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Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 5:17:00 PM
Posted Friday, Mar 23, 2018 1:37:00 PM

While we are now just beginning to enjoy the change of seasons, it was only a few weeks ago when we experienced dangerous winter weather. Due to the second school cancellation this winter, most programs need to make up a day in order to meet state requirements for a full school year. 

It's important that you read this message carefully to understand if your student should attend school on April 6.

For students who attend the following programs, April 6 will be a regular school day: 

  • Edgewood Education Center
  • North Education Center
  • Northwest Tech Center
  • South Education Center
  • West Education Center

For students who attend the following programs, you should not attend school on April 6: Announcement

  • Care & Treatment programs
  • Gateway to College
  • Hennepin Technical Pathways

Note that all 287 staff should report to work on Friday, April 6.

Posted Friday, Mar 23, 2018 1:29:00 PM

Jon Fila is the NROC Ambassador of the Year 
A longtime adviser and active member, Jon has championed the solution-incubator aspect of membership. His commitment to the power of Open Educational Resources has made him a strong advocate for HippoCampus, and his experience as an engaged participant in the Moodle open-source software community has improved NROC's own culture of sharing. Jon's affinity for cooperative resource development has strengthened the NROC suite of solutions. 

Over the years, Jon has represented broad efforts in Minnesota (e.g. Minnesota Learning Commons), and he specifically modeled the potential of Educational Service Agencies to build awareness of member resources and to offer instructional technology training across a region. His early work with Northern Star Online School enhanced our understanding of the needs of online programs, and his personal passion for English and making a difference for all students continues to inspire us.  
As a non-profit organization, NROC partners with educators to create open and low-cost courses and tools designed to recognize every student's unique learning needs and preferences.


Posted Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 6:51:00 AM

All 287 programs and services are open today, although several of our member districts are two hours late. All staff should report at their normal start times.

Posted Sunday, Mar 4, 2018 10:01:00 PM

A Message from Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski:
In order to keep our students and staff safe, all District 287 schools and programs will be closed on Monday, March 5th. This includes all buildings, Care & Treatment, HTC, Itinerant, and the District Service Center.
STAFF: 287 staff should not report to work, except facilities "critical staff". Be sure to review our emergency closure procedures for further details about reporting, or ask your supervisor if needed.
We will keep this webpage updated with any new information or announcements.

Posted Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 3:49:00 PM

We are so excited that our very own Dani Berry is a semi-finalist for the 2018 Teacher of the Year! Dani is a math teacher extraordinaire at Epsilon (Care & Treatment) #287edchat

"My favorite part of my job is helping students see themselves differently. Some students told themselves their whole lives that they were not good at math. Once in my classroom, we debunk this belief! They develop new ways of thinking and believing in themselves - and learn that how they view themselves as learners is what matters. They experience all the awesome ways that math impacts their lives and more times than not, they evolve into "math nerds!" I love seeing the confidence in their face and spark in their eyes when they start seeing the beauty and power of mathematics all around them." - Dani Berry

Posted Friday, Feb 9, 2018 5:55:00 PM
Congrats to 287's 4 Teacher of the Year Nominees: Melissa Brandenburg (NEC), Pamela Beatty (NEC), Erin Doherty (NEC), Danielle Berry (Care & Treatment)!
Posted Friday, Jan 26, 2018 5:05:00 PM
The new Ann Bremer Education Center to open this fall announces Stephen West as its school leader. Mr. West is a rockstar principal with over 20 years experience in educational leadership.
Posted Monday, Jan 22, 2018 7:42:00 PM
Intermediate District 287 proudly recognizes our Educational Assistants for all of their contributions to supporting our students. As proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton, Paraprofessionals Recognition Week is January 22-26!
Posted Monday, Jan 22, 2018 7:32:00 PM
Canceling school is a complicated decision that affects students, staff and families. We do everything possible to keep schools open. Safety is always at the center of our decision-making. As a school district that serves students with unique needs, we have unique safety considerations as well, such as the impact on students, safety and staffing, and transportation time. Read more about everything that goes into the tough decision to close school.
Posted Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 2:05:00 PM

Our school nurses are here to help families understand what vaccinations are required for school. We also want to make sure families have accurate information about vaccines and Measles.

