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  • Supt. Lewandowski Summarizes Legislative Session Outcomes Monday, July 7, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Legislaturegraphicweb.jpgDuring District 287 School Board meetings this year, Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski provided updates on the primarily positive outcomes of the 2014 Minnesota Legislative Session with regard to intermediate districts.

    The following is summary of the state sessions.

    New revenue will be realized by the intermediates: (1) Being included in the increase in the safe schools and lease levies; and (2) Receiving teacher evaluation funding.

    A positive policy change to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act will let high school students enrolled in full time dual credit program on college campuses such as the Hennepin Technical Gateway to College Program take remedial coursework.

    Other items of interest are
    (1) Funding to help provide the additional support services needed to operate recovery schools;
    (2) Intermediate districts being able to award diplomas; and
    (3) Building principals having the ability to direct students to enroll in an Area Learning Center (ALC).

    If you have any questions contact lkrees@district287.org.

  • President Obama visits Customer Service Class Monday, June 30, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/PresObamaScreenCaptureWEB.jpg Nine students and NECA instructor John Vittera got their 15 minutes of fame on Friday June 27th ….no…it was 20 minutes! 

    Watch the drama unfold!

    The students are enrolled in a ProjectCare course taught by Vittera at the HIRED Office in Minneapolis. He is teaching the Customer Service class as District 287’s part of a grant collaboration. ProjectCARE is a HIRED collaborative effort funded by the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services, Greater Twin Cities United Way Women’s Giving, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurses’ Association.

    According to Vittera when he arrived at the HIRED office on the Friday,  police and black vehicles filled the parking lot. 

    “I knew something was up,” said Vittera. “The students and I went through a security check and then we went to the classroom.” He added, “The real surprise came later when lots of cameras and President Obama entered, I was actually stunned!” 

    The President asked about the class and I thought it was best that the students tell about the class,” Vittera recalled. “The most compelling part of the visit for the teen moms was when President Obama shared with them that he was a child of a teen mom.  His mother was 18 when she had him and she raised him on her own.”

    Students reflected on their experience in talking with the President.
    Nou:“My kid will someday be like the president, successful.”
    Kenisha:  “I have a lot going on in my life and think a lot about what happened in my past. President Obama talking to me last Friday made me think, I am worthy!”
    Shanarea: “The first person I called was my grandfather and he said he was proud of me for meeting the president. He voted for Obama.”   

    Adolescent students who are parenting and receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) funding requires young women under the age of 21 who have not graduated from high school or have a GED to be in school or an approved work activity. This Customer Service course is similar to one taught year round in the ALC programs at District 287.

    HIRED works closely with schools and social service agencies, to support students in obtaining their high school diploma, pursue higher education, and develop the work habits and job-search skills necessary to find and hold a job. It is a natural partner for District 287’s work.

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  • District named to Top 100 Best workplace list Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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    A Message from Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski:

    The Star Tribune just rated District 287 as the 29th Best Workplace for large employers in Minnesota. I think that gives us a five star rating! Dedicated staff is what makes us a great district. Thank you!

     

     

     

     

    District 287 representatives were presented the prestigious Top 100 Best Workplace Award last week and the official announcement was made public in the Star Tribune this last weekend durhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/TOP_100_adminlunch_web5.jpging the annual Top Workplaces Section.

    To qualify for the Top 100 Workplaces, survey information was collected from 58,600 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations. WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention, surveyed companies that were nominated by their own employees.

    During their regular District 287 School Board meeting on June 12, Chair Ann Bremer congratulated and thanked all district staff.

    “This award is another reflection of the great work we do at our sites, in our programs and with our students,” Ann said Thursday. “Congratulations everyone.”

  • Meet Wauneen Mgeni Friday, June 13, 2014

    Congratulations Wauneen Mgeni, June Above and Beyond Employee.

    Wauneen is the Exhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Waun_BD_award_web.jpgecutive Assistant to Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski and our 12-member School Board. She was nominated by the School Board for her excellent attitude and working style.

    This is the nomination written by board member, Nancy Rowley:
    “Wauneen understands our need to share information about District 287 services with local Boards, administrators, staff, and community.  She provides information for us to share in print form, email attachments, videos, electronic links, and District 287 website navigation.  Wauneen is always available to consult with us about individual needs and her responses are always timely and thorough!”
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  • Student field trip goes to DSC Thursday, June 12, 2014

    The recent remodeling and layout https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Art_Visit_SL_6_4_14_9.jpgchanges at the District Service Center resulted in some prominent places for student artwork to be displayed.

