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posted Oct 23, 2015, 9:50 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School Friday Focus
Friday, October 21, 2015

CWSP students.

7th grade students from RMS visit area cemeteries each year to learn more about local civil war soldiers as part of an interdisciplinary project.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With arena scheduling approaching for the second quarter I thought it might be timely to revisit our elective program for this week's Friday Focus.

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 on Tuesday.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Michael Lepene 

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

Tuesday, October 27 - Arena Scheduling for Q2 Electives

Friday, October 30 - RMS "Halloween" Dance, 700-900p, RMS.

Friday, November 6 - End of Q1. (Report Cards available in the student portal 11/13/15)

Wednesday, November 11 - 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: Next Friday 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 Friday November 20th.  Sign-Up sheets are now available.  Please direct questions to Mr LaCrosse.
-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 October 30th for Fall 2 session which runs from November 1st - December 21st.   Visit and click on the big blue link!

-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 :: 3:30-5:30pm :: Oct 29-Dec 17 (skip Nov 26) :: $180
Clay For High Schoolers For Ages 14–18 :: Deb Churchill :: Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm :: Oct 26-Dec 14 :: $220
Knitting For Ages 12-15 :: Deb Churchill :: Tuesdays :: 3:30-5:30pm :: Oct 27-Dec 15 :: $220, $40 materials fee
Metals: Teens Only! For Ages14 & Up :: Kerstin Nichols :: Wednesdays, 3:15-5:15pm :: Oct 28-Dec 16 (skip Nov 25) :: $190, plus $45 materials fee

-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 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:


-Howe Library News

Got a story to tell?

Howe Library is looking for storytellers ages 10 and up to share their stories!

On Sunday, November 22 Howe 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… 
Kate Schaefer, MFA, is an actress, director, and taught Acting at various venues in the Upper Valley, since 1982, including 25 years at the Richmond Middle School.  Kate will coach the storytellers to shape and present their stories.

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: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Location: Mayer Room

Makeup Demonstration

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Howe 2.0 Program
Learn to create fantastic and spooky Halloween makeup you can easily recreate at home with kits and supplies found at your local party store. Theatrical makeup artist, Shannon Kennedy, will be demonstrating makeup for Pirates, Ghosts, Vampires, Animals, Princesses, and Mermaids. She will also take special requests as time allows. Drop in anytime between 1:00 and 3:00!
Date: October 25, 2015 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Location: South Reading Room All Ages

-(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. for full brochure and registration.  Flyer here at:

Save the Date!  Ford Sayre Ski Sale on Sunday, November 8th 12-2 pm at the Richmond Middle School.   New and used equipment and clothing.  Consignment on Nov. 6th and7th.