Principal Chad Mabery, Assistant Principal Justine Lang, Sixth Grade Math/Science Teacher Lisa Case, and PTSA President Michelle Nadeau represented Richardson Middle School to receive the plaque and banner for the California Distinguished School award.
A luncheon was held at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank for all of the Southern California schools that received this prestigious award. Among them honored along with Richardson Middle School, were West High School and Casimir Middle School.
Congratulations to all of the staff and students!
We all know RMS is the best and now we have the plaque to prove it!
Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Month for April awards. We are proud of you!
A Beach Party Themed Dance Will Be Held on Thursday,
Kawabunga Dudes and Dudettes!
In honor of our men and women police officers, we are holding our Blue Ribbon Week on May 28-31st. Students, please wear the following colors mentioned on the days listed to show your support.
Tuesday-May 28th- Wear red clothing
Wednesday-May 29th- Wear white clothing
Thursday-May 30th- Wear blue clothing
Firday-May 31st- Wear a mix of red, white and blue clothing
Thank you to all who serve Torrance to keep us safe!
These students have been working with Math Teacher Ms. Jessica Rodriguez for several weeks to prepare for the competition.
“Although the competition was challenging, RMS students had a fun time competing,” said Rodriguez.
By Eric H.
Have you heard the RMS Band stomping their feet preparing? The Armed Forced Day Parade is having their annual parade honoring people who have fought in war. With hundreds preparing, people can only hope for the best parade to see. RMS is one of the hundreds preparing. The Band has been marching and learning their music at a swift speed this year. That hasn’t stopped anyone though. They have been practicing and are ready to march in the parade. The RMS Band is going to be attending, are you?
Since the Armed Forces Day Parade is honoring the armed forces, you might be lucky and see some people who fought. People all across Southern California are waiting for some stories and to see some unique vehicles. Last year, people were able to see many bands, soldiers, and a few war vehicles. We could get lucky this year too. People who have fought or prepared for war have marches too!
Unlike the RMS Band, the soldiers have hundreds or even thousands of hours of practice. That’s means they have it down. The RMS Band only has a double digit number of marching time, but they come with power. Come support RMS and your local schools. Come watch the Armed Forces Parade!
Editor’s Note-On Saturday, May 18th, the RMS Band will march in the Armed Forces Day Parade. This parade is an annual event in the city of Torrance. It runs along Torrance Boulevard from Crenshaw Boulevard to Madrona Street. The parade begins at 1:00PM. Get your seats early. This is always a popular and well-attended parade to honor our service men and women.
Click on the links below and watch the RMS Band practicing for the parade.
By Lauren H.
Summer is around the corner and school is coming to an end shortly. Everyone knows what that means…CST (California Standards Tests) testing, end of unit tests, and finals.
Huge tests at the end of the year that tests your knowledge on what you learned this year, and for the eighth graders, testing your knowledge for all three years that you have attended Richardson Middle School in Social Studies are coming to RMS soon.
Teachers are all introducing different ways on how to review for these tests and the end of the year-review worksheets, CST study guides, and chapter reading.
Math Teachers Mrs. Lisa Case and Mrs. Wendy Turner are reviewing with kids using a model called Math Madness (see post titled 6th Graders are Mad for Math).
ELA Teacher Mrs. Joelle Conner is planning to make all the end of the year assignments twice as many points as earlier in the year as she reviews with the students, and Science Teacher Mr. Andrew Kissner is now giving review chapter tests in order for students to be prepared for the CST’s.
ELA Teacher Mrs. Leslie Bezich has created ELA Extravaganza (see post with same title) to review with students. Other teachers have more traditional reviewing routines, but are having students practice and review for the upcoming state tests.
In most eighth grade classes, a final of some kind is being given to the students. Giving finals in eighth grade is a relatively new practice, but it is to get students ready for high school when they have finals in all of their classes.
Studying for finals and studying for the CSTs are very similar as they all have to do with the California Standards for each subject.
Studying isn’t fun for the students, but we all have to do so in order to do well on the tests. If students keep in mind those test taking tips given to you in SSR, they will do just fine!
Good luck everyone!
By Frances T.
Have you noticed some students around RMS with brightly colored bandanas? They are 6th Graders proudly displaying their team pride. The entire 6th Grade Class has been divided into 8 teams: Radii, Graphs, Proportions, Percents, Triangles, Outliers, Bases, and Box-and-Whisker Plots. In each of the 6th Grade math classes, these students are reviewing twenty-one of the topics they have studied this year at “Math Stations”.
Every few days, they assemble into their teams and use their math problem solving and calculating abilities to compete on “Game Day” earning points for their team. Each team is represented in every period, and Math Teachers, Mrs. Lisa Case and Mrs. Wendy Turner, post the points earned after a day of competition. At the end of the madness, students will have reviewed and prepared to take their CSTs, and reflected on their learning this year.
“The students are taking responsibility for their own learning and reviewing. They are working together well and I enjoy listening to their math conversations,” said Case.
By MiMi B.
Designed after the Math Madness the Sixth Graders are doing this year, the ELA Extravaganza is a four week review of the year’s material.
“It is a fun way to make learning a competition,” said ELA Teacher Mrs. Leslie Bezich.
Students are given a calendar with review day lessons, punctuation practice days, a poetry Scavenger Hunt Day, Study Island Competitions, tests and quizzes, and games to earn their teams points. Four to five students are on a team and all members must be involved in all aspects of the competition to help their team earn points.
Teams are ranked according to their points and prizes are given every few days. Prizes consists of food treats and special passes called Beat The Crowd. Students may use the passes or turn them in for extra points on their personal grades at the end of the year.
On each review day, students are asked to rate themselves on learning targets, also based on its Math Madness model, but in this case for ELA standards. For example, one of the targets might read ‘I can idenitify themes in a story”. Students rate themselves on a scale from 1-4, 4 being highest. 4 means “I feel I can teach this”. 3 means “I feel I can do it”. 2 means ” I get stuck”. Finally, 1 means “There is No Way I can do this”.
Learning targets are rated before the review and then after the review quizzes and games.
“I have seen a great growth in the kids. They may have scored themselves a 1 and later in the week, they score themselves a 4. Sometimes kids stay at the same number, then it is my responsiblity to work with that student individually to get them to at least a 3,” said Bezich.
The final week of ELA Extravaganza is designed to go over the lessons where students feel they need a little more help. This may look different in every class. One class may need more help with colons and semicolons, whereas another class might need more help with root words. This system also allows for individualized learning. The students work on what they personally need with the teacher there to help.
The end of the ELA Extravaganza will finish up with an Ice Cream Party for the top teams in each class. Every day moves the team rankings and no one knows who will win. One test or competition can send a team into first place from last place. Who will win? Winners will be announced on May 24th and the Ice Cream Party will be held the next week.
Participants, keep up the good work!
May 14th, students participated in a Poetry Scavenger Hunt. Students were asked to go to different people on campus to collect slips of paper and then do what was written on the paper. Most of the slips asked students to write something about poetry while others stated to take photos. Above, you will see the photos they took during the hunt.
Photos were taken by students in Bezich’s ELA classes with iPads as well as smart phones.
Thank you to the following people who played along with the Scavenger Hunt…your patience is endless and your support is priceless and much appreciated.
Chad Mabery (The King Rattler), Justine Lang (The Judge), Shelley Stallings (The Gatekeeper), Priscilla I. (The Body Counter), Lauren Kamiyama (The Body Builder), Sara Pearlman (The Book Collector), Joseph Q. (The Safety Monitor), Big Bill (The Enforcer), Sonny (The Pine Soul Man), Lynda Williams (The Bookworm Tech) and Leslie Bezich (The Ghost Writer).
As part of the Campus Beautification, Sonny and Big Bill replaced lights in the Computer Lab.The Library was recently repainted and redecorated.
Be sure to check it out.
Thank you to everyone who came out to help during the Campus Beautification Day at RMS on Saturday, May 4th. You are truly appreciated and our campus looks lovely!
The last day to purchase a yearbook online is May 31st. There will be a limited amount for sale the last week of school, but those will sell out super fast!
Plan ahead, and order one online today!
Congratulations to Cameron L. and Jared K., essay winners for the Students and Government Day. They participated yesterday in running the monthly Torrance City Council meeting. Great job, guys!
The essay contest asked students to write a new city law for Torrance. The following are law ideas that won Jared and Cameron a seat on the City Council for a day.
“All public places, such as parks, plazas, and shopping centers, must have a designated area where bicycles can be safely and securely locked out of the way of pedestrians,” said Jared. K.
“I did my essay on the tree ordinance and how trees should be cut on a yearly basis to ensure a proper view for an expensive house. The law would be based on the Palos Verdes tree law that goes through stages: ask nicely, go to court, and depending on whether the complainer won or not, take further steps,” said Cameron L.
Campus Beautification Workday is this Saturday, May 4. This is a fun, service opportunity for our school. Please encourage our students participate and make a lasting difference. We are looking for beginner to experienced volunteers.
Last year our site was sponsored by a construction company and it was quite the event. This year will be significantly scaled down, as we will only be taking on a few projects. This year’s projects are a library makeover (paint, redecorate, and build book checkout counter), landscaping (remove hillside weeds, trash pickup), and exterior painting (touch up paint around campus, paint the front entrance chain link fence).
