College Week is being held all this week. It is not too late to join in the fun. College Booths will be up during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. Come see what colleges have to offer you as a student thinking about going to one of their campuses.
Also, dress the part. The following are the college wear days.
Monday- Your Favorite College Colors
Wednesday-College Sweatshirts (College Booths at lunch on the blacktop)
Thursday-College Hats (College Booths at lunch on the blacktop)
A PowerPoint will be shown in homerooms that gives information about California schools. If you have further questions, please ask your teachers. Everyone is asked to visit a college campus between now and when we return from Spring Break. We have several within minutes of our campus if you don’t have time to go further away. Research shows that if a student visits college campuses before they are actually able to apply, they are more likely to attend college than those who don’t visit one. Which one will you visit?
While on your college campus visit, please take pictures (preferably one of you and the college name) and send it to Ms. Bezich at email@example.com to put in this school newspaper. Thank you.
Students were given the Student of the Month Award from their Period 5 teachers. Congratulations to all who were honored.
Way to go girls!
Girls practice long hours before their competition.
“We met about a year and eight months ago when a mutual friend decided we were ‘meant for each other’! A little over a year later, he proposed at Signal Hill Park in Long Beach which over looks much of Los Angeles. It was a beautiful, clear day and as the sunset created amazing colors though the clouds, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
The wedding is set for July 2014. We are planning an evening wedding on a ranch with our closest family and friends.”
Bride-To-Be Jessica Rodriguez
Best Wishes to the happy couple from the RMS Family!
Friday, February 28th, students get caught in the rain when the bell rings at the end of Period 5 as they go to Period 6. Rain is expected on and off all weekend…and they say
“It Never Rains In Southern California”!
Does anyone know the name of the person with the clear bubble umbrella who is running from student to student trying to shield them from the rain? If so, please give Mrs. Bezich their name. She would like to reward them for their kindness. Thank you.
RMS Drumline practices for the Pep Rally on Thursday for the RMS vs. Calle Mayor Volleyball Game.
Math Teacher Stephany Nakamura goes to great heights to teach math lesson.
Hula Hoop and Jump Roping Olympics
Math Teacher Wendy Turner has students jumping and hula hooping for a Math lesson.
Jennifer R. Singing “Sweater Weather” By The Neighborhood
Nya B. Ote’a (Tahitian Dancing) to “Jungle Tahitian Song”
Navid H. Singing “Radioactive” By Imagine Dragons
Scott A.-Playing Piano “What I’ve Done” By Linkin Park
Spencer C. Playing Clarinet “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
Selina B. and Anna R. Dancing “”Dark Horse” By Katy Perry
Paul J. Playing Piano “The Entertainer” By Scott Joplin
Sarah A. Dancing “Fancy Cat”
Mashaila P. and Erin W. Singing “No One” By Alicia Keys
Jocelyn H. Playing Piano “Nocturne KK IVa Nr. 16″ By Chopin
Sydney O. Playing Piano “Persistent Rhythm” By Martha Mier
Garvin S. Playing Bass Guitar “Supermassive Black Hole” By Muse
Peyton T. Playing Ukulele and Singing “Somewhere Over the 12:59 Lullaby” By Bedouin Soundclash and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Remy F. and Gabby P. Dancing “The Man” By Aloe Blacc
RMS Jazz Band
A special Thank You to Maja Radmilovich, Karrie Willett, Joe Petito, Michael Fujii and the Leadership Class for helping to make this Talent Show a wonderful success. Thanks to everyone who shared their talent with us! You were fantastic!
Thank you to Michael Fujii and Mandy Malpede-Mason for ending the Talent Show assembly with an unforgettable performance. We are so glad that you are Part Of “Our” World!
Are you confused about what Common Core is all about?
Please join us…
Parent Night – Common Core:
How will it affect my student?
WHEN: Tuesday, March 4, 6:30, RMS Café
When fully implemented, the new Common Core State Standards will be the largest and most significant shift in how students will be expected to demonstrate their learning in their everyday classes and on standardized tests. Beyond the basic facts, students will be assessed on how effectively they communicate, collaborate, create, persuade, and more. Come find out this Tuesday how you can support your child with the Common Core learning expectations and assessments.
Presented by school and district administrators as well as English and math teachers.
Taken from the Rattlesnake Newsletter.
Come out and cheer for your RMS Volleyball Team on Thursday, February 27th, at 6PM in the South High School gym. Buy your tickets, bandanas, and tattoos from the PTSA members at lunch and after school. All proceeds go directly to RMS. Money from tickets sold at the door will be split with Calle. Get your ticket today for this exciting competition between the two South End middle schools! Go Rattlesnakes!
The Boys’ Volleyball Team is ready!
Dan Portway – Very Special Person Award
Cathy and Miguel Esquivel – Very Special Person (People) Award
Bonnie Nakamoto – Honorary Service Award
Karrie Willett – Outstanding Teacher Award
Thanks to everyone who shared their talent in the Talent Show!
Keep your eye on this website for more pictures and videos from the Talent Show coming soon.
On Thursday, February 13th, Grade Level Assemblies were held to honor students who selected for Student of the Month for November and Honor Roll (Click on this link to find the list of Honor Roll kids http://richardsonmiddleschool.org/honor_roll.html) , Other awards given were Leading By Example, Making a Difference, and Hidden Gem. Congratulations to all of the students honored and we hope to add even more students next time.
6th Grade Awards
Lead By Example Awards
Case Nicky M.
This student comes to class every day ready to learn, and ready to make our class a better place. They have a positive attitude, and often have their hand up to add to our discussions and lessons. They work well with others, and set a great example for everyone in our class. This Lead By Example Award goes to Nicky M.
Medrano Case S.
This student consistently takes an active role in helping other students and encouraging them to do the right thing. Congratulations, Case S.!
Richmond & Turner Aubrey L.
This student is an extraordinary student here at RMS. They are an active classroom member who encourages everyone around them to do the right thing. They are positive and a natural leader in their class. They are always smiling and demonstrating kindness and leadership in and out of the classroom. They set high expectations for themselves and are not afraid to work hard. They brighten up the classroom every time they walk through the door. Congratulations, Aubrey L.!
Kissner Daphne B.
This student is an excellent student who helps others in class. They are a leader in class. Congratulations, Daphne B.!
Newman Jonathan F.
Ms. Newman has this student twice a day. They are strong academically in both subjects. They organize our monthly “band concert” during Period 4 English. They are a dynamic leader. Congratulations, Jonathan F.!
Turner Liam C.
This student is an outstanding leader in so many ways. They throw their energy and ability into everything they do. They are confident, committed, and has a positive attitude. Many people are drawn to them because of their sense of humor and leadership skills. Ms. Turner knows that they will do great things in the future. Congratulations, Liam C.!
Schenkelberg Ryan J.
This student is very encouraging and supportive when they work in collaborative groups. They always have a positive attitude and they do their best to help others. Congratulations, Ryan J.!
Making a Difference Awards
Pearlman Konor M.
This student is the kind of kid EVERYONE want to sit by. They’re always in a good mood, and their laugh is infectious. It’s impossible to be grumpy when they are around! Congratulations, Konor M.!
Case Kailia L.
