Friday Focus

Weekly Announcements from the Richmond Middle School.

Welcome to Summer RMS!

posted Jun 26, 2017, 10:31 AM by Michael Lepene

Welcome to Summer RMS!

I hope your summer plans and activities are off to a great start. Here are a few quick notices and reminders. We will send out our full information packets for the 2017-2018 school year later this summer. Updates and new information will also be added to the web site throughout the summer.

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal

  • RMS Summer Office Hours: TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday from 9a to 1p or by appointment. Best to call or email first as we sometimes are out of the office.
  • Summer Reading: Over the summer all students should read at least two books they have not read before. Of course we encourage them to read as much as they can! Students can choose any book they like, but for some great suggestions, please visit the RMS Library website and look at the Summer Reading presentation: http://rmslibrarymediacenter.weebly.com/ 
  • Grade Level Supply Lists
  • 2017-2018 Dresden Calendar / RMS Google Calendar
  • The RMS Lost and Found is full. Please consider stopping by RMS to claim any lost or misplaced items. Unclaimed items will be donated on July 1.
  • First Day of School - Wednesday, August 30, 2017. 800am.
  • Note on links and web site: We will be rolling over to a new web site this summer. Links and information may change.

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061617 RMS Friday Focus

posted Jun 16, 2017, 9:01 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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PE Fishing Unit at Storrs Pond (Photo: Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are very excited about our last week of school. There are ton of fun and interesting things going on at RMS. Please don't hesitate to give us a call or email if you have any questions about logistics or details. We are happy to help. I'll keep the note short this week and include a photo of one entrant in the RMS Geometry cardboard chair design challenge from this week. RMS math teacher Carla Balch has her students designing and building chairs entirely from cardboard and tape. Chairs will be tested by me and then evaluated by 7th grade math students on Monday. I've had a great time seeing the designs coming together.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

June 16 - RMS School Dance, 7-9p.

June 19 - 8th Grade Class Trip

June 20 - 8th Grade Class Night and Last Day

June 20 - 7th Grade Power of We Projects/Make A Difference Day

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades to Storrs Pond, AM

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades Last Day, Noon Dismissal

RMS Notes and Information

-This was our last week for homework club, after school study, and high school tutors. We hope these programs were helpful and all should return again in the fall. 

-8th Grade Graduation Reception – June 20th, 5:30pm

Thank you to all of the families who have signed up to contribute to the 8th Grade Graduation Reception! This event would not be possible without your help. For those who have signed up the logistics for food drop off, set-up and clean-up are included in the link below. Just a few needs remain for the evening. The link to sign up is also included for families who have not signed-up but can help fill the final gaps. Again, many thanks as this will be a fun celebratory evening for our kids, families, faculty and staff and friends!

Reception Logistics/details

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JyTxKDRyMqPYTXvZRH0iY6VUPssc57PcN02tG1Ybrp0/edit?usp=sharing

Sign-up sheet

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qbUO2uDMce7VD7hRHcgF8J1dsxoAgfqyEdMVleCzfXc/edit?usp=sharing

-It's time to think about summer reading! All students should read at least two books they have not read before over the summer. Students can choose any book they like. For suggestions of books to read, please visit the RMS Library website and look at the Summer Reading presentation. http://rmslibrarymediacenter.weebly.com/ You will also find information about accessing our eBooks and downloadable audiobooks which are available all summer long. Happy Reading!

-CHC Dance Update:

Despite the rain, we are very excited for tonight's Children Helping Children Dance.

Over the last 15 years we have contributed thousands of dollars to charities around the world through funds raised at this event.  This year all of the proceeds from the dance will be going to Circus Zambia, a local group that supports a circus school for young people in Zambia.  A number of our students have been to Zambia as part of this project.  Students in the group will be here tonight helping kids learn some circus skills.  We are especially excited that funds raised tonight will be doubled by "Positive Tracks", a local group that supports active youth fundraising events.  Please take a look at their website to learn more about the work that they do. (www.positivetracks.org)

Logistics about the dance are as follows:

  • Dance begins at 7:00 and ends at 9:00.  $5 admission
  • MCS 6th graders are invited to join us.
  • Special activities will include dunk tank, water balloon toss, inflatable obstacle course, sno cones, raffle  and circus games
  • Special activities will require tickets which will be sold at the door.  $1 per ticket, 15 for $10.   Basketball and soccer and the dance area will be available for free.
  • The dance will end with the traditional "pie in the face" contest.
  • Regular dance guidelines apply.

