Week of April 18 - 22, 2022

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • School Information
  • Counseling Corner
  • Name Change Update
  • Flipside
  • PTO Upate
  • Classroom Updates
  • March Student of the Month
  • Kofi Therapist
  • Literacy Corner
  • Summer Programs
  • SPPS Job Opportunities
  • Health & Wellness

Weekly Reminders


Thurs., April 21st - PTO Meeting 6:00-7:30 pm (meeting details below)

Next Week:

School Information

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 GRAND OPENING!! Students can use their ROCKS tickets to purchase fun items at our NEW school store during lunch. Click Here to see the full details.

Counseling Corner

1. 2022 Summer Learning Programs

Grades K-12 Summer Learning Programs help students strengthen academic and social emotional skills, discover new talents, and recover high school credits. Examples of program themes are Experiential & Project-Based Learning; Environmental Studies; Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM); Leadership; Languages & Cultural Studies. All programs are FREE and include Academic Support & Enrichment, Free Meals and Free Transportation within Saint Paul City limits.

The Priority Deadline was Friday, April 15th, but 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 for a program of your choosing.

2022 Summer Learning Program Sign-Up

2. Quarter 3 & 4 Final Grades Report

Grades Reports are available 2 weeks after the end of each quarter and once grades have been posted to students' transcripts. Traditionally we have asked families to complete a short form for each quarter. Going forward, we will ask families to complete the form once and that will cover you for the entire school year. Grades reports can be viewed electronically, emailed directly to you or printed and given to your student.

Please complete the 3-question form to let us know how you would like to receive your child grades. Quarter 3 grades will be available on Friday, April 22nd and Quarter 4 grades will be available on Thursday, June 16th.

Student Grades Report Request

​3. High School Course Registration

Eighth families should have received a letter from the Student Placement Center regarding 9th grade school assignments. If your child has NOT received their confirmation either via email or mailed letter, please let us know so that we can assist you.

This year, high school courses will be selected online by the student & families. To prepare students for this next step in their academic journey, High School Counselors from Central will visit Ramsey on Wednesday April 27th for an 8th grade assembly. During the assembly, counselors will walk students through the steps of reviewing and selecting 9th grade classes. We will be sure to send a printed copy of the presentation and course selection options home with the students.

4. Transcripts & Middle School

In the weeks leading up to Spring Break, all Ramsey 6-8th grade students received a copy of their middle school transcript. Their transcript shows all courses attempted and credits earned during their SPPS middle school tenure. Students were given their own personal copy and encouraged to share them with family. If your child did not bring theirs home and you would like a copy, please let your child counselor know and we will gladly email it to you.

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


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

PTO Updates

Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 7:30pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/xxn-tapt-wpo

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-701-1080‬ PIN: ‪701 199 698‬#


- Title I

- Volunteer Update

Classroom Updates

MN Studies - Ms. Walter

This past week, we finished our unit on the US-Dakota War. Because it is the start of Quarter 4, student grades are based on 2 assessments: the Chapter 9 Test and Choice Board Activities to expand their learning on the US-Dakota War and its impact. Both assessments and directions can be found in Schoology. In addition, here's the link to their options: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ugaRslMLaTKWK-EIwXTgdlrn7zGWlxnFfxiMu-ktgco/edit?usp=sharing

If you have any questions, please email me at kathrine.walter@stpaul.k12.mn.us

Science 8 Update

Our next unit begins Tuesday April 19th. The test will be Tuesday May 2nd. All missing/incomplete work for the quarter so far will be due on May 05 at 3pm. (Mid Quarter Deadline). Mr. K

March Student of the Month - Principled

Introducing our Kofi Therapist

Ms. Quinesha Smith is a therapist from Wilder Foundations through the Kofi Program for culturally specific youth. Ms. Smith provides individual in-person SBMH (School-Based Mental Health) services at Ramsey Middle School Mon-Friday.

Ms. Smith has a background in Child Psychology and a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University in Psychological Counseling. Ms. Smith has over 8 years of mental health experience working with infants to teens and has a passion for working with children from BIPOC backgrounds. Me as a therapist I see myself as client-centered solution-based therapist.

If you’re interested in having these services provided for your child at Ramsey please reach out to Ms. Smith at:

Office number: (651)-760-0842

Work email: Quinesha.Smith@wilder.

Literacy Corner

"The Rose That Grew From Concrete" by Tupac Shakur read by our own Ms. Strong-Allen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFKyxjL34x0

"Summer" by Walter Dean Myers read by our own Mr. Bailey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfbnmk7adM8

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou read by our own Ms. Green: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S312BSKwzE8

"Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost read by our own Ms. Fontana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIS792xicXw

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.