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091517 RMS Friday Focus

posted Sep 17, 2017, 6:19 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 091517

Spirited game of 4-square at recess featuring Mr. Schluntz (Photo: Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to you this week from my mobile desk which is currently parked in our lobby. In front of me students are dropping objects from our balcony as they begin an investigation of falling objects with Mr. Stott in 8th grade science. To my left a different group of students are engaging in an introduction to yoga experience with Ms. Patch. As I observe both of these groups I am enjoying seeing our Kids and Co class walk preschoolers through our halls on a hunt for hidden dinosaurs. Needless to say, I am a little slow in the writing but am certainly enjoying the energy and learning all around me. I am also mindful of the discussion on multi-tasking I had with a parent this week... perhaps Friday "Focus" is something I should consider!

This week I am happy to feature a short write-up from our 7th grade social studies class. I hope to share similar pieces from across our curriculum this year to help you gain a different view into our school and program. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene
 
RMS 7th grade Social Studies students participated in an activity today called, “Here I Stand”, which encouraged students to think about difficult issues and take a stand for their beliefs. Ms. Powers, RMS Guidance Counselor, co-facilitated this discussion through introduction of the Pyramid of Hate. Students were asked to consider personal biases, and how they might intervene to keep prejudice from escalating into acts of hate. Students examined and reflected upon their own personal biases in response to 15 different statements, for example: Anyone in the U.S. can become successful by working hard.  In class discussion after the activity, students worked to respectfully acknowledge differences in thought amongst their classmates in a non-judgmental environment.  This activity was intended to lay the foundation for future conversations around difficult and challenging themes in 19th century U.S.History. -Ellen Fisher and Jill Collins
 
All School News and Events

Tuesday, September 19 - School Photo Day. Picture Day ID: VJ017001Q0

Thursday and Friday 9/21 & 9/22 - RMS No HW Days

Friday, September 22 - RMS School Dance, 700-900p.

Wednesday, September 27 - Parent Tech Support with Marty Warren, 1130-1215, RMS.

Thursday, September 28 - RMS Open House, 530-730p.

Tuesday, October 3 - CircleUp! Community viewing of the film "Beyond Measure"

Friday, October 6 - No School, Inservice Day.

Monday, October 9 - No School, Columbus Day.

Wednesday, October 11 - Walk and Bike to School Day

RMS Notes and Information

-The first RMS School Dance of the year is coming up on September 22. Dances are for RMS students only and are held from 700-900p. Admission is $5.00. In addition to music/dancing the gym is open for pick-up basketball and soccer. Other games and activities may be offered as well. We review dance guidelines and expectations with our students in homeroom prior to the first dance. You can find the full RMS dance guidelines here.

-Friendly Safety Reminder from HPD: Please do not use the school parking lots or circle for drop-off or pick-up between 730-815a and 230-315p (130-215p Weds). Instead use the pull-out lanes on Route 10 and the traffic circles to change direction. Thank you.

-RMS Open House: Open House will be on Thursday, September 28th from 5:30-7:25p. Parents should come to the lobby by 5:30p to pick-up a copy of their child's schedule. We will be following a Wednesday schedule and will provide a bell schedule for the evening that includes time in each of your child's core classes and some elective blocks. During elective blocks we encourage you to visit any of the elective classes that your child is taking this quarter. We hope you enjoy the time getting to know the staff, the classes and the building. Many parents also report enjoying the time talking in the halls on their way to their next class. New this year: We have added a homeroom period following some parent and staff suggestions.

-Tech Support for RMS Parents: New to our School?  Considering coming to a workshop at RMS to learn about some of the technology we use.  What is the difference between PowerSchool and Schoology?  How do I set up parent accounts for these?  Who do I contact if I need help?!

RMS Technology Coordinator Marty Warren will provide a drop-in tech support session for parents on Wednesday, September 27 from 1130 to 1215 here at RMS in our computer lab. Reservations are helpful for planning purposes. Email to martywarren@hanovernorwichschools.org.

