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Parent and family survey open now

date 11/01/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Communication, Partnerships comment Leave a comment

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The Parent and Families Survey: Our Schools' Report Card is open now. We've adjusted the format this year so that it's even easier for you to share your feedback.

 

Even if you've taken the survey in the past, we encourage you to take a few minutes to let us know what we're doing well and where we could improve.

 

Your responses in this survey help make our schools and our district a better place for our kids. Each year, the data is analyzed and recommendations made to individual schools. Data and comments from the survey are shared throughout the district to aid in informed decision making. The Schools, Families, Community Partnership Committee; the Site Improvement Team of each school; and the World's Best Workforce Committee each use the survey results to improve instruction, support services, and family partnerships in our schools.The results are also presented to the School Board each year.

 

You can take the survey any time between now and December 31st. Together we are teaching and learning for life to achieve excellence.

 

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Flu shots available in schools

date 11/01/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools comment Leave a comment

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You can help spread fun not flu when your family gets their annual flu shot! Flu shots will be available at ISD 318 schools again this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Each year flu places a large burden on the health and well-being of children and their families. Annual influenza vaccination is the best method for preventing flu and its potentially severe complications in children.”

 

Itasca County Public Health Nurses will be in the schools October 25 through November 4 to administer flu shots to children with a completed Flu Vaccine Consent Form.

 

Flu Clinic Dates:

October 25: Cohasset Elementary 9:30 am - 11:30 am and Murphy Elementary 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

 

October 27: Southwest Elementary 9:30 am - 11:30 am and RJEMS 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

 

October 31: Bigfork Schools 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

 

November 1: GRHS 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

November 4: Forest Lake Elementary 9:30 am - 11:30 am and St Joseph's School 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

 

In order for their child to receive the vaccination, parents musts complete the Vaccine Consent Form. More information about the flu can be found on the Health Services section of our website, or contact your child’s school nurse for additional information.

 

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Understanding the Tax Levy

date 10/03/2016 author ISD #318 category Policy, Looking to the future comment Leave a comment

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School finance can be a complicated topic, that’s why we’re here to talk about the tax levy with you. School funding is financed through a combination of some federal funds, state-collected taxes and locally collected property taxes.

 

The total amount of property taxes that a district must collect to successfully educate students is known as the tax levy. The amount that a district can levy is divided into categories, and the state identifies the maximum amount that can be levied in each area. In some areas the district must levy the maximum amount to avoid penalties or reductions in other areas. The areas in which the district has flexibility are known as the Long Term Maintenance Fund and Board Approved Referendum.

 

The district levy is combined with the city and county levies, and help determine the tax rate. Tax rate is determined by property assessments and the number of people and businesses sharing the tax burden. Property assessments may rise or fall and businesses may come or leave, so your tax rate can change even if the levy does not.

 

The school district must Certify the Proposed Levy by September 30 and then Adopt the Final Levy at the Truth & Taxation meeting held on December 5, 2016. When certifying the proposed levy, a School Board may opt to levy for the maximum or specify a dollar amount. If a School Board specifies a dollar amount they are unable to make any changes to that amount. By making a motion to levy for the maximum, the Board is allowing and can accept changes that the State may make before final approval at the Truth & Taxation meeting.

 

If you have questions about school finance, please contact Pat Goggin, the district Business Manager at 218-327-5703 or by email at pgoggin@isd318.org.

 

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Digital Citizenship

date 09/13/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Technology comment Leave a comment

With the first two weeks of school almost under our belt and the distribution of this year’s 5th - 12th grade group of iPads completed, we wanted to take a moment to talk about Digital Citizenship. Digital Citizenship is considered the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use.

 

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All kids in ISD 318 will take a Digital Citizenship class in 5th grade. The information is also reviewed throughout grade levels. It's so easy to connect online, that the consequences of online behavior are rarely given a second thought. That’s why we believe it’s important to teach kids to protect themselves in an online environment.

 

Parents can reinforce this knowledge at home with the following resources:

 

Together, we are creating safe and supportive environments for kids online and off.

 

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Bullying Prevention

date 08/31/2016 author ISD #318 category In Our Schools, Safety comment Leave a comment

As we’re gearing up for another great school year, we wanted to take a moment to revisit what ISD 318 does to prevent bullying. We hear from parents that bullying is one of their top concerns and want to reassure them, that the district believes that a safe learning environment for all children is a top priority. Our goal is to provide a safe and positive experience for all children.

 

District policy is aligned with the legislature’s Safe and Supportive Schools Act. At ISD 318 no teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district permits, condones, or tolerates bullying.

 

The definition of bullying is as follows:

  1. Bullying is intimidating, threatening, abusive, or hurtful conduct,

  2. It is objectively offensive, and

  3. The conduct involves an imbalance of power and is repeated, or

  4. The conduct materially and substantially interferes with a student’s education or ability to participate in school activities.

 

Our bullying prohibition policy is posted in all of our schools, and all children receive information on bullying behaviors, identifying bullying, problem solving, and social schools. We encourage kids to stand up for each other and to report any instances of bullying.


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Other ways we’re working to combat bullying include:

  • Anti-bullying policy posted in each classroom and included in student handbooks

  • Open door policies

  • Fostering caring and trusting relationships

  • Multiple levels of emotional and social support

  • Access to school counselors and referrals to mental health services

  • Empathy awareness and training for students

  • Student led bullying prevention initiatives

  • Classroom counseling lessons

  • School assemblies on caring and friendships

  • Bullying prevention speakers

  • Digital citizenship classes

  • Student interventions

  • Supporting and rewarding positive school climates and student character

  • Investigations into each report of bullying

  • Ongoing bullying prevention training provided to employees

 

Together, we are creating safe and supportive environments for kids.

 

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