This student enters the room with a smile, and brightens the math and science classes just by showing up. They are helpful, have a willing spirit, and rnriches our discussions and activities. They can be seated anywhere, and they will work with whomever they sit near. This Making a Difference Award goes to Kailia L.
Richmond Katerina W.
This student is always positive and willing to work with all students. This student shares and encourages others to participate in all activities. Congratulations, Katerina W.!
Kissner Kayleigh F.
This student is an excellent student who helps everyone in class. They are kind-hearted and are a positive person. Congratulations, Kayleigh F.!
Newman Annabelle B.
This student is confident in who they are and that strength allows them to show compassion and kindness to others. They are a student who holds a team together, or a class together. They are more powerful than a lightning bolt! Congratulations, Annabelle B.!
Turner Ellie D.
This student is everything that a teacher might want or expect in a student. They are always prepared, always motivated, and always willing to learn. They have great integrity and does the right thing even when no one is looking. Their positive attitude is contagious and Ms. Turner is so happy that they are in two of her classes. Congratulations, Ellie D.!
Turner Ella P.
This student is enthusiastic and full of energy. They strive to do well and genuinely wants to help those around them succeed as well. They have an infectious smile. They have a positive attitude toward school and life, and we are lucky to have such as amazing student here at our school. Congratulations, Ella P.!
Schenkelberg Luke O.
This student has such a kind heart. People really like being around them and they are a pleasure to have in class. Congratulations, Luke O.!
Hidden Gem Awards
Medrano & Schenkelberg Jenna Y.
This student gives their best effort every day and does it in a quiet and understated way. They are always prepared and shows up to class with a smile on their face. They are a hard-worker who is dedicated to putting forth their best effort. Congratulations, Jenna Y.!
Richmond & Daco Ming Wei C.
This student is an amazing student and has made amazing progress in the short amount of time in this country. This student is a highly skilled student, gifted with talents necessary to succeed in any academic setting. This student is very courteous and caring and goes above and beyond what is expected. It is an absolute pleasure to have this student in both of our classes. Your homeroom and ELD class will really miss you, and we wish you well in the future. Congratulations, Ming Wei C.!
Kissner Matt B.
This student is an excellent student. They are quiet, but amazing at science. They are helpful to all students. Congratulations, Matt B.!
Turner Andrew R.
This student is a very conscientious student with outstanding work habits. They are self-motivated, kind, and a good friend to their peers. They are a student that quietly does what they are supposed to do without being asked. They display a positive attitude each day and they have the type of a character that we would like to see in all of our students. Congratulations, Andrew R.!
Newman Madeline E.
This student quietly goes about doing what they need to do. Their best effort is always shown and Ms. Newman can count on them knowing what we are doing (even when she forgets). Congratulations, Madeline E.!
Turner & Bezich Carli C.
This student is a talented and well-rounded student. Their incredible work ethic, coupled with their ability to work well with others makes them a fantastic role model at RMS. They show perseverance, as they do not ever give up. They are a joy to have in the classroom. Congratulations, Carli C.!
7th Grade Awards
Lead By Example Awards
Sheu Camden G.
This student is always an enthusiastic participant and brings positive energy to our class activities. Moreover, this student is mindful and respectful of their peers, and their contributions reflect that of a positive role model! Congratulations, Camden G.!
Carlsson Aidan T.
When working collaboratively, this student will do whatever is necessary to motivate their group. They do this without even knowing it! Congratulations, Aidan “Ace” T.!
Fujii Justin M.
This student is a stellar student in math. They learn quickly and help others. They were also very helpful on the GATE trip to Astro Camp. Congratulations, Justin M.!
Nakamura Simeon T.
This student is very polite and respectful to everyone. They always say “Thank you” and “Please”. They take the time to reflect on their assessments and think about their next steps for their “Student Action Plan”. Congratulations, Simeon T.!
Oden Logan C.
This student is always encouraging their team in a positive way and is giving 100% at everything they do. A positive influence on the whole class. Congratulations, Logan C.!
Oden Asya B.
This student is a strong team leader that is always giving their best at everything they do. They are a very positive role model for the entire class. Congratulations, Asya B.!
Pearlman Nasim R.
This student welcomes a challenge, attacking each assignment with a positive attitude and an open mind. They like to earn good grades (who doesn’t?), but they’re more concerned with their growth as a student. They are a true English scholar! Congratulations, Nasim R.!
Richmond Stephen Y.
This student is always positive and willing to step in to help others and participates in all tasks. They encourage others students and even better, do it with a sense of humor. Congratulations, Stephen Y.!
Making a Difference Awards
Medrano George O.
This student is kind and respectful to all students. They also have outstanding classwork, and serve as a positive example. Congratulations, George O.!
Fujii Kaitlin O.
This student is hard working and is very kind to others. They ask great questions in class and always have a fun, positive demeanor. Congratulations, Kaitlyn O.!
Richmond Ally G.
Ms. Richmond has had the pleasure of having this student in her class for 2 years now. They are always willing to help others and are always agreeable to participating in class. Congratulations, Ally G.!
Bezich Jocelyn H.
This student keeps the teacher organized. They do all of the jobs of a TA, plus they write for The Latest Hiss, the school newspaper, when they have a little free time. They truly Make A Difference in Room 31. Congratulations, Jocelyn H.!
Willett Fiona H., Iris H., Jackie L., George O., Julie S. &
On a daily basis, sometimes twice a day, there are individuals who without being reminded make sure that the music room is organized. Before class starts they are organizing the furniture and after class, many days after the bell rings, they make sure that all of the furniture is put away inside the classroom. Without them, the choir would not function as well. Congratulations to my totally awesome organization and clean-up group, Fiona H., Iris H., Jackie L., George O., Julie S. and Emily W.!
Hidden Gem Awards
Carlsson Kaiya F.
This student shows their classmates what being successful looks like without even saying a word. They are a true inspiration! Congratulations, Kaiya F.!
Mason Jade K.
This student’s positive mannerism helps me, (Mrs. Mason) start the day off on the right foot. Congratulations, Jade K.!
Mufti Nicholas U.
This student is a thorough gentleman. He is polite and respectful of peers and adults. He has improved in math and works hard Congratulations, Nicholas U.!
Fujii Yasmeen H.
This student is hard-working and extremely patient. They do a great job on all of their assignments, and are helpful with others. Congratulations, Yasmeen H.!
Nakamura Rachel F.
This student is very quiet in class, but they always do their work. They have come in at lunch to ask questions and have stayed after to help other students with their work. Congratulations, Rachel F.!
Holtz Dong-Ju S.
This student has a positive attitude and persistence in doing their work, in spite of struggling with the English language. Congratulations, Dong-Ju S.!
Pearlman Alyssa V.
This student is a true team player — doing what needs to be done without drawing attention to themselves or inconveniencing others. They are hard-working, reliable, and tremendously patient. Congratulations, Alyssa V.!
Richmond Isabelle D.
This student is positive and encouraging to everyone around them. They volunteers to help those around them and always seems to know what to do without even being asked. Congratulations, Isabelle D.!
Kamiyama Leo I.
This student was recognized by the Los Angeles Clippers as a “Top 5” middle school student, who participated in a fitness challenge. Congratulations, Leo I.!
8th Grade Awards
Lead By Example Award
Hirji Emily K.
