Friday Focus

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051917 Friday Focus

posted May 19, 2017, 10:56 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 051917

Recess kickball season is here. (Photo: Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the RMS Spring Musical "Seussical"! An incredible amount of work and time has been put into this show and the rave reviews from the dress rehearsal and opening night performances confirm what we know to be true. When students are given support, encouragement, guidance, and direction from experienced and skilled educators they are capable of amazing exhibitions of learning. I can't wait to enjoy the show with family tonightNext week, the musicians take center stage at our annual Mega Concert on Thursday at RMS. Another great opportunity to enjoy the talents and efforts of our students and staff. 

Finally, I was lucky enough to spend recess playing kickball at the 7th and 8th grade recess today. A few things came to mind:

  • Recess is really important. Students are able to be active, enjoy some great weather, and practice the social skills we teach and reinforce in our educational program.
  • Kickball is as much fun as I remember it from my time in elementary school. We used to beg our teachers for an extra kickball game daily (and it often worked). 
  • Opportunities for staff and students to play together are important for developing and sustaining positive working relationships. Staff regularly join in recess games and activities. When we have fun together it makes everything else that much easier.

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

May 19 - Final RMS Spring Play Performance

May 25 - Mega Concert

May 26 - Annual Colors Day Event

May 29 - Memorial Day, No School

June 2 - 6th Grade Field Trip - Boston/Social Studies

June 8 - Electives and 6th Grade Open House

RMS Notes and Information

-The end of the year is quickly approaching and in June we will be donating all of our Lost and FoundItems to the Listen Center. Please feel free to come by the office and get a Visitor sticker if you would like to look for your student's lost items during school hours.

-Important Cafe Notice: On May 30, negative charging will be suspended, this giving students and staff a chance to bring their accounts to a positive balance.   All cash sales will be treated as deposits.   Change will be given after a customer pays down their negative balance.

For those students returning to RMS or attending HHS next year, balances will carry over.   Those who graduate or move on will be issued refunds by the SAU - 70.   Thank you for your trust and support. -Ken Thompson, RMS Food Service Director

-Colors DayNext Friday is Colors Day.  Colors Day is a full school activity that involves all students and staff.  Students are assigned to a color team and will hopefully wear items from that color.  The day has a mix of team and school activities and smaller group activities.  We run a special lunch session with sandwiches, drinks and sides.  Tickets will be on sale starting on Tuesday for $6.  Students can still bring their own lunch if they wish.  Questions??  Please let Mr. LaCrosse know.

-Car WashLeadership Class is running their annual car wash tomorrow 11-2 here at RMS.  Mild interior cleaning and vacuuming available.  All proceeds go to Colors Day funding.

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-Greetings 8th Grade Families,

We are excited that our 2017 8th Grade Class Night is just around the corner on June 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. As we prepare for this fun and important evening we are asking for our families to contribute to the Class Night reception through the donation of food, beverage, supplies or a small donation to support the evening. The reception has become an integral and much loved component of the 8th Grade Class Night so that parents, teachers, staff, students and friends can visit and share in the great accomplishments and success of our children. Please find more information about the evening and reception volunteer sign up sheet in the links below. 

8th Grade Class Night Letter

8th Grade Class Night Sign Up Sheet

Many thanks for your help in making this a special evening for our 8th grade students.  

-Pre-algebra and Note-taking Study: What is the best way to take notes when learning something new?  Does technology make it easier or is paper and pencil better?  Mrs. Lepene’s seventh grade pre-algebra classes are about to embark on a study with researchers from Dartmouth College to investigate this question.

To prepare for the study, students in Mrs. Lepene’s classes worked with Marty Warren and used iPads this week in a lesson to explore and practice using Notability.  Notability is an app that enables students to create text, draw, highlight and annotate text or pictures.  At the end of the lesson, as a class, students brainstormed different ways they could use notability to take notes.

This should also be a great opportunity for students to experience some elements of research design while prompting examination of note-taking strategies and tools. Similarly, we hope to learn a bit from the larger study with respect to how we might best use these tools with our students. All of the standard privacy protections will be in place and no identifying information will be shared. If you have questions or concerns please contact Heather Lepene at heatherlepene@hanovernorwichschools.org.

-RMS Yearbook Orders: It's time to order your RMS 16-17 Yearbook!  This year, orders may be placed online at rms1617.picaboo.com.  You will need our password rms1617.  Softcover copies are $25, and e-books are $15.  You may also bring in cash or a check made out to Richmond Middle School.  (Please bring your check or cash to Ms. Bates in the iMac Lab.)

-Congratulations to Lauren Hall! She recently won the NH Clean Water Poster Contest and traveled to Concord for an award ceremony that included a cash prize for the school and several large prints of her poster. (Photo: Hall)

Community Calendar and Activities
 
-"We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story?
"From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader."
The Vermont Women's Fund Presents a special screening of Dream, Girl
May 23, 2017 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction
$10 General Admission | $5 Students

-There will be a Robotics Team Open House at the HACTC this Saturday, 5/20, from 11am-3pm. It's open to all ages.

-(Repost)Circle Up! presents "Losing Ourselves", a 30-minute documentary about success, expectations, and the affects of achievement culture on our children. Join other community members for a brief discussion following the two showings of the film. These events will take place:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
7:00-7:30 PM Film Screening
7:30-8:00 PM Discussion
Hanover High School Auditorium
And 
THURSDAY, JUNE 1
7:00-7:30 PM Film Screening
7:30-8:00 PM Discussion
Norwich Public Library

-CATV Summer Video Camps:  Learn. Create. Walk the red carpet.

For over 10 years CATV has offered week-long summer camp opportunities for students entering 6th – 9th grades. CATV camps are engaging, fun, and provide kids a chance to build skills and use their imagination to create unique stories.

In summer 2017 CATV offers the following week-long camps:

  • Music Video Camp Online Registration 
    • July 10 – July 149 am – 3 pm*  $325
  • Beginning Video Camp Online Registration
    • July 17 – July 2110 am – 3 pm*  $165
    • July 31 – Aug. 410 am – 3 pm*  $165
  • Advanced Video Camp Online Registration
    • July 24 – July 2810 am – 3 pm*  $165
    • Aug. 7 – Aug. 1110 am – 3 pm*  $165

At each camp, the students will learn how to create scripts, story board, use professional equipment, and ultimately make some really fun videos. The camp is for students in 6-9 grade. Registration is on our website, www.catv8.org, or you can call us at 802-295-6688. We're located in White River Junction in the Tip Top building.

-Register for Empower Lacrosse Club’s Memorial Day Clinic now!

Monday, May 29, 2:00/3:00 - 5:00 depending on age.  Sachem Field.  College players from Georgetown, Dartmouth, Bowdoin, St. Lawrence and Gordon will coach. Summer Youth Camps sign-up is also open. http://empowerlacrosseclub.com for registration details.

