• School Board Report
    Oct. 24, 2017 Regular Meeting

    Acknowledgement of Contributions 

    Chair John Larkin announced, and the School Board approved, a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $1,401.47. The total fiscal year monetary contributions to date is $5,345.54.

    Reports from Members of the Board

    hide Chair John Larkin deferred his report.

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer deferred her report.

    Clerk Naty Severson deferred her report.

    Treasurer Hala Asamarai deferred her report.

    Director Molly Lewis was not present.

    Director Lorien Mueller deferred her report.

    Superintendent's Report 

    Superintendent Kathy Kelly deferred her report.

    Reports and Information Items

    Introduction of Foreign Exchange Student

    Student and School Board Director Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel introduced Pascal Boehner, a Foreign Exchange Student from Lichtenau in the Rhine-Westphalia state of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Columbia Heights High School junior is sponsored through the Northstar Rotary Youth Exchange program and hosting through the Fridley-Columbia Heights Rotary Club. Read the news release.

    Summer Seminar 

    Student presentation Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik and Summer Seminar teachers and students shared Summer Seminar is a collaboration between Columbia Heights Public Schools and St. Anthony New Brighton Public Schools. The program was originally developed and implemented in the summer of 2015 as part of the Achievement and Integration Incentive Aid. The goals of the program are to integrate students from the neighboring districts, provide an enriching academic summer experience for students entering ninth grade and to prepare students for the transitionSummer Seminar staff and students into high school. In the summer of 2017, Summer Seminar was expanded to two writing courses and one math course. The four-week writing course focuses writing around a theme each week. Students participate in field experiences that connect to the theme. In the math course, students used the AVID summer bridge curriculum for part of the course and also learned robotics, computer programming and video game design. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Columbia Heights Public School District Summer Programs

    Directors Stuenkel and Stenvik and Summer School Principal Camille Erickson provided information and data for the District programs that took place summer 2017. They shared the goals were to provide reading and math interventions, opportunities to earn high school credits, English language support, services mandated by Individual Education Plans (IEPs), opportunities for enrichment and avoid summer learning loss. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Summer Academy

    Director Stenvik and District Assessment Coordinator Disa Fabeck introduced Summer Academy Director Michael Schroeder. They shared that Summer Academy is a three-week educational experience for high potential students in 12 districts that inspires, challenges and develops students like no other program in the Twin Cities. Summer Academy, which took place at Highland Elementary School and Columbia Heights High School, hosts more than 1,300 students and 60 classes every summer. View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Building Vision Card - Highland Elementary School

    Highland students with new dictionaries Highland Elementary School Principal Michele DeWitt gave the annual Strategic Roadmap Vision Card update. Included in her presentation were the following:

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

    View the PowerPoint presentation.

    Policy First Reading

    The following policies will appear on a future agenda for approval:

    601 School District Curriculum and Instructional Goals
    612.1 Development of Parental Involvement Policies for Title ! Programs
    613 Graduation Requirements
    616 School District System Accountability
    618 Assessment of Student Achievement
    619 Staff Development for Standards

    Action Items

    Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination

    Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 127A.42, subd.3, the School Board must annually submit to the Commissioner of Education a Statement of Compliance with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and provide the designated supporting information to assure that statement. The School Board approved this Statement of Assurance. 

    Superintendent's 2017-2018 Goals

    The School Board approved the Superintendent's goals as shared at the Oct. 17 Work Session.

    Upcoming Key Dates

    6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, Bond Referendum Community Forum, Columbia Heights High School
    Tuesday, Nov. 7, Election Day
    Nov. 10, No School (District In-Service Day)
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    Nov. 23 & 24, No School (holiday)
    7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room

    School Board Committee Assignments

    Chair John Larkin: Columbia Heights Business Council, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to North Park Elementary School.

    Vice Chair Laura Palmer: Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison, NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board and Liaison to the Family Center.

    Clerk Naty Severson: Minnesota State High School League, Liaison to City of Columbia Heights, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to Columbia Heights High School.

    Treasurer Hala Asamarai: TIES, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to Highland Elementary School.

    Director Molly Lewis: Liaison to the City of Fridley and Liaison to Columbia Academy.

    Director Lorien Mueller: Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Liaison to the City of Hilltop and Liaison to Valley View Elementary School.

    For more information on the School Board Report, contact Communications Director Casey Mahon at 763-528-4503 or mahonc@colheights.k12.mn.us

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