As we found last year, this is also a good time to clean up classrooms. With the help a few volunteers, several teachers took a few hours last year to move large items around the classroom and recycle large quantities of old books and worksheets that had gathered dust or lost in a cabinet over many years.
Hope to see you there! If you are interested in volunteering for the projects, please fill out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/
Taken From Weekly Memo By Chad Mabery
By Kristy L.
On April 16th and 17th, Richardson Eighth Graders met with their assigned counselors to plan for their upcoming freshman year at South High. Eighth Graders were buzzing with excitement as they began to map out their plan for the future.
Each student was allowed to select their required courses based on their ability levels and interests.
For mandatory classes such as Math, Science, and English, students chose to take either honors or regular classes. Advanced students who already have a head start in Mathematics and Science at South High will be continuing on to higher level courses.
Other required classes, such as Health and Physical Education also have options within them.
Karishma S., who loves to play tennis, decided to try out for South High’s Tennis Team.
“I think being a part of a team will make high school fun and help me improve my skills,” said Karishma S.
Eighth Grader Fiona T. is looking forward to taking Dance next year at South as her Physical Education activity.
Others are looking forward to trying out for different sports teams or performing the Drill Team, Pep Squad, or Band class.
Health is a one semester class, so freshmen can chose to take Health and the Intro to Media of Health and then World Geography. If students take Health class over the summer and make room in their schedule, they will be able to take additional elective classes.
South High offers French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese classes as language elective courses. Eighth Grader Lauren H. decided to take Spanish as her elective because she thinks that it is a practical language to learn, especially in Southern California. She also believes that learning and using another language will be fun.
Along with language courses, students with extra room in their schedules can also take classes from the categories of Career Technical Education, Social Science, and Fine Arts. Being a self-proclaimed “history geek”, Eighth Grader Lily B. is taking AP Human Geography, a Social Science course, because she likes history and social science classes.
Another elective that South High has to offer is the Speech and Debate class during zero period. This class requires an interview and tryout, but many students are hopeful and eager to join the class.
Congratulations, Eighth Graders, for almost making it through RMS and getting ready for SHS!
Due to technical difficulties, the following videos have now just been released. Click on the links and enjoy!
Click on the link below to watch Eighth Grader Anthony H. perform a gymnastics trick in Ms. Kamiyama’s class.
Thank you to the following partnered people who will be giving campus tours to the visiting Fifth Graders on Friday, April 26th. We are proud of you for being chosen for such a special assignment.
1. Amanda M. and Kyle W.
2. Hadley C. and Andy C.
3. Brittany L. and Charlie P.
4. Zara A. and Allison R.
5. Evan T. and Tom F.
6. Anders S. and Hollord C.
7. Emily E. and Lydia W.
8. Jessica T. and Caroline M.
9. Julia R. and Caitlin Y.
10. Clay B. and Jason M.
Photos Taken By Mark Miller
By Kristy L.
It’s your morning energizer, your daily sweet treat, your break between classes, but is coffee healthy for you? What are the side effects? There are those “old wives’ tales” claiming that coffee will stunt your growth, but there are also numerous scientific experiments concerning coffee that contradict each other. Some scientists suggest that coffee is bad for you and advise you to stay away from it, but others argue that coffee can have beneficial effects. So should you keep your daily cup of Joe or stay away from it?
From cancer to diabetes, all types of diseases and conditions have been linked to the consumption of coffee. Some say that coffee could lower the risk of depression because it makes people more productive and focused, but that action wears down transmitters overtime and makes coffee lose its effectiveness. This is why people gradually need to drink more and more coffee. However, in some people, caffeine speeds up the heart too much and causes blood pressure problems. The claims that argue that coffee is healthy and the claims that argue that coffee is terrible for the body seem to balance each other out.
Keep in mind that when people generally talk about the advantages and disadvantages of coffee, they are usually speaking of the plain kind of coffee that many kids dislike. Students usually go for the sugar filled drinks from Starbucks and McDonald’s. Guzzling down an entire venti sized Starbucks drink will most likely only have negative effects on your body’s health if you do it daily. [Often, the sugar alone may cause weight gain.]
“It tastes good, but it’s not necessarily good for you,” said Eighth Grader Ninabella G.
Having a treat once in a while won’t do much harm, but you should always remember to balance it out!
In taking caffeine that you don’t need now could cause problems later because you might start depending on it for energy even if you feel fine now. There isn’t a certain amount of caffeine that everybody is limited to because everyone reacts to caffeine differently. If you can not handle large amounts of caffeine, you might want to lower your intake or consider not drinking caffeinated drinks anymore. If caffeine has no extreme affect on you, don’t misuse it because problems can also develop later in life.
Other caffeinated beverages are similar to coffee such as energy drinks that are now on the market. None of these drinks should be your main energy source. There are plenty of other ways to acquire energy naturally. Try exercising and eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and proteins to raise energy levels.
You don’t need to give up caffeine completely, just remember to keep everything in moderation!
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 difference at RMS for students as well as your peers!
By Lauren H.
A member of the Richardson Middle School staff for three years, the teacher for the Special Day Class-grades Sixth through Eighth. She adores all her students and does her best to help them and cares for them as much as they need and/or want.
Stiffel is a mother of two sons ages twenty-two and twenty-four. As a lover of sports, Stiffel is a big supporter of her hometown teams-The Bears, The Bulls, The Cubs, and the White Sox. Actually, she says if she was not a teacher, she would want to be a sportscaster. Interesting!
Stiffel is a lover of Mexican food, the color red, the television show Scandal, The Sound of Music movie, and Maui, Hawaii.
Her favorite book to read is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. She likes to read in her spare time, and travel to visit her parents who currently live where she grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She actually attended University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana, Illinois. But after moving to California, she attended California State University Dominguez Hills.
One of her biggest pet peeves is people who snap their chewing gum. But other than that, she describes herself as “very easygoing”.
So be sure if you ever see her in the hallways, say hello and maybe even strike up a conversation about sports or books. She would be very interested to hear your opinions.
On Thursday, April 25th, Grade Level Assemblies were held to honor students who selected for Student of the Month for February and March, Honor Roll (Click on this link to find the list of Honor Roll kids http://richardsonmiddleschool.org/honor_roll.html) , and our new awards-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 Award Winners
Abigail E. -Newman
Abby is a strong leader in every aspect. She is benevolent to all. There is always a smile on her face and caring in her voice. She considers all the angles to every situation before she makes a decision. Her decisions are for the good of the group. And she takes responsibility for her choices and decisions. That is a true leader!
Kareese A. – Case
This student walks in the door ready to actively learn and contribute to our class. This student looks for more information on something we discussed in class, or for interesting facts, websites, or just words that we can discuss. Our class is a better place with…Kareese A. in it!
Bailey S. –Mufti
Bailey sets an example for the class by doing the right thing in terms of behavior, effort and overall positive modeling.
Reagan C. – Richmond
Reagan takes an active leadership role in leading class discussions. He contributes his ideas and defends his views. Those around him are encouraged to step up to the plate and participate. He carries the load for those who do not dare. PARTICIPATE…RIGHT OR WRONG…DARE IF YOU CARE. We want your opinions in Social Studies. You are future citizens. It is all a matter of opinion. And it all matters.
Kathryn N.- Kissner
She is a true leader in class. She helps all students and works well with students with special needs. She leads by example every day.
Lauren L. — Turner
Lauren always displays a positive attitude. She works hard in class
and is kind to everyone. If someone needs help she is the first one
to volunteer with a smile on her face. She always participates in
class discussions and takes interest in learning new concepts. Lauren
is not only a great leader, but a wonderful person.
Mashaila P.- Case
This student enters my room for math, not everyone’s favorite subject, with a great attitude every day. She is willing to try and has even found that there are some topics in math she likes. She has never given up, she just keeps working, and being a positive member of our class. I am so proud of Mashaila P., and am happy to award her my Lead by Example award.
Making A Difference Award Winners
Kristin K. – Newman
Kristin is the sunshine in our class. She is always smiling, saying good morning to all, singing and bringing happiness, silliness and fun to our classroom. She makes every class she is in a little better by being herself. She affects everyone in the class and that is a gift. Kristin is making a difference.
Will C. – Case
This student has a warm greeting and a smile for everyone around. If something needs to be done, I turn around and it has been done, quietly and well. This student seeks out ways to make things go more smoothly and make the class better. Even the students notice the difference made by this classmate. As a matter of fact, they recently said he would be the student most likely to rescue all of us in an emergency. The student who makes a difference is my classes and is our hero is…Will C.
I cannot imagine a more positive individual. If it is raining, he will say the sun will shine tomorrow. If the test is tomorrow and there are two others to study for, he will say, “Well, I will have to study harder for one night.” The magnetic positive energy off one person can make such a difference and he does in the classroom! Our class smiles every day he is present.
Erin W.- Kissner
Erin W. makes a difference each day. She is a cheerful and happy student. She helps to keep other students on task, and is concerned about the welfare of others .
