FYI: Monday, August 24th Phone Calls

August 19, 2020

JRMS’s internet and phone services will be replaced Monday, August 24, 2020 beginning at 6:30 am until 9:00 am.  The schools will not have phones or internet service during this time, so please be aware of the interruption when contacting the building. Thank you for your understanding.


Contact Information for the 2020-2021 School Year

August 19, 2020

Rolfe Families,

Please help us stay connected with you. In the coming weeks you will be receiving a lot of important information from the school as we approach Back to School virtually. If you know your contact information (phone, address, and/or email) has changed over the course of the previous school year or you have not received this month’s Sunday Principal’s emails,  please contact the school so we can add updates.

You may call the front office at 804- 226-8730 to speak with Ms. Marshall for phone and email updates. Any additional information will be forwarded to Ms. Canaday,  the Counseling department Registrar, at mycanaday@henrico.k12.va.us .

We look forward to a new school year with you!



Laptop Information: 6th Graders, New HCPS Students, & Families

August 11, 2020

Sixth graders will be picking up their laptops the week of August 10th. Students new to Henrico County will also be acquiring these machines in the near future. With the various platforms and programs to learn,  students and families may need some guidance on how to maneuver their new laptops. See more information at http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/hlp/families/

Particularly note the section “Middle School Support.” Click the orange arrow icon for more information to guide you through the various programs.

There are also tutorials on how to maneuver Schoology (HCPS’s learning management system). This platform is crucial during our virtual learning time.

On a further note, rising JRMS 7th and 8th grade students need to also bring their laptops to the school to have their cameras activated. Information regarding the installation is below:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8:30 through 12 and 12:30 through 4:30
  • Each location will practice safety precautions for COVID-19.  Technical support staff will be wearing masks and practicing additional safety precautions.  Each person that arrives to have their HCPS laptop serviced are requested to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.  Each line will have tape on the floor about 8 feet apart to help with social distancing. 
  • Only one individual (parent, student or guardian) should enter the school to receive service.  The only thing that is needed to be brought in to complete the work is the laptop to be reconfigured (no charger, no username/password).
  • The location at the school to go to for the activation of the laptop camera is the Front door, into the commons area-cafeteria.  This support at each school to reconfigure secondary student laptop cameras will continue into the month of August up until start of school.

Back to School Information 2020-2021: Supply Lists and Bell Schedule

August 5, 2020

In a few weeks we look forward to being back together virtually. Information will be coming out to help you prepare for September 8th. Provided below is a general supply list for our middle school students. There may be additional items requested per teacher. Lists for specific courses will be linked and updated in the future.

JRMS Supply List 2020-2021

The current bell schedule is provided at the following link. This will also be linked permanently on the web-page for future reference.

JRMS Bell Schedule 2020-2021



2020 John Rolfe Mascot Survey

July 20, 2020

Greetings Rolfe Family,

This is Mrs. George, proud Principal of John Rolfe Middle School, with a few reminders and notices for the week.  I hope this message finds you and your family safe and sound.  On last night’s call, I promised that the link to a survey regarding our mascot will be shared with you all today.  To recap, please see the message below.

I am reaching out to you today with a few student and family reminders for the upcoming week as well as sharing important information with you regarding our John Rolfe Mascot, “Indians”.

In 1979, John Rolfe Middle School opened its doors with our current mascot.   Just prior to our close of school due to the COVID Crisis, a group of students presented a proposal to me and the school board regarding our mascot. The students had concerns that the mascot, did not match the core values of our school, community, and families.  The proposal allows each of us to take pause and consider what mascot best represents our beliefs and vision for John Rolfe Middle.   As we look to make considerations for such a task, we would first like to have the reflections, input, and sentiments of our John Rolfe Family.  Please take a moment to complete the questionnaire.   We are asking input from our current students/families, rising 9th graders, staff, and John Rolfe Alumni Family. The survey will remain active until Sunday, July 26th at 10pm.   This is not a matter that we take lightly and would consider it an honor to have the entire John Rolfe Family participating in sharing their voices and creativity.  We believe the information shared with us will give us direction on our next steps of planning. The feedback will help us to decide if we will make the decision whether we will continue with “Indians” as our mascot.   With all we have experienced this year, we will be intentional about all we do and all we utilize to present our John Rolfe Family!   We also thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this important issue for our school and community.

