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060917 RMS Friday Focus

posted Jun 9, 2017, 10:52 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 060917

Taking the learning outside during a break in the rain this week. (Photo: Lepene)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our Elective Showcase and 6th Grade Open House last night. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to chat with teachers and experience a bit of our program. The Empty Bowls dinner was wonderful as well!

We would like to congratulate the Hanover High School class of 2017 as they graduate this evening. We are incredibly proud of all that our former students have accomplished and wish them the best of luck in their future adventures.

The last school dance of the year is next Friday, June 16 from 700-900p here at RMS. This dance has a slightly different format and if weather allows it will be held outside. Additional details can be found below.

Finally, I thought I might give you a sample of what I saw visiting classrooms today. While summer is coming it isn't here yet!

  • I had the pleasure of seeing two ISearch presentations in Mr. Ivanoski's 8th grade English classroom. The ISearch project involves in-depth research and interviewing, a formal research paper, and a presentation. Today I saw a student present on Homelessness in the Upper Valley and another on Mushroom Collection and Agriculture. In each ISearch presentation I am able to attend I come away impressed with the incredible amount of knowledge the students collect on a topic they are passionate about. This is sometimes most evident in the question and answer period following their slides.
  • I joined Mrs. Balch's Geometry classes for their second day of a cardboard chair design and build challenge. Students are putting their math knowledge to the test through application and ultimately authentic testing. At this phase students were busy prototyping and creating blueprints. I'm excited to see what they engineer over the next few days. The project will culminate with testing (I get to sit in them!) and judging by 7th grade math students.
  • Finally, I enjoyed an astronomy talk with Mr. Stott's science class this afternoon. Students were challenged to consider different characteristics of our solar system ranging from physical characteristics of planets to the many ways one could die on Venus. Some great discussions about looking for evidence of life in space were going on as I left.
  • Lots more exciting work going on but I was only able to visit three today. I hope you hear some similarly exciting stories from your kids.

Have a great weekend!

Michael Lepene, Principal
All School News and Events

June 16 - RMS School Dance

June 19 - 8th Grade Class Trip

June 20 - 8th Grade Class Night and Last Day

June 20 - 7th Grade Power of We Projects/Make A Difference Day

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades to Storrs Pond, AM

June 22 - 6th and 7th Grades Last Day, Noon Dismissal

RMS Notes and Information

-Children Helping Children Dance

Friday June 16th 2017 7:00-9:00pm
Richmond Middle School Field
(rain location gym/cafe/lobby) 
The annual Children Helping Children dance is designed to raise money for groups that work with younger people around the world.  This year all funds will be donated to “Circus Zambia”.  Circus Zambia supports people in Zambia who are seeking to attend school to learn circus arts.  The group is made up of a wide range of Upper Valley adults and young people many of whom have traveled to Africa to train interested people.  

Fundraising at this event happens in several ways:

  • Dance Admission ($5)
  • Special activities and concessions.  Students will purchase $1 tickets which can be used for food, dunk tank, raffle, obstacle course water balloon contest and other games.
  • Pie Contest.  At the end of the dance we will again be “pieing” five students who raise the most money during the week.  There will also be a staff pie in the face at the end of the day on Friday.

Other activities at the dance will include basketball on the outdoor court, soccer on the field, and a dj spinning music. Students are expected to stay at the dance for the entire time unless they are picked up early by a parent/guardian or the student has written permission to leave with another adult. Regular RMS dance guidelines apply. Hanover Police will be at the dance assisting with traffic.

-The 7th graders will all be participating in 7th grade Make a Difference Day on Tuesday, June 20.  Groups will be working at RMS and throughout the community working on trails, helping at the Humane Society, helping celebrate International Refugee Day, and more.   All 7th graders who will be leaving RMS for our 7th Grade Make a Difference Day will be bringing a permission slip home on Wednesday.  We'd like them to be returned by Friday.

-Students have now received their DRAFT 2017-2018 schedules. We are looking forward to Arena Scheduling on Monday June 12th for Quarter 1 of 2017-2018. If your child has a question about their schedule, we encourage them to seek out their guidance counselor, Mrs. Powers or Mr. LaCrosse, or Associate Principal Yates. 

-From the Volunteer OfficePlease help RMS earn state recognition by emailing me your volunteer hours from this school year.  RMS has won this award every year for over three decades.  Any volunteer activity for any amount of time on behalf of RMS counts!    

If you already recorded your hours in the volunteer log book in the main office, you do not need to send them again via email.  

THANK YOU to all of our volunteers!  Everyone's efforts truly make a difference to our students and staff!

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator

-RMS Library Stats for 2016-2017

-(Repost)Lost and Found: Please remind your child to check the lost and found. Items that are not claimed by the end of school will be donated over the summer. Thank you!

-(Repost)Ending the school year early? Please make sure you notify the RMS office in writing. Email can be sent to Thank you.

-(Repost) 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

-(Repost)Dear Town Residents,

We are a group of 7th grade students attending the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, and we are going to visit a group of refugee children at the International Institute of New England, a group that resettles refugees in the Manchester/Nashua area. We are collecting items as the refugees come with very little belongings. Please deliver the goods to the lobby of the Richmond Middle School by Friday, June 16. The school is open between 8-3, Monday-Friday. Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions, please email our teachers: or

Here is a list of the items we are collecting:
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Large Trash Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Deodorant
  • Handsoap
  • Market Basket and Wal-Mart gift cards
Gently Used
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Bedsheets/Comforters
  • Kitchen Ware
  • Backpacks
Community Calendar and Activities
-It is the time of year again for ALL Together to survey the community regarding substance use in the Upper Valley. You may review (and take) the survey by clicking here:
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm 
Tuition: $85 Before July 1 2017 and $100 After July 2 2017:
Checks Payable to FOHF Send Check and Registration to : FOHF PO Box 5485 Hanover, NH 03755
Registration form can be found at:
-The Hanover Improvement Society will open Storrs Pond Recreation Area to all families free of charge on Wednesday, June 21 after school dismissal. Let's celebrate the start of summer!  We look forward to seeing you there.

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