Friday Focus

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042817 Friday Focus

posted by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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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

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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

Friday Focus 031717

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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031017 Friday Focus

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:16 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 031017

Woodworking students build classroom furniture with Mr. Starr. (Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we feature a write-up from Lynn Callaway (Learning Specialist) and Amanda Yates (Associate Principal). Amanda and Lynn provide some highlights from recent and on-going work by our staff aimed at developing and supporting a positive and healthy community at RMS. I hope you enjoy the look-in!

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene

At this week’s staff meeting, the RMS School Community Committee provided an update on the work they have done to date this year and shared information about Restorative Practices. This committee organized after several staff members attended a three day workshop on Restorative Practices last August.

The Committee identified the following goals for this year:

  • Identify and lead opportunities for building a strong, positive school community

  • Review, assess and provide recommendations on current behavior system

  • For conversations/actions around behavior to become a process of learning rather than consequence

  • Explore Restorative Practices

At Wednesday’s staff meeting the Committee focused on three main activities:

1. Share the experiences RMS teachers have had using community circles in their classrooms to build and strengthen relationships

2. Bring forward a draft revision to our office referral process that incorporates the Restorative Practices philosophy and questions:

  • What happened?

  • What were you thinking of at the time?

  • Who has been affected by what you have done?

  • In what way?

  • What do you think needs to be done to make things right?

3.  Share an example of a Resolution Circle- a circle process that can be used when significant harm has impacted the community. For this example, we used the film, Burning Bridges, produced by The International Institute for Restorative Practices.

The structure of the staff meeting incorporated the three tiers of Restorative Practices. Tier 1 focuses on community building through use of developing relationships and connecting members within the community. Tier 2 uses language as a tool that allows members of the community to work together to identify and resolve conflicts peacefully. Tier 3 has a structure that facilitates conversation and lays out a process for when significant harm has taken place.

The Committee will continue to participate in professional development opportunities to learn more about Tier 1 & 2 Restorative Practices and how schools are using these strategies successfully to promote a positive, healthy school culture.

Hanover High School currently has a process where they use Restorative Practices. You can learn more about their work by visiting their website.
Lynn Callaway and Amanda Yates

All School News and Events

March 13 - Inservice Day, No School

March 17 - RMS School Dance and Spirit Day

March 28 - Q4 Elective Arena Scheduling

RMS Notes and Information

-The RMS Model United Nations group will again travel to New York to participate in the MSMUN conference. RMS students this year will represent Mauritius, working in five different committees to create and debate resolutions on a variety of topics including: The Threat of Transnational Organized Crime to International Security; Protecting World Heritage Sites Threatened by Conflict; The Use, Production & Trade of GMOs & GMO Crops; The Protection of Online Identity & Fundamental Human Rights; and the Effect of Harmful Traditional Practices on Women. Students have been working hard since September to learn about the role of the UN and its various organizations, the process of creating and debating resolutions and the country of Mauritius and its role on the international stage. We look forward to hearing more from the group after their March 30 conference. Ellen Fisher and Maryann Nugent, Advisors

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

-Thank you to the many parent and community volunteers who assisted with our 7th grade health screening yesterday. We appreciate your support of RMS student wellness!

-This week the RMS strings students played in a collaborative concert with the high school orchestra and chorus.  We were performing selections from Handel's Messiah, and the combined strings played the famous Pastoral Symphony as part of this.  I was incredibly proud of the middle schoolers' participation in this event and thought you might like to watch the linked video clip of the Tuesday concert.  Congrats to all the string students.  Enjoy! Hannah Rommer

-Lost and Found: Items in the lost and found have been sorted, folded, and put out on tables in the auditorium lobby. Please feel welcome to stop in to take a look (after signing in). We have returned any items with names directly to the students. In addition, Deb has been sharing photos of the lost and found in weekly announcements to the students. We hope lost items can be found!

Community Calendar and Activities

-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. Thank you! Adina Desaulniers.

-Please join us! Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 - 10:30 at the RW Black Recreation and Senior Center (48 Lebanon Street, Hanover) for a delicious pancake breakfast.  $5 per person.  The event will support Youth-in-Action at Hanover High School whose mission is to provide local high school students with a diverse set of opportunities to engage in community service, with the ultimate goal of equipping them with the skills and motivation to improve the lives of others, their environment and themselves.

