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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  • IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! Chess Club for tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 16th, has been cancelled for tonight.  This has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, Jan 23rd. 

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    If you are interested in Wrestling, practice is everyday from 2:35-5:00.  If there is a half day or no school, there will not be practice.  You must have a current physical on file, dated on or after April 15th of 2017.  Contact Dan Sierra with questions, dsierra02@swmich.edu

    First Meet is January 11th, 4:00 at Dowagiac Middle School.  For all wrestling grades.


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  • GIRLS 7th & 8th Grade BASKETBALL Practices will be as follows......

    8th Grade                 Monday thru Thursday             4:30-6:00

                                   Friday                                     3:00-4:30

    7th Grade                 Monday thru Thursday             3:00-4:30

                                   Friday                                     3:00-4:30

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  • Indoor Walking Set For Winter Months

     The Niles Community Schools has set the following schedule for citizens to use the schools for walking exercise during the winter months. 

     Indoor walking will start on Monday, November 27, 2017, and conclude on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the following buildings:

    • Ring Lardner Middle School - Monday through Friday - 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Ballard Elementary School - Monday through Friday - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Please note that with construction projects taking place, it may limit or shorten the walking space that is available.

    The buildings will not be open for walking during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks, parent/teacher conferences, and other days that there may be school-wide events.

    If citizens have any questions, they may call 683-0732.

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  • RING LARDNER will be offering two new programs for our students. Beginning Tuesday, November 14th, we will introduce “STUDY TABLES” and “Y-CLUB”. These programs will be open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

    **Parents will need to provide their own transportation before school for their child.

    After school transportation will provided with the following conditions;

    Students must already ride a bus, must be “in district”, must sign-up on the “sign-up” sheet by NOON the day of the after school program. This process must be followed each Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday. NO Exceptions to this process. LATE Sign-ups WILL NOT be



    Study Tables may be either voluntary or assigned.  The premise is to allow students to gain opportunities to get homework help so that they can be academically successful.   We are offering Study Tables after school Tuesday through Thursday (2:45pm-3:30pm) AND in the morning Tuesday through Friday (6:30am-7:15am).  


    In addition to the morning Study Tables, we will also partner with the YMCA to offer morning physical activity (Yoga, Barre, speed ball, etc.) for students.  Students will be allowed into the building at 6:30 and they will participate in a 15-20 minute session and then they will go to Study Tables.  Students who do not want to participate in Study Tables will also be allowed to do a second session of physical activity.

    *IMPORTANT- ALL Morning Study Table/Y-Club sessions are held in the cafeteria, Students  must be dropped off and enter through the Gymnasium Doors.* 

    **If your student will be attending the Morning Study Tables and/or Y-Club AM Program-please, ALL Study tables will be held in the cafeteria

    Notify Transportation at 269-684-1420 that your student will not be at the bus stop.**

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  • To all of you ART CLUB members  Please note the following dates for meetings, and as always, DO SOME GREAT THINGS.

    6th Grade dates,  Nov 9, Nov 30, Dec 14.

    7th & 8th Grade dates, Nov 16, Dec 7, Dec 21.     There will be more dates posted for 2018

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  • Welcome to Ring Lardner Game Club!!!!!!

    Beginning Tuesday, November 14.  Bring a friend and play classic and card games like Checkers, Life, Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Rummy, Uno, Go-Fish, War and Skip-Bo.  All grades are welcome.  The dates for the remainder of the year are as follows....Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec. 5 and  Dec. 19. These are all in Mr. Runkles room 15.


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  • CHESS CLUB open to all grades.  No experience....No problem.  The first meeting is Tuesday, November 7, after school for an hour in room 19 (Mr. Bigelow).  Here are the rest of the dates for this year, Nov 7, Nov 28, Dec 12, Jan 16, 2018, Jan 30, 2018, February 6, 2018, February 27, 2018, and March 6, 2018.  Spring meetings.....TBA

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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 Rich Klemm 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