Principal's Message




       Hello Rocket Families, 

     Welcome back to another exciting year at Rickards Middle School! I hope this letter finds you well and filled with enthusiasm as we prepare to “Ignite Growth as we Soar to Excellence” in the 23/24 school year. 

     As we embark on this new academic journey, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all students, parents, teachers, and staff who have made our school community so exceptional. Together, we have created an environment that fosters learning, personal growth, and a sense of belonging. 

     Our school theme for this year is "Igniting Growth." This theme not only reflects our commitment to academic excellence but also our dedication to nurturing personal development, resilience, and the pursuit of lifelong learning. We firmly believe that every member of the Rickards family has the potential to grow and achieve great heights, and it is our responsibility to provide the necessary support and guidance to make this happen. 

    To our returning students, welcome back! Your continued presence and engagement enrich our school community, and we are thrilled to see how you have grown since last year. Your hard work and achievements inspire us, and we look forward to witnessing your progress in the coming year. 

    To our new students, we extend a warm welcome to you! We are delighted that you have chosen Rickards Middle School as your academic home, and we are excited to help you settle in, make new friends, and begin your journey towards success. 

    To parents and guardians, your partnership with us is invaluable. We recognize the role you play in your child's education and personal growth, and we are committed to maintaining open lines of communication with you throughout the year. Together, we can provide the support and encouragement needed to help our students thrive. 

    Throughout the year, we will be organizing various events, workshops, and activities centered around our theme "Igniting Growth." These initiatives will provide opportunities for our students and our Rickards community to explore new interests, develop leadership skills, and build a strong sense of community.As we move forward, we will also continue to prioritize the safety and health of everyone in our school. We will follow the latest guidelines and protocols to create a secure learning environment for all. 

    Once again, I extend my warmest welcome to all students and parents. Let us unite and work together to make the 23/24 school year a memorable and transformative experience for everyone. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, let's make this a year of growth, achievement, and success! 



    Erick Gurreonero 

    Proud Principal 

    James S. Rickards Middle School 

    Office: 754-322-4400