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posted May 1, 2015, 11:06 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated May 1, 2015, 11:42 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, May 01 2015

hot air balloons

model solar cars

Scenes from RMS science this week.


+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week 8th grade students, staff, parents, and community members were treated to our annual science hot air balloon launch at the rugby fields. The sky filled with brightly-colored creations of all sizes on Thursday morning. The excited chatter and energy was unmistakeably middle school. This event is the center-piece of a design and build unit in 8th grade science led by Mr. Stott and Mr. Harriman. Students learn about the science behind hot air balloons and then apply their knowledge as they design, build and test balloons. Students collect data at the launch that is combined to create a class data set. The data set is then a piece of the student lab write-ups. 

7th Grade science students are in the final stages of their engineering design challenge projects. Projects include model solar cars, solar ovens, biochar stoves, blackberry solar cells, and solar hot water heaters. I'll share more about this unit and the embedded curricular materials in the coming weeks. We encourage 7th grade parents to ask their child about what they are building. They may ask you about IDEO shopping carts, Fun Theory waste cans, or GoogleGlass!

Michael Lepene 

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

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

-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 health and a cleaner environment. 

You can organize a group of your own or bike with Ms. Glass from the Hanover Green, leaving at 7:40. Students who need to take the bus to school can still participate by choosing to get off at the Dartmouth Rugby Field stop and walking from there. Be sure to follow all safety precautions, such as wearing your helmet when biking and following traffic signs. 6th Grade Students will review these on Monday and Tuesday of next week in their PE classes. This is a rain or shine event, please make safe choices and do not walk if there is thunder &/ lighting. Leave plenty of time to arrive to school on time. Lou's Bakery has generously donated coupons for students who participate to enjoy one complimentary donut or cruller :) Please email Catherine Patch with any questions. Thanks!

-This year's school play, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (based on the first book of the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis) will be performed on Thursday and Friday May 14th and 15th. Performances start at 7:30 pm and are estimated to last about 90 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. Come find out what lies beyond the wardrobe! To reserve tickets, please email with your name, the night of the performance, and the number of tickets desired.

-As the school year draws to a close, we want let the staff at RMS know how much we appreciate them! We will be serving lunch and holding a raffle for staff on TUESDAY MAY 19TH from 11:30am-2pm.  The lunch and raffle will recognize front office staff, teachers, ed assistants, cafeteria staff, custodians, support staff, guidance counselors, nurses, crossing guards and bus drivers. 

We would love your help! Please click

to add your name to the google doc. Some suggested raffle item ideas are gift certificates, homemade gifts, car washes, farm fresh eggs, or movie tickets. Items can be sent in on MAY 19TH  with your child or can be dropped off in office by 11am.  

Any questions, please email or call 603-359-1881.

The staff really appreciates these celebrations.

Thank you! Kirsten Elin Richmond Community Group

-RMS "Dark Day" A SuccessA big thank you to our Green Lunch team for their energy awareness event yesterday! Also, thank you to all of the RMS staff and students for getting in the spirit and trying to keep those power vampires unplugged. 

While using less energy was certainly the push for the day the real effort was increasing the awareness of our daily energy use. Hopefully the efforts that went into yesterday will translate into some lasting attempts at conservation.
In April our average daily electricity use was just over 14kwh with some days pushing 16kwh. Yesterday we used about 10kwh of electricity at RMS. Our efforts to slow the meter were successful. The Green Lunchers wondered whether a community-wide effort like this might yield an even bigger impact. Perhaps a "Dark Day" could be coming to Hanover and Norwich down the road...
-SBAC State Testing Schedule: 6th and 8th grades will be completing their state testing this week and the 7th grade and any make-up testing will be completed the following week.
-Best of luck to the students on our Quiz Bowl Team headed to the National Quiz Bowl Tourney (NAQT MSNCT) in Dallas, Texas May 7th-May 11th and competing against 128 teams from 32 +  states.
Team "Sixth Sense":
Zach B, Lucy G, Rose Lr, Ellie S, Owen S, Fletcher Z
Team  "Centrifugal Force":
Henry B, Celeste F, Nora P, Paula S
Go Teams RMS!