-HEART &  SOLE - 6th - 8th Grade Girls' RUNNING program

Tuesdays & Thursdays;  6pm - 7pm;  3/21 - 6/1 & Final 5K on Sat, June 3rd in Essex Junction, VT: Will NOT meet on 4/18 & 4/20 FOR: 6 - 8th Grade Girls LOCATION:  Tracy Hall Gym & Norwich Green area 

*FEE:  $110;  Non-residents:  $120   *H & S T-shirt included in this price.  Please list T-shirt size when registering on-line.   

COACH: Laurie Rosen (802-649-1919 or 603-650-4728 or Laurie.s.rosen@gmail.com)   Assistants, Laurie Furch, Gwen Adams, Kye Ameden & Charlotte Rutledge          'Heart & Sole', or 'H & S' is a 10-week program that promotes physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. 

H & S creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. Physical activity is a core element of the program and includes running, strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. H & S is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers.  The season concludes with a 5K celebratory event that gives the girls a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.

Please REGISTER on-line at  www.norwich.vt.us / Departments / Recreation / On-Line Registration.  Visit http://girlsontherunvermont.org/6th-8th-grade-program/  for more information.

-Yes, And! Join Kate Schaefer for a fun filled series of classes in which we will play theater games and learn the basics of improvisation. The games and exercises will improve your confidence, imagination, speed of reaction, self-awareness, and connection to others. Most importantly, they will make you smile! We'll learn how to make one another "look good" on stage and in life!

Grades 4-6. Classes held on Wednesdays: April 512  May 3, 10, 17 and 24 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Howe Library

Registration required by Friday, March 31 Must commit to all six classes 603-640-3268

030317 Friday Focus

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:22 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 030317

HFD assisting with a fire drill today.

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Important Dates and Announcements are the theme of the week. I've listed some below for your information and calendars.

In addition, school voting will take place on Tuesday, March 7 from 7a to 7p at Hanover High School and Tracy Hall. You can find additional information about the proposed budgets, candidates for school district positions, and associated documents and mailers on the SAU 70 web site. I've included the town notice about school voting and school board candidate statements in the Friday Focus for your reference as well. If you have any questions about the RMS or Dresden budget that I might be able to help with please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal

@mlepene

2017-2018 Dresden School District Calendar Approved: The Dresden School Board voted to approve the 17-18 calendar on Tuesday night. It will be up on the SAU web site shortly. In the meantime you can view an advanced copy here. Note the first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 30th.

Last Day of School for the 2016-2017 School Year: The Dresden School Board and SAU 70 administration has set the tentative last day of school forWednesday, June 21st. We are hopeful that we are finished with snow days and with that in mind have set the following event dates:

  • Monday, June 19th: 8th Grade Class Trip
  • Tuesday, June 20th: 8th Grade Class Night and Last Day of School
  • Wednesday, June 21st: Last day of School for 6th and 7th Grades, Noon Dismissal.

Additional details, dates, events, and times will be added to the school google calendar and future Friday Focus editions as they become available.

All School News and Events

March 7 - School Voting

March 9 - 7th Grade Health Screening

March 13 - Inservice Day, No School

March 17 - RMS School Dance

RMS Notes and Information

-Even though March has just begun, we are starting to think about next year at RMS. This afternoon your 6th or 7th grade student(s) received information for choosing courses for next year. You can also locate these documents on the RMS Website under Transition Documents (Spring). If you have any questions, please be in touch with your student's guidance counselor, Wendy Kares or John Lacrosse, or Associate Principal, Amanda Yates.

-Sonia Kovalevsky Day (girls' math day) at Dartmouth will be on Saturday, May 13th from about 8:30am-3:30pm. This is a free event for girls in middle and high school to meet with other students and teachers from the Upper Valley and New England to have fun working on math with graduate students and professors from Dartmouth. Lunch and snacks provided. Questions? Contact Heather Lepene. You can sign-up at: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~skmd2017/

-We could use a few more volunteers for our 7th grade health screening next week. Thank you to all who have signed up to help! "7th Grade Health Screenings will take place on Thursday, March 9.  We are looking for a few volunteers to help with hearing and vision tests, as well as a couple of parents to greet and organize the students.  A medical background is not necessary.  Please click here to sign-up.  Thank you!  Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator"

-Board Candidates Address to Hanover Citizens:  In an effort to help you make an informed decision at the polls next week, we have included a short bio and rationale statement from the four candidates vying for the three open school board seats in Hanover and Dresden.  Click the links below to access the documents:

-Congratulations to Sophie Usherwood who recently won first prize in the Upper Valley Middle School Math Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "No-Recipe Math: Rosa Orellana’s Mathematical Journey".

