Ring Lardner Middle School

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  • 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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Announcements

  • beach HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!!  Just a reminder that as of 6/26/18 Ring Lardner will close for the summer.  Offices will reopen on August 2nd 2018.  If you have questions regarding enrollments, you can direct them to our administrative offices at 111 Spruce St., in Niles: 269-683-0734.   If you have athletics questions, you can contact the athletics department at the Niles High School: 269-684-8683.  Scheduling questions will be taken upon office reopening.   HAVE A GREAT SUMMER

     

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  • VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS for Ring Lardner Middle School 7th & 8th grade.  If you have more questions please contact coach Schaller at Cherie.Schaller@nilesschools.org


    August 21-23 
    8th grade 8-10 
    7th grade 10-12 


    Must have a physical on file dated on or after April 15th, 2018 to tryout and to play.

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  • NILES CROSS COUNTRY: SUMMER INFO

    Practice for Middle School Cross Country starts Aug 27th thru  the 31st from 4-5:15.  You can join the "Viking Cross Country" Facebook page to keep up with the latest. 

    For more information, contact the Middle School Coach, Adrianna Burke 616-308-9726 - Assistant Coach, Trisha Brazo 

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  • ATTENTION      FUTURE FRESHMAN TENNIS PLAYERS
     
     There will be a FREE Jr. High Clinic:
                    Tuesday, June 19th from 11:00am - 12:30pm
                    Tuesday, June 26th from 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Contact Coach Weber with any questions:  574-340-2360
     
    Also, there is an open tennis schedule for incoming Freshman:
    These dates are from 6:30-8:00pm
     
    June 21st, June 28th, July 12th, July 19th and July 26th with more dates to be added.  
     
    Boys Tennis season practices begin on August 8th, with first match on August 15th.
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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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  • Niles Pop-Up Library

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  • 2018-2019 Free Kindergarten Hearing and Vision Screening Schedule

    Berrien County Health Dept. offers free hearing and vision screening for kindergarten students. Kindergarten students are required to have these screenings before school begins.

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  • Captured by the Superintendent

    Pictures taken by Dr. Applegate as he attends events and visits schools throughout the district.

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  • YMCA Offering After School Programs

    The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is offering safe, top quality, enriching after school programs for your child! (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

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

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  • Bond 2015

    We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all the community members who came out to vote on the bond proposals. (More)

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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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  • 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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Bully Awareness/Conflict Resolution

  • BULLY BEHAVIOR:  
     
    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.
     
    NON-RETALIATION/FALSE REPORTS: 
     
    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.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Welcome

  • 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
     
     
     
     



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