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Friday Focus 040116

posted Apr 1, 2016, 1:35 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  04/01/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

+Parent Survey

Last call for parent survey responses! Please consider taking a few moments to complete the RMS parent/guardian survey this year. A thank you to the 80+ who have done so already. The staff will spend time looking at results after the April break.

The survey can be found via the web at: or you may request a paper copy from the RMS office. 

+RMS On The Road

This week the RMS Model United Nations club is participating in the annual Model UN conference in New York City. The RMS delegates are representing Singapore in several days of negotiations, discussions, and resolution-building. We look forward to hearing about their experience when they return.

In addition, a group of RMS French students depart today for a two-week exchange in France. Participating students will spend time living with host families and attending a French school as well as visiting local sites and monuments. We wish them smooth travels and look forward to their sharing the French school experience with us when they return.

Have a great weekend!

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

April 11- April 15: SAU70 Spring Break #NoHomeworkHoliday

Monday, April 18: Start of Q4 classes.

Friday, April 22: Q3 Report Cards available in the student portal.

Wednesday, May 4: Walk/Bike to School Day

RMS Notes and Information

-The Powerschool student portal will close Wednesday afternoon for teachers to work on Q3 grades and comments. Quarter 3 report cards will be available electronically on Friday April 22nd.

-SBAC Schedule: This year RMS students will participate in the mandated state testing in Reading and Mathematics on the following schedule:

8th Grade - April 20-22

6th and 7th Grade - April 25-29

Make-Up Dates and Times will be scheduled as needed. More on the SBAC testing in future Friday Focus editions.

-This week, April 4-8, students working with Sras. Madory and Mills will be selling handwoven bracelets or "pulsera" from Nicaragua.   All money raised will benefit the Pulsera Project. This is our 4th year working with the Pulsera Project and our goal this year is to raise $3,000 for the people of Nicaragua.  Bracelets will be on-sale before school, at snack and at lunch and cost only $5.  For more information on this organization and the people it serves, please visit:

-6th Grade Student Leadership Announcement:

This past week the Sixth Grade Leadership Group held a raffle and a bake sale during snack and at the three concerts. Over ten local businesses contributed to this project by donating gift cards or prizes. The money from this raffle will help us reach our goal to install three new water bottle refilling stations. These are important to us and our school because we want to protect the planet, eliminate the constant waste from plastic water bottles, and save you money. We would like to thank all of you who contributed, and let you know that we made over $1000 with your help!

-RMS Technology Corner with Technology Coordinator Marty Warren:

In Sixth Grade Computer Literacy, students continue to explore Powerpoint and its capabilities.  Students are creating Powerpoint presentations on "How to Succeed at RMS".  Features like Word Art, multi-media, transitions and animations are being explored.  As a culminating activity we will compare and contrast Powerpoint with Google Slides and think about when one application may be more beneficial than the other.

In other news we continue to get ready for SBAC testing which will take place the two weeks following April Break.  This week and next week, students are taking SBAC Practice Tests to familiarize themselves with the test format and tools available with both Math and Language Arts tests.

8th Grade iPads: iPads will be collected Friday Morning, April 8th before vacation.  If you're leaving for vacation prior to April 8th, please drop off the iPad with the Tech Department or with your homeroom teacher before you leave.

Sonia Kovalevsky (Girls Math) Day at Dartmouth is scheduled this year for May 7th. This year's topics include symmetry, patterns, and networking. This is a fun (free!) day of playing math games with other girls from around the area and women from Dartmouth's math department. Breakfast and lunch are included. Have questions? See Mrs. Lepene or ask a friend if they have attended before. 

Follow this link for more information and to register.

Special Recognition
-Congratulations and job well done to all of the RMS musical groups who performed this past week at shows on Tuesday,Wednesday, and Thursday. The music was enjoyed by all and evidence of all of the hard work students and staff have put in this year. We look forward to hearing more at the Mega Concert in May.
Community Calendar and Activities
-Windsor Summer Camp ExpoApril 6, 6-8p.

-This Sunday, April 3rd! 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:

-Friday Night Football Clinic: HHS football coach Sam Cavallaro is offering a free football clinic where children will learn the fundamentals of the game by playing "touch football".April 22April 29May 6May 13. 630-800p, HHS Practice Field. Questions: Contact Katie Roach at 603-727-2415

-Writers UN-blocked: A Teen Workshop
TuesdayThursday, Friday for 2 weeks (6 meetings per session)
Session 1: weeks of June 20 and June 27
Session 2: weeks of July 18 and July 25
Session 3: weeks of August 1 and August 8
For students entering grades 7-9
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah McPeek
$120 (minimum four participants; maximum eight)
A love of language and literature and a willingness to explore the depths of your creativity are the only requirements for this informal creative writing immersion in all styles and genres. Under the guidance of a passionate, dedicated Kenyon College student of English and writing, young writers will follow fun prompts meant to let their creativity flow, work closely to share, critique, and revise material, and put together a published book of their hard work. Participants can sign up for one session or more as they like. Please contact Sarah McPeek at with participant’s name and the preferred week(s).

-Dartmouth Field Hockey Coaches and Athletes are holding a free clinic this Sunday, April 3rd on our AstroTurf field. This clinic is for all boys and girls from K-12th grade, but we will be working with the middle schoolers from3:30-4:30pm (K-5 is 3-4pm and high schoolers are 4-5pm). Our goal is to grow the sport in the Upper Valley. No prior experience is required! We even have some equipment for kids to borrow if they have never picked up a stick before. We do ask that everyone RSVPs so that we can better plan practice. Madalyn G.

Photo: Students in 7th grade science participated in simulated United Nations climate talks over the last two weeks.




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