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posted Apr 10, 2015, 12:37 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, April 10 2015

Civil War Soldier Project Night

7th Grade Civil War Soldier Project Night at RMS.


+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Our 7th grade wrapped up a local history project today with visits to local cemeteries. Each student researched a local Civil War soldier as part of an interdisciplinary unit. In addition to investigating the life of a local soldier, students learned about the Civil War through stories, historical accounts and records, book discussions, simulated battlefield surgeries, and other curricular explorations. Their research culminated in student exhibitions of their learning at the Civil War Project evening event last night. RMS hosted families who were treated to reenactments, musical performances, and exhibits all created and delivered by students. Parents I spoke with were impressed by the depth of knowledge displayed by the students, the students ability to respond to questions and the diversity of exhibits. For most, the hour flew by. 

Through the Civil War Soldier project and integrated curricular unit we hope students will understand that…

  • Research and experimentation raises questions
  • The Civil War had an impact on local people
  • History is created by personal stories
  • We have to make inferences to understand historical events
  • Local resources can help us connect to and learn about historic events
  • Stories from history are often composites of events

For those who were able to attend the evening program we thank you for coming! Please let us know if you have suggestions on how we might improve the evening. To the students and staff who created the evening as an exhibition of learning, thank you!


Integrated curricular units are an important part of a quality middle school education. Each of grade levels include several experiences like the Civil Way Soldier Project. You can find more about each of them on our web site and in our curriculum portal.


I hope that you and your family have a wonderful spring break. We look forward to welcoming back relaxed and rejuvenated learners in a week.


Michael Lepene 


Cemetery Visit

7th graders visiting a local cemetery as part of their Civil War Soldier research.

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

Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 17: Spring Break (Homework Free)

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

Friday, May 1 - RMS Spring Talent Show


obstacle course finals

Obstacle course finals at an all-school assembly Friday afternoon.


No additional school or community announcements this week. Thank you.