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posted Jun 2, 2014, 4:34 AM by   [ updated Jun 2, 2014, 4:34 AM by Michael Lepene ]
1. Important Cafe Notice: On June 1, negative charging will be suspended, thus 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 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.

2. 2014 Yearbooks for Sale - There are about 40 Yearbooks left for sale on a first come, first serve basis. Students who would like to purchase one should bring a $20 check made out to "RMS" to the Yearbook Advisor, Ms. McBain.

3. On June 2nd & 3rd, our 7th grade students will participate in the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP). All 6th grade students at RMS and MCS took the DRP in the spring of 2013. The DRP is a measurement system that helps teachers understand students’ reading comprehension ability, monitor students’ reading progress, and determine the efficacy of curricula and interventions. The DRP will be administered during double period English classes, which will allow for a relaxed, natural setting and the opportunity to move on to classwork when the assessment is complete. The test takes approximately 45 minutes and is computer-based.

On June 10th, our 6th graders will take the reading portion of an assessment called Track My Progress. The test takes approximately 30 minutes, is computer-based, and will be administered as part of the school day. Some of you may have heard of this system recently, as it has been used at the Marion Cross School for several years, was introduced at Ray Elementary School this spring, and was highlighted in an article in the Valley News last month. Track My Progress measures student progress toward Common Core State Standards, provides teachers with specific feedback on individual students and groups, and provides data for as many years as a student has taken the assessment. You can learn more about TMP by visiting the website:

4. Colors Day: Our annual Colors Day is next Friday, June 6th. Colors Day gives our students and staff a way to celebrate the end of the year with fun, competitive field day. All students and staff are assigned to a Color Team. Part of the tradition is a special lunch package. For many of us, it is the best day of the year, a wonderful opportunity for the school to come together and have fun.

If you are able to help with the serving of lunch on that day, please contact John LaCrosse at Thanks!

5. Thank you to all of the families who contributed raffle items and food for the Teacher appreciation lunch last Friday. It was a great success and the staff members were very grateful for the generosity and kindness shown to them. Please remember to pick up your serving dishes in the main office. Sheryl Stotland and Carolyn Higgins

6. 8th grade students who submitted a hard copy of their baby picture are encouraged to stop by Ms. McBain's office to pick it up.

1. The results of the 2014 Parent & Guardian Survey have been posted on the RMS webpage. The direct link is:

2. Garlic Mustard Pulling Party, June 5, 3-4pm. Students and parents -- the RMS property needs your help to make sure garlic mustard does not invade the forest. Join us for our third year of control efforts to get rid of this invasive species that out competes native plants and negatively impacts forest biodiversity. Bring gloves and footwear appropriate for muddy conditions and meet us outside behind the cafeteria. Contact: Gail McPeek, Hanover Conservancy,

For more information on invasive plants and local efforts visit:

3. Infinite Laser Tag Event
What: Outdoor Laser Tag benefit for The Haven
When: June 8, 1-4pm at Storrs Pond; meet at the main area/near the swings and field
Cost: $5 per person. You may also donate money and or food for The Haven.
Who: 5th to 8th grade! (Please don't bring younger siblings)
Organizers: RMS Student Quinn Renshaw and Infinite Laser Tag

4. From the School Volunteer Office:
Please send me a message with the approximate number of hours you have volunteered on behalf of Richmond School this year. Any activity and any amount of time can be counted. The information will help us to qualify for a Blue Ribbon Achievement Award that recognizes NH schools with outstanding volunteer commitment. Richmond School has won this award for 32 years in a row!

Thank you for volunteering in so many ways this year. Your efforts are very much appreciated and really do make a difference to Richmond School students and programs.  Debby Cromwell, School Volunteer Coordinator

1. Middle School Summer Tech Camp - June 23-27
Hartford Tech Center is offering a weeklong camp for students currently in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Each day, students will cycle through two different and unique hands-on projects with a team of 10 other students.

Information on this year's camp is as follows:
June 23-June 27th
Fee: $25 (Scholarships are available)

Projects to include: Propeller building and races; Selfie-portraits (Photoshop); Building a mural; Baking nutritiously; Welding project; iPad fun and good Netiquette; Circuit building; Braiding and Color theory; Testing our 5 senses; Automotive anatomy

Applications can be found online. Please see the brochure below:

2. Lightning Soccer Club Tryouts!
Tryouts will be held for U8-U19 boys and girls competitive travel teams between June 9th - June 20th, 2014 at Huntley Meadows in Norwich. For directions, dates, and details and to pre-register, go to Hope to see you there!
Summer Camp Openings: Lightning Soccer Club runs 5 different summer camps in July and August. All camps still have openings. Please see our Camp Page for more information: Thanks!