A Message From Our Principal, John Jackson
Dear Robinson Parents,
I am so excited for the new school year to start. As you may know, I grew up in Manhattan Beach and I even attended Robinson, Center Jr. High, and Mira Costa. It has been wonderful wandering through the halls of this school again and reliving so many special memories. I have also enjoyed getting to know the Riptide community this past year - many of you have had kids go through the middle school, so I feel like we already know each other. And for those who are new, I look forward to spending time with your family as the year progresses.
I wanted to take this time to tell you a little more about myself. I have been an educator for many years, and my first teaching job was with third graders. I spent fourteen years as a teacher and administrator in the Torrance Unified School District, before moving to MBMS twelve years ago. I strongly believe in the importance of working as a team in order to develop well-rounded children who thrive in academics, citizenship, and the arts. By integrating the assets of our larger community into programs that meets the needs of all students at Robinson, we build a connected network that supports each child’s academic and social growth. Not only do I try to spend as much time in the classroom as I can, but I am also out with the students before school, during recess, at lunch, and even after the bell rings. My decisions as a principal start first, and foremost, with the kids!
On a personal note, I have four grown children, all college grads with jobs! I have six grandkids between the ages of 6 months – 5 years old. Last November, I had my second surgery for my brain implants, to help control some of the affects of Parkinson’s. In my spare time, I love supporting MBUSD athletics and the performing arts programs. I even pull my instrument out and play with the band at times. And I have season tickets to USC football games and an annual pass to Disneyland.
There are so many amazing things happening at Robinson all year. I know the students, parents, and staff are committed to creating the best school possible for your family. I am anxious to get started learning together.