121418 RMS Friday Focus

Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, December 14, 2018


Congratulations to all of our RMS music students and staff on completing a terrific fall concert series. (Photo: Yates)

Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I'm pleased to highlight a few special events that occurred this week.

hhs footnotes

The Hanover High School Footnotes performed for the 6th and 8th grades today in a special assembly. Members of the Footnotes joined our 6th graders for lunch after the performance. Thank you, HHS! (Photo: Yates)

dartmouth basketball math

Members of the 7th-Grade Math classes attended a special middle school noon-time Dartmouth Basketball game on Monday that included presentations on leadership and real-time statistic collection. (Photo: HLepene)

pj spirit day

Today was PJ Spirit Day at RMS and Student Council provided Hot Chocolate for everyone during our lunch periods. A fun end to the week! (Photo: Patch)

science 7 experiments

Finally, I had the pleasure of talking with 7th-grade scientists in Mr. Schluntz's class this week about the experiments they designed and carried out using our new probeware. (Photo: Lepene)

There is of course much more but I hope you enjoyed some highlights. Have a terrific weekend.


Michael Lepene 

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

Monday, December 17: 6th Grade Homework Club (moved from Tuesday, December 18)

Friday, December 21: RMS Spirit Day - Ugly Sweater

December 24 - January 1: December Break, No School, No HW Holiday

Thursday, January 3: K-12 Art Show Opening Reception, Howe Library, 5:00-6:00 PM

Monday, January 7: Tom Thelen Assemblies

RMS Notes and Information

-6th Grade HW Club will take place on Monday, December 17th rather than Tuesday, December 18th next week. Please note this change just for this week, due to a teacher meeting. We'll go back to Tuesdays after the vacation.

-If your student will be absent from school any additional days before or after the upcoming holidays, kindly email Mrs. Movizzo (deborahmovizzo@hanovernorwichschools.org) with your planned absence dates. Thanks!

-Concert Photos? The RMS Yearbook Club is looking for pictures from the recently held Concerts! If you have pictures you are willing to share with the yearbook club, please email to saraellis@hanovernorwichschools.org

-Notes from our Cafeteria

There are times when children forget their lunch and/or money and there is an insufficient balance on their Mealtime account to charge items from the cafeteria.  When this happens, students are welcome to take a serving of the free pastas available and alert the cashier that this is their intent OR students are encouraged to talk to Mrs. Starkey in the main office.  She manages students Mealtimeaccounts and can make an adjustment to their account, reversing the adjustment once lunch has been served. 

We do not want students to be hungry so we encourage this communication and support.  However, we discourage students from buying items from the cafeteria for their friends.  While we appreciate the kindness and generosity this action can be offered, there are times when students feel pressure to lend “money.”  

These policies have been communicated to the student body, but please help us to reinforce this message with your child(ren) and feel confident that RMS will make sure all students are fed. 

-This week Sixth Grade Computer Literacy Students spent the period discussing internet use with Guidance Counselor, Liz Powers and Technology Coordinator, Marty Warren. We covered a lot of issues that many of our students are confronted with.  Here are some of the issues we discussed:

  • What do you do when you want to leave a chat group?
  • How do you turn off notifications?  
  • What are pros and cons of texting?
  • What do you do if someone doesn’t respond?
  • What do you do if an email or text makes you uncomfortable?
  • Differences between in-person communication and online communication
  • Pros and cons of group chatting
  • Why adult supervision and support with group messages and social media can be helpful
  • Discussion of trusted adults at RMS and at home, with whom conversations are welcome
  • Go Guardian filter and alerts for school email and searches while school email is logged in

For most classes, we benefited from a few 8th-grade students who shared their experiences and thoughts with the group.

-Quiz Bowl News: On Friday, Dec. 7th, Richmond Middle School Team A & Richmond Middle School Team B- competed in PHAT HS Tournament in Essex, VT. RMS was the only MS to compete in the novice bracket at this HS event. 

Team A took 1st place and the winners trophy. 

Cameron Bonner- Captain, Sora Shirai, Josh Stearns, Luke Szczepiorkowski, and Audrey Williams. 

Team B took 3rd place. 

Simon Phipps- Captain, Anna Aaron, Lyra Bornholdt-Collins, and Adam Gilbert-Diamond. 

Congratulations to both teams on their successful tournament participation!

The QBTT will be competing Saturday, Dec. 15th at the BHS MS Scholars Bowl in Burlington, VT. Take a trip and cheer them on as they compete to qualify for the 2019 MSNCT in Chicago. #GORMSQB! 

-(Repost)Toys for Tots: Student Council is running a toy drive December 5-19th to donate to the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. We are seeking new, unwrapped toys to distribute to those less fortunate during the holidays. Questions? Contact Mr. LaCrosse, Mr. Cotter, or Mrs. Lepene. Thank you.

-(Repost)Please visit the very full RMS Lost and Found. Our Lost and Found is located outside our auditorium. We hope to see as many items returned to their owners as possible before the December Break.

Community Calendar and Activities 

k-12 art show poster

-Ford Sayre Alpine Recreation Program: Still spots available. Provides children an opportunity to learn to ski in a safe fun environment. Wednesdays at Dartmouth Skiway starting in January. Check us out at www.FordSayre.org Think Snow!

-(Repost)For the third year, the Dartmouth Mathematics Department is sponsoring an Essay Contest on "Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics." We are very excited to share this program with our community and hope to receive some outstanding essays. This contest is open to ALL 6-8 and 9-12 students (all genders) in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, including home-schooled students. The grand prize will be an iPad for each of the two age groups. Depending on the quantity and quality of essays there could be additional prizes. While the subject of the essay is "women in mathematics" the contest is open to all genders. Due by Jan. 31st, 2019. Questions? See the link below or talk to Mrs. Lepene.


-(Repost)Meet, Hear and Learn from Dr. Nancy Doda internationally recognized expert on the young adolescent learner. Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6-7:30 PM at The Sharon Academy Middle School.
Dr. Doda will give a presentation on how to best support young adolescents in and out of school. She will also clarify the nature of young adolescent development, the promise and the peril of puberty, the power of this period for identity development and choice, and what is known about how this age group learns. Dr. Nancy Doda has worked with middle school educators in all 50 states, Canada, Europe, and the Far East and is best known for her devotion to improving schooling for young adolescents. For more information about Dr. Doda or this presentation, please visit the Sharon Academy website.

-(Repost)Please join us for The Christmas Mystery in Hanover, NH Sunday, December 16, 2018. This choral retelling of the Nativity story features Hanover High School senior girls playing the roles of angels and senior boys as shepherds, and local men lending their voices. All Welcome! Free and open to the public in Rollins Chapel on the Dartmouth College campus, Hanover, NH (late arrivals will not be seated) at 4 and 5 PM as elder-shepherds, the wise men, and Joseph. The identity of Mary is a mystery until the performance. She is a member of the previous year’s graduating class and is chosen by a secret vote of her angel group. Celebrating 102 years, the Christmas Mystery is one of the longest-running pageants in the country. 

A highlight of the pageant is the performance of We Three Kings, when the kings arrive with an adorable page in tow and present their gifts at the manger. Audience members can bring new gifts for local children which will be donated to the Upper Valley Haven and Listen. The Christmas Mystery performance itself is supported by voluntary donations that may be made upon leaving the chapel.

More information on Facebook: 2018 Christmas Mystery Hanover, NH