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Friday Focus 042415

posted Apr 24, 2015, 1:02 PM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 1:03 PM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, April 24 2015

Dark Day slide.

Slide for student presentation on Earth Day. 

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

RMS students introduced an energy awareness campaign on Earth Day that includes a school-wide "Dark Day" onApril 30. Staff and students will see how little electricity we can use for the day. We have been tracking our daily use over several weeks and hope to have some fun and increase awareness of our "waste" through challenging ourselves to slow the meter on April 30

The Dark Day program is only a part of a larger campaign organized by students and staff who are part of our Green Lunch club. The students have been examining our school habits and procedures to identify potential opportunities for improving our sustainable practices. Over the next week students are participating in daily trivia connected to energy use facts posted all over the school. The Green Lunchers hope to raise awareness and stimulate conversations about how we might save energy both at school and in the home and community.

Over the summer we will be upgrading our lighting to LED units with dimmable switches and room motion sensors. Our hope is that this investment in infrastructure will improve our efficiency reducing our carbon footprint and at the same time saving us money. While we invest in our lighting technology we are working to develop behaviors and habits that also save energy. These changes don't cost us a thing and greatly increase our electric bill savings and reduce our energy demands.

In addition to the efforts outlined above I have also been thoroughly impressed by the questions and comments offered by our students. I appreciate that they are not simply consuming the information they receive but challenge some of the underlying assumptions and statistics. We hope that we create a learning environment where students can and do respectfully challenge the information put in front of them. In the last two days I (and others) have had wonderful conversations with students where they have pushed back, demanded more evidence, and questioned the validity of arguments made. When done well and with respect this is exactly what we hope to see from our students as they navigate the rapidly expanding sources of information.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend. If the school seems dark next Thursday, we are open for business!

Michael Lepene 

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

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

Friday, May 1 - RMS Spring Talent Show

Wednesday, May 6 - Walk and Bike to School Day (RES and RMS)

Thursday, May 7 - 2015 2016 RMS Robotics Information Meeting, Contact: Adina Desaulniers.

Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 - RMS School Play

Thursday, May 21 - Mega Concert

Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day, No School

+RMS Notes and Information

-Q3 Report Cards are now available on the Powerschool Student Portal. If you would prefer a paper copy you have several options available. You could print from home, students can print report cards in our computer lab or we would be happy to print a copy for you. If you would like the school to provide your child with a paper copy of their Q3 report card please don't hesitate to contact our main office.

How to retrieve your student’s Quarter Report Card in Powerschool:

  1. Sign into the parent PowerSchool portal at

  2. Provide your username and password

  3. Navigate to the left most panel and select Report Card and verify that you have selected the current quarter (Q1, Q2, Q3 or Q4) tab:

-The 2015 Spring National Walk & Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, May 6th and RMS will be taking part in this event. Walking or biking to school promotes heath and a cleaner environment. Students who ride the bus can participate by getting off at the Rugby field. We are looking for parent volunteers for biking groups or to help with students crossing at the Rugby field. More information to come! Please email Catherine Patch if you are able to help. Thanks!
-Congratulations and thank you RMS students and families!  This year we raised $2,495 for the Pulsera Project, a charity benefiting families in need in Nicaragua.  This was our third year conducting the Pulsera Project here at RMS and, in total, we have now raised over $10,000 for the project!  Thank you again for your support and generosity. 
-An Invitation to all RMS and MCS 6th Graders for the 6th Grade Mixer!
Join us Friday, May 8th from 7:00-8:30pm at Richmond Middle School for a night of fun and getting to know your future classmates! There will be team building activities, contests with cool prizes, music, and dessert! The event will be chaperoned by RMS and HHS staff, along with several HHS students. The cost is $7 at the door and is a fundraiser for the Sophomores. Students are encouraged to sign up with their homeroom teacher. 
-Sister to Sister Conference at Dartmouth College
On May 26th, up to 20 7th grade girls from RMS will attend the Sister-to-Sister Conference at Dartmouth College. The goal of the program is to empower young women. Students will hear from Dartmouth students in the Link Up organization and they will participate in activities with other girls from all over the Upper Valley. Mrs. Powers and Ms. Yates will be chaperoning. There is no charge to participate, and enrollment will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. In order to enroll, students must return the permission slip to Mrs. Powers no later than May 1st. Please see Mrs. Powers for more information and a permission slip. 
-2015-2016 RMS Robotics Information MeetingMay 7, 530p, RMS Library-Media Center. Contact Adina Desaulniuers for more information.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-The first 8th grade session for boys' high school football is Saturday April 25th at 3:30 PM on the Hanover High School Turf. Players should wear cleats. 

-WRIF  is excited to bring the film "The Year We Thought About Love" to our festival. It will be screened at the White River Indie Film Festival (April 24th-April 27th). The film will be the first film shown at the WRIF on April 24th at 5pm  at Hotel Coolridge, 39 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001. Website for the film: The WRIF website is

File attachments:
Sister to Sister Permission Slip.docx