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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

Dear students

Hi! My name is Lisa Ramey, and I teach Spanish and Computer 7/8 at North Star School. I coach FIRST Robotics Competition Team 877 and lead the elementary robotics program.  I am also the Technology Coordinator at North Star.


Regardless of the class I am teaching, I do my best to empower students and ignite their creativity by offering a variety of learning opportunities. We make use of active learning, technology, and even a few games to encourage students to be active learners and get the most out of the educational time we have together. My overarching goal for all my classes is to equip students to be life-long learners who are passionate about acquiring new knowledge and skills. I want students to leave my class confident that they can acquire knowledge and apply it whatever situation may arise.


Assignments and other important information will be shared here on my class site as well as on the Quia class page for Spanish classes. There is no substitute for being IN CLASS – there is no way to replace the discussing and interaction that happens during the course of a class period. Not all activities in class can be replicated at home, so please do your best to be here and let me know if you have a planned absence.

Please feel free to contact me at school at 701-968-4416, or by email at>.


My expectation is that students come to class ready to learn. This is best demonstrated by bringing required materials to class along with a positive attitude and desire to succeed. At the junior/senior high level, students are expected to demonstrate respect for themselves, peers, staff and classroom materials. I am happy to provide a reminder when needed. In the case of repeated reminders or egregious behavior, I will ask disruptive students to report to the office for the remainder of the class period so that the remaining students’ learning is not hindered. Please refer to the North Star Student Handbook for details on the school discipline policy.


Spanish homework is generally assigned weekly and should take 30-45 minutes to complete. On days when homework is NOT assigned, students should plan to spend 20-30 minutes outside of class memorizing vocabulary and reviewing verbs/grammar. Computer class assignments are normally completed in class, with an occasional research project done outside of school. Homework is due by midnight on the due date, unless otherwise announced. Late work will be accepted for one week following the due date and will receive a maximum score of 80%. (Please refer to the North Star Student Handbook for policy regarding late work due to excused absence).

It is important that homework be completed independently by students. This means that, unless specifically stated in the assignment, the work should be done without the aid of the internet, peers or other outside resources. If there are questions, please let me know so I can help.


Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to class. Please don’t bring food or other beverages.


  • Pen or pencil
  • Binder with loose-leaf paper
  • Folder
  • Planner/Agenda
  • Class notes/handouts

I would like to encourage all my students to be willing to strive, to take risks and not worry about constantly being right or getting the highest score. Don’t come to class and ask, “What do I need to do to get an A?” Instead, focus on learning and the grades and test scores will take care of themselves. Put forth your best effort and you will not be disappointed. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

Lisa Ramey

North Star School