A Message from Mr. McCain
Dear Richards Middle School Community,
I hope this communication finds you and your family healthy in our current health crisis. The COVID 19 Pandemic has deeply impacted all our lives in unimaginable ways. I want to thank you parents, for the daily support you provided your children at home, as they navigated digital learning. Undoubtedly, this has added a great burden to your already full parenting responsibilities. I applaud you for your patience and perseverance under these challenging circumstances! You are HEROES for your children!
I also want to thank our hard-working students who made the most of a tough situation and embraced the digital learning environment. It was my joy to watch students express their learning in discussion forums, zoom sessions, and recorded videos to demonstrate their thinking and learning. Sadly, our 8th grade students are off to high school, and oh, how we wish we could have sent them with the traditional awards ceremony, 8th grade dance, carnival, and last day parade through the school. So many sacrifices have been made at every level in this unprecedented year for our country. Our 8th grade students have especially shouldered a heavy sacrifice at Richards. We are proud of their positive attitude and mature approach to the responsibilities we all share in social distancing and staying healthy.
I would be remiss if I did not give a big SHOUT OUT to our dedicated teachers! They responded quickly from the beginning of the crisis, leveraging technology tools to continue live instruction and create recorded lessons and engaging activities for students. Our RMS teachers stepped up in a big way, and I am proud of their commitment to professional growth during this extraordinary time for students and educators. We are truly thankful to work here together in such a supportive and familial setting.
Presently, we await news from leaders in GCPS regarding possible plans for summer school and the start of the 2020-21 school year. Until then please remember these important points:
· Beginning June 1st all Gwinnett schools will be open Monday-Thursday. Schools will be closed each Friday of June, and closed on Friday July 3rd. Monday-Friday school operations will restart on Monday July 6th.
· School office hours will be 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Please return loaned Chromebooks, library books, or musical instruments to the front office.
· Student registration and withdrawals should continue to occur online. Our Registrar is Patti Nelson and you may contact her by e-mail or at the school.
Thank you for your continued support of our school! Take care and stay healthy this summer!
Principal, Richards Middle School