Matthew T. – Turner
Matt is an incredible kid. He came to this school in September not
knowing anyone and immediately made friends. Unfortunately, he had to
leave the country in November for 3 months due to a family emergency.
When he came back, he managed to catch up in all of his classes. Not
only did he make honor roll this quarter, he got a 4.0.
Kiko P. and Melanie K. - Whittaker
Melanie and Kiko go out of their way to interact with students with special needs on this campus. They make an effort to make these students feel welcome and a part of the RMS community. Their kindness has made a huge impact on these students.
Stephanie P.- Case
This student is making a difference in my classes (math and science) the moment she enters the room. She is a positive person, and she participates in group and classroom activities and discussions appropriately. She often has her hand up, and she always waits her turn to participate. I enjoy calling on her. She is very responsible, and takes care of my bin on recycling days. I am so happy to recognize Stephanie P. as my Making a Difference award winner for the third quarter.
6th Grade Assembly
Lead By Example Award Winners
Daisy G.—Petito and Oden
For being gracious and helpful, managing a complex set of tasks, and being an example to peers while demonstrating poise and confidence, this Lead By Example award is given to Daisy G. -Petito
Daisy always does a great job leading by example and encouraging other students. She always is willing to help out. -Oden
He is always willing to participate and take the lead in any activity. He brings positive energy and attitude to the class every day.
Anthony R. — Bezich
This student comes into class prepared and ready to learn. He leads by example every day and is kind to everyone. He is truly a pleasure to have in class. He will do very well in upcoming grades because of his organizational skills and his enthusiasm for learning. Congratulations to Anthony R. for Leading By Example.
Julie C. – Fujii
Julie is a wonderful student who works hard and completes all of her assignments. Beyond that, she is a positive influence in class and works very well with her peers. Her classmates love working with her, as she always has a positive attitude in class. Congratulations, Julie!
Ashley K. – Fujii
Ashley brings a positive energy to Mr. Fujii’s 6th period class. She works hard to finish her work in class every day, and she is willing to help other students when needed. Ashley is also a fun-loving student who keeps the whole class positive. Thank you, and congratulations Ashley!
Charlotte (Charlie) P.- Oden
A strong team leader who always has a positive attitude and is always encouraging her teammates.
Making A Difference Award Winners
Mohammad C. – Fujii
Mo is a hard-working student who brings a quiet confidence to class. He works well with other students and helps classmates when needed. While he isn’t a loud, outspoken leader, Mo is well-respected by his classmates. When Mo speaks, other people listen. Congratulations, Mohammad!
Jesse M. - Mufti
He is always polite and helpful to peers and teachers. He helps in an understated way.
Hollord C. – Richmond
He is an active participant who is the glue that keeps my class together and on task. Every day is a good day with him in my class.
Sam V.- Holtz
Sam is Making a Difference in my classroom. He often offers to say something that is insightful and moves the lesson along.
Josiephine B. – Mufti
For making a difference. Nicole is kind, helpful and supportive of her peers.
7th Grade Assembly
Lead by Example Award Winners
Ryan V. – Kamiyama
Ryan demonstrated excellent leadership qualities this quarter as he could often be found helping his classmates learning dances and getting them involved. Ryan would go over to his classmates, who were hesitant, and get them to dance. Whether it was helping them with the dance steps or helping them stay on beat, Ryan was a big help in class. Before you knew it, his classmates were dancing away. Ryan is also a great citizen of our earth and Mrs. Malpede would be proud of Ryan. Ryan is often asking if he can go recycle a bottle he picked up. Ryan’s leadership is growing and hopefully it will continue to grow.
Jenna M. – Fujii, Conner
Jenna Morton is a leader in her math class. She asks great questions in class, helps others, and works hard to learn new material. She helps others to learn not only by directly helping them, but by asking questions that other students might be afraid to ask. Congratulations, Jenna!– Fujii
Each and every day, Jenna displays a positive attitude. Her effort is outstanding. Jenna has recently improved her class participation, and she strives daily to improve her English skills. I greatly appreciate her hard work and positive behavior. — Conner
Matt D. – Fujii
Matt is a wonderful student who works extremely hard in class. He seeks help from others when necessary, but is also always willing to help his classmates. Matt is also an excellent TA who is always willing to get some food for Mr. Fujii. When Matt speaks, other students listen. He truly displays leadership qualities. Congratulations, Matt!
Michael Q.– Yu
He is an accomplished student who helps his fellow peers to stay focused and directs them to the task at hand, often helping his seat partner locate answers to questions while exercising great patience and tolerance. He leads others by modeling excellence in academics as well as appropriate behavior. His quiet demeanor and kindness is appreciated. It is with great pleasure that I extend this award to Michael Q. Yu
Evan T. – Whittaker
He is the student council president and consistently shows great leadership qualities. He plans and participates in school activities, and helps run the student council class. Overall, he has set a great example for all students to follow at RMS.
Alyssa S.– Willett
This student is a role model in class. She is always prepared to work. She asks questions before, during and after class, as well as attending after school rehearsal on a weekly basis. This student even took on the additional task of learning a new instrument to help out the entire band. Congratulations Alyssa S.!
Making a Difference Award Winners
Nathan C.– Holtz
Nathan is making a difference in my day. He is always positive and respectful and brightens my day.
Brittney L. – Yu
What would my day be without this student? She is actively involved in the RMS community by participating in Leadership and playing for the RMS basketball team. Her cheerful demeanor is a positive contribution to the class and to her classmates. She displays patience and understanding towards her fellow peers and is respectful to teachers and staff. It’s a great pleasure to present the award to Brittney L.
Alexandra (Allie) M.- Sheu
Allie is a student who positively contributes to the people in her class. She often works behind the scenes to facilitate classroom activity and is always eager to prepare materials for others.
Mustafa A.- Rodriguez
This student is always on task. He is generous and patient with his table partners. He is always willing to help a fellow student when he can, putting their needs s before his own. Congratulations, Mustafa!
Sebastian D.– Willett
This student is involved in many activities on campus, being a member of Recycling Club, Jazz Band, and Drum line. They are always willing to help out other students, as well as offering to help Ms. Willett constantly. Congratulations Sebastian D.!
Trajan M. – Bezich
This student studied a piece of literature in class and decided to take the information a step further. He researched the people in the play and found out what happened to them after they left the annex which was their home for so long. This student typed out the information he found and then showed the teacher. It was copied and shared with the entire class. Because of this student’s extra effort, he most definitely made a difference in our ELA class. Thank you, Trajan M. for taking those extra steps to teach us all something.
Deana T.- Fujii
Deana is a hard-working student who always gives 100% in class. She works hard to make up work when she has been absent. Deana is kind and considerate of others, and is respected by everyone on campus. She has also made a difference on campus as a fantastic office TA. It has been a pleasure to teach Deana for the last two years. Congratulations, Deana!
8th Grade Assembly
Students: Please remember that you are not allowed to carry your backpacks from class to class. 7th and 8th grade students NEED to use their lockers. We will be conducting random backpack sweeps and removing any backpacks we find sitting outside of classrooms, and holding on to them until the end of the day. -Taken from the Daily Bulletin
Did you know that April is Poetry Month? Do you have a poem you would like to share in the newspaper? Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, enjoy these poems by Eighth Grader Lauren H.
Ode to the No.2 Pencil
Wooden pencil, how you shine
Working your magic on my piece of paper
Drawing my artwork in neat, straight lines
Into a gorgeous skyscraper
Making tests so easy
Circling in the little bubbles
I have to admit, tests make me a little queasy
But with you, I have no troubles
Pink eraser on top
Makes my mistakes go away
Always working nonstop
Never in disarray
Only dependent on you
Thank you for existing
Best when you’re new
Hopefully you’ll always be there, assisting.
Flee far away!
And I haven’t studied!
Looks like I’ve got to hit the books
So I’ll get a good grade!
Chicken and fries
Oh, what a prize
This meal is as wise
As is tasty; it implies
A fun surprise!
Schoolyard After Summer Vacation
Kids running about
Excited to see their friends
Happy and jittery too
Ready for whatever comes
Pens making marks
Expressing intellect of today
Want to play soccer on a noon league?
Just follow these simple steps…
Step 1-Get a team of seven members together.
Step 2- Come up with a “cool” name for your team.
Step 3- Sign up in Room 23.
Step 4- Listen to bulletin announcements for which teams will play each day.
Step 5- Have fun!
The Richardson vs. Calle Soccer Game will be this Wednesday, April 24, at 3:30 at South High School. Admission is free, but all students are encouraged to bring donations of lightly used sports equipment to be donated to charity.
A Pep Rally for our teams will be held at lunch.
Come out on Wednesday and root on the Rattlesnakes!
Thank you to former RMS student, Paige B., for organizing this event.
Artwork By Eighth Grader Addison W.
The Team Trivia Challenge is returning to Richardson! Teams of four students will compete against one another to answer questions about literature, history, science, television, movies, sports, and more! Matches will be held during lunches. All students are invited to sign up their teams of four students with Mr. Fujii in Room 14. Listen to bulletin notices about when the first competition will be held. Good luck!
Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. While everyday you should be Earth-conscious, make it a point for this week to be even more so. Do your part–walk, bike, or skate to school, minimize your waste, recycle, plant a tree, or do anything else you can think of to make it meaningful. We have only one Earth, let’s take care of the one we have.
