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April 2, 2018
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Important Upcoming Events
Solo & Ensemble Festival

MCA Reading

MCA Math

MCA Science

Late Start 

MAP Reading

MAP Math

Band Concert
5/14 @ 6pm

Choir Concert
5/15 @ 6pm

8th Grade Band to UWEC

Orchestra Concert
5/21 @ 6:30pm
Chan HS

363 Service Project-6th Grade

Memorial Day - No School 

Young Author's Conference

8th Grade Picnic

MS Honors Band Concert
6/4 @ 7pm
Chan HS

Last Day of School 

If your child is absent, late or needs to be picked up early, please email our Attendance Line at:
Or call: 952-556-7899

See our Attendance Procedures here:
PRMS Attendance Procedures

Donate to Innovate the Ridge to help PRMS reach its $15,000 goal.

Important Phone Numbers


Kris Moe (A-L): 952-556-7833
Ryan Newell (M-Z): 952-556-7832

Terri Tompkins &
Mary Alice Mayerle:


Positive Connections Bus Company: 

Transportation Dept:

Food Service:
Pioneer Ridge MS
1085 Pioneer Trail
Chaska, MN 55318

Main Office: 952-556-7800

Attendance: 952-556-7899

Fax: 952-556-7809

New Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:30pm

New School Hours:
8:40am - 3:30pm

Spring is Here!
We hope you all had a chance to relax and rejuvenate over Spring Break. No matter what the weather forecaster may say, it's spring and we have a busy couple of months before the end of the school year. Please read below for April's events.

A Hearty Thank You to All Who Helped Provide a Delicious Conference Dinner!
Once again, staff at Pioneer Ridge were blown away by the generosity and cooking talents of all who donated something for the conference meal last month. It is truly appreciated by our staff! If you left a crock-pot or other serving container, please stop by the office to pick it up, or let us know if you would like us to send it home with your child.

Please continue to visit our website to keep up with news and events at Pioneer Ridge for the school year.  To get a glimpse into personalized learning at PRMS, see the social media links below.  See our news page for more detailed information.  You can also find our archived newsletters on this page.

Please click the links below to learn more:
Trailblazer Fundraiser April 2nd to 13th  
Our Trailblazer Fundraiser begins April 2, 2018. Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 to support student activities and learning at Pioneer Ridge! We are raising funds to be used for outdoor equipment, scuba equipment, WIN time resources, field trip busing, musical instrument maintenance, and the 7th grade Courage Retreat.

Please follow this link for more information and to donate to programs for your students at Pioneer Ridge!

Thanks for your support!

Spring Testing Dates   
Spring testing dates are listed below so that families can plan appointments and vacations around these dates.

MCA Reading: April 18-19
MCA Math: April 25-26
MCA Science: May 2-3 (8th grade only)

MAP Reading: May 5-11
MAP Math: May 14-18

All students will take these tests on their District Chromebook.  Students should bring their charged Chromebook and the charger. Devices from home cannot be used.

Please be sure your child is well-rested, has a good breakfast and arrives on time on test days. Make up tests always happen immediately following the testing dates.  
8th Grade Field Trip to Festival of Nations   
This year the entire 8th grade class will be going to the Festival of Nations at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. This trip will take place on Friday, May 4th, 2018.

Any student who did not turn in their money/permission slip by March 13th will be staying back and working to meet the learning target they are missing for Global Studies, as well as getting caught up on any missing learning targets in other courses. This is an academic day and students are expected to attend school. Tickets have been pre-ordered and refunds will not be provided.

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The PTO would like to thank all who donated to and volunteered for the Showcase of Excellence! If you have not yet picked up your Silent Auction items, please stop by the main office during office hours to pay for and pick up your prizes. 
We would love to have you join PRMS PTO!  We assist the school with parent communication, organize a small fundraiser and meet 5 times a year.  Please e-mail us at with any questions you may have!

If you have specific questions, feel free to call or email Ryan Meulemans, Administrative Dean, at 952-556-7812 or  

PRIDE is Everywhere at PRMS 
The PRIDE Plus program is rolling right along at PRMS.  In the month of April, we will be celebrating learners who display integrity as well as those who are dependable.   
Read more...  

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Stigma180 Speaking Series
The Specialized Education Services Team hosts the Stigma180 Speaking Series. The April events include leaving the nest, exceptional parenting and navigating the virtual playground. Read more...

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Transit Assistance Program Available 
Metro Transit offers a Transit Assistance Program (TAP) to make public transit more affordable for low-income residents in eastern Carver County.  Read more...

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District Newsletter  
To learn about important information from the district, please click here

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News from the Nurse
Click here for this month's news, tips and recommendations from our nursing staff.  
If you have any questions, please contact Terri Tompkins or Mary Alice Mayerle at 952-556-7819.
PRMS Counselors' Corner
If you would like to talk to either one of us throughout the year about any concerns you have about your child, please call us or send us an email. We are here to help!

Read more about what is currently happening through the counseling program at Pioneer Ridge.  
Kris Moe (A-L), 952-556-7833, 
Ryan Newell (M-Z), 952-556-7832,

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Set up Your Campus Portal Account Today 
As your child progresses to secondary school, it becomes very important that the district have at least one email address on file per household, as the majority of our teacher, school and district communications are sent using this method.
Families can also change their settings in Infinite Campus to begin receiving text messages.  Click here for instructions.
It is also recommended that each parent/guardian have a Campus Portal account, allowing you access to your child's schedule, other student information and to update your contact information.  To set up an account, please contact the main office at or call 952-556-7800. 

Family Breaks
Family breaks are times when students and families can count on no new assignments being due after a school break.  The next family break will be May 26th -28th for Memorial Day.  Our hope is that by clearly setting aside these times, families can make plans accordingly and students can enjoy time away from the stressors of schoolwork.

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