Feeling Sick? Go To The Health Office

  • Students – Please be aware that you are not allowed to call your parent directly if you are not feeling well. Please go to the Health Office first.

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8th Grade Hearing and Vision Testing To Be Held

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  • Attention all 8th   Graders: We will be conducting vision and hearing testing this Thursday. If you wear glasses or contacts please make sure you wear them Thursday of this week.

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Student Poetry: Popular

By Ellie H.

I’m nothing compared to the popular kids

I refuse to believe that

Other people can become popular

 

It’s true that

Doing drugs

Makes you cooler than

reading books

 

I’ll tell you this

Once upon a time

Working hard got you recognition

But, that is not the mission

 

Using foul language will be the norm

I’d be mistaken if

Saying,”please,” and, “thank you,” has a positive impact

I agree that

Our generation is becoming more disrespectful

It’s untrue that

There are people like me in the world

 

Bullying

Will continue to reign over

kindness

 

My peers exclude and disrespect people

It will be an embarrassment if

good always wins

 

Gossip

is cooler than

making friends

 

I’m not willing to stand up for myself

If

I can’t expect to become popular

 

It will be evident that

Nice people can gain popularity

Is a lie

Only breaking the rules makes you popular

 

Nobody looks or listens to me

Because I cannot accept under any circumstances that

One day I’ll be liked by everyone

Popular people will change the generations, unless we choose to reverse it

 

(Read up from this line and reverse it)

Editor’s Note: Did you write something that you are proud of and would like in the newspaper?  Just send it to Mrs. Bezich for publication consideration.  

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Fun Fall Activities For All

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By Karina F. 

Summer is long gone and fall has arrived. Those long summer days in the sun where so much fun. But we can make fall just as exciting, and fun with some awesome fall activities to keep you busy and always hyped!

The first autumn inspired activity you can do is a fallacious photoshoot! Get  friends, camera, props and start snapping! Go to a local park, or even your backyard, and get some fake leaves, a Starbucks cup, or fairy lights as sweet props to get into that #fallvibe! Some cute outfit ideas as well are comfy clothes such as scarfs, cute sweaters, jeans, and lace up boots. Definitely a cute idea, the pics turn out really cute and remind you of how fun fall can be!

Let’s pumpkin spice it up with pumpkin party picnic! Get a blanket, some fall treats, and grab a friend to a have a really fun picnic. You can do it at the park or anywhere with a grassy patch. Maybe even try it at a pumpkin patch! It’s just a really nice way to hang with a friend, have a taste of autumn as well, and get that fall feeling on!

Another super fun way to fall in love with that autumn vibe is to put on a fall bake sale. It is so fun to bake some tasty fall treats with flavors like pumpkin spice, cinnamon, caramel! Try treats such as pumpkin bread, caramel apples, muffins, cinnabuns, or fall cakes. Set up a fall inspired stand that says bake sale on it. I am sure the sweet smell of delicious treats will warm the air and spread the fall spirit.

Try new things! Try doing fall activities that you have never done before, whether it is a game, eating something, or wearing something. Try a new food fall themed, like pumpkin spice candies. You could also try to make a fall decor piece, or maybe try a fall inspired makeup look, for all of us girls out there!

Fall might seem as exciting as you think but once you get to know it better through fun activities it really becomes a super fun season in which is contagious! Hope you got some ideas, and got into the #fallvibe!

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What Are Kids Up To Now?

By Ellie H. and Harry K.

Kids, mainly teenagers, are extremely unpredictable. Who knows what we are doing these days? If you compared the things we do today to the 1900s, one word to describe it would be , “Wow”.

Children have gone totally crazy with trends from arm movements, to 100 layers of everything. Let’s talk about what kids are paying for these days. Yes I know we don’t like to bring the topic up, but fidget spinners.

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There are so many types. They range from diamond encrusted ones to ones with superheroes on them. They cost from three dollars to hundreds dollars and their amazing ability is to just spin.

This trend can be found all around at schools and countries. Nobody has talked about anything else.

If you think this trend is whack, have you heard about 100 layers of anything?

100 layers

Some trends have taken over youtube entirely and this is applying 100 layers of anything to themselves. Some examples are nail polish, hair spray, lipstick, and eyeliner. Many Youtubers have dedicated many hours to applying 100 layers of something and uploading it. Some people have even decided to put their own twist to this trend and put 100 layers of glue on their faces or hands. (We do not recommend this because it can hurt your skin and causes serious rashes.)

Have you ever head of fur nails.  This crazy trend has become a huge deal among the young in this decade.  People will spend large amounts of money to glue fur to their nails. From crazy colors to leather, people will buy anything.  The great thing about fur nails is that your hands will always be soft.  If you search this up on the Internet you will see incredible designs that you would have never thought was possible. This is just one of the trends this year.

Fur Nails OneOur generation is constantly changing and thinking of new things to spend their time on.  

In a few years, we may view these trends as “Horrifying”, “Ugly”, and “Just plain out weird,”  but we enjoyed these exotic, strange, and weird trends now.

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Local Pumpkin Patches Ready For Visitors

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By Emily D.

I am so excited for Halloween, aren’t you? Not only because of the costumes, the decorations, and the candy, but the pumpkin carving too. But where are you going to find a pumpkin. Well, here’s a couple places you can find some pumpkins!

At Trader Joe’s, you can get a traditional orange pumpkin for $2.99. You can get pumpkins in unusual colors or shapes for $5.99. Or you could get the little mini pumpkins for 99 cents. It’s such a great deal.

There are also plenty of pumpkin patches near us. One very close is Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch. This is in Santa Monica. It has lots of fun activities there. The location is 3443 S. Sepulveda Blvd. You can also call (323) 325-6314. It’s guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Another one is Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch opens October sixth and ends on the thirtieth. On Sunday through Thursday, it’s open from nine A.M. to eight P.M. On Friday and Saturday, it’s open from nine A.M. to nine P.M. It’s located on 10100 Jefferson Blvd in Culver City. Their phone number is (310) 276-9827.

Last weekend Green Hills Memorial gave out free pumpkins. It’s probably pretty scary to be going to a cemetery during the Halloween season, but you can get a free pumpkin. They hold this every year, did you get yours?

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Did You See The Great Pumpkin?

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By Emily D.

Have you ever heard of the Union Seventy-six? Or the great pumpkin? If you haven’t heard of this, here’s a little bit about the World’s Biggest Jack O’ Lantern!

The World’s Biggest Jack O’ Lantern is in Wilmington. A three-million gallon storage tank is painted to look like a pumpkin. It’s been around since 1952. Because of it’s size and location, it can be seen for miles. If it were be filled with actual pumpkins, there would be enough to make 26,800,000 pumpkin pies!

They also hand out kettle corn! The refinery expects 20,000 people to go see the Jack O’ Lantern up close. You can see it and get the popcorn on October thirtieth and thirty-first from 6 to 9 p.m. 

To paint the pumpkin they need more than 100 gallons of orange, black, and white paint. That’s a lot of paint!

It’s located on 1660 Anaheim Street, Wilmington, CA 90744, between the Harbor Freeway and Gaffey Street.

I can’t wait for the thirtieth and thirty-first! Make sure to stop by and see the biggest pumpkin in the world!

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Student Perspective: Should School Start Later Every Day?

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By Elliot L. and Dillon M. 

A later start is much needed at Richardson but, how will it affect us students?

“People have other stuff to do other than school, kids are rushed in the morning to go to school, during breakfast you can take your time,” said Eighth Grader Ellie H.

But, Sixth Grader Skye R. thinks differently.

“I don’t want to get out at four, which would be the time we get out if school started late,“ said Skye.

We have late start for an hour before school starts for a group called ‘professional learning’,” which is an hour for teachers to meet together and discuss new ideas.

“There is a bit of discussion going on but, it’s unlikely we’ll get a later start any time soon,”said Assistant Principal Ian McCullen.  

Studies have been done about kids not getting enough sleep before school. Most of the studies say that kids from six to thirteen need at least nine hours of sleep. That means that if you want to get up at 6:30AM every morning you need to go bed at 9:30PM in order to meet that minimum.  

The problem most kids have on school days is not getting enough sleep. This can reflect poorly on schoolwork and behavior. Most middle schoolers are accustomed to going to bed late for a number of different reasons and it’s affecting them. Kids can’t give it 100% every day at school, but a late start could fix that. People could get more sleep and, be more well-rested. This would possibly benefit the learning community and improve the overall grade average.

But the downside is that afternoon activities that take place at four would have to be moved back which will get in the way of other important things. A lot of people have sport practices right after school and kids also might not have enough time to do homework. Kids might be forced to stay up even longer than they are presently.

Also, a lot of parents work early hours so, they don’t have a place for their children to go after they leave for work. As a result, they are forced to bring their children to school early.

Many people have different opinions about having late start everyday or just sticking to the daily schedule.  What do you think?

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt Comes To Palos Verdes

Crow Botanical GardensBy Chloe H.

Want to do something fun for Halloween that is close by?  Check this out. 

http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/greatpumpkinhunt/

On October 1st- November 30th South Coast Botanical Garden has The Great Pumpkin Hunt! Come with your family to 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

Help find the missing pumpkin patch.

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Organize Your School Supplies

 

By Sarah S. and Marina M.

Do you want to keep all your supplies organized for school? By following these tips you can keep your papers and supplies organized for school and your everyday life.

It is always a good idea to get a binder to keep all of your supplies in one place. It helps to use folders or dividers to separate your work for every class.

Remember to put your papers back in the right place so you will know where they are when you need them later. It also helps to go through your binder once in awhile and clean out papers that you don’t need anymore.

A good way to keep supplies such as pencils, pens, scissors, glue sticks and erasers organized is by using a pencil pouch. Using a pencil pouch will help you keep your supplies together. You will also know where your things are when you need them next.

Having a pencil pouch with multiple pockets allows you to separate your supplies for easier access.

Keeping track of what needs to be done when is important. Having a planner will help you know what assignments you need to do and the upcoming events. It will help you to remember important dates and turn your projects in on time.

However you choose to organize your things, you need to make sure to put things in the right place throughout the day. It’s also a good idea to spend a little extra time each week to clean-out your binder and/or folders and make sure your supplies are where they belong.

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Smile For The Camera!

 

Don’t forget make-up pictures will be this coming Monday, October 16th. You can come by the office to pick up an order envelope or ask your teacher.

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Do It Yourself Halloween Tips Shared

By Amber K. and Karina F.

Halloween is coming up, and everyone wants to know what to dress up for, how to decorate their homes, how to make delicious spooky treats, and how to carve their pumpkin! Get spiced up with this a guide on DIY Halloween Essentials so it can get your creative juices flowing and your Halloween spirits lifted!

Spooky Treats

Treats are a big part of the Halloween vibe! We all want to make cute treats inspired by some of our favorite Halloween spooks. So here are some delicious treats to get you ready and excited for Halloween!

  1. Creepy Krispies-Rice Krispies decorated as your favorite Halloween creatures!
  2. Cookie graves-Cookies of your choice decorated as graves.
  3. Spider and skull pops-Cake pops decorated as Spiders and skulls.
  4. Graveyard Brownies-Brownies with frosting and candy to decorate to make it look like a graveyard!

Cute Costumes

If you don’t have a costume for the biggest night of the year, don’t worry! These costumes are easy, cute, and perfect!

  1. Have the berry best strawberry costume ever!- Wear an oversized red sweater with white dots and a headband with green leaves!
  2. Be bad as a devil but cute as a button!- Dress in all black with a headband which has horns, and a little trident!
  3. Magical unicorns are good for little 3-year olds to 30-year olds!- Get a rainbow tutu, a pink shirt, a headband with a sparkly horn, as well as some sparkly rainbow makeup.
  4. Everyone wants to dress up in a sweet costume! Well nothing gets better than this cute Skittles costume!- Get a colored over-sized shirt and slap a white “s” sticker on the shirt, and you’re done!

For more information on costumes, check out Emily D.’s article on Halloween Costumes!

Halloween Decor

I don’t know about you, but I love to get my house spooked up for Halloween and our trick-or-treaters! Well this can help you get the coolest decorations ever and creep some people out!!

