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posted Apr 3, 2015, 10:38 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, April 03 2015

quiz bowl comp

RMS students had the opportunity to join in a lunchtime Quiz Bowl competition this week in the lobby.

Thank you to the RMS Quiz Bowl Team and Mrs. Lovejoy for organizing the fun.


+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On the recent parent survey we asked you for feedback on the comments on your child's report cards. You can see a summary of those responses below:

Parent Survey Chart

Over the next two weeks RMS staff will be preparing Q3 report card grades and comments. In preparation for that work we will look at previous report cards as grade level teams. As we discuss what we observe we will also be talking about how report cards fit in our overall student feedback system. Where are their opportunities to share feedback about growth areas and specific skill development? How could the report card help students and parents have a clearer picture of a student's efforts and achievements over a quarter? 

While most parents find our report card comments to be clear and useful we know there are opportunities to improve and evolve what we do.

Q3 Report Cards will be available in the student portal (Powerschool) on Friday, April 24th in the afternoon.

Thank you again for the ongoing feedback. Have a wonderful (snowy?) weekend!

Michael Lepene 

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

Thursday, April 9: 7th Grade Civil War Project Night, 6p, RMS.

Friday, April 10: 7th Grade Civil War Field Trip, AM.

Friday, April 10: Q3 Ends at RMS.

Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 17: Spring Break

Friday, April 24 - Q3 Report Cards available on the Portal.

+RMS Notes and Information

-7th grade Civil War Night:  April 9, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.  It is therefore fitting that 7th grade Civil War scholars will be presenting exhibitions of their learning to the RMS community.  We will be hosting a Civil War Night on Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Families are invited to tour the exhibition halls during that time. Students will present re-enactments, living museums, Mess and Hospital tents, as well as exhibits on Civil War Spies, Smuggling, and more.  It should prove to be an enriching evening for all.
-7th graders will be participating in a field trip to local cemeteries in culmination of the Civil War Soldier project.  We will be departing Friday at 8:15 a.m., returning at 10:00. Students should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a muddy, wet environment.  Because Friday is Pajama Day, students may wish to bring a change of clothing.  Please note that signed permission slips are due back on Wednesday, April 8.
-Hello Parents of Richmond Middle School Students! Part of the 8th grade student body is helping change the world, with the Pulsera Project. This organization benefits adults and children in Nicaragua. This will be our third year participating in this project. Please help raise money for families in need. We'll be selling Pulseras (handmade bracelets) at RMS for $5 each this coming week. For more information look here:
-SAU70 Tech Note: Please be advised that we have enacted stronger restrictions regarding which Chrome web browser extensions (i.e. web-based "apps") can be installed with your child's school Google account. This is in an effort to increase security and reduce distraction. If your child is logged in to his/her school Google account in Chrome, while at school OR at home, then ONLY school-approved extensions will be accessible. 
If you or your child are unable to reach a previously-accessible website from home, please have your child log OUT of his or her school account in Chrome; OR, use a different browser for non-school-related activities. 
For more information about multiple user accounts and Chrome, please click here:
For more information about Chrome extensions, please click here:
Please email if you have questions or concerns.  Thanks!

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Autism Awareness Month Events in Lyme. Follow the link for more information. Please join us to learn more about this disorder that affects 1 in 88 children in this country ( And please, spread the word. These events are open to the public (events on the 2 & 30th will provide more specific information helpful to ASD families; those on the 9th and 23rd are for a wider audience). Visit for more information. THE LYME COLLABORATIVE | LYME, NH | 603-795-4622 | 

-COW PIE BINGO.  Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 11am - 2pm. Family Fun day at the Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School-  live music, crafts, games, ice cream, food, a silent auction and fun for the whole family to raise money for our scholarship fund and preschool.  Everyone who buys a ticket is also eligible to win $500 if the cow drops her 'pie' on their square.  For more info, visit:

-"Tables of Content" Fundraiser for Norwich Public Library: Please register today for the 2015 Tables of Content.  Dinner hosts from Norwich have selected a book as the theme for a dinner.  Choose your top three books that interest you. The mystery is that you do not know who will be your host until one week before the dinner.  What isn’t a mystery is how much fun you will have! In the words of one very happy diner last year, “The element of surprise was my favorite part. Not knowing who was hosting and who the other guests were made the evening as exciting and delicious as the food served.”

One of the dinners has already sold out. So if you would like to attend, reserve your spot today and ensure you have a seat at a Table of Content.
To attend visit  -, or stop by NPL today.
-Gear -to Go Sale, Saturday, April 410 -1.00 pm, Tracy Hall, Norwich, VT
Lots of good stuff for sale, all booths are full and we are ready to help you find some wonderful bargains.
Sustainable Hanover has a booth and will be selling donated goods including a Thule roof rack, another roof rack for carrying skis, 2 bike seats for attaching to adult bikes (for carrying toddlers), a dart board with darts and 4 Jansport rigid frame packs, plus lots more gear.  Stop by and check us out.
If you have something you would like to donate or sell, our booth will be happy to accommodate you.  Stop by and drop off your items or stay and sell them yourself.  Please come early and price your goods ahead of time, this will give you lots of time to check out all the booths.
See below for samples of "gear"
What's GEAR???   Skis, snowboards, snowshoes, sleds, skateboards, balls, "sticks" (lacrosse, hockey, field hockey), helmets, bikes, boots, golf paraphernalia, racquets, fishing gear, diving gear (scuba), canoes, kayaks, paddles, camping equipment (lanterns, tents, cookware), backpacks, hiking, technical mapping equipment, photography equipment, exercise equipment, maps, books, binoculars ... and don't forget gear to wear ... jackets, fleece, boots, etc.
Brought to you by Town of Norwich and Sustainable Hanover - to keep good stuff in circulation and out of the landfills
-Note from the Town of Hanover: NH Hands Free Law to go into effect July 1. More information here.