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It takes us all!

date 06/20/2017 author ISD #318 category Welcome, Partnerships, Events comment Leave a comment

The school year just came to a close, but we’re already looking ahead to next year! This year, we’re going to kick off the school year with a Back to School Event hosted by the Teaching and Learning Committee.Back to School Save the Date crop.jpg

We know there are so many things happening in our community and in our schools and we want to be able to share them with everyone! Everyone in our area plays a role in our children’s education and in the future of our community. At our Back to School Event, we want to offer a chance for you to showcase all the things we have to share with each other. This is your chance to give our new staff, students, families, and community members a glimpse of all the amazing opportunities ISD 318 and our community have to offer.

Community organizations and businesses are invited to share an exhibit or performance. Just download and submit the registration form.

And, please share the Save the Date flyer with anyone in our community or local area. Just click on the image to download the flyer. This is a community event.  Everyone is welcome!

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Thank You Community Partners!

date 06/01/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

As the school year comes to a close, we’re reflecting on how many individuals and organizations invest their time in our schools. We are so thankful for the parent volunteers helping out at events like Art Nights and Post-Prom Parties, chaperoning field trips, and bringing their expertise into our classrooms.

We are also fortunate in our amazing community partners. Volunteers from the DNR help teach kids about forestry and partner in real life conservation projects. Bridges Kinship Mentoring organizes volunteers to meet with kids and show them adults are interested in their experiences. Kids take trips to Second Harvest every year to help give back to their community and learn about those less fortunate in our community. Local businesses encourage their employees to volunteer on a regular basis. And, volunteers from organizations across the county came together for a fantastic day of learning with last month’s Water Day. The list goes on and on!

All of you are helping our kids achieve a great education and exposing them to fantastic opportunities and experiences every year. Volunteers are enhancing education each and every day throughout the school year. We are so thankful for the impact you’ve made for kids and hope to see you next year!

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Parent Portal Changes

date 05/15/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Technology comment Leave a comment

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We’re hard at work to make things easier for families. Our latest change is to make access to Parent Portal easier for you.

 

Beginning in July, parents and guardians will be able to reset their own passwords. Current passwords for Parent Portal will remain the same, but now if you forget your password you can request a new one be sent immediately via email. The system will work much like any forgotten password option.

 

To ensure that password information is accessible, families are asked to keep their contact information up-to-date. Users must have a valid email address on file in order to reset a password.

 

New accounts will continue to be set up by the Enrollment Office. Account request forms are available on the district website at isd318.org, or by calling 218-327-5707.


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Superintendent Survey Results

date 05/15/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

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The Superintendent Search is underway. The School Board is working with a team from School Exec Connect to help find the best fit for our district.

 

The timeline is as follows:

  • Application Deadline: May 9

  • Selected candidates taken to the Board on: May 11

  • First round interviews on: May 16

  • Second round interviews on: May 17-19

  • Position Begins: July 1, 2017 or ASAP after that date

 

We have also compiled community, staff, and Board feedback from our Superintendent Survey. The qualities you most wanted to see in a Superintendent are as follows in order of most important to least:

  • Is both honest and ethical in dealing with community.

  • Has good communication skills with both staff and community.

  • Develops and directs an effective leadership team.

  • Understands and demonstrates sound management.

  • Is familiar with state and federal education laws.

  • Provides educational leadership.

  • Has a progressive yet realistic educational philosophy.

  • Is committed to professional growth for self and staff.

  • Understands sound fiscal management procedures.

  • Values collaboration.

  • Works cooperatively with the school board.

  • Understands the legislative process.

  • Understands Minnesota's collective bargaining process.

  • Delegates authority while maintaining accountability.

  • Is experienced in implementing educational priorities.

  • Is experienced in curriculum and development.

  • Shows interest in broad range of community groups.

  • Has administrative experience in similar district(s).

  • Selects, assigns, and evaluates staff.

 

All of the responses to the open-ended questions have also been compiled and provided to School Exec Connect to help shape the Superintendent Interview Questions.

 

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318 staff and students take the plunge!

date 04/12/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

We are so proud of our students and staff for their support of our community. Last month, six teams from 318 Schools took the plunge. The Polar Plunge that is! 59 brave souls took a deep breath and jumped into the icy waters of Pokegama. And all for a good cause. The teams raised $10,640 for Special Olympics. All funds raised go towards programming and events for more than 8,000 athletes statewide.

 

The teams included - GRHS FFA, GRHS Key Club, Murphy Mustangs, RJEMS Polar Plungers, and Team Southwest. Below are images of these hardy folks! And, you’ll find more pics of all the participants on the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota Flickr page. (Click on the image to enlarge.)


FFA members jumping into Pokegama Key Club members jumping into Pokegama
Murphy teachers jumping into Pokegama School nurses jumping into Pokegama


 

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