This is a wonderful event and a great cause.  We look forward to seeing your sons and daughters.

Community Calendar and Activities

-Town of Hanover 4th Parade Contest!

https://www.hanoverrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30123

-FOOTBALL FUNDAMENTALS JULY 24 -26 

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm 

Tuition: $85 Before July 1 2017 and $100 After July 2 2017:

Checks Payable to FOHF Send Check and Registration to : FOHF PO Box 5485 Hanover, NH 03755

Registration form can be found at: http://hanoverfootball.com/

-The Hanover Improvement Society will open Storrs Pond Recreation Area to all families free of charge on Wednesday, June 21 after school dismissal. Let's celebrate the start of summer!  We look forward to seeing you there!

-CAMPOUT FOR THE CAUSE: Here's The Story: On any given day in the Upper Valley, there is a child who is suffering from abuse or neglect. This year alone, approximately 200 local children are in jeopardy. LET'S CHANGE THAT!! CAMPOUT FOR THE CAUSE!!

Spend a day in the woods and a night under the stars in a fundraiser to prevent child abuse in the Upper Valley and aid children who've been abused or neglected. Come for the day only or spend the night with us. 

Join Child and Family Services and all your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers in CAMPOUT FOR THE CAUSE, Saturday, August 26, at Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH!

SCHEDULE (subject to change):

1pm – 6pm: A range of outdoor recreational activities including swimming, beach volleyball, family games, fishing, scavenger hunt, fire truck displays by Hanover Fire Dept., face-painting, tennis, sandcastle building, a pentathalon (5-event race), and the Mascoma Bank cook-out!

The event will also feature live music and some big birds/ raptors from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

6pm - on: campfire, s'mores, storytelling (maybe even ghost stories!) 

8 am: breakfast sponsored by Mascoma Bank; bagels, donuts, coffee, juice, fruit

Look at our website for more information or to register for the event:  https://www.crowdrise.com/CampOutfortheCause2017

PLEASE HELP US TO PROTECT LOCAL CHILDREN FROM CHILD ABUSE and to provide critical and life-changing services to children who've suffered abuse or neglect. For further information, call 603-518-4156, or email gaffneyc@cfsnh.org

-Please check your children's rooms to be sure that all HPR uniforms,  no matter how long you have had them, are returned back to the rec center. 
This does not apply to the colorful cotton T shirts and caps used by the younger teams.  You may keep those. Place the uniforms in a bag, with your child's name on the bag to get credit for the return, and leave it at the reception desk. Thank you and enjoy your summer,
Jeanne

-HANOVER YOUTH FOOTBALL SIGN UPS HAPPENING NOW FOR FALL 2017.  Sign up now for Fall 2017 4/5/6 and 7/8 tackle football through the Hanover Rec Department.  Our game schedule is set and we have a summer camp scheduled for this summer - http://hanoverfootball.com/data/FirstDowns2017.pdf.  Fall sign ups end next week so sign up now.

-LAST CALL FOR EMPOWER LACROSSE CAMP REGISTRATION! 

Please register by Monday, June 19, at noon!
 
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT THE CAMP:
·       Sarah Martin, former Dartmouth Associate Coach for 12 years, will be our Head Coach.  
·       Cindy Pierce, comedian and social educator, will be our "Amplify the Healthy Voices" speaker.  Topics: finding your healthy crew, honing your moral compass, and so much more.
·      It's a Women’s Lacrosse World Cup year, so there will be lots of fun World Cup build-up! 
·       Sarah will be supported by the following college players: Charlotte Whale, current Dartmouth goalie; Lindsay Furmer, current Dartmouth defender, and Rachel Boghosian, current St. Lawrence attacker and former HHS stand-out.

