Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, December 20, 2019
Dear RMS Community:
Some highlights from the past week:
Josie Dennis in the fashion show that closed the clothing unit in Spanish class. Josie is resplendent in her ensemble, topped by un gorro multicolor. Thanks to Ms. Swartz for the photo
Below is a visual representation of the relationship between George and Lenny from Of Mice and Men as seen in Ms. Haines’s class. Small, dented George pouring friendship into large, leaky, and damaged Lenny. Just one of many amazing insights into the classic book I witnessed this week. Our students are so insightful and fun.
The ball is ready to drop! Our school day will end with a celebration of 2019 and a look forward to 2020. Thanks to Mr. Lacrosse, the leadership class, and Ms. Ellis’ art class for planning and provisioning our first annual “ball drop” celebration. Wish us luck cleaning up the confetti!
The new decade will bring many events, including: a 7th grade parent check in, parent reading groups, parent socials, 8th grade planning for High School, the RMS Camp Fair, 3rd Quarter Arena Scheduling, the Renaissance Festival, field trips, Theatre performances, and countless other opportunities to build community.
Please have a wonderful homework free holiday break. Remember fondly the highlights of 2019 (there were many for me and my family), and look forward to the goodness that 2020 will bring. We will miss you, and look forward to reconnecting in the new year. Thank you for a great 2019.
Congratulations all Around!
RMS Quiz Bowl teams - 2nd Week in a row!
After warming up against High School teams last week, the RMS Quiz Bowl teams took 1st and 2nd place at the Middle School Scholars Bowl in Burlington VT. In an intense final, RMS A defeated RMS B 310-285. Both teams qualified for the National Championships to be held in Chicago in May of 2020. Congratulations to the students.
RMS A - Captain: Caleb Zuckerman. Team members: Sayan Bhattacharya, Cloe Hinck,Trevor Lichtenstein, Iver Skogerboe, Peter Stover.
RMS B - Co-Captains: Anna Aaron & Josh Stearns. Team members: August Chu, Andrew Cahoon, Ryan Faris, Aaron Nyhan.
Robotics Team Takes First Place! Team Build Guild took home the trophy for best presentation at the State Robotics competition in Windham last weekend. The team presented on the real world problem of parking in Hanover. As usual, judges and fellow competitors noted the cooperative and fun loving spirit of RMS. Way to go team Build Guild, parent coaches, and Ms. Warkentien for a great season. Team members: Chris Chor, Zabava Halchenko, Allyson Lee, Diego Lee, Isaac Novosad, Alex Orsino, Alex Valentino, Andrew Valentino, Anjan Yallamanchilli.
Parent Check In
Current 7th Grade Parents are invited to meet for an Informal 7th Grade Check-In on Thursday, Jan. 9th at 6:30 PM in the Marion Cross School Library. Principal Tim Boyle and Associate Principal Anissa Morrison, as well as Richmond School Counselors John LaCrosse & Liz Powers will be available to field parent Q & A. Middle School is an exciting time of growth and development, and we would love to hear from parents about what we can do to lead the Richmond Community. Please do not hesitate to email admin or counselors prior to the meeting with topics to discuss. We hope to see you there!
RMS Video News
All the news from this week, https://youtu.be/vEWVLn9Jgmc
Need a Gift Idea
Get something that if fun and helps RMS - A Skateboard - We have partnered with the Get On Board program that lent us the skateboards for our school unit and we have bought some boards from last year as well. Follow This link if you would like to purchase a complete skateboard like we used in class. These boards have been extensively researched and were chosen based on their durability and quality while tested in schools around the state. As an added bonus, every purchase you make contributes towards building our equipment supply, or use the donate option to give directly to the RMS skateboarding fund. Please let Ms. Patch or Rye Airfield know if you have any questions.
Our school code is GOB-FRM
Thanks in advance from Catherine Patch & the RMS PE Team.
RMS Camp Fair
Do you have students who are interested in a summer camp experience? Come to the RMS Camp Fair. Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30-7 PM in the RMS notes. Meet representatives from many camps and find your best summer alternative. Camp ages range from K-12. Details of specific camps to follow.
Parent Social Planning
RMS is looking for a couple parent volunteers to work with administration and counselors to coordinate a middle school parent social this winter. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Liz Powers (elizabethpowers@
Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools
Did you know that the Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools has been funding special projects and start-up programs in our school district since 1961? These projects are proposed by our creative and dedicated teachers and administrators, and are designed to enrich the student experience. Recent grants have funded a variety of new and innovative projects, including:
District-wide curriculum audit
New courses in sculpture and design technology
Grants are made possible with donations from local families. Support the Friends with a year-end charitable contribution, and you will help support our students. http://www.fhns1961.org/ Thank you!
Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools Board
Clay Adams, Barbara Gerling, Drew Matter, Amy Pattison, Jennifer Rickards, Colleen Rozzi, Michele Sacerdote, Karen Seltzer, Douglas Van Citters, Susan Zak
Hanover High School 8th grade Curriculum Night
Tuesday, February 4th from 5:30 to 7:00 in the HHS auditorium. This is an opportunity to hear department coordinators at the high school discuss their programs for 9th graders.
Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities.
RMS Health Office Updates
Does your child need to take a prescription medication during school hours? Students must keep all prescription medications in the health office and have a signed medication form as well. The medication form and additional information can be found here: Health Office Website
Upcoming important dates
Friday, December 20th - Beginning of Homework Free Winter Break.
Thursday, January 9th - 7th Grade Parent Check In at MCS
Friday, January 10th - 7th Grade Field trip to the HOP
Friday, January 17th - (3 school weeks) - End of Quarter 2.
All School News and Events (RMS website has a calendar with events and dates/times)
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.
How to talk to your student about gender
RMS is committed to building an inclusive school environment, and beginning discussions around identity for all students. The following article can help you join those discussions with your student.