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posted Feb 6, 2015, 8:39 AM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday Focus
Friday, February 06 2015

NSCW poster

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week is National School Counseling Week. The week is promoted by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career (ASCA, 2015). The ASCA provides a detailed description of effective middle school counseling models on their web site linked here.

School counselors actively engage in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; work in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; focus on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program (ASCA, 2015). 

At RMS, we are incredibly fortunate to have to talented, caring, dedicated counselors in Mr. Lacrosse and Mrs. Powers. Their contributions to the RMS community are countless and exceed and encompass all of the areas outlined by the ASCA and other professional organizations that develop school counselors. We know from our parent surveys, open houses, student conversations and school meetings that John and Liz are advocates for what our students need across our program and the middle school experience. Further, the work of our counselors directly supports our mission for all students at the Richmond Middle School. 

"It is the task of our middle school to bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood, from dependence to independence, and from understanding the world in a simple and concrete manner to comprehending it in its multifaceted, multilayered configuration (RMS webpage)." 

In addition, this is a great time to acknowledge the work done by the counselors at the Marion Cross School, Ray School and Hanover High School. Counselors across the SAU assist our students in transitions in and out of RMS. They are guest speakers and presenters in classrooms and assemblies. They meet with teaching teams to provide their lens on student strengths and needs. They provide valuable insight and assistance as we work to meet the needs of our student populations.

Please join me in thanking Mr. LacrosseMrs. Powers and all of our SAU 70 counselors when you have the opportunity. I know that the quick note, call or conversation about the positive difference they have made for a child means a great deal. Thank you for recognizing the important work they do.

Michael Lepene

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

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

Monday, February 16: February Vacation Begins

Tuesday, February 24: 7th Grade Health Screening. Contact: School Nurse Abby Pelletier

Tuesday, February 24: Dresden School Board Meeting. 7p, HHS Library

Wednesday, February 25: 8th grade takes Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Contacts: Guidance Dept

Thursday, February 26: 6th Grade French students participate in Le Grand Concours. Contact: Mindi Goodling

+RMS Notes and Information

-Auditions for the spring playThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are coming up on Wednesday, February 25th from 2-4pmStudents will sign up for a 5-minute time slot ahead of time and prepare short scenes from the play. Copies of scenes, audition sheets, and lots more information will be available at the pre-audition meetingWednesday February 11th from 2-2:30 pm in Ms. Groby's room. To get started, here are some frequently asked questions about auditions with everything you need to know. A tentative rehearsal schedule and audition sheets are also available. Please check the rehearsal schedule to determine if this time commitment will be a good fit for your child! 

For questions, contact Claire Groby at

-Lost and Found: Please check the lost and found (located outside the auditorium) before February Break. Unclaimed items may be donated at that time. Thank you!

-The RMS Renaissance Festival is coming up next week Feb 12th and 13th and we are looking for volunteers to help with the feasting and festivities.

Both half-day and full-day volunteers are welcome! This year activities will include: archery, stained glass, renaissance cooking, fencing, music, commedia dell'arte and more. Volunteers are needed to help with the activities, keeping kids organized and setting up for the Great Feast.
Please email Debby Cromwell, School Volunteer Coordinator, if you can help:

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Don't miss the Hanover's Got Talent Contest tonight, Feb. 6, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hanover High School auditorium.  $5 for students, $7 for adults.  All proceeds benefit the March Intensive Scholarship Fund.  Great door prizes!   

-Howe Library Announcement: Kate Schaefer will be leading Teen Improvisation Workshops on Thursday, February 19.

There are 2 offerings one for grades 6-8 and one for grades 9-12.

-Get ready for baseball season! Free weekly indoor baseball workouts @ RMS start Feb 24 – open to Hanover youth in 3rd-6th grades. Visit for more info.

-18th ANNUAL OCCOM POND PARTY.  Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 12noon to 3pm at Occom Pond.  (weather date Sunday)

Join the family fun.....skating, games, rides, parade, music, food and more!

Parking at Dewey and Maynard lots, shuttle from 11:30am to 4pm.  No drop off/pick up at the pond.  access limited to local traffic and handicap.

-Storrs Pond Recreation is now accepting registration for swim lessons and general membership for the upcoming summer season. Please go or call 643 1222 for more information .