  1. Gallon Ghosts; if you don’t have pumpkins, these are a great replacement!- Get an empty gallon, draw a spooky face, and pop some Christmas or fairy lights inside!
  2. Spooky Spiral a easy way to dress up your door for Halloween is to cover it in a DIY spider web! – Get some white string and start covering your door in crazy patterns, and also get some fake spiders to add on to the spooky cute theme! 
  3. Mummy Mania these awesome jar decor will really light up your Halloween and add a cute touch- get a mason jar and wrap it with toilet paper, stick on some googly eyes and put some candles inside to light up the night.
  4. Scary Vases a nice way to spice up your Halloween is with this awesome candy vase – get a empty vase and fill it with candy corns and other fun Halloween themed candy, and stick some fall colored flowers in it as well. Boom! The perfect creeping cute vase decor!

We hope these DIY Halloween essentials helped you get ready for Halloween! Thanks for reading and have a great Halloween! #besthalloweenever!

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What’s In Your Trick-or-Treat Bag?

By Katie S. and Genesis O.

Have you been wondering what will be the candy to grab this year? Make sure to stash your Halloween treat bags with RMS’s favorite Halloween candy.

Is it Hershey’s? Kit Kats? Snickers? Skittles?

Fifty people were interviewed at Richardson, and these are the top ten favorite Halloween candies:

  1. Kit Kat
  2. Twix
  3. Hershey’s
  4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  5. Snickers
  6. Jolly Ranchers
  7. Candy Corn
  8. Blow Pops
  9. Sour Patch
  10. M&Ms

Seventh grader Sophia F. is one of the many people at RMS who likes Kit Kats.

“I really like Kit Kats. I look forward to eating them every Halloween,” said Sophia.

Mr. Ian Drummond, the Principal of Richardson Middle School, though, has a different opinion.

“My favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups because I love how they come in all different sizes. I feel less guilty eating the little ones, but then I end up eating about twenty of them,” said Drummond.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups came in fourth place on the top ten list, but they are still one of the most popular Halloween candies and are very tasty.

Maybe you’re favorite candy didn’t make the top ten list. That’s okay. This Halloween, make sure you try new candies that maybe you thought you didn’t like. They might surprise you!

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Part 6: Meet the Journalism Staff

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                                                         Marina M. 

By Sarah S.

Have you met 6th grader Marina M.? If not then let me introduce you to her.

Marina enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, but that’s not all she can do. She practiced gymnastics and ice skating for several years when she was in elementary school.

Marina enjoys watching YouTube. The most inspirational YouTuber to her is Luhsetty. She inspires her because she gives helpful tips for everyday life. Also, she inspires people to love themselves.

Marina loves all animals, but she has a special place in her heart for dogs. She thinks they are a great pet to have and she especially loves them for their loyalty, knowledge and playfulness.

Marina’s favorite restaurant to eat at is The Cheesecake Factory. Her favorite thing to get there is the Chicken Madeira.

“I love how all of the different flavors go together so well,¨ said Marina.

It is so savory and she gets it every time. She loves their bread with the blue cheese dressing. She cannot go without getting her favorite meal. The funny thing about Marina loving the Cheesecake Factory is she doesn’t like cheesecake.

Usually Marina wears her hair in a braid or bun when she is at school, so it’s hard to tell how long it is unless it is down. On special occasions she wears it down, and it is really long.

Get to know Marina!  She’d love to talk to you.

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By Theodore N.

Do you know any  new 6th graders?  Chloe H. is new to RMS and she came from Riviera Elementary.  Chloe was born on March 22 . Chloe is  ¨excited¨ to start the year.  

¨I look forward to having lockers this year and storing all my textbooks in them,” said Chloe.

Chloe is left hand dominant and her favorite color is purple.  Chloe reads Harry Potter and has a collection of wands that she makes herself.

Chloe also discussed what she wants to be when she grows up.

¨I want to be a teacher because I get to help children learn new things,¨ said Chloe.

Chloe was born and raised in Torrance. Chloe has a sister named Ellie. Ellie is in the eighth grade and Ellie is in the Naval Cadet Program.

Chloe’s family is Chinese and the food that they cook is traditional, but Chloe says her favorite food she prefers macaroni and cheese.

Chloe loves seals and has been to Morro Bay to see Elephant Seals.

Chloe plays tennis. She has been playing since she was four.  Her dad is her coach and as well as her sister sometimes.

Chloe wants to live in Michigan because she likes the lakes and she thinks that the lakes are peaceful.

                   
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By Dominic B.

Andrew Y. is a seventh grade student at RMS. When he was asked to describe himself in one word, he replied “funny”. Let me tell you, that is true.

He is twelve years old and has one sister.

Andrew has a dog that is a Terrier mix named Teddy.

His favorite color is blue because it reminds him of the ocean, which he enjoys.

Despite his young age, he has been to Mexico, Egypt, and Greece.

“I like Egypt because of the monuments I have seen, and the mummies that were once kings,” said Andrew.

Along with English, Andrew can also speak Arabic and Spanish.

His favorite school subject is math because he dreams of being an engineer, and loves the challenge.

When asked what his dream colleges were, Andrew said, UCLA, USC, and Pepperdine University.

Andrew’s favorite sport is basketball because he has been playing for such a long time.

His favorite animal is a Koala.

If he could live anywhere in the world, Andrew would live in Hawaii because of how beautiful it is there.

The thing that Andrew is most proud of in his life is getting his black belt through many years of hard but rewarding work.

His favorite sport is basketball, which he has been playing for five years.

Andrew was born in Torrance, but raised in Manhattan Beach, until about six years ago when he moved back.

The candy that Andrew enjoys most is Twix.

To Andrew, The Flash is the best television series.

The Flash is one of the most action packed shows ever on tv!” said Andrew.

If you ever want to talk to someone who has their black belt, can speak three languages, and has been to three different countries, not to mention is friendly and funny, try finding Andrew.

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                                                           Annabelle H.

By Alex P.

Have you seen Annabelle H.  walking around campus with her long luscious locks and her extremely long legs? If you haven’t and would like to get to know her better, here are some interesting facts about her.

Outside of school, Annabelle plays soccer, which is her favorite sport. She has been playing for seven years. For the last five years, she has been playing Club Soccer for LA Galaxy.

Her favorite type of food is butter noodles, which she is obsessed with, if she could, she would eat if for the rest of her life…breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Speaking of food, her favorite dessert is coconut macaroons. Anything coconut, she likes.

If she could live anywhere in the world, she would live in Hawaii. Her dream is to live in a tiny house with her best friend in Hawaii.

 Annabelle’s favorite type of dog is an Icelandic Sheepdog. She has been desperately wanting one for a long time. She already has one dog as well, his name is Cosmo.

Fun fact, she is 5”6 and taller than than her mom, which is not that shocking.

Out of all the seasons of the year, her favorite is fall. She loves cuddling up in blankets and watching Netflix, with cold weather outside, and leaves falling from the trees.

“The best part is wearing long sleeved sweatshirts,” said Annabelle.

If you ever come across Annabelle make sure to say “Aloha” and start a conversation with her!

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Lunch Benches

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By Seventh Grader Luke C.

On Tuesday, October 3, Principal Drummond made a new school-wide rule for the lunch benches.  This was that all kids had to sit at the lunch bench area at lunch and was made to decrease trash around the school and make the jobs of the security staff as well as the janitorial managers easier.

This new lunch bench rule is to first keep all of the students in the same area.  Before the end of construction around the cafeteria, there were only a few benches in a small area for a large student population, which led to students sitting all over the school to have enough room.

This increase in kids sitting in the halls has had an impact in the security staff of Richardson.  According to William Beretta, kids were harder to keep track of and manage since they are sitting in many different places.

“It’s a mess when there’s kids sitting from Wing A and Block 3 to Block 2 and Wing E,” said Beretta.

This has also led to an increase in trash around the school.  The increase of kids sitting all around the school has led to them leaving their trash also all around the school and has made the jobs of the janitorial staff harder.

To fix this problem, the school has established a new rule that made all students sit in the lunch area and eat their lunch there.  After they have eaten, the students should go out to the field.

According to Interim Vice Principal Ian McCullen, the new rule was to tell kids to sit at the lunch benches to keep kids supervised and decrease trash around the school campus.

“This rule was to tell students that they had to sit in the lunch bench area during lunch and was made to make sure kids are supervised and have less trash around the school,” said McCullen.

This new rule has succeeded in making the jobs of the security and janitorial staff easier. It is keeping kids safer because they are in designated areas where there are adults.  It has also made the lunch area more comfortable since the school has additional seating to making this new rule doable.  The lunch area behind the cafeteria has also been reopened giving students much needed room to eat their lunch.

So, students, follow the new lunch rules and it will make RMS a cleaner and safer place!

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Part 5: Meet the Journalism Staff

     IMG_0716                                                           Kristina J.

By Sally M.

During your life, you’ve probably met a lot of different people. But have you ever met someone whose real name is not what everyone calls them by? Well then, say hello to Kristina J.

Kristina’s favorite music artist is James Arthur, but she gets “Skateboard” by Jacob Sartorius stuck in her head a lot.

“One of my favorite songs is ‘Skateboard’. I listen to it pretty much every night before I go to bed,” said Kristina.

Kristina’s favorite place to travel is Palm Springs and her favorite way to travel is by car. In her free time, you might find her watching Fuller House (when she’s not reminiscing about her trips to Palm Springs).

However, if she had a whole day to do whatever she wanted, she would spend it at Universal Studios with and only with her friends.

If Kristina could be any animal, she would be her favorite, a dog. If she could trade lives with any celebrity, it would be Selena Gomez and if she had to be a writing utensil, she would be a pen. The Disney/Pixar character she relates with most is Riley from Inside Out. If she had a food to describe her personality, it would be a potato.

Kristina prefers neon colors over pastel colors and would dye her hair dark blue if she could. If she had to describe her personality as a color, it would be turquoise.

Kristina’s lucky number is four and her favorite class is science because they get to do a lot of fun, hands-on activities. Her favorite quote is “Knowledge is power” because it motivates her.

Something weird she’s good at is imitating a grandpa (her friends can confirm).

Kristina’s real name is Sarah, but she goes by her middle name because her mom has always called her by Kristina.

So the next time you see Kristina, make sure you say “hi” and ask her to do her grandpa imitation. 

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By Karina F.

Don’t tell me you haven’t met Skye R.! She is currently a Sixth Grader at RMS. If you didn’t have the chance to meet Skye, here are some facts about this girl who knows how to work it.

We all know Skye has a great sense of style. Her favorite clothing brand is Brandy Melville.

¨Their clothes are just so cute and affordable!¨ said Skye.

As well as Brandy Melville, Skye’s go to outfit has to be ripped jeans, a cropped shirt, and her black Nikes. To go with her outfit, Skye’s favorite hairdo for everyday is dutch braids.

¨It makes me look pulled together and neat,¨ said Skye.

Skye loves to surf, so there is no surprise that her favorite hangout spot is the beach! She likes to swim, shed some waves, and hang out there. When she is at the beach there is a lot of dolphins no wonder they are her favorite sea creatures!

Skye is a food fan, but one of her favorite foods of all time is spam musubi hands down.

¨I love spam musubi so much! My go to place is TNT, just no sour sauce,¨ said Skye.

Skye doesn’t only eat food. One of her other favorite things to eat is candy, especially her favorite, extreme sour bites.Skye is a traveler. Considering her love for traveling, Skye’s favorite vacation spot is Greece, can we blame her?

“Itś so nice there. The water is so warm and shallow! The food is absolutely divine!” said Skye.

Skye not only likes airplane traveling, but road trips are fun too. Her favorite road trip games are Sweet and Sour, as well as Would You Rather?. Sounds like fun!

Summer is gone and now comes school. But we will always love it, especially Skye. Skye’s favorite season is Summer and loves everything about it. Skye prefers shorts over pants any day. We are living that California life!

Skye’s favorite subject is math. Along with school, Skye when she is older, wants to go to Oxford College. Put on your shades everyone, because Skye´s future’s looking bright. Skye is a really hard worker, but her greatest accomplishment is getting into Accelerated Math.

We are all getting excited for Tutorial right? Well, Skye wants Yoga as her tutorial. Skye states that she thinks it would be nice to relax and disconnect.

