Congratulations To Our 8th Graders!

RMS held its 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony this past Thursday, June 20th at 4:00.  The ceremony took place on the football field at South High School.  Among the speakers were TUSD School Board President Mr. Michael Wermers, Senior Director-Human Resources Dr. Mario Liberati (also a former RMS Principal) as well as Dr. Chad Mabery, 8th Graders Amanda M. and Ninabelle G.  Alex D. sang the National Anthem. 

Under the direction of Ms. Karrie Willett, the RMS Band played Pomp and Circumstance as well as Queen’s Dream, which was a medley of the group, Queen, songs. 

Thank you to Julie Yu and Kristl Holtz for organizing this event.  Thank you, also, to all of the other teachers and staff who helped out. 


Dr. Chad Mabery read the following to announce this year’s RMS Outstanding Student:

Each year, the Richardson Outstanding Student-of-the-Year Award is given to a student with exemplary characteristics and serves the Richardson School Community above and beyond academic excellence.  The Outstanding Student-of-the-Year was chosen by the entire Richardson Staff.

This year our Outstanding Student of the Year has…

  • Has a cumulative GPA of a 3.9 and received the President’s Gold award
  • Is an active member of Student Council for all three years
  • Played on the RMS basketball and soccer teams
  • Is a part of the RMS Journalism club
  • Acts in plays through a local community theatre…recently played Mr. Smee in Peter Pan
  • Was chosen by teachers to deliver a speech at Promotion
  • Reads the RMS Daily Bulletin with flair
  • Demonstrates leadership and service in all that she does

I am please to announce that the Richardson Middle School Outstanding Student of the year is Amanda M.

Congratulations to Amanda.  You are most deserving! 


Vice Principal Ms. Justine Lang announced the 4.0 GPA students:

We would now like to take the time to recognize more of our outstanding students.  The following students achieved the distinction of earning a 4.0 GPA all three years at Richardson Middle School.

Taylor B.

Sarah D.

Ninabella G.

Julia H.

Christian L.

Kanta M.

Bianca P.

Sara S.

Julia T.

Stephanie T.

Camryn U.

Congratulations to this extraordinary group of students.



Dr. Chad Mabery addressed the students:

Finishing middle school is one of several important educational milestones in your life. RichardsonMiddle Schoolstudents…it is the hope of the RMS staff that you will look back on your time atRichardsonwith pride and accomplishment.

Now… I was thinking about what words of wisdom we could leave you with today, your last as a Rattlesnake.  I think it would be best if we skipped the usual advise you hear from your parents.  You know advice like…


  • We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
  • You brought this on yourself
  • This hurts me more than it hurts you
  • You’ll live
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know
  • Because I said so
  • I wasn’t born yesterday, Mister
  • Don’t make me pull this car over
  • Life’s not fair

Instead, in the spirit of that awesome Queen medley we just heard, I’d like to share with our 8th graders a few different words of wisdom from a few people you or parents may recognize.


  • ·       Next time you’re found with your chin on the ground, there’s a lot to be learned, so look around – Frank Sinatra
  • ·       Let it be – the Beatles
  • ·       In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry, you make it double – Bob Marley
  • No, you can’t always get what you want…But if you try sometime, you just might find…You get what you need. – Rolling Stones
  • ·       Don’t stop believing – Journey
  • But if you never try you’ll never know – Coldplay
  • Reach for the stars…If you don’t grab them, at least you’re on top of the world – Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull
  • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  Stand a little taller – Kelly Clarkson
  • You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me. But we are never ever, ever, ever getting back together – Taylor Swift
  • We’ve come too far to give up who we are – Daft Punk
  • Right now is where you shine, I’m talking here and now. Let’s go. – Calvin Harris
  • If you’re lost and alone, Or you’re sinking like a stone, Carry on – FUN
  • Finally, from U2… Here’s to the future.  The only limits are the limits of our imagination.  Dream of the world you want to live in.  Dream out loud, in high volume.

Students, you have had the opportunity to learn at one of the best middle schools in California.  It is my hope that what you have learned at Richardson has prepared you for your next challenge…being a South High Spartan!  Lastly, there is one last thing RMS wants you to know…Know that when the RMS staff sees you wearing the Spartan green, we will always see the Richardson Rattlesnake in you.  Be proud of where you come from, what you have accomplished, and where you are going.  We certainly are proud of you.

Click on the link to see the end of the ceremony.  Promo End

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