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Friday Focus 091616

posted Sep 16, 2016, 9:16 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 5:29 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  09/16/2016


Students review recess and playground guidelines and options with Mr. Atkinson and Ms. Patch.

Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

With our state and nation firmly engaged in a very energetic election season I thought you might like to hear a bit about our Social Studies program for the Friday Focus this week. RMS Social Studies teacher Maryann Nugent provided an overview below of how "Value Tensions" are being incorporated into the curriculum. In addition to these organizing themes Social Studies classes are reviewing how to identify and evaluate election news and other web resources with the help ofRMS librarian Chris Putnam-Pouliot. We hope you enjoy the look-in and we'll see you at our Open House next week.


Michael Lepene 

Early on, the founders of our democratic form of government tried to agree on how to best achieve a "more perfect union". The discussions around this became the foundation for a "Great Debate" which continues today over how to best balance the civic values that are the essence of America.

These values can often be in tension with each other. Freedom v. Equality, Law v. Ethics, Unity v. Diversity, Private Wealth v. Common Wealth. These tensions have existed throughout our history and continue to be at the core of historical events even today.

This year in Social Studies, we will engage in the Great Debate as we use the perspectives of tensions to help understand historical events and connections to today's conversations and political landscape.

For more on "Value Tensions" please click here to view the summary handout from The Colonial Williamsburg foundation.

MaryAnn Nugent, 7th Grade Social Studies

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

Tuesday, September 20 - School Photo Day. Picture Day ID: VJ016010Q0

Thursday, September 22 - RMS Open House, 530-720p.

Friday, September 23 - RMS School Dance, 700-900p.

Friday, October 7 - No School, Inservice Day.

Monday, October 10 - No School, Columbus Day.

RMS Notes and Information

-Schoology Parent Access: The SAU will be sending out an email regarding parent access to Schoology today for students in grades 6-12. This email will include basic instructions and an access code. Please feel free to reach out to RMS tech for support using the provided email address. In addition, RMS Technology facilitator Marty Warren will offer a Schoology parent support session in the next few weeks. Assistance will also be available in the computer lab during open house. We hope you find the access to this application helpful as you support your child in their schoolwork this year.

-Individual SBAC Score Reports are being sent via US mail today. Here is a link to a supporting document from the NHDoE regarding family interpretation of results. 

-Open House Reminder: The RMS Open House is Thursday, September 22 from 530-720p. Parents are invited to follow their child's Wednesdayschedule (available for pick-up in the lobby upon arrival) with opportunities to meet teachers and get an overview of their courses and goals. In order to accommodate group size we ask that if at all possible students not attend.

-RMS Model United Nations: Attention future diplomats! The RMS Model United Nations will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 300p, in room 603. Come join us as we learn to debate burning issues of our time. Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Nugent

-The Norwich and Hanover school boards are conducting a search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Frank Bass upon his retirement at the end of the school year. As part of that search, a Plenary Committee consisting of district staff, board members and community members is being formed to vet the candidates and recommend finalists to the SAU 70 board.  

The Hanover school board is seeking a Hanover resident volunteer to join the Plenary Committee.  Those interested are encouraged to send a letter detailing their interest and qualifications to Hanover board chair Kelly McConnell ( by Sept. 26th.    

The board will appoint the plenary committee member at it’s Oct. 5th meeting, and the first meeting of the committee will be held Oct. 12th at 4 p.m. It’s expected that the bulk of the committee’s work will take place between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

If you have any questions about the Plenary Committee, or superintendent search process, please feel free to contact me at or 802-649-2482.   Thank you, Justin Campfield, Norwich School Board, Superintendent Search Committee chair 

-(Repost)Thursday, September 29 - RMS hosts film: Screenagers and a post-film panel discussion630p, RMS Auditorium.


Community Calendar and Activities 

-Indoor Rock Climbing Team: Join other Richmond Middle School students for indoor rock climbing at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (GMRCC) in Quechee.  This co-ed program is open to middle school students in grades 6th-8th.  Teams practice at the GMRCC Quechee facility and compete as a team against other local schools at monthly competitions.  While practices run year round, competitions are held November-March. If other Fall sports conflict don't worry, you can join the team in November.  Students will learn climbing skills and total body fitness.  No climbing experience necessary. All team members will have access to the climbing gym during regular business hours, free belay lessons, and free harness/shoes rentals. The Indoor Rock Climbing Team will be holding an open house for students who would like to try climbing (cost $10/person) on Tuesday, September 20th and Friday, September 23rd at 5pm. For more information contact Jeff Low (

-Kingdom County Productions is bringing the documentary film All of Me to Tracy Hall October 30th at 7 PM. The film examines body image and eating disorders. A trailer is available at are $12 at the door. All of Me is a documentary film directed by award-winning filmmaker Bess O'Brien, whose last film The Hungry Heart sparked a statewide conversation on the opiate crisis.

-Some of you may already know about Circle Up!, a parent-led group made up of Dresden School District parents. For those of you who are new to HHS, our goal is to provide healthy educational opportunities and activities for the families of the Dresden School District in an effort to reduce substance misuse and other risky behaviors. Circle Up! is building their Listserv to include more Dresden families.  If you would like to receive Circle Up! news and event information,  please send your name and email address to Angie Leduc (, Drug Free Communities (DFC) Partnership Coordinator at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Expect to receive 2-3 Circle Up! emails a month.

-FAMILY BIKE RIDE IN THE TRESCOTT LANDS, Sunday, Sept. 189:30-11:30 am.  For more information visit

-APPALACHIAN TRAIL FAMILY HIKE DAY, Saturday, Sept. 242:00-4:00pm.  Co-sponsored by Hanover Parks and Recreation & the Hanover Conservancy.  A fun hike to the Velvet Rocks Shelter.  To register for this free event visit

7th Grade homerooms interviewed RMS employees who worked over the summer to learn more about each individual and the work they do for the school and the district. Each employee was then "presented" to the 7th grade students in an assembly this week as a way of building community.


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