Ring Lardner Middle School

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Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

  • Viking Pride!

    Viking Pride! It is more than what we do on the athletic field or court. It epitomizes how we feel about being part of the Niles community. Niles is a great place to live. It is also a great place to learn, to play and to be. Viking Pride embodies how we feel about ourselves and our community. Niles Community Schools, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to inspiring and preparing all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. Viking Pride is Alive!

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    This Week @ Ring Lardner



    Monday 5/13

    5:30 Girls soccer @ New Prairie

    Track Meet (away) 4:30 St. Joe Upton MS - D'Agostino Relays, 800 Maiden Lane, St. Joe, MI


    Tuesday 5/14 

    RLMS Spring Choir Concert NHS 7-8:30 pm



    Wednesday 5/15



    Thursday 5/16 

    Track Meet (away) 4:00 Lakeshore MS, 1459 West John Beers Road, Stevensville, MI

    2:35-3:30 Robotics Club

    2:50-4:00 pm - Video Club

    4:00 pm - Girls Soccer @ Lakeshore 


    Friday 5/17




    Upcoming Dates

    5/23 - Robotics Club 2:35-3:30
    5/24 - 1/2 day for students
    5/27 - Memorial Day - no school
    5/28 - Student Council Meeting 2:30-3:15
    5/30 - Robotics Club 2:35-3:30
    6/04 - 8th Grade Class Trip
    6/06 - 8th Grade Field Day
    6/06 - 8th Grade Honors Night
    6/07 - The last dance will be on 7th of June from 5pm-7pm
    6/11 - 1/2 day for students
    6/12 - 1/2 day for students - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!
    6/14 - PARENTS -  All meds for your students that are in the office, be it prescription or not, need to be picked up by this day or they will be disposed of.


    If any parents are planning to volunteer for end of the year celebrations, whether in the classroom, building or a field trip, they MUST have a parent volunteer form (ICHAT) on file as of August 2018. Forms can be found outside the office. 



    Ring Lardner Track & Field

    Parents and Athletes: We would like to welcome you to the Ring Lardner track & field program.

    One of the many positive aspects of track & field is everyone participates. Nobody sits on the bench and nobody is cut from the team. We welcome and encourage anyone who is willing to compete in the sport and contribute to our team. We value attitude and commitment as much as athletic ability. Everyone has the capacity to improve and fulfill his or her potential. Individual improvement and personal accomplishment are two of our primary goals. Everyone on our team should be able to attain these goals with hard work and a good attitude.


    Team Policies

    There are a few policies that we would like to make you aware of.

    Practice attendance is crucial for our success as a track team. If your athlete is unable to attend practice for any reason, it is important that the coaching staff be made aware of this. We view track & field as a team sport and encourage team unity. We require that athletes travel to and return from meets with the team. However, on rare occasions, parents may have their athlete return home with them. We may allow this with written notification of your plans, prior to the meet.


    Throughout the season the coaches will receive both grade and behavior reports. If your athlete is academically or behaviorally ineligible they will not be able to participate in the meets the following week. Remember at the meets we are representing Niles and Ring Lardner and we want to make a positive impact wherever we go.



    Athletes need to be appropriately dressed for practice and this includes proper shoes, shirts, and shorts. During the season the weather can be cold one day and warm another, so please be sure your athlete is properly dressed.


    Coaches Contact Information:

    Boys Head Coach Kyle Kaufman- (616) 638-7035 kyle.kaufman@nilesschools.org


    Girls Head Coach Adrianna Burke (616) 308-9726 adrianna.burke@nilesschools.org


    First practice is Tuesday April 9th and physicals must be on file before then. Practice will be every day after school until 4:30, meet in the gym.


    Ring Lardner Track Schedule

    Mon, May 6, 4:00 pm Niles High School

    Bender Relays

    Mon, May 13, DATE CHANGE, 4:30 pm D'Agostino Relays

    Away: St. Joe Upton MS

    800 Maiden Lane, St. Joe, MI


    Thu, May 16, 4:00 pm Lakeshore

     Away: Lakeshore MS

     1459 West John Beers Road, Stevensville, MI




    • STUDY TABLE Study Table is offered after school on Tuesday-Thursday from 2:45-3:30 pm and Tuesday-Friday from 6:30-7:15 am. Please drop off all morning Study Table students at the Gymnasium door. All after school Study Table students who are already bus riders, must sign up for transportation home. The sign-up sheet is in/by the office and the student’s name must be on it NO LATER than noon (12:00 pm) to be eligible for a ride. They must sign up EACH day they need the bus ride home.