THE BASICS:

·      June 29-30
·      Sachem Field
·      9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
·      Rising 3rd - 8th graders
·      Pair our camp with Got Game Lacrosse Camp at Dartmouth (June 28)

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060917 RMS Friday Focus

posted Jun 9, 2017, 10:52 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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Taking the learning outside during a break in the rain this week. (Photo: Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our Elective Showcase and 6th Grade Open House last night. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to chat with teachers and experience a bit of our program. The Empty Bowls dinner was wonderful as well!

We would like to congratulate the Hanover High School class of 2017 as they graduate this evening. We are incredibly proud of all that our former students have accomplished and wish them the best of luck in their future adventures.

The last school dance of the year is next Friday, June 16 from 700-900p here at RMS. This dance has a slightly different format and if weather allows it will be held outside. Additional details can be found below.

Finally, I thought I might give you a sample of what I saw visiting classrooms today. While summer is coming it isn't here yet!

  • I had the pleasure of seeing two ISearch presentations in Mr. Ivanoski's 8th grade English classroom. The ISearch project involves in-depth research and interviewing, a formal research paper, and a presentation. Today I saw a student present on Homelessness in the Upper Valley and another on Mushroom Collection and Agriculture. In each ISearch presentation I am able to attend I come away impressed with the incredible amount of knowledge the students collect on a topic they are passionate about. This is sometimes most evident in the question and answer period following their slides.
  • I joined Mrs. Balch's Geometry classes for their second day of a cardboard chair design and build challenge. Students are putting their math knowledge to the test through application and ultimately authentic testing. At this phase students were busy prototyping and creating blueprints. I'm excited to see what they engineer over the next few days. The project will culminate with testing (I get to sit in them!) and judging by 7th grade math students.
  • Finally, I enjoyed an astronomy talk with Mr. Stott's science class this afternoon. Students were challenged to consider different characteristics of our solar system ranging from physical characteristics of planets to the many ways one could die on Venus. Some great discussions about looking for evidence of life in space were going on as I left.
  • Lots more exciting work going on but I was only able to visit three today. I hope you hear some similarly exciting stories from your kids.

Have a great weekend!

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

June 16 - RMS School Dance

June 19 - 8th Grade Class Trip

June 20 - 8th Grade Class Night and Last Day

June 20 - 7th Grade Power of We Projects/Make A Difference Day

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades to Storrs Pond, AM

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades Last Day, Noon Dismissal

RMS Notes and Information

-Children Helping Children Dance

Friday June 16th 2017 7:00-9:00pm
Richmond Middle School Field
(rain location gym/cafe/lobby) 
 
The annual Children Helping Children dance is designed to raise money for groups that work with younger people around the world.  This year all funds will be donated to “Circus Zambia”.  Circus Zambia supports people in Zambia who are seeking to attend school to learn circus arts.  The group is made up of a wide range of Upper Valley adults and young people many of whom have traveled to Africa to train interested people.  

Fundraising at this event happens in several ways:

  • Dance Admission ($5)
  • Special activities and concessions.  Students will purchase $1 tickets which can be used for food, dunk tank, raffle, obstacle course water balloon contest and other games.
  • Pie Contest.  At the end of the dance we will again be “pieing” five students who raise the most money during the week.  There will also be a staff pie in the face at the end of the day on Friday.

Other activities at the dance will include basketball on the outdoor court, soccer on the field, and a dj spinning music. Students are expected to stay at the dance for the entire time unless they are picked up early by a parent/guardian or the student has written permission to leave with another adult. Regular RMS dance guidelines apply. Hanover Police will be at the dance assisting with traffic.

-The 7th graders will all be participating in 7th grade Make a Difference Day on Tuesday, June 20.  Groups will be working at RMS and throughout the community working on trails, helping at the Humane Society, helping celebrate International Refugee Day, and more.   All 7th graders who will be leaving RMS for our 7th Grade Make a Difference Day will be bringing a permission slip home on Wednesday.  We'd like them to be returned by Friday.

