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040717 Friday Focus

posted Apr 7, 2017, 10:18 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 040717

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we hosted hundreds of family members for our annual 7th grade Civil War project exhibition. Students shared their projects with an enthusiastic audience who kept the interest high with their questions and comments. Thank you to all who were able to attend. The evening simply would not work without you. I was impressed by the projects and displays. Even more, the depth and breadth of the students' knowledge of their selected topics was truly incredible. On more than one occasion I felt as if I was talking to a PBS Civil War historian. This project is a good example of what is possible when you provide students with some choice about topic and product and then allow them to engage authentically with an interested audience. 

Over the last week we've also seen a steady parade of 6th grade parents joining us for student science presentations in the auditorium. Like with the Civil War project, parent participation and engagement helped ensure an authentic audience for our students. The wide-ranging presentations on innovations, inventions, and scientists have included public speaking from the stage, visual support from slides and video, and question and answer sessions with the audience. Terrific skills to practice and develop and again an opportunity for students to pursue an area of personal interest.

In the 8th grade, students were treated to a presentation from former RMS receptionist Julia Wybourne. All four of Julia's grandparents served during World War I for England. Julia shared personal stories, provided historical context, and passed around family artifacts. With this being the 100 year anniversary of the United State's decision to enter WWI this was especially timely. Julia's reading of "In Flanders Fields" and descriptions of Remembrance Day were especially powerful.

I hope you enjoyed the look-in of what was a busy week at RMS. Many more activities, events, and happenings that simply didn't fit this time. I hope you were able to hear about some of them from your child.

Finally, it is Tropical Day today at RMS! Lots of great spirit, bright colors, and smiles throughout the school. May your weekend be filled with the same (Hawaiian shirt optional!).

Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

April 10 -14 - 8th Grade SBAC testing

April 17-21 - Spring Break (No HW)

April 24-28 - 6th and 7th SBAC testing

April 28 - RMS Spring Talent Show

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

RMS Notes and Information

-APRIL VACATION PLANNED ABSENCES: Students who plan to take additional vacation days before or after April Break, please contact Mrs. Movizzo to let us know of your absence.

-The last day of Q3 is Friday 4/14, which makes the first day of Q4 Monday 4/24. The portal will close for Q3 Grades and comments on Wednesday 4/12 and re-open on Monday 4/24 at 3:30pm at which time Q3 Report Cards will be available electronically.

-The Pulsera Project is back at RMS for the 5th year! Next week, students will be selling handwoven bracelets from artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala during snack and lunch. Bracelets cost $5 and bags cost $10.  The Pulsera Project is a non-profit, fair trade organization and all proceeds from our sale go directly to the organization and the artisans. In addition to our school sale this year, we will also be selling pulseras at the Hanover Co-op on Sunday, April 9th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. If you'd like to learn more about the Pulsera Project, please stop by our sale or visit their website: 

Thank you for helping support this fantastic organization! Sras. Madory, Mills and Peters

-Parking Help: We have a very limited amount of parking spaces on campus. As a result, when we host large school events we overflow into the spaces along Route 10. Unfortunately, some have also been using spaces that belong to our neighboring businesses. While they are incredibly accommodating and understanding this is creating some hardships for their employees and potential safety and liability concerns. We ask that you please do not park in any of our neighboring business parking lots during school events. At least one has mentioned potential towing. We'll try to send reminders prior to large events and thank you for your help. 

-Congratulations to RMS student Lauren Hall!  Lauren was awarded 1st place in the 2017 NH Clean Water Poster contest! She is invited to a reception with Gov. Sununu next month. Well done!

Community Calendar and Activities

-Opportunities for Community Solar: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00PM at the Richmond Middle School. Read more:

-National Drug Takeback Day is April 29

Although the Town of Hanover doesn't participate in this particular day, this is a good reminder to our residents that the Hanover Police Department does have an approved Drug Return collection box permanently installed in the lobby of their Public Safety Facility located at 46 Lyme Road.  

All area residents may deposit unwanted medication free of charge, 24 hours a day.  For more information about what can or cannot be dropped of, please click HERE.

For information about other locations in New Hampshire go to

Read more:

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!

-(Repost)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.

-Join us, as Freight House Hall welcomes the next wave of Upper Valley Rockers. WARNING: potentially inspirational event. The event features youth musicians from the Dojo - band line up:

5pm - Phryx Phrox (Tommi Hoyt, Audrey Lee, Noah Taylor, Sam Beliveau)

5:30pm - Flying Hyenas (Owen Brooks, Abby Soderquist, Emily Galev, Mateo Trimble, Gunnar Langhus, Nico Lapitino)

6pm - Quantum Skyline (Kylie Zubkoff, Seamus Hickey, Van Bailey & Sam Goodwin)

6:30pm - Redemption (Emily Nadeau, Sophie Schwartz Tyler & Eamon Odell)

7pm - Radium (Esther Hacker, Lauren Pidgeon, Mitch Aspinwall, Jackson Lake, Nicoya Mowbray-Parker, Josh Bucci, Ben Katz)

7:30pm - The Weed Wackers  (Hanna Weintraub, Hank Pikus, Ramon Graham)

The event is free and for all ages. Dancing is absolutely allowed.  Looking forward to seeing you on FridayKata & Tuck & bands

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