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posted Oct 2, 2015, 10:06 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, October 02, 2015

math talk

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

RMS hosted Dartmouth Mathematics professor Dan Rockmore this week for a presentation to our 7th and 6th grade students. For this edition of the Friday Focus I asked 7th grade math teacher Heather Lepene to write up a summary of his visit.

Have a wonderful fall weekend!

Michael Lepene 

This year in 7th grade math we have been exploring what math is and what it means to think mathematically. Students wrote a reflection at the beginning of the year on how they think like mathematicians. Most students shared how they use math with baking, buying materials, using logic, and solving problems. We used this to discuss how mathematicians make conjectures, use more than one method, make connections to other ideas, explain their thinking, embrace disequilibrium, and use multiple representations.

Using this framework we investigated various arrangements, from toothpicks to Pascal’s Triangle, looking to see how many different patterns we could find and what generalizations (formulas) we could make from them. The latest trends in math teaching and research show that understanding patterns and numbers visually helps students understand the numerals and abstract generalizations of patterns at a deeper level.

This work set the foundation to fully appreciate the opportunity to have Dartmouth mathematics professor Dan Rockmore speak to us about what mathematicians do and think about. During morning meeting on Wednesday, Professor Rockmore engaged students in several stories of what historical mathematicians wondered about and found interesting. All of the problems Dr. Rockmore shared involved pictures related to patterns mathematicians were curious about. Students were excited to see problems they had tried in class and intrigued by those we have not yet investigated. Even at 8th period I had students coming to class with drawings of Euler’s Konigsberg bridges and asking if it was possible to solve the problem.

Making connections with our local professional community is a privilege and an inspirational resource for Richmond Middle School staff and students. I thank Dan for taking the time to demystify the mathematics profession and arouse a playful curiosity about mathematics in general. We look forward to continuing to build professional relationships and making connections between RMS and Dartmouth and beyond. 

Heather Lepene

RMS Mathematics Teacher

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

Wednesday, October 7 - International Walk and Bike to School Day

Friday, October 9 - No School, Teacher Inservice Day

Monday, October 12 - No School, Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 20 - RMS Student Flu Clinic (info mailed home and in Friday Focus last week)

Tuesday, October 27 - Arena Scheduling for Q2 Electives

+RMS Notes and Information

-The 2015 International Walk & Bike to School Day will be held on October 7th and RMS will be taking part in this event. Walking or biking to school promotes heath and a cleaner environment. Students who need to take the bus in 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. This is a rain or shine event, please make safe choices and do not walk if there is thunder &/ lighting. Leave plenty of time to arrive to school on time. Lou's has generously donated coupons for students who participate to enjoy one complimentary donut or cruller. :)

-Note from the office re Rec/Club sports cancellations:

All cancellations are posted in the lobby daily and students know where to look for these.  Please talk to your student and have a plan in place for what to do/how to get home in the event of a cancellation.  On rainy/snowy afternoons when everything is cancelled it is impossible to get individual message to students. Thank you.
-Last call for RMS student planners: We have a limited number of RMS planners for sale in the office at $2.00 a piece. Please have your child stop by the office if they would like to purchase one.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Celebrate International Day of the Girl with NH­VT ​CARE Action Now 

Cookies and Lemonade Today, the World Tomorrow

Sunday, October 11, 2015 1:00 to 4:00 pm

River Valley Club’s Yoga Room 33 Morgan Drive (off Route 120) Lebanon, NH 03766

-The Howe Corporation's Literacy Committee will be collecting children's books and magazines (in very good condition) to distribute to three area non-profits:Southwestern Community ServicesGood Beginnings of Sullivan County, and Everyone Wins! Vermont

In conjunction with the book drive, Sophie Usherwood has offered to give one piece of her origami work from her display (in front of the Teen Room) to any person who donates a children's book during the month of October--as long as the origamis last! Donate directly at the Circulation Desk if you would like to receive a piece of origami as a thank you for your donation.

This Halloween, there is nothing scarier than a home without books!  Help Howe spread the word.

-This week in Hanover high school football, the Marauders will be hosting Kennett this Friday (10/2) at 7 p.m. under the lights. You will find fun for all ages, community spirit and great snacks at the snack shack!   Marauder wear (Hoodies, t shirts and other items) will be sold at the game to help show your pride and support the Friends of Hanover Football.

This week, fans will also experience freebies being thrown into the crowd on the bleachers! Please join us as we support the players, coaches and cheer them on!