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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!
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.
South High Drill Team Tryouts info meeting: Tuesday, April 26th @ 3:30 in Y-3 and Parent Meeting @ 6:30 pm in Y-3.
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!
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!
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!
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 email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and don’t give away the ending. We don’t want any spoilers. Happy Reading!
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Robyn, Allie, Nicole, Anjuli, Cathy and the entire TFLC team
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.
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.
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!!
Where is Scotland?
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?
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!
The 8th Grade Panoramic Picture will be taken on Wednesday, March 30th. Get your order forms from the office or your Social Studies teacher.
This is the second time Ms. Pearlman has won the Honorary Service Award for her dedication to Richardson Middle School students and community.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Save The Dates
3/11 Progress Reports Posted-Grades will be posted on Parent Connect.
3/13 Daylight Savings-Turn your clock forward an hour.
3/14 College Week-Visit the hallway booths to learn about your favorite college choices.
Mon-Wear College Hat
Tues.-Wear College Jerseys
Wed.-Wear College T-shirts
Thurs.-Wear College Sweatshirts
Fri.-Wear UCLA or USC Gear
3/19 Choir, Int. Band and Adv. Band Forum Festival/Knott’s Berry Farm Trip
3/29 RMS vs. Calle Basketball Game– South High School Gym 6PM
4/3-4/8 Spring Break 2016
5/21 Int. Band, Adv. Band, Drumline & Tall Flags -Armed Forces Day Parade 2pm
Come out and stand on the curb to watch the parade. Fun for the whole family!
6/21 All RMS Music Groups- Armstrong for Spring Concert 6:30pm
This week is College Week, March 11th-18th.
Here are the spirit days for the week:
Mon: Wear College Hats
Tues: Wear College Jerseys
Wed: Wear College T-shirts
Thurs: Wear College Sweatshirts
Fri: Wear USC or UCLA Gear
The Leadership Class will be hosting a College Fair on Wednesday and Thursday at lunch in the main hallway. Come learn about over 40 different colleges from all over the country, and begin learning about the application and financial aid process.
Note: Submission was taken from the school bulletin.
How did Mr. Drummond break his arm?
In 300 words or less, write an essay explaining how Mr. Drummond broke his arm. Be creative! Use your imagination and come up with the story of how it happened…the more outlandish, the better. Did it involve unicorns, superheroes, aliens, bank robbers, etc.? The crazier the story, the better chance it gets getting picked as a winner.
Submit/Share your essay on a Google Doc with Mrs. Bezich. The top five essays will be published on this website. The essay winners will also be invited to have lunch with Mr. Drummond. Essays are due March 18th by Period 3. Happy Writing!
This month’s Pillar of Character is Trustworthiness. This month, we are focusing on putting trust in our fellow classmates along with learning to trust ourselves.
This Monday March 14th, (Pi Day), the Leadership Ambassadors are hosting a lunchtime activity called “Trust The Crust”. This is an obstacle course that includes two people on a team. One partner is responsible for taking the other partner that is blindfolded through the obstacle course. They have to trust that their partner is going to direct them in the right direction.
At one point in the obstacle course, there will be paper plates filled with whipped cream and your partner has to eat the whipped cream as fast as they can. So, come and join us for Pi Day celebration and a bring a friend you can trust. Remember the Pi we are talking about is the number, but whip cream is still involved. If you have any questions , please ask Mrs. Beck in Room 23.
Richardson’s own Edithza Mesta is the first 2016 recipient of the prestigious Richardson Rattlesnake Award! This award is given to the teacher who has stood out for their exceptional achievements both in the classroom and in the Richardson community. So what are some of Richardson’s favorite things about Mesta?
“She’s enthusiastic and gives you another opportunity to get a better grade. Plus, she’s always positive and not negative or mean,” said seventh grader, Omar I.
Other students enjoy her class as well.
“She’s very considerate. I just transferred from Michael Fuji’s class to hers, and she helped me and allowed me to make up all of my quizzes. She’s very open and plays fun math games with us!” exclaimed Rami A., a new addition to Mesta’s fifth period class.
Mesta makes learning fun.
Seventh grader, Stephanie G., stated, “Mrs. Mesta always jokes around with our period and is really nice and almost always smiling.”
Fellow teachers have praise for Mesta too.
“Mrs. Mesta has been following math standards and Common Core strategies from day one. She uses technology, multiple levels of depth of knowledge, and has very high numbers of student engagement,” praised fellow math teacher, Stephany Nakamura.
Mesta is in her second year at Richardson, and has already made a name for herself on campus. From her interactive chemistry lessons to her exciting math games, Mesta works hard every day to engage, challenge, and help her students grow as learners.
“Mrs. Mesta incorporates fun activities into the lessons, and they’re really engaging. I haven’t really liked math in the past, but the fun lessons help me appreciate math more, and I like it better than I did before,” said seventh grade math student, Izzy M.
