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For safety reasons, all visitors and volunteers must report to the school’s front office immediately upon entering the school.

Due to COVID-19, schools are currently minimizing volunteers/visitors in the classroom.

A visitor/volunteer is someone who is not a school employee or enrolled student and enters the school during operating hours. The school administration has the final determination on visitors/volunteers authorized to be at the school. When visiting, visitors/volunteers may go only to the approved area indicated as their destination when signing in at the front office. All visitors will receive an appropriate visitor’s badge, which is to be displayed conspicuously at all times while on school grounds. Any change to the designated location must be approved by the school’s front office before the visitor/volunteer can access a different location within the school. Upon finishing their visit, visitors/volunteers must check out at the front office, return the visitor’s badge, and exit the school. Parents are welcome to visit the school and classrooms to observe the school’s programs for brief periods of time that do not interfere with instruction. Approval by school personnel is required for this type of visitation.

Learn more about volunteering at your school's Get Involved page.

DoDEA school administrators, in partnership with sponsors/family members, students, and military leaders, promote communication through the establishment of advisory committees to address issues (school initiatives, procedures and policies) locally. This is a system-wide way for parents to get involved in their child’s local school. Consult your child’s school to learn more about school advisory committees.

Learn more about SAC's at your school's Get Involved page.

Enrollment

Proof of Eligibility: The sponsor does not need to be present at registration, as long as the parent or other adult registering the child has all the necessary paperwork, in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, “Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-Age Dependents in Overseas Areas,” September 20, 2006, as amended, and DoD Instruction 1342.26, “Eligibility Requirements for Minor Dependents to Attend Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS),” March 4, 1997. 

The following documents are necessary to complete the registration process:

  1. Proof of age;
  2. Medical records, including information on medical conditions, medications, and all dates and types of immunizations;
  3. Official documents to support eligibility (e.g., letter of employment, contract, permanent change of station [PCS] orders, etc.); and
  4. Proof of on-base residence (applies to students enrolling in DoD domestic schools).

Contact the registrar at your child’s school to update your child’s information or visit your school's registration page for more information on enrollment. 

In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Regulation 2095.01, “School Attendance,” August 26, 2011, as amended, school attendance is mandatory. All students are required to attend school to ensure continuity of instruction and that they successfully meet academic standards and demonstrate continuous educational progress. School attendance is a joint responsibility between the parent or sponsor, student, classroom teacher, school personnel, and, in some cases, the Command. Students with excessive school absences (or tardiness) shall be monitored by the Student Support Team to assist in the completion of all required work and successful mastery of course objectives.

Daily student attendance is identified based upon a quarter of the school day formula. Students will be identified as present or absent, based on the following criteria:

  1. Absent up to 25% of the school day = absent one-quarter of the school day
  2. Absent between 26%–50% of the school day = absent one-half of the school day
  3. Absent 51%–75% of the school day = absent three-quarters of the school day
  4. Absent 76%–100% of the school day = full-day absence

DoDEA considers the following conditions to constitute reasonable cause for absence from school for reasons other than school-related activities:

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Medical, dental, or mental health appointment;
  3. Serious illness in the student’s immediate family;
  4. A death in the student’s immediate family or of a relative;
  5. Religious holiday;
  6. Emergency conditions such as fire, flood, or storm;
  7. Unique family circumstances warranting absence and coordinated with school administration;
  8. College visits that cannot be scheduled on non-school days; and
  9. A pandemic event.

Unexcused absences may result in school disciplinary actions. An absence from school or a class without written verification from a parent or sponsor will be unexcused. Student attendance is calculated based upon the date of enrollment in a DoDEA school, which may occur anytime during the school year. Student attendance monitoring is designed to provide a continuum of intervention and services to support families and children in keeping children in school and combating truancy and educational neglect. Parents should notify the school of their child’s absence 30 minutes after the start of the school day.  Too many unexcused absences may trigger the Student Support Team to convene.

