Rockwood South Middle
1628 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026
Phone (636) 891-6850
Fax (636) 891-8830
Principal - Dr. Laurie Birkenmeier
Mar 11
March 11,2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


It's hard to believe that Spring Break is upon us! Although this will be a shortened week, we have much to learn and do.


This Wednesday, March 13th, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. we will have our last night of Student-Led Conferences. If you haven't had the chance to sign up yet, simply click on this link to access the document. Then, click your child's team and this will take you directly to the Sign-Up Genius System for your student's team. The document also contains information regarding the availability of our part-time teachers. Please remember that our encore teachers will be available on a drop-in, no appointment needed basis.


This week is also a great time for our students to clean out their lockers prior to our break. Beginning on Monday morning, additional trash containers will be placed in the hallways for students to clean out their lockers. Please remind your student to take this opportunity to remove winter-related items, 3rd quarter class work and other items that are no longer needed, from their lockers. In addition, please encourage your student to write down their locker combination and keep it in a safe place before leaving for spring break. This small precaution might prevent our kids from having their lock cut off because they couldn’t remember the combination upon their return to school.


Last but not least, on Wednesday, March 13th, Rockwood Summit will be hosting a meeting with local organization Alive and Well Communities to provide parents and community continued education on teen wellness. In this session, Alive and Well Communities will work with parents to build an understanding of how trauma and toxic stress are impacting their teens and how parents can best support them. The presentation will cover an introduction to the science of toxic stress and trauma, how it impacts the developing teenage brain, and how parents can help promote self-care in their students. RSMS parents are invited to join RSHS parents in the library from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for this presentation.


We greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the well-being of our kids! Please do not hesitate to contact us with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

RSMS PSO NEWS

Check out the latest news from our PSO in our weekly newsletter, including the highlights below:


Lunch Help!

Looking for a way to help RSMS kids? Our Helping Hands Committee accepts donations for lunch accounts for kids in need. Simply donate via this link stlmasons.org. and every donation will be matched and sent right back to our kids.


Second Annual Honor O’Connor Bake Sale

Officer Ryan O’Connor, one of our Kellison parents, was shot in the line of duty in 2017. It’s been an uphill struggle for the O’Connor family, as they've endured countless medical treatments and therapies. The O’Connors are strong and continue to fight for Ryan’s recovery. Let’s let our Kellison and Rockwood South families help ease their burden just a little. Simply click this Sign-Up Genius link to learn how to participate! Store-bought baked goods are preferred. Gift cards will be given directly to the O'Connor family and any amount is appreciated. We thank you in advance for any help you can offer! If you would like to purchase a special edition T-Shirt to celebrate this event, please see the flyer pictured below!

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

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CHECK OUT SOUTHCHAT!

THE FALCON TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA!

"The Falcon Talent Extravaganza "FTE" will be held on April 16th and 17th! Auditions will be held after school on March 27th and 28th! All kinds of acts are welcome! Solos, groups, skits, dance, music...Show Your Talent RSMS and Shine by Firelight! 


Complete the application if you are interested in performing or being a part of the crew!"

Falcon Talent Application

https://goo.gl/forms/HHVOpJWuh8SJ9TH82

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 3/13/19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM – by appointment
  • 3/15/19 – No School 
  • 3/16/19 – 3/22/19 – Spring Break 
  • 3/27/19 – Falcon Talent Extravaganza Auditions 2:45 – 4:30 PM 
  • 3/27/19 – 8th Grade Parent Appreciation Day - click here 
  • 3//28/19 – RSMS PSO Fundraiser – Papa Johns (Flyer Attached



Save the Date--8th Grade Events!


  • 8th-grade parents: Just a reminder that the 8th-grade career fair is Thursday, February 28th. We will be gone from the building from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Students should be dressed professionally for this day; athletic wear and jeans will not be allowed. Please contact Mrs. Finck if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!



  • 8th Grade Falcon Blast-8th Grade Falcon Blast will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Rockwood Summit High School starting at 6:00 p.m. More information coming.
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Mar 04
March 3, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


Welcome to March! I guess the old saying is true, March comes in like a lion.


As we prepare for our Student-Led Conferences, this week, all of our kids will practice their presentation with accountability partners, using the Family Scoring Guide to evaluate their performance. This is one of my favorite things to watch--our kids helping one another to share insight into what they have discovered about themselves as a learner, both inside and outside of the classroom.


Remember, Student-Led Conferences will be held from 3:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th, and Wednesday, March 13th. Simply click on this link to access the document. Then, click the team and this will take you directly to the Sign-Up Genius System for your student's team. The document also contains information regarding the availability of our part-time teachers.


Please note that our encore teachers will be available on a drop-in, no appointment needed basis. Be sure to see the amazing learning our kids do in their encore classes either before or after your scheduled appointment.


As an added bonus, we will host Hidden in Plain View in our cafeteria during conferences on March 7th! Please stop by for this authentic learning opportunity. Check out the flyer for more information.


We greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the well-being of our kids! Please do not hesitate to contact us with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

RSMS PSO NEWS

Check out the latest news from our PSO in our weekly newsletter, including the highlights below:


Spring Conference Book Fair 

The spring book fair dates are set for Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th.

The Book Fair is open to everyone and will be located in the front Commons area. As we prepare for our book fair, please see the following important information:


  • We still need more volunteers. Having the fair open during the day allows kids to visit with their teachers, but it also requires more volunteers. Below is the Sign Up Genius they can use to sign up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4babae22abfa7-rsms1
  • For the first time, parents can use a credit card from home to load credit for their child to shop the fair. This eliminates the need for kids to carry cash to school. It's called an eWallet. Parents simply log into our book fair homepage (the URL is below) and set a limit for their child. I've included our tax rate on the homepage as well so they can consider that amount when choosing their limit. http://www.scholastic.com/bf/rsms
  • Language Arts teachers will have a list of books they'd love for their classroom libraries. Families will be able to purchase a book from the fair and donate it to their teacher.



