About RMS

Mission Statement

Our mission at Ringgold Middle School is to provide a learning environment

that promotes personal academic excellence.

About The School


About RMS Welcome to the Ringgold Middle School website. RMS embodies a dynamic community of learning that fosters collaboration among its members and challenges its students to explore untapped potential in their journey to adulthood. Mentored by a dedicated faculty and staff, students learn to make positive choices that will serve them well as they traverse the stormy terrain of adolescence.

Our school motto, Ad Vitam Paramus, which translates to "We are preparing for life," effectively communicates our purpose as we work with the students entrusted to us. In addition, certain core values such as honesty, integrity, and service, are expected from all who work and learn at RMS. We believe these serve as a firm foundation to success.

Our rigorous academic program is anchored in collaboration and individualism. Our faculty and staff work and plan together to ensure each student is learning to his or her potential. Opportunity abounds for students to participate in clubs, advisement, band, sports, etc. There is something for everyone at Ringgold Middle School!

On this website, you will learn much about us. However, only a visit to our campus will show you the things that truly make us a special place to learn and grow.

Purposes & Objectives

Ringgold Middle School is a student-centered school. Its mission is the education of its students. To this end, the faculty and staff seek to create a structured and supportive environment advantageous to the intellectual and physical growth as well as the social and moral development of its students.

Ringgold Middle School offers a thorough and structured program to students diverse in their academic abilities. All students are challenged yet supported by faculty members who are consistently available for individualized assistance. The ultimate objective here is to nurture self-confidence and prepare students to succeed wherever life may lead them; higher academic arenas or immediate entry into the workforce upon graduation from high school.

To complement the core curriculum, Ringgold Middle School offers a broad athletic program which emphasizes participation and intensity of play at all levels of ability, in turn, fostering self-esteem, teamwork, and school spirit. In addition, art, band and music classes are offered to support diverse interests and to encourage individual artistic expression.

Students learn best in an atmosphere that is safe, physically comfortable, and inviting. Clearly articulated and consistent guidelines for behavior reinforce, honesty, self-discipline, respect for self and others, and acceptable manners. In accordance with the school motto, Ad Vitam Paramus, Ringgold Middle School continues to envision its mission as one of challenging, supporting, and preparing its students for life.


Ringgold Middle School's administrative team is comprised of three individuals who have made education their life's work. Each one is dedicated and committed to serving its school community to ensure not only RMS is successful, but also each individual that makes up the student body. Each welcomes you to Ringgold Middle School.

Mr. AJ Daniel (Principal)

AJ Daniel is a lifelong native of Catoosa County. He graduated from Ringgold High School where he earned baseball scholarships to Tennessee Wesleyan College and Lee University.

AJ graduated from Lee University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Journalism. He aslo pursued and received his Master's Degree and Educational Specialist Degree in instructional leadership from Tennessee Tech University. Following this, he began his teaching career in 2005 as a language arts teacher and taught 8th grade for 11 years. Throughout his tenure, he has also coached middle school baseball, softball, and high school baseball.

Mrs. Kim Mullins (Assistant Principal)

Mrs. Mullins has been involved in education as a teacher, department head, yearbook and newspaper sponsor, academic coach, literacy coach, consultant, and literacy director. While spending 20 years in the classroom teaching English, speech, and world cultures at East Ridge High School, Mrs. Mullins learned many things that have proved applicable to her position as assistant principal at Ringgold Middle School.

Mrs. Mullins received her Bachelor's degree from Tennessee Temple University and her Master's degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She continued her studies at Tennessee Tech where she earned her Education Specialist's degree.

When not at school, Mrs. Mullins spends time watching her youngest daughter play volleyball, talking to and guiding her oldest daughter as she continues her studies at MTSU, and assisting her husband with his business. In her spare time, she enjoys aerobics and perusing the "treasures" found at garage sales!

Mr. Barret Blankenship (Assistant Principal & Athletic Director)

Mr. Blankenship is a lifelong Tiger. He graduated from Ringgold High School before going on to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from UTC. After he began teaching, he also earned his Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education. He spent 9 years as a PE/Weight Lifting teacher at RMS before becoming an assistant principal. Along with teaching, he has coached middle school football, wrestling, and high school wrestling. When not at school, Mr. Blankenship enjoys spending time with his wife and their two beautiful children.