-7th Grade Field Trip to the Hop: The 7th grade English department has added a Shakespeare play unit this year, as a means of introducing the Bard -- his language, history, wordplay, and humor- with a reading and viewing one of his later comedic plays, Twelfth Night, or What You Will. We will take advantage of a performance at the Hopkins Center on Friday, January 15th, of an abridged version by the Filter Theater, a contemporary, musical interpretation of this 400 year old play. Students will depart from RMS at 9:20 and return at 12:05pm for the 1 1/2 hour performance. You can find a link to the performance's study guide here. We encourage you to ask your student about the play they are reading, performing, and viewing movie and this on-stage performance.
-Student Council will be selling new Richmond School clothing/gear next week:
Sweatshirts will be selling for $30 and $25, Sweatpants for $15 and T-Shirts for $10. Cash or checks will be required for purchase. Interested students will have access to more information next week.
-2016 Yearbooks for Sale: The 2016 RMS Yearbook is on sale now through January 29th for just $15. The Comic Book Themed Yearbook will be delivered to students in June 2016. The price of yearbooks ordered after January 29th will be $20, so take advantage of this limited time offer. Yearbooks should be ordered by check only and checks can be made payable to "Richmond Middle School". Please put your child's name in the memo and send checks directly to Yearbook advisor, Liz Powers. Students may stop by Mrs. Powers' office to place an order at any time, and the Yearbook Staff will have a table at lunch on Wednesday, January 13th where student may also place orders.
-8th Grade Baby Pictures for Yearbook Due January 29th: The Yearbook staff is collecting 8th grade baby pictures. Please ensure that 8th grade baby pictures are emailed to Mrs. Powers by January 29th to ensure that the photos are included in the 2016 yearbook. Digital photos may be emailed to Mrs. Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-RMS Afterschool Program Update: Now that we are four months into the 2015/2016 school year we wanted to share some observations about our re-instituted afterschool program. In addition, we felt that it was important to clarify some of our expectations regarding participation in this program. We ask that parents and students who have been attending these sessions or may do so in the future review the following and make sure that they understand all of the guidelines.
- There are many ways to use this program. In addition to homework completion students have had success using the space and time to work on group projects, finding it easier than trying to get together outside of school. As basketball season moves forward, students have used the space to get some work done before an early afternoon game or practice. A number of students meet with HHS tutors during this time while others get 1-1 help from teachers that regularly stop in to check on students that might need some extra help.
- Students are expected to keep themselves occupied for the entire time that they are in the library. This program is not designed to provide participants with things to do. The goal is to complete homework. When that goal is accomplished students are expected to read or engage in other activities that do not distract fellow students. This might include appropriate computer use or quiet board games. Program monitors are expected to help students get started on work but may not know whether a student is “done” or not.
- Once a student signs out, they are expected to leave the school (unless attending a practice or other event). They may not wander around the halls. 5:00pmis the latest for any pick-up. Please make sure that your child is picked up before that time.
- If your son/daughter is routinely finished with work and having a hard time finding things to keep them occupied it might be that they should leave earlier.
- We expect that sessions will runon Monday, Tuesday andThursday. Parents and students should be aware that we generally will not run the program on days before vacations and may cancel at the last minute due to weather.
- Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns about the program please contact RMS guidance counselors Liz Powers or John LaCrosse.
-Seeking a Parent Volunteer for the RMS Camp Fair
The second annual RMS Camp Fair will be held the evening of February 24th in the RMS gym. In an effort to expand the scale of the fair and offer as many camps an invitation to come, we are seeking help from a parent volunteer to help contact camps to come to the event and to be a point person in tracking RSVPs. Please contact Guidance Counselor Liz Powers ASAP if you are interested in helping - email@example.com. This event was a great success last year!
-Seeking Parent Volunteers to Help with RMS Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Who is ready to learn the ropes of organizing a THANK YOU meal for all the amazing teachers and staff at RMS? Let me know! I will help guide the process all the way through. Any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you details.
-Cold temps have arrived. Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather conditions, in case a fire alarm goes off and we have to vacate the building for any length of time.
-8th Grade Families: A message from Hanover High School Principal Justin Campbell:
Dear Parents and Guardians of HHS Students,
I have been thinking about our foreign language offerings a lot lately. I’ve managed, with lots of mental mulling, to distill down two main points. First, our German numbers are quite low relative to other courses at HHS and second our offerings are entirely Eurocentric (Latin, Spanish, French and German are offered).
Recently I recommended to Superintendent Bass that we begin to phase out our German program. The low enrollment, coupled with annual budget requests, that I fully support and work hard to implement, from the Board/community in the 1% - 2% range prompted this thinking. Since my proposal I have had several thoughtful, in-depth conversations and correspondence with community members who support our German program which have caused me to question my thinking.
So, here’s the latest: I have rescinded my recommendation to phase out German. All language programs at HHS will run next year maintaining the status quo while we dig a bit deeper. I have recommended to Superintendent Bass that he form a workgroup to study the language offerings at HHS over the coming year. It’s clear that Norwich and Hanover fully support French and Spanish respectively. But, what else should we be doing to give our students the world class education they so deserve?
I look forward to participating in this effort and will do my best to keep you informed, will write to solicit volunteers and will survey our entire community to gauge support for any option(s) the committee develops.
I hope you have a restful weekend. It looks like it’s going to get a bit icy!
Justin M. Campbell, Principal
-8th Grade Families: Save the date: HHS is hosting a parent info night February 9that 630p. More information to be provided when it becomes available.
-8th Grade Families: HHS is hosting aparent info night for parents of students receiving special education for Thursday, February 11th from 5:30-6:30. Room 137. Refreshments provided. Students and their parents are most welcome.
-Upcoming RMS Chorus in the Community Events:
Trip 1: FRIDAY 1/22/16
7th Grade Girls chorus to Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell St, Lebanon, NH 03766.
We will leave school at 12:10. and leave the Senior Center at 1:15. arrive back at school by 1:30ish.
Trip 2: WEDNESDAY 1/27/16
6th Grade Chorus will travel to Bugbee Senior Center, 262 N Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001
We will leave school at 11:55. and leave the Senior Center at 1:05 to be back at school by 1:30ish.
Trip 3: FRIDAY 1/29/16
7/8 Grade Boys will travel to Kendal at Hanover, 80 Lyme Rd, Hanover, NH 03755.
We will leave school at 12:45 and leave Kendal at 1:45 to arrive back at school by 2:00pm.