Have you ever wondered about who helps to make the numerous events at RMS, like the after school dances or the Team Trivia competitions at lunch? All of these events aren’t possible with the amazing Student Council.
Michael Fujii, the teacher who leads Students Council, encourages kids to join for their elective.
“Student Council gives kids and students a chance to organize and run events that they like; it also gives them a voice,” said Fujii.
Fujii also explains that the group puts on lots of events, like class competitions. This year, their main goals were to improve events and try new things. All of these events are to provide fun things to do during lunch and make sure that students have a fun experience at RMS.
In addition to providing students at school a fun time, kids participating in Student Council have also enjoyed the time.
Elisa B., the President of Student Council, says, “It’s pretty cool being President. I get to be in charge of something that’s actually significant. I can get people’s spirits up. I never expected to become friends with Sixth and Seventh graders.”
The Vice President agrees.
“It’s pretty good, getting honored and all. It’s pretty fun. After all, I got to design the t-shirts for the Leadership class,” said Sho M.
Other students like the experience too. Abby E., a Seventh Grader, says that “planning the events is fun”.
Carmen S. adds that “teamwork is the key to make the events successful”.
Sydney M. says that “making events for the school is fun”.
Sixth Graders Sam M. and Aubrey L. both enjoy being in the Student Council. Sam likes to be involved in a lot of things, while Aubrey learned how to be a leader, which helps her to get to know the school better.
The next time you join an event at school, just remember that it’s most likely organized by Student Council. Most of the events you participate in couldn’t be possible without the help of the RMS Student Council.
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The Chinese YoYo, the second oldest toy (following the doll) in the world which dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1386-1644 A.D.) It was created a long time ago but there is no known inventor. It is also called Empty Bell, Pulling Bell, or Wind Bell. The YoYo was originally made from bamboo or wood, which has been modified to plastic because bamboo and wood are too fragile to perform complicated tricks.
The YoYo consists of two wheels connected to each other so that the center of mass is where the string goes. With the weight evenly spread out, the performer can accomplish many different tricks.
This toy is great for improving coordination, concentration, and discipline. People need to concentrate on the movement of their hands to balance the YoYo; this also requires a lot of practice. But, all of the practice time will pay off when people master the skills and perform the tricks to an audience.
Today, the Chinese YoYo is very popular, as it provides many benefits. If you need to improve your coordination, concentration, and discipline and have time to practice, the Chinese YoYo will be the perfect toy for you!
You only have until May 31 to purchase a yearbook online. There will be a limited number of yearbooks for sale the last week of school. However, they will not be sold until all of the online purchases have been distributed. Therefore, if you want one, and you don’t want to wait, order online before May 31. Eighth Graders, if you want your yearbook in time for the picnic, you need to order online!
Share your talent with the South Bay. South Bay’s got Talent, hosted by the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation. Auditions will be held on September 8th and 9th at the Armstrong Theater. Submit your audition form by
Open House will be held from 5:30-6:30PM on Tuesday, May 20th. Come by and visit your teachers. Please remember that this is not a Parent/Student/Teacher Conference night. Should you want to talk to your teachers about grades, please make a separate appointment to do so at a later date. Thank you.
See you there!
Note: Tuesday will be a regular start time and Wednesday will be a Late Start.
Girl Scout Troop 3865 is collecting items for the Carson Animal Shelter from Tuesday, May 13 – Friday, May 23. A collection box will be place in each homeroom for the remainder of the drive. The homeroom who collects the most supplies will win a Pizza-Popsicle Party. The following items will be collected: Old blankets and towels, Dawn dishwashing soap, Rubber KONG brand dog toys, Cat & dog treats, Rawhide chews and bones, Cat toys, Canned cat food (no dog food please). Thanks for your support.
Taken from the Daily Bulletin.
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On Wednesday, May 7th, a Pep Rally was held to introduce the RMS Soccer teams. They will be playing against Calle Mayor on Thursday, May 8th, at South HS on the field at 3:30PM. Come out and cheer for your team. Wear your school colors to show your school spirit!
On Monday, May 5th, Grade Level Assemblies were held to honor students who selected for Student of the Month for March and Honor Roll (Click on this link to find the list of Honor Roll kids http://richardsonmiddleschool.org/honor_roll.html) , Other awards given were Hidden Gem, Leading By Example, and Making a Difference. Congratulations to all of the students honored and we hope to add even more students next time.
6th Grade Honor RollHidden Gems
Schenkelberg Daphne B. This student is a kind and caring student who is dedicated to their studies. She always has something interesting to add to classroom discussions and has such a compassionate nature. Congratulations, Daphne B.!
Turner Christina P. This student works hard every single day. In math, she has received a 4 on every learning target for the entire year. If she did not receive a 4 the first time, she worked hard to retake it. She has an amazing work ethic and she is truly a Hidden Gem. Congratulations, Christina P.!
Richmond Jared M. Everyday this student quietly looks around the classroom, figuring out the daily agenda. He is dependable, reliable, quiet thinking. This individual definitely adds to the success of a class. Congratulations, Jared M.!
Schenkelberg Dominick S. This student has great ideas and an enthusiastic spirit. He showed Ms. Schenkelberg a great game on Scratch.com. He is so creative. Congratulations, Dominick S.!
Newman Kayleigh F. This student is always on task, ready to go no matter what the class status is. Ms. Newman can always count on her to know what is going on and why. She is a true “Hidden Gem”. Congratulations, Kayleigh F.!
Willett Sooyon L. and Kayla Y. At the beginning of the school these two quiet, shy, short, young ladies decided that they wanted to join tall flags. They overcame all of their obstacles during the school year and now have become two amazing young ladies who may still be short, but they are bigger than life when they hold a tall flag pole. Congratulations, Sooyon L. and Kayla Y.!
