032919 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, March 29, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We've been exploring student perceptions and opinions about our study hall and elective scheduling process during Arena Scheduling the past two quarters. We are asking students questions like:

  • Next quarter I am excited to be taking ...
  • If you were not able to sign up for a class you wanted what was the reason?
  • Some electives I wish were offered are...
  • Why do you choose study? (selections from a list and open response)

The most common responses to the question about desired electives included basketball, soccer, games/gaming, and a nap elective.

The most frequent responses to the study question included: (1)I don't like doing work outside of school (65.1%), (2)Quiet environment (48.1%), and (3)Quiet time to read (43.6%). Other common responses included that students did not like the elective options available in that block, wanted computer access, or were accessing help with specific subject-area work.

We are meeting with our study and elective teams to continue to analyze the results and strategize how we might better meet our student needs. In the immediate term, we are adding some additional staff support to some larger study periods and designating some quiet lunch spots. We also are offering a wide-range of topic-based PE electives for the 4th quarter. There is more work to be done here but the discussions so far have been much richer thanks to the input from our students.

Seventh-grade families: Don't forget about our always well-attended Civil War Curriculum Night on Thursday.

Have a great weekend!


Michael Lepene



french march madness bracket

A musical version of March madness featuring francophone music.  French students predicting which songs will get the most votes from the (mainly US) students voting for their favorites each day. (Mmes Mills et Goodling)


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

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

Tuesday, April 2: Level 3 Band Concert, HHS, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 3: Level 1 and 2 Bands and Jazz Band Concert, RMS, 5:30 PM

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

Friday, April 5: End of Q3, Portal Closed for Report Card work

Monday, April 8: Begin Q4 Classes

April 8 - April 12: NHSAS state testing

April 15 - April 19: No School, Spring Break

April 29: (Tentative) Lynn Lyons Presentation to SAU 70 Parents (Organized by SAU 70 Guidance team)

RMS Notes and Information

- Spring band concerts next week! 

*Tuesday, April 2nd, the Level 3 Band will be performing with the Hanover High School bands at the Hanover High School Auditorium, concert starting at 7:00 PM.

*Wednesday, April 3rd, the Level 1 and 2 Bands plus the Jazz Band will perform at the RMS auditorium, concert starting at 5:30 PM. 

-RMS Principal Search Update: Thank you to everyone who came out to meet Mr. Boyle. The search committee is currently reviewing feedback, conducting reference checks, and planning next steps. They will ultimately make a hiring recommendation to the Dresden School Board. Look for an official update soon.

-Please remember to notify the office if your child will be departing early for April vacation. Thank you!

-Lost and Found: Please encourage your child to visit our lost and found this week. We have a pretty sizable collection of items.

-The RMS Student Council is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a first-ever RMS Garage/Gym Sale on Saturday, May 11th.  Proceeds from the sale will go to support the Power of We initiative in grade seven.  Any of the groups will be able to apply for funds generated from the sale to support the project that they have chosen.  A more detailed description of "Power of We" follows.  So as you are doing your spring cleaning, set aside items that you might want to donate to our sale.

For the 7th grade's Power of We: How Can We Make a Difference?, students have chosen numerous organizations to help.  They have been learning from people who work at the organizations, planning, and beginning projects such as learning to knit hats for newborns or holding a bake sale to raise money for a tunnel greenhouse providing fresh foods for those who have food insecurity.  Students will be out on the 7th Grade Make a Difference Day in June working out in the community for each organization - be it celebrating and team building with recently resettled refugee teens, mapping and clearing old cellar holes, helping seniors with tech, or a dozen other projects.  Hixon House, Willing Hands, The Upper Valley Humane Society, Women's Health Resource Center, VT Adaptive Ski and Sports Program, Water for Life, Upper Valley Land Trust, a Senior Center, International Institute of New England, David's House, Hanover Conservancy, and Maynard House are  among the 14 chosen organizations this year.

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

-(Repost)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. 

library board

Volunteer Opportunities

A big THANK YOU to the parents who helped with our 7th Grade Health Screenings yesterday and to those who are coming to chaperone the RMS dance tonight!  We could still use a few more parents - if you are interested in joining us tonight please let me know.

If you are available to help with our last RMS dance of the year, it will be held on May 31. Please sign-up here. Thanks!

