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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 29, 2024

Important Dates

April 5 - End of Q3
April 6 - 14 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
April 15 - Start of Q4
April 17 - 7 pm - Showing of Screenagers
April 23-25 - State testing, all grades (we have multiple plans for makeups)
April 24 - 6 pm - NYC Family Meeting, RMS auditorium.
April 25 - 6 pm - Montreal Family Meeting, RMS auditorium.
April 26 - 7 pm - Spring Talent Show
April 30 - 6:30 pm - District Math Meeting
May 1-3 - 8th grade immersion trips

Thoughts from the Rolling Desk

The space usually taken up by the desk has been purloined by the lost and found this week. Please speak to your students and ask them to check the lost and found prior to April break, because we will be cleaning out what we have at that point. 

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A Cooper’s Hawk seen this week hanging out by the office.  

a cooper's hawk

As many of you know, schools around the country are planning events around the upcoming solar eclipse. At RMS we are lucky to be close to the path of the full solar eclipse.We are also lucky in that one of our families, through connections to Washington dc, has secured eclipse glasses for all of the members of the RMS community - hopefully to be delivered by Tuesday of next week. We are excited that our students will have this opportunity, but we want to make sure that everyone views the event safely. Here is a primer on the safety of this scientific event.  Eclipse Safety.  In addition we would like to offer The following Solar Eclipse Explore Board as a way to further enjoy April 8th.

As we enter the last week of quarter 3, and the first week of April before break, I think many in the building are in a hang-on mode.  Any week before a break can be challenging, as are the weeks before the end of the quarter.  Add the unique energy of April 1st to next week, and we are looking forward to some zaniness in the building next week.  April will bring spring and lots of planning for the end of the year, Including end of Year celebrations, ways to socialize, and discussions of math policy. In addition, we are offering a great opportunity to screen the film Screenagers on the night of April 17th at 7:00 p.m. Please join us on that evening for a robust and helpful discussion.

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 News


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


Sign Up for Softball

Ms Frederick, Mr LaCrosse, Ms Ellis, and Ms Deyett are again teaming up to coach the Hanover Rec Softball team.  Practices will be here after school on the RMS field.


Baseball Registration

Registration for middle school baseball through the Hanover Youth Baseball League (formerly Dresden) is now open and can be accessed at the following link: 2024 Hanover Youth Baseball Registration

The middle school program includes games against other area middle schools and is open to all Richmond Middle School students as well as any other children residing in Hanover, Norwich or Etna.  Home games and practices take place at Sachem Field (behind Campion Rink).  Games will start in late April and run through early June.  For more information, please email


Mountain Biking opportunities

The Little Bellas runs non-competitive mountain biking programs with an emphasis on creating an inclusive community where members can realize that riding bikes can be a lifelong pursuit.  Focused on students who identify as she/her, the mentoring model allows for fun on bike trails and trying new things in an uninhibited environment that encourages students to be themselves. 

There is an upcoming program in the Upper Valley for students ages 12-15. Our UV Ride program meets weekly at a variety of trail networks in order to give participants the opportunity to learn different skills, try new things, and to explore other trails in their area. In the past, the Upper Valley Ride program has ridden at Boston Lot, Parcel 5, and Trescott (among others!). 


Camps etc.

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 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!


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.”




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Summer Camp Available for lovers of RPGs and card based games.

To get more details about The Fourth Place Youth Programs click on

Full information is available.


Interested in other area Summer Camps?

Information available about area opportunities . 


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).


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 have made progress toward our goal, but still need more help!

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.  You can view the 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 Health Office

health office door

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 Gaggle


Last Chance: PTO Survey closes on Friday, April 5th

If you haven’t yet, we invite you to share your thoughts about the RMS PTO. It’s a short survey…no more than 5 minutes of your time…and your input will be used to help structure PTO goals moving forward. Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas — click here: 


Gun Storage Safety Program, seeking volunteer(s)

SAU 70 school board member Deb Nelson joined Wednesday’s PTO meeting to share information about a new program that has come to SAU 70 called Be Smart: Secure Gun Storage. They are looking for 1-2 volunteers to attend an on-line training later this spring. If you are interested (or would like to learn more about this program), please reach out to Deb at