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posted Aug 21, 2015, 10:10 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 10:25 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, August 21 2015

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+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The start of the 2015-2016 school year is right around the corner. We hope you and your children are as excited about "back to school" as we are. Staff at RMS are busy putting the finishing touches on summer maintenance and classroom preparation and things are looking terrific. Teachers have been meeting to prepare instructional and curricular materials. In anticipation of the next few weeks I have summarized some of the back to school information in this memo. I hope that you find it helpful and also point you to both the summer mailing and web site for additional information. 

Throughout the school year I send out e-newsletters on Fridays. In these memos I try and provide you with school and community information as well as highlight different aspects and experiences from RMS. I hope that you enjoy the updates and find the regular communication helpful. I welcome your suggestions and feedback anytime.

In this edition of the "Friday Focus" I also wanted to provide a brief overview of some of the systems and tools you will hear about as school gets underway. 

I am looking forward to another wonderful year at RMS and can't wait to welcome our students on September 2nd. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Michael Lepene 

RMS Tools and Applications

+Media: At RMS we use a variety of tools to share information and communicate happenings and events.

  RMS web site:

  Email: Weekly Friday Focus email and other special announcements.

  US Mail and Paper Handouts: Occasional reminders and special notices.

  Twitter: Follow us @RMSHanover for highlights and announcements.

  Facebook: Follow us at Frances C. Richmond Middle School for selected announcements and highlights.

  Google Calendar: Subscribe to view updated event listings.

+Information Systems

  PowerSchool Portal: All parents should now have access to the portal via the Single-Sign-On (SSO) letter mailed home this summer. The portal can be used to view grades, teacher comments, attendance, and report cards. You can also access InfoSnap via the portal.

  InfoSnap: New system being used to collect new registration information and also to allow for updating of information. InfoSnap will also allow for forms and permission slips to be submitted electronically. A notice about using InfoSnap was sent via email last week.

  For assistance with either of these applications please contact RMS Tech at either 603-643-6040 or via

+Learning Management System:

  Schoology: Over the course of this school year teachers in grades 6-12 will be transitioning to a single learning management system for posting of homework, assignments, announcements, and course information. We hope that moving to a single platform will simplify things for students and parents who currently have to navigate a myriad of LMS systems. Schoology should work on any device and operating system. We will be reviewing the basics of using the system with students at the start of school and also periodically provide support material for parents interested in learning more about the platform.


  Atlas Rubicon: SAU70 is mapping the K-12 curriculum using an online portal called Atlas. This portal provides an overview of curriculum topics and standards for each subject area and is updated annually. You can access Atlas via the RMS web page or via this link.

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

Wednesday, August 26 - "Online Office Hours" with Mr. Lepene, 500p-600p, See note below.

Monday, August 31 - Orientation for RMS students new to SAU70, 300p-430p, Contact RMS Guidance with questions.

Monday, August 31 - Building Tours available for all RMS families, 500p-700p, Contact RMS Guidance with questions.

Tuesday, September 1 - RMS Robotics Information Meeting, 530p-615p, RMS Library-Media Center, Contact Adina Desaulniers.

Wednesday, September 2 - First Day of School for all RMS students, 800a. 

Monday, September 7 - School Closed, Labor Day.

Wednesday, September 9 - Coffee and Discussion with Principal Lepene. Topic: Generating Ideas for Parent Involvement at RMS in 15-16. 800-845a, RMS Library-Media Center.

Thursday, September 17 - RMS School Photo Day.

+RMS Notes and Information

-Chat with the Principal! Students and parents: Join Mr. Lepene for online office hours on Wednesday, August 26th from 500-600p and get your back to school questions answered. No question too small. Ask about schedules, activities, lunch, or whatever else you need to know to start school. You can post your questions to Mr. Lepene via email or TodaysMeet at (will open room from 5-6 on 8/26 for your questions).

You can also contact us at RMS with your questions in person, via telephone, and through email and we are happy to help.

-Schedule Questions: Students have received draft schedules via the summer mailing. Final schedules will be distributed in homeroom on the first day of school. If you or your child have schedule questions please contact Associate Principal Amanda Yates or your child's Guidance Counselor (Liz Powers: A-K or John Lacrosse: L-Z).

-2015-2016 School Supply Lists and Summer Reading Information: Supply Lists and Summer Reading information can be found on the RMS web page under the RMS Information tab

-Bus Route Information can be found on the SAU web page

-Parent/Community Opportunities: In recent years we have had an active parent group "Richmond Community Group" that has supported numerous educational programs and experiences, recognized staff, and organized special events and information sessions for parents. We are interested in gathering your thoughts about ways in which you might like work with RMS this year. To help start the conversation I will host a coffee hour on Wednesday, September 9th from 800-845a here at RMS for any parent interested in discussing possibilities for parent involvement and engagement for the 15-16 school year. I welcome your ideas, past experiences, and enthusiasm. Please join me, I'll have coffee! If you cannot make it and would like to share your ideas with me prior to the meeting please send them along via email at Thank you!

-6th Grade RMS Student Planners: All RMS 6th grade students will be given a planner on the first day of school. We will also have a limited number of planners for sale if students from other grades would like to purchase one: $5.00. Stop by the RMS office beginning Wednesday if you would like to purchase a planner.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Hanover Recreation Fall Activities Sign-Up and Information can be found on their web page.