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STEM Bounds Students At AstroCamp

By Katie S. Seventh grade GATE students along with four chaperones and Mr. Scott Smith attended AstroCamp on January 19-21st. It is located in Idyllwild, California. After the two hour bus ride, they were dropped off at AstroCamp in fifty … Continue reading

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What Does Smoking Really Do To Your Body?

By Samara SN. Did you know that more than one billion people in the world smoke? It is true more and more people are turning to smoking. Now that smoking is legal, more than 80% of our people are doing … Continue reading

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Where Do You Sit At Lunch?

  By Karina F. Students at RMS have migrated from hallways to eating in the cafeteria due to littering. Students have not been throwing away trash, therefore, going to eat in the cafeteria where there is less trash. The cafeteria … Continue reading

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Teachers Make A Wish List For Classroom Supplies

Editor’s Note- Mr. Lyne’s Wish List was attached to another teacher’s when this first was published and it did not show up properly in the Richardson Rattler.  We apologize.     By Mercy C. Have you ever imagined what a classroom … Continue reading

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Model UN Club Reaches State-wide

By Luke C. Do you want to be in a club where you can meet kids from all over the state?  Do you want to participate in a club where you can discuss current events?  Do you want to be … Continue reading

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It All Adds Up

By Luke C. You come into room 21 and see a bunch of students sitting around desks and trying to solve, as far as you can see, math problems that you have no clue about.  You ask Mr. Michael  Fujii, … Continue reading

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A Glance Into Visual Arts

By Marina M. Visual arts is a fun elective for filming and acting.  This elective is held by Mr. Josh Buby in Room 16 for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Aarushi M. and Olivia M. picked visual arts as their … Continue reading

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Need A Last-Minute Gift? Make It Yourself

By Marina M. Are you one of those people who don’t know what to get your friends and family this year?  You have to think of something quick, but you want it to be something thoughtful.  Well these DIYs are … Continue reading

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Santa Known Around The World

By Katie S. In the United States, children recognize ‘Santa Claus’ as the person who puts presents under their Christmas tree. But not everyone around the world has heard of Santa Claus. For example, in Britain there is a Father … Continue reading

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RMS Students Have Talent

By Katie S. and Kristina J. There are so many talented people at Richardson. So many people play sports, are talented artists, or are very smart. But some people, though, take their talents to the next level. Seventh grader Jamie … Continue reading

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Why Recycle?

By Luke C. You probably know about recycling.  It’s the yellow plastic bin in your classrooms, the huge recycling centers you see around town, or maybe even the small triangle on your plastic water bottle.  But why are they there?  … Continue reading

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Do Playing With Legos Make You Smarter?

By Theodore N. Parents usually say that studying and going to school will make you smarter, but did you know that playing with Legos makes you smarter too?  With colorful Lego bricks, an adult or child can develop their cognitive … Continue reading

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Thank You To Our Veterans

By Luke C. November 11th, Veterans day.  You know this as a day of remembrance to all Americans who have served in the military.  But how did this start, and what is the significance of this holiday? This holiday’s date … Continue reading

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Is Coke The Right Choice For You?

People normally wonder what makes Coca Cola so addicting. Some say that there is an artificial sweetener that makes people want more and more of it. Others say that the people who drink the substance get on a daily bases. … Continue reading

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What’s In A Dream?

By Sally M. Have you ever woken up from a weird dream and wondered what it means? Well, Listverse has made a list of common dreams and their meanings: Car Trouble  These dreams can haunt anyone’s sleep – even people who … Continue reading

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How Can We Conserve Water?

By Katie S. Water conservation is very important in Southern California. We have experienced many droughts over the past century, the most recent having just ended this year. Southern California receives very little rainfall, so we are thankful for El … Continue reading

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Halloween Holds Tradition

By Kristina J. and Samara SN. Did you know that Halloween’s original name was All Hallows Eve? You would think that it would have stayed Halloween right? Well, I guess not.   Halloween was originated with the ancient Celtic Festival of … Continue reading

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Run, Forest, Run

By Alex P. Do you like to run? There’s a club for that! RMS is introducing a Running Club and they’re having their first meeting at 3:15pm to 3:45pm in the cafeteria after school on Wednesday. This club is going … Continue reading

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Student Poetry: Popular

By Ellie H. I’m nothing compared to the popular kids I refuse to believe that Other people can become popular   It’s true that Doing drugs Makes you cooler than reading books   I’ll tell you this Once upon a … Continue reading

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What’s In Your Trick-or-Treat Bag?

By Katie S. and Genesis O. Have you been wondering what will be the candy to grab this year? Make sure to stash your Halloween treat bags with RMS’s favorite Halloween candy. Is it Hershey’s? Kit Kats? Snickers? Skittles? Fifty … Continue reading

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Mysterious Creatures of the Sea Unveiled

By Annabelle H. and Mercy C. What is a marine animal the size of a golf ball and has a bite 10,000 times more dangerous than cyanide? If you don’t know what this mysterious sea creature is, it’s the Blue … Continue reading

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Earth Sits In The Goldilocks Zone

By Jodi Y. Nasa (National Aeronautics And Space Administration)  has recently discovered the Goldilocks Zone which is located in space.  The Goldilocks zone is when planets or stars aren’t too far from the Sun, but not too close to the … Continue reading

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A Message From The Principal

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Did You Know…?

