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Dr. Laurie Birkenmeier



    SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2020

    August 30, 2020 Permanent Link to Post


    Dear Falcon Family,

    Happy Sunday! We made it through week one of online learning and I have no doubt that with each passing day we will continue to improve our work together. I loved having the opportunity to pop into classes this week to see our kids in action. To be honest, seeing our kids brought tears to my eyes. We miss them so much and can't wait for the day when we are all together again! I greatly appreciate the hard work of our staff members in navigating challenges to support our kids and the patience of our community as we troubleshoot these challenges. I am extremely proud of our Falcon Family!

    As we move into week two, I would like to provide you with the information your student will need for our Monday Morning Advisory sessions. For this week, we have recorded the sessions. As a result, your student can choose to watch the sessions today, using these links, or tomorrow morning during our official advisory time of 8:00-8:45 a.m. Please note that in the future, we may offer live advisory Zoom sessions during our advisory time. The links for this week are as follows:

    • Monday Morning Announcements--Talon Talk
    • RSMS Student Services Advisory Lesson 8/31/2020--Please see the link for a video clip with this Monday's Advisory Lesson. You'll hear from our Student Services team on how we can support students & families, as well as be able to participate in a breathing exercise called Box Breathing. We hope to have our canvas page up and running soon!
    • Mindful Monday District Video--please know that students must access this video through their Rockwood Email Address.​
    If you would like to see our advisory video from the first day of school, please click here. Our RSMS Welcome Back video is at the very start of the session.
    Also this week, your child will participate in the STAR Enterprise Assessments in Reading and Mathematics on Monday, August 31st - Friday, September 4th. Communication will come Monday from your child's language arts teacher. Detailed information including video directions, example questions, and quick links is also provided on this website for STAR Testing Online. You can also view this letter from our district sharing more information.

    On another note, as shared by the RSD Technology Department last week, Observer Accounts for parents are up and running. I would like to provide you with some helpful information for accessing your observer account.

    Last but not least, a few helpful reminders:
    • Please have your students shutdown and restart their devices, each day. This will allow the device to update the settings and will improve performance. Remember to have your student completely shut-down and restart their computer--not simply log-off. If you are still having difficulty with the functionality of your Chromebook, please contact the Technology Help Desk: Technology Help Desk Link.
    • Please see the Daily schedule for all middle school students. Please click on the Middle School Tab once you click the link.
    • Attendance will be taken each day in all classes. If your child will be out for a specific reason, or has a technology issue, and can not participate in the live session(s), please call us at 636-891-6850.
    • If you were not able to come to RSMS last week for our Material Distribution Days you are welcome to come to school anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to obtain needed items. Please note that masks will be required and all entrants must complete a Covid-19 Self Report Form prior to entering the building. If these times do not work for you, simply email or call me and I am happy to arrange a time that works for you!
    • Parents can complete a meal benefit application at any time throughout the school year to see if they qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Benefits last all school year. The sign-up sheet for the Grab N Go meals can be found here.
    If there is anything we can do at this time to assist you or your child, please let us know.
    I look forward to working with you and greatly appreciate your partnership. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 636-891-6850.
    With Falcon Pride,


    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.
    Rockwood South Middle School
    Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.
    Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal


    PSO News:
    • Please see the PSO newsletter here!
    • Join us for our first PSO Meeting on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:00 p.m. through Zoom! Simply click this link to join the meeting.

    PSO Fundraisers:

    • PSO Fundraiser – Papa John’s Flyer The next PSO sponsored fundraiser will be held on September 10th (Friday) at Papa John’s. Up to 25% will be donated back to our school. Please order using promo code SSR010 at the Gravois Bluffs location.
    • PSO Fundraiser – Mod’s Pizza Flyer – Mark Your Calendars PSO will be sponsoring another fundraiser on September 24th (Friday) at Mod’s Pizza. Watch for more information to follow.


