Principal Fuga’s Updates

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

Toys for Tots, now until 12/19

This holiday season, Rogers Herr is participating in the Toys for Tots program! Donate new, unopened toys to kids in need for the holidays. There are bins to drop donations off in the morning. All donations must be turned in by Friday, December 19. And that's not all! If your grade donates the most toys you'll win the spirit stick as well as an all-grade prize! So donate today! And happy holidays!

Five Below Fundraiser, now until 12/21

Shop at Five Below at New Hope Commons in Durham and support the Rogers Herr Music Department! Download this flyer and, from now through Sunday December 21, show this flyer when you're paying and Five Below will donate 10% of all sales to support our chorus, strings, and band students. Please pass this opportunity on to your friends, neighbors and co-workers!

School Tours, 12/16 - 1/28

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

  • 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

8th Grade Parent Info Night (PIN), 1/13

Join us for an 8th grade PIN on Tuesday, January 13, 6-8pm in the cafeteria, where representatives from high schools will share information and answer questions.

StudentCam Documentary Contest, 1/20

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.

Black & Yellow Spelling Bee, 1/23

On Friday, January 23, all RHMS students are asked to come to school wearing Black & Yellow for the School-Wide Spelling Bee on Friday, January 23, at 8:30am in the auditorium, in which four students from each of our six teams will compete for a shot at the title of RHMS Spelling Champion. He or she will then 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

Student Council Delegates

Please congratulate our newly elected Student Council Delegates!

  • Navigators: Christopher Williams
  • Voyagers: Jenna Maloy
  • Pioneers: Caleb Lipscomb
  • Pathfinders: Marc Gafoor
  • Dreamseekers: Jon Piccillo
  • Explorers: Jarah Cotton

Canned Food Drive Results!

Last year, only four lonely cans of food sat in the Durham Rescue Mission food donation bin at our school, so this year, AIG teacher Ms. Miske challenged eight of her students to do better. “How can we encourage students to give more?” she asked. Within days, students designed a plan to challenge each grade to donate more food than the next, posting thermometer charts around the school to track progress. The students met with Principal Fuga and solicited support from teachers to send home flyers, wave signs in the carpool lane, and challenge other teachers in the morning announcements. Competition was fierce. A few days in, the 8th graders had hundreds more cans than the 6th graders. But on the morning of the final count, the sixth graders revealed that they had been hoarding donations instead of marking them on the thermometer and won with more than a thousand cans! The Durham Rescue Mission uses about 300 cans of food per day during the holidays. A special thanks to Caleb and Aidan Keveney, Travis Williams, Taha Al Mashhadani, Jarah Cotton, Keeley Carlson, Tylah Harrison and Jacob Myers for organizing such an amazing event, which netted more than 2,000 items in only seven school days! Your motivation to organize a school-wide event to help others reveals the incredible character that you and your fellow RHMS students possess. We are proud of you.

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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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 Fuga's weekly phone updates, send an email to with your child's name and updated phone numbers.
  • TEXT MESSAGE: text @rogershe to 910-853-6794. You'll receive a request for your name. Once you reply, you will be subscribed to our texting service at Standard message rates apply.
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  • 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.
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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 December 15, 2014