RSMS Winter Box Top Challenge – Ended 2/22/19 – Congratulations to the Winners!

Congratulations RSMS for reaching our 10,000 box tops goal with an awesome total of 10,005!!!!! That’s over $1,000 for our school. Way to Go!!! Keep Clipping!!!

Congratulations to Mrs. Smarr’s Homeroom Classroom for Winning the Winter Box Top Challenge and earning a Pizza Party!!!


  • Smarr 467
  • Hall 327
  • Kennedy 227
  • Shimkus 212
  • Foote 209
  • Baldridge 104
  • Bray 104
  • Fisher 98
  • Forcelledo 76
  • Sebelski 62
  • Saettele 55
  • Koger 52
  • Ruble 39
  • L Ross 19
  • Robinson 19
  • Allinder 16
  • Juelfs. 15
  • Krueger 15

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ACADEMY REGISTRATION BEGINS ON TUESDAY, MARCH 5!

High School Summer Academy forms will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis beginning at 7:15 a.m. on March 5, 2019. For current 8th grade students, these forms will be turned in HERE (Rockwood South Middle School). 


8th-grade students are able to choose from: Art Fundamentals, Personal Fitness & Wellness (PFW), and Health.


Students can only take 2 courses.

  • Session 1: Classes will meet for four weeks beginning Mon., June 3 through Fri., June 28, 2019. The time is 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • Session 2: Classes will meet four weeks beginning Mon., June 3 through Fri., June 28, 2019. The time is 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.


Please remember the following important information:

  • Forms must have a parent signature!
  • We will be set up by the big chalkboard in the commons.
  • Rockwood South 8th graders should turn their forms in at Rockwood South!
  • We are given 40 PFW spots. Registrations after that will go on a wait-list; it is possible more spots will open up later.
  • If you still need a packet, please see our Registrar, Mrs. Heskett (by Mrs. Finck's door). Or, you can print one from the website - the link is at the bottom.



Questions? Please contact Mrs. Finck (finckjaime@rsdmo.org)

For more information: http://rsdmo.org/summeracademy/Pages/HighSchool.aspx

SECOND ANNUAL HONOR O’CONNOR BAKE SALE

Officer Ryan O’Connor, one of our Kellison parents, was shot in the line of duty in 2017. It’s been an uphill struggle for the O’Connor family, as they've endured countless medical treatments and therapies. The O’Connors are strong and continue to fight for Ryan’s recovery. Let’s let our Kellison and Rockwood South families help ease their burden just a little. Simply click this Sign-Up Genius link to learn how to participate! Store-bought baked goods are preferred. Gift cards will be given directly to the O'Connor family and any amount is appreciated. We thank you in advance for any help you can offer!

THE FALCON TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA!

"The Falcon Talent Extravaganza "FTE" will be held on April 16th and 17th! Auditions will be held after school on March 27th and 28th! All kinds of acts are welcome! Solos, groups, skits, dance, music...Show Your Talent RSMS and Shine by Firelight! 


Complete the application if you are interested in performing or being a part of the crew!"

Falcon Talent Application

https://goo.gl/forms/HHVOpJWuh8SJ9TH82

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 3/7/19 – Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM – by appointment

  • 3/7/19 – Spring Conference Book Fair – 7AM – 7PM

  • 3/8/19 – Spring Conference Book Fair – 7AM – 3:30 PM

  • 3/13/19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM – by appointment

  • 3/15/19 – No School

  • 3/16/19 – 3/22/19 – Spring Break

  • 3/27/19 – Falcon Talent Auditions 2:45 – 4:30 PM



Save the Date--8th Grade Events!


  • 8th-grade parents: Just a reminder that the 8th-grade career fair is Thursday, February 28th. We will be gone from the building from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Students should be dressed professionally for this day; athletic wear and jeans will not be allowed. Please contact Mrs. Finck if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!



  • 8th Grade Falcon Blast-8th Grade Falcon Blast will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Rockwood Summit High School starting at 6:00 p.m. More information coming.
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PSO NEWS

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Feb 25
February 25, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


We certainly had a busy week at RSMS and this week looks to be very similar! Last week, I had the pleasure of watching our Band perform in the Music in our Schools Concert and this week I am looking forward to hearing our Orchestra perform. The talent of our kids never ceases to amaze me! Speaking of talent, please see below as we celebrate the achievements of two of our 8th-grade students, Ryan Kempf and Maddie Domian. We are so proud of both of you!


Last but not least, please remember that our Spring Student-Led Conferences are right around the corner. To sign up for conferences, simply click on this link to access the document. Then click on your child's team to reserve your appointment time. Similar to our fall conferences, and back by popular demand, we will also host Hidden in Plain View in our cafeteria during conferences on March 7th. Check out the flyer for more information.


Let's head into our last week of February in Falcon Proud style and help our kids to finish this month on a positive note. As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. If you have any questions please contact us at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

OUR KIDS ROCK!

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Congratulations to our 8th-grade student, Ryan Kempf, who was awarded 7th place in the NATIONWIDE InvestWrite Contest! Last week, Ryan was recognized by the SIFMA sponsors from Washington D.C. and the Midwest Director of the Stock Market Simulation, in a surprise grade-level assembly in her honor. I 'm sure we all could use some advice from Ryan. We are so proud of you, Ryan!
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Congratulations to our 8th-grade student, Madeline Domian, who has been invited to speak at "We Day St. Louis" on April 3rd at the Stifle Center (recently called Peabody Opera House). We Day is an event for children who display leadership/volunteerism in their community. You can not purchase a ticket to We Day, you earn it! Maddie is the creator and owner of the non-profit organization, Katie Do Kare Kits 4 Kids, which she founded as an elementary school student. Through this organization, Maddie and others around the world make care kits for kids suffering from cancer. Wow! We are so proud of you Maddie!

