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7 Things 4 You 2 Know

November 2020

1. Distance Learning 2.0

Distance Learning 2.0 Begins Nov. 30

St. Cloud Area School District will transition to distance learning for preschool, early childhood, elementary and alternative programs students on Nov. 30. 
 
The schedule below provides a timeline of the transition:
  • Nov. 23 - 25: No school for PK-5 and alternative programs students. PK-5 and alternative programs staff will use this time to prepare for the transition to the distance learning models as allowed by the Safe Learning Plan.
  • Nov. 26 - 27: Thanksgiving break and end of trimester one
  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 22: Distance learning for PK-5 and alternative programs students
  • Dec. 23 - Jan. 3: Winter break
2. COMMUNICATION

Text Messaging Service


Exciting news! Soon, our schools will begin utilizing the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more.

* You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

*Terms and Conditions – Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. See schoolmessenger.com/txt for more info.

 

Trimester 1 Feedback Survey


The St. Cloud Area School District will be surveying students, parents, and staff once per trimester to gather stakeholder feedback about their experience in our learning models during the 2020-21 school year. Be looking for the survey in your district email inbox. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Results will be used to inform planning. Participation is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us!
 
3. DISTANCE LEARNING 2.0

Meal Distribution



St. Cloud Area School District will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday to all K-12 students during Distance Learning 2.0. We have expanded delivery sites within all our residential neighborhoods to reach more families.

Beginning Nov. 23, families will have three convenient options for picking up meals. (Remember there are no A or B days during distance learning.) 

  • Early Morning Delivery: Each bus route will have an early morning schedule to accommodate busy working families and/or secondary schools’ class schedule.

OR 

  • Late Morning/Mid-day Delivery: Bus routes are scheduled around more traditional lunch times. 

OR 

  • Grab and Go meals will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at all elementary school sites for pick up. 

View the meal distribution schedule and maps

Note: Meal distribution will follow school calendar days. Distance Learning Academy students can continue to pick up at Grab and Go sites or go to any neighborhood delivery site. In the event of severe weather and site closures, there will be no meal distribution. 

4. INCLEMENT WEATHER 

It's That Time of Year


With a rapidly changing COVID landscape and the resulting shifts of learning models in our schools, weather-related closings and delays will operate differently from the past. During these unusual times, area school districts are planning according to their individual community’s specific needs. This is a departure from previous years when the three major St. Cloud metro area school districts acted together regarding weather-related emergencies.

When students are receiving instruction through a distance learning model, although St. Cloud Area School District sites may close due to weather, distance learning instruction will continue as scheduled as long as there is no interruption of power and/or internet service that would interfere with distance learning.

When students are receiving instruction either in the hybrid or in-person learning model, St. Cloud Area School District will utilize Flexible Distance Learning Days during the 2020-2021 school year. Please be aware that although students access their instruction remotely on Flexible Distance Learning Days, the plan—and schedule—is distinct from a regularly scheduled distance learning day. The first five weather-related closings during hybrid or in-person instruction will be shifted to Flexible Distance Learning Days. Additional weather-related school closing days will be determined by the Superintendent, and make-up time for students and/or staff will be determined by the Superintendent in consultation with the School Board.

This plan has no impact on Distance Learning Academy.

Note: If school sites are closed due to a weather-related emergency, meal pick-up and delivery are also canceled.

Read the full announcement.
View the flexible learning day schedule.

5. EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Staff Members Receive LEEA Awards

Resource Training & Solutions hosted the annual Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards (LEEA) on Oct. 21 virtually through a Facebook Live event. This ceremony recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding educational leaders from member school districts. Over 150 educators and administrators are honored each year. A huge congratulations to the following 2020 LEEA recipients! Watch the video.


Cynthia Kaercher Apollo High School
Nancy Meller Apollo High School
Gretchen Van Hauen Apollo High School
Patty  Montes  Clearview Elementary School
Jodi Heinen Kennedy Community School
Alissa Keil Kennedy Community School
Catherine Talkalai Lincoln Elementary School
Tracy Hare North Junior High School
Janice Pierce North Junior High School
Cortney Watson North Junior High School
Eric Dylla South Junior High School
Lisa Forner South Junior High School
Nicole Raffenbeul Talahi Community School
Jennifer Doom Tech High School
Kerry  Kopp Tech High School
Jennifer  Schad Tech High School
6. THE BLOG SPOT

Celebrating Veterans Day
Alumni Success Story: The Ewers Family


The Ewers family is St. Cloud Area School District through and through. Henry and Kathy Ewers are Apollo High School graduates, but their five sons, Henry, Jr., Dominic, Tony (Anthony), Garrett and Montanna are Tech High School graduates. Henry Sr. also served on the Board of Education for District 742 for several years.

They have a strong sense of pride for the school district, but also the country. All five boys went into the military after high school. Four have graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and one from the United States Naval Academy. Though graduating from the Air Force Academy, Henry Jr. and Garrett live civilian lives, while Dominic, Tony and Montanna all have military careers.

“There is a little family rivalry,” laughs Tony, a 1998 graduate.

The trend to attend a military academy started with Henry Jr. Then, one after another, they followed in their older brother’s footsteps.

Tony Ewers
“The military was never anything I thought I’d do,” says Tony. “I was heavily involved in athletics and extracurriculars in high school. I was more excited about the extracurricular activities than the classroom. All I knew is that I wanted to go to college. I wanted to play sports, and I wanted to move. I’d been in Central Minnesota my entire life. I’d never been on a commercial flight before or in another country by the time I graduated high school.” Continue reading

7. SCHOOL BOARD CORNER

Board of Education Election Results


The results from the Nov. 3 School Board Election are in!

                
Left to Right: Al Dahlgren, Shannon Haws, Monica Segura-Schwartz, Scott Andreasen
 
Incumbents, Al Dahlgren, Shannon Haws and Monica Segura-Schwartz will retain their seats on the Board of Education along with Scott Andreasen based on the unofficial results from the Nov. 3 general election for four, four-year term positions. View the unofficial results.  

The newest board member will replace Jeff Pollreis. Thank you for your years of service.

Events & Important Dates

Nov. 25
Two-Hour Early Release

Nov. 26 & 27
NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30
ALL Schools in Distance Learning

Dec. 11
Two-Hour Early Release

More News & Celebrations


Student Athletes Named to All-Metro Teams for Fall
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