Leading By ExampleNewman/ Schenkelberg Ellie D. This student works hard and inspires others. She speaks up and shares her thoughts and ideas regularly. She is a wonderful role model for others. This student is “Miss Dependable”. She is always in the “know”. She is an active leader for small groups and large. She could run Ms. Newman’s classroom without help from anyone. She is a true leader. Congratulations, Ellie D.!
Willett Min J. This student started out the school a little bit unsure, but filled with lots of questions. He took those questions and applied them to his playing. During the course of the school year, he has single handedly made his entire section practice more, just to avoid losing a challenge to him. Congratulations, Min J.!
Bezich Dane G. This student comes into class smiling and ready to work. He never complains and is always prepared to do whatever task is asked of him. His self-motivation is one that other students take notice of and copy. Congratulations to Dane G. for Leading By Example in Ms. Bezich’s 6th Grade ELA class!
Oden Avalon B. This student is a great role model for the rest of the class by having a great attitude, work ethic and a positive attitude all of the time. Congratulations, Avalon B.!
Turner Bailey Lucich This student is hard working. She is always ready, always prepared, and always willing to do her best. She is a loyal friend and treats her peers and teachers with kindness and respect. Congratulations, Bailey L.!
Willett Marcus C. This student always is prepared for class and quietly leads students to do the right thing. He has excelled on learning his instrument and in doing so have helped to support the entire band. Congratulations, Marcus C.!
Richmond Olivia K. This student always actively tries to help and encourage others to do the right thing. Her positive attitude encourages others to always do the right thing. Congratulations, Olivia K.!
Oden Gabby P. This student always has a great attitude and is a positive influence for the rest of the class. Congratulations, Gabby P.!
Willett Julia B. This student has spent endless hours learning the art of perfection. She continues to work even when everyone else has taken a break. She encourages others to try their best and on her own assists students who are struggling. Congratulations, Julia B.!
Making a Difference
Pearlman Katelynn M. When the yearbook deadline had passed, and certain staff members had failed to complete their pages, as promised, this student quietly took over and saved the day! She logged in, without being asked, saw the blank pages, and put together an awesome page in a super short period of time. She’s a true team player (and Ms. Pearlman’s personal superhero!) Congratulations, Katelynn M.!
Schenkelberg Aiden L. This student is thoughtful, insightful and considerate. He is a pleasure to have in class and contributes his positive energy to class discussions. Congratulations, Aiden L.!
Bezich Connor R. This student goes beyond the duties of being a student. He is always prepared and is always willing to help others and the teacher. He puts extra effort into his work to be sure it is the best he can do. He makes a difference every day by just coming to class. Congratulations, Connor R.!
Hirji Mindy W. This student stands up for everyone. She is caring, generous, and selfless. Congratulations, Mindy Wynne!
Richmond Annette S. This student is able to work with all classmates with a positive attitude. She looks for the solution, not the problem. Her positive and reflective personality helps to bring out the best in all. Congratulations, Annette S.!
Newman William B. Everyday this student brings “life” to Ms. Newman’s 6th period class. He shares ideas and concerns, but most of all they share them self. Congratulations, William B.!
Turner Mia E. This student is kind and considerate to everyone. She is a great person, a fantastic student and a wonderful role model here at RMS. Congratulations, Mia E.!
7th Grade Honor Roll
Bezich Jasmine W. This student stood out in the rain during an unusual downpour between classes. She ran from person to person with her umbrella helping others to stay dry, all while she was getting wet. To see this person in action, you may see the video on The Latest Hiss. They are truly a Hidden Gem! Congratulations, Jasmine W.!
Fujii Nicholas C. This student is hard-working and is a pleasure to have in class. He is well-liked by their classmates, many of whom have requested to sit near him. Congratulations, Nicholas C.!
Richmond Ryan W. This student is quietly amazing! Aside from participation, help to others, and keeping the teacher on top of homework assignments, every morning this student is positive, has a great attitude and helpful to all. Congratulations, Ryan W.!
Making a Difference
Carlsson Ellie B. This student is always attentive and excited in class. She models excellent life skills without even knowing it. Congratulations, Ellie B.!
Fujii Julie S. This student is well-liked by both teachers and students. She is a willing participant in class and is a very hard-working student. Congratulations, Julie S.!
Case Bryce M. This student walks into Ms. Case’s room with a smile, a positive attitude, and is ready to help in any way needed. He is a T.A., but he is happy to help anyone who needs his assistance anywhere on campus. Ms. Case’s 6th grade students have enjoyed seeing him every day and so has Ms. Case. Congratulations, Bryce M.!
Richmond Noelle S. This student has a rare gift for working with all class partners in a compassionate, non-judgemental manner. This student seeks the solution not the problem to all people getting along. Congratulations, Noelle S.!
Willett Benjamin W. This student goes the extra mile. He works very hard to achieve that next level of musicianship. He even spends three days a week at lunch perfecting his playing. Congratulations, Ben W.!
Case Stephanie P. This student is incredibly organized. She can run off complicated lists of copies, and keep them in order. She enters Ms. Case’s room everyday ready to work, with a positive attitude, and a smile on her face. She is a T.A, but has helped other teachers, and even the office when needed. Congratulations, Stephanie P.!
Leading By Example
Mason Nick B. If Ms. Mason was a middle school student, she would enjoy having this student as her seat partner, because he is patient and helpful. Congratulations, Nick B.!
Pearlman Natalie T. and Sarah N. Designing a yearbook is no small feat! It requires committed, dedicated students who are able to take initiative, manage their time, meet deadlines, proactively plan for problem, and – unfortunately—often take on more than they bargained for, especially when other staff members fail to follow through, as promised. These two ladies, in particular, were an integral part of our yearbook staff, designing multiple pages and committing much of their free time to ensuring every student at RMS will be represented in, and proud of, our yearbook. Congratulations, Natalie T.and Sarah N.!
