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050517 Friday Focus

posted May 5, 2017, 11:37 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated May 5, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 050517

8th Grade Balloon Launch (Photo: Brett Simmons)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The staff have been reviewing parent survey results and we are in the process of incorporating your feedback into building goals and personal professional goals. Thank you to the many families who were able to complete the survey this year.

As an illustration of how we value and utilize the results I thought I would share a piece of our work at our staff meeting last week. Results were grouped onto chart paper and the staff broke out into small groups to examine responses. Each group looked at 4 question/response sets and generated observations, questions, and implications. Next, the groups created possible next steps and prioritized them, followed by a report out to the full staff. Completed charts and notes are now available to staff for review and additions. We'll use this foundation to assist in our goal conversations while also incorporating staff survey results, student feedback, and other measures. Feedback that was specific to individual staff will be reviewed with their supervisor. 

Sample chart with follow-up questions from staff. (Photo: Lepene)

For those who would like to review the quantitative survey results I have included a link to a pdf document. We will also add this to the web site as in past years.

Thank you again for all of your feedback and thoughts about our school and program. Each contribution helps us to be a little better for our students. 

Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

May 10 - Bike and Walk to School Day

May 12 - 6th Grade Walking Science Field Trips

May 16 - 8th Grade Science NECAP Testing

May 18 - May 19 - RMS Spring Play Performances

May 25 - Mega Concert

May 26 - Annual Colors Day Event

May 29 - Memorial Day, No School

June 2 - 6th Grade Field Trip - Boston/Social Studies

June 8 - Electives and 6th Grade Open House

RMS Notes and Information

-Staff Appreciation Day: THANK YOU! The staff at RMS greatly appreciate the many contributions for our special lunch today. We felt the love and will leave for the day with full stomachs and big smiles. Thank you!

-This week in 7th grade guidance, Mrs. Powers, Mr. LaCrosse, and Mr. Atkinson introduced vocabulary about stress and stress management through a fun game of stress bingo. Topics of conversation included the differences between internal and external stressors, the emotions, behaviors, and physical symptoms associated with stress, and stress relievers. It is our goal throughout the quarter to help students identify their individual stressors and to develop a toolkit of healthy stress management strategies. We encourage parents to continue this conversation at home!

-Attention 6th grade ParentsOn Tuesday May 9th, 7th grade teachers will be hosting a meeting at RMS for parents of incoming 7th grade students.  The presentation is geared to incoming Marion Cross folks but current RMS parents are welcome to join us as well if they wish to do so.  The meeting will be in the RMS auditorium from 6:00-7:00pm.

-8th Grade Trip and Class Night Letter: Students received paper copies in homerooms. Please let us know if you need a new copy or you can access the forms here.

-The 2017 National Walk & Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, May 10th and RMS will be taking part in this event. Walking or biking to school promotes health and a cleaner environment. Students who need to take the bus or have a parent driving right past the school anyways can still participate by choosing to get off at the Dartmouth Rugby Field stop and walking from there. Be sure to follow all safety precautions, such as wearing your helmet when biking and following traffic signs. Leave plenty of time to arrive to school on time. This is a rain or shine event so please make safe and responsible decisions in the event of inclement weather. Please if you can help out organizing or with kids crossing the roads the day of the event.

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

-Exploring with Google Earth - Marty Warren

Earlier in the year our 6th Graders used Google Maps to chart routes of Early Migrations to the Americas.  Students utilized tools of Google Maps to draw lines representing migration paths and measured distances of each migration path.

Students are now learning a different way to view the world digitally using the new web based version of Google Earth in 6th Grade Computer Literacy.  Google Earth is a massive database with billions of images representing the world's natural features, roads, topography and landmarks often in 3D.  Students are looking up where they live, historic places, and natural wonders of the world. 

Another new feature of Google Earth is called Voyager.  Voyager has hundreds of of "journeys" with  categories such as travel, nature, culture and history.  Each Voyage takes you to different places in the world and has cards narrating each place.  Our students have been going to "Searching for Sharks in Street View" which enables them to "swim" under water with sharks and learn about different kinds of sharks, their characteristics and where they live.  Other Voyages include "Africa's Wildlife", "Explore London", "Museums around the World" to name a few.  The list is continually growing so checking back is worthwhile.

This new version of Google Earth was released on April 18th so our next step is to see how this tool might compliment many of the things we are teaching already in Science, Social Studies and beyond!  Below is a link if you'd like to give it a try.  

Please note, you must use Google Chrome as your browser. 

-Colors Day is coming! For a number of years the Richmond Middle School has celebrated the end of the year with day long full school event called "Colors Day".  The whole school is divided up into 10 teams mixed grade, staff and students, who all participate in a number of different group and individual activities.  This year, Colors Day is scheduled for Friday May 26th.  Teams were released this afternoon so students should be able to figure out what team they are on.  If they are unable to find this information please see Mr LaCrosse next week.  At some point (hopefully not the night before) they are going to want to find an outfit that matches their color.  Otherwise there is not any prep that needs to happen outside of school.  It is not a great day to miss school or leave early.  You can expect more information about this event as we get closer.  

-Congratulations RMS Quiz Bowl Tournament Team!
Both teams were victorious, placing 1st and 2nd 4/29 at Hanover Junior Challenge Tournament.
1st PlaceTeam A: Rose L, Lazlo S, Dill E, Jason C (9-W & 0-L)
2nd PlaceTeam B: Will C, Fletcher Z, Cole G, Danny B (7-W & 2-L- both to RMS Team A)
Highest individual scorers: 
1. Lazlo S  2. Will C  3. Rose L  4. Dill E
Wish them well before they leave to compete against 160 teams at the MSNCT in Dallas, Tx. May 10th-15th
Go RMS QB TT Geese! #HonkfortheRMSQBTTgeese
Coach Lovejoy
(Photo: Lovejoy)

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

-(Repost)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 19th: Seussical, 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.

Community Calendar and Activities

-HANOVER VOTERS! - Hanover's Planning Board created a video that explains the Zoning Ordinance amendments coming up for vote at Town Meeting on May 9.     Watch it here.

-Hanover/Etna Spring Yard Sale May 13Click for details.

-Go Green Basketball School run by the Dartmouth College Basketball Program will be having two youth camps this summer! June 26-29 Day Camp and July 5-7 Skills Camp. Both camps will run from 9:00 am-4:00 pm and will entail learning the fundamentals of basketball, league games, and competitions. For more information you can go to Look forward to seeing you in Leede Arena this summer!

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