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Friday Focus

Welcome to the Friday Focus. Our weekly newsletter will be posted here. It will include the Administrator's message, important updates, and fun things happening around our school.

Most Recent Friday Focus:

Important Dates                                  

April 26 - Dresden School Board Meeting

April 27 - RMS welcomes Oren Rex - tribal elder who will speak on the importance of Lacrosse to the Iroquois.

May 2-6 - Teacher appreciation week. 

May 4 - Bike/Walk to school Day

May 4 - HS Soccer Meetings - Both teams - information to follow.

May 10 - Mitigating Risk Through Community (information below)

May 19-21 - Peter and the Starcatcher - RMS Spring Play

May 31 - HHS Step Up Day for 8th grade.

June 16 - Last Day for Students 


Thoughts from the front office

Dear RMS Community:

Welcome back!  We have started Q4 with a whirlwind of activity and opportunity for community involvement.  In a nod to efficiency and cognizant of time spent in front of computers, we have attempted to keep this Friday Focus shorter - though the amount of information will make that difficult. 

students lined up against the wall

Musical March Madness! - Please take part!

Our World Language classes participated in the international March Music competitions of "Manie Musicale" and "Locura de Marzo".  Now that each competition has a victor, RMS is putting the French and Spanish winners head-to-head in an RMS Community Poll to crown the winner.  Will it be Corneille, who was born in Germany to Rwandan parents and now resides in Canada, with his song "Nouveau Monde"? Or will it be Spanish singers Alvaro Soler and David Bisbal with "A Contracorriente"?  

If you would like to check out the official brackets and playlists for each competition, they can be found below:

PS - Shockingly, Mr. Boyle quite eclectic musical taste did not translate well - he finished last among those who were not trying to lose…


Walk/Bike to School.

students on bikes

Students participating in Walk & Bike to School Day October 2021

The Spring 2022 National Walk & Bike to School Day will be held on Wednesday, May 4th, and RMS will once again be taking part in this event, as part of National Bike Month. Walking or biking to school promotes health and a cleaner environment. Students who normally get a ride to school can still participate by choosing to get dropped off at the Dartmouth Rugby Field and walking from there. We hope to have buses offer a Garipay drop off as an option that day so those students can also participate. Be sure to follow all safety precautions, such as wearing your helmet when biking and following traffic signs. Leave plenty of time to arrive at school on time. This is a rain or shine event so please make safe and responsible decisions in the event of inclement weather. Email Beth Swartz with any questions.

Health/Mental Health Resources:

As many of you know, May is Mental Health Awareness month. Dartmouth Health is offering a handful of mental health trainings during the month of May and one of those trainings is a community Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.

We have a virtual course scheduled for May 24th from 9 am to 2:30 pm (with 2 hours of self-paced work to be completed prior to the course). 

Please find more information on the flyer attached and the registration link here. Please note this course is limited to 30 people and we anticipate registration filling up quickly. We will place others on a waitlist to be notified of another course when scheduled.

Mitigating Risk through community

Join in a Dartmouth Health forum to discuss our most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey - Full information here.

Friends of Hanover Lacrosse present:

CHIEF OREN LYONS, a world-celebrated Native American leader and his son, Rex, will be talking about the origins and deep cultural meaning of LACROSSE, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) medicine game, and how it relates to indigenous rights, environmental protection and peace.  Chief Lyons, Faith Keeper for the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, is a scholar, artist, international activist leader and member of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  He recently celebrated his 92nd birthday.  Rex is a renowned former player and coach of the Haudenosaunee Nationals Lacrosse team and a leader in the effort to make lacrosse an Olympic sport.  The event is free and open to the public.  Wednesday, April 27, 7pm, at the Richmond Middle School Auditorium.  More information here

Student Projects on display

Please join us in the lobby of RMS sometime this week to view the woodworking projects from Q3.

Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day for girls/non binary students - May 21, 2022

Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day is a fun-filled day of mathematics with hands-on workshops and talks for middle and high school students who do not identify as boys. This day is a great opportunity to connect with other students from RMS & beyond to explore math in new ways. It is free, with breakfast, lunch, and snacks (candy!). Questions? See Mrs. Lepene

We are really excited about all the opportunities upcoming and are welcoming a positive energy back into the building.  We are under 40 school days to go, and we know they will go fast.  Please be well, stay safe, and take care of each other. 


Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News & Information

RMS Cafe

View the weekly menu here.   

If you have any questions, concerns, or dietary restrictions please contact Austin Jacobs.

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.


More Math team results:
In the national Purple Comet Math Competition RMS’ top team came in 8th place in the country (out of over 150 teams). RMS finished 2nd in the state, though there was no specific team round.  Thank you to Coach Wharton and our mathletes for an amazing season.   

Girl Scout Fundraiser Car Wash 
May 7th at Hanover High School to raise money for upcoming trip to Washington DC
Parent Resources
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.    

Information from Parent Roundtable on Device and Internet Usage
Link to summary of meeting here.  

SUMMER CAMPS: Please see our community resources page for more information on many camps and opportunities.  

When Worry Shows Up
When Worry Shows Up - How Parents Can Help Children During Uncertain Times.  This presentation by Lynn Lyons explains how anxiety works in young children and how to address anxieties in your own children.  There was also information about making sure your child is getting what they need for their mental health.  Thanks to Shawn Gonyaw at MCS, Here is the recording of that presentation.  

Family Programs offered by Outright Vermont
Outright Vermont ( is an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth and families around Vermont and neighboring areas. They offer a support group for families: Trans Parent Group - Online - First Monday of every month 6-8pm. Support group for parents and caregivers of trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive youth. Email for more information and links.  

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.  

RMS Health Office
Updates Prescription Medications Does your child need to take a prescription medication during school hours? Students must keep all prescription medications in the health office and have a signed medication form as well. The medication form and additional information can be found here: Health Office Website


PTO Bulletin Board  
The PTO and the RMS staff are working together to create meaningful end-of-year and graduation activities and celebrations for all the wonderful RMS students!  Please consider donating to this cause. Donations can be made via PayPal at or by a check sent to Richmond Middle School PTO, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover NH 03755. Indicate "End of Year Activities" in the comments or check memo. Any leftover funds will be rolled into the PTO’s general fund.
Thank you!    

Please take a moment to visit and "like" the PTO on Facebook at    

There's only one more RMS PTO meeting this school year! Meetings are via Zoom until further notice.   

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Monday, May 16, 2022 6:30pm