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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  • ATTENTION  ALL 7th grade students and parents-

    Students in 7th Grade that are 11 years or older have additional immunizations required by the State of Michigan.  

    Do not risk being excluded from school!  If these requirements are not met-exclusion will be required until these are completed.

    As of September 5, 2017 those not completed are overdue and your child will be excluded October 5, 2017 until proof of immunization is received.

    If you would like to FAX any immunization records, please send Attn- RL-Office and FAX to 269.684.6337

    If you are unsure if you childs immunizations are up to date, please call Ring Lardner Middle School at 269-683-6610 or your childs physician.


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  • Ring Lardner cross country practice will now be held at the high school this week 8/28-9/1. Please drop off and pick up runners at the high school auditorium doors. Practice will still be from 3-4:30 Mon-Wed of this week.

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    Though allowed to park out front, parents and students are asked to enter the building through the gymnasium doors during next week's Orientations/Open Houses.  Ring Lardner's main entrance will not be available due to sidewalk construction.  Please Remember that the open houses are as follows:
    6th Gr.   Monday, August 28 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
    7th Gr.   Tuesday, August 29 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
    8th Gr.   Wednesday, August 30 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
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  • For all of you soccer fanatics  

    Attention soccer players.  Register now for soccer for the 2017-18 school year.  

    Boys start conditioning in July.  Practices begin in August. Games in Sep. and Oct.

    Girls start conditioning in January.  Practices begin in March.  Games are in April and May.

    The aps are available now in the RLMS office.  Register now and you will be put on the teams email list.  

    Contact Coach Wright @ coachbwright@comcast.net or 269-591-5188 with any further questions.

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  • Attention students interested in participating in RL fall athletics.
    7th and 8th grade girls' volleyball tryouts will be held in the gymnasium on Monday, August 28, and Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    The first football practice for 7th and 8th grade will begin on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Niles High School Practice Field.  Please go to http://nilesathletics.com/football later this summer for updates or contact Coach Sassano at joe.sassano@nilesschools.org
    6th, 7th, and 8th grade Cross Country practice begins Monday, August 28, 2017. Students are asked to meet outside the gym and be ready to run on August 28, 29, and 30 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
    A current physical (dated after April 15, 2017) completed by a doctor must be turned in before tryouts or practices can begin. Physical forms are available in the Ring Lardner office or on the district website at nilesathletics.com.
    If you will be a NHS student in the fall, there is an informational sheet in the RLMS office for football.  Summer workouts will begin on June 19th.
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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 eigth. 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