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.

Early Dismissal, 8/5

Wed, Aug 5, is an Early Release Day. That means our students will be dismissed at 12:20pm and bus riders get home two hours earlier than normal drop off. All car riders should be picked up by 12:20pm so all of our teachers may participate in their instructional planning and professional development opportunities.

Carpool Procedures

Safety is our number one priority. During morning and afternoon carpool, we ask that all vehicles drive all the way down to the end of the sidewalk and not stop at the front steps. It is prohibited to drop students off in the bus lot or on Cornwallis Rd. School personnel and our school officer are stationed outside during carpool times to direct the flow of traffic and the process moves much faster when everyone takes note of their directions. Please refrain from signing homework papers, gathering lunch money, etc., as anything other than dropping off your child stops the flow of the carpool. If your child isn't quite ready to get out of the car when you arrive, please just pull into one of our parking spaces. When in the carpool lane, we want your child to get from your car into our building as safely and as quickly as possible. We take safety seriously at Rogers-Herr. Not following carpool procedures could result in a citation or transfer. Thank you in advance for supporting student safety by following morning and afternoon carpool procedures.

6th Gr. Testing, 8/5

On Wed, Aug 5, all 6th Graders will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), which aims to measure reasoning ability. The CogAT, from Riverside Publishing, consists of three tests, verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative, that take about ten minutes each to administer. CogAT results should be available by the end of August, which we will use to assist teachers in identifying appropriate instructional strategies, as well as to identify students who may qualify as Academically/Intellectually Gifted. This test will not affect students' grades and requires no special preparation. Please make sure your child arrives well-rested and on time. Your support and efforts to make this a successful experience for our students are greatly appreciated!

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 in both English & Spanish (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

Parents, students, and teachers working together is what makes Rogers-Herr an extraordinary place to learn, work, and grow! We look forward to seeing your child bright an early Monday morning.

Volunteer Applications by 8/14

We hope that all parents/guardians will apply online to be a volunteer by Fri, Aug 14 by clicking this link. Please note that, in order to attend any field trips, DPS requires that all chaperones be approved through their application process (including a criminal background check). Please don't wait until the last minute to apply as this process can take some time. Apply by Fri, Aug 14!

Bookbag Drive, 8/22

In honor of Coach Hemphill's late son, Tyreic Hemphill, the 2nd Annual “Fly Guy Ty” Memorial Bookbag drive charity event to provide school supplies for those in need is happening on Sat, Aug 22, from 9-12:30pm 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. Only with the support of your colleagues, family, friends, and Rogers-Herr staff members, will we accomplish our goal. We are asking for donations of bookbags, supplies, money, sponsorships, etc., to ensure that the kids in our community get the items necessary for school success. Financial donations can be made via PayPal; the account email address is Please give school supply donations to Mr. Hemphill by Thursday, Aug 20. Thank you in advance for your support.

Character Trait of the Month

Character counts at Rogers-Herr and the character trait on which we are focused through the end of August is Citizenship. Citizenship means being a good neighbor, cooperating, doing community service, protecting the environment, obeying rules, respecting authority, and making your community & school a better place. Please talk with your child about the importance of being a good citizen every day.

Lunch Applications

Lunch applications must be completed every year. If you haven't already done so, please complete and submit your lunch application immediately. Lunches cost $2.75; every child in DPS may have a free breakfast!

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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
  • 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.
  • DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Visit for lunch menus and other info.
  • 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

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 August 3, 2015