Oden Matthew T. This student is an outstanding athlete who is a great leader for the class. He does a fantastic job as a team leader and he has a very good attitude all the time. Congratulations, Matthew T.!
Richmond Isabelle D. This student manages attendance, class participation, and leadership on all levels to make students accomplish goals. She is always positive and always with a smile. Congratulations, Isabelle D.!
Willett Amber W. This student has spent endless hours learning the art of perfection. She continues to work even when everyone else has taken a break. She encourages others to try their best and on her own assists students who are struggling. Congratulations, Amber W.!
Newman Ryan M. This student is a hard worker who challenges themself and others to do their very best. He is someone who Ms. Newman counts on every day. Congratulations, Ryan M.!
Oden Stephen Y. This student does a great job as a team leader, is very positive and is always on task. He is also a fantastic example for the rest of the class. Congratulations, Stephen Y.!
8th Grade Honor Roll
Mufti Nicholas R. This student has shown great improvement over the year. He had to overcome many challenges in a new school. Congratulations, Nicholas R.!
Willett Masaki A., Kiyotaka A. These students are section leaders in the Advanced Band, members of the RMS Jazz Band, and the RMS Drumline. They quietly pursue the task of achieving perfection on all of their instruments. Congratulations to Masaki A., and Kiyotaka A.!
Making a Difference
Rodriguez Charlie P. This student works well with others. She is kind and patient and willing to help others without concern for her own grade or completion of the task. She stepped up, leading her group and made them a team until the job was done. Congratulations, Charlie P.!
Willett Tyler S., Taery K., Melina I., Hayato E. This student goes the extra distance week in and week out. They play in the RMS Jazz Band, the RMS Drumline, as well as the RMS Advanced Band. Giving up three lunches a week to pursue new musical endeavors. In addition this student also spends at least one day a week after school practicing the drums. Congratulations to Tyler S., Taery K., Melina I., and Hayato E.!
Leading By Example
Fujii Gus M. This student has shown great improvement and effort this year. He has been a positive, mature influence in class. He works hard and stands up for others. Congratulations, Gus M.!
Carlsson Leon J. Investing in one’s own education is rare at such a young age, yet this student exhibits this through his eagerness to be successful. Congratulations, Leon J.!
Pearlman Chloe B. When the most popular, sought after pages in the yearbook weren’t coming together, as planned, this student volunteered to assist the staff member in charge. When that staff member backed out, three weeks before the deadline, this student stepped up to take on a massive project – and pulled it off brilliantly! For the past month, she has been feverishly working on getting the most labor intensive pages of the yearbook completed, and she’s done it all with little to no help (and with a positive attitude!) Congratulations, Chloe B.!
Newman Michelle B. This student challenges 6th, 7th and 8th graders. She is a strong TA, who interacts with 6th graders well. She is a strong, capable young lady, who sets an example that is tough to follow. Congratulations, Michelle B.!
Congratulations to all of our award winners!
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Students were challenged over the Spring Break to visit a college campus. A drawing will be held for those who did and shared their experiences with their homerooms. Did you visit a college campus? If you have a picture, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put it in the newspaper.
Halle H. at Loyola Marymount University
Jason I., Nathan I. and Kalin A. at USC
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Come out and show your school spirit by coming to the Pep Rally on Wednesday at lunch to root on our RMS Soccer Players. The soccer game against Calle Mayor will be held on the South High School Football Field at 3:30PM after school on Thursday. Please wear your RMS Rattlesnake wear! Go Rattlesnakes!
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On Tuesday, April 29th, parents of incoming 6th Graders were invited to hear Principal Dr. Chad Mabery speak about Richardson Middle School and what new students may expect. Questions were asked by parents at the end of the meeting and answered by Dr. Mabery as well. If you were unable to attend the meeting or have further questions about Richardson Middle School, please call our office at 310 533-4790. We look forward to having your child join our RMS family next year!
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The Team Trivia Challenge is returning to RMS! Sign up with your team of four to compete with questions about History, Science, Literature, Pop Culture, Sports, and other random topics. Students from all grade levels are welcome to participate. Teams of four students can sign up with Mr. Fujii in Room 14 by Friday.
Quidditch Noon League sign-ups are today, tomorrow and Friday outside of Room 3. Make your own team of seven, gender does not matter. Sign-ups will be collected this Friday during 4th period.
Leadership is now selling Mother’s Day gifts. They will be selling coffee cups for $2. They will include tea along with Hershey Kisses. The cup also includes a removable piece of paper that you can decorate and personalize. Remember Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11, so get your gift now at the blue benches on the blacktop this Thursday and Friday and Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week.
Be sure to come to our Beach/Tiki Dance Thursday, May 1st from 3-5PM in the Cafeteria. Admission costs $4 and will include a slice of pizza. There will be a photo booth for free and shaved ice for $2. Come see Chloe Burch and Cameron Stammer DJ! But, remember to get your permission slips signed by Thursday!
Students in Mrs. Elaine Richmond’s class were asked, “What is your reaction, comment or opinion about your experience at Medieval Times?” Here are some of their responses.
I loved Medieval Times (MT). It made me feel like I was in the Middle Ages. They did a really good job of acting. It looked real. -Alan M.
The MT field trip was fun and exciting. The food was good, like the garlic bread and the cookie. -Anna L.
I honestly loved the experience…seeing everything going on helped students understand the Middle Ages. The food was okay, but it was nice how students didn’t have to stay in assigned groups and got to sit with their friends. -Sarah N.
It was very fun. The acts were funny. The food was good and the people were nice. -Nickie P.
I really liked MT. It was enjoyable and I liked how we had freedom rather than having to stay with a chaperone. I liked the show. It was funny and educational.
