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RMS Friday Focus 091214

posted Sep 12, 2014, 9:46 AM by Michael Lepene


RMS Friday Focus 
Friday, September 12 2014


+Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Good afternoon! This week I would like to highlight an upcoming event at RMS and another connection to our Expectations for Student Learning. At the Richmond Middle School we hope to provide opportunities for students to be environmentally literate. These opportunities include embedded curricular strands throughout our content and elective courses, student clubs and activities, and ongoing efforts at the building and in the community to increase awareness and implement positive and sustainable change. To that end, both our school sustainability committee and student green lunch groups work to bring new ideas and approaches to fruition. Recent examples would include our school-wide composting program, student-initiated water bottle reduction efforts and building improvements that improve our energy efficiency. For a more complete listing of some of these projects visit the RMS web page.

On September 17th the 6th and 7th grades will be treated to a morning meeting assembly with Alex Fried. Alex is currently the director of PLAN (Post Landfill Action Network). PLAN is a nonprofit that provides students with the knowledge, leadership training, and start-up funding to create self-sustaining waste reduction programs in their own campus communities. PLAN began at the University of New Hampshire, under the name of Trash2Treasure, as a program to reduce move-out waste. Student volunteers collected thousands of reusable items thrown out at the end of each year, cleaned and organized it all over the summer, then held a giant yard sale over move-in weekend. From its very first year, the program earned more than it cost to run – creating the nation’s first student-led, self-sustaining program of its kind (
Our hope is that this presentation will provide students with a real-life example of the power of a positive idea and the ability of an individual to make a difference. We believe that Alex's story will both increase awareness of a sustainability challenge and inspire students to consider their own ideas for improving their community both locally and on a larger scale. We'll continue these conversations and opportunities across our program. I have no doubt our students have the skills, confidence and ideas to make tremendous positive contributions. We look forward to doing our part to help them do so.

Michael Lepene 

+RMS Quick Poll 

Last week we asked you for feedback on your ability to access the Student Portal. Eighty percent of respondents had accessed the portal with a few who have sought out support from our technology department. Several comments mentioned the frequency of updates being important to the usefulness of the tool. We'll make the full results available to our technology staff for review.

This week's poll question:

What ideas do you have for making the Richmond Middle School a more sustainable organization?
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.

Wednesday, October 8  -International Walk/Bike to School Day -WISE Parent Presentation. RMS auditorium. 6:00PM.

+RMS Notes and Information

-WISE Technology and Relationships Parent PresentationOctober 8 6:00PM. RMS Auditorium. Technology has become central to the ways that we create, maintain, and experience relationships. This is especially true for young people, and can be baffling for those of us who didn’t grow up completely immersed in all of it. This presentation and dialogue is meant to build the skills of parents – whatever your technological comfort – to engage with young people around the risks of harm online, and the tools for healthy relationships online and off. Parents should leave with an overview of terms and popular social activities online, and feeling confident in their ability to rationally and relevantly connect with their children about the perks and risks of online life. Presentation by: Kate Rohdenburg, Program Director WISE Program Center, 38 Bank Street, Lebanon NH
Contact: Marty Warren

-The Sustainability Committee at RMS is looking for community members.  The Sustainability Committee is an active and important part of RMS.  We initiate and support a variety of initiatives that helps create a climate of social equity, environmental integrity and diversity.  
Please check out our website and contact Suzanne Sylvester if you are interested.

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-Empower Lacrossethe UV girls' lacrosse club, starts their fall clinic series this Sunday, September 14th.  Clinics run 3:30 - 5 pm at Huntley Meadows in Norwich for 8 Sundays/thru Nov. 2.  Sign up asap at
-HALLOWEEN-O-THON: “Take a strong dose of Chiller Theater and throw in a cup of Creature Feature and you have the annual CATV Halloween-o-thon” (Valley News)   
Do you have a teen who wants to be the next Alfred Hitchcock or Wes Craven? This year the Hop partners with CATV to present their 3rd annual Halloween-o-thon, a fun-filled competition for young local filmmakers. Starting October 3, teams of middle and high-school students have three weeks to write, direct and star in their own five-minute mini horror masterpieces. The finished films will premier live in a gala showcase over two nights in the Loew Auditorium. Cash prizes and awards will be given out for the best film, director, and actors—as well as a few wild cards, including Best Scream! This year’s contestants can also attend workshops taught by Dartmouth student filmmakers. Topics such as killer sound, spooky special effects and deadly camera work will help teens hone their skills for the top prizes! To register and learn more about Halloween-o-thon contest fees, rules and workshops, visit

-Hanover hockey: registration is open for the house teams. Are your kids interested in playing hockey but extensive travel doesn't work for your family?  Or do they play another winter sport and cannot make the commitment to games each weekend day?Hanover Hockey Association is continuing its house hockey program for players aged 9 to 14. This is a co-ed program, and teams will be divided as numbers allow into age groups. Practices will be held one to two days per week, and there will be occasional games against other teams in the Upper Valley. This is a no-checking league, with emphasis on building skills, good teamwork, and having fun. The season will include a session from mid-October through New Year's and a second session from early January to early March. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to play hockey and still have time for other winter activities! For more information go to  If your child was born in 2004 or 2005, contact Tris Wykes (; birth year 2000-2003 contact Derek Callaway (

- Join other Richmond Middle School students for indoor rock climbing at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (GMRCC) in Quechee.  This co-ed program is open to middle school students in grades 6th-8th.  Teams practice at the GMRCC Quechee facility and compete as a team against other local schools at monthly competitions.  Last year's team placed 1st at the Vermont State Championship.  While practices run year round, competitions are held November-March.  Students will learn climbing skills and total body fitness.  All team members will have access to the climbing gym during regular business hours, free safety lessons, and free harness/shoes rentals.  No climbing experience necessary.  GMRCC will be holding an open house for students who would like to try climbing (cost $10/person) with no obligation to join the team on September 16th and September 23rd at 5pm. For more information contact Jeff Low ( 

-]unior Squash Clinic for any and all 7-15 year olds. The clinics will feature: Fun warms ups, warm up games, quality squash instruction, skills, drills and mini tournaments. The aims of the clinics are to: Learn and understand the basic rules, tactics and shots of squash. Learn the basic techniques of hitting a squash ball. Have fun and interact with other children. Dates: Monday September 22 – Wednesday November 12. Time: Mondays and/or Wednesdays 6pm - 7.30pm. Venue: Dartmouth College Squash Courts Cost: $175 for one day/week or $350 for two days/week. Racquets and balls are provided. The first day of the program will be Monday, September 22 and we will wrap up the fall term clinic with our "Pizza Party" on Wednesday, November 12. 

Please e-mail if you would like to register your child/children so that we can plan ahead and hire the appropriate number of coaches. 

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