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We have an app!

date 02/16/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Communication comment Leave a comment

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way that you could stay up to date about the latest information about your child’s school and the district? We’re excited to announce there’s an app for that!

 

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We’re putting all our news and information right in the palm of your hand with our brand new district app. When you search for Independent School District 318 on iTunes or Google Play, you’ll have instant access to the latest news, calendars, and even sports scores. And, you can personalize the app to only show you news from your child’s school.

 

The app also gives you easy access to your child’s grades, absences, and lunch balances, which are updated nightly. And, you can even set alerts that notify you if grades or lunch balances fall below a certain threshold.

 

Don’t wait! Learn more about all the great features, and download the new app today from the iPhone App Store and Google Play when you search for Independent School District 318.

 

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School site sizes

date 01/17/2017 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Looking to the future, Facilities comment Leave a comment

We’ve been listening to your feedback about our elementary facilities. Many of you have wondered why we can’t purchase more portables or just add on to the buildings. Right now we have 14 portable classrooms attached to our elementary buildings. That’s the equivalent of the number of classrooms in Cohasset Elementary!

 

Adding portables to our buildings also puts strain on the core facilities like the lunchrooms and gymnasiums, as well as the boilers and pick up/drop off areas. And if we were to remodel the schools to accommodate those areas, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) would require us to purchase additional land.

 

MDE recommends that elementary schools be placed on sites of 10-15 acres, plus one additional acre per 100 students. You can see our struggle in the image below. What’s more, these calculations don’t account for moving the fifth graders back to the elementary level.

 

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Calculations in this image were made at a base acreage of 12.5 acres per school plus 1 acre per 100 students.

 

We welcome your input as we look at alternate solutions to our growing elementary facility problem. If you have questions or comments about our work on the facilities plan, please email or call the District office at (218) 327-5723.

 

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Resolve to get involved

date 12/14/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

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The Parent and Families Survey: Our Schools' Report Card ends later this month, and one item we often hear from you is that you would like to find more ways to get involved in your child’s school, especially with your older children. We love having volunteers in our classrooms no matter what grade your child is in, so if you’re making a New Year’s resolution to be more involved, we’re here to help.

 

Do you have a special skill or knowledge that you want to contribute to your child’s school? Probably the easiest way to get involved is to contact your child’s teacher and offer to share that skill. If your child is in 7th grade or higher, contact the teacher whose subject most closely aligns with your skill. We love to be able to share real world connections with kids.

 

Maybe you just want to offer general, everyday help. You can still email your child’s teacher with offers to help. We are always looking for volunteers for committees and special events. Kids may not always share information about upcoming events with parents, but teachers and staff are happy for your assistance!

 

We encourage parents, guardians, family members, and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with our students. Caring members of our community bring new energies and resources into our schools. Simply contact your child’s school or teacher for more information about getting involved.

 
 

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Curriculum Coaches

date 12/08/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Technology comment Leave a comment

Every month, we feature a different school our department here on our district website. In December our feature is always the Curriculum Department. However, as we were creating the feature, we realized that you may not know a lot about our Academic Coaches and curriculum supports.

 

At ISD 318 we strive for continuous improvement of our teaching techniques. To aid students and staff in this effort, we have a number of curriculum staff that help provide resources, training and support.Curriculum_Angela-2.jpg

 

We have academic coaches in literacy and math. Sigri Dorholt is our Literacy Coach and Angela Ogilvie Math. Our coaches help teachers identify best practices in teaching these skills to kids. All new teachers are required to work with academic coaches from two to six times per year. At the elementary level, we also have a Title I Coach Mary Helen Haarklau who helps to support our Title teachers. Title I support provides targeted assistance to kids struggling with reading.

 

At ISD 318, we also have an American Indian Cultural Instructional Coach, Joan Bibeau, thanks to funding procured by Senator Saxhaug. Joan works with students to learn more about American Indian Heritage and helps teachers integrate it into their curriculum.


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To support our 1:1 initiative, the district also has three technology coaches: Nichole Arbour, Angie Carlisle, and Chris Granley. These Technology Integration Specialists help teachers learn new ways to integrate technology into their teaching, while working to excite students with new ways of learning. They also provide technological support to teachers as they implement new ideas into their teaching.

 
 

Last, but certainly not least, in our Curriculum Department, we also have an English Language Learner (ELL) teacher Tatiana Hardt. Tatiana helps provide language training to children for whom English is not their native language.

 

To learn more about the Curriculum Department, visit the Teaching and Learning section of our website.

 

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Celebrate the holidays with Children First!

date 11/15/2016 author ISD #318 category Events comment Leave a comment

We know how busy you get during the holiday season, but we have some great reasons to take time out to celebrate with family and community. Children First! and Itasca Area Community Education have a ton of fun, free events that everyone will enjoy.


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The fun starts up in Bigfork with Gingerbread Galore. On December 1st, your family can decorate a gingerbread train, play gingerbread games, and make gingerbread crafts at Bigfork School.

 

Then on Friday, December 2nd, Santa will make his annual visit to Light the Lights at Central School as part of the Winter Glow Festival. In addition to Santa, kids can meet Chippy and take home a free Project READ book, and the whole family can enjoy the carolers and take part in carriage rides.

 

The fun will still be going strong with the Family Craft Time: Christmas Ornaments event at Breaktime Craft Studio on Monday, December 5th. Together, you’ll create a lasting memento of a great holiday season! The event is free, but space and supplies are limited. Register online at getlearning.org or call 327-5730.


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And you won’t want to miss Ho-Ho-Ho Country Christmas at the Children’s Discovery Museum. On December 10th, the night will be filled with wagon rides, a visit from Santa, games, holiday crafts, music, and more!

 

For more information about these events and all the great opportunities for fun, see the complete holiday flyer.

 

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