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Welcome Back RMS 2017-2018

posted Aug 25, 2017, 12:40 PM by Michael Lepene

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, August 25 2017

Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We look forward to welcoming your children Wednesday morning as we kick off the new school year. The teachers and staff will be working hard Monday and Tuesday preparing learning spaces, lessons, and special activities for what should be an entertaining and educational start to the year. 

I'll have more to say about these in future Friday Focus newsletters but here are our staff goals for the 17-18 school year:

  • Support a positive school climate and sense of community.
  • Identify opportunities and strategies for optimizing instructional time.
  • Explore possibilities for creating new outdoor and other creative flexible learning spaces.

We hope you and your children will see direct evidence of our efforts in these areas (and of course across a broader range of efforts and initiatives).

I have included some brief reminders and announcements below. Typically, I'll send out a weekly newsletter on Fridays throughout the school year. In addition we share and archive information on our web page and via our school social media accounts. I'll say more about those in a future letter.

Speaking of the web page, we try and include copies of any handouts or school letters on the page under the "RMS Information" tab. If you are looking for a document it is likely there. If you don't find it there, let us know and we'll add it. For those who prefer a paper copy you can always request those as well.

Students will bring a few forms requiring signatures home next week. We thank you for completing the necessary information and returning them promptly. A few folks still need to complete online registration materials (100% by Weds???).

Finally, we work hard to ensure you have the information you need in a timely manner. That said, we can always do better. Please let me know if you have ideas or questions about what is happening here at RMS. We are happy to help.

Happy New (School) Year!

Michael Lepene 

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

Wednesday, August 30 - First Day of School for all RMS students, 800a. 

Monday, September 5 - School Closed, Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 19 - RMS School Photo Day.

Friday, September 22 - RMS School Dance.

Thursday, September 28 - RMS Open House (Tentative Date).

RMS Notes and Information

-Schedule Questions: Students will get a paper copy of their final schedule in homeroom on the first day of school. If you or your child have schedule questions please contact Associate Principal Amanda Yates or your child's Guidance Counselor (Liz Powers: A-K or John Lacrosse: L-Z).

-Student Handbook: Staff will review the RMS student handbook with all students in homeroom this week. You can find it on our web page here.

-Bus Route Information can be found on the SAU web page

-RMS Volunteer Opportunities: SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator Kerry Artman will be communicating regularly regarding current and future volunteer opportunities via our weekly memo. More to come soon.

-6th Grade RMS Student Planners: All RMS 6th grade students will be given a planner on the first day of school. We will also have a limited number of planners for sale if students from other grades would like to purchase one: $5.00. Students can stop by the office to purchase a planner beginning at snack on Wednesday.

-8th Grade Parents: Please see the special iPad form that students will be bringing home on Wednesday

-Welcome Letter from Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams.

-Required Annual policy Notifications (Note - all Dresden Policies can be found on the SAU 70 web page)

-More on Attendance Policy and Intervention: Please note the changes in attendance policy adopted by the Dresden School Board last spring. In addition to the full policy JH linked above I have pulled out the relevant changes around notification and potential intervention below: 

"In addition to the intervention process for addressing student truancy, the school shall also provide an intervention process for students who have extended or persistent excused and/or unexcused absences. When a student has ten (10) excused and/or unexcused absences in a school year the principal shall notify the student’s parents of the total number of absences during that period of time and provide a copy of Policy JH. Should a student have fifteen (15) absences within a school year the principal shall request a meeting with the parents and student. The purpose of the meeting will be to identify the reasons for the extended or persistent absences and to develop a plan to address the cause (s) of the student’s absences. When a student has a qualifying disability, the matter shall be referred to the appropriate education team. Should the intervention process fail to minimize or eliminate a student’s school absences and a student is absent for twenty (20) or more days within a school year, the principal, after discussion with the parents, may seek intervention from appropriate state agencies, including court intervention. The procedures set forth in Policy JH to address student absenteeism shall be in addition to, and do not replace, any procedures required for identifying students with disabilities or providing those identified students with appropriate educational services. See Policies ACE-R and JQL-R."

+Community Calendar and Activities 

-PLAYERS WANTED - HANOVER 7/8 GRADE TACKLE FOOTBALL HAS STARTED.  For more information or to sign up please contact Craig Creelman, 7/8 Coordinator for Friends of Hanover Football, at


-Raising Screenwise Kids, presented by Dr. Devorah Heitner, PhD

Sep 27, 2017  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World; presented by the Dorothy Campion Corcoran Fall Lecture Series of Good Beginnings. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital Auditorium E-F 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766

Free and Open to the Public Good Beginnings presents the 11th annual Dorothy Campion-Corcoran Fall Lecture Series Raising Screenwise Kids presented by Dr. Devorah Heitner, PhD, helping kids thrive and survive in their digital world 6:00 PM Refreshments: 6:30-8:00 PMLecture/Audience Q&A
Sponsored in part by the Norwich Women's Club and the Norwich Bookstore


Richmond Middle School Mission

Our mission is to inspire students to build the skills and compassion necessary to succeed in a complex world and, as they move toward greater independence, empower them to examine the impact their actions have on themselves, others, and the environment.

For this school community to thrive, teachers, staff, parents, and students will work together to

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of ways
  • Think critically and creatively to identify and solve a range of problems
  • Contribute positively to the classroom, school, and broader community by
    • Participating in decision making
    • Valuing diversity  
    • Taking responsibility for their own actions
    • Resolving conflicts peacefully

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