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator


Community Calendar and Activities 

-Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day is a fun-filled day of mathematics with hands-on workshops and talks for middle and high school female students and their teachers, both women and men. Originally started and funded by the Association for Women in Mathematics, the purpose of the day is to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics and to assist the teachers of female mathematics students. Free and Fun! Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. When:  May 11, 2019

Sponsored by:

Dartmouth College, Department of Mathematics

Dartmouth College, Office of the Provost

Dartmouth College, Dean of Faculty for the Sciences

-New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is again asking students to put him out of a job, for a day.

The “Governor for a Day” competition is open to students in grades 6 and up. Applicants must submit a 250 to 500-word essay starting with “If I were Governor for a day, I would…” The winner will be invited to join Sununu for a day full of educational experiences. Essays can be submitted by mail, email to GovernorForaDay@nh.gov or via Facebook messenger to the governor’s account. The deadline is April 26.


Would your children and teens enjoy the opportunity to improve their swimming and be part of a fun, summer, outdoor swim team? If so, please let us know! If there are enough families interested, Storrs Pond Recreation Area in cooperation with The Norwich Recreation Department would like to offer a swim team for area youth. 

The team will be a multi-skill-level group serving ages 6-18.  We will practice at the lap pool at Storrs Pond in Hanover and will be part of the Vermont Swim Association (VSA). The team will focus on safety, fun, teamwork, fitness, and building competitive swimming skills. The season will run for seven weeks from mid-June through the first weekend in August and practices will be most weekday mornings from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM and occasional evenings. It is ok to miss practices or part of the season due to camps, vacations or other summer plans.  Meets are at pools in the central and southern Vermont region.

The team will have beginner through advanced groups. This is not a "learn-to-swim" program. To be on the team, your swimmer must, at minimum, be able to enter the pool on his/her own without assistance from a parent, swim with his/her face in the water, and swim 25 yards (one length of the pool) unassisted, using a reasonable version of the Freestyle ("crawl") stroke. Swimmers new to competitive swimming as well as those with many years of experience are welcome.

If you think this team might be a good fit for your family and would like more information, please email Alexa Manning at findalexa@yahoo.com.  We can only offer the swim team this summer if we have enough interest, so please let us know as soon as possible.  Thank you!

-Storrs Hill Ski Area’s End of Season Party

Sat, Mar 30, 11 am - 4 pm
60 Spring St; Lebanon, NH

Public skiing, snowboarding, pond skimming, & sledding!

$5 lift tickets! BBQ meal deals.

This will be our last public ski day for the season.

More at: skistorrshill.com


-Roaring Brook Camp, an outdoor adventure based camp in Bradford VT, is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls ages 9-14. Privately owned and located on 600 acres of forest, including a 15-acre lake, Roaring Brook Camp is a true haven for kids. With lots of fresh air, natural outdoor space and the right amount of guidance, we give campers the freedom to make discoveries about themselves and the great outdoors....without the interference and noise of social media and screens! With a variety of awesome outdoor activities, we encourage each child to choose their adventure! Co-directors Boo and Shelly Blodgett, tel: 802/449-7187 or shelly@roaringbrookcamp.comwww.roaringbrookcamp.com


-The Devil We Know: A screening of the documentary film, The Devil We Know, about perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), followed by a panel discussion with scientists and policy-makers

When: Monday, April 1, 2019 – 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Oopik Auditorium, Life Science Center, Dartmouth College


-Howe Library News

Yes, And!

Join Kate Schaefer for a fun-filled series of classes in which we will play theater games, learn the basics of improvisation and, if there is interest, delve into scene study. These activities will improve your confidence, imagination, speed of reaction, self-awareness, and connection to others. Most importantly, they will make you smile! We'll learn how to make one another "look good" on stage and in life!

Wednesdays:  April 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Must commit to all 6 classes

Howe Library---Mayer Room


Grades 4th-7th

Registration required 640 3268

Comics Workshop

Join Marek Bennett's COMICS WORKSHOP for a vacation week adventure in cartooning and self-publishing!  Using simple cartooning tools and "storytelling elements," we’ll draw up new characters & settings, create eye-catching (& readable) pages of original artwork, and learn how self-publish our work to share with our friends & families. No experience required – everyone can draw comics!

Wed. April 17, 1:00-4:00
Howe Library -- Mayer Room

Grades 4th-8th

Registration required 640-3268

-Ms. Patch and her family are hosting their final Spring Open House this coming Saturday, March 30th 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 sample our other goodies - maple cream, maple candies- all while the sap is being boiled and the syrup you’re tasting is being made.

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

Patch Orchards: 88 Churchill Way, Lebanon NH 03766

-(Repost)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!