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Parent & Student Resources

On this page you will find a number of resources to help you navigate the school system as well as important forms, enrollment information, and student programs. Click on a thumbnail below for more information.

Links and Resources

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Alert Now

Rockingham County Schools utilizes the Alert Now: Connect 5 Phone Notification Service.


​Your child’s school will be utilizing the Alert Now: Connect 5 service for: 

  • Back to School                       

  • Parent Conferences

  • Special Events

  • End of Grade Testing Dates    

  • Sports Cancellations               

  • Report Card Distribution                                                                                 

  • Make Up School Day Reminder

  • PTO/PTA/PTSO/Booster Clubs

  • Emergency Messages

  • Attendance / Absence Notification

The district will be utilizing the Alert Now:Connect 5 service for:

  • Weather Related Information                                 

  • Emergency Messages  

  • Other Important Information                                                                                                                            


To update your primary and emergency contact information, please call your child’s school.


To receive a replay of school and district messages sent to your phone, call 1-855-4-REPLAY or 1-855-473-7529.


Anyone who accidentally opted out of their RCS/school automated phone calls can easily opt back in. Call 855-502-7867 and select option 2. The call MUST be made from the opt-in phone number, which means schools cannot add a phone number for families.  We don't want you to miss any important messages!

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Title I - Parent Involvement Policy

At South End, we know that the spirit of community in our school is what makes us successful. The caring and supportive relationships between teachers, students, parents, and members of our community provide us with the foundation necessary to achieve academic excellence.


We are proud to be a Title I school and to participate in this federally funded program that provides support and resources to enrich the education of our students.

Our Title I Parent Involvement Policy is designed to inform and involve the families of our students. This policy will be documented in our Title I Parent Handbook which will be inserted in our Student Planner and Handbook, in our Title I Plan, on the school’s web page, and a copy will be available in the South End Parent Resource Area (Office Lobby). In order to strengthen the partnerships between school, home, and the community, we pledge to do the following:


Provide timely information to parents using:

  • School Newsletters

  • Student Planner and Handbook

  • School/Home Folders

  • Conferences, telephone calls, letters home, and newspaper articles

  • Progress Reports/Report Cards

  • Alert Now telephone messaging system

  • Teacher Web pages

  • School Marquee

  • NC School Report Card


Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I program:

  • Include parent representation on the School Leadership and Improvement Team

  • Post the minutes from meetings of the School Leadership and Improvement Team and the Parent-Teacher Organization on the school’s web page

  • Encourage all parents to provide feedback on Title I Parent surveys

  • Share the School Improvement Plan and the Title I Plan on the school’s web page

  • Expect every parent to attend at least one parent/teacher conference during the fall semester and offer flexible meeting times to encourage parent attendance. 

  • Host students and their families at an Open House and Title I Annual Meeting at the beginning of each school year and at periodic Parent Teacher Organization and Title I meetings throughout each school year. 

  • Offer teacher and parent workshops to meet the educational needs of our school community and provide resources to help our students be successful.

  • Arrange family events at flexible times to encourage social interaction within our school community with activities designed to engage children and allow greater parent participation. 

  • Hold grade level meetings to increase parent understanding of the NC Standard Course of Study, the NC Testing program, and grade level expectations.

  • Serve as a liaison between theRCSParentResourceCenterand families to expand their access to resources and services beneficial to the academic success of students. 

  • Utilize the services of the RCS Migrant Education division, ESL and EC teachers, school support personnel, and community resources to better serve students with disabilities and limited English proficiency. 

  • Sponsor Teacher/Student/Parent Compacts to foster partnerships between school and home and establish shared responsibility for the learning and success of students. 

  • Create opportunities for parents to volunteer at school, visit their children’s classes, attend school events, and participate in the educational experience of our students. 


Things to Know About Title I Schools

Title I provides federal money to our school system for extra educational services for students who are struggling in school. Rockingham County Schools allocates this money to all K-5 schools that have a high percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunches.


Annual Meeting         

Each school receiving Title I funds is required to hold an Annual Meeting to inform parents of their right to participate in the planning of the Title I program; to review the program and to suggest changes.



In Title I Schools, parents, teachers, and students are asked to participate in shared responsibility for academic success.

To promise to do their part, each person signs a “compact” with goals stating what they will do to help the student have a successful year in school. This is done each year.


Parental Involvement      

Parents are welcomed and encouraged to visit the school and take an active part in their child’s education.Each school has a Parent Involvement Policy that outlines how they will work with parents to increase student success.You will find a copy of your school’s policy and the RCS Parent Involvement Policy in this handbook. 


