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posted Oct 25, 2014, 4:42 AM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday/Saturday Focus 
Saturday, October 25 2014

RMS Student Council Pumpkin Welcome for the School Dance (photo: @rmsphysicaledu)

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Good afternoon! We've had a very busy week of activities and events at RMS. I hope that you and your children were able to participate in some of the opportunities. For the Friday Focus I am providing some of the feedback from our staff and students on the "NameTags" student assembly from Chris Waddell. Our school community spent some time on Friday morning with Chris. Conversations continued throughout the day and we hope at home too!

"The Nametags™ education program is an assembly delivered by Chris Waddell to audiences ranging from elementary to corporate leadership. In this interactive program, designed in conjunction with Donna Volpitta, Ed.D, Chris uses video clips, activities and stories in order to challenge students to think about the assumptions we make about the labels that we place on ourselves and others. It is a powerful presentation that is endorsed by bullying expert Joel Haber. To see a sample presentation, click here: (from the One Revolution web site, 2014)."

Here are some staff and student comments:

"I was struck by the extent to which we judge, and are judged, in our society." E(staff)
"Very interesting and clear with great pix.  He was very cool."  T(student)
"What are the expectations & limitations that we assign to ourselves and others based on the nametags that we assign to ourselves and others?" A(staff)
"I really enjoyed the name tag cards he gave us.  It will help remind me of his presentation."  K(student)
"Wonderful message of growth mindset- accepting mistakes, failures and challenges." C(staff)
"I saw the movie last night and thought is was pretty cool that he could climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with his hand power."  E(student)
"It was very inspirational and taught me to be nice to people especially if they look different."  C(student)
"It made me think about things differently, especially people who are disabled."  L(student)
"It made me recognize people with disabilities differently."  T(student)
"It taught me a lot to push through when things get hard.  It also taught me that if someone is different on the outside that doesn't mean they are different on the inside."  Z(student)
"Words from Chris Waddell-create a community that allows us ALL to take risks." A(staff)
"We thought it was very powerful and humbling."  HandK(students)
"I thought it was amazing that Chris did all this stuff in his condition and took risks.  He inspires me to try new things.  I would definitely want to hear him speak again"  A(student)
"Choked up & inspired by Chris Waddell's presentation to students on his life, abilities and acceptance of others." A(staff)
"Chris inspired me to be a better person."  N(student)

Thank you to Mr. Lacrosse and our RMS Student Leadership class for organizing this event and the evening film on Thursday night.

We feel opportunities such as this program bring important conversations to the forefront as we work to strengthen our learning community. Look for additional programs and ongoing descriptions of our efforts and thoughts about educating the whole child in upcoming Friday Focus conversations.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

Last week we asked you for your feedback on our budget priorities for the 2015-2016 school year. We have received a number of helpful responses and I would like to continue with the same question for this week. Your voice is an important part of our budget process and we appreciate any input or ideas you can offer. Thank you!

This week's poll question: -What programs or priorities would you suggest be a part of our budget conversations this year? Examples might include creating a homework club for all students at RMS, considering new textbooks for a subject area, adding additional supports for students, creating new or different field experiences for students, ideas for potential savings, and many others. 

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


Monday, October 27 -Q2 Electives Arena Scheduling

Thursday, October 30  -RMS School Photo Retakes

Friday, November 7 -Last day of Quarter One

+RMS Notes and Information

-RMS Student Council News: October 19, 2014. The RMS Student Council has been busy so far this month! 
+Currently, The Haven food drive is going well. Each homeroom has an orange shopping cart to fill with non-perishable food items to be given to needy families in the Upper Valley.  If we meet our goal of 3000 cans, students will have a “homework free” Halloween weekend! The drive will end on October 31st so please consider bringing in food or making a cash donation.  Each dollar = 2 food items.   
+The Council is also planning a Veterans Day Celebration that will include an all-school assembly and Veterans Day lunch. We will have a “spirit” day with an “American” theme – so get out your red, white & blue!    
+The Student Council is also sponsoring and running a water stop for the CHAD Hero Race on Sunday, October 26.  Anyone interested in helping out should see Mrs. Dodds.  It should be a lot of fun and a great way for RMS to help out this great event. 

-Thursday, October 30th - 9AM RMS Picture Retakes. For a retake your student must hand the original packet of photos back to the photographer.  If you missed picture day the first time around, your student will need the completed order form or the receipt from your online order.  Extra order forms are available in the office or you can go online  ID: VJ014061Q1

-Dresden Strategic Planning Forums: The Dresden School Board has approved the Initial Findings of the Hanover High School (HHS) Strategic Planning report. This report outlines the work conducted over the last year by the HHS Strategic Planning Committee to define the core values, mission, and vision for HHS and to establish essential priorities for HHS for the next five years. A copy of the report is available to the public on the SAU 70 and HHS websites. During the 2014-2015 school year, the staff of HHS will work to develop practical steps and action plans that effectively address the identified priorities and progress HHS makes toward this long-term vision. To assist in that process, the Dresden School District seeks to engage with, and solicit input from, the greater educational community. Please consider participating by attending one of two community forums that will be held 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday, November 6 in the HHS Library. Each forum will include opportunities for all participants to engage in structured dialogue directly related to the newly approved priorities of HHS. All members of our greater educational community are invited to engage in these substantive discussions. 

While these discussions are largely focused on HHS and our SAU70 vision of our graduates we at RMS play an important role in shaping these conversations and action plans. Please consider adding your voice. RMS will also host an extension of the strategic planning process in the coming year so stay tuned for more details to come. Thank you!
+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Hanover Police Department Meet and Greet: Saturday, November 8th, 9-11am.  Umpleby's Bakery Cafe, 3 South Main Street, Hanover.  Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood! 

-Classic Winter Lacrosse Camp at Dartmouth College: Coached by Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse Staff and Players Saturday & Sunday December 6-7, 2014 This camp is open to any girls in 6th-12th grade! For more information and camp schedule visit our website:

-Young Writers Project Celebration of WritingSaturday, November 8. Celebration of Writing 2014. Release of Anthology 6! Workshops, Keynote by national author, Thomas Christopher Greene, Millennials on Stage. 
WORKSHOPS GALORE -- Leland Kinsey, GG, Geof Hewitt, Jo Knowles, Sarah Stewart Taylor, Darcie Abbene, Reuben Jackson at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier! More information on their web site.