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Are you ready for the last day of school?

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

Is your child already planning how to spend those long, lazy summer days? Are they counting down to summer already? These last few weeks are filled with fun, but there’s still work to be done. Here are a few quick ideas to help get through these last few weeks.FamilyFun.jpg

 

Get outside for play before homework time. Let kids work off some of that energy before it’s time to sit down for work.

 

Make a to-do list. List the assignments coming due before the end of the year. Balance that with a list of upcoming fun days or celebrations.

 

Reflect on accomplishments. Have your child list out some of the things they learned or places they visited with school. Leave space for a few new items that will be accomplished this before the school year is out.

 

Parents, there’s a few things that you’ll want to accomplish before the year is out, too. If the end of the school year gets a little hectic for you and your family, you may not realize that:

  • School lunch accounts need to be settled at the end of the year. You can access your child’s lunch account and view any balances through Parent Portal.

  • Watch for notices from your child’s media center, and be sure library books have been returned.

  • Busing Request Forms are due on May 29th. It takes a significant amount of time to plan routes for all the children who ride the bus, so parents are asked to submit their completed forms right away. Forms are available online or by calling the Transportation Department at 218-327-5830.

  • Elementary placement letters, school supply lists, and busing information is sent out mid-July, so you’ll want to make sure we have the correct contact information. You can add or update your information at any time in Parent Portal or by contacting Central Enrollment at 218-327-5707 or enrollment@isd318.org.

 

All of us at ISD 318 hope you and your family have a wonderful summer!

 

Partners in Education

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Arts, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

 

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Partners in Education (PIE) is an active partnership between ISD 318 and the Reif Center, and is supported by the Kennedy Center for the Arts. This unique partnership works to instill art into everyday learning opportunities.

 

Including the arts in teaching core subjects like Math and Language Arts allows teachers to reach more students and to engage them at a deeper level. ISD 318 staff work hard to bring the arts into classrooms, and PIE endeavors to support that effort.

 

Some great examples of recent projects include Bigfork School’s “A Sense of Place.” In this project, students interviewed elders to learn more about their community from people who have lived the history.
 

Students across the district celebrated Music in Our Schools month. Music education enhances creative thinking and problem solving, builds collaboration and communication, and helps kids develop discipline and persistence.


These are just two of the projects that incorporate the arts into everyday learning. You can learn more about Partners in Education on our website. There you’ll find the latest strategic planning document, as well as news stories featuring arts in our schools. The PIE webpage is located under the Teaching & Learning tab.
 

Summer Fun with Community Education

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Arts, In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

If you’re ready to pack your kids’ summer full of fun, Community Education is here to help. There’s a variety of summer camps and learning opportunities for children of all ages.

 

Kids can discover their spark at Camp Discovery. The teacher-led program features four weeks of learning, exploring, games, and creative activities. Or, check out Spanish Camp where your child can learn Spanish through games, songs, crafts, and storytelling.

 

Maybe your young one is interested in a future in engineering. Then they’re sure to love the ICC Engineering Camp. With three levels ranging from 7th through 12th grades, kids can learn more about engineering through hands-on projects. If engineering’s not for them, there’s also Jazz, Girls Basketball, Football, or Soccer Camps.

 

The Amazing Kids Camp provides fun summer activities for kids with ASD and DCD. Kids who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade will have the opportunity for art, cooking, games, and structured teaching with licensed Special Education teachers.

 

There are also great classes available this summer like Pop Can Fishing, Drawing and Walking in Nature, and Wicked Cool Science. Community Education is offering fun-filled learning all summer long. To learn more or register, just visit their website at www.getlearning.org or call 218-327-5730. For a list of youth activities across Itasca County, visit www.bit.ly/ItascaAreaYouth.

 

Community Education in the Itasca Area offers educational opportunities to individuals of all ages across the Itasca Area. Their mission is to ignite learning through ever-changing opportunities for individuals to enrich and enhance their lives.

 

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21st Century Educational Spaces

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

At ISD 318, we are continually striving to improve student instruction. Highest student achievement is our primary goal. As we look to the future and the way that education is changing, we realize that our instruction will have to adapt to meet student needs.

 

 

In January, we shared what 21st Century Education means for 318 Schools. To help reach that goal, a group of teachers and staff toured six schools in the metro area to see 21st Century Education in action. Staff toured buildings that had been built within the last 15 years. The buildings themselves embraced 21st century learning. From classrooms to media centers, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, digital literacy, and problem-solving skills were a part of the very architecture of the building.

 

It is clear that our elementary schools must be updated. Besides extensive maintenance and crowding, we are unable to offer the same types of opportunities because of building limitations.
 

Schools today place great focus on collaboration and group work, as well as customizing teaching to meet different learning styles. The buildings toured made space for that both in and outside of the classroom.






 

The media centers also embraced 21st century instruction. They included technology access, contained classroom, learning and breakout spaces, and were places where kids would enjoy reading.






Even the cafeterias and gyms were designed to maximize student learning. 

They were designed for easy transition, multiples uses, and were accessible for the community beyond the school day.
















 

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Music in Our Schools Month

date 06/15/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

March is “Music in Our Schools” Month, and at ISD 318 our music teachers celebrate their love of education and music every day.

 

Music education enhances creative thinking and problem solving, builds collaboration and communication, and helps kids develop discipline and persistence.

 

Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite moments in music classrooms in this video.

 


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