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posted Dec 19, 2014, 12:40 PM by Michael Lepene


RMFriday Focus 
Friday, December 19 2014

rms snow walk

RMS students enjoy the snow on a walk back from lunch at Kendal.

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

The RMS staff wish you all a wonderful holiday break. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the New Year.

RMS staff picture

This week's Friday Focus is to alert you to our upcoming participation in the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey. 

Our school is participating in the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont Department of Health. The survey gathers information about health risk behaviors of 6th through 8th grade students. The survey includes questions about nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, physical exercise, and injuries. Schools, communities and state agencies will use the results of the survey to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding. RMS 7th & 8th grade students will participate again this year. 

We are planning to administer the survey on February 25, 2015

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with state and local school officials, developed the YRBS. It also has the support of many national organizations including the National PTA. 

The YRBS is anonymous, and survey procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy. The names of students who take the survey and their survey responses will not be disclosed to any school employee nor will any student's name or survey responses be divulged in a report of the results. We would like all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary. No student is required to take the survey. 

As a parent of a student eligible to participate in the YRBS, federal law affords you the right to inspect the survey before it is administered and to opt your child out of participating in the survey. This should be available at least two days prior to survey administration. Should you decide to opt your child out of taking the survey please inform us in writing by end of day February 24, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Liz Powers in RMS Guidance. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

Last week we were curious as to whether you had given the "Hour of Code" a try at home. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. 
Thirty-three percent of respondents have tried the "Hour of Code" at home, 42% said "no", and 17% responded with "not yet."
Thank you for the responses!

For those of you who had requested the salad bar in a previous survey, I am excited to pass along that we have ordered a new salad bar and will let you know when we have it up and running. We know it will be popular from our parent and student surveys.

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


Wednesday, December 24 SAU 70 December Break Begins.

Thursday, January 8 RMS/HHS Jazz Bands Concerts. HHS. 7p.

Friday, January 9 RMS Talent Show. RMS Auditorium. 7p.

+RMS Notes and Information

-There will not be 6th or 7th grade homework clubs on Tuesday 12/23. Because vacation is starting 12/24, there will not be homework. We will resume the Tuesday after vacation 3-4 PM. Thanks! Mrs. Powers and Mr. LaCrosse.

-There will also not be HHS Tutor Sessions on Tuesday 12/23. Our HHS tutors will be beginning their winter breaks.

-No Homework Holidays: RMS 8th grade students from the Dodds homeroom worked with staff and students to develop expanded language around our homework-free holidays at RMS. I was most impressed by their efforts to identify an opportunity for school improvement and their collection of feedback and facilitation of discussion that led to a solution. Students researched the HHS Council and met with each grade-level team. We know that our students have great ideas for making RMS a great place to learn and look forward to our next collaboration.

"The RMS community agrees that no homework will be assigned during long weekends and school vacations. Homework includes assigned reading, assignments, projects, and test prep due the Monday or Tuesday after a “homework free” break. This policy applies to all courses at RMS. This may not include students who have not kept up with their work or have been absent from school prior to the break."

-RMS Robotics: Two HHS students, Kiely Smiga-McManus and Owen Versteeg, were awarded the 2014 Young Mentor Award at the NH First Lego League Championship.  This event was held on Saturday, 12/6, at Nashua High School. Both Kiely and Owen are RMS Robotics alums.  Their willingness to give back to the robotics program to help our middle school scientists is a fine example of the collaboration that exists between HHS and RMS. Kiely and Owen spent the past 12 weeks volunteering their time with our five RMS Robotics teams. They have guided these forty scientists with writing code and engineering design.  Their help was invaluable to our three teams who competed in the State Championship. Thank you, Kiely and Owen!

-Save the date for RMS Staff Appreciation DayJanuary 16th. Start gathering gifts for raffle, and think about what to make for a special lunch. Email me if you're interested in being added to the list:

-Toys for Tots: Reminder that Monday is the last day to bring in unwrapped toys for our RMS Toys for Tots Drive. Thank you for your support!

+Community Calendar and Activities 

Thu & Fri • Dec 18 & 19 • 7 pm Sat • Dec 20 • 2 & 7 pm Sun • Dec 21 • 1 & 5 pm
Spaulding Auditorium, Hanover, NH


Come one, come all! The Christmas Revels celebrates its 40th Anniversary at the Hopkins Center, December 18 through 21. In this tale set in the 1920s, you’ll travel to a stately English manor for glorious carols and festive dance as the story of the Duke and his pesky ancestors unfolds with drama, pageantry, humor, and beloved holiday traditions.  Renowned guest performers Anna Patton, Karen Hansen, Hildur Colot, and Jane Orzechowski join the 70-member, all-ages cast for a lively, tuneful celebration of the season, with music from  medieval times through the early twentieth century. Called the Best Christmastime Entertainment by CBS News, The Christmas Revels promises family-friendly fun that will have you dancing in the aisles. Don’t miss this must-see Upper Valley holiday tradition filled with lots of audience participation. 
Visit to learn more. To buy tickets, call the Hopkins Center Box Office at 603-646-2422 or order online at