-RMS Model United Nations: Attention future diplomats! The RMS Model United Nations will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 310 p.m., in room 705. Come join us as we learn to debate burning issues of our time. Ms. Fisher and Ms. Gaines

-Believe it or not snow and winter conditions are not too far away. This is a good time to consider back-up plans and strategies for when SAU 70 or Hanover Rec activities are cancelled due to road conditions.

-RMS Emergency Preparedness: The RMS and SAU 70 emergency committees are in the process of reviewing our response to the DHMC incident this week. We greatly appreciate the efforts of our school personnel, students, parents, and first responders as we took the necessary precautions. Each event is reviewed critically with an eye for opportunities for improvement. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Please check this space for ongoing volunteer requests this year!

Library Assistance: We are looking for volunteers to assist students with checking out books, restocking bookshelves, and other miscellaneous tasks.  Times are very flexible, on any day Monday - Friday.  September and October helpers would be very appreciated!

Dance Chaperones: A reminder that the dance chaperone sign-up sheet was sent home with your child this week.  If you are interested in chaperoning one of our dances, please fill out the form and have your child turn it into his or her homeroom teacher.  Dance dates are:  9/22, 10/27, 3/16, and 5/25.

We appreciate you sharing your time and talents!

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator 603.643.3431 x 2714 kerryartman@hanovernorwichschools.org

Community Calendar and Activities

-Hanover High school will be Hosting Pembroke Academy at 7pm under the lights! Raffle for TWO Patriots Football Tickets. Raffle tickets will cost $5 and the winner will be called out at the last home game on 10/13. Tickets will be SOLD at the HS games.

-Circle Up is screening "Beyond Measure" on Tuesday, 10/3 at RMS at 7:00 p.m.  Public welcome!  Seats are limited, so please click on the link below to register.

"In making Beyond Measure, I set out to tell a new narrative: one that uplifts and leads by example. A story that showcases the courageous, enterprising and innovative educators, students and parents who are forging a new path, and unleashing the true human potential of our students as they do so. Beyond Measure is unique among education films in its dedication to exposing what’s working, and celebrating the school communities that are daring to break the mold, rise above challenges, and reinvent the classrooms of the last century to make way for better learning and more inspired teaching. By going into the schools that are trying out the most cutting-edge research and promising teaching models, we find a picture of what’s possible in public education." - Vicki Abeles, Director

http://beyondmeasurefilm.com/circle-up/

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-Team Green Dartmouth Kids Club: Click for information.

-Have you ever been curious about the sport of speedskating?  
Did you know that the Upper Valley has its very own speedskating club?! 

The Speedskating Club of the Upper Valley invites children and adults alike to experience the thrill and exhilaration of speedskating.  This is an exciting sport that both kids and parents can learn together.  The fledgling Upper Valley Speedskating Club is led and coached by a team of passionate and talented local speedskaters, including two-time Olympian, Dan Weinstein. My husband and 10-year old son spent most Sunday mornings last winter on the ice with coaches Dan, Amelia and Sarah, and had such a blast flying across the ice together.  The coaches were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the sport, that our whole family got caught up in the wave and have enjoyed excursions beyond the season to visit the Lake Placid Oval and other speedskating venues across New England.  

We’d love to share our experience on the ice with other Upper Valley families!  If you’d like to learn how to speedskate and others ways to get involved with the Upper Valley Speedskating Club, contact Dan Weinstein at dweinstein09@gmail.com, or Amelia Ihlo at amelia.ihlo@gmail.com.  They are in the process of securing ice time for the winter right now, and would like to open the program up to all who are interested! —Submitted by Katie Kitchel, kkitchel@me.com

-Indoor rock climbing team: Join other Richmond Middle School students for indoor rock climbing at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (GMRCC) in Quechee.  This co-ed program is open to middle school students in grades 6th-8th.  Teams practice at the GMRCC Quechee facility and compete as a team against other local schools at monthly competitions.  While practices run year round, competitions are held November-March. If other Fall sports conflict don't worry, you can join the team in November.  Students will learn climbing skills and total body fitness.  No climbing experience necessary. All team members will have access to the climbing gym during regular business hours, free belay lessons, and free harness/shoes rentals.  For more information contact Jeff Low (jefflow77@gmail.com). 


