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Dr. Laurie Birkenmeier



    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020

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    Dear Falcon Family,

    We have now completed our first quarter and are quickly headed toward November! This week, our students will begin their second-quarter classes. All course information, Zoom links for classes, and a welcome video from our teachers are available on Canvas.

    Remember, this week all of our students will participate in class through online learning and will continue to use our online learning schedule. Beginning on Wednesday, November 4, our sixth-grade students may return to school and all students will shift to our traditional schedule. Thus, on November 4, our school will officially begin at 7:47 am and end at 2:39 pm daily.

    As we begin our second-quarter and prepare to support both our students participating in Rockwood at School and Rockwood at Home learning, I would like to provide you with the following important reminders:

    • Our RSMS 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.

    • For all information specific to the procedures we will use at Rockwood South, please view this important document.
    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. 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.

    Building a strong community among all of our students is important to us. During this unique period of time, it is necessary for us to remember that regardless of each student's learning choice, we are all FALCONS. In addition, please remember that we are asking our teachers to work with our students differently than ever before. We must keep these things in mind and continue to communicate with one another, extend grace, and provide support. I have personally seen our community support and care for one another in the best and most difficult times. I have no doubt that we will continue to work together to make certain our kids thrive. I am immensely proud of our Falcon Family!

    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. You are welcome to use this link to join the session.

    We 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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    Check out this year's first issue of SouthChat, our monthly student newsletter, produced by our own Student Journalism Club! This issue has something for everyone: Information on clubs at RSMS, tips for online learning, spooky urban legends, fall crafts/activities, an editorial on voting, and a profile on our two new assistant principals! Click HERE to read the October issue!


    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!

    Also, remember that English Language Arts classes are different than other classes in IC because they are year-long classes. To see your child's grade in ELA, parents should look in "All Terms" or "4th term" for our most up to date grade.


    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.

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    The Rockwood Community Partners in Prevention is hosting the following events for parents in coordination with Red Ribbon Week.

    Screening of Screenagers: Next Chapter
    Oct 28, 7 pm

    Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience is a film about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world. Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional eye to help us all flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression.

    Identification, Treatment, Support: Substance abuse in adolescence
    Oct 29, 6 pm

    The number of adolescents with substance use disorders is increasing at an alarming rate across the United States. Adolescents are a vulnerable population with an additional risk of long-term consequences from the use of substances, including health risks, mental health disorders, underachievement in school, and higher rates of addiction. During this presentation, we will discuss the definition of substance use disorder, how to identify an issue with an adolescent, and how to get treatment and support for the kids you care about.



    • 10/26/20 – Second Quarter Begins
    • 11/1/20 – Daylight Savings Time (set your clocks back 1 hour)
    • 11/2/20 – No School (Teachers on Duty)
    • 11/3/20 – No School – Election
    • 11/4/20 – 6th Grade Return To School
    • 11/5/20 – 7th & 8th Grade Return to School
    • 11/5/20 – PSO Meeting @ 6:00 PM (Zoom)
    • 11/5/20 – PSO Fundraiser – Papa Johns
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    Ready to purchase your 2020 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 will begin September 14th and will be offered until the funding runs out or through December 2020.

    Click on this link for more information!

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    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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    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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