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031717 Friday Focus

posted Mar 17, 2017, 12:11 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 031717

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we have hosted twelve HHS March Intensive students. They have assisted with tutoring, co-taught classes, organized school and classroom activities, and learned a bit more about teaching as a profession. Beyond the classroom, MI students organized a floor hockey tournament, assisted with Pi Day activities, and contributed to a positive climate and community in countless ways during their short time here. We are grateful that they choose to spend their week at RMS and thank all of our MI interns for their service.

Curious to know what 450 pieces of pie looks like? We found out on Thursday as students and staff enjoyed a piece of pie in celebration of Pi Day (Photo Lepene). Congratulations also to Sora S. for memorizing 116 digits of Pi!

Scene from our very popular floor hockey tournament this week (Photo Yates).


Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

March 17 - RMS School Dance and Spirit Day

March 28 - Q4 Elective Arena Scheduling

March 28 - 6/7 Band/Chorus Concert, RMS, 530p.

March 30 - 7/8 Boys and 8 Girls Chorus Concert, RMS, 530p.

April 4 - 7th Grade Civil War Soldier Curriculum Night

RMS Notes and Information

-RMS School Dance tonight, RMS, 7-9p. Regular dance guidelines apply. Theme: "Decades Dance"

-Technology in the Classroom with Marty Warren: Schoology Training for RMS Staff

On Monday, March 13th Richmond Middle School Teachers spent part of their professional development day working with Schoology Trainer Sarah Viner.  This year is the second year both RMS and Hanover High School have been using Schoology as our course management system.  

Now that we’ve been using Schoology for a while, teachers were wanting to bring in a professional trainer to help us use some of the more advanced features of Schoology.  With some grant funded assistance from Amy Tarallo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, we were able to have a Schoology Trainer onsite at RMS for a day!

Schoology has many features beyond simply posting and collecting assignments and one we’ve been interested in is the Portfolio Feature.  Ms. Viner showed us different ways students can create portfolios from any of their subjects and how the portfolios stay with them and their Schoology accounts all the way through high school.  The  presentation also focused on creating assignment rubrics in Schoology and how mastery of core competencies can be incorporated into a rubric.  We feel very fortunate to have had a day with Ms. Viner and will continue to look for ways to effectively use Schoology.

Community Calendar and Activities

-(Repost)Help send our RMS Robotics Team to the World Championship. Bake sale fundraiser at the Hanover Coop on Sunday, March 19, from 11:00 a.m.- 2 p.m.  Unable to make the bake sale but would like to make a contribution?  Please make your check payable to the Dresden School District with RMS Robotics in the memo line. The Robotics Team will also be selling concessions at the school dance tonight. Thank you! Adina Desaulniers.

-HORIZONS DAY CAMP on Lake Fairlee for K-7th gr. grads.  June 26 – August 18. Sailing, Archery, Swimming, theater, kayaking, gymnastics, crafts, sports, and more! Convenient bus transportation from Norwich and Lebanon (Campion Rink). Learn more or register today at (802)333-3400

-The Skating Club at Dartmouth presents SKATE SPECTACULAR!  

  • US National & International Competitors: Kevin Shum & Heidi Munger
  • US Olympic & World Speed Skaters
  • Upper Valley Skaters from the Skating Club at Dartmouth

Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00pm at Thompson Arena. Adults $15.00, Seniors $10.00, Students $5.00.

-FREE: Junior Squash Clinic Open to any and all 6-17 years olds! Are you interested in your child playing squash? Or interested in them learning more about squash? Did you know squash was voted the world’s healthiest sport by Forbes? Try our FREE Junior Squash Clinic for any and all 6-17 year olds @ the Dartmouth Squash courts on Monday April 3 and/or Wednesday April 5 from 6-7.30pmWe will be offering a regular clinic beginning Monday April 10 running through Monday June 5All required equipment except indoor shoes is provided. Please e-mail if you would like to register your child/children.

Theo Woodward, Assistant Squash Coach, Dartmouth College

-Action for SafetySaturday, May 6, 10 am to 2 pm at the Women's Health Resource Center on the Mall in Lebanon, Karen Billings, Regional Director, Girls Inc.,

Action for Safety is a self-defense and violence prevention program for girls aged 10-13. The overarching goals of this national initiative are to increase the number of girls and young women who have the skills and the sources to protect their physical autonomy and personal safety; to help girls and young women recognize and claim their right to be free from sexual harassment in neighborhood, school and work environments; and to provide girls and young women with opportunities to act collectively to reduce the level of violence in their communities and in their lives. Girls will discuss the 6 Stars of Self Defense along with participating in hands-on activities. Girls will also discuss the importance of taking care of themselves through nutrition and physical activities. Contact the Women's Health Resource Center in Lebanon to register.  FREE, PLEASE PACK A BAG LUNCH

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