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Dr. Laurie Birkenmeier



    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020

    October 16, 2020 Permanent Link to Post


    Dear Falcon Family,

    We have been working diligently on our gradual phase-in plan for a safe return to the classroom. The school district offers both a Rockwood at School option for parents who prefer in-person learning and a Rockwood at Home option for parents who prefer virtual learning for their children.

    In-person learning for our students will begin soon! Sixth-grade students may return on Wednesday, Nov. 4 while our seventh- and eighth-grade students may return on Thursday, Nov. 5. The earlier return date for our sixth-grade students will allow for orientation activities as they transition to middle school.

    I want to provide you with some information as you make the decision on the best program for your child. Please note the following:

    • At this time, parents are asked to make a selection between Rockwood at Home and Rockwood at School. Parents will receive an email with registration information today. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 21.

    • For the remainder of our first semester, students will remain in their regularly scheduled second-quarter classes. Teachers will serve both our Rockwood at Home and Rockwood at School students within the same class. The first semester ends on Thursday, Jan. 14.
    • All courses in both programs will follow the same scope and sequence in the Rockwood curriculum and be taught by Rockwood teachers. Both our Rockwood at Home and Rockwood at School options will follow our school's bell schedule for courses.

    • Please note: For the second semester, our Rockwood middle and high schools are working to make changes to the master schedule. These changes will allow the district to accommodate a separate "Virtual Academy" for our Rockwood at Home learners. At this time, we are working to finalize the structure of this new Virtual Academy, and we will send you more information as soon as it is available. We will also ask our secondary parents to make a choice for the second semester between the two educational formats at a later date. The second semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, and ends on Thursday, June 3.
    For all information specific to the procedures we will use at Rockwood South, please view this important document. This document will provide you with answers to the following questions:

    • What will my child’s daily schedule look like?
    • How will teachers communicate with students and how should my child contact their teachers?
    • Will teachers take attendance?
    • What if my At Home child can’t login to a class because of illness or technology issues?
    • What if my child is isolated or quarantined during the 2nd quarter due to a positive Covid test?
    • Will At School students be required to wear a mask?
    • What supplies will my child need?
    • What other safety precautions will be in place at Rockwood South Middle School?
    • And much more!
    I also want to make sure you have information on our Rockwood Safe Together practices and procedures for Health and Wellness in our school. We will be upholding our health and safety practices for the students and staff participating in on-campus education. The school environment will look different than it has in years past, and we are committed to keeping a safe environment for all.

    For more information on being safe together in Rockwood, the Rockwood School District is hosting a Rockwood Safe Together virtual question-and-answer session for the entire district community with Dr. Jason Newland, Washington University professor of pediatrics, infectious diseases. The live webinar is open to all Rockwood students, families, staff members, and will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Community members interested in joining the event may register here.

    On a different note, as we head into our week of learning, please encourage your students to view our Talon Talk announcements for this week and our Mindful Monday video from our School Counselors. You will find our Mindful Monday video on our counselor's grade-level Canvas pages. Remember, you can choose to have your child access this information over the weekend or during our scheduled Student Advisory Block from 8:00-8:45 a.m. on Monday mornings. In addition, you can find our website on our counselor's grade-level Canvas pages to access after school activities sign-ups, our Talon Talk announcements, and more.

    As always, please reach out to us if we can help in any way. I will be hosting an Optional Parent Information Night on Thursday, October 29 at 6:00 pm, via Zoom, so look for more information to come. Remember that we are all on the same team and want the very best for our students. I know this is a difficult decision for families to make. I have complete confidence in the strength of our Falcon Family and know we will work together to meet the needs of our students!

    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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    • Please see the PSO newsletter here.

