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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  • Monday- January 7-WRESTLING PRACTICE BEGINS- practice will last 3pm-5pm. We will meet in the cafeteria.
    Make sure your child has their physical on file in the office.

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    This Week @ Ring Lardner Date: 1/7/19 - 1/12/19


    Ring Lardner

    Date: 1/7/19 - 1/12/19
    Monday 1/7
    Monday 1/7-Wrestling Practice m-Fridays 3-5pm

    Tuesday 1/8
    2:35-3:45 pm Science Olympiad Meeting Room 22

    Wednesday 1/9
    Girls Basketball Scrimmage @ Sam Adams

    Thursday 1/10
    2:50-4 pm 6th Grade Art Club - Room 34
    2:35-3:10 pm Math Olympiad - Practice

    Friday 1/11


    Saturday 1/12

    Wednesday 1/16/2019-Yearbook Meeting 2:35pm-3pm

    Wednesday 1/16 7th & 8th grade girls basketball-HOME-Stvnsville

    Monday 1/21 -NO SCHOOL- Teachers PDD-AM

    Tuesday 1/22 Wrestling Away Upton 4-6pm

    Wednesday 1/23 Girls Basketball-HOME-Benton Harbor 4:30-6pm

    Thursday 1/24 Sixth Grade Art Club

    Friday 1/25 STUDENTS HALF DAY-DISMISSAL 10:43AM- End of  2nd Marking Period

    Tuesday 1/29 Student Council Meeting 2:30-3:15pm

    Tuesday 1/29 Science Olympiad Meeting 2:20-3:45pm

    Wednesday 1/30  Girls Basketball 4-5:30pm @Stvnsnle Lkshr

    Wednesday 1/30 Wrestling 4:30-6:30 HOME-Stvnsvle Lkshr

    Thursday 1/31 7th & 8th Grade Art Club 2:50-4pm

    Friday 2/1 Wrestling 4:30-6:30pm @Lakeshore

    Saturday 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball Hoops Trny @ St. Joe HS Away 1:30- 5:30pm

    Thursday 1/17 RLMS Wrestling 5-7pm HOME



    9:00 am to approximately 1pm Wrestling @ Berrien Springs-students should plan on being at Ring Lardner Front Building Area by 7:30Am to ride bus

    2:45-4:00pm- Tuesday, January 15th Game Club
    There will be a Science Olympiad meeting on January 15th due to a schedule conflict. Regular Tuesday meetings will resume on January 22nd.</p>



    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.



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  • RLMS Calendar


    RLMS- Calendar December

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    Those students who have not complied to the State Guidelines will be excluded from school.  Families were notified by mail 3 times

     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 2018-2019 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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  • Schools of Choice 2nd Semester Open Enrollment

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  • Bond Construction Updates

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

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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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  • 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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  • YMCA 2019 Winter Programs

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