In honor of Earth Day…
Tuesday is going to be walk, bike, skateboard, or carpool to school day. For those students that do this, you will be entered into a drawing to win a giftcard to Starbucks or Yogurtland.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday we will be cleaning up our campus during SSR.
Friday will be wear green to show your support for the environment.
Of course, all week, don’t forgot to bring your reusable lunch containers & water bottles & recycle & reduce your waste! Those students that are environmentally conscious will be entered into daily drawings to win gift cards. Go green! _(Courtesy of the Daily Bulletin, Written by Amanda Malpede)
Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Month for March awards. We are proud of you!
The Flower Fields is located in Carlsbad, California just twenty minutes north of San Diego. It is open to the public from March through Mother’s Day each year. There are 50 acres of flowers in bloom plus numerous other gardens, a true feast of beauty for the eyes, and activities to enjoy. Here are some pictures from the fields.
Photos Taken By Leslie Bezich
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today named 218 public middle and high schools California Distinguished Schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.
“These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college,” Torlakson said. “Given the enormous challenges schools have faced in recent years, it is inspiring to see this kind of success in so many schools. Our future depends on meeting the needs of every student no matter where they come from or where they live.” -TUSD News Release
Among the TUSD schools named as California Distinguished School were Casmir Middle School, West High School and Richardson Middle School.
Could you feel the stands shaking and the crowds yelling? Tuesday, April 2, RMS held their annual RMS vs. CMMS Basketball game. With both teams practicing for weeks, you could only hope for a great game. Not only was it a great game, it was a fabulous turn out. Both RMS and CMMS had unbelievable spirit, which could only mean it would be a night to remember. Who were you cheering for?
Here at RMS our basketball team has been meeting weekly. With their great attitudes and skill, players were bound to perform well when it counted. With our best students playing basketball at this big event, we all had to help spread the word of the big night. That’s why RMS had their annual Pep Rally. You wouldn’t believe how much the crowd got “pepped up!” You could barely hear over the speakers beating in your ear.
When that start of the game whistle blew, all students could think about was, who is going to win? Both teams had very intimidating players for boys and girls.
The action started with the girl’s game which was quick and powerful and in the end the scores were far spread. But what team was it? The RMS girls had brought home another victory scoring at 39 to 20. The game started out with RMS in the lead and those fierce girls would get the ball taken away. But in the end, the girls did great and pulled off a victory!
Halftime brought people to the pizza line. Shortly after, people went rushing back to their seats. They didn’t want to miss the intense game that was coming their way. The ball was flying through the air and before anyone knew it, RMS was in the lead by more than anyone had expected. Just during the first half of the game, the boys were in the lead by more than 15 points. That number kept on going higher and higher.
Towards the end CMMS did begin to catch up, but it wasn’t enough. The ending score was 55 to 37. With that great score, you could only expect great cheers. The Calle kids may not have been happy but the RMS students were all you could hear. RMS had another victory!
This event is always a great way for RMS and CMMS to get money for the schools and to get the kids excited for a school event. These events are also a great way to get students from RMS and CMMS to meet each other. We are all going to be on the “same side” next year at South as freshmen.
Do you have game? RMS does!
Thank you to coaches Jeff Oden and Lauren Kamiyama for a wonderful and entertaining event.
Thank you to the parents who helped man the Snack Bar and sold RMS gear and tickets.
Thank you to all of the players for putting in so much time. We all appreciate your hard work!
Boys Team Players-Jacob A., Justin C., Torrance C. Matthew D., Christian L., Riley S. Evan T., and Jordan T.
Girls Team Players-Taylor B., Hadley C., Julia H., Brittany L., Amanda M., Alexandra M., Fiona P., Gabrielle S., and Lauren T.
The Annual RMS Magazine Drive begins today, April 1st. It runs until April 19th.
Sell magazines and win prizes!
The prizes are as follows:
Sell 1 Item-You will win a Mustache for Mustache Madness Day
Sell 4 Items-You will win a Mustache, Bug-eyed Keychain, Disappearing Ink and I Spy Sunglasses
Sell 8 Items-You will win a Mustache, Bug-eyed Keychain, Disappearing Ink, I Spy Sunglasses, Ice Cream Pigout, DJ Party with games, Free Homework Pass, Free Mile Run Pass, Annoying Orange keychain with cash attached to orange, and a Can of Silly String to spray at Principal Mabery
Sell 12 Items-You will win a Mustache, Bug-eyed Keychain, Disappearing Ink, I Spy Sunglasses, Ice Cream Pigout, DJ Party with games, Free Homework Pass, Free Mile Run Pass, Annoying Orange keychain with cash attached to orange, and a Can of Silly String to spray at Principal Mabery PLUS A chance to scan the talking ATM which will tell you how much cash you will win instantly (5 to 100 dollars) and a Funky Monkey with a pocket that holds a banana. If the banana is gold, you have a choice of a Target, Starbucks, Jamba Juice or In and Out gift card.
Sell 18 Items- You will win a Mustache, Bug-eyed Keychain, Disappearing Ink, I Spy Sunglasses, Ice Cream Pigout, DJ Party with games, Free Homework Pass, Free Mile Run Pass, Annoying Orange keychain with cash attached to orange, a Can of Silly String to spray at Principal Mabery, a chance to scan the talking ATM which will tell you how much cash you will win instantly (5 to 100 dollars) and a Funky Monkey with a pocket that holds a banana. If the banana is gold, you have a choice of a Target, Starbucks, Jamba Juice or In and Out gift card. Plus a Bladeless Fan, Crazy Plush Monster, Chance to put your name in a drawing for lunch for you and two best friends with Principal Mabery and Mabery buys lunch.
Sell 24 Items-You will win a Mustache, Bug-eyed Keychain, Disappearing Ink, I Spy Sunglasses, Ice Cream Pigout, DJ Party with games, Free Homework Pass, Free Mile Run Pass, Annoying Orange keychain with cash attached to orange, a Can of Silly String to spray at Principal Mabery, a chance to scan the talking ATM which will tell you how much cash you will win instantly (5 to 100 dollars) and a Funky Monkey with a pocket that holds a banana. If the banana is gold, you have a choice of a Target, Starbucks, Jamba Juice or In and Out gift card, a Bladeless Fan, Crazy Plush Monster, Chance to put your name in a drawing for lunch for you and two best friends with Principal Mabery and Mabery buys lunch. Plus A Laminated Front of the Line Pass to be used until the end of the year, a Fire Extinguisher Soda Dispenser, and a Run Away Alarm Clock
Bonus Prizes (Prizes are Not cumulative)
40 Items- $25 or a Mini Refridgerator
60 Items-Knott’s Berry Farm Tickets
80 Items- $100 Visa Gift Card
100 Items- $200 or a Kindle Fire
Turn in three orders on Thursday, April 4th and/or on Wednesday, April 17th and get a Tootsie Roll Bank that has some cash in it.
Customers may write checks for their orders payable to Richardson PTSA.
Return the top two copies of all order forms along with your money on Friday, April 19th.
Online Orders Accepted
Online orders are processed immediately, saving 4-6 weeks in delivery time.To order visit GASCHOOLSTORE.COM Our school’s account number is: 2557205 Register your studetn and follow the instructions. All online orders count toward our prizes!
All proceeds will go towards new technology items for RMS students to use in the classroom.
Thank you to all who are helping with this fundraiser. Now, go out and make those sales!
Seventh Grader Hannah K. enjoys taking photos of her cats.
Penny Wars are being held beginning on March 25th and will continue through April 5th. All proceeds will go to the Leukemina and Lymphomia Society for cancer research.
Pennies= 1 point
Nickels= 5 points
Quarters = 25 points
To sabotage other homerooms, bring dollar bills and put them in their buckets during SSR. Each dollar bill will be -100 points towards that homeroom’s total.
Winning homeroom will earn an ice cream party.
Bring in your pennies today for a good cause!
April 2- RMS vs. Calle Basketball Game at South HS
April 8-12 School Holiday-Spring Break
April 15-19 Earth Week
April 19- 8th Graders- Bluegrass at South HS
May 4- Sharefest-Campus Beautification
May 15-20 STAR Testing
May 21-24 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 27- School Holiday-Memorial Day
May 28-Open House 6:30PM
May 28-31 Blue Ribbon Week
June 4- Spring Concert 6:30PM
June 5-Spring Concert 6:30PM
June 18- 8th Grade Picnic
June 20- Last Day of School Early Dismissal
8th Grade Promotion 4:00PM
8th Grade Dance 8:00PM
By Hadley C.
If you like fun music, quirky characters and a good plot then Pitch Perfect is for you. It is a musical comedy directed by Jason Moore with a screenplay by Kay Cannon.
Anna Kendrick, the high school friend of Bella in the Twilight series, plays a college freshman named Beca that is looking for a way to fit into something. Her Dad is a professor at the college and he tells her to find a way to have some experiences and make memories. Her one true interest is music and mixing music, so she stumbles into an acapella gal group, The Barton Bellas.