This student is always on task and helps others. They work well in groups. They are enthusiastic about doing nice things, like when they took a leadership role during the adopt-a-family project. Congratulations, Emily K.!
Making a Difference Awards
Rodriguez Keanu Y.
This student always has a smile on their face. They are respectful and thoughtful whenever they are in class or around on campus. They definitely make a difference in 6th period. Congratulations, Keanu Y.!
Yu Nina J.
This student provided help to their partner without reservation and did so without asking for extra credit or a reward. Their help is very much appreciated and warrants acknowledgement. Congratulations, Nina J.!
Conner Maya N.
This student is very self-motivated and puts 100% effort into everything they do. They are kind to all students and is willing to help anybody in need. They Make a Difference each and every day in English. Congratulations, Maya N.!
Sheu Tess R.
This student is self-motivated to help others and has done so on multiple occasions this quarter. Their ability to anticipate the needs of others and follow through makes them a good fit for this award. Congratulations, Tess R.!
Carlsson Suli C.
Always having a positive attitude, this student spreads joy throughout the room. Whether they know it or not, it Makes a Difference! Congratualtions, Suli C.!
Mason Lauren P.
This student goes above and beyond their civic duty by taking a dual T.A. role in Mrs. Mason’s and Mr. Fujii’s period 2 classes. Congratulations, Lauren P.!
Hidden Gem Awards
Rodriguez Jameson C.
This student has been going above and beyond in their Algebra class. They are doing what they can to stay on top of things and catch up on past skills. Congratulation, Jameson C.!
Yu Yuki M.
This student tries their best and puts all their effort into their studies. They are a reliable and dependable person whose respectful and considerate to their peers, as well as adults. Congratulations, Yuki M.!
Sheu Madison M.
Although many of Mr. Sheu’s students don’t realize it, this student makes many of your science activities possible! As Mr. Sheu’s T.A., they frequently assist with setting up experiments and organizing activities to make things work for students throughout the day! Congratulations, Madison M.!
Mufti Patrick P.
This student is a quiet gentle student. Over the years I have seen them get over their shyness and come out of their shell in a positive way. They are very kind and helpful towards their peers. They work hard, perseveres and tries to do well at academics without complaining. Congratulations, Patrick P.!
Did you know that President George Washington was the first President of the United States of America and was hailed the “Father of The Country” even during his lifetime? He served as President for two terms from April 30, 1789 until March 4, 1797.
Washington is best known for “supporting Alexander Hamilton’s programs to pay off all state and national debt, to implement an effective tax system and to create a national bank. He was also the leader of the first successful revolution against a colonial empire. He is also ranked among the top three Presidents of the United States, according to polls of both scholars and the general public”, according to Wikipedia.
He was born on February 11, 1731. If he were still living, how old would he be now?
George Washington’s birthday will be celebrated on Monday, which is a pupil free day.
Famous George Washington Quotes
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
“It is better to be alone than to in bad company.”
“Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.”
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
“Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.”
“It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being.”
Richardson Talent Show auditions will be held on Tuesday, February 18th, after school in the cafeteria. Come prepared to WOW us with your talent! All students are invited to perform their talent.
Attention 7th and 8th grade girls interested in science and/or engineering. Come to the information meeting today at lunch in Room 28 to find out more about the After School Engineering Club. Applications will be distributed at the meeting. If you can’t make it today, pick up an application in the office.
Courtesy of the School Bulletin
Builders Club is collecting gently used books for the Little Company of Mary Hospital. Please leave books in the main office.
Courtesy of the School Bulletin
Jelly, Pepper, Sonny, Juliet, Lucy, Charlie Brown, Summer, Milk, Ketchup, Pencil, Fork, Bread, Brad Pitt, Fire, Up, Left, Push, In, Light, Black, Sweet, Socks, King, Lilo, Chips, Bride, Cinderella, Finn, Boy, Sun, Spongebob, Hugs, Minnie, Dora, Tom, Mom, Mork, Hot, Macaroni, Jay Z, Sugar, Eggs, Spaghetti, Hammer, Bonnie, Ying, Dog
Mindy, Peanut Butter, Dad, Yang, Nail, Shoes, Queen, Stitch, Salsa, Down, Right, Pull, Angelina Jolie, Cat, Ricky, Sour, White, Dips, Groom, Prince Charming, Jake, Girl, Moon, Mickey, Cheese, Cold, Beyonce, Bacon, Meatballs, Dark, Patrick, Boots, Spice, Clyde, Lucy, Cookies, Spoon, Paper, Ice, Moon, Kisses, Salt, Romeo, Winter, Mustard, Out, Shoes, Girl, Mickey, Jerry, Cher, Butter, Mindy
Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln was 6’4″ tall? He was the 16th President of the United States. He served from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He is best known for abolishing slavery, strengthening the national government and modernizing the economy. If he was living today, he would be 205 years old. When was he born?
Some of Lincoln’s Famous Quotes
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”
“Everybody likes a compliment.”
Monday is a school holiday to honor President Lincoln.
Thanks to Ms. Lauren Kamiyama, RMS PE students filled out an online FIT Log for two months this past fall. The school that logged the most minutes of fitness won an hour and a half FIT exercise class for 100 of its students with three Clipper Players. RMS won! Below is the group of students involved in Thursday’s event. Stay tuned for more pictures on this website soon.
Go Clippers! RMS wishes you a winning season!
By Jennifer W.
Do you study in your free time? Because a girl named Sonia L. also loves to study!
Sonia is eleven-years old and she is a Sixth Grader at Richardson Middle School. Her favorite subject is Math because it’s really easy and her favorite place to go is South Korea and Japan. She has a little brother. When she grows up she wants to be an actress or director.
“If I act, I could show a totally different side of me,” said Sonia.
Sonia doesn’t have any pets, but she wants a pet chameleon.
“A pet chameleon doesn’t do much, but it is interesting to see their skin color change,” said Sonia.
Her favorite movie is The Incredibles because it is a humorous and action packed.
Sonia has been in many plays and skits and she enjoys listening to Adele’s “Someone Like You”.
Some of Sonia’s favorites are Dum Dums candy, the color white, Knott’s Berry Farm and the ride she likes best is Silver Bullet. Her favorite food is noodles.
“Dum Dums has various flavors and my favorite is Pink Lemonade because it’s sweet and sour,” said Sonia.
Sonia also likes the Fourth of July because it’s the day before her birthday.
A goal Sonia has for the school year is to get Honor Roll every quarter.
Get to know Sonia and in the future you might be friends with a famous actress!
By Jennifer W.
Do you know a girl who likes to play basketball? Her name is Shuka M. Shuka is a Sixth Grader at Richardson Middle School and she went to Walteria Elementary. She is twelve-years- old, her birthday is January 24, and she was born in Torrance. Shuka also has an older brother who is in Ninth Grade.
Her favorite subject is PE because she likes to be active.
“PE is also great because of all the activities we do,” said Shuka.
Shuka’s favorite movie is Soul Surfer.
“I like this movie because it talks about never giving up,” said Shuka.
She has two dogs and one turtle. The dogs’ names are Bin and Jiro and the turtle is called Turtle.
When she grows up, she wants to be a basketball player.
“I like basketball because I like shooting the ball,” said Shuka.
