March 6, 2020
Dear RMS Community,
Happy Homework Free 3-Day Weekend! Monday is a staff development day - no school for students. Students can use the day to get used to DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - Remember to set clocks forward on Sunday morning.
The 8th grade projects presented this week (see picture) proved prescient as we have worked through the events of the past week. We have all practiced what it means to be human.
Humans are adaptable. We continue to gather and evaluate new information on an almost hourly basis in regards to the evolving COVID-19 situation. We will continue to change and adapt plans for our students as events unfold.
Humans are cooperative. The combination of human resources brought to bear in this trying time has been remarkable. I have been in meetings this week with administrators, health professionals, public health officials, teachers, students, parents, concerned community members - all dedicated to providing a calm and focused response that will offer support and protection for the community as a whole.
Humans are caring. We have seen numerous examples of our community coming together (calmly) to provide resources and take care of each other. From teachers, students, and staff uniting to clean touched surfaces to all members of RMS taking extra time to check in with each other regarding health issues.
This situation is unprecedented in most of our experiences, and we will continue to face the changes as we have so far. Know that we hold the safety and well being of our students, school, and community in the highest regard, and evaluate every decision through that lens. We will continue to follow the directives and suggestions of public health officials, and make plans for all contingencies.
A sincere thank you to the RMS community for your caring and measured response. We will keep you informed as events shift, but for now, enjoy the homework free weekend, play outside in the extra daylight, enjoy time with your student, eat good food, and get plenty of sleep - all things that renew us and keep us healthy.
As always, we welcome any comments, questions, or concerns.
CANCELLED - Teen First Fridays: Game & Movie Night at the Norwich Library
We are sorry to say that the event, scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled.
Check out the most recent RMS newscast: https://youtu.be/ADyW5gFK7C0
RMS Grade Six Math Team took First Place in the regional Mathleague.org contest 155 to 122 at Crossroads Academy on Sunday, March 1st. Christopher Chor was best in the race with Ray Menkov third, Safir Mehra fourth, and Denis Pletnev fifth. Forward!
Josh Sterns has qualified to be one of the semifinalists and will be competing in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. The contest will be held at Keene State College on Friday, March 27, 2020. Congratulations Josh!
6th Grade Chorus and 7th Grade SA Chorus, Tuesday, March 24th, 7PM
7/8th Grade TB Chorus and 8th Grade SA Chorus, Wednesday, March 25th, 7PM
All chorus students should arrive at 6:30pm on the night of their concerts for warm-ups. Concert Dress is All Black with a Splash of Color (like our Fall Concerts). I am looking forward to sharing our music with you.
The Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and the Jazz Band will have a concert on Tuesday, March 31st at 7PM.
All Band Students should arrive at 6:30pm on the night of their concert for warm-ups. Concert Dress is All Black with a Splash of Color (like our Fall Concerts). We are looking forward to sharing our music with you.
We had a successful opening meeting of the reconstituted RMS PTO on Thursday night. We plan to focus our efforts on building more community through more socials (parent social during March 13th dance & May 29th dance), more "Welcoming" for parents and families activities (new to area, new to RMS, linking 6th grade RMS & MCS, and linking incoming students/ families), supporting teachers/ student lead efforts, and building PTO systems/ supports for those events.
If you are interested in learning more, volunteering to help these efforts or have other ideas, please reach out at your convenience to richmondmiddleschoolpto@gmail.
There is a printed RMS Contact Directory available. Please ask Liz Powers or John LaCrosse to send one home with your student.
You are invited to the RMS PTO's "BIRTH" day party and coffee conversation with a bit of PTO meeting. March 30th, 6:30pm in the RMS library.
PARENT SOCIAL: Night of RMS Dance
March 13, 2020 7:00 - 8:45 pm
3 Fox Field Lane, Hanover 916-801-8177
Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in attending the Parent Social. And if you haven't reached out, it's not too late! Whether you are new to the school or seasoned veteran, please come and join us. Uschi Kauffman has graciously offered her home at 3 Fox Field Lane, Hanover (close to school and with lots of parking) for this event. We simply ask that you consider making a $5 donation to cover the cost of the event. Any funds left over will be provided to the PTO as seed money. For the purposes of determining numbers we would appreciate it if you would RVSP to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You are not required to RSVP to attend.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Workshop
March 11th 5:30 to 8:00 pm in the Richmond Middle School Auditorium.
Presented by Outright Vermont, this interactive workshop will help community members, service providers, families and educators increase fluency with LGBTQ+ inclusive concepts, terminology, and practices. Participants will learn and practice approaches for making community, home and supportive environments and systems affirming and supportive for youth of all genders and sexual identities.
Participants will identify specific opportunities for and challenges to inclusivity in their practice or organization context. Participants will leave with a broader knowledge of LGBTQ+ youth topics, methods for recognizing gaps in inclusivity, and ideas for how to apply affirming practices to fill those gaps.