MT was an educational experience that summed up what we were learning in class. It was fun and the performance was very interesting The workers were helpful and did their jobs well. Overall, it was a great field trip. -Unknown Seventh Grader
I enjoyed the field trip to MT a lot. I feel it gave a good visual of what we are learning this year in Social Studies. -Unknown Seventh Grader
I enjoyed the dinner and the show. The food was good and I really enjoyed the garlic bread. This experience was great and I hope I can do it again, someday.
-Unknown Seventh Grader
MT was interesting because they supplied food for you. It was fun watching the show, even thought the knight I was rooting for didn’t win. The souvenirs were amazing, but overpriced. -Unknown Seventh Grader
MT was by far the best field trip I have ever gone on. To sum it all up with one word, I would use “exhilarating”. -Matt B.
Open House will be held on May 20th this year. Please plan to come by and see what students have been doing all year in classes. Please remember, that for the enjoyment of all who attend, this is not time for a Parent/Teacher Conference. If you are interested in discussing your child’s progress, please email the teachers directly. (For Example…first initial and last name @etusd.org would look like this…email@example.com) Thank you.
See you at Open House.
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RMS faces Calle Mayor on May 8th from 3:30PM-5:30PM at South High School. Soccer players have already started practicing under the guidance of Coach Michael Fujii and Former Rattlesnake Coach Page B. Come out and cheer on your Rattlesnakes. Go Team!
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RMS will be holding its annual Sharefest on Saturday, May 3rd from 9AM-1PM. If you would like to help spruce up our campus, we need you! Please come all of the time or if you can only spare an hour or two, please join us.
Do you have a 5th Grader headed to Richardson Middle School next year? Please join us on April 29th in the Cafeteria for a meeting from 6:30PM-8:00PM. You will hear from the Principal and will get a chance to meet some of the Sixth Grade Teachers.
This week, April 21st through April 24th, RMS students are taking the new Smarter Balanced Test also known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The scores will not count, however, students are asked to do their best, so that they will learn how to negotiate this new statewide test.
Some students enjoyed the new format.
“This test gave me confidence, because I worried about taking it, but when I took it, it was easy,” said Sixth Grader Alex A.
Others enjoyed using the Chrome books.
“I liked it because it was on the computers instead of having to bubble or write on paper,” said Sixth Grader Cole F.
Some were pleasantly surprised by the test.
“I didn’t know what to expect, but once I took the test, it was easy,” said Sixth Grader Lola M.
By the end of the week, students will have had a test in ELA and in Math. It is running very smoothly in most classes.
“The preparation for the logistics of this test has been wonderful. We have had IT people and Technology Lead Teachers in and out of our classrooms, and we have had only a few glitches that involved signing on. Things went really well. Another benefit is that this test is paperless,” said ELA Teacher Leslie Bezich.
This was a practice for RMS this year. Next year, students will be taking the real test and we will get results. Even though scores are not given back to us, the results are being used and analyzed for future tests.
Thanks to all who were involved and especially to those students who took the time to do their best! We appreciate all of your hard work!
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A group of parents put together a trip to Washington D.C. for thirty-three RMS 8th Graders over Spring Break. Students took a red-eye airplane flight on Tuesday, April 7th and arrived the next morning. Once they landed, they went straight to some of the sights in Washington D.C. Above is a picture of Ms. Sara Pearlman with three RMS students who went on the trip. They were spotted coming out of the Natural History Museum and photographed by Ms. Leslie Bezich who was there with her daughter. (Note: This trip for the students was planned by private parties and was not school sponsored.)
School will be out for Spring Break for the week of April 7-11. Enjoy your time with family and friends! If you are on wheels, wear your helmets or seat belts if you are in a car. Come back with tales to tell. Happy Break!
On Friday March 28th, the RMS Band and Choir under the direction of Music Teacher, Karrie Willett, participated in the Forum Music Festival held at Fullerton College. The RMS Band took home a Gold Medal and
the Choir took home a Silver Medal.
Alice L. won an award for Outstanding Musicianship for the piccolo and the Descant Section, small group of the upper voices, of the Choir took home and Outstanding Musicianship as well. People in this small group were Olivia P., Savannah P. Tamia J., and Allee L.
Congratulations to all who participated in the festival. We are proud of you!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Rattlesnake Run today. Please collect your donations and return them to your Homeroom Teacher as soon as possible. All monies go directly back to RMS. Thank you, in advance, for your support of our Rattlesnakes!
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Students in Mrs. Joelle Connor’s class were asked, “What is your reaction, comment or opinion about your experience at the Museum of Tolerance?” Here are some of their responses.
The museum was a truly moving experience. It was amazing to see what it was really like during the Holocaust. I enjoyed the museum a lot. – Reid S.
The museum was very interesting and full of knowledge. The tour was cool with the interaction. Overall, it was okay. -Sean L.
The field trip caught my attention. It showed me that if we don’t learn to except things, the Holocaust can happen again.- Author Unknown
My tour guide was an actual Holocaust Survivor. It was so touching to hear her story and know that she had hope even when she was in Auschwitz. It shows that you should have hope even in the darkest situations. -Alex K.
The MOT reminded me that no matter how much good was in the world, that there was the same amount of people that are evil, but carry a smile on their face. – Maryna B.
The MOT is very sad yet very informative. It cleared up a lot of speculation on current events and the Holocaust too. Overall, I think that out of all of the field trips I’ve been to, it was one of the best. -Author Unknown
The MOT was boring at first, but it got fascinating halfway through. It was a great learning experience and can help teach students about the flaws in our world. -Kenneth P.
We had a Holocaust Survivor as our guide for the museum. She told us about her experience and it made the Holocaust seem so much more surreal. -Kate L.
The MOT is sad but very interesting. It is not boring and will teach you why you should be tolerant of others. You will never forget the experience. – Author Unknown
The MOT influenced me by showing me that what happened in the past could happen again. It showed me that we can’t make the same mistakes because these things could happen again. -Kenji K.