Beca is an independent character and sometimes would rather be in her dorm room with ear phones than with other students. The Barton Bellas bring out a side to her she didn’t know she had. Anna Kendrick not only can act, she is also an awesome singer. Other memorable characters include Fat Amy, (that’s what she calls herself). She has unbridled enthusiasm for singing and keeps us laughing throughout the movie.
Many people in the teens loved this movie, but also adults loved it too! Although it may be shooting for a teen crowd, all ages will laugh their heads off and can enjoy the music throughout the movie.
” I love this movie. It kept me laughing every time I saw it!” said Eighth Grader Karin S.
Other students like this movie too.
“I am in love with this movie. I have seen it nine times and every time I laugh!” said Eighth Grader Luke P.
According to some students, this movie makes you want to dance.
“After the movie I just wanted to get up and start dancing all around town,” said Eighth Grader Jinny P.
Well there you have, the newest raving comedy. So if you at your house and you want to get something on iTunes, then go on a rent for only $3. You will not regret it!
This movie is rated PG-13.
By Amanda M.
After narrowly losing to Calle in volleyball on February 27th, the RMS Eighth Graders are preparing for their rematch later this month in basketball. A lot of Eighth Grade boys and girls enjoy playing in a Torrance Parks and Rec league at Wilson Park. They play on weeknights for fun, exercise, and some extra practice.
“My favorite part of the team is we’re not too competitive. We play for fun,” said Allie M.
Some just play for the love of the game.
“All of our players (my teammates) love the game, so we’re glad to do something we love. We’re all like brothers and work to win,” said Kenny L., nicknamed “Linsanity” on the court.
The Eighth Graders are sad to see their seasons with Torrance come to a close, knowing the league ends after 8th grade. However, both teams are going out on a high note with a record of 6-1 so far this year.
“[Basketball is] a great way to have fun, get exercise, and hang out with your friends. I’m excited to play with my friends in the Calle vs. Richardson game,” said Julia H.
Although there are only a couple more games in their basketball seasons, many of the Eighth Graders consider the upcoming Calle vs. Richardson matchup to be their real last game as team.
“Winning the Calle vs. Richardson [game] is going to be challenging, but we have a great team so we’ll pull through,” said Taylor B.
Some students are ready for the challenge.
“Beating Calle will be a piece of cake,” said Jordan T, while taking a break from his noon-leagues basketball game at lunch.
Eighth Graders at Richardson see basketball as a fun, team-building sport where they can hang out with friends and get some exercise at the same time. Hopefully, their hard work will pay off later this month. Good luck, RMS!
By David C.
Some people know how fun Tropico 4 is. For people who don’t know what It is, its a PC game in which you rule the fictional country of Tropico as a dictator in the 1950’s.For more information see my article on Tropico 4 in a past edition of The Latest Hiss. You manage its treasury and build industry.
Now think of how fun it would be if it had more modern technology. That makes fishing, farming, mining, housing, pollution, unemployed uneducated people, and infrastructure much easier to deal manipulate. This is Tropico 4 Modern Times expansion pack.
Expansion packs are add-ons which are made for a previously made game to make it even more fun. Note the expansion packs only have add-on programs and don’t contain the main game at all. In order to play this pack you will have to buy Tropico 4 first then purchase the expansions.
This is the case with most expansion packs. This expansion pack adds many new buildings like bio farms which allow you to grow all three cash crops in one work mode that replaces three separate farms! The best thing about this pack includes a sequel to the base Tropico campaign mode (A.K.A, story mode).
This campaign mode is shorter than the base game but has even more silliness. In this you have to deal with an evil old UN Leaderboard inspector lady, multiple clones of Penultimo, a sheep powered mind control device, and a crazy USSR general who wants to invade Alaska! This allows for even more insanity than the base game of Tropico 4! There are new edicts like police state, fertilize, and ban social networks (A.K.A, Facebook etc.). There are even more wacky remarks from Penultimo and Sunny on TNT radio A.K.A. Tropico News Tonight (when you build a building a wacky remark is broadcast on the local radio for you to listen).
So, if you play Tropico 4 this is a must have. If you don’t play Tropico 4 or Tropico 4 Modern Times go and try a demo and see if you like it or just get the game if you are interested.
Eighth Graders Go To The Museum of Tolerance
Editor’s Note: Pictures are not allowed to be taken in the Museum of Tolerance.
Do we all have Tolerance?
By Eric H.
People all across the world are not always tolerant with others. Most of the actions from being in-tolerable have been negative, but this negativity has been turned around to do good. Because of everything in our past, we now know what to fix and how to avoid it, even though we don’t always learn from the past. This is what many of people of the world have begun to realize. How can we all have tolerance?
One common problem with hearing about tolerance is that people don’t understand what it means to be “tolerant”. Being tolerant is showing respect for others’ rights, opinions, and practices. We are all different which means we all have different opinions. We all learn to accept these things about our peers; otherwise it could affect all of us in a negative way. It is important for us to learn to accept others for who they are and where they originate and finally make home.
One place where people are educating others about the history of being tolerant is the Museum of Tolerance (MOT). People can be taught about the past and how to prevent future events. Being tolerant is something we all can do and something we all need to learn.
The MOT is a great place for all ages. People can enjoy games, movies, artifacts, and rooms where participants can learn about tolerance. Besides all of the watching parts, there are many listening parts too. People can listen to tapes and people giving tours. This isn’t just an ordinary museum because it is a museum about the past, present, and future.
Seventh Graders Go To Medievel Times
Pictures by Seventh Grader Nathan A.
Sixth Graders Go To The Science Center
By Jocelyn H.
The Sixth Graders, had their field trip on Thursday, January 31st at the California Science Center. They saw lots of different exhibits, including the Space Shuttle Endeavour, organs and baby chicks.
One of the exhibits that we enjoyed was the Endeavour. It was placed in a huge warehouse. Although they couldn’t go inside or touch the space shuttle, they got close up views and saw the vehicle at different angles. It was one of the fascinating sights.
This is a picture of the Endeavour.
There were also organs in a showcase, comparing human’s with other animals.
This is a human heart.
This is a cow’s heart.
They went into the World of Life. In there, they got to visit the Body Works, and a 50-foot mechanical woman named Tess taught them how important it is to keep your body in shape in a process called homeostasis. The Life Source was another interesting place in the World of Life. They all got a chance to see baby chicks and their eggs.
There were also preserved embryos and fetuses to shows us the human development. Students got to see a video of a real surgery being made in the Surgery Theater at Defense Line.
One of the places that everyone enjoyed was the Extreme Zone located in the Ecosystems. Students experienced how it feels in a desert area and in the poles. There was even a man-made flash flood in the desert area every ten minutes! Visitors could also go to see fish in tanks and touch some sea animals.
The field trip at the California Science Center was really exciting and students a lot of knowledge about several different topics.
The Annual Rattlesnake Run took place during Period 6 on March 14th. Students be sure to collect from all of those who pledged money now. All money is due Wednesday, March 27th.
Thank you to all of our runners, volunteers and those who dontated to RMS! Your generousity will directly benefit our kids!
By David C.
The annual Rattlesnake Run is a fundraiser relay sponsored by the Richardson PTSA in which a student needs to walk jog or run around a course on the Richardson field.
“I plan to run 26 1/3 laps,” said Seventh Grader Ashley S. before the run. The original date was supposed to be the eighth but was moved to the fourteenth because of rain.
The sponsors pledge money per lap. The money raised will go to the school. The money is used to fund PTSA sponsored programs such as the school talent show, field trip transportations, parent education nights as well as technology. If you collect at least ten dollars you are entered in a raffle for great prizes. A nice surprise is that the Dr. Mabery, Principal, announced on the RMS PTSA Eblast that the first four students with the most pledges gets lunch anywhere they want.
Students will wear their class colors at the run.
“Last year we raised $7,949.00”, according to the RMS Ways and Means Committee. This year, they hope to raise $10,000.
Be sure to turn in your pledges to your Sixth Period teacher by March 27th to be eligible for the drawing.
Prize Plan From PTSA
Top pledges collected overall will win:
First Place: Lunch of choice with Principal, 8 Mulligan’s gift certificates and a $40 gift card to Outback Steakhouse
Second Place: $20 Tilly’s gift card and 5 Mulligan’s gift certificates
Top pledges collected per grade:
6th: $15 Tilly’s gift card and 2 Mulligan’s gift certificates and lunch of choice with the Principal
7th: $15 In-n-Out gift card and 2 Mulligan’s gift certifcates and lunch of choice with the Principal
8th: $15 in-n-Out gift card and 2 Mulligan’s gift certificates and lunch of choice with the Principal
6th Period Teacher whose class has the highest average donation/student: $15 Starbucks and $5 Donut Den
Plus 15 Lucky Winners-will be randomly selected from among all those turning in donations $10 or more for movie tickets, Donut Den gift cards, Perry the Platypus iPhone care and mouse pads, Jamba Juice gift card and more.
Congratulations to the RMS Choir on receiving a Gold Rating at their competition at Biola University on Friday, March 1st. Additionally, the Soprano Section received an Outstanding Musicianship Award. Way to Go Choir! Thank you to Mrs. Laura Savitz and Mrs. Karrie Willett for their guidance and hard work to ready the singers for competition.
