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posted Jan 30, 2015, 12:43 PM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday Focus
Friday, January 30 2015

lemonade sign

lemonade cups

Students enjoy fresh-squeezed lemonade at Friday dismissal.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week students and staff at RMS engaged in discussions of stereotyping and perspective-taking through an all-school activity organized by Mrs. Powers and Mr. Lacrosse. Students involved in both the leadership course and student council led group discussions and facilitated an activity in mixed-grade groups on Thursday

The Thursday activity provided an opportunity for students to better understand how stereotypes and generalizations are formed and the ways they influence thinking. Students considered how categorizing people can lead to assumptions that prevent people from seeing one another as individuals. We hope that all involved increased their understanding of the multiple perspectives that exist in any situation and the potential of one's perspective to influence perceptions and behavior.

Using an activity adapted from curriculum created by the Anti-Defamation League, students studied and created stories about lemons. Then in their small groups they shared these stories which included name, age, history, place of birth, family group and other variables. Once all of the lemon stories had been told all of the lemons were placed in the middle and group was asked to try and match the lemons to the stories. A discussion followed with questions like:

-Given the short time you have "known" one another, what feelings have you developed toward your lemon?

-In what ways did your feelings about lemons as a group change, once you got to know your lemons personally?

-What are the conditions that make it possible to see someone as an individual?

-What stereotypes, if any, emerged in the lemons' life stories?

-Why do you think stereotypes are harmful?

Certainly, using lemons added a bit of fun and we hope made what can be a challenging topic more accessible for students. This effort is part of expanded discussions of topics of diversity and community that we hope to introduce this year.

Finally, a thank you to Josh Hall and the RMS Choruses for their wonderful tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. through song and quotes at our Wednesdayschool assembly. All present were challenged to use the power that each of has to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to celebrating a Patriots Super Bowl win on Monday.

Michael Lepene

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

Friday, January 30: Q2 Report Card sent home and available on the Portal. 

Thursday, February 5: Grade 8 Parent Night. 630p. HHS.

Thursday, February 12 and  Friday, February 13: 8th Grade Renaissance Festival

Monday, February 16: February Vacation Begins

+RMS Notes and Information

-HHS Meeting NoticeFebruary 5, 2015Thursday, 6:30 Grade 8 Parent Night, Coordinators present 9th grade programs/curriculum.

-edX Course with Dartmouth College: RMS science teacher Rick Schluntz is enrolling in Dartmouth's new edX course, Introduction to Environmental Science. Mr. Schluntz invites any interested students to join him in the experience of taking a college-level course (not for credit) through the edX platform. He will organize a weekly course advisory meeting if there is interest. You can learn more about this opportunity here.

-Report cards are available through the student portal.

How to retrieve your student’s 2nd Quarter Report Card
  1. Sign into the parent PowerSchool portal at
  1. Provide your username and password
  2. Navigate to the left most panel and select Report Card and verify that you have selected the Q2 tab:

-This year's school play will be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Information about auditions will be coming soon.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-7th/8th Grade Lacrosse: It’s time to sign-up for 7/8 grade Hanover boys and girls lacrosse! New players welcome.  The Friends of Hanover Lacrosse website,, will open February 2 for registration.  Registration will close on February 23.  The 7/8 grade teams play in the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association and are managed by Friends of Hanover Lacrosse.  (5/6 Lacrosse sign-ups will be through Hanover and Norwich Rec. and in the early spring.)  Please direct questions about the girls team to Marianne Doyle ( and the boys team to Jeff Reed (  Think spring!