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    The mission of Columbia Heights Public Schools is to create worlds of opportunity for every learner in partnership with supportive
    small-town communities by challenging all to discover their talents, to unleash their potential and to develop tools for lifelong success.


    Oct. 22, 2013 Regular Meeting

    Discussion, Reports, Information Items

    Acknowledgement of Contributions:
    The School Board approved a resolution accepting monetary and in-kind contributions in the amount of $6,968.40.
    The total contributions for this fiscal year are $13,402.70.

    School Board Reports:

    • Chair Scott Bardell participated in the Oct. 15, 2013 Work Session and announced and congratulated School Board members Lori Meyer and John Larkin for completing Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Phase I, II and III training.
    • Vice-Chair John Larkin attended the varsity football game against Como Park and the Oct. 15, 2013 Work Session.
    • Director Ted Landwehr was at the girls' tennis banquet, the Oct. 15, 2013 Work Session and a Lions meeting.
    • Director Missy Lee attended the Oct. 15, 2013 Work Session, varsity football games and a West Metro Education Program Board Meeting.
    • Director Lori Meyer participated at the Oct. 15, 2013 Work Session. 
    • Director Laura Palmer participated in the Oct. 15, 2013 Work Session and a tour of the high school.

    Superintendent's Report:School Board Report

    • Shared that she, Highlands Elementary School Principal Michele DeWitt and Community Education Director Kristen Stuenkel began formulating a presentation on All-Day Kindergarten and Early Learning, as part of a joint presentation at the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD) Leadership Conference Nov. 13. Participated in a joint planning meeting with representatives from the North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale school district.
    • Met with financial auditors as part of the fiscal year reporting process.
    • Shared that the District Management Council have held focus groups on district special education services; this is part of a continuing study of program requirements, student and achievement and costs.
    • Noted that the Management Team met on a variety of issues, with a focus on student achievement, communications and marketing.
    • Reported that she had an enjoyable meeting with Columbia Heights Mayor Gary Peterson and City Manager Walt Fehst; the Superintendent shared that the artwork ("Community") the mayor donated to the school district is now on display outside of the Family Center training room door (click on photo to expand).
    • Participated in the Oct. 15, 2013 School Board Work Study and thanked several School Board members for their individual visits with her.
    Programs Total number of
    Extended Year (grades 1-6) 30
    DCD 8-10
    High school Special Education reading and math
    Early Childhood Special Education 22
    Early Childhood Special Education home visits
    Bridges to Kindergarten 75
    Adventure Club 40-80
    Water exercise/lap swim 30
    Mini-Adventures 20
    Fitness classes 40
    Blooming Heights garden club 50
    Environmental camp 100
    Outdoor Club 20
    Elementary Summer School 350
    Secondary Summer School 245
    Home Reading/Math program 100
    Credit completion/recovery 30

    School Board ReportSummer School: Director of Teaching and Learning Duane Berkas, Director of Student Services Nicole Halabi and Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel reported out on the 2013 Summer School programming.

    The goals of the program were to provide:

    • reading and math interventions
    • opportunities to earn high school credits
    • English language support
    • opportunities for fitness
    • services mandated by Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
    • opportunities for enrichment

    The list of programs and the total number of students participating in Summer School is in the table to the right.

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    Summer Academy: More than 1,200 students from participating school districts also took part in the three-week Summer Academy (June 2013).  The students came from Mounds View, Mahtomedi, Centennial, Roseville, Forest Lake, Fridley, White Bear Lake, Anoka, Spring Lake Park and St. Anthony school districts.  Additionally, 30 students and three staff members from Columbia Heights Public Schools participated.  This district acted as the host and the fiscal agent. This year Gifted and Talented Coordinator Beth Fawley was selected again as the Summer Academy Chair; Director Berkas also served on the Executive Board.

     Sport Participants Wins
    High school football 60 6
    7th/8th grade football 30  
    6th grade football 13  
    Girls' tennis 19 6
    Girls' soccer 21 4
    Boys' soccer 37  7
    Boys' soccer (CA) 19  
    Soccer adapted 11  
    Volleyball 39 6
    Girls' swimming 23  
    Sport Clubs Arts
    Boys'/Girls' basketball Robotics Musical
    Boys' swimming Math Team One act plays
    Gymnastics Knowledge Bowl Musical: Alice in Wonderland*
    Wrestling Speech  
    Dance Team Multicultural  

    School Board ReportActivities Update: K-12 Activities Director Matt Miller shared that roughly 25 percent of CHHS students are currently participating in activities or athletics.  Director Miller shared that approximately 272 students are currently participating in athletics (see charts at right). The program has 10 new coaches and the majority of the athletic teams have improved their winning records.  Director Miller reported that in 2014 Tri-Metro Conference will consist of the following high schools: Columbia Heights, Fridley, DeLasalle, Holy Angels, St. Anthony, Brooklyn Center, Concordia Academy, St. Agnes, St. Croix Lutheran and New Life Academy. The fall play is "2nd Class," scheduled for 7 p.m., Nov. 14.  A total of 21 actors and six technicians and stage crew are participating in the play.

    *  Columbia Academy

    Board Policies First Reading: Chair Scott Bardell shared the following policies are being reviewed for the first time and that they will appear on a future agenda for approval.

    Action Items

    Teacher's Contract: The School Board approved an agreement between Columbia Heights Public Schools ISD 13 and Columbia Heights Federation of Teachers Local 710 (ratified prior to the School Board vote) for school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

    Key Dates:

    • Nov. 12, 5 p.m., Sub-Committee on Policy, Superintendent's Conference Room
    • Nov. 12, 7 p.m., School Board Regular Meeting, Community Room
    • Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., Work Session, Columbia Academy Media Center
    • Nov. 25-29, No School
    • Nov. 26, 7 p.m., School Board Regular Meeting, Community Room
    • Nov. 28-29, District Center closed

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