The MOT was very tragic and taught me a lot of things. What was done to the people during the Holocaust will never be forgiven or forgotten! -Nika L.
The MOT is a place where everyone should visit. The lessons and information at the museum are vital for this day and era to hear and read. After visiting the museum, I would like to become a docent, that’s how much I enjoyed it. Plus, the bus ride was really fun! -Grace R.
The MOT was an experience no one will ever forget. It is the details of what happened during the Holocaust and the one person can change the world. -Ryan M.
Going to MOT is one of the most memorable days of my life. It has taught me that the Holocaust shows the worst of mankind. -Author Unknown
The MOT was a huge learning experience because I learned why you shouldn’t be racist or mean. There were millions of people killed because they were “different”. -Anthony R.
When people think of genocides, they automatically think of the Holocaust, nothing else. When we watched the video about genocides, they named about forty current genocides. The Holocaust was an international terror, but we need to realize there are all the other current genocides and we need to do something about them. -Norman X.
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Have you met Mr. Medrano yet? He’s Richardson’s new Social Science and Physical Education teacher. If you don’t have him as a teacher, here are some facts about him just so you can get to know him a little better.
His full name is Robert Medrano, his favorite color is cardinal red and his favorite book is The Grapes Of Wrath.
“My favorite color is cardinal because the color of USC is cardinal red and gold”, said Medrano.
Medrano has only taught at Richardson for two quarters and thinks the best part of being a teacher is knowing that he helped a student succeed when he or she may have been struggling.
One of Medrano’s pet peeves is tardiness.
“I try my best to follow the adage (saying), on time is ten minutes late,” said Medrano.
University of Southern California, California State University, Fullerton, and Los Altos High School are the schools Medrano has attended.
Medrano likes to spend time with family, run, hike, mountain bike, and watch college football.
If Medrano wasn’t a teacher, he would like to write travel guides.
Paris, France is Medrano’s favorite vacation spot.
“I like going to Paris because of their culture, history, and their food”, said Medrano.
Other facts about Medrano are that “Dark knight” is his favorite movie, his favorite food is chili cheese fries, and NCAA football and NHL games are his favorite television shows.
Stop by Room 4 and say “Hi” to Mr. Medrano. He enjoys meeting new people!
On Friday, March 21st, the following students were invited to attend the Magazine Drive-a-Palooza. These students sold eight or more magazines. Congratulations to them and thank you to anyone who helped with this drive. We hope you enjoy your magazines.
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The RMS Lost and Found is OVERFLOWING!! The Lost and Found is located outside Mr. Kissner’s room #22, across from the Library. PLEASE come by and pick up any missing items (jackets, lunchboxes, reusable water bottles, books, etc.) The Lost and Found will be emptied NEXT Friday March 28, 2014!! Any items not picked up by then will be donated to a local charity.
Taken from the bulletin.
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You can be a part of this fun event by volunteeringormaking a donation for our raffle. RAFFLE PRIZES! GREAT MUSIC! PHYSICAL FITNESS! And POPSICLES!Kids will have the opportunity to help raise money for all their great enrichment programs like field trips, assemblies, Adventures in Art, and MUCH MORE!!! Donations can be left at the front desk or you can contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-530-7182.
Taken from the Richardson Newsletter.
Kids received Rattlesnake Envelopes and information in their homerooms on Friday.
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 be entered into a raffle to receive gift cards from Starbucks, iTunes, Yogurtland, Handel’s and more.
Taken from the Richardson Newsletter.
While on your college campus visit, please take pictures (preferably one of you and the college name) and send it to Ms. Bezich at email@example.com to put in this school newspaper. Thank you.
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Monday, March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. It is celebrated throughout the world. New York even has a parade in honor of this holiday. Although it is not a day off of school, many celebrate this day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner along with green milk and Lucky Charms Rice Krispy Treats. However you celebrate, enjoy the lucky day!
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Journalism Students were asked to write news articles about characters in fairy tales and other stories. Can you guess the title of the tale or story?
By Shannon B.
A girl dress in red visited her granny last Wednesday only to find that she was not there. All that was there was a few tufts of grey animal hair and her bonnet. Witnesses say that a big bad hairy animal went into her house and kidnapped her.
“I was going to her house to bring her some bread”, said The Girl Dressed In Red, “but when I arrived, she was gone!”
The police are still trying to find the hairy animal and the granny. They have put out a warning to lock your doors and always have a phone on speed dial until,what the police describe as a big-eyed beast is caught.
Three Carnivorous Mammals Missing Oatmeal
By Jennifer W.
Three carnivorous mammals came back from their walk on Thursday afternoon to see that someone had eaten their oatmeal.
“We looked everywhere, even under the couch,” said the papa carnivorous mammal who also wanted to know who had been sitting in his chair.
Neighbors said they heard snoring and a chair breaking. The police are still investigating where the missing oatmeal went and is also warning neighbors to protect their food.
By Cristian M.
A young Anemonefish, age 7, has gone missing. He was last seen at 8:30PM at 2033 Sea Road.
“Have you seen my son?” asked his worried father.
Please call 333-findanemonefish if you see any signs of him swimming, swimming swimming.
Pool Left Behind
by Konor M.
Frozen Liquid Male has been reported missing at 228 Enchanted Road. Young girl reports that only a water puddle was found in his room.
“When I walked in, I could feel the warm wind coming through the window,” said the young witness.
“Don’t you want to build a snowman?” was all the young girl’s sister could say.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of this Frozen Liquid Man, you are urged to call 922. You will be rewarded with diamonds.
Hot Oatmeal– May need to microwave. Please return to Three Carnivorous Mammals.
Amorphous non-crystalline footware -Last seen at the Majestic Dance. Please return to girl in ashes.
