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Friday Focus 042216

posted Apr 22, 2016, 1:03 PM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Apr 23, 2016, 12:30 PM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  04/22/2016   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Report Cards

Quarter three report cards are available today at 300p in the Powerschool student portal. We hope that you and your child will take a look at the comments written by our teachers as well as the information available in the portal with respect to assignments from over the quarter. Also, for those wishing for a paper copy of the report card you can either print directly from the portal or request a copy from the main office.

Here are the results of the recent parent survey question that asked about report card comments:

Open-ended parent responses included topics like: Ensuring paper copies are available if requested, focusing comments on individual student rather than course summaries, appreciation for effort of teachers to craft comments that show they know the child.

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week in SAU70 is May 2-6. Traditionally, parents have organized a potluck lunch or breakfast for RMS staff during that week. I am hoping we might be able to pull something similar together this year on Tuesday, May 3. If you would be willing to help me organize this effort and get the word out including sign-ups for items please let me know. I know this day means a great deal to the staff and would appreciate your help.

More Parent Survey

Each year on the parent survey we ask parents for three words to describe RMS. When combined as a Wordle they create an image where the more frequent the word the larger the text displayed. Here is the 15-16 parent survey image:

We have quite a few upcoming events and special dates. Please keep checking the RMS web site, GoogleCal, and the weekly memo for information and reminders.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

Friday, April 22 - Q3 Report Cards Available in the Student Portal

Monday, April 25 - Friday, April 29 - Grades 6+7 SBAC Testing

Tuesday, May 3 - Staff Appreciation Brunch from Parents (Proposed)

Wednesday, May 4 - Walk/Bike to School Day

Friday, May 6 - RMS Talent Show #2

Thursday, May 12 - 7th Grade Poetry Night (See Note Below), 6-7, Lobby/Cafe

Thursday, May 12 - 5th Grade Parent Night at RMS, 6-7, Auditorium.

May 19 - May 26 - RMS Elective Week

Tuesday, May 24 - 6th Grade Open House

​(Many more end of year dates available on web site and googlecal)

RMS Notes and Information

-RMS Library Read it ForwardNext week we will be wrapping up Read it Forward, our school-wide reading promotion. Paperback books have been hidden around the school. Students who find them and read them get a prize and can pass the books on to their friends. So far, students have found and read 28 books. There are also still 20 books out with students, and some that remain hidden. On Friday the 28th, we will draw the grand prize winners.  

-Elective Week May 19-May 26: The elective team is organizing a week of activities and events including an empty bowls dinner, Mega Concert, School Play, and more. We hope you will be able to join us for some or all of the fun! More details available soon.

Poster by Ani

-The 8th grade team typically works with a group of parents to help organize some aspects of class night. Last year, parents and staff implemented several improvements to the program and evening. We are hoping to identify a few interested 8th grade parents who can help us out with organization again this year. If you would be willing to lend a hand please contact Carla Balch Thank you!

8th Grade Class Night: Weds, June 15.

8th Grade Class Trip: Thurs, June 16.

-7th Grade Poetry Night, Thursday, May 12th, from 6-7pm. 
Richmond Middle School lobby and library.

Poetry Night is a celebration for those students, parents, and friends who would like to share through speaking, reading, listening, and enjoying the depth and breadth of our students' poetic creativity and skill.

It is voluntary - students are not required to attend; students are welcome to attend, but are not required to perform.

For those who would like, Mr. McCarthy and Mrs. Wonsavage encourage you to come and read favorite poems written, favorite poems memorized, to listen to new poems and old.

There will be light treats and beverages in the lobby. Poem recitations and published poetry anthologies and chapbooks will be in the library of the Richmond Middle School.

This is the same evening as the rising 6th grade parent meeting in the auditorium - come for one, then stay and listen to a poem or two!

-Congratulations RMS community! This year the Pulsera Project raised over $2000 for the people of Nicaragua.  This brings our grand total to more than $13,000 over the last 4 years!   This is all possible due to the amazing generosity of our students and families.  Thank you again for supporting this wonderful organization. 

Erin Madory and Sarah Mills, RMS Spanish teachers

For more information, please visit:

Special Recognition
-Lucy G, a 7th grade student at Richmond Middle School, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Essay Contest, sponsored by Math for America.

The essays are 500-1000 words in length, and based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical career.  The essays are judged on content, grammar and presentation by a panel of mathematicians.  Lucy G's essay was entitled: Never Give Up.

Congratulations Lucy!

Community Calendar and Activities
-All 4th-8th grade students and parents interested in the Hanover Youth Football program please contact Katie Roach so we can get you on the FOHF email list and you can receive emails regarding upcoming Football events.  Friends of Hanover Football email announcements share information regarding, monthly football newsletters, information regarding youth events and upcoming camp dates.  Please send us your email so you will not miss out on all the great events FOHF has planned for this Spring. 

Email to get on our mailing list!

-Woods Mud Run Saturday 4/23 starting at 11am at Oxbow High School (back parking lot)  Registration $10 for over 12 years old and 4 for 12 years and under. Beautiful hilly 3.75 mile course. Registration morning of the run.




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