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posted Oct 21, 2016, 10:25 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  10/21/2016


(Photo: Soren)

Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Keeping things short this week for the FF. We've had an exciting day of elective arena scheduling. Throughout the day students came to the cafeteria with their schedules and met with elective teachers to fill our their second quarter. I am always impressed by the thoughtful deliberations of our students. We believe that providing the students with some decision-making supports their growth as self-advocates and independent learners. We also provide guidance and redirection when we think it can help. Though not always smooth, the process creates an individualized schedule for each student that includes some choice, some compromise, and some new explorations. Sounds like middle school!

Have a great (wet) weekend!


Michael Lepene 

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

Tuesday, October 25 - School Photo Retakes.

Thursday, October 27 - Schoology for Parents Help Session, 6-630p, RMS. RSVP to Marty Warren.

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

Friday, November 4 - End of Q1.

RMS Notes and Information

-Schoology for Parents Help Session: We received a few requests for a second help session. Please attend our Schoology workshop on Thurs, Oct 27 from 6-630p at RMS. RSVP to Marty Warren.

-Reminder:  Picture retake day is next Tuesday, October 25th at 8:15am.  For a retake, students need to return the original packet of photos to the photographer on the day.  If your student was absent on the original picture day and wishes to have his/her photo taken, the office has the forms or you can go online at:  mylifetouch.comPicture Day ID:  VJ016010Q0

-A tremendous thank you to the 6th grade students, families, and staff for supporting the "Bake for Good" program.  Willing Hands picked up almost 100 loaves of beautiful handmade bread yesterday and will share it with others in the Upper Valley community needing food.  


-SAU #70 is looking to expand their district Registered Nurse substitute list. If you are an RN licensed in NH and interested in per diem work, please consider being on our sub list. Contact Sau #70 and ask for Carol Edwards 643-6050 x 2006. 

-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. Regular dance guidelines apply.

-Thank you to Dartmouth Math Professor Dan Rockmore for leading our 7th grade in a celebration of Mathematics this past Wednesday. Students explored several different problems and were buzzing and puzzling about math as they left the auditorium.

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Indoor rock climbing teamJoin other Richmond Middle School students for indoor rock climbing this Winter at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (GMRCC) in Quechee.  This co-ed program is open to middle school students in grades 6th-8th.  The team practices at the GMRCC Quechee facility on Tuesdays and Fridays.  No climbing experience necessary. All team members will have access to the climbing gym during regular business hours, free belay lessons, and free harness/shoes rentals.  We will be holding an open house for students who would like to try climbing (cost $10/person) with no obligation to join the team on October 25th & 28th and November 1st & 4th from 5-6:30pm.  For more information contact Jeff Low ( 

-Please come out and support the Hanover Football team on Friday.  They are playing Kennett at the Hanover Turf. The game starts at 7pm!  

-Upper Valley Green Power ChallengeIn NH, you can choose to buy electricity that is greener than the predominantly fossil fuel and nuclear power generated brown power provided by your utility. Why not choose to buy a 100% clean renewable Green-e certified product? Until October 31, it is open enrollment season for the Upper Valley Green Power Challenge, a buying group offered by Sustainable Hanover to enable NH residents and small businesses to switch to green power. (Read more here)

-Pool Lifeguards Wanted: 10am to 2pm at Dartmouth. Guards get a free membership to the Gym and the pay is 13 dollars an hour and it is 20 hours a week. Chris Hamilton, Head Diving Coach, Dartmouth College, 603-646-2254

-Family Comic Book Workshop with Marek Bennett: Family members, young and old, are invited to this special workshop to create a comic book about your own family! Working as a team, families will create engaging graphic narratives using pictures, text, and your own unique family stories as raw material. Experience the visual power of cartoons and the fun of designing and publishing your own comic book! 
Marek will bring samples from his own local history projects, such as Live Free and Drawand The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby
Sunday, November 13, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Howe Library Registration Required 603-640-3268

Photo: Whiteboard from discussion on "Working Together" in 6th Grade Guidance.


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