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posted Oct 6, 2016, 10:35 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 10:37 AM ]

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  10/06/2016


RMS 8th Grade Advisory groups worked on a team problem solving challenge in the gym for Morning Meeting this week.

Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are fortunate to have inservice days built into the school calendar each year as they provide opportunities for extended learning and collaborative planning for our SAU 70 staff. We also realize that while these days are certainly enjoyed by our students they also can create some work for parents. We appreciate your understanding and support.

I like to try and provide you with a window into how we are using the time. Tomorrow RMS will be hosting teachers and staff from across the SAU as we spend the morning exploring the topic of "assessment for learning". The day will start in our auditorium with a keynote speaker, Jay Davis, who will talk with us about effective practices in providing students with meaningful feedback. Following the large group presentation staff will break out into smaller sessions that they have signed up for based on interest and needs. Topics include:

  • Universal Rubrics
  • Schoology Open-Lab
  • Sharing Assessment Results with Parents
  • Skill Centered Grades in English Assessments
  • Implementing and Analyzing Running Records
  • Using Powerschool and Low-Tech Solutions to Assess Skills in Large Groups
  • Proficiency-Based Assessments in the Language Classroom
  • TrackMyProgress Data and What To Do With It.
  • Providing Feedback: Difficult Conversations with Colleagues
  • Assessment Power of Symphony Math
  • Building Collegial Relationships through Collaborative Assessments
  • Evaluating for Eligibility and District Trends
  • Rubrics and Learning Objectives
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Schoology Quizzes and Question Banks
  • Schoology Portfolios
  • Assessing Listening and Speaking Skills in the FL classroom
  • Creating a more Mindful Classroom
  • Music Assessment
  • Beyond the Rubric, Alternative Assessment
  • Film Discussion "Temple Grandin"

I am excited about the day and think this line-up rivals any conference or workshop our staff might attend. I hope this glimpse into how we are using the time gives you a better sense of what we do on inservice days and points to some important work we are undertaking as a district to better utilize assessment for learning. Have a great weekend.


Michael Lepene 

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

Friday, October 7 - School Closed, Inservice Day.

Monday, October 10 - School Closed, Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 25 - School Photo Retake Day.

Friday, October 28 - RMS School Dance.

Friday, November 4 - End of Q1.

RMS Notes and Information

-RMS is joining with King Arthur Flour to bring the "Bake for Good" program to our 6th grade students.  Bake for Good will begin Wednesday October 12th with an assembly where bread baking skills are demonstrated.  Wednesday afternoon students will bring home a kit with supplies to make two loaves of bread. Gluten-free kits are available.  Students should prepare the bread keeping a portion for their family and bringing a loaf to Richmond on Monday, October 17th.  Anissa Morrison will also be available in the Living Arts classroom Thursday October 13th after school if students would prefer to do the baking at school.

The bread baked by RMS 6th grade students will be donated to Willing Hands. Willing Hands is an Upper Valley organization distributing donated foods to 50+ human service organizations.  The hands on learning of your child will support those who are food insecure or hungry in the Upper Valley.  If you have questions about this project please contact Anissa Morrison at


-A BIG thank you to all students, staff and families who participated inWalk & Bike to School Day promoting health and a greener community! We had a great turnout with 270 people participating! Thank you to Lou's Bakery who donated donut coupons for all who participated! Thanks Missie Rodriguez who met students at the Rugby field & helped kids cross. Thanks to Lynne Naughton and Catherine Patch for organizing the event. We are looking to improve future Walk and Bike to School Days with more participation and lasting effects. We are interested in your feedback and ideas! Please email any ideas Thanks!

-Cafeteria Information: Did you know the Cafe menu is available on the RMS web page? Check out the link for weekly specials and prices. The daily entree and specials are posted on the whiteboard in the Cafe as well. In addition, using your Mealtime account, you are able to add money to your account and view purchasing history and habits. Thank you for supporting the RMS Cafe!

-Health Office News from Abby Pelletier

Student Flu Vaccine Clinic October 21st Friday at RMS

 Flu Vaccine consent forms were mailed out this week to families of students. Please return forms to RMS Health office if you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine. 


81 parent letters were mailed out last week seeking updated information on missing or incomplete student immunizations. To date I've received 21 replies- thank you. If you haven't contacted the school regarding the missing immunizations, please do so this coming week.

Health Office Visits

I am currently seeing 15-25 student visits per day (average for this time of year). A GI virus and head cold are common health symptoms circulating- students are reminded to rest when ill, stay hydrated and to please stay home for 24 hours until fever free or no longer throwing up. Thanks for keeping the whole school health in mind. 

Health Office Information

Questions about how the health office operates?  Paper work for prescription medications? This and more info can be found at

-Volunteers Needed: We are seeking volunteer assistance for several upcoming events. Please see the following from our volunteer coordinator Kerry Artman.

+Student Flu Shot Clinic: Volunteers needed from 12-230 on October 21st. Assistance needed with paperwork, traffic flow, and student conversation. No medical experience needed. Sign-up here.

+Knitting with 7th graders for a Good Cause: Volunteers needed to work with the Wallis homeroom on their knitting project. Students are knitting hats for the homeless as an "act of kindness" project. Some know how to knit but many do not. Mrs. Nugent has found a simple pattern for them to use and she can help with instruction. Volunteers are welcome during lunches next week (Tues-Fri) from 1215 to 1240. Please let Kerry Artman or Ginger Wallis know if you can help out.

Community Calendar and Activities 

-FORD SAYRE SKI PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!  Looking for ski programs for kids?  Check out Ford Sayre!  Afterschool Nordic and Alpine Recreation Programs, Ski Jumping and Freestyle. Weekend Alpine skiing at Dartmouth Skiway. for full brochure and registration.  

-Hanover PD Coffee With A Cop Program: Friday, October 7, 9-1, Starbucks.

-Free Girls Intro-to-Hockey Weekend Clinic! Oct 21-23More info available here.

-Howe Library News: Join Kate Schaefer for a fun filled series of classes in which we will play theater games and learn the basics of improvisation. The games and exercises will improve your confidence, imagination, speed of reaction, self awareness, and connection to others. Most importantly, they will make you smile! We'll learn how to make one another "look good" on stage and in life! Grades 4-6, Classes held on WednesdayOctober 26November 2, 9 and 16, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmMayer Room, Howe Library


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