Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 30

Dates to Remember:

March- National Women's History Month

April- Celebrate Diversity Month

April 1- End of Quarter 3

April 2- NO SCHOOL

April 5-9 - NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

April 12-May 12 Ramadan

April 12 & 13-NO SCHOOL


First day of Quarter 4

In-Person Begins

MCA Testing:

MCA testing in reading, math, and science (8th grade) will be starting in April to measure students’ academic achievement. Parents have the right to opt their students out of standardized testing. Signing your student up for the Virtual Learning option does not automatically opt your student out of MCA exams. Students who have selected Virtual Learning will be given the opportunity to come to Ramsey to take the tests (dates to be determined).

If you would like your student to be opted-out of the MCA exams this year, you can fill out of the opt-out form and send it to elisabeth.fontana@spps.org. Here are links to opt-out forms drafted by the Minnesota Department of Education and translated into multiple languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Laotian, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

A parent/guardian may also write a letter or send an email to Ramsey’s testing coordinator, elisabeth.fontana@spps.org, stating why you do not want your student to take the tests (e.g., because of the pandemic or state your other reasons). Please make sure you include your student’s full name and grade in the email/letter.

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RMS Debate Team is undefeated at championships!

Congratulations to Kiernan, Andorra, Kidist, and Eleanor, who all qualified for the citywide debate championship on Thursday, March 25. Both teams went undefeated in a series of 3 debates in the championship! They competed in the rookie division against debaters from 15 other schools. During the awards ceremony, Kiernan and Andorra were awarded a 2st place trophy, while Kidist and Eleanor were awarded a third place trophy. In addition, Ms. Hart was awarded the Teacher Coach of the Year Award! It's been a fun year! Thank you for supporting debate at Ramsey! Check out the Ramsey's spotlight on the MN Urban Debate League's website!


Ramsey Newspaper is looking for your Poetry!

April is National Poetry Month and Ramsey Newspaper would like to showcase Ramsey Student poetry. If you have a poem (or drawing, comic, short story, or anything) that you would like seen in the upcoming Ramsey Newspaper, please send it to Ms. Johnson at Josephine.Johnson@stpaul.k12.mn.us include your name and grade!

Summer School Registration is OPEN!

WHO: Ramsey Families

WHAT: Summer school is available for students in grades K-12.

WHEN: Summer 2021

WHERE: Various Sites

WHY: Students will learn new things AND work on their current academic skills.

Summer school will help prepare students for the next school year through fun, hands-on activities. ALL SUMMER SESSIONS ARE FREE!

Registration is open and can be done online via Campus Parent or the downloadable registration "Application" form linked on the right side of the website:


*If you need help signing up for summer school contact RMS counselors below by clicking on their name:

Barbie Woodruff

Ayoub Nigatu

Ramsey Middle School held their second Virtual Learning and In-Person family meeting on Monday, March 22nd. If you missed the meeting click here to view the recording!

Presentation linked below.

Classroom Updates:

Mr. B's ELA:

Week 8 Review 7th Grade

MN Studies Update:

We are wrapping up learning about the treaties made in the 1800s between the Dakota, Ojibwe, and U.S. Government and how Minnesota's population drastically changed starting in the 1850s. Students imagined that they were recruiters living in Minnesota during the 1850s - 1870s and were asked to create a persuasive recruitment material (poster, iMovie, keynote) with reasons from the primary sources that they evaluated on why people should move to Minnesota.

Here were a few student projects:





As a the quarter wraps up on Thursday, April 1, please check the Schoology "Grades" tab to read my feedback or check what may still need to be turned in, email me at kathrine.walter@stpaul.k12.mn.us if you have any questions, or stop by office hours on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:00 pm using the Google Meets code: RMSWalt

Science 8 Update:

All missing/incomplete Science 8 work is due Monday March 29th. The test is also that week.

IMPORTANT!: Students will still need their science notebook and pencils/pens if they are attending in-person school in April.

Thanks! Mr. K.

The Ramsey Show

The Ramsey Show is looking for student submissions for upcoming episodes.

1. We are looking for student art pieces, digital art, pictures of your art...be creative!

2. Have you had to record yourself for a school assignment or project? Did it take a few tries? Did you make a funny mistake?

Please send us your short, silly moment for our upcoming “Blooper Reel” For any questions or submissions for either of these, please email Ms. Kelly kelly.cervi@stpaul.k12.mn.us

Technology Support:


Please remember to bring student iPads to school each day. They are needed for Onsite Support and April 14th for In-Person Learning. The iPad remains the basis of the district’s Personalized Learning plan.

iPads should be fully charged each day. If iPads are not at school and fully charged, students’ access to learning is limited. The case and keyboard should be attached to protect the iPad. Having a full keyboard definitely helps with middle school writing, but it is also keeping the screen from breaking.

If you need a charger, case, or keyboard, we can get you one during Onsite Support, In-Person Learning, or Virtual Learning. Please contact your Foundations teacher or me for help.

Thank you,

Cara Hagen (She/Her/Hers)

iPad Teacher


Call or Text ‪(612) 568-2358

If you need support for your iPad during Distance Learning, iPad teacher Mrs. Hagen is available Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:00pm at RMSHage in Meet. You can also email cara.hagen@spps.org or call/text 612-568-2358 for help during school hours. Glad to help!

Ramsey Resiliency:

"Should" statements

Using the word "should" is ok when there is something we need to do to be responsible or courteous. We "should" hold the door for others, or we "should" strive to be on time for school each day. But "shoulds" can get out of control and raise your anxiety level when they are unrealistic or unimportant. It's unrealistic for a student riding the bus to think "I should be using this time to study", or for a tired parent to think "I really should have folded that basket of towels." Try to catch yourself giving "should" messages and then ask if what you are thinking is really important or realistic. Why raise unnecessary anxiety?

Food Pantry Update:

Since we are moving to On-Site Support at Ramsey we are going to be moving our Pantry Day to Friday instead of Thursdays. Please see the updated Poster as well! Please see the 2020-2021 Ramsey Food Pantry Information PDF (below) If your family is in need: Please fill out this Google Form https://forms.gle/9a7X5VhGoErnAqAr5 If you would like to make donations-

We are always seeking donations of food, diapers 5/6, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Please drop these items off on Friday's between 7am-12pm at Ramsey. If you would like to volunteer to help pack and sort out items on Friday mornings, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org. If you have questions, please call 651-744-7397 or email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org

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