Her favorite place to go is Hawaii.
“I like going to Hawaii because of the climate and the beach,” said Shuka.
Did you know that Shuka’s favorite holiday is Christmas?
“I like Christmas because I can get presents,” said Shuka.
An interesting fact about Shuka is she does abacus, a calculating tool also known as a counting frame.
Shuka has some goals for the school year.
“I would like to have all A’s for the school year,” said Shuka.
Shuka’s favorite amusement park is Disneyland and her favorite ride there is Splash Mountain.
If you like to play basketball, say hello to Shuka and you may be good basketball buddies!
Photos By Q3 Journalism Students
This photo album was inspired by the book Find It In Everything by Drew Barrymore. (Ms. Bezich has a copy if you would like to look at it.)
8th Graders you have until February 10th to resend all baby pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the Yearbook. Be sure to include your name for identification.
RMS Principal Chad Mabery and Assistant Principal Katie Schenkelberg welcome Jefferson Middle School’s Assistant Principal Michelle Giampapa and Principal Lee Lee Chou along with Maguder Middle School’s Assistant Principal Lisa Nunes and Principal Chris Sheck to RMS. Our guests were here for a couple of hours touring rooms to learn more about what we do at our school. We know they learned a lot from our students. Thanks to teachers and students for welcoming them!
So, come with your friends for pizza and support your school!
Students were invited to an assembly on January 29th to kick off the annual Magazine Drive. Students were given packets detailing the prizes they may earn for selling magazines to family and friends. Deadlines are as follows:
February 4-Early turn in (sell 3 items) win prizes
February 12- Last turn in date, end of sale
The “magic number” is 8! If you sell 8 items, you will be invited to the Bingo Brain Freeze Party plus a list of prizes. If you sell more items, you may acquire more and more prizes.
All profits go back to school for projects benefiting kids. Thanks to everyone in advance for your support!
By Jocelyn H.
Ever wonder which teacher uses Room 25? Well, the new 8th grade Physical Science and English Language Development teacher, Cristina Daco, is now teaching there!
Daco was born in the Philippines and raised in the United States from the age of ten. She grew up with two brothers, so she collects X-Menana Basketball trading cards and watches wrestling (WWF). Daco attended University of San Francisco (USF) and Azusa Pacific University (APU).
Daco is enjoying working at RMS.
“The best part of teaching is connecting with students and seeing them achieve an ‘aha’ moments,” said Daco.
If she weren’t a teacher, she could love to be a food critic. In her spare time, she dances hula on the weekends, which she has been doing for twenty years. Daco enjoys frequenting various restaurants to experience different ethnic cuisines. Her favorite food is tacos. One of Daco’s pet peeves is toilet paper hanging under instead of being over the roll.
Daco’s favorite book is Their Eyes Were Watching God, and she likes the colors yellow and Dodger Blue. Her favorite vacation spot is Hawaii. She enjoys watching The Walking Dead, Sportscenter, and Remember The Titans.
With Daco’s help, Eighth Graders can receive a better score on the CST Science test, and newcomers can improve their English. Welcome Ms. Daco!
Student Council Members practice the Shipwreck game in order to ready it for the lunch time competition on Thursday.
Student Council Members paint posters for the Glow In The Dark Dance on Fridays.
Mr. Medrano’s Sixth Grade Social Studies class held an archaeology dig to learn about artifacts.
Antonia F.- My New Year’s Resolution is to get a perfect report card my entire 6th Grade year.
Josh W.-My New Year’s Resolution is to hit a homerun on my travel baseball team.
Alexis S.-This year, I will try to talk less and be more shy.
Sam C.- Mine is to keep my straight As.
Nathan T.- My resolution is to get good grades and make my family happy.
David M.-My New Year’s Resolution is to get better at baseball.
Ian B.-My goal this year is to practice more baseball.
Kari H.- My New Year’s Resolutions are to get my own room and work on my gymnastics, specifically my ariel and back walkover.
Jason W.-I plan to save and spend my money wisely.
Kaya M.-I promise to do my best getting good grades.
Ryan L.-This year I promise to get straight A’s for the rest of the year.
Sydney V.-My resolution is to read more.
Kailia L.-My New Year’s Resolution is to become a better soccer player.
Anne B.-I want to read more books.
Audrey T.-My New Year’s Resolution is to practice more piano.
Valerie Y.-My goal is to work harder in school.
Aika S.-This year I plan to do better in English and Japanese.
Kate M.- I plan to get straight A’s, so when I go to Japan I can show them and get into a good school.
Justin D.-My New Year’s Resolution is to get outside more.
Nate Z.-My New Year’s Resolution is to get better grades in school by studying hard.
Vicki P.- My goal is to learn more gymnastics.
Abby E.- My New Year’s Resolution is to get straight As.
Ellie F.- I want to start my homework right when I get home.
Vanessa A.- My New Year’s Resolution is to make new friends.
Austyn J.- My resolution is to become stronger.
Ashley J.-My resolution is to get good grades.
Kristia K.-My resolutions are to get good grades and a better mile time.
Daniel C.- I promise not to eat three bowls of cereal a day.
Aiden T.- I promise not to eat as much Chinese food as I usually do.
Helena S.-My resolution is to start eating breakfast every morning.
Kaitlyn O.-My goal is to lose five pounds by February 1st.
Madeline B.-My goal is to get a better mile time.
Natalie T.- My resolution is to be nicer to my sister.
Samantha P.-My resolution is to get better grades.
Abby A.- My resolution is to score five goals in soccer.
Leo I.-My goal is to be brighter.
Shoma T.- My goal is to be smarter, organized and stronger.
Bryan B.- My goal is to be more athletic.
Rabi P.- My New Year’s Resolution is to get better grades in school.
Tanner N.- My New Year’s Resolution is to stop eating at the close fast food place. It is unhealthy because of what I choose to eat there.
Maddie B.- My New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier because my mom wants me to be healthier for sports.
Trevor G.- My goal is to play more video games.
Leo T.- I plan to get more exercise.
Jimu I.- My goal is to get a faster mile time.
Jennifer F.- I want to get a better mile time.
George O.- I want to get straight A’s this semester.
Megan K.-My goal is to become friends and be nicer to the people that hate me.
Michael W.- My goal is to do better in school.
Cameron S.- I plan to not be racists and teach others the same.
Tyler L.- I plan to be less lazy.
Morgan K.-My New Year’s Resolution is to try to start swimming again.
Camden S.-I plan to maintain A’s, do better in soccer and get taller.
Jasmine W.-I want to do better in Math.
Noor A.-I want to change the world.
Kailani R.-I want to get better grades.
Amber W.- I want to be a better student.
Lillica M.- I plan to eat healthier foods and try religious foods.
Hana Y.- I plan to get better grades this year.
Maddy B.-I plan to play more soccer.
Cary A.-My goal is to play more baseball.
Hannah M.- My resolution is to become a faster runner.
Anthony R.- My New Year’s Resolution is to get at least five As on my report card.
Hannah K. My resolution is to eat less Nutella.
Maya P.- My resolution is to eat less chips.
Kento I.- I want to get better at sports.
Timothy J.- I want to get better grades and be a nicer person.
Sean L.- My resolution is to get good grades.
Kento I.- My goal is to get good grades.