Photo: Sophie Usherwood's national award winning origami " called "Hydrangea Box" by Dáša Ševerová and Shuzo Fujimoto. (Photo: Usherwood)

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051217 Friday Focus

posted May 12, 2017, 11:17 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 051217

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I was lucky enough to join one of our 6th grade field trips to the Connecticut River today. We are incredibly fortunate to have opportunities to do place-based learning whether for stream and forest studies, Civil War soldier research, climate data collection, orienteering, or numerous other excursions. We know that time with hands-on learning in nature simply can't be replicated on a screen or even in a classroom. Today's 6th grade trip was made possible by Adina Desaulniers, the Hanover Conservancy, Kendal, and Dr. Robert Christie. Students explored the watershed, collected some data and observations, and enjoyed some stories and writing about the history of the river. The day was enjoyed by students, staff, and volunteers, especially with an appearance of the sun!

 

Have a great weekend!
Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
All School News and Events

May 16 - 8th Grade Science NECAP Testing

May 18 - May 19 - RMS Spring Play Performances

May 25 - Mega Concert

May 26 - Annual Colors Day Event

May 29 - Memorial Day, No School

June 2 - 6th Grade Field Trip - Boston/Social Studies

June 8 - Electives and 6th Grade Open House

RMS Notes and Information
 
-Leadership Class Fundraiser: Traditional Colors Day Car Wash
Saturday May 20 11:00-2:00RMS Front Doors/Circle
Donations Accepted

-RMS Yearbook Orders

-(Repost) 8th Grade Trip and Class Night Letter: Students received paper copies in homerooms. Please let us know if you need a new copy or you can access the forms here.

-(Repost)Girls of RMS: There is still time to sign-up for Sonia Kovalesky (Girls' Math) Day at Dartmouth on May 13th. It's free, you get candy and lunch, and have fun doing math with friends! Sign-up at https://math.dartmouth.edu/~skmd2017/  Questions? See Mrs. Lepene.

-(Repost)Come Celebrate the RMS Electives in a series of events from May 18th through June 8th

The elective program would like to invite families to attend a series of upcoming events to showcase the work of our students in the elective program.  Students from all grade levels and their families are invited and encouraged to attend.  

Thursday,  May 18th & Friday, May 19th: Seussical, the Musical, 7PM.

Thursday, May 25: Mega Concert: All music ensembles performing, 7PM.

Thursday, June 8: Electives and 6th Grade Open House, 5:30-7PM.
On the same night as the 6th grade open house, come join the elective staff and students for an art showcase,  some sample performances, and share a meal at our annual Empty Bowls fundraising event.

Community Calendar and Activities

-Circle Up! presents "Losing Ourselves", a 30-minute documentary about success, expectations, and the affects of achievement culture on our children. Join other community members for a brief discussion following the two showings of the film. These events will take place:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
7:00-7:30 PM Film Screening
7:30-8:00 PM Discussion
Hanover High School Auditorium

And 
THURSDAY, JUNE 1
7:00-7:30 PM Film Screening
7:30-8:00 PM Discussion
Norwich Public Library

-Attention all 8th grade boys!! Are you interested in playing soccer for Hanover High School next year? Coach Rob Grabill will be holding an interest meeting Monday May 15th at RMS for all boys.  Hanover High School has many levels of skill including Varsity, JV, Freshmen and club.  There is a place for everyone.  He will be showing some killer highlights of past players and games and refreshments will be served. Please come to get more information and sign up for next year.

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050517 Friday Focus

posted May 5, 2017, 11:37 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated May 5, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 050517

8th Grade Balloon Launch (Photo: Brett Simmons)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The staff have been reviewing parent survey results and we are in the process of incorporating your feedback into building goals and personal professional goals. Thank you to the many families who were able to complete the survey this year.

As an illustration of how we value and utilize the results I thought I would share a piece of our work at our staff meeting last week. Results were grouped onto chart paper and the staff broke out into small groups to examine responses. Each group looked at 4 question/response sets and generated observations, questions, and implications. Next, the groups created possible next steps and prioritized them, followed by a report out to the full staff. Completed charts and notes are now available to staff for review and additions. We'll use this foundation to assist in our goal conversations while also incorporating staff survey results, student feedback, and other measures. Feedback that was specific to individual staff will be reviewed with their supervisor. 

Sample chart with follow-up questions from staff. (Photo: Lepene)

For those who would like to review the quantitative survey results I have included a link to a pdf document. We will also add this to the web site as in past years.

Thank you again for all of your feedback and thoughts about our school and program. Each contribution helps us to be a little better for our students. 

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

May 10 - Bike and Walk to School Day

May 12 - 6th Grade Walking Science Field Trips

May 16 - 8th Grade Science NECAP Testing

May 18 - May 19 - RMS Spring Play Performances

May 25 - Mega Concert

May 26 - Annual Colors Day Event

May 29 - Memorial Day, No School

June 2 - 6th Grade Field Trip - Boston/Social Studies

June 8 - Electives and 6th Grade Open House

RMS Notes and Information

-Staff Appreciation Day: THANK YOU! The staff at RMS greatly appreciate the many contributions for our special lunch today. We felt the love and will leave for the day with full stomachs and big smiles. Thank you!

-This week in 7th grade guidance, Mrs. Powers, Mr. LaCrosse, and Mr. Atkinson introduced vocabulary about stress and stress management through a fun game of stress bingo. Topics of conversation included the differences between internal and external stressors, the emotions, behaviors, and physical symptoms associated with stress, and stress relievers. It is our goal throughout the quarter to help students identify their individual stressors and to develop a toolkit of healthy stress management strategies. We encourage parents to continue this conversation at home!

-Attention 6th grade ParentsOn Tuesday May 9th, 7th grade teachers will be hosting a meeting at RMS for parents of incoming 7th grade students.  The presentation is geared to incoming Marion Cross folks but current RMS parents are welcome to join us as well if they wish to do so.  The meeting will be in the RMS auditorium from 6:00-7:00pm.

-8th Grade Trip and Class Night Letter: Students received paper copies in homerooms. Please let us know if you need a new copy or you can access the forms here.

-The 2017 National Walk & Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, May 10th and RMS will be taking part in this event. Walking or biking to school promotes health and a cleaner environment. Students who need to take the bus or have a parent driving right past the school anyways can still participate by choosing to get off at the Dartmouth Rugby Field stop and walking from there. Be sure to follow all safety precautions, such as wearing your helmet when biking and following traffic signs. Leave plenty of time to arrive to school on time. This is a rain or shine event so please make safe and responsible decisions in the event of inclement weather. Please emailCatherinePatch@hanovernorwichschools.org if you can help out organizing or with kids crossing the roads the day of the event.

