0201819 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, February 8, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

RMS 7th-grade students continued their study of the Civil War this week. Students participated in a field hospital experience in Science classes that included Civil War surgery tools. In Social Studies students examined primary source documents including Enlisting, Muster In, Draft Notice, Letters, Discharge Papers, and Pension Applications. Earlier this year, students visited local cemeteries as part of their research on Civil War soldiers from our area. Key concepts guiding the lessons and experiences in this unit include:

  • Research and experimentation raises questions
  • The Civil War had an impact on local people
  • History is created by personal stories
  • We have to make inferences to understand historical events
  • Local resources can help us connect to and learn about historic events
  • Stories from history are often composites of events

Later this year, students will create and display a culminating project or performance that will allow them to dive deeply into an aspect of the Civil War that interests them.


Michael Lepene



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

Fri, Feb 8: 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance with HHS Junior Class Committee

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

Thurs, Feb 14 - Fri, Feb 15: 8th-Grade Renaissance Festival (Volunteers Needed!)

Feb 18 - Feb 22: Vacation, No HW

Tues, Feb 26: 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

RMS Notes and Information

-(Tonight!)Friday, February 8th is the annual 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance. This event is a collaboration between the Hanover High School Junior Class Committee and RMS, proceeds go to the Junior Class. The dance is open to 8th graders from RMS, Crossroads and the Lyme School. Admission is $10 (includes food, drink, andphotos), 7:00-9:00 PM in the Hanover High School Cafeteria. No guests. Please enter through the front door.  Contact Mr. LaCrosse if you have any questions.

-The RMS/HHS Combined Jazz Band Concert is rapidly approaching. The Concert will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 PM in the Susan B. Finer Auditorium at the Frances C. Richmond School. RMS Jazz Band Students should arrive at the school by 6:30 PM dressed in Blue and Black. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of Jazz. 

-8th Graders will have a modified schedule on Tuesday, February 12th for HHS math and science placement tests. Students are reminded to bring in pencils, calculators, and an independent reading book. Math placement tests begin promptly after homeroom. 

-SAU 70 has added a new "Voter Information" tab to their web site sau70.org. We encourage you to visit for more information about the school budgets, voting, and other related items.

-The RMS math team finished first in yesterday's MATHCOUNTS regional meet. Give it up for Lauren and Sarah Hall, Sora Shirai, and Anjan Yalamanchili. Further applause for Sayan Bhattacharya who finished first in the Countdown (head-to-head) Round and a second-place finish overall. Krrish Mishra also finished in the top ten. On to states!  --CoachK

-Next Week Student Council will be taking orders for a limited number of “Valentine Candygrams”.  For $5 you will be able to purchase a treat for yourself, a friend, a teacher, a family member, or anyone. Money will be donated to the Special Needs Support Center which provides a wide range of services to children and adults with special needs.  We will begin taking orders on Monday.

-(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.

quiz bowl team

Members of the RMS Quiz Bowl Team competed at AMSA last weekend (Photo: Lovejoy)

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: The recent warm temperatures and predicted precipitation have caused HPR to change the Pond Party to Sunday, February 10th.  It will still run from 12 pm to 3 pm and offer the same activities.  By pushing the event back there will be plenty of time for all that water to freeze solid and to have the new ice prepped to be at its best for the party!

This change has left the event short-handed, if you are able to volunteer please reply and let me know, liz.burdette@hanovernh.org.  Help is needed from 8:30 am for set up, 11:30 am to run games and events, and clean - up at 3 pm. 

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday at the Pond Party!

-Lebanon Outing Club Family Fun Night at Storrs Hill Ski Area, Feb 9, 5:30-9:00 PM.

-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. 

-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 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!

ice fishing club

Members of the RMS Fishing Club participated in an Ice Fishing Derby last weekend in the -10 degree weather! (Photo: Atkinson)