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Welcome to Ramsey Middle School

Ramsey Middle School is an innovative, academically challenging environment that empowers each learner to explore possibilities, act with integrity, and create positive change within one's community and the world.

Band Concerts Tonight

Beginning Band and Varsity Bands Winter Concert at Ramsey Middle School on Wednesday, January 18, from 7 to 8 pm. Students should report to the band room at 6:30 pm and wear their Ramsey Music T-shirt and dark pants. We look forward to seeing you then and celebrating the students’ music with you all! We could use a few volunteers to chaperone student groups in the auditorium during the concert. If you’re willing to help, sign up here.

A (Whole)sum Welcome at Ramsey

On Tuesday, January 24, from 8:00 to 9:00 am, during Ramsey Morning Greeters and to welcome Intersession volunteers, Whole Sum Cafe will be serving coffee and fresh juices for parent volunteer greeters and staff. As if that isn’t enough, stop back at (Whole) Sum throughout the day to pick up a healthy snack—or that critical second cup of coffee—and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ramsey PTA. Greeters sign up here.

Early Release Days

On Wednesday, January 25, and Thursday, January 26, Ramsey Middle School will be closing at 1 pm. Buses will come and pick up at that time. There will be no after school.

These early closings are to enable essential professional development for staff to improve the work that we do with students each day, as well as time for us to work together on our programming for the future.

These changes are during Intersession week, so students will not be missing regular class, and we have created an adjusted schedule so students still have access to the variety of courses Intersession offers.

Please be aware that it is only Ramsey Middle School that has the early closing on these days. If you have students at other Minneapolis schools, they will have their regular schedules.

Please know this decision was made after long deliberation among staff, and is in the interest of what is ultimately going to provide the best services for our students.

Second Semester Schedules

Second semester starts on Tuesday, January 31. Students are able to see their second semester schedule on the student portal. If students would like to request a change in an elective class, they need to fill out a schedule change request form. Schedule change request forms are available to pick up in the main office. All request forms are due by Thursday, January 26 - no exceptions. A parent signature is required for all schedule change requests. If a student wishes to drop a year-long elective course, a teacher signature is also required. Students and parents will be emailed with a decision about their schedule change request. Students will not be called down to the office to get a copy of their new schedule if their request is approved.

Intersession Help Wanted

Are you looking for a FUN volunteer gig that doesn’t last more than two days? Our intersession classes are just the right fit for you. January 25 and 26, 2017. Check out signup genius to find a job matching your skills and interests. We are looking for help in a range of different 1 hour and 45 minute classes across 2 days. We need parents who are willing to jump in and help, and some who have specific skill sets like mural painting, sewing on machines, cooking, snowshoeing, guitar playing, knitting, chemistry, Annie Jr. set building and more.

1:1 Technology Program Update

From Principal Erin Rathke:

It is important for me to share with you that we are making some much-needed adjustments to our 1:1 technology program at Ramsey. I am working closely with our tech council, staff and district IT department on the best most sustainable model for Ramsey and our students. Technology is one of the founding cornerstones of Ramsey. I want to sustain our technology for student learning. We are finding that travelling back and forth with students is causing some more frequent damage to the iPads. At semester end we are moving to a 1:1 cart model for now.   Students will have access to iPads on a daily basis at school. Students will hand in their iPads at semester end for reimaging and clean-up. Our goal is to work towards a sustainable plan—we will be surveying students, staff and families, we will be taking guidance from the district IT department, we will work with Site Council and the technology council to inform and implement a more effective plan.

Parent survey can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/HhQQlC8UoNFh4K0S2

Treats for Teachers

Show our wonderful Ramsey staff how much they are appreciated by supporting "Treats for Teachers".  Bring or send in a treat for the staff to enjoy on the first Wednesday of each month.  Treats can be a simple bag of fruit, a veggie tray, baked goods, chips and dip or salsa, a family favorite, or anything you would like to send in! Contact Heidi Knaus with questions at haknaus@yahoo.com or sign up here for any of the Treats Days this year.

History Day is (Almost) Here!

Attention 7th Grade families!  SAVE THE DATE

7th grade History Day Showcase
Thursday, February 2 6:00-8:00

7th grade students will be showcasing their 2017 History Day projects. Throughout the past 3 months students have chosen topics, conducted research, and created projects based on the theme “Taking a Stand in History.” There will be more than 175 projects on display including documentaries, websites, exhibits, and performances.

Note to 7th grade families - We are asking each student to present their project during the showcase. Students will be asked to register for ONE 10 minute presentation time.  For the rest of the evening, students will have the opportunity to view their classmates projects on display.

Annie Jr.

Annie Jr. Performances of the Ramsey Musical, Annie Jr., are just around the corner! If you’re willing to help corral students between the preview and evening performances on 2/10, please sign up here.