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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, May 13, 2022

Important Dates

May 16 - Early order deadline for yearbooks 

May 18 - Student Support Forum - part of SAU Strategic Planning

May 19-21 - Peter and the Starcatcher - RMS Spring Play

May 26 - RMS Choral Concert

May 30 - Memorial Day - No School 

May 31 - HHS Step Up Day for 8th grade.

May 31 -  Level 2, 3, and Jazz Band Concert (date change)

June 2 - RMS Band 1 and Orchestra Concert

June 16 - Last Day for Students


Thoughts from the Front Office

Dear Parents/Caregivers:

What a great week at RMS!  This week saw the culmination of many projects and plans.  On Tuesday morning our 8th graders ventured forth onto Garipay field to test the balloons they had been working on for almost a month.  Colorful tissue paper competed with shiny mylar to fill the sky with student creations that followed the wind for many minutes.  To watch 8th graders turn from “the cool students” to giddy young people so excited about balloons is always a fun interlude for the adults.  Again the cooperation, community, and caring that is much a focus on the physics of flight was on full display.  A great day!   

balloons in the sky

Monday and Tuesday saw a visit to the 6th grade by Julian Leon from VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Programs) to discuss home heat transfer, culminating in a design challenge involving insulating model homes.  The testing it taking place today (just in time to come up with insulating ideas to keep us cool in the upcoming weeks). 

students working on a design challenge involving insulating model homes.

Finally, Friday saw the 7th grade embark on their semi-regular Forest Friday.  After a long week of negotiations on the future of the planet in the annual global climate summit, where students took on different roles from different part of the world in an effort to limit global warming, they took advantage of the beautiful day to examine the natural world they were hoping to preserve.  As always our student’s enthusiasm proves contagious.

students out on the trail

Please take a minute this weekend to complete this survey to help inform the future of RMS.

We are looking forward to the last month of school, and excited to see what energy and excellence our students will bring.

Enjoy the weekend.  Be safe, stay well, and take care of each other. 

Tim Boyle
Anissa Morrison
Associate Principal

School News & Information

RMS Cafe

View the monthly menu.   

If you have any questions, concerns, or dietary restrictions please contact Austin Jacobs.

RMS does offer a lunch program for families who may need assistance or special needs.  Please contact Robin Morley-Ploof in the office for more information.


Yearbooks available for order!

Order by Monday for delivery to school. 
Thank you to the PTO for their amazing work putting together a yearbook for this amazing year.    The physical book costs $25, including $1 to cover a “supply chain surcharge” applied by the company. 

Ebooks also available. 
If ordering later then that, books will be shipped to a home address.

Engineering Open House
On Saturday, May 14, there will an open house of sorts at Dartmouth (in the new Engineering  & Computer Science Center), where there will be lots of interactive labs, makerspace, Formula Hybrid demos, and lots of engineering/computer science activities for students of all ages. Montshire Museum will also be there. The open house/interactive stuff starts at 10:30 on... and there will be food trucks, etc. It's all part of the Dartmouth Innovation & Technology Festival (May 12-14), to celebrate the opening of the new buildings on the West End of campus.  Here's the link:  

SAU 70 is developing a Strategic Plan.
The Student Support subcommittee will be holding a virtual community forum on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 pm. The forum will provide an opportunity for you to hear about the subcommittee's work thus far, provide feedback, and share your thoughts.   Please use this link to join the forum: 

Please direct any question to the subcommittee co-chairs:  
Lisa Christie, Norwich, Dresden, and SAU 70 School Board member    
Rhett Darak, Director of Student Services     

Student Council Update
Our last Fundraising Dinner of the year is going to be the week of May 23rd. Money will be going to the Humane Society and the dinner will be outdoors.

Beach and Tacky Tourist Day will be Friday May 27th.    

Parent Resources 
Links to parent resources aimed specifically at Middle School aged students.    

Health/Mental Health Resources:
As many of you know, May is Mental Health Awareness month. We are offering a handful of mental health trainings during the month of May and one of those trainings is a community Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. We have a virtual course scheduled for May 24th from 9 am to 2:30 pm (with 2 hours of self-paced work to be completed prior to the course).  Please find more information on the flyer attached and the registration link. Please note this course is limited to 30 people and we anticipate registration filling up quickly. We will place others on a waitlist to be notified of another course when scheduled.

Information from Parent Roundtable on Device and Internet Usage Link to summary of meeting.  

Summer Camps:
Please see our community resources page for more information on many camps and opportunities.   

When Worry Shows Up Prior 
When Worry Shows Up - How Parents Can Help Children During Uncertain Times.  The presentation by Lynn Lyons explains how anxiety works in young children and how to address anxieties in your own children.  There was also information about making sure your child is getting what they need for their mental health.  Thanks to Shawn Gonyaw at MCS, Here is the recording of that presentation.  

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.  

How to talk to your student about gender
RMS is committed to building an inclusive school environment, and beginning discussions around identity for all students.  This article can help you join those discussions with your student.    

RMS Health Office Updates
Prescription Medications Does your child need to take a 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 on the Health Office Website.


PTO Bulletin Board 
There are several end-of-year volunteer opportunities and we hope you can help. If you are already background checked and vetted as a volunteer for SAU 70, please reach out to Tracey at to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule and interests. If you have submitted an application to volunteer but have not yet been cleared, please also reach out to Tracey at the above email so progress on your application can be tracked.    

Please help the PTO add additional events to the 8th grade calendar! We are at this point begging those who have not yet donated to the cause to please do so. We want to do everything we can to make the 8th graders feel celebrated for being so resilient and amazing!!! Donations can be made via PayPal at or by a check sent to Richmond Middle School PTO, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover NH 03755. Indicate "End of Year Activities" in the comments or check memo. Any leftover funds will be rolled into the PTO’s general fund. Thank you!    

There's only one more RMS PTO meeting this school year. Via Zoom on ​​​​​​​Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there! Zoom:    

​​​​​​​Please take a moment to visit and "like" the PTO on Facebook at