Remember the survey is to decide on our mascot and not our school name.  We will remain John Rolfe Middle School.  We celebrate our student leaders who delivered the proposal,  crafted the survey and are ready to work.

Click here to complete the survey

Please be sure to check out the postings on our social media -platforms.

On behalf of our students, thank you for our time and your voice! Have a marvelous Monday and remember “WE” continue our quest for success as one team and one voice!

~ Stay Healthy and Be Safe!

#Roll Tribe!

We are Rolfe Strong!

JRMS 8th Grade Virtual Rise Ceremony

June 8, 2020

Our JRMS 8th Grade Virtual RISE Ceremony is now available for viewing. Congratulations to all 8th graders!

View the Video Here: 8th Grade Rise Ceremony Link

We would also like your feedback on our Virtual RISE Ceremony. Please help us continue to grow by filling out this google form: https://forms.gle/yhFQsDyCZi1bZJiN6

News You Can Use

June 8, 2020

  • Upcoming 8th Grade Events
    • June 8th -Virtual “RISE” Ceremony.  Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and current restrictions in place, we are unable to hold the JRMS RISE Ceremony on Monday June 8th at 6 pm at Varina High School. However, we are celebrating our 8th graders completing their middle school careers and recognizing them for their academic achievements virtually through a RISE video. The link to the RISE video will be posted to the school website and our social media platforms from Monday June 8th at 6 pm to Monday June 15th at 6 pm.All you need to do is go to the JRMS website or social media page, click on the link, and watch the RISE Ceremony video. All students will be recognized in the video if we received permission from you prior to teachers making videos. This includes students that need to go to summer school in order to move onto high school.
    • June 9th– 8th Grade Parade!   We are excited to announce that we have one more event planned for our 8th graders.  This will be an opportunity for our staff and students to say goodbye to one another as we would have done if school was in session.  This event is our 8th Grade End of the Year Parade (RISE PARADE).  The date for the event is Tuesday, June 9.  It will take place from 6 pm to 6:30 pm.

Due to the need to “socially distance”, we will be using Rolfe and Varina’s campuses.  The parade will start at the bus ramp of Varina HS and end at JRMS.  We are asking parents to start lining up at Varina HS (at the bus ramp) by 5:45 pm.  Because of the need for “social distancing”, students/parents must remain in the car during this event.  Please contact Mr. Nathan Harris at njharris@henrico.k12.va.us  with any questions you may have.  We are looking forward to this opportunity to say goodbye, congratulations and wishing you the best in high school, to our 8th graders.

  • 8th Grade RISE Parade Highlights – Parents/students must stay in their car. Parents should drive slowly and safely in parking areas.  See our websites, teachers’ Schoology pages, and our social media site for additional information.
    • Tuesday, June 9th (June 11th is the Rain Date)
    • Meet at Varina High Bus Ramp
    • Riding Pathway ends at John Rolfe
    • Feel free to sport your John Rolfe Gear, John Rolfe Colors, or dress to impress.  It is your time to shine so the spotlight will be on you and your decorated ride!
  • A Call to Action Community Conversation. Last week Dr. Cashwell forwarded an invitation to join in the conversation.  No registration is required.
    • Community Conversations: A Call to Action.
    • When: June 8 from 6-7 p.m.
    • How to attend: For details and information about how to easily join the virtual discussion using Google Meet, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to our Family Learning Series page at https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

The discussion will be moderated by Adrienne Cole Johnson, director of HCPS’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. For questions, email presource@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787.