More about DoDEA Attendance Policy (dodea.edu/attendance)

The Principal may authorize an accelerated withdrawal of a student who must withdraw from school 20 or less instructional days prior to the end of a semester, in accordance with Section 3.1.d, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” [TBD]. Accelerated withdrawal will only be considered if the parent/sponsor presents PCS orders. The parent or sponsor must present verification of the date required for the student to depart from the school (e.g., PCS orders). All of the conditions of an accelerated study program outlined by the student’s teachers must be met prior to withdrawal in order for grades to be assigned and credit to be granted. Students who withdraw prior to the 20-day limitation of the accelerated withdrawal policy will receive “withdrawal” grades rather than final grades. In this case, the sponsor/parent should notify the school two weeks prior to the date of withdrawal.

Report Card and Testing Information

At the beginning of each course or grade level, every DoDEA teacher shall make available information regarding grading policy and course requirements to parents and students. This information will be provided to parents and students by the end of the first month of the school year or by the end of the first month of the semester in the case of a semester course.

If any student demonstrates unsatisfactory progress or achievement, teachers must notify parents with enough time to correct the deficiency. Notification must occur as soon as unsatisfactory achievement is evident, and not later than the midpoint of the nine-week grading period.

Timely and accurate reporting of student progress shall be accomplished for students in grades 4–12, using the approved DoDEA Electronic Gradebook (EGB) System. All assignments (e.g., quizzes, tests, examinations, homework, speeches, etc.) that are used to assess and report student progress shall be promptly evaluated and/or graded, posted in the EGB, and returned to the student. The normal period of evaluation and posting should be no longer than ten calendar days from the day the assignment is collected, with reasonable exceptions for large projects. At a minimum, one assignment or grade should be recorded per week in the EGB System. To create an account and access the EGB System, please visit Gradespeed (dodea.gradespeed.net) for instructions.

A traditional letter grading system will be used for grades 4–12 report marks.

Grade Numerical Range Description

A

90 – 100

Excellent: Outstanding level of performance

B

80 – 89

Good: High level of performance

C

70 – 79

Average: Acceptable level of performance

D

60 – 69

Poor: Minimal level of performance

F (failing)

0 – 59

Failing (No credit awarded)

For purposes of calculating a student’s high school GPA, the following scales shall be used:

Unweighted Standard Scale Weighted Advanced Placement (with AP exam)

4.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

0

0

For grades K–3, achievement codes rather than letter grades will be used.

Code Description

CD

Consistently Displayed: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors independently with minimal teacher support.

P

Developing/Progressing: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors with teacher guidance and support.

N

Not Yet Evident: Student exhibits the skills/behaviors in isolated or rare instances, or with a great deal of support.  The performance is inconsistent and below the normal range of expectancy for a student at this grade level.

X

Not addressed: The knowledge, skills, and practices embodied in the grade-level standards were neither taught nor evaluated this marking period.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students are expected to actively participate in the educational process, including school-sponsored activities in and outside of the classroom, as deemed appropriate. Students should bring to the attention of a school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others.

Students shall:

  1. Comply with policies, procedures and standards for student behavior;
  2. Refrain from conduct or behavior that is disruptive;
  3. Respect the rights and human dignity of other students and all school employees;
  4. Attend school and classes regularly, and punctually and make a conscious effort in all classes;
  5. Participate in and take advantage of educational opportunities provided by DoDEA schools;
  6. Assist school employees in operating a safe school by abiding by the laws of the United States, the local military installation, the host nation, and DoDEA policies, regulations, and procedures;
  7. Properly maintain school property and use school property and equipment for educationally authorized purposes;
  8. Promptly bring to the attention of a DoDEA school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others and to cooperate with school threat assessment procedures; and
  9. Promptly report to the DoDEA School Principal, or another DoDEA school employee, incidents or complaints, including, but not limited to, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or non-sexual harassment, based on race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation or status as a sponsor, parent or legal guardian; intimidation, hazing, bullying (including cyberbullying), or retaliation against persons who report or participate in the investigation of such incidents herein.

Students are expected to dress in a manner that complies with the school’s dress code policy as directed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Students Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Please refer to your school’s Web site or school handbook for specific dress code policy.

Student Conduct and Discipline

Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors/parents/guardians, teachers, and the military command and school communities in general, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Student behavioral management consists of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors. Students shall treat teachers, administrators, and other school staff with courtesy, fairness, and respect; and teachers, administrators, and other school staff shall treat students with courtesy, fairness, and respect. All students will be disciplined in a fair and appropriate manner. School administrators shall operate and maintain a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. School administration will ensure prompt investigation and response to incidents or complaints involving students made by students, parents, teachers, or DoDEA staff members.

