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posted Sep 18, 2015, 11:27 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Sep 18, 2015, 11:41 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, September 18, 2015


+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The annual RMS fall open house is this Thursday from 530-720p. Parents attending will follow their child's Wednesday schedule visiting core classes and any of our elective courses during elective time slots. We will have highlighted, printed schedules available for you at check-in in the main lobby. We hope that you will be able to attend and experience a simulation of a child's schedule while also meeting teachers and getting an overview of their course and backgrounds. Here are a few notes and tips to help you have a successful evening:

  • Arrive early for parking. Those arriving closer to 530p may have to walk a distance.
  • Pick-up your child's schedule in the lobby. 7th and 8th on the main level and 6th grade upstairs.
  • Please do follow your child's core schedule. If parents attend other classes we run tight on space.
  • During an elective block you can visit the elective listed or visit any other elective course.
  • We will have students available to help guide you between classes. Other parents can also show you the way.
  • We ask that your children stay at home if possible for class size reasons. If you do need to bring a middle school student we will have limited space available in the library or we might ask for their help in guiding parents to class.
  • Enjoy the evening, connect with staff and other parents, and thank you for attending.

In upcoming Friday Focus editions I will be sharing some examples of the ongoing professional development we are engaging in around meeting the needs of the individual learner. I look forward to sharing with you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michael Lepene 

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

Thursday, September 24 - Fall Open House. 530p-720p, Come follow your child's schedule.

Friday, September 25 - RMS Dance, 700-900p. Details below.

Friday, October 9 - No School, Teacher Inservice Day

Monday, October 12 - No School, Columbus Day

+RMS Notes and Information

-Curriculum Notice to parents of students in 7th grade Health from teacher Mr. Brian Atkinson.

-(Repost)The first 2015-2016 RMS School Dance is Friday, September 25th. School dances are chaperoned by a combination of parents and staff members and are organized by our student council. In addition:

+Dances cost $5.00 and are for Richmond Middle School students only. 

+If you are sent to the office or absent on the day of a dance you may not attend the dance that night.

+Once you leave the dance you may not return.

+Dances include a DJ/dance floor in the cafeteria, sports in the gym, and sometimes a movie and/or game room. Refreshments are also sold by the student council.

+All school rules and guidelines are in effect at dances. Dances are fun and meant to be enjoyed by all participants.

+We welcome parent participation in the pick-up basketball and soccer games!

+Please do pick-up your child promptly at 900p. We ask that you help ensure our staff and volunteers can get home to their families.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-HHS Football Announcement: Fall is here and football has begun! Last week, the Marauders played Kingswood and won 34-14, a good start to the season!!  We invite you to join us tonight at 7 pm under the lights, as Hanover High School hosts Kearsarge in the Homecoming football game. There is no admission fee and we will be holding a fall food drive for The Haven. See you there! 

-RMS student and Cellist Justin Zhou, winner of the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra's young musicians concerto competition, will be featured at the LRSO's season opening concert on Saturday, October 24 at 730p at Inter-Lakes high school in Meredith. Tickets are available at Congratulations to Justin from the RMS community.

-Hopkins Center Halloween-o-thon: Do you or your teen want to make the next Vertigo or Cabin in the Woods? For the second year, the Hopkins Center for the Arts partners with Community Access TV of White River Junction to present the 4th annual Halloween-o-thon, a fun-filled competition for local young filmmakers. The Hop’s involvement is part of its Community Venture Initiative, which offers new opportunities for Upper Valley residents of all ages to create, access and explore the arts. Movie-making teams have until September 25 to register, and after that date will have three weeks to write, direct and star in their own five-minute, horror mini-masterpieces. On October 3, teams can attend movie-making workshops where Dartmouth student filmmakers will share best practices in lighting, sound and screenwriting as well as tricks (and treats) of the trade. On October 24, the finished films will be screened in the Loew Auditorium—with their creators earning awards for everything from best screenplay to best scream. Find out more at or