As members of our school community, we invite you to share accurate information.

What is required? Students in Minnesota are required to have two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine before starting school.

Why is this important? Minnesota is currently experiencing a measles outbreak and we need your help to ensure the health of your student and others. Getting vaccinated helps protect the entire community.

We’re here to help! We’re sure you have lots of questions. Please call your school nurse or your child’s health provider for accurate information

Posted Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 7:58:47 AM

Like many in our community, we in 287 are overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief. The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas killed over 50 people and left hundreds of others injured. While details are still surfacing, we know that a tragedy like this has a profound impact on our country, communities, and our students. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and all who were injured.

287 will keep their eyes and ears open for students who need support during this time. Our educators, school counselors, and school psychologists are on standby to support all students, especially those whose past experiences may make them even more vulnerable during this time.

We also want to share two resources with you that give guidance to educators and parents on how to speak to children about mass violence.  Click here for resources.

Posted Thursday, Sep 7, 2017 7:47:00 AM

Read the message about DACA from Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski: Our role as a school district is to educate young people. We can only do this when our staff and students feel safe. I want to reiterate that our schools remain a safe haven for our students and families. It is not the role of 287 as an educational organization to ask about the citizenship or immigration status of students or families...Read more: 
Posted Monday, Jun 19, 2017 8:20:43 AM

Middle School Students Learn, Run a Business, and Give Back
Profits go to the Interfaith Outreach Food Shelf

Plymouth, Minn. (June 2017)- The West Suburban Summer School (WSSS) is pleased to announce the 4th year of the Wooden Spoon Project as one of the classes in its Summer Program. This one-week class teaches the basics of running a small business and provides a hands-on opportunity to manage the Rock Elm Tavern in Plymouth over lunchtime on Wednesday, June 21st.  Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Outreach https://www.iocp.org/

Click here for the whole story.

Posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 1:42:00 PM

Intermediate District 287 is proud to be a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  This USDA program allows us to serve free healthy meals to all children and teens 18 and under in low-income areas during the summer months.  Help us spread the word.  To eat, just show up!  We will be providing hot lunch free of charge to kids at the following sites.

Monday - Thursday; June 12 - 29; 11:45am-12:15pm

Monday - Thursday; June 12 - 29; 11:45am-12:15pm

Monday - Thursday; July 10 - August 3; 11:15am-11:45am

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

To find information about SFSP sites in an SFA’s attendance area, go to the National Hunger Hotline 
(https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks) or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY

Posted Friday, May 19, 2017 3:29:02 PM

Plymouth, Minnesota - Students and staff at Intermediate 287 have been hard at work this year, creating performances for a concert with COMPAS teaching artist Soli Hughes. This year, Soli brought students and staff together for a concert yesterday at Edgewood Education Center.

Click here for more.

Click here for Youtube video.

Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:33:00 PM
Enroll today in New Hope, Brooklyn Park, Minnetonka, and Richfield!
June 12-29
Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:17:30 PM

Intermediate school districts are unique school districts that focus on the needs of some of Minnesota's most unique learners. View our video to learn more about the challenges and solutions of Minnesota's intermediate school districts.

click here for YouTube video

Posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017 11:31:00 AM

Marcell Branch was named the 2017 Education Minnesota ESP of the Year!

Posted Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 7:54:40 AM

A grant from the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) will help us educate secondary academy students on the "Zero Alcohol for Nine Months" campaign, better known as the 049 prevention campaign.

Click here for more.

Posted Monday, Apr 17, 2017 9:27:00 AM

Instructor at Hennepin Technical Pathways (HTP), Janet Dunnom has created an Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice class that is hands on and beyond exciting. Processing crime scenes is a of component of Chapter 6 of the course, Specialized Roles of Police. HTP high school students in this course learn about different types of evidence and what evidence can prove or disprove.  Click here for more.


