040519 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, April 5, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Congratulations to Luke Szczepiorkowski who won the National Geographic Geography Bee state of New Hampshire competition last Friday. He will now represent our school and our state at Nationals in Washington, D.C. in May! Look for more on Luke in upcoming local media.

The 7th-grade class delivered another memorable and informative Civil War Curriculum Night on Thursday. Students showed a depth of knowledge on their chosen topics that was impressive and well-presented. As I visited displays and took in the scene I couldn't help feeling like I was in the middle of a PBS special. Thank you to many families who were able to join us for this special event. Congratulations to all of the students and staff who participated.


civil war costumes

civil war medical

civil war tent

(Civil War Night Photos: Dakai)

Have a great weekend!


Michael Lepene



Lepene and Lincoln

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

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 8th-Grade

April 15 - April 19: No School, Spring Break

April 15 - Portal Opens / Report Cards Available

April 22-26: NHSAS state testing 6th + 7th-Grades

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

RMS Notes and Information

-Parents of 8th-Grade Students: Please send your child's baby picture for the yearbook to Kate Bates as soon as possible. Thank you! katebates@hanovernorwichschools.org

-SAVE THE DATE!  On Saturday, May 11th, from 8am-1pm, the RMS Student Council will be hosting a yard sale to benefit the 7th grade ”Power of We” Program - a community service oriented initiative.

As you start your spring cleaning, please think about items that could be donated to our sale! Donations will be accepted at RMS Friday, May 10th 12-2pm and 3:30-7pm.

Nothing to donate? We are looking for volunteers- let Robin Morley-Ploof know if you are available!!

Most importantly, we need people to come and shop, so please spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors.

-8th-Grade Painting on Canvas students visited the Hood Art Museum this week. We are grateful to have this incredible resource in town. Have you visited since the remodel?

poc trip 1 poc trip 2

Hood Field Trip (Photos: Glass)

-Students & Families: PE Department is looking for a family photo of your family doing physical activity for the next PE Bulletin Board promoting family and fitness.  Please dig out a photo of you and your family being physically active to bring to school to share or you can email it to missierodriguez@hanovernorwichschools.org

Thank you in advance for your help with this project. RMS PE Department

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

Volunteer Opportunities

-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 

-Hanover PD is sponsoring Scarlett Lewis and the "Choose Love Program" during National Youth Violence Prevention Week. April 8th @ 6 PM at Richmond Middle School.  Free SEL classroom program available to everyone. You have to hear her story. Free tickets @ https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hanover-police-department-elizabeth-rathburn-19839585718 …

-Parent Program “Helping Families Manage Anxiety”: Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist

Monday, April 29, 2019, 7 PM, Hanover High School Auditorium

Lynn Lyons, a Concord, NH psychotherapist, author, and expert on treating, managing and avoiding childhood anxiety, will speak on Monday, April 29, at 7 PM at the HHS Auditorium.

Lynn Lyons, a Concord, New Hampshire, psychotherapist, author and expert on treating, managing and avoiding childhood anxiety, will speak on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at Hanover High School Auditorium. Lyons, the author of “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle” and “Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids,” is known for her concrete and accessible approach to helping families break the cycle of anxiety. “We tend to want to give children reassurances and information and to tell them that everything will be OK,” Lyons said in a recent interview with Time magazine. “But the trick is to give kids the skills they need to manage realistic pressures and uncertainties.”

Lyons will help parents understand anxiety and provide strategies to help their children understand what is happening in their bodies when they are anxious. Importantly, Lyons will discuss the tools parents need to help their children face anxiety and uncertainty safely and successfully.

-Event Title: Science Day at Dartmouth

Date: Saturday, May 4th

Time: 10am-3pm (drop-in style event)

Cost: Free

Pre-registration: Preferred but not required

Website: https://academic-outreach.dartmouth.edu/programs/science-day

The Dartmouth Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies is pleased to announce the seventh annual Science Day at Dartmouth, to take place May 4th from 10am-3pm on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH. Dartmouth graduate students in a variety of fields invite you to their labs for fun, interactive activities and demonstrations. Come meet real researchers-in-training, learn about their work, and find out why they love what they do! Science Day activities are designed for students in grades 5-10, but all curious minds are welcome to attend. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit our website for details and to sign up to attend.

-Are you doing spring cleaning? Girl Scout Troop 51498 is collecting lightly used books for donation to the Twin Pines housing community. Please bring in your books by April 22 and drop them off in the box in front of the RMS library. Thank you!

-NIH-Funded Research StudiesWe are currently recruiting participants for several studies that seek to understand how children and adolescents process information from visual media, conducted by Drs. Diane Gilbert-Diamond and Jennifer Emond at Dartmouth College.


Your child may watch age-appropriate TV shows

Your child may perform simple computer tasks

Your child may be offered some food

You and your child may fill out some questionnaires

We may collect a small amount of your child’s saliva to research common genes that are related to health

We may measure your child’s height, weight, and body fat percentage

Please contact us to see if your child is eligible for any of the studies. Depending on the study, participation involves 1-4 visits to our lab at Dartmouth College, each lasting 1-2 hours. All participants will be financially compensated for each visit, and additional mileage reimbursement may be available.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.

Contact us at :

Email: Media.and.health@dartmouth.edu

Phone: 603-650-1244    

Thanks, The Dartmouth Media and Health Behaviors Lab