Thank you to John Loo for the pictures.
By Kristy L.
Asahi Gakuen Japanese School, which takes place at South High on Saturdays, begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. Students ranging from preschool to high school learn subjects such as math, social studies, science, and Japanese language arts during class-time. The textbooks that students use for each subject are written in Japanese, and it is just like our school. The only difference is that it is taught in a different language. The school, which starts in April and ends in March the next year, also hosts a sports day for the students to participate in.
Going to school on a Saturday may seem unnecessary or boring, but these students are learning important skills that will help them throughout life. Being fluent in two or more languages opens up many opportunities for you in the future, such as a wide range of careers and traveling chances.
If you want to learn a new language it’s not too late. Incoming Eighth Graders have the option of taking a language course at South High as an elective next year, and incoming South High freshmen all need to choose a foreign language course in which to participate. In addition to Chinese and Japanese, South High also offers Spanish, French, and Korean classes. Understanding multiple languages in an extremely important and beneficial ability.
By Lauren H.
Did you a newly established restaurant has come into the City of Torrance? Named the Black Bear Diner, it is a very unique diner indeed. With menus resembling newspapers from decades ago, a jukebox, several stuffed bears all over the place and pretty paintings it is a very cozy place to dine.
The waitstaff treat you like old friends, the food is considered “quality comfort food” which includes breakfast (served all day), lunch and dinner items. The portions are very large and entrees can be shared. Even the “Cub’s Menu” for kids has very generous portions.
The diner has an old-fashioned vibe and it is very pleasant to have a meal there. It is a relaxing atmosphere with cheerful people all around. Sometimes music is played on the jukebox, and people sway to it. What can I say? You feel at home there.
Every restaurant has a twelve foot black bear carving. There are multiple bear statues/sculptures outside of the restaurant as well as murals. Black Bear Diner was founded by Laurie and Bob Manley in 1994. It is a restaurant chain. There are fifty-six locations in nine states including California, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Utah, and Washington. The Torrance restaurant, located on Hawthrone Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, has replaced the Bob’s Big Boy that was in the same location.
It is a great experience to dine there. It really isn’t just eating-it’s dining. There really is a difference between the two. Let the diner live on!
For a look at the menu and/or more information, just click on this website. www.blackbeardiner.com
By Lauren H.
Hello everyone! Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner? With events like L.A. County Irish Fair and Music Festival, and South Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival and many more, there are lots of ways to celebrate.
But have you ever wondered why we do or wear specific things on this day, March 17th? (AKA the Christian season of Lent, and the anniversary of death for Saint Patrick) We wear green because it is one of the three colors on the Irish flag. Ireland is the “Emerald Isle” because of its rich greenery all around Ireland.
We also pinch people if they’re not wearing green because anyone caught not wearing green, as legend tells, fairies and fairy-like creatures will soon pinch them, so pinching others is a reminder that they will soon be pinched by the fairies. As tradition goes, people living in Ireland wear crosses fixed to their hats threaded with green string. Shamrocks were tied onto clothing by once the lower class of people, but not many others do it as well.
Food is also a special treat on Saint Patty’s Day. We also eat potatoes, cabbage, and corned beef because that is what a lot of Irish people ate back in the day, and still what a lot of Irish people eat today.
Many people at RMS celebrate the holiday with special treats.
“I made a traditional meal for ten family members for Saint Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage plus green jello and green tea. We are Italian and Scotch, but we always celebrate this holiday”, said ELA Teacher Leslie Bezich.
The first parade ever held was actually in the United States, not Ireland. In 1762, (March 17th) Irish soldiers enrolled in the English military marched around New York City, proud as can be of their heritage and culture. They spread what is now our tradition of having an annual televised St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Also, St. Patrick’s Day is not just celebrated here in the U.S. and in Ireland. It’s a global event! Japan, Argentina, Singapore, all celebrating in their own unique ways. Japan celebrates with large masses of people gathering in bars and varied locations all counting down to the day. In Argentina, people party and have a great time until all the way up to eight o’clock in the morning! In Singapore, St. Patrick’s Day is very important because it was once part of the British empire. People go into pubs and celebrate, just like in Japan.
So you see, Saint Patrick’s Day is a very important tradition all over the place- not just where we live. How did you celebrate? It is fun to be Irish for one day, even if you aren’t.
Classroom doors were decorated as part of College Week March 11-18. This competition brought out the talented artists of RMS. Thank you to all who participated.
Frist Place- Ms. Kristl Holtz’s Homeroom
Second Place- Ms. Joelle Conner’s Homeroom
Third Place- Ms. Alison Newman’s Homeroom
Be True To Your School!
By Amanda M.
Richardson Middle School’s annual college week was from March 11th to the 15th. This year, many activities were planned to educate students about colleges and their futures. The previous week, homeroom classes had decorated their doors with colors, mascots, and decorations of various colleges. Many homeroom students decorated their doors based on where their teacher went to college.
“I enjoyed decorating Mrs. Richmond’s UCLA door,” said Seventh Grader Emma M.
A lot of effort was put into the decorating, so some student council representatives went out to judge the top three doors. In third place was Mrs. Newman’s USC/UCLA door, in second place was Mrs. Conner’s LMU themed door and in first place was Mrs. Holtz’s Georgetown door, which featured pictures of her entire homeroom wearing her Georgetown sweatshirt.
On Monday and Tuesday, booths were set up at lunch featuring some popular California colleges like USC, UCLA, Berkeley, Stanford, and more. The booths had posters, information, and trivia games based on the colleges. Students were able to learn facts about colleges and get tips on how to get into a good school.
During SSR, teachers were given a link to a college video made by student council. The video featured tips about classes to take in 8th grade and high school as well as good study habits to improve grades.
Many students were glad that they could learn more about their choices for the future during college week.
“College week has inspired me to work harder in school so I can progress and get into a university,” said Eighth Grader Bianca P.
“College week was interesting. I learned different college names,” said Eighth Grader Tyler L.
“College week gave me a first-hand experience on what it takes to go to college or not go to college and [have a bad job],” said Eighth Grader Kenny L.
The entire week brightened students’ awareness about college and the choices they will need to make to shape their futures.
“I think a lot of work went into college week, and it went really well,” said Eighth Grader Zara A, who was on the college week planning committee. “It was a bit chaotic, but turned out to be a success.”
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Amanda M. and her team of Student Council Members for organizing College Week. Did you know that they wrote to colleges weeks ahead of time and asked them to donate items for the students for our College Week? Way to go Student Council!
Here are some other pictures from College Week.
Richardson Middle School was recently chosen by the State of California to give a pilot test for the new national education standards, called the Common Core State Standards. The pilot tests are a practice and tryout of items and tasks for the real test in two years. This year students at RMS will tryout the English-Language Arts test questions for 6th and 7thgrade. What’s interesting and new about the pilot Common Core test is that it will be done entirely on computers!
This test will be given in two and three hour sessions. Students will be told if they have been selected soon. Thank you to those in advance for being part of something very special and for making history at RMS!
Below students in Mrs. Leslie Bezich’s ELA classes are using the computers to research colleges they wish to attend and poetry genres.
Congratulations to Mrs. Joelle Conner for being honored at the Teacher Appreciation Night at the Clippers Game on Sunday, March 10th. We are proud of you!
Under the direction of Ms. Karrie Willett, the RMS Colorguards Team had been practicing for the West High School Spirit Competition for the past few weeks. They competed on Saturday, March 2nd. They took home the First Place trophy! Go Rattlesnakes!
The annual RMS Talent Show was held on February 19th. This year did not disappoint. Full of wonderful acts, it was a joy to watch and a pleasure to witness.
Two school assemblies were held the following day in order for the students to see their peers. For both assemblies, it started off with Richardson’s very own Jazz Band, with a combination of Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Graders playing upbeat music that got our feet to tapping.
During the Sixth Grade Assembly, Peyton T. sang “Fairytale Ending” while playing the guitar. Jocelyn H., played “Reverie” on the piano. Alice L. played “Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude”. Sarah A. danced to “Ballet Bells”, Noor A. tapped dance to “Hello”, and finally Vandessa A., Kristin K., Anna L., and Sydney M. sang “It’s Time”.
During the Seventh/Eighth Grade show, after the Jazz Band, the show continued with Seventh Grader Caroline M. singing the Jackson 5 song “I want you Back”, Seventh Grader Gordon T. played Mozart on the piano, Eighth Grader Alex D. sang “Gypsy” by Shakira, Eighth Graders Steven L. and Justin C. doing an instrumental duet. Justin played the cello, Steven played the piano.
The next act was Eighth Grader Rachel Chung singing followed by Eighth Grader Jared K. playing the instrumental version of ” A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
To close the show, one of our own Richardson staff members, Math Teacher Mr. Michael Fuji played guitar with his own unique medley of three songs… “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, and “Perfect” by Pink. Fuji was very entertaining by making jokes throughout his performance.
Click on the links below to see some of Fujii’s performance.
Due to illness, Erin P. and Trajan M. couldn’t perform. They would have performed their infamous comedy act that they have been doing it ever since the early years at Riviera Elementary School and at the Talent Show the night before, but they had to drop out at the last minute, unfortunately.