-Students have now received their DRAFT 2017-2018 schedules. We are looking forward to Arena Scheduling on Monday June 12th for Quarter 1 of 2017-2018. If your child has a question about their schedule, we encourage them to seek out their guidance counselor, Mrs. Powers or Mr. LaCrosse, or Associate Principal Yates. 

-From the Volunteer OfficePlease help RMS earn state recognition by emailing me your volunteer hours from this school year.  RMS has won this award every year for over three decades.  Any volunteer activity for any amount of time on behalf of RMS counts!    

If you already recorded your hours in the volunteer log book in the main office, you do not need to send them again via email.  

THANK YOU to all of our volunteers!  Everyone's efforts truly make a difference to our students and staff!

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator kerryartman@hanovernorwichschools.org

-RMS Library Stats for 2016-2017

-(Repost)Lost and Found: Please remind your child to check the lost and found. Items that are not claimed by the end of school will be donated over the summer. Thank you!

-(Repost)Ending the school year early? Please make sure you notify the RMS office in writing. Email can be sent to deborahmovizzo@hanovernorwichschools.org. Thank you.

-(Repost) 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

-(Repost)Dear Town Residents,

We are a group of 7th grade students attending the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, and we are going to visit a group of refugee children at the International Institute of New England, a group that resettles refugees in the Manchester/Nashua area. We are collecting items as the refugees come with very little belongings. Please deliver the goods to the lobby of the Richmond Middle School by Friday, June 16. The school is open between 8-3, Monday-Friday. Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions, please email our teachers: chrisputnampouliot@hanovernorwichschools.org or gingerwallis@hanovernorwichschools.org

Here is a list of the items we are collecting:
New
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Large Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Deodorant
  • Handsoap
  • Market Basket and Wal-Mart gift cards
Gently Used
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Bedsheets/Comforters
  • Kitchen Ware
  • Backpacks
Community Calendar and Activities
 
-It is the time of year again for ALL Together to survey the community regarding substance use in the Upper Valley. You may review (and take) the survey by clicking here:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017UpperValleyCommunitySurvey
 
-FOOTBALL FUNDAMENTALS JULY 24 -26 
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm 
Tuition: $85 Before July 1 2017 and $100 After July 2 2017:
Checks Payable to FOHF Send Check and Registration to : FOHF PO Box 5485 Hanover, NH 03755
Registration form can be found at: http://hanoverfootball.com/
 
-The Hanover Improvement Society will open Storrs Pond Recreation Area to all families free of charge on Wednesday, June 21 after school dismissal. Let's celebrate the start of summer!  We look forward to seeing you there.

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060217 Friday Focus

posted Jun 2, 2017, 10:13 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 11:51 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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RMS 6th Grade on the Boston Freedom Trail today. (Photo: Powers)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We had a wonderful and wet Colors Day this week. I hope your child enjoyed the activities and spirit of the day. A highlight for me is seeing the mixing between students and staff across all three grades. Colors Day has become an important tradition at RMS and my thanks go to the many students, staff, and volunteers who make the day possible. Looking ahead, we have some great events coming up in these last few weeks of school. We look forward to making more great memories together.

Red Team pulling hard in the Tug-of-War (Photo: Lepene)

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

June 7 - Ultimate Quiz Bowl Assembly

June 7 - 8th Grade Step-Up to HHS Day, PM

June 8 - Electives, Library, and 6th Grade Open House

June 16 - RMS School Dance

June 19 - 8th Grade Class Trip

June 20 - 8th Grade Class Night and Last Day

June 20 - 7th Grade Power of We Projects

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades to Storrs Pond, AM

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades Last Day, Noon Dismissal

RMS Notes and Information

-Thursday, June 8: Elective Open House - 5:30 PM

On the same night as the 6th grade and library open house and the Empty Bowls fundraising event, come join the elective staff and students for an evening of exhibitions and demonstrations celebrating student accomplishments. 