Here are some pedestrian safety rules to follow:

  • Walk together and share the sidewalk/road by walking no more than two by two
  • Stop at road crossings and cross together as a group so we do not hold up traffic
  • Walk facing traffic when there isn't a sidewalk
  • When using the new Multi Use Path along route 10, please walk/ride on the right hand side, pass on the left, and make sure to alert other pedestrians when you are passing them
  • Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk

-Exploring with Google Earth - Marty Warren

Earlier in the year our 6th Graders used Google Maps to chart routes of Early Migrations to the Americas.  Students utilized tools of Google Maps to draw lines representing migration paths and measured distances of each migration path.

Students are now learning a different way to view the world digitally using the new web based version of Google Earth in 6th Grade Computer Literacy.  Google Earth is a massive database with billions of images representing the world's natural features, roads, topography and landmarks often in 3D.  Students are looking up where they live, historic places, and natural wonders of the world. 

Another new feature of Google Earth is called Voyager.  Voyager has hundreds of of "journeys" with  categories such as travel, nature, culture and history.  Each Voyage takes you to different places in the world and has cards narrating each place.  Our students have been going to "Searching for Sharks in Street View" which enables them to "swim" under water with sharks and learn about different kinds of sharks, their characteristics and where they live.  Other Voyages include "Africa's Wildlife", "Explore London", "Museums around the World" to name a few.  The list is continually growing so checking back is worthwhile.

This new version of Google Earth was released on April 18th so our next step is to see how this tool might compliment many of the things we are teaching already in Science, Social Studies and beyond!  Below is a link if you'd like to give it a try.

https://www.google.com/earth/  

Please note, you must use Google Chrome as your browser. 

-Colors Day is coming! For a number of years the Richmond Middle School has celebrated the end of the year with day long full school event called "Colors Day".  The whole school is divided up into 10 teams mixed grade, staff and students, who all participate in a number of different group and individual activities.  This year, Colors Day is scheduled for Friday May 26th.  Teams were released this afternoon so students should be able to figure out what team they are on.  If they are unable to find this information please see Mr LaCrosse next week.  At some point (hopefully not the night before) they are going to want to find an outfit that matches their color.  Otherwise there is not any prep that needs to happen outside of school.  It is not a great day to miss school or leave early.  You can expect more information about this event as we get closer.  

-Congratulations RMS Quiz Bowl Tournament Team!
Both teams were victorious, placing 1st and 2nd 4/29 at Hanover Junior Challenge Tournament.
1st PlaceTeam A: Rose L, Lazlo S, Dill E, Jason C (9-W & 0-L)
2nd PlaceTeam B: Will C, Fletcher Z, Cole G, Danny B (7-W & 2-L- both to RMS Team A)
Highest individual scorers: 
1. Lazlo S  2. Will C  3. Rose L  4. Dill E
Wish them well before they leave to compete against 160 teams at the MSNCT in Dallas, Tx. May 10th-15th
Go RMS QB TT Geese! #HonkfortheRMSQBTTgeese
Coach Lovejoy
(Photo: Lovejoy)

-(Repost)Girls of RMS: There is still time to sign-up for Sonia Kovalesky (Girls' Math) Day at Dartmouth on May 13th. It's free, you get candy and lunch, and have fun doing math with friends! Sign-up at https://math.dartmouth.edu/~skmd2017/  Questions? See Mrs. Lepene.

-(Repost)Come Celebrate the RMS Electives in a series of events from May 18th through June 8th

The elective program would like to invite families to attend a series of upcoming events to showcase the work of our students in the elective program.  Students from all grade levels and their families are invited and encouraged to attend.  

Thursday,  May 18th & Friday, May 19th: Seussical, the Musical, 7PM.

Thursday, May 25: Mega Concert: All music ensembles performing, 7PM.

Thursday, June 8: Electives and 6th Grade Open House, 5:30-7PM.
On the same night as the 6th grade open house, come join the elective staff and students for an art showcase,  some sample performances, and share a meal at our annual Empty Bowls fundraising event.

Community Calendar and Activities

-HANOVER VOTERS! - Hanover's Planning Board created a video that explains the Zoning Ordinance amendments coming up for vote at Town Meeting on May 9.     Watch it here.

-Hanover/Etna Spring Yard Sale May 13Click for details.

-Go Green Basketball School run by the Dartmouth College Basketball Program will be having two youth camps this summer! June 26-29 Day Camp and July 5-7 Skills Camp. Both camps will run from 9:00 am-4:00 pm and will entail learning the fundamentals of basketball, league games, and competitions. For more information you can go to gogreenbasketball.com. Look forward to seeing you in Leede Arena this summer!


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042817 Friday Focus

posted Apr 28, 2017, 11:38 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 042817

RMS Student Council students discussing Restorative Justice this week. (Photo: Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The end of year events are coming together. Please keep an eye on the web site, calendar, and weekly memos for details. Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions and we'll do our best to help.

In that spirit:

RMS Talent Show Tonight

The annual Spring RMS Talent Show is tonight at 7:00pm in the RMS auditorium.  The show will run till about 9:00pm and tickets are $5.00.  All proceeds from the show go to support the work of Student Council.  This is a popular show and we expect the auditorium to be full.  Doors will open at 6:30pm.

8th Grade End of Year Events

Mon, June 19th: Class Trip (Separate note with details coming next week)

Tues, June 20th: 8th Grade Class Night. 530-700p.

Last day of school for our 8th grade: Tuesday June 20th.

Last Day of School for our 6th and 7th Grades: Thursday, June 22, Noon Dismissal.

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

April 28 - RMS Spring Talent Show, 7p, RMS, $5. (Note: Please do not park in the Dartmouth Printing lot next door)

May 5 - Staff Appreciation Lunch "Cinco de Mayo" theme. More info and sign-up below.

May 18 - May 19 - RMS Spring Play Performances

RMS Notes and Information

-Staff Appreciation Day: May 5. Please consider contributing items to a staff lunch on Friday, May 5th. Each year our families provide a meal which is much appreciated and enjoyed by the staff. We hope you might consider participating this year. An online sign-up is here. All listed items are suggestions. Please let Mike Lepene or Kerry Artman know if you have any questions. Thank you!

-Congratulations RMS! This year, you raised $2,370 for the Pulsera Project and the artisans of Nicaragua.  This total puts RMS in 1st place as the all-time highest earning school for the Pulsera Project.  AMAZING!!  Thank you to all who supported the project this year!

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-Maker Mondays: Every Monday in May the Makerspace will be open from 3:00 to 4:00 after school.This Monday we will be trying out Squishy Circuits. Questions: Contact Ms. Putnam-Pouliot in the library.

-Woodworking Students: Please remember to wear shoes in the Woodworking shop.  Leave your sandals/flip flops in your cubby.  Thanks. Mr. Starr.