School Improvement  Team     

Parents are encouraged to participate on the School Improvement Team. Part of this team’s work is to make sure that the Title I Plan of service delivery is working to help at-risk student make progress in school and to review the school level parent policy each year.


Yearly Review              

Each year, staff, teachers, and parents check to see if there has been enough progress toward achievement goals set by the state of North Carolina. If there is not enough progress, or a particular group continues to struggle, needed changes in the instructional programs are considered.

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)   

NCLBis a federal law that sets forth a goal for 100% of the students enrolled in public schools to be on grade level by 2013-1


Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) 

AYP is measured by benchmark goals set for student achievement in reading and math. In reading, 71.6 % of the students in grades 3-8 must be on grade level in reading. In math, 88.6% of these students must be on grade level. These percentages are based on the NC End-of-Grade test scores and are set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 


Additional Challenges   

NCLB sets additional challenges for school achievement.All student groups within a school must meet the state’s target goal for achievement. Forty or more students in any of the following categories make a student group: White; Black; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; Multi-racial; Economically Disadvantaged; Limited English Proficiency; and Students with Disabilities. If just one group within a school does not meet the goal in reading or math, then the school does not make adequate yearly progress (AYP).


For questions or more information contact your school principal or the Rockingham County Schools Federal Programs Office at 627-2680.


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What is PBIS? 

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support which is a school wide program that focuses on the positive actions we want students to practice.  The program ensures that all school stakeholders are consistent with rules and consequences for negative behaviors. A team is in place that surveys students, staff and parents about areas of concern in the school.  A team develops guidelines for that area and lesson plans to support teachers and students being on the same page with expectations.

South End's PBIS Motto

South End Bears are on the PROWL!



Respect for

Ourselves, Others, and Property




South End Bears with GOLDEN PAWSS!

One of the ways that South End rewards positive behaviors is through giving out Golden PAWSS tickets. When students are caught practicing respect by an adult, they can be presented with a golden ticket that has PAWSS written on it.  PAWSS stands for Practicing Always Without Someone Saying! Any adult may have a ticket. Students who receive a ticket must write their first and last name on it and turn it in to their teacher.  Each week the tickets are collected and a drawing is done during Monday morning announcements! 


How do we practice respect in our cafeteria?

  • Respect Others

    • Keep both knees under the table 

    • Use appropriate level voice

  • Respect Ourselves

    • Remember all items while in line 

    • Be alert-  Watch where you are going

  • Respect Property

    • Leave your area clean

    • Place ALL trash in appropriate trash can

  • Respect Learning

    • Make healthy choices

    • Make proper selections from daily choices


How do we practice respect in our hallways/sidewalks?

  • Respect Others

    • Walk on the right

    • Walk in a line

    • Give others space

  • Respect Ourselves

    • Be careful

    • Be alert-  Watch where you are going

  • Respect Property

    • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself-  Off walls, displays, student work and other objects

  • Respect Learning

    • Use a "0" voice level unless speaking to an adult

How do we practice respect in our classrooms?

  • Respect Others

    • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself

    • Stay in your assigned area

    • Use polite and kind words

  • Respect Ourselves

    • Be prepared

    • Complete assignments by trying your best

    • Follow directions the first time

    • Accept consequences without argument and complaint

    • Report problems to your teacher

  • Respect Property

    • Use materials appropriately

    • Ask permission to use classroom materials

  • Respect Learning

    • Follow classroom rules and procedures

    • Use appropriate voice level

    • Raise your hand and wait to be addressed

How do we practice respect on the playground?

  • Respect Others

    • Use hands, feet and equipment appropriately

    • Keep moving while on the track

    • Follow directions the first time asked

  • Respect Ourselves

    • Wear appropriate footwear

    • Be aware of your surroundings

  • Respect Property

    • Use equipment properly

    • Collect all personal/classroom belongings before returning inside

  • Respect Learning

    • Stay in designated areas

    • Take turns, play cooperatively, share equipment and include others

How do we practice respect on the bus?

  • Respect Others

    • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself

    • Keep materials in your book bag

  • Respect Ourselves

    • Follow safety rules

    • Watch for your stop

    • Report problems to your bus driver

  • Respect Property

    • Keep bus clean

    • Take care of seats and windows

  • Respect Learning

    • Stay seated

    • Follow your bus driver's directions

How do we practice respect in the Media Center?

  • Respect Others

    • Follow the CHAMPS guidelines during class.

    • Move safely in the library.

    • Use kind words and keep your hands and feet to yourself.

  • Respect Ourselves

    • Try your best on all assignments.

