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posted Jun 12, 2015, 10:34 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, June 12 2015

bridge week work6th grade cooking

6th Grade Bridge Week is underway at RMS.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we are featuring a write-up of our 6th grade bridge week for the Friday Focus. Thank you to the 6th grade team for sharing some highlights of this very popular curricular experience.

Michael Lepene 

The 2015 6th Grade Bridge Week has gotten off to an exciting start.  The 6th grade gathered in the auditorium Thursday first period for a collection of videos all about bridges of the world, featuring elements of purpose, design, construction, and a taste of some superlative examples including “The World’s 25 Scariest Bridges.” These snippets got the kids psyched to start their design process and get building.  

Working in teams of three, the 6th graders are faced with the challenge of designing and building a bridge with a $2,500,000 budget, which will be strength tested next Wednesdaymorning. But wait, there’s more! The kids are also researching a famous bridge and creating a dynamic digital media presentation to teach their peers all about this famous bridge, as well as completing a scavenger hunt about local bridge history. As for building cultural bridges, the 6th graders will be working with Anissa and Madame G to learn about, prepare and share a traditional Senegalese meal.  As you can see, the next few days will be fun and busy for our students as they put to use the many skills they have learned and been practicing this year in 6th grade.

Continuing with the bridge theme, our Kendal neighbors volunteer to be judges for the finished bridges before bridge testing.  We thank them for their generous spirit and enthusiasm during the past 10 years of this collaboration.  

The grand finale is the bridge testing, complete with instant replay of each bridge as it finally gives way under load.  This will take place on Wednesday morning starting at 8:15 in the RMS auditorium and take about an hour and fifteen minutes.  Bridge awards will conclude the testing event.  Sixth grade parents and families are welcome to join us for this dramatic conclusion to Bridge Week 2015.

RMS 6th Grade Team

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

Monday, June 15 - 8th Grade Class Night and Open House, 530p

Tuesday, June 16 - 8th Grade Class Trip and Last Day

Wednesday, June 17 - 6th and 7th grade Field Trips to Storrs Pond.

                                   - 6th and 7th Grade Last Day (Noon Dismissal)

Thursday, June 18 - Q4 Report Cards available in the Student Portal. Paper copies available by calling the RMS office.

+RMS Notes and Information

-2015-2016 School Supply Lists and Summer Reading Information: Supply Lists andSummer Reading information can be found on the RMS web page under the RMS Information tab. Paper copies will also be included in the summer mailing.

-8th Grade Students: Please remember that iPads and charger/cords must be returned to the technology office. Missing iPads and/or chargers need to be resolved with the technology office prior to the class trip.

-7th Grade Spanish classes with Sra. Mills were treated to guest presentations from parents and RMS alumna. Topics included food and service experiences in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Thank you to all of our guest instructors!

spanish class

-Please remind your student to check the Lost & Found for any item belonging to them.  All unclaimed items will be donated over the summer.

-Thank You to Baan Muay Thai Academy owner Mark and Coach Maria who donated their time and skills to some RMS Physical Education classes who learned about and practiced this form of martial arts. Mark opened his Muay Thai gym in Lebanon this year.

-She's the First HHS Fundraiser: RMS students organized a bake sale benefit for She's the First raising almost $300 last week. This money will support a year of education for a girl in Nepal. Congratulations to the RMS students involved!

-8th Grade ParentsThis year 8th Grade Night will be a little different, and the Richmond Community Group will be helping by providing snacks for the event. We are thinking healthy, light, easy to eat options for parents to enjoy while mingling ... please consider signing up to help. We welcome any parents to contribute and hope this tradition will continue onwards. 

If you are able to contribute, please sign up:

To view your sign up page, go to: 
Thank you, Kirsten Elin 603-359-1881 for the RCG
class night invite

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Play outdoor laser tag to benefit the Haven from 1 to 4pm on Sunday the 14th of June at Storrs Pond. Only ten dollars for three hours, all proceeds go to the Haven. Open to kids in 5th to 8th grade. For more information see If you have questions please email 


-Classic Lacrosse Camp at Dartmouth College: Coached by Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse Staff, Players, and other College Coaches 

Session 1: June 24-25, 2015 & Session 2: July 9-10, 2015

This camp is open to any girls in 6th-12th grade!

For more information and camp schedule visit our website:
-Challenger Soccer -  Free Soccer Clinics

Saturday, June 13th, Sachem/ Campion baseball outfield 11AM – NOON:   AGES 9 AND UP Call (603) 643-5315 to sign up today