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  • BVI receives $15,000 Grant Thursday, October 30, 2014

    This week our Blind & Visually Impaired (BVI) Department received a $15,000 grant from UMOGD (Upper Midwest Optical Golf Day) Sight Preservation Foundation.

    The Sight Preservahttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/BVIcheck_3.jpgtion Foundation raises funds “to enhance the lives of visually and physically disabled children so that they to reach their full potential.” The check was presented by Foundation Board President - Craig Giles and Board Treasurer - Nancy Klaers to our Melissa Mendick and Jennifer McIntyre. (see photo)

    The award is a result of an extensive application process that began last January with our BVI staff putting together information about District 287 and the BVI Programs. We are using the grant to purchase five Romeo Pro-50 Embossers. A Romeo Embosser is a portable single-sided braille embosser that produces braille for those who need a mobile or desktop station. 

    In collaboration with classroom teachers, textbook publishers and others in education settings, our staff produces 3,000 hours of braille materials each year. This includes braille materials from books, charts, maps, web content, games and science labs. These projects are especially important because the focus of our BVI instructors is to facilitate access to educational materials at the same time as their student peers.

    Congratulations BVI Team on another great innovative idea!

  • WSSS Part 2: Itís a Secret! It Really is Math! Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/WSSS_mathphoto.jpgThe world is made of math, and we don’t mean workbooks and packets. Almost everything we do each day has a component of math. 

    During West Suburban Summer School, It Really is Math class studied logic problems, the stock market, creating your own board game, food, finance, and sports statistics. They even went to a bowling alley to study math. All of these activities used math and math equations.
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    Follow the stock traders using math skills.
  • Report Features our Superintendent Thursday, October 23, 2014

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    Supt. Sandy Lewandowski was featured on Channel 12 News on Wednesday evening. While visiting classrooms at the North Education Center, the reporter talked with Sandy about her Superintendent of the Year Award.
    To see her story, click here.
  • WSSS was largest turnout - ever! Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/WSSSBRAIN.jpgOne of the Gifted Education Programs here at District 287 is West Suburban Summer School.
    2014 was WSSS's 36th year. Registration numbers were impressive: 948 students attended and accounted for 1627 registrations. This was our biggest year ever. As the program has evolved over time, so has the innovative subject matter and tools. This week we will feature two of the 110 classes held during WSSS 2014.
    During “Thinking with Your Hands”, students made cool construction projects as they learned how their imagination works.

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpgSee video.

  • 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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  • WEC Teacher's essay published Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/teachingwithheart_cover.jpgOur own West High School Language Arts Instructor, Hannah Cushing, is featured in the book - Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach (2014). 

    The Center for Courage and Renewal published Teaching with Heart. Educators submitted poems and essays that focus on “How poetry can help to sustain the courage to teach.” (read more)

    A diverse group of ninety educators describe the complex of emotions and experiences of the teaching life – joy, outrage, heartbreak, hope, commitment and dedication. Each heartfelt commentary is paired with a cherished poem selected by the teacher. More than 400 educators submitted essays and poems.

    Hannah submitted her own reflections about the poem - Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye and the intimate interconnectedness of pain and loss with learning to be a kind and empathic person; and how our difficult moments have the capacity to draw us together. Read Hannah's essay.

    “This is a doubly humbling because it reflects both the opportunities I've had to learn from some of the strongest and most resilient kids throughout my career, as well as the honor to be chosen for a Parker Palmer project,” Hannah said recently. “Mr. Palmer’s work is largely responsible for me finding myself in the classroom.”

    Congratulations Hannah!

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  • The National Anthem turns 200 Saturday, September 27, 2014

    This weehttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/FLAG.jpgkend marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Over the years, many debates have surrounded the national anthem including its meaning, its quality and the circumstances under which Francis Scott Key came to write it.

    What we know is that Daniel Stewart, who attends North Education Center, did not leave a dry eye when he sang the Star-Spangled Banner for our Back to School event this fall.  Listen to Daniel again.

    To read more about the history of our nation's anthem, click here.

