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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 2, 2024

Important Dates

February 5 - 5:30 pm. HHS Curriculum night for 8th grade families (information below)
February 7 - Morning Meeting - HHS counselors meet with 8th graders
February 17-25 - February Break - NO SCHOOL
February 26 - Return to school 
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 22 - Spring Social

Thoughts from the Rolling Desk

It has been an interesting, if somewhat dreary, few weeks.  Despite the distinct lack of sunshine, the mood at RMS remains sunny.  The second half of the school year began on Monday with new + classes for our 7th and 8th graders, a brand new slate of electives for most students, and a renewed excitement for the start of a new semester.  It is always nice to have a chance to restart as we enter the doldrums of February.  (photos courtesy of Eryl Moore)

paper chain

Over the past weeks we have attempted to fight the midwinter blahs by refocusing ourselves on the good we can accomplish together.  Using the inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, our student council charged each homeroom with a project - to find and record an inspiration.  While the students provided some quotes as jumping off points, any inspiration was welcome.  

rope chain, different view

Each homeroom student recorded a quote (or thought, or cause) on a slip of paper, taking time to think about how we can live out our inspirations.  Homerooms then combined their particular inspirations into a chain, signifying how we can make each other stronger when we work together.

rope chain with inspirations written on them

Finally, our student council combined all the homeroom chains into one large chain to represent the strength of all of us together.  The chain now hangs in the lobby of RMS as a reminder of the words and deeds we find inspirational, and the power of working together.  We hope that the messages contained last longer than our decoration and serve as a reminder about the greatness that we can find in ourselves.  

We invite folks to come by and take a look at the chain, or any of the other student works displayed, or just come by to chat.  Hopefully we will have some sun this weekend, breaking up the “granite gray” of the NH winter.  Please enjoy the weekend, and as always, be safe, stay well, and take care of each other. 

Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News and Information

RMS Cafe

Current Menu
Price list

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 door

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 in January 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 Resources/Opportunities
8th grade Information

The start of the second half of the school year means readying ourselves for the fact our 8th graders will once again leave us behind (the adults here are largely stuck in middle school).  There will be many important 8th grade messages upcoming, here are the first two:

  • HHS Curriculum - Hanover High's Curriculum Night for 8th grade families will be held on Monday February 5th 5:30 - 6:30 in he HHS Auditorium. This is an opportunity for parents of current 8th graders to learn about the curriculum at Hanover High School. Each department will discuss their 9th grade program and take questions. We hope you can make it.
    • 9th Grade Counselors Elizabeth Keene and Sara Wilmot will also be visiting RMS on Wednesday, Feb 7th to present high school course selection information, introduce the high school schedule, and begin to take transition to high school questions. Course selection sheets will be provided to students on February 7th, and forms should be returned to RMS Counselors Liz Powers and John LaCrosse no later than February 29th. 
    • Members of the HHS World Language and Elective Departments will share additional information about these courses during morning meeting on February 28th. Counselors from HHS will follow up with students on March 4th and 5th during math classes to register students for 9th grade classes. Additional transition programming will follow throughout the spring of 8th grade and right before high school begins.
  • Needed - 8th grade baby pictures - Reminder: The RMS Yearbook Committee Needs Your 8th grader's Baby Photos! 
    • A group of parent volunteers is working on the 2023-2024 RMS Yearbook, documenting this current school year. All grades are included, with a special nod to the graduating 8th grade class.
    • Thank you to those who have already submitted a baby picture of your 8th grader. For those who have not yet done this, please note the deadline is FRIDAY FEB 9TH, 2024. 
    • RMS 8th GRADE PARENTS: please upload ONE baby/toddler photo of your student! Upload link: 
      • DO make sure the file name is your child's full name (otherwise we won't know who the baby picture belongs to!)
      • DO put your contact info in the notes, especially if you upload directly from your phone.
      • DO please upload baby pics by Friday Feb 9th, if you have not already done so.
Come to the RMS Book Group

Learn more about the world of your middle schooler and meet other families who share students in this wonderful age group.

Middle School SUPERPOWERS - Book group for trusted adults - Winter 2024

Fagell, P. L. (2023). Middle school superpowers: Raising resilient tweens in turbulent times. Hachette Go. 

Who? The RMS Counseling office would like to partner with the RMS PTO to offer an opportunity for parents and educators to get together to discuss Phyllis Fagell’s latest book for trusted adults working with middle schoolers. 

  • Wednesday - Feb. 7th 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Where? RMS Library Media Center, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH 03755

Questions? Contact Liz Powers in the counseling office (603)643-6040 x3270


Student Council Notes
  • Super Bowl Spirit Week: It is time for our annual celebration of the big game.  Touch Football for all in the gym during lunch, Commercial Contest, Jersey Day and the return of the Super Bowl Baking Contest on Friday.  Any superbowl or football themed baked good.
  • January Haven drive has wrapped up.  February's theme is pasta and sauce.
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.


Interested in area Summer Camps?

Information available about area opportunities. 


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.  More 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
We Love our RMS Teachers & Staff Day – Wednesday, February 14
(Sponsored by the RMS PTO)

This February 14, show your love to the RMS Teachers & Staff by supplying treats for an all-day bakery and hot beverage bar! Simply bake or purchase an item and drop off the goodies in the lobby before 8am on the 14th. This is a great way to thank the teachers and staff who support our children all year. Thanks for being part of these appreciation efforts. Sign up to bring goodies.