020119 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, February 1, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have a busy couple of weeks leading up to the February Vacation. Please take note of the field trips, events, and special activities. In addition, you will be hearing more about the upcoming RMS Principal Search process soon. I hope you will participate as you are able. I also would point you to our request for Renaissance Festival volunteers below in our Volunteer Section. Parents from students in all grades are welcome to assist in this annual event. Kerry Artman can help with any questions. Thank you for considering!

I've noted this before, but several examples were brought to my attention again this week so I thought I would share. There are many ways to assess and quantify the positive school climate and culture. As you know, we have been working in multiple ways to identify and implement strategies to create a safer and more inclusive community for everyone. That work is ongoing and important. A different measure comes up for me when the occasion happens that our students find themselves waiting a few minutes for a teacher or staff member to arrive. That might be in the classroom with a teacher arriving a few minutes late from a meeting or in the cafeteria waiting for the staff member covering the door to get there. What happens time and time again is that the students notice and then step up to get things going on their own. They know the expectations, procedures, and routines and just get going. I've walked into classes to cover and found the students working on the plan for the day, catching up on homework, or even found a student or two leading a discussion or lesson. True stories! In the cafe, students will take on the door duty and ensure the lines are moving smoothly with the size of the group getting their food just right for the speed of check out. I could go on but I'll stop with those examples. Our students are the best part of our school and continue to impress me with their maturity and leadership.

Finally, I know many of you will be enjoying the Super Bowl this weekend. I hope you have a terrific time with family and friends if that is your thing. If not, the weather is looking warmer and the snow is terrific. We've had a fun week of spirit activities, a commercial contest, baking competition, and jersey/team wear day. I hope we've added a little more fun to our week and I'm looking forward to more engaging learning over the next two weeks with some special grade-level experiences.

Have a great weekend! Pats by 6.


Michael Lepene



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

Week of Feb 4: 8th-Grade Field Trips to Rauner Library

Feb 4 - Feb 5: 7th-Grade Civil War Field Hospital (Science)

Feb 5 - Feb 6: 8th-Grade World Language Placement Testing for HHS, in-class.

Weds, Feb 13: RMS/HHS Jazz Band Concert, 7:00 PM, HHS

Thurs, Feb 14 - Fri, Feb 15: 8th-Grade Renaissance Festival

Feb 18 - Feb 22: Vacation, No HW

Tues, Feb 26: 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (see note below)

RMS Notes and Information

-8th Grade Field Trips to the Rauner Library: As a pre-Renaissance Festival activity, all 8th graders will be traveling in English classes to Dartmouth’s Rauner Library for a presentation using items from their rare books collection.  We will be traveling by bus so students should please dress for the weather.  They may bring a phone to take pictures of the material, but there will be no food, drink, gum, etc. allowed in the library.  Students should check with their English teacher for specifics about which day and when their class will be going.


-52 Minutes that will inspire you! RMS is hosting a screening of “The Big Picture:  Rethinking Dyslexia” Monday, February 4 at 6:00 PM, Richmond Middle School Auditorium.

The Stern Center Vice President for Advanced Learning, Janna Osman, will host a Q&A after the movie.

-2019 YRBS: Our school will participate in the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont Department of Health on February 26, 2019.  The survey gathers information about health-risk behaviors of 6th through 8th-grade students. The survey includes questions about nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, physical exercise, and injuries. Schools, communities and state agencies will use the results of the survey to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with state and local school officials, developed the YRBS. It also has the support of many national organizations including the National PTA.

 The YRBS is anonymous, and survey procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy. The names of students who take the survey and their survey responses will not be disclosed to any school employee nor will any student's name or survey responses be divulged in a report of the results. We would like all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary. No student is required to take the survey.

If you would like to review a copy of the survey, it is available to read at the RMS reception desk by request. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this survey, please email Mrs. Powers by February 14, 2019, at elizabethpowers@hanovernorwichschools.org.

-8th-Grade Transition Information on the Guidance Web Page.

-In classes, this week teachers have been reviewing quarter 2 grades and comments with students. To view your student's quarter 2 report card, login into PowerSchool: https://ps.dresden.us/public/home.html and click on the Report Card tab on the left-hand side. If you would prefer a paper copy of your student's quarter 2 report card, please contact Deb Movizzo directly.

ps report card help photo

-Dear Parents and Guardians,
Sharing with you a Hanover High School Nurse note for Staff and Students about the flu being present in our community. Please read this short informative memo. Thank you for keeping our RMS community safe, many students have been staying at home this week while sick and I really appreciate the efforts to help your children heal while minimizing the spread of germs.

