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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, January 19, 2024

Important Dates

January 25-26 - Winter Theatre Show
January 26 - End of Q2
January 29 - Start of Q3
February 1-2 - Winter Theatre Show
February 5 - 5:30 pm. HHS Curriculum night for 8th grade families
February 17-25 - February Break - NO SCHOOL
February 26 - Return to school

Thoughts from the Rolling Desk


stickers on rolling desk

Thank you to the numerous 8th grade families who worked to create the confectionery delights we sold today to support our end of year immersion field trips.  In our second year of these educational experiences that we hope serve as a touchstone for the end of RMS, we are learning to be more efficient.  As with all things at a middle school we continue to adapt, and look forward to building on this tradition going forward. 

(Artists rendition of the war of 1812)


We are coming to the end of Q2 (can you believe we are halfway through the year?!), and there is always some anxiety that comes with the end of the quarter.  While we want students to focus on academic excellence, it is important to remember that middle school remains a little more fluid than High School.  If you child feels ill, has to travel, or has something else interfere with work, please reach out to teachers.  We work to walk the line between accountability and anxiety - please help us. 

student artwork

We are looking forward to the winter - with theatre performances, family meetings, parent reading groups, and round tables upcoming.  The second semester always seems to move faster than the first, so take some time now to enjoy the winter wonderland and time together.  


(the reason we no longer memorize spelling rules)

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Take care this weekend, it is supposed to be quite chilly (there were only 3 or 4 students who came to school in shorts today), so please 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.  Updated 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

heath 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 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

The Spring Theatre Production is coming

Information about the production and auditions - Spring Play Promo 2024 Public.mp4


Recycle Holidays Decorations at RMS POSTPONED!

Due to very cold temperatures and high winds predicted for Saturday,

Jan.20th, Sustainable Hanover has rescheduled the collection to Jan.27th at

the Richmond Middle School from 10AM-Noon. We will also be collecting old

Holiday String Lights for recycling. Hope you can make it! The website for

what we can and cannot take is:


Student Council Notes

We continue our January Haven drive.  Please donate toiletries, diapers, personal hygiene items.  Thank you in advance. 


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.  View full information 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.

1/19/24 Gaggle


Got Venmo? Now we do too! Please donate to the RMS PTO before year end using our handle: @RMSPTO603  You can also donate to the PTO using PayPal or a credit card. With your donation you'll be supporting these upcoming Staff & Teacher Appreciation events:

  • Early January: A Happy New Year and welcome-back-to-school treat for the faculty

With your tax-deductible donation we are able to provide these extra special thank yous to those who make a difference in the lives of our children. We appreciate your supporting our school community through the PTO!