Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, January 24, 2020
Dear RMS Community:
We have had a good start to Q3 at RMS. The portal reopens today to access report cards for Q2. If you have any questions or concerns about grades or comments please contact us.
It is hard to believe we are now over half-way through the year, and experience shows me that the second half of the year will seem to go very quickly. Eighth graders have already begun the transition to HHS with the visit from the High school guidance departments this week. Placement tests and course choices will follow in the months to come, but first, we will celebrate RMS again with our Renaissance Fest. Stay tuned for great opportunities to come see RMS in action as we move toward spring.
As Q3 has begun we have tried to take a moment to refocus on what is important in the RMS community. Lessons on kindness and respect have served to recenter our emphasis on caring for and helping each other be successful. We live in divisive times (our news shows that every day), but we believe that through continuing to stress what brings us together we can triumph over the times when frustration or fear causes us to be unkind. Witnessing the daily interactions of our students as they laugh, explore, and create helps make every day a little brighter. Thank you.
Student work this week, as the seventh grade focuses on caring and community in historical context of organizing for mill workers in the 19th century. One more example of curriculum coming alive in the halls of RMS.
Enjoy the weekend.
High School Counselor Visits
Hanover High School counselors met with 8th grade students during English class on January 23rd or 24th 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 4th in the RMS Computer Lab. Please connect with school counselors if you have questions.
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.
Math Placement Testing Information
We are in the final stages of setting the date for the high school Math and Science placement exams. The tests are given to insure the individualized placement of each student at the start of their high school career. We try to make the process as devoid of anxiety as possible, and I think it helps students to hear that the test is only one, small part of high school preparation. A link to a letter explaining the math process can be found here. The science letter of explanation is here.
Women in Math Essay Contest - Win an Ipad.
There's still time to enter for the Dartmouth Women in Math Essay Contest! Top Middle School winner receives an iPad! Choose a woman to write about: You may want to choose someone you know, such as a mathematics teacher or about women mathematicians, physicists and engineers in the Upper Valley who have expressed a willingness to be interviewed. (They do not have to be from the area, though!) Detailed information is found at: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~awmcontest/
This contest is modeled on the national Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest rules, so you may submit your essay to both contests. Submissions due by Jan. 31st. Questions? See Mrs. Lepene. Good Luck!
Auditions for Spring Theatre Performance
This year’s Spring Play will be Peter and the Starcatcher, an exciting prequel story to Peter Pan, and auditions are coming soon! All RMS students, regardless of experience, are invited to audition. Auditions will be held after school 3-5 on both Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday February 6. Details about the audition including an audition script, performance dates, and a rehearsal schedule are available at school from Amanda Emmerton (Director) or Emma Hadden (Assistant Director). Please contact Mrs. Emmerton or Ms. Hadden with any questions.
Semi-Formal Dance at HHS
8th graders!! The Hanover High School Class of 2021 invites you to the annual 8th grade semi formal dance on Friday, February 7th, from 7-9PM in the HHS Gym.
The cost is $10 and snacks will be provided. Members of the junior class committee will be actively working to entertain and engage all students and 8th grade students from area sending schools who plan to attend HHS are also invited. We will have plenty of adult chaperones on hand, as well.
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!
Donations for 7th-Grade Science:
Mr Lepene is looking for some materials for upcoming and future science projects (including the mission to Mars). Contributions can be dropped in the office or directly in 704. Thank you in advance for any contributions you can make! -Cardboard tubes (all sizes)
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
Wednesday, January 29th - 6:30 pm - Parent meeting for Spanish Trip to New York
Thursday, January 30th - 6:30 pm - Parent Book Group, Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents.
Tuesday, February 4th - 6:30 pm - HHS Transition meeting with High School Counselors.
Friday, February 7th - 7:00 pm - 8th grade Semi-formal Dance - HHS Gym
Thursday and Friday, February 13-14 - Renaissance Fest
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. This 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.