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Principal Rogers’ Updates

Welcome Rogers-Herr Family and Friends! We appreciate you taking the time to visit our website. Please mark your calendars and note the following upcoming events and reminders.

It’s Hip to Clip Box Tops!

logo: Box Tops for Education

Collecting the "Box Tops" insignia from your favorite foods and home goods is SUCH an easy way to make money for our school! Just locate the image above on your favorite foods and home goods, cut them out, and have your child give them to their core teachers from now through Fri, Oct 21. The team that brings in the most box tops will get popcorn and popsicles! Let the competition begin!

One Book, One School

Last year, when all of our students and teachers read the autobiography Discovering Wes Moore as a school it gave us the opportunity to have many meaningful discussions about real-world issues and set personal growth goals. On Mon, Jul 25, we began our eight-week exploration of the book Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine, about a young girl with Asberger's syndrome who copes with numerous challenges. We encourage families to read the book together and take time for daily conversations about the readings and activities. Copies of the book may be checked out through our library or purchased online. We are enjoying exploring Mockingbird together as we create a positive and unified school that engages in critical thinking regarding topics relevant to our families, school, and community.

SIT Team Reps Needed

Our School Improvement Team (SIT) is looking for parents to participate as a member this year. This very important team collaborates to write our School Improvement Plan (SIP). No prior experience is necessary, we just need your passion, input, ideas, and time. The SIT meets about once a month. Please email Susan Roux at if you would like to learn more or become a part of this crucial Rogers-Herr team.


Consistent communication from school to home and home to school is key. Please help us establish these lines of communicate before any problems arise. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher first. If additional support is needed after that please contact the grade-level administrator. Ms. Myra Penuel is the 6th grade and 8th grade Dreamseekers' team administrator. Mr. Lance Scott is the 7th grade and 8th grade Explorers' team administrator. If you need help navigating this process please do not hesitate to call us at 919.560.3970.

PTA Volunteers Needed

Please let us know if you have any interest in serving on our PTA Executive Board as First Vice President as we currently have an opening. We also need volunteers to help plan our annual Spring Fling (EOG Celebration Day), a lead for Teacher Appreciation, and anyone who can assist from time to time with selling shirts, concessions at dances, and with our staff appreciation breakfasts. Even volunteering once this year is a HUGE help to the PTA! Remember, the stronger we are as a PTA, the more impact we can have on the success of our children. Please email Susan Roux at if you can help in any way. And don’t forget to become a PTA member! It's just $8 and that money goes to funding projects for our school! Download a PTA Membership form at this link.

Support for Exceptional Children

When our exceptional children with disabilities are able to participate in field trips where they connect with nature and the arts, they demonstrate better their abilities, beauty, and uniqueness in their classrooms and communities. They enjoy a sense of calm when viewing a painting or sculpture at an art museum, connectedness when visiting a local farm, and creative inspiration when building their own sculptures at arts venues like The Scrap Exchange. Teacher Rita Pierson said, “Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Will you be a champion? Please click this link, click "Pay Obligation," create an account, and give whatever you can. Thank you for supporting our exceptional students with disabilities!

Bookbag Drive, 8/20

In honor of Coach Hemphill's late son, Tyreic Hemphill, the 3rd Annual “Fly Guy Ty” Memorial Bookbag drive charity event to provide school supplies for those in need is happening on Sat, Aug 20, from 9am-12pm in the RHMS Gym. Supplies will be given on a 1st come, 1st served basis. Last year was very successful; we gave out over 175 bookbags filled with school supplies to kids in our community. This year, our goal is to give out 250 bags.

Battle of the Books Mtg, 8/23

There will be a Battle of the Books interest meeting only for students who have signed up in the media center and returned the permission slip. The meeting will be on Tue, Aug 23, 2:30-3:30pm.

No School, 8/24

We have a teacher workday on Wed, Aug 24 so students should not come to school that day.

Volleyball Tryouts, 8/29-31

Volleyball tryouts will be Mon - Wed, Aug 29-31. Study hall begins immediately after school and tryouts will go until 5:30pm. Girls must attend all three days of tryouts to be considered.

Computer Coding Club Mtg, 8/31

There will be a Computer Coding Club interest meeting in Room 112 on Wed, Aug 31, 2:30-3:30pm. All meetings will take place on Wednesdays during this time.

6th Gr. Concerts, 9/8

Please attend our upcoming 6th Gr. Strings, Chorus, and Band performance on Thu, Sep 8, 6:30pm. All strings students should arrive by 5pm for tuning, chorus students by 6pm, and band students between 6:20 and 6:30pm. All performers must dress in concert attire. A $3 admission fee will be collected at the door by the Music Boosters. Please contact Ms. Cammon or Ms. Williams with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

PTA General Body Mtg, 9/8

Please join us for our PTA's General Body meeting on Thu, Sep 8, 5:45pm, in the cafeteria to meet our new PTA officers, vote on the budget, and elect parent representatives to the School Improvement Team. If you haven't already, please be sure to join our PTA, which is just $8 per person. You may download a membership form at this link.

Girls on the Run

Registration for Heart & Sole is now open! Heart & Sole is the middle school version of Girls on the Run, where middle school girls have the opportunity to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections, and develop skills that will help them move through adolescence and beyond. Physical activity is a core element of the program, but it is designed to be accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level. The program starts in October and will take place at RHMS on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4pm. It will end with the Girls on the Run 5k in December. For more information and to register for the program, please click here.

Student Volunteering Mtg, 10/13

Please join us on Thu, Oct 13, 6:30pm, to learn about nearby volunteer opportunities for your child from the former president of the National Junior Honor Society as well as one of our students. This is a great way to get ideas for a 6th grade GREAT project, the NJHS application, college applications, and most importantly, being a positive force in our community! All students are welcome! Come and be empowered!