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090117 RMS Friday Focus

posted Sep 1, 2017, 9:39 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 090117

assembly photo

(Photo: Yates)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that your children had a great start to the new school year! We opened our first day with a whole school effort to create a fun video that supported our opening message of us being "All In This Together". You might have heard about it or even seen the video on our Facebook page. We have the video available here as well. We believe that school should be fun and a place where it can be safe to take risks. Hopefully, we put that on display right away! At the end of the day, three students (Bria, Skyler, and Will) spoke to the school about ways in which we could support one another as a caring community this year. I was impressed by their suggestions which included looking out for one another, appreciating the efforts of others, and taking an active role in supporting each person in our community. I was even more heartened to see evidence of these suggestions throughout my classroom visits and time in the hallways this week. I believe we have the stage set for a fantastic year together.

Along with all of the introductions, team building, rules, guidelines, and procedures introduced this week we also began using several online services connected to the curriculum and our school program. For those who might like an overview or the major applications and their purpose I have listed them immediately following this introduction.

Please do let us know if we can help you with anything. We know that the transition and school year brings new challenges for students and also for their parents. We are happy to help if issues or questions arise. I am so impressed already with the energy and enthusiasm on full display this week from our staff and students. It should be a great year to be at RMS!

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene

RMS Tools and Applications

Media: At RMS we use a variety of tools to share information and communicate happenings and events.

RMS web site: frms.org

Email: Weekly Friday Focus email and other special announcements.

US Mail and Paper Handouts: Occasional reminders and special notices.

Twitter: Follow us @RMSHanover for highlights and announcements.

Facebook: Follow us at Frances C. Richmond Middle School for selected announcements and highlights.

Google Calendar: Subscribe to view updated event listings.

Information Systems:

PowerSchool Portal: All parents should now have access to the portal via the Single-Sign-On (SSO) letter sent home this summer. The portal can be used to view grades, teacher comments, attendance, and report cards. You can also access InfoSnap via the portal.

InfoSnap: System being used to collect new registration information and also to allow for updating of information. Most of you have used this to provide us with updated information.

Mealtime: System used to manage and monitor lunch account balances. 

For assistance with any of these applications please contact RMS Tech atrmstech@hanovernorwichschools.org.

Learning Management System:

Schoology: Teachers in grades 6-12 are using a single learning management system for posting of homework, assignments, announcements, and course information. We hope that moving to a single platform has simplified things for students and parents who previously had to navigate a myriad of LMS systems. Schoology should work on any device and operating system. We will be reviewing the basics of using the system with students at the start of school and also periodically provide support material for parents interested in learning more about the platform.

Curriculum:

Atlas Rubicon: SAU70 is mapping the K-12 curriculum using an online portal called Atlas. This portal provides an overview of curriculum topics and standards for each subject area and is updated annually. You can access Atlas via the RMS web page or via this link.
 
All School News and Events

-Monday, September 4: Labor Day, No School.

-Friday, September 8: 7th Grade Class Day

-Tuesday, September 19: School Picture Day

-Friday, September 22: RMS Dance

RMS Notes and Information

-RMS Free or Reduced Lunch Application is located on our web site. You may also request a paper application anytime. Please consider completing the form even if you are unsure if you will qualify.

-The 6th Grade Homework Club will begin on Tuesday, September 12th. 6th Grade Homework Club meets every Tuesday in the science room from 3-4 PM. Homework Club is voluntary and all 6th grade students are welcome to come. Some students finish all of their homework during this hour. Mrs. Powers or Mr. LaCrosse will be supervising and there will be students from Hanover High School helping as well. And.... there will be popcorn! 

-RMS After School Study: We are pleased to again offer an after school study program in our library on MondayTuesday, and Thursdays from 300-500p. There is no charge to participate though we will ask that students attend to complete work or study. This program will be facilitated by RMS staff members. The first after school study session will be Tuesday, September 5th. Please contact John Lacrosse if you have any questions.

