A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER
Dear Falcon Family,
I hope you had a relaxing weekend. Our last week in January will certainly be a busy one as we begin to consider enrollment for the 21-22 school year.
But first, we are in need of your help with our dismissal process. It has been brought to our attention that there are families who are not using our dismissal process and have chosen instead to park their cars in nearby subdivisions to wait for their children. I can't stress enough that while our dismissal process takes some time, it was designed for the safety of our students. Please be sure to follow our procedures and know that we greatly appreciate the vast majority of our families who do exactly that every day. Following our procedures will keep our kids safe, ensure that we are not causing traffic within subdivisions, and will provide a model for our kids by demonstrating that it is important for everyone to follow procedures that are created for the greater good of all. I know I can count on your help.
While I realize we just welcomed our students back for the third quarter, it is already time to start planning for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. On Monday, Feb. 1, our middle school students will begin to register for elective and exploratory classes for the next school year. This course selection window will close on Monday, Feb. 8.
We hope you spend time together reviewing middle school course options as a family. Talk about your child’s interests, passions, and new things they might be considering. Our counselors will help guide our students through this process and answer any questions they may have about course selection and planning for the future.
As you think about this process, please keep in mind that students will only be selecting their classes during the Feb. 1-8 course selection window. Decisions about the in-person or virtual learning models will come later in the semester. Please know that we look to a return of normalcy for the 2021-2022 school year. With our Rockwood Safe Together mitigation efforts, along with the state of Missouri’s plan for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, we are hopeful for a safe, healthy start to the school year in August 2021.
Last but not least, our school has been invited to partner with the staff of the CDC, Saint Louis University, and Washington University to help assess COVID-19 mitigation strategies. The study involves in-depth COVID-19 case and contact investigations of students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or been identified as a close contact. Please know that participation is voluntary.
We certainly hope that we have no more cases of COVID-19 in our school community. If we do, our contact tracing team will ask these individuals if they would like to participate in the study. If they choose to do so, we will give their contact information to a staff member from Washington University who will follow up with more information.
We’ve faced ever-changing obstacles during this pandemic. We will continue to be flexible as we look to the future. Please know that we appreciate the ongoing partnership with our families. It has made all the difference for our students.
As always, 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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STUDENT YEARBOOK PORTRAITS - SUBMITTAL DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 25TH
We realize some of you were not able to make it to portrait photo day, but we still want to make sure your student is included in the 2020-2021 Rockwood South Middle School Yearbook.
This year only, we are offering you the chance to submit a portrait for the 2020-21 yearbook! Please see the attached flyer for all the information on how to submit it.
Submissions are due NO LATER THAN, Monday, January 25th. If you need further help with the process, check out this video here.
You may have asked yourself "IS THE YEARBOOK STILL HAPPENING THIS YEAR?" OF COURSE, IT IS. There's never been a more interesting year to document than 2020-21. Don't wait, or forget to buy one, buy it now. Click HERE to order now!
Buying by February 7th, 2021 guarantees that your child will have a yearbook at the end of the year. Ordering after February 7th, 2021, availability is subject to remaining limited quantities. Click HERE to order now!
The Rockwood South Middle school Yearbook is also in need of photos to use in the yearbook. We are accepting school appropriate photos at this website: http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=17210 Please tag photos with name and grade level.
Photo ideas can include a photo with their pet, siblings that attend South together, virtual learning, completing lab activities at home, volunteering in the community, 2020/2021 awards, spirit weeks, sports of Rockwood sponsored events, hanging out with friends, practicing with musical instruments, and practicing their sports skills.
JOIN THE RUN CLUB!
The Falcon Run Club is up and going again! Here are our dates for Run Club: 1/7 1/12 1/19 1/21 1/26 1/28 We will zoom from 3:15-4:15! Join for any part of this time.
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NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY EVENT!
JOIN JOURNALISM CLUB!
If you've enjoyed reading SouthChat, a publication of the Student Journalism Club, please consider joining us! We meet on Wednesdays using this Zoom link. We are looking for students of all grade levels who enjoy writing! For questions, please email Mrs. Barrett at email@example.com.
December Issue South Chat
1/27/2021 -- 7:00 p.m. Join us for the Virtual Spring Play! Click here for more information.
1/28/2021 -- 7:00 p.m. Join us for the Virtual Spring Play! Click here for more information.
1/29/2021 -- 7:00 p.m. Join us for the Virtual Spring Play! Click here for more information.
1/29/2021 – Virtual Learning Day Schedule
Bus Transportation--Please remember to check your child’s most updated bus information through this e-Link!
If your student is an in-person learner and is not in attendance at school, even if Zooming in, please call us to report the absence.
If students leave the building before dismissal, please be sure to stop in the front office to sign-out. If you arrive at RSMS after the school day begins, please stop in the front office to sign-in.
NEED HELP WITH INFINITE CAMPUS AND GRADES?
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.
NEED ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR CANVAS OBSERVER ACCOUNT?
We would like to provide you with some helpful information for accessing your observer account.
COMING TO RSMS? PLEASE READ 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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