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Empower Lacrosse Club:  Memorial Day Lacrosse Clinic!  2 - 5 pm for 5th - 12th grades (2 - 4 pm for 3rd-4th grades).  Register and more info

-Hanover Announces May’s Green Power Challenge

Hanover residents can beat our slow spring and go green in mid-May by buying electricity from renewable sources at the same cost or less than your average Liberty Utilities’ bill over the past year!   Sustainable Hanover announces the Hanover Green Power Challenge, a unique two-week opportunity for residents to join an Upper Valley buying group to purchase Green-e electricity from ENH Power of Portland, Maine – a Competitive Energy Supplier registered with the NH Public Utilities Commission.  In NH, residents can choose to buy their electricity from a Competitive Energy Supplier even though Liberty will continue to deliver your electricity to you, and by doing so, you can also choose the type of electricity you would like to purchase.  Liberty Utilities provides brown power to its NH customers, as do Eversource and the NH Electric Co-op.  Brown power is produced by coal fired, natural gas and nuclear power plants. Hanover wants to encourage as many residents as possible to purchase Green-e certified power offered by ENH at rates lower than or equal to the rates currently offered by Liberty over a 12 month period.  Rates will be guaranteed for 20 months.

Why does Hanover urge you to buy Green power?  Because the production of electricity has a greater negative carbon impact on our environment than any other impact, including transportation.   Supporting the renewable energy sector by purchasing Green-e certified electricity significantly reduces our community’s carbon footprint.

The Hanover Green Power Challenge launch event will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 PM at the Richard W. Black Community Center.  Come and find out the details, sign-up to purchase Green-e certified power, and help Hanover continue to go green as New Hampshire’s first EPA Green Power Community.  With only 55 Green Power communities designated across the U.S., Hanover is honored to help lead the way as we work to reduce our carbon impact.  The sign-up period will commence on May 14th and end on May 28th.  

In addition to learning about buying Green-e certified electricity on May 14th, Bob Walker of SERG, a home insulation and a local low temperature heat pump provider will be on hand to provide you with the latest information on ways homeowners can reduce their energy consumptions. 

If you want to get a head start on the evening and learn more, go to the Town’s website to learn more. There you will find a link on the homepage to all of the information you will need to learn more.  Beginning May 14th, a link to an ENH website developed specifically for the Hanover Green Power Challenge will be added to the homepage for those residents who want to sign-up online.

We hope to see you at the Black Center on May 14th at 7:00 pm.

Sustainable Hanover (David McManus, Yolanda Baumgartner, Mary Ann Cadwallader, Susan Edwards, Chris Kennedy, Larry Litten, Jenna Musco, Marjorie Rogalski) 

-New board game: Learn what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint

Do you want to know what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint?  Do you want to find out which actions make the biggest difference?  Do you want to discover how to make a positive impact while saving time and money?
If so, “Lose it to Win” is the game for you! 
This game will help you choose the next steps on your journey to a low carbon lifestyle.
There are two chances to play the game:
Monday May 4th7-8pm, in the gym at the Richard Black Center in Hanover
Tuesday May 12, 7-8pm in the Mayer Room at the Howe Library in Hanover

This game was created and developed by Upper Valley folk:  Ginger Wallis and Glen Passow.
Be one of the first to play it!

-Summer Music at the Upper Valley Music Center!

Does your summer need some music? Then check out the Summer 2015 programs at the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon! We have something for every age, from camps to festivals and lessons. Sing! returns for its second year of song, note reading and dance (ages 5-8), and Singing for the Stage is sure to capture the dramatic flair in your older vocalists (grades 5-8). Piano Piano Piano is our new ensemble, theory and improv program for young pianists (ages 9-12), and Suzuki Summer String Week is the perfect fit for your young Suzuki string student. Middle and high school string players can check out Advanced String Technique & Camber Music Week, and adult musicians will gather for the Hanover Street Chamber Music Festival (adults). Discounted summer lesson packages are also available for new and returning students, and financial aid is available by application. Check out all the details at, or call the office at 603-448-1642 for more information.

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