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120916 Friday Focus

posted Dec 9, 2016, 1:19 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  12/09/2016


Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

+First this week: A note from RMS Technology Coordinator Marty Warren.

"To celebrate National Computer Science Week, Richmond Middle School Students have been participating in the Hour of Code which is an annual event designed to introduce students all over the world to computer science and “to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.”

Each day of the week, coding events were held in the RMS Lobby during lunch for all grades.  

Monday: Students had an opportunity to use iPads to program “Ollie” and “Dot” robots through mazes.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Students worked through coding challenges on and Scratch websites.

Thursday: Art Teacher Luke Eastman demonstrated how to program and print using a 3D printer.

Friday:  Hanover High School Student Morgan Meliment shared an app he developed to help improve scores in an app called “Dotts”.

Our goal was to have every student participate in at least an hour of programming.  Thanks to all for a great week!"

+Volunteer Opportunity? We are looking for a few parents who might like to interview our finalists for the RMS Front Desk Receptionist position. Julia Wybourne will be retiring at the end of the month. We would love some parent input on who to select and invite interested parents to join us on Wednesday from 930-1020. Let me know if you might be able to participate!

+Two Surveys: Please consider completing two very short surveys to help our Sustainability and Web Design Committees. 

SAU70 is embarking on a re-design of the school and SAU web pages. Please add your input to the conversation! Click here for the survey.

The RMS Sustainability Committee is setting priorities and goals for their continued work. Please add your input to the conversation! Click here for the survey.


Michael Lepene 

All School News and Events (RMS web site has GoogleCal with events and dates/times)

Friday, Dec 19 - RMS Spirit Day "Ugly Sweaters"

Wednesday, Dec 21 - Rock Show Assembly in the afternoon.

Thursday, Dec 22 - Monday Jan 2: December Vacation. NoHWHoliday

Thursday, Jan 5 - Q3 Elective Arena Scheduling

Monday, Jan 16 - MLK Day, No School

RMS Notes and Information

-The 7th Grade Power of We Project had random acts of kindness be the team focus for October.  Each homeroom decided on an act of kindness and participated in choosing and performing a kind act.  The Power of We project is a year-long effort to develop community and engagement in our students. In addition to "Acts of Kindness" in October, the 7th grade has had experiences in themes including "Appreciation for Summer Staff", "Gratitude" and "Building Bridges with Our Community". 

-SAU 70 School Closing Procedures Document.

-Several parents have expressed interest in subscribing to our Public SchoolGoogleCal of events. Here is the ics link:

-We are looking for a few more volunteers to bring in muffins for our upcoming RMS 7th Grade Science Cafe on Coconut Crabs next Wednesday, 12/14.  If you would like to volunteer, please see the sign-up sheet for details.  THANK YOU! Kerry Artman, SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator

-Congratulations to all of the RMS musicians involved in the past two weeks of concerts. Terrific performances by all!

-Congratulations to the 6 RMS musicians who will be going to the Honor's Band Festival this year! We are so proud of Sophie U, Max Z, Minnue U, Henry A, Jessie H and Rebekah R. 

-The 6th grade homework club will meet Tuesday 12/13 in the science room from 3-4 PM. This will be the last meeting of 2016. We will resume the Tuesday after vacation.

-Student Council: Toys for Tots Drive has been extended over the weekend.  Monday will be the last day to turn in an item.  Let's make sure that we have a bunch of things to add to our already considerable donation.

Friday the 16th is our annual "Ugly Sweater Day"

-"She's the First" Dinner: 8th Grade Leadership Class will be putting on a fundraising dinner this Wednesday from 5:30-7:00pm to benefit "She's the First" an organization that promotes educational opportunities for girls around the world.  Hanover High School has an active group that has been supporting girls in Nepal.  Representative from the high school will be here to talk about their work.  

Join us for pasta, salad, homemade garlic rolls and delicious desserts.  Wylie and Eloise will be gracing us with a couple of songs. Anyone is welcome!

-Schoology and Powerschool will likely be down for most of the December Break. The SAU technology staff will be doing necessary upgrades and server work. Students, parents, and teachers should not plan to access these applications. At RMS this is a No Homework Holiday period.

-(Repost)Afterschool Time: With the start of the winter sports season we are finding groups of students hoping to stay at RMS after school until their practice begins sometimes at 4p, 5p, or later. We don't have after school supervision available and ask that students not expect to stay in the lobby for this time. On M, T, and TH students with homework are welcome to join our after school study program in the library. Thank you for your assistance with this.

Community Calendar and Activities 

-The Dartmouth Mathematics Department is sponsoring a Essay Contest on "Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics."  We are very excited to share this program with our community and hope to receive some outstanding essays. 
This contest is open to ALL 6-8 and 9-12 students in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, including home schooled students.  The grand prize will be an iPad for each of the two age groups. Depending on the quantity and quality of essays there could be additional prizes. 
To go directly to the website for all the details go to: 

-Go holiday shopping while Red Cross Certified Babysitters watch your 2-6 year olds. For more information and to sign up see:

-The snow is here and Whaleback Mountain is hosting an afterschool ski program on Tuesday afternoons starting on January 10th.  Students can take lessons or just come out and ski.  It's a great way to enjoy the snow and the outdoors with friends. If you're interested, please sign up by Friday, December 16th with the link below or pick up a form in the Main Office.  Questions may be directed to the RMS Whaleback Ski Coordinator, Marty Warren at

-Hope for Haiti Club will be partnering with Margaritas Restaurant in Lebanon, NH to fundraise for a school in Bois D'Avril Haiti.

We would like to invite you to order a meal at Margaritas on December 10thSaturday, from which we will receive 20% of the profit from that meal. This event is ALL DAY. Tell your friends and family of this worthy cause. 

We have just returned from Haiti, where we finished painting the first school building of several. Please help us build the second one! 

-Congratulations Hanover!  The League of American Bicyclists has designated Hanover as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level and Dartmouth College as a Bicycle Friendly University at the Gold level.  This award is presented only to communities and Universities with strong commitments to bicycling.  The Town should be very proud of this accomplishment.  A special thanks to the Hanover Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee for continuing to advocate for improvements to the Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian infrastructure.  (Click here for link to the Hanover Bike Friendly Community Report Card)


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