RSMS PSO NEWS

Check out the latest news from our PSO in our weekly newsletter, including the highlights below:


RSMS PSO Fundraiser – Papa John’s

Our RSMS PSO will be sponsoring a “Support Your School” night fundraiser through Papa John’s on Thursday, March 28, 2019. 25% of your order will be donated back to your school. The promo code SSR010 must be entered to get credit. Achieve $150.00 in sales and your school will be awarded one class party. Order online at www.papajohns.com. This offer is good only at the Gravois Bluffs (98 Gravois Bluffs Circle/636-343-5522) location.


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Spring Conference Book Fair 

The spring book fair dates are set for Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th.

The Book Fair is open to everyone and will be located in the front Commons area. The Book Fair will accept payment in the form of cash, check payable to Rockwood South P.S.O., or credit card. Don’t forget to include the sales tax.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES SIGN-UP REMINDER!

Student-Led Conferences will be held from 3:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7th, and Wednesday, March 13th. Similar to our fall conferences, we will host Hidden in Plain View in our cafeteria during conferences on March 7th! Check out the flyer for more information.


How do I sign up for Conferences? Simply click on this link to access the document. Then click on your child's team to reserve your appointment time.



If you want to learn more about our conference format, please view our Student-Led Conference brochure.

THE FALCON TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA!

"The Falcon Talent Extravaganza "FTE" will be held on April 16th and 17th! Auditions will be held after school on March 27th and 28th! All kinds of acts are welcome! Solos, groups, skits, dance, music...Show Your Talent RSMS and Shine by Firelight! 


Complete the application if you are interested in performing or being a part of the crew!"

Falcon Talent Application

https://goo.gl/forms/HHVOpJWuh8SJ9TH82

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 2/26/19 – MIOS Orchestra Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM
  • 2/28/19 – 8th Grade Career Fair (Dress Professionally/No Jean or Athletic Wear)
  • 3/2/19 – Falcon Ninja Warrior Event 
  • 3/319 – Cookin’ Together Workshop
  • 3/7/19 – Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM – by appointment
  • 3/7/19 – Spring Conference Book Fair 
  • 3/8/19 – Spring Conference Book Fair 
  • 3/13/19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM - by appointment



Save the Date--8th Grade Events!


  • 8th-grade parents: Just a reminder that the 8th-grade career fair is Thursday, February 28th. We will be gone from the building from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Students should be dressed professionally for this day; athletic wear and jeans will not be allowed. Please contact Mrs. Finck if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!



  • 8th Grade Falcon Blast-8th Grade Falcon Blast will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Rockwood Summit High School starting at 6:00 p.m. More information coming.
Feb 19
February 18, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


I hope you're enjoying our long weekend. It's hard to believe that Spring Student-Led Conferences are right around the corner! Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, and Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. As you consider conferences, you might ask yourself these questions:


Why should I attend conferences that are being led by my student? Providing our students with an important opportunity to synthesize their learning and present their strengths and areas for growth are critical, life-long skills. The more the parent treats this as an opportunity for professional presentation, the better the preparation for our kids in being advocates for their own learning and leadership. As always, you will provide your student with feedback on their presentation using our Student-Led Conference Scoring Guide.


If this is student-led, will I be able to talk with my student's teachers? Absolutely. Every team has developed an effective way for parents and students to let us know when they are ready to speak with each teacher. Use the process and you will be able to speak with EVERY teacher.


Will there be a long wait to see my student's teachers? Typically not. Again, our team's process allows teachers to have a brief period of time to speak with all parents. Here is the key and where we need your help: parents must keep these conversations to 5 minutes for each teacher. In a formal parent-teacher conference, this is the amount of time provided for each parent to discuss their child's progress. Parent and teacher meetings that require a longer length of time must be scheduled between the parent and teacher at an alternate time. Using conferences for these longer conversations has an impact on our entire team system, causing other families to have an extended time to wait to speak with their student's teachers.


I look at my student's progress all the time, should I even go? YES. Again, this is not only a great time for you to speak with all of your child's teachers, but it is also a very important opportunity for your student to formally present an overall picture of their learning and a chance for you to experience the culture of our school.


How can I give the school feedback on the conference format and my student's experience at RSMS? At RSMS, we seek and listen to your feedback. We will provide parents with a survey at the conclusion of the conference. It is very important that you complete this survey as your thoughts help us to continually improve!


How do I sign up? Simply click on this link to access the document. Then click on your child's team to reserve your appointment time.


If you want to learn more about our conference format, please view our Student-Led Conference brochure.


As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. If you have any questions please contact us at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

OUR KIDS ROCK!

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FIRST® Tech Challenge Team 14186 – P3, an all-girl robotics team made up of girls from Rockwood South Middle School and Rockwood Summit High School and sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, competed at the Missouri East Conference Qualifier. This rookie team traveled to Arnold, Missouri on February 9, 2019, to compete for advancement to the Missouri Championship. Thirty-six teams from across the region were vying for high scores on the field and awards.


Team 14186 had an amazing day running their robot and meeting with judges. The team is proud to announce that they received the 3rd place Think award. This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. P3 did not advance but learned so much and is excited to start planning for next year. Girls on the team consist of Sarah Roberts (freshman), Jordyn Maserang (8th grade), Alexis Lieberman (7th grade), Gracie Steinmeyer (8th grade) and Mira Iyer (8th grade).

RSMS PSO NEWS

Box Top Challenge!

The RSMS Winter Box Top Challenge started January 28th and will end on February 22nd. Remember, all box tops must be turned into the office no later than 2:45 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd in order to be counted toward the competition. The winning class earns a pizza party!


The Top 4 homeroom classes of week 2 are as follows:


  • Kennedy 62

  • Forcelledo 50
  • L. Ross 19
  • Sebelski 15


We will announce the winner on Monday, February 25th. Keep Clipping!


Spring Conference Book Fair 

The spring book fair dates are set for Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th.