Wish Granter Lamp-Be careful when handling or a singing vaporous comic will emerge.
Loud Vocal Shout Can-If found, please return to the Scared, Inc. Warning: Do not take off the lid. Loud Vocal Shout will spill out.
Little Female Human-Be cautious because she might be holding a green slimy amphibian.
Dinglehopper– Found under the sea. Please swim by and claim.
Antique Wedding Ring-Found Monday in an Easter egg in an old lady’s backyard.
Mysterious Lightening Bolt-Found in shield. Tell Zeus to come and get it.
Buy One, Get Four Free! Red, juicy, crisp apples for sale. They are to die for. See the old ugly sorceress for details.
Magic Beans-Guarantee to grow fast and tall beanstalks. Disclaimer-Seller not responsible for mood of anyone living at the top of the stalk.
College Week is being held all this week. It is not too late to join in the fun. College Booths will be up during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. Come see what colleges have to offer you as a student thinking about going to one of their campuses.
Also, dress the part. The following are the college wear days.
Monday- Your Favorite College Colors
Wednesday-College Sweatshirts (College Booths at lunch on the blacktop)
Thursday-College Hats (College Booths at lunch on the blacktop)
A PowerPoint will be shown in homerooms that gives information about California schools. If you have further questions, please ask your teachers. Everyone is asked to visit a college campus between now and when we return from Spring Break. We have several within minutes of our campus if you don’t have time to go further away. Research shows that if a student visits college campuses before they are actually able to apply, they are more likely to attend college than those who don’t visit one. Which one will you visit?
While on your college campus visit, please take pictures (preferably one of you and the college name) and send it to Ms. Bezich at firstname.lastname@example.org to put in this school newspaper. Thank you.
“We met about a year and eight months ago when a mutual friend decided we were ‘meant for each other’! A little over a year later, he proposed at Signal Hill Park in Long Beach which over looks much of Los Angeles. It was a beautiful, clear day and as the sunset created amazing colors though the clouds, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
The wedding is set for July 2014. We are planning an evening wedding on a ranch with our closest family and friends.”
Bride-To-Be Jessica Rodriguez
Best Wishes to the happy couple from the RMS Family!
Friday, February 28th, students get caught in the rain when the bell rings at the end of Period 5 as they go to Period 6. Rain is expected on and off all weekend…and they say
“It Never Rains In Southern California”!
Does anyone know the name of the person with the clear bubble umbrella who is running from student to student trying to shield them from the rain? If so, please give Mrs. Bezich their name. She would like to reward them for their kindness. Thank you.
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Jennifer R. Singing “Sweater Weather” By The Neighborhood
Nya B. Ote’a (Tahitian Dancing) to “Jungle Tahitian Song”
Navid H. Singing “Radioactive” By Imagine Dragons
Scott A.-Playing Piano “What I’ve Done” By Linkin Park
Spencer C. Playing Clarinet “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
Selina B. and Anna R. Dancing “”Dark Horse” By Katy Perry
Paul J. Playing Piano “The Entertainer” By Scott Joplin
Sarah A. Dancing “Fancy Cat”
Mashaila P. and Erin W. Singing “No One” By Alicia Keys
Jocelyn H. Playing Piano “Nocturne KK IVa Nr. 16” By Chopin
Sydney O. Playing Piano “Persistent Rhythm” By Martha Mier
Garvin S. Playing Bass Guitar “Supermassive Black Hole” By Muse
Peyton T. Playing Ukulele and Singing “Somewhere Over the 12:59 Lullaby” By Bedouin Soundclash and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Remy F. and Gabby P. Dancing “The Man” By Aloe Blacc
RMS Jazz Band
A special Thank You to Maja Radmilovich, Karrie Willett, Joe Petito, Michael Fujii and the Leadership Class for helping to make this Talent Show a wonderful success. Thanks to everyone who shared their talent with us! You were fantastic!
Are you confused about what Common Core is all about?
Please join us…
Parent Night – Common Core:
How will it affect my student?
WHEN: Tuesday, March 4, 6:30, RMS Café
When fully implemented, the new Common Core State Standards will be the largest and most significant shift in how students will be expected to demonstrate their learning in their everyday classes and on standardized tests. Beyond the basic facts, students will be assessed on how effectively they communicate, collaborate, create, persuade, and more. Come find out this Tuesday how you can support your child with the Common Core learning expectations and assessments.
Presented by school and district administrators as well as English and math teachers.
Taken from the Rattlesnake Newsletter.
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Come out and cheer for your RMS Volleyball Team on Thursday, February 27th, at 6PM in the South High School gym. Buy your tickets, bandanas, and tattoos from the PTSA members at lunch and after school. All proceeds go directly to RMS. Money from tickets sold at the door will be split with Calle. Get your ticket today for this exciting competition between the two South End middle schools! Go Rattlesnakes!
The Boys’ Volleyball Team is ready!
The Girls’ Volleyball Team is ready!
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On Thursday, February 13th, Grade Level Assemblies were held to honor students who selected for Student of the Month for November and Honor Roll (Click on this link to find the list of Honor Roll kids http://richardsonmiddleschool.org/honor_roll.html) , Other awards given were Leading By Example, Making a Difference, and Hidden Gem. Congratulations to all of the students honored and we hope to add even more students next time.
6th Grade Awards
Lead By Example Awards
Case Nicky M.
This student comes to class every day ready to learn, and ready to make our class a better place. They have a positive attitude, and often have their hand up to add to our discussions and lessons. They work well with others, and set a great example for everyone in our class. This Lead By Example Award goes to Nicky M.
Medrano Case S.
This student consistently takes an active role in helping other students and encouraging them to do the right thing. Congratulations, Case S.!
Richmond & Turner Aubrey L.
