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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.

RMS Friday Focus, April 5, 2024

Important Dates

April 5 - End of Q3
April 6 - 14 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
April 15 - Start of Q4
April 16th - 7pm: PTO Meeting - Join us in-person or on Zoom!
April 17 - 7 pm - Showing of Screenagers
April 22- May 3: PTO Spirit Wear sale
April 23-25 - State testing, all grades (we have multiple plans for makeups)
April 23 - 5-630 pm - Strategic Planning and Cost Survey review - RMS Auditorium
April 24th -  6:30pm: PTO Movie Night at the Nugget
April 24 - 6 pm - NYC Family Meeting, RMS auditorium.
April 25 - 6 pm - Montreal Family Meeting, RMS auditorium.
April 26 - 7 pm - Spring Talent Show
April 30 - 6:30 pm - District Math Meeting
May 1-3 - 8th grade immersion trips
June 12 - Evening - 8th grade Open House
June 13 - Morning - 8th grade celebration

Thoughts from the Rolling Desk

A quick reminder as to the changes we address during a week at RMS.  Tuesday was a little different than Friday.  All of the days were fun!

RMS fields with grassRMS grounds with snow

The weather made the last week of Q3 (also the last week prior to break) a little less organized than we had planned, but middle school remains about adaptation!  Friday saw a combination of arena scheduling for the 6th grade, the obstacle course finals, and beach day come together to bring some fun to the end of winter.  


The end of Q3 also saw the presentation of tables from Mr. Harriman’s classes as well as projects on human anatomy from 7th grade science.

student made table

As we look forward to Q4 and the long stretch after April break, we wanted to tell folks about upcoming dates of important events:


April 8:  

The solar eclipse.  Thanks to a generous donation from a member of the RMS community, we were able to give all students and staff eclipse glasses to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse.  Please follow the directions to ensure Eclipse Safety.  In addition we would like to offer The following Solar Eclipse Explore Board as a way to further enjoy April 8th.


April 17 - 7 pm - RMS Auditorium

Join us for a screening of the film Screenagers.  Addressing the pressing questions of addiction and substance use among teens, the film and consequent discussion will provide insight into the navigation of this delicate issue.  Please join us on that evening for a robust and helpful discussion.


 April 23 - 5:00-6:30 RMS Auditorium. 

Strategic Plan Survey Family Meeting

Please join Superintendent Jay Badams, Administrative team Tim Boyle and Anissa Morrison, and Hanover School Board Chair Ben Keeney for an interactive session as they present the specific Richmond Middle School findings of the 2023 Strategic Planning and 2023 Comprehensive Family Cost surveys. 

In these combined surveys, we heard from over 1,000 parents across the SAU who provided over 6,000 free-text answers; we are excited to share your collective thoughts on various aspects of the RMS and SAU 70.

We are doing an informal RSVP to know how best to set up this evening. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here

The following attachments will be discussed and/or referenced at this evening's meeting: 

student artwork
April 30 - 6 pm - Math meeting - RMS Auditorium

Join us for a discussion of the Math curriculum at RMS and beyond.  Insight from RMS, the SAU, and HHS will evoke discussion over the philosophy, opportunity, and structure of the math program at RMS.


student made tables
June 12 - 13

This serves as a “save the date” notification for 8th grade families.  This year we are in the process of planning two opportunities to celebrate the RMS class of 2024, an “Open House” type gathering on the evening of the 12th and a student centered celebration during the day on the 13th prior to a gathering of the class at Storrs pond.  We look forward to this planning process.

Thank you to everyone who adapted and evolved to meet the multiple changes this week offered (right down to different crossing guards - I was told this morning “you’re not Doug,” nor would I ever hope to be).  Please enjoy the time away from RMS.  As usual we will model taking time to recharge by unplugging and trying to take our time away from our devices seriously.  Please join us!  Be well, stay safe, and take care of each other.  

Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News and Information - RMS Resources

RMS Cafe

Our current menu is available here.  An update will follow soon.  The link to the updated price list is available here.
RMS works hard to accommodate the dietary needs of our community, so if you have any questions, concerns, please contact Austin Jacobs.  
The RMS lunch program is run “in house” and does not follow a state or federal program.  If your family may benefit from assistance for meals, please contact Robin Morley-Ploof in the office for more information.  The program is confidential and runs the same way as the more traditional cafe meal funding program. 

If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact Janice Starkey in the main office.

RMS News


RMS Spring Runs 2024

Are you an 8th grader interested in running at the Highschool next year? Join other 8th graders 3 days a week from the end of March till the beginning of June to prepare for the fall cross-country season. Runs will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons starting at 3:15.  More information available here

Sign Up for Softball

Ms Frederick, Mr LaCrosse, Ms Ellis, and Ms Deyett are again teaming up to coach the Hanover Rec Softball team.  Practices will be here after school on the RMS field.