In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021, discipline shall be progressively and fairly administered. Disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to, verbal reprimands, conferences, detention, time-out, alternative in-school placements, school service programs, community service and counseling programs. Other behavior management techniques will be considered prior to resorting to more formal disciplinary actions that remove a student from school for a suspension (short or long term). Long-term suspension or expulsion following a first offense may be considered when a student poses an immediate threat to his or her safety or the safety of others (e.g., offenses involving firearms or other weapons, fighting or violence, or the possession, use, or sale of drugs). Additional rules and procedures can be reviewed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01.

It is DoDEA policy that discipline be maintained consistently and appropriately. We encourage students to grow in self-control, develop a sense of regard for fellow students, and have pride in their school community. Students have the responsibility for conducting themselves in a manner that does not violate the rights of other people. Along with staff, students share the responsibility of developing a caring climate within the school that is conducive to productive learning.

  • Show respect for the learning of others by not displaying disruptive behavior.
  • Protect others and self from danger and injury.
  • Demonstrate respect for school property.
  • Obey all school adults promptly.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Wear appropriate attire to school.
  • Take responsibility for own actions.
  • Bring no items that could cause physical harm to oneself or others.
  • Toys and other entertainment items (electronic or otherwise) brought from home are prohibited in classrooms,common areas or on the bus or playground.

In the wake of school violence throughout the world, it is important to analyze the causes of violence and implement preventive measures to assure that every student and adult will feel secure in the school environment. DoDEA implemented a system-wide Bully Prevention program as a part of the Safe Schools and Character Education program.

Stop Bullying now

Bullying is defined as a means to have power over another and it takes many forms: physical, verbal, and indirect such as gossip and isolation. Bullying leaves long-lasting scars for its victims. Bullies have a higher incidence of antisocial behavior, domestic violence and crime as adults. Society pays a heavy toll for tolerating bullying behavior and bullies.

In DoDEA schools and community, bullying will not go unchallenged and will not be tolerated. All students, staff members, parents and the community play vital roles to ensure our children are not bullied, do not act as bullies, and will not allow others to bully. Our schools have a moral obligation to provide our students and the school community with the proper information, prevention strategies, and defenses to create a safe, accepting and caring environment for all.

DoDEA enforces a no weapons policy. Students and parents are hereby notified that possession of weapons (see 'Weapons' section below) or replicas of weapons can result in expulsion from school.

In addition to weapons, students are not allowed to bring knives, matches, lighters or other dangerous objects to school. Toys, electronic devices, trading cards, chains, (even on wallets or keys) CD's and water guns should not be brought, as they tend to distract children from their learning tasks. Possession of tobacco in any form and alcohol will not be tolerated. Gum is not allowed in school. This list is not all-inclusive. If you have any doubt about bringing an article to school, consult the school office. Nuisance items, which are dangerous to the safety of others or have the potential to cause damage to personal or school property such as fireworks, smoke & stink bombs, eggs and shaving cream will be confiscated and not returned. When appropriate these items will be given to the Security Police. Prohibited items will be confiscated and released only to the sponsor.

It should be noted that possession or use of a weapon or prohibited items on DoD property is a crime and will be reported to security officials. Disciplinary action may include suspension or expulsion. DoDEA supports a no tolerance policy for weapon possession.

Technology

Each student, together with the student’s parent or guardian (if applicable), shall acknowledge and sign Form 700, “Use of DoDEA Internet and Use of Information Technology Resources,” before he or she is assigned a user account. In accordance with Enclosure 4 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 6600.01, “Computer Access and Internet Policy,” February 16, 2010, the following are required of all students:

  1. Students shall use DoDEA information technology (IT) resources, including computers, electronic mail, and internet access, only in support of education and for research consistent with the educational objectives of DoDEA; 
  2. Students shall respect and adhere to all of the rules governing access to, and use of, DoDEA’s IT resources; 
  3. Students shall be polite in all electronic communication;
  4. Students shall use courteous and respectful language and/or images in their messages to others;
  5. Students shall not swear, use vulgarities, or use harsh, abusive, sexual, or disrespectful language and/or images;
  6. Students who misuse DoDEA IT resources are subject to disciplinary measures; and
  7. Students’ accounts will be deactivated upon transition out of a DoDEA school.

