Welcome to Ramsey Middle School

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.

13 Reasons Why

April 22, 2017

Dear families, staff and students,

In recent days I have heard a lot of discussion among students, staff and across the nation regarding the new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why," based on a fictional novel by Jay Asher. The series is rated TV-MA (for a mature audience). It depicts a journey of a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind tapes in which she tells her story and the events that led up to her death. I would describe the series as graphic and real.

Click here to read the rest of Principal Rathke's letter.

School Year 2017-18 Information Session Notes

At the parent information meeting on April 12, Principal Rathke shared a wealth of information about Ramsey's future. Highlights included:

  • Changes to start and end times
  • Changes to electives
  • Changes to literacy

If you missed the meeting, or would like to review the information shared, you can view the presentation slides, read the presentation notes, and/or check out the first quarter 2017-2018 calendar.

MPS Equity and Integration Conversation

For the second time this year, MPS is hosting a community conversation about equity and integration at Minneapolis Public Schools. Our equity conversation will be held in a World Cafe format from 6-8:30 pm on Tuesday, May 2, at the Davis Service Center. In order to make lasting change within our schools and develop a successful Achievement and Integration Plan, we need to hear from as many voices as possible.

It's extremely important that the diversity of our families is widely represented in this conversation. We want everyone to understand that this is a safe and welcoming venue for them to share their opinions and ideas about creating more equitable environments within our buildings.

See the flyer for more information.

Still Time To Order a Yearbook

Don’t miss out on the memories! Place your order before May 5, 2017. The yearbook costs $7.

Two ways to order a yearbook:

  1. Go to, click the Tickets button, and pay by credit or debit card. Note: online orders incur an additional processing fee of $1.38, for a total charge of $8.38.
  2. <b>Print</b> and complete this order form and send it with cash or a check to school. If paying by check, please make the check payable to Ramsey Middle School PTA. Paper forms can be dropped off either in the Main Office, or with students’ advisory teachers.
Paper forms are also available in the Main Office.
2017-2018 Ramsey Course Registration

Registration for electives will be happening soon for incoming 6th grade students, and current Ramsey 6th and 7th graders:

  • May 9: Current 6th graders receive information about course registration for 7th grade during MN Studies. Course cards need to be turned in to MN Studies teachers by Tuesday, May 16.
  • May 11: Current 7th graders receive information about course registration for 8th grade during US Studies. Course cards need to be turned in to US Studies teachers by Thursday, May 18.
  • May 16:
    • 9:45-10:45 am: Counselor visits current 5th graders at Lyndale and helps them choose elective classes for 6th grade.
    • 1:30-3:00 pm: Counselor visits current 5th graders at Burroughs and helps them choose elective classes for 6th grade.
  • May 19, 1:15-2:15 pm: Counselor visits current 5th graders at Green and helps them choose elective classes for 6th grade.

Incoming students from non-feeder elementary sites are currently being coordinated/decided. The school counselor will visit each site and help students register for elective classes for 6th grade. Current 5th grade teachers will help in sharing the date/time.

8th Grade Transition to High School

The student placement office mailed out final high school placement letters to all 8th graders and their families during spring break. If you did not receive a letter in the mail, please contact Student Placement at 612-668-1840 and they will be able to tell you your child’s placement for next year.

Please click the headline for a list of upcoming high school registration dates. These events are for students to choose their 9th grade classes and meet future teachers and staff.

Please call (612-668-4059) or email Carolyn Cottingham for any questions about the transition to high school.

Rhino Report

Check out the latest edition of the Rhino Report for student perspectives on a wide variety of topics.

Media Center Announcements

Please be aware of the following dates for the Media Center as we near the end of the school year:

  • Monday, May 1: Paper and email overdue notices distributed
  • Friday, May 19: Last day for book checkout
  • Monday, May 22: Paper and email overdue notices distributed (2nd notice)
  • Wednesday, May 31: All books due
Attention Former and Current Burroughs Parents

The Burroughs Community School invites you to celebrate former Principal Cadotte and thank him for his many years of service and commitment to our school and community. Please join us on Friday, May 12 at 9:30 am as we rename the Burroughs auditorium in his honor. A brief program in the gym will be followed by a reception in the atrium.