-Websites and Databases and Books, Oh My!
Research in the Library: Remember to stop by the library during Open House on June 8th!
How many classes happened in the library?
Pick up the flier with information about our library program and statistics on the past year to find out.
What were students’ favorite books?
Look at displays of some of the most popular books checked out this year.
What will my student read this summer?
Find out which books are on the summer reading lists.
How has research changed?
Watch a presentation on 21st century research skills and learn how RMS students find, evaluate, and use a variety of resources.
We hope to see you there!
Chris Putnam-Pouliot, Librarian and Jani Barrett, Library Assistant

-Lost and Found: Please remind your child to check the lost and found. Items that are not claimed by the end of school will be donated over the summer. Thank you!

-Ending the school year early? Please make sure you notify the RMS office in writing. Email can be sent to deborahmovizzo@hanovernorwichschools.org. Thank you.

-Parents of 8th graders
On Wednesday 8th graders will be heading to Hanover High School at noon for our annual "Step Up Day" program.  Students will get tours and see presentations by a number of HHS groups.  It is important to note that they will be dismissed from Hanover High School at the end of the day.  If they take a bus they will be able to do so, if you need to pick them up that will have to happen at HHS.

-(Repost) 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

-Tick Awareness

"New Hampshire has the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, and 50-60% of blacklegged ticks sampled in NH have been found to be infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease" (NH Health Alert Network June  2017) 

Like much of the Upper Valley, I am seeing deer ticks in the health office.  A big thank you to our Physical Education teachers, they have been reviewing tick bite prevention and correct removal of an embedded tick with students. 

I recently had a table in the school lobby in which students could look at ticks under a microscope, identify deer from wood ticks and talk with me about how to remove ticks. 

Please call your doctor's office if you find a deer tick attached for at least 36 hours and engorged (any deviation from flat). For children over 8 years old and adults there may be treatment options. 

A favorite for learning everything about ticks (7th grade science teacher Ms. Wallis and Nurse Pelletier dig this site)  http://www.tickencounter.org/

Avoiding tick bites: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_people.html

Tick Id https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/tickbornediseases/tickID.html

Here is a summary of insect repellent information for children (Center of Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics) 

  • Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent insect-related diseases. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease, and mosquitoes can transmit West Nile, Zika virus, Chikungunya virus and other viruses.
  • The current AAP and CDC recommendation for children older than 2 months of age is to use 10% to 30% DEET. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age.
  • The effectiveness is similar for 10% to 30% DEET but the duration of effect varies. Ten percent DEET provides protection for about 2 hours, and 30% protects for about 5 hours. Choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage.
  • The concentration of DEET varies significantly from product to product, so read the label of any product you purchase. Children should wash off repellents when they return indoors.
  • As an alternative to DEET, picaridin has become available in the U.S. in concentrations of 5% to10%.

​Thank you for reading and helping to keep our student population healthy. Abigal​e Pelletier, RN RMS Health office 

-Dear Town Residents,

We are a group of 7th grade students attending the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, and we are going to visit a group of refugee children at the International Institute of New England, a group that resettles refugees in the Manchester/Nashua area. We are collecting items as the refugees come with very little belongings. Please deliver the goods to the lobby of the Richmond Middle School by Friday, June 16. The school is open between 8-3, Monday-Friday. Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions, please email our teachers: chrisputnampouliot@hanovernorwichschools.org orgingerwallis@hanovernorwichschools.org

Here is a list of the items we are collecting:

New
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Large Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Deodorant
  • Handsoap
  • Market Basket and Wal-Mart gift cards
Gently Used
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Bedsheets/Comforters
  • Kitchen Ware
  • Backpacks
Community Calendar and Activities

-Hanover Parks and Recreation Annual 7th and 8th Grade Semi-Formal is tonight, June 2nd from 7-9p at the RWB Center. Parents willing to chaperone should contact HPR at liz.burdette@hanovernh.org. Thank you!

More from the 6th Grade Boston Field Trip (Photo: Powers)

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Friday Focus 052617

posted May 26, 2017, 9:18 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated May 26, 2017, 9:49 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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Scene from RMS production of Seussical!. (Photo: Starr)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we enter a long weekend I thought it important to note two things: 

First, Memorial Day provides an opportunity to recognize and remember those who gave their lives in service to our military and country. I hope that however you choose to spend the weekend, you enjoy the time with family and friends.

