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030317 Friday Focus

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:22 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 030317

HFD assisting with a fire drill today.

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Important Dates and Announcements are the theme of the week. I've listed some below for your information and calendars.

In addition, school voting will take place on Tuesday, March 7 from 7a to 7p at Hanover High School and Tracy Hall. You can find additional information about the proposed budgets, candidates for school district positions, and associated documents and mailers on the SAU 70 web site. I've included the town notice about school voting and school board candidate statements in the Friday Focus for your reference as well. If you have any questions about the RMS or Dresden budget that I might be able to help with please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you.

Have a great weekend!


Michael Lepene, Principal


2017-2018 Dresden School District Calendar Approved: The Dresden School Board voted to approve the 17-18 calendar on Tuesday night. It will be up on the SAU web site shortly. In the meantime you can view an advanced copy here. Note the first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 30th.

Last Day of School for the 2016-2017 School Year: The Dresden School Board and SAU 70 administration has set the tentative last day of school forWednesday, June 21st. We are hopeful that we are finished with snow days and with that in mind have set the following event dates:

  • Monday, June 19th: 8th Grade Class Trip
  • Tuesday, June 20th: 8th Grade Class Night and Last Day of School
  • Wednesday, June 21st: Last day of School for 6th and 7th Grades, Noon Dismissal.

Additional details, dates, events, and times will be added to the school google calendar and future Friday Focus editions as they become available.

All School News and Events

March 7 - School Voting

March 9 - 7th Grade Health Screening

March 13 - Inservice Day, No School

March 17 - RMS School Dance

RMS Notes and Information

-Even though March has just begun, we are starting to think about next year at RMS. This afternoon your 6th or 7th grade student(s) received information for choosing courses for next year. You can also locate these documents on the RMS Website under Transition Documents (Spring). If you have any questions, please be in touch with your student's guidance counselor, Wendy Kares or John Lacrosse, or Associate Principal, Amanda Yates.

-Sonia Kovalevsky Day (girls' math day) at Dartmouth will be on Saturday, May 13th from about 8:30am-3:30pm. This is a free event for girls in middle and high school to meet with other students and teachers from the Upper Valley and New England to have fun working on math with graduate students and professors from Dartmouth. Lunch and snacks provided. Questions? Contact Heather Lepene. You can sign-up at:

-We could use a few more volunteers for our 7th grade health screening next week. Thank you to all who have signed up to help! "7th Grade Health Screenings will take place on Thursday, March 9.  We are looking for a few volunteers to help with hearing and vision tests, as well as a couple of parents to greet and organize the students.  A medical background is not necessary.  Please click here to sign-up.  Thank you!  Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator"

-Board Candidates Address to Hanover Citizens:  In an effort to help you make an informed decision at the polls next week, we have included a short bio and rationale statement from the four candidates vying for the three open school board seats in Hanover and Dresden.  Click the links below to access the documents:

-Congratulations to Sophie Usherwood who recently won first prize in the Upper Valley Middle School Math Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "No-Recipe Math: Rosa Orellana’s Mathematical Journey".

-Congratulations to Michael Hertog-Raz who recently qualified for the state level competition in the National Geography Bee. Michael will represent RMS as he competes with students from across the state in an effort to qualify for the national bee. For fun, here are some sample questions a bee participant might encounter:

•The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?

•Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?

Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting​ ​​away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which​ ​ocean?

•The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?

•What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo​ or an aquifer?

Community Calendar and Activities
-School Elections, March 7, 2017

The election for School Board candidates and the schools' budgets will take place Tuesday, March 7, at the Hanover High School Gymnasium.  Absentee ballots are now available at the Superintendent's office and Hanover Town Hall. [Voters who will be unable to vote on the date of the election due to absence from Town, religious commitments, physical disability, or because an employment obligation requires the person to remain physically at work or to be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close may request an absentee ballot from the Superintendent of Schools office, 41 Lebanon Street, Suite 2, Hanover (643-6050), or from the Hanover Town Clerk’s office.

For more information, link here.  

For more information about the ballots, who's running, and the position of the Hanover Finance Committee on the budgets, please link to Voting Information for 2017.  

