Assistant Principals' Message

  • Orinthia Dias
    6th Grade Assistant Principal

    Orinthia Dias

    It is my pleasure to serve as your 6th Grade Administrator at James S. Rickards Middle School. I am also the administrator who oversees the Math and Science curricula. As a proud Broward County School graduate, hailing from Boyd Anderson High School, I understand what it takes to be successful in our school system. My elementary and middle school background in classroom instruction, coaching and administration gives me the opportunity to meet the individual needs of my 6th grade students as they transition into the next phase of their learning career.
    Education is the vehicle to which opportunities are open for all. At Rickards Middle School we thrive on ensuring that ALL students are provided with the tools they need to be successful. This year it is even more important as we enter the virtual way of learning. Together with our teacher leaders, our administration and leadership teams have assembled a virtual learning space in all content areas to support all learners with reaching their highest potential and to be successful as we navigate through our new normal. Rickards will continue to offer the same competitive curriculum that we have been for our students including classes in our Cambridge Academy, Environmental Sciences and high school courses including Biology Honors and Algebra Honors. 
    In addition to the grade level administrator, our school offers many levels of support including Guidance Counseling, School Social Worker, Exceptional Student Learning Support (ESLS) and English Language Learner support (ELL) and curriculum coaches. Please do not hesitate to reach out and contact the school should you require assistance from one of the above mentioned staff. We are here to provide any and all services to our students and families that will support the community and positively impact their lives. 
    As always, I am here to help in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or feedback. Looking forward to a great year!
    We Are Better Together! Rickards Middle... Many Cultures, One Community.
    Warm Regards,
    Ms. Dias
    Dr. Kwan Drake
    7th Grade Assistant Principal
    Dr. Kwan Drake, Assistant Principal Dear Parent & Students:
    I am pleased to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year! The focus for this year is to expect excellence for every child everyday. As an instructional leader, I have the good fortune of working closely with our principal, Dr. Washington Collado and our Instructional Staff, to provide an environment that is conducive to effective teaching and measured learning for all students. As a result, our students will demonstrate high achievement by making gains in learning in addition to growing in the characteristics of good citizenship. I am inviting all members of the Rickards’ community to continue to take part in our journey to maximize each student’s potential, as it takes a whole village to raise a child.
    We will only achieve our goals by working in partnership with all stakeholders, so I encourage you to play a part in your student's education and get involved. Look for regular updates and visit our school website often.
    If I can be of assistance to you and your child, please feel free to contact me at (754) 322-4414. I am here to serve and meet the learning needs of the children of our school.
    Dr. Kwan Drake
    Seventh Grade Assistant Principal

    Claire M. Sheffield
    8th Grade Assistant Principal

    Claire M. Sheffield Hello everyone and welcome to the 2018-19 school year! It is an honor and privilege to serve as your 8th Grade Assistant Principal here at Rickards Middle School.

    Teachers are prepared to deliver high-quality instruction geared towards the Florida Standards. Among the educational opportunities such as accelerated courses here at Rickards Middle, students have the option to participate in various extracurricular athletic sports, clubs, and field trips.

    Parents, I look forward to fostering positive relationships, as your involvement is such a vital component of student success. Feel free to contact me in person, by telephone, or email. Please consider joining our PTSA and attending monthly School Advisory Council meetings. Your input is valuable to the overall success of the school.

    Eighth graders, as you embark upon this final year of middle school, I encourage you to remember all that you’ve learned thus far and lead by example. I’m excited to get to know each and every one of you this school year and celebrating your accomplishments.

    Best Regards,
    Claire M. Sheffield
    8th Grade Assistant Principal