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posted May 6, 2016, 6:54 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated May 11, 2016, 9:49 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  05/06/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

First, thank you for contributing to a wonderful Staff Appreciation Brunch this past Tuesday. You filled our staff room with delicious food and drinks that we enjoyed all week. We appreciate our wonderful families and thank you for your continued support.

​Please continue to follow our weekly event notices, web site, and calendars. At this very busy time of year we will do our best to keep you informed and up-to-date with event and activity information. If we have missed something please let me know.

Finally, as we enter the last month of school I am excited about the learning experiences being planned, facilitated, and delivered by our teachers and staff. As I walked through the halls and visited classrooms this week I saw students excitedly engaged in projects, discussions, individual efforts, and student-led initiatives. At this time of year we have the wonderful opportunity to see students pull everything together and apply their new knowledge and skills across the curriculum. Moreover, when students take the lead on their learning their excitement is contagious. Ask your child: What they are excited about right now at RMS? What are they looking forward to over the next few weeks? What is something new they discovered in class or with their classmates? I'm certain you'll be impressed by what they share.

Have a great weekend!

Michael Lepene 

2016 Walk and Bike to School Day

(Photo: Reiss)

All School Events and Calendar

Friday, May 6 - RMS Talent Show #2, 7p, RMS Auditorium, $5

Thursday, May 12 - 7th Grade Poetry Night (Optional), 6-7p, RMS Lobby/Cafe

Thursday, May 12 - 5th Grade Parent Night at RMS, 6-7p, RMS Auditorium

May 19 - May 26 - RMS Elective Week

Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 - RMS School Play, 7p, RMS Auditorium

Friday, May 20 - 8th Grade Step Up to HHS and Science NECAP testing

Tuesday, May 24 - 6th Grade and Library-Media Open House, 530p

RMS Notes and Information

-Elective Week at RMS. Come celebrate and learn with us.

May 19 ~ Opening Reception showcasing student work,  visual arts and woodworking6-7pm

May 19th &  20th ~ Wizard of Oz, 7pm

May 24th ~ Empty Bowls Dinner, PE Activities, Quiz Bowl Demonstration, Painting on Canvas Preview and 6th Grade & Library Open House, 5:30 - 7pm

May 26 ~ Mega Concert, 7pm in the Gym. All music ensembles performing

-Calling all Parent Potters: Hello! As many of you know, RMS is currently undergoing a project to feed hungry families in our community. Empty Bowls, a project started five years ago, is a class in which students make bowls and a menu. On May 24th, the students will be holding an event to which everyone is invited to feed people with the meal made that day, and eat it out of the newly not-empty bowls. We have a goal of making 70 bowls, so, if you have parents who happen to be either potters, or who have a lot of spare time, feel free to donate homemade bowls, or to bring your parents in for a class to make a bowl. We are looking forward to seeing you May 24th!

-8th Grade Families: Please remember to return your class trip permission slips and checks ASAP. The documents can be found on the RMS web site.

-Health Office Update

The NH Department of Health recently released the 2015/2016 State Immunization Report. I've shared a brief glimpse of the NH State and Richmond Middle School data. Thank you parents, guardians and health care providers for supporting a community approach to preventing illness and disease. 

Richmond Middle School 2015-2016 School Immunization Report

96.7% (393) students are up-to-date with school vaccine requirements.

3.3% (11) were conditionally enrolled for this school year.

Tdap Immunization rate 98%. 

State of New Hampshire 2015-16 School Immunization Report

 97.2% (185,876) of all NH students are up-to-date with all required school vaccines.  2.8% (5,401) students were reported conditionally enrolled for this school year. 

The most recent National Immunization Survey (NIS) notes New Hampshire student Tdap immunization rates at 94.4%, second only to Connecticut at 94.8%.

-Abigale Pelletier, RN RMS Health Office 

-Good luck to the RMS Quiz Bowl team led by Alex Lovejoy. The team recently took 1st and 3rd place in Burlington Vermont's Middle School Scholars Bowl last weekend as a tune-up for this weekend's National Middle School Quiz Bowl event in Atlanta. The RMS group will compete with 160 teams from 37 states over several days of tournament action. Good luck RMS Quiz Bowlers!

(Photo: Lovejoy)

-A BIG thank you to all students, staff and families who participated in Walk & Bike to School Day promoting health and a greener community! We had a great turnout with 260 students and staff participating! Thank you to Lou's Bakery who donated donut coupons for all who participated! Thanks to Missie Rodriguez and Sarah Glass for meeting students at the Rugby field, which was really helpful. Thanks to Jill Blumberg and Catherine Patch for organizing the event. We are looking to improve next years Walk and Bike to School Days with more participating and lasting effects. We are interested in your feedback and ideas. Please email any ideas to Thanks!

Special Recognition
-Congratulations to RMS student Sophie U who had her origami art selected by OrigamiUSA for exhibition in New York and nationwide as part of a touring exhibit this year.
Community Calendar and Activities
-VINS Nature Summer Camps and Programs. Scholarships available. Info here.

-Empower Lacrosse Club: Summer Lacrosse Camp for rising 3rd-8th grade girls from June 27-309am-12pm.  Sarah Martin and Whit Willocks are the lead coaches.  Price increases June 1.  Please go to for information.  

-Looking for Host Families in Hanover and Norwich for Our Inbound Rotary Student for 2016-17

This August the Hanover Rotary Club and Hanover HS will welcome our incoming Rotary Exchange student, Carlos Da Silva Oliveira.  Carlos is 15 years old and will turn 16 in early September.  He hails from Sao Luis (a city of 950,000) in the State of Maranhao, Brazil. He loves to read, to play video games, working out at his neighborhood gym. He has two older siblings who no longer live at home; he resides in a city apartment with his father who is in marketing and his mother who is an attorney.

We are looking for families willing to host Carlos for periods of up to 3 months.   Traditionally, each inbound student spends approximately three months each with three different host families while they attend HHS. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Julia Griffin at (

-The Writing's on the Wall: Party at the Hood Museum

On Saturday, May 21, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., join us for a special event to celebrate the museum's exciting expansion. Enjoy art making in the Hood's empty galleries, try your hand at cartooning with students from the Center for Cartoon Studies, listen to live music, strike a pose in the photo booth with your friends, and enjoy treats from Lou's Bakery, Morano Gelato, and Howlin' Good Kettle Corn. Follow the link to learn more about this free event. Please note that while this event runs from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m., the 3:00-5:00 p.m. time frame was planned with young families in mind.

6th Grade Band enjoyed performing with a group of current and former Dartmouth trombone players this week. (Photo: Lepene) 




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