A Time of Change
As I write this, I am reflecting back on what I would normally write about in a May newsletter. Most years, I would be commenting on the warming weather and reminding readers about the dress code, bicycle safety and the MCA’s. This year is so different! I hope you and yours are healthy and safe!
As you know, Governor Walz recently extended distance learning through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Consequently, be assured that our teachers will do their best to support your students and provide them with the best possible education under these unusual circumstances. I speak for the entire RMS staff when I declare that we miss our students!
Up until this time, we have largely relied on communication to come from the district level in an effort to be sure the messages remain consistent. Moving forward, we will be providing more building specific communications regarding a number of topics including, but not limited to, field trip refunds, pick up times for student belongings, yearbook distribution and Chromebook returns. It is our plan to send out informative email blasts as we make decisions regarding each of the topics. Thank you, in advance, for your patience as we navigate the weeks ahead.
As some of you may already know, 2019-20 will mark my final year as principal. It has been my pleasure to serve ISD 728 for the past 32 years, including the last five years as principal of Rogers Middle School. I will be forever grateful for having had the opportunity to serve as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal within such a fine district. My tenure ends on June 30th, and some form of retirement will begin. On behalf of my family, including two children who are proud graduates of ISD 728, thank you!
Finally, Rogers Middle School will be in great hands under the leadership of Dr. Nicole Rittenour. I had the pleasure of working side by side with Nicole for three years when she served as assistant principal at RMS. After serving the past two years as assistant principal at Prairie View Elementary and Middle School, Nicole was selected to return to RMS as principal starting with the 2020-21 school year; congratulations to Dr. Rittenour!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about RMS.
Mark J. Huss
Rogers Middle School
It’s a great place to learn!
Relentless Pursuit of Continuous Improvement!
No School May 1 or 4
Please note, there will be no school or online instruction for students on Friday, May 1, 2020 or Monday, May 4, 2020 as teachers will be participating in professional development. These two days of professional development were ordered by the Governor and are meant to provide staff an opportunity for all Minnesota teachers to collaborate and to refine their Distance Learning practices.
Media Center NewsOnline Book Fair to replace May BOGO FairWith school buildings remaining closed for the rest of the school year, the Media Center had to cancel its Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair scheduled for mid-May. The Media Center will be offering an online Scholastic Book Fair in its place. While it is not a BOGO Fair, it is one way to get some new books to finish out the school year and stock up for summer reading. The online Fair will be open for shopping May 11-24, 2020. All purchases will ship to students' homes! Check it out beginning May 11th: https://www.scholastic.
com/bf/rogersmiddleKeep Students Reading During Distance Learning and into Summer!
Looking for resources to keep your middle schooler reading? Here are some options!
MackinVIA: Students have access to the Media Center's ebook collection 24 hours a day, every day of the year--including summer! We have expanded access to digital resources during Distance Learning, so be sure to check out the additional ebooks and audiobooks in the Distance Learning Resources Group in MackinVIA! Here is a quick video on how to access our ebooks.Public Library: Even though public library buildings may be closed, they still offer a large selection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. Here is information about Hennepin County's digital collection. Live in Wright County? Check out Great River Regional's digital collection.No library card? No problem! Both the Hennepin County and Great River systems are offering online ecards while closed. Check it out: Hennepin County ecards, Great River ecards.Quarter 4 Digital Citizenship Poster Contest WinnersStudents in Mrs. LeMoine's Coding class took part in a Digital Citizenship Poster Contest in collaboration with the Media Specialist, Mrs. Allen. Each Coding class takes part in this contest throughout the school year. The Quarter 4 winners are: Morgan Peterson (Good Digital Citizen), Peyton Bowers (Good Digital Citizen), Maggie Amundson (Online Safety), Drew Uttech (Online Safety) and Aubrey Erb (Cyberbullying). Congratulations!
Rogers Shark Tank Winner Announced!After lots of hard work and dedication by both the committee and participants, the first season of Shark Tank Live has ended with three winners. Shark Tank Live was a NEW event for the community, involving local businesses, students of various ages, and a high-school committee organizing the event.
Businesses donated almost $4,000, and students from Rogers High School, Rogers Middle School, and Hassan Elementary 5th graders participated. The event took place over the course of September until April, and showcased the best innovative ideas in the community.
The process included accepting ideas, reviewing those ideas to select top 25 at each school, and then a preliminary competition to select the top 3 ideas at each school. The Shark Tank Live committee then hosted mentor sessions for the participants to improve their projects and skills for the final competition.
The original plan was to invite the top 3 ideas from each school to the Performing Arts Center at Rogers High School for the final competition. Participants would present their idea in front of the audience and a live panel of judges to compete for the top prize, $1000.
This plan was disrupted due to the Covid-19 situation. Improvising, the Shark Tank Live committee hosted a virtual event on YouTube. The participants were shown how to upload videos to YouTube which were reviewed by the planned judges. After watching and reviewing the participants videos, the judges for Shark Tank Live chose the top three.
Jackson Smith, from RMS, took first place winning $1,000. Jackson created "Lazy Lawn", a lawn mower that can be set to a schedule and controlled remotely to cut your lawn without having to put in physical effort. His innovation was very creative and included fertilizing and watering systems on the lawn mower. Congratulations on 1st! Check out a recent broadcast of the Morning Show to see his invention!
The winners received jumbo checks and trophies congratulating them on their hard work and success. All of the rest of the participants received a $50 gift certificate to the One Stop DECA Shoppe in Rogers High School.
Shark Tank Live was used in competition for DECA. The students received 2nd Place at the State Career and Development Conference advancing them to the International Competition. However, due to Covid-19 the competition got cancelled.
Congrats Mr. Huss!
Mr. Huss was recently named Middle School Principal of the Year by the Central Division Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. Way to go!
The RMS Counseling Department has prepared a list of tips for success during Distance Learning, along with resources and recommendations that families may find helpful. Click here to access this information.
Field Trip Refunds
Thank you for your continued patience. We are in the process of preparing refunds for field trips due to the cancelation of the remainder of the 19-20 school year. Refunds will be made in the form that they were paid.
Incoming 6th Grade Parent Preview Night
May 7th was the original date for this year's Parent Preview Night for the incoming 6th grade class. We are currently working to create a digital option for families. Please stay tuned to your inbox for that information. We can't wait to welcome our new students to RMS!
RMS Morning Show Continues
The Rogers Middle School Morning Show continues to provide a daily news program for our students. The Morning Show is a great way to stay connected, stay informed of important announcements, and learn important skills for wellness. Students can access the Morning Show through Schoology.