This show was made possible by Technology Teacher and Sound Systems Manager Mr. Joe Petito, Mrs. Pam Milroy and Mrs. Andrea Rouf. Thank you to them for volunteering to organize the students, holding auditions and practices for this show. It was a huge success! RMS Rattlesnakes, you have talent! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Click on the link below to see pictures taken by Michael Fujii of the HSA and Talent Show.
On Friday, February 15th, Grade Level Assemblies were held to honor students who selected for Student of the Month for December and January, Honor Roll (Click on this link to find the list of Honor Roll kids http://richardsonmiddleschool.org/honor_roll.html) , and our new awards-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
John B. 6th Grade-Newman
John is a true leader. He encourages, plans, and models all that needs to be done. He was our class president and a great Santa Claus.
Kieran S. 6th Grade- Whittaker
Kieran is in my English class; he always turns in his work, is on-task in class, and participates. He is a great example for his classmates.
Cristian B.-6th Grade Richmond
Cristian is always ready and willing to participate every day. His positive attitude influences those around him and energizes the classroom. Cristian leads discussions and inspires others to participate.
Jackie L.- 6th Grade Ramirez
She has stepped in to support a new student and continues to help her get adjusted to our class. This shows her kindness and helpfulness. I appreciate her taking the lead to make this student feel welcome.
Asya B.- 6th Grade Turner
Asya is an exceptional leader. She is always willing to help others and also challenges them to be better. She goes above and beyond what is expected.
Making a Difference
Noor A. 6th grade-Newman
The charmer. She is always the spark in any class. Noor you are making a difference.
Lauren W.-6th Grade- Ramirez
This girl is always positive. She is sweet, and kind, and steps up to assist in various duties in class. I really appreciate her willingness to help. She really makes a difference by offering her support in class.
Lillica M.- 6th Grade Pearlman
Lillica spends more time on eTUSD than I do, often answering the inquiries on my Frequently Asked Questions page before I even see them! Her responses are not only prompt, they are accurate and quite thorough. It’s a simple act, but it’s one that impacts many.
Will C. –6th Grade Case
This student comes to class everyday with a friendly greeting, a smile, and a great attitude. I have observed this student to be kind to all, and has a good sense of humor. This student greets me every time I see him, and never leaves my room without saying goodbye. He just gets in and does things that need to be done with no expectation of a reward. My homeroom is a better place because he is a part of it.
Chloe B.- 6th Grade Turner
Chloe has a great attitude toward life. She always walks into class with a smile on her face, ready to accept any challenge. Chloe isn’t afraid to ask questions. For this reason, her peers respect her.
Lead By Example
Kelly H.- 7th Grade Nakamura
Kelly is great at taking charge and getting her classmates going on the class activity. She also sets a great example to other students by always being responsible. When she was out ill, she kept up with the class by doing the assignments at home, picked up worksheets and turned them in a timely manner.
Lillian (Lilly) Z. -7th Grade Fujii
Lilly is a star student in her own right, but is also helpful with other students. Lilly exemplifies leadership in the classroom, as she constantly assists other students with their math work. She always comes to class with a positive attitude. Congratulations, Lilly!
Gabriel D. -7th Grade Pearlman
Gabriel is tremendously positive and enthusiastic, greeting me each day with a smile. He approaches every task with a positive attitude, even if it’s really challenging! He’s always willing and eager to help out, volunteering his time frequently. His positive outlook is truly infectious.
Michelle B.-7th Grade Holtz
Michelle always has a positive attitude in class and towards her work. She is respectful and willing to help others. She is a real asset to my class.
Nick K.-7th Grade Oden
Always helps out in any way he can and is a strong example for other students.
Jennifer R.- 7th Grade Oden
Jennifer is always on task and is a strong leader for the other students.
Johnny N.-7th Grade Kamiyama
Johnny actively participates in class daily to the best of his ability. Johnny is willing to try new tasks he doesn’t know and then is willing to help his fellow classmates as they sometimes struggle. He comes to PE excited, enthusiastic and ready to learn. Lastly, Johnny is extremely helpful as he helps bring in PE equipment every day.
Megan Y.- 7th Grade Bezich
Megan is a pleasure to have in class. She comes in with a positive attitude every day ready to learn. She always puts her best effort into all of her assignments. She truly leads by example.
Making A Difference
Charlotte P.-7th Grade Whittakker
Charlee is in the leadership class on campus; she quietly does what she is supposed to be doing, and leads groups in class. She is a great example for her classmates.
Tyler S.-7th Grade Willett
Tyler is a great help to others in the classroom. On a daily basis he is assisting other students with understanding of classroom activities and learning of new material. Tyler really helps to make a difference for his fellow classmates.
Kaitlyn G.- 7th Grade Nakamura
Kaitlyn always has a positive attitude in class. She gets along with every table group that she has worked. She gets her group going on the activities and does a great job influencing her group to stay on task.
Samir M.-7th Grade Mufti
Samir is a always positive, cooperative and willing to help peers. All his teachers have found him to be a conscientious student.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) S. -7th Grade Fujii
In addition to being a star student, Lizzie is a kind, compassionate classmate. Lizzie is quick to give compliments and can often be found helping others. Lizzie is also a fun student to be around, and a fun student to have in my class! Congratulations, Lizzy!
Matt B. 7th Grade- Malpede
Everyday, Matt enters my class with a smile on his face; his positive persona is contagious. While my 6th period can be rather challenging at times, it is students like Matt that make every day end on a positive note.
Lead By Example
Bianca P.- 8th Grade Yu
She can be counted on to participate when appropriate and stay focused on task. This student demonstrates our school motto of respect and responsibility by fulfilling her assignments on time and sets a positive tone for learning in the classroom.
Gabrielle S.- 8th Grade Yu
This student demonstrates a high level of participation and effort. She displays responsibility and holds herself accountable by making up assignments when absent. She cares about her academics and is motivated to do her best work.
John (Will) A. -8th Grade Fujii
Will is a fantastic student who is a true Leader by Example. He works hard in class and helps others who need assistance. He is always open to discussion in math, and takes an interest in learning new math concepts. Will has been a star in my class for two years, and truly deserves this award. Congratulations, Will!
Julia W.- 8th Grade Conner
Julia always displays a positive attitude, and she puts forth great effort in all that she does. She is kind and helpful to everyone. Julia is a pleasure to have in class.
Anthony C.- 8th grade Malpede
Anthony is my T.A. and I can always count on him to help keep students on task and to assist struggling students with their learning; he does this without ever being asked to do so. My 6th period is a bit more manageable with Anthony there.
Carolina P.-8th Grade- Mufti
Carolina is always willing to help her peers. She has come a long way in her Math skills because of her perseverance. She is always positive and volunteers to help.
Enzo C.- 8th Grade Petito and Kissner
Besides the classroom work of helping students with projects, distributing and inventorying supplies, keeping the place in order, he is available to do those extra jobs that make the classroom ecosystem operate smoothly. He also uses down time to study and review for classes, modeling behavior for younger students to emulate.
Enzo has stepped up as a student leader. He came to me and asked how to improve his grade. I told him to read the chapter. After the next test Enzo improved his test score by two letter grades.
Making a Difference
Trevor S.- 8th Grade Sheu
Trevor strives to make a difference in school by assisting both staff and students on campus. Whether it is helping teachers during the day, or being cooperative and respectful to peers in class, his actions make the lives of those around him easier.
Maheen R.-8th Grade Bezich
Maheen is an amazing TA. She always comes into class ready to help out and keeps the teacher organized. She anticipates what needs to be done ahead of time. Thank you for your help, Maheen. You are truly making a difference.
Congratulations to all of the award winners.
By Lauren H.
Edtior’s Note: Spoiler Alert- If you have yet to see this movie, you may want to hold off reading this review until you have seen it.
All of you most likely have heard of the movie adaptation that recently came out in theaters of ‘Les Miserables’. Based of of the book by Victor Hugo, the movie does a great job of bringing the characters to life. It takes place in France, during the late 1700′s to the early 1800′s. Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valijean, Anne Hathaway plays Fantine, Russel Crowe plays Javert, and Amanda Seyfried plays Cosette. It is also a musical, and the movie is considered a musical drama. The main plot is that Jean is released from prison, after stealing a loaf of bread and getting put in the big house for nineteen years. He later gets into a stolen silverware mishap, but gets off the hook. Then he realizes he must become an honest and trustworthy man, and soon he becomes the mayor after inventing a brilliant invention.(And during the time changes his surname to Madeleine) It is a manufacturing process that brought the town glory.
Fantine, a young woman with an illegitimate daughter, Cosette, wants to get employed, so she begins to work at the manufacturing company that Jean (Madeleine) runs and operates. Later, the townspeople find out that she has an illegitimate daughter, so they fire her and she has to resort to prostitution in order to make any money. Later, Javert (a policeman) arrests Fantine for this, but Madeleine stands up for her. Then Fantine falls ill most likely because of all the stress, and Javert finds out all about Jean and his assumed name and his guilty past.
Before he was sent to prison for the second time, Fantine makes him promise to make sure Cosette is safe, since Fantine has the suspicion she may die soon. And sadly, she does. So when Jean is released for the second time from prison, he was able to find and buy Cosette from a family of scoundrels. Later they run away to hide, but Javert finds them so they are forced to relocate. Then low and behold, a young man named Marius falls in love with Cosette.