The Book Fair is open to everyone and will be located in the front Commons area. The Book Fair will accept payment in the form of cash, check payable to Rockwood South P.S.O., or credit card. Don’t forget to include the sales tax.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SPIRIT WEEK REMINDER!

As a reminder, we will have a school-wide pep assembly on Wednesday, February 20th, featuring Barb Reyering, from The American Heart Association, and Kristi Pratt, a contestant from the American Ninja Warrior show. This assembly is designed to be a fun and exciting time for all students as they learn about heart disease, staying active and helping people in our community. Students and staff are encouraged to wear RED for our assembly!

COOKING IT TOGETHER

Cookin' It Together workshops bring kids and families together to learn about preparing healthy meals, as well as to save money through planning and budgeting groceries. We encourage parents and kids to attend together. After registering, you receive an organized grocery list, and you can make substitutions based on budget and dietary needs/preferences.


To Register/Order spice pack (Cost: $52 plus s/h and tax): https://bit.ly/2AWDqSa


To participate, you must register by Saturday, February 23rd or before spots fill!

(If you cannot attend the workshop, you can still purchase the spice packs, and documents will be sent to you so that you can prepare the meals on your own.)


MENU: Saucy Beef Chili, Easy Beef Stew, Cheesy Shells & Italian Sausage, Barbecue Chicken, Lemon Greek Chicken, Quick Chicken Cacciatore, Potato Corn Chowder


The Workshop:


  • You'll assemble a variety of entrees (using Pampered Chef Pantry products and tools) to take home and freeze.
  • We'll make 7 entrees so that you have enough meals for almost a week.
  • And since each recipe serves 6-8 people, the cost per serving ends up only being about $2.50!
  • You'll receive a shopping list of the needed ingredients that you'll need to bring with you to the workshop.



For more information, contact Katie Seversen (RSMS PE Teacher) (636) 891-6850 seversenkatherine@rsdmo.org

THE FALCON TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA!

"The Falcon Talent Extravaganza "FTE" will be held on April 16th and 17th! Auditions will be held after school on March 27th and 28th! All kinds of acts are welcome! Solos, groups, skits, dance, music...Show Your Talent RSMS and Shine by Firelight! 


Complete the application if you are interested in performing or being a part of the crew!"

Falcon Talent Application

https://goo.gl/forms/HHVOpJWuh8SJ9TH82

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 2/20/19 – MIOS Band Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM
  • 2/20/19 – American Heart Association Assembly (All Grades)
  • 2/22/19 – Box Top Challenge Ends
  • 2/23/19 – NJHS Enrichment Seminar – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
  • 2/26/19 – MIOS Orchestra Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM
  • 2/28/19 – 8th Grade Career Fair (Dress Professionally/No Jean or Athletic Wear)
  • 3/2/19 – Falcon Ninja Warrior Event 
  • 3/319 – Cookin’ Together Workshop
  • 3/7/19 – Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM – by appointment
  • 3/7/19 – Spring Conference Book Fair 
  • 3/8/19 – Spring Conference Book Fair 
  • 3/13/19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Student Led) – 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM - by appointment



Save the Date--8th Grade Events!


  • 8th-grade parents: Just a reminder that the 8th-grade career fair is Thursday, February 28th. We will be gone from the building from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Students should be dressed professionally for this day; athletic wear and jeans will not be allowed. Please contact Mrs. Finck if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!



  • 8th Grade Falcon Blast-8th Grade Falcon Blast will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Rockwood Summit High School starting at 6:00 p.m. More information coming.

PSO NEWS

Looking for the latest News from our PSO? Click here to see our PSO newsletter for information on important upcoming events and more!​

Feb 11
February 11, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


Snow, ice, and cold...oh my! We certainly have had our share of winter weather lately. With the slick roads and cold temperatures, it is more important than ever for us to make sure our kids are safe. If you drive your kids to school, please be sure to drop them off at the crosswalk and to encourage them to use it as they enter school each morning. With slick roads, we definitely do not want to take any chances for injuries.


As we look ahead to the days of warmer weather, it's not too early to mark your calendars for our Spring Student-Led Conferences. Our conferences will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, and Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Student-led conferences will start at 3:30 pm and conclude at 7:00 p.m. Look for more information in the weeks to follow to reserve your appointment time.


As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. If you have any questions please contact us at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

RSMS PSO NEWS

The RSMS Winter Box Top Challenge started January 28th and will end on February 22nd. Remember, all box tops must be turned into the office no later than 2:45 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd in order to be counted toward the competition. The winning class earns a pizza party!


The top three homeroom classes so far are as follows:


  • Kennedy 62
  • Forcelledo 50
  • L. Ross 19


We will announce the winner on Monday, February 25th. Keep Clipping!

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SPIRIT WEEK REMINDER!

As a reminder, February is National Heart Healthy Month. We are extremely proud to say that The Rockwood School District was the #1 district in the state of Missouri last year for donations for this worthy cause. For this year, our American Heart Association Lead, Coach Koger, has put together a team of 8th-grade volunteers to create a spirit week the week of February 11th - 15th, along with other prizes and incentives to encourage our community to Have a Heart in participating again this year.


The Spirit Week events will be as follows:


  • Monday, Feb. 11: PJ DAY
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12: FALCON PRIDE DAY
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13: WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM GEAR
  • Thursday, Feb.14: WAVE AWAY THE HEARTACHE “WEAR HAWAIIAN CLOTHES”
  • Friday, Feb.15: NATIONAL GO RED DAY


In addition to our Spirit Week events, our students may participate in Hats for Hearts every Friday in February. Simply contribute $1 on any Friday to wear a hat to school. Then, on Wednesday, February 20th, all students will participate in a school-wide pep assembly featuring Barb Reyering, from The American Heart Association, and Kristi Pratt, a contestant from the American Ninja Warrior show. This assembly is designed to be a fun and exciting time for all students as they learn about heart disease, staying active and helping people in our community.


