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042817 Friday Focus

posted Apr 28, 2017, 11:38 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 042817

RMS Student Council students discussing Restorative Justice this week. (Photo: Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The end of year events are coming together. Please keep an eye on the web site, calendar, and weekly memos for details. Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions and we'll do our best to help.

In that spirit:

RMS Talent Show Tonight

The annual Spring RMS Talent Show is tonight at 7:00pm in the RMS auditorium.  The show will run till about 9:00pm and tickets are $5.00.  All proceeds from the show go to support the work of Student Council.  This is a popular show and we expect the auditorium to be full.  Doors will open at 6:30pm.

8th Grade End of Year Events

Mon, June 19th: Class Trip (Separate note with details coming next week)

Tues, June 20th: 8th Grade Class Night. 530-700p.

Last day of school for our 8th grade: Tuesday June 20th.

Last Day of School for our 6th and 7th Grades: Thursday, June 22, Noon Dismissal.

Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

April 28 - RMS Spring Talent Show, 7p, RMS, $5. (Note: Please do not park in the Dartmouth Printing lot next door)

May 5 - Staff Appreciation Lunch "Cinco de Mayo" theme. More info and sign-up below.

May 18 - May 19 - RMS Spring Play Performances

RMS Notes and Information

-Staff Appreciation Day: May 5. Please consider contributing items to a staff lunch on Friday, May 5th. Each year our families provide a meal which is much appreciated and enjoyed by the staff. We hope you might consider participating this year. An online sign-up is here. All listed items are suggestions. Please let Mike Lepene or Kerry Artman know if you have any questions. Thank you!

-Congratulations RMS! This year, you raised $2,370 for the Pulsera Project and the artisans of Nicaragua.  This total puts RMS in 1st place as the all-time highest earning school for the Pulsera Project.  AMAZING!!  Thank you to all who supported the project this year!


-Maker Mondays: Every Monday in May the Makerspace will be open from 3:00 to 4:00 after school.This Monday we will be trying out Squishy Circuits. Questions: Contact Ms. Putnam-Pouliot in the library.

-Woodworking Students: Please remember to wear shoes in the Woodworking shop.  Leave your sandals/flip flops in your cubby.  Thanks. Mr. Starr.

-Girls of RMS: There is still time to sign-up for Sonia Kovalesky (Girls' Math) Day at Dartmouthon May 13th. It's free, you get candy and lunch, and have fun doing math with friends! Sign-up at  Questions? See Mrs. Lepene.

-Come Celebrate the RMS Electives in a series of events from May 18th through June 8th

The elective program would like to invite families to attend a series of upcoming events to showcase the work of our students in the elective program.  Students from all grade levels and their families are invited and encouraged to attend.  

Thursday,  May 18th & Friday, May 19thSeussical, the Musical, 7PM.

Thursday, May 25: Mega Concert: All music ensembles performing, 7PM.

Thursday, June 8: Electives and 6th Grade Open House, 5:30-7PM.
On the same night as the 6th grade open house, come join the elective staff and students for an art showcase,  some sample performances, and share a meal at our annual Empty Bowls fundraising event.

-8th grade class night food coordinators: The 8th grade team could use help organizing refreshments for the Class Night Open House in June. In the past several parents have taken this on as a small group. If you would be willing to serve please contact either Carla Balch or Jen Haines at RMS. Thank you for considering!

-The RMS Quiz Bowl Tournament Team would love your support this weekend, as they continue preparing and fine tuning their skills and strategies before leaving to compete at the MSNCT in Dallas, Tx. May 10th-15th!

2 RMS Quiz Bowl Tournament Teams will be competing in the Hanover Junior Challenge Tournament at HHS Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 AM.

Team A-Rose L, Lazlo S, Cole G, Jason C

Team B-Will C, Fletcher Z, Dill E, Danny B

Come and watch them in action as they play teams from 5 NH & Vt Schools- including Crossroads Academy and Marion Cross!

See you there! Go RMS! Coach Lovejoy

-Q3 Report Cards are available in the student portal. We hope that our report cards provide a periodic assessment of progress, achievements, and goals for each child in each of their courses. We also support viewing report cards as just that, a snapshot in time. We encourage looking at report cards with the added context of conversations with your child, Powerschool gradebook entries, Schoology class materials, Atlas curriculum overviews, and direct communications with your child's teachers.

How to retrieve your student’s Quarter Report Card

  1. Sign into the parent PowerSchool portal at

  1. Provide your username and password

  2. Navigate to the left most panel and select Report Card and verify that you have selected the current quarter (Q3) tab:

-(Repost)The music department is looking for volunteers to help at the Northern Districts Music Festival this spring. Every year, a different school hosts this festival and it is our turn this year. The festival is being held all day Saturday, May 6. Select band and chorus students from the Northern part of NH (including some of our own RMS students) will be rehearsing with guest conductors for a final concert at the end of the day. 

We are looking for volunteers to help Friday after school (set up) through Saturday evening. Please see the sign-up form here

Please contact Jonica Leuthauser, RMS music department, with any questions: 

Thank you so much! Sincerely, The RMS Music Department​​​​​​​

Community Calendar and Activities

-Thirteen Reasons Why: TALKING POINTS

Students and adults are expressing appropriate concern around the message and potential impact of Thirteen Reasons Why, which is a book and now a TV series on Netflix. Click here for CircleUp's resources on 13 Reasons Why. CircleUp! encourages parents and caregivers to talk openly and honestly about suicide, social media messages, and media portrayals. 

-HHS Parents: The Circle Up! community group and HHS administration have created a short survey to judge parent feelings about lunch at Hanover High School.  Please take a moment to complete the survey, once for each student you have enrolled at HHS.  We will post the survey results on our website in the near future.  Please use this link to access the survey

-Hanover Green Up Day is Saturday, May 6th!

In addition to the locations on the attached flyer, blue bags may be picked up at:

The Hanover Conservancy

Co-Op Market (Lyme Road)

Co-Op Food Store-Hanover

Etna Post Office

Cutting's Northside Cafe

Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to participate!

Read more:

-HACTC Summer Technology Camp

-Hanover Recreation Middle School Dance: Hello Middle School Families!
HPR is hosting the rescheduled dance from March this Saturday!  The dance will be held at the RWB Community Center located at 48 Lebanon St from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Please note, that there will only be a dance floor.  There is no space for basketball or soccer to happen at the same time.  The gym space is usually very popular at the dances hosted at RMS so please be sure your child knows that option is not available at this dance.  Concession will be available. Students will not be allowed to re-enter the dance if they leave early.  Chaperones are needed!  If you are able to help please let me know.  I still need six more volunteers in order to hold the dance.
If you have any questions please let me know. Thank you, Liz

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