Sunday, June 17, 2012
The incident occurred June 10 at the Ramsey International Fine Arts School.
A 10-year-old was punched multiple times on the playground by an 11-year-old boy at the Ramsey International Fine Arts School on June 5. School staff called police, and the 11-year-old was cited for 5th degree assault. The 10-year-old suffered a small abrasion on the cheek.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The boy then shoved the girl to the ground during class at Ramsey International Fine Arts.
A 10-year-old boy choked a 9-year-old girl during class at Ramsey International Fine Arts, at about 11 a.m. on May 31. The girl told police she was grabbed and shaken by the throat before being thrown to the ground by the boy. The soft tissue of the girl's neck was sore, but Sgt. William Palmer, a public information officer for the Minneapolis Police, said it was a "fairly minor injury." A Ramsey teacher witnessed the assault. The boy was cited in lieu of arrest for 5th degree assault and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. Since he is under 12 years old, he won't be criminally charged, Palmer said.
Friday, December 16, 2011
The elementary school's musical runs Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
It's been a lot of hard work but Armatage Montessori's students are finally going on Broadway. In their own musical, that is, called "Kids On Broadway!" The revue, which had its first performances Thursday and wraps up on Friday, samples numbers from nine different shows, including "Aladin," "The Lion King," and "Rent." “It's unbelievable if you haven’t seen it," co-director Julie Flaskamp exclaimed when Patch reached her shortly after the show's first performance. Flaskamp, the parent of an Armatage student, worked with fourth and fifth grade teacher Staci Owens to put the show together with the help of many parent volunteers and student actors. "We've calculated it out, and it's taken something like 1,000 (man-)hours to produce," she …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
It's an unusual approach, but teachers say it garners results.
Eighteen kids stood, arms at their sides, in an oval in the middle of a first-grade classroom at Ramsey International Fine Arts Center. Some did their best impressions of the actor-teacher from Hopkins’ Stages Theater leading the class: shoulders relaxed, head up, eyes attentive. Others, backs ramrod-straight, looked like they were channeling their inner G.I. Joe. A fair proportion twisted and fidgeted and squirmed, eyes turned expectantly towards Jeannine Coulombe, the visiting teacher. “Okay,” Coulombe said, drawing out the “o” in a long, rising glissando. “Show me ‘snuggle!’” All at once, the students hugged themselves, or plopped to the floor and curled up like tired puppies. Coulombe looked around the room, praising some, and …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
School board votes Tuesday night.
Many neighborhoods in Southwest Minneapolis may be starting to have a "baby boomlet," but that doesn't mean district leaders are planning on adding on to already-squeezed elementary school space this year. The burst of new births, detailed dramatically in charts at the end of this district presentation from a school board meeting last month, could create another space crisis for a school district already trying to find space for hundreds new students who are already of school age. To deal with the immediate crowding problem—concentrated in middle school in Southwest Minneapolis—big changes will be made across the district. In Southwest, the district is recommending the board move Ramsey International Fine Arts Center's program across the …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Heave your voices heard on property taxes and plans to deal with school overcrowding.
From property tax hearings to a long-awaited vote related to overcrowded schools, this is shaping up as a busy week for big news. Here's what you'll see covered this week on Southwest Minneapolis Patch: Tell Councilmembers What's What What: Public hearing on the city's property tax levels and 2012 budget. Why I'm Watching: Regardless whether the city increases property taxes, your property taxes may well go up next year, thanks to more financial finger-wiggling by the state legislature this summer. The repeal of the Market Value Homestead Tax Credit changed the way the state gives tax relief to some property owners, shifting the burden onto properties worth more than $182,000 (MinnPost has a handy table summarizing the changes). But you …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The district's restructuring plan has drawn sharp criticism and scrutiny from Ramsey insiders.
A group of parents and teachers representing Ramsey International Fine Arts Center, critical of a proposal to move them across the district to make way for a new middle school, have a list of demands for winning their support. They presented this list Tuesday night to Minneapolis Public Schools board members, who see the new middle school as necessary as part of a larger, $42.1 million plan to address crowding in many parts of the city. Among the demands put forth by the Ramsey coalition are advance approval of the entire district budget, marketing dollars to help attract prospective parents to the moved school and a place for Ramsey representatives to supervise the move. "We don't want this to happen, but we're realists, and we realize …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
District officials repeat their message to parents: Don't worry.
Plans to move Ramsey International Fine Arts Center across town to the former Folwell Middle School building are gathering speed. However, some Ramsey parents are worried the district won't complete needed rennovations on the new home by Fall 2012. The Minneapolis Public Schools' response? "Hold us accountable," said Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle. Also, she said, don't worry. "We know we can get it open in time," said Mitch Trockman, an Operations Specialist with the district. "We have 350 union tradespeople we can put on the job, if necessary." "If they're proposing it, I have confidence it will be done on time," added school board chair Jill Davis. "It's not an option to be late on the building." Until a year ago, a charter …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Parents are worried teachers will leave school.
A plan to create a new middle school in the building currently occupied by the Ramsey International Fine Arts Center magnet school is running into significant opposition from Ramsey's parents. Thursday night, around 80 parents came to Ramsey's auditorium looking for reassurance from the district that the plan wouldn't harm their children's education. Many of those parents also wanted to give administrators a piece of their mind. District leaders had hoped to avoid this problem: moving Ramsey is the keystone holding together the district's plan to deal with a ballooning number of middle-schoolers projected to begin arriving next year on Anthony Middle School's doorstep. According to a handout passed out at the Thursday night meeting, …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
District staff met with about 200 community members to brainstorm solutions to the issue Monday.
Editor's note: Check back at Southwest Minneapolis Patch tomorrow for an article on the school district's efforts at transparency and community engagement in this process. If current trends persist, there will be an additional 900 students in Minneapolis schools by 2015. At Monday evening’s public meeting at Ramsey International Fine Arts Center, school board members and staff called the increase in enrollment a “good problem,” because it means that Minneapolis students are staying in public schools. But some of the shifts necessary to deal with the issue, like increased class sizes or moving attendance boundaries, are very unpopular with the community. The increase in enrollment is due to a couple factors, said Courtney Cushing Kiernat, …