Did you know that March 9th is National Meatball Day? Meatballs were originally made to hide vegetables in and since have become a staple food among several nationalities of people.  Celebrate the day and have a meatball!

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Environmental Club Makes A Difference

The Environmental Club is helping to keep RMS environmentally aware.  Bring a trash free lunch and earn a green ticket to be put into a drawing. Thank you Environmental Club for making us aware that everyone’s actions make a big difference! … Continue reading

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Peak Inside Of Mr. Petito’s Classroom

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Where In The World Are We?

Can you name this place?   Photos Taken By Kayla Bezich Answer:  El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California   If you have taken pictures of an interesting place and would like to see them in the newspaper, please share … Continue reading

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RMS Family College Challenge

Between now and the end of Spring Break, visit a college or university campus. There will be a follow up Homeroom discussion the week of April 14.  All students that visit or tour a college campus and share the experience with their Homeroom will … Continue reading

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Making Math Fun

Barbie Bungee Math Teacher Stephany Nakamura goes to great heights to teach math lesson. Hula Hoop and Jump Roping Olympics Math Teacher Wendy Turner has students jumping and hula hooping for a Math lesson.

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Happy Birthday President Lincoln!

Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln was 6’4″ tall?  He was the 16th President of the United States.  He served from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.  He is best known for abolishing slavery, strengthening the national … Continue reading

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Photo Album: Hearts Are Everywhere!

Photos By Q3 Journalism Students  This photo album was inspired by the book Find It In Everything by Drew Barrymore.  (Ms. Bezich has a copy if you would like to look at it.)

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Did You Know…?

Did You Know…?  is a recurring post that will give an interesting fact about someone on campus.  Look for these to pop up in the newspaper from time to time. Did you know…that Ms. Saira Hirji is double jointed?  

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Music Department Performs At The Armstrong Theatre

On December 12th under the direction of Music Teacher Karrie Willett, Beginning and Advanced Band, Jazz Band and Choir members all performed to a full house at the Torrance Armstrong Theatre.  It was a program filled with holiday music plus … Continue reading

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Photo Album: Fun With iPads

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Scarabs Bring Good Luck To RMS

Mrs. Alison Newman’s Sixth Grade Social Studies classes made Scarabs.  Scarabs were made during Egyptian times.  They were named and given characteristics. RMS students in Newman’s Social Studies classes were given the chance to make these good luck charms. River … Continue reading

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Header Turkeys

The Cases collect turkeys.   Ask them why!     Photos By Lisa Case.  

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Lego League To Compete

Lego League students will be competing in their first contest on November 9th at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood (1309 N. Wilton Place, Los Angeles 90028).  The competition runs from 8:00AM until 5:00PM.   All are welcome to watch. … Continue reading

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Make New Friends

Want to make new friends while helping the community?  Then, the Builders’ Club is for you! Builder’s Club is sponsored by School Counselor Stephanie Hunnel, Sixth Grade Teacher Lisa Case and Kiwanis Member Tony Goorchenko.  This club meets every Tuesday … Continue reading

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Tech Trekkies Share Their Experiences

One Regular School Day… By Eighth Grader Elisa B. It was just a regular school day.  I was in my fourth period science class with Ms. Malpede, doing class work and wondering what was for lunch.  That was when I … Continue reading

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Meet Mark S.

By Brendan H. Do you Know Mark S.? If not, here is some information about him. He is an eleven-year-old Sixth Grader who goes to RMS. His favorite subjects are science and math. In his free time, he likes to … Continue reading

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All A’s For Bailey

By Annabelle B. Did you know that Bailey L. earned straight As in Fifth Grade? Although Bailey is good at every subject, she says math is entertaining because of the challenge. “I love math because I’m never bored in math … Continue reading

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Hisham Holds A Secret

By Jacob V. Do you know Sixth Grader Hisham A.? Hisham is a fun person who loves to play basketball during his free time. He hopes to become a famous basketball player for the Clippers. When he is not playing … Continue reading

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Alex J. Aims High!

By Allison P. Alex J. loves soccer! He plays soccer every chance he gets. He is eleven years-old and has two brothers and two sisters. His favorite book is 39 Clues and his favorite movie is Star Wars 3. He … Continue reading

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Annabelle B. Flips For Gymnastics

By Bailey L. Do you know a girl who is a great gymnast? I do, her name is Annabelle B. Annabelle is a Sixth Grade student at Richardson Middle School. She has just enjoyed her first week in middle school. … Continue reading

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Terrific Thea

By Michelle C. Do you know someone who still loves The Little Mermaid? Dorothea D. does. Dorothea’s nickname is Thea and she was born on October 24th. The schools that she has attended are Riviera Elementary and Richardson Middle School … Continue reading

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Meet Sixth Grader, Tylin B.