Aside from her outstanding teaching skills, Mesta brings joy to both her students and fellow staff members through her friendly smile and the donuts she often brings to share. Thank you, Mrs. Mesta, for all that you do!
Did you know…?
Mesta has skydived before.
If Mesta wasn’t a teacher, she would be a pediatrics doctor.
Mesta runs half marathons.
Submitted by Stacia Arnold.
Drum roll please…Ms. Mesta’s Homeroom has won an ice cream party for bringing the most reusable lunch bags. Congratulations to Ms. Mesta and her class!
Enjoy your ice cream!
Did you know that March 9th is National Meatball Day?
Meatballs were originally made to hide vegetables in and since have become a staple food among several nationalities of people. Celebrate the day and have a meatball!
The Environmental Club is helping to keep RMS environmentally aware. Bring a trash free lunch and earn a green ticket to be put into a drawing. Thank you Environmental Club for making us aware that everyone’s actions make a big difference!
Photo Courtesy of Jessica Albrigo and the Yearbook Staff
The SAT has been redesigned to reflect how Common Core is being taught in the classroom. This will be the first revision since 2005. The new version of the SAT, one determining factor for college entrance, will be out for students this year.
Read more about it in the Daily Breeze at http://www.dailybreeze.com/social-affairs/20160304/how-the-new-sat-test-debuting-saturday-is-different-from-what-you-remember
Congratulations to RMS’ Tall Flags Team. On Saturday, February 27th, they were in a competition held at West High School. They took home a Third Place Trophy.
Note: Due to copyright issues, this video has been muted by Youtube.
Thank you to Mr. Buby’s Digital Film class for the video and the pictures.
Did you know that March 2nd is
Nationwide Reading Celebration Day which is held on
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday?
Celebrate by reading a good book!
“Oh, the places you will go!”
Dr. Seuss would have been 112 this birthday!
Spring Portraits will be taken on Tuesday, March 8. Forms available in the Main Office if you wish to have your portrait taken. Return your form on Picture Day.
8th grade boys and girls basketball tryouts will be held February 25th and February 26th after school on the basketball courts. We are getting the team together for the RMS vs Calle Game on March 29th. Everyone is welcome to go to the game.
“I open my office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for playing board games. We hang out chilling. It’s a nice place to just relax and share funny stories, ” said RMS Counselor Stephanie Hunnel.
Come on in and make a new friend!
Just a reminder-
Are your lunches staying trash free?
Be sure you are keeping trash out of the bins and pack a Trash Free Lunch every day.
After taking a year and a half hiatus, The Latest Hiss school newspaper for Richardson Middle School has returned. We are back online!
In order to get the most out of this online newspaper, you may need to know a few things.
First of all, students’ names are only used with their first name and last initial because they are minors and after all, we are now on the World Wide Web.
In addition, you may find a picture with an arrow on it. Click on it and you should be able to view a movie. Yes, moving pictures and everything go with some of the stories. But know, also, that you may click on a still picture to enlarge it too.
You may also come across a song title. Click on it and you may listen to the song as you read the articles.
In order to find this site easily, QR codes are placed around campus. (A QR Code is in the shape of a square and is done in black and white. It looks a bit like a maze.) Just use your smart phone to scan it. (Shop Savvy is a good app for this use.) This website will come up once the QR is scanned.
Lastly, we hope that you enjoy the new The Latest Hiss and we look forward to sharing many more stories with you about Richardson Middle School.
The majority of our work is done through email. We truly are history in the making and keeping up with the world of technology.
Please click around this website and enjoy reading about the amazing people that make up Richardson.
Should anyone have any questions or story suggestions, please drop Mrs. Bezich an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know…?
The Latest Hiss was created in 2001. It was first designed using Pagemaker. It then went to Indesign CS2. Today, it is online. If you are reading this, you are part of history in the making. In 2012, The Latest Hiss was put in this format on WordPress. After a short hiatus, this online newspaper is up and running again.
Welcome The Latest Hiss to 2016! You’ve come a long way, baby!
Click below to read what was written about each student for the special awards.
Click below to read what was written about each student for the special awards.
Click below to read what was written about each student for the special awards.
Can you name this place?
Photos Taken By Kayla Bezich
Answer: El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California
If you have taken pictures of an interesting place and would like to see them in the newspaper, please share them with Mrs. Bezich at email@example.com Thank you.
By Nathaniel A.
Did you know that Ms. Arshia Mufti is one of the first teachers to teach at RMS? She has taught at Richardson for eighteen years. She is a big help to RMS because she helps students who need extra help with math.
“The best part about teaching is the students, the challenges of dealing with individual learning styles and the diversity,” said Mufti.
