Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 5

Dates to Remember:

October 12: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 15-16: MEA- NO SCHOOL

October 20: Q1 Midterm Conferences 4-7pm

October 22: PTO Meeting: 6-7:30pm

October 23: Q1 Midterm Conferences (throughout the day)

October 28-29: Eid Milad un-Nabi and Mawlid Al-Nabi

October 31-Nov. 2: Day of the Dead- Dia de Muertos

Message from the Principal

Ramsey Families,

Thank you for all your patience and flexibility these opening weeks of school. We have been working hard to ensure all students and families have technology; can take attendance on Campus; can access Schoology and know how to connect with their teachers. It finally feels like school is in session and learning is taking place! I have a couple of quick announcements:

1. Madame Folley, our French Immersion Social Studies Teacher has taken a job at the district, working on her career goals toward school administration!

2. We are pleased to welcome Madame Rachel Payia Yang to the French Immersion program as the Social Studies teacher!

3. We are also pleased to welcome guest teacher William Bauer, who is covering our French elective class! Thank you for all you are doing to partner with us during online learning.

Be well and be safe,

Ms. Vibar

Attention ALL RMS Families:

RMS Family Feedback

RMS is committed to improvement and looks forward to your feedback, please take a moment to share your feedback with us.

It's Fall Conference Time

Fall Conferences - Tuesday, October 20, 4-7 p.m. & Friday, October 23, throughout the day!

(Please note these are NEW dates than previously communicated.)

Conferences this Fall will be virtual! Your student's Foundations Teacher will be reaching out to you to schedule a 10 -15 minute conference and will confirm with a meeting link/code. At this conference, we invite you and your student to both participate. Teachers will walk through your student's Schoology grades and invite your student to share their perspectives on strengths, areas of growth and things that are going well and any struggles. Foundations teachers will assist you with connecting with additional teachers as you need. Information regarding preparing for your child's conference will be provided next week.

Big picture

The PBIS behavior matrix is a chart that clearly communicates Ramsey Middle School's expectations for positive behaviors for students during Distance Learning 2.0. It aides teachers and administrators in teaching, modeling, and reinforcing PBIS in all of the areas of learning including the Schoology, Google Meets, iPad usage, and home.

The Salvation Army has begun its coat drive. The Salvation Army’s centers are a place for families in crisis to get help, including coats for their children. Visit any of our Twin Cities Worship & Service Centers to learn about meeting your child’s need for a coat. Supplies may be limited, so we recommend contacting the nearest location before stopping by to find out if supplies are available in the sizes you need.

Families can register with their local Salvation Army:


One of the IB learner profile traits we try to instill in our IB scholars is being balanced. Since the pandemic began, there have been some additional challenges in achieving that for many people, including students doing distance learning. The IB recently published a blog post called "Tips for managing your children's screen time." Educators and parents from around the world weighed in with their best advice--check it out to see if there is something that can help your Ramsey scholar remain balanced during this time.

For any questions about the IB-MYP at Ramsey, reach out to elisabeth.fontana@spps.org.

Don't forget that scholars can place library materials on hold for pick up on Thursdays! We are extending the pick up hours. Materials will be available outside the Summit Avenue doors (door 4) from 8:30AM to 3:00PM. * Scholars may have borrow up to 5 books at a time. * Requests/holds should be placed no later than Tuesday evenings as I prep pick ups Wednesday mornings. * I will send confirmation emails to students on Wednesday mornings. If your scholar does not receive a confirmation, their books are not ready. * Library materials can be returned on Thursdays -- look for the return bin next to the holds cart. Are you interested in participating in a book club with your scholar? Sign up and help me choose the format by filling out this form: http://bit.ly/RMSFamilyBookClub

How to Login to ST MATH for all Ramsey Students!

ST MATH is a visual math program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through creative problem solving.

Click the link below to view how-to video.

Math Team:

Ramsey's Math team is going virtual this year! If your scholar is interested in taking really hard math tests for fun, then Math Team is for them! We have a Math Team Schoology group where we will be practicing and reviewing and taking the online competition tests. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Johnson at Josephine.Johnson@stpaul.k12.mn.us

Class Updates:

Band and Orchestra Update:


I hope you are healthy, happy, and safe in this school season. If you are planning on renting an instrument for Band or Orchestra class (NOT Music Exploration), please complete the Loan Agreement and arrive to the school at the following times: 10/8, 1:30-3:00 10/9, 8:30-3:00 After 10/9, deliveries by appointment I urge scholars and families to take gentle care of the instruments, and notify me as soon as something seems damaged or broken. As always, purchasing an instrument may seem expensive, but the instruments are great or new condition, and worth inquiring about. Please email for anymore information.

Thank you, and stay well.

My best, Mr. Tison

Music at Ramsey

Digital Media Explorations:

Last week we turned in our first project! Ask to see your scholar's poster on media. This week we will begin a discussion about media literacy and misleading graphs. We will learn how people can be mislead with this form of media and then we will learn how to create graphs with our iPads. #TableTalk Talk to your scholar about how numbers are used to shape narratives.
Hello Scholars,

Join Ms. Skaja in her Virtual Game Room where you can find fun math games and logic puzzles.

Have fun learning,

Ms. Skaja


Visual Art Exploration Update:

If your student is enrolled in Visual Art Exploration and still needs the art kit, please email anna.king@spps.org.

WE are offering a variety of classes like Debate, Math Team, the Ramsey show and much more! We will also have a homework help class Monday-Thursday from 3-4pm! New this year.. FLIPSIDE is offereing centralized classes that are for all six middle schools. This is a great way to meet students from other schools or hang out with old friends! Flipside is a great way to connect with classmates and teachers and do something that interests you!! Don't miss out! Spots are limited! Classes begin on Monday October 19th! Click on the link to register! https://forms.gle/4q2dxvLS1coSNWky5 See attached document for class descriptions! Email Darcy Holle with questions @ darcy.holle@spps.org
  • Use these presentations and videos to help you work with common apps on the student iPads.

Google Meet

Schoology info

Clever info Use Clever to log in to Seesaw, Raz Kids, ST Math, Schoology, Code.org, and more

Other Apps

Other info

Comcast Internet Essentials Free Through December

Comcast provides basic wireless Internet called Internet Essentials, and it is free through December. The district will provide a Hotspot, but if you are finding that isn't enough data or you are unable to wait for a ticket to be completed, contact Comcast to apply https://www.internetessentials.com/. If Comcast does not extend the free price after December, you'd have the option to quit when it is no longer free or pay the $9.95/month + tax.

Campus Parent:

Having issues logging onto Campus Parent? Please contact the school at 651-293-8860 or email sandy.pothen@spps.org to recover usernames and passwords.

Complete the Required 20-21 iUpdate

Parents and guardians will:

  • Complete all, annually-required school and district forms including the Technology Use Agreement (for student iPad use), field trip and media permission forms.
  • Add or change primary and/or alternative addresses to ensure accurate school-bus transportation to and from home and/or childcare addresses. Please complete iUpdate by the deadline of September 6, 2020. ​ Click the button below to complete the iUpdate.

Every SPPS family should complete an application for Education Benefits/Free or Reduced Price Meals. Not only does this help us identify families in need of assistance, it also allows the District to receive federal dollars for classroom programming.

A new form must be completed each school year. Additionally, families who have completed an application and have experienced a change in household income or size are encouraged to complete a new application. Click the button below to complete the application.