-Girls of RMS: There is still time to sign-up for Sonia Kovalesky (Girls' Math) Day at Dartmouthon May 13th. It's free, you get candy and lunch, and have fun doing math with friends! Sign-up at https://math.dartmouth.edu/~skmd2017/  Questions? See Mrs. Lepene.

-Come Celebrate the RMS Electives in a series of events from May 18th through June 8th

The elective program would like to invite families to attend a series of upcoming events to showcase the work of our students in the elective program.  Students from all grade levels and their families are invited and encouraged to attend.  

Thursday,  May 18th & Friday, May 19thSeussical, the Musical, 7PM.

Thursday, May 25: Mega Concert: All music ensembles performing, 7PM.

Thursday, June 8: Electives and 6th Grade Open House, 5:30-7PM.
On the same night as the 6th grade open house, come join the elective staff and students for an art showcase,  some sample performances, and share a meal at our annual Empty Bowls fundraising event.

-8th grade class night food coordinators: The 8th grade team could use help organizing refreshments for the Class Night Open House in June. In the past several parents have taken this on as a small group. If you would be willing to serve please contact either Carla Balch or Jen Haines at RMS. Thank you for considering!

-The RMS Quiz Bowl Tournament Team would love your support this weekend, as they continue preparing and fine tuning their skills and strategies before leaving to compete at the MSNCT in Dallas, Tx. May 10th-15th!

2 RMS Quiz Bowl Tournament Teams will be competing in the Hanover Junior Challenge Tournament at HHS Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 AM.

Team A-Rose L, Lazlo S, Cole G, Jason C

Team B-Will C, Fletcher Z, Dill E, Danny B

Come and watch them in action as they play teams from 5 NH & Vt Schools- including Crossroads Academy and Marion Cross!

See you there! Go RMS! Coach Lovejoy

-Q3 Report Cards are available in the student portal. We hope that our report cards provide a periodic assessment of progress, achievements, and goals for each child in each of their courses. We also support viewing report cards as just that, a snapshot in time. We encourage looking at report cards with the added context of conversations with your child, Powerschool gradebook entries, Schoology class materials, Atlas curriculum overviews, and direct communications with your child's teachers.

How to retrieve your student’s Quarter Report Card

  1. Sign into the parent PowerSchool portal at https://ps.dresden.us/public/home.html

  1. Provide your username and password

  2. Navigate to the left most panel and select Report Card and verify that you have selected the current quarter (Q3) tab:

-(Repost)The music department is looking for volunteers to help at the Northern Districts Music Festival this spring. Every year, a different school hosts this festival and it is our turn this year. The festival is being held all day Saturday, May 6. Select band and chorus students from the Northern part of NH (including some of our own RMS students) will be rehearsing with guest conductors for a final concert at the end of the day. 

We are looking for volunteers to help Friday after school (set up) through Saturday evening. Please see the sign-up form here

Please contact Jonica Leuthauser, RMS music department, with any questions:  jonicaleuthauser@hanovernorwichschools.org 

Thank you so much! Sincerely, The RMS Music Department​​​​​​​

Community Calendar and Activities

-Thirteen Reasons Why: TALKING POINTS

Students and adults are expressing appropriate concern around the message and potential impact of Thirteen Reasons Why, which is a book and now a TV series on Netflix. Click here for CircleUp's resources on 13 Reasons Why. CircleUp! encourages parents and caregivers to talk openly and honestly about suicide, social media messages, and media portrayals. 

-HHS Parents: The Circle Up! community group and HHS administration have created a short survey to judge parent feelings about lunch at Hanover High School.  Please take a moment to complete the survey, once for each student you have enrolled at HHS.  We will post the survey results on our website in the near future.  Please use this link to access the survey

-Hanover Green Up Day is Saturday, May 6th!

In addition to the locations on the attached flyer, blue bags may be picked up at:

The Hanover Conservancy

Co-Op Market (Lyme Road)

Co-Op Food Store-Hanover

Etna Post Office

Cutting's Northside Cafe

Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to participate!

Read more: http://www.hanovernh.org/node/11013

-HACTC Summer Technology Camp

-Hanover Recreation Middle School Dance: Hello Middle School Families!
HPR is hosting the rescheduled dance from March this Saturday!  The dance will be held at the RWB Community Center located at 48 Lebanon St from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Please note, that there will only be a dance floor.  There is no space for basketball or soccer to happen at the same time.  The gym space is usually very popular at the dances hosted at RMS so please be sure your child knows that option is not available at this dance.  Concession will be available. Students will not be allowed to re-enter the dance if they leave early.  Chaperones are needed!  If you are able to help please let me know.  I still need six more volunteers in order to hold the dance.
If you have any questions please let me know. Thank you, Liz

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041417 Friday Focus

posted Apr 14, 2017, 11:10 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 040717

Poetry Wall in 7th Grade (Photo: Hadden)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The staff at RMS wish you all a safe and enjoyable spring break! We look forward to a busy and exciting fourth quarter when we return.

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

April 17-21 - Spring Break (No HW)

April 24 - Q4 Begins, Q3 Report Cards in the Student Portal at 330p.

April 24-28 - 6th and 7th SBAC testing

April 28 - RMS Spring Talent Show

May 5 - Staff Appreciation Lunch "Cinco de Mayo" theme. More info and sign-up below.

RMS Notes and Information

-Spring Sports season is here - please make a plan with your student in the event that inclement weather cancels your game or practice.

-The music department is looking for volunteers to help at the Northern Districts Music Festival this spring. Every year, a different school hosts this festival and it is our turn this year. The festival is being held all day Saturday, May 6. Select band and chorus students from the Northern part of NH (including some of our own RMS students) will be rehearsing with guest conductors for a final concert at the end of the day. 

We are looking for volunteers to help Friday after school (set up) through Saturday evening. Please see the sign-up form here

Please contact Jonica Leuthauser, RMS music department, with any questions:  jonicaleuthauser@hanovernorwichschools.org 

Thank you so much! Sincerely, The RMS Music Department

-Staff Appreciation Day: May 5. Please consider contributing items to a staff lunch onFriday, May 5th. Each year our families provide a meal which is much appreciated and enjoyed by the staff. We hope you might consider participating this year. An online sign-up is here. All listed items are suggestions. Please let Mike Lepene or Kerry Artman know if you have any questions. Thank you!

(Photo: Sylvester)

Community Calendar and Activities

-Children of all ages are invited to City Center Ballet’s production of Cinderella: The most enchanting princess tale of all time! May 5, 6 and 7 at the Lebanon Opera House. For tickets and more information: City Center Ballet's Cinderella. The production includes three RMS students: Aida B (7th grade), Nell C (6thgrade), and Lily V (7th grade).

