Frances C. Richmond Middle School
Friday, February 28, 2020
Dear RMS Community,
Welcome Back! We have had a great week of school at RMS after a restful break. I want to thank Déjeuner français for allowing me to talk about Mardi Gras in South Louisiana (and for not laughing at my rather rusty French). I continue to be heartened by the curiosity of our students, and their willingness to listen to and learn new things.
At the most recent meeting of the strategic planning group for the Dresden school district, we discussed the importance of teaching 21st-century skills as we plan our schools for the future. Curiosity ranks high among those skills, as do adaptability, creativity, and collaboration. Walking the halls this week I saw many examples of these skills from students and staff and am glad that what we have done at RMS for years is finally being valued by others as well. Middle School students are naturally curious, and we hope to continue to foster those inquiries into their ever-changing worlds.
The pace of the school year picks up from now until May. In the next two weeks alone we have 7th-grade parent meetings with guidance counselors, two concerts, a workshop on supporting LGBTQ+ students, a dance, and a parent social. Monday we will extend our homeroom time by 10 minutes so that all students, staff, and faculty can take part in Read Across America. In preparation for Monday, it can be fun to ask students which is their favorite “kids” book. If my own experience is any barometer, you will be surprised which books your student remembers, and which ones still can make you smile.
Please enjoy the weekend, and all the winter fun we have access to here. As always, thank you for sharing your students with us.