Assistant Principals' Message

  • Orinthia Dias
    6th Grade Assistant Principal

    Orinthia Dias

    Greetings Rickards Rockets Community,

    It is my pleasure to serve as your 6th Grade Administrator at Rickards Middle School. 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. 
    This year we have been recognized as "The Cambridge and Renewable Energy Academy," a Broward Schools Innovative Program. We are excited about this new endeavor and look forward to the various learning opportunities our students will engage in as we move forward in our growing academy. 
    In addition, we invite our students to continue to participate in our after school sports and activities as we work to make each child a well-rounded person who is ready to become a part of the community.
    Parents, you partnership is always welcome. Please do not hesitate to join us at our PTSA and SAC meetings to hear the latest and greatest news happening at our school. You are a valued member of our team so we need you here, doing as much as possible to assist us in working to make Rickards Middle the outstanding school that it our community knows and loves.
    As always, I am here to help in any and all situations. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or feedback. Looking forward to another phenomenal year of academic success and achievement! 
    Warm Regards,
    Mrs. 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