030819 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, March 08, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Budget: We are tremendously grateful to the Hanover and Norwich communities for their continued support of our school budgets. All warrant articles passed with large majorities. I see this as both an endorsement of the important work we are doing in SAU 70 and also as a responsibility to continue to grow, innovate, and strive for excellence. We know that our parents provide a large number of the votes in support of our budgets and programs and we appreciate it. I am also grateful to the many hours of work contributed by our RMS budget committee, financial assistant Janice Starkey, SAU staff, and our school board over the last 6-months.

Community: In our work with consultants from the Flow of History and Giavanna Munafo, GM Diversity & Inclusion Consulting, we have been considering shifts we can continue to make to foster an inclusive community at RMS. Last week we discussed how bias might be present in schools, and the concept of Identity Safety. By getting to know our students we are able to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the variety of identities that are present in our community. 

This week in meetings with RMS staff, we set aside some time to consider how we're connecting with students in a way that acknowledges and demonstrates an interest in student's interests by doing a connection assessment (activity below). From this reflection, many conversations flowed about ways we've connected with students, and where we might do a better job of reaching out to individual students. We're finding value in taking time to reflect on how we're doing as a community, recognizing that there's always more we can be doing to create spaces that students feel safe and supported.

Student Connection Assessments

  1. Create a three-columned chart on a piece of paper or on a simple table/spreadsheet on the computer.

  2. In the left column, write your students’ names in the order in which you remember them. (Just this alone is interesting. Who do you remember first? Who do you struggle to remember?)

  3. In the middle column, write down one positive thing about each student that doesn’t have anything to do with school work. (Jenny likes horses. Matt skateboards. Maria lives with her grandmother.)

  4. In the third column, put a checkmark if you have talked with each student about this piece of knowledge. This helps us recognize how well we know our students, and—perhaps more importantly—how well they know we know them!

  5. For students, you struggled to remember, or for ones you didn’t know as much about, make a commitment to connect with them in the next few days.

HHS Visitors: We will be welcoming HHS March Intensive students interested in education and teaching next week. The MI students will be participating in a host of teaching and school-wide activities and experiences. We thank them for choosing RMS and look forward to sharing some of what makes our profession great.


Have a healthy weekend!



Michael Lepene



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

Friday, March 8: RMS School Dance / Spirit Day: Tentative reschedule for Fri, March 22.

Monday, March 11: Inservice Day, No School

Thursday, March 14: Pi Day Activities

Friday, March 15: RMS Spirit Day - Green

Tuesday, March 26: 6th Grade Chorus and 7th Grade SA Chorus Concert, 5:30 PM, RMS Auditorium

Wednesday, March 27: 7/8 TTB Chorus and the 8th Grade SA Chorus Concert, 5:30 PM, RMS Auditorium

Thursday, March 28: 7th-Grade Health Screenings

RMS Notes and Information

-Congratulations to 8th grader Luke Szczepiorkowski RMS National Geographic Geography Bee champion who has qualified for the state competition on March 29. Awesome job and good luck! 

-Congratulations to the sixth-grade math team who took first prize in last weekend's Mathleague.org regional competition at Crossroads Academy. Lead byfirst-place individual Anjan Yalamanchili, and second place individual Krrish Mishra, the team was rounded out by Diego Lee and Saaketh Srikakolapu. Nandeesh Jain also finished in the top ten as an individual competitor. Forward you Merry Mathsters! Coach Kitzmiller

-Math Placement: Preparations are underway for the sixth-grade math placement testing which will commence in math class the week of 3/25. Students have written about their goal and what they have done to achieve it. All tests are open for any student to try. Support materials are on Schoology and printed copies are available in the classroom. Placement decisions will be emailed before Spring Break. RMS Math Placement policies can be found here on the RMS website. Let us know if you have any questions.  

-RMS Dance Postponed: We are working on a new date for the RMS dance. We will send a notice as soon as we can confirm DJ and chaperone availability. Looking at Friday, March 22.

-RMS Spring Talent Show is coming on Friday, April 26th.  Sign-ups will be available later next week.

-HHS 9th-Grade School Counselors visited with RMS 8th-graders this week to complete pre-scheduling of courses. Please contact RMS or HHS school counselors with any questions.

-RMS Principal Search: The search committee is currently screening and interviewing candidates as part of the first round. Look for more information next week.

-RMS Orchestra students led by Hannah Rommer performed at the combined Dresden Masterworks Concerts this week. Congratulations to all of our musicians!

-Guest speaker and historian Howard Coffin spoke to our 7th-grade about the Battle of Gettysburg this week as part of their Civil War unit of study.

