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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   

May 2-6 - Teacher appreciation week.  (information below)

May 4 - Bike/Walk to school Day (information below)

May 4 -  7 pm HS Soccer Meetings (information below)

May 10 - Mitigating Risk Through Community (information below)

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

May 26 - RMS Choral Concert

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

June 2 - RMS Band 1 and Orchestra Concert

June 7 - Level 2, 3, and Jazz Band Concert

June 16 - Last Day for Students 

Thoughts from the front office

Dear RMS Community:

We hope everyone had a wonderful week, despite the fact that spring can’t quite seem to arrive in full.  It has been a busy week at RMS as we undertake planning for the end of this year, the beginning of next year, and try to stay focused on what we still need for this year.  

As we go forward we continue to find the strength in our community, and in working together.  Mr. Harriman’s Q3 woodworking classes displayed their work this week in our lobby, with far too many beautiful pieces of individual work to document in one post.  Bowls, spoons, cutting boards…all intricately detailed and wonderfully rendered.  Today, another piece made an appearance - a book shelf - beautiful in its own, perhaps more simple, way.  


Created by a group of students, completed after they had worked on their own projects, and to be used in an RMS classroom - this shelf seemed a solid reminder the helping each other in the service of others can be really beautiful.  

Later in the day I visited a 7th grade science class to see a novel combination of Science and Art.  Inspired by the art of Jill Pelto Mr. Lepene and Ms. Ellis (along with a student helper) combined to explain how to graphically represent data about climate change with water colors.  Students chose a graph that represented their interests and worked to create a watercolor rendering that reflected both the data and the subject .  

artwork with killer whales

To walk around a classroom where students are actively discussing how art can inform science and vice versa, in a middle school, is only the latest version of why I have the greatest job in the world.  

The last weeks of school promise to be full of energy and excitement.  As we move through the changes and adaptations that are bound to happen, we will continue to celebrate the community that has gotten us this far.  

Enjoy all a spring weekend in NE has to offer, and remember to be well, stay safe, and take care of each other. 

Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News & Information

RMS Cafe

View the monthly menu.   We all loved the "breakfast for lunch" this week. 

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.


The Spring 2022 National Walk & Bike to School Day 
Wednesday, May 4th. 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.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 
April 30, 2022 (tomorrow) – 10AM to 2PM at Hanover, Norwich and Hartford police stations.  Other locations near you search deposit locations search link.  This link with family and friends across the nation.   The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Hartford Police Station located at 812 VA cutoff Road, White River Junction VT has a locked mailbox type depository to drop off expired and unneeded prescription medications.   

Girl Scout Fundraiser Car Wash 
May 7th at Hanover High School to raise money for upcoming trip to Washington DC  

From Student Council
Tomorrow (Saturday) will be our second annual "Chalk Fest", where we decorate the sidewalks of downtown Hanover with awesome chalk drawings.  The event will take place 8:00-9:00 am and is open to anyone.  We will provide chalk and Lou's will provide a free donut to participants.  

Ping Pong Tournament on Saturday May 14th.  More information to come next week.    

RMS Dance is now tentatively scheduled for Friday May 6th 7:00-8:30  

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

Health/Mental Health Resources:
As many of you know, May is Mental Health Awareness month. We are 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.    

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
Prior to February break we advertised a video seminar When Worry Shows Up - How Parents Can Help Children During Uncertain Times.  The 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

May 2nd through 6th is National Teacher Appreciation Week. If you'd like to reach out and thank the teachers and all the staff who support your student's experience at RMS, please do so via email or via notes snail mailed to RMS, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover, NH 03755. Teacher and staff email addresses can be found here:

There are several end-of-year volunteer opportunities and we hope you can help. If you are already background checked and vetted as a volunteer for SAU 70, please reach out to Tracey at to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule and interests. If you have submitted an application to volunteer but have not yet been cleared, please also reach out to Tracey at the above email so progress on your application can be tracked.  

There's only one more RMS PTO meeting this school year. Via Zoom on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there! Zoom:

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