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052016 RMS Friday Focus

posted May 21, 2016, 3:48 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus

May 20, 2016

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With so much going on for our students in and out of school this time of year it can be easy to miss things. The events are numerous, the projects and cumulative assignments and exams are making regular appearances, and excitement for summer is building. I would like to thank you for all of the support, participation, and encouragement you are contributing as we all work to make the last month of the school year the best. As we move through the weeks please keep an eye on the calendar and don't hesitate to let us know if you have questions. We'll do our best to help out.

Over the last several weeks I have met with students who have organized special events, efforts, and service projects. A small sampling includes:

-Organizing a pet supply drive for the Humane Society

-Painting a new mural in our music hallway

-Collecting DVDs for CHAD

-Doing trail work in a newly opened natural area in Hanover

-Working on a funding and awareness campaign for water bottle fillers at RMS

-Hosting a car wash at RMS to benefit student leadership projects (this Sat!)

-Facilitating a Capture the Flag benefit event at RMS

-Many more in development.

Having the conversations with engaged, motivated, and thoughtful students has been a highlight for me. We discuss project organization, leadership, communication, budgets, and logistics. I share both encouragement and strategies for the bumps and roadblocks that occur in any project development effort. Through it all I am impressed with the students' enthusiasm and perseverance. They have big ideas and the tools to make them a reality. I'm so glad that RMS can be a place where they exercise these muscles for the betterment of our school and community. I think this work meshes nicely with our school mission statement and expectations for student learning and puts the skills and content we deliver in a real context and application. 

At our staff meeting this week we set three preliminary building goals for 16-17. One of these goals focused on developing and strengthening our community and a collective sense of social responsibility. I think encouraging student leadership and action for the betterment of others aligns nicely and hope to see us create even more opportunities for this work in the near future.

Have a great weekend!

Michael Lepene



(Photo: HHS Peer Leaders take questions from the RMS 8th graders as part of our new Step Up Day this afternoon.)

All School Events and Calendar

May 19 - May 26 - RMS Elective Week

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

-Websites and Databases and Books, Oh My! Research in the Library
Visit the library on May 24th! In the 21st century, research skills have shifted from finding sufficient information, to finding quality sources among the vast amounts of information available at our fingertips. Over the course of the year, students complete a number of research projects in the library. These lessons are taught in collaboration between the librarian and classroom teachers. The skills students learn in the RMS library  will help them with their future research needs not only in their future academic careers, but throughout their whole lives. Stop by the library to learn how students find, evaluate, and use a variety of resources.

-6th Grade Parents, Mark Your Child's Calendar....
For a Transition Program for RMS & MCS 6th Grade Students

Who? Any RMS or MCS 6th Grade Student
What? An evening of fun activities, games, and ice cream sundaes
When? Friday, June 3rd 7-8:30 PM 
Where? Richmond Middle School Gymnasium & Cafeteria 

Questions? Please call Liz Powers in the RMS Guidance Office

-7th Grade Technology/Social Studies Co-TeachingThe "Heart of the Appaloosa"

In 7th grade Social Studies students have been studying westward expansion from 1860-1890.  In the past week, students have been studying the Nez Perce Indians and the impact western expansion had on their tribe.  The story is told in a song called the "Heart of the Appaloosa" written by Fred Small. This week students are interpreting verses from the song and creating videos to tell the story.

As students collaborate in teams of 3-5, teams decide on their interpretation of the song and how they want to produce their video.  The grading rubric for this assignment rewards creativity and originality and at the beginning of the unit students were shown several different iPad apps that might be helpful in creating their project. 

App Smashing is the term used to describe using several apps to create a project.  Some students have used a free app called Hyperlapse to create time-lapse videos of drawings or acting out a scene.  Other students have used Telegami which creates an animated character to help tell their story.  All footage gets combined into an iMovie for editing and creating the final project.  This is great practice for our seventh graders who will use many of these apps next year in eighth grade.

-If you are attending the elective celebration / 6th grade open house on Tuesday evening please consider supporting the Empty Bowls project to benefit Willing Hands.

Empty Bowls Dinner Menu

Oodles of Noodles

(and other pastas)

Fettuccine with Alfredo or Marinara

Bowtie Pasta with Pesto

Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Baked Ziti

Cold Pasta Salad

Make-your-own Caesar Salad

Ice Cream

-Mega concert time! Thursday May, 26 in the gym.
All musicians should arrive at the school at 6:30. Dress for this concert is shorts, pants, skirts any pattern or color. No jeans or sweatshorts. Tops: any pattern or color. No logos, shoulders covered.
Shoes should be comfortable. The gym can get hot.
Thanks. From Jonica Leuthauser 

-(Repost) 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.

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.

-Interested in playing Football in the Fall? May 25th at 7pm at Ramunto's

Please join the Hanover HS football Coaches and Players as well as Youth Coaches to learn more about the Youth  Football Program through the Hanover Recreation Department at Ramunto's in Hanover on May 25th at 7pm. Pizza will be provided for all students. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Roach at

-Empower Lacrosse Club: Memorial Day Lacrosse Clinic on Monday, May 30, for 3rd-9th grade girls at Sachem Field in Lebanon, NH.  Sarah Martin and Whit Willocks are the lead coaches. Please go to for information. 

-The Hanover Garden Club's ANNUAL PLANT SALE on our 80th Anniversary
Saturday May 21, 2016 9 AM to Noon The Garden Shed @ Pine Knoll Cemetery

-SKETCH COMEDY AND IMPROV ACTING July 18-229:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Instructors: Hollis Westling, Stephen Griswold Price: $180
Join this fun, high-energy team and learn how to perform comedy through improvisational acting as well as creating and performing comedy sketches. Open to middle and high school students of all experiences. You will enjoy developing your comedic timing and acting skills through a number of games and exercises. You will also learn how to write sketches as a group and even perform your sketches at Open Door in front of an audience. For ages 13-18.

-Spaces still available in Writers UN-blocked: A Teen Workshop
TuesdayThursday, Friday for 2 weeks (6 meetings per session)
Session 1: weeks of June 20 and June 27
Session 2: weeks of July 18 and July 25
Session 3: weeks of August 1 and August 8
For students entering grades 7-9 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Instructor: Sarah McPeek
$120 (minimum four participants; maximum eight)
A love of language and literature and a willingness to explore the depths of your creativity are the only requirements for this informal creative writing immersion in all styles and genres. Under the guidance of a passionate, dedicated Kenyon College student of English and writing, young writers will follow fun prompts meant to let their creativity flow, work closely to share, critique, and revise material, and put together a published book of their hard work. Participants can sign up for one session or more as they like. Please contact Sarah McPeek at with participant’s name and the preferred week(s).

-Dartmouth Community Safety Bike and Walking Event May 21, 2016 from 6-8 PM @ RoBo -- Green Key SaturdayDartmouth VIZibility Tent- Safety Lights, DartMOOSE, Action.  Silly Walk (Monty Python) @ Flag Pole Crossing

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