Principal’s Message: Week of May 2nd

Greetings John Rolfe Family,

This is Mrs. George, proud principal of John Rolfe Middle School, with a few messages and notices for the week.  Thank you to everyone who acknowledged our administrative assistants, clerical team, and front office staff last week.

Parents and Guardians:  

  • Monday, May 2nd is a Day 1.
  • May 2 – May 6 Teacher Appreciation Week. (May 3rd – National Teacher Appreciation Day).  Please join us in recognizing the hard work and dedication of our teachers and to observe this day and this week. Please make a moment to acknowledge our JRMS teachers through a card, note, email of encouragement, or any act of kindness. I know they would appreciate it.
  • May 2 – Students will take sports pictures on this day. Attached you will find information for individuals as well as novelty pictures.  Please see the flyer for information regarding online payment.Sports Picture Info   Picture Day Flyer
  • May 3- Student Holiday/Professional Learning Day/Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Dress code: As the weather changes, parents please remind students of permitted school attire.  Strapless sandals /flip-flops, Athletic slides, bedroom slippers (and Look-a-likes), revealing clothing, and biker shorts are not allowed.
  • Parking Lot Updates – Parents we appreciate your patience as we work through some adjustments in our parking lot procedures.  This year we have more students participating as car riders which have created the need to adjust some of our procedures. I am asking all drivers to be mindful of those in the parking lot, crossing the parking lot, and staff assisting in the parking lot.  Please remind family members assisting student pick-ups or drop off that the staff is there to assist.  While kindness goes a long way, verbal abuse for assisting students will not be tolerated.  Thank you to those who have already shared input to improve the process. We are working on the adjustments.
  • Sports Pictures with Strawbridge Studios

A message from School Counseling. Student Information Update Reminders. JRMS families, please copy and paste or click on the link below for updates from our school counseling department regarding important academic information.

~Ms. Lee, Mrs. Hoover, and Mrs. Clemmons.

Yearbooks are on sale now! $25 cash or checks made out to John Rolfe Middle School or pay online in the parent portal. Students must get a note from their teacher and bring payments to Mrs. James during the advisory period only. Don’t wait until the last minute to order your yearbook. This is the last week to order your yearbook.  Don’t miss out!!!                                                               ~Mrs. Middleton-James, your JRMS Yearbook Sponsor

Expectations and reminders:

  • End of Year Events and Student Clubs.
    • Parents, please take the time to review the code of conduct and teacher expectations with your child(ren).
    • While Grade Level Teams are planning specific events for the remainder of the semester and end of the year for students, to participate in any event students must follow these expectations:
      • Strategies – Implement academic strategies and ask for assistance if needed
      • Effort-Demonstrate effort and work ethic
      • Attitude– Exhibit a positive attitude
  • Code of Student ConductParents please click on the link, review, sign, and return the completed signature page of the Student Code of Conduct.  The Code of Student Conduct includes overall Schoolwide Expectations, Student Rights/Responsibilities, Student Disciplinary Responses, and Interventions.
  • Dress Code Reminders:  Students may not wear the following items unless otherwise stated:
  • Hoods (on heads), hats, or face masks (that cover more than the mouth and nose) inside school buildings, during regular school hours, unless required for religious or medical reasons. This is the first time in 3 years are student scholars are permitted to wear hoods in the building. We are trusting them with being responsible and safe with this expectation.
  • Sunglasses (worn indoors), unless prescribed by a physician.
  • Clothing must reach the tip of the thumb when hands are placed at the sides (arms straight with palms flat).
  • Messages on clothing, chains, jewelry, and personal belongings that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or messages that negatively represent a religion, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, transgender status, or people, or that could cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment.
  • Spiked jewelry, chains, and items that could cause student injury.
  • Beachwear (which includes bathing suits and trunks) and sleepwear.
  • Clothing that reveals undergarments. Biker shorts or other garments that are revealing should not be worn.  
  • Cut-off jeans, cut-off sweatpants, or torn, ripped or slashed clothing that reveals undergarments or body parts excluded by other parts of this code.
  • Clothing that is see-through, revealing the midriff (while sitting or standing), or resembles undergarments.
  • Bedroom slippers (or look-a-likes), athletic slides, or shoes with wheels, also known as “Heelys.”

The administrative team in each school shall have discretion regarding code decisions. Parents of students who violate the dress code may be contacted to provide appropriate clothing for their child(ren), if necessary.

  • Middle School non-Writing SOLs are just around the corner. Teachers are preparing students for success on the State Assessments.  Below are a few SOL prep reminders:
    • Online Assessments –Assessments are online.  Remind students to complete a laptop check each evening along with charging their computers as they charge their other electronic devices.  Cellphones are not permitted in a testing environment. Cellphones create a testing irregularity.
    • Laptops – Student Scholars remember to charge your computer each day! Remember to take care of and be responsible for your units.  Students will need laptops for assessments.  Students should report needed repairs as soon as they are aware. Teachers may provide a pass for students to report to the help desk for repairs.
    • Learning Clarity – Ask your child the following questions each day for clarity. Listen closely to the response.  If your child is unable to answer those questions, have him/her take you through their learning day. During the 4th MP, it is essential that students are actively participating in their own learning.
      • What are you learning?
      • Why are you learning it?
      • How do you know you’ve got it?

Thank you for assisting us with keeping our children safe. Parents, together we shape responsible and accountable student scholars and leaders.  Below are a few items with which you can assist us to ensure school/campus safety.

Safety Reminders:

  • Masks! HCPS highly recommends students wear masks although they are not required. Parents, we appreciate your support and attention to this area of safety.
  • This week we had 0 positive COVID-19 cases reported to us.
  • School Safety Drills- We will continue our monthly safety drills throughout the year. Some safety drills are announced but many are unannounced.

John Rolfe Middle School will continue our pursuit of educational excellence and rise to our full potential for success. Students please have a restful evening and remember together, “We” continue our quest for success as one team, one voice, and one family.

                                               Keep Rising to Greatness!

This week and beyond:

  • May 2nd Sports Picture Day
  • May 3rd Eid al-Fitr/Student Holiday/Professional Learning
  • May 4th SOL Window opens
  • Click this link: Updated HCPS 2021-2022 School Calendar     Below are Reminders of calendar adjustments for this year.
    • Calendar adjustments included creating days off on these four Fridays — March 11, April 1, May 27, and June 17 — would provide more downtime for students and staff.
    • Note: If June 17 — currently a half-day for students — is converted to a full day off, then Thursday, June 16 would become the last day of school for students.