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posted Oct 28, 2016, 7:06 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  10/28/2016



Principal’s Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Tonight should be a busy night in Hanover and Norwich! In addition to the HHS football game and Dartmouth homecoming festivities we will be hosting our annual Halloween Dance from 7-9p tonight. Please review our dance guidelines and ask your child about the costume contest and other special events. Given the activity in town you may wish to give yourself a little extra time to get here for the 9p pick-up. This dance is always a favorite for our students and participating staff. I'm looking forward to it!

At our staff meeting this week we spent some time discussing best practices in communicating with parents. This was a follow-up to a session offered during our fall inservice day led by John Lacrosse. Topics included principles of positive communication and a discussion of the methods and formats of communication we utilize.

Themes of Positive Communications included:

  • Honest
  • Mutually Respectful/Non-Judgmental
  • Timely
  • Helpful and Hopeful
  • Developmentally Appropriate

We also each shared an example of one of the most positive and productive teacher-parent relationships we experienced in our careers and in small groups dug into what factors contributed to the success. I think it was a great discussion and highlighted what we all know to be true. Our families are an important part of each student's educational team and we appreciate your partnership. We'll keep looking for opportunities to improve how we work together and welcome your input and suggestions.


I hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend. Next week I should be able to share some photos from our very popular Principal's Challenge Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Always a fun time.


Michael Lepene 

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

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

Friday, November 4 - Last Day of Q1.

Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day, No School. 

RMS Notes and Information

-Technology in the Classroom: Mapping Migration

6th Grade Social Studies students have recently been learning about possible ancient migration routes to the Americas. Several routes were explored and each student was assigned a migration theory to research and map. Students were familiarized with research tools in the Library with Ms. Putnam Pouliot including learning how to create electronic citations of images and resources using “Noodle Tools”. As a culminating project, students created a map using “Google My Maps” where they wrote about their assigned migration theory, included a picture and drew a line of the possible migration. Below is a project sample. Marty Warren - RMS Technology Coordinator/Integrator

-Health Office News:

Immunization Update: We are making progress on school wide immunization compliance. Of the 81 non compliant immunization letters mailed out, I've heard back from 67 parents and guardians. Thank you. Please call or email the health office if you received a letter and have not communicated your child's missing immunization information. Thank you. 

Student Flu Clinic: The student flu clinic was held last Friday afternoon during school. 

As always, it takes a village of people to implement a successful flu clinic during a busy school day! Our Crew: RMS Staff, RMS students (102 were vaccinated), Hanover Paramedics Mike Gilbert AEMT and Troy Leatherman AEMT, Past Ray School RN Anne Bradley, Parent Volunteers Jeanne Ball, Michele Sacerdote, Tracy Martino-Hsu and Beth Simpkins, Volunteer Coordinator Kerry Artman, DHMC Community Health Improvement coordinator Wesley Miller. Thank you everyone! 

-Physical Education Notes from Catherine Patch @CatherineAPatch:

RMS Physical Education has some tried and true staples we like to include near the beginning of the school year. Inviting the school nurse to come in is one of these examples, all students received this information first quarter. We are blessed with Abby Pelletier, an energetic, hands-on school nurse who is a central part of our school. Nurse Pelletier introduces herself; it’s best for students to meet a friendly face before they are sick and injured with a stranger. We allow opportunities for students to ask Nurse Pelletier questions and alleviate any fears. Our students are knowledgeable and helpful in our school and community on these topics.

·      AED: We review the locations in the school and why these locations are sensible. AED’s are most likely to be needed by adults. We demonstrate with the CPR mannequin & practice AED machine. The sticky pads go on the bare chest. Students listen to the directions, as the machine speaks to you. They do not deliver a shock unless it's necessary so it never hurts if you aren’t sure (so cool!).

·      Immunizations: Year to year the RMS community averages a 98% immunization rate and I attribute some of that to Nurse Pelletier’s work talking with students about the science of keeping up immunizations. Students participate in a dialogue with Nurse Pelletier about the importance of herd immunity and disease prevention. They ask some very smart questions! She also organizes an annual flu shot clinic for staff and students at the school so she takes the opportunity to let students know that is coming up. 

·      Head Lice: We talk about lice and how it’s not a disease or anything to be scared of. Lice are common in schools, especially to people with clean hair. Nurse Pelletier passes around a louse that is scotch taped to a notecard, props always help! We discuss how lice are transmitted- by crawling; not jumping, so sitting next to someone with lice will not give you lice. Ways to prevent lice: bring your own pillow to sleepovers; don’t share hats or hair accessories/brushes, touching head to head. Nurse Pelletier also goes over how to treat lice.

