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011317 Friday Focus

posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:08 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  01/13/2017


Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Last month we asked you for some input with respect to our sustainability goals and web site redesign. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Here is a summary of the responses.


Top three priorities areas for the committee to explore:

1. Consumption and Waste

2. Healthy Living

3. Sustainable Food

Many great ideas for projects and new efforts including a school garden, looking at food choices/options, solar panels, greenhouse, zero waste day, and using/tracking data to drive change.

Web Site ReDesign:

Most frequently used resources on current site:

1. School Directory

2. Upcoming Events

3. PowerSchool Link/Information

Many great ideas for the new site including staff bios, cafe menu, mobile-friendly, board minutes, and better organization of content and resources.

Both our Sustainability and Web Site committees will use your feedback to help guide their work over the rest of this year. In addition, students and staff input will be considered. 


Michael Lepene 

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

Monday, Jan 16 - MLK Day, No School.

Tuesday, Jan 17 - RMS Geo Bee Finals

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 Spirit Day - PJs

RMS Notes and Information

-The PowerSchool portal will be closing Wednesday January 18th for teachers to complete Quarter 2 grades and comments. The portal will reopen with access to Quarter 2 electronic report cards on Friday January 27th. If you would also like a paper copy of your student's report card please contact Deb Movizzo at or (603) 643-6040.

-On Wednesday, January 25th, 7th and 8th grade students will attend a presentation by author Rebecca Stead. Rebecca Stead won the Newbery Award in 2010 for her book When You Reach Me. Her other books are First Light, Liar and Spy, and Goodbye Stranger, which is on Vermont's  Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award List for 2016. This opportunity was made possible with help from the Howe Library and Woodstock Union Junior/Senior High School, which organized the author visit. We are excited about this great opportunity for our students!

-The RMS Counseling Office is pleased to welcome substitute counselor Ms. Wendy Kares to the counseling staff beginning January 17th. Ms. Kares will be covering Mrs. Powers' maternity leave through April vacation. Ms. Kares formerly worked as a middle school counselor at Hartford Memorial Middle School. Ms Kares will be covering the A-K (last names) students at RMS, and will be available Monday through Thursday at RMS. Please welcome Ms. Kares and do not hesitate to be in touch. She can be reached at or by calling the RMS Office.

-8th Grade Transition Information: The RMS Guidance team is collecting transition information from HHS and posting it on their web site. You can find the latest by visiting:

-Technology in the Classroom with Marty Warren:

The new year brings new opportunities and this week I’ve been working with our music teacher, Mr. Josh Hall to get our new music studio ready to go for next quarter.  We’ve been loading software on computers setting up keyboards, mixing boxes and headphones for each station.

This new elective is called Music Studio and the startup equipment was funded by a grant from the Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools.  The course will focus on beat creation, song production and learning how to mix sounds.

We’ll be using Presonus Studio One 3 Pro, a complete Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), which is an incredibly intuitive interface. It is our hope that students will see the joy of making original music and explore the possibilities this technology makes available to us.

Nationally recognized leaders will help your daughter build confidence, find her voice, and be inspired to make a difference!
Sunday, January 29th 9am-4pm, $50 per attendee, includes lunch
Go to to find out more!

-Join the KIDS Climbing Team every Wednesday 3PM - 5PMJanuary 18-March 8, 2017.  Coached by Dartmouth Mountaineering Club leaders and OPO Staff climbing instructors. Held in the college's state of the art climbing gym  located in Maxwell Residence Hall, adjacent to the Thayer School of Engineering. Equipment and instructors are provided. Open to children grades 5-12. Fees: $160 Faculty/Staff $185 Public

-19 Days Thank You Celebration, Thursday 1/26/174:30-6:30 pmTracy Hall in Norwich

RSVP or (802) 478-1806

Free event, open to the public. Join us for magic by Marko, pizza, salad, dessert, and more! Thank you for your support of 19 Days of Norwich, Lyme, White River Junction, Hanover & Beyond in December.


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