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090117 RMS Friday Focus

posted Sep 1, 2017, 9:39 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus 090117

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(Photo: Yates)

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that your children had a great start to the new school year! We opened our first day with a whole school effort to create a fun video that supported our opening message of us being "All In This Together". You might have heard about it or even seen the video on our Facebook page. We have the video available here as well. We believe that school should be fun and a place where it can be safe to take risks. Hopefully, we put that on display right away! At the end of the day, three students (Bria, Skyler, and Will) spoke to the school about ways in which we could support one another as a caring community this year. I was impressed by their suggestions which included looking out for one another, appreciating the efforts of others, and taking an active role in supporting each person in our community. I was even more heartened to see evidence of these suggestions throughout my classroom visits and time in the hallways this week. I believe we have the stage set for a fantastic year together.

Along with all of the introductions, team building, rules, guidelines, and procedures introduced this week we also began using several online services connected to the curriculum and our school program. For those who might like an overview or the major applications and their purpose I have listed them immediately following this introduction.

Please do let us know if we can help you with anything. We know that the transition and school year brings new challenges for students and also for their parents. We are happy to help if issues or questions arise. I am so impressed already with the energy and enthusiasm on full display this week from our staff and students. It should be a great year to be at RMS!

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Michael Lepene, Principal
@mlepene

RMS Tools and Applications

Media: At RMS we use a variety of tools to share information and communicate happenings and events.

RMS web site: frms.org

Email: Weekly Friday Focus email and other special announcements.

US Mail and Paper Handouts: Occasional reminders and special notices.

Twitter: Follow us @RMSHanover for highlights and announcements.

Facebook: Follow us at Frances C. Richmond Middle School for selected announcements and highlights.

Google Calendar: Subscribe to view updated event listings.

Information Systems:

PowerSchool Portal: All parents should now have access to the portal via the Single-Sign-On (SSO) letter sent home this summer. The portal can be used to view grades, teacher comments, attendance, and report cards. You can also access InfoSnap via the portal.

InfoSnap: System being used to collect new registration information and also to allow for updating of information. Most of you have used this to provide us with updated information.

Mealtime: System used to manage and monitor lunch account balances. 

For assistance with any of these applications please contact RMS Tech atrmstech@hanovernorwichschools.org.

Learning Management System:

Schoology: Teachers in grades 6-12 are using a single learning management system for posting of homework, assignments, announcements, and course information. We hope that moving to a single platform has simplified things for students and parents who previously had to navigate a myriad of LMS systems. Schoology should work on any device and operating system. We will be reviewing the basics of using the system with students at the start of school and also periodically provide support material for parents interested in learning more about the platform.

Curriculum:

Atlas Rubicon: SAU70 is mapping the K-12 curriculum using an online portal called Atlas. This portal provides an overview of curriculum topics and standards for each subject area and is updated annually. You can access Atlas via the RMS web page or via this link.
 
All School News and Events

-Monday, September 4: Labor Day, No School.

-Friday, September 8: 7th Grade Class Day

-Tuesday, September 19: School Picture Day

-Friday, September 22: RMS Dance

RMS Notes and Information

-RMS Free or Reduced Lunch Application is located on our web site. You may also request a paper application anytime. Please consider completing the form even if you are unsure if you will qualify.

-The 6th Grade Homework Club will begin on Tuesday, September 12th. 6th Grade Homework Club meets every Tuesday in the science room from 3-4 PM. Homework Club is voluntary and all 6th grade students are welcome to come. Some students finish all of their homework during this hour. Mrs. Powers or Mr. LaCrosse will be supervising and there will be students from Hanover High School helping as well. And.... there will be popcorn! 

-RMS After School Study: We are pleased to again offer an after school study program in our library on MondayTuesday, and Thursdays from 300-500p. There is no charge to participate though we will ask that students attend to complete work or study. This program will be facilitated by RMS staff members. The first after school study session will be Tuesday, September 5th. Please contact John Lacrosse if you have any questions.

-Parents of 7th Graders: Next Friday 9/8/17 will be our annual 7th Grade Class Day.  Class Day is designed to celebrate the coming together of students from Norwich, Hanover, and other locations. This year we will be having lunch outside at RMS. Students will be working with their homerooms to plan lunch (some do a potluck some just bring lunches).  Students will leave RMS at 12:20 and walk down to Storrs Pond. We will again be having our annual brownie contest if your son/daughter enjoys baking.  The rest of the afternoon is spent on a variety of team building activities.  We end the day back at RMS with various presentations.  Completion of the walking field trip permission slip is adequate for this activity.  Make sure that you let us know if your son/daughter will need to be picked up early on Friday.  

-Volunteer OpportunitiesPlease check this space for ongoing volunteer requests this year!

Library Assistance: We are looking for volunteers to assist students with checking out books, restocking bookshelves, and other miscellaneous tasks.  Times are very flexible, on any day Monday - Friday.  September and October helpers would be very appreciated!

Dance Chaperones: A reminder that the dance chaperone sign-up sheet was sent home with your child this week.  If you are interested in chaperoning one of our dances, please fill out the form and have your child turn it into his or her homeroom teacher.  Dance dates are:  9/22, 10/27, 3/16, and 5/25.

We appreciate you sharing your time and talents!

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator 603.643.3431 x 2714 kerryartman@hanovernorwichschools.org

-RMS Planners: All 6th grade students received a 2017-2018 student planner this week. We have a limited number of additional planners for sale in the main office for $5.00.

-Annual Notification of 7th Grade Health Curriculum: Letter posted on the RMS web pagehere. Please contact Health Educator Brian Atkinson with any questions.

Community Calendar and Activities

-Robotics club at HACTC: Fourth through eighth grade students are welcome to join the Lego League, which will be held at the HACTC. The first meeting will be on September 12, 2017, at 6:30pm.

-Positive Tracks Capture the Flags Event.

-Empower Lacrosse Club for Girls: Time to register for the fall series at http://empowerlacrosseclub.com.  Whit Willocks is our new Lacrosse Director, we have excellent coaches and Cindy Pierce will be our “Amplify the Healthy Voices” speaker.  First practice is Sept. 10.  Please register by Sept. 8 at the very latest. 

(Photo: Starr)

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