Something Skye does besides school is watch television. Her current addicting show she likes to watch is “Vampire Diaries”.  Keeping the topic of devices, Skye’s favorite app is TBH and Spotify!

We all have things that bother us, but Skye’s biggest pet peeve of all is being sticky. Gross! Another pet peeve of hers is when people talk with their mouths open.

Skye says something weird about her is how fast she comes up with excuses.

When Skye is older, she wants to have kids named Brody and Chandler, and she wants to live in Palos Verdes.

Find Skye at the beach or surfing the waves, or in the hallway of RMS. Get to know her.  Your time will be well spent.

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By Dillon M. and Jaclyn B.                                                                                                                       

Do you know 7th grader Jodi Y.? You might have seen her reading her favorite book series The Dragon Keeper, eating sushi, surfing or watching her favorite movie Flipped.

One of her goals for this year is to get into Hyper-Compacted math. Her favorite subject is science, mostly learning about animals.When she grows up, she wants to be a nurse, so she can help people

She loves to surf, play piano, draw and swim at the beach. If she could live anywhere else in the world, it would be Hawaii, so she can “shred gnarly waves.”

She may seem quiet at first but, she actually is energetic and friendly.

Her favorite book character is Hermione Granger.

“I like her because she is smart,” said Jodi.

She has one younger sister and a cat, though she prefers dogs. Jodi would also like to use her keen intellect to get into her favorite college UCLA.

“I like UCLA’s sports teams and my friend’s mom went there,” said Jodi.

If you want to be friends with somebody that is smart, kind, athletic and caring, make sure to say hello to Jodi in the halls.

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Talented Students Perform In The Park

 

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By Chloe H. and Skye R.

On September 21st, Leadership organized Performances in the Park for all of RMS. There were several acts and a crowd of students watching as dancers and singers shine on the stage.

Two girls from Leadership did backbends and cartwheels and a boy sang a lullaby-rap about kangaroos.

One of the dancers was Sixth Grader, Nicole L. She has been dancing for five years since she was seven years old.

“I felt really good and free when I was dancing,” said Nicole.

Mrs. Ryan Beck, who is in charge of the Leadership class, wanted to do Performances in the Park because it was a chance for our campus to come together and enjoy the talents of the fellow students and teachers.

She hoped that it promoted inclusiveness and spirit Beck was very impressed with the dancing and creativity of the acts.

“I will never forget a lullaby-rap about kangaroos,” said Beck.kangaroo

If Beck could perform anything at Performances in the Park, she would lip-sync to Bruno Mars.

“I’m obsessed with his funky beats, I wish I was that talented!” said Beck.

I asked Kyle G. a fellow performer, why he wanted to sing a lullaby about kangaroo’s .

“I wanted to get the Kangaroo song out there! I wish it went viral! ”said Kyle.

Kyle’s favorite line from his song was, “Don’t be a T-rex”.

Kyle thought it was really fun preforming.

“I like to watch people laugh and sing along to my song,” said Kyle.

If Kyle could perform another act he said that he would perform another comedy act, he likes making people laugh.

He first heard of Performances in the Park last Monday.

“Right after I knew about Performances In The Park , I knew I had to do it!” said Kyle.

Kyle said he performance went better than it was planned.

“It was pretty lit,” said Kyle.

The performances brought the school together. Leadership, we look forward to the next Performances in the Park.  Who will be next to perform? Will it be you?

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Leadership Students Make Speeches

Congratulations to the following people for being voted into Leadership.  Thanks to all who participated in giving speeches.  You all make a positive difference at RMS!  

President: Jenna G.

Vice President: Katie C.

Secretary: Amanda M.

Treasurer: Carly F.

Special thanks to Josh Buby for the following video. 

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National Taco Day Held On Wednesday, 10/4

Today is National Taco Day!  For cheap taco deals around town, check out this website. 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/national-taco-day-2017-where-free-cheap-tacos-142347021.html

Happy Eating!  

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80’s Dance To Be Held On Friday! Like Radical, Dude!

By Emily D. and Marina M.

Are you going to the PTSA dance?  Here’s some information about the dance if you haven’t heard already. The PTSA dance is this Friday, October sixth. It’s 80’s themed, so you can wear neon! You can also wear leg warmers, baggy sweatshirts, and leggings. Girls can put their hair in a side pony-tail. Boys can wear baggy pants tied at the ankles.

The dance will be from three to five p.m. in the cafeteria. You get in free if you’re in the PTSA and if you’re not part of the PTSA, you only have to pay seven dollars to get entrance. You can get a membership at the dance as well.

You need to have gotten a parent to sign your permission slip to get into the dance. You also need your ID that you got on October fourth. You can find the permission slip in the Main Office.

So, come to the dance! They’ll have food and drinks on top of all the fun!  Make sure to bring your friends to start the year off right.

Thank you, PTSA members, for hosting this dance!  Let’s Boogie!  

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Student Perspective: What’s Hot in 2017?

By Amber K. and Karina F.

What’s Hot

We’re all wanting to know what the hottest trends are these days. Well, no need to worry. We’re on your side. We have researched the trends for you. 

Fashion

  1. One of the fashion trends everyone is rocking lately are Adidas Superstars. Can we blame them? They are so cute and really spice up your outfit.
  2. Everyone wants to stay warm and fashionable at the same time. Bomber jackets are the solution. No wonder everyone wants one!
  3. Lace up tops are graceful but has a lot of spunk at the same time. The shirts are so snazzy and are definitely a go-to outfit.
  4. Let’s patch it up! Patches has been huge in the fashion society. People are wearing shirts or denim jackets with cute patches, like fruit or words. Definitely a fun way to give your outfit a pop of color.
  5. Show off your bold shoulder with a cold shoulder top. These shirts come in all different colors and look awesome on everyone.

Extras

  1. Popsockets are everywhere. We totally understand why. They prop up your phone and give you a good grip. They even look cute too.
  2. Shine up your day with some holographic items. They’re everywhere; on your phone, shoes, backpacks, or wall decor. It’s just another way to shine up your day.
  3. Are you losing your marbles for marble? Well I am, and I am sure you are too. Everyone is not over the craze of marble. It is being used everywhere. 
  4. Fairy lights are lit. Literally. They illuminate your room every time you walk in. They come in all shapes and sizes. They lighten your load whenever you feel down.
  5. We can’t forget our prickly friends. Cacti have been so trendy. I mean how cool is it to bring our friends from the desert all the way to our phone cases, room decor, and accessories.

Entertainment

  1. The Floor is Lava! Quick get on something! The Floor is Lava has been a hot trend for a while and is really fun. It’s surprising, but what’s not surprising is how big this trend continues to become without an end in sight. 
  2. To be honest, TBH (To Be Honest) is awesome and fun to play with your friends. It is an addicting and simple app. TBH, I bet you love it too. (With any social media, play responsible and show kindness.)
  3. Achoo! Dab! Whenever you see someone sneeze, they will probably dab with it. The dab is a dance move that everyone is doing whether you win a game, flip a bottle, or sneeze. Dab, dab! Dab party!
  4. Boom! Boomerangs have been a huge thing for a while. They are so fun to record, and catch every memory in a quick video.
  5. Ahh! Don’t tell me there’s a rat in the box! Get pumped up by playing the What’s in the Box challenge. Next time you get a chance, grab a box and a friend, get some weird items, and start playing.

So, time to wrap it up. These are just a few of the biggest trends lately. I bet you love these trends as much as we do. So spread the word and get in on the trends!

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Part 4: Meet The Journalism Staff

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                                                       Luke C.

By Samara SN.

Did you know that if Luke C. had one wish it would be to end war? Yes! It is true. Luke hates places with violence and war. That is why his favorite place to live would be Canada.

Another thing he likes is Harry Potter books and swimming. Since he loves swimming so much, his favorite family vacation spot is Hawaii.

An interesting fact about Luke is that he loves math. In fact, he is in after school Math Club. One other interesting thing about Luke is the his dream job is to be a doctor. Also, his favorite color is blue and that just so happens to be what a lot of doctors wear.

Some random facts about Luke are that his favorite animal is a lion, he has one younger sister, and he is in Model U.N Club. His favorite time of day is 8:00PM.  His favorite season is Winter.  He has been to South Korea and Hawaii, and he has almost drank moldy lemonade.

Also, he does not watch television much, but he told me that his least favorite television show is ¨Little Einsteins”.

Although Luke lives near the beach, he does not spend a lot of time there.  You will just have to talk to him and find out why.

Luke is most proud of his fourth grade reputation.  Ask him about that too when you see him next time on the RMS campus.

 

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                                                         Ellie H.

By Genesis O.

You probably remember her since she was the first Seventh Grade Class President.

Currently, Ellie is an eighth grader here at Richardson Middle school.

Her favorite thing to do on the weekends is going to the beach with her friends.

A few of her hobbies and activities include: swimming, tennis, violin (which she has been playing for nine years now), Junior Military Camp, and something that everyone should enjoy to make school easier but some people don’t like… reading!

After every activity that she does, she eventually will gets hungry eats her favorite food, sushi.

Most people look forward to being a highschooler or college student, but Ellie doesn’t think about those things.  She doesn’t look forward to being an adult because she can’t imagine life alone and without her family.

One thing that most people don’t know about Ellie is that her grandfather had to sacrifice everything he had so that she could live, this is because her grandfather had to escape the Vietnam War so he had to leave everything behind to come to America.

In the future Ellie is looking forward to getting a good income so that her and her family will live a good life.

If there was one thing that Ellie could ask for, it would be a private jet so that she could fly with her family and travel.

Ellie used to have two Beta fish. She didn’t know what would happen if she put them both in the same tank. She knows now.

If you would like to get to know Ellie just ask her. She love meeting new people!

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                                                        Dominic B.

By Andrew Y.

Have you met new middle schooler Dominic B.? New to this school like every other sixth grader, he has many interesting features about him.

Dominic was born and raised in Torrance, California.

“I have never lived anywhere else,” said Dominic.

Football is one of his most played sports the excitement and intensity of the game is why he plays it and it is one of his favorite sports.

At only twelve years old he has traveled to seven places in the United States.

“Washington D.C. is one of my favorite places just because of how much history behind this amazing place.”

Henry and Charlie are his only pets and his most favorite pets, Henery has creamy fur ( Henry is his dog). “Dominic cat Charlie has black and white fur and is very very fat haha”, said Dominic.

One of his best experiences of his life is when he´s traveled to Washington D.C, New York, and Boston. Those were his best experience of his life just because of all the places he went to in one summer trip.

On top of that he also plays basketball.

“How tall I am gives me the advantage over the little guys it makes me feel more power I have over little people,” said Dominic.

His favorite candy is twix, the camel inside and the milk chocolate outside. It is one of his many favorite chocolates.

His goal in life is to get into MIT the college.

“MIT has always been my dream school,because I love to work with technology,” said Dominic.

He has two brothers who are nice sometimes, but at times can also be annoying, but he still loves them.

If you see Dominic say “Hi” to him you may find out other interesting things about him.

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                                                           Karina F.

By Skye R.

Haven’t met Sixth Grader Karina F. ? Go line up because the line is a long wait!

Karina’s favorite inspirational quote is “Do what you love, love what you do”.  Karina loves that quote because “I came across it in one of my favorite books and never stopped loving it from there.”

Karina’s favorite color for her nails is teal and pink.

“I think teal and pink complement each other, and looks really good on,” said Karina.

Karina’s favorite song is “At My Best” by Hailee Steinfeld and Machine Gun Kelly.

“It’s a good combination of artists, and I love the meaning!” said Karina.

I asked Karina whether she prefers  Din Tai Fung’s dumplings or her mom’s. What she said was shocking,  She  prefer my mom’s dumplings over Din Tai Fung, because she can’t fit Din Tai Fung’s dumplings in her mouth!

Karina would like to live in NYC, She love the opportunity there, and the food! A followup question  was if she was a curator in NYC what museum would she go to?

“Metropolitan Museum of Art , because it is my favorite museum of all time,” said Karina.

Karina’s  favorite candy sounds so good I so want to try them now too!  She loves Twix, and especially the candy from Italy she got!, When you bite into it jelly comes out! Don’t we all want a little bite of Italy now?

I also asked Karina if she would change her name if she could, she wouldn’t! She would never change her name, because it suits her, and it’s different than most names.