    Pieces on display right now include art from Ms. Kristie’s class at the North Education Center. Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski invited them to come over.

    Ms. Kristie shared with everyone how students spent their time in art class this year with artist in residence, Jesse Lesnau.https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Art_Visit_SL_6_4_14_2.jpg

    “Jesse led the students through many projects such as pop art drawings/paintings, and ceramics,” Ms. Kristie said. “We also studied various artists’ styles, and we did our own technique practice with Jesse sharing his skills too.”

    Students pointed out the “butterflies in motion” paper project, and the “spring pines” made with water colors. Following their tour, Sandy met with the students in her office where each student had two questions for her.

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Art_SL_Anna_flowers.jpg “The students had really thought about the visit,” Sandy said. “They had some tough questions, and plenty of information they wanted to share with me.”

    A government unit in their class is focusing on local governments. This visit gave the students the opportunity to ask Sandy questions about the school board, budgets and what she does all day. As students moved to our official School Board Room, they found their own name plates where our school board sits, which was very exciting.

    Questions in the Board Room included: “Do they know other people come here? How much time does the Board have to be in this room? Do they have lunch here? Who works on the Board?”

    “I’m not sure who learned more today, the students or me,” Sandy said as the students left to catch their buses at NEC.

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  • Welcome Back date announced Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Welcomebackartweb.jpgAs we begin summer break, please mark your calendars for the annual back to school events.

    Our district wide events will be held on Monday, August 25 at the North Education Center. There will be a morning and an afternoon session to accommodate all of our staff numbers. Be sure to watch your mail and the District 287 website for more details.

    For information that is program and site specific, please contact your supervisor or principal.

    Have a great summer, and we will see you in August!

  • Bus Safety posters take top honors in State contest Monday, June 9, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Poster_threewinners_web.jpg Three North Education Center students received top honors for the 2014 Minnesota School Bus Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation and the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association.

    “Be Smart. Be Seen. I Wait In A Safe Place” was this year’s theme and was met by much enthusiasm by 173 young artists throughout Minnesota. The student entries were divided by grade level. First place goes onto national competition.
    Our winners are:
    1st Place: Leo
    2nd Place: Eric
    3rd Place: Cody

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

    Nice work - students and staff!

  • Congratulations Gateway Graduates Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Hennepin Technical Gateway to Colhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Gateway_Grads_2014.jpglege opened its doors to its first students in the Fall of 2013.

    The first graduating class received their high school diplomas on June 3, 2014 at a ceremony at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Center. 

    In a videotaped interview, four graduates expressed their reflections about their journey to reach the goal of graduating from high school while getting college experience and credits.
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  • Pathways Seniors awarded Automotive Scholarships Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/EPHTC_Luther_Group5_22_14_web.jpg John Preston, Automotive Instructor at Intermediate District 287 Hennepin Technical Pathways and Luther Auto, teamed up to give students in Preston’s class a realistic look at what the work environment is like in an automotive service operation center. When asked about the significance of the experience, Preston remarked, “When we’re working on cars at school, we’re taking apart things but we can’t see what the work environment is like.”

    In addition to offering an educational experience, Luther Auto has formed a partnership with District 287 by supporting the Automotive Programs through equipment donation, creating marketing materials, and working to plant the seeds of future employment with high school students.

    During the Pathways student awards last week, four Pathways students received $500 scholarships from Andrew Gadient, Director of Sales Luther Auto group. The students include Jesus Sanchez and Peter Harriman from Auto Body; and Aidan Hicks and Jacob Neis from Automotive Technology. (see photo above) Students will use these scholarships to further their education next year.

    Also during the official ceremonies, instructors from seven Pathways Programs presented awards in six categories: Outstanding Achievement, Tech Prep, Perfect Attendance, Student Organizations, Most Improved and Best Efforts.

    Congratulations!

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  • Mn DI Teams return for Global Finals Friday, May 30, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Renaissance_WoodlandElementaryLittleNeonMonste.jpgFifty-six Minnesota Destination (MN DI) teams had a great week in Knoxville, TN at the Annual Global Finals.

    MN DI has two championship teams. Pictured at left is the Renaissance winner: Little Neon Monsters Team from Woodland Elementary School. In addition, eight teams placed in the top 10, and 24 teams in the top 20.  See results

    Competition was pretty tough this year. This was the largest Global Finals in history, with 1, 412 teams from 46 states and 17 countries. This year teams from India, Qatar, Ecuador and the Cayman Islands were new participants.