The signed agreement (Form 700) is to be retained in the administrative office at the student’s school for the duration of the student’s enrollment. A copy will be provided to the student and, if applicable, the student’s parent or guardian.

Use of personal social media between parents/teachers/students is discouraged.  The only acceptable form of social media communication between parents/teachers/students is through official school social media.

Student Transportation

Student transportation is defined as the transportation of students from their assigned bus stop to school at the beginning of their school day, during the mid-day and for return to their assigned bus stop at the end of the normal scheduled school day.  DoDEA principals are responsible for monitoring student loading/unloading zones when students are coming and going from school sites, including administering discipline.  A school bus or any device operating to provide student transportation will function as an extension of the school.  The walking distance for students in grade 6 and below should not exceed one mile from the student’s primary residence to the school or designated bus stop.  Students in grades 7–12 may walk up to 1.5 miles from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop.  These distances may be slightly expanded or contracted to conform to natural boundaries such as housing areas or neighborhoods.  In locations having middle schools, which include grade 6 (i.e., grades 6–8), the walking distance criteria shall be the same as the criteria for grades 7–12.  

Transportation is not authorized to take students to their homes or to eating facilities for their mid-day meal.  No other transportation between the assigned bus stop and the school will be charged to commuting transportation unless stated in a special education student’s IEP and/or required by Section 504 guidelines.  “Curb-to-curb” only applies to students with disabilities who require such service as documented in the student’s IEP.  DoDEA District Superintendents, in coordination with the District Logistics Chief and the supporting military installation commanders, will establish a commuting area to determine eligibility for transportation of dependent students.

School Policies

This year, students enter classrooms at 0805 (0905 on Thursdays) with daily dismissal for all students being 1445. The earlier entry allows time for hand-washing and sanitizing. Morning supervision for arrival of bus riding students begins with the arrival of the first bus. Students who walk or are dropped off to school by their parents should arrive no earlier than 0800. 

For SY 21-22: each student enters the Courtyard each morning and selects a white or blue ‘Pawprint’ nearest their classroom entry door to stand on, while wearing a face covering. When possible, students standing on the same color Pawprint (six feet spacing) may have mask-free time. As more students arrive so that both blue and white Pawprints are used, students are required to wear their face coverings.   

The designated drop-off and pick-up zone for RIS is located at the corner where Columbia Drive and Jefferson Avenue (by Donnelly Park, Field #1) intersect. Ten parking spaces are designated for student drop off between 0755 – 0810 (0855 – 0910 on Th) and 1430 – 1500 on school days. While some families use the Commissary lot, please note: the street in front of the school (New York Avenue) is closed to traffic between 0750 to 0815 (0850 to 0915 on Th) and from 1440 to 1505 on school days. Please observe these times so that your vehicle does not interfere with arrival or dismissal, thereby endangering students during these high-pedestrian traffic times. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to go to the Commissary before or after school.  

Students are considered late if arriving after the bell has rung. Late students need to sign in at the office, accompanied by a parent, and receive a pass if they arrive after the morning bell. 

Collaboration Thursdays:

Every Thursday, teachers engage in grade-level or school-wide focused collaboration. As such, the start of those school days have a Late Start - as they are delayed by one hour and begins at 0905.

As COVID-19 Operational Guidelines allow, parents are welcomed and encouraged to visit school to observe their children in a classroom situation; however, you are asked to inform the teacher prior to your visit by note, E-mail message or phone 24 hours in advance. This ensures the class is not at a specialist's class or that an activity such as testing is taking place which could be disrupted if a parent visits unexpectedly. Students who wish to bring a guest must receive the approval of all teachers involved as well as an administrator.

All visitors are required to stop by the main office to sign-in, show identification, and obtain a pass in order to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for our students. Passes are to be worn so they are easily visible from front-facing. 

For SY 21-22: for the safety of our students and staff, visits to our school campus are limited at this time. 

Students are not allowed to bring personal electronic devices onto school grounds.  If items are brought they must be stowed in the student’s backpack upon arrival at RIS.  If they are brought out during the instructional day, the item will be taken away and the student’s sponsor must pick up the item from the office.