By Olivia K. Do you like going out to get ice cream? Sixth Grader Tylin B. does.  She loves to get ice cream after a hard day at school.  Her favorite place to get ice cream is McDonald’s. She has … Continue reading

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Hot Dogs, Hot Dogs…Get Your Hot Dogs Here!

By Shane C. How about those Dodgers? Not only are they the National League West Division Champs and one of the best teams in baseball, Dodger Stadium is also known for something else…the Dodger Dog. It is a hot dog … Continue reading

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8th Graders Honored At Assembly

Congratulations to all of the award winners.  We are proud of you and what you have accomplished at RMS!  Thank you to Joelle Conner for organizing this assembly and putting in all of the hours it takes to make the … Continue reading

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Awesome Threesome: Two Speakers And A Singer Take Center Stage

Amanda M. and Ninabella G. will be speaking at this year’s 8th Grade Promotion ceremony.  Tryouts were held and students were asked to write and give their speeches to a panel of teachers and staff members.  Thank you to all … Continue reading

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Header Photo By Kayla B.

The Terranea Resort Hotel and Spa is located at the end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  There are walking paths to the ocean’s edge just past Nelson’s Restaurant.  The rocky beach is open to the public and is free of … Continue reading

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Former RMS Student Leads Communications Club

The Communications Club met every Tuesday and Friday after school at 4:00. There were nine members this year and they hope it will grow next year. The person in charge was South High debate student Jillian F. Jillian is a former RMS student.  Friday, June … Continue reading

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Two Tech Trek Scholarships Awarded

Two students were chosen to receive Tech Trek Science & Math scholarships.  Our two winners are Lauren P. and Elisa B..  They were recognized at the June 3rd School Board meeting and they will spend a week this summer at University California Santa Barbara … Continue reading

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Photo Fun: Where In The World Are We?

Where was this picture taken?  If you guessed California State University Channel Islands, you are right. Fun Facts: 5,000 people attend CI and in 2018, that number will be closer to 20,000. CI offers 23 BA degrees. School Mascot-Dolphins School Colors- Red … Continue reading

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RMS Salutes Our American Heroes

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Top Students Compete In Math Competition

On Saturday, May 4th, Eighth Graders Rachel G., Julia H., Jin Y., Victor J. and Seventh Grader Bennett K. competed in the 3rd Annual Torrance Regional Middle School Math Competition against kids from other schools in the South Bay.  The competition … Continue reading

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RMS Awarded California Distinguished School

  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 … Continue reading

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6th Grade is Mad for Math!

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, … Continue reading

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ELA Extravaganza Makes Learning Fun

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 … Continue reading

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Workers Spruce Up RMS

  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 … Continue reading

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Student Perspective: Coffee-Your Best Friend Or Worst Enemy?

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 … Continue reading

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Field Trips Make Learning Come Alive

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 … Continue reading

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Choir Competes For The Gold!

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. … Continue reading

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Japanese And Chinese Schools Meet On Saturdays

By Kristy L. What do you do on Saturday mornings? Whether you’re watching TV, playing a sports game, or sleeping, you’ve probably never thought of going to school on a Saturday. Some people, though, are doing just that – and … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!

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 … Continue reading

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Clippers Honor Conner

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! http://thelatesthiss.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Joelle.mov

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Colorguards Take First Place

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!

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GATE 8th Graders Swim With Plankton

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 … Continue reading

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Coach Kamiyama Makes Believers

“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 … Continue reading

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A Peak Inside The Classroom: Gymnastics in Kamiyama’s Class

Students in P.E. Teacher Lauren Kamiyama’s class learn some gymnastics moves.

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Adventures In Art: Students Imitate Honore’s Caricatures

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 … Continue reading

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“Cool Kids” Recycle

By Olivia Adair   “Come join the Environmental Club. Not only will you be doing a good deed for planet Earth, you get to hang out with cool people and you will become instantly popular,” said Science Teacher Mandy Malpede. … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year: The Year of the Snake

Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快樂! Happy Year of the Snake! People born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, and 2025 are born in the year of the Snake. According to Chinese legend, Snake was the sixth … Continue reading

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Come To The Island

By Eric H. Did you know that people study in many different ways? Some people study with cards, memorization techniques, games, and many other ways. At this point in time, technology has been getting more and more popular. Now, you … Continue reading

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iLEAD Students Take The Lead

Through several workshops, iLEAD students have learned about what it takes to be a leader.  RMS is proud of these students. These future leaders have a lot to share with the world.  Go iLEAD Team!   

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Henna Tattoos: The Old Art Turns To New Fashion

  By Olivia A. It’s no secret that tattoos are something reserved mostly for adults. But for over 5000 years, ancient civilizations such as Egypt have been using an alternative for dying their skin and hair: henna. This old practice … Continue reading

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