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.

No School, 9/7!

School will be closed Mon, Sep 7, for Labor Day. Also, intersession is from Mon, Sep 28 – Fri, Oct 16. Students return Mon, Oct 19.

Battle of the Books, 9/8

Anyone interested in competing in the Battle of the Books this year should sign up in the library to attend the interest meeting on Tue, Sep 8, 2:30-3:30pm. Those who sign up will receive a permission form, which are due at noon on Tue, Sep 8 to be able to attend the interest meeting.

Music Booster Meeting, 9/8

Please join us for our next Music Booster Meeting on Tue, Sep 8, 6-7pm, in the cafeteria, where we will discuss upcoming events and fundraisers to benefit the RHMS Music Program.

School Store Donations by 9/9

Thank you to all who contributed to our grand opening of the school store on Aug 21. The students were very excited! Our school store is an initiative through the Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) team to promote positive behaviors at RHMS. Students can earn RamBucks, which can be exchanged for prizes at the school store, when they demonstrate Respect, Ownership, Character, or Knowledge (ROCK). We are still very much in need of items for the school store on an ongoing basis to make sure students have a great selection from which to choose. Prizes can include gift cards, school supplies, healthy snacks, earbuds, electronic devices, toys, etc. Five Below (5432 New Hope Commons Dr) is a great store for purchasing these sorts of items for donating to our school store. Click here to sign up to make a donation and turn them in to the main office (ATTN: PBIS Team) by Wed, Sep 9 (donations will continue to be accepted past this date). Typically, the school store will be open one Friday per month during lunch and each team has been assigned a day to go to the school store.

Progress Reports, 9/9

Look for these to come home next Wed, Sep 9. Please contact your child's teacher if you don't recieve one. The purpose of the progress report is to keep parents apprised of student performance twice per quarter, before final grades are placed on report cards. Please take this opportunity to discuss with your child areas of success and for focus regarding his or her grades, work habits, and behavior thus far. Set goals reflective of each focus area (eg. completing homework, classwork, procedures, & following directions), and please don't hesitate to request a conference with your child’s teacher at any time. Our goal is to ensure your child is growing and successful, which takes all of us working together.

Grandparents & Caretakers Conference, 9/15

This one-day conference on Tue, Sep 15, from 8am-2:30pm, at 414 E. Main St., will bring together grandparents, relative caretakers, non-profit & gov't service providers, and community leaders to discuss the vital role of grandparents and caretakers in supporting and nurturing children, Workshiops will be held on legal issues, advocacy, affordable hearlth care, and community resources. There will also be a roundtable discussion with our representatives from the state legislature. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Please register by Sep 7 by contacting Diane Fening at 919.560.8398 or

Mindful Parenting, 9/17

Parents/guardians are invited to learn about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be applied to parenting. Refreshments will be provided. This event is on Thu, Sep 17, 12-1:30pm, 2107 Hillandale Road. To register, contact Beth Hutson at 919.667.1067 or Hosted by GCF Family Support Services in collaboration with DPS Family Academy.

STEM Opportunity Apps Due 9/18

The Student Engineers Network, Strengthening Opportunities in Research (SENSOR) is holding a FREE series of Saturday Academies at Duke for 8th graders. Only a limited number of students will be accepted; to maximize the chances of acceptance, please download and submit your application as soon as possible and before the Fri, Sep 18 deadline. SENSOR is an education and outreach program designed to promote and encourage the pursuit of research careers in science and engineering by under-represented minority middle school students in DPS. Instructors from Duke and NC State will engage students in materials-related engineering design activities, sensor experiments, and math exercises during twelve Saturday sessions from Sep 2015 through May 2016. There will also be a field trip to Eno River State Park! Please call or email Dr. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts at 919.660.5560 or for more info!

Liquid Nitro Ice Cream, 9/23

Join us on Wed, Sep 23, 6-8pm for "Science Under the Stars," a fun, FREE evening of interactive stations on Duke's campus. Parking is free in the Chemistry parking lot, which is located near the intersection of Circuit and Towerview Drives. Free liquid nitrogen ice cream will be provided as well as two passes to the Lemur Center raffle! The event will take place in the French Family Science Center (lower floor) and outside near the greenhouses. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Dr. Kenneth Lyle at 919.681.9952

TechGirlz, 9/27

TechGirlz, which aims to inspire girls to get into Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM), is having a College Round Table event on Sun, Sep 27, where women studying STEM at local universities will discuss what they love about STEM, how they chose their major, and how one can prepare for a college degree in STEM. This year TechGirlz has already hosted classes on Linux, Python, Watson, Web Design and more! Click here to sign up for this event!

Character Trait of the Month

Character counts at Rogers-Herr and the character trait on which we are focused through the end of September is Self-Discipline. Self-Discipline means having self-control and restraint, being independent, doing what is right even when no one is watching, committing yourself to excellence, punctuality to school/class, abiding by rules, completing assignments and tasks on time, following rules and procedures (without reminders). Please discuss the importance of exhibiting self-discipline with your child.

Help us fix our front sign!

Families, our front sign is in need of some TLC. If anyone has expertise with signs and can consult with the PTA to figure out the best way to fix it, we’d appreciate your help. Please contact any of the PTA leaders if you can help.

Shopping Raises Money

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 me in fundraising today! Download the free app here!

Fresh Photos!

In an effort to keep the photos on our website current, please email to 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!

Join the RHMS PTA

Did you know that your PTA membership and involvement have a direct and positive impact on our school? Please join the PTA today and get involved. Annual dues are only $8. Just click here to download the form, print it, fill it out, put it in an envelope with an $8 check, and have your child drop it off in the main office!

Be A Leader!

Can you help the RHMS PTA? We have a host of opportunities to fit your passions! We need help with fundraising, hospitality, and revamping the RHMS Post-EOG Fun Day! The commitment time is low but the rewards and benefits are high.. Learn more about the open positions on the PTA Jobs page and email Susan Roux ( today to let her know how you’d like to help!

Time to Re-Link
(your shopping cards)!

Did you know the easiest way that you can raise funds for our school is by linking your shopping cards to RHMS? Each year, you must re-link to our school and then all of your shopping helps contribute to Rogers-Herr! The codes are:

More information on how to link your cards is on the PTA Cool Cash page, or just head directly up to customer service at your store when you shop next – they’ll be happy to help! Also, don’t forget to send in your Box Tops and Tyson & Campbells labels! They can be dropped off in the main office.

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

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! We look forward to seeing your children bright and early tomorrow morning.

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Here Comes The Bus!

Click here to look up which bus your child rides, where the bus stop is, and more! The code you must enter is 9703.

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 September 4, 2015