RMS NEWSLETTER

Week of April 11 - 15, 2022

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • School Information
  • Spring Sports
  • MYP Info
  • Ramadan Supports
  • Title I
  • Classroom Updates
  • Literacy Corner
  • Health & Wellness
  • SPPS Job Opportunities
  • MN Debate Team
  • Flipside
  • 6th Grade Field Trip photos

Weekly Reminders

  • SAVE THE DATES

Mon., April 11th - Quarter 4 starts

Tues., April 12th - Spring Sports start

Fri., April 15th - Virtual/E-Learning Day (No IN PERSON School)


Next Week:

Thurs., April 21st - PTO Meeting 6:00-7:30 pm

School Information

Virtual/E-Learning Day Schedule: (April 15th)

All Ramsey teachers will offer a morning check in with their Foundations students and an AM and a PM Synchronous session for students to attend for online learning support. Teachers will not be instructing but available to support student questions regarding their online work. Teachers will post their Synchronous schedule on their Schoology course pages along with coursework for students to complete digitally while working remotely. As students work on their coursework and need support, they should note when their teacher will be available in a Google Meet.


In summary, Ramsey Teachers will provide:

  • 8:45 -9:15 - Foundations Check-in
  • AM office hour (45 minutes)
  • PM office hour (45 minutes)


Google Meet codes to the Check-ins and Schedules for Office Hours are below. Foundations teachers will also go over additional details during the Foundations check-in.

Google Meet codes

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16X2LL2Ww1vMd2HeoCGrKUyfYrAdo2EbPcc1yuJiZhjA/edit#gid=0

Spring Sports start Tuesday, April 12th

Spring Sports offered:


  • Badminton (Girls)
  • Softball (Girls)
  • Baseball (Boys)
  • Track & Field (Co-ed)


Athletic Permission Forms for spring sports will be handed out, during all lunches, starting Monday, March 21st.

All Athletic Permission Forms need to be handed in, to the Nurse, by Wednesday, March 30th.

MYP Info

Congratulations to all our IB scholars who have worked hard this quarter and deserve a great spring break to try to rebalance! Help your students reflect on what went well this quarter and how they can continue to grow for the last part of the school year.


As part of our agreement as an IB World School, we are in the midst of preparing for our reauthorization from IB. This involves making sure that our IB documentation has been reviewed and updated and having many reflective conversations among staff about how we can continue to improve our IB practices. We have recently submitted documentation to IB to prepare for our visit with the IB team of evaluators in October 2022. It is exciting to see how dedicated our staff is to providing the best middle school experience for students, despite all the challenges that we have been facing the past few years!

Supporting Students Observing Ramadan

RMS is working hard to support our students who are observing Ramadan, please share the following information with your student so they are supported at school.


  • We will accommodate students needing to pray in the conference room in the office.
  • Students who are fasting may need/want an alternative space other than the lunchroom during lunch. We will use the library as a space for students who are fasting.
  • Fasting can take a toll on an individuals physical and mental state, RMS staff will work collaboratively to accommodate to students needs.

Title I documents – Spring Revision Process

The Title 1 documents (Family Engagement Plan (FEP) and the Compact) require revision every spring with input from staff and families. Please find linked here the two documents and a google form (below) to share your feedback and suggestions. The Ramsey Executive Team will review the feedback and assist with finalizing the updates to the documents after getting feedback from parents.
Family Engagement Plan Feedback Form

Families we want to hear from you. Please provide us with some feedback around the Family Engagement Plan.

Ramsey Compact Feedback Form

Families we want to hear from you. Please provide us with some feedback around the Compact.

Classroom Updates

Ms. Fontana’s IB-MYP Design Classes

Two out of four of our 3D printers ended up breaking at the beginning of our 3D printing unit, so the process for printing students’ projects ended up taking far longer than expected with half the number of functioning printers. We printed as many projects as we were able to this quarter, but some students may have to wait a while and finish evaluating their project during 4th quarter. Projects will not be marked as missing for now. Please reach out to Elisabeth.fontana@spps.org if you have any questions about students in my Design classes. Also, for fourth quarter we are planning a project where we will need empty 2-liter pop bottles. If you have any, please send them with your student and we will collect them. Thanks!

Literacy Corner

Click Image to learn how to use Libby >>>>>

Health Office Message

Spring Break is almost here! If your student develops any COVID symptoms over break, please have them take a COVID Test. Rapid COVID 19 Test Kits are available for students to take home (BinaxNOW). You can call the health office during school hours at 651-888-7657, then come to school to pick it up or we can send it home with your student while quantities last. That way you have one available if you need it.


Please monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If any symptoms develop, stay home and test. Report positive COVID test results to the school health office. This is the best way to know of cases in our school community. We will help determine isolation and quarantine dates and when your student can return to school.

Job Opportunities in SPPS

Minnesota Urban Debate League update:

Ramsey’s Debate team continues to do extremely well! On Tuesday, March 22, students competed in Murray’s virtual debate tournament. The topic this year is about replacing the US’ water infrastructure, and we know our students are learning a lot.


Here are the results for this tournament:

In the Rookie Division, we would like to congratulate the partnership of Coen & Nelson & Morrissette for taking home a THIRD PLACE team award! The partnership of Anderson & Lavery took one home for 11th place, Gore & Miles Desjardins for 13th place, Bequette & Nikolai for 14th place, and Weaver & Sateren-Zoller for 16th place. There is also a speaker award portion at every tournament and Isla Coen earned a SECOND PLACE speaker award, Ruby Nelson placed 6th place, and Laine Morrissette placed in 15th place.

As for the JV Division, huge congratulations to the partnership of Kahnert & LaSalle for earning a SECOND PLACE team award! The partnership of Baxter-Kauf & Zimmerman closely followed with a FOURTH PLACE team award. Furthermore, Eleanor LaSalle earned a speaker award for THIRD PLACE, Ella Kahnert for FOURTH PLACE, Andorra Zimmerman for 9th place, and Kiernan Baxter-Kauf for 10th place. It is always an amazing accomplishment to finish in the top ten. Nicely done, Ramsey Middle School debaters!

FLIPSIDE

LAST CALL FOR SIGN-UPS! Registration for Flipside will be closing on Wednesday April 20th.


We are entering our final few weeks of Flipside! There are still openings in Hip-Hop, Homework help and Chess and Board Games and Drumline!


Link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRahXXApo39hI4mtwh7sb1vehcfbD6eb2u8ZWypEeLeQ4vsg/viewform


Bussing available on Mondays and Wednesdays! Please note it does take up to 5 business days for students to receive a bus route.


Any questions contact the Flipside Coordinator, Teanna Rouillard at teanna.rouillard@spps.org or 651-744-6969

6th Grade Field Trip FUN!