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Happy New Year Richardson Rattlesnakes:

Welcome back from the holidays! I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy vacation time. Winter Break provides the needed opportunity to connect with family and recharge for the New Year.

Prior to the vacation, many members of our Richardson Community generously participated in Adopt-a-Family, providing gifts to needy families who would not otherwise have received much of anything during the holiday season. Our RMS Barnes and Noble Book Fair was also a great success. Thank you to all who participated, and a very special thanks goes out to Becca Davis for all of her efforts coordinating this event once again. The RMS Flute Ensemble provided holiday entertainment, making this event even more festive. This was a back-to-back night of performances for these members of our RMS Music Program, under the direction of Karrie Willett, who additionally performed the prior night in the Winter Concert.

Our Modernization Project has hit full stride as the construction team from Balfour Beatty have been diligently working on campus since just before Thanksgiving Break. Over Winter Break, the crews trenched out pathways on campus and ran necessary utilities underground to the area where our new Science Labs will be standing shortly. We expect to have these new facilities open for student use at the end of this month!

Quarter 2 Progress Reports became available electronically just prior to Winter Break. While Quarter 2/Semester 1 ends on January 27th, there is still time to bring grades up with some extra determination, as well as time for grades to slip if effort falls off. You can help by continuing to support your child’s academic performance by constantly checking in with them personally and consulting information available on Parent Connect.

In news exciting to many on our campus, and in an effort to assist students in developing responsibility for their belongings, we will be implementing a new policy allowing students to bring backpacks to class when they return in January. All students at RMS have been issued lockers and we greatly encourage their usage throughout the day. We also recognize that there are some essential educational resources and belongings that students would prefer to keep with them. All teachers will now allow students to bring their backpacks into class. In order to maintain safe pathways in the classroom, backpacks must be able to fit under desks or in teacher-designated backpack zones in the classroom. Students will learn how to be selective about what they will be keeping in their backpacks as they move throughout their day. Backpacks will no longer be allowed to reside in the corridors outside of classrooms as they cause tripping hazards and potential theft opportunities around the campus.

Happy 2017!

Ian Drummond

Principal

Richardson Middle School