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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 8, 2024

Important Dates

March 10 - Daylight Savings Time - Spring Forward
March 11 - PD Day - NO SCHOOL for students
March 13th, pizza fundraiser night @ Ramunto’s (See PTO Gaggle below)
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
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


sign that says: shhhhhh! Please be quiet.  Students are testing. thanks.

One of the sure signs of spring is the return of State Testing. While not nearly as much fun has buds on trees, flowers in the ground, or the return of daylight savings, it is nevertheless a harbinger of warmer days to come.  Thursday was the written part of our ELA exams, with the rest of the tests taking place after April break.  If your student missed the test for some reason, there is no need to worry. There will be time set aside for makeup exams. The reason that we moved the exams earlier in the year has to do with a new state deadline and not anything internal to RMS.  Thank you for your support as we undertake one of the few things that the state of New Hampshire mandates we do during the year.

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We wanted to offer our thanks to the voters of the Dresden School District for your support and turn-out during the election this week. It is wonderful to be part of a community that is so involved and supportive. Please know that we take this trust very seriously and work every day to make sure we are delivering what our students need.  We are really looking forward to the rest of the year. 

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Monday is one of our two professional development days during the year.  While our students enjoy the day off, we are working to identify and visit resources within our community, working to grow and encompass more than just our school building. We are looking forward to the opportunities that were curtailed for so long by covid. The students' 4-day week that follows will be highlighted by the return of many former RMS students who are taking part in a March intensive experience from Hanover High School. We eagerly anticipate seeing those familiar faces. 

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Thank you to Liz Powers and John LaCrosse who have started their 7th grade parent meetings.  Designed to be a “halfway through middle school” check-in, this serves as a reminder that unlike Elementary schools RMS schedules family conferences on request.  If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to check in and ask questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We enjoy talking about our students almost as much as you do. 

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While it doesn't look like we will have much sunshine this weekend I hope that everyone has a wonderful three days away from RMS and does not forget to turn your clocks forward.  As always, be safe, stay well, and take care of each other. 

Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal


RMS Cafe

Our current menu is available.  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 Resources/Opportunities

 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 is available 


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.”


 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.  View 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 Gaggle
Eat pizza at Ramunto’s & raise money for the RMS PTO! 


There are two remaining Wednesday night opportunities to raise money for the RMS PTO by simply eating pizza at Ramunto’s. The 6th grade families had their “big night out” this past Wednesday, next up is the 7th and then 8th grade families!!!  Set a calendar reminder for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 13th (7th grade families)
  • Wednesday, March 20th (8th grade families)

On those evenings, 25% of in-person meal purchases at Ramunto’s (after 5pm) by RMS families will go to support PTO initiatives. Please mention the RMS PTO when you place your order. (To prevent crowds, each grade has a designated Wednesday, but if one date doesn't work choose one that does.)

Can't make it to pizza night, but would like to contribute? You can make a donation to the PTO by Venmo @RMSPTO603 or Palpal, by check, or any other method of charitable gifting (the PTO is its own 501c3, EIN#86-3448151).

A huge thank you to Ramunto’s for their generous support of the community!!! 

We hope to see you in the next few weeks for some socializing and ‘za!


Eat Pizza - support RMS PTO




RMS Health Office

RMS 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