Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, January 10, 2020
Dear RMS Community:
Last night we were privileged to attend a meeting of 7th-grade parents at the Marion Cross School. In the first of what we hope can be regular parent meetings, administrators sat down to discuss any and all concerns brought forth by parents. Thank you to Tracey Hayes for inviting me, Anissa, Ms. Powers, and Mr. Lacrosse, and thank you to everyone who came out in the cold. Highlights of the discussion included:
***Format - The format of the Friday Focus is reliant on PowerSchool (which is why pictures seem to be in odd places). We are trying a Google Docs version, available here. (Click “view” and “document outline” for an outline of the whole focus)
***Electives - Students signed up for Q3 electives this week. Please discuss your student's choices with them and feel free to contact any of us with any questions.
***PTO - Stay tuned for updates on the efforts to form and organize a PTO for RMS. In the meantime, please check out Circle Up! It is a place to meet other parents and to discuss issues of interest to all of us in the community. Meeting Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00 pm in RMS room 713.
As always we welcome any and all feedback about the school. Please come by to visit at any time. Be sure to check-in at the front desk (times dictate that all visitors to the building check-in and have a badge). We would love to see you.
Two fun pictures this week. The 7th grade is planning a trip to Mars - field trip permission slips will be sent home soon. I love that science, and all classes at RMS, are attached to real-world problems and solutions. Come by and see the projects our students have created.
Earlier this week I noticed Frances C. Richmond smiling because of all the skis stacked in the front office in anticipation of afternoon practice. It is a wonderful place that accepts students into the school with all that they bring with them. Our students do so much, with such enthusiasm and joy, that they continue to teach me to live each day with smiles and energy. It has been a great start to 2020. Thank you.
We will need a great deal of energy throughout the month of January as we finish Quarter 2 and start Quarter 3. In the next two weeks alone we will have a camp fair, a parent book club, a theatre showcase, a civil rights assembly, a visit from both the elective and guidance departments at the High School while our 8th-grade band will go to the High School to play with the High School band as a “sneak peek” into next year. Whew. Please see below for specific dates.
Have a wonderful weekend.
On January 13th the RMS Library is hosting author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka. Jarrett wrote and illustrated the graphic novels in the Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy series, as well as many other graphic novels. In 2018, his graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo, about growing up with addiction in the family, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Jarrett hoped his autobiography would shine a light on the issues faced by children of addiction in our society. His presentation will discuss his memoir, as well as the process of writing, illustrating, and publishing such a highly personal work. His books are available for students to check out in the library. We look forward to engaging in dialogue around the issues he raises.
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. Meet representatives from many camps and find your best summer alternative. Camp ages range from K-12. Details of specific camps here.
Hanover High School counselors will be meeting with 8th-grade students during English class on January 23rd or 24th during English classes to introduce the high school course selection process. Please look for course selection forms to come home. Students will register for high school courses on March 3rd in the RMS Computer Lab. Please connect with school counselors if you have questions.
6th Grade Science Presentation
Ms. Warkentien’s classes have been hard at work putting the scientific method to the test (pun intended)! Before break students decided on a testable question, designed a controlled experiment and then ran their experiments in the library to collect data. We are now working on analyzing and sharing our findings. Students will have their posters on display in the library during their class period on Wednesday, January 15th. Class times are as follows:
If you are able to attend, we would love to have you! Please plan to be buzzed in and check-in at the main office before coming to the library. Thank you for your support.
RMS in an Art Show
The annual K-12 Art show opened Thursday at the Howe Library. Stop by to see remarkable works of art by alums and current students. Link to the flyer here.
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.
RMS will be hosting a variety of biological science graduate students who will present their research in a series of 7th Grade Science Cafes. These events take place one Wednesday per month. We are looking for volunteers to contribute homemade or store-bought breakfast baked goods for participants to enjoy. If you are interested and able to bring in items, please sign-up here. Thank you!
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
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
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.
Teen Mental Health Resources
Stress of holidays and winter can affect all of us. Teens are not immune to depression and anxiety. Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a suicide prevention curriculum that RMS uses in 7th-grade guidance classes. 7th-grade parents will receive more information about the lesson on depression awareness and intervention during Q3. In the meantime, SOS has put together a wonderful parent newsletter with helpful parenting tips and information that we would like to share here. Thanks! John LaCrosse and Liz Powers, School Counselors.