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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.

iPad Program Update

​Dear Ramsey Community,

I want to communicate our needs for making adjustments to our 1:1 technology program at Ramsey. I am working closely with our Technology Council, District IT Department and our staff on the best most sustainable model for Ramsey and our students. Technology is one of the founding cornerstones of Ramsey. We 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. We are not losing the 1:1 model at Ramsey, however we are moving to a 1:1 cart model. Students will have access to iPads on a daily basis at school.

Please click the headline to read the rest of Principal Rathke's letter.

Winter Conferences This Week
Winter Conferences are Friday, February 17 from 8 am to noon. Thursday, February 16 conferences are reserved and scheduled in advance by the teams. This is NOT a drop-in day; teams are determining students/families they feel have the highest need (behavior and academic concerns) and will meet with those families at that time. If you are not scheduled Thursday evening, please either arrange an alternate time with your child's teachers, or come to the Friday drop-ins!
 
Friday, February 17, all families are invited to our drop-in conferences from 8 am to 12 noon. Drop-in means that you do not need to schedule in advance: you come by anytime between 8 and noon to meet with your child's teachers. If you are not available for Friday drop-ins, contact your child’s teachers and they will arrange a time to meet with you!
 
Click the headline for further details on drop-in conferences.
Rename Ramsey Update

Our February 28 Community Voices: “What should be the name of our school?” event is fast approaching. Our list of possible new names for Ramsey Middle School has been reduced to five finalists, which will be discussed that evening. For more information, see the event invitation. Click the headline for a complete update on the Rename Ramsey campaign.

Walking and Biking to School

Minneapolis Public Schools needs your input: What ideas do you have to make it safe, fun, and easy for students to walk and bike? Please take this short survey on what the city, the schools, and the community can do to improve walking and biking for our students.

Rhino Report

The latest edition of the Rhino Report is here!

In This Issue:
  • Recognition for Math Team and Future City
  • Letters to Ms. Rathke RE: school lunches
  • Student thoughts on Intersession
  • Rhino Pride fundraising
  • Editorial on Trump's border wall
  • Conference info
  • School safety info
  • More!
Dress Code

Principal Rathke has been discussing the dress code with students, staff, and other interested parties. If you’d like to give feedback on the current student dress code, please take the dress code survey.

Student Safety

Student safety is a priority at Ramsey. It is vital that we set an appropriate entrance and exit plan for our students, to be followed by all Ramsey families. At the start and end of the school day, there is to be no student drop-off or pick-up in the 50th street parking lot (door 1). Door 1 is for staff and visitors only. The only times a student should use door 1 are:

  • if student arrives late (after 8:30). Late students should enter through door 1, go to the main office, sign in, get a pass, and go to class.
  • if a student is leaving or returning in the middle of the day (e.g. for an appointment).
  • if a student is leaving after school hours (e.g. being picked up after after-school classes).

Students being dropped off at the start of the school day, or picked up at the end of the school day, should use door 7, on 49th Street. Students should not be dropped off or picked up on Nicollet Avenue; this is bus only.

Students arriving and departing by bus should use door 2, the school's main entrance.

Bikers and walkers may enter and exit through either door 7 (49th Street) or door 2 (Nicollet Avenue).

If you are visiting Ramsey during the school day, you may park in the 50th Street lot, buzz in through door 1, go to the office, sign in, and get visitor's badge.

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe at Ramsey!

Calling All Overdue Books!

Currently, 343 Ramsey students have overdue books. Notices have been emailed to students, but students can also look online at any time to see what books they have out. To check on overdue books:

  • Go to Ramsey’s Destiny site
  • Log in using the student’s school credentials (e.g. John Smith, class of 2021, has a user name of jsmi2101).
  • Once logged in, click on My Info near the top of the page. This will show all books currently checked out, overdue materials, and fines associated with the student.
Please help your students locate and return overdue materials to the Ramsey Media Center.
MPS to Hold Community Meetings for Immigrant and Refugee Families

MPS is committed to being a safe haven for everyone. We know that recent current events have raised questions for some immigrant and refugee families. We want to lend support wherever possible. Together with our community partners, we’re hosting two upcoming meetings to answer questions and connect families with resources both in our schools and in the community. Meetings will be held on Wednesday, March 1 at South High School from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, and Saturday, March 4 at Davis Service Center, 2 - 4:30 pm.