-Congratulations to Michael Hertog-Raz who recently qualified for the state level competition in the National Geography Bee. Michael will represent RMS as he competes with students from across the state in an effort to qualify for the national bee. For fun, here are some sample questions a bee participant might encounter:

•The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?

•Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?

Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting​ ​​away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which​ ​ocean?

•The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?

•What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo​ or an aquifer?

Community Calendar and Activities
-School Elections, March 7, 2017

The election for School Board candidates and the schools' budgets will take place Tuesday, March 7, at the Hanover High School Gymnasium.  Absentee ballots are now available at the Superintendent's office and Hanover Town Hall. [Voters who will be unable to vote on the date of the election due to absence from Town, religious commitments, physical disability, or because an employment obligation requires the person to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close may request an absentee ballot from the Superintendent of Schools office, 41 Lebanon Street, Suite 2, Hanover (643-6050), or from the Hanover Town Clerk’s office.

For more information, link here.  

For more information about the ballots, who's running, and the position of the Hanover Finance Committee on the budgets, please link to Voting Information for 2017.  

Absentee ballot link:
https://sites.google.com/a/hanovernorwichschools.org/school-administrative-unit-70/school-boards/voting-info/absentee-voting

Voting Information for 2017 link:
https://sites.google.com/a/hanovernorwichschools.org/school-administrative-unit-70/school-boards/voting-info

Read more: http://www.hanovernh.org/node/9713

-The Dartmouth School of Graduate and Advanced Studies is pleased to announce the fifth annual Science Day at Dartmouth, to take place April 1st from 10am-3pm on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH.  Dartmouth graduate students in a variety of fields invite you to their labs for fun, interactive activities and demonstrations.  Come meet real researchers-in-training, learn about their work, and find out why they love what they do!  Science Day activities are designed for students in grades 5-10, but all curious minds are welcome to attend.  All students must be accompanied by an adult. Visit sites.dartmouth.edu/scienceday/ for details and to sign up to attend.
 
-We are a team of Dartmouth students researching educational STEM programs for middle school students. As part of our data collection, we want to gauge interest in two different programs. We would appreciate any assistance you could provide in circulating our survey to your students and their families! Thank you for your time and participation, and please let us know if you have any questions. Click this link to start the survey or the link below. OR https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZNK5KL Sincerely, Aaron Lewin '17
 
-Hello! My name is Ashley Cole-Henry and I am teacher at Mascoma Valley Regional High School and a coach of the Upper Valley Robotics Team. We are hosting an open house on March 11th from 11am-3pm to let the community know what we do and what we have to offer. At this open house we will have coaches and students available to discuss our program and to demonstrate our robot for the 2017 season. Our students average 60 hours of time working with local engineers, programmers, technicians, teachers and business administrators to create a competition robot in roughly 6 weeks. Our classroom and program is located at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center in White River Jct, VT and is run by mostly volunteer coaches. The open house is free and open to the public and food will be available by donation to support our team. Our team is typically a high school extracurricular however we accept highly motivated middle school students. We encourage all ages to attend this event. If you have any questions about our team and what we have to offer please email me at acole-henry@mvrsd.org. For more information about FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) please visit the following link http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc.
 
-FUTSAL FUNDRAISER: Please join us for this FUTSAL tournament to benefit the NICARAGUA Student Scholarship. 
When: Sat, March 4, 2017
Time: 2- 4 pm ( new time!) 
Where: Hanover High School (HHS Gym)
Cost $5/ person. All are invited.  Great prizes! 
Hosted by Nicaragua March Intensive- Bridges to Community.
 
-7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls Lacrosse Registration Has Begun!

If your child loves to play lacrosse or wants to learn this fun and fast-paced sport visit www.hanoverlacrosse.com to register for the upcoming spring season by Friday, March 17.  