  • Meet Jonas Sjoberg, September employee Recognition winner Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Employrecog/Jonas_SandyL_web.jpg Jonas Sjoberg received the Employee Recognition Award this month during Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski's Java report. (see photo at left) He is the Network Building Engineer in our District 287 Information Technology Department.

    The following is his nomination: "Jonas is responsive to the individual needs of all programs across our district, and he goes above and beyond by giving 1000% of himself to ensure that our technology infrastructure is secure and reliable for staff and students. Jonas does a large portion of his work at the least disruptive times for our staff and students, which means that he is often working in the middle of the night and on weekends. Read more.

    Congratulations Jonas!

  • Our Classroom staff keeps learning & innovating Friday, September 19, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/CurricDay1web.jpg On Thursday, we held our first Curriculum Group meetings of the school year. It is a late start for students so that our classroom staff can work together on many aspects of classroom learning.

    Licensed Staff, Early Learning Center Educators, and Instructional Administrators met in their assigned curriculum and professional groups such as art, science or math. See photos.
    (read more)

    According to Dr. Jon Voss, Director of Teaching and Learning, this year’s curriculum groups will have 3 parts to their meetings, and the other professional groups will have a 2-part meeting (omitting #1 below):
    1. Professional Learning: Presentation by a Reading specialist on the background and resources for the district’s initiatives in literacy and learning intentions.
    2. Peer Review and Evaluation: Presentation by a Peer Coach on the background and process for peer review this year.
    3. Curriculum improvement: Continuing the work of your group to share resources and collaborate on curriculum or other resource needs through the Curriculum Hub. We will ask that each group review and update their outcomes for the year.

    Our education assistants participated in a workshop presented by Nancy Riestenberg, from the Minnesota Department of Education. She is School Climate Specialist and talked with Education Assistants about the effects of maltreatment on the brain during stages of development. She also identified practices in the classroom; hallway and office that help promote resilience in students.

    Great sessions everyone!

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  • Bus Safety art competition winners go to Twins game Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Three North Education Center students received top honors for the 2014 Minnesota School Bus Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportahttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/TWINsGame_web.jpgtion and the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association. Two of the school bus safety poster winners were guests of the Minnesota State Patrol at a Twins game this summer.

    Students Leo (right) and Eric (left) attended the Tigers-Twins match up on August 21 where they met Lieutenant Brian Reu with the Minnesota State Patrol. Their exciting day included walking on the field while their posters were projected on the big screen and their names announced.

    “Be Smart. Be Seen. I Wait In A Safe Place” was this year’s theme for the 173 young artists’ competition. Our students took First, Second and Third in their category. The First Place poster goes on to national competition.

    Certificates were presented to our students by Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski and Transportation Coordinator Amy Tiedens who was instrumental in working with classroom teachers to prepare and submit entries. See posters.

    What a great way to wrap up the summer!

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  • Congratulations Sherry and Sam: Above and Beyond Employees Monday, September 8, 2014

    Sherry (Scharrhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Employrecog/Sam_Kast_Sherry_Krause_WEB2.jpgel) Krause and Sam (Sandra) Kast were surprised to be a part of the Back to School event. Sherry and Sam were recognized as August’s Above and Beyond recipients for their work to create a unique Mentor Program for education assistants at the North Education Center.

    Many of the new education assistants that are hired for NEC come to orientation already knowing who their assigned mentor is and Sherry and/or Sam have already connected with them. Sherry (left) and Sam (right) put new staff’s needs first and make sure they feel welcomed and supported from the moment they are hired. That is above and beyond what they are asked to do coordinate as Mentor Leads. The Mentoring Program is their passion and that passion is evident in everything they do to make it such a success at NEC!   (read more)

    Additionally, they have served as a resource to another Mentor Lead in the district this year.  The other Mentor Lead had not experienced as many new hires throughout this school year as she had in previous years. Since Sherry and Sam have much experience with this they were the perfect people to provide support and guidance. Read more about Sherry and Sam.

    Congratulations Sherry and Sam!

