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March 7, 2018
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Important Upcoming Events
8th Grade Visit High Schools 3/8

MS Jazz Band Festival

3/20 @ 4-8pm

Cultural Assembly

  No School - Spring Break 
3/23 - 3/30

363 Service Project-6th Grade

Solo & Ensemble Festival

MCA Reading

MCA Math

MCA Science

Late Start 
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

Conferences and Spring Break this Month!
Parent-Student-Teacher conferences for the spring semester are coming up this month.  Please join us with your student as they are an integral part of the process.

Tuesday, March 20th, 4-8pm

Spring Break
March 23rd through March 30th

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:
Stigma180 Speaking Series
Conferences March 20th, 4-8pm 
Parent-Student-Teacher conferences will be held

Tuesday, March 20th, 4-8pm

Thank you for allowing families with interpreters to be next in line so that we may use the interpreters' services more efficiently.

Conferences will be held in the gym, arena-style.  These conferences are drop-in format.  Teachers will be arranged in groups and you may visit with as many as your time allows. We ask that you attend conferences with your child, if possible.  Please be sure to have your child's schedule and know which teachers to see. Also, check Parent Portal and Empower so you know how your child is progressing, in order to have meaningful conversations with the teachers.  Time is limited, so please come prepared and be sensitive to the time of others. If you feel you will need a more lenghthy conference with a teacher, feel free to contact that teacher directly and set up a time to meet. We're looking forward to seeing you and your child for conferences.
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.

The cost is $14.00 which includes admission to the  festival and transportation. 

Permission slips and money must be turned in by 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Tickets must be pre-ordered, refunds will not be provided.

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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 testing will take place in late April through mid-May.  We will let you know these dates as we have more information.

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.  
The PTO would like to thank all who donated to and volunteered for the Showcase of Excellence! It was a fun night and a very good fundraiser for the PTO, who uses those funds to enrich our students' experience at PRMS! If you have not yet picked up your Silent Auction and Raffle 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 
Hello Pioneer Ridge Families! The Student PRIDE team is proud to announce  that the "PRIDE Room" is open and receiving considerable use. Located adjacent to the lower-level commons, the PRIDE Room is an incentive program where learners who are recognized for positive behavior can hang out and enjoy treats.
In February, the PRIDE Team also launched the PRIDE Plus program. In addition to recognizing kids with PRIDE tickets, PRMS staff members also have the option of awarding PRIDE Plus tickets.

Read more...  

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PRMS Yearbook Orders due March 22nd   
Please order your yearbook online by Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Learn more...
Stigma180 Speaking Series
The Specialized Education Services Team hosts the Stigma180 Speaking Series.  The March event covers healthy habits. 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 March 23rd through the 30th for Spring 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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