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Friday Focus 021315

posted Feb 13, 2015, 8:50 AM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday Focus
Friday, February 13 2015

RMS Ren Fest Art

RMS Ren Fest Fencing

Scences from the 8th Grade Renaissance Festival this week. Stained Class and Fencing Sessions.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Good afternoon! Successful middle schools effectively bridge content areas to provide an interdisciplinary experience for their students. We strive to assist students in developing skills that they can transfer across traditional content boundaries as they explore creative solutions to real-world problems. We believe that our program delivers these experiences through our diverse elective offerings, core curriculum, student supports and the opportunities available to students that allow them to extend their learning. A significant component of this approach are our grade-level collaborative units. Each grade level has designed several experiences for students that we hope provide a balance of fun, creative approaches to learning, and authentic application of the content and skills included. This week our 8th grade students participated in their annual Renaissance Festival. The Renaissance Festival is the culmination of several units of study and includes two-days of mini workshops, presentations, projects and a grade-level feast.

The essential questions guiding this work are:

  1. Why was the Renaissance an important time in world history?
  2. How has the Renaissance shaped the modern world?
  3. What can we learn about Culture through the study and interpretation of Renaissance artifacts?

You can find more about the curriculum by exploring the Renaissance Festival web page and the SAU70 Curriculum Map.

Personally, I could not be more impressed by the students, staff and countless volunteers who make the Festival a reality. This morning I went from speaking Spanish with students in archery to watching students learn fencing technique. From seeing students craft beautiful window displays to enjoying the desserts created by students in the Renaissance kitchen. These are only a sampling of the varied experiences created and delivered by our staff. I want to thank everyone who has participated in creating this, and our other, grade-level interdisciplinary experiences for the benefit of our students. It has certainly been a great way to head into February Break.

Michael Lepene (Sultan Sulyman the Magnificent of the Renaissance Ottoman Empire)

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

Monday, February 16: February Vacation Begins #nohomeworkbreak

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

-RMS Guidance News

8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance

Our annual 8th grade semi formal dance is going to be held on Friday February 27th from 7:00-9:00pm in the Hanover High School cafeteria.  This event is jointly organized by the Richmond Middle School Student Council and the Hanover High School Junior Class.  The dance is open to 8th graders from Richmond, Crossroads and Lyme, no other guests.  

Scheduling for Hanover High School
Remember that pink schedule sheets are due on Wed March 4th.  Be sure to connect with Ms Powers or Mr LaCrosse if you or your child has any questions.

-2014-2015 RMS Parent Survey

We are putting the final revisions on our annual parent survey over the next week. Please look for an invitation to respond to our survey and consider adding your feedback. We are distributing the survey earlier this year so that we might consider your feedback during this school year. We greatly appreciate and value your input and will give it careful consideration. More to come soon and thank you!

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-COOKING CAMP FOR KIDS Feb 16-20: Festivals and feasts abound around the world, and we want to celebrate food and culture! Join the party during your February break for this week-long, full-day camp. The week includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Co-op’s various departments, as well as a nutrition-based scavenger hunt that will develop shopping skills and healthy eating. We’ll travel to the Far East for Chinese New Year and spring rolls, the Middle East for Ramadan and a lesson on making your own flatbread, and the United States for some unique Thanksgiving inspirations that parents may appreciate when next November rolls around, if not sooner. Cooking experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm and an interest in culture is a must! Kids 12 to 15 years of age welcome. Daily meal included. Hands-on Class.

Instructors: Alexis Nelson and Eli Morse

Cost: $225 Non-member, $200 Member, for the week

Multiple-child discount: take 5% off tuition fee.

-HHS Interact Club FundraiserThe Interact Club at Hanover High School, a school branch of the Rotary Club, and the girls who run it are organizing a fundraiser for Saturday, February 21, beginning at 4:30 p.m. It will take place in the Social Studies wing of HHS. They plan to show "The Incredibles" and "Despicable Me". It is $5 for the two movies, and they will also be selling two slices of pizza and a drink for $7. Please consider supporting this effort.