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posted Dec 5, 2014, 10:42 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 11:36 AM ]


RMFriday Focus 
Friday, December 05 2014

rms students providing tech support at Kendal

RMS technology club members providing tech support at Kendal Weds.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

December 8-14, 2014 is Computer Science Education Week. The week is organized internationally to highlight efforts to teach computer science skills including solving unstructured problems and working with new information. At RMS, we offer computer literacy courses to students in the 6th and 7th grades. In addition, coding and integrated technology opportunities are present across our school and curriculum.

We have planned several special computer science activities for the week here at RMS. Several of our robotics teams will be showcasing their work in the RMS lobby during lunch periods. RMS technology staff and student helpers will make coding opportunities available to students in a coding clinic in the lobby during lunches and morning meetings. This past Wednesday, the RMS ISquad (technology club) visited the Kendal retirement community to lend some tech support to residents. Finally, several teachers are bringing some coding activities and opportunities to their classrooms this week.

An important part of Computer Science Education Week is the "Hour of Code." The Hour of Code is an introductory opportunity for anyone to spend an hour experimenting with some basic coding. The activities are designed to be accessible to any age group and experience level. I've tried several myself and found them easy to do and quite a bit of fun. If you or your child is interested in giving the Hour of Code a try you can find many of designed coding activities at

Finally, a quick snapshot into a few moments at RMS. This morning we were treated to a singing and dancing performance from several of our Spanish classes led by Erin Madory. The group brought smiles and enthusiasm for language learning to the front and center during our snack period. Students in 8th grade English with Mrs. Dodds and Mr. Ivanoski were preparing for a formal debate on the potential benefits and harms of Social Media. Our Boys Chorus was treated to a performance and lesson led by a student at HHS. Students in French participated in a reenactment of the legend of St. Nicolas. A homeroom prepared a motion to bring to the staff and students in an effort to clarify our No Homework Holidays. Our 6th grade Band and Chorus were all smiles fresh off an amazing concert last night. These are just a sample of the incredible things you can see in a short walk around RMS. Active, engaged students enjoying their learning. As always, it is my pleasure to share a few of the exciting things happening at our school. Have a wonderful weekend.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

Thank you for all of the responses to our expanded salad bar question (most popular question so far!). Overwhelming support for this idea with 68 "Yes" and 0 "No". We will be surveying the students this week and have started the work with our cafe staff to get the regular salad bar up and running. 

This week's poll question is a sample question from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) training test. The SBAC is replacing both the ELA and Math NECAP testing typically done in the spring. In preparation for the new test the staff took both the Math and English Language Arts training tests during staff meeting this week. We'll have much more to share in terms of the testing schedule and process when we get closer to March. In the meantime we thought you might enjoy trying one of the questions. The full practice tests are available here.

Click here for this week's poll question.

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


Thursday, December 11 RMS 7th/8th Grade Bands and 6/7/8 Strings Concert. RMS Auditorium. 7p.

Wednesday, December 24 SAU 70 December Break Begins.

+RMS Notes and Information

-Cold Weather Clothing: Reminder that students should come to school with warm weather clothing. If we were to have to evacuate the building for a planned drill or emergency it may require us to spend some time outdoors before moving to our evacuation site at the Ray School. In addition, we try and provide outdoor recess as a choice during lunches. Thank you!

-Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminder from HPD: Please do not enter the circle or the school parking lots for pick-up, drop-off, or turn-arounds during the start and end of school. Parents are asked to use the cut-outs on Route 10 and the traffic circles. For extended visits at the school you should park in the school lots and walk to the front entrance. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students safe.

-The RMS Leadership Class is going to host a "cookie swap" to benefit Toys for Tots on December 15th 6:30-8:00. Information will be coming from students or contact Mr. Lacrosse.

-Weather Reminder from SAU 70: We apologize for any glitches related to our Alert phone calls during the delay last week. We hope that the system and your information are now up to date and ready for the next occasion. If you have any questions about the information we have on file please verify what we have in the Powerschool Portal and contact the RMS office with any questions or changes. In addition, WMUR provides an excellent resource both on the web and through their broadcast that is typically a very early indicator of upcoming announcements. Thank you!

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-The Hanover Winter Recreation Brochure is online and filled with great activities for all to enjoy. You can view the Brochure at

-HANOVER CHRISTMAS MYSTERY CELEBRATES 98 YEARS. On December 14th, the Christmas Mystery will be performed at Rollins Chapel in Hanover for the 98th time. The Mystery is one of the longest-running pageants in the country.  It was first performed in 1917 at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College (then known as the White Church). When fire destroyed the church in 1931 the Mystery moved to Rollins Chapel. Christmas Mystery: Sunday December 14, 2014 at 4 and 5 p.m. Free and open to the public More information on Facebook: Christmas Mystery Hanover, NH 

6th grade band

RMS 6th Grade Band with Mr. Hall