PowerSchool Access Enabled!

The PowerSchool Parent and Student portal is now open! You may access it at this link. Please contact Ms. Richmond at 919.560.3970 x 70225 if you need any assistance. The PowerSchool parent and student portals are valuable resources that parents and students may access to check grades and monitor missing assignments.

RHMS Sports Pass

Get a Rams Sports Pass for just $25! The Rams Sports Pass gets you into any home sports game for this entire school year!

Fresh Photos!

In an effort to keep the photos on our website current, please email any pictures you take at school/events that you think would be a good addition to our website/yearbook! If you have a phone with a camera, please just email them directly from your phone and remember to select “Actual Size” for the photo (that way the resolution will be good enough for our yearbook). Thank you!

Time to Re-Link (your shopping cards)!

Did you know that last year we raised over $2,400 for our school by just linking our shopping cards at Target, Kroger and Harris Teeter to our school? All you need to do is go to customer service at your local Kroger or Harris Teeter and ask that they link (or re-link) your shopping card to our school. Both rewards programs run Aug–May each year and you MUST re-link your card to our school ID each year. Our Kroger School ID is 94484 and our Harris Teeter School ID is 3646. Our PTA can link your Harris Teeter card for you. Just email your last name and your HT card number or the phone number associated with your HT card to Susan Roux at We will do the rest!

Keep In Touch!

RHMS offers lots of ways to stay up to date. In addition to getting updates emailed to you (to subscribe, just send an email to, you can also get text messages (text @rogershe to 81010; you'll get a request for your name; reply and you're done). To ensure that you get Principal Rogers' weekly phone updates, send an email to with your child's name and updated phone numbers. We also have an active presence on Facebook & Twitter!

Working Together

Only by working together can we meet the needs of our kids. Thank you for your support and collaboration, which makes Rogers-Herr an extraordinary place to learn, work, & grow!

That is all for this week's announcements. Have a wonderful week. RAMS ROCK!

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Keep In Touch

RHMS offers lots of ways to stay up to date. Use what works for you!

  • EMAIL: Get weekly RHMS updates through the RHMS Google Group. To subscribe, simply send an email to rogers-herr-middle-school+subscribe
    To un-subscribe, visit the Google Group page and look for the "My Settings" button (a person with a wheel) in the top right corner. Click it and select "Leave this group."
  • PHONE: To ensure that you get Principal Rogers' weekly phone updates, send an email to with your child's name and updated phone numbers.
  • TEXT MESSAGE: text @rogershe to 81010. You'll receive a request for your name. Once you reply, you will be subscribed to our texting service at Standard message rates apply.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter
  • GRADES & HOMEWORK: To keep up with your child's progress, be sure to check the Team Pages and Home Base. Some classes also use Edmodo to keep in touch. Please contact the school office for login information.
    HomeBase Edmodo
  • DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Visit for calendars, lunch menus and other info.
    Durham Public Schools
  • More links to DPS resources on our
    Helpful Info for Parents page »

Pay for School Stuff Online


RHMS Google Calendar

Our Google Calendar »
lists upcoming school events.

Academic Calendar

Durham Public Schools calendars page

School Hours


On school days, our doors open for students at 7am and the instructional day begins promptly at 7:30. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7-7:20am. Students arriving after 7:30am go directly to the main office to sign in, get a tardy pass, and then go to class.


Car riders and bus riders are dismissed at 2:20pm, which is when the instructional day ends. Attendance is very important and contributes to student success. We depend on parents to ensure that our students are present and on time every day.

Support Our School

Volunteering at Rogers-Herr

We have so much appreciation for our parent volunteers who give of their valuable time! All potential DPS volunteers must complete an online volunteer application and undergo a background check before volunteering. The process will take 5-7 days. Once approved, your certification is good for two years. If you have any questions, please contact guidance counselor Karen Brown at (919) 560-3970 x 70234.

Rogers-Herr PTA

Support our Parent-Teacher Association!
Your membership and donations provide classroom supplies, school activity scholarships, staff appreciation events, informational forums for parents, and fun events for RHMS students throughout the year. PTA donations are tax deductible.

Donate online through PayPal — or write a check to RHMS PTA and send it to school with your student or drop it off in the office. Thank you for your support!

Shopping Anyway? Help Rogers-Herr the Easy Way!

You can raise money for our school just by going to the supermarket! Check out our Cool School Cash page for more details. Please collect Boxtops For Education logos, Campbell's Labels for Education logos and Tyson Chicken Project A+ labels, and send them to school with your child.

Remember to link your grocery store loyalty cards to our school, either at the store or online. You must re-link every August.

  • Do you shop at Harris Teeter, Kroger, Office Depot or Target? Please link your shopper's card to Rogers-Herr at the checkout counter, customer service desk, or online. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to Rogers-Herr! Cards must be relinked every August. Codes, weblinks and other details are on our Cool School Cash page.
  • Clip Those Labels!

    Many of the products you already buy have logos that can earn money for RHMS! When hundreds of families are all clipping, they can really add up. We collect Box Tops for Education, Campbell's Labels for Education, and Tyson A+ labels. Product lists and complete details are linked from on our Cool School Cash page. Our teams are competing to see who can raise the most money so please send these labels to school in a ziploc bag or envelope marked with your child's team.


Shoparoo is an app that lets you earn cash donations for your school, just by taking pictures of your shopping receipts! It's so easy! It doesn't matter where you shop, what you buy, or where you eat - every receipt counts! Grade levels can compete for the most money raised (7th grade is in the lead right now). We just received a check from Shoparoo for $55! Use this referral code: goh50341. Join us in fundraising today! Download the free app here!

This page last updated August 19, 2016