What's Happening at Ramirez

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Sunday Ramirez Families!

Let’s Talk Cell Phones

As we continue through these last few weeks of school, today I’d like to address the behaviors that we see frequently on campus with students' cell phone use. The District does have in place Board Policy AR 8540 which is the Student Personal Device Policy and provides details on rights and responsibilities of students and parents related to students bringing personal devices onto campus.

Just this week we have experienced an increase of students who video students or take pictures of students who ask them not to record or photograph them. When students use their cell phones there is a disconnect between appropriate boundaries with another human and that no means no. Below is a segment form AR 8540 related to this particular issue.

Camera, video, or voice recording functionality on personal devices shall not be used in any manner which infringes on the privacy rights of any other persons. This includes recording, sending, or posting images or sounds of any person without their permission. No recording of any kind is permitted in a classroom without the express permission of the teacher. No recording of any kind is permitted in bathrooms, locker rooms, nurse’s offices, administrator’s offices, or any other areas where there is an expectation of privacy. Students may not turn on, activate, or utilize a personal device during testing or assignment unless given permission by a teacher.

Students may NOT record, video or take pictures of students, and adults without their express permission. As parents it is important that you have this conversation with your child and CHECK THEIR PHONE for pictures and videos daily. If you find videos or pictures of staff or children ask your teen why they have them and how was their permission given. Also, remind your students that faking a profile or stealing a picture to create a profile that belongs to an organization (such as a school) or another person (in order to “catfish” someone into believing they’re someone else) can become illegal, depending on the activity produced on the fake site. Parents, if you begin to hold your students accountable for their cell phone use, they will do better.

Another area where parents can support their students in appropriate cell phone usage is in checking their screen time. A report from ABC News states that teens spend about 7 hours and 22 minutes a day on their phones. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 2 hours of screen time a day.

How do you check your child’s time on their screen?

Apple Phone = Settings > Screen Time

Android = Settings > Digital Well Being > three bar graph in upper right corner

Sometimes the cell phone and social media become a tool for students feeling valued and accepted based on how many “likes” they have acquired for a post or a photo. This has contributed to unreal expectations regarding body image, personal boundaries, popularity, and students' sense of belonging and connection to school and one another. These beliefs then translate into increased aggression towards one another due, in large part, to the breakdown of how to manage small conflicts without escalating them.

Parents, your kids need you! I ask you to avoid the reaction of “this isn’t my child.” If your child has a phone, this message is for YOU.

Your children need you to help them manage their social media and cell phone use, to protect them from the fall out that comes from being gripped into the false world that unsupervised social media and cell phone use can create. Technology has wonderful benefits, to that I believe we can all agree. But just like any good thing, too much can become toxic. Please take the time to read the articles in the links and to make a communication plan as a family that includes appropriate use and monitoring of your child’s technology use habits and supporting them in creating habits that elevate them and contribute to a positive self-image and respect of the rights and boundaries of others.

We want your child to win, to thrive, to soar!

Have a great week!

~Mrs Douglas

Report on Teens Screen Time

How Much Should You Limit Screen Time Article

How to Create a Cell Phone Use Behavior Contract

Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between - Common Sense Media

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What Will You Say? A must-watch video for Mother's Day! #whatwillyousay

This is a Mothers Day Message from Your Child 15 years from now!

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Week Three of Testing

Reminders: This is our LAST WEEK of Block Scheduling!

Thank you so much for supporting the resuming of testing as part of our student learning data collection process. Below are several areas we areas asking for your support.

7th/8th Grade ELA Testing is Week 3

1. Please ensure your student charges their device overnight, every night.

2. Students will place their cell phones into their back packs. They may not have them on their person.

3. Students may bring wired earbuds to school to use for testing. Wireless ear buds are not allowed.

4. Please get your students to school on time!!! We suggest you leave 5 - 10 minutes earlier for school.

Bell Schedule

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Lunch Schedules

Below is the lunch schedule for students to follow for week three of testing. It changes daily and it goes by period, so please be mindful of that. We will update it weekly in our newsletter.

Example: 5/9 lunch is based off of 3rd period. Your child will look for the teacher they have for 3rd period and that will determine what lunch they have for the day (lunch A or B).

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Eighth Grade Announcements

Student Tobacco Survey

Eighth grade students will be taking the tobacco survey during science class over the next two weeks. Below is a PDF overview for your information.

8th Grade Activities

*8th Grade promotion is at Roosevelt High School
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Eighth Grade Dinner Dance

A Night Under the Stars semi-formal dinner dance on May 18!

*Signed permission slip and student ID required to purchase a ticket.

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Eighth Grade Funday!

One of our parents has started a donation and volunteer list for our end of the year eighth grade FUNDAY! Please click the link below to see what we need! If you have any questions, please email Synthia Herrera at MERCYME1972@YAHOO.COM. We appreciate your support!

To sign-up to donate or vounteer, click the link below and view the flyer for details!

8th Grade Funday Donation

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7th Grade Incoming Students Parent Night

This event will be held in the Ramirez Multi-Purpose Room. Looking forward to meeting our incoming families!
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Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Care Package, the Asian Pacific American Center's online exhibition curated with love in difficult times. This exhibition includes short films, poems, music, and meditations.

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Roosevelt High School Announcement

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Parent Center News

Please take a moment to navigate the Parent Center website as it provides community resources and information on family workshops.


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May at a glance

May 8-Mother's Day

May 10-Incoming 7th Grade Parent Night (6 PM)

May 11-Day of the Teacher

May 11- National Nurse Day

May 18-Eight Grade Dinner Dance (5:30 PM-8:00 PM)

May 18-Final Guitar Concert (7:00 PM)

May 19- Ramirez vs River Heights Basket Ball Game (ERHS Gym)

May 21-Catch Up Saturday School (8:00 AM-12 PM)

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School Safety Information

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Translate Our Newsletter

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We Bless & Honor Our Ramirez Community of Moms!

Hoping your day is filled with honor, love, and gratitude for all that you do!