Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 28

Dates to Remember:

March- National Women's History Month

March 14- Pi Day

March 18- PTO Meeting 6:00pm- 7:30pm

March 22- In-Person and VL Community Meeting 6:00-7:00pm

April- Celebrate Diversity Month

April 2- NO SCHOOL

April 5-9 - NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

April 12-May 12 Ramadan

April 12 & 13-NO SCHOOL

April 14- SCHOOL RESUMES- In-Person Begins

Hot Off the (virtual) Press!

Don't miss this month's edition of the Ramsey newspaper!

Student writer's recognized powerful women, LGBTQ+ terms, St. Patrick's Day recipes and more...

Click either newspaper image to view this months edition!


Congratulations Ramsey Debate Team!

This past Tuesday, March 9, over 70 middle students from the metro area competed in the third and final regular debate of the MN Urban Debate League's season. Congrats to the following students from Ramsey who earned medals on Tuesday! In addition, Kiernan, Andorra, Kidist, and Eleanor will advance to the citywide championship on March 25.

We are proud of all 14 debaters from Ramsey who debated competitively this year. Thirteen of our debaters were new to the team, and they learned about policy debate and this year's topic of criminal justice reform virtually!

Great job, team!

Technology Support:


Please remember to bring student iPads to school each day. They are needed for Onsite Support and April 14th for In-Person Learning. The iPad remains the basis of the district’s Personalized Learning plan.

iPads should be fully charged each day. If iPads are not at school and fully charged, students’ access to learning is limited. The case and keyboard should be attached to protect the iPad. Having a full keyboard definitely helps with middle school writing, but it is also keeping the screen from breaking.

If you need a charger, case, or keyboard, we can get you one during Onsite Support, In-Person Learning, or Virtual Learning. Please contact your Foundations teacher or me for help.

Thank you,

Cara Hagen (She/Her/Hers)

iPad Teacher


Call or Text ‪(612) 568-2358

If you need support for your iPad during Distance Learning, iPad teacher Mrs. Hagen is available Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:00pm at RMSHage in Meet. You can also email cara.hagen@spps.org or call/text 612-568-2358 for help during school hours. Glad to help!

Ramsey VL & In-Person Meeting Recording (3/9)

Ramsey VL & In-Person Meeting Recording (3/9)

Please view the presentation above for Ramsey specific VL and in-person information.

Please Join Us!

Join the PTO meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. to learn more about the transition to High School. Staff from Central High School, where the majority of our 8th grade students move onto, will be with us to share an overview of Central, provide an update on the registration process for our 8th grade families and be available to answer any questions you may have.

Meeting information:

Ramsey PTO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Transition to High School

Time: Mar 18, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 810 3317 5050

Passcode: 600505

Spring Review

Ramsey will be reviewing the current SCIP and FEP this coming spring. Please take a moment to review the documents linked below and provide and feedback or questions to the attached survey. Your feedback will help guide our discussion at the May 20th PTO SCIP Review meeting from 6:00-7:30pm.

More details and meeting link will be shared in the upcoming weeks.


SCIP/FEP Feedback

Questions available in English, Spanish and Hmong

IB-MYP Update:

One of the things that I value most about the IB is that it is focused on lifelong learning and a growth mindset. A recent IB blog written by IB Diploma Programme graduate Sobina Yu emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning and the ability to bounce back from mistakes and failure: "Let this be a message to everyone who experienced having a failing grade in their life not to feel defeated. Make sure that you are actually doing something to improve yourself. Use this opportunity as a learning experience for you to work even harder. After all, learning doesn’t stop from failing grades." While we want all students to do their best, students can learn valuable lessons by learning how to grow and improve from assessments that do not go as well as they hoped. In the last few weeks of quarter 3, we encourage students to look at their mid-quarter grades as an opportunity improve rather than an inevitable outcome for the end of the quarter. Being a good communicator with teachers about the possibility of re-doing assessments or making up anything that is missing are two things that can help students to have a positive end of the quarter.

Apply for AVID!

AVID is now accepting applications for the 21-22 school year! Students in the AVID elective focus on developing skills in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading in order to be college- and career-ready! AVID is a daily elective class designed for average students who are motivated to learn more about and be prepared for college. Priority is given to students who will be first-generation college students. Please reach out to AVID Elective Teacher Melissa Hart at melissa.hart@spps.org if you have questions or would like more information. Apply at https://forms.gle/75TTVWm4Lqnnt5AHA

RMS Library Update:

Now that the weather is getting nicer and you're thinking about spring cleaning, keep an eye out for any library books that can be returned! Students can bring them to school on OSS days or drop them off in the bin outside door 4 on Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings.

Family Book Club!

Families interested in reading with their student can borrow copies of PET, our book club book (https://www.spps.org/Page/41591), or download a copy of the 2021 reading challenge (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByMcioE62455ZU9XU3U3OVVCT3M).

Classroom Updates:

Mr. B's ELA:

week 6 review

Science 8 Update

Parents and students,

We are already halfway through the 3rd quarter! Please have your student show you their grades in each class on their iPad. All missing Science work is due March 29th, which is also the week of the science test on chapter 3-Minerals.

Mr. Kowalski


Please join us as we welcome Ms. Parker as the new ELA 6 teacher at Ramsey Middle School.



If your student would like to join Ultimate Frisbee please fill out this Registration Form to start getting updates and practice times. If you have questions or concerns please contact Ms. Ekegren (Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org or 651-744-7397).

Ramsey Resiliency:

Thinking on Anxiety-

If you think, then you already have an awesome anxiety-management tool.

Your thoughts create your experience, and your assessment, of life. Your attitude, or the way you think about things, is one of the most powerful tools you have to help you prevent and manage feelings of anxiety.

Since you are the only one who controls your thoughts, at every moment you have the opportunity to create, for yourself, a peaceful experience or an anxious experience. Are you a "glass half full" or a "glass half empty" person?

Your thinking matters!

Food Pantry Update:

Since we are moving to On-Site Support at Ramsey we are going to be moving our Pantry Day to Friday instead of Thursdays. Please see the updated Poster as well! Please see the 2020-2021 Ramsey Food Pantry Information PDF (below) If your family is in need: Please fill out this Google Form https://forms.gle/9a7X5VhGoErnAqAr5 If you would like to make donations-

We are always seeking donations of food, diapers 5/6, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Please drop these items off on Friday's between 7am-12pm at Ramsey. If you would like to volunteer to help pack and sort out items on Friday mornings, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org. If you have questions, please call 651-744-7397 or email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org

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