Last but not least, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Knock Out Heart Disease Knocker Ball Tournament in addition to winning other great prizes. Please check out the flyer below for more information on how students can be a part of the fun while helping to save lives!

GIRLS IN THE KNOW INVITATION

The Girls in the Know organization is inviting girls to participate in their Day of Knowledge at Clayton High School on April 7th, from 1:00-7:00 p.m. in the commons area. 


WHAT IS GIRLS IN THE KNOW?


Girls in the Know is a non-profit working to educate and inspire young women, we believe Knowledge is Power! We connect leading female experts with pre-teen girls and their trusted adults attending together, so both parties know the vital information necessary for a healthy life. Doctors, police officers, dietitians, and counselors present four different workshops to empower young girls on matters of the heart (body image), the head (empowerment), safety—online and away from home, and puberty. GITK is a catalyst for meaningful conversation, community, and thriving relationships through the teen years.


The Day of Knowledge Conference includes 4 one-hour sessions delivered in a single day format held at Clayton High School. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to spend an entire day of 1 on 1 time with your pre-teen girl. The day includes 4 one-hour sessions plus movement and complimentary dinner.


To register, please visit: https://girlsintheknow.opendonorcrm.com/st-louis-registration-form

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 2/13/19 – 2/15/19 – Spring Play

  • 2/15/19 – Staff Development – 11:32 Dismissal

  • 2/18/19 – No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday

  • 2/20/18 – MIOS Band Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM

  • 2/23/19 – NJHS Enrichment Seminar – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • 2/26/19 – MIOS Orchestra Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM

  • 3/3/19 -- Cooking it Together Family Freezer Meal Workshop 1:30 PM at RSMS



Save the Date:


  • 8th-grade parents: Just a reminder that the 8th-grade career fair is Thursday, February 28th. We will be gone from the building from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Students should be dressed professionally for this day; athletic wear and jeans will not be allowed. Please contact Mrs. Finck if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!



  • 8th Grade Falcon Blast-8th Grade Falcon Blast will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Rockwood Summit High School starting at 6:00 p.m. More information coming.
Feb 04
February 4, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


Welcome to February! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather. Who knew we would have two "snow days" followed by sunshine and warmth?


As a reminder, February is National Heart Healthy Month. We are extremely proud to say that The Rockwood School District was the #1 district in the state of Missouri last year for donations for this worthy cause. For this year, our American Heart Association Lead, Coach Koger, has put together a team of 8th-grade volunteers to create a spirit week the week of February 11th - 15th, along with other prizes and incentives to encourage our community to Have a Heart in participating again this year.


The Spirit Week events will be as follows:


  • Monday, Feb. 11: PJ DAY
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12: FALCON PRIDE DAY
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13: WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM GEAR
  • Thursday, Feb.14: WAVE AWAY THE HEARTACHE “WEAR HAWAIIAN CLOTHES”
  • Friday, Feb.15: NATIONAL GO RED DAY


In addition to our Spirit Week events, our students may participate in Hats for Hearts every Friday in February. Simply contribute $1 on any Friday to wear a hat to school. Then, on Wednesday, February 20th, all students will participate in a school-wide pep assembly featuring Barb Reyering, from The American Heart Association, and Kristi Pratt, a contestant from the American Ninja Warrior show. This assembly is designed to be a fun and exciting time for all students as they learn about heart disease, staying active and helping people in our community.


Last but not least, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Knock Out Heart Disease Knocker Ball Tournament in addition to winning other great prizes. Please check out the flyer below for more information on how students can be a part of the fun while helping to save lives!


As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. If you have any questions please contact us at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

RSMS PSO NEWS

The RSMS Winter Box Top Challenge started January 28th and will end on February 22nd. We are more than halfway to our goal of 10,000 box tops collected this year! Keep Clipping!!Simply click here to learn about our Box Top Drive and more.

All box tops must be turned into the office no later than 2:45 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd in order to be counted toward the competition. The winning class earns a pizza party! We will announce the winner on Monday, February 25th!

Only box tops that have not expired and have the full expiration date and code intact will be counted.

For more great news, please check out the PSO newsletter!

REMINDER--ATTENTION STUDENTS RIDING VICC BUSES ​​​​​​​

February is “Love the Bus Month” and every year the VICC office is in search of the most loved VICC bus! Drivers are asked to write an essay or have their students write an essay (50 words or more) expressing why you have the most loved bus. One winner from each VICC terminal will be chosen. The winners are celebrated with a decorated bus full of hearts and acknowledgment as being “ The Most Loved Bus”. Essays must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 2/4/19 – 2/8/19 – National School Counseling Week

  • 2/6/19 – Spring Picture Day

  • 2/7/19 – PSO Meeting/Cafeteria – 6:30 PM

  • 2/13/19 – 2/15/19 – Spring Play

  • 2/15/19 – Staff Development – 11:32 Dismissal

  • 2/18/19 – No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday

  • 2/20/18 – MIOS Band Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM

  • 2/23/19 – NJHS Enrichment Seminar – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • 2/26/19 – MIOS Orchestra Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM



Save the Date:



  • 8th Grade Falcon Blast-8th Grade Falcon Blast will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Rockwood Summit High School starting at 6:00 p.m. More information coming.
Jan 28
January 28,2019

Dear Falcon Community,


I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It looks like we are in for a cold week ahead of us. Please remember to encourage our kids to dress warmly, especially if your student plans to take the bus or walk to/from school. Also, for our parents who drop students off to school in the morning, please remind your student to use our crosswalks when walking from your car to our building. Keeping our kids safe is our highest priority!


Continuing on with our theme of reminders, please work with your student to register their Encore choices in Infinite Campus. Don't forget that Infinite Campus closes for registration onJanuary 28 at 4:00 p.m. Directions for fulfilling registration on Infinite Campus are on the back of the rough draft papers your child received, as well as in the Course Description Guides(page 58).


