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Principal's Message

Welcome RMMS Families!


As the new Principal of RMMS, I am excited to launch our 11th year as a school community. I am looking forward to continuing the excellence of our Trailblazer scholars.


This year we will continue to build upon our strengths to ensure that Merkin remains a top-performing middle school in the Alliance, Los Angeles area, and state.  We will work to implement new initiatives that enhance student learning and success. 


RMMS students will leave this year ready for new challenges and for their next academic grade.  We will continue to work towards our mission of college and career-readiness through the development of scholars that are ready for the demands of high school. 


Merkin Trailblazers will apply what they learn through project-based learning, the annual Science Fair and Spelling Bee, and other presentations to community audiences.  Our students will continue to be leaders on campus and in the community through a variety of off-campus field trips and partnerships.   


Merkin is dedicated to continuing our longstanding support from parents and community partners.  We are looking forward to truly working with parents as partners.  Additionally, I personally want to thank our community partners: Dr. Richard Merkin, 24th Street Theater, Fulfillment Fund, USC’s Joint Educational Project (JEP), Los Angeles Team Mentoring, and Facing History and Ourselves.


I maintain an open door policy, so feel free to visit me any time to learn more about our outstanding school and students!


All the Best,


Meghan Van Pelt