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posted Nov 14, 2014, 12:17 PM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Nov 26, 2014, 4:12 AM ]
RMFriday Focus 
Friday, November 14 2014


RMS 8th Grade Science courses integrate the science inquiry and design process in their wind turbine projects.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

A couple short notes and highlights from this week:

-Snow Days: With the arrival of some snow during the morning commute this seems like a good time to send a reminder about snow delay and cancellation procedures. When winter weather is a possibility the SAU monitors the conditions in consultation with local districts, road agents and weather outlets. When the determination is made to call a delay or cancelation the notice is shared with local media and a phone call is sent out using our Blackboard Connect system. School closing information is also posted to the SAU web site. You can review your contact information through the Powerschool Student Portal. Please contact the school office if you have any corrections or changes you would like to make to this information.

-Veterans Day: RMS recognized Veterans Day through two events on Wednesday. Students organized and led an all-school assembly that provided an overview of the history of the holiday and thoughts about service. Staff, students and community who had connections to veterans through family and friends spoke of their sacrifice and service. In addition, students led an all-school singing of the national anthem. Later, veterans from Kendal were invited to join students for lunch in our cafe. The conversations and connections were enjoyed by all. Thank you to the RMS student council for organizing these events for the RMS and local community.

Some of the topics I am working on for upcoming Friday Focus notes include Student Support Services, Upcoming SBAC Testing, Homework, Sustainability and other Curricular Topics. I welcome your suggestions as well! Have a wonderful weekend.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

(We are running this question a second week)
We recognize that the transition from elementary school to middle school can be both exciting and challenging for students. Accordingly, we are constantly looking to improve both our effectiveness at preparing and supporting students for the move to middle school and in supporting and guiding them when they arrive. With that in mind our poll question this week asks for your suggestions and ideas for how we might be more effective in these efforts. Thank you for your thoughts!

-How could we better support our students in their transition to the Richmond Middle School?

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


Wednesday, November 26 RMS Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 2 RMS 7/8 Chorus Concert. RMS Auditorium. 7p.

Thursday, December 4 RMS 6th Grade Band/Chorus Concert. RMS Auditorium. 7p.

Friday, December 12 (UPDATED) RMS Fall Talent Show. RMS Auditorium. 7p.

+RMS Notes and Information

-Health Office Notes:
Illness, Hand-Washing and Sneeze Into Your Sleeve Information. I've been busy reminding students the importance of hand-washing, sneezing into your sleeve and covering coughs. Morning announcements, hallway conversations, twitter and my website are ways that I reach out to students and families. Maybe your middle school student would like to see just how far a sneeze travels? Myth Busters style (video). 
As a general reminder students with a fever >100 should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication. Please do not send your student to school if sick to take a quiz, test or to present a project. Students and families are encouraged to contact the teacher to schedule a make up date instead. Thank you. 
Type 1 Diabetes Awareness. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. For a small number of children, flu-like symptoms may be the first sign of diabetes, and we want you to be aware of what to look for. Symptoms of diabetes in children include: Nausea, vomiting, feeling very tired, heavy labored breathing, increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination and new bedwetting, sudden weight loss and blurred vision. If you notice that your child continues to complain of flu-like symptoms and has additional symptoms from the list above that seem to be getting worse, you may want to ask your pediatrician or healthcare provider to perform a simple blood and/or urine test to check for diabetes.  In most cases your child’s complaints are caused by a virus, but I also want you to be aware of the less common symptoms that could be the first sign of diabetes. For further information or action to take, call your pediatrician or healthcare provider.

-Homework-Free Extended School Breaks: The staff at RMS recognize the importance of taking a break from school-assigned homework and projects during extended school vacations. Accordingly, we do not assign regular homework for our longer school vacations. This includes the upcoming Thanksgiving break. Exceptions would include those students who need to catch up on late or missing work. We feel that spending time with family, attending to wellness-related opportunities, and pursuing individual passions, hobbies and interests are important aspects of these extended breaks.

-RMS Community Members:  Stop by Thayer School of Engineering and enjoy the First Lego League regional robotics tournament from 9:30 AM- 3PM this Saturday, November 15th.  Cheer on our five teams: LOL (League of Learners), Rubix Cubix, TWACA (Team With a Cool Acronym), Roblox and L.E.G.O.  Seventeen teams from the Upper Valley will be competing.  This event is free and open to the public.  Go RMS Robotics! 

-Extending School Breaks: Students who plan to be absent before Thanksgiving or December breaks, please have your parents contact Mrs. Wybourne to let the school and your teachers know of your absence.

-School Supplies: As we enter the second quarter, we have noticed a decrease in the number of "pencil case supplies." All RMS students should have a healthy supply of pencils, pens, highlighters, and Post-It notes throughout the school year. These supplies are invaluable tools across the curriculum. Thanks for your support of this endeavor!

-Foreign Language Program Student Work on Display at RMS: Please stop in and take a few minutes to view some exciting student work in our lobby. Visitors here during school hours should sign in at the office prior to visiting the displays.
+Día de los Muertos display in the glass case - this is the work of students from the Friday Spanish club Comida y conversación, combined with papier mâché skulls created by Mr. Eastman's art students.  Find out more about the symbols and significance of this Mexican holiday celebrated Nov 1 & 2.  Catch this while you can, as this display will not be around for much longer.
+Devinettes (riddles)These are above the bench outside the library. Test your French language skills and tease your brains by trying to work out what or who is being described by 7th grade students in this fun display.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-  Winter robotics (1/7/15-3/21/15) groups are now forming.  Visit the website for more details and to sign up for our Open House on Sunday Nov 23.  

-For 2014 Trumbull Hall Troupe is presenting Fish Tale, the story about a mermaid who dreams of being an astronaut — and the astrophysics geek who falls overboard during a school trip and winds up in Atlantis, where she lives. Add to this a self-absorbed mer-Prince and his trusty jumbo-shrimp sidekick, a cheerleader who winds up substitute teaching a school of fish, and an evil electric eel named Slick Cheney — and you get a funny, colorful musical about reaching for the stars, and finding your place in the world. We will be performing Fish Tale November 14, 15, & 16th 2014 at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH. Reserving seats is free, and helpful if you want to make sure you get a seat. Net proceeds are donated to the Zienzele Foundation, UpperValley Haven, and CHaD.