• A Message from Mr. McCain

  • Greetings Richards Middle School!

    I hope this letter finds you and your family happy, healthy, and eager for the start of the 2021-2022 school year! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get this show started!

    I am writing this letter in the early days of summer break, in mid-June while the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Team are in the NBA playoffs. Last night I turned away from the game because Atlanta was losing by 26 points to the Philadelphia 76ers. But when I woke up this morning, the Hawks had COMEBACK from this large deficit to win the game by a score of 109-106!!  This was one of the largest comebacks in NBA playoff history. STUNNING and SPECTACULAR!!

    You might wonder why the principal of the school is starting his “Back to School Letter” with a story about an Atlanta Hawks basketball game?

    Well, I think the Atlanta Hawks’ COMEBACK serves as a real-life example of the tremendous power within the indomitable human spirit. We CAN DO the hard things necessary for overcoming the hindrances standing in our way to success. The pandemic of the last 16 months has been historically challenging and often paralyzing. It is helpful for us to see successful examples of hard work, teamwork, and positivity for turning our obstacles into opportunities

    Here at Richards Middle School, some of our students have experienced difficulties in their learning since March 13, 2020. And understandably so. The learning environments this past year were not optimal for students or teachers to maximize their success in the classroom. But as of today, our country has turned the corner on the pandemic, and we are planning for a spectacular COMEBACK!!

    Therefore, as we return for the 2021-2022 school year let me encourage us all in several things.

    1. COME BACK to school with a positive “growth mindset” that says, “WE CAN DO THIS!!
    2. COME BACK ready to work hard in our classes to make up for lost learning and reach our full potential!
    3. COME BACK committed to the pursuit of excellence in every endeavor, and ready to SHINE in whatever class, or extracurricular activity we are engaged!

    There’s a well-known quote that says, “your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”.  Another way of saying that is that your WILL not your SKILL will determine your level of achievement and success. At Richards Middle we are certainly committed to helping our students develop their academic knowledge and skills! But the first step toward this end is by ensuring students are “all in” and willing to commit to their personal success. 

    SHINE is the Gwinnett County Public Schools theme for this school year. We are proud to also adopt the SHINE theme at Richards Middle, and we cannot wait to watch and celebrate our students and teachers shine inside and outside the classroom in 2021-2022!

    Best wishes for a fabulous school year!

    Mark McCain


    Richards Middle School 


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