• Richboro Middle School
    From the Desk of the Principal 
    Andrew J. Sanko

    August 1, 2017
    Dear RMS Families,

    On August 21th, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States, a rare and special event you might only witness once in a lifetime. If you do venture outside to see the eclipse that day, you will be witnessing an incredible natural phenomenon that you won’t forget.

    When school opens on September 5th (7th grade only/ all students report September 6th), it will also be a rare and special event, as it is your first day as either a 7th or 8th grade student. And, it will be another unforgettable day, filled with seeing old friends, making new ones, and beginning your year as a part of the RMS community.

    You probably will feel excited – and a bit nervous – on the first day of school, which is normal. Everyone feels that way with new experiences. But, like the eclipse, what is most important is that you remember that the first day is a rare and special event! It is your first day back after vacation, your first day in a new grade level, and your chance to get excited about the wide-open possibilities of the year ahead.

    In the time before school starts, try and develop a short list of goals you would like to achieve for the school year. Reviewing the Student Handbook will give you an idea of the wide range of student opportunities RMS offers. Would you like to try a new sport or instrument? Or would you like to join the school play? Would you like to brainstorm on a community service project, or work with a teacher to develop a new school club? There is so much you can make of your time at RMS, and our teachers and staff are dedicated to helping you make the most of it.

    And I invite and encourage you to share your list with me. You can drop me an email at asanko@crsd.org, or stop by my office any time to chat! I’m happy to answer questions and help you with any concerns you may have about the upcoming year.

    On a final note, one word you may hear frequently, but not fully understand, is resilience. Resilience is how people handle change, and it is like a muscle – you can build your resilience by working at it. This year you may face changes and challenges that will test your resilience, in anything from schoolwork to friendships. But it is important – very important - for you to know that your teachers are here to help you through those challenges at any time, in any way. So, enjoy the month of August! Get outside on August 21st and catch the solar eclipse (be sure to wear solar glasses). Stop in to share your list of goals for the year, or email them to me - I am as excited as you about the new school year ahead! And remember, each year at RMS is as rare and special as the individual students who fill our school – YOU!

    Andrew J. Sanko

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