Karina’s favorite TV show is Andi Mack because of the drama.

If Karina could wear one outfit for the rest of her life, it would be super comfy Ivivva pants, flowing shirt, and memory foam Pumas.

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Happy Birthday to Richardson Middle School Who Turns 25

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Mrs. Lisa Vaona-Case is the last of the original teachers from 1993 pictured above.  Can you find her?

By Sally M.

In 1955, Torrance Unified School District (TUSD) opened our school. It was originally called Newton School, named after Newton Street, but the name isn’t the only thing that has changed over the years.

Richardson is currently a middle school, but it wasn’t always that way. When it first opened in 1955, it was a K-8 school. In 1972, it became a middle school. It was closed and turned into an adult school in 1986 due to a declining enrollment. It was reopened twenty-five years ago and renamed Edward J. Richardson Middle School.

You might be wondering, ‘Who is Edward J. Richardson?’  Well, Dr. Richardson was the superintendent of TUSD and was retiring in June of 1993 and so the school was named after him when it reopened.

Did you know that we might have been called the Richardson Raptors? Or maybe even the Richardson Rocketships? In the first year, the students chose our school colors and mascot. The principal got some complaints from parents because they did not like that students chose the Rattlesnakes, but she supported the students’ choice.

Many things have changed about RMS over the years. In fact, in the first year, there were only six homerooms of sixth graders and the campus was shared with adult education.

However, the biggest change would be the actual campus and buildings. We are currently under construction, but this is actually the second remodel. Over the years, rooms have been added, the Sixth Graders got lockers, and we will be having a gym soon.

I asked Richardson’s very own Math and Science Teacher Mrs. Lisa Vaona-Case what she thought was the best thing about working at our school.

“The relationships I have formed in our community. I have taught younger siblings, and now children of former students. I have formed lifelong friendships with some of my coworkers. We have shared good and bad life experiences together, and we are a strong group,” said Case.

I also asked Case what our teachers and principal hope to see more or less of from students.

“I can only speak for myself, but I want RMS students to be kind, involved, productive members of society. I want them to have a love of learning, and a strong desire for a better world. Then, I want them to go out and make it better!” said Case.

It sounds like Richardson has had a really good twenty-five years full of great memories. I hope we can make even more memories in the future!

*Editor’s Note-A special thank you to Mrs. Lisa Vaona-Case for supplying all of the information for this article. No one else would know it but her.  

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Las Vegas Incident Hits Home

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families involved in the incident in Las Vegas!  

 

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Part 3: Meet the Journalism Staff

 

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                                                           Katie S.

By Mercy C.

Do you love the beach? Well, Katie S. can relate. She loves to boogie board and see the waves there.

Katie also loves Sea Stars-the correct term for Starfish.

Katie also loves raspberries, teal, and sunny weather. She believes that sunny weather is the best because there are so many opportunities to do so many fun things to do, such as painting with acrylic and reading.

Her ideal weekend would be spent sailing with her dad and spending time with friends.

Katie is very artistic and creative. In fifth grade, she submitted a design for a mural at Riviera, and won. Her mural is still there. ( Assuming they haven’t painted over it yet.)

Her greatest accomplishment is getting a 100% percent once on a standardized test.

Katie’s best wpm (words per minute typing-wise) is 80.

Katie loves elephants, the cute ones, because they are super clumsy, have a adorable waddle,  and their trunks have a nice curl.

She has even started a Journalism Club in fifth grade. She was the Editor for the club at Riviera.

Katie also goes to piano lessons and track and field for her afterschool activity.

Another interesting fact about Katie is that she owns two sailboats.

She also memorized half of the periodic table.

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By Marina M.

Have you met Sixth Grader Hannah F.?  She grew up in Old Town Torrance and went to Torrance Elementary. 

 A family recipe that has been past down to her is for taco soup and is Hannah’s favorite.

“I love the taste and texture of the taco soup and all the amazing combinations of flavor,” said Hannah.

Hannah’s favorite color is purple and her favorite season is winter.  

“I love to keep myself warm and cozy.  I also love hot chocolate,” said Hannah.

Hannah’s favorite state is Oregon because her best friend lives there and Hannah loves when she goes to visit.

Hannah’s favorite singer is Olivia Holt because she loves her voice and all her songs. Hannah’s favorite drink is Orange Crush because she loves the taste.

Hannah’s favorite dessert is chocolate.  She craves chocolate!  She loves the taste and how it is in so many bars and ice cream.

Hannah’s favorite subject is History.  Hannah’s favorite meal of the day is lunch.  Her favorite book is The Tail Of Emily Windsnap.

If you ever see Hannah walking stop by and say hi to her.  She might even tell you her delicious family recipe of taco soup!

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                                            Samara S.

By Luke C.

Have you ever known someone who has been to twelve different countries?  Well, Sixth Grader Samara S. has been.  She has been to Germany, Spain, France, and many more.

Samara actually likes to travel and she would like to travel the world and be paid for it. She also speaks Spanish as a second language.  Samara’s love of travel is also why she picked Journalism as her elective since she wants to travel, she thought she might be writing about different places. Even though she likes to go to foreign countries, her favorite place is actually New York, New York, which is in the US.

But there is more to her than just traveling.  She also rides horseback and is good at it.  She has earned second place at a competition at jumps, which is her proudest achievement. This is the only sport in which she participates.  Even though Samara likes to ride, she also likes basketball, but interestingly doesn’t play it.  

Her other favorites are the “Hunger Games” movies, the “Stranger Things” TV series, and math.   Samara imagines a perfect world as one without war.  

She would like to be a bird if she had one wish that could grant anything.  On the other hand, though, she dislikes “Sharknado”, a movie about a tornado unleashing sharks all over Los Angeles.  Samara has no siblings but makes it up with a dog.  

Finally, did you know that Samara was once almost killed by a rattlesnake?  According to her, she was riding horseback with her class when she heard it on the side of the trail and saw it in a pouncing position, which it is when it is about to attack.  She couldn’t turn back, though and so her teacher threw a rock at it.  It slithered away, but it was a scary memory.

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                                                            Sarah S.

By Emily D.

Have you met Sixth Grader, Sarah S.? If not, here’s a bit about my friend, Sarah. Sarah is a sixth grader that came from Walteria Elementary School. When Sarah has free time, she likes to watch or read Harry Potter. Her favorite character is Hermione Granger.

When Sarah goes to the mall, she likes to shop at Nordstrom and Nike. She likes Nike because their shoes are “nice”.

Sarah’s favorite singer is Alessia Cara and her favorite band is Pink Floyd. She likes Alessia Cara because of her voice and her songs. Sarah likes Pink Floyd because their music is inspiring.

Sarah’s says she enjoys being in style, and her favorite season is autumn.

“It’s a little chilly, and you can wear cute accesories,” said Sarah.

Speaking of accessories, her favorite accessories are earrings because each pair is unique. She got her ears pierced when she turned ten.

An interesting fact about Sarah is she wants a Golden Retriever or a Labrador without having to fully commit to it. She also wants one so she can help the blind. This is why she wants to train a guide dog. Her favorite breed of dog is Neopolitan Mastiff. She likes them because they’re cute and it was the dog in Harry Potter.

Sarah’s favorite series of color is pastel. She likes it because they’re matte colors and light.

If Sarah had to learn one subject for the whole day, she would learn math. She likes math because “it’s cool that you can multiply and divide numbers in that many ways”.

If Sarah were to do another race, she would do the twenty-five yard freestyle because it’s the easiest to do, according to her.

One thing Sarah wants you to know about her is she likes to hang out with her friends. She also likes to sing. Her favorite song to sing is “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Sarah’s favorite YouTube channel is the Merrell Twins.

Sarah’s greatest accomplishment is winning the Fifty-yard Butterfly at Miraleste. Sarah was racing against eight people.

¨It was very intense, but I liked how we cheered each other on,” said Sarah.

Keep on swimming swimming, swimming, Sarah!

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Mysterious Creatures of the Sea Unveiled


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By Annabelle H. and Mercy C.

What is a marine animal the size of a golf ball and has a bite 10,000 times more dangerous than cyanide? If you don’t know what this mysterious sea creature is, it’s the Blue Ringed Octopus- also known as the B.R.O.

They are one of the world’s most venomous animals. If provoked it will bite and kill adults in a matter of minutes. When bitten, the octopus injects venom when attacking that causes paralysis, and then death.

The thing that makes these tiny octopi so deadly is bacteria. When the octopi eat, they inject venom into their prey. The bacteria already in the venim kills the prey, and when the octopus eats, it gathers the bacteria in the prey and makes it more deadly as it gets older.

They also have two different types of venom. One is used on their prey, and the other is the one that is used on humans.

Their diet consists of small crustaceans: shrimp, small crabs, small injured fish, and hermit crabs.

They were originally found occupying the west coast of Australia. B.R.O. doesn’t just live in Australia, they live in other places as well. They can be found in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Japan.

Want to learn more about BRO? See the following sources-

http://www.mesa.edu.au/atoz/blue-ring-octopus.asp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeNTJhhsF9s

 

 

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Skechers Friendship Walk To Take Place

 

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The Annual Skechers Friendship Walk will be held on Sunday, October 29th beginning at the Manhattan Beach Pier at 9:00AM. Participants will walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier. 

All donations go directly to benefiting  Richardson Middle School and the Richardson PE Program. Donations are $30 and will be worth 3 Mile Passes.  

To Register, go to: http://www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com/site/PageServer   

Register with a friend and walk for Richardson MS!  

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Hurricanes Leave People Homeless: You Can Help

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By Ellie H.

May I ask what you were doing on the day or Labor day? Many people were at the beach, relaxing at home, and having fun with their families. You probably heard the sound of meat slapped on a grill and children laughing to the sound of music, but the people of Texas and Florida heard the sound of rain and thunder.

If you have been keeping up with the news or radio lately, you’d know that Hurricane Irma and Harvey recently hit Florida and Texas.

Hurricane Irma is the hurricane that hit Florida on August 30, and has been around the area of Florida since September 16. This hurricane has left many people homeless, due to the flash floods, 185 mph winds, and thunderstorms (CNN, Irma’s Wrath). Irma started as a Category 3 hurricane and due to warm winds and high levels of humidity, changed to a Category 5 hurricane, the worst level a hurricane could possibly get (Hurricane Irma, BBC News).

Just imagine, instead of having fun on Labor Day, you are looking for your lost ones and wading through knee-high water. Your pets are lost and you see your home all destroyed, you were in those halls yesterday living your normal lives.

Hurricane Irma left 6,516,564 people powerless, 55 people dead, destroyed buildings, and cracked main roads (Hurricane Irma, BBC). Although the people of Florida  felt they were all alone, the Texans were experiencing the same thing.

Hurricane Harvey hit Southeast Texas as a Category 4 hurricane and brought a weather forecast of non stop rain with it (Hurricane News). There were 40-65 inches of rainfall that caused many storm surges and flash floods (Hurricane News).

Many of these people are left homeless and still unsure of what to do next. You can help many of these people by donating to UNICEF USA, an organization that helps children impacted by Irma.

The Leadership students at  Richardson Middle School are also doing a donation box in the office, so remember to stop by and donate.

Let us hope that our friends and family in the east we’ll ultimately be fine and soon return to their normal lives.

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Earth Sits In The Goldilocks Zone

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By Jodi Y.

Nasa (National Aeronautics And Space Administration)  has recently discovered the Goldilocks Zone which is located in space.  The Goldilocks zone is when planets or stars aren’t too far from the Sun, but not too close to the Sun, meaning it’s just right.

¨Mercury and Venus were too hot. Mars and the outer planets were too cold. Only Earth was just right for life, they thought. Our planet has liquid water, a breathable atmosphere, a suitable amount of sunshine”. (www.nasa.gov) 

This quote shows that If the Earth was a little closer to the Sun, we would be considered to be a ¨hot¨ planet like Mercury. Somehow though, we ended up in the perfect area called the Goldilocks Zone.   

Being in the Goldilocks Zone means that the planet holds liquid water which is the key ingredient for life to begin. We are in the Goldilocks Zone because we have a breathable atmosphere, liquid water, and living organisms.  This area only covers a small area in space.

