041219 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, April 12, 2019


Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Model United Nations: Sixteen RMS students participated in the Middle School Model United Nations Conference from March 28 - 30 in New York City. Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and other related multilateral bodies. Our delegates, representing Guatemala, interacted with some 1700 counterparts from around the world to debate and develop resolutions on such topics as Adjusting Agricultural Techniques to Climate Change;  Building Post-Disaster Resilience; and Nuclear Technologies for Developing Societies, to name a few.  The Model UN  delegates were invited to the UN General Assembly for the conference closing ceremonies. Congratulations to all of our delegates!

April Break: I hope that all of our students are able to enjoy some downtime, playtime, and family time next week. Students have been busy with major interdisciplinary projects and experiences, end of quarter assessments, research and writing assignments, state testing, and a whole host of other things academic and extra-curricular. I find that students, and staff, benefit from the change of pace a school vacation can offer. With that in mind, we try and limit homework over our vacations and long-weekends. Some students use the time for catching up on past work or continuing with reading. Others choose to pursue an area of interest or explore something further that they had studied previously. Whatever our students end up doing over the break I hope they enjoy themselves, stay safe, and have fun.

Parent/Family Survey: Please take note of the parent/family survey link below. I appreciate your time and thoughts and will be sure to share your responses with the staff and our incoming principal. We've taken your feedback and shortened the survey considerably this year (half!) and will instead rotate questions each year to try and keep things reasonable. We've also added a new open response question by request. 

Have a great weekend!


Michael Lepene



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

April 15 - April 19: No School, Spring Break

April 15 - Portal Opens / Report Cards Available

April 22: RMS Family Survey Closes

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

-Annual RMS Parent/Guardian Survey

The Dresden School Board, in conjunction with the staff at the Richmond Middle School, asks for annual feedback from parents and guardians so that we can celebrate our successes and identify opportunities for improvement. Staff will review the results of this survey over the remainder of this school year. We will use the results to help guide our ongoing work and discussions and also to aid in setting our building goals for the 19-20 school year.

The survey questions and format were created using a combination of previous survey questions, staff and parent topics, resources from Harvard School of Education, and in consultation with a community member with expertise in survey development and evaluation. Some questions and topics repeat year to year while others are more specific to a goal or shorter-term effort. We realize some questions are easier to answer and others feel a little more open or difficult to respond to. We've worked to make the survey easier to complete this year and we estimate it will take about 10-minutes of your time.

The survey can be found via the web at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMSParentSurvey2019 or you may request a paper copy from the RMS office. The survey will remain open until Monday, April 22, 2019.

-From the RMS Cafe: When students return to school on April 29, parents will receive weekly emails if their children have negative balances on their Mealtime account.  Accounts will be set so students aren't allowed to charge items if they already have a negative balance or a balance of $-0-.  However, children will be allowed the opportunity to choose free pasta (with sauce) if they don't have food with them and their account is already depleted. We will make sure all of our students have something to eat.  If you prefer to pay online, please continue to do so, otherwise, RMS can accept cash or checks in the main office.  Checks should be made payable to Dresden School District.  If you have any questions, please email Janice Starkey.

quiz bowl team

-Congratulations to the RMS Quiz Bowl Tournament Team, following their successful tournament participation in the Burlington VT. Spring Invitational Tournament, Saturday, April. 6th.

Team B placed 1st - Simon Phipps- Captain, Anna Aaron, Lyra Bornholdt-Collins, Adam Gilbert-Diamond, Josh Stearns.

Team A placed 2nd - Cameron Bonner- Captain, Sora Shirai, Luke Szczepiorkowski, Audrey Williams, Caleb Zuckerman.

Jr. Coaches - HHS students Dill Eisendrath and Cole Griffiths. Next Tournament? Chicago Nationals MSNCT May 8th- 13th  

The RMS Quiz Bowl Team is also the NAQT Team of the Week and is featured in their publications. #GO RMSQB!  

Volunteer Opportunities

-No new opportunities this week.

Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator


Community Calendar and Activities 

-HACTC Summer Tech Camp, June 17-21, 2019

-Hanover’s 2nd Annual Energy Forum

April 24, 2019, 6-8 pm, Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Rd., Hanover

Hanover made history two years ago with a vote to transition to 100% renewable energy.  Come see progress to-date with exhibits, speakers and local residents who are going green.  

Learn what pathways you can take to be part of the transition. Pre-register at this link and visit www.hanovernh.org to learn more.

We’re in this together—let’s make it happen!

stephen wang recital poster

-(Repost)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.

-(Repost)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.