011819 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, January 18, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Mathematics took center stage on Wednesday at RMS with two special presentations. The 8th-grade learned about course options in math and science from Hanover High School staff and were able to get their initial questions answered. This presentation was part of a series of events designed to prepare students and families for the transition to HHS. The 6th and 7th grades heard from Dartmouth Math Professor and school board member Dan Rockmore. Dr. Rockmore talks with students annually about the work mathematicians engage in and he shares some fun and interesting problems. This year he talked about cryptography and used an example of how my credit card number is encrypted when the information is transmitted. Thank you to all of our presenters!

Have a terrific snowy weekend! I am certain many of the RMS students will be out shoveling for their families and neighbors.


Michael Lepene




All School News and Events (RMS website has a calendar with events and dates/times)

Friday, January 18: End of Q2

Monday, January 22: No School, MLK Day

Thursday, January 24: RMS Geography Bee Finals

Friday, January 25: Q2 Report Cards Available in Powerschool (3:30 PM)

RMS Notes and Information

-(Repost)8th Grade Families: HHS Curriculum Night will be Tuesday, February 12th, at 5:30 PM in the HHS Auditorium. Please contact HHS counselor Wendy Kares with any questions.

-(Repost)The Powerschool Student Portal will be closed from Friday, January 18th until Friday, January 25th to give staff time to complete Q2 Report Card grading and comments. Thank you!

mlk board

MLK Display in the 7th-Grade Hall. Created by Judy Sterndale. (Photo: Lepene)

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Forty-third Annual Murray Photo Competition and Exhibition. The Elden Murray Photography Exhibition and Competition is held at Howe Library each year in the upper gallery area.  It is for amateur photographers and there are 5 categories - one of them being 18 years and younger.  The images can be taken with cell phones or cameras. 

Photographs need to matted (glued on foam core or go to Micheals and get a mat to go around the image). 
Registrations are made online and need to be completed by Jan 21. 
Each photographer can enter 1 or 2 images.  
Images can be dropped off either on Thursday, Jan 24 from 5-7 OR on Sat 1/26 from 11-12 at Howe Library (downstairs).  

-Presentation and Discussion for Parents and Caregivers of Middle and High School Students:

Understanding Suicide Risk and Prevention in Adolescence

Bill J. Hudenko, PhD

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

6 - 7 PM

Lyme School

Dr. Hudenko is a Licenced Psychologist, a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, and the Chief Science Officer of Voi Inc.  Voi is a company dedicated to reducing national rates of suicide through advanced technology. Contact:william.j.hudenko@dartmouth.edu

-Do you like movies? How about popcorn? How about rocket science?

What? The movie Hidden Figures, about the crucial role African-American female mathematicians and engineers, played in creating the United States Space Program and launching the first American into space.

After the movie: There will be a special Q&A session led by Rich Kramer, a Professor of physics and history.

Where? The Nugget Theater, Hanover NH

When? Monday, January 21, 12:15 pm

How much? See the movie, enjoy one small popcorn and drink -- for free!

Why? This is a great way to see a great movie, hear from an expert in the field, eat some popcorn, hang with your friends, and have an overall great time! You will also have the chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon.com.

*Have a younger sibling in 4th-5th grade? Bring them along!

The Science Division at Dartmouth

-From 12-5 pm on Sunday, February 3, families are invited to explore the new Hood Museum, which opens to the public on January 26. During the event, families can try in-gallery activities, explore the museum on their own with a family guide, and create their own works of art to take home. At 1:30 pm, there will be a special performance by the Swing Peepers, a vocal-harmony and multi-instrument duo that performs inventive, earth-friendly, and interactive songs and stories.

This event is for children ages 4 to 12 with adult companions. The event is FREE, and no registration is required. 
For more information, call (603) 646-1469.