This zone has limits. The temperature is no colder than Antarctica and no hotter than scalding water. The altitude should be no higher than the clouds, and no lower than the mines. We are very lucky to be located in the ¨perfect¨ zone in space.   

  

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Share Your School Spirit

Spirit Week

By Emily D.

Are you excited for Spirit Week next week? I know I am! Here’s the schedule so you can look forward to next week!

Monday is Meme Monday. Dress up as your favorite meme! Make sure it’s school appropriate!

Tuesday is Tropical Tuesday. Dress up like you just came back from Hawaii!

Wednesday is Wayback Wednesday. Dress up like you did in elementary school!

Thursday is Theme Thursday. Sixth Graders, dress up as a basketball player. Seventh Graders, you dress up as a football player.  Eighth Graders, you dress up as a baseball player or softball player.

Friday is Class Competition. There’ll be human Angry Birds. Watch out!

Get ready for Spirit Week! Get your outfits ready! Join in the fun and show your RMS school spirit!

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Part 2: Meet Some of the Journalism Staff

 

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                                                                Amber K.

By Harry K.

Amber K. How would you describe her… some would say “caring”, “a bookworm”, and most of all “kind”.  Those are only three of the many thousand of words that could describe Amber.  

Amber is an extremely interesting sixth grader.

If you were to see Amber during the weekend, it would most likely be at the mall.  

“The mall is fun, interesting, and cool, I go there to have a good time,” said Amber.  

If you see her there she will be shopping and hanging out with friends.  Amber´s favorite store at the mall is Forever 21.  For food she goes to Wetzel’s Pretzel. She likes to get the mini Cinnamon pretzel bites.

Amber also like lots of sports. She likes to play volleyball, and is on a volleyball team. She thinks it is fun and also thinks that it will build her confidence. Swimming is another one of her favorite sports. She goes to swimming lessons every Tuesdays and Thursdays. She likes to play tennis with her family during the weekends.

Although, Amber has a life outside of school, but Amber has one inside too.  

“My favorite books are Wonder and Out of My Mind.  I love them because English is super interesting.  Everyday I come to school, I come home with some new knowledge,” said Amber.

She also enjoys drawing and coloring. She especially like to draw fashion designs such as dresses, shirts, and pants.

Her dream college is UCLA.  Amber loves to have the sun shining and the sky blue. She likes to spend time at the beach and likes to swim at the pool with her best friends. She also enjoys taking cool and professional pictures anywhere she goes.  Amber is a true Californian.  

“The Los Angeles area can’t be beat by any other place,” said Amber.

Amber will be a positive influence in the world.  She hopes to see you around and be your friend.

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                                                                Emily D.

By Sarah S. 

Have you met 6th grader Emily D.? Let me tell you a little bit about her.

When Emily has free time she likes to listen to music.  She enjoys listening to “Holy Ground” by, Taylor Swift. Emily looks up to Taylor Swift.

“No matter what people think of her, she stays strong,” said Emily.

Emily’s favorite restaurant to go with her family is Truxstons. Her favorite thing to get there is Monkey Bread. She likes going to Truxtons because she gets to spend more time with her family.

Emily also loves camping with her family. They traditionally go camping near Yellowstone National Park. She likes it because she can explore all of the wildlife.

Emily’s favorite flower is a white rose. One of the reasons she likes it is because it is simple and beautiful. Speaking of beauty, another reason why she likes it is because it was the flower in “Beauty and the Beast”, which she enjoyed watching.

If Emily was going to get get clothes from one store forever it would be Kohls. She thinks their clothes are unique.

If you don’t already know, Emily got braces a few weeks ago. She loves how you can change the color of the bands.

Since she was five years old, Emily has wanted to get her ears pierced. Finally for her tenth birthday she got them pierced.

“I was worried at first but, once they did it, it only stung a little the rest of the day,” said Emily.

Now her earring collection has grown to about one hundred pairs. She loves picking out different ones for different occasions.

If you see Emily, start up a conversation with her.  You can start by complimenting her on her earring choice for the day.  

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                                                              Mercy C.

By Katie S.

Have you ever met someone that once accidentally drove to Canada with her family while trying to get to Niagara Falls? This happened to Mercy C. in 2015.

You’ve probably seen Mercy walking around the RMS campus. You will also see her at the beach, playing tennis with her dad, swimming, and drawing- her future career choice would be an artist.

“I would like to become an artist in the future because I like how you can really express your feelings through something as simple as a paintbrush,” said Mercy.

Mercy has seven siblings- whose ages range from eight to thirty. She once drove across the country with some of her family, her mom and dad plus three of her brothers.

Some other things that Mercy is fond of is cats, science, the colors purple, blue, grey, waffles, maple trees, and the season autumn.

Her least favorite things on earth are bad fruit and bad weather.

If Mercy could describe herself in one word, it would be “artistic”. One word, though,  would not be enough to describe her exciting life.

Do you think you have anything in common with Mercy? If you ever see her here at Richardson she would love to tell you more about her hobbies and interests.

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Part 1: Meet Some of The Journalism Staff

 

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                                                                  Sally M.

By Kristina J.

Have you meet eighth grader Sally M.? Sally is an eighth grade student whose favorite movie is “Deadpool”!

“I know it sounds weird that I think it is cool she likes “Deadpool”, but I have never meet a girl whose favorite movie is “Deadpool” said Sally.

 Sally would like to live in Florida.

“I would like to live in Florida, but after the hurricane is over with of course,” said Sally.

Sally considers herself awkward.“Well, I guess I would consider myself awkward,” said Sally.

One of Sally’s favorite clothing store is Hollister. She also likes wearing Nike shoes, eating ramen, drawing, and she prefers California Adventure over Disneyland.

“ I would prefer California Adventure over Disneyland for sure,” said Sally.

Even though Sally’s favorite movie is “Deadpool” doesn’t mean he is her favorite character. Her favorite character is actually “Howl” from Howl’s Moving Castle.

Sally would like to be a writer when grows up. She enjoys writing in journalism class and during her free time she likes to watch youtube.

An interesting fact about Sally is that “out of ALL my family in America, I am the only one that is under twenty years old!”

Can you believe that?! Whether you’re walking down the hall going to your next period or your walking to the blacktop for lunch and you see Sally, make sure you say “Hi”.

 

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                                                            Harry K.

By Elliot L.

Harry K. calls himself the “new kid” because it’s his first year at Richardson and he’s in seventh grade.

He says, “Richardson is a great school.”

Even though it’s his first year he wishes that he were here for all three years.

Some of his favorite things are mashed potatoes, the brand Amazon, and the color is blue. When he was sharing his favorite time of year he said that his favorite season is winter because his birthday was is in it.  He also loves chocolate, one time when he was on a trip he bought a candy bar at every place he went to that had one.

During the weekend, Harry loves to read a good book. True to his name his favorite book  is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Although he loves this book, he made it very clear that he was not named after the book.

His favorite after school program is Model United Nations. MUN is a statewide program to teach middle schoolers how to speak in front of large groups and how world politics.

“I love MUN because I get to meet people from all around the state and make new friends,” said Harry.

If you are ever at a Model United Nations event, introduce yourself to Harry.

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                                                        Theodore N.

By Chloe H.

Do you know Seventh Grader Theodore N.?  He is twelve years old and his birthday is November eleventh, also known as Veteran’s day!

If you don’t know him yet, here are some interesting facts about him.

Theodore’s favorite subject is history with Mrs. Julie Yu. He loves history so much that he collects WWII  memorabilia. Theodore got them from his grandpa who served in WWII.

“I collect helmets, canteens, flags, and uniforms,” said Theodore.

Theodore’s favorite color is orange. He has played the piano for eight years and enjoys playing soccer and baseball.

Theodore had a dog and a fish. His fish’s name is Poppy that Theodore got from a festival. The beloved dog’s name is Tootsie and was found on the streets of Lynwood.

“We found her eating garbage,” said Theodore.

If he could be any animal, Theodore would be a jellyfish.

Like his parents, Theodore wants to be an orthopedic surgeon when he grows up.

One of Theodore’s hobbies is building model trains.

“I enjoy building lego model trains and real steel lionel trains,” said Theodore.

Theodore loves fried lobsters, Kitkats, and cheese pie. He unbelievably speaks Greek fluently. Theodore goes camping with the Boy Scouts every month.

Theodore has been to so many places. Greece, Germany, Austria, Macedonia, and Albania are just a few places he has been. He is surely going places!

Theodore is a really funny person so, if you ever see him be sure to say “hello”.

 

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                                                       Elliot L.

By Amber Khe

Do you know someone who can be described as athletic, likes Kendrick Lamar, and their favorite TV show is Teen Titans Go?! Well I do! His name is Elliot L. He’s a very interesting person, so I’ll bet you want to hear more about him! Stay tuned to find out!

Sixth Grader Elliot L. is an athletic and sporty person. In fact, his favorite clothing store is Nike, and his favorite shoe is Nike also!

Speaking of sports, Elliot loves to play basketball and likes to shoot some hoops during his free time.

Because of his love for sports, his favorite movie is The Flash.

“I like it because the main character is fast and athletic,” said Elliot.

Elliot’s favorite actor is even Grant Gustin, the man playing the main character in The Flash.

A few other interesting facts of Elliot is that his favorite color is black, and he has a cat named Lucky, and a dog named Loba.

If you want to meet Elliot, check the basketball court, you’ll probably find him there. Say “hi” and maybe you can shoot some hoops with him. He might even be able to give you some pointers! I won’t be surprised if Elliot grows up to be a professional basketball player!

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                                                          Dillon M.

By Yewon K.

Have you met Seventh Grader Dillon M. yet? He is a talkative guy (so he says) guy with a friendly personality (if he likes you). Here’s a few facts about him.

Dillon’s favorite color is blue and his hobbies are playing basketball, tennis, and video games, and his favorite video game is Injustice 2.

“I enjoy playing sports and videogames with my friends because-I do,” said Dillon.

His favorite singer is Kendrick Lemar, and his favorite YouTube Channel is “Logan Paul Blogs.”

“I think he has good content,” said Dillon.

His greatest accomplishment is talking his parents into or as he says, “hacking the parental system” to give him fifty bucks a month as his allowance. FIFTY!

His version of a perfect world is being rich with tons of sports cars. He likes electronics more than reading by a little bit.

“I just want a world without problems-and a lot of sports cars!” said Dillon.

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                                                           Genesis O.

By Ellie H.

Have you ever stolen anything from your family and gotten to know a president personally? I can tell you who has, Genesis O.! Who is she exactly? You might have seen her along the halls, walking a dog, drawing, playing golf, and hanging out with her best friend Sophia. F. These are just some of the hobbies she enjoys doing in her spare time.

She has goals and envisions her future, but the best thing she has over some in her life is taking care of her dog, Nelly, for a whole week by herself. You may all be wondering why, but she believes that it taught her how to be a more responsible person and now she can take care of her dog in the future.

Her love for dogs is undeniable and she would love to be a dog for a day. Genesis’s dog is a mini schnauzer and her undying love for her dog, inspires her to be a pet rescuer.

One moment that has impacted her life is when her brother left for the military. Not only does she miss him, she also has goals for herself this. She wants to get good grades this year and eventually go to college to meet new people.

Her biggest goal is to become successful in life and live with her family.

Genesis believes that she’s interesting and one word to describe her is weird.

Something to know about Genesis is she once stole her brother’s Beats and he never found out, she hopes he eventually doesn’t too! Shh!

Her favorite snack is Cheez-its with lime, which she enjoys snacking on, on the way to Mexico, her favorite place to visit. Speaking of Mexico, her fourth generation grandpa was actually the President of Mexico!

If you ever see Genesis around, start a conversation with her. Maybe she might tell you the amazing achievements of her grandpa.

 

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                                                          Alex P.

By Annabelle H.

Have you ever met Alex P. before? Well you have probably seen her with her signature red sweatshirt and short hair walking down the halls. If you haven’t, well here is a bunch of facts that will help you get to know her better.

Did you know that Alex’s role model is Squidward? She loves the fine tunes of his clarinet and his common love for art and his anger towards the world.

Her dream job is to be an author. I can imagine her writing the sweet tales of Squidward riding off into the sunset on Gary, leaving his lunch break from the Krusty Krab.

Alex has many dreams and accomplishments, but something she’s really proud of is, eating the entire giant bag of pirate’s booty.

