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Principal's Message



Mr. Michael J. Rizzo


It is the mission of the Lyndhurst Middle School faculty and staff to guide students toward personal and societal goals, including academic achievement and independence, which will enable them to become contributing members of our school and community and will prepare them for higher education, as well as endeavors beyond the classroom.  Throughout their time at the middle school, our students will learn about, engage in and grow from the four Cs in every aspect of their education.

collaboration * critical thinking * communication * creativity

The dedicated and talented staff members at LMS are committed to establishing structured learning opportunities designed to develop the academic, social, emotional, and physical growth of students in grades 6 through 8. All Core courses in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Language and Physical Education/Health, regardless of the level, address the Common Core Standards and reinforce basic skills, stimulate critical thinking, promote self-confidence, and improve scholastic independence.  Furthermore, there is a wide variety of exploratory programs are offered during the school day in Encore classes, including those in the areas of Art, Music, STEM, Business, Cooking, Journalism and Community Service.

Technology is infused throughout all curricula in a variety of ways.  Currently, every academic classroom is outfitted with a Promethean Board and teachers utilize the interactive boards regularly to enhance learning and bring lessons to life.  Collaboration with the media specialist in the state of the art media center further develops our students' research skills and techniques. Additionally, there is a one to one ratio between students and Chromebooks and students and staff regularly engage in academic discourse via Google Classroom and the related suite of applications.

Students are assessed regularly through class discussion, written assignments, creative projects, focused examinations, as well as district and state standardized assessments.  Monitoring of such can be done by viewing information through continuous updates on Realtime via the Parent Portal, quarterly progress reports, quarterly report cards and contact with teachers and counselors. Members of the Student Services Department and Child Study Team are always ready and willing to assist with any need or decision.  The Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I&RS), too, works with teachers, students, and families to create a positive learning environment for all.

Lyndhurst Middle School will proudly offer a wide array of extra-curricular activities as soon as it is advisable to do so.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of the various club, performance and leadership opportunities that will be available to them. It goes without saying that none of the aforementioned activities would be possible without the time and energy supplied by the teacher advisors and coaches.

Another very significant component of the middle school years is the relationship between school and home.  The faculty and administration of the Lyndhurst Middle School are committed to working collaboratively with parents and families. We know that the PTA has been a tremendous asset to other schools in the district and look forward to having one at LMS. Its guidance and support in terms of planning a variety of student functions, voicing questions and concerns, participating in the decision-making process, and fundraising to provide financial backing will be greatly appreciated.

The lines of communication are always open and ideas and suggestions are always welcome.  Working together is sure to make this school year is an exciting and productive one.

Personal/Professional Background Information

I have been a Lyndhurst resident for most of my life and attended Jefferson School and Lyndhurst HS. I am a very proud dad to three sons (Michael, Joseph, and Nicholas). I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a degree in Business-Marketing. My Masters is from St. Peter’s College in Education Administration/Supervision.

After my first year of teaching at Roosevelt School, I spent seven years at Lincoln School as the 7th & 8th Grade Math teacher while holding other positions, such as 8th Grade Advisor, Yearbook Advisor and High School coach. During the 2012-13 school year, I was a teacher at Jefferson School. This year will be my eleventh year as Principal and twentieth overall in the Lyndhurst School District. Previously, I have been principal of Lincoln School, Memorial Campus and Community School. 

I am very involved in the Lyndhurst Community. I was a volunteer flag football coach, basketball coach and Little League baseball coach as well as an executive board member of Lyndhurst LL.  Additionally I have been the President of the Boys Recreation Basketball League for twenty-one of the last twenty-three years.

I am both honored and proud to be the new Principal at Lyndhurst Middle School.