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7 Things 4 You 2 Know

January 2022

1. 742 TOGETHER

Sounds of Sunday


Tech senior Fyzeen Ahmad has made it his mission to help eliminate loneliness in the elderly. See how he brings teenagers together with seniors in the community.
2. 2022-23 ENROLLMENT

Kindergarten

Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is underway!

Families have 3 ways to enroll in kindergarten!
  1. Attend an open house at your school.

    Clearview: Jan. 20, 4:30-6:30
    Discovery: Jan. 31, 2:15-5:15
    Kennedy: Feb. 3, 5:00-6:30
    Madison: Jan. 31, 5:00-6:30
    Oak Hill: Jan. 18, 5:00-6:30
    Talahi: Jan. 24, 4:00-6:00
    Westwood: Jan. 27, 5:00-6:30
     
  2. Go online at www.isd742.org/enrollment.
     
  3. Visit the Welcome Center.

Language Immersion
Also, be sure to learn more about the language immersion options available for your soon-to-be-kindergartner! All students living within District 742 boundaries are eligible to enroll in an Immersion program and are able to receive full transportation services regardless of what school attendance area they reside in.
  • Spanish Immersion at Clearview
  • Chinese Immersion at Madison



View the Kindergarten Guide




View the Language Immersion Guide

Preschool

Give your child the gift of a great preschool experience and pave the way for their success!

Preschool Registration Packet Pick-Up Nights
  • Clearview: Jan. 20, 4:30-6:30
  • Discovery: Jan. 31, 2:15-5:15
  • Kennedy: Feb. 3, 5:00-6:30
  • Madison: Jan. 31, 5:00-6:30
  • Oak Hill: Jan. 18, 5:00-6:30
  • Talahi: Jan. 24, 4:00-6:00
  • Westwood: Jan. 27, 5:00-6:30

Mail-in and phone registrations will be accepted after the Registration Packet Pick-Up
Nights.

For more information visit 
www.isd742.org/preschool.


View the Preschool Guide

Middle Level

Get to know the learning communities of our middle-level schools and our 6th grade course offerings. Tour the school, meet teachers and explore our many activities! Whether your child is already enrolled in District 742 or you’re still trying to determine the best fit, your family will benefit from attending an Open House!

Middle Level Open House
  • Kennedy: Jan. 20, 6:00-7:00
  • North: Jan. 31, 6:00-7:30
  • South: Jan. 31, 6:00-7:30

For more information visit 
www.isd742.org/enrollment


View the Middle Level Guide
3. ONE DISTRICT ONE BOOK

Families Reading Together in February

It’s just about time for One District One Book (ODOB)! Each year, the elementary schools in District 742 celebrate “I Love to Read” month with a very special book selection that all families can enjoy. Every evening, the students read one chapter of the book with their family and attend school ready to answer the daily trivia question and participate in other reading activities. We are excited to begin the 9th year of ODOB! 

ODOB is a time that truly fosters schoolwide excitement as the students, staff and families all celebrate a love of reading. We can’t wait to reveal the title of this year’s book!

ODOB kicks off with the 2022 Book Reveal Event on Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scheels, the proud sponsor of this year's ODOB. 



The youngest or only student from each elementary family will receive a copy of this year's book during the first week of February. Be sure to check out the calendar of activities that will be posted on the District website along with a new chapter video recording each afternoon. Students can participate in the trivia question each morning when they arrive in class. Our hope is that you enjoy reading together and use this as an opportunity to support a love of reading at home. 

4. CALENDAR REMINDER

In-Person Instructional Days: Jan. 18 & March 4

As a result of the extended winter break, Jan. 18, previously scheduled as a staff professional development day, and March 4, previously scheduled as a digital learning day, will now be in-person instructional days for all students.

View the modified calendar.

5. COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Now Registering!

Winter Community Education classes are available! Register online now!



Also, be sure to check out the employment opportunities with Community Education! Now seeking:

  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • Building Attendant
  • ARISE Facilitator
  • Kids Connection Facilitator
  • Project Challenge Instructor
6. BLOG SPOT

Creative Teaching Brings District Students Together



Advanced classes require some “out-of-the-box” learning and teaching. Three advanced language arts teachers: Kelli Mauer at Kennedy Community School, Courtney Schumacher at South Junior High School and Morgan Barrett at North Junior High School are the perfect example of how teaching in an unconventional way can spur intentional engagement.

Three years ago, Mauer, Schumacher and Barrett came up with the idea of teaching collaboratively across the district. Their advance language art classes are unique because they are three-year rotating classes in three schools. A student who joins advanced language arts (ALA) in sixth grade will be in that classroom for three years with the same teacher working alongside other sixth, seventh or eighth grade students. Because they are together for that length of time, the curriculum needs to change from year to year.

“When we knew it would be the three of us [teaching advanced language arts], we approached Laura [Steabner, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Gifted/Talented Program],” says Mauer. “It was really important for us that our class had a flow. Even though the class had been taught for a couple of years [by others], we hadn’t really had a say in the curriculum. We felt it was important that we knew what we were teaching and had some say in it.”

Steabner supported the idea and loved their proposal for integrated, project-based learning.

“These three teachers are truly committed to providing a unique experience for their students,” shares Steabner. “This group is consistently looking for meaningful ways to create connections between students and to enhance the learning experience.”

The trio meet weekly to discuss their projects, to make sure the content is relevant, up-to-date, and challenging their gifted and talented students. Continue reading.

7. UPDATE

New Year, New Officers



Pictured Left to Right - Top Row: Scott Andreasen, Monica Segura-Schwartz, Natalie Ringsmuth, Shannon Haws - Bottom Row: Dr. Leslie (Les) Green, Zachary Dorholt, Al Dahlgren, Superintendent Willie Jett

2022 Marks a New Year and New Officer Assignments for the District 742 Board of Education.

  • Chair: Shannon Haws
  • Vice Chair: Al Dahlgren
  • Clerk: Dr. Leslie (Les) Green
  • Treasurer: Scott Andreasen
UPCOMING EVENTS

More Events

More News

Jan. 17
NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Jan. 18
In-Person Instruction

Jan. 19
School Board Meeting

Jan. 21, 22 & 23

Tech One-Act Play

Jan. 29
One District One Book: Book Reveal Event at Scheels

Feb. 2
School Board Meeting/Work Session


Feb. 7
Northside Orchestra Concert
 
District Students Advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Now Hiring Substitute Teachers & Paraeducators

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Upcoming MN Office of Higher Education Workshops for Families
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