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    April 24, 2018 

    Hylander Highlights 

    School Board and Boys BB tea The School Board recognized the Columbia Heights High School Boys' Basketball Team and coaches for placing second in the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament. The Hylanders captured the Section 4 AAA Section Championship with a 22 and 6 record and in advancing to the State Tournament defeated their first two opponents, including a six-time State championship team. Chair Larkin introduced Coach Willie Braziel, who was selected by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association as the Section 4 AAA Section Coach of the Year, and who thanked the School Board, Administration and the community for their support of the team. 


    Acknowledgment of Contributions 

    Chair John Larkin announced, and the School Board approved, a resolution for accepting current contributions in the amount of $32,455.50. The total fiscal year contributions to date is $52,202.95


    Reports from Members of the Board

    School Board at Community Conversation Chair Larkin participated in the April 10 Work Session and Business Meeting and the April 24 Chair Meeting. He also participated in the April 11 and 17 Strategic Roadmap Community Conversations. Chair Larkin attended the Columbia Heights Athletic Boosters (CHAB) Awards and Recognition Dinner. He also attended the Teacher of the Year celebration and the CHHS spring musical.

    Vice Chair Naty Severson participated the April 10 Work Session and Business Meeting and the April 24 Chair meeting. She also participated in the April 11 and 17 Strategic Roadmap Community Conversations and the CHAB dinner. Ms. Severson also attended a Boys' Baseball game.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller participated the April 10 Work Session and Business Meeting and the April 11 Strategic Roadmap Community Conversation. She also attended the Teacher of the Year reception and the Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) spring musical.

    Notes from Community Conversation Clerk Hala Asamarai participated the April 10 Work Session and Business Meeting. She also participated in the April 11 and 17 Strategic Roadmap Community Conversations. Ms. Asamarai also shared that she met and talked with North Park Elementary School fifth-graders.

    Director Laura Palmer participated the April 10 Work Session and Business Meeting and the April 11 and 17 Strategic Roadmap Community Conversations. She also attended the Highland Elementary School Fine Arts Night and had numerous conversations with constituents.

    Director Molly Lewis participated the April 10 Work Session and Business Meeting, the April 11 Strategic Roadmap Community Conversation and the CHAB dinner. She also attended the CHHS spring musical and had conversations with constituents.


    Reports and Information Items

    AVID Program

    AVID students speak to the School Board Director of Teaching and Learning Zena Stenvik shared this is the 10th year of AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination at Columbia Heights High School and that it is now in all five District schools. She said the AVID Certification process includes collecting progress data and participation data. As part of the presentation she introduced two AVID teachers and students from Columbia Academy and Columbia Heights High School. Of the 37 Columbia Heights High School, it was noted that they have been accepted to 125 colleges and have applied for $1.4 million in scholarships.

    View the PowerPoint presentation

    Student in the Blooming Heights Edible Garden Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard-Outdoor Classroom

    Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel and Agriculture Specialist Maya Lemon provided information about the curricular developments and programming and shared examples of how classes from early childhood through high school are tying lessons in the garden to curriculum. 

    View their PowerPoint presentation 

    Age 3 to Grade 3 Task Force

    Directors Stuenkel and Stenvik shared the Age 3 to Grade 3 Task Force started in the 2014-2015 school year and is a collaboration between Early Childhood Family Education, elementary schools and the Teaching and Learning Department. They shared the goal of the task force is to create alignment from Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) up through third grade.

    View their PowerPoint presentation 

    Annual Capital Project Levy Update

    Columbia Academy windows being replaced Director of Finance and Operations Kristine Carr, and Director of Technology and Security Bryan Hennekens provided the annual reporting out on Capital and Technology projects funded by the 2014 Capital Projects Levy, specifically those completed during fiscal year 2016-2017 and those planned for fiscal year 2018-2019. Among the facility projects was replacing windows at Columbia Academy and expanding technology hardware.

    View their PowerPoint presentation


    Action Items

    Adult Basic Education Lease Agreement - Five-Year Lease Extension

    Approved as presented at the March 13, 2018 Regular Business Meeting.

    Community Education Adventure Club/Mini Adventure Club Fees

    The School Board approved the fees as presented at the March 13, 2018 Regular Business Meeting.


    Board Topics

    Member Mueller asked everyone to come to the high school musical "The Spitfire Grill" in the Performing Arts Center. Member Lewis said the high school all-night party tickets are now on sale at the school.


    Upcoming School Board Key Dates

    5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, School Board Sub-Committee on Policy, Superintendent's Conference Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    5 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, School Board Listening Session, Family Center
    5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, School Board Work Session, Community Room
    7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, Regular School Board Meeting, Family Center
    May 28, No School, Memorial Day


    School Board Committee Assignments

    Chair John Larkin: Columbia Heights Business Council, School Board Policy Sub- Committee, Liaison to the City of Hilltop and Columbia Academy.

    Vice Chair Naty Severson: Association of Metropolitan School Districts, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to the City of Fridley and Valley View Elementary School.

    Treasurer Lorien Mueller: Educational Cooperative Service Unit and Liaison to North Park Elementary School.

    Clerk Hala Asamarai: TIES, School Board Policy Sub-Committee, Liaison to City of Columbia Heights and the Family Center.

    Director Laura Palmer: NE Metro Intermediate District 916 Board, School Board Policy Sub-Committee and Liaison to Columbia Heights High School.

    Director Molly Lewis: Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison, Minnesota State High School League and Liaison to Highland Elementary School.


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

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