Electronic items can be easily lost or damaged.  RIS does not accept the responsibility to replace lost or stolen items.  If a student brings an electronic device, they are completely responsible for the item.

If a child has a cell phone, it must be turned off while on the RIS campus and kept in a student’s book bag or other secure location.  If a parent wishes to contect their child, then call the office and leave a message. Students are not allowed to carry cell phones around with them on campus.  If a cell phone is taken away it must be picked up by the student’s sponsor from the office.

There are times when weather situations could result in school being closed. KMC members can monitor changing weather conditions, traffic information, school delays, closures, and early release information on AFN radio frequency (105.1 FM). Additionally, information is shared on the Ramstein Official social media channels, Ramstein Air Base Mobile App (USAF Connect > Favorites > Ramstein Air Base) as well as alerts are sent via the DoDEA Notification System aka At-Hoc (email, text messages, and phone calls). 

If there is a school delay, it is determined by the KMC Commanders about 0500, with an announcement of "no school" or "delayed start." Just for clarity, when a two-hour delay is called, students would arrive two hours after 0815 (arrive at 1015) and NOT two hours after the late start (NOT 1115 on Thursdays). 

If buses do not run, then there will be no school for ALL students attending Ramstein schools.  All families should have an emergency location for students to stay (e.g. neighbor's home) if school is delayed or must be dismissed early. It is important that your child know where he/she is to stay in an emergency situation.  If you experience problems or have questions concerning bus transportation, please contact the Student Transportation Office at 480-2877 (BUSS) or 06371 47 2877.

Germany has lots of rain and the weather changes at a moment’s notice. It can be warm and sunny one minute and wet then cold the next. As students are outside every day for recess, passing to and from specials classes, and to lunch/recess: they should arrive to school dressed for variable weather conditions. Shoes should also be suitable to wear in any weather. Due to safety considerations, wearing ‘flip-flop’ footwear is not allowed.

In the winter months, dressing for the weather is very important as daily recess is outdoors. Student’s winter clothing should include gloves, hat, and an outdoor jacket which withstands wet, cold weather.

The breakfast and lunch program at RIS is run through AAFES. For SY21-22, our partners at the Exchange School Meal program have extended the waiver for breakfast and lunch prices this school year. This includes Grab & Go meals for DVS students. Any available ala carte line items cost regular prices. Parents are able to open an account for their student at the Customer Service Center in the Exchange. Please have the DoDEA Student ID number provided by the school registrar’s office available. Your child will be issued a six digit Horizon PIN by AAFES in order to charge for meals during lunch.

When the account balance is low, parents will need to either go to the Exchange Customer Service Counter, visit the school lunchroom before 10:30 or after 1:20, or pay online to place more money in your child’s account. For more information on lunch, menus, prices, etc, use the link: https://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/school-lunch-program/  

AAFES now offers MyPaymentsPlus (www.mypaymentsplus.com), an online service that provides you the convenience and information you need to manage your student’s meal account. This system speeds up serving lines in the cafeteria, eliminates the need to send checks to school, or worry about lost or forgotten lunch money, and ensures that your child will receive a nutritious meal. To create a new account, visit your AAFES Exchange and then log onto www.mypaymentsplus.com. Follow the onscreen directions and register your student using their Student ID number.  The student ID number for MyPaymentsPlus is available at the Exchange customer service or from the cafeteria. This student ID is not available in the Main Office. 

Free and Reduced Meals
Free and reduced meal applications are available online using the AAFES link https://freeandreducedapps.aafes.com/. Please Note: If your child was on the Free and Reduced Program last year, you MUST re-register again this year.  
 

In order to ensure optimal safety and security measures are in place, any transportation changes for a student have to be made in person. Exceptions may be made for urgent emergencies. School personnel cannot accept a change of plans after 1415. It is challenging and disruptive to learning to pass along changes at the end of the school day for over 750 children.

Ultimately, the best practice is for families to discuss after-school plans with your child before sending them to school. We appreciate your understanding and support of this policy and know that we all want to create the safest environment for our children. Please discuss after school plans with your child before sending them to school.