After a lot of mishaps, they eventually ended up married and happy, even though Jean is a little overprotective but its okay because he knows Cosette will be safe. Then, he dies in peace, knowing that he fullfilled his promise he made a long time ago to Fantine.
The movie was spot-on. The horse drawn carriages,the clothing attire~was perfect to go with the book’s description. The actors did a wonderful job, and hats off to the director, Tom Hooper, who brought this movie together and made it happen.
I highly recommend that everyone see this movie. It was nominated for eight awards and won three which include Best Sound Mixing, Best Make-up and Best Supporting Actress, Anne Hathaway.
By Nathan A. and Eric H.
Did you know that the RMS office has collected over 60 phones already this year? Most students here at RMS have cell phones. Many students abuse their privilege of having cell phones by using them at inappropriate times. They send text messages during class. When the end of school bell rings, most students pull out their cell phones.
Have you ever thought of not having your cell phone for the school day? What most students don’t know is that can happen. By using your phones at school, first time offenders have their phones taken away. Students have to pick it up at the end of the day in the office. Repeat offenders earn detention and parents have to come in to sign the detention slip in order to get the phone back. On top of that, students may lose their phones for an entire quarter.
If you are caught using your cell phone on campus a third time, it will be gone until the end of that quarter, along with a one hour detention. Don’t play the “that’s illegal” or “you can’t take my property” card. The school can and will take your phone. Believe it or not, when your parents enrolled you at RMS, you and your guardian signed a form saying they can take your cell phones away.
“Phones shouldn’t be used in school as they are for emergencies only. If students continue to break the phone rules, they should lose their privilage to bring them to school,” said Seventh Grade Math Teacher, Mrs. Stephany Nakamura.
Cell Phones and computers are also becoming a bullying tool. Cell phones, mainly smartphones, make it so simple for bullies to pick on people. There are many smartphone applications to get another number to hide behind and bully. Bullying at school is not tolerated and when school officials have to deal with bullying by text message, phones are confiscated. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Kik messenger are available for any iPhone or Android user.
There are many pictures of classrooms, teachers, and students all over Facebook and Instagram. The captions of these picture can sometimes be mean; making fun of students or even teachers. Students all over just need to resist the urge to use your phones during class. Remember, grades are more important than “likes”.
Editor’s Note: Some teachers allow students to use their phones for research purposes. Be sure you ask a teacher’s permission to do this ahead of time. It saves a lot of discussion later.
Pedone’s Restaurant Fundraiser: Tuesday, March 5 all day 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. Dine in or take out. No flyer needed. 20% of your purchase will be generously donated to RMS to help fund all the great PTSA enrichment programs.
Yogurtland Fundraiser: Monday, March 11, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Support Richardson Middle School. No flyer needed. 15% of all sales will go to support RMS PTSA enrichment programs.
Do you have artistic talent? Would you like to put those skills on display for all to see? If you want to show your stuff, submit it to the Yearbook. Turn in your artwork to Room 26 by March 7, with your name and grade on the back along with the title of your masterpiece. Still have questions? See Ms. Sara Pearlman for details.
2nd Annual RMS vs. CMMS Volleyball Game will be play this Thursday. Tickets will be on sale today, Tuesday, Feb. 26th, at lunch time. Purchase your tickets on campus and be entered into a raffle for a free pizza from our sponsor, Village Pizza. RMS tattoos and bandanas will also be available for purchase ($2 for a bandana and two tattoos. Come on out and support your Rattlesnakes by being at the game!
By Amanda M.
The Eighth Graders’ GATE Trip To CIMI went from Friday, February 1st to Sunday, February 3rd and they stayed at CIMI (Catalina Island Marine Institute) at Toyon Bay. On the island, they studied marine life and oceanography.
“I learned that some types of plankton can only bio-illuminate once every twenty-four hours,” said Eighth Grader Georgia B., “and some animals have a hydro-static skeleton, and their skeleton is made out of water.”
Students not only learned about ocean life in labs, but they had hands-on experience, too. Over the course of the trip, they went on three snorkels in Toyon Bay.
“[My favorite part of the trip] was probably the night snorkel because we got to see glow-in-the-dark plankton,” said Eighth Grader Lauren T. “Our instructor told us if we kicked our fins we could see the plankton glowing.”
Other fun activities included rock climbing on Sunday.
“[The rock climbing] is harder than usual. The walls are really high and there are some parts of it that had no ledges and you had to use just the plastic to get up and it’s really tough. I liked how they named the hard walls, too. Chuck Norris was the hardest. I couldn’t get up! It was very cool,” said Eighth Grader Evan W.
Besides daily activities, the 8th graders had to divide into groups and help clean up after themselves.
“We had to help on our part, like we had to help them clean up and we had to help them set up for dinner, breakfast, and lunch. The meals were pretty [good],” said Eighth Grader Brittany L.
On their last day at camp, the Eighth Graders got to see a wild bison as it wandered into camp.
“He walked on the beach in the morning and came into camp. He scratched himself on some logs,” said Eighth Grader Sam S.
Overall, the Eighth Graders had a really fun trip to Catalina. They learned a lot about marine life, the Pacific Ocean, and especially being away from city life for a while!
To view more pictures taken by Sara Pearlman of this trip, click on the link below.
Click on the link below to see pictures taken by Michael Fujii.
Pictures below taken by Amanda M.
“Nobody really expects much from a first-year coach and a lot of people doubted us,” [North High School Girls Basketball] Coach Lauren Kamiyama said. “But the kids played with heart all season and I think we turned some doubters into believers. Not many people expected us to get to the quarterfinals. The girls played with excellent effort all season long.”
RMS is proud of Coach Kamiyama!
Congratulations to Michelle Nadeau, Michael Fujii, and Jack Witherspoon for being honored with the HSA last Tuesday night. You are truly deserving!
Honorary Service Award Winners By Chad Mabery
Each year, our PTSA recognizes people who have made significant contribution to the RMS community. This year’s winners were our own Michael Fujii, Michele Nadeau, and Jack Witherspoon. Michele Nadeau was honored for her countless volunteer hours at RMS over the last half decade or so. She is truly selflessly everywhere, all the time. Jack Witherspoon received the Very Special Person award. Although most people know Jack has a published cookbook and has been on several TV shows, he has also contributed over $100,000 to cancer research. He is the pediatric spokesperson for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, to which proceeds of his book sales are donated. Additional donations in his name have been made to Miller’s Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. Michael was honored for his unique ability to connect to and make an impact on our kids. Here’s a short clip of the PTSA speech about Michael… He is a member of the school’s Vision and Planning Team, the School Site Council and he facilitates technology workshops for other Richardson teachers. He has been involved in Student Council, iLead, Glee Club, Lunchtime Trivia Competitions, RMS vs. CMMS Games, Noon Leagues, GATE, Teacher vs. Student Games, and School Dances. Fujii has a door that is literally open every day at lunch and snack, just in case they want to stop by or need a place to go. His support of and interest in his students extends beyond campus as well. He has been spotted showing his support at their extra-curricular sporting events and performances, even after they’ve left middle school. He has a keen sense of what matters to kids this age and relates to them in a fun, calm, yet professional manner. He recently created online videos for every lesson he teachers in Algebra and Pre-Algebra…allowing students to learn and review concepts anywhere, anytime, as often as needed… Wow, what an amazing group of honorees!
If you haven’t purchased a yearbook yet, now’s the time! Students who purchase a yearbook between now and March 12 will be entered into a raffle. There’ll be a separate drawing each Friday. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Pearlman.
Students have put in endless hours of work along with Ms. Pearlman to create this year’s yearbook. Get yours today!
Mexican Riviera Mondays at Richardson are back starting Monday. Need a quick after-school snack?
$2 bean, rice and cheese burritos
$2 chicken flautas
A percentage of all sales will be donated to the PTSA.
Attention all 8th Graders: The deadline to turn in your permission slip and cost of entry for the Museum of Tolerance field trip is today. Please turn in the permission slip and cost of entry to your homeroom teacher so you won’t be left behind next week. You don’t want to miss experiencing this amazing museum after all of the studying you have done about the Holocaust in your ELA classes!
The pictures in the Fun With Photography post were taken by Leslie Bezich in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs. Where in the world have you traveled recently?
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Students in P.E. Teacher Lauren Kamiyama’s class learn some gymnastics moves.
A Valentine’s Day Dance was held on February 14th in the RMS Cafetorium which was decorated by the Student Council. A special 8th Grade Lounge was set up on the stage. The dejay played popular hit songs along with their videos. Thank you to Rizzo’s Pizza, Starbuck’s and Jack’s Pizza for their generous donations. Thanks, also, to all those who donated other goodies to share with our students. This all helped make this Valentine’s Day Dance very special.
Damier Honore 1808-1879
This artist was a sculptor and was best known for his caricatures (a picture, description, or sculpture ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things) of political figures. RMS students got the chance to imitate his art with sculptures of their own. We have some very talented sculptors at RMS. Thanks to all of the docents who came to help our students with this project.