Jameinson G.-My goal is to get better at baseball.
Justin C.- My goal is to get more diamond shirts.
Jada R.- I want to get better grades.
Vivian L.- My resolution is to be nice to everybody.
Courtney H.- My goal is to stay away from people who give me headaches.
Laine D.-My goal is to get a 4.0 GPA.
Kyle W.- I want to exercise more.
Jack D.- I want to exercise more.
Cosete H.-My New Year’s Resolution is to be taller.
Lilly Z.- My goal is to get on Honor Roll again.
Ryan M.- I plan to get better grades.
Ashley S.-I want to play more video games.
Nia S.-I want to make more lists.
Jada R.- I want to get better grades.
Conner O.- I want to be a better student.
John A.- I plan to get more kills in Airsoft.
Jack W.- I plan to cook more.
Nina B.-I plan on trying harder in school, get straight A’s, and be productive.
Jenna O.-I plan to maintain my straight A’s and have a happy and healthy last year at RMS.
Helena S.-I plan to eat more in the morning because I usually don’t.
Nathaniel M.- I plan to be nicer to my brother.
Chloe B.-I plan to eat better.
Juliana Y.-I plan to run a eight minute mile.
Hoku S.-I plan to make more ramen and practice more.
Shohei E.-I plan to go to school every day.
Yukine E.-I plan to get a first place ranking on a test in Japanese school.
Yuki M.-I plan to stay healthy all year and not get sick.
Patrick F.- My plan is to play more tennis.
Jesse M.-I plan to turn more skateboarding tricks.
Katie P.-I plan to get on Honor Roll.
Tess R.-My New Year’s Resolution is to learn to ride a short board surf board.
Nana B.- I want to get good grades, learn more, and make my parents happy.
Camryn S.- My goal is to eat healthier.
Mr.Mabery-My goal is to exercise more.
Ms. Hunnel-My resolution is to be nicer.
Sonny- My goal is to stay healthy and keep a positive attitude in life.
Ms. Pearlman (ELA)- I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions because I think we can choose to change our lives at all times, not just around January 1st. Reflecting on our lives and setting goals and resolutions are important, but I don’t do it just because it’s expected and everyone else is doing it.
Mrs. Pogue (Super Sub)- My New Year’s Resolution is to be healthy and strong.
Ms. Richmond (Social Studies)- My New Year’s Resolution is to exercise more. Exercise is important. I also resolve to leave school earlier, so I don’t get stuck in traffic.
Ms. Turner (Math)- My New Year’s Resolution is to exercise more.
Ms. Laundry (Nurse)-My New Year’s Resolution is to read more books.
Mr. Kissner-My New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight and exercise.
Mr. Medrano-My New Year’s Resolution is to read more history books for recreation because right now, I just read for work and not for fun.
Mr. Fujii-My New Year’s Resolution is to be nicer to Briana Cowgill.
Ms. Newman-My New Year’s Resolution is that by June 20th, everything in Room 9 will be given to students.
Big Bill-My New Year’s Resolution is to quite smoking because it is bad for me.
Ms. Hussey (Parent Eyes)-My goal is not to make any goals because they usually don’t happen.
Ms. Schenkelberg (AP)-My New Year’s Resolution is to not eat as much fast food and soda.
Ms. Bezich-My New Year’s Resolution is to be in the moment wherever I am and not be distracted with what I need to do when I leave that place.
Ms. Williams (Librarian/Lab Tech)-My resolution is to find a new fiction book author.
Ms. Brittney G. (Cafeteria)- My goal is to lose twenty pounds.
Mr. R.- My goal is to have a better life.
Ms. Case- My goal is to see more music concerts.
Ms. Cathy- My resolution is to get fit.
Ms. Hussey-My goals is not to have goals because they rarely happen.
Ms. Morales- My goal is to be more patient.
Ms. Malpede/Mason- I plan to limit my sugar intake.
Did You Know…? is a recurring post that will give an interesting fact about someone on campus. Look for these to pop up in the newspaper from time to time.
Did you know…that Ms. Saira Hirji is double jointed?
In the Model U.N. program, students are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures and make new friends. The end of the program will conclude at a statewide Model U.N. summit in Irvine in June.
To find out more information, stop by Mr. Medrano’s classroom, Room 4. All students are welcome and the experience is priceless!
Spirit Week will be held Tuesday, January 29th through
Friday, January 31st.
Thursday-Wild West Day
Thursday Lunch- Class Competition- Shipwreck- Teams of four will get into a “boat” and race to a finish line while trying not to get hit by a chalked ball in order to win. Sign up in your homeroom to join in the fun.
Friday-The Glow In The Dark Dance will be held in the Cafetorium after school from 3-5. Admission is $3 and includes one slice of pizza. Pizza is $1 per additional slice.
Come out and show your school spirit by enjoying activities created for you by your Student Council Members!
Congratulations, you made it through the first semester! Semester One (Quarter 2), ends today.
Semester Two (Quarter 3) begins on Tuesday.
Monday is a Pupil Free Day.
On Tuesday, January 28th, the 6th Grade Enrichment Classes will change. All students are to report to their new class Period 4 on Tuesday.
Students who were in Bezich’s will go to Petito’s class. Students in Petito’s will go to Schenkelberg’s class. Students in Schenkelberg’s will go to Kissner’s class. Students in Kissner’s will go to Bezich’s class.
Whew! New adventures await you!
Student End-Of-The-Year Activities Slips were due to your homeroom teacher today. If you didn’t get it in, please do. No one wants to miss out on the fun to come!
South High School SEMESTER FINALS will be on Wednesday (1/22), Thursday (1/23), and Friday (1/24) of next week. We will be sending out information to our 8th grade students who take classes at SHS through homerooms. Here is how the SHS Finals schedule will affect their attendance here at Richardson:
Wednesday, January 22nd
- SHS Finals for Periods 1 and 2.
- All SHS students will miss Period 2 this day (they do not arrive at RMS until 10:10).
- Students with two classes at South will miss Periods 3 ad 4 this day as well (they do not arrive at RMS until 12:25).
Thursday, January 23rd
- SHS Finals for Periods 3 and 4.
- No Richardson students will miss class this day.
- Only students who take 3 classes at SHS will have an SHS final this day, and they will return to Richardson at 10:10 (before the beginning of 4th period).
Friday, January 24th
- SHS Finals for Periods 5 and 6.
- No Richardson students are affected by this schedule.
Next week is Firefighters’ Week! Help us honor those who take care of Torrance by donating money and putting it into the collection baskets at lunch by the basketball courts.
Student Council is selling handmade rubberband bracelets. School colored bracelets are only 50 cents a piece. Three-colored bracelets are $1.25. Purchase one today at lunch in the basketball court area. Show your school spirit by supporting RMS Student Council!
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 PTSA Reflections Contest Winners:
1st Place Literature- Connor R.
2nd Place Literature-Halle H.
1st Place Dance Choreography-Anna R.
1st Place Photography- Jennifer W.
1st Place Visual Arts- Eric H.
2nd Place Visual Arts- Renee C.
3rd Place Visual Arts- Steve P.
