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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, September 9, 2022

Important Dates                                  

September 14-16 - Picture Days.  (W-6th, Th-7th, Fr-8th) 

September 20 - 6:30 PTO meeting -

September 22 - 7:30am - Parent coffee at RMS

September 23 - RMS Dance

September 25-27 - No HW days

October 4-5 - No HW days

October 7 - PD Day for teachers, NO SCHOOL for students.

October 10 - Indigenous Peoples Day - NO SCHOOL

October 13 - RMS Student Flu Clinic

Thoughts from the Front Office

Dear RMS Community:

Thank you to all who came to our inaugural “open school” event yesterday.  It was wonderful for us to be able to share our building with the community once again.   We hope you were able to meet your student’s teachers and get a feeling for where they spend most of their time during the week.  Sometime at the end of the month we will share (virtually) curricular information, but for now we wanted to prioritize building relationships with the community.  Thank you for coming and sharing our school with us.  Please complete this short survey to help us improve in upcoming years. 

Unlike the elementary school model, RMS does not have specific days set aside for conferences.  We rely on outreach and requests to schedule conferences - either in person or via zoom (one of the uses of zoom we are still holding onto).  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns, we rely on open lines of communication to continue to improve RMS.  

In the spirit of open communication and creating opportunities to informally discuss all things school we are offering the first of our “parent coffees” on September 22nd at 730am.  Meet with administrators and discuss whatever comes to mind as we partake in our morning coffee or tea.  

Next week we will have picture days.  We will continue in our COVID compliant strategy of working with Teal Parker to take individual pictures outside.  The pictures will be made available for purchase after they have been completed, and we use them as the pictures in Power School and mealtime.  If your student has a favorite shirt they will probably want it next week.  That said, pictures at RMS are a decidedly informal affair (in general, though last year we had a student dressed in a suit), so please do not stress.  

RMS Students outside at table


RMS students on playground

One thing that COVID taught us (other than using zoom for parent meetings) was to make use of our outdoor spaces as much as possible (see above).  Because we offer as many outdoor eating options as we can, we are constantly in search of picnic tables, or even donated materials that Mr. Harriman and his classes can fashion into tables.  If you would like to donate either a table or the materials, please reach out.  Having multiple places to meet, socialize, and eat makes RMS an even more welcoming place.  Thank you in advance for any help you can give. 

Finally, thank you for a fantastic start to the year.  The energy in the building is palpable and positive.  Your students are demonstrating real care for each other - from the 7th grade working together on their hike up the ski way, to numerous students holding the door for each other every morning, and “veteran” students working to help our new students feel welcome and not overwhelmed. 

Please enjoy the wonderful weekend as we prepare for our first 5 day week next week!  Please 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 regarding payment, please contact Janice Starkey in the main office.

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.  Applications can be found on our Food Service page.


Student Clubs
Students and staff will, over the year, support and supervise a variety of club opportunities which will be shared with students through announcements, posters in school and the Friday Parent Notes. 

Two groups will be starting up on Monday.  

Dungeons and Dragons: A student run group, meeting on Mondays in the library from  3:00-4:30 starting on September 12.  Otto Larrick, 6th grader, is contact person.  

Book Club: student run book discussion group will be holding an introductory meeting on Monday September 12 in the RMS library.  Izzy Doubleday, 8th grader, is contact person.  

Student Council News
Look to Friday Parent Notes for information about upcoming student council events. Membership: Students interested in being a part of Student Council should speak with their homeroom teacher.  Meetings at this point will be held on Tuesday evenings 7:00pm over zoom.  
Upcoming events:
Color Challenge next week-8th Grade Blue, 7th Grade Black,  6th Grade Red

RMS Dance: Friday September 23rd 7:00-9:00pm at RMS.  $5 admission

Math Enrichment Opportunities:
MATH TEAM  The math team is an RMS club that meets on Mondays from 3-4 starting on Sept. 12th. If you love challenging math problems and want to participate in cool math competitions like Mathcounts, AMC-8, and Math League, we would love to have you join the team! Most Mondays will be spent doing practice competitions, going over solutions, or taking actual competitions. This is a wonderful club for both competitive mathletes and also those that simply enjoy a good solid math problem. If you love math, then this is the place for you!

Are you interested in learning new problem solving techniques or building a strong mathematical foundation?  This is a non-competitive math class geared towards anyone wishing to deepen their math skills. Whether you are a seasoned mathlete or you simply want to expand your knowledge, you'll find fun challenges at HMC. This math enrichment class will meet after school on Thursdays. Students wishing to register can do so here:

Volunteer Opportunities:
Hello Families of RMS students!   Prior to COVID, our schools had a strong connection to the community with varying volunteer opportunities.  While we can't be certain of what level of volunteerism will be permissible this year, we are gathering information from families regarding areas they may be interested in helping out with in the event that we are able to invite you back into our schools.  
Please take 2 minutes to fill out the accompanying form to let us know where you might be interested in volunteering this year.  This form is merely to gauge interest in various activities throughout the year.  We will contact you separately with details regarding the specific activities in which you've expressed interest.    
Please note - all volunteers who will be working with students are required to have a background check/fingerprinting performed at SAU 70.  Fingerprinting/background checks are valid for 2 years - if you have been through the process for the school district since the 2020-21 school year, you will not need to complete the process this year.   Best, Teal

Please see other announcements on the community interest page of the website.  

Walk Occom Pond Occom Pond
Walk and Roll is a family friendly calm street event for the community.  Bring your bikes, scooters, skate boards and walking shoes. Rope Ferry Road is relatively flat and straight for 1/4 mile. Occom Pond is one mile around with curves and gentle hills. Vehicle traffic will be limited and turtle slow.  Lemonade, entertainment and the DartMoose will be there. Occom neighbors are the hosts.  Hanover Bike Walk and Parks and Recreation are sponsors.    Sunday September 11 from 12-2 PM full flyer here.

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 Updates
22-23 Opening Health Plan Please see the SAU-70 district website for covid health plan 

A few highlights are: 

  • Masks are welcome but not mandated
  • If a student tests positive for covid, stay home for 5 days, may return on day 6 if fever free and symptoms improve.  But must wear a mask for 5 additional days.

Please contact school nurse Abby Pelletier with any questions 603-643-6040

Fall Student Flu Clinic Save the date! October 13th 2022 during school hours. More information will be available in the next few week about our annual  optional student flu clinic (in partnership with Dartmouth Health).

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 

PTO Bulletin Board

Greetings on behalf of the RMS Parent Teacher Organization  

The RMS Spirit Wear Store opens this afternoon! Please visit and consider a purchase of some RMS swag.   

View the RMS PTO Website and Directory. Please update your account if you had one last year, or create one if you are new to RMS. Then download the Membership Toolkit app for your phone to use the directory on the go. Even if you already have an account, you'll need to confirm your information for this year.    

All RMS families, teachers and staff are members of the Richmond Middle School PTO. There are no dues to participate. Our operating budget is dependent on donations. Social events, the online directory, teacher appreciation initiatives, a dedicated website and more are funded through the generous support of RMS community members. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the PTO to help kick off the 2022-2023 school year. Donate online or send a check to Richmond Middle School PTO, 63 Lyme Rd, Hanover NH 03755. Thank you!     

Join us for the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30pm via Zoom: .    

Support the PTO with your everyday Amazon Smile purchases by selecting Frances Richmond Middle School PTO as your charity. See  

​​​​​​​Questions? Want to get involved? Email