September 2022

742 Together: We're Ready!

Hear from students who spoke at the Aug. 30 all-staff kickoff, The Great 742 Get-Together, and prepare to be inspired for the 2022-23 school year!


Stay Connected

In addition to this e-newsletter, The Monthly 742, there are many more ways for you to stay connected with what's going on at your school and District 742! Check them out! 

The Community Connection 
(seasonal newsletter featured in the Community Education catalog) 

Coffee & Conversations With Superintendent Putnam

The District 742 website and your school's website

Social Media:


Monday, Sept. 26: NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Development 


Digital Tools Library

District 742 uses a variety of digital tools to support student learning. Technology vendors and software are utilized to support work as we help all students develop the skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. 

We have an inventory of our curriculum, testing and assessment tools posted to the Families tab on the District 742 website called Digital Tools Library which includes an outline of the student data elements within each tool. This list is maintained and communicated annually to all families at the start of the school year. Additional resources will be added as they become available.

Please reach out to your child’s principal or Ryan Cox, Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology, for additional questions regarding specific digital tools used in classrooms. 


Fall Community Ed Classes Now Available!

Fall community education opportunities are now available online for registration, including ECFE classes for the 2022-23 school year!

Students Discover Their Superpower Through Literacy

This summer, South Junior High Crush Academy students collaborated with Assistant Professor Michael Dando from St. Cloud State University‘s (SCSU) English department on an exciting Lion Man Literacy Project, made possible by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant through United Way/Partner for Student Success. Under the supervision of Dando, students were able to discover themselves by identifying their superpowers while improving their literacy skills.

Dando is the director of the communication, art and literature program within the secondary education program at SCSU. He also works a lot with pop culture and literacy. Dando believes pop culture can not only increase literacy but also expand critical thinking skills.

“I specifically look at the way kids learn to think about themselves and the world around them through comics,” explains Dando. “I spend a lot of time doing superhero comics – the idea behind graphic storytelling or what’s called sequential narratives. I’ve been doing this research for a while and … particularly at folks who may not be represented in those spaces – communities of color.”

South students worked with Dando to create their own stories and characters. After they developed their characters and stories, they used professional art materials to make their own comics.

“This is where the literacy comes in,” says Dando. “Students compose their character from the ground up.”

They start with an idea or a figure and then build the background that will eventually become a full comic. The students have complete autonomy over their work. Read more


Safety in Our Schools

District 742 prioritizes the safety of all staff, students and visitors. As you enter our schools, you will visibly see our systems at work. Everyone enters our school through controlled entrances and is greeted by a staff member. All staff wear badges for identification. An electronic visitor check-in system ensures safety by screening visitors and recording entrance on school sites. In addition, surveillance cameras are installed at all schools. Through partnerships with law enforcement, we have seven resource officers serving in our schools to create relationships with students and staff and support a safe school environment. Our staff will train on emergency response regularly, in partnership with law enforcement, and we will discuss safety-related items in developmentally appropriate ways with our students. We are committed to our mission of creating a safe and caring climate and culture for all.

Events & Important Dates

Sept. 16
Coffee & Conversations

Sept. 21
School Board Meeting

Sept. 24
District 742 Surplus Equipment Auction

Sept. 26
NO SCHOOL: Professional Development

Oct. 5
School Board Meeting/Work Session

Oct. 13
Coffee & Conversations

More News & Celebrations

Lincoln Becomes Beneficiary of St. Cloud Rox RBI Club

LEAF Announces 2022 Adopt-a-Classroom Project

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