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Dr. Laurie Birkenmeier




    September 7, 2020 Permanent Link to Post


    Dear Falcon Family,

    I hope you are having a relaxing Labor Day Weekend and enjoying an extra day of rest. As a reminder, our students will have another day to enjoy our beautiful weather tomorrow as they will not have classes. Our staff will participate in Professional Development sessions all day on Tuesday. We look forward to working with our students on Wednesday.

    Although we will not have a Monday Morning Advisory session for this week, we do have our Talon Talk weekly announcements to share with you! Please take a moment to watch this week's Talon Talk. We also encourage our students to check out our school activities website: for upcoming news about the National Junior Honor Society and more.

    Last but not least, we invite you to join us for our Virtual Curriculum Night starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10. During this event, you will follow your student's online schedule to meet with each of your child's First Quarter teachers via Zoom. Each session will be 15 minutes long with 2 minutes in between for parents to move to their next Zoom session. To access each session, please use this Virtual Curriculum Night Spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is organized by the last name of each teacher.

    While the Zoom Sessions will be live, we will record the sessions to allow anyone who is unable to attend the event an opportunity to hear from their child's teachers. I will send these recorded sessions to you in our Weekly Newsletter next weekend. Remember, all parents will have the opportunity to ask our staff questions following our Curriculum Night by using our Curriculum Night Question Form. The form will close by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 15.

    If there is anything we can do at this time to assist you or your child, please let us know.

    We greatly appreciate your partnership and support! Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at 636-891-6850.

    With Falcon Pride,


    Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.


    Rockwood South Middle School

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    PSO NEWS!​

    • PSO Fundraiser – Papa John’s Flyer The next PSO sponsored fundraiser will be held on September 10 (Thursday​) 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.​


    We would like to provide you with some helpful information for accessing your observer account.


    We have just what you need! Please watch this brief video created by our 7th-grade counselor, Jaime Finck, for assistance in navigating the IC Parent Portal. We have no doubt that you will find this to be time well-spent!


    Community Partners in Prevention and Rockwood Student Services are hosting a series of workshops for parents from Alive & Well as a part of a larger series for parents this fall. The information is below:

    Sept 8, 6:30-8 pm – Self Care is the Best Care

    Sometimes we’re so busy with taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. During this interactive workshop, you will learn about the importance of self-care and easy activities to do in order to relax and attain emotional well-being.

    To register for this workshop, click here.

    Sept 15, 6:30-8 pm – Know Thyself

    Got stress? We got you! During this workshop series, a resident from our community will lead a discussion on the impact stress has on us, our neighborhoods, and how we can begin healing.

    To register for this workshop, click here.

    Sept 22, 6:30-8 pm – Together we Triumph

    Got an idea on how to change your community? Let’s turn that idea to action! During this workshop, we will lead a discussion on how stress is impacting our community and what steps we can take together towards positive action and change.

    To register for this workshop, click here.


    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.

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    An all-virtual start to the 2020-2021 school year brings its own set of challenges for Rockwood students, parents, teachers, and staff members.

    Here are a few tips from the Rockwood Technology Department on helping solve some of the issues that have been brought to our attention.

    How to Submit a Chromebook Ticket

    2019-2020 YEARBOOK PICK UP

    2019-2020 yearbooks that were ordered are available now for pick-up Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the front office at Rockwood South. If you ordered a nameplate and/or autograph page insert, those are also available for pick-up.

    If you have yet to pick up your copy, please be sure to stop by Rockwood South as soon as you can! If you cannot pick up your yearbook during these times, please contact the front office to make other arrangements.


    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


    If a Chromebook is obviously broken (or lost), then per my e-mail earlier today, student or parent needs to submit ticket (per below) and take it to the Summit exchange/repair desk. (And not to bring charger, unless told to do so.)

    If charger is lost or broken: for current 8th-Graders, there are some spare chargers at South front desk. For current 6th- and 7th-Graders, student will need to submit a ticket & go to Summit exchange site, & there's generally a $50 replacement charger fee (unless charger simply stops working despite no visible damage). Exchange desk will only accept check, or exactly $50 cash.

    If a Chromebook won't start: to summarize e-mail I sent last week, student should plug it into a charger (making sure, by hand, that charger cord is firmly plugged into charger "brick"), then do "hard reset": hold down the "refresh key" then tap the power key to immediately restart/reboot the Chromebook.

    If someone forgets or needs to change their password, they should go to this website: ...

    For a forgotten password, they'll need to click the "Need Help" link at

    RSD passwords must contain 3 of the 4 categories of lowercase, uppercase, number, & symbol (!, @, #, etc.), can't include any part of the user's name, & must be different (even by just 1 character) from any RSD password they've used in the past year.

    If password problem can't be fixed at, then the user should call Help Desk at x31111, a.k.a. 636-733-1111.

    If Chromebook is acting weird (e.g. Zoom is unreliable, Chromebook seems generally slow, etc.) but isn't obviously physically broken, student should please try the following...

    1) Enter the following in the Chrome address bar...


    ...then click the "Reset" button.

    2) Do keyboard combination CTRL-SHIFT-BACKSPACE, click "Advanced," choose "Time Range" of "All Time," checkmark all the boxes, then click "Clear Data."

    3) Enter the following in address bar: chrome:help

    ...then click the blue "Chrome OS Settings" link, which should begin any available updates.

    4) When the Chrome update is done, or if there aren't updates available, do a "hard reset": hold down the "refresh key" then tap the power key which will restart/reboot the Chromebook immediately

    And of course, How to Submit a Chromebook Ticket.


    • 9/8/20 -- No School for students -- Staff Professional Development

    • 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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    1628 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026, USA
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