Second, at the Dresden School Board meeting this week we engaged in a discussion on adolescence sleep and school start time. Dr. John Randolph shared recent research findings and potential implications in an engaging presentation. The research we reviewed pointed to the importance of sleep for middle and high school students and both the challenges associated and the impact a lack of sleep can have on wellness, academic performance, and safety. In addition to considering school start times, I also thought the other recommendations from an article in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (Vol 13, No 4, 2017) were helpful:

  • Include relevant and targeted educational materials regarding the importance of sleep in the curriculum.
  • Provide a cool, dark, quiet sleep environment with adequate time for 8-10 hours of sleep time each night.
  • Encourage consistent bedtimes and wake times on weekdays and weekends.
  • Ensure a regular bedtime routine to cue the body that sleep is imminent.
  • Avoid the use of sleep disrupting electronic devices near bedtime or during the night.

I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend. As always, if we can help with any questions about a very busy last month of school just let us know. We look forward to a fun-filled Tuesday Colors Day when we return.

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
All School News and Events

May 29 - Memorial Day, No School

May 30 - RMS Colors Day

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

June 7 - Ultimate Quiz Bowl Assembly

June 8 - Electives and 6th Grade Open House

June 16 - RMS School Dance

RMS Notes and Information

-Thursday, June 8: Elective Open House - 5:30 PM

On the same night as the 6th grade and library open house and the Empty Bowls fundraising event, come join the elective staff and students for an evening of exhibitions and demonstrations celebrating student accomplishments. 

-Greetings 8th Grade Families,

Thank you to all of the families that have volunteered to bring food or beverage for the 2017 8th Grade Class Night Reception on June 20th! We still have need a few more volunteers to fill food and beverage slots and volunteers to help set up and clean up, which hopefully won’t take more than 30-minutes on each end. If you have a high school student that will be attending, we would be grateful for their help on either end of the evening.

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

Thank you! 

quiz bowl team photo

-The RMS Quiz Bowl Tournament Team recently returned after competing at the MSNCT in Dallas, Texas 5/10-5/15/17. This event tested their knowledge of history, science, literature, math, fine arts, social sciences, and more. Imagine giving your answer in under 2 and 5 seconds! The RMS Team demonstrated an extraordinary level of camaraderie, tenacity, and sportsmanship. Congratulations to all students!

Teams Rankings out of 160 teams:
Richmond  A- 90th place  W-4 L-4
Captain; Lazlo S- 8th grade- 2-year veteran
Rose L- 8th grade- 3-year veteran
Jason C- 8th grade- 1st year
Dill E - 7th grade- 1st year
Cole G -7th grade- 1st year
Richmond B- 117th place W-3 L-5
Captain: Will C -8th grade- 2-year veteran
Fletcher Z- 8th grade- 3-year veteran
Soren M-A - 8th grade-1st year
Daniel F - 8th grade- 1st year
Sora S - 6th grade- 1st year 
Next year? MSNCT 2018 Chicago, Illinois
#HonkfortheRMSQBTTgeese! #RMSProud!
Coaches Lovejoy & Coaches Knowlton

-The RMS sixth grade math team, Sora, Tom, Lauren, and Sarah, won the blue ribbon on Saturday to become the NH state champs at the mathleague.org competition. Sora earned first overall individual and Tom won the silver. Congratulations to all.

Here is a moderate sample question correctly answered by all four: "If the vowels are A, E, I, O, U, how many three letter arrangements are there such that the first letter is a vowel, the second letter is not a vowel, and the third letter is a vowel?" Head hurt yet? Oh yeah, no calculators and you have 45 seconds. Give those kids a nod when you see them.  --CoachK 

Community Calendar and Activities

-Garlic Mustard is in bloom

DISPLAYS ARE UP in the Howe and Etna Libraries, in Town Hall, Black Community Center and the three schools.  You will find an actual plant, map of known colonies, poster with garlic mustard life cycle, and bookmark handouts to help you identify the plant, and tips for its control.

