Ring Lardner Middle School

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    Congratulations to the 30 Art students here at RLMS, their art work has been selected for the 2017 Community Student Art Exhibit!!Art .

    The Exhibit will be held at The Box Factory For Arts in St. Joe, MI, from April 8th through April 29th, Judging will be on Friday, April 7th.  Everyone is welcome to visit the Exhibit during these dates.  Mon-Sat from 10:00am until 4:00.  Sunday from 1:00pm until 4:00.


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  • Summer Camp scholarships are available in the office, however they need to be turned in by this Friday, March 31st before you leave for Spring Break. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for a camp, please stop in the office and pick one up.

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  • Track Practice for the week of March 27th, Track practice will be Mon Through Thurs, from 2:35pm to 4:30. of this week no practice on Friday, March 31st, as this is a half day.

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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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    The last day for Homework Busters for this school year is Thursday April 27.

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  • The NJHS Meeting for today, Thursday, March 23 has been cancelled.  The meeting is rescheduled for Wed, March 29, after school until 3:10


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  • Next Art Club meeting is Thursday, March 30th 2:35pm to 4:00

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  • Niles Athletics Sports Camps

    Summer Sports Camps are coming soon. Camps include; Volleyball, Golf, Softball, Tennis Soccer, Bowling, Basketball and Football.  The first camp will be Basketball, June  7-9.  Please pick up a brochure in the RLMS office for more details.  Camps will go through mid July

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  • Science Olympiad Meetings for the State Competition

    The State finals for Science Olympiad are at Michigan State University on April 29th.

    Science Olympiad State Competition meetings for the upcoming week are this Saturday March 25th from 9:00am to noon and Thursday March 30th at 2:30pm - 4:00

    Rob Randall

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  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

    YMHFA is early help offered to young people experiencing a challenge.  This is a free 8 hour course designed for aldults and parents who regularly interact with youth of ages 12-18.  This course equips people with no clinical training, with knowledge and skills needed to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

    Preregistration is required. 

    Class Dates, Saturday, April 22 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Lakeland Hospital in Niles

                      Friday, May 5, from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Lakeland Hospital in Niles

                      Tuesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 29 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Niles District Library

    For more information or to register, call (269)556-2808 or (866)260-7544, ww.lakelandhealth.org

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  • 5th GRADE OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, April 18th at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    5TH Graders, this is an opportunity to tour Ring Lardner Middle School to get a look at what your day will look like.  There will also be a brief question and answer session.  Don't miss out on having a sneak peak at the NEW 6th grade wing.

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  • Jr. Viking Soccer

    Any student interested in Jr. Viking Soccer can pick up a sign up sheet out side of the RLMS office. Soccer is open to  6th, 7th or 8th grade students. You can also contact Coach Wright at coachbwright@comcast.net. Girls will start practicing in March, games are in April and May.

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    The Ring Lardner Chess is open to 6, 7, and 8th graders of any skill level.  Beginning chess players can learn how to play while more experienced players can test their skills against other chess masters.  The club meets after school for an hour many times throughout the school year.  Students can join at any time.  Talk to Mr. Bigelow with any questions.

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  • Attendance Is Crucial

    In the U.S., it is estimated that 5 to 7.5 million students miss almost a month of school every year. By the time they graduate, that equals over a year of school missed. Students should attend school ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.

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  • Niles Athletic Summer Sports Camps

    Campers have the opportunity to work with Niles High School Varsity Coaching Staff (More)

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  • Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

    Niles Community Schools registration dates for its preschool and kindergarten programs for the 2017-18 school year have been set. The following dates are applicable to anyone interested in registering their child to attend early education programs at schools throughout the district. (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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  • 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 3-21-17! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • District Announces School Calendar Changes for 2016-2017

    The state is requiring five additional student instructional days next year. As we did not receive an increase in funding to offset the cost of these days, we had to add a few more 1/2 days to the district calendar. We know that we have many working parents who this affects. (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

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 475 students in grades seven and eight. 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.
Douglas Langmeyer, Principal
Evan Winkler, Assistant Principal