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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  •                   VIKING                                                                     

              Preschool & Kindergarten Registration for 2019-20 School Year                       

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    We believe it is important to offer a variety of innovative instructional strategies and programs.  Niles Community Schools offers GSRP Preschool (half and full day classes), Montessori Preschool (tuition) and Kindergarten, Kinder-Connections, Kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education.  When you combine this with the finest early educational staff in the state, you are providing your child with the tools vitally necessary for social and academic success. We welcome you to join us as we begin your child’s educational journey within Niles Community Schools.

    To be eligible for PRESCHOOL, children must:

    • Be 4 years old on or before December 1, 2019
    • Have an official birth certificate
    • Have an updated physical examination
    • and immunizations

                         Have proof of income

    To be eligible for KINDERGARTEN, children must:

    • Be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2019
    • Have an official birth certificate
    • Have vision and hearing screening
    • Have proof of residency
    • Have updated immunizations

    Choose one of the following PRESCHOOL Registration Dates:

    • Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.
    • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.

    Register at Northside Child Development Center, 2020 N 5th Street

    Please bring child’s birth certificate and proof of income to registration.

    You are invited to apply for any FREE Preschool program in Berrien County.  For more information, please contact: Berrien RESA at 269-471-7725, Niles Community Schools at 269-683-1982 or Tri-County Head Start at 1-800-792-0366.

    Choose one of the following KINDERGARTEN Enrollment Dates:

    • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.
    • Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.

    Register at Northside Child Development Center, 2020 N 5th Street

    Please bring child’s birth certificate and proof of residency

    to registration.

    If the above dates or times do not fit your schedule, you may contact or visit any school office at your convenience.

    Sponsored by: Niles Community Schools, Berrien RESA and Tri-County Head Start

    These programs comply with all federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and with all requirements

    and regulations of the United States Department of Education and the Michigan State Department of Education.






    Announcements Week of 3/25-3/29/2019


    Monday 3/25

    March Is Reading Month continues

    Where In the World Do You Read? Send photos to Mrs. Gourlay via email

    Sign up for our Friday Book Giveaway - sign up in the cafeteria through lunch on Thursday.

    We will give away 5 copies on Friday morning.

    March Madness of Books - Watch your team/book as they progress through the tournament



    Tuesday 3/26

    6-7:30 pm - Cheerleading Tryouts at HS Aux Gym (Need a physical on file)

    2:40-3:20 pm - Track Meeting for 7th/8th students interested in participating

    Student Council Mtg 2:30-3:15



    Wednesday 3/27

    6-7:30 pm - Cheerleading Tryouts at HS Aux Gym



    Thursday 3/28

    6-7:30 pm - Cheerleading Tryouts at HS Aux Gym



    Friday 3/29 

    Books Are Meant to be Red Day - Wear red

    ½ Day - Start of Spring Break

    Upcoming Dates



    4/1-4/5 - SPRING BREAK!!

    4/11 - NJHS Induction 6:00-7:00 pm

    4/16 - 5th Grade Parent Open House 6:00-7:00 pm

    4/26 - 1/2 day for students

    4/20 - Student Council Mtg 2:30-3:15

    5/24 - 1/2 day for students

    5/27 - Memorial Day - no school

    6/11 - 1/2 day for students

    6/12 - 1/2 day for students - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!


    NHS Cheer Tryouts

    We will be holding tryouts for the High School and Jr. High

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - March 26th, 27th and 28th


    They will be held in the High School Auxiliary Gym, across from the Gym from 6:00 to 7:30pm

    each day. This includes 6th going into 7th and 8th grade going to 9th


    *No jewelry, tank tops, spandex shorts or leggings

    *please wear shorts, t-shirts and gym shoes

    * hair up in a ponytail if long enough


    If you have any questions or concerns or you need more information 

    please contact Katie Paquette @ katie.paquette@alliedsolutions.net  





    • 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

    Feb 21

    March 14

    March 28

    April 18

    May 2

    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

    March 7

    March 21

    April 11

    April 25

    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


    • April 9th
    • May 7th
    • June 4th



    Math Olympiad Schedule Meeting Time: 2:35-3:10


    • Meeting Dates: February 7 (Practice)
    • February 14 (Competition #4)
    • February 21 (Practice)
    • March 7 (Final Competition) 




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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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  • Parent Information Regarding Today's Dismissal

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  • 2019-2020 Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Dates

    Kindergarten Registration - March 6th at 6:00p.m. (Click to get more information)

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  • YMCA 2019 Summer Jobs

    The YMCA of Southwest Michigan is excited to be offering many summer job opportunities (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated February 2018! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • District Lays Out Strategic Plan

    After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”

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  • Inclement Weather and School Closings

    When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)

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  • Indoor Walking Schedule

    Indoor walking set for winter months. (More)

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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