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Rockland District Middle School
Rockland, ME 04841
Ph: (207) 596-2020 Fax: 596-2026
Office Hours 8:00am-3:30pm
Kathy Hollicker, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Martin, School Counselor email@example.com
Becca Barstow, Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Rockland District Middle School! Please take some time to look around our website - we have a lot of information for you to view. Our student handbook can be viewed under the News tab at the top of this page.
Upcoming dates of importance:
5/22: Academic Fair and Open House, 6-7:30pm
5/23: Step Up Day at Oceanside West for CURRENT 7th grade students
5/30: Spring Chorus & Band concert, 6:30pm in the gym
6/6: RDMS Field Day
6/7: Honor Roll Field Trip
6/10: Talk & Tour for incoming 5th & 6th graders, 5:30-7:30p
7th grade students that are participating in Step Up Day at Oceanside West on Thursday will be bussed back to RDMS to catch their regular bus home. The only exception to this are the students that participate in track, softball, or baseball. Those students will be picked up out OHS-W, weather-permitting of course!
Congratulations to our honor roll students! We held our Honors Assembly for trimester 2 on March 27th. You can see the complete list of students here.
REMINDER - Last day of school is June 12th and it is a half day!
The public is invited to join in a conversation with School Board Representatives from Rockland regarding the reconfiguration of the existing RSU 13 schools. This will be held at Rockland City Hall on May 30th from 6:30-8:30pm. See flyer here.
The Kiwanas are having a bike helmet sale on June 1 from 9a-12pm. See here for more information!
The following activities in math and science at RDMS are exciting and worthy to highlight:
Mr. Crossley's 6th grade Math class attended a field-trip to the Mid-Coast School of Technology (MCST) on Thursday, April 4th, 2013. This was a joint activity between his classroom and students at MCST Health Science program as part of the Mid-Coast Mentoring Mathematics and Career Technical Education (M4CTE) through the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA). Students worked in a 3-group rotation. Students from RDMS mixed with students from MCST. The three rotations toured the MCST facility, one working with Glenn, and one working with Monique and performed the following:
- Students with Monique had students take a pulse and explain about what happens to the body when an artery is blocked.
- Students with Doug had to use a circuit board to measure resistance in ohms for light bulbs in a series and parallel circuit. Students recorded the difference and applied this to an unknown circuit.
- Students with Glenn worked with Ohm's Law to predict current (in amps) or resistance (in ohms) for theoretical circuits for common electrical objects.
Sixth grade teacher Gretchen tripp also partnered with M4CTE and created the following two different math sessions for students:
First Session: Middle school students set up and conducted three experiments involving pendulums. The variables for these experiments were length of string, the weight of the bob and the angle of release. Students predicted what affected the frequency of the pendulum. While conducting these experiments data was collected on a lab sheet, which was then analyzed to find the mean, median, mode and range. Following this analysis, a graph was created and students reported out to their classmates.
Second Session: MCST students constructed a large pendulum with a bob containing 30 pounds of sand to examine the effects of changing angle of release and then length of rope on performance as indicated by number of cycles made within 60 seconds. The students first reviewed their previous experience (session 1) and then in teams filled out prediction sheets. The experiments were then conducted with students playing pivotal roles as releaser, spotter, counter, checker, and recorder. After the data was collected, teams had to figure out how far off their predictions were. Finally the students filled out self-reflection for the event and received a guided tour of MCST.
We have some important activities that you won't want to miss! May 17th RDMS will present our second Talent Show! Last year was a huge success with vocal, piano, and dance performances by our talented students. This year proves to be as exciting. On May 22nd, we will host our annual Academic Fair night featuring 7th grade the presentation of students' autobiographies, in 6th grade the presentation of highlights of the many wonderful academic projects over the year, and finally in 5th grade the presentation of a huge parade. Finally, our final band and chorus concert is Thursday, May 30th at 6:30pm.
Mrs. Hollicker's letter regarding Sandy Hook
We now send out school notices and information through email directly to parents, and we are getting lots of great feedback (no more digging crumpled papers out of the bottom of a backpack!). If you have not been receiving these email notices and would like to be added to our list, please contact us and let us know! Information will also be posted here on the website (events will be on the calendar) and of course we will still send notices home by mail or with students as necessary!
Bus schedules are up! Go here - they are listed by PDF. It may involve a little searching. Scroll down to the 3rd and 4th pages for middle school pickup times.
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