What a great first week!! While most see the spring as a time of renewal and rejuvenation, those of us in education see the fall as “like the creation of Cosmos out of Chaos and the realization of the Golden Age” to steal from Thoreau. The infusion of new students, teachers, and staff (our longtime custodial supervisor Ray McAllister retired the Friday before school began) has helped us shake off the torpor of the summer and fully embrace the energy of the 2021-2022 school year. RMS survived and thrived last year, and we have taken those lessons and are so thankful to be once again up and running at full capacity. Thank you again to our communities for your support during these difficult times.
Welcome of first time readers of the Friday Focus, the weekly combination of information, narrative discussions of school events, and random tidbits from the administration. We like to think that the sometimes random nature of this update, along with its combination of serious and lighthearted information, serves as a good reflection of middle school itself. Please enjoy and reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.
With so much information to impart we will now switch from the narrative form that is more natural to Tim (history major), to a shortened version that fits the more modern information age.
Along with all that is new, we have welcomed back some age-old RMS traditions after hiatus last year for the pandemic.
- Morning gym, offering basketball, soccer, and this year, lacrosse on Tuesday and Friday mornings, returns. (In all seriousness, the morning soccer tradition dates back to at least 1983)
- The new and improved library will be back as a morning option soon (update here.)
- Skateboarding in PE is back! Thank you to parent volunteers who retrieved the equipment from southern NH and have allowed us to have the gnarliest PE classes ever.
- SAGE (Sexuality and Gender Equality) returns, meeting Wednesday mornings in the Library.
- Non-cohorted classes make it feel more like middle school. Students are adjusting to mixed classes while maintaining good mask and distance discipline.
- We continue to refine our drop off and pick up protocols, reminding everyone to please drop off and pick up from the cut-outs along Lyme rd - using the parking lots causes delays and difficult traffic patterns for all.
Other issues of import:
- School pictures are next week.
Wednesday - 6th graders
Thursday - 8th graders
Friday - 7th graders
We are using a local photographer, steering away from larger organizations. Pictures will be taken of individual students, who will pose outside and unmasked. We will not take class pictures this year because the masking protocols allow only masked pictures, and that just seemed sad in some way. Please help students remember that whatever they wear for pictures will live on in PowerSchool for at least a year. Please fill out the following form to receive an email with proofs of the school pictures once completed. There is no up front charge to see the proofs.
- This weekend is a HW free weekend, as is Tuesday. Enjoy the “end of summer.”
See more important dates below.
- Save the date - September 24-26 - RMS will attempt our first ever, voluntary, device free weekend. While many of us recognize the insidious nature of the pocket computers we carry (seems silly to call them phones, no one ever talks on them any more), and recent articles in major media outlets have revealed the addictive nature of being online is destructive to all of us, we have yet to collectively address the issue. We are hoping, this year, to take small steps toward mitigating this trend. We will ask all members of our community (students, staff, parents,) to go “device” free during that weekend. We hope that we will all rediscover reading, hiking, watching a movie, or other activities that do not involve scrolling through a small screen with our thumbs. Stay tuned for updates.
At the end of the first week this seems like enough information for today. Please enjoy the long weekend, taking time to rest and recharge as we head into a long stretch of school without breaks. We remain excited about all this year will bring. Please stay well, be safe, and take care of each other.