·      General Illness: Our school’s policy is don’t come to school for 24 hours after a fever. Nurse Pelletier talks about hand washing and the importance of sanitizing especially before meals. We have installed hand sanitation stations by the cafeteria line and have hand sanitizer available in every classroom. Unannounced to students she shakes some students hands as they walked in with Glo Germ Lotion on her hand that has now transferred. She asks the students to go wash their hands. After washing their hands students use a UV light to visualize possible skin areas that did not get washed well (the skin will glow). This helps to demonstrate the importance of washing hands well.

·      EpiPens: We talk about how some students have allergies in our school. If someone is having an allergic reaction and asks you to get their EpiPen, and an adult isn’t available get the EpiPen, you may need to give them a shot. It will go through jeans (so cool). Directions are: hold arm out to the side and jab it into the outside of their thigh. Students practice with a practice EpiPen. Nurse Pelletier also smashed an expired EpiPen so she can put all the parts into a plastic bag to show students. 

        Any other topics you would include? Let’s continue the conversation, feel free to e-mail me! 

-Friendly Safety Reminder from HPD: Please do not use the school parking lots or circle for drop-off or pick-up between 730-815a and 230-315p (130-215p Weds). Instead use the pull-out lanes on Route 10 and the traffic circles to change direction. Thank you.

-SAU 70 Superintendent Frank Bass is retiring at the end of this school year, and the search for his successor has begun. The Hanover-Norwich board is seeking community input on the skills, attributes and experience that the next superintendent should possess. As part of that process, the search committee is sponsoring two community open forums:

Hanover - Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. in the Hanover High School library

Norwich - Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. in the Marion Cross School Multi

For additional information, contact search committee chair Justin Campfield at or 802-649-2482.

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Please come out and support the Hanover Football team tonight at 7pm. This is our last home game and  Senior night  festivities begin at 6:30 with kickoff happening at 7pm.

-WISE invites you to a screening of The Mask You Live In, Jennifer Siebel Newsom's compelling follow up to Miss Representation. The Mask You Live In identifies the ways that boys and young men are struggling with what it means to be "a real man."  It explores America's narrow definition of masculinity and the ways that young men are forced to confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. Join us for this engaging film and the opportunity to connect with fellow community members on this important topic. This film is appropriate for middle and high school students and adults. 
When:  Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm Reception including drinks, appetizers and introductory remarks. Film starts at 7:00pm.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley, Route 5 South Norwich, VT
There is no charge for the event, donations are welcome and RSVPs are encouraged. Please contact> or="">603-448-5922 for more information and "attend" the event on Facebook at,>>

-Hello Richmond Middle School Families: FOR  SALE: HHS Spirit Jerseys and Hooded Sweatshirts in eye catching maroon and white colors. Taking orders NOW for your favorite future Marauders. Items will arrive in time for the holiday season. Your participation supports the efforts of Youth-In-Action at Hanover High School. This LINK will take you to the order form. Deadline is November 15. Questions? Email: Beth or call 643.3431 extension 2713

-Next week, the annual Christmas Market with a Difference will return to Church of Christ at Dartmouth College (that's the white church with the steeple on campus) Thursday November 3rd & Friday November 4th10am-6pm and Saturday November 5th 10am-2pm. Twenty nonprofit organizations will be selling fair trade, handcrafted items made by artisans from around the world. The "difference" is that 100% of the proceeds go to participating charitable organizations and their artisans. You can find jewelry, apparel, linens, baskets, toys, cards, specialty foods, and lots more. It's a great way to make a positive impact in the world...through shopping! Find out more at: or

Students will be volunteering at this event and we hope you will come check it out!

-Trumbull Hall Troupe present Legally Blonde The MusicalLebanon Opera House, 51 N. Park Street, Lebanon NH 03766

Friday, November 4th, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, November 5th, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Sunday, November 6th, 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Based on the novel and the hit-movie of the same name, Legally Blonde: the Musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner. In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.
NOTE: This show is PG-13 for language and innuendo. 
Directed by: Mary Gaetz, Music Direction by: Carol Cronce, Choreography by: Allyson Weiner-Sawyer

TICKETS: General Admission. Reservations can be made at

PRICE:By Donation - Net proceeds are distributed to charities that support children and for 2016 are CHaD, the Zienzele Foundation, and the Upper Valley Haven!

Trumbull Hall Troupe was founded to provide kids with a fun, educational theater experience that could also contribute to improving the lives of children less fortunate. In an effort to give back to the community, net proceeds from every show are donated to charities that support children. In fact, when you buy a ticket for performances, you can choose which charity will receive your funds. For 2016 our charities are CHaD, the Zienzele Foundation, and the Upper Valley Haven! In the past decade, the Troupe has donated over $120K to kids in need in the Upper Valley and around the world.


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