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posted Mar 24, 2017, 11:18 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

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RMS 6th grade teacher Suzanne Sylvester clearing off the basketball court for recess today. (Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today's snow has some feeling a different sort of March Madness. I suspect many have turned their thoughts to spring and all that comes with it. For us, that includes concerts, a curriculum night, transition activities, and taking classes outside for physical education and natural place-based learning. Things get busy and the dates to keep track of are numerous. Please keep an eye on the calendar and upcoming dates. If we can assist with any schedule related questions don't hesitate to give us a call or send an email. 

You may recall I shared a draft end of year schedule of events with you a few weeks ago. Since then we have had an additional snow day. The Dresden Board and SAU will reconsider the projected last school day for the 16-17 year at their meeting next week. It may be that it moves from Wednesday to Thursday. I'll let you know as soon as I get the information. Our plan would be to hold our 8th grade last week activity schedule as was previously shared understanding that many of you have already made plans accordingly. More to come on this.

Finally, I had the pleasure of joining the 8th grade Spanish cafe this week with Sras. Madory and Peters. For those who have not heard about the project the class is transformed into a restaurant complete with tables, menus, waitstaff, and a whole host of delicious food and treats. As a customer I joined two students for a meal and conversation. Our waitress reviewed the menu, gave her recommendations, and took our order in Spanish. When we had questions she returned to the "kitchen" and sought answers. During the meal my table enjoyed casual conversation using prompts and suggestions provided by the teachers. For me, the conversation was easy and relaxed. Our attempts at Spanish were celebrated and accepted at whatever accuracy we maintained (mine is pretty rusty!). The whole atmosphere felt authentic, safe, and fun. I'd like to thank my table-mates for their encouragement and patience with me!

Have a terrific weekend and Happy Spring!

Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

March 27 - 6th and 7th grade 2017-2018 Language and Music Enrollment Request Sheets Due.

March 28 - Q4 Elective Arena Scheduling

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

March 29 - 8thBand/HHSBands Concert, HHS, 7p.

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

April 3 - Parent/Guardian Survey Closes

April 4 - 7th Grade Civil War Soldier Curriculum Night, 600-700p.

RMS Notes and Information

-Parent Survey: Please consider taking our 2016-2017 parent/guardian survey. The information sent out earlier this week is pasted below for your convenience.

Annual Parent/Guardian Survey

The Dresden School Board, in conjunction with the staff at the Richmond Middle School, asks for annual feedback from parents and guardians so that we can celebrate our successes and identify opportunities for improvement. Staff will review the results of this survey over the remainder of this school year. We will use the results to help guide our ongoing work and discussions and also to aid in setting our building goals for the 17-18 school year.

The survey questions and format were created using a combination of previous survey questions, staff and parent topics, resources from Harvard School of Education, and in consultation with a community member with expertise in survey development and evaluation. Some questions and topics repeat year to year while others are more specific to a goal or shorter-term effort. We realize some questions are easier to answer and others feel a little more open or difficult to respond to. We appreciate your efforts and time as you work through the survey and we will consider each response.

The survey can be found via the web at: or you may request a paper copy from the RMS office. The survey will remain open until Monday, April 3, 2017.

-RMS Spring Talent Show is Coming!

The annual RMS Spring Talent Show is scheduled for Friday April 28.  Sign Ups will begin on Monday.  All acts are welcome, singing, instrumental, skits, comedy, circus, arts.  The more the merrier.  More information will be available next week. -Mr. Lacrosse

-Staffing Update: We would like to thank our two most recent long-term substitute staff members for their countless contributions to RMS. Ken Thompson has returned in the Cafe replacing our guest cafe manager Vic Baughman. Aurore Grzesitza has returned to teach French 8 replacing our guest instructor Zea Luce. Thank you to both Vic and Zea!

-From the Music Department:

Our Concerts are next week! Please take a minute to double check your schedule. 

 Tuesday, March 28: 6th grade band and chorus and 7th grade girls chorus and band. 5:30 PM

 Wednesday, March 29: New this year! 8th grade band Bridge Concert at Hanover High School with high school bands. 7:00 PM

 Thursday, March 307/8 grade boys chorus and 8th grade girls chorus. 5:30 PM

Also, please join me in congratulating the following 6 excellent musicians who represented our school admirably at the NH Middle Level Honors Festival this past week. Rebekah Rudd, Minnue Uhm, Sophie Usherwood, Henry Aspinwall, Jessie Han, and Max Zaslaw. Well done all!

Finally, a well earned congratulations to all the RMS string players who performed with the orchestra at Hanover High School for Master Works Concert this month. Well done!

Mrs. Leuthauser

Mr. Hall

Mrs. Rommer

-RMS Math Team news: Fifth place finish at MATHCOUNTS NH State competition with Rose Luttmer tied for third place on points, but nudged out of the top four on a single tie-breaker question. Rose did finish fourth in the head-to-head round (like a two-person lightning round, enough to make most of us wither.) Congrats to team members Eric Chen, James Chen, Rose Luttmer and Sophie Usherwood.

The sixth grade team of Lauren Hall, Sarah Hall, Tom Mosdal, and Sora Shirai took first place in the MathLeague qualifying competition last Sunday. Sarah placed second individual and Sora took the ring for first place! -Coach Kitzmiller

Community Calendar and Activities

-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.

-The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will once again hold our annual Engineering Open House and Exposition on Friday, April 7th from 5:30-8:00pm. This is a fantastic event for any age- we have guests anywhere from elementary school age to retired inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs. We hope you can join us in a few weeks for some engaging and fun lab experiences! Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best, Emma Darragh |Academic Assistant
Thayer School of Engineering |Dartmouth College
14 Engineering Drive |Hanover, NH 03755

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