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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 26, 2024

Important Dates

January 26 - End of Q2
January 29 - Start of Q3
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 7 - State Testing - ELA writing - All grades (new state prescribed date)

Thoughts from the Rolling Desk


stickers on the rolling desk

A fantastic, if slightly chaotic, Friday to all.  Thank you to everyone within our community who adapts so quickly to take care of each other in the quickly changing Northern New England weather.  We had all hoped to have a smooth end ot Q2, marking the end of the first half of our year with a day like most others.  That was not to be.  In response to our unplanned day away from school we wanted to pass along the following information:

(new art from multiple classes)


stufent map art work

End of Quarter

We realize that having a weather related cancellation on the last day of the quarter could cause a great deal of trepidation.  But, never fear - RMS is here.  We will accept work for quarter 2 on Monday (and beyond for that matter).  As with most things in middle school, we will adapt.  Please accept the day off as it has been traditionally - an extra day for whimsy, potential coziness, and (probably for many) sleep.  Be safe and enjoy, the school work will be here on Monday when we get back. 


student work, art piece of a piece of cake

Increase in Illness

In speaking with Ms. Evans and Nurse Abby we have noticed an increase in illness in our community (flu, COVID, and a less than fun “stomach bug.”)  While not unprecedented, the “standard” winter illnesses are now entering environments where folks are working to rebuild immunities after years in masks and limited illness.  If your student is sick, please take the opportunity to keep them at home until symptoms dissipate, and know that many have considered masks as an added barrier to spreading, what we call at RMS, “cooties.”  This will allow us to take another step to take care of each other.  Again, mirroring the earlier paragraph, the school work will wait for a healthy return.  Please be well. 


student map work
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.

Thank you 8th grade families - who knew the countdown to High School would go so quickly!

Who knows if our weather interludes are over, so stay tuned to see if we can get a 5 day week in January.  As always, 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.  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 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 and Opportunities


The Spring Production is coming

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


Student Council Notes
  • Our January Haven Drive will end next week.  This month we have been collecting personal items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, cleaning products etc....)
  • School store will be open next Wednesday,  Another opportunity to purchase an RMS Bucket Hat, $20.  
  • Plans are up and running for Super Bowl Spirit Week which will again include the ever popular Super Bowl Commercial Contest.  Fabulous prizes for the best real or fake commercials.  Baking contest as well.
Recycle Holidays Decorations at RMS
 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:


Babysitting class

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


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.  Full information is available.


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.


Plan to join us in-person or on Zoom for our next RMS PTO Meeting - Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm.

(View the minutes from our previous meetings .)


PTO meetings are informative and fun….here’s why they are a great way to spend an evening!
  • Get the inside scoop from RMS administration about issues of interest
  • Find out how you can volunteer and become more involved with school related activities
  • Hear from student council members about their events and opportunities for your child to get involved
  • Connect with guest speakers – such as SAU and RMS tech staff, school counselors, and other school leaders
  • Meet other parents
  • Help shape the activities that our parent-run organization offers
And you can do all of this in-person — or from the comfort of your own home via Zoom.

We hope you'll be part of our upcoming RMS PTO meetings!