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Posted Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 

Grace O’Connor is an eternal optimist. She knows first-hand the power of words, and how actions big and small can make or break someone’s day. As a victim of bullying herself, she felt compelled to present a mind-shift to her classmates: Instead of focusing on what not to do to prevent bullying, she bravely took a stand to practice what you should do to encourage and support each other.  Click here for more of the story.


Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2016 

It's that time of year again...cold temperatures, heavy winds and crunchy snow!

Families: Remember to watch our website for official updates this winter. As a general rule, announcements are made by 6:00 a.m. via local media outlets and the district's communications channels (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites, and our emergency notification system).

287 Staff: Be sure to review our emergency closure procedures and update your contact information: http://bit.ly/1Tml661

Posted Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 16, 2016 – Education Minnesota is celebrating American Education Week by honoring Marcell Branch, a behavior intervention specialist at West Education Center in Intermediate District 287, as the 2016 Education Minnesota Education Support Professional of the Year.  Click here for more of the story.

Posted Friday, Nov 11, 2016 

Voices of 287 is a video series that feature staff who talk about the impact of race on their lives. We'll be sharing more in-depth voices throughout the school year as we #287TalkAboutRace.

Posted Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 
November 14-18: National School Psychology Week: Our 8 school psychologists work wonders! They provide many needed services to our students and help them to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. The theme of this year's School Psychology Awareness Week is "Connect the Dots and Thrive!" 
Posted Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 

What: Inspired by Google's 20-Time Model, the Innovation Project has produced over 100 projects annually, including 3 special education apps published in iTunes. Hear from the team of Innovation Coaches working on grassroots projects and look inside the training modules that help educators grow into creative, successful innovators and project managers.

Since 2010, the District has been implementing a strategic efforts to increase the quality and amount of innovation. With the goals of helping students learn better and staff work more effectively, their Innovation Projects are building systems that allow innovation to continually flourish and that foster a culture of innovation.

Who: An event for educators and community leaders. View event information and RSVP instructions.  

Where: District 287, North Education Center - 5530 Zealand Ave N., New Hope, MN (map)

When: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5-8 p.m. (5-6 p.m. tour; 6-6:30 p.m. socializing; 6:30-7:45 p.m. presentation and discussion)

Posted Monday, Oct 17, 2016 

For over fifteen years, Headway Emotional Health Services and Intermediate District 287 have partnered to support students with emotional health needs. Headway recognized District 287 at it’s Community Conversation event that focused on becoming a successful young adult - preparing kids for success and failure after high school.  Click here for more


Posted Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016 

Did you know that we have a published children's book author in our midst?  Well we do.  Geoff Saign, an Education Assistant at South Education Center has three published children's books - A Series called the WhipEye Chronicles.

The WhipEye Chronicles, follow the fantastical world saving adventures of Samantha, a nature loving nerd and her side kick Jake.  Geoff's book series began with the first novel titled WhipEye which is the winner of the International Book Award for Children's Fiction.  

WhipEye was shortly followed by 2 other novels in the series, Gorgon and DrasiNe.  These stories touch on love, caring for nature, resilience and perseverance - great lessons for kids and adults.

In addition to being an accomplished writer, Geoff teaches novel writing and self awareness classes and enjoys nature walks and scuba diving in his spare time.

Posted Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016 
We want to better communicate with you! 

This quick survey will help us understand how we can better communicate with you.

Family Survey - English

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Esta encuesta rápida nos ayudará a entender cómo podemos comunicarnos mejor con usted.

Encuesta familiar - Espanol

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Posted Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 

Samuel White will pursue his dream of becoming a teacher via the West Metro Partnership, a new program through ID 287. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller)

Intermediate District 287 assists staff members to obtain teaching, special education licenses

Samuel White will pursue his dream of becoming a teacher via the West Metro Partnership, a new program through ID 287. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller)

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Posted Friday, Sep 16, 2016 

Voices of 287 is a video series that feature staff who talk about the impact of race on their lives. We'll be sharing more in-depth voices throughout the school year as we #287TalkAboutRace.

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Posted Monday, Sep 12, 2016 

Voices of 287 is a video series that feature staff who talk about the impact of race on their lives #287TalkAboutRace. As one of the outcomes of 287's Strategic Plan, racial equity and excellence continues to be a priority.

Posted Friday, Aug 19, 2016 

Academy Registration (ALC) is now open! View more.


Posted Friday, Aug 19, 2016 
Posted Monday, Jul 4, 2016 
"Normandale Community College will be my first step toward my dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner in order to create a better life for myself and my daughter Jaylene!" Idania Mendoza Rodriguez, SECA Graduate (St. Louis Park School District)  
Posted Monday, Jun 27, 2016 
Sam Holden received an award from HTC for his work in his IT class: Best Effort. His progress made since 7th grade is amazing. He is empathetic, considerate, driven at school (both WEC and HTC), and is incredibly kind. His future plans include game designing! 
Posted Monday, Jun 20, 2016 
Siham Ali is a determined student who continually advocated for her educational needs in order to complete her graduation requirements. Siham is currently working on gaining employment at a local bank, and plans on working full-time. She is also planning on attending Normandale Community College for the 2016-17 school year! Woo hoo!

Posted Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 

A group of Edgewood students rocked the Spring Reading Challenge, challenging themselves to read 1,000,000 words over 5 weeks.

Not only did they exceed this challenge, but one student read over 500,000 words on his own! The students were presented with certificates and celebrated their success! A big shout out to the students' teacher, Jennifer Curtis, whose students often make 1-2 years growth with her students.

Posted Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 
Kenna Shearman is a teacher at Prairie Care in Edina who is known for “thrilling teaching,” her ability to authentically connect with students, and remarkable skills in behavior management. She is excellent in working with students, educational and hospital staff, and has a lot of poise for a first-year teacher. http://bit.ly/1Y7Xlmd
Posted Friday, Jun 3, 2016 

Our 2016 Retirees Share Words of Widsom!

Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

Plymouth-- Mae L. Hawkins SFO, Executive Director of Business Services, a school business official with Intermediate School District 287 located in Plymouth, was recently awarded the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification from the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO International).

"We congratulate Mae on this impressive credential and thank her for her tireless work to uphold financial responsibility and transparency in our district," said Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski. "We are extremely proud to have one of the most highly skilled and knowledgeable school administrators leading 287's business operations."  Read more.

Posted Friday, May 20, 2016 

"This year’s Hip Hop project was an enormous success,” said Steve Higgins, NEC’s school counselor and coordinator of the arts residency project. “We find that students enthusiastically engage in all aspects of their learning when interacting with the resident artists. It’s a great way to keep students engaged while exploring their interests." Read more.

Posted Wednesday, May 4, 2016 
We want to remind 287 families that students will not have school on Thursday, May 5th.  We had that day in reserve in case it was needed to make up lost instructional time due to a school closing.  Families should plan accordingly to ensure that students do not attend school that day. Families can contact the school principal for further information.
Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We have some of the best teachers in the business right here in 287! Read the Supt's message to staff: bit.ly/287teachers 
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