Friends of Hanover Lacrosse (FOHL) supports youth lacrosse in Hanover and Lyme, New Hampshire and Norwich and Strafford, Vermont.  We invite players from any of these towns to join our team.  Any questions?  Contact Donna Mackall, registrar, at atticusmac@comcast.net.

In addition to providing assistance to the boys and girls high school teams, FOHL administers the 7th and 8th grade lacrosse programs.  We also encourage participation in the sport among youth in general so that they may learn and enjoy lacrosse at an early age.

-Hanover Spring Cleans Neighborhood Yard SalesCalling all residents, neighborhoods, groups and organizations. Would you (or anyone you know) be interested in participating in a community-wide yard sale on May 13, 2017? If so, read on! The Sustainable Hanover Committee is considering sponsoring a multiple yard sale event that would take place in front yards and neighborhoods all over Hanover and Etna on May 13, 2017from 10am till 2pm. Each resident/group/neighborhood would be responsible for conducting their own sale, and all monies collected would be retained by the sellers, minus a nominal $5 fee to help defray advertising costs. Sustainable Hanover will create an online map indicating addresses where yard sales are happening. Let us know of your interest and set aside the date! To sign up and for further information, please contact: Mary Donin at 643-4721 or send an email to hanoverspringcleans@gmail.com *Please note that this neighborhood yard sale is independent of the Town of Hanover/Dartmouth College community yard sale that takes place each September at the Dewey Field parking lot.

-SAVE THE DATE: Community Solar Workshop – Thursday, April 27

Sustainable Hanover will present Opportunities for Community Solar in New Hampshire, a workshop to be held on the evening of Thursday, April 27 at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover. The presentation will run from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, including a panel discussion and Q&A, with time to meet vendors before and after the presentation. Learn about community solar in New Hampshire and group net metering, legal aspects and funding opportunities for landowners, non-profits and businesses.

Speaker List:

  • Clay Mitchell, co-author NH SEA Group Net Metering Information & Guidelines; founding member and advisor of the NH Cleantech Council; faculty, UNH Dept of Natural Resources and the Environment on NH community solar models and group net metering.
  • Nancy Malmquist, Esq. on legal agreements and frameworks for community solar, update on currently pending NH legislative and regulatory changes.
  • John Kondos, founder of the Monadnock Sustainability Network on MSN’s community supported model
  • Bev Mason (USDA NH Area Director) and Cheryl Ducharme, USDA, Business Director, on regional grants, loans and funding opportunities for renewable energy and improving efficiency.

Join us on April 27! Details and final program to be announced when finalized. Read more: http://www.hanovernh.org/node/9913

-CREATIVE MOVEMENT AND CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES AT OPEN DOOR IN WHITE RIVER JX. Open Door Integrative Wellness 904-626-5284 opendoorworkshop.com

-NCCT Teen’s 24th annual show "Once On This Island"
Sixty extremely talented Upper Valley Teens representing 10 area schools perform this poignant story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death. Filled with a catchy Caribbean-flavored score by Ahrens and Flaherty, “Once On This Island” is a highly original theatrical adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
A great show and one you won't want to miss. 
Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 5th at 4:00 pm
$17 adults $13 under 18 and seniors (prices include all LOH fees)

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7th/8th Take YRBS Tuesday

posted Feb 27, 2017, 8:58 AM by Michael Lepene

February 27, 2017

Dear 7th and 8th Grade Parents,

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will be administering the 2017 Vermont Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  The survey will be done in social studies classes and takes about 30 minutes.  Our district has been supporting this effort for a number of years and we have consistently found it to be helpful in terms of looking at issues that our students are dealing with and planning on ways to better support our kids.  I have included a comprehensive document about the Survey in this note.  Parents do have the right to “opt out” of the activity if they choose to do so.  In that case I would just have students work independently in the library.  Students taking the survey will not miss any class time as this is the designated activity for the period.  I do apologize for the short notice.  Please let me know by tomorrow morning if you do not want your child to take this survey.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Thanks,

John LaCrosse

RMS School Counselor

 

Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey Frequently Asked Questions

The Vermont Department of Health (Department of Health) frequently receives questions about its Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Below are answers to some of the most common questions.