Students: talk with the adult (classroom teacher, lunch/recess monitor) so they are able to help and have the student complete an Incident Report as needed. The Incident Report is turned into the office for investigation and to resolve the problem. 

Parents: 

  • If you have a concern about something at the school, please make an appointment with your child's teacher to discuss your concern first. You may reach them via email (using the format firstname.lastname@dodea.edu ) or by leaving a message when calling the main office. 
  • If the issue isn't resolved after communicating with the teacher, speak to the guidance counselor for your child's grade level. 
  • If the issue cannot be resolved at this level and you decide to seek the assistance of either an assistant principal or principal, you will always be asked if you spoke to the teacher and counselor first. 

Grade Level Guidance Counselors:

3rd Grade: Dr. Anne Hubbard   4th Grade: Mr. Gilbert Cortez    5th Grade: Ms. Michele Cook 

Administration

Principal: Ms. Caryn Currie 

Assistant Principals: Ms. Patricia Cameron-John  and  Ms. Deirdre McAlpin. 

 

Thank you in advance for using these effective steps for problem resolution. 

While frequent communication is a key component of student success, please understand that should you telephone to speak to a teacher after 0800 or before 1445, a message will be taken for the teacher to return your phone call so that instructional time is not interrupted.  

While the use of e-mail has certainly facilitated written communication, also please be aware that once the instructional day begins at 0805 your child’s teacher may not read a message that you sent until their planning period or after the instructional day ends at 1445. The official email for your child's teacher is in the format of firstname.lastname@dodea.edu You may expect a teacher response back within 24 hours. 
 

General Education Program 

Curriculum textbooks and materials in DoD schools are reviewed every seven years. A team of educators and parents review materials based on how thoroughly the DoDEA CCR standards are addressed, whether or not technology is a component, and other educationally sound criteria. 
The following publishers are currently supplying materials for our core subject areas: 

  • Literacy: Benchmark Advance
  • Mathematics: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / GO Math! 
  • Science: FOSS kits and FOSSweb 
  • Social Studies: Teachers' Curriculum Institute / Social Studies Alive! (Gr3-4) and History Alive! (Gr5) 
  • Health: Harcourt Brace 

To learn more about the content areas and DoDEA Standards, please visit  http://www.dodea.edu/Curriculum/index.cfm 

Host Nation 

The DoDEA Host Nation Program is a unique feature of DoDEA's elementary school program and is designed to provide students with an introduction to host nation culture and languages, taught by Host Nation Teachers, as an essential experience of the DoDEA curriculum. With Host Nation Teachers as guides, students participate in activities which build appreciation and understanding of the culture of the country in which they are located. This intercultural program offers DoDEA students the opportunity to study the German culture and community.  More information may be found at the link https://www.dodea.edu/Curriculum/nationStudies/index.cfm   

Information Center (Library) 

Ramstein Intermediate School's Information Center is located in building 1000. Over 16,000 books, video cameras, computers, computer programs, and access to online databases and e-books are available for students and teachers to enhance learning. Students check-out books from the library system, and this year pick-up/delivery of hard-copy materials are made to classrooms on a regular basis. 

Educational Technology  

RIS has computers in the Information Center as well as mobile COW (Computer On Wheels) stations for classrooms in addition to interactive flat panel boards and digital document cameras in each classroom. Teachers, with the support of the Educational Technologist and the Information Specialist, integrate computer technology into the daily curriculum. Lessons and activities are designed to integrate 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication with educational experiences including analyzing and applying new knowledge. 

Guidance / Counseling Program 

Three full time guidance counselors provide counseling services at RIS. The major goal of the guidance program at RIS is to assist in creating an educational environment conducive to the academic, personal, social, and career growth of students. Counselors see students individually and in small groups. School counselors also teach classroom lessons and serve as resources for special lessons and enrichment activities. Counselors interpret system-wide assessment results for teachers and parents and also serve as liaisons with many community resources. Students may see their counselor on a walk-in basis or may be referred by a parent, teacher, or administrator. 

Extra-Curricular Activities 

Ramstein Intermediate School offers a variety of after school activities. At this time, to adapt to COVID-19 Operational Guidelines, SY21-22 club activities will be offered either outdoors or virtually. Additional information about these activities will be sent home in September.

