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020317 Friday Focus

posted Feb 3, 2017, 10:35 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  02/03/2017


Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

We've had a fun week of Super Bowl spirit at RMS. Activities were largely organized, promoted, and supported by students for students. We think that fun is an important component of a successful school and I'm always happy to see the different ways student and staff enjoy their time together. Here are a few photos. Have a great weekend!

Monday: Super Bowl Expo and Lunch Football


Tuesday: Girls Lunch Football Game

Thursday: Super Bowl Dessert Contest and 7th/8th Football Games

Friday: Super Bowl Lunch, Jersey Spirit Day and Commercial Contest


Michael Lepene 

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

Weds, Feb 8 - HHS Grade 8 Parent Night, 630p

Fri, Feb 10 - 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance (Note below)

Feb 16 - Feb 17 - 8th Grade Renaissance Festival

Feb 20 - Feb 24 - February Vacation (#NoHWHoliday)

RMS Notes and Information

-The annual 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance is going to be held on Friday February 10th from 7:00-9:00 in the Hanover High Cafeteria.  This dance is a a collaborative effort between the RMS Student Council and the Hanover High School Junior Class. All proceeds from the dance go to the Junior Class.  The dance will be chaperoned by RMS and HHS staff.  The dance is only open to 8th graders from RMS, Crossroads and the Lyme School, no guests.  Admission to the dance is $10 which includes food, photos, music and a chocolate fountain.  Questions should be directed to Mr LaCrosse.

-SBAC Testing: Grade level teams are finalizing testing dates for this year's SBAC assessments. We will publish the dates as soon as they are available. Additional testing information can be found on the RMS Guidance web site.

-Technology News with Mr. Warren:

6th Grade Students Create Movies to Share their Knowledge of RMS

With the school year more than half over, students in Mr. Warren's 6th Grade Computer Literacy Class recently created iMovie's about RMS for students that will attend RMS next year.  Topics included:

  • How to be Successful at RMS

  • Favorite things about RMS

  • RMS Electives

Movies were 45-120 seconds in length, so students had to carefully plan their content to be brief, engaging and to the point.  The project also gave students a chance to be creative and let their personalities shine through and it also provided an opportunity to create a professional piece of work and practice sound digital citizenship.  Our hope is to select the top two or three movies and share them with 5th Graders who will be attending RMS next year.  

Students brought a wide variety of iMovie experience coming into the project.  Most students had some experience and some students were highly proficient using iMovie.  Aside from sharing their wisdom and experience at RMS with their audience, students learned a solid foundation of basic iMovie skills like adding, cutting and rearranging video clips, adding headings, creating transitions, adding music and utilizing sound effects.

As students continue at RMS and beyond, they will have a number of projects and opportunities to use these multi-media skills for other classes.  We're also hoping the 5th Graders learn more about RMS too!


-Congratulations to RMS student Sophie Usherwood! She won a Silver Key from Scholastic Writing Awards for a poetry collection she wrote called "A Closer Look". 

-PE Dept News: We are excited to participate in the National PE Push-Ups 4 Points program during the Super Bowl. Please see information in the attached flyer. The whole family is encouraged to participate! After each score change, add the two scores together and do that many push ups or seconds of a plank. Then share a photo of the exercise in one of the following ways: 

+Post to the PE Push-Ups 4 Points facebook page with the score and Hanover, NH in the description or 

+Tweet out with the #PEPushUps4Points and the @rmshanover tags or

+Email photos to 

All photos will be used for a school bulletin board. Please email Ms. Patch with questions :) 

Community Calendar and Activities 

-This Saturday night, please join us for the All of Me Film & Forum on Eating Disorders in the Mascoma Valley Regional High School Auditorium. There will be a discussion on mental health and how you can create change with film director Bess O’Brien and Eating Disorder Specialist and Author Marcia Herrin following the film. Please see the attached flyer for more information. We hope to see you there at 7p for the film screening!

-7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls Lacrosse Registration Has Begun!

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

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

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

-The Town of Hanover will be purchasing compost bins from Northeast Resource Recovery Association at the end of March.  We must order the bins in multiples of 20.  Please help us determine how many to order by emailing or calling Adriane at 603.640.3373 with your name and email address to let us know if you are interested in purchasing a bin.  The cost per bin is $50.  Bins will be delivered to the Department of Public Works between May 1st and May 5th.  At that time, we will email or call anyone who has expressed interest and let you know of the availability for pickup.  Payment will be due at that time in the form of cash or check made out to "Town of Hanover."  There may be a limited quantity of extras available for purchase after that time.


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