Mufti attended schools in other countries. She went to school at Saint Joseph’s College and Punjab University, both in Pakistan. She also attended Central Missouri University and California State University Dominguez Hills.
In her spare time, Mufti reads, plays Sudoku, enjoys puzzles and paints. Her most recent paintings are of people’s dogs.
She also spends time with family and friends. She has one son who lives in China.
Mufti’s favorite television show is Sixty Minutes and her favorite movies are Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. She likes foods from different parts of the world, and currently, sushi is her favorite!
“If I weren’t a teacher, I’d like to paint or work with disadvantaged people around the world,” said Mufti.
Mufti encourages everybody to ask questions about math or anything else. She says, “I love to listen and talk”.
So, if you see Ms. Mufti on campus, say hello and start up a conversation. She would love to chat with you!
Thank you, Ms. Mufti, for making such a difference at RMS for students as well as your peers!
If you enjoy reading, or would like to learn how to enjoy reading, please join the Book Club that meets in Room 30 every Wednesday at lunch. Books will be chosen by students for all to enjoy. Happy Reading!
If you have questions, please ask English/Language Arts Teacher, Ms. Arnold.
The Engineering for Girls Club is doing a unit from Engineering is Everywhere. They will be “introduced to engineering and the Engineering Design Process as they work together to engineer solutions to biomechanical engineering challenges.” They will be working with models and consider what is required to design a successful prosthetic device. All girls are welcome to join us after school on Tuesdays in March and April in Room 8.
For more information, please contact Mrs. Mesta or Mrs. Case.
Valentine’s Day came early on February 12th when Seventh Graders Riley W. and Aidan G. dressed up to celebrate the holiday.
Thanks goes to the 2013-2014 Yearbook Staff and Ms. Sara Pearlman for the beautiful Yearbook. It is a wonderful keepsake of memories of this past year. Thank you for all of your endless hours of hard work to meet each deadline!
If you did not purchase a Yearbook, you may during the following times only…
Tuesday, June 17, during the picnic and at lunch (out on the field)
Wednesday, before school, from 7:45 – 8 (in room 26)
Wednesday, after school, from 3 – 3:30 (in room 26)
Thursday, before school, from 7:45 – 8 (in room 26)
The cost is $37. (Make any checks out to RMS.)
We will run out fast. Don’t miss out on the year of memories book!
After thirty plus years of dedication to education, Mrs. Alison Newman, Sixth Grade Social Studies and ELA Teacher, is retiring. Make this her best week ever. Stop by her room and wish her a wonderful retirement. We will miss you, Mrs. Newman. You have been an inspiration to so many! Thank you for all you have done for RMS!
(Door decorated by Lauren Kamiyama and Waynesford Sheu. Nice job, you two!)
8th Graders, here is your schedule for the last week of school.
Monday, 6/16 Regular School Day
Tuesday, 6/17 Late Start and 8th Grade Picnic (12-2:30 on the field)
Wednesday, 6/18 Promotion Rehearsal 8-10 at RMS, 8th Grade Awards Assembly 1:30-2:30PM (Parents by invitation only.)
Thursday, 6/19 Promotion Rehearsal 10AM-12PM at South HS, 8th Grade Promotion at 6:00-7:00PM at South High School and 8th Grade Promotion Dance from 8-11PM at the Torrance Cultural Center. (This is NOT a date dance. ALL students are welcome to come and celebrate with their class.)
TUSD asks students to read over the summer. Some ELA teachers ask students to write about the books they have read as one of the first writing assignments in the Fall. Here are the lists for this year. Happy Reading!
Incoming 6th Graders-
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)
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (fantasy)
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (realistic fiction)
Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen (historical fiction)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (realistic fiction)
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (classic)
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (realistic fiction)
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!
Incoming 7th Graders-
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)
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (fantasy)
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer Holm (fiction)
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Esperanza Rising by Pan Muñoz Ryan (historical fiction)
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulson(autobiographical)
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine (historical fiction)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (classic)
10 Plants That Shook The World by Gillian Richardson (science)
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (realistic fiction)
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (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!
Incoming 8th Graders-
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal (non-fiction)
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (historical 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)
The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter (realistic fiction)
Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (historical fiction)
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin (historical thriller)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (fiction)
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)
Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare (classic)
Books of you choice!
Incoming 9th Graders–
Please check the website for the high school that you will be attending for the reading list required.
By Jocelyn H.
Have you ever wondered about who helps to make the numerous events at RMS, like the after school dances or the Team Trivia competitions at lunch? All of these events aren’t possible with the amazing Student Council.
Michael Fujii, the teacher who leads Students Council, encourages kids to join for their elective.
“Student Council gives kids and students a chance to organize and run events that they like; it also gives them a voice,” said Fujii.
Fujii also explains that the group puts on lots of events, like class competitions. This year, their main goals were to improve events and try new things. All of these events are to provide fun things to do during lunch and make sure that students have a fun experience at RMS.
