Principal's Message

Dr.Yee On behalf of the administration and staff at Sierra Middle School, welcome to the 2017-18 school year! As I begin my 2nd year as principal of this wonderful school, I am reminded of the rich tradition and culture that exists here.  Sierra has become my new home and I am proud to serve you - the students, parents, and community of Riverside.  

The middle school years are crucial to the development of a child.  As a staff, our job is ensure that all students are proficient in the range of fundamental skills and knowledge in math, English language arts, science, and history/social science if they are to go forward with postsecondary learning that prepares them for good jobs, healthy families, and contributing citizenship. Our students also need to learn how to manage their time wisely, get organized, identify how they learn best, ask questions, and seek help when needed.  In addition, we at Sierra Middle School, also believe in school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment.  We will do this using our SOAR tenets:

  • S- Show Compassion

  • O- Own Your Learning

  • A - Act Responsibly

  • R - Respect Self, Others, and School

Our goal is to not only provide the fundamental skills and knowledge in the different content areas, but also to teach our students good study habits and character education.  We will continue to do what is best for each and every student using our Personalized Learning approach to educating children, as we believe that it is not a “one size fits all” approach.   Sierra Middle School is in it’s 4th year of Personalized Learning implementation.  Personalized Learning is a mindset and belief that all students need to have choices in their education, they need to have a voice to tell us how they learn best, they need to learn at their own pace, and they need to have a career path that will support their future goal(s).

I look forward to another successful year of learning and growing.  In the words of Rita Pierson, “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be”. All of  the staff at Sierra Middle School look forward to serving you and being a champion for your child.  


Ratmony Yee, Ed.D.