• Welcome New Staff Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/new_staff_acad_web.jpgThe New Staff Academy (NSA) began this morning. This is another sign that we are preparing for students to return on September 2.

    The NSA is held every year to welcome new staff including para professionals, teachers, support staff and others who are new to District 287. They meet the administrative team, talk with human resources and discover programs other than their assignments. It is a busy two days.

    If you see our new staff, please WELCOME them to our organization.

  • ALC teams go to school to help students go to College Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/SECA_at_AVID_CONF_Aug_2014.jpg As a result of many student success stories, our staff spent part of their summers preparing  for the 5th year of using AVID in our Area Learning Center Programs.

    According to Lea Dahl, Academic Operations Principal, this AVID work included attending a national training session (see photo of SECA team) that featured workshops, team building and brainstorming for more than 4,000 educators. It also was intense for individuals. (read more)

    “Each attendee went to a specific training strand for three days of professional development,” Lea said. “We also spent time in sessions preparing site-specific 2014-2015 programs.”

    In case you are not aware of AVID, it is “Advancement Via Individual Determination.”  AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Lea adds to those goals by how AVID works for our students.

    “It helps underrepresented populations learn how to apply and go to college, and plan for their futures, Lea told a group of teachers. “In some cases, students are generally first generation high school grads often from diverse populations.”

    Recently we have featured students who were attending college fairs, preparing for entrance exams and developing financial aid plans.

    Congratulations AVID teams!

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  • A new model for psychiatric hospital education Thursday, July 31, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/PrarieCare_groundbreaking_2web.jpgDistrict 287 partners with PrairieCare to deliver education services to two of their psychiatric hospital settings, Maple Grove and Edina. The team has worked to hone what is now a nationally recognized model. A new video showcased the team and how they created the model.

     https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpgWATCH parent and staff videos                (read more)

    On July 28, PrairieCare had a groundbreaking ceremony at its new site in Brooklyn Park. This site is an expansion to PrairieCare's ability to serve more the 1800 children and adolescents each  year who require psychiatric treatment. This will in part, fulfill their vision to transform access capacity and delivery of services to Minnesota youth and beyond. PrairieCare has been expanding psychiatric services for children and adolescents since 2005.

    Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski, Director of Special Education-Jennifer McIntyre, Director of Mental Health & Partnerships-Tina Houck, and Assistant Principal of Care and Treatment-Janet Joslin were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony. (Click on photo above.)

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  • Summer VOS programs Celebrated Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Students, parhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/VOS_Summer/VOS5web.jpgents, community partners and staff gathered to celebrate another great summer of Vocational Outreach Service. The celebration featured the work of 28 students in the technology lab. (See more photos) Many of the projects for our classroom teachers and libraries were extensive; time to produce the materials during the regular school year would not be possible.

    This summary report was compiled by staff and students:
    Production: 562 hours; Technology Lab – production: 640 hours; and Technology Lab – creation: 768 hours

    The summer VOS program also placed 138 students in 26 non-profit worksites in the community. This group of students experienced jobs in organizations including the American Cancer Society, Golden Living Center and Ridgedale Library. See other worksites.

    Congratulations everyone on another great summer!

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