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RMS Friday Focus 082914

posted Aug 30, 2014, 3:27 AM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday Focus 
Friday, August 29 2014


+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Good afternoon! We had a wonderful opening of school for the 2014-2015 school year. Students and staff have been hard at work establishing classroom and school communities that emphasize respect and collaboration. Our student council group facilitated team building exercises in homerooms and then led grade-level cheers in our opening assembly. At that assembly, we asked students to be active participants in making this the very best school and school experience for each student at RMS. Students were asked to set goals for the year and contribute to a school-wide goal display in our cafeteria. I couldn't be more pleased with these efforts and the many more that are ongoing across the school. Great things are in the works and I look forward to sharing them with you. 

Please feel welcome to reach out to your child's teachers, guidance counselor or to the administration if we can be of assistance in getting the year off to the best start possible. We are happy to help.

Our annual 7th grade picnic and class day will occur on Friday, September 5th at Storrs Pond. This event is an organized effort to help our new class of students formed from the RMS and Marion Cross 6th grades come together as a group. Students and staff do some team building, share a picnic lunch and enjoy some time outside together. We believe this is an important part of helping all students feel that this is their school.

In the next week, we will be reviewing and practicing several of our safety drills with students and staff. We have an upcoming fire drill, a lock down drill and a bus evacuation drill. In preparation for the first of each of these drills we review the procedure and expectations with our students and they are announced. Later in the year some drills may be unannounced. In addition, we invite the police and fire departments to observe our drills so that they can be familiar with the process and we also ask for their feedback and observations. Here is a link to a longer piece I wrote last year on school safety and preparedness.

Finally, thank you for all of your efforts to prepare your children for the start of school. We know the school supply shopping, filling out forms and adjustments to the daily schedule can be a lot. We hope that you and your family are able to have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday weekend. We look forward to welcoming the students back on Tuesday for what should be another terrific week to be at RMS.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

Last week we asked you for feedback on the idea of creating some school organized community activities. Eighty-one percent of the 42 respondents indicated their interest in this idea. Some of the suggestions and comments included:
-Strong support for the idea of connecting an outing to community service.
-Interest in activities that get students outside.
-Parent-led activities with staff participation was encouraged.
-Many great suggestions for possible locations (local) and activities (all-seasons).

This week's poll question:
What was your child's favorite part of the first day of school at RMS?
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, September 1  -No School. Labor Day.

Friday, September 5 -7th Grade Class Day and Picnic. Storrs Pond. 12:00-2:50PM.

Weds, September 17 -School Picture Day.

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

Tuesday, September 30 -RMS Fall Open House. RMS. 5:30PM.

+RMS Notes and Information
-6th Grade Speaker Series: This year the sixth graders are studying the brain, learning about brain anatomy, brain functions, and how different areas of the brain affect and help us learn.  We are in the process of planning a “speaker series” on Wednesday mornings from 8:05 - 8:30 on different brain-related topics to help our students expand their understanding of the brain.  We are particularly interested in finding speakers on adolescent brain development, i.e. cognitive development, executive functioning, brain injury/prevention, the social and emotional development of 11-14 year olds, and how sleep affects the teenage brain. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in giving a 30 minute presentation to our 6th graders, please contact to discuss your idea. 
-7th Grade Health Course and Introduction: Please visit the RMS web page to view an introductory letter about our 7th grade health curriculum from Mr. Atkinson.

-RMS Assignment Notebooks - 7th & 8th Grade Students. 2014-2015 RMS Planners are for sale in the lobby for $5 during snack time. (All 6th grade students received planners on the first day of school.)

-I'd like to thank our students, parents and teachers for a great start to the second year of our 1:1 iPad Initiative!  On Wednesday, the 8th grade assembled in the auditorium for an overview of our iPad program.  We discussed our program goals, expectations and excitement for the upcoming year.  One of our goals this year is to share more student work with the community.  Another goal is to have more student ownership of the program by having students on our 1:1 Advisory Board, student posts on our 1:1 blog and student iPad tutoring for students and adults.

On Thursday morning, we distributed over 150 iPads during homeroom.  Special thanks to RMS Technology Specialist Andrea Granger for her work organizing and setting this all up.   Students have begun enrolling in courses via iTunes U and familiarizing themselves with the iPads and teachers are already introducing some apps in classes. 

Finally, thanks to the forty or so parents who joined us for an overview of the 1:1 program last night.  Several eight grade teachers shared examples and stories of how they use iPad apps in their teaching and how it helps in the learning process. We're looking forward to a great year and sharing many project examples with you as the year unfolds! 
Marty Warren Technology Coordinator

-Thank you to the Richmond Community Group for hosting a meeting for parents of students who are new to our school district. We had a great turn-out and will make this an annual event. More information on the RCG will be coming soon.

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

STEM Robotix,   is pleased to announce that it has just opened a new robotics learning center in Hanover, NH, effective August 1, 2014. The center will operate year-round allowing Upper Valley students in grades 3 - 12 to explore, develop and progressively learn the key concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).  Initial classes will be focused on robotic systems with visual programming environments; additional planned offerings will include general computer programming languages, algorithm development and control system designs.  We are located at 45 Lyme Road, Hanover; adjacent to the Hanover Police Station and mini Co-op market.


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