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/PamS_DIOpen_parade.jpgMinnesota was represented by 30 DI appraisers and volunteers. Thank you team managers, supporters, officials and volunteers!

    Also representing MN in Knoxville is our own State Director, Pamela Schroeder. She is currently the Destination Imagination Board Chair. Pam is pictured at right, leading the opening ceremonies. Her previous roles with DI include four years on the Board as Vice Chair, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, Challenge writer, Minnesota Training Director, Affiliate trainer, Instant Challenge trainer, school district coordinator, and 15 years as a Team Manager. Congratulations Pamela and all of the Minnesota DI Teams!

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  • Students Build Windows of Hope Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/HOPE_Windows_NEC_title.jpgDuring our back-to-school staff program, Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski talked about the importance of instilling “hope” in our students and classrooms.

    Since then, staff has been sharing what students are doing to address “how hope can make the difference in their lives.”

    In thishttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpg video, Sandy Shetka’s class at the North Education Center will share a positive memory in their three-dimensional Windows of Hope.

  • Spring brings yearly evaluations Friday, May 23, 2014

    Next year, the evaluation process will be different for teachers because of a new Minnesota law requiring districts to create evaluation tools and processes that contain specific elements. One aspect of the law allowed districts to choose the state evaluation model, or to design their own.  In a year-long process, Local 2209 and District 287 Administrators created a model customized to the needs of the district that was overwhelmingly ratified by a vote of 2209 members. 

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    Jane Holmberg, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, and convener of the 13 member Design Team said, “There are several expectations in the teacher evaluation law that caused us to revamp our process for evaluating licensed staff beginning in 2014-2015. A district Design Team was chosen to collaboratively create an evaluation process that fits District 287. In my experience at 287, it was one of the best examples of a collaborative effort when many pieces of the district came together to create an excellent outcome.”  Hear Jane's remarks.

    More detail is available in the Overview of Licensed Educator Evaluation Process. This document also contains links to the comparison of the state model with our model and how the evaluation cycle will be established.

    Local 2209 President, Bruce Mulder, sent a note to the members expressing his appreciation, “Thanks to everyone who made time to vote. We believe this plan will benefit licensed staff and also the co-workers and students with whom they work.”

    Election Chair, Ben Drewelow reported that the District 287 Customized Model was ratified with over 99% of votes tallied in the "Yes" column. 

    Bob Bathke and Karen Bendtsen were recognized at a recent District 287 School Board meeting for their participation on the Evaluation Design Team on behalf of Local 2209.

    Design team members include
    Teacher Representatives: Karen Bendtsen, Paul Bennett, Alisa Anderson, Bonnie Rinker, Nancy Soliday and Bob Bathke
    Principal Representatives: Lea Dahl, Paul Eastwold, Amy Sward, and Renee Soule-Chapman
    Central Office Representatives: Anne Becker, Jane Holmberg, and Michelle Axell

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  • NWTC Program featured in national Magazine Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/NWTC_Greta_District_287_web.jpg clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/NWTC_Kendra__District_287_web.jpgA Northwest Tech Center literacy program is featured in the Odyssey, the annual magazine published by the National Deaf Education Center.

    Instructors Greta Palmberg and Kendra Rask are guest authors in the story High Expectations + Reading Intervention Plan = Big Jump in Reading Scores

    Greta and Kendra began a literacy program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing transition students. The intense daily program benefits students by increasing reading skills by several grade levels. Read their story.

    Congratulations Greta, Kendra, and the staff at NWTC!

  • Meet Erlene Schwartz Thursday, May 15, 2014

     Congratulations Erlene Schwartz! She is the May Employee Recognition recipient.

    Here ihttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Employrecog/ErleneSchwartz_5_15_15_web.jpgs the nomination submitted by Erlene's co-workers:
    "If you look on Wikipedia, you could very easily find a picture of Erlene Schwartz next to the word responsive. By the very nature of her job, Erlene is responsive to classrooms and teachers on a daily basis helping individualize, problem solve and create a plan to help our students that struggle with behaviors."  (read more)

  • Employee Open enrollment is open Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/open enrollment.pngNew for this year only: All Benefits eligible staff must login to the online benefits site in order to keep their elections.

    During Open Enrollment this year, the District is moving to an online benefits system. This means ALL benefits eligible staff, even those who do not currently have health insurance with the District, will be required to login to the online benefits system and at least confirm their current elections and add their life insurance beneficiaries. Staff will also be to change their medical plans, add /remove dependents, and make their annual flex enrollments in the online benefits system.

