-891-6850. We look forward to "meeting" with you on September 10th. Enjoy your long weekend!

    With Falcon Pride,

     

    Laurie 

     

    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Rockwood South Middle School

    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

     
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    PSO WEEKLY NEWS!

    Please see the PSO newsletter here!

    Join us for our first PSO Meeting on Wednesday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. through Zoom! Simply click this link to join the meeting. 

    It's Papa John's Pizza Night next Thursday 09/09! Don’t miss it! Order online or by phone at the Papa Johns in Gravois Bluffs and earn money for RSMS! Use code SSR010 when ordering.

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     Sixth Grade Ice Cream Social News!

    Calling all 6th graders! Come enjoy ice cream from The Malt Shop with your fellow 6th-grade classmates at the Rockwood South Middle School Parking Lot on September 16 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please RSVP using this Google Form, by September 9, 2021. 

     
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    6TH-GRADE CAMP INFORMATION

    Because 6th-grade camp is coming up very, very quickly, we wanted to share additional information and reminders.

    Paperwork must be signed and PAYMENT turned in by this Friday, September 3rd. Please contact Ashley O’Daniel if you need help with financial assistance.

    Students will bring their own LUNCH. If you would like a lunch provided by our cafeteria, you will need to fill out the Lunch Choice Google form by Friday, September 3rd. The lunch options are listed on the form.

    Remember: Parent volunteers WILL FOLLOW THEIR CHILD. (The paperwork was incorrect.) We must have an adult with each group. Parents will meet at Camp Wyman at 8:00 am. The day ends at 1:30.

    Goldfish snacks - please consider donating individual Goldfish snack bags for the students' snacks.

    Reminder- On the Vertical Voyage permission sheet (green) - make sure to initial the items in the middle of the sheet.

    Very IMPORTANT we will be leaving school at 7:50 am. Please make sure your child is at school on time.

    What to Bring to Camp:

    Water bottle - there will be filling stations around the property

    Small sling bag - small cloth for sitting on or sweaty heads

    Must wear tennis shoes - sandals will not be allowed.

    Bring lunch or use the Lunch Choice Google Form to order a lunch from the cafeteria

    Please click this link to see all of the details!

     

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    AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES--COMING SOON!

    After School Activities will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45-3:50 p.m., beginning the week of September 13. See below for information from some of our club sponsors!

    FALCON RUN CLUB - COACH FISCHER - GYM

    Where: GYM with Coach Fischer

    When: Beginning Tuesday, September 14. More dates to follow. Be on time: 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Why: To offer you something after school that you can get involved in, be part of a team, and contribute.

    To promote a healthy active lifestyle through fitness and running. Our focus will be on cross country to prepare for the Rockwood School District XC meet which is 10/22 (info to follow later when I get it from the district).

    We will meet 1-2 days a week (Tuesday/Wednesday) - Only day buses for RSMS, students must get on the bus or be picked up by 3:50.

    Provide weekly workouts

    Discuss the importance of well-balanced meals, hydration, proper sleep habits, and good running shoes

    A Typical Day for a Falcon Runner:

    Meet in the GYM

    Warm-ups

    Stretches

    Workout for the day

    Cool down/strides

    Core work

    Come join a rich tradition!

    NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY-MRS. KRUEGER - CAFETERIA

    The Rockwood South chapter of NJHS selects new members yearly. Current 7th and 8th graders with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above are eligible and will be notified of this in the month of September and given the opportunity to pursue membership by completing a required application to be reviewed and scored by a faculty council member. These applicants will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance by the end of October. An induction ceremony will be held on November 8.

    Current 8th-grade members (those selected the previous year as 7th graders) need not re-apply for membership. These members, as well as the newly inducted members, will meet 1 Tuesday per month* to devise, plan, and implement service projects throughout the school year. These service projects benefit the school, the community, and the greater “good,” whether in another community, state, or country. These meetings will take place after school in the cafeteria from 2:30-3:55.

    *In the month of February, we will have 2 meetings; in addition, those 8th grade, second-year members who are elected as officers of NJHS will have one additional Tuesday meeting per month to plan the agenda for upcoming general membership meeting dates.

    ANIMALS AROUND US CLUB – MRS. SEBELSKI - ROOM 216

    Love animals? Want to make a difference in their lives? Then join "Animals Around Us," our new after-school club!

    Our focus will be on domestic pets and wildlife, and our goals are to promote compassion towards all living creatures, educate others about animal issues in our society, and empower students to make a difference for all animals.

    CHICKEN & GARDEN CLUB - MRS. HALL - CHICKENS & GARDEN/COURTYARD

    Help take care of the chickens and work in the garden. Learn about growing and harvesting plants and vegetables as you work to plant and maintain our Rockwood South garden and courtyard.

    YEARBOOK - MRS. BITTLE - ROOM 309

    Capturing moments of students, staff, and activities at RSMS.

    Students will need to have training and access to the yearbook website, but work can be completed at home using your Chromebook. A camera or cell phone can also be beneficial to capture photos but not necessary to participate in Yearbook.

     
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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    9/6 - Labor Day, no school

    9/7 - Teacher professional development, no school

    9/8 - First Virtual PSO Meeting of the year at 6:00

    9/9 - RSMS Virtual Curriculum Night at 6:00

    9/10 - 6th Grade Black Team Camp

    9/16 - 6th Grade Ice Cream Social

    9/17 - 6th Grade Maroon Team Camp

    9/24 - 6th Grade Silver Team Camp

     
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