-Opportunities for Community Solar: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00PM at the Richmond Middle School. Read more: http://www.hanovernh.org/node/11083

-May 1 is the hard deadline to join EMPOWER LACROSSE CLUB'S summer tournament teams! Go to empowerlacrosseclub.com for directions to register.  Please e-mail Marianne Bocock Doyle at bocockdoyle@me.com with questions.

-Friday Night Lights Touch Football at Hanover High School Upper Field. All 4th-8th grade students are invited to join in on the fun! No Cost

Friday April 28th 6-7:30

Friday May 5th 6-7:30

Friday May 12th 6-7:30

Friday May 19th 6-7:30

The players will meet Coach Cav on the upper Fields (track field behind the HS). They will play touch Football and practice some football fundamentals. Friends of Hanover Football will provide Pizza from Ramunto’s at the end of each practice. Please contact Katie Roach atklroach@hotmail.com with any questions.

040717 Friday Focus

posted Apr 7, 2017, 10:18 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we hosted hundreds of family members for our annual 7th grade Civil War project exhibition. Students shared their projects with an enthusiastic audience who kept the interest high with their questions and comments. Thank you to all who were able to attend. The evening simply would not work without you. I was impressed by the projects and displays. Even more, the depth and breadth of the students' knowledge of their selected topics was truly incredible. On more than one occasion I felt as if I was talking to a PBS Civil War historian. This project is a good example of what is possible when you provide students with some choice about topic and product and then allow them to engage authentically with an interested audience. 

Over the last week we've also seen a steady parade of 6th grade parents joining us for student science presentations in the auditorium. Like with the Civil War project, parent participation and engagement helped ensure an authentic audience for our students. The wide-ranging presentations on innovations, inventions, and scientists have included public speaking from the stage, visual support from slides and video, and question and answer sessions with the audience. Terrific skills to practice and develop and again an opportunity for students to pursue an area of personal interest.

In the 8th grade, students were treated to a presentation from former RMS receptionist Julia Wybourne. All four of Julia's grandparents served during World War I for England. Julia shared personal stories, provided historical context, and passed around family artifacts. With this being the 100 year anniversary of the United State's decision to enter WWI this was especially timely. Julia's reading of "In Flanders Fields" and descriptions of Remembrance Day were especially powerful.

I hope you enjoyed the look-in of what was a busy week at RMS. Many more activities, events, and happenings that simply didn't fit this time. I hope you were able to hear about some of them from your child.

Finally, it is Tropical Day today at RMS! Lots of great spirit, bright colors, and smiles throughout the school. May your weekend be filled with the same (Hawaiian shirt optional!).

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

April 10 -14 - 8th Grade SBAC testing

April 17-21 - Spring Break (No HW)

April 24-28 - 6th and 7th SBAC testing

April 28 - RMS Spring Talent Show

May 5 - Staff Appreciation Lunch "Cinco de Mayo" theme. More info coming soon.

RMS Notes and Information

-APRIL VACATION PLANNED ABSENCES: Students who plan to take additional vacation days before or after April Break, please contact Mrs. Movizzo to let us know of your absence.

-The last day of Q3 is Friday 4/14, which makes the first day of Q4 Monday 4/24. The portal will close for Q3 Grades and comments on Wednesday 4/12 and re-open on Monday 4/24 at 3:30pm at which time Q3 Report Cards will be available electronically.

-The Pulsera Project is back at RMS for the 5th year! Next week, students will be selling handwoven bracelets from artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala during snack and lunch. Bracelets cost $5 and bags cost $10.  The Pulsera Project is a non-profit, fair trade organization and all proceeds from our sale go directly to the organization and the artisans. In addition to our school sale this year, we will also be selling pulseras at the Hanover Co-op on Sunday, April 9th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. If you'd like to learn more about the Pulsera Project, please stop by our sale or visit their website: www.pulseraproject.org 

Thank you for helping support this fantastic organization! Sras. Madory, Mills and Peters

-Parking Help: We have a very limited amount of parking spaces on campus. As a result, when we host large school events we overflow into the spaces along Route 10. Unfortunately, some have also been using spaces that belong to our neighboring businesses. While they are incredibly accommodating and understanding this is creating some hardships for their employees and potential safety and liability concerns. We ask that you please do not park in any of our neighboring business parking lots during school events. At least one has mentioned potential towing. We'll try to send reminders prior to large events and thank you for your help. 

-Congratulations to RMS student Lauren Hall!  Lauren was awarded 1st place in the 2017 NH Clean Water Poster contest! She is invited to a reception with Gov. Sununu next month. Well done!

Community Calendar and Activities

-Opportunities for Community Solar: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00PM at the Richmond Middle School. Read more: http://www.hanovernh.org/node/11083

-National Drug Takeback Day is April 29

Although the Town of Hanover doesn't participate in this particular day, this is a good reminder to our residents that the Hanover Police Department does have an approved Drug Return collection box permanently installed in the lobby of their Public Safety Facility located at 46 Lyme Road.  

All area residents may deposit unwanted medication free of charge, 24 hours a day.  For more information about what can or cannot be dropped of, please click HERE.

For information about other locations in New Hampshire go to www.nh.gov/medsafety

Read more: http://www.hanovernh.org/node/11063

-(Repost)NEW HOMES FOR OLD BASEBALL GLOVES
Do you have any baseball gloves (or other baseball equipment) that are outgrown or no longer used?  We would love to have you donate them for a wonderful cause.  Hanover High Coach Rob Grabill is leading a public service trip to the Dominican Republic in April with 10 high school students, and in addition to bringing donated dental and medical supplies and clothing, they hope to bring baseball equipment.  They LOVE baseball in the DR,  but badly need equipment which they cannot afford.  If you have some unused equipment in your mud room, please consider sending it to school the next two Monday mornings.  There will be a collection bin in the RMS lobby all week to receive them.  Thanks in advance for your support!

-(Repost)From HHS: Two of our seniors, Kate Budney and Henry Lang, have co-produced You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown as a Senior Bridges Project.  The show will go up on April 7th and 8th at the Richmond Middle School auditorium! Admission is FREE because the show is funded by The Winthrop Bean Award for Theatre Arts.   I encourage our community to come out and show Kate and Henry our support!!

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, April 7th @ 7:30pm

Saturday, April 8th @ 1:30pm AND 7:30pm

(Note: RMS 6th grade students will have a special performance in school)

This show will have open-seating (seats are NOT assigned). However, you may reserve tickets by emailing brownshow2017@gmail.com by APRIL 6TH with your name, phone number, and number of seats requested for a particular performance.