Posted Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 3:16:00 PM
Sophie, a VECTOR student, gave a great speech on global warming! "For the past 3 years, we've had warm winters and little snow. I'm worried where we are headed..." 

Another student, Patrick Moffatt, talks about why adults should give animated movies a second chance. After visiting PIXAR Studios, he definitely knows the inside scoop! 

Posted Monday, Apr 10, 2017 8:30:23 AM
Congratulations to NWTC, SECA and WEC for each receiving a 2,000 dollar PBIS award from the Metro Regional Implementation Project PBIS Award Program.  Schools could request funds for projects to support innovative programming within the PBIS framework. The review board said," We were thoroughly impressed by your innovative ideas and are excited to support your projects!"  Nicely done PBIS Internal Coaches, Administrators, and team members!
Posted Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 1:39:25 PM

We are rooting for "Young Ant", a 287 student who just returned from her Coast 2 Coast Live Tour. She placed 4th out of 60 contestants and is eligible to compete in the Miami Florida Tour this fall! Winning the championship would mean $25,000! Ant is a student at Northwest Tech Center! Go, Narwhals!


Posted Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 7:48:00 AM
District 287 is always on the lookout for top talent. Our staff members are known to be some of the best in the profession. Check out our job fair and see if you're a good fit for the unique learners in 287. Learn more!
Posted Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 8:07:41 AM
Through Educelerate, the nation's only not-for-profit community organized network for education innovation, District 287 will bring together educators, business leaders, innovators, and interested members of the public to help solve some of our community’s toughest problems impacting youth.  Click here for more.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 8:45:00 AM
Posted Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 1:08:57 PM

Four of the six students to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in May, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition

Plymouth, MN – Six students from Intermediate School District 287' SciMent Science Research program earned top awards at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair held February 24 and 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These students represented four different schools, speaking to diversity reached by ISD 287’s programs.

Click here for more.  

Click here for photos and project thesis for the six winners.

Posted Monday, Mar 13, 2017 8:58:08 AM

Antwayn is the Student and Staff Safety Supervisor at Intermediate District 287 and has been involved in the National Youth Leadership Council for over two decades.

Plymouth, MN--The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) announced last week five new board members, including Antwayn Hunter, Intermediate District 287’s Student and Staff Safety Supervisor. Antwayn is in his fourth year at 287 and was a police officer for 10 years.  Click here for more.

Posted Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 1:02:41 PM

Dear 287 Families,

Equity remains one of our school district’s highest priorities. I wanted to follow up on an email I sent you a few weeks ago and share more about some of the actions we are taking to equitable serve students.

287 Schools are a Safe Haven

Last week our school board passed a resolution affirming 287's commitment to be a safe haven for our students, regardless of their immigration status. It is not the role of 287 as an educational organization to ask about the citizenship or immigration status of any of its students or families. Our role is to educate and support students, and to create a safe and welcoming place for them to learn. You are welcome to view the resolution.Anchor

Again, I am proud of the unique and diverse experiences and people that make up the Intermediate District 287 community. Our students and families who are immigrants or refugees form an important part of this diversity and we continue to welcome you with open hearts and open minds.

287 Supports Students who are LGBTQ

We welcome and support LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning) students and allies in our schools. Our practices around gender inclusion remain unchanged. We will ensure that all students, regardless of gender identity, are provided equal opportunity to participate in all educational programs and activities.

These efforts include:

  • Honoring the requests of students and their families to identify students by their preferred name and gender identity in every way possible.

  • Providing all students access to gender neutral bathrooms or facilities that best align with their gender identity.

  • Will not tolerate students being harassed and discriminated against for their gender identity.

We believe our schools must be welcoming and safe places for all students and their families and our staff!



Sandy Lewandowski


Intermediate District 287
1820 XENIUM LANE NORTH Plymouth, MN 55441
PH: 763-559-3535

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