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posted Oct 9, 2015, 12:35 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, October 09, 2015

walking stage

RMS 7th Grade Spanish students were treated to front row seats to see Grammy award winning group La Santa Cecilia this week.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you are able to enjoy the long weekend. For the Friday Focus this week I thought I would give you a brief overview of how we spent the inservice day. We know these "no school" days can create some logistical challenges for families and we greatly appreciate your support of our professional development efforts. I hope this overview conveys both our appreciation and the value of these professional days.

RMS hosted the teachers and staff from all of our SAU 70 schools today for a keynote address and smaller breakout sessions.

Professor Ron Adner, Tuck School of Business, kicked off the day with a discussion of strategies for managing innovation. We considered the importance of seeing the system over the product and taking a "Wide Lens" approach to working with stakeholder groups. Dr. Adner had each of us reflect on innovations at work in our schools and then layer his constructs for adopting news ideas over our current process. We were given tools and questions to use when examining current practice and considering new ideas and opportunities.

Following the keynote we broke into smaller sessions delivered and facilitated by staff from our four schools. Topics included:

  • Warm-up and Icebreakers for the Classroom
  • Crisis Prevention and De-escalation Training
  • Creative Assessments and Project-Based Learning
  • Ray School's Use of Mathematics Assessments
  • Peer Observation to Improve Classroom Practice
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • The Harkness Method of Discussion
  • The Elements of Style: Effective Teaching in the US.
  • Making Positive Connections with Middle School Boys
  • Digitally Mapping the Curriculum using ATLAS
  • Schoology
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching
  • Science Investigations

Throughout the day we were able to engage in professional dialogue with colleagues from across the SAU with the common goal of improving our practice for our students. I'm excited to see where these conversations and experiences lead.

Michael Lepene 

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

Monday, October 12 - No School, Columbus Day

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

Wednesday, October 21 - RMS School Picture Retakes, 930a

Tuesday, October 27 - Arena Scheduling for Q2 Electives

+RMS Notes and Information

-Thank you to all students, staff and families who participated in Walk & Bike to School Day promoting health and a greener community! We had a great turnout with over 300 people participating! Thank you to Lou's Bakery who donated donut coupons for all who participated! Thanks to Missie Rodriguez, Amanda Yates, and Abby Pelletier for meeting students at the Rugby field, which was really helpful. Thanks to Jill Blumberg and Catherine Patch for organizing the event. We are looking to improve next years Walk and Bike to School Days with more participating and lasting effects. We are interested in your feedback and ideas! Please email any ideas to Thanks!

-RMS Student Flu clinic forms have been mailed home. If you would like your child to participate in the flu clinic on October 20th (Tuesday), please return forms to the RMS health office. So far we have 40 students participating in the clinic. For more information please visit

This month I am reviewing all student immunizations with help from assistant Jennifer Knowlton. You may hear from us if your child's health record is missing immunization information. Typically RMS has impressive vaccination rates which protects our school community from childhood preventable diseases. Thank you for making this possible. 

Abby Pelletier

-School Picture Information for parents: Haven't ordered yet? Don't miss this year's school picture!

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code located in your picture package
Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato. 

To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here.
Parent/Guardian, how was this year’s school picture experience? Take survey.
Retakes are Wednesday, October 21 at 930a.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Lynn Lyons to Speak at Crossroads Academy on October 15th. Lynn specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and
adults, with a special interest in breaking the generational cycle of worry in families.  She is the co-author of two books on anxiety, *Anxious Kids,
Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle* and *Raise and Courageous & Independent Children*, and the companion book for kids, *Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.*

Her free workshop for parents and teachers is co-hosted by Mountain Valley Treatment Center and Crossroads Academy and will be held at Crossroads, 95 Dartmouth College Hwy, Lyme, NH, on October 15 at 6:30 pm.  For further information, contact Carl Lovejoy at
-This week in Hanover high school football, the Marauders will be hosting the Lebanon Raiders this Friday (10/9) at 7 p.m. under the lights. 

There will be fun for all ages, community spirit and great snacks at the snack shack!  Marauder wear (Hoodies, t shirts, umbrellas and other items) will be sold at the game to help show your pride and support.  

Once again, there will be freebies being thrown into the crowd on the bleachers!  Please join us as we support the players and coaches in this great game! 

-White River Junction "Gory Daze" Halloween Parade Information.
-Humanity Uprooted: The Brutal Causes and Devastating Consequences of Europe’s Refugee Crisis
Monday, October 12, 4:30 pm Cook Auditorium, Murdough Building Dartmouth College
Driven by the civil war in Syria and a host of other conflicts, refugees are flooding into Europe in greater numbers than at any time since World War II.  The turmoil has created an extraordinary humanitarian crisis and  opened deep divides between European partners and between the European Union and its neighbors.  To provide in-depth insights into the crisis, Dartmouth’s Office of the Provost, Dean of the College, Leslie Center for the Humanities, and John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding present a panel discussion with Bob Kitchen, Director of Emergency Response and Preparedness for the International Rescue Committee, Professor Graziella Parati, Director of the Leslie Center of the Humanities and a scholar who focuses on migrants, and Sir Michael Leigh, former Director General of the European Union for Enlargement.