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051316 RMS Friday Focus

posted May 13, 2016, 10:27 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus

May 13, 2016

All School Events and Calendar

May 19 - May 26 - RMS Elective Week

Thursday, May 19 - Elective Week Opening Reception showcasing student work, visual arts, and woodworking, 6-7p.

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

Saturday, May 21 - RMS Leadership Class Car Wash, 11-2, RMS.

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

Tuesday, May 24 - Elective Week: Empty Bowls Dinner, PE Activities, Quiz Bowl Demo, Painting on Canvas Preview, 530-7p.

Thursday, May 26 - RMS Mega Concert, 7p, RMS Gym.

Friday, May 27 - RMS Dance, 7-9p, RMS.

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day, No School.

RMS Notes and Information

-For Parents of 8th Grade Students: Next Friday 8th grade students will begin their day with the Science NECAP test.  We have created a schedule that will allow us to complete all three sessions by lunchtime.  In the afternoon we will be taking the class to Hanover High School for a "step up" day.  The program will include a presentation by high school staff and students, a school tour led by peer leaders and a variety of performances by music/theater groups.  8th graders will be dismissed at the end of the day from Hanover High School.  We are excited about this new addition to our transition program and hope that students will leave the day with a positive feeling about next year.

-Media Awareness in Comp Lit: Starting next week, 6th grade students will track their screen-time for a full day.  This is part of a Common Sense Media lesson ( to help students gain an awareness of their media use.  Students will be asked to track all media usage including cell phones, tablets, television, video games and the computer.  

Once the data is gathered students will analyze their media use and reflect on their findings.  We will also discuss some of the research on screen-time so students are aware of some of the downsides to being in front of a screen for long periods of time.

-First Ever RMS Car Wash/Bake Sale: Saturday, May 21, 11-2

The RMS eighth grade leadership class will be running a car wash benefiting the student activities fund. The student activities fund supports special events like Colors Day, spirit days, field trips, and student proposed and organized activities. The event will take place at the Richmond Middle School from 11-2 on Saturday, May 21. While your car is getting washed, enjoy some homemade baked goods. We will be accepting donations.

Give your car some love and join us next Saturday. Thank you.

-7th Grade Student Project Announcement: Got DVD's??

From Wednesday the 11th to Wednesday the 18th, please bring in DVD's and put them in the box in the main lobby. Do not bring R rated movies; these are for little kids who would appreciate those old Disney movies sitting on your shelves. Thanks! Your contributions will change the lives of CHaD's children.

-Therapy Dog coming to RMS: Thanks to the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, and the hard work of 7th graders Shayla Pham and Rosey Thompson, we are pleased to announce that the Richmond Middle School will soon have a therapy dog in school. The puppy will begin his integration to RMS life during the week of May 23. When the dog is not at school he will live with 6th-grade social studies teacher  Kevin Cotter and his family.

Studies have shown that therapy dogs are beneficial to have in schools. For example, one study by Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., RN, of the University of Missouri-Columbia Center for the Study of Animal Wellness said, “The presence of therapy dogs, indicates an improvement in body chemicals associated with a healthy immune system.” Another study from Jordan Smith, who is a Middle School Teacher at Soar Learning Center, states that, “While the research supports that pet therapy holds many potential benefits for clients of all ages and in a variety of settings, seeing it and feeling it is the best proof.” Further the RMS program will be modeled after the very successful program at HHS. We are excited to see these benefits in our school.

-Thank you to the many 8th grade families who have already signed up to help with 8th grade Class Night. The message requesting support is reposted below.

(Repost)Call for volunteers for 8th Grade Class Night: The evening is on June 15 from 5:30-7:30 at RMS and will feature student art work, videos of Best of 8th Grade (made by each student) and a culminating ceremony in the gym.  This is a memorable event that acknowledges the work of the students and honors their time spent at RMS.

In order to make this evening really special, we are seeking parent volunteers to bring in food, flowers, table cloths, napkins, as well as help with set-up and clean-up.  

We thank you in advance for your help with this end-of- the-year event.  You can sign up here for volunteering, or contact Andrea Nolon ( or Keri Craft ( with any additional questions.

Community Calendar and Activities
-Tech Toy Discovery: A Howe 2.0 Program. We'll have a variety of tech toys available for exploration, including littleBits, Squishy Circuits and Raspberry PI. Sunday, May 22 2:00-4:00 PM Drop-in anytime! All ages welcome.

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