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posted Oct 31, 2014, 10:29 AM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday Focus 
Friday, October 31 2014


+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We hope that you are having a terrific Friday and that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable weekend. We are wrapping up a wonderful week at RMS full of school spirit, high-energy, and a very successful food drive benefiting the Upper Valley Haven. 

This week I am highlighting the recent work of one of our clubs, the RMS Student Newspaper. The "RMS Goose" has been in publication for a few years now and has taken several forms. Most recently, under the direction of Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Lacrosse, the RMS Goose has expanded its scope and raised the bar in terms of layout and presentation. I have attached the front cover from the most recent edition to the Friday Focus. Paper copies were distributed to students and staff and the club is working on the production of an online version for future editions. Articles include interviews, informative pieces about various aspects of life at RMS, student and staff creative-writing, photo contests, fun facts, editorials, and the occasional comic or illustration. 

Extracurriculars and clubs provide opportunities for our students to extend and apply their learning from our core program. We greatly appreciate the staff and volunteers who work to make these opportunities available to our students. A list of the current or recent offerings from the school can be found here. Additional opportunities are available through the Hanover Recreation Department and other community groups.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

Over the last two weeks we asked you for your feedback on our budget priorities for the 2015-2016 school year. Thank you for all of your suggestions. I will make sure the budget committee has the opportunity to review your responses. 

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


Friday, November 7 -Last day of Quarter One

Tuesday, November 11 -Veterans Day, No School

Friday, November 14 -Q1 Report Cards issued to students.

+RMS Notes and Information

-Food Drive for the UV Haven: Thanks to the efforts of the RMS community and our student council we were able to donate 1300 pounds of food and $1400 to theUpper Valley Haven. Unknown to us, financial donations this month are being matched by another funding source so our donation will make an even larger impact in our local community. We believe that a student's experience at RMS should include opportunities to serve and make a difference for our community. With your support we were able to have a highly successful campaign. Thank you.

-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!    

-Student Immunizations: Thank you for your assistance in ensuring our immunization records are current and complete. Currently we are waiting to hear from a number of families whose student immunization records do not meet New Hampshire state requirements: "(d) If a child is not immunized as in Ed 311.01(a), does not have a religious or medical exemption, or is unable to provide evidence of acceptable immunization for conditional enrollment, he/she shall not be admitted to school". If you received a letter (September) and a recent phone call/message from me (October) regarding your child's immunization(s), please call the Health Office. If you will not be immunizing your student for religious reasons, please see the link for religious exemption form. If not immunizing due to medical reasons, I must have a physician signed letter of reason.  
Religious Exemption Form
NH School Immunization Laws
Thank you parents for helping to keep Richmond School and the community healthy and free of disease outbreak!
Abigale Pelletier, RNHealth Office 
+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Empower Lacrosse Club provides lacrosse opportunities for girls from 3rd to 12th grade.  One of our goals is to offer in and out of season lacrosse opportunities, while respecting the positive impact of girls playing multiple sports.  There will be a Parent Meeting for those interested in Empower Lacrosse on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-6:30, in room 212 at Richard W. Black Center in Hanover, NH.  As we enter our second year as a lacrosse club, it is increasingly clear to us the role we can play to help your daughters develop as lacrosse players and student-athletes.  Please contact Marianne Bocock Doyle,, with questions. 

-Ford Sayre Ski and Winter Equipment Sale!  Get ready for the winter season - clean out the outgrown and shop for some new or quality used equipment.  The Ford Sayre Ski Sale is on Sunday, November 9th from 12 - 2 pm at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH.  Consignment will take place on Friday evening, 6 - 7:30 pm and Saturday 9-11 am.  Sign up to volunteer at the sale for two or more shifts and you will be allowed to shop at the special pre-sale for workers only.  Register to volunteer at or contact Steve Thoms at 802-649-2855 Have ski program questions?  Visit the Ford Sayre Information Booth at the ski sale to meet with representatives from all Ford Sayre programs. Need to get your pass at Dartmouth Skiway or Whaleback?  Representatives from both ski areas will be at the sale. Don't miss this annual event and get ready to THINK SNOW! 

-Hanover Rotary Seeks Host Families for French Student, Joseph Glock. The Hanover Rotary Club has welcomed two exchange students to HHS this year - Tihana Strnad, a 16 year old girl from Zagreb, Croatia and Joseph Glock, a 15 year old boy from Hoerdt (Strasbourg), France. Both students are attending HHS for the entire school year, while HHS has three of our own students involved in the Rotary Exchange Program this year in Germany, Italy and Thailand.  During their year in the U.S., Rotary exchange students typically stay with three different host families for a period of 15 weeks per family. The Hanover Rotary Club is still looking for two additional host families for Joseph Glock (15) for the second hosting period from early December through mid-March and for the third hosting period from mid-March through mid-to-late June.  Joseph is a wonderful young  man who would particularly enjoy families with younger children or teens his age and he also loves animals. Hosting an international student is a wonderful and enriching experience.  The student becomes part of your family and it is a fabulous experience for your own children.  My family has hosted many international students over the years and we have loved every minute of the hosting experience.  Hosting is also easier than you think!  If you are interested in the hosting experience please feel free to contact me via email at or by phone at 643-0701 (work) or 643-6491 (home) with any questions.   I can provide you with more information about Joseph and about the Rotary Exchange program. 

-Indoor rock climbing team – Join other Richmond Middle School students for the winter season of indoor rock climbing at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (GMRCC) in Quechee.  This co-ed program is open to middle school students in grades 6th-8th.  Teams practice at the GMRCC Quechee facility and compete as a team against other local schools at monthly competitions.  Students will learn climbing skills and total body fitness.  All team members will have access to the climbing gym during regular business hours, free instructional lessons, and free harness/shoes rentals.  No climbing experience necessary.  GMRCC 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 November 4th at 5pm.  For more information contact Jeff Low ( 

-Solarize Hanover Update: Over 220 residents attended the Solarize Hanover Launch event last Thursday evening and 110 households have already signed up for free site visits by our solar contractor, Energy Emporium of Enfield.  If you ever thought about installing solar, it may never get as inexpensive as it will be through the Solarize program.  For more information, go to and to schedule a site visit go to

-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:

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