    • Thank you to all who joined us for our Virtual PSO Meeting on Wednesday, October 14. This meeting featured the first session of our Rockwood South Speaker Series! If you missed the meeting, have no fear. You can watch the video of the Speaker Series, hereTopics for the series include: The Adolescent Brain | Anxiety | Self-care | Identifying Support

    • PSO Fundraiser – 3 Margaritas Flyer: The next PSO sponsored fundraiser will be held on October 22nd (Thursday) from 4 PM to 9 PM at 3 Margaritas in Fenton Plaza. Please order using the flyer or mentioning Rockwood South.


    If you are interested in applying for our holiday assistance program, and you haven't already, please complete the RSMS Financial Assistance Form by October 30th. Please be sure to note "Holiday Assistance" on the "other" line.

    Click here for the link for the RSMS financial assistance request form.

    If you have additional questions about financial assistance - please do not hesitate to contact RSMS School Social Worker, Ashley O'Daniel 636-492-1175, or your student's School Counselor.


    If your student took their school picture on August 12th, 13th or 14th, please stop by the Rockwood South front office to pick up your picture packet. If your student had a picture taken but didn’t order a picture packet, a picture sheet with a small picture on it will be available for pick up. Please stop by Rockwood South anytime between school office hours or call the front office to make other arrangements for your picture pick up.

    Picture “re-take” day is scheduled for October 21, 2020. If you choose to have your picture re-taken, you will need to bring your original picture packet with you.

    If you did not take your picture in August or if you are new to the school district, please plan on attending October 21st to have your picture taken for the yearbook. The photographer will be here from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Parents can sign up for our retake day using this link at

    The website for ordering pictures is and our school's order code is 50147VA. When you enter this code all of your picture days will appear. If you have any questions concerning pictures, please call Inter-State Studio at their office at 314-878-1800.



    Ready to purchase your 2020-2021 yearbook? 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.
    Families of Rockwood School District:  There has been an update. USDA waivers have been approved for the Rockwood School District to offer meals free of charge to our students and those in our community between the ages of 1-18 years old. Free meals began September 14th and will be offered until the funding runs out or through December 2020.

    Click on this link for more information!

    Go Reese Go! 


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


    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

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    Middle School Mindful Monday Live Zooms:

    Let's Talk About Vaping: Monday, October 12, 8 am

    The Stanford Prevention Toolkit on Vaping is a theory-based and evidence-informed resource created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine. This curriculum addresses the health risks of using e-cigarettes/vapes, including JUUL and Puff Bar, and the marketing tactics used by nicotine companies to target youth.

    Meeting ID: 840 3613 7127
    Passcode: 794237


    Rockwood South's Student Journalism Club needs your help! In our October issue of SouthChat, we'd like to include photos of students participating in fall activities such as going to the pumpkin patch, decorating their house/room for fall or Halloween, wearing their costume, hiking, designing creative ways to hand out candy while still social distancing, etc.! Please send your pictures to Mrs. Barrett at! Also, if you love to write, join the Student Journalism club on Wednesdays!


    Join the Falcon Run Club! Why? 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 usually in October but postponed until November. We will also discuss the importance of well balanced meals, hydration, proper sleep habits, and good running shoes.

    Simply click here for all of the details and information!


    The RSMS Garden Club needs your help! Please go to this link to learn more and to sign-up to contribute!

    The Garden Club also meets weekly, Mondays from 6-7 pm, to tend to the RSMS garden on the side of the school. There is a need for landscaping brick, rocks, and blocks.

    If you have any garden supplies taking up space, the Garden Club would love to have them. Just drop off on the side of the building, or contact Angela Winkler.

    In addition, all families in the community are welcome to enjoy the harvest of tomatoes, okra, basil, mint to take home.


    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!


    You can now find our website through our Rockwood South School Website! See the image below.

    Rockwood South Reads

    Students and staff are invited to take the challenge to read at least 25 books this school year! Read books, any books, your choice, and report your books on the 25 Book Challenge chart. When you have completed the 25 Book Challenge submit your chart to Ms. Rankins! It’s as easy as that! Check out the flyer for more information.


    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

    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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