The theme this year was “Believe, Dream, Inspire”.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
On December 12th under the direction of Music Teacher Karrie Willett, Beginning and Advanced Band, Jazz Band and Choir members all performed to a full house at the Torrance Armstrong Theatre. It was a program filled with holiday music plus a few other classics including tunes from musicals and Disney movies. Thanks to all of our students who shared their musical talents. You were wonderful!
Click on the following to hear the Jazz Band.
Click on the following to hear the Choir.
Click on the arrow to see the Advanced Band.
Congratulations to Mr. Andrew Carlsson for winning the Bowling Party for him and his friends.
Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and helped the Builders’ Club help the community.
RMS truly cares about others!
Adopt a Family-Students wrap presents to ready them for delivery.
Richstone Center in Hawthrone, where the Adopt A Family gifts were delivered, is a center where people in need may get help with life situations.
Stacked Restaurant was full of the RMS family eating in which part of the proceeds went to RMS.
Barnes and Noble hosted a bookfair for RMS.
On December 5th, RMS Choir, under the direction of Karrie Willett, performed at the Torrance Hospital Holiday Festival of Trees. Thanks to all who performed and to Mrs. Laura Savitz for playing the piano. The music definitely put the audience in the holiday spirit!
This week students dressed up as twins, wore pajamas and holiday wear to school. Thursday, students are asked to wear their ugliest sweater and on Friday, their class colors. Join the fun and show your school spirit by wearing the clothes of the day!
On Monday, November 25th, Grade Level Assemblies were held to honor students who selected for Student of the Month for November and Honor Roll (Click on this link to find the list of Honor Roll kids http://richardsonmiddleschool.org/honor_roll.html) , Other awards given were Leading By Example and Making a Difference. Congratulations to all of the students honored and we hope to add even more students next time.
Lead By Example
Gr. 6 Bezich Olivia K.
This student helps people every day by being a role model to others. When
we were in need of newspapers, she volunteered to bring some from home
to share with the entire class. She helps keep people working hard and doing
the right thing. She is a pleasure to have in class and Leads by Example.
Congratulations, Olivia K.!
Gr. 6 Case Katie R.
This student comes to my classes every day with a great attitude, and
ready to learn. She works well with others, participate in class discussions
and activities with a smile on their face. Ms. Case’s class is a better place with
her in it! Congratulations, Katie R.!
Gr. 6 Kissner Selina B.
This student is a natural leader. She is very active in class participation.
She sets an excellent example for other students. Congratulations, Selina
Gr. 6 Newman Halle H.
This student is an inspirational leader. She encourages others to do
their part in all that we do, by being responsible, an active participant,
and caring about others. She has the “leader spirit”. Congratulations,
Gr. 6 Schenkelberg Gabby P.
This student stands up for others and encourages her classmates to do the
right thing. She has positive energy and is a role model for others.
Congratulations, Gabby P.!
Gr. 6 Turner Sam M.
This student is a natural leader. Students often look to her for help and
direction. She is responsible and can be counted on to get things done.
She makes Richardson a better place. Congratulations, Sam M.!
Making A Difference
Gr. 6 Case Ryan N.
This student walks in the door at the beginning of class smiling, and
prepared. He can be counted on to add to our class discussions, answer
and explain questions, and get things done. He is sometimes the only
one who can get that curtain in Ms. Case’s room to work! Congratulations,
Gr. 6 Hirji Jeremy M.
This student is always willing to help others in class. He is kind to
everyone, and always demonstrates positive behaviors. Congratulations,
Gr. 6 Kissner Robert P.
This student is a kind and thoughtful student. He always ask to help Mr.
Kissner and others in the classroom. Congratulations, Robert P.!
Gr. 6 Newman Charlie T.
This student brightens the day, each and every day. His high spirits are
contagious and spreads through the classroom and makes it shine. He
makes a difference. Congratulations, Charlie T.!
Gr. 6 Richmond Jennie D.
This student is such a positive addition in class. Her willingness to help
others, work in a group and participate is exemplary. Congratulations,
Gr. 6 Schenkelberg JT M.
This student is such a kind, helpful person. He tries his best and positively
contributes to each group he is a part of. He always has nice things to
say. Congratulations, JT M.!
Gr. 6 Turner Matt B.
This student is an amazing kid. He is not only a wonderful student, but
he is a great friend to everyone. He is kind hearted and an excellent
role model. Congratulations, Matt B.!
Lead By Example
Gr. 7 Fujii Kaley T.
This student is a leader both academically and socially. She works very hard
in Mr. Fujii’s math class and strives to learn more. She is also friendly,
energetic and fun to be around. She is a true leader in both Pre-Algebra
and Leadership. Congratulations, Kaley T.!
Gr. 7 Oden Madeline C.
This student is hard working and competitive (but always in a good way) and
always is encouraging and supporting their teammates. She is also a very
good athlete. Congratulations, Maddie C.!
Gr. 7 Pearlman Melanie K.
This student does not shy away from a challenge, even in the form of a
rambunctious and disorganized group! Instead, she combats the chaos with a
calm demeanor, encouraging everyone to systematically approach the
assignment, and ultimately, accomplish their goal. Congratulations,
Gr. 7 Richmond Matthew T.
This student is a role model for the entire class. His positive attitude and
willingness to participate make them an exceptional example for others to
follow. Congratulations, Matthew T.!
Gr. 7 Willett Amber W.
This student walks in the door at the beginning of class smiling and prepared
to start working. She can be counted on to lead their classmates, and
teammates with their great enthusiasm. Congratulations, Amber W.!
Making A Difference
Gr. 7 Daco Namita W.
This student is always courteous, helpful, and caring in their relationships
with other students and faculty. Congratulations, Namita W.!
Gr. 7 Fujii Ryan M.
This student is simply awesome to be around. They bring a positive attitude
to math class and supports others whenever they can. They are well-liked by
students and teachers, and they always give great effort. Congratulations,
Gr. 7 Oden Kristen K.
This is a student who is very hard working and honest, always does the right
thing and will help other students any way they can. Congratulations,
Gr. 7 Pearlman Emma L.
This student graciously assists their peers, without even realizing it–
including them in the conversation, making them feel welcome, and,
when necessary, subtly steering them toward success (academically,
behaviorally, and socially). Congratulations, Emma L.!
Lead By Example
Gr. 8 Conner Tyler S.
This student is an excellent role model for all students. He has a positive
attitude and shows concern for other students. Congratulations, Tyler
Gr. 8 Daco Matthew B.
This student unselfishly helps others at school. He goes above and beyond
what is expected. He also demonstrate an ability to work with and
motivate others, have sound values, good judgment, a sense of fairness,
and has earned the respect of their peers. Congratulations, Matthew B.!
Gr. 8 Kamiyama Daniel T.
This student is one of the few students that can always be found encouraging
their classmates, whether it is on the dreaded mile run, or during our daily
activity. He always strives to help others “do the right thing”.
Congratulations, Daniel T.!
Gr. 8 Sheu Claudia B.
This student is always prepared to assist their peers and demonstrates
excellent effort in facilitating classroom activities. Congratulations,
Making A Difference
Gr. 8 Bezich Mikaela R.
This student is an amazing TA. She is always a step ahead of the teacher,
knowing just what is needed to make the class run smoothly. She see things
that need to be done without asking. She will make a wonderful teacher
some day, should they choose that profession. She Makes a Difference in
Room 31. Congratulations, Mikaela R.!