As we shared last week, please refer to the following action steps needed to complete the registration process:


  1. Rough Draft papers have been given to students; please discuss the options with your child and make Encore decisions for next school year.
  2. Students and parents should also review the Schedule Change procedures (attached to the Rough Draft), noting important deadlines.
  3. Once Encore courses have been decided and agreed on, students are to fill out the appropriate Google Form. Google Forms are due on or before January 29 at 7:00 a.m. 
    The links are below:

Students will receive a confirmation email once the form has been submitted.

Edits can continue to be made up until January 29 @ 7:00 a.m.


Please remember that all choices on Infinite Campus should match those of the Google Form. Any variance Infinite Campus has from the Google Form will be adjusted by RSMS Staff to match the Google Form.


As we shared last week, the registration period ends Tuesday, January 29 @ 7:00 a.m. Any Google Forms not completed at that time will be considered late; this means students may not receive their top Encore choices.


As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. If you have any questions about our registration process, please contact us at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

RSMS PSO NEWS

Check out the latest and greatest news from our amazing PSO! Simply click here to learn about our Box Top Drive and more.

HELP RSMS "KNOCK OUT" HEART DISEASE!

Join us for a Spirit Week in support of the American Heart Association February 11TH – 15TH


  • Monday, Feb. 11: PJ DAY
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12: FALCON PRIDE DAY
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13: WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM GEAR
  • Thursday, Feb.14: WAVE AWAY THE HEARTACHE “WEAR HAWAIIAN CLOTHES”
  • Friday, Feb.15: NATIONAL GO RED DAY


Then, see the flyer below for more information on how students can participate in the Knockerball Tournament!

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ATTENTION STUDENTS RIDING VICC BUSES ​​​​​​​

February is “Love the Bus Month” and every year the VICC office is in search of the most loved VICC bus! Drivers are asked to write an essay or have their students write an essay (50 words or more) expressing why you have the most loved bus. One winner from each VICC terminal will be chosen. The winners are celebrated with a decorated bus full of hearts and acknowledgment as being “ The Most Loved Bus”. Essays must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019. 

COOKIN’ IT TOGETHER WORKSHOPS – MARCH 3RD AT 1:30 P.M. – ROCKWOOD SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL ROOM 11

Cookin' It Together workshops bring kids and families together to learn about preparing healthy meals, as well as to save money through planning and budgeting groceries. We encourage parents and kids to attend together. After registering, you receive an organized grocery list, and you can make substitutions based on budget and dietary needs/preferences.


To Register/Order spice pack (Cost: $52 plus s/h and tax): https://bit.ly/2AWDqSa


To participate, you must register by Saturday, February 23rd or before spots fill!

(If you cannot attend the workshop, you can still purchase the spice packs, and documents will be sent to you so that you can prepare the meals on your own.)


MENU: Saucy Beef Chili, Easy Beef Stew, Cheesy Shells & Italian Sausage, Barbecue Chicken, Lemon Greek Chicken, Quick Chicken Cacciatore, Potato Corn Chowder


The Workshop:

  • You'll assemble a variety of entrees (using Pampered Chef Pantry products and tools) to take home and freeze.
  • We'll make 7 entrees so that you have enough meals for almost a week.
  • And since each recipe serves 6-8 people, the cost per serving ends up only being about $2.50!
  • You'll receive a shopping list of the needed ingredients that you'll need to bring with you to the workshop.


For more information, contact Katie Seversen (RSMS PE Teacher) (636) 891-6850 seversenkatherine@rsdmo.org


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REMINDER: NEWS FOR 6TH-GRADE STUDENTS FROM OUR WEB LEADERS!

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 1/31/19 - Scavenger Hunt WEB Event for 6th-grade students after school. The RSD Activity Bus is available; please check here for the bus routes.

  • 2/4/19 – 2/8/19 – National School Counseling Week

  • 2/6/19 – Spring Picture Day

  • 2/7/19 – PSO Meeting/Cafeteria – 6:30 PM

  • 2/13/19 – 2/15/19 – Spring Play

  • 2/15/19 – Staff Development – 11:32 Dismissal

  • 2/18/19 – No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday

  • 2/20/18 – MIOS Band Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM

  • 2/23/19 – NJHS Enrichment Seminar – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • 2/26/19 – MIOS Orchestra Concert @ Summit H/S 7:00 PM



Save the Date:



  • 8th Grade Falcon Blast-8th Grade Falcon Blast will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Rockwood Summit High School starting at 6:00 p.m. More information coming.
Jan 22
January 21, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


I hope you had a restful long weekend! As we head into our week, I have some important registration information for the 2019-2020 school year to share with you. Can you believe we're already thinking about next year? Without further ado, here we go!


Infinite Campus is now open for the 2019-2020 Online Registration. This is the time when our students choose their desired Encore classes and such for the next school year. Please see below for lots of fun, necessary, and hopefully not overwhelming information. We have a few changes to look forward to!

Registration for 2019-2020 - Middle School

Since we've been back from Winter Break, RSMS counselors have been going into classrooms to prepare students for registration for the 2019-2020 school year. Encore (elective) classes are the main priority for January.


5th graders also visited RSMS on Wednesday and Thursday of last week to hear from the counselors and Encore Teachers. The pink Course Selection Form should be turned in to the elementary classroom teacher on or before January 29, 2019. Please look for more information from the elementary school.


Reminders for this year!


  • Course Description Guides are no longer being printed for every middle school student.The guides can be linked from an icon on the student's Chromebook, the grade-level Google Classroom, the RSMS Guidance & Counseling website (http://bit.ly/2lMbwQu), and the Rockwood Curriculum website.
  • Current 6th and 7th-grade students will be turning in their elective choices on a Google Form instead of a paper copy.



