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posted Sep 23, 2016, 10:08 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  09/23/2016


7th Grade homerooms reviewed and discussed effective study skills this week as part of their Weds morning meetings.

Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you to all that were able to attend our Fall Open House last night. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to visit the classrooms, meet the staff, and socialize in the halls. I know the staff enjoyed making some new connections with you as well.

We have our first school dance of the year tonight from 7-9p at RMS. Guidelines and expectations for the dances have been reviewed with students in homeroom. In addition, 7th grade students talked with our 6th graders this week to explain what the dance is like and to also debunk some myths about our dances. Tonight's chaperones are looking forward to a fun evening as well. I know I always enjoy some spirited basketball and soccer games in the gym. If you have any questions about the dance please give the school office a call this afternoon. We are happy to help.

Finally, we are entering the 17-18 budget building season in SAU 70. Like last year, I welcome your ideas and suggestions for budget additions, savings, or re-allocations. School, district, and board committees will all look-for and consider the same. Our goal is to ensure that we deliver an exceptional education, in line with our mission and values, for each and every student we serve. While doing that we also want to take care to do so in the most financially responsible way possible. In my 9 years in this district the ideas and contributions from individuals in both the school and larger community have been essential in our meeting that goal.

I hope you have a wonderful fall weekend!


Michael Lepene 

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

Friday, September 23 - RMS School Dance, 7-9p, RMS, $5.

Friday, October 7 - No School, SAU 70 Inservice Day

Monday, October 10 - No School, Columbus Day

Friday, October 21 - RMS Student Flu Shot Clinic

Friday, October 21 - Q2 Elective Arena Scheduling

RMS Notes and Information

-Physical Education News: Students will be bringing home their 2016 fitness test records to share with you today. These tests measure students cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility in relation to the healthy fitness zone set by the Fitnessgram. This testing meets the National PE association, SHAPE America's curriculum as well as state standards. Results give students an estimate of their fitness and are no means comprehensive, but can provide data for them to continue to set goals and improve their personal fitness. PE teachers will also use this data to help shape their program to better meet the needs of the student population at RMS. 

-Sixth grader, Patrick E,  just hit 1,000 on the new 6th grade wing water bottle refilling station, helping to eliminate waste from 1,000 plastic bottles.  This water bottle refilling station was made possible by last year's 6th Grade Leadership Group and the Bridgman Trust.  

The 2015-16 Leadership Group worked enthusiastically to raise the money to purchase and have installed four stations in our school. They would like to thank, in addition to the Bridgman Trust, the following for supporting their efforts: The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Lou's, My Bridageiro, Sushi Ya, Baughman's Cupcake Farm, The Nugget Theater, the Dartmouth Bookstore, Morano Gelato, Boloco, Starbucks, King Arthur Flour, Murphy's, and the parents and families that helped.  

Coming soon - water refill stations in the 7th grade, 8th Grade, and Music wings!

-Parents of 6th graders:  At Open House, Ms. Sylvester mentioned that she would be offering a workshop for 6th grade parents titled “How to Help Your Child with Writing."  The goal of the workshop is to help parents learn the techniques and vocabulary she uses with the students when giving them feedback on their writing.   The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 13th, from 7:00-9:00 P.M. in her classroom, Room 600.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP via email ( by Friday, October 7th.  There will be some “homework” for you in advance of the class, which she will email to you once she has received your RSVP. 

-(Repost)Schoology Parent Access: The SAU sent out an email last week regarding parent access to Schoology today for students in grades 6-12. This email included 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. We hope you find the access to this application helpful as you support your child in their schoolwork this year.

Community Calendar and Activities 

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

-2016 CATV Halloween-O-Thon Video Contest: In this video competition you have three weeks to write, shoot, and edit a freaky 5-minute horror short, which will premiere in scary spectacle at the Loew Auditorium in the Black Family Visual Arts Center on Sunday October 30th. Whatever it is – Creature Feature or Paranormal Pic – we want you to slay us with your terrifying masterpieces.

Online and in-person registration is open from Thursday, September 1st  through Friday, September 30th for this horror short film competition. Connect with us if you have any questions.

Students in the "Foods" elective with Anissa Morrison create flatbread with local basil and heirloom tomatoes.


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