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RMS Friday Focus 082214

posted Aug 22, 2014, 8:09 AM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday Focus 
Friday, August 22 2014

RMS Lobby Art

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Good afternoon. I hope that you and your children enjoy this last weekend before the start of school. I know in my family we are busily checking school supply lists, transportation plans, filling out school forms and doing all that last minute prep for the new year. Hopefully, we will take some time as a family to relax and enjoy a last bit of this beautiful summer as well.

Please double-check the start of school schedule and upcoming dates. Let us know if you have any questions.

As so often happens with calendars we already have a change. Our Fall Open House has been moved from September 25th to September 30th. We made the move in an effort to be sensitive to our families observing Rosh Hashanah. In addition, we made our best attempt to find a new date that did not conflict with other SAU-70 evening events. I know that shifts in plans like this can be difficult and appreciate your flexibility and understanding. As you look ahead at the events for the year please feel free to reach out to me with potential conflicts. While I cannot guarantee we can make a change I am happy to take a look.

I would like to take a little space in this week's newsletter to introduce our new staff for the 14-15 school year. You can find a complete listing of RMS staff on our web page.

-Kevin Cotter: Kevin will teach 6th grade Social Studies. He comes to us from Lebanon Middle School where he most recently taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies.

-Aurore Grzesitza: Aurore will teach 7th and 8th grade French. She comes to us from the TLC International School in Mauritania where she taught French.

-Hunter Hague: Hunter will teach 7th and 8th grade English. He comes to us from recent teaching experience at both the Richmond Middle School and Oxbow High School.

-Heather Lepene: Heather will teach PreAlgebra and General Math. She comes to us from Cedar Park Middle School where she taught 7th grade math and was a district math coach.

-Chris Putnam-Pouliot: Chris will be our new Library-Media Specialist. She comes to us from the Hartford School District where she was a librarian.

-Hannah Rommer: Hannah will be our new Strings teacher. She comes to us from Bard College where she was an assistant conductor. She also recently has been a visiting assistant professor at Middlebury College.

-Amanda Yates: Amanda is our new Associate Principal. She comes to us from the Hartford School District where she was a Technology Integration Specialist. Prior to this position Amanda taught middle school and high school English.

So far, we also welcome 35 students new to SAU-70, 86 students coming from the Ray School and 43 students from the Marion Cross School. We look forward to bringing our new RMS community together through a variety of orientation and team-building experiences during the first few weeks of school.

All of us at RMS are excited about meeting our new students on Wednesday morning and beginning what we know will be a wonderful school year. As always, please let us know how we can help.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

Last week we asked you for feedback on our summer communications. We greatly appreciate the responses and suggestions and will look to implement some of the ideas. Twenty-seven of twenty-eight responses indicated a strongly agree or agree with communications being effective and timely. Some of the suggestions and comments included:

-Appreciation for the postcards sent directly to students.
-Encouraging continued use of social media.
-Providing online form submissions options (We are working on this one and agree! I created an online option for our dance chaperone form as a test and we will also be making our report cards available online this year).
-A need for more clarity on what forms should be mailed back, hand-delivered and or returned by students. 

This week's poll question:
Would you be interested in RMS offering occasional weekend activities that explore our local area such as a hike?
Click here to take our quick poll for this week.

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

Monday, August 25  -Orientation for students new to SAU-70. RMS 3:00-4:30PM
-RMS Building Tours. RMS 5:00PM. Led by RMS Student Council members. 
Contact RMS Guidance with questions. 

Tuesday, August 26  -RMS Robotics Club Information Meeting. RMS Library-Media Center. 5:30PM.

Wednesday, August 27  -First Day of School for Students 

Thursday, August 28 -RMS 1-1 Program Information Night. 6:00PM. RMS Auditorium. 

We are excited to begin the second year of our school's 1-1 iPad program for 8th graders. Parents are invited to join 8th grade teachers Thursday (8/28) evening at 6:00 PM in the auditorium for an overview of the 1-1 iPad program, followed by a question and answer session. If you're unable to attend, please take a few moments to learn about our 1-1 program by going online to the Richmond Middle School website and clicking on the "1-1 Program" link in the left hand column. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Monday, September 1  -No School. Labor Day.

Weds, September 17 -School Picture Day.

Friday, September 19 -RMS School Dance. RMS. 7:00PM.

+Community Calendar and Activities 
Hanover Parks and Recreation Fall Sports and Activities registration.

2014-2015 KASS (Kids After School Study) offered by Hanover Parks and Recreation. Brochure available here or in paper in the office at RMS.

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