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033117 RMS Friday Focus

posted Mar 31, 2017, 10:55 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 11:02 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 033117

Members of the RMS Model UN team meet with the UN ambassador from Mauritius in NYC. (Photo: Fisher)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Two items this week. The RMS staff and student council have done some work recently reviewing and revising our school mission statement. Before we submit the update to the Dresden School Board for consideration we wanted to share it with you. I welcome your feedback and suggestions. As a comparison here is the link to the current mission statement. The working draft of an updated mission statement is below:

Our mission is to inspire students to build the skills and compassion necessary to succeed in a complex world and, as they move toward greater independence, empower them to examine the impact their actions have on themselves, others, and the environment.

For this school community to thrive, teachers and students will work together to

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of ways

  • Think critically and creatively to identify and solve a range of problems

  • Contribute positively to the classroom, school, and broader community by

    • Participating in decision making

    • Valuing diversity  

    • Taking responsibility for their own actions

    • Resolving conflicts peacefully

Second, a member of the staff shared a recent VPR story on "Learning Myths" which includes a fun quiz. I found the content to be informative and worthy of consideration. Many of the points resonated and thinking back to my experience as a math and science teacher the findings that point to the importance of deep subject matter expertise is one I can verify and endorse. When you have a deep background in the content, a clear passion for learning and teaching the subject, and an openness to developing and utilizing a full toolbox of instructional strategies you can do great things in the classroom. I hope you enjoy the (quick) read!


Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

April 3 - Parent/Guardian Survey Closes

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

April 5 - District Jazz Concert, HHS, 700p.

April 7 - RMS Spirit Day - Tropical Day

April 10 -14 - 8th Grade SBAC testing

May 5 - Staff Appreciation Lunch "Cinco de Mayo" theme. More info coming soon.

RMS Notes and Information

-7th Grade Families: Please join us on Tuesday, April 4, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., when 7th grade historians will present their Civil War research and projects at our third annual Civil War Curriculum Night. The evening will include informative exhibits and entertaining performances on such topics as Civil War spies and women impersonators, Civil War medicine, and technological innovations. Visit the mess tents and sample some hardtack and other authentic victuals.  We hope to see you there.

-Dresden School Board and SAU has set the last day of school for Hanover/Dresden asThursday, June 22. Updated dates for RMS below and on our GoogleCal:

Mon, June 19: 8th Grade Class Trip

Tues, June 20: 8th grade Class Night and Last Day (8th only)

Thurs, June 22: Storrs Pond Party 6th and 7th Grades, Noon dismissal, Last day

-On Wednesday, May 10th, we will take part in the National Walk/Bike to School Day. It is suggested that any students biking to school have a helmet have a parent/guardian go with them if this is something the student does not already do alone and on a regular basis. 

Here are some pedestrian safety rules to follow:

  • Walk together and share the sidewalk/road by walking no more than two by two
  • Stop at road crossings and cross together as a group so we do not hold up traffic
  • Walk facing traffic when there isn't a sidewalk
  • When using the new Multi Use Path along route 10, please walk/ride on the right hand side, pass on the left, and make sure to alert other pedestrians when you are passing them
  • Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk

-Morning Notice: This past week we noticed a few students who exited the bus and then headed over to Cuttings Corner Store before coming in to the school. We've advised them that they need to enter the building after being dropped off as we don't supervise the street crossing or store visits. The RMS cafe is open for those students needing some breakfast or a snack before school. Thank you!

-Changes to H6 and H7 bus routes on April 3, 2017Link to information on changes to Hanover Bus Route 6 and Hanover Bus Route 7.  For more information, link here.

-(Repost)Annual Parent/Guardian Survey: Please consider taking our 2016-2017 parent/guardian survey. 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.

-(Repost)RMS Spring Talent Show is Coming!

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

Community Calendar and Activities]

Do you have any baseball gloves (or other baseball equipment) that are outgrown or no longer used?  We would love to have you donate them for a wonderful cause.  Hanover High Coach Rob Grabill is leading a public service trip to the Dominican Republic in April with 10 high school students, and in addition to bringing donated dental and medical supplies and clothing, they hope to bring baseball equipment.  They LOVE baseball in the DR,  but badly need equipment which they cannot afford.  If you have some unused equipment in your mud room, please consider sending it to school the next two Monday mornings.  There will be a collection bin in the RMS lobby all week to receive them.  Thanks in advance for your support!

-Taming Inspiration: A Writing Workshop with YA author Aaron Starmer
“Where do your ideas come from?” is perhaps the most common question writers face. It’s often difficult to answer because inspiration can be so wild and unpredictable. In this flash fiction workshop, we will harness inspiration in a variety of forms (visual, aural, memory, etc.) and discover the surprising ways it leads us to characters, scenes stories, revisions and, ultimately, more inspiration. Be prepared to write, share and ask plenty of questions.
Tuesday, April 181:00-3:00, Aldrich Room, Grades 5-8
Registration Required

-STAND UP FOR SCIENCE! Saturday, April 1, 2pmHowe Library (Mayer Room)

Why is this so important? What is the Union of Concerned Scientists doing, and how can citizens (scientists and the rest of us) get involved? The Hanover Conservancy will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Anne Kapuscinski, Professor of Sustainability Science and chair of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who will share her insights. Dr. Kapuscinski, a Richmond School neighbor and respected member of both the Hanover and Dartmouth communities and on the national scene, is a remarkable woman of science and a fine model for future scientists who are now students in our school.

-The Co-op Market is now offering hot, prepared dinner foods in the deli weekdays from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Stop by after school to pick up a quick, delicious meal! 

-Dartmouth Women's Soccer is hosting its annual Spring Break Camp April 17th - 21st.
Boys and Girls grades K - 8th are welcome!
To find out more and register for camp use the link below:

-From HHS: Two of our seniors, Kate Budney and Henry Lang, have co-produced You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown as a Senior Bridges Project.  The show will go up on April 7th and 8th at the Richmond Middle School auditorium! Admission is FREE because the show is funded by The Winthrop Bean Award for Theatre Arts.   I encourage our community to come out and show Kate and Henry our support!!


Friday, April 7th @ 7:30pm

Saturday, April 8th @ 1:30pm AND 7:30pm

(Note: RMS 6th grade students will have a special performance in school)

This show will have open-seating (seats are NOT assigned). However, you may reserve tickets by emailing by APRIL 6TH with your name, phone number, and number of seats requested for a particular performance.

-The Rec middle school dance scheduled for Fri., 3/31, is cancelled due to weather. It is rescheduled to SATURDAY, April 29th 6:30—8:30pm at the REC CENTER.

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