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RMS Friday Focus 090514

posted Sep 5, 2014, 10:43 AM by Michael Lepene   [ updated Sep 5, 2014, 11:00 AM ]
RMS Friday Focus 
Friday, September 5 2014

Wall image at RMS
(image from Anissa Morrison's classroom)

+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Good afternoon! This week I would like to focus on one aspect of the Richmond Middle School mission. Under our school's mission statement we further describe expectations for student learning. I encourage you to review our mission statement on our web site to see the full scope of what we hope to accomplish as a school. For this newsletter I would call your attention to the following expectation:

-Each student will... make responsible decisions in their personal and social lives, and accept the consequences of those decisions.

We attempt to weave the various aspects of our expectations for student learning in our curriculum, program design and student experiences across the school. I am pleased to announce our recent booking of the NameTags program for October 24th. NameTags is a compelling program where students learn that they have the power to make choices about how they are perceived and the NameTags they wear. Further, in the face of adversity, they can choose resilience. This assembly program is presented by Chris Waddell, the most decorated male skier in Paralympic history. Chris works with students of all ages and also leads corporate leadership development sessions. Our student leadership class had an opportunity to preview of this presentation and gave the idea their full endorsement.

We feel that this assembly will deliver a terrific message and generate tremendous positive energy in our school community. We also recognize that supporting students in making responsible decisions is a necessary and on-going piece of our educational program. We will continue to plan accordingly and make use of the various opportunities we have to work with students both in the classroom and outside. 

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

Last week we asked you for feedback on your child's favorite part of the first day of school at RMS. 
Some of the comments included:
-Lots of support for the cafeteria options.
-Appreciation for opportunities to be more independent and a sense of trust from the staff.
-Grade level cheers and activities on the first day (led by student council).
-Opportunity to mix with students from both sides of the river.
Some of the suggestions/ideas we received included:
-Additional information for students who are coming from Norwich (additional tour opportunities or orientation).
-Find a way to shorten the lunch lines during the 7/8 lunch on the first few days.
-Challenges with additional supplies being requested that were not on the list mailed over the summer.
-Restrictions on the 8th grade iPads make it difficult for students to personalize/organize the device for learning.
-Fewer assemblies or meetings on day one.

This week's poll question:
We use a system called the Student Portal to allow students to monitor their progress in each of their academic courses. Students can view assignments and associated grades as they are updated by staff. While this tool was instituted primarily as a method to help students monitor their progress it also is open to parents. We sent a letter describing the process for accessing the Student Portal in our summer mailing. If you do not have the information or need assistance please do not hesitate to contact our technology office for assistance. We are happy to help.

Have you been able to access the RMS Student Portal (Powerschool)?
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) 

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

-Parents of 6th Graders: The 6th Grade Homework Club will begin on Tuesday, September 9th. 6th Grade Homework Club meets every Tuesday in the science room from 3-4 PM. Homework Club is voluntary and all 6th grade students are welcome to come. Some students finish all of their homework during this hour. Mrs. Powers or Mr. LaCrosse will be supervising and there will be students from Hanover High School helping as well. And.... there will be popcorn! 

-Greetings from the Richmond Middle School Health Office, for those of you new to Richmond Middle School, I am Abby(Registered Nurse). I manage the health office five days per week. The first seven days of school have been productive with meetings, sorting student health information, reviewing 391 student immunizations and receiving an average of 27 student visits per day. Thank you to everyone who has sent in updated immunization information, please check with your child if you put paperwork in their backpack to make sure they have handed it in. I will be contacting parents of students whose immunization information I am missing. The immunization rate for Richmond Middle School typically runs above 95%, which is impressive. Thank you! This high immunization rate has surely prevented a few childhood illnesses at our school and/or in the community. In fact in the 10 years I've been at RMS, I've not yet seen one active case or outbreak of chicken pox.  
Please save October 16th on your family calendar for the RMS Student (free) Flu Vaccine Clinic, I will have more information on this clinic in the upcoming weeks. I do know the clinic will happen during the school day. Please feel free to visit my website for additional health office information and updates. Thank you.

-The RMS 1:1 Advisory Group had it's first meeting this past Wednesday, September 3rd.  The purpose of this group is to discuss questions and concerns of student, teachers, parents and community members regarding the RMS 1:1 iPad Initiative.   Information on our program can be found by clicking the 1:1 iPad Program link in the left hand column of our school website (  
Please contact any of the representatives below if you have questions or concerns you'd like the group to address.  
Group members include:
-Spencer Brown (RMS Student)
-Mimi Lichtenstein (RMS Parent)
-Tommy Madden (RMS Student)
-Elizabeth Powers (RMS Staff)
-Jim Reynolds (RMS Parent)
-Martin Warren (RMS Staff)
-Amanda Yates (RMS Admin)
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 1st. 
Marty Warren

+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.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Department of Psychiatry will be offering several groups to treat children and adolescents starting this month. Please review the attached flyer for more information.

Listen Holiday Basket Program - The listen Holiday Basket program assists low-income families with children who live in Canaan, Enfield, Dorchester, Grafton, Grantham, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Orange, Orford, and Plainfield. 
Listen's program provides warm clothing for children and seniors and a $50 food certificate for each family. Families must contact Listen for an appointment to complete a Holiday Basket application. Families are encouraged to contact Listen during the month of October, and late applications will not be considered. 
Please contact: Katie Emery, Family and Child Program Coordinator, at You will need to provide income verification, as well as the clothing sizes and needs for the qualified recipients. Hartford/Norwich Holiday Basket Helpers serve Hartford and Norwich residents. Contact (802)222-5214 to apply. Please do not hesitate to contact Liz Powers at RMS Guidance for more information  - 603-643-6040.