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021717 Friday Focus

posted Feb 17, 2017, 12:01 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 021717

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you have a wonderful February vacation. For those that love snow and comfortable temperatures we have a great week ahead. It has been a terrific week at RMS with some special events in addition to our usual excitement. Our 7th grade students participated in a Civil War field hospital simulation complete with chicken leg surgery. Our 8th grade students participated in our annual Renaissance Festival which culminated in a grand banquet full of food, dancing, jousting, and music this afternoon. Add in a mid-week snow storm and snow day and things have been moving quickly! As for the snow day question from last week, your responses were quick and nearly unanimous. Most felt that snow days should remain a special day free from extra school-directed "blizzard bag" - type requirements. Some expressed an interest in materials and ideas for students looking to do some fun school-related learning. Others shared the challenge of pulling kids free from devices and getting them out in the snow. I can say all of these responses resonate with me and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I selected the above photo in that spirit: Mr. Atkinson's PE class enjoyed the fresh snow on snowshoes this week. A great way to get some exercise and enjoy the winter! May your week ahead include some fresh tracks as well.

Sincerely,

Michael Lepene, Principal

@mlepene

Scenes from this week:

PE Class

7th Grade Science

Renaissance Festival

All School News and Events

Feb 20 - Feb 24 - February Vacation (No HW)

March 1 - Richmond School Camp Fair, 5-630p, RMS Gym

March 9 - 7th Grade Health Screening

March 13 - Inservice Day, No School

RMS Notes and Information

-Thank you to all of our parent volunteers and guest teachers who helped make the 2017 Renaissance Festival a success. We appreciate your help!

-Technology in the Classroom with Mr. Warren: 6th Grade Students have been learning about the Columbian Exchange in 6th Grade Social Studies Class with Ms. Fisher.  Each student was assigned an item and asked to research the following questions:

Where did the plant/animal/disease/people come from originally, and how did it/ they move from Old World to New World, or vice versa?

What impact did the spread of this plant/animal/disease/people have on the history, culture and economy of the places to which it spread?

How does the exchange of this product continue to be present in our world today?

As a culminating project of their research, students created digital storyboards using “Storyboardthat.com”.  Storyboards are a great way for students to creatively share their academic research using backgrounds, characters, maps and drawings to help tell the story of their exchange item.  Below are some project examples: 

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-The National Geographic Society recognizes Miki Hertog-Raz as the school champion of the 2017 National Geographic Bee!

-(Repost)Richmond School Camp Fair
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, March 1st5:00-6:30 PM
RMS Gymnasium, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH
Questions? contact Wendy Kares wendykares@hanovernorwichschools.org

Community Calendar and Activities

-HEART &  SOLE - 6th - 8th Grade Girls' RUNNING program

DAYS / TIME / DATES:  Tuesdays & Thursdays; 5:45 - 7pm    March 28th - June 1st & Final 5K on Sat, June 3rdWill NOT meet on 4/18 & 4/20.                  

FOR: 6 - 8th Grade Girls  Max # 15, so please REGISTER EARLY!  Registration will open at Noon on Feb. 17th

LOCATION:  MC School Gym & Norwich Green area  *FEE:  $90   Non-residents:  $100 *H & S  T-shirt included in this price.  Please list T-shirt size when registering on-line.

COACHES: Laurie Rosen (802-649-1919 or 603-650-4728 or Laurie.s.rosen@gmail.com)   Assistant, Laurie Furch  See Laurie R. for scholarship info.. 'Heart & Sole', or 'H & S' is a 10-week program that promotes physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. H & S creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. Physical activity is a core element of the program and includes running, strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. H & S is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers.  The season concludes with a 5K celebratory event that gives the girls a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement. Visit http://girlsontherunvermont.org/6th-8th-grade-program/ Correct time for the program is 6pm - 7pm

-Futsal Fundraiser: Please join us for this Futsal tournament to benefit the Nicaragua student scholarship. Sat, March 4, 2017, 4-6p, HHS Gym. Cost: $5/person, all are invited. Great prizes! Hosted by the Nicaragua March Intensive - Bridges to Community. Questions to: samuelstrohbehn@hanovernorwichschools.org

-"Play ball! Local spring baseball registration now open" http://www.dresdenbaseballassociation.org​​​​​​​

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