032219 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, March 22, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Principal candidate, Tim Boyle is spending the day at RMS today. If you had a chance to meet him, please complete this short survey to share your feedback with our Principal Search Committee.

Candidate Feedback Survey

If you were not able to join us today, we have an open community meet and greet at RMS tomorrow (Saturday) from 9-10am in the RMS library.


Michael Lepene



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

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)

Thursday, April 4: 7th-Grade Civil War Night, 6:00-7:30 PM

RMS Notes and Information

-Annual State Testing Notice: Please see the linked letter for information about our upcoming New Hampshire Statewide Assessment (NHSAS).

-7th-grade families: Remember to mark your calendars for Civil War Night! From 6-7:30 PM on Thursday, April 4th all 7th-grade students will be presenting their exhibits. 

-Congratulations to the following NHAMLE “We Love Our School Because…” Video Competition winners from RMS. Thank you to Mr. Warren for guiding these creations. All of the videos are great fun to watch! Here are links to our winners.

Sam Ames and Alex Orsino -Second Place:  https://youtu.be/ffBHeYnik7o

Isabel Harrison and Hanae Debo -Honorable Mention:  https://youtu.be/ZtX8U5A5pvo

-Forty-third Annual Murray Photo Competition and Exhibition: Anya Teller-Elsberg was recently awarded first place in the under-18 division of the contest for her photo "Knotted Heart". Congratulations to Anya and all of the RMS participants in this contest.

student photo elden murray

-Honor’s Band Festival: Congratulations to Stephanie Holmes who was accepted into the honor band.

honors band

-(Repost)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. We are still looking for parent chaperones, can you help?

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 

-Engineering Expo and Open House

Thayer School of Engineering -14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH

Friday, April 5, 2019, 5:30-8pm

Free and Open to all


Come see our student projects, Robots, Machine Shop, Formula Race Car, perhaps even an edible scientific treat!


-The Hanover Police Department is very excited to announce that Scarlett Lewis, creator of the “Jesse Lewis Choose Love Program” is coming to present in Hanover on April 8, 2019, at 6 pm. The event will be held at the Richmond Middle School which is located at 63 Lyme Road. Parking will be available and the event is FREE of charge.

If you are not familiar with Scarlett’s work please visit www.jesselewischooselove.org to learn more. Jesse, Scarlett’s son, was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Since then she had been on an incredible mission to implement a free Social and Emotional learning program in every school, home and community!

The event is limited to available seating. Please use the link below to reserve a spot. Please share this through your professional and personal contacts, parent and student newsletters, and by word-of-mouth!


-Dartmouth Kids Climbing Club

Time: Wednesday Sessions from 3-5pm

Dates: Starting April 3rd until May 1st (5 Total Sessions)

Location: Dartmouth Climbing Gym

Price: $100 Faculty/Staff or $110 Community Members

Coached by Dartmouth Mountaineering Club and Outdoor Programs climbing instructors, these classes will be held in Dartmouth College's climbing gym located in the Maxwell Residence Hall complex adjacent to the Thayer School of Engineering.  The Kids Climbing Club will climb Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 PM. Equipment and instructors are provided, no experience needed! This program is open to children from grades 5-9.Contact Gunnar.W.Johnson@dartmouth.edu if interested.

-Join Lightning Soccer Club!

Registration is now open for our spring advantage program and street soccer summer camps.

Spring advantage starts on April 22nd at Huntley Meadows and our street soccer camp series kicks off on June 24th in Norwich. For more information visit our website (http://www.uvlightning.org).


-Dear Norwich/Hanover schools,

My name is Natalie Thomas and we are recruiting 3-17-year-olds for multiple studies here at Dartmouth. I have attached a flyer and a brief blurb describing the studies that we were hoping could be posted in the newsletters. This is a great opportunity for kids to be able to participate in research and get paid for it. Thank you for your time!

Best, Natalie Thomas

Research Assistant I

Media and Health Behaviors Lab at Dartmouth



-Northern Stage's Youth Ensemble Studio Presents Pete(Her)Pan, Jr,

*A World Premiere*

Northern Stage's fourth annual Spring Musical not only brings YES members’ training to the next level with a professionally-produced musical on the main stage, but for the first time we are proud to introduce a brand new musical to the American theater!

This new musical presents the classic legend of Peter Pan and Wendy through the eyes of Wendy’s precocious and daring daughterJane. Inspired by her mother’s stories of non-stop adventures in Neverland, Jane longs to find an adventure of her own. 

You have 5 chances to catch this incredible show:

Friday, March 22, 6:30 PM

Saturday, March 23, 11 AM & 4 PM

Sunday, March 24, 11 AM & 4 PM

To purchase your tickets you can call the Box Office, visit in person,  hop online, or Our Box Office is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 10am-4pm, and on performance days from 10am-showtime. You can reach our Box Office at (802) 296-7000. To purchase online simply click HERE. Questions, give Northern Stage a call or email at boxoffice@northernstage.org.

-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. 

-The Rassias Center is excited to announce a Youth Intensive Language Program (YLP) for students in grades 6 - 8. The program takes place on the Dartmouth College campus, Saturday, April 6 - Sunday, April 7, 2019! 
Join us for a weekend of intensive learning-9:00-3:30 both days, including lunch. Languages include French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
For more details and to enroll online please visit https://rassias.dartmouth.edu/youth_alps/index.html 
Immerse yourself!

-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

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

-Maple Weekend has finally arrived and is being held at sugar houses across New England. Ms. Patch's family of Patch Orchards is participating by opening our doors this coming Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd & 24th from 9am-1pm to celebrate our favorite spring tradition, maple syrup!

We'll have all you can eat pancakes with our freshly made maple syrup, $5 for adults and kids eat free. Our donut machine will be cooking up hot cider donuts and you can also sample our other goodies.

Come with questions about the sugaring process and an appetite for something sweet!