A Message from Mr. McCain
Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to a new school year!! For those of you who have been with us in previous years, we can’t wait to see you again! And for our rising 6th graders who are new to middle school, CONGRATULATIONS on your promotion from elementary school…and welcome to MIDDLE School! Each year I write this letter for the student planner at the end of the previous school year. And my mind is racing with thoughts, images, and highlights from students and their successes in the year 2017-2018! Some of those highlights would include:
- End of year Grade Level Awards’ Nights, where record numbers of students were recognized for outstanding work and achievements. I was such a proud principal!
- 2018 Georgia Milestones student achievement increased across the board in all academic content areas, with especially strong performance by our 8th grade students taking high school courses and End of Course assessments.
- Over 250 8th grade students earning High School Carnegie Credit in one or all of the following: Algebra, Physical Science, Spanish, and/or Digital Technology courses.
- Math Club (Math Ninjas) who won various awards in the annual Perennial Math Competition.
- Chess Club members who earned 1st -3 rd place awards in two tournament competitions.
- RMS Beta Club, recognized as being a National School (Club) of Distinction.
- RMS Band & Chorus, earning superior & excellent ratings in Large Group Performance Competition.
- RMS Charitable Giving: United Way ($8500+); Relay for Life ($6000+); Hurricane Relief ($1200+).
- Student attendance that averaged 96% for the school year.
- Recognition as a 4 Star Climate Rated School. This rating is given by the State of Georgia.
- 88% of RMS students had zero or only one office referral for discipline violations.
- RMS Teacher of the Year, Chanda Robinson, a Top 25 GCPS Finalist. RMS has great teachers!
The above mentioned accomplishments, demonstrate our students’ commitment to their academic success and desire to take ownership of their learning. They are readying themselves for high school, college, a successful career, and productive citizenry! Speaking of high school, I have the opportunity at the end of each school year to participate in the Discovery High School Graduation Commencement. In a student’s K-12 experience, there are many years of “promotion”, but only one true GRADUATION - that is in the 12th grade of high school. Experiencing this jubilant and festive occasion is always a highlight of my school year! This is where the middle school educator (like myself), can finally see the physical, emotional, intellectual, and academic maturation of our energetic, playful, and unpredictable middle schoolers.
As we look forward to a new school year, I have every expectation that this year’s 6th - 8 th students will exceed the successes of students from last year! This will happen as students continue to exercise G.R.I.P. (Good Judgment, Responsibility, Integrity, and Pride) in every day decision-making. It will also happen as students, teachers, and parents of Richards Middle School commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in the educational process. There’s an old saying, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” What a true statement! And that’s the reason so many of our students shine like the true “stars” they are every day in our school. They reflect a positive image for themselves, their families, and our school! So to say I am a “proud principal”, is a dramatic understatement! I can’t wait to see our “stars shine” even brighter in 2018-2019!
Mark McCain, Principal