  • Yearbook Update:
    •  I appreciate your patience as we have had to significantly adjust our production expectations. Yearbooks will ship the week of August 1st. Once they come in, we are planning a socially distanced distribution.
    • 8th-grade parents, please contact Mrs. James at your earliest convenience. amjames@henrico.k12.va.us
  • Student Pickup Follow-up: June 3rd– 5th was the designated time for student pickup.  We are aware that some of our families may have challenges with transportation during this time. 
    • Please stay tuned as we develop a way to coordinate the collection of remaining as well as lost and found items.  Social distancing and safety protocols will be followed.   You will need to know your child’s First Period Teacher’s name for unclaimed items.
    • Library books can be dropped off at any HCPS School.
    • As there are several Distance Learning Opportunities, we will not collect student laptops unless you have moved
  • Save the Date:
    • June 8th – JRMS Virtual RISE Ceremony.
    • June 9th – 8th Grade Parade.  Instead of walking across the stage, students will participate in an 8th Grade Parade to celebrate their transition to high school

HCPS Season 3 “Early Release” 

  • May 6 – June 12 we are still in Timeslot 3 of EdFlix.
    • Click on the link above and go the Middle School (MS)
    • New Learning for MS Students in Credit-Bearing Courses
      Middle School students currently enrolled in a high-school credit-bearing course will engage in required

      • New learning experiences will include essential missing content that would have been taught after March 13, 2020.  This content will not be graded, however, there will be a denotation on the transcript that will be removed upon completion of the missing content/new learning modules.
      • Students who are unable to complete the modules during this window will have another opportunity in the 2020-21 school year.  Students enrolled in a course with an associated verified credit (e.g., related SOL) who need the associated verified credit to meet graduation requirements and have received the standard credit will be awarded a Locally Awarded Verified Credit (LAVC).
      • Please continue to monitor EdFlix and HCPS Website for updates and announcements.

Please also take some time to review the options under consideration for September 2020 (Start of the 2020-21 school year) Here in Henrico, five options currently under consideration for the 2020-21 school year are:

  • Option A: On-campus learning. All students would be back on campus, with new safety measures in place.
  • Option B: Remote learning that is structured and enhanced. In this option, all students would participate in required daily remote-learning experiences that include graded schoolwork. While our March closure necessitated emergency distance-learning measures, this option would more closely resemble the more traditional elements of a typical school day.
  • Option C: Interrupted on-campus learning. All students would be back on campus for several weeks or months at a time, which could be interrupted by periods of structured remote learning in response to health concerns that may arise.
  • Option D: Hybrid learning. One portion of the student body would attend classes on campus for a period of time, while another portion would learn remotely. The two groups might switch after a number of months, or alternate days on campus to build a blended learning environment. Having fewer students on campus would make it easier to implement distancing guidelines.
  • Option E: Parallel learning. Part of the student body would attend all classes on campus while another group would learn remotely for the entire school year because of choice or necessity. This option would not involve students alternating days unless a student needs to shift from one track to the other.

Summer Reading 2020

June 1, 2020
Summer Reading Kickoff
For the perfect way to start your summer, check out a video about the HCPS Summer Reading Kick-offListen and laugh as 15 of Virginia’s own authors, illustrators and community partners help YOU kick off a summer full of reading and fun. Visit the Summer Reading 2020 Kick-off Landing Page for elementary, middle and high school readers. All activities are optional, engaging and designed to encourage learners to read widely all summer long.

Parent Connects Virtual Meeting

May 18, 2020

Rolfe families please join us for the John Rolfe Virtual Family Check In on Thursday, May 28th from 6-7 pm.  All families are welcome! Please RSVP at the following link by May 22nd.


Roll Tribe!

A Special Message

May 15, 2020

Please read this important message.


Click here for letter link.


6901 Messer Road, Henrico, VA 23231
Phone (804) 226-8730 | Fax (804) 236-5764
School Hours: 8:25 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.

School Administration:
Ms. Debbie George, Principal
Jamar Arvin, Associate Principal
Jamie Hutchinson, Assistant Principal
Nokomis Alston, Assistant Principal