    The open enrollment period for 2014-2015 plan year will run from Monday, April 28 – midnight on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Changes made during annual open enrollment are effective July 1, 2014.

    Learn all about Open Enrollment by attending one of the Open Enrollment Presentations held throughout the District during the next few weeks. All open enrollment information, including rate sheets for the upcoming plan year, is available on the Open Enrollment Webpage.

  • Congratulations Retirees! Friday, May 9, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Retire_photos2014/retire6web.jpg Our retirees were honored during the annual Retirement Celebration held yesterday. Twenty-four District 287 employees are retiring this year. During the celebration they were honored and thanked by Board Chair Ann Bremer and Superintendent Sahttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Retire_photos2014/retire8web.jpgndy Lewandowski. 

    One of the annual highlights is the video produced featuring retirees and their plans for the upcoming retirement years. See Video

    During the program, retirees were presented with commemorative cutting boards made by the shop students at West Education Center.

    See more photos.

  • Today is School Nurse Day! Thursday, May 8, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/nursesver2.jpgThank you school nurses!

    District 287 school nurses have unique roles at each site. They are a vital member of teams and provide a calming atmosphere when needed:
    • Nurses are a critical part of Special Education Teams. They provide knowledge and skill in determining how students are reacting to medications which might impact learning.
    • Nurses are there for pregnant and parenting students who rely on them for advice about pregnancy or a child’s runny nose and cough.
    • Nurses are there to carefully dispense medications, to bandage a cut, or to assess a medical situation requiring 911 support. (See North Education Center nurses at left.)


    As part of National Nurse Week, it is National School Nurse Day. Please take a moment to thank District 287’s five School Nurses!

  • THANK YOU! Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/thankyoulic2web.jpgThank a teacher today! It is National Teacher Day.

    We also use this day to thank our 93 other licensed professionals including Speech Language Pathologists, School Counselors and Social Workers.

    All staff play important roles at District 287. Take a minute today, to appreciate each and every one!

  • HMC Scholars Forum Held this week Friday, May 2, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/HMC_4_30_14/HMC1w.jpg This week Honors Mentor Connection held their annual event that showcases student work and honors the professional mentors they have been working with this year.

    Families, teachers and school district officials met with students as they presented their projects in mini-sessions. One highlight of the event was the formal program attended by more than 300. This year, two mentors and a student spoke about their experiences in this program.

    This is the 31st year of the HMC program. Dr. Jane Holmberg, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, was one of the co-founders of HMC. She will retire in July.https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/HMC_4_30_14/HMC4w.jpg

    “It’s been very gratifying to see the program grow and change over the years while still retaining its original purpose,” Jane said Wednesday. “The quality of the student work and the

    commitment of the mentors is always astounding. We are so fortunate to be able to coordinate this program through the intermediate district. Dr. Dorothy Welch and the rest of the HMC staff assure the highest quality learning experiences available to high school students anywhere.”

    During the past few years, our district also has provided the program for Intermediate District 916. Read more about HMC.

    Congratulations HMC Students and mentors! See photos.

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  • On to Global Finals for DI Teams! Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/DI_Globalstee_web.jpg More than 150 Destination Imagination teams competed during the Minnesota Destination Imagination Tournament held this month. 

    Advancing from regional tournaments hosted around MN during February and March, the teams at the state tournament represented this season’s most creative and innovative answers to our Challenges.  It was a fantastic day, full of inspiring presentations of both team-created solutions and DI heart.

    According to MN State DI Director, Pamela Schroeder, students from more than 15 countries will gather in Knoxville, TN for DI’s Global Finals tournament next month.

    "It is the world’s largest celebration of creativity and innovation," Pamela said on Monday. “Right now, 56 Minnesota teams are in the throes of fundraising, amping up their Challenge solutions for international competition, and planning plane, train, bus, and automobile trips to Knoxville."

    "For those of you who are DI team members, parents, volunteers, alumni or officials, you know the journey to a DI tournament is one that takes an incredible amount of teamwork, courage and perseverance," Pamela added. "Congratulations to ALL our Minnesota DI teams!"

    MN DI is hosted by District 287. The tee pictured above is the official MN DI shirt for the Globals events. For more information, see www.mndi.org or www.destinationimagination.org. Pamela also serves on the Destination Imagination Board of Trustees as Chair.

    Good luck in Knoxville DI Teams!

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  • 2014-2015 Calendar is Available online Friday, April 25, 2014

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    On March 27, Superintendent Lewandowski presented and the Board approved the 2014-2015 school calendar. See calendar.

