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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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Superintendent Survey

date 04/03/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

Though no one is looking forward to saying goodbye to our Superintendent Bruce Thomas, the School Board is hard at work on a Superintendent Search. The Board wants to ensure that we are finding the best fit for our district and for our community. That’s why we’re asking you to participate in the Superintendent Search Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CmtySupSurvey.

 

The School Board is soliciting input from school district residents and staff to help in the search for a new superintendent. The material collected through the survey will help shape the candidate interview questions.

 

This is your chance to help set the leadership direction for the school district for the coming years. This quick, six-question survey should only take a few minutes to complete but will have a lasting impact on our district.

 

Survey results from community and staff members will be compiled for the Board to review and to help shape interview questions. Candidate interviews are expected to take place in May. If you have questions about the Superintendent Search, please contact Human Resources Director Colleen Schussman at 218-327-5708.


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100 days, 100 years...

date 03/15/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

 

Our elementary schools are finding creative ways to get kids writing! At Cohasset Elementary, in a recent celebration of the 100th day of school, kids created images of themselves at age 100 and then wrote stories about what their lives would be like. Here’s a sample of their imaginings.

 



 



 


 

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