11119 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, January 11, 2019

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

"Bullying doesn't just evaporate on its own." - Tom Thelen at the RMS Assembly on Monday

Author and Speaker Tom Thelen visited RMS on Monday and spoke with students and staff in two assemblies. Through personal stories, facts and statistics, and shared proactive strategies Tom engaged the audience with his energetic and positive presentation. Tom teaches how to recognize and respond to bullying, so each member of our school community can "Be the Change!". Tom talks about this as being Victimproof. You can learn more about Tom Thelen's message by visiting his web page or asking your student more about what was shared. We also have copies of his book available for checkout in the RMS library.

So far, we have been impressed by the student response to this presentation. We've heard great questions and conversation in homerooms, classes, and informally. I'm impressed by their willingness to work with us on this topic and ultimately think it will provide one more reference point to use in continuing to foster a positive and supportive learning environment for all.

Finally, the RMS staff is participating in a carefully constructed professional development program on topics of diversity and how to have courageous conversations with students about related topics. We'll be working with a group called "The Flow of History" as well as two professional facilitators and diversity and inclusion consultants. Our work will take place during some staff meetings, in-service day workshops, and individual and professional learning groups. I'm excited to engage with our team on these important topics and will share more of the details with you in future memos.

Have a terrific weekend!


Michael Lepene



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

Thursday, January 17 - Friday, January 18: RMS Theatre Showcase

Friday, January 18: End of Q2

Monday, January 22: No School, MLK Day

Thursday, January 24: RMS Geography Bee Finals

Friday, January 25: Q2 Report Cards Available in Powerschool (3:30 PM)

RMS Notes and Information

-8th Grade Families: HHS Curriculum Night will be Tuesday, February 12th, at 5:30 PM in the HHS Auditorium. Please contact HHS counselor Wendy Kares with any questions.

-The Powerschool Student Portal will be closed from Friday, January 18th until Friday, January 25th to give staff time to complete Q2 Report Card grading and comments. Thank you!

-HHS students will not be available for Afterschool Tutoring next week due to scheduled midterm exams.

Community Calendar and Activities 

-Forty-third Annual Murray Photo Competition and Exhibition. The Elden Murray Photography Exhibition and Competition is held at Howe Library each year in the upper gallery area.  It is for amateur photographers and there are 5 categories - one of them being 18 years and younger.  The images can be taken with cell phones or cameras. 

Photographs need to matted (glued on foam core or go to Micheals and get a mat to go around the image). 
Registrations are made online and need to be completed by Jan 21. 
Each photographer can enter 1 or 2 images.  
Images can be dropped off either on Thursday, Jan 24 from 5-7 OR on Sat 1/26 from 11-12 at Howe Library (downstairs).  

-Presentation and Discussion for Parents and Caregivers of Middle and High School Students:

Understanding Suicide Risk and Prevention in Adolescence

Bill J. Hudenko, PhD

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

6 - 7 PM

Lyme School

Dr. Hudenko is a Licenced Psychologist, a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, and the Chief Science Officer of Voi Inc.  Voi is a company dedicated to reducing national rates of suicide through advanced technology. Contact:william.j.hudenko@dartmouth.edu

-Do you like movies? How about popcorn? How about rocket science?

What? The movie Hidden Figures, about the crucial role African-American female mathematicians and engineers, played in creating the United States Space Program and launching the first American into space.

After the movie: There will be a special Q&A session led by Rich Kramer, a Professor of physics and history.

Where? The Nugget Theater, Hanover NH

When? Monday, January 21, 12:15 pm

How much? See the movie, enjoy one small popcorn and drink -- for free!

Why? This is a great way to see a great movie, hear from an expert in the field, eat some popcorn, hang with your friends, and have an overall great time! You will also have the chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon.com.

*Have a younger sibling in 4th-5th grade? Bring them along!

- The Science Division at Dartmouth

-Dartmouth Kids Climbing Club

Time: Wednesday Sessions from 3-5pm

Dates: Starting January 16th until February 20th (6 Total Sessions)

Location: Dartmouth Climbing Gym

Price: $120 Faculty/Staff or $140 Community

Coached by Dartmouth Mountaineering Club leaders and Outdoor Programs climbing instructors, these classes will be held in Dartmouth College's climbing and training 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 5-12.

Contact Gunnar.W.Johnson@dartmouth.edu if interested.