    • Return books on time

  • Respect Property

    • Use bookmarks instead of folding a corner of a page down

    • Keep books safe from dirt, water, food/drink, small children and pets

  • Respect Learning 

    • Use “0” voice while Mrs. Ralph is teaching.

    • Say “NO” to cheating and plagiarism

How do we practice respect in the bathrooms?

  • Respect Others

    • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself

    • Respect the privacy of others

  • Respect Ourselves

    • Wash and dry hands thoroughly

    • Report any problems to an adult

  • Respect Property

    • Use bathroom facility appropriately

    • Take only necessary materials into bathroom

    • Keep bathroom clean

  • Respect Learning

    • Use a "0"voice unless speaking to an adult

    • Line up against the wall and keep doorways clear


RED PAW Certificate Earnings 

  • Teddy Bear-15 (certificate)

  • Panda Bear-25 (certificate)

  • Black Bear-35 (certificate)

  • Brown Bear-45 (certificate)

  • Polar Bear-55 (certificate)

  • Grizzly Bear-75 (certificate)

  • Kodiak Bear-100 (certificate & picture w/Benjamin Bear)


Safety Procedures
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South End Safety Procedures

Your child's safety and the safety of our staff and visitors is important to South End.

How do we at South End help students prepare?

Annual Drills are conducted to ensure our students, staff and parents are aware of our procedures.  Staff review with students what to do in case of an emergency and then practice. Visitors are also expected to participate during these drills. 



  • Monthly Fire Drills

  • Code Blue-  Intruder Lock Down Drills

  • Evacuation Drills

  • Annual Tornado Drills


After any drill or emergency, our school will send home an Alert Now phone message and/or letter informing you of the crisis or drill. 


Our school has a School CRISIS plan that is annually revised, revisited through the year and reviewed with staff.  Procedures for emergencies are planned out in this document. These key procedures are then reviewed with students annually and then practiced through drills.


A phone message to all of your contact numbers can be employed in case of a true emergency so that you will can be quickly contacted with important information and procedures. 


What do I do in case of an emergency?

In the case of a true emergency, our phone system will be utilized to give you important information and procedures such as where to go to pick up your child should an evacuation of campus be necessary.  Please make sure we have your most up-to-date phone and contact information on file in our front office. 


What does the School Safety Team do?

Our school has key members on emergency response teams-  These people are trained in CPR and on the correct use of an AED.  Additionally, there are many staff trained in how to effectively and safely respond to many different types of situations. 


Our school's CRISIS Intervention Team meets monthly to review accidents and safety procedures in a effort to improve our safety plan, make changes where needed to ensure the safety of our campus and perform checks to ensure our safety equipment is working properly.   


School Safety Procedures

Please refer to your South End School Safety Letter that you signed at the beginning of the school year for all basic school safety rules and procedures. 


Other Safety/Emergency Procedures

Inclement weather, bus safety, drop-off and pick-up procedures can be accessed on the left of this page. 


Parent Emergency Contact Information

At the beginning of the school year you will be asked to give a list of your contact information and the contact information of anyone that can be reached in case of an emergency if you are unable to be contacted.  We also send a letter for you to update this information after the winter break. Please make sure that you provide us with as much current information as possible.


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Read to Achieve

Read To Achieve is a part of the Excellent Schools Act passed into NC law in July 2012 and applies to all schools beginning 2013-2014 school year. Read To Achieve focuses on preparing students to be proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade. Click the link below to learn more about Read to Achieve as well as other elementary resources. 

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Parent Resources

The following are links that many parents and students find useful throughout the year.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

What: Additional instruction for students learning English as their second language.

Who Qualities:  Students who have any primary language other than English used in their homes are assessed to if they meet the state requirements to receive these services.

Contact:  Val Pyrtle at 573-9278


Exceptional Children's Services

What: Special instruction for students having disabilities that make learning or other activities difficult.

Who Qualities: Students who meet the North Carolina criteria for Exceptional Children's Services.

Contact: Cindy A. Corcoran, Director of Exceptional Children at 627-2715


Homeless Assistance

What: Help for students who are without a permanent home.

Who Qualifies: Office personnel at each school assist families in accessing services.

Contact:  School Guidance Counselor

Download Student Emergency/Sign-Out/Pickup Information


In order to better serve non-English speaking parents, please choose to use one of the many translated correspondence and/or forms located below

FIeld Trip Forms:

RCS Student Information Form:

Attendance Information Letter to Parents:

Kid-Friendly Sites
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Kid-Friendly Websites

Below are a number of kid-friendly websites that parents and students can use to compliment their classroom learning.

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