Baseball Registration

Registration for middle school baseball through the Hanover Youth Baseball League (formerly Dresden) is now open and can be accessed at the following link: 2024 Hanover Youth Baseball Registration
The middle school program includes games against other area middle schools and is open to all Richmond Middle School students as well as any other children residing in Hanover, Norwich or Etna.  Home games and practices take place at Sachem Field (behind Campion Rink).  Games will start in late April and run through early June.  For more information, please email

Mountain Biking opportunities

The Little Bellas runs non-competitive mountain biking programs with an emphasis on creating an inclusive community where members can realize that riding bikes can be a lifelong pursuit.  Focused on students who identify as she/her, the mentoring model allows for fun on bike trails and trying new things in an uninhibited environment that encourages students to be themselves. 
There is an upcoming program in the Upper Valley for students ages 12-15. Our UV Ride program meets weekly at a variety of trail networks in order to give participants the opportunity to learn different skills, try new things, and to explore other trails in their area. In the past, the Upper Valley Ride program has ridden at Boston Lot, Parcel 5, and Trescott (among others!). 
Register to run for those who cannot
Sign up for a national event to benefit those with spinal injuries.

Camps etc.

Science Day
Attention all scientists!! We are thrilled to announce the return of Science Day at Dartmouth, taking place on Saturday April 13th, 2024 from 10am - 3pm on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH! Come join us for a day filled with fun interactive experiments and demonstrations led by current Dartmouth students and staff, learn about their work, and find out about what they love to do. Students and families will have a chance to meet researchers training across various scientific areas including but not limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Math. Activities are geared towards students ranging from 5th to 10th grade, however all are welcome (note: all students must be accompanied by an adult). More details on Science Day events and pre-registration can be accessed via the link below. We look forward to an exciting day filled with scientific exploration with you all!
If you have any questions, feel free to email We look forward to seeing you!
Science Summer Camp Offered by CRREL
June 24 - 28.
Come join us to “Explore Weather, Climate, and the Environment”, as we launch the GEMS Summer Program at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Hanover, New Hampshire.  We invite Middle School Students, 7th, and 8th grade, for a week-long scientific exploration and hands-on approach to discover the weather, climate, and the environment in which we all live.  The camp is funded by CRREL so is free of charge.  Follow the link click on “Apply Now.”
the fourth place logo
Summer Camp Available for lovers of RPGs and card based games.
To get more details about The Fourth Place Youth Programs click on

Interested in other area Summer Camps?

Information available about area opportunities available here

Fundraising opportunities 

Please join us in raising funds in raising funds for our fitness room upgrade though shopping at Hannafords.  Hannaford Helps Schools  Additionally you can raise money for the PTO by eating pizza on Wednesday (more information below).

RMS Fitness room needs your help

Last spring our PE department, spearheaded by Missie Rodriguez, secured a grant from the Dorothy Byrne foundation to refurbish the RMS fitness room, which is currently stocked with machines purchased when the new school opened. The grant is contingent, however, on raising funds to match the grant, so it is in this spirit that we are beginning a campaign to raise the money (approximately $30,000)  to make equipment upgrades to expand our fitness and PE offerings at RMS. 
We have made progress toward our goal, but still need more help!
Thank you for your continued support of our school and community.  The Dresden School District is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID #02-0264870. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Want to play Chess?

Join other students at the Howe Library on Monday nights.  Full Information available here.

Video resources on Parenting

The Hartford Community Coalition, in collaboration with All Together, has created a video resource for parents around the issue of substance use.

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.

RMS Health Office

health office door

Prescription Medications

Does your child need to take 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

If you have questions regarding health programs, or anything related to the health of your students please reach out to Nurse Abby

PTO Gaggle: 4/5/24

Lots of upcoming events happening with the PTO—Mark your calendars!

  • PTO Meeting: Tuesday April 16th @ 7pm Join us in-person or on Zoom! Some topics we will be discussing are Teacher Appreciation Week and year-end planning.
  • Movie Night at the Nugget: Wednesday, April 24th @ 6:30pm Come to the Nugget to see a “blast from the past” film chosen by the RMS students. (Voting for the film is underway now!) This will truly be a FUNdraiser…and you can even buy popcorn!
  • RMS Spirit Wear Sale: Monday, April 22- May 3rd Refresh your wardrobe with some springtime spirit. Purchase a t-shirt for an incoming RMS student, or a special parting-gift for your graduating 8th grader…or anything in between! 

PTO survey closes today:  If you haven’t had a chance to share your thoughts with us about the RMS PTO, please take 5 minutes of your time to do so today.  Click here: