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July 20, 2017

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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

Summer Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Thursday

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

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 (612) 930-6376.

Leadership Changes at PRMS for the Coming School Year

Welcome Back Ms. Miller
In February 2016, I accepted a special assignment as the Standards-Based Learning Coordinator to assist the district in moving forward with standards-based learning.  This 18-month position has ended and I am so excited to be returning to PRMS.  During my time away, I was able to learn from and collaborate with staff from all over the district about developing, facilitating and assessing learning in a standards-based environment.  I also had the opportunity to assist in the implementation of Empower to support a standards-based educational model.  This experience will serve us well in partnering with staff, students, and families as we continue our mission of Exceptional, Personalized Learning at PRMS.

I want to thank Megan Blazek for the outstanding leadership she has shown as Interim Principal in continuing to support learning and guide innovation at Pioneer Ridge.  Megan had excellent partners in Austin Tollerson and Ryan Meulemans.  Pioneer Ridge is a better school today than it was 18 months ago, and this outstanding leadership team is responsible for guiding that work.  My commitment is to continue their work to further strengthen our learning community.

I look forward to meeting both incoming 6th and 7th grade students and families in the fall.  I was in the building for the last few weeks of the school year and marveled at how much maturity and growth our incoming 8th graders are showing.  For those of you who are new to me, I served as the Pioneer Ridge Principal for 8 years prior to my special assignment.  I know the amazing staff, parents and students that are Pioneer Ridge, and it is truly an honor to be back to serve this community.  GO TRAILBLAZERS!!!

A Permanent Welcome for Mr. Tollerson
This spring Megan Blazek was presented with an opportunity to lead Boeckman Middle School in Farmington and began serving as their Principal in July.  We look forward to a collaborative working relationship with Mrs. Blazek and the Farmington school district.  With her departure, I am excited to announce that Mr. Tollerson will now serve as the permanent Assistant Principal at Pioneer Ridge.

Austin Tollerson has been with PRMS for the last year and a half and is excited to be continuing to serve with us as our Assistant Principal!  He brings 16 years of experience in education including teaching, counseling, coaching and administration.  Next year he will begin his fifth year with Eastern Carver County Schools, previously serving as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Chanhassen High School.  With a resolute focus on our district's mission of exceptional, personalized learning, and an unwavering dedication to supporting all students, Austin is an excellent addition to the Pioneer Ridge community and we are fortunate to have him as our own now! 
Back-to-School Information Coming the First Week of August
Watch your email for our Back-to-School Newsletter coming the first week of August.

Orientation/Curriculum Open House
August 29th, 2:00-7:00pm

Please continue to visit our website to keep up with news and events at Pioneer Ridge for the next school year.  See our news page for more detailed information.  We are looking forward to another exciting school year next year!

Please click the links to read more Pioneer Ridge News below:
PRMS Summer Office Hours
WEB Program for Incoming 6th Graders at PRMS
School Times Changing - New Bus Schedules to be Posted Early August
Changing Your Contact Information
Chromebook Information for Parents
Cost of Meals for 2017-18 School Year
PRMS Counselors' Corner
News from the Nurse
Can You Help? PRMS PTO Needs You!

PRMS Summer Office Hours        
Summer 2017 Office Hours beginning the week of June 12th through Friday, September 1st:

Monday - Thursday 8am - 4pm
Closed Fridays
Closed the week of July 3-7, 2017
WEB Program for Incoming 6th Graders at PRMS
As you may know, Pioneer Ridge Middle School participates in the nationwide WEB Program, an organization whose purpose is to help sixth graders feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of middle school.  WEB, which stands for "Where Everybody Belongs," welcomes and prepares sixth graders by assigning them an 8th grade WEB Leader as a mentor during this first year.  This WEB Leader is a responsible older student who was selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and positive leader.  WEB Leaders will run 6th grade orientation on the first day of school.  Your student can also expect a phone call from their WEB Leader towards the end of the summer in which the WEB Leader will introduce themselves and explain a bit about the first day of school.  Thanks for your support of this exciting program!

School Times Changing - New Bus Schedules to be Posted Early August
Adding a new elementary school and changing some attendance areas and school times requires revised bus routes. A complete list of all school start and end times for the 2017-18 school year can be found HERE. Bus schedules will be available the week of July 31st and will be posted online through Campus Portal. With the exception of special education students, no bus schedules will be mailed. Parents and guardians who haven't signed up to use Campus Portal yet can find out more on the Campus Portal link.

Changing Your Contact Information
Please take a moment to log into Campus Portal to verify your contact information and update it if necessary.  It is very important we have the correct email address, as that is the primary way you will receive communication from PRMS and the district.  To update your email address or phone number, click on the "Family Members" tab on the left.  Your household phone may be changed under the Household Information tab.  If you do not have a Campus Portal account, or for address or name changes, please contact the school office at 952-556-7800 or

Chromebook Information for Parents      
The District Technology group has provided information regarding Chromebooks for the end of school, summer and even next fall. All the topics are posted on the Connexions web site at
Some of the topics addressed are:
  • Current 5th grade students keeping Chromebooks through 8th grade
  • Students should turn in the Chromebook if they MIGHT be leaving the District this summer
  • How to get tech support over the summer
  • Tips on using Chromebooks over the summer
  • Extended Chromebook protection plan which, if purchased now, will cover until Fall 2018.  (Note: If you have purchased the protection plan for the 2016-17 school year, you will not be able to purchase the new plan until after June 30th.)
Cost of Meals for 2017-2018 School Year
There will be a slight increase ($0.10 per meal) for all school meals for the 2017-2018 school year.
The prices will be as follows:
Breakfast K - 12:  $1.70
Breakfast Adult:  $2.25
Lunch Elementary:  $2.55
Lunch Middle School:  $2.75
Lunch High School:  $2.95
Lunch Adult:  $3.85
The cost of additional milk will remain the same at $0.50.
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PRMS Counselors' Corner
Our counselors are out of the office beginning June 9th through August 28th.  They will check email periodically over the summer, so please call or send an email if you have any questions.

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

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News from the Nurse 

Is Your Student Ready for 7th Grade?
All students entering 7th grade are required to be up to date with immunizations and must provide documentation to the nurse before beginning 7th grade. Read more here...  
If your child needs back-to-school immunizations, Carver County Public Health offers low-cost immunizations for children who do not have insurance coverage, or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. Read more here .  Metro Public Health also offers Immunization Clinics.  See the schedule here.

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Can You Help? PRMS PTO Needs You!
We would love to have you join PRMS PTO! We have several active 8th grade moms who will be "graduating" out of PRMS in the spring of 2018. We are in need of a few leaders to learn the ropes and help grow the PTO.  We assist the school with parent communication, organize a small fundraiser and meet 5 times a year.  We would love to have YOU! Please e-mail us at with any questions you may have!

Thank you and welcome to PRMS to all our incoming 6th grade parents!
Tonya Bushey and Michelle Donahue