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posted Feb 5, 2016, 10:19 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Feb 5, 2016, 10:19 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  02/05/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we welcomed Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theatre to RMS. Our 6th grade class enjoyed class lessons and practice in West African dance that culminated in an all-grade dance performance at the end of the day Thursday. Jeh Kulu's vision to is raise cultural awareness, create a sense of community, and, at the same time, have fun! Through special events like this as well as with our program and curriculum I hope we are able to achieve the same. A special thank you to Mindi Goodling (RMS French teacher) and the 6th grade team for organizing this annual special opportunity for our students. While the event focused on the 6th grade the sounds of fun and West African music filled the hallways of RMS for all to enjoy.


(photos: Gretchen and Desaulniers)

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

February 11 - February 12 - 8th Grade Renaissance Festival

February 15 - February 19 - Winter Vacation (No HW Holiday)

Wednesday, February 24 - RMS Camp Fair, 5p-630p, RMS Gym. Contact: RMS Guidance

Tuesday, March 1 - Voting in Hanover, Norwich, Dresden.

RMS Notes and Information

-Yearbook2016 RMS Yearbook orders can be placed with Mrs. Powers at any point. Checks should be made payable to "RMS" in the amount of $20 per yearbook. Mrs. Powers will be available to take Yearbook orders at the 8th grade parent night at HHS Thursday night, and students in all grades may bring checks into school until yearbooks sell out

-Concussions and Returning to School

The health office protocol for students returning to school with a diagnosed concussion has been updated. A meeting with the RMS Registered Nurse is required before returning to academic classes. A care coordination plan will be reviewed with you and your child. 

 Please see the updated protocol and required return to learn plan here:

Please contact Abigale Pelletier, RN with questions 

-RMS Lost and Found: Student have been reminded to check the Lost and Found for any misplaced items. All unclaimed clothing will be donated over February vacation. 

-Office Note: One week until February vacation. If you will be taking your child out of school for any extra days, please remember to email Julia Wybourne with the dates.

-Richmond School Camp Fair (click for more info)

Families of K-12 students are invited to check out summer program opportunities at this free community event! Spread the word to all your friends in the Upper Valley

Wednesday, February 24th5-6:30 PM

RMS Gymnasium, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH

Questions? contact Liz Powers

-One of the members of Jeh Kulu, a West African Dance and Drum Group took a break from teaching African dance to 6th graders to visit the Richmond woodworking shop. He was very interested in the work our students were doing, especially since he is a woodcarver himself.  I offered him some wood and tools and he carved this decorative motif in about ten minutes, working alongside the students.  It was an unexpected and wonderful moment, and we have a carved memory to show and save! -Rich Starr

-RMS Mock Primary: RMS students will have the opportunity to vote in a mock primary on Monday. We look forward to sharing the results with you next week.

-The 2016 school election will be Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hanover High School Gym for Hanover residents, and Tracy Hall for Norwich residents.  If you will not be able to vote March 1st, you can click here for information about requesting an absentee ballot.

-Parents/Guardians of current RMS 8th Grade Students: In an effort to better serve students participating in our 8th Grade 1:1 iPad Program, we are asking parents to take a few minutes to share their observations and thoughts from this year's 1:1 experience. Thanks for taking the time to complete this survey.

-8th Grade iPads will be collected for February Break on Wednesday, February 10prior to the Renaissance Festival and no homework vacation.

-(Repost) Note that the HHS Information Night for Parents of current 8th grade students has changed to Thursday, February 11th at 630 at HHS. We will continue to update any HHS transition information we receive on our web page at:

Field Trip Highlight
-Last week 7th grade Social Studies students visited the Hood Museum to view works of art from the Hood's collection that connect to our study of 19th century American History.  Students became art historians by observing and analyzing works related to slavery and its legacy, Manifest Destiny, and how views of the land changed over time. One image in particular called "The Middle Passage" by contemporary Nigerian artist, Victor Ekpuk, transfixed the class.  It was an abstract representation of the slave trade's middle passage that included traditional Nigerian symbols and pictographs.  Students were able to apply not only their prior knowledge of slavery, but themes from slave narratives we'd read in class. We were fortunate to have had this wonderful opportunity to visit the Hood and work with their knowledgeable education staff before the museum closes for a 3-year renovation in March. 
Community Calendar and Activities

-Hanover Parks and Recreation has made the difficult decision to cancel the 19th Annual Occom Pond Party on Saturday, February 13th

Mother Nature has not cooperated this winter and left us with no snow and unsafe ice conditions. 

Thank you for your understanding and HPR looks forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Pond Party! 

Liz Burdette, CPRP Assistant Director Hanover Parks & Recreation

-The Ray School PTO is sponsoring Cindy Pierce to speak with parents on Thursday 2/25 in the RMS auditorium at 7:00 pm.  This event will be open to the public, and we would like to promote this to parents at all neighboring schools.  

Cindy Pierce is a leading social sexuality educator and comic storyteller who has been performing her one-woman comedic show and providing educational program around healthy sexual behavior and choices since 2004. Combining humor and research, she she talks to audiences about the realities kids confront in today’s media-driven world. More information here and coming soon.

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

If you love to play lacrosse or want to learn this fun and fast-paced sport visit to register for the upcoming spring season.  

Friends of Hanover Lacrosse supports youth lacrosse in Hanover and Lyme, New Hampshire and Norwich and Strafford, Vermont.  In addition to providing assistance to the boys and girls high school teams, we administer 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.

-Sra. Prendergast at Hanover High School has been contacted by a friend in Málaga, Spain whose friend's 12 year old grandson is looking for an american exchange student.  This would involve each student spending several weeks in each other's country this summer (2016), immersing themselves in the culture and language.

Please be in touch with Sra. Pendergast if you have a son of a similar age who may be interested in this exciting opportunity.  

-Howe Library News

Origami Workshop for Beginners taught by Sophie Usherwood
Tuesday, Feb. 161:00-3:00PM
 Mayer Room 
Registration Required  640-3268

Sophie will teach beginners how to fold simple insects and birds.

Origami Workshop for Intermediate folders taught by Sophie Usherwood
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1:00-3:00PM
 Mayer Room 
Registration Required 640-3268

Sophie will teach intermediate folders how to make a basket, an octagon box, and if time allows, a hexagon box.

-Dyslexia Bill: A bill pertaining to the identification of children with dyslexia in NH will be coming up for a vote in the NH House of Representatives on February 10th. House Bill 1644 would mandate screening for reading difficulties for all kindergartners in NH. It would also provide for the hiring of a specialist in the NH Department of Education who would be responsible for assuring that all teachers have training and support in teaching students with dyslexia. 

If you have time, you can contact local representatives to urge them to support the bill before the vote next Wednesday. Feel free to spread the word to any and all friends you have who live in NH who would like to help. 




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