A message from RICHMOND MIDDLE SCHOOL
Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
7th grade students from RMS visit area cemeteries each year to learn more about local civil war soldiers as part of an interdisciplinary project.
With arena scheduling approaching for the second quarter I thought it might be timely to revisit our elective program forFocus.
The mission of the elective program as described on our web page is:
The Elective Program at the Richmond Middle School allows students to explore a variety of subjects beyond their core academic classes and to delve into one or more that they feel passionate about. Because students can choose to sign up for electives multiple times, they have an opportunity to dig as deeply into one area as they desire. In other cases, students may simply choose to sample a new skill. We honor student choices and our goal is to meet students where they are as we also challenge and move them forward.
Each quarter students review available electives and select courses based on their interest and availability. They complete their schedules through an arena scheduling process. Teachers are seated in a horseshoe arrangement in our cafeteria and students bring their partial schedules around having a brief discussion with each teacher and filling in their openings. Study hall is included in this process and often a large piece of the discussions both before arena scheduling and during the activity. We ask students to consider their extracurricular activity load as well as their homework habits and needs.
We think that supporting student choice and exploration through our elective program is an important part of our work to move students from dependent to independent learners. I would encourage you to ask your child about their choices and ideas about second quarter electives this weekend. They have all seen the options and will be making their selections.
Have a wonderful weekend.
- RMS "Halloween" Dance, 700-900p, RMS.
- End of Q1. (Report Cards available in the student portal )
- No School Veterans Day
+RMS Notes and Information
-Haven Food Drive Update: We have currently collected about 900 items. Still well short of our 2500 goal. We have a generous incentive as several families have put together a $1500 donation that will be added to our drive if we meet our goal.
-Halloween Dance:is our Halloween Dance. In addition to our regular dance stuff...there will be a Costume Contest, judged by members of the HHS senior class, a variety of Halloween Games and a photo booth. Unlimited access to the photo booth will cost an extra $2 (to cover the $300 that we pay). Dance is only open to RMS students.
-Talent Show: The Fall Talent Show is scheduled for Mr LaCrosse.. Sign-Up sheets are now available. Please direct questions to
-The RMS student flu clinic was held on Tuesday Oct 20th, we had a record attendance. 152 of 400 students were vaccinated (up from 106 last year). 76 nasal and 76 injections. It is remarkable and noteworthy that the vaccines are offered free to students while in school. Many US schools do not have this public health initiative available to them. Grateful that our community of parents support this effort. Jeanine Ball, Tracy Marino-Hsu, Gayle Aspinwall and Carolyn Brennan all volunteered their time and energy to welcome students and assist as needed. Thank you!
-Starting next week the Hanover High School therapy dog named "Lucky" will be here at RMS a few times a month. We are delighted to welcome Lucky to our school and to share the many benefits associated with the use of therapy dogs. Lucky's owner and handler is Mrs. O'Hern who is a Speech Language Pathologist at Hanover High School.
+Community Calendar and Activities
-The Skating Club at Dartmouth registration is open until skatingclubatdartmouth.org/registration/ and click on the big blue link!for Fall 2 session which runs from . Visit
-CraftStudies @ the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen offers teenagers the opportunity to work in clay, metal and fiber after-school. These are the the upcoming classes beginning next week. Call 603 643 5384 to register or for more information.
Throwing On The Pottery Wheel For Ages 10-14 :: Ara Cardew :: Thursdays :: :: (skip Nov 26) :: $180
-Buy a Raffle Ticket to Win a 1965 VW Beetle and Benefit Second Growth! Second Growth is a White River Junction-based non-profit that works with Upper Valley schools and communities to prevent substance abuse in our teen community. Second Growth had partnered with dailyUV.com to raffle a vintage 1965 VW Beetle. The proceeds from the raffle will support Second Growth's work. Tickets ate $19.65 apiece and 8 for the price of 7. Support Second Growth by purchasing tickets here:https://dailyuv.com/bug-raffle.
-Howe Library News:
Got a story to tell?
Howe Library is looking for storytellers ages 10 and up to share their stories!
OnHowe Library will present a program of storytellers. Our program is inspired by the Moth Radio Hour heard on National Public Radio—storytellers will tell “true stories told live and without notes.”
All the stories will have in common the theme of “firsts.” Wax on about your first: home run, day of school, miserable failure, child, time babysitting, job, pet, trip overseas, time home alone, first sleepover summer camp, grandchild or anything else that was a first. There’s a first time for everything…
Come to the informational meeting to learn more. Meet storytelling coach, Kate Schaefer, and get answers to any questions you might have.
Date: October 22, 2015 Time:Location: Mayer Room
Sunday, October 25, 2015
A Howe 2.0 Program
-(Repost): Looking for ski programs for kids? Check out Ford Sayre! Registration Open Now! Afterschool Nordic and Alpine Recreation Programs, Ski Jumping and Freestyle. Weekend Alpine skiing at Dartmouth Skiway. www.FordSayre.org for full brochure and registration. Flyer here at:
Save the Date! Ford Sayre Ski Sale on Sunday, November 8that the Richmond Middle School. New and used equipment and clothing. Consignment on Nov. 6th and .
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