North Education Center Spirit Week
April 30- May 3
Sponsored by the
All Building Student Council
Student Representatives: Matt (CIP), Chris (CIP), Jeremiah (CIP), Deshawn (STRIVE), Dorell (STRIVE), Donald (Middle), Lisa (ALC), CJ (ALC), Porcha (SUN), Ryan (SUN), Jesse (Elementary)
Tuesday: Patriotic Day
Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day
Thursday: College or Sports Jersey Day
Friday: District Colors Day (orange and blue)
JASON BACKES - iPADS AND STUDENTS WITH AUTISM Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Check out this link to see our autism specialist, Jason Backes on Kare 11 explaining the use of iPads for students with autism.
The 28th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is April 24-27 at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park. Click here to learn more.
"ANALYZING THE BULLY"
Be the Change incorporated two main elements: a play, and art. We captured a discussion at our North Education Center Alternative and the art experience at Prairie Center Academy.During the past two weeks, our classrooms have participated in Be the Change Programs that are designed to end cruelty and bullying. See video Congratulations everyone on your participation in the Be the Change Program!
Students and Staff welcome Be the Change Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Be the Change activities across District 287 programs were a community effort in ending bullying and cruelty. Many students viewed a play called Analyzing the Bully, which offered a different view of a familiar problem. Discussion groups following the play, art projects, classroom lessons, role-playing and idea sharing were a part of the many activities.Thanks to Be the Change site coordinators, we have gathered some photos to share with you. See photos.We also have photos from SUN at South Education Center. Students were working with visiting artists during Be the Change Week.On Friday, be sure to watch for our video featuring students and staff during several events.
Bee The Change
Friday, April 12, 2013
Be the Change Monday, April 8, 2013
This week is dedicated to the district-wide bullying prevention and awareness. The District Planning Committee as well as internal building groups have been preparing for this week’s activities. See calendar.
How can each one of us “Be the Change we want to see in the world?" One innovative tool is a video promo shot with Adam Arnold, director/psychotherapist of Blank Slate Theatre and Sandy. It has been created to promote the Be the Change initiative. See video.
NEC classrooms featured on KSTP TV Thursday, March 7, 2013
KSTP Reporter Joe Mazan talked with staff and Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski, as they toured our unique classrooms set up to help our students learn each day. See report.
Happy Birthday Dr. Suess Thursday, February 28, 2013
NEC Named Exceptional New Building Thursday, February 14, 2013
Facilities Director Tom Shultz, and the District 287 North Education Center facilities team swept the International Facility Management Awards ceremony this week. The ceremony was part of the Annual Minneapolis St. Paul Chapter Dinner.
The two honors include: Exceptional New Building Award for the Education Center and the President’s Award for Tom for “being the best representative of IFMA” in 2012.
Dr. Jane Holmberg, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, says the awards are well deserved.
“It’s wonderful to have received the Exceptional New Building Award, particularly because our North Education Center was built for exceptional students. And it’s equally exciting that the IFMA recognized our own Tom Shultz as the best representative of that organization,” Jane said today. “We’re so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with a great School Board and our member districts to build NEC, and we couldn’t have done it without Tom.”
The awards are featured today on the front page of the Sun Sailor today.
Thank you Plunge Pledgers!
The Plunge Stars team raised over $1500 for Special Olympics MN
Paraprofessional Recognition Week
Polar Bear Plunge
Presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota
When: Saturday, February 9th, 1pm
Where: Crooked Lake 13180 Crooked Lake Blvd NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Why: The Polar Bear Plunge — presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run® events to benefit Special Olympics — is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into frigid Minnesota waters. It consists of 16 different events that take place across Minnesota during the coldest months of the year. From January through March, our Plunge crew will be traveling around the state to 16 different communities with one goal in mind: raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota!
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NEC Construction Team receives MCA award Thursday, January 24, 2013
Facilities Director Tom Shultz was awarded the 2013 Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) Choice Award for the North Education Center. During their annual awards gala, the MCA presented the award to Tom, District 287 school board members and administrators, and NEC construction partners.
Each year, the MCA Choice Award honors one project that was completed as a result of resourceful blending of construction techniques and professionals. The project must be located in the upper Midwest and is judged by the MCA Awards Committee based on a combination of the following: Community service; Professional team; Strong leadership; Aesthetics; Blending of progressive business and financial methods; Creative use of materials; Public and private involvement/cooperation; and Onsite safety.
Linda Johnson recognized for School Board service Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Linda was instrumental in many of the District 287 initiatives including the new North Education Center. (In photo above, Linda assists during the NEC ribbon cutting.) Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski presented Linda this beautiful certificate.
Part Two of the MinnPost series is online Thursday, January 17, 2013
Writer Beth Hawkins posted the second MinnPost story this morning. The content of this feature includes the legislative tour hosted by Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski. The legislators, area school board members, and other community leaders took part in the visits to the West Education Center and North Education Center. The focus of the information: "What do schools look like for the students with severe mental illnesses, cognitive disabilities and behavioral disorders?" See this complex story at MinnPost.com.
leaders tour WEC and NEC Tuesday, January 15, 2013
STORY UPDATE:Beginning today, District 287 programs are featured on MinnPost.com. Checkout today’s article “The safety zone: Inside a school where no student's needs are too tough.”
December 4, 2012: Twenty-five state legislators, member district school board members, District 287 board members, and other invited guests toured West Education Center (WEC) and North Education Center (NEC). Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski led the tours today.
WEC Principal Jody Delau and NEC Principal Amy Sward made presentations along with psychologists, paraprofessionals and teaching staff. Each talked about facility features, safety and/or instructional strategies in each building. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Walk Around the Clock begins Sunday Monday, January 14, 2013
Get ready to move with the Walk Around the Clock (WATC) online team challenge. It’s fun, interactive and keeps you moving. The goal is to be active at least 150 minutes each week with your teammates as you travel around the clock. Prizes will be awarded to the teams who track the most minutes of activity, on average!
The Strategic Integration Team (SIT) has formed a team (see photo at left) and is set to join the “Walk Around the Clock” challenge. To learn more about WATC and registration, go to our ENERGIZE page.
ACTION STEPS TO HELP US PREVENT INFLUENZA AT SCHOOL Monday, January 7, 2013
The District requests that students, teachers and staff take steps to stay healthy and minimize the spread of the flu. Public health services recommend that staff and students should: • If sick, stay home from school or work. • Clean hands often with soap and water. • Cover coughs and sneezes using a tissue or into an elbow or arm. • Avoid sharing personal items. • Get vaccinated.
To read more click here. If you have additional questions, please contact your supervisor.
Music Program sends NEC Students to break Sunday, December 23, 2012
On December 19th, Elementary students at North Education Center performed a winter musical program for parents, board members, school administrators and other students, including the Early Learning Center infants and toddlers. Led by one of their teachers, Sandi Shetka, the students performed music and dance with an old fashioned sleigh ride theme. Watch program.
The highlight was an original song "The Thirteen Days at NEC" which honored Superintendent Lewandowskifor "building our school."
Information for our staff, students and families Friday, December 14, 2012
A message from Sandy Lewandowski, Superintendent of Intermediate District 287
We at Intermediate District 287 are deeply saddened to hear of the news of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and their community.
Safety is our first priority at District 287 and we are proactive in taking measures to keep students safe. On Monday, mental health professionals will be on standby at our sites to address any concerns and to provide support to staff and students.