RMS Friday Focus, September 6, 2019

Frances C. Richmond Middle School

Friday, September 6, 2019



Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week we successfully moved from a three day week to a four day week, had our first of what we hope will be many parent coffees, and negotiated our first fire drill.  A good week all in all. Our Friday Focus continues to evolve. This week we have added a “parent resource” section, where we will publish links to information helpful to middle school parents.  We also continue to expand the “community notes” section, where we will offer links to happenings within the wider upper valley community. If you have information you would like to have included in the Friday Focus, please email Mr. Boyle the information by Wednesday afternoon. 

Open House update -  Due to some schedule restraints, we have changed the date for the RMS open house.  Open House will now take place on Thursday, October 3, from 5:30-7:30. More information about the event will be coming as we get closer.  

Please enjoy the weekend!  


Tim Boyle


Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal




RMS News


Sawyer the RMS Therapy Dog

This year, the Richmond Middle School will have once again the services of a certified therapy dog, Sawyer, a three and a half-year-old Goldendoodle. Sawyer is certified through Caring Animal Partnership and is hypoallergenic. Sawyer was purchased and trained through a grant from the Byrne Foundation which was written by two seventh grade students and social studies teacher, Kevin Cotter. Sawyer will spend the majority of the school day in the sixth-grade wing and will travel with Mr. Cotter and other handlers throughout the school during the day. Sawyer will be on a leash and with a handler at all times. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Cotter at kevincotter@hanovernorwichschools.org.


Student Planners

Customized RMS Student Planners and the RMS Handbook, can be purchased in the main office for $5.00.


Volunteer News 

Thank you to the parents who signed-up to chaperone the 9/20 RMS dance,  volunteered to assist the health office with the flu vaccine clinic on 10/3, and participated in the first Richmond Parent Coffee.  We are so grateful for your generosity. More opportunities to come!

Please contact: 

Kerry Artman
 District Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you!



Upcoming important dates


Friday, September 13th - 7th Grade Class Day

Tuesday, September 17th - Picture Day

Friday, September 20th - RMS School Dance 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Thursday, October 3rd - RMS Student Flu Clinic

Thursday, October 3rd - RMS Open House


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


RMS does offer a lunch program for families who may need assistance or special needs.  Please contact Robin Morley-Ploof in the office for more information.


Parent Resources 

Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.  


Staying Connected With Your Teen 

This class, offered through the Women’s Health Resource Center of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, provides dedicated time in a comfortable setting for parents and caregivers of preteens and teens to explore their relationship with their child, learn about some of the factors that affect that relationship, and develop concrete skills to build and/or maintain positive bonds.

Tuesday evenings in Sept and Oct at the Women’s Health Resource Center (free).  Please follow the link for sign up information. https://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/whrc/eventdetail/65130370692


How to talk to your student about gender

RMS is committed to building an inclusive school environment, and beginning discussions around identity for all students.  The following article can help you join those discussions with your student. 





Community Notes


Montshire Makers

Monthly maker projects for 6 to 8 graders one Friday per month at the Montshire ($8 to $12):  https://www.montshire.org/programs/for-children-families/montshire-makers


Hanover Historical Society

The Hanover Historical Society will offer a Special Program featuring a local author and the owner of one of the last remaining one-room schoolhouses in rural Hanover, NH.

Details: Tours and a brief history of the schoolhouse will be presented by owner and caretaker Barbara Fildes.  Award-winning author Sarah Masters Buckey, who is writing a book set in rural NH during the Civil War, will discuss what life was like for 19th-century teachers and students.   All in one afternoon, this Sunday, September 8th from 1-3 p.m.

             Come join the Hanover Historical Society as they learn about a local historic one-room schoolhouse and the life of teachers and students in the 1800s.  Presenters will be Barbara Fildes, owner of the restored Tunis District School, and Sarah Masters Buckey, author of many books published by American Girl. Middle school students and parents are encouraged to attend. Visitors will learn about school days on Moose Mountain’s eastern slope and see the building.   The windows, slate blackboards, and other elements from the original structure are still in use.

         As Steve Taylor, local historian, once wrote, “Few aspects of New Hampshire history engender as much nostalgia and curiosity as the district schools, which in their heyday numbered in the thousands and were extremely important parts of community life in addition to their primary roles as providers of basic elementary education to the state’s young people.” As author Bruce D. Heald wrote, “The master of the school demanded the scholars to be of good character and morally prepared for his or her place to be filled in life.”  Author Heald continued, the townspeople “considered that the one-room schools were the oxygen of life and learning.”

         The Tunis District School is about 30 minutes from downtown Hanover, so plan to carpool and allow time to arrive for the talks starting at 1 p.m. and lasting about 45 minutes, then tours will begin of the school house and surrounding grounds.  The location is at 88 Wolfeboro Road on the East Side of Moose Mountain, not Wolfeboro Road on the Etna/Hanover Center side. Directions are available from Cyndy Bittinger, president, Hanover Historical Society, bittingercynthia1@gmail.com.

         Tour leader Barbara Fildes is a member of the Board of the Hanover Historical Society.  She and her husband, Keith Quinton, received a NH Preservation Alliance Award for “outstanding revitalization of the Tunis District School.” 

         Sarah Master Buckey of Hanover is the author of 14 books for children published by American Girl.  Her historical mysteries have won an Agatha Award and been nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award.

         This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For further information, bittingercynthia1@gmail.com


An Evening with Youth Climate Activists

Come meet and hang out with students at the forefront of the climate movement.

September 9th, 7PM
Seven Stars Arts Center, Route 14, Sharon VT

For more information, email jillmclerran@gmail.com


Indoor rock climbing team

Join other Richmond Middle School students for indoor rock climbing at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (GMRCC) in Quechee.  This co-ed program is open to middle school students in grades 6th-8th. Students will learn climbing skills and total body fitness.  No climbing experience necessary. GMRCC will be holding an open house for students who would like to try climbing (cost $10/person) with no obligation to join the team on Tuesday, September 10th and Friday, September 13th at 5pm.  For more information contact Jeff Low (JeffLow77@gmail.com).  


WINTER IS COMING - It is time to prepare.

Annual Hanover Hockey Association Skate Sale - This weekend.



Ford Sayre Ski Programs - Alpine, Nordic, and Jumping - Q&A Session

When: Sunday September 15

Where: Howe Library

Time: 2:00-4:00

Please join us to get your questions answered by Ford Sayre Coaches and Athletes.  For more general information, please see https://www.fordsayre.org/.