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Partners in Education (PIE)

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

The Partners in Education (PIE) team is hard at work bringing the arts into everyday learning. PIE is an active partnership between ISD 318 and the Reif Center, and is supported by the Kennedy Center for the Arts. We are the only school district outside of the metro area to enjoy such a partnership.


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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. One way we’re accomplishing that is with the Mobilizing the Arts learning opportunity.

 

Mobilizing the Arts brings sculptor Kevin Reese to the area to work with school children, using math and geometry concepts, kids are creating maquettes (scale models). These maquettes will be the basis for a full-sized mobile to be installed in the Reif Center’s new lobby.


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RJEMS staff are also hard at work integrating the arts into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. The results of their students’ work in these areas were shared at the first annual STEAM Expo earlier this month. See images of the event on our Facebook page.

 

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.

ISD 318 is on Tumblr!

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

Looking for highlights of the pictures we share on Facebook and on our website? Missing that perfect picture of your student in your news feed? You’re in luck! ISD 318 is on Tumblr at isd318.tumblr.com. On Tumblr you can find our favorite pictures, with the occasional animated gif thrown in, and all of our great videos.

 

What is Tumblr? Think Twitter but with more animation and less text. Don’t take our word for it, head over to the new page and check out some of our favorite pictures and videos today! Our favorite dance gif from Itasca Area Community Education’s Dance Medley classes will make it worth your while!

 

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School Board Recognition Week

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

This week, we’re joining school districts throughout the state in saluting our local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week. SchoolBoardRecognitionWeek.JPG

 

The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school board members, including the ISD #318 School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

 

Minnesota school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 825,000 students in approximately 2,000 schools. Their personnel decisions affect more than 52,000 teachers and thousands of administrators and support workers.

 

These leaders also are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

 

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. Thank you Ben Hawkins, Susan Zeige, Tom Peltier, Harvey Hietala, Matt Lehtinen, and Pat Medure.



 

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Endowment Angel Donors

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

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The 318 Endowment Fund is rolling out a new program to pair angel donors and teachers. With the new Classroom Wishes program, teachers can request resources like art supplies, classroom needs, books, and more. And donors can choose to purchase and gift as much or as little as they like.

 

Now, you can help teachers and kids get the supplies needed to achieve excellence. Your donations can make a difference in our kids' education.

 

Just like when you donate to the Endowment, all your donations are tax deductible. It couldn't be easier, you can purchase items when out and about or drop a check to the endowment with you designation.

 

Teacher and classroom wishes are being solicited now, so encourage your child’s teacher to share their needs! And, if you’re interested in sharing items with a classroom, visit the Endowment Website to see a list of requested items.

 

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We're celebrating ESP Appreciation Week!

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

 

 

This week (and throughout the year) we want to take a moment to recognize the hard work of our Education Support Professionals (ESPs).

 

You’ll find these amazing people working with kids throughout our buildings - helping kids in our Special Education classes, keeping kids safe on the playgrounds, helping things run smoothly with busses, helping kinders in their classrooms, and helping kids access books in our media centers. That’s a lot of great work from a dedicated staff!

 

Our ESPs have such a positive impact on kids, and their caring shows in all they do. Let’s celebrate them on this special week and throughout the school year.

 

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