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    October 28, 2014 Regular Business Meeting

    Discussion, Reports and Information Items

    Report highlights from the School Board acting on behalf of Columbia Heights Public Schools

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    Acknowledgement of Contributions: Chair Scott Bardell announced and the School Board approved a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $3,194.90. The total fiscal year 2014-2015 monetary contributions to date is $14,081.86.

    Heights Lites: The School Board honored Columbia Heights High School senior Luis Carchi for participating in the Princeton University Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Program.  Luis was one of only 60 students nationwide to be selected for the program that "targets scholars who are high-achieving, low-income students from communities that are under-represented at our nation's top colleges and universities and in the nation's leadership sectors."  Click here for more about Luis in our news release.

    Report highlights from the School Board acting on behalf of Columbia Heights Public Schools:

    • Chair Scott Bardell participated in the Oct. 21, 2014 Work Session, attended the Oct. 23, 2014 Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship dinner and two community levy forums.

    • Vice-Chair John Larkin attended the Oct. 20 School Board Candidate Forum, participated in the Work Session and attended the Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship dinner. He thanked all who "behind the scenes" who made the evening successful.
    • Treasurer Lori Meyer participated in the Oct. 21 Listening Session followed by Work Session and the School Board candidate forum.
    • Clerk Missy Lee attended Oct. 20 School Board Candidate Forum, participated in the Oct. 21 Listening and Work Sessions, the Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship dinner and two Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) meetings.
    • Director Ted Landwehr attended the School Board candidate forum, participated in the Oct. 21 Work Session, attended the Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship dinner and met with several constituents.
    • Director Laura Palmer attended the Oct. 20 School Board Candidate Forum, participated in the Oct. 21 Work Session, attended the Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship dinner and had conversations with several constituents.

  • Superintendent's Report:

    • Shared that representatives from the District Management Council will be at Columbia Heights Public Schools Oct. 31 to interview the CHPS team, look at our programs and perform an audit with results expected by May 2015.
    • Reported that key members of the K-12 district leadership team began the academic return on
      investment process, including its first training at Capital View.  The first program selected that will be focused on is AVID.
    • Reiterated the comments shared by School Board Directors about the Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship dinner (pictures right). The Superintendent lauded the high school choir and noted CHHS Class of 1980 Alumni John Alt (first photo top left) was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. She shared her thanks to all who put the evening together with special appreciation to hosts Vern Hoium and Dan Wrobleski. Click here to watch the Alumni of Distinction video.
    • Announced that the last of the three community levy forums was held Oct. 27 at the Heights Church; she thanked Pastor Dan Thompson for sponsoring the event.
    • Attended the School Board Candidate Forum.
    • Participated in the School Board's Oct. 21 Listening Session and Work Session.

  • Discussion, Reports, Information Items

    Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award: Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren presented information on the international award earned by the District's Finance Department. This award, the seventh consecutive year earned, reflects the district’s commitment to the highest standards of school system financial reporting. Click here for news release.

     

    Blooming Heights:Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel and Garden Specialist Bonnie Lohman provided information about curricular developments and programming in the Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard. The two shared examples of how classes from early childhood through high school are tying lessons in the garden to curriculum. The presentation also included the evaluation tool used to assess the effectiveness of visits and lesson plans. Click here for the PowerPoint.

    Vision Card - High School: Director of Teaching and Learning Duane Berkas announced the high school had a very positive start of the year with its selection as the School Salute award, AVID selected as the 2014 Program of Distinction, teacher and head football coach Matt Townsend selected as the Superintendent's Above and Beyond recipient and the recent announcement that the school is eligible for a Minnesota Department of Education Celebration School. 

    Principal Dan Wrobleski and Interim Assistant Principal Laura McLuen presented information on the Strategic Roadmap Vision Card for Columbia Heights High School, to include the below, as well as showing a new informational video (above right):

    • Enrollment Data
    • Demographic Data 
    • Achievement Data 
    • Graduation Data
    • Implementation Data 
    • Focus area updates: Programs and strategies 
    • Outreach: Parents and community
    • Looking ahead: Goals and planning

    Click here for the PowerPoint.

    Spanish field trip to Concordia Language Academy: Director Berkas introduced Columbia Academy teacher Marie Nelson who presented to the School Board a proposal for an overnight field trip for Spanish and English learners to the Concordia Language Academy in March. Ms. Nelson and her 40 students will fund raise the amount needed ($157 per student); several local organizations are already willing to donate money to the trip. This will be an opportunity for students to develop Spanish skills and increase their enthusiasm for learning a second language. Click here for the PowerPoint.

    Summer programs: Director Berkas, Director of Student Services Nicole Halabi and Director Stuenkel presented a wrap-up of summer 2014 program activities. They shared many different programs provided opportunities in academics, activities and athletics. With more than 1,000 Columbia Heights students participating in different activities, approximately one-third of our students were connected to our schools during the summer.  They shared that Summer School is another example of how this district is living up to the mission statement of providing “worlds of opportunity to every learner.”  Click here for the PowerPoint.

    MSBA Platform Legislative Resolution for Northeast Metro 916: School Board Member Laura Palmer and Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren discussed how Northeast Metro 916 can levy to this district.  This is to be presented as a MSBA platform resolution to legislators.

    Board Policies - First Reading: The following policies will appear on a future School Board agenda for approval:

    402 - Disability Nondiscrimination Policy
    806 - Crisis Management Policy


    Key Dates:

    Nov. 3, No School-Grading Day
    Nov. 4, Election Day
    Nov. 13, Special Call Meeting to Canvass the Votes, Community Room
    Nov. 18, 5 p.m., School Board Listening Session, Community Room
    Nov. 18, 6 p.m., School Board Work Session, Community Room
    Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    Nov. 25, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room