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posted Sep 30, 2016, 11:21 AM by Michael Lepene
Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  09/30/2016


6th and 7th grade social studies students worked with objects from the Hood Museum's Native American collection to learn about how history was recorded before the written record. (Photo: Smith)

Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you again for attending our Open House last week. We hope you enjoyed the program and welcome your suggestions for next year.

Your child will likely notice a lighter load of homework over the next week. In addition to our school guideline of no homework on vacations and long weekends we also try and accomodate our families who participate in special religious events and holidays. For those students needing to catch up on overdue work or assignments this can also be an opportunity to fit that in.

Though it feels like school started not long ago we are already at the halfway point of the first quarter. This is a good time to check the Student Portal and Schoology with your child. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's teachers with any questions or concerns.

Finally, in previous Friday Focus editions I shared our school goals for 16-17. One of the goals is centered on developing and supporting a socially responsible community. This week I was pleased to observe and participate in two efforts connected to this goal. In our 7th grade, students discussed "random acts of kindness" and committed to ensuring each homeroom organizes and delivers acts of kindness in the month of October. I've seen evidence of this already. In our 8th grade, students organized in small advisories with a staff member and participated in some fun interview activities. We are hopeful that creating some small close-knit groups will aid us in having supportive conversations and facilitating positive peer and staff support on an individual level. I'll have more on advisory in a future Friday Focus. In addition, a small group of 8th grade students attended a leadership workshop at SNHU yesterday. Following a day of activities, workshops, and problem-solving our group identified finding more opportunities for the different grade levels at RMS to work, learn, and play together as a priority. I'm excited to see their ideas come to life over the course of the year.

Next week I'll look to share an overview of our SAU inservice day so that you get a window into our professional growth and areas of emphasis in teacher development. Have a great weekend!


Michael Lepene 

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

Wednesday, October 5 - Bike/Walk to School Day.

Friday, October 7 - No School, Inservice Day.

Monday, October 10 - No School, Columbus Day.

Friday, October 21 - Student Flu Shot Clinic and Q2 Elective Arena Scheduling.

Tuesday, October 25 - School Picture Retakes

RMS Notes and Information

-There will not be 6th grade homework club on Tuesday, October 4th or Tuesday, October 11th. Because of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, 6th graders will not have homework those evenings. 

-RMS Student Flu Vaccination Clinic 

The RMS Health Office will be hosting a free flu vaccination clinic for all RMS students on Friday October 21st during the school day. A detailed letter and vaccination consent form will be mailed home next week. Please return the forms to Richmond Middle School 63 Lyme Road Hanover NH 03755.  You may send the form in with your student, however to best ensure we receive the form please mail or bring in the consent form to the main office.

The only flu vaccine available this year is injectable, nasal vaccine is not offered. 

Upper Valley Flu Vaccination Clinics: DHMC in Lebanon NH will be hosting two family flu clinics 

Sunday 10/9/16 8am-1pm and Saturday 11/12/16 8am-1pm

Link to DHMC and Upper Valley Flu Clinics

-The library now has a Makerspace! A Makerspace is a place where students can tinker, build, create, experiment, invent and innovate with a variety of materials. Each month we have a different theme. For September, the theme was duct tape. Students created all kinds of items from bow ties to wallets. In October the theme will be Snap Circuits, a tool for experimenting with electronics. The goal for the Makerspace is to inspire passion in students for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) in a low-stress environment.

We are looking for donations of equipment for our Makerspace. Specifically, we would love any Snap Circuits, Legos, or K’NEX that your children are no longer using. Please email or call Chris Putnam-Pouliot, the librarian, if you have any of those or anything else you think might be useful for the Makerspace. We are unable to return anything donated to us. Thank you so much for your support!


-The 2016 National Walk & Bike to School Day will be held onWednesday, October 5th and RMS will be taking part in this event. Walking or biking to school promotes health and a cleaner environment. Students who need to take the bus or have a parent driving right past the school anyways can still participate by choosing to get off at the Dartmouth Rugby Field stop and walking from there. Be sure to follow all safety precautions, such as wearing your helmet when biking and following traffic signs. Leave plenty of time to arrive to school on time. This is a rain or shine event so please make safe and responsible decisions in the event of inclement weather. Lou's Bakery in Hanover has generously donated coupons for students who participate to enjoy one complimentary donut or cruller to all who participate :) Please emailCatherine Patch if you can help out organizing or with kids crossing the roads the day of the event.

-Thank you so much to the Howe Library for generously sponsoring the showing of Screenagers Thursday night. With 200 people in attendance, this was a great way to look at important community issues related to teen device management, screen time, and media consumption. We also appreciate efforts by Circle Up!, RMS, Crossroads Academy, and our panel experts in making this night a success. For parents who were not able to attend the movie, we recommend checking out some resources on the website.

Community Calendar and Activities 

-None submitted this week.


Superintendent Bass offers some tips during the golf unit in PE. (Photo: Patch)


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