Principal Fuga’s Updates

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

Items Needed: Promoting Positive Behavior

To promote positive behaviors at Rogers-Herr, our teachers give students Ram Bucks whenever they see a student demonstrate Respect, Ownership, Character, and/or Knowledge (ROCK). Ram Bucks can be used at the School Store Prizes for school supplies, healthy snacks, earbuds, electronics, toys, etc., and we are asking every member of the Rogers-Herr community to consider donating these types of items to the RHMS School Store. Click this link to sign up for an item you intend to purchase so we can make sure we don't get too many of the same things! Five Below, a discount store in New Hope Commons, is a great place to buy these types of items, which is at 5432 New Hope Commons Dr. Please turn in any purchased items by Monday, 11/24 to the front office, ATTN: PBIS Team. Our school store will be open for business on Tuesday, 11/25. Thank you and remember, RAMS ROCK!!

Black & Yellow (Spelling Bee, 12/1)!

On Monday, December 1, all RHMS students are asked to come to school wearing Black & Yellow to participate in their Language Arts classroom spelling bee! Four students from each of our six teams will then go on to compete in the School-Wide Spelling Bee on Friday, January 23, at 8:30am in the auditorium. The winner of the RHMS Spelling Bee will compete in the Triangle Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 14, at Duke University against the winners of school spelling bees from public, charter, private, and home schools across Durham and Orange County! 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 make this the year that a Rogers-Herr student goes to Washington, DC to compete in the national spelling bee! Here is what you need to know to start studying:

  • Click here to download the study words
  • If you’ve mastered all of the study words, there are more lists, categorized by etymology, at this link
  • Take a look at the following books:
    • How to Spell Like a Champ, by Barrie Trinkle, Carolyn Andrews, and Paige Kimble
    • The Spelling List and Word Study Resource Book, by Mary Jo Fresh & Aileen Wheaton
    • Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder, by Mary W. Cornog

School Tours, 12/2 - 1/28

Want to Visit Rogers-Herr? Click here to sign up for a tour on any of the following remaining dates:

  • Tue, 12/2, 8am
  • Tue, 12/16, 8am & 4:30pm
  • Tue, 1/13, 8am
  • Wed, 1/14. 10am
  • Tue, 1/20, 8am
  • Wed, 1/21, 10am
  • Thu, 1/22, 4:30pm
  • Tue, 1/27, 8am & 4:30pm
  • Wed, 1/28, 10am

GREAT Opportunity & Fundraiser!

Each year, G.R.E.A.T., Gang Resistance Education and Training, sponsors a 3 day field trip to Washington, D.C. for approximately 100 deserving 6th grade students from each middle school across DPS. The trip takes place over the Mother’s Day weekend. The trip includes transportation, lodging and food as we visit many of the memorials in Washington as well as The Air and Space Museum and a few others. The cost of this trip averages out to approximately $400 per student, but because of G.R.E.A.T.'s fundraising efforts, they are able to reduce the cost to the student to $50! The G.R.E.A.T. unit is teamed with The Citizens Safety Committee of Durham which is chaired by Sheriff Worth Hill, Retired. This year The Committee has teamed with Avon to conduct the fundraiser. We are selling a wonderful plush toy, a penguin that is about 12 inches tall and is soft as can be. The price of the toy is $20 which is split 50/50 between G.R.E.A.T. and Avon. We are seeking your support. Order forms are in the main office; money can be given to Ms. Patterson. All money is due by December 3. The bears should arrive for delivery on December 17. We appreciate all of your support!

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!

StudentCam Documentary Contest!

StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme. The theme for this year is: “The Three Branches and You.” Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law or action by either the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branch has affected you or your community. With cash prizes totalling $100,000, C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries, and 53 teacher advisers! All eligible documentaries must adhere to the Competition Rules, and be submitted to C-SPAN by Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Winners will be announced in March 2015.

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 November 19, 2014