Edward J. Richardson Middle School (RMS) is nestled in the hillside of southwest Torrance in Los Angeles County. This neighborhood school opened as Newton School in 1955, originally housing grades K-8, later changing in 1972 to a middle school, and eventually closing in 1986, when it was converted to an adult school. It was renamed Edward J. Richardson Middle School, after a retiring superintendent, when it reopened in 1993 in the current 6-8 grade-level model. Today, the current administrative team at RMS is led by Dr. Chad Mabery, Principal, and Ms. Katie Schenkelberg, Vice-Principal.
Come support Richardson Middle School and get some holiday shopping done at the Barnes & Noble Book-Fair on Wednesday, December 11. A portion of all proceeds will go towards Richardson PTSA programs that benefit all students. Purchases made in-store throughout the day on 12/11 and online from 12/11-12/16 with vouchers will be eligible. Downloadable vouchers and online book-fair codes will be available on our web site, in the office and distributed to students after Thanksgiving. Students can pick a reward pass by attending the event to earn classroom rewards and the homeroom with the most reward passes will win cupcakes!
The same day, Richardson families and supporters also can enjoy a meal at Stacked Restaurant in the Del Amo Mall while supporting our school. 20% of all Stacked meal purchases throughout the day (11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) with the designated flyer will be donated to Richardson Middle School. Stacked Flyers will be available on our web site. Two great ways to support our school in one day! Please spread the word to your families and friends!
Welcome back, Richardson community! It has been a very positive and academic start to the school year. It was great to see so many of you at Back-to-School Night. You may have seen a few new faces there, too. For one, we have new Vice-Principal this year, Ms. Katie Schenkelberg. She is replacing Ms. Justine Lang, who is now the principal at Arnold Elementary. I would also like to introduce a few new faculty: Cristina Daco – ELD & Science, Saira Hirji – English-Language Art & Special Education, and Andy Carlsson – English-Language Arts.
As I start my third year at RMS, I would like to thank the students, parents, staff, and community members that make it so great to be a Rattlesnake. One of most important reasons RMS continues to be recognized as a Distinguished School and performs academically in the top 5% of all California middle schools is because our purpose remains the same… build a school culture focused on academics and character. We support academic achievement with caring relationships, engaging and meaningful work, and high expectations. We support character by fostering a learning environment that is respectful, responsible, and safe. This is who we are. This is what we do. So thank you, Richardson community, for helping all of us make our students the best they can be. And, welcome new RMS parents!
Dr. Chad Mabery
I am very excited to join the Rattlesnake family as the Assistant Principal! My roots run deep in the South Bay: I began my education in Torrance, where I attended Victor Elementary School, Bert Lynn Middle School and West High School. Upon my receiving my Biology degree from UCLA in 1998, I started teaching science back at my alma mater, West High School, where I also coached basketball, softball and tennis.
In 2001, I moved to Japan where I taught English for a year with the J.E.T. Program. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was amazing – wonderful people, food, and traveling all over Southeast Asia!
After completing the J.E.T. Program, I moved back to the South Bay where I returned to West High and taught Anatomy and Physiology. Later, I became the WASC Self-Study Coordinator while I furthered my education at CSUDH, earning a Masters Degree in Educational Administration.
Though my time at West was great, I jumped at the chance to join the amazing RMS staff. I’m excited to work with the entire school community, but especially the students. Don’t hesitate to come say hello! Let’s have a great year together!
We need your support again - Please Direct Donate to Richardson Middle School PTSA!
Another school year has arrived and with it another drive for your school donations. Each and every year a new budget must be created to meet the upcoming school year needs. Do you fully understand the role of PTSA and the hard work that parent volunteers put in each and everyday for our great school?