Week of April 25 - 29, 2022

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • School Information
  • Counseling Corner
  • Flipside
  • Classroom Updates
  • MYP Info
  • Literacy Corner
  • Summer Programs
  • SPPS Job Opportunities
  • Health & Wellness

Weekly Reminders


Wed., April 27th - 8th grade Assembly w/ Central HS Counselors

Fri., April 29th - Honor Roll Recognition Ceremony at 9:00am

Next Week:

Lion King Musical May 5th, 6th & 7th from 6:30-8:00pm

School Information

Safety Drill: We will conduct the FINAL set of safety drills for the 2021 - 2022 school year during the week of April 25 to April 29, weather will decide the day. Please reach out to administration if you have any questions or concerns.

Name Change Voting: Students will be voting in Foundations on the new school name, this is the first round of voting. There is the presentation of names that will be posted on the website and Schoology later this week.

Masks are now optional: The Board of Education approved that masks are not required at SPPS during low to medium levels of COVID-19 in Ramsey County (Ramsey County is currently in the low category). Therefore masking for all students, staff and visitors is no longer required, but now optional.

RMS School Store!! Students can use their ROCKS tickets to purchase fun items at our NEW school store during lunch. Click Here to see the full details. The school store was such a hit, we are looking for items to be donated (items include stickers, airheads, jolly ranchers, lifesavers, and mentos, styluses, etc.). They can be dropped off in the main office.

Counseling Corner

Q3 Honor Roll Recognition

What: Honor Roll Recognition Ceremony

When: Friday, April 29th 9:00am

Where: Ramsey Cafetorium (please sign in at the main office)

​We are happy to announce the return of the Honor Roll Recognition Ceremony. It has been 2 years since our last ceremony, and we are happy to welcome parents into Ramsey to help us celebrate students' academic achievement. Honor Roll Recipients will receive a printed invite on Monday (April 25th). Guests will be limited to 2 per student. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Quarter 3 & 4 Final Grades Report

If you haven't already done so, please complete the 3-question form to let us know how you would like to receive your child's grades. Quarter 3 grades will be available starting Friday, April 22nd and Quarter 4 grades will be available on Thursday, June 16th.

Q3 & Q4 Grades Request

2022 Summer Learning Programs

Interested in any of the Summer Learning Program through SPPS? There is still time and spots are still available. Click the link to learn more about each program and/or have the Ramsey School Counselors enroll your child in a program of your choosing.

Summer Learning Sign Up

High School Course Registration

What: 8th grade Assembly with Central High School Counselors

When: Wednesday, April 27th

For: Preparation & Info session for 9th grade course selection

Course registration form BELOW for your review​​​

**Registration opens on April 28th​**

What: Central High School Course Registration Night

When: Thursday, April 28th 5:30-7pm

Where: Central High School (in-person)

Virtual Option:

As questions arise, please feel free to call/email the Ramsey School Counseling team.

Barbie Woodruff: A-L grades 6-8, barbie.woodruff@spps.org or 651-744-2087

Ayoub Nigatu: M-Z grades 6-8, ayoub.nigatu@spps.org or 651-793-7377


We are less than 2 weeks away from opening night of the Lion King Jr. Musical! Come out to support our students who have worked so hard this semester on the musical. The event is FREE but we ask that you reserve your tickets in advance, link below.

There are 3 shows:

May 5th 6:30pm-8pm

May 6th 6:30pm-8pm

May 7th 6:30pm-8pm


Any questions contact Teanna Rouillard, teanna.rouillard@spps.org

Classroom Updates

IB-MYP Design - Ms. Fontana

We will be starting a new project where we will need empty 2-liter bottles. If you collect any bottles over the next couple of weeks, please have your student bring them into Design class. Thank you.

Science 8 Update

Science 8 Update! Our next Science test is Tuesday May 3rd. All missing/incomplete work for the quarter is due at the mid-term deadline (Friday May 6th). Science MCA testing is May 5th and 6th (Thu-Fri).