What is the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, or YRBS?

The YRBS is a national survey that was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors and has been administered in Vermont since 1993.

The YRBS is a paper, classroom-based survey that is completed during the first few months of an odd numbered year. Two questionnaires are used, one for middle school students in grades six through eight (30 minutes) and one for high school students in grades nine through 12 (50 minutes).

The YRBS is an important public health tool for measuring the health of Vermont’s youth. The types of questions asked include risk behaviors (e.g. smoking and poor physical activity), substance use (e.g. alcohol and marijuana use), demographics (e.g. gender), perceptions around behavior (e.g. what do parents think about youth drinking), and youth assets (e.g. think you matter in your community).

The Department of Health and Agency of Education receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement the YRBS.

Who is eligible for the Vermont YRBS?

All Vermont youth in grades 6 through 12 are eligible. Participant schools are primarily public, public-private, or an interstate school. However, there are some independent and fully private schools who participate. Home schooled students do not currently take the YRBS.

How many students complete the survey?

In Vermont, all middle and high school students are invited to participate in the survey. The total number of respondents varies, but on average about 35,000 take the survey each cycle. In 2015, 99% of high schools participated, with more than 21,000 students completing the survey, over 13,500 middle school students participated. Nationwide, from 1991 through 2015, more than 3.8 million high school students have completed the survey.

Is the YRBS anonymous?

Yes, student participation in the YRBS is both anonymous and voluntary. Students complete an optically scannable questionnaire booklet that contains no personal identifier.

Do all states participate in the YRBS?

No. In 2015, 47 states and over 20 large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments completed the high school survey in at least some capacity. Less than half of states participated in the middle school survey. There is also a YRBS that is completed at the national level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How recent is YRBS data?

YRBS data is collected during the first two to three months of each odd numbered year. For example, 2015 data was collected during January and February of 2015. Once data collection is complete the data are processed by the CDC before becoming available for analysis by the state. This can take several months, so YRBS data is often not available until the following winter.

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Can you provide school level data using the Vermont YRBS?

School data is generally only provided to the school administrator, and then only upon request. The main reason for this is due to privacy concerns about the potential ability to identify individuals within a school based upon their responses. Data can be analyzed at the supervisory union level, as well as by county, hospital service area, and VDH District Office. State, county, and supervisory union reports are available online.

Can I compare results from one supervisory union with those from another one?

It is natural to want to know how individual supervisory unions or school districts compare to each other. While comparing the supervisory union to the state can be helpful in order to determine how a particular supervisory union is doing, the Department of Health discourages communities from comparing supervisory unions to each other. There are a number of reasons for this, but the major reason involves sample size: when comparing two estimates from a small sample, the confidence intervals will often overlap (meaning there is no significant difference), even when the difference might appear large.

How are the results used?

YRBS results are used widely by a variety of stakeholders across Vermont. These include the Department of Health, Agency of Education, individual schools and supervisory unions, as well as non-profit and other organizations in the community. While the users of the data are varied, most use it for similar reasons. The most common ways YRBS data are used are to identify and target risk behaviors or populations for intervention (e.g., tobacco use prevention), evaluation of efforts to reduce risk behaviors, and to support grant requests for funds to address these behaviors.

Will this survey cause students to initiate or increase high-risk behaviors?

There is no evidence that simply asking students about health behaviors will encourage them to try that behavior. The causes and determinants of health risk behaviors are very complex. Students receive regular exposure to information about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; violence; and sexuality through their school curricula, the media, parents, friends, and community organizations. Exposure to a small number of questions on any one topic is not likely to cause a significant change in behavior—either good or bad.

Do students answer the questions truthfully?

Research indicates data of this nature may be gathered as reliably from adolescents as from adults. The Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention use various data cleaning methods when processing YRBS data to help identify the small percentage of students who falsify their answers. To obtain truthful answers, students must perceive the survey as important and know that procedures have been developed to protect their privacy and allow for anonymous participation. For more information, please see: http://healthvermont.gov/research/yrbs/2013/documents/do_kids_tell_the_truth_yrbs.pdf

If I have questions about the survey, who at the Department of Health can I contact?

You can contact the YRBS coordinator, Kristen Murray at kristen.murray@vermont.gov or 802-863-7276.

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