-Join us, as Freight House Hall welcomes the next wave of Upper Valley Rockers. WARNING: potentially inspirational event. The event features youth musicians from the Dojo - band line up:

5pm - Phryx Phrox (Tommi Hoyt, Audrey Lee, Noah Taylor, Sam Beliveau)

5:30pm - Flying Hyenas (Owen Brooks, Abby Soderquist, Emily Galev, Mateo Trimble, Gunnar Langhus, Nico Lapitino)

6pm - Quantum Skyline (Kylie Zubkoff, Seamus Hickey, Van Bailey & Sam Goodwin)

6:30pm - Redemption (Emily Nadeau, Sophie Schwartz Tyler & Eamon Odell)

7pm - Radium (Esther Hacker, Lauren Pidgeon, Mitch Aspinwall, Jackson Lake, Nicoya Mowbray-Parker, Josh Bucci, Ben Katz)

7:30pm - The Weed Wackers  (Hanna Weintraub, Hank Pikus, Ramon Graham)

The event is free and for all ages. Dancing is absolutely allowed.  Looking forward to seeing you on FridayKata & Tuck & bands

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033117 RMS Friday Focus

posted Mar 31, 2017, 10:55 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 11:02 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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Members of the RMS Model UN team meet with the UN ambassador from Mauritius in NYC. (Photo: Fisher)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Two items this week. The RMS staff and student council have done some work recently reviewing and revising our school mission statement. Before we submit the update to the Dresden School Board for consideration we wanted to share it with you. I welcome your feedback and suggestions. As a comparison here is the link to the current mission statement. The working draft of an updated mission statement is below:

Our mission is to inspire students to build the skills and compassion necessary to succeed in a complex world and, as they move toward greater independence, empower them to examine the impact their actions have on themselves, others, and the environment.

For this school community to thrive, teachers and students will work together to

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of ways

  • Think critically and creatively to identify and solve a range of problems

  • Contribute positively to the classroom, school, and broader community by

    • Participating in decision making

    • Valuing diversity  

    • Taking responsibility for their own actions

    • Resolving conflicts peacefully

Second, a member of the staff shared a recent VPR story on "Learning Myths" which includes a fun quiz. I found the content to be informative and worthy of consideration. Many of the points resonated and thinking back to my experience as a math and science teacher the findings that point to the importance of deep subject matter expertise is one I can verify and endorse. When you have a deep background in the content, a clear passion for learning and teaching the subject, and an openness to developing and utilizing a full toolbox of instructional strategies you can do great things in the classroom. I hope you enjoy the (quick) read!

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

April 3 - Parent/Guardian Survey Closes

April 4 - 7th Grade Civil War Soldier Curriculum Night, 600-700p.

April 5 - District Jazz Concert, HHS, 700p.

April 7 - RMS Spirit Day - Tropical Day

April 10 -14 - 8th Grade SBAC testing

May 5 - Staff Appreciation Lunch "Cinco de Mayo" theme. More info coming soon.

RMS Notes and Information

-7th Grade Families: Please join us on Tuesday, April 4, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., when 7th grade historians will present their Civil War research and projects at our third annual Civil War Curriculum Night. The evening will include informative exhibits and entertaining performances on such topics as Civil War spies and women impersonators, Civil War medicine, and technological innovations. Visit the mess tents and sample some hardtack and other authentic victuals.  We hope to see you there.

-Dresden School Board and SAU has set the last day of school for Hanover/Dresden asThursday, June 22. Updated dates for RMS below and on our GoogleCal:

Mon, June 19: 8th Grade Class Trip

Tues, June 20: 8th grade Class Night and Last Day (8th only)

Thurs, June 22: Storrs Pond Party 6th and 7th Grades, Noon dismissal, Last day

-On Wednesday, May 10th, we will take part in the National Walk/Bike to School Day. It is suggested that any students biking to school have a helmet have a parent/guardian go with them if this is something the student does not already do alone and on a regular basis. 

Here are some pedestrian safety rules to follow:

  • Walk together and share the sidewalk/road by walking no more than two by two
  • Stop at road crossings and cross together as a group so we do not hold up traffic
  • Walk facing traffic when there isn't a sidewalk
  • When using the new Multi Use Path along route 10, please walk/ride on the right hand side, pass on the left, and make sure to alert other pedestrians when you are passing them
  • Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk

-Morning Notice: This past week we noticed a few students who exited the bus and then headed over to Cuttings Corner Store before coming in to the school. We've advised them that they need to enter the building after being dropped off as we don't supervise the street crossing or store visits. The RMS cafe is open for those students needing some breakfast or a snack before school. Thank you!

-Changes to H6 and H7 bus routes on April 3, 2017Link to information on changes to Hanover Bus Route 6 and Hanover Bus Route 7.  For more information, link here.

-(Repost)Annual Parent/Guardian Survey: Please consider taking our 2016-2017 parent/guardian survey. The survey can be found via the web at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMSParents2017 or you may request a paper copy from the RMS office. The survey will remain open until Monday, April 3, 2017.

-(Repost)RMS Spring Talent Show is Coming!

The annual RMS Spring Talent Show is scheduled for Friday April 28.  Sign Ups will beginon Monday.  All acts are welcome, singing, instrumental, skits, comedy, circus, arts.  The more the merrier.  More information will be available next week. -Mr. Lacrosse

Community Calendar and Activities]

-NEW HOMES FOR OLD BASEBALL GLOVES
Do you have any baseball gloves (or other baseball equipment) that are outgrown or no longer used?  We would love to have you donate them for a wonderful cause.  Hanover High Coach Rob Grabill is leading a public service trip to the Dominican Republic in April with 10 high school students, and in addition to bringing donated dental and medical supplies and clothing, they hope to bring baseball equipment.  They LOVE baseball in the DR,  but badly need equipment which they cannot afford.  If you have some unused equipment in your mud room, please consider sending it to school the next two Monday mornings.  There will be a collection bin in the RMS lobby all week to receive them.  Thanks in advance for your support!

-Taming Inspiration: A Writing Workshop with YA author Aaron Starmer
“Where do your ideas come from?” is perhaps the most common question writers face. It’s often difficult to answer because inspiration can be so wild and unpredictable. In this flash fiction workshop, we will harness inspiration in a variety of forms (visual, aural, memory, etc.) and discover the surprising ways it leads us to characters, scenes stories, revisions and, ultimately, more inspiration. Be prepared to write, share and ask plenty of questions.
Tuesday, April 181:00-3:00, Aldrich Room, Grades 5-8
Registration Required
603-640-3268

-STAND UP FOR SCIENCE! Saturday, April 1, 2pmHowe Library (Mayer Room)

Why is this so important? What is the Union of Concerned Scientists doing, and how can citizens (scientists and the rest of us) get involved? The Hanover Conservancy will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Anne Kapuscinski, Professor of Sustainability Science and chair of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who will share her insights. Dr. Kapuscinski, a Richmond School neighbor and respected member of both the Hanover and Dartmouth communities and on the national scene, is a remarkable woman of science and a fine model for future scientists who are now students in our school.

