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posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:10 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  10/14/2016



Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

The RMS students and staff gathered this afternoon on our field for our annual all-school photo. Each year a group of 8th grade students decide on the formation and organize the students and staff for the photo. As an added bonus this year Soren provided drone photography! We should have the drone photos available for publication soon. Have a great weekend!


Michael Lepene 

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

Wednesday, October 19 - Schoology Parent Help Session, 12-1245, RMS. RSVP to Marty Warren.

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

Tuesday, October 25 - School Picture Retakes.

Friday, October 28 - RMS School Dance, 7-9p.

RMS Notes and Information

-The CHAD Hero event is this Sunday October 16th.  The Richmond Middle School is again running the mile #2 Water Stop at Occom Pond (next to the Dartmouth Outing Club house).  We have a number of 7th graders who will be helping out but need additional volunteers.  Check with your son or daughter to see if they might be interested.  They would need to be at the stop by 10:30 and will be done by 1:00.  Volunteers will get a hat or a t-shirt.  You may have to walk to Occom Pond from the green as some roads will be closed off.  Questions????  Send an e-mail to Mr LaCrosse.  He will respond by Saturday evening.

-RMS Annual Talent Show is scheduled for Friday November 18th.  Now is the time for students to be thinking about acts that they might want to do.  

-Talking to Your Children About Peer Pressure: This week in 8th Grade Health, students learned about how peer pressure influences decisions about whether or not to use drugs and alcohol. The six peer pressure resistance strategies that Mr. Atkinson and Mrs. Powers reviewed with students are: 
   (1) Simply say “no”
   (2) Give a reason
   (3) Give an alternative
   (4) Stand up to pressure
   (5) Leave the scene
   (6) Avoid the scene
Parents have a major impact on the decisions that their children make with regard to drug and alcohol use. Mr. Atkinson and Mrs. Powers highly encourage parents to reflect on the following and have a conversation with their 8th grade children:
When you were a teenager, was there peer pressure? In what areas? (school, clothes, drinking, dating)
At what age do you remember being most worried about what your friends thought of you?
How did you resist peer pressure when you were a teenager?
What was your most embarrassing moment when you were a teenager?
The idea behind this week’s lesson is that if students rehearse refusal responses prior to the first time they are offered drugs or alcohol, then they will be less likely to make high-risk choices. In helping students learn how to say “no,” the Project ALERT curriculum validates their feelings that it’s hard to resist the pressures to use drugs, hopes to convince them they have the right to say “no.”, helps them believe they can say “no” without suffering rejection or embarrassment, and gives them several different ways of saying “no.” 

-Arena Scheduling Video: Students created an introduction to Q2 elective arena scheduling video as part of their "News Crew" course with Mrs. Emmerton. We thought you might enjoy it! Click here.

-Schoology Help Sheet for Students: The 7th grade teaching team created a help document for students navigating the tool that includes tips, tricks, and items specific to content areas. We thought parents and students of all grades might find it helpful in understanding how Schoology is being used.

-Halloween Dance: The next RMS Dance on October 28th will include a costume contest with fun prizes. RMS students only please unless prior authorization is given.

-RMS Health Office Update


Thank you parents for updating the health office on your child's immunization status.

Of the 81 missing immunization letters sent out to parents, I've heard back from 37. 

If you received a letter asking for missing immunization information on your child, please contact the health office. Thank you.

Health Resource For Parents/Guardians

Website: Parent Up for Vermont. Visit it Here. Sponsored by Vermont Department of Health. 

"Helping Vermont Parent's Equip Kids For Life's Challenges"

"You Are Their #1 Influence" 

Student Flu Clinic

RMS Student Flu Clinic 

Next Friday October 21st 12-2:30.

Vaccine consent forms were mailed last week, please return to RMS if you'd like your child to receive the flu vaccine. 

-RMS Tech Tip: From time to time we like to pass on potentially helpful tech tips. This week we thought you might like information for adjusting screen brightness and color balance on iOS devices. This can be especially helpful with screens at night. 

Dim the screen or use Auto-Brightness to extend battery life. Use Night Shift to shift the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum at night and make viewing the screen easier on your eyes. Turn on True Tone, and iPad automatically adapts the color and intensity of the display to match the light in your environment.

Here is a link to the iPad User Manual:

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Families, Registration is now open for the 2016/17 basketball season. Log on to your account or come in to the rec center to register your child for the upcoming basketball season. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 28thThis year, your Dresden Gym Use Fee will be included at checkout. Middle School parents; please be sure to read new information regarding the tryout process on the registration page. As always, please let me know if you have any questions, 643-5315. Jeanne

-The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) is currently working with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) to evaluate the feasibility of commuter bus service along the Interstate 89 corridor in New Hampshire connecting the towns of New London, Grantham, Enfield, Lebanon, and Hanover. The public will be offered various opportunities to participate in the study process and provide comments through surveys and interactive drop-in sessions.  Public drop-in sessions will be held October 19-21 throughout the region; locations and times will be posted when they are finalized. UVLSRPC stresses the importance of participation from the public during this process. This is the opportunity to show that commuter transit service along the I-89 corridor is both wanted and needed by the community.

Please complete the survey by accessing this link through November 4, Please also share this information with your colleagues, neighbors, students, employees, constituents, customers, etc. Thank you for your assistance, Julia Griffin Town Manager

-Intro to Hockey Clinic Girls Ages 8-13 NO experience needed! First 25 to register get a free t-shirt and ticket to the Dartmouth Women’s Hockey game Oct 21Saturday Oct 22: clinic at 4-5 PM at Campion Rink. Sunday Oct 23: clinic at 12:50-1:50PM at Campion Rink. Run by coaches and players from Hanover High School and the Hanover youth program.  BRING A FRIEND!! For more info and to register today!:

-AMERICAN PRECISION MUSEUM HOSTS 17TH ANNUAL MODEL ENGINEERING SHOW & FAMILY MAKER SPACE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22For more information visit the event web page:  and the museum’s facebook page or call 802-674-5781.  

-PrehistoROCK! Several RMS kids are part of Northern Stage's production of PrehistoROCK, a short musical romp through the world of dinosaurs, showing at the Montshire Museum at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 14). 


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