Dear RMS Community:
On Memorial Day weekends the historian in me often remembers the words uttered by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 as he dedicated the cemetery in Gettysburg, PA.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain --
I think of the tasks remaining before us in our fractured times, fraught with division and discord, and I am hopeful. Hopeful because of students like the ones I see every day - engaging in spirited discussions of important issues while also maintaining a respect for each other we could all learn from. Hopeful because of the joy and whimsy middle school students bring to almost all endeavors. Hopeful because if we, as a community, can bond together to engage in meaningful school (both in person and remote) during this past year, we can do anything.
We have reached the last two weeks of the year like no other. We are working hard to maintain our focus on the day to day protocols that have stood us in good stead, while allowing ourselves to celebrate in small ways. Next week we will celebrate Pride week as we continue our work to be a welcoming and affirming community for all, and the week after that we will celebrate our 8th graders who have offered incredible leadership during their tenure at RMS.
We recently presented the data from our parent survey to the school board. Please see a copy of the report here.
Thank you for your continued support. Please be safe, stay well, and take care of each other.
May 31 - Memorial Day - No school.
June 1-4 - Celebration of Pride Week at RMS
June 11 - 8th grade celebration - Last day for 8th graders.
June 14 - Last Day of School for 6th and 7th grade.
The RMS 2020-21 Yearbook is now available for online purchase. It is $25 plus shipping. The website is:
If you want to purchase prints of your student's portraits, they are available from:
Support our Library
We are still accepting donations for our library renovation. Additionally please attend the Farmers market outside RMS on the following dates, 6/16, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18 and purchase Jianbing from HHS senior Eric Chen - who has graciously offered to donate all of his proceeds to our library.
Calling Alpine Skiers!
For rising 9th graders:
For those potentially interested in joining the Alpine Skiing team at Hanover High School next winter, there will be an informational Zoom meeting on Sunday, June 6th at 7:00pm with HHS Ski Captains and Head Coach, Gabi Formankova. This meeting is for both incoming and returning skiers to discuss the program.
The HHS Alpine Ski Team is a competitive ski racing program that competes in the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA). Ski racing experience is needed to participate.
The link to the meeting is: https://sau70.zoom.us/j/8506710695
If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Sobel, Hanover High School Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Decorate Marion Cross with Chalk Drawings
Here is your chance to surprise students and staff at the Marion Cross School with fun chalk drawings. Mr. Gonyaw has given us permission to decorate the school as an end of year gift for the school community. We will be meeting at the front door this coming Monday (May 31st) at 4:30pm for about an hour. We will supply chalk. Questions? Please contact Mr. LaCrosse.
If you have any questions, please contact Austin Jacobs
RMS does offer a lunch program for families who may need assistance or special needs. Please contact Robin Morley-Ploof in the office for more information.
Dear RMS Community,
Wow! We are wrapping up the school year, there is so much to be grateful for....
We have definitely worked in line with our mission of building community through communication, socials and partnerships.
+ Created "Together We Read" and held 3 book discussions with students and parents;
+ Gathered generously donated funds and hosted a Dec. and a Feb. Teacher Appreciation events and a May event thanking over 120 appreciation of all staff, bus drivers/ monitors and crossing guard.
+ Welcomed new to district families with RMS ambassadors to ease the transitions with answering simple questions about local resources and just a local contact.
+ Hosted virtual socials for parents to get acquainted.
+ Built organizational capacity, starting from scratch building an official organization r and bank account so that we can start to offer spirit wear and more.
Special shoutouts to the following PTO officers and volunteers at Richmond Middle School PTO.
+Thank you to RMS administrative team and staff,
+SAU Karen Wright and Emma Cottage,
+ Parents: Anna Adachi-Mejia, Amber Barnato, Hayley DeLugach, Beth DeSimone, Stephanie Durand, Elizabeth Dollhopf- Brown, Erin Green, Kelly Healey, Karen Hsu Blatman, Jennifer Jerit, Sunny Keiser, Melanie Michel, Sunny Nam, Emily Ryckman, Iresema Saucedo, and Janice Starkey.
Wow! Well done all! Reach out to anyone one listed about their experiences and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and to connect within the community.
Per our new bylaws, all RMS staff and guardians/parents of RMS students are PTO members. No membership fee, donations accepted.
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
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.
Struggling with Anxiety and mental health in the Pandemic?
Check out this resource from the director of Screenagers. https://www.screenagersmovie.com/blog
How to build resilience during the pandemic
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.