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  • Welcome Back Students Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Classeshttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/welcomebackstudentssec.JPG officially started throughout the district today.https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/SECA_firstday_web.jpg

    Starting at 7:15 a.m. students started arriving with expectations for their new school year. These photos were taken at the South Education Center.

    See video from North Education Center. The title is "Images of the first day back to school at NECA."

    Have a great school year everyone!

  • Welcome Back highlights are here Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Chehttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpgck out the new video featuring the back to school staff events on August 25. https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/B2S2014/BS7sm.jpg

    This selection of clips is a condensed version of the entire day. If you would like to see the entire session, please contact Linda Rees for a DVD. See video.

    We also have the information from Brave New Workshop. See handout.

  • Our staff Welcome Back Photos are posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/B2S2014/BS41sm.jpg
    Click HERE
    to check out the new event photos.

    There are THREE pages of staff photos.

  • Another great welcome back staff day! Monday, August 25, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Daniel.jpg All staff events at the North Education Center featured the national anthem sung by student Daniel and improvisation innovation.

    The programs began with Daniel (photo at left) who performed the national anthem followed by standing ovations.

    School Board Chair Ann Bremer and Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski presented the "official Welcome Back" and district news.

    The main event was the Brave New Workshop Creative Outreach Team who used improv to create innovation. Watch for more details later.

    This week we will post more photos from today.

    Welcome Back Staff! Have a great year!

  • Welcome Back Staff! Sunday, August 24, 2014

    clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/2014postcardstory.jpgWe are looking forward to seeing staff on Monday. Here is the schedule for the district-events.
    Date: Monday, August 25, 2014
    Location: North Education Center Gym
    Times: Please note building and program times.
    Session 1:
    8:00 AM: Bus pick up at Northwest Tech Center and Edgewood Ed Center
    8:45 AM: Program begins for NWTC, Edgewood, Northland and NEC
    Session 2:
    12:00 PM: Bus pick up at District Service Center, West Ed Center and South Ed Center
    12:45 PM: Program begins for Itinerant and other District Service Center, West Ed Center, South Ed Center, HTC Pathways, Gateway and Care & Treatment
    Questions: Contact your supervisor
  • 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!

  • HMC Students named 2014 Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Four studenhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Alan_Chiang_HMC_2014_web.jpgts from the Honor's Mentor Connection Program have been named 2014 Minnesota Scholars of Distinction.

    The Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Program nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated self-directed students. To earn this recognition, students must demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter and apply their knowledge to challenging projects. Students may pursue one or more area of focus.

    This year's Scholars of Distinction:
    Sweta Bhoopatiraju from Wayzata in the Science category; Project: "Effects of Betadine for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Patients Intolerant to Maintenance Chemotherapy"
    Paymon Rafian from Maple Grove in the Science category; Project: "Crowd Sourcing as a Method of Indoor Navigation for People with Low Vision"
    Thomas  Zhang from Wayzata in the Science category; Project: "The Fermat-Weber Problem: An Exploration of Continuous Variants"
    Alan Chiang (pictured above) from Wayzata was recognized in three categories including Science, Mathematics and STEM; Project: "Medicinal Hydrogels: Functionalizing Hydrogels to Monitor Glucose Levels in Diabetes"

    Interviews with the four winners describing the details of each project appears on the HMC website. Watch video.

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  • District 287 receives State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/msab_logo_color_small.gifThe Minnesota State Arts Board awarded Intermediate District 287 an Arts Learning Grant for the 2013-14 School year. Artist in residence, Anne Krocak, worked with students from Edgewood, South Education Center, Epsilon and Omegon on public art projects using mosaics. 

    This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

    The arts program also collaborated with VSA Minnesota which is an affiliate of the National VSA organization started by the Kennedy family in the 1970s. This is the third year Krocak has worked with students to create a mosaic public art.

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpgWatch the video to see students at Edgewood to create mosaics stepping stones in their community garden and talking about their inspiration for the mosaic hall tree.

Media Inquiries

Linda Rees
287 Communications Liaison
Ph: 763-550-7185
LKRees@District287.org

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