Beginning of the Day

At 8:15, students may enter the school via Door 7 on 49th Street or the main entrance on Nicollet Avenue and go to the cafeteria. Breakfast is served at that time. All students in the building should be in the cafeteria until 8:20, unless they have a pass.

Students coming in to meet with teachers before school should have passes that indicate the teacher and date. If there is a need to meet before 8:15, arrangements should be made with a staff member, who will meet the student at Door 1 (49th Street parking lot) at the appropriate time.

At 8:20, students go to lockers and get all materials, which will be in a binder. Classes begin promptly at 8:30. Students arriving after 8:30 will need to buzz in with a parent at Door 1 (49th Street parking lot), and check in at the main office to receive a pass.

Advisory

At 8:30, students start their day in small advisory classes where they build community through the Circle of Power and Respect as well as work on organizational skills and social emotional learning. Their advisor is their main adult advocate for the school year at Ramsey.

Core Courses

All students take the following: math, science, English language arts (ELA), and social studies. Each grade has two teams, and students on each team will have the same math, science, ELA and social studies teachers. This allows Ramsey staff and students to get to better know each other and collaborate more easily. Because of the variety of math classes at Ramsey, math teachers may have a mix of both teams.  

  • Math classes at Ramsey Middle School include Math 6, Math 7, Algebra 8, Telescoped Math 7/Algebra 8, Telescoped Algebra 8/Intermediate Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and Geometry
  • Science includes Physics and Engineering (6th), Life Science and Chemistry (7th), and Earth and Space Science (8th)
  • ELA teaches critical thinking through reading, writing, speaking, and listening using a variety of texts
  • Social Studies include Minnesota Studies (6th), US Studies (7th) and Global Studies (8th)

Literacy

All students take a leveled literacy class. Student placement for literacy is based on data from MAP, MCA, Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and benchmark reading tests. WIDA tests and AVID applications are also used for ELL and AVID placement. Students identified as either "partially meeting standards" or "not meeting standards" on these assessments for reading are usually placed in a reading support class (Read180, Reader’s Workshop, ELL).

Our goal at Ramsey is to have every student be proficient in reading so that they are prepared for high school and life after graduation. Students who are "proficient" or "exceeds" on the Minnesota assessments are considered to be on a path for post-secondary success and are placed in a content literacy class for enrichment. These classes vary by grade level.

Literacy classes include:

  • Read 180 – designed to build reading fluency and stamina in a structured class that engages students in text-dependent tasks using guided reading groups and reading software. Reading teachers will communicate with families at the end of each quarter to determine whether or not a student needs to continue receiving support in reading. 
  • Reader’s Workshop – designed to help students establish and reach individual reading goals in the areas of comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and writing skills. Reading teachers will communicate with families at the end of each quarter to determine whether or not a student needs to continue receiving support in reading. 
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) – designed to support students that have shown academic promise but may need additional preparation for college success.  Application and selection for this program occurs in the spring. Email Mr. Werner at Doug.Werner@mpls.k12.mn.us for more information.
  • English Language Learners Class – designed to provide support and intensive instruction to students who do not speak English as their first language.
  • Special Education Skills Class – designed to meet the needs of students as described in their Individual Education Plans.
  • Content Literacy – designed with different themes in science, social studies, and ELA to help advance students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Electives

In May of every year, students request a variety of semester- and year-long courses. Electives are taught every other day, so students have the possibility of having four elective classes.  Courses include Arabic, Spanish, Art, Art Elective, AVID, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Music Exploration, Fitness, and STEM. In addition to these offerings, we also offer Focus Math at this time.  This class will support students by offering meaningful and differentiated support in math skills not previously mastered, as well as offering support for the math skills that students are studying in their regular math course.

Lunch/Movement

Students will have lunch with their own grade level either before, during or after 5th period. Times for each grade are available on the school bell schedule. After lunch, students go outside to move around.

Passes

Staying in class is very important. Passes will be limited for emergency use only. There will be no passes issued the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes of every hour.

End of the Day

School ends at 3:45. Students must leave the building by 3:50 pm as there is no supervision of the students at this time, unless they have signed up for after-school activities or are meeting with a teacher.  (Please see sections on after-school activities and athletics for more information.)

  6th 7th 8th
Period 1
8:30 - 8:55
Advisory Advisory Advisory
Period 2
9:00 - 9:49
Core or Literacy Core Elective
Period 3
9:54 - 10:43
Core or Literacy Elective Core
Period 4
10:48 - 11:37
Elective Core Core
Period 5
11:42 - 1:03
Core
Lunch/Movement
Core or Literacy
Lunch/Movement
Core
Lunch/Movement
Period 6
1:08 - 1:57
Core Core or Literacy Elective
Period 7
2:02 - 2:51
Core Elective Core or Literacy
Period 8
2:56 - 3:45
Elective Core Core or Literacy

Both the regular and extended advisory bell schedules can be found here: http://ramsey.mpls.k12.mn.us/bell_schedule