Gr. 8 Mufti Jasmine E.
This student sees where help is needed and without direction offers help to students.
She shows kindness when kindness is needed and support for students who need help
or attention. Congratulations, Jasmine E.!
Gr. 8 Willett Elliott S.
This student comes to class and Ms. Willett’s clubs with a great attitude, and
is always making things happen. Without this student, the music would fall
apart. Congratulations, Elliott S.!
Gr. 8 Yu Kaitlyn V.
This student has consistently provided assistance to their seat partner
without hesitation or reservations, by helping them navigate the textbook
to find the answers, teaching them to use the headings and subheadings
as a guide. She makes a difference to her fellow peers and to teachers who
need a helping hand. Congratulations, Kaitlyn V.!
Students were given the Student of the Month Award from their Period 3 teachers. Congratulations to all who were honored.
By Ryan L.
On November 20th, Sixth and Seventh Graders who have Mr. Oden switched sports from playing with a Frisbee to street hockey and will be playing on the blacktop at the basketball courts closest to the wing with the huge M on it. They are changing sports because every three weeks, sports are changed to allow the students to learn new games.
Everyone is excited about street hockey with all the fun in rejecting goals or smashing them.
The way to play hockey is little complicated almost like football or baseball. First the main objective is to score more goals then the opposing team. To do it, you run down to the other side of the playing area and dribble the ball with the hockey stick. After you can decide to shoot the goal yourself or pass it to your teammates. Also to keep the other team from making goals you can steal the ball, block their shot, or hit it away.
“Hockey is a skillful sport,” said Sixth Grader Ian B.
Hockey is a skillful sport and needs a lot of practice. This skillful sport has you needing to have hand eye coordination, speed, and agility. In order to be good you need to be able to run fast, be able to hit the ball solidly, and you need to be able to be able to change, be able to dribble the ball, and turn direction very fast. Now, you know some tips and know the rules.
Mr. Oden’s Classes, have fun in PE playing Street Hockey.
By Michelle C.
Do you know someone who still loves The Little Mermaid? Dorothea D. does. Dorothea’s nickname is Thea and she was born on October 24th. The schools that she has attended are Riviera Elementary and Richardson Middle School (RMS). She is currently in Sixth Grade at RMS and is ten years old. She attended Riviera from kindergarten through fifth grade and this is her first year at RMS. Her favorite subject is science.
When she was asked what is one of her pet peeves she replied, “Talking on the phone and then being interrupted.”
Her favorite book is Chains and her favorite TV show is Adventure Time. She likes the color mint green and enjoys staying at Maui, Hawaii for vacations. She loves eating spicy Cheetos and hot wings. Three things she wanted this audience to know about her is she loves taking pictures and drinking mango juice. Also, her favorite animal is a panda bear.
Thea has a lot of interests.
“I like to listen to lots of music. I like to play soccer with my team. I like to dance with my cousins,” said Thea.
Her favorite place to go at school is the Red Cart. She likes getting snacks and food from the Red Cart because they taste delicious.
She also said that she wouldn’t want to be homeschooled and likes Richardson.
Say hello to Thea today and make a new friend.
By Sydney V.
Do you like bowling and hanging out with your friends?
If you said yes to any of these questions, then you should enter the Builders’ Club Raffle.
The money raised from the raffle will help the Builders’ Club do projects in the community.
Each raffle ticket costs $ 5.00, but it is worth so much more!
You can win a fun day at PV Bowl in Torrance for you and your friends.
This prize includes:
. Bowling for 10 people.
. Two hours of free bowling.
. Free rental of bowling shoes for all 10 people.
. 1 free pitcher of soda.
. 2 free large pizzas with any topping(s) you like.
What more could you ask for?
For more details, you can check out the Richardson Middle School Builders’ Club on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
The Builders’ Club will be selling raffle tickets beginning December 2.
If you are interested in joining the Builders’ Club, they meet every Tuesday from 3:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M in the Richardson Middle School cafeteria. All are welcome to join the Builders’ Club.
“The Builders’ Club is a great way to meet new friends and help the community,” said Jake V., the Vice President of the Builders’ Club.
They plan on using the money, so they can donate some of it to a local charity.
A few other things the Builders’ Club are planning to participate in helping to decorate one of the floats for the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena.
They need your help, so they can help the community.
Buy a raffle ticket today. Good Luck!
RMS Homeroom Teachers were given a brief description about a family in need of presents for the holidays. Twenty families will be given a happy holiday because of the generosity of our students, staff and community members. Please ask your Homeroom Teacher for details on what you can bring to help.
Thank you for helping to give a family in need the memory of a very happy holiday 2013 season. (New, unwrapped items only, for holiday gifts. If you wish to donate gently used items, please ask your homeroom teacher about what may be dontated. Thank you.)
Mark your calendar…
Wednesday, December 11th
The Barnes & Noble Bookfair fundraiser for RMS will be held at the Barnes & Noble Del Amo.
On the same night, Stacked, will be offering 20% of your entire bill to RMS.
Come eat with friends and then browse Barnes & Noble for those holiday book gifts.
We hope to see all of you there.
Flyers may be found in the Main Office and must be given to vendors for credit for RMS. Thank you for your support.
Come out and watch our RMS Lego League Team compete against local schools. This competition will be held on December 14th and 15th at South High School. Students are competing for a spot in the final competition held in St. Louis.
For more information, click on http://www.firstlegoleague.
Thank you to everyone who helped donate, collect, sort, and box items for the Philippines! Money donations at last count were $3,008.86. RMS students, staff and community have given from their hearts. We are so proud of all of you and so happy to be part of the RMS family.
Photos By Leslie Bezich
Photos By Kailia L.
Photos Courtesy of Karen Benedict
Get into the holiday spirit with music performances by our very own RMS Choir and Bands. You may see them at the following places…
Thursday, December 5-Torrance Memorial Hospital Holiday Festival-See beautifully decorated trees, Santa Claus and hear our fabulous Choir.
Choir performs at 5:00PM
Monday, December 9 Riviera Homeowners Association- Come to RMS for the show with Riviera Elementary and Richardson Middle School students.
Show starts at 6:30PM
Torrance Armstrong Theater-Enjoy our Band and Choir performances as you sit in the comfort of Torrance’s Cultural Center theater.
Show starts at 6:30PM
By Audrey T.
Starting from Wednesday November 27 to Sunday December 1 is Thanksgiving break where people get together with their family, have Thanksgiving feast and think about how thankful they are for what they have, and to give thanks.
RMS has Thanksgiving because it is an important holiday to spend time with their families and think how thankful they are to go to school five days a week and learn important things. Some students like Thanksgiving for different reasons.
“ I like Thanksgiving because there is no school,” said Lexi S.
Others like Thanksgiving break because they get to do things that they don’t normally get to do.
“ I like thanksgiving because I spend time with my family and have fun,” said Valerie Y.
Most people, during Thanksgiving break, get together with their family, have a feast, and have fun. Some foods that are served during a Thanksgiving feast are turkey and cranberry sauce, mashed potato and gravy, stuffing, corn, and pumpkin pie.