In addition to providing students at school a fun time, kids participating in Student Council have also enjoyed the time.
Elisa B., the President of Student Council, says, “It’s pretty cool being President. I get to be in charge of something that’s actually significant. I can get people’s spirits up. I never expected to become friends with Sixth and Seventh graders.”
The Vice President agrees.
“It’s pretty good, getting honored and all. It’s pretty fun. After all, I got to design the t-shirts for the Leadership class,” said Sho M.
Other students like the experience too. Abby E., a Seventh Grader, says that “planning the events is fun”.
Carmen S. adds that “teamwork is the key to make the events successful”.
Sydney M. says that “making events for the school is fun”.
Sixth Graders Sam M. and Aubrey L. both enjoy being in the Student Council. Sam likes to be involved in a lot of things, while Aubrey learned how to be a leader, which helps her to get to know the school better.
The next time you join an event at school, just remember that it’s most likely organized by Student Council. Most of the events you participate in couldn’t be possible without the help of the RMS Student Council.
Students were given a list of items to photograph. The more interesting the photo, the better. What do you think of these photos? Which ones stand out? Why?
“It’s going to be a very good summer,” said Wendy Turner about the win.
Congratulations to the following students who were honored for Students of The Month for May. We are proud of you!
Journalism students were asked to create a new product and design a commercial for it. How do you think they did? Is it something you would want to buy? How convincing were they?
Daniel W. shows off his Chinese YoYo skills.
By Jocelyn H.
The Chinese YoYo, the second oldest toy (following the doll) in the world which dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1386-1644 A.D.) It was created a long time ago but there is no known inventor. It is also called Empty Bell, Pulling Bell, or Wind Bell. The YoYo was originally made from bamboo or wood, which has been modified to plastic because bamboo and wood are too fragile to perform complicated tricks.
The YoYo consists of two wheels connected to each other so that the center of mass is where the string goes. With the weight evenly spread out, the performer can accomplish many different tricks.
This toy is great for improving coordination, concentration, and discipline. People need to concentrate on the movement of their hands to balance the YoYo; this also requires a lot of practice. But, all of the practice time will pay off when people master the skills and perform the tricks to an audience.
Today, the Chinese YoYo is very popular, as it provides many benefits. If you need to improve your coordination, concentration, and discipline and have time to practice, the Chinese YoYo will be the perfect toy for you!
You only have until May 31 to purchase a yearbook online. There will be a limited number of yearbooks for sale the last week of school. However, they will not be sold until all of the online purchases have been distributed. Therefore, if you want one, and you don’t want to wait, order online before May 31. Eighth Graders, if you want your yearbook in time for the picnic, you need to order online!
Taken from the Daily Bulletin.
Share your talent with the South Bay. South Bay’s got Talent, hosted by the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation. Auditions will be held on September 8th and 9th at the Armstrong Theater. Submit your audition form by
Taken from the Daily Bulletin.
8th Grade Movie Night this Friday, May 23rd
Where: Richardson field grass area from
Movie: Monsters University
There will be food for sale so bring some money. Permission slips required.
Taken from the Daily Bulletin.
Open House will be held from 5:30-6:30PM on Tuesday, May 20th. Come by and visit your teachers. Please remember that this is not a Parent/Student/Teacher Conference night. Should you want to talk to your teachers about grades, please make a separate appointment to do so at a later date. Thank you.
See you there!
Note: Tuesday will be a regular start time and Wednesday will be a Late Start.
Torrance is hot! Be sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of cool water. Also, check in on your elderly family members and friends.
Pets also need your attention. Be sure they have a bowl of fresh, cool water in a cool place.
Hang in there, the weekend promises cooler temperatures!
History of Weather in Torrance on May 15th
2013 75 Degrees
2012 71 Degrees
2011 64 Degrees
2010 66 Degrees
Friday is the deadline for sixth and seventh grade artists, who would like to design next year’s yearbook cover, submit them to Ms. Pearlman, in Room 26.
Taken from the Daily Bulletin.
Girl Scout Troop 3865 is collecting items for the Carson Animal Shelter from Tuesday, May 13 – Friday, May 23. A collection box will be place in each homeroom for the remainder of the drive. The homeroom who collects the most supplies will win a Pizza-Popsicle Party. The following items will be collected: Old blankets and towels, Dawn dishwashing soap, Rubber KONG brand dog toys, Cat & dog treats, Rawhide chews and bones, Cat toys, Canned cat food (no dog food please). Thanks for your support.
Taken from the Daily Bulletin.
On Wednesday, May 7th, a Pep Rally was held to introduce the RMS Soccer teams. They will be playing against Calle Mayor on Thursday, May 8th, at South HS on the field at 3:30PM. Come out and cheer for your team. Wear your school colors to show your school spirit!