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posted Mar 20, 2015, 11:18 AM by Michael Lepene


Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, March 20 2015

science group - edx

Dartmouth EdX course participants from RMS organized by Mr. Schluntz.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for taking the time to complete our annual parent/guardian survey. We are currently in the process of organizing the results and will post the summary data on our web site in the coming week. In addition, staff will be digging into your feedback in team and staff meetings. We will use what you have provided to help guide our work over the remainder of this school year. Similarly, the survey data will inform our goal setting and the prioritization of professional development for next year. In addition to the parent survey, we will be seeking feedback directly from students and considering the findings of the HHS long-term strategic planning process. 

I also plan to highlight a survey question and some of the response it has generated in the Friday Focus as a regular feature. We want you to know that we consider your feedback carefully and use it to inform our decision-making and practice.

As a teaser here is a Wordle of the most common responses to the survey question which asked you to provide three words or phrases that describe RMS. In a Wordle, repeated words or phrases create a larger font size. Therefore words like "Friendly", "Supportive" and "Challenging" were the most common responses. 

Graphic rep of survey question responses.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you again for your thoughts.

Michael Lepene 

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

Tuesday, March 24Dresden School Board meeting, 7p, HHS Library.

Thursday, March 26: RMS Model United Nation Team attends Model UN Convention as Belarus.

Monday, March 30: 6th Grade Chorus and 8th Grade Chorus Concert, 530p, RMS Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 31: 4th Quarter Elective Arena Scheduling

Tuesday, March 31: 7th Grade Girls Chorus and 7/8 Boys Chorus Concert, 530p, RMS Auditorium.

Friday, April 10: Q3 Ends at RMS.

+RMS Notes and Information

-Congratulations to all of the RMS Band students for a wonderful Spring concert last night. For those who attended we hope you enjoyed the show. For those who missed it, we have two more great shows coming from the Chorus groups on March 30 and March 31. We hope you can make it.

-The Hanover/Norwich Mixer is for incoming 7th graders (current RMS and MCS 6th graders).

There will be... team building activities, contests with cool prizes, a raffle, music, and free dessert!

Date: Friday, May 8th

Time:  7-9 PM (doors open at 6:45)

Location: Richmond cafe and gym

Cost: There will be a nominal fee to participate, as this is a fundraiser for 

the HHS Class of 2017. Look for more information in future announcements.

+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
Visit for details and to sign up to attend.

-Ready to play Spring baseball? Indoor baseball workouts are being held now at RMS and Grantham Indoor! Please visit the Hanover Baseball Association website for more information.

-2015 Hanover Rotary Firehouse Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes and blueberries and syrup, oh my!

This year’s pancake breakfast will be this Saturday, March 21 at the Hanover Firehouse as usual.  We will be serving from 7:30am to 9:30am.  Adults $5.00, youngsters (5 – 16) $3.00 and under 5 years old, free.  The firefighters look forward to showing the trucks to kids of all ages!
This annual Hanover Rotary fund raiser is a great community event that raises money for international service work.  This year’s recipient is The Zienzele Foundation, a wonderful local group that, since 2000, has supported AIDS orphans and their caregivers in some of the poorest villages in rural Zimbabwe. They do so through the development of self-sustaining projects run by women’s cooperatives.  These cooperatives include goat and chicken raising, sewing, gardening and basket weaving.  Their goal is twofold: to empower caregivers to provide for the needs of the children in their care, and to give these vulnerable children access to education through the payment of school fees.
Come out this Saturday to support this good work and enjoy a fun breakfast cooked and served by Hanover Rotarians!  Bring your appetite!