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posted Apr 8, 2016, 12:51 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  04/08/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The staff at RMS wish you all a safe and enjoyable spring break! 

Today was Tropical Spirit Day at RMS. Staff and students dug out their island shirts, leis, and sun hats. We had island music in the lobby and tropical fruit smoothies for lunch. The day finished up with a presentation from The Prouty and the Obstacle Course assembly in the gym. On top of all that we had some special guests from the Marion Cross School visit and spend time in class with their former students. While the day before a vacation can look a little different we hope the students enjoyed the day as much as the staff. 

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

-8th Grade Step-Up Day: The staff from RMS and HHS are working to create a step-up day experience for our 8th graders on May 20. We anticipate our 8th grade students visiting HHS for some presentations, tours, and small group discussion. Our hope is that this new transition experience will be an additional piece in making the move to high school that much easier. We'll publish the program details when they are available next month.

-(Repost) 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.

-(Repost) Sonia Kovalevsky (Girls Math) Day at Dartmouth is scheduled 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.

Superintendent Bass joined us for Tropical Day and enjoyed some of the island spirit (Photo Patch).

Students and staff enjoyed fruit smoothies for Tropical Day at lunch (Photo Patch).

Special Recognition
-Congratulations to all of our 6th grade students! Each student researched an innovation or invention, created a presentation, and stood on stage in our auditorium to share their learning over the past week. Under the guidance of science teacher Adina Desaulniers and library-media specialist Chris Putnam-Pouliot each student had their moment in the spotlight. We would also like to thank the parents and family members who were able to join us for these presentations. 
Community Calendar and Activities
-The Hartford Area Career & Technology Center Summer Camp for middle school students is once again accepting applications. This camp runs June 20-24th, Monday-Thursday 8:45-12:30 and Friday 8:45-1. If enough RMS students register we will offer a bus for transport. This fun, affordable camp is a great program. Please complete the electronic application (attached). This camp fills quickly! 

-Special Screening of Su Rynard's new documentary, "The Messenger," Saturday, April 16, 11:00 am at the Hanover Nugget Theater.  A visually stunning, emotional journey exploring our deep-seated connection to birds, the mass depletions of songbirds occurring on multiple continents, and the people who are working to turn the tide. Ticket sales support the conservation work of the Hanover Conservancy.  For more information visit

-The Saint Anselm College Field Hockeyteam is hosting a spring field hockey clinic on Saturday, April 30th from 9AM-12PM. The cost is $30 and there is still space available. The information and registration ishere.

-Dimmick-White Summer Field HockeyClinic. Info here.

-(Repost) Writers UN-blocked: A Teen Workshop
Tuesday, Thursday, 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).



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