-Parents of 7th Graders: Next Friday 9/8/17 will be our annual 7th Grade Class Day.  Class Day is designed to celebrate the coming together of students from Norwich, Hanover, and other locations. This year we will be having lunch outside at RMS. Students will be working with their homerooms to plan lunch (some do a potluck some just bring lunches).  Students will leave RMS at 12:20 and walk down to Storrs Pond. We will again be having our annual brownie contest if your son/daughter enjoys baking.  The rest of the afternoon is spent on a variety of team building activities.  We end the day back at RMS with various presentations.  Completion of the walking field trip permission slip is adequate for this activity.  Make sure that you let us know if your son/daughter will need to be picked up early on Friday.  

-Volunteer OpportunitiesPlease check this space for ongoing volunteer requests this year!

Library Assistance: We are looking for volunteers to assist students with checking out books, restocking bookshelves, and other miscellaneous tasks.  Times are very flexible, on any day Monday - Friday.  September and October helpers would be very appreciated!

Dance Chaperones: A reminder that the dance chaperone sign-up sheet was sent home with your child this week.  If you are interested in chaperoning one of our dances, please fill out the form and have your child turn it into his or her homeroom teacher.  Dance dates are:  9/22, 10/27, 3/16, and 5/25.

We appreciate you sharing your time and talents!

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator 603.643.3431 x 2714 kerryartman@hanovernorwichschools.org

-RMS Planners: All 6th grade students received a 2017-2018 student planner this week. We have a limited number of additional planners for sale in the main office for $5.00.

-Annual Notification of 7th Grade Health Curriculum: Letter posted on the RMS web pagehere. Please contact Health Educator Brian Atkinson with any questions.

Community Calendar and Activities

-Robotics club at HACTC: Fourth through eighth grade students are welcome to join the Lego League, which will be held at the HACTC. The first meeting will be on September 12, 2017, at 6:30pm.

-Positive Tracks Capture the Flags Event.

-Empower Lacrosse Club for Girls: Time to register for the fall series at http://empowerlacrosseclub.com.  Whit Willocks is our new Lacrosse Director, we have excellent coaches and Cindy Pierce will be our “Amplify the Healthy Voices” speaker.  First practice is Sept. 10.  Please register by Sept. 8 at the very latest. 

(Photo: Starr)

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Welcome Back RMS 2017-2018

posted Aug 25, 2017, 12:40 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, August 25 2017

Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We look forward to welcoming your children Wednesday morning as we kick off the new school year. The teachers and staff will be working hard Monday and Tuesday preparing learning spaces, lessons, and special activities for what should be an entertaining and educational start to the year. 

I'll have more to say about these in future Friday Focus newsletters but here are our staff goals for the 17-18 school year:

  • Support a positive school climate and sense of community.
  • Identify opportunities and strategies for optimizing instructional time.
  • Explore possibilities for creating new outdoor and other creative flexible learning spaces.

We hope you and your children will see direct evidence of our efforts in these areas (and of course across a broader range of efforts and initiatives).

I have included some brief reminders and announcements below. Typically, I'll send out a weekly newsletter on Fridays throughout the school year. In addition we share and archive information on our web page and via our school social media accounts. I'll say more about those in a future letter.

Speaking of the web page, we try and include copies of any handouts or school letters on the page under the "RMS Information" tab. If you are looking for a document it is likely there. If you don't find it there, let us know and we'll add it. For those who prefer a paper copy you can always request those as well.

Students will bring a few forms requiring signatures home next week. We thank you for completing the necessary information and returning them promptly. A few folks still need to complete online registration materials (100% by Weds???).

Finally, we work hard to ensure you have the information you need in a timely manner. That said, we can always do better. Please let me know if you have ideas or questions about what is happening here at RMS. We are happy to help.

Happy New (School) Year!

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene 
Principal
@mlepene


All School News and Events (RMS web site has GoogleCal with events and dates/times)

Wednesday, August 30 - First Day of School for all RMS students, 800a. 

Monday, September 5 - School Closed, Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 19 - RMS School Photo Day.

Friday, September 22 - RMS School Dance.

Thursday, September 28 - RMS Open House (Tentative Date).

RMS Notes and Information

-Schedule Questions: Students will get a paper copy of their final schedule in homeroom on the first day of school. If you or your child have schedule questions please contact Associate Principal Amanda Yates or your child's Guidance Counselor (Liz Powers: A-K or John Lacrosse: L-Z).