Do you know how Thanksgiving all started? Thanksgiving started when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans gathered together to celebrate a successful harvest. It was a three day feast. However, the traditional Thanksgiving holiday was when Abraham Lincoln was in office. He declared the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. That is when Thanksgiving became a holiday.
Remember not to come to school from November 27th to December 1st. Everyday, think about how thankful you are to have everything you have in your life. Ask yourself, what am I thankful for?
More History Of Thanksgiving…
By Victoria P.
Have you ever wondered about the first Thanksgiving?
In 1621, the Plymouth Colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is known today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
For more than two centuries, days go Thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.
It wasn’t until 1863, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving to be celebrated every November.
The people that the Plymouth Colony were a group of English protesters who wanted to break away from the Church of England.
Those people lead off and moved to Holland after twelve years of financial problems, they received funding from English merchants to sail across the Atlantic carrying one hundred and one men, women, and children who spent sixty- six days traveling the Atlantic Ocean, intending to land where New York City is today.
Due to windy weather, they had to cut their trip short and settle at what is now called Cape Cod.
After several meetings, a regular agreement was made between the settlers and the native people as they joined together to protect each other from other tribes on March 1621.
Today, modern Thanksgiving has grown to be a lot different from about 400 years ago.
In the twenty first century, we now don’t have to hunt for food or plant our food for Thanksgiving, but we do eat just about the same foods as the original Pilgrims like squash, beans, potatoes, corn, turkey, and pumpkin.
For more information, click on www.kids.nationalgeographic.com
By Hailey A.
Do you want to get out and do something fun and healthy on Thanksgiving morning? Don’t wait! come join us in running the annual Torrance Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run.
The Torrance Turkey Trot started in 1979 with only 300 people in the first run. Now, thirty-four years later, there are around 4,000 people registered in the run. The Turkey Trot was named after Harry Sutter who always wanted to have an exercise event with friends and family before the big Thanksgiving dinner. But it wasn’t until after Harry Sutter died that his friend and co-worker, Forrest Hunt, went to a race-directing school with two others so they could make Harry’s dream come true. Now, thirty-four years later, Forrest Hunt is still in charge of our local Torrance Turkey Trot.
The Turkey Trot starts with a warm up led by 24 Hour Fitness instructors. Then the race announcements are made and everyone lines up. Laura Savitz, whose children attended Richardson Middle School, sings the National Anthem. After that Mayor Frank Scotto raises the gun and shoots to signal the start of the race and off they go!
The runners run a three mile loop then finish back where they started. After running the three miles, participants take their number off their back and head to the raffle. Many prizes are raffled off, such as mountain bikes, turkeys, gym memberships, sunglasses, and dinner certificates.
The Turkey Trot is a great way to start your Thanksgiving morning. You get to hang with your friends while being healthy and having fun. Animals used to be allowed to walk in the race with their owners, but sadly now dogs and goats aren’t allowed because people aren’t picking up after them.
If you would like to participate in this year’s Turkey Trot, it begins at 8:00 am in the Sam’s Club parking lot on Skypark Drive. You can register the day of the race if you get there early enough and get a commemorative T-shirt. The cost is $35.00 on the day of the race.
TODAY, November 25, 4-8pm – Chipotle FUNraiser
Take a break from cooking this week and join your RMS community today at Chipotle Mexican Grill located at 1430 S. Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach anytime between 4:00-8:00pm and they will donate 50% of all sales to our school!
Bring in the flyer on the Richardson Newsletter, show it on your phone, or just tell the cashier.
Thank you for your support.
Taken from the Richardson Newsletter.
Come support Richardson Middle School and get some holiday shopping done at the Barnes & Noble Book-Fair on Wednesday, December 11th. A portion of all proceeds will go towards Richardson PTSA programs that benefit all students. Purchases made in-store throughout the day on 12/11 and online from 12/11-12/16 with vouchers will be eligible. Downloadable vouchers and online book-fair codes will be available on our web site, in the office and distributed to students after Thanksgiving. Students can pick a reward pass by attending the event to earn classroom rewards and the homeroom with the most reward passes will win cupcakes!
The same day, Richardson families and supporters also can enjoy a meal at Stacked Restaurant in the Del Amo Mall while supporting our school. 20% of all Stacked meal purchases throughout the day (11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) with the designated flyer will be donated to Richardson Middle School. Flyers will be available on our web site. Two great ways to support our school in one day! Please spread the word to your families and friends!
Taken From the Richardson Newsletter
TUSD Superintendent Dr. George Mannon visited RMS on Tuesday, November 19th.
Dr. Mannon also mentioned that “there may be a little more money next year for class size reductions”.
Students and teachers will benefit and look forward to having smaller classes.
Thank you, Dr. Mannon for visiting our school and bringing with you good news!
RMS began the process of organizing a fundraiser campaign Wednesday afternoon to support the disaster relief efforts in the Philippine Islands from the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world’s strongest typhoons ever recorded, lashed the Philippines and has devastated provinces in the country’s central regions, affecting millions of people. The planning team consists of Chad Mabery, Michael Fujii, and Karen Benedict. The sense of urgency to support the people in need from this disaster could not be higher, as hunger and disease are now making a dire situation even worse. The latest death toll was raised this morning, November 15, to 3,621.
Our relief effort will include the following:
Ø Monday, November 18 – Grade level assembly, (12-15 minutes, starting at 11:20am, in the Cafe), disaster overview and relief effort plan
- · 6th grade – Begins at 11:20
- · 7th grade – Begins at 11:40
- · 8th grade – Begins at 12:00
Ø Friday, November 22 – School wide assembly (15 minutes, starting at 12:00, on the blacktop), community thank you and presentation of food/supplies to ALAS Cargo Philippines representative
Ø Monday – Friday: Community food and supply collection/drop off @ RMS, donation/t-shirt campaign by RMS Student Council
- · Anyone who donates $15 or more dollars towards the relief efforts will receive a free “Relief for Haiyan” t-shirt, designed by our own Michael Fujii.
Please let Chad Mabery, Michael Fujii, or Karen Benedict know if you have any questions or additional support.
- · We have begun working with ALAS Cargo (http://alascargo.com/Alas/
pages/home.jsf) and BlackLava. ALAS Cargo’s office is in Carson. They are shipping for free cargo containers with relief supplies to the Philippines, as they also did for the Philippines disaster effort in 2009. The shipment we are collecting food and supplies for is going out on November 25. BlackLava is a screen-printing company in Torrance with Asian roots. BlackLava is helping to support the donation funds collection.
- · Typhoon Haiyan Fact Sheet: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/
default/files/documents/1866/ 11.12.13_USAID- DCHATyphoonYolandaHaiyan_ FactSheet02.pdf
Submitted By Chad Mabery
Won’t you please help?
Please Bring Donations To: Richardson Middle School (Room 3) 23751 Nancy Lee Lane, Torrance
Dates and Times: November 18-22 7:30AM-3:34PM Daily
Please Bring Donations of:
Cash or checks made payable to ABS CBN International, and write “Typhoon Yolanda” in the memo.
Receive a t-shirt with any donation of $15 or more.
We are also collecting tents, blankets, towels, soap, shampoo, medicine, vitamins, bandages, canned meats (pre-cooked), vegetables, beans, juice, soups, and canned milk.
Please no bottled water, shoes, or clothing.
Thank you! Together we can make a difference for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan!