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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, February 16, 2024

Important Dates

February 17-25 - February Break - NO SCHOOL
February 26 - Return to school 
February 28 - HS elective presentation for 8th grade
March 4 and 5 - 8th grade HHS course sign up.
March 7 - State Testing - ELA writing - All grades (new state prescribed date)
March 11 - PD Day - NO SCHOOL for students
March 19 - 7 pm Level 1 Band/Jazz Band/Orchestra Concert
March 20 - 7 pm Upper Level Band Bridge Concert - HHS
March 22 - Spring Social
March 26 - Choral Concert
April 5 - End ofQ3
April 6 - 14 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
April 15 - Start of Q4
April 16-18 - State testing, all grades

Thoughts from the Rolling Desk


students in the gym, with the rolling desk in the foreground

Happy February Break RMS Family:

The cold and wind of the past few days have certainly reminded us that winter still reigns in February in this part of the world.  We certainly enjoyed a high energy day the halls full of sunshine, folks working on Shakespeare scenes, European pops songs (see below), and 6th graders readying for their winterfest.  The upcoming break - a somewhat unique feature of northern New England (and areas that celebrate Mardi Gras) - is certainly welcome to all in the building.  Before we go, however, we wanted to pass along some news and updates: 


Congratulations to the Mathcounts team:

RMS math team

Last Friday the RMS Geese flew to Keene to compete against 90 other mathletes from our region.  RMS won the team round and placed 8 students in the top 12!  It was an amazing showing by our very young team.  Thank you to Coach Wharton and our mathletes: Andy Zhang, Michael Brooks, Simon Yegorov, Haoyi Liu, Martina Vale Dwyer, Agastya Chakrabarti, Ian Bick, Harvey Vale Dwyer, Alan Zhang, Ella Zhang, Pranav Sivakumar, and Tian Tian. 



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Our World Language classes are preparing for the upcoming, international March Madness Music competitions: "Manie Musicale" and "Locura de Marzo".  Students in our French and Spanish classes began listening to the 16 songs in their respective competitions, learning about the artists, and filling out their brackets.  Who will the winners be? Will the defending champion of Locura de Marzo, Paulo Londra, win with his collaboration with Becky G? Will LeFLOFRANCO win Manie Musicale again with his new song “Level Up”?

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

Please enjoy the break away from RMS.  Take some time to enjoy the increasing sunshine, unplug, and replenish for the spring ahead.  As always, be safe, stay well, and take care of each other. 

Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News and Information

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 Health Office

health office doorway

Thank you for keeping students home when they are sick.  We are seeing in increase in illness normal for the time of year, and it helps keep us all safe if we stay home when ill.

Additionally, while we hope that the winter break renders no injuries, we often see students returning to school with some bumps, bruises, and twists.  Please reach out so that we can help students when they return to school. 


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

RMS News 2-14-2024


RMS Resources/Opportunities

Black History Month at the HOWE

The Howe Library is hosting a YA Black History Month Reading Challenge for teens ages 12-19.  To participate, read any book by a Black Author or on Black History. Then, complete an entry form and review on their website and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free book! You can learn more details about this reading challenge on their website:  You can choose any book on Black history by a Black author that you like, including a book you’re reading for school. On the Howe’s website you will also find some great suggestions about what to read for the challenge. Of course, you can also always ask your friendly librarians for suggestions!


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.”


Dartmouth Health Educates about Vaping

Dartmouth offers a free parent/caregiver educational webinar to be able to talk about the following topics:

  • What is vaping, and how does it work?
  • Current trends around vaping
  • The dangers of vaping
  • Examples of what the products look like
  • Brief cannabis information
  • How to support youth who vape or who are at high risk of vaping/ quit resources
  • Evidence based conversation starters for talking to youth around substance misuse
  • Q &A

The Vaping and Tobacco Education for Parents and Caregivers free webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm. Register for the webinar.


Babysitting class

Wednesday, Feb. 21 (During February Break).  More information available here


Interested in area Summer Camps?

Information available about area opportunities available here


Support the Friends of Hanover-Norwich Schools

For more than 60 years the Friends of Hanover-Norwich Schools has provided grants to enrich the curriculum of our four public schools. Gifts from community members make this work possible. Earlier this year, the Friends voted to: support a collaborative poetry curriculum and recitation night to create a bond between rising seventh graders at Marion Cross School and Richmond Middle School; underwrite expansion of the Solar Eclipse Ballooning project at Hanover High School to include more students; facilitate access to an online library for all students at Marion Cross School; and purchase technology to upgrade science laboratories and English classrooms in both elementary schools, pilot a digital photography elective in the middle school, and bring art history alive in the high school. Please consider a donation to the Friends during this season of gratitude and giving back. Please give online or mail your contribution to:  PO Box 882, Hanover, NH 03755

Checks should be made payable to The Friends of Hanover-Norwich Schools (FHNS).

Thank you!  The Friends of Hanover-Norwich Schools Board of Directors


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 would like to replace the 20 year old cardio equipment with new, manually powered (using no electricity) Concept II Ergs, Rogue Echo Upright Bikes, Suspension Ellipticals, Assault Runner Pro Treadmills, and Maxi-Stair Climber Machines. Coupled with a new, protective floor, these machines would offer an opportunity for a class of 20 students to take part in a meaningful, and safe, fitness experience that will set the stage for later life, and prepare students to use the newer, recently upgraded, fitness room at HHS.  We understand that this is a significant amount of money, and welcome any and all support anyone can give. Donations to the Dresden School District (RMS PE) will be accepted in any amount in the front office. 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.


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 Gaggle
2/16/24 Gaggle

bagged treats

We love our RMS Teachers & Staff Event — A Successful Treat for All!

This past Wednesday, the RMS Teachers & Staff were treated to some yummy items as they entered school for the day. This breakfast spread served as a small token of our appreciation for all they give to our kiddos on a daily basis. As several of the staff on hand said, “Truely, the way to an educator’s heart is through their stomachs!” Thanks to the many families who provided baked goods, and to Emily Myers and Kara Della Croce for their organization of this event. Our next teacher appreciation event will occur during national Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6-10. Please send us an email ( if you’d like to be involved!