A message from RICHMOND MIDDLE SCHOOL
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. Lacrosse, Mrs. 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.
: 8th Grade Renaissance Festival
: February Vacation Begins
: 7th Grade Health Screening. Contact: School Nurse Abby Pelletier
: Dresden School Board Meeting. 7p, HHS Library
: 8th grade takes Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Contacts: Guidance Dept
: 6th Grade French students participate in Le Grand Concours. Contact: Mindi Goodling
-Auditions for the spring play, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are coming up on from . Students 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 meeting, from 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 email@example.com.
-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 weekand 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.
+Community Calendar and Activities
-Don't miss the Hanover's Got Talent Contest tonight, Feb. 6, fromat 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.
-Get ready for baseball season! Free weekly indoor baseball workouts @ RMS start http://www.hanovernhbaseball.com for more info.– open to Hanover youth in 3rd-6th grades. Visit
-18th ANNUAL OCCOM POND PARTY.at Occom Pond. (weather date )
Join the family fun.....skating, games, rides, parade, music, food and more!
Parking at Dewey and Maynard lots, shuttle from. 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 towww.storrspond.org or call 643 1222 for more information .
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