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posted Feb 27, 2015, 10:55 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Feb 27, 2015, 1:35 PM ]


Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, February 27 2015

indoor climbing team photo

RMS Indoor Rock Climbing Team Photo

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

2015-2016 School Budget Voting:

Voters of Hanover will be voting on the schools' budgets on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Hanover High School Gymnasium. Voters of Norwich will be voting on the Marion Cross School and Dresden budgets the same day at Tracy Hall.  To see sample ballots, the schools' annual report and other information, please click here.  To request an absentee ballot, please see Absentee Voting

Additional budget information can be located on the SAU 70 Budget page or in the Budget booklets available at all SAU schools and offices.

Finally, if you have additional questions regarding the proposed budget for the Richmond Middle School please do not hesitate to contact me at either 603 643 6040 or through email at It would be my pleasure to help.

2014-2015 Parent and Guardian Survey:

Thank you for completing our survey. We ask that you complete the survey by Friday, March 13th. Additional information provided below and in a previous message. 

7th Grade Civil War Soldier Project (CWSP):

Seventh grade students will be learning about connections between the town of Norwich, Vermont and the American Civil War by researching a soldier and putting him into the context of the country's most deadly war. Questions guiding this interdisciplinary experience include:
  • How can we understand history by learning more about our own community?
  • How can we use primary and secondary sources to better understand U.S. history and the world in which we live?
  • How do historians tell good stories based on factual evidence?

The CWSP will kick-off on Monday with a presentation from a local historian and breakout sessions that include:

  • Intro to Biography
  • How to read Census sources and Ancestry
  • Exhibition Ideas
  • Effective Note-Taking Templates
  • Looking at the Military Service Record
  • Introduction to the RMS project resources and NH/VT Online Resources.

We'll update you on the project, the experience and the fun in coming editions of the Friday Focus.

Michael Lepene 

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

Monday, March 2: 7th Grade Kicks Off their Interdisciplinary Civil War Soldier Project

Tuesday, March 3: Voting in Hanover and Norwich

Thursday, March 5NAEP testing for randomly selected 8th grade students.

Friday, March 6: RMS School Dance, RMS, 7-9p.

Wednesday, March 11: RMS Camp Fair, RMS Cafeteria, 5-630p

Friday, March 13: Last day to complete the annual RMS Parent/Guardian Survey.

+RMS Notes and Information

-First Annual Richmond Middle School Camp Fair
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:00-6:30 PM, Richmond MS Cafeteria 
Hosted by RMS Guidance, students and parents from all over the Upper Valley are invited to drop in to meet with representatives from camps from all over NH and VT to explore summer camp opportunities of all different kinds.

-2014-2015 RMS Parent Survey 

The Dresden School Board, in conjunction with the staff at the Richmond Middle School, would like feedback from parents and guardians so that we can celebrate our successes and identify opportunities for improvement. 

Please take 15-20 minutes to complete ONE SURVEY FOR EACH OF YOUR CHILDREN who attend the Richmond Middle School. You should answer the questions based upon your child's experience this year. The results will be completely anonymous.

Staff will analyze the results of this survey over the remainder of this school year. We'll use the results to help guide our ongoing work and discussions and also to aid in setting our building goals for the 15-16 school year. 

A summary of responses will be provided through the school web site. In addition, we will keep you up-to-date on our resulting work through the Friday Focus newsletter.

This survey will remain open until Friday, March 13, 2015.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here: RMS Parent/Guardian Survey 2014-2015 

or entering this url into your browser:

Paper copies are also be available in the RMS Main Office.

Thank you for your time and feedback. We look forward to reviewing and discussing your contributions.

-2015-2016 Hanover/Dresden Calendar Approved: The Dresden and Hanover School Boards approved a 15-16 school calendar at their respective meetings this week. You can find a link to the approved version here or on the SAU70 web page.

-8th Grade Placement Letters and Hanover High School Course Selections Sheets

Hanover High School placement letters should be arriving for parents of 8th graders any day now. Please look for these in the mail in the next couple days. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Powers or John LaCrosse. Please be sure to work with your 8th grade child to complete the pink course selection sheet for Hanover High School. These Course Selection Sheets are due to RMS Guidance March 4th.

-Projected 8th Grade Night and Trip: With three snow days so far this year our projected last day of school has moved to Wednesday, June 17th. With that date in mind the last week of school would look like the following for our 8th grade class:

Monday, June 15: 8th Grade Class Night

Tuesday, June 16: 8th Grade Class Trip

Wednesday, June 17: No School for 8th graders, Half-Day for 6th and 7th grade students.

These dates are tentative pending additional snow days. However, we wanted to keep you informed of our current plan. More details about the last week of school will be available in the coming weeks.

-RMS Indoor Rock Climbing Team climbing to new heights: The RMS Indoor Rock Climbing Team is organized and led by Jeff Low. Twelve climbers have been practicing twice a week and competing in biweekly competitions since November.  Members of the team have made steady progress in their technique, strength, and stamina to climb more challenging routes.  The team is currently in first place in the Eastern division of the Middle School League, and they will be competing at the VT State Championship on March 7th.   

Team members include: Serena K, Lizzy F, Hannah C, Christina C, Lena N, Meg S, Walter S, Piper AE, Benton D, Mark RD, Max L, and Noah K.

​Congratulations and good luck to our climbers and Coach Low.

-RMS Safety Committee Notice: In this bitterly cold weather, students should come to school dressed appropriately for the temperatures.  We do not plan fire drills in the winter, but as you may have heard, the fire alarm was accidentally tripped at the High School earlier this week. In this instance, students and staff were able to quickly return to the building thanks to the rapid response by HFD and the advanced planning by the HHS staff. 

We hope and trust that a building evacuation will not happen here in similar weather conditions but cannot guarantee it, and even a few minutes outside would not be good in these temperatures.

-WCAX Renaissance Festival: Many of you have seen the special coverage of our 8th grade Renaissance Festival on WCAX as part of their 30 schools in 30 days project. For those who have not yet seen the clip you can find it here.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Dartmouth's Graduate Women in Science and Engineering are pleased to announce the third annual Science Day at Dartmouth, to take place March 28th from 10am-3pm on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH. Dartmouth graduate students in a variety of fields invite you to their labs for fun, interactive activities and demonstrations. Come meet real researchers-in-training, learn about their work, and find out why they love what they do! Science Day activities are geared toward students in 6th-9th grade, but everyone is welcome. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Visit for details and to sign up to attend.

NCCT SHOW 42nd STREET: The NCCT Teen show is the weekend. Over 60 talented Teens from the upper valley are performing the musical 42nd Street at the Lebanon Opera House. Go back to the 1930's, enjoy the acting, singing, dancing and tapping of a story of putting on a glitzy 1930's Big Broadway Show. Tickets on sale at the box office, online or at the door.
show times: Friday night , February 27th 7:30Saturday February 28th 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday March 1, at 4:00 pm.
Ticket costs for performances $15 per adult, students and seniors $10'
Saturday matinee - students and seniors $6.
Come out, see the show and Shuffle Off to Buffalo

-Friday Nights for Teen Tinkerers at Montshire Museum

6:30 to 8 p.m.
February 27 is Stop Motion Animation: Use one of Montshire's iPads or bring your own and make your own unique stop motion film.
March 27 is Chemistry of Color: Experiment with inks, dyes and unique methods for changing the color of things.

rms ren fest stained glass window

"Stained Glass Window" created during the Renaissance Festival by RMS 8th grade students.