-The Co-op Market is now offering hot, prepared dinner foods in the deli weekdays from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Stop by after school to pick up a quick, delicious meal! 

-Dartmouth Women's Soccer is hosting its annual Spring Break Camp April 17th - 21st.
Boys and Girls grades K - 8th are welcome!
To find out more and register for camp use the link below:
http://www.elitesoccercampinc.com/spring-break-camp.cfm

-From HHS: Two of our seniors, Kate Budney and Henry Lang, have co-produced You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown as a Senior Bridges Project.  The show will go up on April 7th and 8th at the Richmond Middle School auditorium! Admission is FREE because the show is funded by The Winthrop Bean Award for Theatre Arts.   I encourage our community to come out and show Kate and Henry our support!!

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, April 7th @ 7:30pm

Saturday, April 8th @ 1:30pm AND 7:30pm

(Note: RMS 6th grade students will have a special performance in school)

This show will have open-seating (seats are NOT assigned). However, you may reserve tickets by emailing brownshow2017@gmail.com by APRIL 6TH with your name, phone number, and number of seats requested for a particular performance.

-The Rec middle school dance scheduled for Fri., 3/31, is cancelled due to weather. It is rescheduled to SATURDAY, April 29th 6:30—8:30pm at the REC CENTER.


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032417 Friday Focus

posted Mar 24, 2017, 11:18 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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RMS 6th grade teacher Suzanne Sylvester clearing off the basketball court for recess today. (Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today's snow has some feeling a different sort of March Madness. I suspect many have turned their thoughts to spring and all that comes with it. For us, that includes concerts, a curriculum night, transition activities, and taking classes outside for physical education and natural place-based learning. Things get busy and the dates to keep track of are numerous. Please keep an eye on the calendar and upcoming dates. If we can assist with any schedule related questions don't hesitate to give us a call or send an email. 

You may recall I shared a draft end of year schedule of events with you a few weeks ago. Since then we have had an additional snow day. The Dresden Board and SAU will reconsider the projected last school day for the 16-17 year at their meeting next week. It may be that it moves from Wednesday to Thursday. I'll let you know as soon as I get the information. Our plan would be to hold our 8th grade last week activity schedule as was previously shared understanding that many of you have already made plans accordingly. More to come on this.

Finally, I had the pleasure of joining the 8th grade Spanish cafe this week with Sras. Madory and Peters. For those who have not heard about the project the class is transformed into a restaurant complete with tables, menus, waitstaff, and a whole host of delicious food and treats. As a customer I joined two students for a meal and conversation. Our waitress reviewed the menu, gave her recommendations, and took our order in Spanish. When we had questions she returned to the "kitchen" and sought answers. During the meal my table enjoyed casual conversation using prompts and suggestions provided by the teachers. For me, the conversation was easy and relaxed. Our attempts at Spanish were celebrated and accepted at whatever accuracy we maintained (mine is pretty rusty!). The whole atmosphere felt authentic, safe, and fun. I'd like to thank my table-mates for their encouragement and patience with me!

Have a terrific weekend and Happy Spring!

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

March 27 - 6th and 7th grade 2017-2018 Language and Music Enrollment Request Sheets Due.

March 28 - Q4 Elective Arena Scheduling

March 28 - 6/7 Band/Chorus Concert, RMS, 530p.

March 29 - 8thBand/HHSBands Concert, HHS, 7p.

March 30 - 7/8 Boys and 8 Girls Chorus Concert, RMS, 530p.

April 3 - Parent/Guardian Survey Closes

April 4 - 7th Grade Civil War Soldier Curriculum Night, 600-700p.

RMS Notes and Information

-Parent Survey: Please consider taking our 2016-2017 parent/guardian survey. The information sent out earlier this week is pasted below for your convenience.

Annual Parent/Guardian Survey

The Dresden School Board, in conjunction with the staff at the Richmond Middle School, asks for annual feedback from parents and guardians so that we can celebrate our successes and identify opportunities for improvement. Staff will review the results of this survey over the remainder of this school year. We will use the results to help guide our ongoing work and discussions and also to aid in setting our building goals for the 17-18 school year.

The survey questions and format were created using a combination of previous survey questions, staff and parent topics, resources from Harvard School of Education, and in consultation with a community member with expertise in survey development and evaluation. Some questions and topics repeat year to year while others are more specific to a goal or shorter-term effort. We realize some questions are easier to answer and others feel a little more open or difficult to respond to. We appreciate your efforts and time as you work through the survey and we will consider each response.

The survey can be found via the web at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMSParents2017 or you may request a paper copy from the RMS office. The survey will remain open until Monday, April 3, 2017.

-RMS Spring Talent Show is Coming!

The annual RMS Spring Talent Show is scheduled for Friday April 28.  Sign Ups will begin on Monday.  All acts are welcome, singing, instrumental, skits, comedy, circus, arts.  The more the merrier.  More information will be available next week. -Mr. Lacrosse

-Staffing Update: We would like to thank our two most recent long-term substitute staff members for their countless contributions to RMS. Ken Thompson has returned in the Cafe replacing our guest cafe manager Vic Baughman. Aurore Grzesitza has returned to teach French 8 replacing our guest instructor Zea Luce. Thank you to both Vic and Zea!

-From the Music Department:

Our Concerts are next week! Please take a minute to double check your schedule. 

 Tuesday, March 28: 6th grade band and chorus and 7th grade girls chorus and band. 5:30 PM

 Wednesday, March 29: New this year! 8th grade band Bridge Concert at Hanover High School with high school bands. 7:00 PM

 Thursday, March 307/8 grade boys chorus and 8th grade girls chorus. 5:30 PM

Also, please join me in congratulating the following 6 excellent musicians who represented our school admirably at the NH Middle Level Honors Festival this past week. Rebekah Rudd, Minnue Uhm, Sophie Usherwood, Henry Aspinwall, Jessie Han, and Max Zaslaw. Well done all!

Finally, a well earned congratulations to all the RMS string players who performed with the orchestra at Hanover High School for Master Works Concert this month. Well done!

Mrs. Leuthauser

Mr. Hall

Mrs. Rommer

-RMS Math Team news: Fifth place finish at MATHCOUNTS NH State competition with Rose Luttmer tied for third place on points, but nudged out of the top four on a single tie-breaker question. Rose did finish fourth in the head-to-head round (like a two-person lightning round, enough to make most of us wither.) Congrats to team members Eric Chen, James Chen, Rose Luttmer and Sophie Usherwood.

The sixth grade team of Lauren Hall, Sarah Hall, Tom Mosdal, and Sora Shirai took first place in the MathLeague qualifying competition last Sunday. Sarah placed second individual and Sora took the ring for first place! -Coach Kitzmiller

Community Calendar and Activities

-The Skating Club at Dartmouth presents SKATE SPECTACULAR!  