Absentee ballot link:

Voting Information for 2017 link:

Read more:

-The Dartmouth School of Graduate and Advanced Studies is pleased to announce the fifth annual Science Day at Dartmouth, to take place April 1st from 10am-3pm on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH.  Dartmouth graduate students in a variety of fields invite you to their labs for fun, interactive activities and demonstrations.  Come meet real researchers-in-training, learn about their work, and find out why they love what they do!  Science Day activities are designed for students in grades 5-10, but all curious minds are welcome to attend.  All students must be accompanied by an adult. Visit for details and to sign up to attend.
-We are a team of Dartmouth students researching educational STEM programs for middle school students. As part of our data collection, we want to gauge interest in two different programs. We would appreciate any assistance you could provide in circulating our survey to your students and their families! Thank you for your time and participation, and please let us know if you have any questions. Click this link to start the survey or the link below. OR Sincerely, Aaron Lewin '17
-Hello! My name is Ashley Cole-Henry and I am teacher at Mascoma Valley Regional High School and a coach of the Upper Valley Robotics Team. We are hosting an open house on March 11th from 11am-3pm to let the community know what we do and what we have to offer. At this open house we will have coaches and students available to discuss our program and to demonstrate our robot for the 2017 season. Our students average 60 hours of time working with local engineers, programmers, technicians, teachers and business administrators to create a competition robot in roughly 6 weeks. Our classroom and program is located at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center in White River Jct, VT and is run by mostly volunteer coaches. The open house is free and open to the public and food will be available by donation to support our team. Our team is typically a high school extracurricular however we accept highly motivated middle school students. We encourage all ages to attend this event. If you have any questions about our team and what we have to offer please email me at For more information about FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) please visit the following link
-FUTSAL FUNDRAISER: Please join us for this FUTSAL tournament to benefit the NICARAGUA Student Scholarship. 
When: Sat, March 4, 2017
Time: 2- 4 pm ( new time!) 
Where: Hanover High School (HHS Gym)
Cost $5/ person. All are invited.  Great prizes! 
Hosted by Nicaragua March Intensive- Bridges to Community.
-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.

-Hanover Spring Cleans Neighborhood Yard SalesCalling all residents, neighborhoods, groups and organizations. Would you (or anyone you know) be interested in participating in a community-wide yard sale on May 13, 2017? If so, read on! The Sustainable Hanover Committee is considering sponsoring a multiple yard sale event that would take place in front yards and neighborhoods all over Hanover and Etna on May 13, 2017from 10am till 2pm. Each resident/group/neighborhood would be responsible for conducting their own sale, and all monies collected would be retained by the sellers, minus a nominal $5 fee to help defray advertising costs. Sustainable Hanover will create an online map indicating addresses where yard sales are happening. Let us know of your interest and set aside the date! To sign up and for further information, please contact: Mary Donin at 643-4721 or send an email to *Please note that this neighborhood yard sale is independent of the Town of Hanover/Dartmouth College community yard sale that takes place each September at the Dewey Field parking lot.

-SAVE THE DATE: Community Solar Workshop – Thursday, April 27

Sustainable Hanover will present Opportunities for Community Solar in New Hampshire, a workshop to be held on the evening of Thursday, April 27 at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover. The presentation will run from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, including a panel discussion and Q&A, with time to meet vendors before and after the presentation. Learn about community solar in New Hampshire and group net metering, legal aspects and funding opportunities for landowners, non-profits and businesses.

Speaker List:

  • Clay Mitchell, co-author NH SEA Group Net Metering Information & Guidelines; founding member and advisor of the NH Cleantech Council; faculty, UNH Dept of Natural Resources and the Environment on NH community solar models and group net metering.
  • Nancy Malmquist, Esq. on legal agreements and frameworks for community solar, update on currently pending NH legislative and regulatory changes.
  • John Kondos, founder of the Monadnock Sustainability Network on MSN’s community supported model
  • Bev Mason (USDA NH Area Director) and Cheryl Ducharme, USDA, Business Director, on regional grants, loans and funding opportunities for renewable energy and improving efficiency.

Join us on April 27! Details and final program to be announced when finalized. Read more:


-NCCT Teen’s 24th annual show "Once On This Island"
Sixty extremely talented Upper Valley Teens representing 10 area schools perform this poignant story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death. Filled with a catchy Caribbean-flavored score by Ahrens and Flaherty, “Once On This Island” is a highly original theatrical adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
A great show and one you won't want to miss. 
Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 5th at 4:00 pm
$17 adults $13 under 18 and seniors (prices include all LOH fees)

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