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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, March 15, 2024

Important Dates

March 19 - 7 pm Level 1 Band/Jazz Band/Orchestra Concert
March 20th, pizza fundraiser night @ Ramunto’s (See PTO Gaggle below)
March 20 - 7 pm Upper Level Band Bridge Concert - HHS
March 22 - Spring Social - Decades Dance
March 26 - Choral Concert
April 5 - End ofQ3
April 6 - 14 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
April 15 - Start of Q4
April 23-25 - State testing, all grades (we have multiple plans for makeups)

Thoughts from the Rolling Desk


decorative student work

The desk may take a cue from the sign outside the library and head towards outer space.  

This week every year is always a bit of a reality check. We welcome back a number of RMS alums to the school for their work during March intensive at Hanover High School. It is always amazing to see how much the students have grown and matured  in the time they have spent away from us.  This year saw graduating seniors who had been 8th graders when Anissa and I started our time at RMS.   In many ways this was a reminder about how fast things can move and how important it is to enjoy every minute. We are thankful for the students who want to come back to Middle School - most people don't - and thankful to John LaCrosse for organizing all of our helpers during this week. 


(The artwork this week is from 8th grade math - a combination of math and art)

8th grade math work

This is the time of year when the calendar seemingly really accelerates.  We have begun our discussions of end of year plans from testing to celebrations. The next few weeks will provide opportunities for feedback and input on what we hope to offer our students as the days get longer and warmer. We will continue to work on transitions both from RMS to the high school and from elementary schools to RMS. Stay Tuned!

math workadditional math work

Today was a quintessential Middle School day - lots of students running around in green in celebration of St Patrick's Day and many sixth graders donning togas in commemoration of the Ides of March.  Again we were thankful to have our high school students here to help dissipate some of the energy.  We are looking forward to a wonderful spring, and hope that you are as well.


A quick reminder to any 8th grade families who still have outstanding balances for their trips this spring. Please make sure you pay soon to avoid any late fees. 


pun of the day, marge simpson eyes

I leave you with the visual pun of the day,  stolen from a high school in Chicago, Illinois.  On a rainy day it seemed a good way to try to evoke a chuckle.  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.  View the 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
 RMS News


Science Day

Attention all scientists!! We are thrilled to announce the return of Science Day at Dartmouth, taking place on Saturday April 13th, 2024 from 10am - 3pm on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH! Come join us for a day filled with fun interactive experiments and demonstrations led by current Dartmouth students and staff, learn about their work, and find out about what they love to do. Students and families will have a chance to meet researchers training across various scientific areas including but not limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Math. Activities are geared towards students ranging from 5th to 10th grade, however all are welcome (note: all students must be accompanied by an adult). More details on Science Day events and pre-registration can be accessed via the link below. We look forward to an exciting day filled with scientific exploration with you all!



If you have any questions, feel free to email We look forward to seeing you!


RMS Spring Runs 2024

Are you an 8th grader interested in running at the Highschool next year? Join other 8th graders 3 days a week from the end of March till the beginning of June to prepare for the fall cross-country season. Runs will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons starting at 3:15.  More information available here


Engineering open house 

The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College welcomes community members and families into our labs and workshops to showcase engineering education and innovation. The annual Thayer Open House will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

All ages are welcome, and this is free and open to all. No registration or RSVP required!

Free parking is available in the parking garage under the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center (ECSC) at 15 Thayer Drive in Hanover.

Find more information at:


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.”


Student Council Notes

March Intensive:  RMS once again hosted a group of students from the high school who spent the week helping teachers and students in classes, running activities at recess and participating in our school community.  This included an acapella intensive for a group of 8th graders, a recess competition and a lesson in creative writing for 6th graders today.  Several also spent a day at the Ray School and the Marion Cross School.


From Student Council

  • We celebrated St Patrick's Day with Green Outfits and Shamrock Shakes today
  • Trampoline Park Trip is today.  If your child is participating be sure that you have completed the online Skyzone Waiver.  We return to RMS around 8:00pm
  • March Haven Drive is "baby items"
  • Spring Dance/Social is Friday March 22.  "Decades Dance"  Fun outfits are encouraged.
  • Hanover Easter Egg Hunt will again be at RMS on Saturday March 30th run by Hanover Rec and our Student Council



 Fundraising opportunities

Please join us in raising funds in raising funds for our fitness room upgrade though shopping at Hannafords.  Hannaford Helps Schools  Additionally you can raise money for the PTO by eating pizza on Wednesday (more information below).


Interested in area Summer Camps?

Information available about area opportunities.


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. Learn More


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
3/15/23 PTO Gaggle for the Friday Focus


Pizza Pi night @ Ramunto’s:  Wednesday, March 20th…

It’s your turn for Pi night 8th grade families (pizza pie that is!) Stop by Ramunto’s to eat in or take out for dinner after 5pm on Wednesday March 20th; mention RMS PTO when you place your order; and, 25% of your purchase will be donated to the RMS PTO.  It’s an EASY and YUMMY FUNdraiser. (Let’s see if the 8th grade families can surpass the funds raised by the 6th and 7th grade families!) A huge thank you to Ramunto’s for their generous support of the community!!! 


…ANDSurveys are FUN to bite into as well!

How should the RMS PTO best serve the school? Let us know your thoughts! We’ve developed a short 5-minute survey for RMS parents and caregivers, and we’d love your input. This survey will help shape the future of the RMS PTO and ensure that the organization is relevant to the school community we are trying to serve. Thank you for your help!




Eat Pizza, Support RMS PTO