Something she has been wanting to do, but hasn’t have the guts to is try dancing octopus. Which is a live octopus  served on a plate, eaten while its squirming.

Something she can’t live without is food. She especially loves mac and cheese.

Her favorite show to binge watch is SpongeBob Squarepants, whenever she has time, you know what she’ll be doing.

If Alex was described in one word, she would be described as “Fabulous” according to her best friends.

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Student Council Kids Perform at Behavior Assembly

By Ellie H.

Positive behavior is an important key factor in every school.

“What is positive behavior?” You may ask.

Well, positive behavior is an affirmative quality or attribute that can improve the general welfare community of a school. Some examples are helping each other with school work, complimenting each other on your way to class, and making sure we are being respectful to everyone.

Why is this so important? Positive behavior is a big part of school. It’s one of the reasons why our school community is so close and we all know each other. If we treat each other with respect, fairness, and be understanding, we will look forward to going to school more everyday.

Let’s think of positive behavior as a charm bracelet. For every positive interaction you have with your student body (saying hello, etc.) the whole school’s bracelet gains a charm. For every positive interaction there is on school, we’ll start gaining more charms.            

In the end, we’ll have a full charm bracelet. In other words, a better community at school, and a better environment to talk to new people and learn.

After all, aren’t full charm bracelets prettier than bracelets with nothing on them?

That’s why our school held the positive behavior assembly. This assembly was a collection of many skits, and the actors were students from our leadership team.

These four skits represented major lessons for positive behavior. They consisted of many morals such as don’t listen to peer pressure, be respectful, stop bullying, and to not cheat or plagiarize.

“We wanted to bring up major issues at school that we believed were wrong,” said Seventh Grader Alyssa C.

Other students felt their experience as students helped.

“Especially as students, we really can see what happens around the school and we just want to address them,” said  Eighth Grader Jenna G.

Positive behavior is really important to the leadership students.

“I hope our assembly really makes students second think themselves before they do something bad,” said Seventh Grader Carly F.

Other students agree.

“Positive behavior is important because we want everyone to be set up for success and the bad attitudes shouldn’t become a habit,” said Jenna G.

You heard it from the Leadership students! Hopefully, positivity can spread around our school as fast as a bullet! Remember to add onto the chain of positivity because the more there is, the better the whole school will be in the end.

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The Latest Hiss Slithers Back!

If you are reading this, you are making history!  Journalism has come back to Richardson Middle School.  We are a yearlong elective class that consists of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  

The journalism class is dedicated to the craft of writing, editing, Cartoon Snake Related Keywords & Suggestions - Cartoon ...photographing, filming, and documenting life at Richardson Middle School.  The Latest Hiss is written for students by students with the exception of a few guest writers.

Please enjoy reading through this online newspaper and if you have a suggestion for an article, please send it to Mrs. Leslie Bezich at bezich.leslie@tusd.org.  If you like to write and have written something for consideration in the paper, please send it along to the same email.

Are you a photographer?  If you have taken some interesting and fun photos, please send them in for consideration in the paper as well.  Please note that if a student’s picture is taken, it must be one of our RMS students, others don’t have permission to be used in the paper. 

Please check out this site often, as new posts will be made throughout each week.  Happy Reading!

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Look for upcoming articles about our fabulous Journalism Staff!  

 
 
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Looking Ahead: What’s on the Calendar?

September 26-Back to School Night

Parents:  Be sure to go on PowerSchool to get your student’s schedule.  You may also want your child to write out their schedule and draw a map as our room numbers have changed.  

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October 6-PTSA Membership Dance

Be sure to join the PTSA so you may attend this dance.  This will be the first dance of the year.  All grades are welcome!

October 9-Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be available online after 6PM.  Grades should be checked by parents and students regularly to avoid any surprises.  

October 9-10- Pupil Free Days

Teachers will be meeting.  

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November 1- Quarter One Ends

Report Cards will be out the following week.  (Nov. 8th)

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Math Competition Club Welcomes All Students

Math Competition Club is back!  All students are welcome to come to Room 21 on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 to tackle challenging math problems and prepare for upcoming math contests.  There is no need to sign up, just come to Mr. Fujii’s room on Mondays.

*Taken from the RMS Daily Bulletin.

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Join the Richardson 2017-2018 PTSA!

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The PTSA’s strength is in its membership!

Joining Richardson’s PTSA shows you support the work the PTSA does for our students and our school.  Membership gives YOU the right to vote on PTSA motions, and your card gives you great discounts at Staples, Legoland, California Academy of Sciences, Enterprise, and more.

(For more see California PTA website, http://capta.org/join/member-perks)

Becoming a member is easy!

Fill out the membership envelope (in the office) with your name and address.  Enclose cash or check made payable to Richardson Middle School PTSA.  Each membership is just $7.  Return your membership to the school office.

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PTSA Membership Only Dance

Friday, October 6th, 3pm-5pm

RMS Cafeteria

*Student membership and permission slip are required to attend this dance*

Membership cards will be issued at the door for those who already joined and paid the membership fee.

 

Questions?  Contact:

Eileen Hong – eileenparkhong@gmail.com

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Out With The Old, In With The New

Above, you will find the newest Latest Hiss posts.

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Below, you will find the older Latest Hiss posts.

Happy Reading!

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8th Grade Students Honored

Eighth grade students were honored on Wednesday, June 22.  Awards were given in several categories which included,  Most Improved, Outstanding Student, and Honor Roll.  Congratulations 8th Graders!

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Locker Clean-up Days: Wednesday Through Friday

All students are to clean out their lockers this week.  Be sure to throw away papers, return books to proper places, and take home anything you want to keep.  Thank you for taking care of your belongings properly.

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8th Grade Activities Coming Soon

Attention All 8th Graders

The following is the list of events that will be held the last week of school in honor of your promotion to high school.   We are so proud of all of  you that have worked so hard at RMS!

Tuesday-6/21- 8th Grade Picnic  12-2

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Wednesday-6/22 8th Grade Awards (Attendance by invitation only)  1-2 PM

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                                  Promotion Rehearsal @RMS  8-10AM

Thursday-6/23    Promotion Rehearsal @ South High  10-12

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                        Early Dismissal- 12-1  (Depending on how the rehearsal goes)

                        Promotion Ceremony  6-7PM @ South High

 

                        Promotion Dance  8-11 PM  (Place to be announced)

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RMS Students Zoom Into First Place

rocket carsWe would like to congratulate the winners of the All Middle School Race and STEM Night at Hull Middle School last Friday.  Of all the students in the five middle schools that participated, three Richardson students built the fastest rocket cars: 1st place: Matthew J., 2nd place: Andrew S. and 3rd place: Brennan L.  Congratulations to all who participated – it was a great time, and we’ll do it again next year!

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Words of Inspiration

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Student Perspective: Words Make A Difference

“You Look Weird”

This is the story of how I learned how I’d live my life. It was a sunny day, towards the end of my seventh grade year. A boy told me something- he told me I looked weird.

Up until that point, I had had a friend. This friend was constantly making subtle remarks about how I was a “twig” or “lacked curves” or my personal favorite- I was an “anti-social dork” who “needed a life.” Now I’m not denying that all this isn’t true. In fact, I believe in every word.

I am a twig. I am a lanky, tall, scrawny person. Fact.

I do lack curves. I’m a middle schooler for goodness sakes, is this SO abnormal?

I am anti-social. I prefer a good book, or perhaps taking my time studying.

I am a dork. I like anime and I love to read and write- I can’t see why this is an insult.

I do need a life. Otherwise I’d be dead.

The insults never really got to me (probably because I’m normally a horribly apathetic person), however the malice in my so-called-friends voice did. I felt as if I had somehow caused my friend to hate me! However, “logical me” quickly told “hormonal me” to shut up. I knew that my friend was in the wrong, but I began to look at myself differently. Was what my friend saw truly what others thought about me? A twig-like, anti-social… dork?

Back to the boy who told me I looked weird. Now you may be thinking he was being mean, or was further wounding my self esteem- but you’d be completely wrong. This boy was one I wouldn’t consider a friend or foe. My feelings towards him… I was indifferent. He was just another kid to me, and still is.

That day I dressed in a different way than I usually had. I was the kid who simply hated fitted clothes, who got cold easily, and prefered to be comfortable. I dressed in a simple anime related t-shirt, baggy pants, and a two-sizes-too-big pullover sweatshirt. That was what I was comfortable in. I liked it. I hated anything that hugged my body. It was just uncomfortable for me!

That day I wore a fitted, thin sweater over an elastic tank-top, along with black leggings. Yuck. I got many compliments on my top. In all honesty, it kind of hurt how pretending to be someone I’m not earned others approval! Every compliment caused a pang of dread to echo throughout my chest. It was like who I truly was… was being insulted!

During one of my classes, while my friend was complimenting me on my shirt, the boy was opening windows. You know, using that giant wooden stick thing? He stood behind my friend and I, I suppose he couldn’t help but eavesdrop. He turned and looked at my fidgety, uncomfortable self and told me “You look weird… Not in a good way.” Then walked away.

At first, I thought it was too good to be true. The boy had never once even mentioned my appearance. I smirked slightly to myself, suddenly feeling like I wasn’t the only one to think the clothing change simply wasn’t right! It wasn’t me! I was trying to be someone I wasn’t, a slave to society.

That day I decided I’d live my life as me.

That I’d live being myself.

All because of a boy who told me I looked weird.

Editors’ Note:  The above was written by a seventh grade student.  We are all reminded that our words make a difference.  Choose yours wisely and be respectful to one another.

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8th Graders Beat Teachers 6-3

On May 27th, at lunch, the winners of the noon league Kickball Tournament, the 8th Graders, played the Teachers in a game of Kickball.

“Quick shout-out to all our Kickballers today—players and supporters!  The kids were having a lot of fun, so THANK YOU all for coming out!  Final score was 6-3, but we had a solid showing out there–some dynamite outfielding by Joelle Conner, a couple rough-and-tumble runs by Waynesford Sheu, and strong skills at first base by Jeff Oden,” said Mrs. Ryan Beck. “We’ll get ’em next year!  :)”

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Spirit Week: June 1-4

Monday-  Memorial Day, No School

Tuesday-Pj Days

Wednesday-Fan Day  (Dress in clothes of things/people of which you are a fan.)

Thursday-Why is that in my closet?  (Wear something that you have in your closet that you haven’t worn in a long time.)

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Friday-Crazy Hair Day and Luau

Luau will be held from 3-4:30. This will be the last dance of the year.  Come join us!

Tickets are $2 presale and $3 at the door.

 

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South High Announcement: Colorguards

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Interested in joining South High Colorguard?  Auditions and workshops will be held on May 23-May 27th, from 3:30-5:30 pm, in the South High Cafeteria.  If you are interested, please join us at the info meeting to learn more.  Parent information meeting on Thursday, May 26th at 5:30 pm.

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Registration Begins for Torrance Flag Football

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Torrance 2016 Flag Football:  Resident registration begins June 7.  Non- resident registration begins June 14 and ends September 6.  Teams will be formed by grade and school.  For more information get a flyer from the office or your PE teacher.

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Q3 Students Honored

6th Graders

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Attention 8th Graders: Graduation Speech Tryouts

Attention 8th graders interested in giving a speech at the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony: come to the audition on Monday, May 23rd, at lunch in Room 17 (Mrs. Yu’s room).  Bring 2 typed copies of your speech and your lunch.  You cannot have earned lower than a 2.0 GPA and no N’s or U’s.

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Attention 8th Graders: South High School Activities

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South Summer Athletics Registration tomorrow May 18 and Thursday from 5:30-6:30 in Room F-4.  This is an opportunity for you to register for the summer program and ask any specific question.

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South High Intermediate Dance Auditions May 24th from 3:30-6:00 pm in SHS small gym.  Learn audition material for the Intermediate Audition.

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RMS Runners Up In Trash Free Lunch Challenge

On May 11, Grades of Green came to lunch to award RMS with a check for $750 for being one of the runners up in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

Congratulations to the Environmental Club and Ms. Mandy Mason.  Thank you to all of the students and teachers who did their part to help win this award.

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Peak Inside The Classroom: 2016 Presidential Caucus

Students in Ms. Stephanie Markovich’s, Ms. Sara Pearlman’s, and Ms. Stacia Arnold’s English/Language Arts classes worked on a special project.

