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posted Jan 6, 2017, 2:11 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  01/06/2017


Students in the Delora homeroom participate in a design challenge during morning meeting this week. (Photo: Delora)

Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are pleased to welcome three new staff members to RMS this month.

Cafe Manager: Vic Baughman


Victoria Baughman joined us last week in the cafe and will be filling in for Ken while he is out for a short time.  Vic ran the Ray School cafeteria for many years and enjoyed bringing healthy food to the many children there.  Vic lives in Etna with her husband Eric and two boys Charlie (9th grade) and Will (7th grade).

School Counselor: Wendy Kares

Wendy Kares was raised in Storrs, CT and worked in college admissions in Washington, DC before completing her graduate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She was a middle school counselor and cross country coach at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis, MO and returned to New England in 2009 when her husband, Ken Rumelt, began teaching at Vermont Law School.  Locally, Wendy spent four years as a counselor at Hartford Middle School before the birth of her youngest child. She has a 9-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter and enjoys hiking, cooking, and skiing with her family. Wendy will be serving as a RMS counselor while Liz Powers is out on leave.

Receptionist/Attendance: Deb Movizzo

Deb recently relocated with her husband and three sons from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She enjoys all the outdoor activities the Upper Valley has to offer, especially walking the trails with her pugs. She is looking forward to putting down roots in Hanover and getting to know and serve in her new community. Deb is filling the receptionist position that opened up with Julia Wybourne's retirement last month.

Please do welcome our new staff if you have the opportunity.


Michael Lepene 

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

Thursday, Jan 12 - 7th Grade SS/Art Field Trips

Friday, Jan 13 - 6th Grade SS/Art Field Trips

Monday, Jan 16 - MLK Day, No School.

Thursday, Jan 19 - RMS Theatre Showcase, 7p, RMS Auditorium

Friday, Jan 20 - RMS Theatre Showcase, 7p, RMS Auditorium

Friday, Jan 20 - End of Q2

RMS Notes and Information

-Next week 6th and 7th grade Social Studies classes will visit the Orozco Murals at Dartmouth College. The tour will be led by docents from the Hood Museum. Students in the 6th grade have been studying the history of the Americas from pre-history through European contact, while 7th graders are studying 19th century American History. We are excited about this opportunity for our students to make curricular connections and deepen understanding of content through this epic masterpiece. Permission slips will be coming home with students on Monday.

For more information on the Orozco  murals, click on this link:

-On Wednesday, January 11, RMS will have its second "Science Cafe" for 7th Graders, featuring a presentation by Principal Mike Lepene on some of his investigations.  We are looking for volunteers to bring in muffins that morning.  If you are interested and able to contribute, please sign-up hereThank you! Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Starting January 30th, Revels North will be bringing the music and traditions of Zimbabwe to the Upper Valley and Montpelier. For more information, please check our website at

-CATV is delighted to announce our 3rd Annual Music Video Contest (in partnership with Yellow House Media). 

Calling all local musicians and filmmakers! Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Music Video Contest. Produce a music video inspired by the theme: Tell us a story… Cash prizes in Junior High, High School, College/Adult divisions. Submitted videos must use your original music or that of a local musician/band. Video production workshops will be offered at CATV. Workshops $7 (drop-in); $15 (series of three workshops). Registration: $25 per team Kickoff meeting and registration deadline: Tuesday, January 31st at 5:30pm in the CATV Studio For more information call CATV at 802.295.6688 or email  @RMSHanover


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