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January 1, 2017
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Important Upcoming Events
MAP Testing Window
1/2 - 1/26
Knowledge Bowl @ South View MS in Edina
No School - MLK 
6th Grade Halfway Day
End of 1st Semester
No School - Workshop Day
Ellis Island Simulation
ACCESS Testing Window
1/29 - 2/9 
Yearbook Group Pictures
5th Grade Parent Night
7th & 8th Grade Field Trips
2-Hour Late Start
Winter Spirit Week
2/12  - 2/16 
Talent Show
Knowledge Bowl @ South St. Paul Secondary
Winter Party
No School - Presidents' Day 
Washington DC Parents Meeting
Showcase of Excellence
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

Happy New Year!
The staff at Pioneer Ridge was once again overwhelmed by the generosity of so many parents during conferences and throughout the holiday season.  A BIG THANK YOU to all who contributed to the delicious conference meals and those who donated gift cards or dropped off special treats for the staff!  Your kindness and generosity is truly appreciated!

We look forward to seeing students when they return to school on January 2, 2018.

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:
Parent Volunteers Needed for Ellis Island Simulation Jan 26th
HUB Maker Space in Need of Donations
Parent Volunteers Needed for Ellis Island Simulation January 26th  
Please consider volunteering for our annual 6th grade Ellis Island simulation here at Pioneer Ridge Middle School on Friday, January 26, 2018.  Your help would be needed approximately 8am-11am. Read more...
Did you know that your 6th graders are now at the half way point of their K-12 journey?  We will be having a small treat as part of our 6th Grade Halfway Day Celebration on Thursday, January 18th.  We are looking for a few volunteers to come in beforehand (1:30) and help set up/serve.  The kids are having a small program at 2:00 with treats at 2:30.  Please click here if you are interested in helping. 
The Showcase of Excellence program will be held on Thursday, March 1st, 2018. This night is truly a celebration of all of our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students where they showcase their successes to you. Click here to donate to the Showcase Silent Auction and Raffle, and to learn more about the event. 
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
--Tonya Bushey and Michelle Donahue

Registration for Next Year Beginning Soon
The registration process for students attending Pioneer Ridge next year, and for those 8th grade students moving on to high school next year, will begin this month.  Read more...
8th Grade Field Trip to Buck Hill February 2nd
This year the entire 8th grade class will be going to buck Hill in Burnsville to go skiing for a class enrichment day.  This trip will take place on Friday, February 2, 2018.
The cost is $23.00 which includes: ski lesson, skiing equipment rental (skis, poles, helmet), a lift pass, and bus transportation.  Students are welcome to bring their own equipment (we have rented a trailer to transport gear).  Permission slips and rental waivers will go home with students on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  Permission slips must be returned by Friday, January 12, 2018.  Read more... 

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7th Grade Field Trip to Science Museum February 2nd  
The seventh grade class will be going on a field trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota on Friday, February 2, 2018. Cost for the trip is $18, which includes transportation, the "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibit, all other exhibits, and the "Rocky Mountain Express" Omnitheater Film. Field trip forms will go home with students on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. Permission slips must be returned by Friday, January 12th, 2018.  Read more...

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HUB Maker Space in Need of Donations  
The PRMS HUB is looking for donations. Our Maker Space is a place where learners have the opportunity to get creative and enrich their learning. Have craft supplies you don't use at home anymore? Acrylic paint that a student could use to paint a robot?  Yarn or fabric to spare? Beads or jewelry making supplies? Please send it in, c/o Belle Nelson. We can use it!
We are specifically looking for:
  • Construction paper of all colors
  • Heavier drawing paper
  • Craft glue or glue sticks
  • Stencils
  • Small to-go containers with lids (think ketchup or mustard size) for students to take home their DIY bath creations
  • Markers
  • Heavier wire for sculptures
No glitter please. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Happy New Year, PRMS Community!
Belle Nelson
Information, Innovation & Learning Specialist
PRIDE is Everywhere at PRMS 
Hello Pioneer Ridge Families! The Student PRIDE team is proud to announce a new behavior incentive that we have dubbed the PRIDE Room. This room will be a space where students can hang out and be recognized for consistently exceptional behavior and we need your help to make this a privilege that they are motivated to earn for themselves. We are seeking donations that will make this place great! Here are some suggestions from the students:
  • Games (board games, yard games)
  • Cool lighting
  • Video games/electronics
  • Comfortable furniture
If you would like to donate funds for this room, checks can be made out to "PRMS PRIDE" and brought to the front office. If you have an item that you are thinking about donating, please email Mr. Meulemans at Thank you so much for helping make Pioneer Ridge a great place to learn and grow!

PRIDE is the district-wide middle school acronym for being P repared and R espectful, while demonstrating I ntegrity and D ependability, and striving for E xcellence.   Read more...  

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PRMS Yearbook Orders due March 22nd   
Please order your yearbook online by Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Learn more...
Sports Dome Public Open House January 7th    
Community Open House
Eastern Carver County Athletic Center  
Sunday, Jan. 7th @ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All are welcome!
The dome was raised on the new Eastern Carver County Athletic Center in early December. Students from Chaska Middle School East have already utilized the new space for physical education classes and outside groups are renting the space for future soccer, pitching, and lacrosse practices. The community is invited to see first-hand what it's like under the dome. Join us at the Athletic Center on Jan. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Community Open House.
Specialized Services Parent Education Night  
The Specialized Education Services Team is hosting, Parent Education Night - "United for Independence." Parents/Guardians of learners receiving specialized education services and their families are invited to attend an evening event designed to support collaboration between home and school.  Read more...

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Stigma180 Speaking Series
The Specialized Education Services Team hosts the Stigma180 Speaking Series.  January Events include topics on drug use awareness, creating community and supporting suicidal and self-harming teens. 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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News from the Nurse
Getting the flue feels miserable, and can sometimes make you dangerously sick. Find out how to protect yourself and those around you, as well as how to identify the flu, and what you should do if you gets sick.  The Influenza Symptom Screening tool for Parents is available in EnglishSomali or Spanish. 
The Chanhassen Rotary has kindly provided us with new hats and mittens, available for free to families in need. Please contact the nurses' office or send your child to choose what they need for themselves, or other members of the family.  
Give Kids A Smile free dental clinic available February 2nd & 3rd.  See the MN Dental Association website for more information. 
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 December 22 - January 1 for winter break.  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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