THESE NEIGHBORHOODS are working on controlling the plant:

Brook Road, Webster Road, Hollenbeck Lane, Meadow Lane, Willow Spring Lane, Kendal, Girl Brook, Mink Brook West and East, West End, Rip Road, School and Huntley Streets, Rope Ferry Road. 

THESE TRAILS HAVE PULLING STATIONS:  Mink Brook West Trail and the Girl Brook Trail have signposts, and stations where large drawstring trash bags for garlic mustard contributions..  Trail users are encouraged to pull a few handfuls of the plant and place these in the bags provided.

We need your help!   Let's keep this plant from spreading into our woodlands!

For more information, contact Vicki Smith, 643-3214

Link to more information about the plant

Read more: http://www.hanovernh.org/node/13323

-Hanover’s Friendship City – Nihonmatsu Japan – Middle School Student Exchange Visit Happens July 29th-August 1st

The Town of Hanover is in need of 10 local families who would be willing to open their homes on July 29th-August 1st to host visiting Japanese 13 and 14 year olds from Hanover’s Friendship City of Nihonmatsu, Japan.

One of Dartmouth’s first international students, Kanichi Asakawa, was from Nihonmatsu.  He graduated from Dartmouth in 1899!  Hanover, Dartmouth and Nihonmatsu formed a Friendship City relationship more than 21 years ago and each summer at the end of July, the Town of Hanover and Dartmouth College join forces to host Nihonmatsu middle school students for a weekend visit, at the beginning of a one week trip they make to visit Dartmouth, Yale and NYC.

This summer, 10 students will be joining us – six girls and four boys – and so we are looking for 10 host families.  The students will arrive on Friday evening, July 29th (around 10:30 pm) and depart on Monday morning, August 1st at 9:00 am.

As Town Manager, our family hosted students from Nihonmatsu over a 10 year timeframe when my children were still attending Hanover schools so we have this hosting schedule down to a science.  If you have children who have experienced the Japanese Festival at the Ray School, it is particularly fun to host the group from Nihonmatsu.  The students’ homestays with Hanover families end up being the highlight of their trip to the U.S.

Here’s the typical schedule for their weekend visit to Hanover:

               The students, along with the Mayor of Nihonmatsu, a teacher from their school, five other adults and their translator and their tour director arrive in Hanover on Friday night, July 29th around 10:30 pm.   Host families meet their students at Hanover Town Hall and whisk them home for a quick snack and bed, because by the time they arrive from Logan Airport, they are tired after a long flight from Narita via Washington, D.C.

               Saturday, July 30th the students have breakfast with your family and at 10:00 am they head out on a tour of Dartmouth and Hanover, led by Dartmouth Japanese-speaking students.  We are currently working on afternoon activities that may include some additional time at Dartmouth and a recreational opportunity for families and students.  In the early evening all host families, students, dignitaries, Dartmouth faculty and Town representatives gather for a fun barbecue and party at the Dartmouth Outing Club.  Students then return home with their host families.

               Sunday, July 31st the students spend the day with their host families, essentially enjoying whatever you and your family normally do on a summer Sunday.  Some of the students’ favorite activities include mini golf, kayaking, swimming, shopping, the Montshire, any local fair you can find, and eating ice cream and pizza.  The key is to keep them busy, feed them lots of new food and just introduce them to life in the Upper Valley.

               Monday morning, August 1st we all meet back at Town Hall at 9:00 am for photos and then they depart for New Haven and NYC.

This is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to share their culture with students their own age and to remain connected.  It can also be the beginning of a lifelong friendship.   And most important, this is the first really big trip in the lives of many of these young Japanese students, coming from a location in Japan that was hard hit by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

So, if you are game to help the Town of Hanover and Dartmouth College and open your homes for the weekend of July 29th-August 1st, please let Julia Griffin know as soon as possible at Julia.Griffin@hanovernh.org or 643-0701.  You do not have to be a Hanover family to participate, but we will need you to commit to providing transportation for your Japanese student guests to Hanover according to the schedule outlined above.

Thanks for considering this opportunity to host a Japanese student.

Julia N. Griffin, Town Manager

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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.

-

-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.

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