Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, January 3, 2020
Dear RMS Community:
Happy New Year!!
Hopefully, the time at home has been restful, renewing, and has gotten everyone ready for a new decade. We are enjoying our last few days of quiet before school starts again on Monday, January 6th.
We will have a January full of events, and the year will accelerate from here until June. Before we know it the days will grow longer, the trees greener, and the students taller. Please take the final weekend of winter break to enjoy your time and your families. See you on Monday.
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 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 of 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
Monday, January 6th - First day of school in 2020
Thursday, January 9th - 7th Grade Parent Check In at MCS
Friday, January 10th - 7th Grade Field trip to the HOP
Thursday, January 16th - Parent Book Group Meeting
Thursday, January 16th - RMS Theatre Showcase
Friday, January 17th - RMS Theatre Showcase
Friday, January 17th - (3 school weeks) - End of Quarter 2.
Monday, January 20th - MLK Day, No School.
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.
Hanover High School Girls Basketball Clinic
Build your basketball skills in a fun atmosphere and get to know the HHS Girls Basketball team. Get better and build community.
When: January 5th, 1-3 pm.
Cost: $15, payable to “Friends of Hanover Basketball.”
SEE YOU THERE! GO MARAUDERS!
House Feeling Drafty?
Access information to help you save on energy bills, build sustainability, and stay warmer.
Join the Parent Book Club
Join us for a Dresden School District Parent Book Group to discuss Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents This practical, step-by-step guide teaches families how to support children and teens in overcoming anxiety and avoidance. More information here.
Join us on the following dates:
Thursday January 16
Thursday January 30
6:30-7:30 PM in the RMS Library
After School Robotics Opportunity
After school robotics groups (1/7/20 - 3/20/20) for students in Grades 3 - 8 are forming including electronics (arduino) and coding (Scratch & Python) Please visit the website for more details and/or to register. Open House on Thursday December 5th. Information at: http://www.stemrobotix.com
Fun at the Howe Library
Dungeons and Dragons Open House - Interested in learning about D&D? Find a group? Share your experiences with other players?
Saturday, January 11
Drop in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00pm and meet DM Kael Alberghini.
Bring your favorite books and dice to show off!
Writing Workshop with Jo Knowles
Let's Talk About It: Using Dialogue to Build Character
Dialogue serves many purposes, but often isn't used to its greatest effect! Dialogue can build character, create tension, infuse emotion, reveal important details about relationships, and so much more! This workshop will explore how to use dialogue to your best advantage. Jo will provide fun exercises that will help participants explore how to take their own dialogue scenes to the next level.
Research Opportunities in Virtual Reality
Labs are Dartmouth are looking for middle school students to participate in a behavioral study about visual perception. Using virtual reality, subjects will be asked to complete visual puzzles and tasks. The study lasts for 2 hours, and you will receive $15/hour for your participation. See more information here:
Take Part in other Research at Dartmouth
Drs. Diane Gilbert-Diamond and Jennifer Emond at Dartmouth College are currently recruiting participants for several studies that seek to understand how children and adolescents process information from visual media. Find the flyer with more information here.
Ford Sayre Ski program