“For several weeks, students worked on a unit centered around the current presidential primaries. Our students have been learning about the candidates, the issues they stand for, and the process of becoming an informed voter, ” said Ms. Arnold.

 

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Girls in Engineering Make Fish Tails

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Under the direction of Ms. Edithza Mesta and Ms. Lisa Case, girls were taught how to make leg and tail prosthetics for animals.

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Summer Reading Lists Are Out

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Torrance Unified School District asks that students read a book over the summer.  Here is the suggested list.  ELA teachers may have students write about their selection in the Fall.

Incoming Sixth Grade Reading List

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (visual media)
  • The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick (realistic fiction)
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (mythological fiction series)
  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Newbery Medal Winner 2012)
  • Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen (historical fiction)
  • I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin (historical fiction)
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (mystery)
  • The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (classic)
  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
  • The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Quang Huynh (autobiography)
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
  • The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash (non-fiction)
  • The Pinballs by Betsy Byars (realistic fiction)
  • Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline Cooney (fiction)
  • The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katherine Paterson (folktale)
  • 13 Gifts by Wendy Moss (humorous fiction)
  • Books of your choice!

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/. For titles of 2014 award winning children’s books, see the American Library Association website- Awards and Grants, http://www.ala.org/.

Incoming 7th Grade Reading List

  • Elijah Of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, 2008 Newbery Honor Book
  • The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez (autobiography)
  • Dogs on Duty: Soldiers Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy H. Patent (nonfiction)
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (realistic fiction)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer Holm (fiction)
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Chained by Lynne Kelly
  • My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulson(autobiographical)
  • Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine (historical fiction)
  • 10 Plants That Shook The World by Gillian Richardson (science)
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (realistic fiction)
  • Last Shot: Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein (realistic fiction)
  • The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Deedy (fantasy)
  • Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
  • Books of your choice!

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/. For titles of 2014 award winning children’s books, see the American Library Association website- Awards and Grants, http://www.ala.org/.

Incoming 8th Grade Reading List

  • Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal (non-fiction)
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (historical thriller)
  • Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson (historical thriller)
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (science fiction)
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (fiction)
  • The Prophecy Keepers by Melanie Bryant (fantasy)
  • Phantoms In the Snow by Kathleen Duble (historical fiction)
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (historical fiction)
  • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin (historical thriller)
  • The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and The Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman (non-fiction)
  • So B. It by Sarah Weeks (realistic fiction)
  • The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell (historical fiction)
  • Son by Lois Lowry (companion to The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger)
  • The Great Wide Sea by M. H. Herlong
  • Books of you choice!

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/. For titles of 2014 award winning children’s books, see the American Library Association website- Awards and Grants, http://www.ala.org/.

 

 

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Leadership Raffles Off Big Bill’s Bicycle

The Leadership Class will be selling raffle tickets for a custom-made bicycle generously donated by Big Bill.  The proceeds of the raffle will go toward the Leadership Class, as well as two

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local organizations that support children.  Ticket prices are: 1 ticket for $3, 2 tickets for $5, and 10 tickets for $20.  Ticket sales will end on Friday, May 13, and the winning ticket will be drawn by Big Bill!

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Earth Day To Be Celebrated On April 22nd

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Earth Day will be celebrated on the RMS campus, on Friday, April 22nd.  Come out to the field at lunch to learn all of the buzz about bees.  Everyone is welcome!

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Attention Parents of Incoming 5th Graders: Parent Night To Be Held

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5th Grade Parent Night is next week, Tuesday, 4/26 at 6PM in the RMS Cafe.  Come and hear all about what RMS has to offer your students.

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Attention 8th Graders: SHS Drill Team Tryouts To Be Held

South High Drill Team Tryouts info meeting: Tuesday, April 26th @ 3:30 in Y-3 and Parent Meeting @ 6:30 pm in Y-3.

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Singers Wanted

Attention 8th graders: do you have a great voice?  If so, come and audition to be the singer of the National Anthem at Promotion Night.  You will sing acapella.  Bring your lunch to Mrs. Yu’s
Room 17 on Monday, May 2nd and be the next Richardson Idol?

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Open House Scheduled

Open House will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd.  It runs from  6:00PM-7:30PM.  Students and parents are free to walk through classrooms.  Food trucks will be here for dinner.  Please join us to see what students have accomplished this year!

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Attention 8th Graders: SHS Cheerleading Tryouts

Eighth Graders, come join South High’s award winning Cheerleading Team.  Informational meeting today at 6:30 in the South High library Monday, April 18 in the upper gym.  2016-2017 tryout rehearsals April 18-21 in the South High upper gym 3:30-5:30 pm.  Evaluations April 22 at 3:30.  Call backs will be at 8:00 pm.  Go Spartans!

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Attention 8th Graders: Bluegrass To Be Held On Friday

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8th Graders:  Learn all about high school life at South High School.

Bluegrass will be held on Friday, April 15th.  This is open for all 8th Graders.  Students will meet at the end of third period and will be escorted over the bridge to South High School. Clubs will have booths to pass out information about high school life and sell food to those in attendance.  Students will need to bring money to buy food.  Have fun, 8th Graders!

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Rattlesnakes in the Library: Book Review-I Will Always Write Back

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Book Reviewed: I Will Always Write Back

By Caitlin Alfirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch

Review By Richardson MS Student, Katie C.

Have you ever thought you would make someone’s dreams come true? Not small ones, like winning first place in a science fair, but actually helping that person attend college, a dream that that someone never imagined doing? It happened to two best friends who didn’t ever see each other for six years. But through hard work and determination, their goal was reached. It was to make each other happy and to meet each other with their dreams reached. Truly, they both changed both of their lives forever.

It all started out with one letter. One letter that a boy in Zimbabwe, Africa was lucky to receive. One letter that a girl in America sent, unknowing that this would be much more than a classroom assignment. Unknowing, that she would help one poor boy and his family who lived in a place where no one cared. Unknowing, that she would save many lives. That she would build a tight friendship, that she would end up calling him her brother. But she did not know all of this. She imagined he lived like her, a boy living in a two story house with a three car garage and a closet full of clothes.

In truth, he lived in a shack, didn’t have a car, and only one pair of clothes. So she was surprised and rather confused when she received a letter from him which told her the Nike shirt that she gave him or his birthday “greatly increased my wardrobe”. Caitlin felt she must know more of this boy and especially what he looked like. So she sent him a letter with a few photos of herself telling him that she wanted some pictures of him too. Little did she know that he only had one picture of himself, and that he was very embarrassed to show that he was poor. Later on when she gave him a dollar for a keepsake, she asked for his Zimbabwean dollar and more photos of him. Frantic, Martin gave her a cheetah print bracelet to keep her happy until he could figure out a way to take more photos of him and for the dollar?

It was worth twenty-five Zimbabwean dollars. Instead of a keepsake, he ended up using it to keep his family alive. Questions piled on top of Martin every time Caitlin sent him a letter: How am I going to take pictures? How am I going to explain that I can’t because I barely even have money to write her a letter? How am I going to tell her that I got expelled from school due to family finances? How am I supposed to explain that I’m not only poor, I’m nearly homeless? Finally, how will you think of me then?

When Caitlin wrote to Martin three times and he hadn’t answered, she got nervous. Martin felt her anxiety, because the next time he sent her a letter, he wrote on a ice cream wrapper because he had no money for paper. His words finally let Caitlin truly know his life: that he was pouring tea and carrying luggage to feed his family, and that he couldn’t go to school because he couldn’t pay his fees. Caitlin was heartbroken that someone couldn’t go to school even if they so desired. Caitlin immediately took action by sending packages of clothes, shoes, toothbrushes, and much more. Learning about Martin made Caitlin feel much more ashamed of the way she treated poor people at her school.

Want to know what happens?  Read this book to find out more about the strong bond that brought them together.  This is a nonfiction story.  That means it is true.

Editor’s Note:  Have you recently read a book that you would like to recommend to others? Please write a book review and email it to Mrs. Bezich at bezich.leslie@tusd.org.  Be sure to include your name and don’t give away the ending.  We don’t want any spoilers.  Happy Reading!  

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Contest Winners’ Essays: How Did Mr. Drummond Break His Arm?

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The following are the winning essays from the writing contest held in March.  Thank you to all who participated. Our next contest will be poetry.  Watch for it coming soon.

Broken Arm

By Bailey K. I.

Mr. Drummond made his last goodnight to Richardson and left in his car home. After dinner with his family, Drummond went into a deep sleep. Suddenly, he felt a cold breeze on his face and heard a loud humming noise. He was lying on the ground, not a person in sight, with wounds dotted on his skin. Weirdest of all, he was dressed in a teal bodysuit with a black cape, on the front were the words “Rattlesnake Man”.

“Nice to see you again Drummond,” said a mysterious voice.

Drummond got off the ground.  The mysterious voice came from his worst ally, Mr. Mosley, principal of Calle Mayor.

“What are you doing here Mosley?” said Drummond.

“I am not Mosley, I am Bulldog Man!” he yelled while punching the air with one arm. “Now it is revenge time!”

Drummond and Mosley were good friends until the Calle vs Richardson Basketball game. Mosley shot up in the sky with his long red cape and let out a giant bark. Drummond fell back to the ground and covered his ears. Around Drummond’s arms were buttons.  He touched the biggest button and aimed at Mr. Mosley. Rattlesnakes shot out and wrapped around Mosley’s arms and legs.

“You got me now but let’s see about this,” Mosley said.

Mosley let out the loudest bark and the rattlesnakes came zooming back into Drummond’s arms without a warning. All the sudden weight on Drummond’s arms made him fall to the ground, he slowly closed his eyes and passed out.

“Hello,” a lady in a nurse’s outfit said.

“Oh, it was just a dream,” Drummond said.

He looked down and saw a white cast on his arm and a teal bodysuit with a black cape, on the front of the suit were the words “Rattlesnake Man”.

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How did Mr. Drummond Break his Arm?

By Cait C.

Once upon a time… there was a team of spies who wore the color of burgundy. They were the Burgundy Spies. Their names were Magellan (AKA Mr. Drummond) and Columbus and they traveled all around the world in search of crimes when one day, they found one.

“Magellan, we have an emergency. The princess unicorn fairies were flying up the rainbow into LaLa Rainbow World when the snorting pig dragons took their corn on the cob,” Columbus announced.

“Well Columbus, you know what to do. Meet me at Popsicle Forest so then we can enter the Rainbow Portal to LaLa Rainbow World,” Magellan stated.

“Will do Magellan!”

Columbus and Magellan had safely traveled to the Popsicle Forest and had began to climb up the same rainbow that the princess unicorn fairies had flew up when they had been robbed.

“We are in the clear! Two minutes until we reach LaLa Rainbow World!” Columbus  announced proudly.

The Burgundy Spies strutted on up the rainbow. Little did they know that they were about to be greeted by the mean snorting pig dragons.

“Oh no! Not the snorting pig dragons!”

The dragons marched right up to the spies and pushed them off of the rainbow. Columbus had landed on a cotton candy cloud, but Magellan had landed on the pop rocks. He did survive, luckily, but he sadly broke his arm.

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Bionic Humans

By Lisa L.

Beep! Beep! I groaned as I struggled out of bed for another mission. I grabbed a handful of protein pellets and munched on them while I read the mission alert. I reluctantly let Shelley know I wouldn’t be at school. Bionic robots were attaching our space colony. I brought my exoskeleton, a robot that fights at my command and boarded 17-BI. I plopped on my seat and hit the flight button.

Shooo… My ship whispered as we landed on Gieitia. It is located in a dome in which oxygen is recycled. My first move was to evacuate everyone immediately with Exo.

¨Hey. Who are you? You are bionic. Must. Be. Eliminated.”

¨Uh oh,¨ I thought. I managed to duck as the first laser was fired.

¨Exo! Quick.  Lung capacity.  Breathe!¨

Instead of attacking the robots, he blew towards me. I yelled as I activated my force field. I guessed that they had an override app in their bionic chip. I was outnumbered.

Then I had an idea. As much as it pained me, it was necessary. I slowly pressed the trigger in my mission suit and Exo exploded. When I first made Exo, I installed a self-destructor in case people steal Exo for reasons other than helping people.