-Student Handbook: Staff will review the RMS student handbook with all students in homeroom this week. You can find it on our web page here.

-Bus Route Information can be found on the SAU web page

-RMS Volunteer Opportunities: SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator Kerry Artman will be communicating regularly regarding current and future volunteer opportunities via our weekly memo. More to come soon.

-6th Grade RMS Student Planners: All RMS 6th grade students will be given a planner on the first day of school. We will also have a limited number of planners for sale if students from other grades would like to purchase one: $5.00. Students can stop by the office to purchase a planner beginning at snack on Wednesday.

-8th Grade Parents: Please see the special iPad form that students will be bringing home on Wednesday

-Welcome Letter from Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams.

-Required Annual policy Notifications (Note - all Dresden Policies can be found on the SAU 70 web page)

-More on Attendance Policy and Intervention: Please note the changes in attendance policy adopted by the Dresden School Board last spring. In addition to the full policy JH linked above I have pulled out the relevant changes around notification and potential intervention below: 

"In addition to the intervention process for addressing student truancy, the school shall also provide an intervention process for students who have extended or persistent excused and/or unexcused absences. When a student has ten (10) excused and/or unexcused absences in a school year the principal shall notify the student’s parents of the total number of absences during that period of time and provide a copy of Policy JH. Should a student have fifteen (15) absences within a school year the principal shall request a meeting with the parents and student. The purpose of the meeting will be to identify the reasons for the extended or persistent absences and to develop a plan to address the cause (s) of the student’s absences. When a student has a qualifying disability, the matter shall be referred to the appropriate education team. Should the intervention process fail to minimize or eliminate a student’s school absences and a student is absent for twenty (20) or more days within a school year, the principal, after discussion with the parents, may seek intervention from appropriate state agencies, including court intervention. The procedures set forth in Policy JH to address student absenteeism shall be in addition to, and do not replace, any procedures required for identifying students with disabilities or providing those identified students with appropriate educational services. See Policies ACE-R and JQL-R."

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-PLAYERS WANTED - HANOVER 7/8 GRADE TACKLE FOOTBALL HAS STARTED.  For more information or to sign up please contact Craig Creelman, 7/8 Coordinator for Friends of Hanover Football, at ccreelman@earthlink.net.

-CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES AT OPEN DOOR IN WHITE RIVER JUNCTION- OPENDOORWORKSHOP.COM

-Raising Screenwise Kids, presented by Dr. Devorah Heitner, PhD

Sep 27, 2017  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World; presented by the Dorothy Campion Corcoran Fall Lecture Series of Good Beginnings. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital Auditorium E-F 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766

Free and Open to the Public Good Beginnings presents the 11th annual Dorothy Campion-Corcoran Fall Lecture Series Raising Screenwise Kids presented by Dr. Devorah Heitner, PhD, helping kids thrive and survive in their digital world 6:00 PM Refreshments: 6:30-8:00 PMLecture/Audience Q&A
www.raisingdigitalnatives.com
Sponsored in part by the Norwich Women's Club and the Norwich Bookstore

Contact: 603-298-9524info@gbuv.org, http://www.gbuv.org


Richmond Middle School Mission

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, staff, parents, 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

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RMS Registration, Medical, and Permission Forms

posted Aug 15, 2017, 11:31 AM by Michael Lepene


Parents and Guardians,

We need your help! Please complete your child’s online registration forms as soon as possible. We rely on the information you provide to deliver an individualized high-quality educational program for your child. You should have received an email from the SAU with instructions and login information a few weeks ago. I’ve asked the SAU to send the note a second time for those folks who still need to complete the forms.

We hope to be near 100% completion by the start of school. To make this a little more fun I am going to try and channel the annual NPR fund drives. While I don’t have a car to raffle off perhaps we can tap into your RMS spirit and willingness to help us succeed with our registration effort.

All completed RMS registrations that are received by 800a on Monday, August 21st will be automatically entered to win a special RMS Spirit Prize Pack. I will personally deliver the prize to your home and be happy to stay for conversation and a hello!

Thank you for your assistance and partnership now and throughout the school year! We look forward to welcoming your students on Wednesday, August 30th.