PLEASE NOTE:  After school team sports for elementary school age students are the responsibility of Youth Services – not DoDEA-Europe. DoDEA-Europe does not have authority nor does it receive funding to initiate such services in elementary schools.
 

Parent and community involvement in the educational process takes many forms. Examples of School/Home Partnership activities include PTA, SAC, and dependent on current COVID mitigations in place - classroom assistance/tutoring, library assistance, guest speaking, sharing special skills or hobbies, Career Day, and much more. We hope you will be an active partner in your child’s education.  

Kids 4 Kids - Deployment Support Group 

The Ramstein Intermediate PTA, along with the school counselors and psychologist, and Military Family Life Counselors formed a partnership to support students with deployed parents. Deployed is different from TDY.  The deployed parents of these students are away from the family at least three months and are typically in a remote area or “hot spots”. Approximately once per month, special activities are offered to encourage cross-aged partnerships of Kids 4 Kids members with similar deployment-related experiences and, at the same time, allow them to have some stress-free fun. Most of the activities are held on campus, the Ramstein Youth Center, or at Donnelly Park. There is no cost to participate in this program.  Please contact your child’s counselor for more information and permission to participate. 

Student Support Services 

Student Support Services (SSS) is an integral part of the total education program.  The Student Support Services department includes the school nurse, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers (located only in certain locations).  The SSS staff members at each DoDEA school partner with parents, community, students and other educators to assist in creating an educational environment conductive of academic, personal, social and career growth of all students. Student Support Services staff members are extensively involved in implementing programs that support DoDEA Community Strategic Goal 1, to challenge each student to maximize his or her potential and to excel academically, socially, emotionally and physically for life, college and career readiness. Please visit the Student Support Services website for further information based on your situation or discuss with an administrator at your student’s school. 

RIS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) 

The Ramstein Intermediate School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) invites your family to become actively involved in our school. Your participation and voice in your child’s education do make a difference. In the past, the PTA has supported our school with supplemental classroom materials, positive incentive rewards, and financial support of enrichment programs for students.

General membership PTA meetings are held four times per year. Your involvement and support are greatly appreciated. There are chair positions for parents such as (Fund Raising; Family Events/Bingo; Membership; Publicity; School Photos; Snack Shack; Spirit Wear; Teacher Appreciation; Yearbook; Popcorn; and more).  If you are interested in serving on the PTA Executive Committee, please e-mail the PTA at Ramstein.pta@gmail.com 
 

RIS School Advisory Committee (SAC) 

The Ramstein Intermediate School Advisory Committee makes recommendations and advises the principal on all matters within jurisdiction, including school policies toward students and parents; instructional programs and educational resources within the school; allocation of resources within the school to achieve educational goals; pupil-services (health, special education, testing, evaluation, counseling, and extracurricular activities); students’ standards of conduct and discipline; and policies and standards of the dependents’ education system related to the above matters. SAC elections are held each spring to fill any of the two open parent and two staff positions with election terms of two years. 

We appreciate our partnership with our military, recognizing them as valuable additional learning community members. 

School Liaison Officers 

86th MSG: Ms. Jennifer Hahn & Mr. Christopher Lamb
                Ramstein AB, Bldg 2203, Rm 111 

                DSN: 480-9374, CIV: 06371-47-9374
                Email: 86msg.slo@us.af.mil 
 

USAG – RP: Ms. Lynn Rice
                  Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Bldg 162, Rm 116
                  DSN: 541-9061, CIV: 0611-143-541-9061
                  Email: lynn.s.rice.naf@mail.mil 

Department of the Air Force 

  • Commander, USAFE-AFRICA: Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian 
  • Commander, 3rd Air Force: Maj. Gen. Randell Reed 
  • Commander, 86th Air Wing: Brig. Gen. Joshua Olson  
  • Commander, 86th Mission Support Group: Col. Amy M. Glisson  
  • School Partner: 86th VRS (Vehicle Readiness Squadron) 
     

Department of the Army 

  • USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Garrison Commander: COL Vance Klosinski 
  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command Commanding General: BG James M Smith   

Office of DoDEA Policy

The Policy Team of OPLP administers and operates the DoDEA Issuance Program, the Issuance Focal Point Working Group, and facilitates DoD-level issuance coordination for DoDEA.

Policy and Legislation