031519 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, March 15, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Inservice Day: We had a valuable and informative inservice day on Monday. Faculty and staff worked with outside consultants on topics of Diversity and Inclusive Education. This work was a continuation of previous staff meetings and small group discussions. Goals for the day included:

  • Introduce a model for moving from debate to dialogue about difficult or controversial topics.
  • Utilize this model to explore and more fully understand one another's perspectives regarding racial injustice by responding to segments of a documentary called "Cracking the Codes" by Shakti Butler.
  • Raise awareness of prevalence and limitations of debate culture with regard to multiple and intersecting identities, perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • Provide an interactive, shared experience of sustained, respectful dialogue among participants.
  • And, inspire participants to apply the "Debate to Dialogue" model in a variety of settings and situations at RMS.

Staff will continue this work applying the skills learned and practiced and also dive deeper into specific strategies for leading conversations with students in the classroom. I am grateful that we were able to spend this time on these important skills and topics as a staff team. 

March Intensive: Finally, a special "Thank you!" to our Hanover High School March Intensive students. They have done a terrific job representing the high school and themselves. MI Students have assisted and led in the classroom, organized special activities, shared transition information with the 8th-grade class, and engaged with our students socially and in an advisory capacity. 

Pi Day and Green Day: Students enjoyed two spirit days this week. Thank you to the RMS student council and math department for organizing these fun events.

Have a great weekend!


Michael Lepene



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

Friday, March 22: Meet Principal Candidate Tim Boyle, 8:00-8:45 AM, RMS

Saturday, March 23: Meet Principal Candidate Tim Boyle, 9:00-10:00 AM, RMS

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 and Q4 Arena Scheduling

Friday, March 29: RMS Dance, 7:00-9:00 PM, RMS (Rescheduled from 3/8)

RMS Notes and Information

-The next RMS Dance is scheduled for Friday, March 29. We know this date may not work for everyone but we were able to secure the DJ, building use, and staff chaperones on this date. For those who are unable to attend we hope they'll be able to make our final dance in May.

-RMS MATHCOUNTS TEAM took second place in the NH State competition held Saturday. The contest involved over 100 qualifiers from 32 schools. Lauren Hall, Sarah Hall, and Sora Shirai finished in the top 10% to compete in the Countdown Round (one-on-one), sometimes having to eliminate each other = Awkward! They all handled it with grace and poise to represent the RMS community. Other members of the RMS delegation were Sayan Bhattacharaya, Michael Jia, Krrish Mishra, and Anjan Yalamanchili. Well played to all! -Coach K

-A few weeks ago, a number of parents and staff attended a session organized by Noticeability. If you are interested in learning more about their programs and curriculum, resources can be found here: Online access to the curriculum. with portions of it as a free preview. There is also a flyer with basic information about the courses and their impact, intended for parents and teachers. Additionally, there is an organizational overview video.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are seeking a few volunteers to help out with our 7th-grade health screenings on Thursday, 3/28. No medical background is necessary! We need two hearing station assistants and two vision station helpers. Please see the sign-up form here.

We are looking for six parent/guardian chaperones for the rescheduled RMS Dance, which will be held on Friday, March 29. Chaperones keep an eye on the lobby area from 6:50 - 9:00 p.m.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up here.

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator


Community Calendar and Activities 

-The Howe Library will be starting a 3D Print Club (3D printing, design, activities, etc.) for 5th through 8th grade,  after school. The first series of three afternoons start on this  Monday, March 18, then on Monday, April 29th, and Monday, May 20th.  This won't be all tech stuff, students will be creating things out of cardboard and other materials, as well as have a chance to use the 3D printer and laser cutter! The club starts at 3:00 (or as soon as students can get there) and will go until 4:30. Meeting location is the Howe Library.


-Are you a high school student (rising eighth graders as well), or know one, who wants to work on trails and have fun in the outdoors this summer? If so, please come join the 2019 Upper Valley High School Trail Corps.  Applications are due May 1. An amazing informational video (from NHPBS) and the application can be found at www.uvtrails.org.

-Come Support HHA Bantam Green's Trip to Nationals! 

The Nugget Theater, Hanover, NH, March 23rd 10:15 a.m.

The Hanover Hockey Association's Bantam Green team will be hosting a fundraiser at the Nugget Theater in Hanover at 10:15 a.m. on March 23 to raise money for their trip to the USA Hockey Tier Two National Championship in South Bend, IN, in April.  The Nugget will be showing Miracle and will not charge admission. but the team will be asking for donations to help cover the cost for their travel and team outerwear.  Doors will open at 9:45 a.m.

The HHA Bantam Green team is made up of twelve boys and one girl in grades 8 and 9 from Hanover, Norwich, Thetford, Grantham and, Sunapee.  The team won the Tier Two New Hampshire tournament on Feb. 24th and because there isn't a regional tournament for their tier, they will go directly to Nationals where they will compete along with up to 47 other teams. Nationals will be the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication from the team and their coaches. 

-Full Feature Slopestyle Event in the new terrain park at Storrs Hill Ski Area

Sat, Mar 16, 1 - 4 pm

Skier and snowboarders of all ages and abilities welcome! Helmets and signed waiver required for participants. Grilling, music and prizes! Registration opens at 10 am. Awards at the end of the day. Co-sponsors: Technine Snow and Golf & Ski Warehouse. $20 registration

includes day pass/lift ticket. More details at: skistorrshill.com.

Storrs Hill Ski Area 60 Spring St Lebanon NH 603.448.4809 skistorrshill.com

-Reminder for Football: This Sunday, March 17th, from 3:00-4:30 pm, members of the Varsity, JV and middle school staffs will be hosting a skills clinic in the Hanover high school gym for ANYONE that is interested. Whether you played football last season, plan to this season, or are considering playing and want to meet the coaches and players, come on by and enjoy some football and good food donated by members of Friends of Hanover Football. 


-Good afternoon RMS families,

I want all who are interested to be aware that online registration for the middle school football program (grades 7 & 8) is officially open. Players can register via the link below.  Please note that payment of registration fees are not required until the season begins. 


Members of Friends of Hanover Football, and the Hanover football coaching staff are very excited about the direction that the middle school program has gone in the last three years. The program has grown, and continues to grow with each passing season, and we need your support to continue to do so.

We believe that the sport of football has never been safer than it is now, and Hanover football is at the forefront of this push to make football a safer game for its players. Hanover football has implemented best practices for tackling and blocking fundamentals that are being used at every level of the program.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our football program, please feel free to contact: 

Coach Cliff Sherman (7-8th Grade Head Coach): cliff_sherman@ymail.com

Alison Sherman (President of FOHF): alisonmwsherman@gmail.com

or Sam Cavallaro (Hanover Varsity Head Coach): cavallaro@mcttelecom.com