  • Thank you Administrative professionals! Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    It is Natiohttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/clericalwksp/Clerical7.jpgnal Administrative Professionals week and this is an opportunity to thank District 287’s administrative professional staff for all they do each day.

    Flexible, creative, hardworking and thorough are some of the adjectives that describe our 51 clerical staff. Because of the unique programs and services, our support staff each has an important role in the success of school district operations.

    In honor of Administrahttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/clericalwksp/clerical5.jpgtive Professional week, the clerical staff was treated to a workshop by Robin Getman, a humorist who is best known for her message “Take this job and LOVE it.”  Local 284 provided breakfast for the event too. 

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    Have a great week Admin Professionals!
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  • Meet Glenda, "a good nurse" at SEC Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Glenda Kibat, a school nurse at South Education Center, is the April District Employee Recognition recipient.

    When nomihttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Employrecog/Glenda2web.jpgnating Glenda, her peers included the following observations:
    "Glenda routinely goes above and beyond in her daily activities. She attends to the needs of all students with a nurturing heart. She is as comfortable administering and monitoring complex medical procedures as she is with gently approaching and connecting with students when they are simply having a bad day. Staff routinely witness "nurse Glenda’s" patience and acts of selflessness on behalf of students, parents, and other staff members." READ MORE
    Congratulations Glenda!

  • Administrative Services Focus on Internal Customer Service Continues Friday, April 11, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/About_287/Photos_about287_new_layout/drColleenweb.jpg Executive Director, Dr. Colleen Baumtrog, reports changes have taken place as a result of feedback from the customer service survey administered last year. 

    The survey, sent out by Hanover Research to all 287 employees, indicated that staff members were generally satisfied with the customer service being provided by Administrative Services. While encouraged by the positive feedback, each department developed an action plan for improvement in an effort to provide even better service to customers. (read more)

    The Division has been using the Professional Learning Community (PLC) structure to address this important topic. They have defined customer service as “delivering an experience with dignity and respect that pleases customers by offering timely and responsive solutions.”

    To follow up on commitments to their customers, Administrative Services has invested in Process Education Model (PEM) training for all staff in the Division. One key area that all Admin Services staff members have been working on is to respond to emails, phone calls and school dude requests within 24 hours. Staff have also committed to following through with 287 employee requests rather than simply referring an inquiry to another staff person and assuming that the customer has been helped.

    In addition, each department has set its own customer service goals. For example, in response to requests for more visibility, Human Resources staff has scheduled two visits to each major site this year to meet with staff and answer individual questions. The IT Department has worked to improve communication related to customer IT issues and is providing more timely and complete resolutions. Student Information Systems has re-aligned SIS work throughout the District and some staff are now supporting each site with visits up to two days/week. Service level agreements have been completed with all customer groups. Special Projects has focused on offering Energize (Wellness) programs in both large and small sites with programs that are inclusive of all staff.

    The Finance Department has focused on communication with staff members using pre-communication emails for key finance or payroll items to remind staff of timelines, such as 403b due dates. Finance Department phone calls end with, “Is there anything else I can help you with today?”, or “Please call me if you have any questions or need additional information.”

    Another Customer Service survey will be sent to all 287 staff members by Hanover Research on April 21st. We look forward to the opportunity to learn how we are doing so that our ongoing efforts to improve can be fine-tuned.  Look for the survey coming soon to your Inbox!

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  • Check out the WEC Art Class Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/WEC_hall_art.jpgArt classes at West Education Center provide multi-faceted experiences for high school students seeking an election credit. Student artwork lines the hallways of West Education Center.  It is an art gallery filled with art worthy of high praise for the talented students. There are drawings, photographs, sculptures, and wood designs. (Click on photo to see self portraits.)

    Art instructor, Jack Johnson, talked about the learning intentions for students in the year’s coursework and the talents of the students who are interested in pursuing art as a career path. 

    “I have encouraged one exceptionally talented student to attend graphic arts classes at Hennepin Technical College to fast-track her chosen career path,” Jack said. “She is talented, committed and eager to channel her artistic talent into a career.”

    During class, Jack works with students who are designing clay characters. See how he guides the students, step-by-step, from drawings to sculptures. 
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    In another class, students were finishing tattoo-style logo designs. The intricate designs reflected the artistic skills and talent of the students. The process of creating a design begins with online research to find inspiration, and proceeds to an artistic logo drawn by the students.

Media Inquiries

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

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