This student is an extraordinary student here at RMS. They are an active classroom member who encourages everyone around them to do the right thing. They are positive and a natural leader in their class. They are always smiling and demonstrating kindness and leadership in and out of the classroom. They set high expectations for themselves and are not afraid to work hard. They brighten up the classroom every time they walk through the door. Congratulations, Aubrey L.!
Kissner Daphne B.
This student is an excellent student who helps others in class. They are a leader in class. Congratulations, Daphne B.!
Newman Jonathan F.
Ms. Newman has this student twice a day. They are strong academically in both subjects. They organize our monthly “band concert” during Period 4 English. They are a dynamic leader. Congratulations, Jonathan F.!
Turner Liam C.
This student is an outstanding leader in so many ways. They throw their energy and ability into everything they do. They are confident, committed, and has a positive attitude. Many people are drawn to them because of their sense of humor and leadership skills. Ms. Turner knows that they will do great things in the future. Congratulations, Liam C.!
Schenkelberg Ryan J.
This student is very encouraging and supportive when they work in collaborative groups. They always have a positive attitude and they do their best to help others. Congratulations, Ryan J.!
Making a Difference Awards
Pearlman Konor M.
This student is the kind of kid EVERYONE want to sit by. They’re always in a good mood, and their laugh is infectious. It’s impossible to be grumpy when they are around! Congratulations, Konor M.!
Case Kailia L.
This student enters the room with a smile, and brightens the math and science classes just by showing up. They are helpful, have a willing spirit, and rnriches our discussions and activities. They can be seated anywhere, and they will work with whomever they sit near. This Making a Difference Award goes to Kailia L.
Richmond Katerina W.
This student is always positive and willing to work with all students. This student shares and encourages others to participate in all activities. Congratulations, Katerina W.!
Kissner Kayleigh F.
This student is an excellent student who helps everyone in class. They are kind-hearted and are a positive person. Congratulations, Kayleigh F.!
Newman Annabelle B.
This student is confident in who they are and that strength allows them to show compassion and kindness to others. They are a student who holds a team together, or a class together. They are more powerful than a lightning bolt! Congratulations, Annabelle B.!
Turner Ellie D.
This student is everything that a teacher might want or expect in a student. They are always prepared, always motivated, and always willing to learn. They have great integrity and does the right thing even when no one is looking. Their positive attitude is contagious and Ms. Turner is so happy that they are in two of her classes. Congratulations, Ellie D.!
Turner Ella P.
This student is enthusiastic and full of energy. They strive to do well and genuinely wants to help those around them succeed as well. They have an infectious smile. They have a positive attitude toward school and life, and we are lucky to have such as amazing student here at our school. Congratulations, Ella P.!
Schenkelberg Luke O.
This student has such a kind heart. People really like being around them and they are a pleasure to have in class. Congratulations, Luke O.!
Hidden Gem Awards
Medrano & Schenkelberg Jenna Y.
This student gives their best effort every day and does it in a quiet and understated way. They are always prepared and shows up to class with a smile on their face. They are a hard-worker who is dedicated to putting forth their best effort. Congratulations, Jenna Y.!
Richmond & Daco Ming Wei C.
This student is an amazing student and has made amazing progress in the short amount of time in this country. This student is a highly skilled student, gifted with talents necessary to succeed in any academic setting. This student is very courteous and caring and goes above and beyond what is expected. It is an absolute pleasure to have this student in both of our classes. Your homeroom and ELD class will really miss you, and we wish you well in the future. Congratulations, Ming Wei C.!
Kissner Matt B.
This student is an excellent student. They are quiet, but amazing at science. They are helpful to all students. Congratulations, Matt B.!
Turner Andrew R.
This student is a very conscientious student with outstanding work habits. They are self-motivated, kind, and a good friend to their peers. They are a student that quietly does what they are supposed to do without being asked. They display a positive attitude each day and they have the type of a character that we would like to see in all of our students. Congratulations, Andrew R.!
Newman Madeline E.
This student quietly goes about doing what they need to do. Their best effort is always shown and Ms. Newman can count on them knowing what we are doing (even when she forgets). Congratulations, Madeline E.!
Turner & Bezich Carli C.
This student is a talented and well-rounded student. Their incredible work ethic, coupled with their ability to work well with others makes them a fantastic role model at RMS. They show perseverance, as they do not ever give up. They are a joy to have in the classroom. Congratulations, Carli C.!
7th Grade Awards
Lead By Example Awards
Sheu Camden G.
This student is always an enthusiastic participant and brings positive energy to our class activities. Moreover, this student is mindful and respectful of their peers, and their contributions reflect that of a positive role model! Congratulations, Camden G.!
Carlsson Aidan T.
When working collaboratively, this student will do whatever is necessary to motivate their group. They do this without even knowing it! Congratulations, Aidan “Ace” T.!
Fujii Justin M.
This student is a stellar student in math. They learn quickly and help others. They were also very helpful on the GATE trip to Astro Camp. Congratulations, Justin M.!
Nakamura Simeon T.
This student is very polite and respectful to everyone. They always say “Thank you” and “Please”. They take the time to reflect on their assessments and think about their next steps for their “Student Action Plan”. Congratulations, Simeon T.!
Oden Logan C.
This student is always encouraging their team in a positive way and is giving 100% at everything they do. A positive influence on the whole class. Congratulations, Logan C.!
Oden Asya B.
This student is a strong team leader that is always giving their best at everything they do. They are a very positive role model for the entire class. Congratulations, Asya B.!
Pearlman Nasim R.
This student welcomes a challenge, attacking each assignment with a positive attitude and an open mind. They like to earn good grades (who doesn’t?), but they’re more concerned with their growth as a student. They are a true English scholar! Congratulations, Nasim R.!
Richmond Stephen Y.
This student is always positive and willing to step in to help others and participates in all tasks. They encourage others students and even better, do it with a sense of humor. Congratulations, Stephen Y.!
