Welcome to Riada American School Middle School! The RAS team hopes you will find the Middle School Department an exciting place to learn and grow.
At RAS, we are implementing REACH goals for our students. The components of these goals will help our students learn more about themselves and expand their learning into the world.
There are many components that will help you make this year an exciting one. We encourage you to be especially concerned about three areas that will be keys to your success: your character, your academic responsibility and the effort you put forth.
Your character is the most important aspect of you. It is what you stand for, how you treat people and what you do. The character traits you have developed by the end of the middle school may stay with you for the rest of your life. So, it matters greatly if you become generous or greedy, disciplined or undisciplined, honest or deceitful, kind or cruel. Since none of us comes close to being perfect in any of these areas, we need to be forgiving of others and to strive to improve. Be determined that you are going to work on yourself to become a better person.
Seek to develop good relationships. We all need friends and to be good friends. Be respectful to everyone: yourself, your fellow students, your teachers, your parents. Honor diversity; get to know people who are different than you and learn to appreciate their differences. Do not spend your life trying to convince others to think and act just like you do. That makes for a dull world. Be a positive person; say “yes” to life. Do not get caught up in “put-downs” making fun of others. Be a team player.
Finally, work hard and have high expectations. Set high academic and personal goals – to be the best you can be. Mark Twain once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Whether things turn out the way we want them to or not, there is great satisfaction in life knowing we have done our best.
I look forward to working with you this year!