    We Will Meet In Room 34 

    2:50 pm – 4:00 pm


    May 16

    May 30

    These dates may be changed based on unseen circumstances. Check the announcements each week for updated information.



    We Will Meet In Room 34

    2:50 pm – 4:00 pm


    May 9

    May 23

    May 30

    These dates may be changed based on unseen circumstances. Check the announcements each week for updated information.



     Game Club Dates-all Tuesdays


    • May 7th
    • June 4th






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    RLMS- Calendar 

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    2019-2020 FUTURE 7th GRADE STUDENTS


     All 7th grade students who are at least 11 years of age, are required to have three additional shots in order to attend school for the 2019-2020 school year.


    Please contact your child’s physician if you are unsure if these immunizations have been completed.

    These are requirements of the State of Michigan.

    If your physician is in Indiana you will need to provide Ring Lardner office with a copy of the documentation from your Doctors office. These can be faxed to 269-683-9524. You may also send via scan to julie.poole@nilesschools.org

    Any concerns can be directed to BCHD - waivers are no longer available from school


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  • Bus Route Students Please Take Note of the Bus Procedures, Some are new.

    1) Students that ride the bus from school to home routes need to ride a shuttle bus over to the high school. Walking from Ring Lardner to the High school is not permitted. 

     2) Students are to ride their assigned route bus if available at RL as a shuttle to the high school. 

    (Students have been allowed to ride any shuttle to the HS. This has changed, if available as a shuttle, they are to get on the bus they take home. 

    3) Once a student boards a shuttle bus they must ride that bus to the high school.  Shuttle buses that are full will close their doors. There will be no getting off the bus prior to departure unless the driver or the school administration determines it is necessary.

     4) Upon bus arrival at the High School, all transfer students will be stay on the bus until High School dismissal bell rings.   (This has not been the case in the past)

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Bully Awareness/Conflict Resolution

    Bullying is intentional behavior initiated by one or more students directed toward other student(s). Bullying exists when a student with more social and/or physical power deliberately dominates and harasses another with less power. Bullying is unjustified and typically repeated. Bullying/Harassment of students is prohibited, and will not be tolerated. Any student that believes she/he has been/or is the victim of harassment should immediately report the situation to the teacher, the principal or assistant principal, or may report it directly to Mr. Hertsel at 269-683-0736. All reports of bullying will be investigated. Consequences for bullying will range from a warning to expulsion, depending on the severity and number of previous offenses.
    Making intentionally false reports about bullying/aggressive behavior for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action. Giving false information when asked to identify oneself may result in disciplinary action. Click on the titles below to see additional information.


  • Ring Lardner Middle School serves 655 students in grades sixth, seventh, and eighth. Built in 1965, our school was named in honor of Ringgold Wilmer Lardner, who in the 1920's was one of America's best-known journalists and writers.

    Ring Lardner is committed to the educational practice of teaming and looping. By having teachers and students remain together for two years, we're able to provide a nurturing and stable learning environment that fosters the development of meaningful relationships. This is critical considering the profound social, emotional, and intellectual change that young adolescents experience during middle school.
    Our success comes as a result of a dedicated teaching staff that is willing to treat each child as a unique individual. A commitment to collaboration, the use of data, reflective inquiry, program coherence, and student achievement will continue to be at the forefront of everything we do.
    As members of this community, we are continually impressed by the quality of our students and the concern our parents have for their children. Every effort will be made by our staff to communicate and work closely with parents as we attempt to build strong and effective partnerships. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, concerns, or comments about Ring Lardner Middle School. You're invited to visit our building and see first hand how "PREMIER" students and a "PREMIER" staff create a "PREMIER" school.
    Adam Burtsfield, Principal
    Evan Winkler, Assistant Principal