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posted Feb 12, 2016, 12:16 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  02/12/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope that our students and their families all enjoy the February Break. While the snow may be lacking we hope the play, rest, and family time are in abundance.

This week I wanted to point your attention to two upcoming parent education and discussion opportunities. 

First, the Ray Elementary School PTO has organized an evening for parents with local educator, author, and story-teller Cindy Pierce. On Thursday, February 25th, 7p at the Richmond Middle School auditorium Cindy will present on the topic of parenting realities in a hyper-sexualized world.Complete event information can be found here.

Second, CircleUp! is hosting a community discussion of "Teen Stress: Keeping it in Check" onThursday, March 3 from 530-8p at the Montshire Museum. Contributing to the discussion will be school counselors, physicians, researchers, psychologists, parents, and students. Complete event information can be found here.

Finally, I would also like to thank the many parents and guardians as well as community members who have volunteered in support of the RMS Renaissance Festival this week. We rely on the support and because of their generosity we are able to offer these interdisciplinary experiences to our students. The RMS staff has put a ton of energy, planning, and creativity into delivering what we hope is a lasting learning memory for our 8th grade class. My thanks also to the staff who I know will enjoy the break. Our students, as always, were exceptional. They took risks, showed their accumulated knowledge of the Renaissance, and engaged in the activities with enthusiasm. Once again the Renaissance Festival sends us into February vacation on a high note.

(Photo: Lichtenstein)

Enjoy the week!

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

February 15 - February 19 - Winter Vacation (No HW holiday)

Wednesday, February 24 - RMS Camp Fair, 5p-630p, RMS Gym. 

Tuesday, March 1 - Voting in Hanover, Norwich, Dresden.

Friday, March 11 - RMS School Dance, 7-9p, RMS.

Monday, March 14 - Teacher Inservice Day, no school.

RMS Notes and Information

-Biomimicry Project Proposals "Hitting the Road": Four groups of students from 7th grade science will present their Biomimicry Design Proposal to the Dresden School Board and the Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineers.  For their Biomimicry Design Project, students were given the charge of emulating the genius found in nature to help solve or mitigate a human condition or problem.  Students worked in small groups and used the Biomimicry Institute toolbox to explore design, function and strategies found in nature.  They applied their research to their own design process and developed their final design proposal that they presented to class.  The 4 groups chosen are representative of the fine work done by all.   Here is a picture of one of the proposals:

The Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineers are a student led initiative at Dartmouth College and recently presented to the entire 7th grade as part of the 7th grade immersion called the Power of We.  There mission statement follows:

“Collaborative Solutions for Communities Worldwide: DHE is an award-winning, impact-driven group of university students at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. With a wide range of technical projects in developing nations, we strive to encourage development, improve health and reduce environmental impact through sustainable, affordable, socially-conscious solutions for communities in need."

Their collaboration and partnership lies in the spirit that real education happens both in and outside of the classroom and that students will push to achieve higher standards with community interest and an authentic audience.  Mr. Rick Schluntz

-Mock Election Results: 250 RMS students voted in our Mock Primary. We were pleased to see the Valley News coverage of this event. Students impressed with their knowledge of the candidates and the issues. RMS also accurately forecast the FITN primary winners with Sanders and Trump winning in our mock primary. Full coverage in the RMS Goose student newspaper.

-6th Grade Math Club: No math club for sixth graders on Monday 2/22. It will resume 2/29. Mr. Kitzmiller

-8th Grade Parents: 1-1 Program Parent Survey

In an effort to better serve students participating in our 8th Grade 1:1 iPad Program, we are asking parents to take a few minutes to share their observations and thoughts from this year's 1:1 experience. Thanks for taking the time to complete this survey.
Thanks for your ongoing help and support! Marty Warren

-(Repost) Richmond School Camp Fair (click for more info)

Families of K-12 students are invited to check out summer program opportunities at this free community event! Spread the word to all your friends in the Upper Valley. Wednesday, February 24th5-6:30 PMRMS Gymnasium, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH. Questions? contact Liz Powers

Special Recognition
-Congratulations to the RMS MATHCOUNTS team: Zach B, Rose L, Ian N, and Stephen W, for earning a second place finish at the regional competition which qualifies them for the state competition in March. Meg S also finished in the top twelve as an individual competitor. Thank you to Coach Kitzmiller for guiding the team!
-The following students have been accepted into the 2016 Northern District Band/Chorus Festival:

Band: Sophie U - flute, Minnue U - alto sax, Walter S - tenor sax, Rebekah R - trumpet, Helah S - euphonium, Max S - percussion, Judy J - clarinet, Pedro G - clarinet

Chorus: Gunnar L, Anabelle H, Johari A, Ian N, Delaney H.

Congratulations to all of our Band and Chorus students!
Community Calendar and Activities
-The Hanover, Norwich and Dresden School Boards have adopted the 2016-17 school year budgets.  Click here to link to information on budgets.  The Hanover/Dresden schools' annual report is also on the budgets page.  Voting on these budgets will be Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Hanover High School Gym and Tracy Hall.

8th graders learning about Renaissance era medicine from Mr. Harriman and Mrs. Pelletier. (Photo: Yates)

8th graders participating in "jousting" during the Renaissance Festival. (Photo: Lepene)

Renaissance Festival stained glass project. (Photo: Morley-Ploof)

Renaissance dancing in the RMS lobby. (Photo: Yates)




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