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January 2024


Happy 2024 RMS families!  We hope your year is off to a great start and we appreciate you taking the time to read about what is going on at your student(s) school!  

Update from Dr. Rittenour

2024-2025 Registration  Dates for Current 5th-7th Grade Students

  • 6th Grade - Registration runs January 9th-12th

  • 7th Grade - Registration runs January 16th-19th

  • 5th Grade - Registration opens March 22nd

A Campus Messenger will be sent home to families during their student's registration time frame (you can also visit the Registration webpage for more information).

Pass Page Buyback Volunteers Needed - January 19 & 25

If students use 3 or less of their 18 quarterly passes, they have the opportunity to turn the remaining ones in for the "pass page buyback" event that will be held on Thursday, January 25. Students will spin a wheel to see what prize they've won.  If you are interested in donating any items or volunteering for this event (all volunteers must have an approved background check on file with the district), please sign up below.  Thank you!

Culver's Fundraiser - Tuesday, January 23 from 4-8 PM

Enjoy dinner out and support our school at the same time!  Our local Culver's (located at 13605 Northdale Blvd in Rogers) is giving Rogers Middle School 10% of ALL SALES between 4-8 PM on Tuesday, January 23.  Thank you to the Culver's team for their amazing generosity and thank you for your support!  

WIDA ACCESS Testing: January 29-March 22

WIDA ACCESS 2.0 testing for EL students will take place January 29 - March 22. WIDA ACCESS measures EL student’s progress in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English language skills.

Thumbs Up for Mental Health: Teen After-School Program Opens in Rogers on February 7

Thumbs Up is excited to announce the opening of their second teen after-school program at the Rogers Activity Center on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Thumbs Up opened their first teen after-school program in downtown Elk River in February of 2022. Their after-school program is a safe hang out space for teens. Since opening their Elk River program in 2022, they have had over 1,700 youth visits.

The after-school program serves all middle and high school students from any school or homeschool. The Rogers teen after-school program will be open weekly every Wednesday
from 2:15 pm to 5:00 pm, with the hope to expand the program additional days in the future based on need. Weekly no-cost mental health activities include Therapy Dogs from You’re Not Alone, mindfulness activities, and access to mental health resources. Other activities include a fully stocked art space, games, puzzles, crafts, and an area to work on homework.

The program also provides complimentary snacks to students. To sign up, please fill out this parent or guardian waiver form. For more information about our programs, visit our website or call our office 763-355-9132.


About Thumbs Up
Thumbs Up is bringing awareness to mental health and providing support and resources to all. The Thumbs Up organization was founded in 2014 by several community members to honor Bob Schmit and Chuck Dahlheimer who took their own lives after living in silence with mental illness. The organization is dedicated to educating and teaching others through community awareness initiatives about mental illness, the warning signs of suicide, and what to do to help others who struggle.

ISD 728's 8th Annual Cultural Potluck: Thursday, February 29 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Salk

ISD 728 is hosting their 8th Annual Cultural Potluck on Thursday, February 29th from 5:30-7:30 PM at Salk Middle School. ISD 728 students and families are all welcome! Bring a dish to share and enjoy the entertainment!

Cardboard Gingerbread House Contest

The Media Center hosted its annual Cardboard Gingerbread House Contest in December before winter break. There were more than a dozen amazing entries in this year's contest! Congratulations to everyone for taking part and to the following contest winners: 

  • First Place: Trystin Burnham
  • Second Place: Jessa Trippel
  • Third Place: Eliza Baker

RMS Band & Choir Concerts

Thank you to all of our RMS band and choir students for doing such a great job at the December concerts!  We also want to extend a big thank you to Mr. Parr, Mr. Rauen, Mr. Saxton and Mr. Rosner for all of their efforts!  We know everyone involved spent countless hours practicing and rehearsing; everything sounded wonderful and everyone did a fantastic job representing RMS! We are looking forward to the spring concerts!


Order Your 2023-2024 RMS Yearbook Today!

Click here to place your student's yearbook order: 2023-2024 RMS Yearbook.


Partnership with Every Meal

We are partnering with Every Meal (formerly The Sheridan Story) to offer a free bag of food to our families every weekend. All students qualify for this food program. If you had previously been receiving these bags and would like to continue, you will need to fill out the form (families have to sign up each year). Please use this link to register:  Every Meal Sign Up Form. To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner, please sign your student up with their assigned school. This program is completely free and your family's privacy is protected. 


Please contact Angie Grotte with any questions,  angela.grotte@


ISD 728 CTE (Career & Technical Education) Newsletter

Please click here to read the January CTE Newsletter.   

Upcoming Events

  • January 15: No School (MLK Jr. Day)

  • January 25: End of Quarter 2

  • January 26: No School (Teacher Work Day)

  • February 2: No School (Teacher Work Day)

  • February 19: No School (Presidents' Day)

  • March 14 & 19: Conferences (evening)

  • March 25-29: No School (Spring Break)