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Friday Focus 022616

posted Feb 26, 2016, 11:17 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  02/26/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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 the Hanover High School Gym and Tracy Hall.

Copies of the budget mailers are also available on the SAU budget page linked above.

I have included a photo of a slide containing the budget summary for Richmond Middle School that was shared at the Dresden School Board annual meeting last night. It provides an overview of increases and decreases by category. You will see the biggest increase in the area of Special Education and the largest decreases in Operations and Plant Management along with School Administration.

If you have any questions about the RMS school budget or need help finding resources please let me know. Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

Tuesday, March 1 - SAU 70 Hanover/Norwich School Voting, HHS and Tracy Hall 7a-7p.

Thursday, March 3 - CircleUp! meeting, Montshire Museum, 530p.

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

Monday, March 14 - Inservice Day, No School for Students.

Wednesday, March 23 - 7th Grade Civil War Night, RMS, 6-7p.

RMS Notes and Information

-7th Grade students and staff attended a presentation from "Grassroots Soccer" this Monday as part of their "Power of We" series and project. We heard about the origins of Grassroots Soccer, HIV education and awareness, and the role that individuals and groups can play in making a difference. The presentation was part of a series intending to inspire action and community action for our students. 

-Information for Parents/Guardians of 8th grade students and FYI for future 8th grade families

+Hanover High School Foreign Languagedepartment coordinator Brian Glenney delivered an overview of language options at HHS for our 8th grade class this Weds. Here is a link to the Powerpoint that accompanied his talk.

+Parent/Guardians of 8th grade students: HHS has sent out placement information via email to students and parents today. Please contact the appropriate HHS Department Coordinator if you did not receive the information or have questions.

+8th Grade Parents are reminded that the pink course selection sheets for Hanover High School are due back to RMS no later than Thursday, March 3rd. By this weekend you should receive placement decisions from Hanover High School by mail for math, science, and foreign language. If you have any questions about filling out the forms, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Powers or John LaCrosse in the RMS Guidance Office. Students should return their forms (signed by parents and students) to their homeroom teachers. As a reminder, copies of the forms and information are available on the guidance website.

Map of student obstacle course from PE class with Ms. Patch. The elective course finishes up with an all-school assembly and competition next month that will also feature a teacher team. More on that in a future FF edition. (Photo: Patch)

Special Event
-The exhibition "Math to Touch" (Mathe sum Anfassen), sponsored by the Goethe Institute and presented by the HHS German Program, will be on display this week in the Richmond Middle School this week. Math classes and other interested students will visit the display this week. Parents are also welcome to come, play and have fun with the interactive, problem-solving exhibition pieces. We ask that visiting parents stop by the office and sign in before heading to the library.

Community Calendar and Activities

-Circle Up! invites all parents and their teens to participate in a community conversation on creating a less stressful, more balanced environment for our families.  The forum will be held onThursday, March 3, 2016 at the Montshire Museum, Norwich VT. Contributing to our discussion will be students, school counselors, teachers, physicians, researchers, psychologists, and parents. This is an evening of student skits, honest discussion, and an informative presentation by Diane Guarino, Hanover High School's Health Educator and adviser to the Suicide Awareness Committee.

A light dinner (free) will be served beginning at 5:30 pm.  Please contact Angie Leduc at or603-653-6863 if you have any questions about this event. We are excited to offer an event created by and for Hanover/Norwich/Dresden students and their families.  We hope you can join us!

-Montshire Museum Welcomes New Families

Have you moved to the Upper Valley in the past few years? Are you interested in getting to know the community? If so, you are invited to a gathering at the Montshire Museum of Science to meet one another, enjoy family-friendly refreshments, and learn more about the Museum. Sunday, March 63-4:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Community Room, 1 Montshire Road, Norwich, VT. 802-649-2200

Pre-register at

-Special Education Workshop for parents and professionals with all levels of experience with IEPs and Section 504 plans. To be presented by Philip Eller, Executive Director of the Special Needs Support Center. Pizza will be provided! Happening 3/1/16 6-8pmat the Kilton Library Community Room, and 3/9/16 6-8pm at River Valley Community College in Claremont, NH. Q & A session at the end. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jillian Burdick at Child & Family or Philip Eller at SNSC

-Hanover Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, March 3rd: Program offers opportunity to meet local officers and discuss community issuesThe Hanover Police Department would like to invite the local community to take their Thursday morning coffee break at the Hanover Inn while getting to know some of Hanover’s officers.  The Police Department has recently added some new faces to their roster and these officers are looking forward to meeting the citizens that they serve.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 3rd from 8am-10am in the Hayward Room, Hanover Inn, 2 East Wheelock Street, Hanover.  Contact Officer Nenia Burns with questions:

-Special Education Workshop for parents and professionals with all levels of experience with IEPs and Section 504 plans. To be presented by Philip Eller, Executive Director of the Special Needs Support Center. Pizza will be provided! Happening 3/1/16 6-8pm at the Kilton Library Community Room, and 3/9/16 6-8pm at River Valley Community College in Claremont, NH. Q & A session at the end. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jillian Burdick at Child & Family or Philip Eller at

-Music from Mr. Hall: A year ago I challenged myself to write, record, and release a new song every month under the name Extraneous Solutions. And now you can hear the album "Solving for X" on bandcamp. Over an hour of original compositions representing a year in songwriting. Bandcamp is a place where musicians can release music on their terms and allow fans to name their price for the music. Enjoy! Josh 




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