Abby Pelletier, RN RMS Health Office 
Flu Update: 

  • We need to inform you that Influenza has crossed the high school threshold. To start with the virus most commonly being cultured in the Northeast is Influenza A (H1N1). Throughout the southeast, there is a predominance of Influenza A (H3N2). Does that change the misery of the illness? No, it does not. However, the bright side hopefully will be that both of these viruses (in an attenuated "killed form") were contained in this year's influenza vaccine. There were also two other attenuated viruses Influenza B/(Victoria Lineage) and Influenza B/(Yamagata Lineage) in the vaccine. These have not been cultured or prevalent-yet.
  • We have not been informed by the Center for Disease Control the efficacy rates of this year's vaccine. They will release that within a few weeks.
  • If you feel the symptoms of influenza which are fever, body aches, runny nose, headache (severe), dry cough, sore throat then please stay home.
  • If you are at high risk for complications ie. are pregnant, >65, have a chronic illness then it is wise to see you Dr. promptly. They will start antiviral drugs that will lessen the symptoms and hopefully prevent complications.
  • The best prevention is immunization, washing hands, avoid touching your face with your hands (spreading germs to your mouth and nose), and avoid sick persons.

We hope it is a short season.
Best, Candace Nattie RN, Kathryn Bonyai RN, Lynn McRae RN - Hanover High School Nurses

-(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)Do you have a child with dyslexia or another related learning difference? 

Please consider joining an interactive workshop about self-esteem and dyslexia on Wednesday, February 6th at 2:30 PM at the Richmond Middle School. NoticeAbility's Chief Program Officer Christian Henry will facilitate a discussion on middle school social-emotional learning as it relates to unlocking the dyslexic potential.

Email Amanda Yates (amandayates@frms.org) if you plan to attend.

NoticeAbility's Entrepreneurs & Innovators course explores the fundamental tenets of entrepreneurship through a project-based, experiential lens. The course highlights the cognitive skills associated with dyslexia and provides students with practical exercises that help them recognize these attributes within themselves. 

-(Repost)Auditions for the spring musical, "Into the Woods Jr." are coming up on February 6th and 7th! Students should see Mrs. Emmerton or Ms. Hadden for an audition form and visit the following link for audition information: amandaemmerton.wix.com/rmstheatre

-RMS diverted 7,200 pounds of food scraps from disposal via our composting program in 2018. Well done RMS students and staff!

composting certificate

Volunteer Opportunities

-The annual 8th grade Renaissance Festival is coming up on Thursday and Friday, February 14 and 15. All 8th-grade students will be participating in a variety of hands-on activities run by RMS staff. Parent volunteers are integral to the success of this interdisciplinary event every year. There are opportunities to help and be an extra set of hands with Archery, Dancing and Costumes, Cooking, and Stained Glass. Please sign-up here if you are available to join us. Thank you!  

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator


Community Calendar and Activities 

-Pond Party Construction this Saturday, Feb. 2nd

-Pond Party on Saturday, Feb. 9th, noon – 3:00 PM.

-White River Indie Films is holding their an annual film festival down in White River Junction. Included in the festival weekend is the screening of the Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest winners. Last year, RMS students Soren Stettenheim and Finn Duncan won first prize! If you are interested in learning more visit about entering this year visit: www.freedomandunitytv.org.

-Dresden baseball registration for the spring season is now open to students in Grades 2 through 8 (born before May 1, 2011). To register, visit http://dresdenbaseballassociation.org/register and click on the red "Click to Sign Up" box. Cost is $125. Registration closes on April 7. 

big picture movie flyer

-Sunday, February 10th, FREE Girls Youth Lacrosse Clinic and Registration Fest with a SERIOUSLY SICK RAFFLE!
WHO: 3rd-8th grade Hanover, Norwich, Lyme/Dresden girls lacrosse players
HOSTS AND COACHES: Chris Seibel and the HHS Girls Lacrosse Players
WHEN AND WHERE: Sunday, Feb. 10, from 5:00-6:00 PM at the HHS Gym
1 Brine Mantra 3 Girls Lacrosse Stick, valued at $189.99
1 STX Exult Girls Lacrosse Stick, valued at $189.99
1 UA Charger 2 Girls Lacrosse Goggles, valued at $54.99
Nike Skinny Hairbands and maybe some other goodies
Cool Schwag donated by Suzi Curtis (PrAna? Pistil? Kari Traa? It’s a surprise!)
Participants of the clinic will get one free raffle ticket. More tickets will be for sale at the Clinic. The drawing will take place at 6:00 PM, and you have to attend the Clinic to win! Proceeds will go to FOHL for Financial Aid and Youth Lacrosse support.
GIRLS LAX REGISTRATION FEST: Bring your laptop or ipad, and FOHL Lacrosse volunteers will help you with the registration process for both Recreation and ⅞ lacrosse. FOHL will supply at least two laptops.
WHAT TO BRING: Clean sneakers, girls lacrosse stick, colored mouth guard, girls lax goggles, filled water bottle, your best attitude and an open mind for learning!
This Clinic is organized by Friends of Hanover Lacrosse (FOHL) as part of a broader effort to create a community within our girls’ lacrosse world. FOHL, a non-profit organization, supports the HHS Lacrosse Programs, manages the 7/8 lacrosse teams for the Dresden Schools, and encourages the development of lacrosse in our community. Thank you FOHL and Suzi Curtis for donating the raffle prizes! Thank you,’ Chris Seibel and the HHS Girls Team for hosting and coaching!