Action Steps Needed to Complete Registration


  1. Rough Draft papers have been given to students; please discuss the options with your child and make Encore decisions for next school year.
  2. Students and parents should also review the Schedule Change procedures (attached to the Rough Draft), noting important deadlines.
  3. Once Encore courses have been decided and agreed on, students are to fill out the appropriate Google Form. Google Forms are due on or before January 29 at 7:00 a.m. 
    The links are below:


Students will receive a confirmation email once the form has been submitted.

Edits can continue to be made up until January 29 @ 7:00 a.m.


4. Encore choices also need to be put into Infinite Campus. Please note that Infinite Campus closes for registration on January 28 at 4:00 p.m.


Directions for fulfilling registration on Infinite Campus are on the back of the rough draft, as well as in the Course Description Guide (page 58).


Choices on Infinite Campus should match those of the Google Form. Any variance Infinite Campus has from the Google Form will be adjusted by RSMS Staff to match the Google Form.


Reminder!

The registration period ends Tuesday, January 29 @ 7:00 a.m. Any Google Forms not completed at that time will be considered late; this means students may not receive their top Encore choices.


Registration for 2019-2020 - High School

Middle and high school counselors have been busy planning for your child’s high school registration. The high school counselors visited with 8th grade in science classes to deliver the registration presentation on January 15 and 16. At this time, your child received a packet of information needed to complete their high school registration.


The packet contains:

  • Welcome letter to Summit

  • The scheduling information sheet with due dates

  • 9th-grade course and course number options sheet

  • Practice registration form

  • Official registration form (2 ply, students turn in both copies)

  • Directions for online registration

  • Teacher course recommendation form (2 ply, parents retain the yellow copy) 


Students also received a Registration Guide for Rockwood Summit and may go online to view more information about each particular class. It will be the student’s responsibility to fill out the appropriate paperwork, obtain necessary parent/guardian signatures, register online, and print out the confirmation of requests selected.


Important Dates in the Registration Process:


  • January 15-16: High school counselors visit with 8th graders in their science classes
  • January 17: Curriculum Night at Summit High School
  • January 18-28: Infinite Campus Portal opens for online registration
  • January 29: Last day to turn in registration paperwork to the appropriate teacher. (Yellow & Blue Teams: Turn in to Science Teacher; Red Team: Turn into Social Studies Teacher)



Students should turn in:

  • Teacher Course Recommendation form (white copy)

  • Registration form completed and signed by parent/guardian (both copies)

  • The printed copy of requests from Infinite Campus, signed by parent/guardian


As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. Please do not hesitate to contact me with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

RSMS HELPING HANDS AND FOOD PANTRY

At RSMS, we understand that factors within our Nation may affect some families access to government assistance. Please know that RSMS is here to help! We have a thriving Pantry program our families can access by simply contacting our amazing Social Worker, Ashley O'Daniel, at odanielashley@rsdmo.org or 636-891-6879.

READY TO SUPPORT THE CINDERELLA PROJECT? ​​​​​​​

The Cinderella Project is an organization that collects gently used prom and dance dresses for girls who are not able to afford one on their own. The girls are recommended to The Cinderella Project by their high school counselors. Once recommended, the girls are able to go to the boutique that is set up by The Cinderella Project to pick out a beautiful dress and accessories for their big day. 


To date, Rockwood has come together and donated well over 600 dresses. Last year, we collected nearly 250!


We are hoping to have the same success and participation this year as we have in the past.

The collection will run now until February 10th. Bring your donation to the school’s front office.


Thank you so much for helping make girls dreams come true!

DON'T FORGET TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A ROSE AWARD--LAST CHANCE!

Students, staff and community members have the opportunity to nominate a Rockwood employee or community member for a ROSE Award. Each year, we recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in a child's life, our school community or the Rockwood School District. Nominations will be accepted online through Monday, Jan. 28.

NEWS FOR 6TH-GRADE STUDENTS FROM OUR WEB LEADERS!

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 1/31/19 - Scavenger Hunt WEB Event for 6th-grade students after school. The RSD Activity Bus is available; please check here for the bus routes.
  • 2/6/19 - Spring Picture Day 
  • 2/7/19 – PSO Meeting/Cafeteria – 6:30 PM
  • 2/4/19--2/8/19--National School Counseling Week



Save the Date:



  • 8th Grade Falcon Blast-8th Grade Falcon Blast will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Rockwood Summit High School starting at 6:00 p.m. More information coming.
Jan 14
January 11, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


I truly hope all of you have made it home safely and are ready to relax during our winter “snowmageddon”. Since I unexpectedly had a little extra time today, I thought I would take advantage of it and send you our newsletter on a Friday! 


This week, we welcomed our 5th-grade elementary students to RSMS. During these visits, our soon to be middle school students had the opportunity to learn about our school and specifically Encore Class choices. Next week, we will host 5th-grade parents and students for our Encore Curriculum Night where they will receive more information on the registration process while having an opportunity to experience the climate and culture we have created at RSMS.


On another note, we also implemented our new car rider pick-up procedure this week. We greatly appreciated your flexibility, support, and patience with this change. Based upon your feedback from this week, it seems like this new process has been helpful in making certain every student leaves our campus safely.


Last but not least, please take an opportunity to check out the next edition of our student-created newsletter, SouthChat.


As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. By working together, we make a difference! Please do not hesitate to contact me with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850. Have a safe and restful weekend!


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION DRIVE

February is National heart healthy month. we are extremely proud to say the Rockwood School District was the #1 district in the state of Missouri last year for donations for this worthy cause.

On Wednesday, February 13th during falcon time, Barb Reyering from The American Heart Association and Kristi Pratt contestant from the American Ninja Warrior show, will be presenting in the main gym to ALL grade levels. It will be a fun and exciting time for all students as they learn about heart disease, staying active and helping people in our community.

Spirit Week will be held the week of February 11th. More information to follow.

Check out the flyer for fundraiser information.