The robots were furious and attacked me. They hit a chandelier that fell on my arm. I screamed in pain, and used molecular kinesis to lift it up. I dragged my crippled arm and hurried into a secret lab. I added another bionic ability to my bionic chip: override app.

I ran over to where the robots were looking for me and made them destroy each other. Then I returned home, treated my arm (I had to get a cast), and went back to being Principal Ian, not Bionic Superhero Ian.

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The Magic Mirror

By Victoria B.

In a land, very far from here, a man named Mr. Drummond lived in an isolated, small cottage.  He raised sheep for a living.  For each one of his sheep, he got paid twelve cents.

One day Mr. Drummond decided to take a walk down a trail he lived near.  Around three minutes into the walk, he spotted himself.  He thought it was some sort of long lost twin, but he realized that it was a mirror he was looking into just in front of him.  It wasn’t any ordinary mirror.  It was the most beautiful mirror anyone could ever imagine.  It had a gold frame and diamonds scattered throughout the glass.  

As he was admiring the mirror, he touched the glass, and his hand disappeared.  It was like his hand was never there.  He stepped into the glass, and that was it.  He was gone.  

He closed his eyes, frightened.  Seconds later he opened them.  He recognized the place where he was transported.   Wonderland.  

As a kid, he remembered hearing stories about Wonderland, but he never would have thought it ever existed.  He started to walk.  As he did so, he heard someone behind him.  He started to run.  Run for his life.  

He tripped over a small white rabbit.  When he felt a card shape man stab him with a spade staff until he blacked out.  

When he gained consciousness, he saw a queen.  The Queen of Hearts.   She demanded, “Cut through half of the bone in his arm.  He should be lucky I’m sparing him, and send him back to his world!”

Her servants did just that.  He woke up in his bed, not knowing of the adventure he just took part in, and he lived happily ever after…except for his broken arm.    

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Mr. Drummond’s Mythical Mischief

By Amanda M.

One sunny day, Mr. Drummond was riding on a unicorn. He didn’t see where the unicorn was running to, and he fell into a cheesecake time machine.

“AHH!!!” Mr. Drummond said scaredly.

The unicorn finally landed on top of a giant doughnut. He looked at a tall billboard sign.

“Unicornlandia Cheesecake Factory?” Mr. Drummond said surprised.

“Yes,” said the unicorn on which Mr. Drummond was riding.

Mr. Drummond was about to faint because he was very confused. Then, him and the unicorn flew into the factory. As they entered, the automatic-graham cracker doors, Mr. Drummond saw his favorite type of cheesecake.

“Is that a Double-Marshmallow Creamilicious with rainbow sprinkles and chocolate drizzle cheesecake?” asked Mr. Drummond excitedly.

“Yes, how did you know?” said one of the unicorn cheesecake factory workers.

“Well, if I can smell it, I can find it!” Mr. Drummond said very happily.

The unicorn majestically sprinted towards the delightful cheesecake, as Mr. Drummond was barely holding on.

“YEE-HAA!” said Mr. Drummond.

Suddenly, the unicorn tripped over a large cherry, and mr. Drummond flew off the unicorn.

“Ouch! My arm!” said Mr. Drummond, in pain.

The unicorn police rushed over, and wrapped Mr. Drummond’s arm in bright pink wrap.

“Sorry, this was the only wrap we could find,” said the unicorn police.

“It’s ok,” said Mr. Drummond.

After Mr. Drummond was taken to the Unicornlandia hospital. There, he was getting treated. One of the unicorn doctors said that Mr. Drummond had a broken arm.

“Aw man,”  Mr. Drummond replied sadly.

With that news, Mr. Drummond received a Double-Marshmallow Creamilicious with rainbow sprinkles and chocolate drizzle cheesecake slice. One of the unicorns carefully took Mr. Drummond back to the cheesecake time machine and Mr. Drummond went home.

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Unicorn Magic

By Megan Y.

After breakfast Mr. Drummond and his three lovely children went outside to have some fun. Rose was practicing ballet. Caleb was jumping around and acting like a ninja. Jenna was obviously pretending to be a superhero.

That’s when it all happened… Jenna accidentally slipped and smacked Mr. Drummond and he fell to the ground. Then all of a sudden, POOF! Sparkles were everywhere. In all those sparkles a rainbow unicorn popped out of nowhere.

“Ouch!” Mr. Drummond shouted in pain.

“Hello! Nice to meet you. I am Marlanda the Unicorn doctor. It seems as if you are in  pain,” said the rainbow unicorn in a very sweet voice.

“Dad! That’s the tooth fairy!” squealed Rose in excitement.

“Excuse me, but may I ask why you are here?” Mr. Drummond asked.

“I am Marlanda, a doctor, and I came to get the pain out of your body,” she replied cheerfully. Mr. Drummond didn’t know what to do, should he really trust a unicorn as a doctor? But his arm felt really numb and he couldn’t resist the pain.

“All you need to do is lay down right here and I will sprinkle the dust on you,” she said. Mr. Drummond did as he was told. His children was just standing there in confusion. As soon as he layed down Marlanda sprinkled the magic dust on his body.

“I don’t  think the pain is going away, in fact, I think the pain is getting worse,” Mr. Drummond said with fear.

“Impossible! Wait, uh… I think I accidentally sprinkled the wrong dust!” the unicorn replied.

“What! I knew that I shouldn’t have trusted you,” he said with anger in his voice.

“Sorry,” she said. Just like that, she disappeared, and now Mr. Drummond was stuck with a broken arm.

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Mr.Drummond And The Game

By Aidan A.

This is how the greatest hockey game ever played happened. Ian Drummond, the star player of the L.A. Kings, was running late to the final game of the season. It was the Kings against the Ducks. This game wasn’t going to be like any ordinary hockey game, it was going to be played in the sky. The only way to get to the floating stadium was by plane. All of the players were already the waiting for their star player to arrive. Unfortunately, Mr. Drummond was stuck on a plane and was really late because of air traffic.

When Mr. Drummond finally arrived he was greeted by his coach who rushed and said, “Where were you?  You are thirty minutes late.”

He was especially grumpy and when Mr. Drummond tried to explain, his coach rushed him to the locker room to get ready. Once Mr. Drummond was done getting into uniform, the team skated out onto the rink and the game started. Once they dropped the puck, Mr. Drummond smacked it towards a teammate that shouted, “Pass”.

Unfortunately, an enemy player came up and stole the puck. The Ducks skated down the ice and shot it into the goal.

A teammate came up and said, “That was fast.”

The rest of the game,  they trailed the Ducks by two to three points. Eventually, it got tied with forty seconds left. The Ducks had the puck and moved in for a shot. Mr. Drummond then crossed in front and stole it. He moved up the rink with a pursuer behind and lined up for a final shot. Mr. Drummond smacked the puck and scored. Unfortunately, Mr. Drummond lost balanced and broke his arm on the ice. Mr. Drummond sacrificed his arm for the win!

Did you know…?  Mr. Drummond really hurt his shoulder at a Kings Game because he tripped over something at the Staples Center.  He was wearing a sling, but seldom needs to wear it now.  He is on the mend.  We believe the essays students wrote helped the healing process by brightening his spirits.  Thank you.  🙂

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Peak Inside The Classroom: Kissner’s Class Makes Rockets Out Of Water Bottles

 

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Student Council Behind The Scenes

 

Did you know… that Student Council members are responsible for creating, setting, up and taking down pep rallies, dances, college days, and spirit weeks among other things?  These students, along with their teacher/sponsor, Mr. Michael Fujii, make school fun.  Thank you for all you do, Student Council and Mr. Fujii!  

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RMS Makes It To Finals In Trash Free Lunch Challenge

Congratulations to Richardson MS students and teachers for being named as finalists in this year’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge!  Great job to Mandy Mason for leading this charge on campus! 

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The following letter came from the Trash Free Challenge team.

Dear Trash Free Lunch Challenge Participants,

Thank you to each of you for taking part in this year’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge! It was such a joy for our team to read the final applications that came in and learn more about your programs and accomplishments. Each school really embraced this program and customized it to their campus, and we are so proud of you!

After reading the submitted applications, it is clear that all of the schools who participated in this challenge truly exceeded our expectations. It was no easy task selecting the top schools.

After careful selection, we are proud to announce the 6 finalists!

Elementary School category (in no particular order): Jackson STEM, Collegewood, and Will Rogers Learning Community (Santa Monica)

Middle/High School category (in no particular order): Will Rogers (Long Beach), Richardson, and La Merced

Congratulations finalists! I will follow up with each of you individually to discuss the logistics of judging day.

Each school was a rock star in their own way, and in reading the applications, we would like to award the following recognitions:

Bud Carson MS: Green Leaders of Tomorrow Award

Furgeson ES: Most Inspirational Program Award

Holy Innocents K-8: Best Community Involvement Award

Jefferson ES: Greenest Cafeteria Award

Phelan ES: Best Green Team Award

Portola Hills ES: Best Sorting Station Award

Vejar ES: Best Student Led Education Award

Willard IB ES: Best Composting Program Award

William Green ES: Best Education Video Award

Congratulations to these schools! Your Program Manager will be following up to schedule a time to visit your school to present you with your award, as well as your Trash Tracker White Board.

This program would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors. We thank the following:  Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, City of Santa Monica, Lush Cosmetics, Northrop Gruman, Chevron, Ukonserve, County of LA, Go Green Lunch Boxes, Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, Legend Socks, Terracycle, Bubi Bottles, Eco Lunchbox, and Deckopedia.  The Challenge would not be possible and so successful without their support and contributions!

From the bottom of our hearts at Grades of Green, we would like to thank all of the schools who participated this year. You are all winners in our eyes as you are now environmental leaders in your communities and an inspiration to other schools around you. Keep up the amazing work, we look forward to seeing what you accomplish in the future!

Warm Regards,

Robyn, Allie, Nicole, Anjuli, Cathy and the entire TFLC team

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Mr. Drummond Wears Kilt To School

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Mr. Drummond promised to wear his kilt to school and speak in a Scottish accent if our students raised $8,000 through our Rattlesnake Challenge.  Students raised the money and Mr. Drummond wore the kilt!  Thanks, again, to all who participated.

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Congratulations To The “How Did Mr. Drummond Break His Arm?” Contest Winners

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The “How did Mr. Drummond break his arm?” writing contest was held two weeks ago.  153 entries were collected and six people won!  The top winner was Bailey K. whose essay was read over the public announcements speaker for all to hear.

Other winners included: Aidan A., Victoria B., Amanda M., Lisa L., Cait C., and Megan Y.  Students were treated to lunch with Principal Drummond and their essays will appear on this website soon.

The real story behind Mr. Drummond’s cast is that he was at a Kings Hockey Game and he tripped over something landing on his left shoulder.  He now wears a sling and hopes to heal in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks to all who participated in the writing contest.

Our next writing competition will be a poetry contest to be held in the middle of April for Poetry Month.  We hope all of you will participate.  Listen for details in upcoming bulletin announcements and on this website.

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Rattlesnake Field Day: Thanks To All Of Those Who Participated

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Photos taken by Stephen B. and  Ashley E.

Our Rattlesnake Challenge was a huge success and we hope you enjoyed Field Day! Additionally, with your help we were able to meet our school-wide fundraising goal of $8,000…which means that Principal Drummond will be wearing a traditional kilt* and speaking in a Scottish accent all day this Friday! Way to go, Rattlesnakes!!

kilt*Kilt- any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands. (For more information, click on the following  link.) http://www.dictionary.com/browse/kilt?s=t 

Where is Scotland?

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Did you know that the game of golf originated in Scotland and quite often Scottish Bagpipers are hired to play at sunset on courses all over the world?

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Attention 8th Graders

Ninth Grade Course Selection packets are available from Mrs. Holtz, Mrs. Yu, or the office.

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RMS vs. Calle Game To Be Held

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The RMS vs Calle Basketball Game is tonight, March 29th, at 6:00 pm in the South High gym.  Come cheer on the Rattlesnakes!  Go Rattlesnakes!

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8th Graders, Smile For The Camera!

The 8th Grade Panoramic Picture will be taken on Wednesday, March 30th. Get your order forms from the office or your Social Studies teacher.

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