MYP Info

This year, several Ramsey teachers have been participating in an IB-MYP grading pilot where students receive feedback on a 0-8 scale. Students' levels of achievement (1-2=limited, 3-4=adequate, 5-6=substantial, 7-8=excellent) for their assessments are reported in Schoology, which then converts them into a letter grade. This system is similar to a standards-based grading model that is used in some other middle schools across the district.

Teachers participating in the grading pilot: Bailey, Bronson, Del Main, Fontana, Gallagher, King, Payia Yang (Global Studies), Piñeda Johnson, Schuneman, Theisen, Vojtech

We are looking for any parent feedback you might wish to share based on your experiences this year. Please consider taking the short survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe_TQtBfTiGj0yygx0dsp_pSCX20UB4u_UUXeArY5CaaUy1A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Feel free to reach out to the IB-MYP coordinator, elisabeth.fontana@spps.org in addition to completing the survey if you have any questions or comments.

Literacy Corner

Monday's matchup featured:

"Ballad of the Landlord" by Langston Hughes read to you by Mr. Nigatu: https://www.loom.com/share/a1317cf1bae447ad9c1f383be0ab0d0d


"We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks read to you by Ms. Jones: https://www.loom.com/share/558808f47be44f4a9c6582c641e716e

Tuesday's matchup featured:

"This is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams read to you by Ms. Pineda Johnson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW0mxYzW3KQ&feature=youtu.be


"Shoulders" by Shihab Nye. read to you by Ms. Sawyer Beach: https://www.loom.com/share/784b3bd793e84a87b12382fe4780a8be

Wednesday's matchup featured:

"Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickenson read by Ms. Hagen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NldQIrY7Iww&feature=youtu.be


"Breaking the Cycle" WRITTEN and read by Ms. Price!!! an original poem written by and read by teacher Ms. Price: https://www.loom.com/share/b1359cfd1c7f47349acff13ba1310f90

Thursday's matchup featured:

"BLK History Month" written by Nikki Giovanni and read by Ms. King: https://www.loom.com/share/56da8704bebb4095ae29c5bc72acbe8f


"A Star is Born" written by Saket Suman and read by Ms. Bronson: https://www.loom.com/share/49796407567845d18f7b107322cb57fc

MITY Summer Academy

Summer Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) inspires and challenges intellectually curious students to pursue their passions within a diverse, inclusive community. MITY offers more than 50 unique STEM, humanities and fine arts classes featuring inquiry-based, hands-on learning experiences, small class sizes, and exciting field trips. Students entering grades 5 - 7 can apply for MITY’s ExplorSchool, a two-week program offering full day, half day, extended day, and online opportunities. Students entering grades 8 - 12 are eligible for MITY’s Expand Your Mind (EYM) program that takes place at Macalester College. Students can commute or live in the dorms as they experience post-secondary life, grow leadership skills and have fun with new friends. Full and partial need-based financial aid is available. Visit mity.org for more information.

Job Opportunities in SPPS

Health Office Message

More Masking Guidance

Effective Monday, April 18, 2022:

  • Masks are no longer required during times of low to medium community levels of COVID-19 in Ramsey County (Ramsey County is currently in the low category)
  • Masks are required when community levels of COVID-19 in Ramsey County are high
  • Both a cloth mask and a medical/surgical grade mask are required for staff delivering direct student support services when community levels of COVID-19 in Ramsey County are high. These services include direct care with ill students or health care procedures involving respiratory or aerosol-generating procedures

SPPS strongly recommends wearing masks for those in the below situations, regardless of community levels:

  • Those who are unvaccinated or not eligible for the vaccine
  • People who are immunocompromised or at high risk for a severe reaction to COVID-19
  • Staff working with immunocompromised individuals and those ineligible for the vaccine
  • Staff who have completed a five-day isolation period after testing positive for COVID-19 should wear a mask for an additional five days after returning to school to reduce potential spread
  • Those with a household member who has recently tested positive for COVID-19
  • Ill students being evaluated by the health office or waiting to be picked up to reduce potential spread

Click here for full guidelines

COVID Testing Kits

If your student develops any COVID symptoms, 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.