Civil War Speaker

-2019-2020 School Calendar: Due to a revision in the Hartford School District, our school calendars will need to be changed and re-approved, which may affect the last day of school. To make sure erroneous information is not put out to our community, we will not be posting the calendars at this time. All calendars will be posted on the website in April.

Please note that the December, February, and April vacations for the 19-20 school year are confirmed as follows:

  • December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020
  • February 17, 2020 - February 21, 2020
  • April 13, 2020 - April 17, 2020


Superintendent Badams

-7th Grade Power of We (POW!) Diaper Drive

Dear RMS parents and guardians,

We are a group of six students and three teachers working to help the Women’s Health Resource Center (WHRC), which is a part of DHMC. As part of “The Power of We,” (RMS’s 7th-grade community service projects) we are conducting a diaper drive with the goal of adding to the WHRC’s “diaper bank” which is located in Lebanon. In addition to asking parents and neighbors to donate actual boxes or bags of diapers to our diaper drive, we are also conducting a “Read-a-Thon” and will ask for sponsors so we can collect money to purchase diapers to donate.

We learned from our guest speaker from WHRC that last year they distributed over 35,000 diapers to almost 400 families. The diaper bank collects, stores, and distributes free diapers to families who are having financial difficulties or if a family has experienced the birth of twins. We learned diapers cost about $150/month per baby. The most popular sizes are 4,5, and 6 but we are collecting all sizes except for older kid “pull-ups.” They also collect wipes and diaper rash products, We also learned the WHRC accepts opened bags of diapers if they’re from a smoke-free home, but they have to be in their bag, no loose random diapers.

We have a large donation box outside the health office. You can either send in diapers with your RMS student (any grade!) or bring them in to add to this box if you happen to be in the building. While you’re here, come see our “hat tree!” We are also knitting infant and sibling hats to donate to The Family Place and DHMC nurseries.

Thank you for considering donating to this POW community service project.

Joseph Rudd, Christine Kim, Emma Letendre, Maggie Keeffe, Vivian Myers, Avi Bucci, Abby Pelletier - RN, Meg Pillsbury - Educational Assistant, and Lynn McRae - RN Health Office Assistant

-(Repost)7th Grade Meetings: Mrs. Powers and Mr. LaCrosse invite all parents of 7th-grade students to come in to meet the week of March 18th. We are scheduling 15-minute time slots for meetings through an online scheduling system. Emails will be sent out to parents from SignUp.com early next week. If you would like to meet or have a call and one of the designated meeting times does not work for your schedule, please contact the counselor you work with directly to find a time. 7th Grade meetings are a great time to discuss middle school transition, answer questions about supports available, and plan for 8th grade. The counselors do not have a set agenda per se and are happy to discuss what is on your mind. 

Volunteer Opportunities

-We are looking for a few volunteers to help out with our 7th-grade health screenings on Thursday, March 28. No medical background is necessary! We are looking for two hearing station assistants and two vision station helpers. Please see the sign-up form here.

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator


Community Calendar and Activities 


Science Movie Poster

http://www.stemrobotix.com   After school robotics groups (4/2/19 - 6/13/19) for students in Grades 3 - 8 are forming.  Robotics, electronics (Arduino) and programming (Python) groups.  Please visit the website for more details and/or to register.  Open House on Tuesday, March 19th.

-(Repost)Dresden baseball registration for the spring season is now open to students in Grades 2 through 8. 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. 

-(Repost)Lacrosse is back for 5th/6th graders in Hanover this spring! A team focused, action-packed sport, lacrosse is one of the fastest growing youth sports in the country!  We welcome new players to build both our girls and boys teams. No experience required!  Hanover Rec has recruited great coaches.  Marty White (HHS JV hockey coach) will coach the Boys 5th/6th team and Elizabeth Dann & Kim Higgins will coach the Girls 5th/6th-grade team.  

Season begins in April and includes practices and local games against other Upper Valley teams.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Lindsay Fox at  lindsayfox99@gmail.com.

Sign up via the Hanover Recreation Department Website:  http://hanoverrec.com/info/activities/default.aspx.


Achieving 100% Renewable Energy: Let’s Make it Happen!

Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM Hanover High School Auditorium

-(Repost)Elite Soccer Camps of New England  2019 Spring Break Camp  |  At Dartmouth College

The emphasis of the Spring Break Camp will be on developing skills fundamental to the game of soccer in a fun and stimulating environment.

The day camp is directed and staffed by the coaches and players of Dartmouth soccer. Our coaching staff features numerous coaches who have been working with us for several years, and have vast and diverse experience in the game of soccer.

April 15th – 19th

Entering Grades: K - 8th, Boys & Girls
Location: Dartmouth College

For more information and to sign up visit elitesoccercampinc.com