Making a Difference Awards
Medrano George O.
This student is kind and respectful to all students. They also have outstanding classwork, and serve as a positive example. Congratulations, George O.!
Fujii Kaitlin O.
This student is hard working and is very kind to others. They ask great questions in class and always have a fun, positive demeanor. Congratulations, Kaitlyn O.!
Richmond Ally G.
Ms. Richmond has had the pleasure of having this student in her class for 2 years now. They are always willing to help others and are always agreeable to participating in class. Congratulations, Ally G.!
Bezich Jocelyn H.
This student keeps the teacher organized. They do all of the jobs of a TA, plus they write for The Latest Hiss, the school newspaper, when they have a little free time. They truly Make A Difference in Room 31. Congratulations, Jocelyn H.!
Willett Fiona H., Iris H., Jackie L., George O., Julie S. &
On a daily basis, sometimes twice a day, there are individuals who without being reminded make sure that the music room is organized. Before class starts they are organizing the furniture and after class, many days after the bell rings, they make sure that all of the furniture is put away inside the classroom. Without them, the choir would not function as well. Congratulations to my totally awesome organization and clean-up group, Fiona H., Iris H., Jackie L., George O., Julie S. and Emily W.!
Hidden Gem Awards
Carlsson Kaiya F.
This student shows their classmates what being successful looks like without even saying a word. They are a true inspiration! Congratulations, Kaiya F.!
Mason Jade K.
This student’s positive mannerism helps me, (Mrs. Mason) start the day off on the right foot. Congratulations, Jade K.!
Mufti Nicholas U.
This student is a thorough gentleman. He is polite and respectful of peers and adults. He has improved in math and works hard Congratulations, Nicholas U.!
Fujii Yasmeen H.
This student is hard-working and extremely patient. They do a great job on all of their assignments, and are helpful with others. Congratulations, Yasmeen H.!
Nakamura Rachel F.
This student is very quiet in class, but they always do their work. They have come in at lunch to ask questions and have stayed after to help other students with their work. Congratulations, Rachel F.!
Holtz Dong-Ju S.
This student has a positive attitude and persistence in doing their work, in spite of struggling with the English language. Congratulations, Dong-Ju S.!
Pearlman Alyssa V.
This student is a true team player — doing what needs to be done without drawing attention to themselves or inconveniencing others. They are hard-working, reliable, and tremendously patient. Congratulations, Alyssa V.!
Richmond Isabelle D.
This student is positive and encouraging to everyone around them. They volunteers to help those around them and always seems to know what to do without even being asked. Congratulations, Isabelle D.!
Kamiyama Leo I.
This student was recognized by the Los Angeles Clippers as a “Top 5” middle school student, who participated in a fitness challenge. Congratulations, Leo I.!
8th Grade Awards
Lead By Example Award
Hirji Emily K.
This student is always on task and helps others. They work well in groups. They are enthusiastic about doing nice things, like when they took a leadership role during the adopt-a-family project. Congratulations, Emily K.!
Making a Difference Awards
Rodriguez Keanu Y.
This student always has a smile on their face. They are respectful and thoughtful whenever they are in class or around on campus. They definitely make a difference in 6th period. Congratulations, Keanu Y.!
Yu Nina J.
This student provided help to their partner without reservation and did so without asking for extra credit or a reward. Their help is very much appreciated and warrants acknowledgement. Congratulations, Nina J.!
Conner Maya N.
This student is very self-motivated and puts 100% effort into everything they do. They are kind to all students and is willing to help anybody in need. They Make a Difference each and every day in English. Congratulations, Maya N.!
Sheu Tess R.
This student is self-motivated to help others and has done so on multiple occasions this quarter. Their ability to anticipate the needs of others and follow through makes them a good fit for this award. Congratulations, Tess R.!
Carlsson Suli C.
Always having a positive attitude, this student spreads joy throughout the room. Whether they know it or not, it Makes a Difference! Congratualtions, Suli C.!
Mason Lauren P.
This student goes above and beyond their civic duty by taking a dual T.A. role in Mrs. Mason’s and Mr. Fujii’s period 2 classes. Congratulations, Lauren P.!
Hidden Gem Awards
Rodriguez Jameson C.
This student has been going above and beyond in their Algebra class. They are doing what they can to stay on top of things and catch up on past skills. Congratulation, Jameson C.!
Yu Yuki M.
This student tries their best and puts all their effort into their studies. They are a reliable and dependable person whose respectful and considerate to their peers, as well as adults. Congratulations, Yuki M.!
Sheu Madison M.
Although many of Mr. Sheu’s students don’t realize it, this student makes many of your science activities possible! As Mr. Sheu’s T.A., they frequently assist with setting up experiments and organizing activities to make things work for students throughout the day! Congratulations, Madison M.!
Mufti Patrick P.
This student is a quiet gentle student. Over the years I have seen them get over their shyness and come out of their shell in a positive way. They are very kind and helpful towards their peers. They work hard, perseveres and tries to do well at academics without complaining. Congratulations, Patrick P.!
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Did you know that President George Washington was the first President of the United States of America and was hailed the “Father of The Country” even during his lifetime? He served as President for two terms from April 30, 1789 until March 4, 1797.
Washington is best known for “supporting Alexander Hamilton’s programs to pay off all state and national debt, to implement an effective tax system and to create a national bank. He was also the leader of the first successful revolution against a colonial empire. He is also ranked among the top three Presidents of the United States, according to polls of both scholars and the general public”, according to Wikipedia.
He was born on February 11, 1731. If he were still living, how old would he be now?
George Washington’s birthday will be celebrated on Monday, which is a pupil free day.
Famous George Washington Quotes
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
“It is better to be alone than to in bad company.”
“Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.”
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
“Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.”
“It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being.”
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