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!
In 2019-2020 I will enter year #10 as the extremely PROUD PRINCIPAL of Richards Middle School! What an honor it is for me to work with a talented and dedicated team of professional educators as we endeavor to offer an excellent educational experience for our students. Many years ago, Hall of Fame Football Coach Vince Lombardo told his players, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Similarly, this notion of “pursuing excellence” is also embedded in the Gwinnett County Public Schools Mission Statement for students, related to their academic knowledge, skills, and behavior. So during this last school year when we studied our school’s mission statement and purpose, we agreed that “EXCELLENCE IN EVERY ENDEAVOR” would capture the heart of our pursuit for students at Richards Middle.
The newly updated mission for Richards Middle School states:
The mission of Richards Middle School is to create positive learning environments where students are challenged to pursue academic excellence while maximizing their learning potential to prepare them for college, careers, and life.
Whether you are a returning 7th or 8th grader, or a new middle school 6th grader, our goal is for you to maximize your learning potential in preparation for college, career, and life! And our goal is to create a positive learning environment conducive for you to pursue academic excellence and be ready for success… beyond your imagination! The next paragraph provides examples of such successes.
This week I read a powerful article which contained a picture of a college graduate standing in the California fruit fields with her immigrant parents. She was the first to graduate from high school or college in her family! Then yesterday (Memorial Day), I attended the Discovery High School Graduation Ceremony at The Infinite Energy Area. The Valedictorian Amy Tin, spoke humbly of being the first person in her family to graduate from high school! And last week a former student returned for a visit to Richards. He was able to graduate from high school a year early, due to dual enrollment college credit he obtained while in high school. He was proud to be the first in his family to achieve such a feat, and he will start college with a year of credits! These are just several examples of young people who are excelling “beyond imagination”.
Let me issue a challenge to you students. What might be YOUR FIRST? The first in your family to play violin? The first in your family to make the A Honor Roll? The first in your family to win the Spelling Bee? The first in your family to compete on the chess club team? The first in your family to play basketball or soccer? The first in your family to earn an academic scholarship to college? The first in your family to graduate from college? The first to run for political office? Be a doctor? Be a teacher? Be an engineer? Start your own business as an entrepreneur? THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! But one thing for certain, the pursuit of “firsts”, begins with the pursuit of Excellence in Every Endeavor! And that will be our focus for the 2019-2020 school year!
I eagerly anticipate another rich and rewarding year in the classrooms and hallways of Richards Middle School. And I look forward with excitement to Monday August 5, 2019!
Mark McCain, Principal