    If you haven’t already, please make plans to return your sixth-graders’ “Welcome to Rockwood South” yard sign. A collection box is available throughout the day and after school, for you to come by and drop off your sign. We appreciate your help returning the signs so we can recycle them for next year’s incoming class. The all-day collection box will be made available through this week but starting Tuesday, September 7th, you can return yard signs during the school hours.


    Health Screening Form
    For the protection of our students, staff, and community, anyone who wishes to enter the campus of a Rockwood building for any reason will first be asked to fill out a health form.

    You may do so when you arrive at the facility, or you may fill it out online in advance for your convenience. Click here to fill out the form online.
    This information will be used daily in lieu of COVID-19 symptom checking upon your arrival to locations in Rockwood School District. The information will only be used in the event we need to contact you due to COVID-19 exposure.


    Please consider donating to the RSMS Pantry Fund and/or RSMS Scholarship Fund. Social Worker, Ashley O'Daniel, uses monetary donations to the RSMS Pantry to purchase food, toiletries, clothing items, and other various needs for our RSMS students and families. Monetary donations to the Scholarship fund helps support students with class fees, PE uniforms, and those who are unable to attend a field trip or school event due to financial constraints. Cash or check donations can be dropped off at the front office (attn: Ashley O'Daniel). Checks should be made out to RSMS.

    Also, please keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer opportunities listed on the RSMS Pantry SignUp Genius pages. Here is the link to RSMS Pantry items needed page and the RSMS Pantry volunteers needed page. Items needed and volunteer opportunities will be added throughout the school year - so please make sure to look back throughout the school year!


    ​Rockwood South's library will be offering curbside pickup for physical books for students. Please see attached flyer for details. For the first two weeks of school, pickup will be available Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 3:00. Weather permitting, the cart and return bin will be outside the front lobby. If the weather is questionable, the cart and bin will be inside.

    Following the first two weeks of school, the hours for pickup will change to Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:30 to 3:00.
    If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Miss Rankins via email and she will be happy to help in any way possible.

    Curbside Pick Up Steps - How-To Video

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    Buy your 2021 Rockwood South Middle School Yearbook
    Order ONLINE or by PHONE with your Credit Card or Check.​
    To order online:
    1. Go to​​
    2. Enter your order number: 17210
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your order.
    4. Be sure to complete your order to receive a confirmation number.​
    To order by phone, call 1-866-287-3096.
    Not sure you ordered a yearbook?
    Go to, #17210, and click on Find Existing Order to check


    If a student's Chromebook won't start immediately, here's what they need to try (ASAP)...
    1) Unplug charger from Chromebook.
    2) Unplug charger from wall outlet.
    3) Ensure by hand that the charger's power cord is securely plugged into the black charger "brick." (Even the tech support guy can't tell this just by looking.)
    4) Close Chromebook lid.
    5) If wall outlet is controlled by a nearby light switch, ensure the switch is on, & verify that the outlet works with something simple, e.g. a lamp or alarm clock.
    6) Plug charger back into (verified working) wall outlet.
    7) Plug charger back into Chromebook, then leave Chromebook on charger for at least 2 hours.
    8) While Chromebook is still on charger, open Chromebook lid.
    9) If Chromebook doesn't start within 10 seconds, do a "hard reset," by holding down the "refresh key" then tapping the power key.
    (Student should try a second "hard reset" if first one doesn't help, but there's no added benefit to trying more than two, i.e., the elevator doesn't arrive any faster by pushing the button a bunch of extra times.)
    10) If Chromebook still won't start, then student will need to send a tech ticket to (with problem description in subject line and in message body), or to Web site, or if necessary, to call Help Desk at 636-733-1111.


    • 9/7/20 – No School – Labor Day
    • 9/10/20 – PSO Fundraiser – Papa Johns
    • 9/10/20 --RSMS Virtual Curriculum Night at 6:00 p.m. Please mark your calendar! More information to come this week!
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