  • US National & International Competitors: Kevin Shum & Heidi Munger
  • US Olympic & World Speed Skaters
  • Upper Valley Skaters from the Skating Club at Dartmouth

Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00pm at Thompson Arena. Adults $15.00, Seniors $10.00, Students $5.00. www.skatingclubatdartmouth.org

-The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will once again hold our annual Engineering Open House and Exposition on Friday, April 7th from 5:30-8:00pm. This is a fantastic event for any age- we have guests anywhere from elementary school age to retired inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs. We hope you can join us in a few weeks for some engaging and fun lab experiences! Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best, Emma Darragh |Academic Assistant
Thayer School of Engineering |Dartmouth College
14 Engineering Drive |Hanover, NH 03755

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2016-2017 RMS Parent/Guardian Survey

posted Mar 21, 2017, 1:44 PM by Michael Lepene

Annual Parent/Guardian Survey

The Dresden School Board, in conjunction with the staff at the Richmond Middle School, asks for annual feedback from parents and guardians so that we can celebrate our successes and identify opportunities for improvement. Staff will review the results of this survey over the remainder of this school year. We will use the results to help guide our ongoing work and discussions and also to aid in setting our building goals for the 17-18 school year.

The survey questions and format were created using a combination of previous survey questions, staff and parent topics, resources from Harvard School of Education, and in consultation with a community member with expertise in survey development and evaluation. Some questions and topics repeat year to year while others are more specific to a goal or shorter-term effort. We realize some questions are easier to answer and others feel a little more open or difficult to respond to. We appreciate your efforts and time as you work through the survey and we will consider each response.

The survey can be found via the web at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMSParents2017 or you may request a paper copy from the RMS office. The survey will remain open until Monday, April 3, 2017.

Thank you for your time,

Michael Lepene, Principal
Frances C. Richmond Middle School

031717 Friday Focus

posted Mar 17, 2017, 12:11 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we have hosted twelve HHS March Intensive students. They have assisted with tutoring, co-taught classes, organized school and classroom activities, and learned a bit more about teaching as a profession. Beyond the classroom, MI students organized a floor hockey tournament, assisted with Pi Day activities, and contributed to a positive climate and community in countless ways during their short time here. We are grateful that they choose to spend their week at RMS and thank all of our MI interns for their service.

Curious to know what 450 pieces of pie looks like? We found out on Thursday as students and staff enjoyed a piece of pie in celebration of Pi Day (Photo Lepene). Congratulations also to Sora S. for memorizing 116 digits of Pi!

Scene from our very popular floor hockey tournament this week (Photo Yates).

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

March 17 - RMS School Dance and Spirit Day

March 28 - Q4 Elective Arena Scheduling

March 28 - 6/7 Band/Chorus Concert, RMS, 530p.

March 30 - 7/8 Boys and 8 Girls Chorus Concert, RMS, 530p.

April 4 - 7th Grade Civil War Soldier Curriculum Night

RMS Notes and Information

-RMS School Dance tonight, RMS, 7-9p. Regular dance guidelines apply. Theme: "Decades Dance"

-Technology in the Classroom with Marty Warren: Schoology Training for RMS Staff

On Monday, March 13th Richmond Middle School Teachers spent part of their professional development day working with Schoology Trainer Sarah Viner.  This year is the second year both RMS and Hanover High School have been using Schoology as our course management system.  

Now that we’ve been using Schoology for a while, teachers were wanting to bring in a professional trainer to help us use some of the more advanced features of Schoology.  With some grant funded assistance from Amy Tarallo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, we were able to have a Schoology Trainer onsite at RMS for a day!

Schoology has many features beyond simply posting and collecting assignments and one we’ve been interested in is the Portfolio Feature.  Ms. Viner showed us different ways students can create portfolios from any of their subjects and how the portfolios stay with them and their Schoology accounts all the way through high school.  The  presentation also focused on creating assignment rubrics in Schoology and how mastery of core competencies can be incorporated into a rubric.  We feel very fortunate to have had a day with Ms. Viner and will continue to look for ways to effectively use Schoology.

Community Calendar and Activities

-(Repost)Help send our RMS Robotics Team to the World Championship. Bake sale fundraiser at the Hanover Coop on Sunday, March 19, from 11:00 a.m.- 2 p.m.  Unable to make the bake sale but would like to make a contribution?  Please make your check payable to the Dresden School District with RMS Robotics in the memo line. The Robotics Team will also be selling concessions at the school dance tonight. Thank you! Adina Desaulniers.

-HORIZONS DAY CAMP on Lake Fairlee for K-7th gr. grads.  June 26 – August 18. Sailing, Archery, Swimming, theater, kayaking, gymnastics, crafts, sports, and more! Convenient bus transportation from Norwich and Lebanon (Campion Rink). Learn more or register today at www.alohafoundation.org/horizons (802)333-3400

-The Skating Club at Dartmouth presents SKATE SPECTACULAR!  

  • US National & International Competitors: Kevin Shum & Heidi Munger
  • US Olympic & World Speed Skaters
  • Upper Valley Skaters from the Skating Club at Dartmouth

Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00pm at Thompson Arena. Adults $15.00, Seniors $10.00, Students $5.00. www.skatingclubatdartmouth.org

-FREE: Junior Squash Clinic Open to any and all 6-17 years olds! Are you interested in your child playing squash? Or interested in them learning more about squash? Did you know squash was voted the world’s healthiest sport by Forbes? Try our FREE Junior Squash Clinic for any and all 6-17 year olds @ the Dartmouth Squash courts on Monday April 3 and/or Wednesday April 5 from 6-7.30pmWe will be offering a regular clinic beginning Monday April 10 running through Monday June 5All required equipment except indoor shoes is provided. Please e-mail theo.h.woodward@dartmouth.edu if you would like to register your child/children.

Theo Woodward, Assistant Squash Coach, Dartmouth College

-Action for SafetySaturday, May 6, 10 am to 2 pm at the Women's Health Resource Center on the Mall in Lebanon, Karen Billings, Regional Director, Girls Inc.,

Action for Safety is a self-defense and violence prevention program for girls aged 10-13. The overarching goals of this national initiative are to increase the number of girls and young women who have the skills and the sources to protect their physical autonomy and personal safety; to help girls and young women recognize and claim their right to be free from sexual harassment in neighborhood, school and work environments; and to provide girls and young women with opportunities to act collectively to reduce the level of violence in their communities and in their lives. Girls will discuss the 6 Stars of Self Defense along with participating in hands-on activities. Girls will also discuss the importance of taking care of themselves through nutrition and physical activities. Contact the Women's Health Resource Center in Lebanon to register.  FREE, PLEASE PACK A BAG LUNCH


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