• Supt. Sandy Lewandowski named Superintendent of the year Monday, October 13, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/About_287/Photos_about287_new_layout/MissSandyHorizontal.jpg Congratulations Sandy for being selected as the 2015 Superintendent of the Year! The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) made the announcement this morning.

    Supt. Lewandowski was nominated by the District 287 School Board. 

    Watch Sandy's Introduction video. 

    UPDATE 10/20/14: Read the MASA News Release
  • Meet Julie Kent, October employee Recognition winner Monday, October 13, 2014

    clientuploads/Employrecog/JulieKent_Sandyweb.jpg Teacher Julie Kent from the West Education Center has been chosen as our Employee Recognition Winner for her efforts that go "Above and Beyond". Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski presented her award this morning. (photo at left)

    Here is her excellent nomination, a compilation of three separate nominations:
    "Julie Kent is actively committed to enhancing the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports) commitment to staff and students. She has teamed to design and build lesson plans and activities that enrich our PBIS matrix to ensure that all students are actively taught building expectations and ways to be better citizens out in our community. She's tirelessly worked to raise money through a variety of activities and programs to better our program. Ms. Kent is a tireless worker on behalf of staff, families and especially the students she serves."  (read more)

    Congratulations Julie!

  • District 287 Authorís Love of Nature Leads to Setting for his First Novel Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Geoffrey_Saign.jpg Congratulations to Geoff Saign, Education Assistant at South Education Center VECTOR Program, who has just self-published his first novel. He is receiving lots of attention in the press for the novel written for middle grade readers to young adults called WhipEye. Saign has written several other children’s books including The African Cats and Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment.

    Geoff has a background in biology having spent time as a field researcher and he has a passion for nature and wildlife. The setting for WhipEye is near the Superior National Forest. Twelve year old Samantha, a thousand year old, very wise parrot, and friend Jake have twenty four hours to save two worlds.

    Saign says, “I wanted kids to see this character who loves wild animals and yet be wrapped up enough in the story to have that be the underpinning, so it’s not a preachy thing. After 30 years of writing (and finishing a dozen novels), having 6 New York agents, and recently experiencing a failed contract with a small publisher, I decided to self-publish WhipEye, and am glad I did! I plan to publish two other young adult series in the next year, but am searching for publishers for them.”

    On Nov. 2nd, Sunday, 9-9:30PM, Geoff will be interviewed by WGN Chicago radio host, Rick Kogan, a national radio columnist. He has been featured in an article in the Highland Villager Newspaper.

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  • It's flu season. Here are tips for staying healthy Friday, October 3, 2014

    Each year, the flu season is unpredictable. But according to the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, 5 to 20% of us will get the flu this year.

    Thanks https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Human_Resources/flue_web.jpgto the researchers who have studied the flu viruses for more than 100 years, the Centers for Disease Control has prepared some tips.
    • Get a flu shot because the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. District 287 has scheduled six flu shot clinics for our employees and their families. See the dates, locations and other information.
    (read more)

    During flu season, it is wise to follow simple personal measures such as
    • Wash your hands often;
    • Practice flu etiquette by covering your nose and mouth when you are ill;
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and
    • Stay home from school, work and other activities for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

    Also available are the F.A.C.T.S. about the Flu. This document has a list of of signs and symptoms to help you determine if you have the flu or a cold.

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