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal
michaellepene@hanovernorwichschools.org
@mlepene

2017-2018 Summer Welcome Packet

posted Aug 2, 2017, 11:52 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond School
63 Lyme Road Hanover, NH  03755
Michael Lepene, Principal Amanda Yates, Associate Principal

August 2, 2017

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at the Richmond Middle School! We hope that you have had a wonderful summer full of time relaxing with friends and family. RMS has been extremely busy this summer hosting the Prouty and Hanover Recreation summer programs, cleaning and maintenance, ongoing teacher and staff meetings and a variety of professional development activities. While the school has been busy, we always look forward to our building being full of staff and students on the first day of school. We hope that you are excited about the new year and are ready to make this the best possible year it can be.

Richmond Middle School students distinguish themselves in our classrooms, school events, extra-curricular activities, the community, and in supporting and encouraging one another. We offer a rigorous, diverse, and carefully designed and delivered educational program whose intent is to guide each student on their path to becoming confident independent learners. Further, we emphasize real-world connections and an interdisciplinary approach to learning that is based on the skills of communication, collaboration, and creativity.

We encourage you to get to know our teachers, counselors, staff, and administrators. We are all committed to assisting each student on their path to success and growth during their time at RMS. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We value and appreciate the input, conversation, and collaboration as we all work to make the Richmond Middle School the very best school it can be. To that end we would encourage you to visit our web page often as we aim to provide dynamic content and resources as well as highlights of activities and events through our calendars, Twitter (@RMSHanover), newsletters, and web resources.

You can find a complete list of our staff and teaching assignments on our web page.

On Monday, August 28, from 3:00-4:30 p.m., we invite students new to the district (students who were not at either the Ray School or Marion Cross School last year) for an orientation hosted by our Guidance Counselors, John Lacrosse and Elizabeth Powers. Following that program, we will offer an opportunity for any student who would like a “refresher” tour of the building to gather informally at 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium with tours led by our student leadership group. School officially starts at 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30.

Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas as we all work to make Richmond Middle School an outstanding middle school program and experience for each student.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Michael Lepene, Principal and Amanda Yates, Associate Principal

The majority of our summer mailing is electronic. We will also send home some paper forms on the first day of school. Below you will find directions for how to access your student’s schedule through the PowerSchool portal, supplies lists, a Note from the Office from Deb Movizzo, and additional information from the school and SAU.

Linked in this letter:

1. Student Schedule (Draft) (New Students will receive Powerschool login info via US Mail)

Login to student PowerSchool account and click on MySchedule in the left hand column.

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You can then view schedule through Week View or Matrix View

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If you have any difficulty accessing your student schedule please email RMS Tech: rmstech@hanovernorwichschools.org

2. Supplies Lists: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

3. Notes from the Office from Deb Movizzo

4. 2017-2018 Calendar

5. Information about Mealtime for students new to RMS

This is our computerized check-out system for the cafeteria. Account information will be sent home with students on the first day of school. Prior to this, if you wish to add money to your student’s account for cafeteria expenses, please fill out the form and return it, with your check made payable to Dresden School District - RMS Cafe, to the main office before August 25, so that we can have the accounts up to date for the first day of school. Students who attended RMS last year can continue to add money through their existing accounts.

6. RMS Handbook: The RMS handbook can be found here or on our web page. We encourage all students and their families to review this information. 

7. Free Lunch: Click here to view the free lunch criteria and application process. Please call the office if you have any questions regarding this program. Paper applications are available in the main office.

8. (8th grade only) 1-1 iPad program information

*Please note that we will be sending home with students during the first week of school a packet that includes other important forms or information for students and parents.

*Save the Date: RMS First Lego League Robotics has an informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, August 29, from 5:30-6:15 PM in the RMS Media Center. The RMS Robotics enrichment opportunity is a first semester, after-school program that builds upon student interest in research, programming, designing, cooperative work and oral presentation. If your daughter or son would like to participate, please email AdinaDesaulniers@hanovernorwichschools.org to let us know that you will be attending the informational meeting.


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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

Friday Focus 061617

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

Friday Focus 060917

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

Friday Focus 060217

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

Friday Focus 052617

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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