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February 2021

No matter where you are, no matter what role you play in District 742: Be the Difference. Want to join the 742 Team? Learn more!

Reading Together in February

Excitement swirls in the month of February as One District One Book kicks off for our elementary families! Thanks to the generosity of Scheels, each elementary family has received a copy of "A Boy Called Bat" by Elana K. Arnold along with a nightly at-home reading plan bookmark. Trivia questions are asked at school the following morning. Students can listen to the video recording of the chapter each day on the One District One Book quick link found on the District 742 Homepage
The One District One Book team hopes you enjoy reading with your children and having conversations around discovering their passions and pursuits in life!

Grades 6-12 Return to In-Person Learning

We are excited to begin seeing our secondary students five days a week! This will be the first time that secondary students will be in-person Monday-Friday since last March. The beginning of the third trimester tentatively marks the transition from hybrid learning to in-person learning. Please see the important dates below:

  • Feb. 26: End of Trimester 2 
  • March 1 - 5: Mid-Winter Break (NO SCHOOL for all students) 
  • March 8 & 9: Staff transition days as required by the Minnesota Department of Education (NO SCHOOL for all secondary students)
  • March 10: Tentative start to in-person learning for grades 6-12  

Please note, there are no changes for preschool, elementary and alternative special education schools. Our Secondary Distance Learning Academy will also have no school on March 8 & 9 but are not impacted in any other way. 

Superintendent Willie Jett will update our community on the secondary return to school plans at the next Board of Education meeting on Feb. 17.


Important Upcoming Dates

  • Feb. 15: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
  • March 1 - 5: NO SCHOOL - Mid-Winter Break
  • March 8 & 9: NO SCHOOL FOR GRADES 6-12 - Staff Transition Days
  • March 10
    Tentative Return to In-Person Learning Model for Grades 6-12

At Home Screening

With a return to in-person learning, it is more important than ever that everyone is taking the necessary steps to keep themselves and others safe. Please be sure that you and your child refer to the At Home Screening Guide each day.


Carrie Richards

The road to success for Carrie Richards, a 1993 Area Learning Center* student and Apollo High School graduate, began in high school but did not follow a traditional path. Richards recognized in tenth grade she needed something different academically than what she experienced at Apollo, and she felt the alternative school [ALC] was the answer. It turned out she was right.

“My parents had an eighth grade education,” explains Richards. “So, by the time I was in tenth grade, I had no help at home. I was struggling in math and a lot of my classes at Apollo. I [also] needed to get out and work so I could feed myself and my family. I thought my only chance was at Area [ALC] where I could be taught in a smaller classroom and continue to move forward.”

Richards benefited not only from smaller class sizes but also from the one-on-one time she had with teachers, which allowed her to create meaningful relationships. That personalized time also gave her the opportunity to grasp concepts better and gain a deeper understanding of curriculum. She blossomed under the flexible schedule which allowed her to work, provide income for her family and participate in gymnastics at Apollo.

Richards knew she wanted to become a cosmetologist. After high school graduation, she attended Horst, now known as Aveda Arts and Sciences Institute, founded by Horst Rechelbacher, an environmental activist and global pioneer in plant-based personal care. While at Horst, students attended “Congress,” an annual fashion show week for students to display their creative hairstyles. At Congress, she was recruited as a mentee to Paul Marquis, an Aveda educator and salon owner. She moved to Colorado to assist Marquis. Continue reading

Summer (Chengying) Yang-Farmerie

Becoming a kindergarten Chinese immersion teacher at Madison Elementary School was the furthest thing from Summer Yang-Farmerie’s mind while growing up in China. Yang-Farmerie grew up in western China and began learning English in middle school, but she never dreamed she’d be teaching her native language as an adult.

“When I went to college,” says Yang-Farmerie, “somehow they assigned me to an education major. My dad said, ‘You know it’s good for a girl to get a teacher job.’ Did I really want to be a teacher? Not at all.”

Early on, Yang-Farmerie’s own education didn’t give her a fun experience. The idea of teaching the same thing for over twenty years did not at first appeal to her. She began working in youth hostels after college graduation where she honed her English language skills. She enjoyed speaking to foreigners from all over the world.

During that time, she made the decision to move to the southern part of China closer to Shanghai. She’d grown up in an area that was less developed, and she yearned for a new experience.

Once she moved, she obtained a teaching position and taught English as a second language to adults and college students as well as some younger students.

“I fell in love!” laughs Yang-Farmerie. “[That’s when] I knew that I could do it [teaching].” Continue reading

Events & Important Dates

Feb. 15
NO SCHOOL: Presidents Day

March 1 - 5
NO SCHOOL: Mid-Winter Break

March 8 & 9
NO SCHOOL for Grades 6 - 12: Staff Transition Days

March 10
Tentative Return to In-Person Learning Model for Grades 6-12

More News & Celebrations

Boys & Girls Club Recognizes Three District Students as Youth of the Year

North Student Moves on to Multi-Regional Spelling Bee

Tech High School Teacher is a Candidate for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year!

Tech Orchestra Chosen to Perform at MMEA

Dexter R. Stanton MLK Art & Essay Contest Winners

Academics, Arts and Athletics Nominees from Tech High School
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