ROCKWOOD CALENDAR COMMITTEE SEEKING FEEDBACK FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR ​​​​​​​

A draft of the 2020-21 school year calendar has been developed. The Rockwood Calendar Committee, which consists of students, parents, staff and administrators, reviewed parameters and options to develop an academic calendar that best meets the needs of Rockwood students and families.


Here are a few noteworthy dates from the 2020-21 school year:

  • The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 11.

  • Winter break runs from Monday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Jan. 1.

  • Students return from winter break on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

  • The last day of school is Thursday, May 27.

The committee would like feedback from Rockwood staff members about the draft calendar. Staff members should submit their comments via the online portal, Thoughtexchange.

Community members are encouraged to contact Kellie Holladay with any feedback.

All submissions must be received by Monday, Jan. 28.


What does the Calendar Committee consider when building a new calendar?

1. The calendar must have 10 teacher works days.

2. The start date for the school year should be mid-week.

3. The first semester should end before winter break.

4. Conference compensations days must occur in certain windows per our teacher agreement.

5. Record days must occur certain days per agreement.

6. Spring break must occur during certain weeks because of the area and state sports schedules.

Learn more about the Calendar Committee on the district website.

PSO NEWS--WORTH A SECOND LOOK!

Looking for the latest News from our PSO? Click here to see our PSO newsletter for information on the 2020-21 school calendar and more!


Is your child interested in Color Guard? The RSHS Color Guard will offer a clinic on Saturday, January 21st, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Please see the flyer, here, for more information.

DON'T FORGET TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A ROSE AWARD!

Starting today, Jan. 2, students, staff and community members have the opportunity to nominate a Rockwood employee or community member for a ROSE Award. Each year, we recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in a child's life, our school community or the Rockwood School District. Nominations will be accepted online through Monday, Jan. 28.

CHECK OUT THE ROCKWOOD SOUTH TRAILER FOR OUR 5TH-GRADE STUDENTS!

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 1/15/19 – 6th Grade Band Concert - 6 PM
  • 1/15/19 – 5th Grade Instrument Fitting in Gym – 6:30 PM
  • 1/16/19 – Incoming 6th Grade Gifted Program Meeting/Library – 6:00 PM
  • 1/16/19 – Incoming 6th Grade Encore Curriculum Night – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 1/18/19 – Staff Development Day – 11:32 Dismissal
  • 1/21/19 – No School – Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • 2/6/19 - Spring Picture Day 
  • 2/7/19 – PSO Meeting/Cafeteria – 6:30 PM
  • 2/4/19--2/8/19--National School Counseling Week​
Jan 07
January 6, 2019

A MESSAGE FROM DR. BIRKENMEIER

Dear Falcon Community,


I hope you had a wonderful start to 2019 and our second semester of school. While it is always important to take a break and relax, we certainly were excited for the return of our students last Thursday. Now, we are ready for our first full week of this semester.


At RSMS we are always seeking to improve the work we do with our kids and community. During the first semester, we received feedback from parents regarding our parent pick up procedure at dismissal. While they understand that we must release our buses from our parking lot first, they expressed concerns regarding cars making u-turns in the entrance/exit driveway, cars being lined up on Hawkins, and students trying to get into cars on Hawkins. All of this presents a safety issue for our kids.


Fortunately, we also received suggestions for improvement from these families! We understand that there are some things we can not change. We will always have one way in and out of our parking lot, causing our buses to need to be dismissed prior to car riders. Per the suggestion of our parents, we can improve our car pick up procedure by changing the traffic pattern after our buses dismiss. In listening to their thoughts, beginning on Monday afternoon, we will direct all cars to pull up to the 6th-grade entrance to pick up students. We will have signs posted and staff members there to support you. Drivers will then follow our usual exit signs to leave the school campus. This change will move all of the cars up the driveway, into our parking lot, and off of Hawkins road, which will make dismissal safer for our student car-riders.


We know that even what may seem like a minor change, is never easy. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience as we make certain every student leaves our campus safely. In the meantime, we will continue to seek and value your feedback.


As always, we greatly appreciate your partnership in supporting the learning and well-being of our kids. By working together, we make a difference! Please do not hesitate to contact me with thoughts or questions at 636-891-6850.


With Falcon Pride,


Laurie


Laurie Birkenmeier, Ed.D.

Principal

Rockwood South Middle School

Discover. Connect. Make a Difference.

Follow Me on Twitter @RSMSPrincipal

OUR KIDS ROCK!

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A shout out to #RSMSrocks 8th-grade students, Lily Tarticchio and Elaine Duan who presented at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery prior to our Winter Break. We are so proud of your courage in speaking to such a large crowd and your commitment to honoring those who gave their lives to serve our country.

PSO NEWS

Looking for the latest News from our PSO? Click here to see our PSO newsletter for information on the 2020-21 school calendar and more!


Is your child interested in Color Guard? The RSHS Color Guard will offer a clinic on Saturday, January 21st, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Please see the flyer, here, for more information.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR WEEK AT #RSMSROCKS

See more amazing stories on Twitter using our school hashtag #RSMSrocks

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A ROSE AWARD!

Starting today, Jan. 2, students, staff and community members have the opportunity to nominate a Rockwood employee or community member for a ROSE Award. Each year, we recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in a child's life, our school community or the Rockwood School District. Nominations will be accepted online through Monday, Jan. 28.


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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Upcoming Events:

  • 1/15/19 – 6th Grade Band Concert - 6 PM
  • 1/15/19 – 5th Grade Instrument Fitting in Gym – 6:30 PM
  • 1/16/19 – Incoming 6th Grade Gifted Program Meeting/Library – 6:00 PM
  • 1/16/19 – Incoming 6th Grade Encore Curriculum Night – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 1/18/19 – Staff Development Day – 11:32 Dismissal
  • 1/21/19 – No School – Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • 2/6/19 - Spring Picture Day 
  • 2/7/19 – PSO Meeting/Cafeteria – 6:30 PM​
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