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051917 Friday Focus

posted May 19, 2017, 10:56 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 051917

Recess kickball season is here. (Photo: Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the RMS Spring Musical "Seussical"! An incredible amount of work and time has been put into this show and the rave reviews from the dress rehearsal and opening night performances confirm what we know to be true. When students are given support, encouragement, guidance, and direction from experienced and skilled educators they are capable of amazing exhibitions of learning. I can't wait to enjoy the show with family tonightNext week, the musicians take center stage at our annual Mega Concert on Thursday at RMS. Another great opportunity to enjoy the talents and efforts of our students and staff. 

Finally, I was lucky enough to spend recess playing kickball at the 7th and 8th grade recess today. A few things came to mind:

  • Recess is really important. Students are able to be active, enjoy some great weather, and practice the social skills we teach and reinforce in our educational program.
  • Kickball is as much fun as I remember it from my time in elementary school. We used to beg our teachers for an extra kickball game daily (and it often worked). 
  • Opportunities for staff and students to play together are important for developing and sustaining positive working relationships. Staff regularly join in recess games and activities. When we have fun together it makes everything else that much easier.


Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

May 19 - Final RMS Spring Play Performance

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

-The end of the year is quickly approaching and in June we will be donating all of our Lost and FoundItems to the Listen Center. Please feel free to come by the office and get a Visitor sticker if you would like to look for your student's lost items during school hours.

-Important Cafe Notice: On May 30, negative charging will be suspended, this giving students and staff a chance to bring their accounts to a positive balance.   All cash sales will be treated as deposits.   Change will be given after a customer pays down their negative balance.

For those students returning to RMS or attending HHS next year, balances will carry over.   Those who graduate or move on will be issued refunds by the SAU - 70.   Thank you for your trust and support. -Ken Thompson, RMS Food Service Director

-Colors DayNext Friday is Colors Day.  Colors Day is a full school activity that involves all students and staff.  Students are assigned to a color team and will hopefully wear items from that color.  The day has a mix of team and school activities and smaller group activities.  We run a special lunch session with sandwiches, drinks and sides.  Tickets will be on sale starting on Tuesday for $6.  Students can still bring their own lunch if they wish.  Questions??  Please let Mr. LaCrosse know.

-Car WashLeadership Class is running their annual car wash tomorrow 11-2 here at RMS.  Mild interior cleaning and vacuuming available.  All proceeds go to Colors Day funding.


-Greetings 8th Grade Families,

We are excited that our 2017 8th Grade Class Night is just around the corner on June 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. As we prepare for this fun and important evening we are asking for our families to contribute to the Class Night reception through the donation of food, beverage, supplies or a small donation to support the evening. The reception has become an integral and much loved component of the 8th Grade Class Night so that parents, teachers, staff, students and friends can visit and share in the great accomplishments and success of our children. Please find more information about the evening and reception volunteer sign up sheet in the links below. 

8th Grade Class Night Letter

8th Grade Class Night Sign Up Sheet

Many thanks for your help in making this a special evening for our 8th grade students.  

-Pre-algebra and Note-taking Study: What is the best way to take notes when learning something new?  Does technology make it easier or is paper and pencil better?  Mrs. Lepene’s seventh grade pre-algebra classes are about to embark on a study with researchers from Dartmouth College to investigate this question.

To prepare for the study, students in Mrs. Lepene’s classes worked with Marty Warren and used iPads this week in a lesson to explore and practice using Notability.  Notability is an app that enables students to create text, draw, highlight and annotate text or pictures.  At the end of the lesson, as a class, students brainstormed different ways they could use notability to take notes.

This should also be a great opportunity for students to experience some elements of research design while prompting examination of note-taking strategies and tools. Similarly, we hope to learn a bit from the larger study with respect to how we might best use these tools with our students. All of the standard privacy protections will be in place and no identifying information will be shared. If you have questions or concerns please contact Heather Lepene at

-RMS Yearbook Orders: It's time to order your RMS 16-17 Yearbook!  This year, orders may be placed online at  You will need our password rms1617.  Softcover copies are $25, and e-books are $15.  You may also bring in cash or a check made out to Richmond Middle School.  (Please bring your check or cash to Ms. Bates in the iMac Lab.)

-Congratulations to Lauren Hall! She recently won the NH Clean Water Poster Contest and traveled to Concord for an award ceremony that included a cash prize for the school and several large prints of her poster. (Photo: Hall)

Community Calendar and Activities
-"We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story?
"From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader."
The Vermont Women's Fund Presents a special screening of Dream, Girl
May 23, 2017 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction
$10 General Admission | $5 Students

-There will be a Robotics Team Open House at the HACTC this Saturday, 5/20, from 11am-3pm. It's open to all ages.

-(Repost)Circle Up! presents "Losing Ourselves", a 30-minute documentary about success, expectations, and the affects of achievement culture on our children. Join other community members for a brief discussion following the two showings of the film. These events will take place:
7:00-7:30 PM Film Screening
7:30-8:00 PM Discussion
Hanover High School Auditorium
7:00-7:30 PM Film Screening
7:30-8:00 PM Discussion
Norwich Public Library

-CATV Summer Video Camps:  Learn. Create. Walk the red carpet.

For over 10 years CATV has offered week-long summer camp opportunities for students entering 6th – 9th grades. CATV camps are engaging, fun, and provide kids a chance to build skills and use their imagination to create unique stories.

In summer 2017 CATV offers the following week-long camps:

  • Music Video Camp Online Registration 
    • July 10 – July 149 am – 3 pm*  $325
  • Beginning Video Camp Online Registration
    • July 17 – July 2110 am – 3 pm*  $165
    • July 31 – Aug. 410 am – 3 pm*  $165
  • Advanced Video Camp Online Registration
    • July 24 – July 2810 am – 3 pm*  $165
    • Aug. 7 – Aug. 1110 am – 3 pm*  $165

At each camp, the students will learn how to create scripts, story board, use professional equipment, and ultimately make some really fun videos. The camp is for students in 6-9 grade. Registration is on our website,, or you can call us at 802-295-6688. We're located in White River Junction in the Tip Top building.

-Register for Empower Lacrosse Club’s Memorial Day Clinic now!

Monday, May 29, 2:00/3:00 - 5:00 depending on age.  Sachem Field.  College players from Georgetown, Dartmouth, Bowdoin, St. Lawrence and Gordon will coach. Summer Youth Camps sign-up is also open. for registration details.

Photo: Sophie Usherwood's national award winning origami " called "Hydrangea Box" by Dáša Ševerová and Shuzo Fujimoto. (Photo: Usherwood)

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