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Friday Focus 121115

posted Dec 11, 2015, 10:28 AM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday Focus  12/11/2015   

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

To celebrate National Computer Science Week, Richmond Middle School Students have been participating in the Hour of Code which is an annual event designed to introduce students all over the world to computer science and “to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.”


Each day of the week, coding events were held in the RMS Lobby during lunch for all grades to try.  Students had an opportunity to use iPads to program “Ollie” and “Dot” robots through mazes in the lobby and other students created paintings programming “Sphero” robots to spread paint over a canvas.

When we weren’t using the robots, we opened the lobby up for students to participate in Hour of Code Week on the Code.Org website.  Challenges have ranged from programming Angry Birds, making holiday cards, and creating their own games.  Many of the challenges use “block commands” so students can learn the basic concepts of programming without worrying about command syntax.  More advanced challenges use programming languages such as Javascript and Python.  Games students created in elective classes were also shared and played.

Our goal was to have every student participate in at least an hour this week and through in class activities and Morning Meeting we met our goal.  Thanks to all for a great week!

Michael Lepene 

All School Events and Calendar

Tuesday, December 15 - RMS/HHS Jazz Bands Concert, RMS Auditorium, 7p.

Wednesday, December 16 - RMS 8th Grade Of Mice and Men Trial

Wednesday, December 16 - RMS 7/8 Chorus Concert, RMS Auditorium, 7p.

Friday, December 18 - RMS Spirit Day "Ugly Sweaters"

Tuesday, December 22 - All-School Assembly "Rock Bands", 130p.

Wednesday, December 23 - Begin December Break (No HW Holiday).

Monday, January 4 - Return to RMS from December Break.

RMS Notes and Information

-Student Council News

Toys for Tots Update
Our annual Toys for Tots Drive is progressing.  Items are coming in slowly but surely. We are hopeful that students and families will take some time this weekend to pick up a new, unwrapped toy to contribute to our drive on Monday.  The sixth grade is hoping to collect 100 items before the end of the drive on 12/21.  Students and staff who contribute will be entered in to our Toys for Tots raffle drawing.

Ugly Sweater Day is coming
Next Friday, December 18th
Prizes for particularly noteworthy sweaters

RMS Leadership Class will again be sponsoring a cookie contest and swap on Monday December 21.  More info will be coming to students next week.

-Attendance Reminder: As the holidays approach, please remember that if your child is going to be out of school for any extra days, we need written confirmation from a parent. Either a note, which should be handed in to the office, or an email sent to Mrs.Wybourne.

-Invitation: Come witness the 8th grade Of Mice and Men Mock Trial on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 in the RMS auditorium.  Opening statements begin at 8:15.  The law teams, character witnesses and jury have all been working hard to prepare for this exciting culminating activity.  Will Lennie Small be guilty of manslaughter, or not guilty due to mental deficiency?  The best argument and evidence will decide!

Special Recognition
-Thank you to Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Putnam-Pouliot, Mr. Warren, and Ms. Yates for organizing a fun, engaging, and educational CodeWeek at RMS. Look for additional lobby events that celebrate learning throughout the year at RMS. 
Community Calendar and Activities
-Circle Up! is a parent-motivated community partnership working to ensure our Hanover/Norwich area community supports safe and healthy development for our children, including reducing the likelihood that they will be hurt by alcohol and other drug misuse.  We believe all parts of our community must work together to establish, monitor, and reinforce healthy norms and behaviors, and work to reduce teen access to alcohol, marijuana, unused medications, and other drugs.  For more information, go to

Circle Up! is building their Listserv to include more Hanover/Norwich/Lyme families.  If you would like to receiveCircle Up! news and event information,  please send your name and email address to Angie Leduc,  Drug Free Communities (DFC) Partnership Coordinator at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Expect to receive 2-3 Circle Up! emails a month.

-Hanover Christmas MysterySunday, December 13, 4 and 5p, Rollins Chapel, Hanover. Free and open to the public. More information on Facebook: 2015 Christmas Mystery, Hanover, NH.




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