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Friday Focus 032516

posted Mar 25, 2016, 11:06 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  03/25/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Fresh off a highly attended and successful 7th grade Civil War evening I wanted to let you know about some additional events in the works. Details are still coming together for some of the future open house and evening events but here is a look ahead. All of the events can be found on our web site google calendar.

Spring Concert SeriesThis TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday. Details below.

RMS Spring Talent ShowMay 6. Come see the many talents and courageous acts performed in the RMS auditorium by students and staff. Sure to be a packed house and a great show.

RMS Showcase of Student Work 2016May 19- May 26

The RMS elective team invites you to participate in a week-long celebration of student work.  Three events will be held between May 19th and May 26th.  Kicking off this celebration will be an arts reception Thursday, May 19th prior to opening night of the school play "Wizard of Oz."  The second evening will be held in conjunction with 6th grade Open House on Tuesday, May 24th and include the work of students in the Empty Bowls class and physical education classes.  The final event will be the annual Mega Concert on Thursday, May 26th.  This new showcase is a work in progress and more details will follow.

6th Grade Open HouseTuesday, May 24th held in conjunction with Student Work Showcase. The 6th grade open house will also include an opportunity to learn more about the Library-Media program.

Websites and Databases and Books, Oh My! -Sixth Grade Research in the Library
In the 21st century, research skills have shifted from finding sufficient information, to finding quality sources among the vast amounts of information available at our fingertips. Over the course of the year, sixth grade students complete a number of research projects in the library. These lessons are taught in collaboration between the librarian and classroom teachers. The skills students learn this year will help them with their future research needs not only at Richmond Middle School, but throughout their whole lives. Stop by the library to learn how students find, evaluate, and use a variety of resources.

8th Grade Open House and Class Night 2016June 15th

The RMS 8th grade and Elective teams invite students and their families to an open house followed by our traditional class night celebration. More information about Class Night and the Class Trip in the next few weeks as details are confirmed.

Have a great sunny weekend!

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

Tuesday, March 29: RMS Concert - 7th Grade Girls and 7/8 Boys Chorus. 530p, RMS Auditorium.

Wednesday, March 30: RMS Concert - Bands and Orchestra. 530p, RMS Auditorium (New Date).

Thursday, March 31: RMS Concert - 6th Grade Chorus and 8th Grade Girls Chorus. 530p, RMS Auditorium.

April 11- April 15: SAU70 Spring Break #NoHomeworkHoliday

Monday, April 18: Start of Q4 classes.

RMS Notes and Information

-Thank you parents and families of 7th grade students! We had an estimated crowd of 400 people attend the annual Civil War Night this week. Attendees were treated to performances, projects, and presentations.

-Be on the lookout for RMS t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants that will be on sale next week at the music concerts. Additional order and purchase information available soon from Student Council.

-For Parents of 8th Graders: The annual 8th grade semi-formal dance is scheduled for Friday, April 1 7:00-9:00pm in the Hanover High School Cafeteria. The dance is only open to 8th graders from Richmond, Lyme and Crossroads Schools. This dance is a collaborative effort between the RMS Student Council and the HHS Junior Class Committee.  High School students do all the decorating and food/refreshments and consequently earn money for their class, we do publicity and provide chaperones.  Entry to the dance is $10 which includes music, food and refreshments.  Questions??  Feel free to contact Mr LaCrosse.

-RMS students Allison W and Emily G are working on a project in Mr. McCarthy's 7th grade English class where they arecollecting soccer equipment for kids in Haiti. Emily has a cousin who works with a non-profit agency in Haiti, which will distribute the gear. Equipment will be collected during the week of April 4-8. Any gear is welcome.

-Why spend $1.50 on bottled water when you can get it free at the water fountain? You might say that it’s annoying to try to fill your own bottle from the fountain or that the refilling station by the gym is too far away. We want to change that! That’s why we are raising money to purchase and install a water refilling station for each grade. We want to help everyone in our school save money, stay hydrated, and do their little part for the environment. Don’t join the many Americans who throw away about 35 billion plastic water bottles every year. Come buy a raffle ticket during Snack in the Lobby Tuesday, Wednesday andThursday or at the concerts this week to make our vision a reality. -Sixth Grade Leadership Group

Special Recognition
-Congratulations to members of the RMS and Ray School math club for earning 2nd place in both sessions of the competition last Saturday. Morning session participants from RMS: Eric C, Kirk G, Alisa H, Amelie H, Dongnak K, and Alex V.

The extremely difficult afternoon session was tackled by Zach B (3rd place grade 7 individual), Marlene H, Rose L, Ian N (2nd place grade 8 individual), and Meg S (3rd place grade 8 individual.)


Community Calendar and Activities

-Interested in trying spring-board diving?  Come to the free diving event with Upper Valley Diving and the Hanover High Diving Team.  For more information see:

-Howe Library: Author Linda Urban will be leading an eye-opening workshop on point-of-view.  We'll look at lots of great examples of how real writers use point of view to help us get to know character, setting, and story.  Then we'll do our own writing, trying out different points of view on a classic fairy tale.  Come with a notebook and your favorite pen!

Date: April 13, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Aldrich Room
Grades 5-8
Registration required by Friday, April 8

Scene from RMS Civil War Night.




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