Back to School Letter from Principal Rathke

August 9, 2016

Dear Families,

I am excited to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year! As we prepare for students' return on August 29, I am reminded that the beginning of school is truly a special time, and I am eagerly looking forward to partnering with you as we continue to nurture the ongoing development of your child. Our school continues to be a team of exceptionally talented and committed staff. Everyone is working hard to prepare and we are excited for students to bring their energy and talents to Ramsey this year.

At Ramsey, we will continue to aspire to grow a culture that cultivates world changers. Our Mission:

Ramsey Middle School is an innovative, academically challenging environment that empowers each learner to explore possibilities, act with integrity, and create positive change within one's community and the world.

We will continue to explore, develop and grow as a community of learners to achieve this mission on a daily basis.

Please mark your calendars for these first fall events:

  • The 6th Grade Orientation will take place on August 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. I am so excited to welcome our new 6th graders to Ramsey! This transition into middle school is very important and we want this night to begin the process of every student BELONGING at Ramsey.
  • The welcome back night for 7th and 8th graders will take place on August 25, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

At both events, students will receive their schedules, paperwork, and meet their teachers. You will also have an opportunity to join me in the auditorium for a welcome session. We are all looking forward to greeting you and your child and starting off a great 2016-17 school year!

Other things to note are the most common ways we will communicate with you about your child's progress and about school events. Teachers use the Parent Portal to update student progress in each class; please make sure you are signed up to use the Portal. We recommend families check the portal at least once per week together to stay on top of student performance and ask teachers any questions you have.

Please go to the RMS website for school news and upcoming events. The 2016-17 school supply list is on our website or we have hardcopies in the office. If you would like us to email a list to you, you may contact the office. We will send information about school events home each week through the email "Around the Horn" newsletter, as well as periodic important announcements through SchoolMessenger. When you come to Orientation/Open House, please be sure to complete your child's paperwork so we have your accurate email address and phone number(s). You can also follow us on Twitter at @MPS_Ramsey.

Please enjoy the remaining days of the summer, as we eagerly anticipate another fulfilling year of meaningful learning experiences for our students. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Erin Rathke