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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.

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Important Dates                                  

April 9-17 - Spring Break at RMS 

April 19 - State Testing begins for 6th and 7th Grade

April 26 - Dresden School Board Meeting

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

May 2-6 - Teacher appreciation week.


Thoughts from the Front Office

Dear RMS Community:

On Fridays before break, we wear pink!

Principal Boyle in pink hair

Thanks to support from the front office I was able to channel my inner hair band member (think of the band Poison) and join the fun of a middle school on the day before a well deserved break.  

As we move into our “spring break,” please take the time to celebrate some of the many holidays that are upcoming (Passover, Easter, continuation of Ramadan, opening day at Fenway, and I am sure many others…) and enjoy the time away from RMS.  We will use the time to recharge and ready ourselves for the finish of the school year.  Again we have asked that teachers and students take some real time away - set away messages and unplug a little.  As our minds turn slowly to summer, please take a look at our community page for a listing of upcoming events and summer camps.  

Stay tuned after break for some announcements about upcoming events as we do our best to return to a “normal” end of the year (which we have not yet experienced as an administrative team).   Until then, be well, stay safe, and take care of each other.  

Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal




School News & Information

RMS Cafe

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.




RMS mathletes took 3 of the top 10 spots and 5 of the top 16 spots in the entire state of New Hampshire!
100 of the best mathletes in the state qualified for the state competition, and our RMS students acquitted themselves very well.  
Guillem Elizalde - 7th  (and he's only a 7th grader!)
Chris Chor - 9th
Ray Menkov - 10th
Safir Mehra - 14th
Edward Kang - 16th (and he's in 6th grade)
Rhys Jones - 28th
Andy Zhang - 34th 
Kevin Sun - 69th
Congratulations to these wonderful mathletes!  We are all sad that there was no team compeititon this year, because clearly RMS was a juggernaut!

The RMS Quiz Bowl
Tournament Teams competed online in the MEQB MS Madness Tournament on Tuesday, April 5th.  Final Tournament Results
Out of the top 10 teams hailing from MA, ME, & NH:

Richmond B: 2nd place overall
1st place in their bracket
Ray Menkov (Captain), Chris Chor, Nelson Barabas, Ben Hourdequin, Vidhaan Jain, Rohan Novosad.  

Richmond A: 3rd place overall
2nd place in their bracket
Martin Mosdal (Captain), Kastner Anderson, Bea Bornholdt-Collins, Greta Brown, Abby Doubleday.

A loud 'Huzzah!' and a hearty congratulations to all participating RMS QBTT scholars! And many thanks to Mr. Brensinger & Mr. Hermanson for their tech assistance. Coach Lovejoy #GoRMSQB!    

Student Council will once again be helping the Hanover Rec Dept with their annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 9th.  

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

Volunteer News - Volunteer Sign Up  
Student Tutoring Program - Is your child interested in tutoring fellow students at HHS or RMS? Would your child benefit from some peer tutoring? Please contact me if you would like more information.  

Volunteer Sign Up - SAU 70 requires that ALL volunteers in the district complete the Volunteer Application Form. This link will direct you to the form, and details the Volunteer Background Check Process. Please reach out if you have any questions.  
Thank you, 
Emma Cottage 
SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator

The SAU 70 district needs substitutes - We would love to have you help us occasionally in the school. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher, you can apply for the role on the SAU 70 Job Listings 

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.  

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.  This article can help you join those discussions with your student.


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