Principal Fuga’s Updates

Greetings, Rogers-Herr Family, this is your Principal, Michael Fuga, with your RHMS News!

Trees Across Durham

Thank you to all who came out to support our Trees Across Durham tree-planting last Saturday! It was a great event in which Durham Public Schools, our students and families, the local community and a local organization (Trees Across Durham) to beautify our campus and support our environment. Special thanks to our student helpers: Ben Mason, Sarah Tolman, and Jonathan Tovar. Special thanks to our PTA parents: Ms. Shayala Gibbs and Ms. Sharron McCallister. Special thanks also to RHMS teachers: Ms. Andrews, Ms. Umbarger, Ms. Penuel, Mr. Sinquefield, and his wife. Many other volunteers came out to help us, too! It was a very enriching community-oriented event!

AIG Summer Day Camp Slots Disappearing!

Apply now for this opportunity! SPARK is a DPS-run summer day camp that goes from Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25. Space is very limited and is disappearing quickly! Click here to apply now online before all the slots fill up! Click here to download the SPARK camp brochure!

Nat'l Junior Honor Inductions, 2/5, 5:15p

Students who have qualified for the National Junior Honor Society will be inducted during a ceremony in our auditorium this Thursday, February 5, 5:15pm. Please come out and celebrate our students accomplishments!

Basketball Playoffs, 2/5, 6p

Our Boys basketball team will be in the playoffs at Durham School of the Arts (DSA) at 6pm on Thursday, February 5. Come out and support our Rams as they seek to defend their title from last year! Go Rams!

PTA General Mtg, 2/5, 6:30p

Our PTA will have its next general body meeting this Thursday, February 5, 6:30pm in the cafeteria. We will discuss school events, financial contributions from the PTA as well as information regarding the NC School Report Card Grades. Please come out and support our students and the PTA!

School Dance, 2/13

Put on your dancing shoes because the Valentine’s Day Dance is gonna be on and poppin'! Roll on up to Rogers-Herr on Friday, February 13 at 6pm. They'll be plenty of stuff to eat & drink, too, so don't forget to bring some cash! You'll also need a signed permission form so be sure to pick one up in the main office ASAP! Tickets are $5 at the door. Don't forget your signed permission form! Parents, please be here to pick your child up promptly by 8pm.

Donations Requested for 2/13

Parents, the RHMS PTA is seeking donations for the concessions stand for the dance on Friday, February 13. Specific items for which the PTA is looking include: packages of chips, cookies, candy, crackers, nuts, beverages. We poured sodas last year (a big hit) so 2-liter bottles would be great! The PTA would also like to borrow a few large coolers for ice. Please bring all items to the main office and give them to Ms. Thompson, Ms. Samuels, or Ms. Jones by Thursday, February 12. If you're interested in chaperoning please email Susan Roux at! Thank you!

History Bee, 2/14

Congratulations to our History Bee Winners! The Online Regional Qualifying Exam (ORQE) has been completed, and we are now gearing up for the next phase, which is a Regional competition in Charlotte! Maddi Jakes, Aidan Keaveney, and Matthew Conguista have ALL qualified to advance to the Regional competition! The Charlotte Regional Finals will be on Saturday, February 14, 2-5p, Cannon School, 5801 Poplar Tent Rd., in Concord, NC. Click here for a printable invitation.

ACCESS Testing, 2/18-19

Students identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) are currently taking the ACCESS test. We gave the Listening, Reading, and Writing batteries on Monday, February 2 & Tuesday, February 3. We'll give the Speaking test on Wednesday, February 18 & Thursday, February 19. Notifications were sent home with students on Friday.

Career Day, 2/26

RHMS family, friends, and others in the community are invited to participate in our annual Career Day on Thursday, February 26! Career Day activities will be held during each grade's elective time. We need people like you to help our students think about their futures by sharing your work experiences and advice! Click here to register if you would like to volunteer to speak on Career Day, Thursday, February 26. Come inspire a child to reach for their dreams! Please email Ms. Hines at if you have any questions!

Spelling Bee, 3/14

Our Spelling Bee was intense! We actually ran out of words and had to go to the auxiliary word list!

  • Jackson DeWitt, 7th Grader, came in 3rd place after successfully spelling words like dementia, exoneration, and catalyst!
  • Mirabelle Javellana, 8th Grader, dressed in black and yellow, came in 2nd place after successfully spelling words like ignominious, heuristic, and obstreperous!
  • Matthew Congiusta, 6th Grader, also dressed in black and yellow, came in 1st place after successfully spelling words like apocryphal, Sisyphean, and somnipathy!
Now that Matthew has won the 2015 Rogers-Herr Middle School Spelling Bee, he has qualified to represent Rogers-Herr at the Duke Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 14! Let’s all come out and support him as he represents Rogers-Herr Middle School in a fierce upcoming competition against 60 other school champions from public, private, charter, and homeschools across Durham and Orange Counties! In late May, Duke University will send the winner of the Triangle Regional Spelling Bee and their parent/guardian to Washington, DC to compete in the National Spelling Bee! In the six years that Duke University has been hosting the regional spelling bee tournament, one champion came from Orange County Schools (2013), one from a charter school (2010), and three winners came from Durham Public Schools (Chewning 2011, EK Powe 2012, Little River 2014), but none have ever come from Rogers-Herr! Let's all support Matthew and maybe this will be the year that a Rogers-Herr student goes to Washington, DC to compete in the national spelling bee!
  • Date: 3/14/15
  • NEW Location: Baldwin Auditorium, Duke's East Campus, 1336 Campus Drive
  • Parking: TBD
  • Schedule:
    • 8am- Baldwin Auditorium Doors Open for Guests and Registration Opens for Spellers
    • 8:45am- All 60 spellers must be seated on the stage
    • 9am- Welcome, Rules, Introductions
    • 9:10am- Regional Bee begins
    • ~12:15 - Champion named, prizes presented

Geography Bee Winners

For our 7th annual Geography Bee, we had a record-breaking numbers of students participating AND a record number of students that made it to the final round! National Geographic Geography Bee Winners:

  • 1st Place -August Kenneth Pye (7th Grade)
  • 2nd Place – Angel Velazquez (8th Grade)
  • 3rd Place – David Madzivanyika (8th Grade)

School Improvement

Our School Improvement Team (SIT) invites parents and community members to express their thoughts and concerns regarding how to continuously improve our wonderful school! Ideas can be communicated to Principal Fuga and then, if approved, presented to the School Improvement Team for consideration.

Headed to the Grocery Store?

Did you know you can link your Kroger, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and/or Target frequent shopper cards to Rogers-Herr? Did you know the money Rogers-Herr gets from these links makes a BIG difference? These retailers will donate a percentage of your purchase directly to RHMS! Most cards need to be re-linked at the beginning of every school year and can be done online or at their customer service desks. Our school codes can be found on our COOL CASH page on the Rogers-Herr website. Please link your cards TODAY!

PLUS, Harris Teeter will donate an additional 10% of your total purchase, but only when you use the Express Lane between September 3 & October 28! Customers must be linked to our school at the time of your purchase. Want to double check that you are linked? Look at the bottom of your receipt to see the name of our school!

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

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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.

This page last updated February 4, 2015