Join us from 5:30 to 6:00 for pizza and drinks by donation. The workshop itself starts at 6:00. Childcare will be provided from 6:00 to 8:00. RSVP is required for childcare and food (christinewood@
Thank you to the Friends of Hanover and Norwich Schools for providing the funds for this event.
We are in need of chaperones for next week’s dance. Please email interest to timboyle@
Do you have a used, working microwave that you could donate to RMS? The staff room microwave recently broke and we are hoping to find one to replace it. Please contact Janice Starkey, janicestarkey@
RMS Health Office Updates
We have some prescription glasses unclaimed in the health office. Please see if your student’s glasses are among them here.
Does your child need to take 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, March 9th - Staff Development Day - No school for students.
Wednesday, March 11th - 5:30-8:00 - LGBTQ+ workshop RMS Library
Friday, March 13th - 7:00-9:00 - RMS Dance
Friday, March 13th - 7:00-8:30 - Parent Social (see above)
Monday, March 16th - 5:00-6:00 - Teen advisory council, Norwich.
Tuesday, March 24th - 7:00 - RMS choral concert.
Wednesday, March 25th - 7:00 - RMS choral concert.
Tuesday, March 31st - 7:00 - RMS instrumental concert.
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
As many of us know, 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.
Wednesdays: Open Studio
For youth grades 5 and up who have completed trainings for the 3D printer (Tinkercad), the laser cutter, and the Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine. Limit one project per visit. Register at Studio H on Wednesdays, space limited. 2:30 to 4 pm
Thursdays: Code Club!
http://www.stemrobotix.com After school robotics groups (3/31/20 - 6/12/20) for students in Grades 3 - 8. Robotics, coding (Scratch & Python) and electronics (arduino) classes. Please visit the website for more details and/or to register. Open House on Wednesday Mar 18
Monday, March 16th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm All teens of Norwich are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about a Norwich Youth Advisory Council. This teen-led Council will be tasked with shining a light on what Norwich can do to involve teenagers in town. Do you want more planned activities? A dedicated space? Just to be left alone? We want to hear it all! Representatives from the library, the Recreation Department, and other community organizations will be on deck to listen to your ideas and help support your decisions. Pizza and snacks will be served. For more information, please contact Brie Swenson at email@example.com
These programs are parts of a Prevention Network Grant funded through Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center and the Vermont Department of Health.
Do you have any old or unused bikes gathering dust? The Bike Rehab for the Greater Good March Intensive group at Hanover High School is looking for used bikes in need of TLC to fix up and give to folks who need transportation, including: kids bikes, mountain bikes, and road bikes. Bikes can be in poor condition, but should be fairly good quality to start so we have good components with which to work. We are collecting bikes now until the course starts March 10th. Please contact Deb Robinson at HHS if you have a bike to donate to arrange drop off. Thanks for your generosity, Deb Robinson and Coyote Hill/ Bike Rehab for the Greater Good
Pitch your idea to a large audience as part of the Sustainable Hanover Forum 2020 - to take place at RMS. Let’s continue to build toward the goal of a fully sustainable community! More information here.
Join scientific researchers, community members, and local organizations to discuss health issues vital to our community. Upcoming forums will focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and marijuana and teens. Connect to more information here.
7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls Lacrosse Registration Begins January 27!
If your child loves to play lacrosse or wants to learn this fun and fast-paced sport visit www.hanoverlacrosse.com to register for the upcoming spring season. Registration opens Monday, January 27 and closes February 26.
Friends of Hanover Lacrosse (FOHL) supports youth lacrosse in Hanover and Lyme, New Hampshire and Norwich and Strafford, Vermont. We invite players from any of these towns to join our team. Any questions? Contact Donna Mackall, registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dresden baseball registration for the spring season is now open to students in Grades 3 through 8. To register, visit http://
It's Not Too Late to Sign Up for Weatherize Hanover!
We are excited to report to the Richmond Middle School community that as of Jan. 26th, 51 Hanover households have signed up with the Weatherize Hanover Campaign to schedule an energy audit and learn how they can make their homes more energy efficient, more comfortable and healthier.
Weatherizing your home saves money and helps reduce one's carbon footprint. Weatherize Hanover has taken the guesswork out of the process and made it as easy as possible for homeowners. In addition, if you schedule an energy audit by March 13th, you will be entered in a drawing to win $100 toward the cost of your weatherization project. Click here for more information
HHS Apparel Store - NOW OPEN
Show your pride and support Hanover High School by ordering some cool gear. The Online Apparel Store is now open at HHS Apparel Store. Items ship quickly and directly to you. Shop now for Nike, North Face, and other great brands! Items can be customized with sport or activity. If you have questions about the store, please email megansobel@