January 2019 Secondary Newsletter

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From the Principal’s Corner…

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable break.  It is hard to believe that we are nearing the halfway mark of the school year as the first semester of school ends on January 18thReport cards will be available on Parent Vue the week of January 28th.  If you need a hard copy, please contact the office.

There are several overdue lunch accounts.  Lunch accounts are to be prepaid.  Please check your students balance and submit payment online through the district website.  Thank you for attending to this matter.

Parents may obtain Computer blocking Access on school computers at home by emailing Jared DeZeeuw, LPA Technology Coordinator, jdezeeuw@lpa.k12.mn.us.  Send Jared your request with your student’s name, grade, your relationship to students and your email.

The email address for contacting the high school for attendance has changed to hs_attendance@lpa.k12.mn.us or call 218-325-0754 extension 0010.  Leave student’s name, grade, parent’s name and reason for student being absent.  If you know ahead of time that your student will be absent it is expected that you contact the email or number listed prior to the absence.  Otherwise, email/call as soon as you are able.  Sheila will be checking this email for messages, so you will no longer have to contact her or send a note if you use this method.

Study Time is available for all students in the Media Center Monday through Friday from 3:10 – 4:00 p.m.  All students are encouraged to attend.  A licensed teacher is supervising to assist students if they need help.

For up to date LPA events, bookmark https://www.pinetoprairieconference.org you may choose the events you want to receive notification on.

If you do not have access to ParentVue, please contact Sherri Lefebvre to secure a password.  This allows you to check on your students grades at any time.

The increase of vaping among teens is a growing concern throughout the nation.  It is through parent awareness and involvement that we will be able to decrease the presence and use of vaping among teens.  On December 18, 2018, Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory by declaring vaping “among youth an epidemic in the United States.”  Vaping is addressed in the school setting the same as tobacco.  It is a violation to have vaping devices or products on school property.  Students who are found in possession/use will be disciplined according to school policies.  Law enforcement referrals will take place for students under 18 years of age.  Resources for additional information may be obtained through the counselor’s office or https://e-cigarettes.surgeiongeneral.gov, www.health.state.mn.us/ecigarettes, https://www.fda.gov/tobaccoproducts, https://www.heatlhychildren.org.

A handheld metal detector has been purchased and random searches or searches with cause will take place.

To further improve safety at the high school, when you enter the main doors to the office, there is a button in the entrance to push to be allowed entry to the building.

I am happy to welcome Ms. Brianne Blauert as our new English Language Arts instructor.  Ms. Blauert is a recent graduate from Minnesota State University Moorhead.  Mrs. Rita Rislund will work as phy ed/health instructor for the remainder of the school year.  The position will be posted to hire a phy ed/health instructor for the 2019-2020 school year.

National School Choice Week is January 20-26.  Mass Communications class is creating a video to highlight LPA High School as a school of choice.  If your student brings home a yellow scarf with National School Choice Week embroidered on it, they contributed in a positive way to National School Choice Week.

LPA 8th graders have been chosen to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress on February 19, 2019.  NAEP is a common measure of achievement across the country.  The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provide information about achievement to educators, parents, policy makers and the public.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Nelson by February 1st if you choose to have your child opt out of the test.

The Minnesota Student Survey takes place every three years.  Eighth, ninth and 11th grade students will complete the survey in February.  The survey is an anonymous statewide school-based survey conducted to gain insights into the world of students and their experiences.  The survey asks students about their activities, opinions, behaviors and experiences. Students respond to questions on school climate, bullying, out-of-school activities, healthy eating, emotional health, substance use and connections with school and family. Questions about sexual behaviors are asked only of high school students. All responses are anonymous.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Nelson by February 1st if you choose to have your child opt out of the survey.

If at any time you have any questions or concerns please feel welcome to stop by the office or give us a call.  Your input is appreciated.

Mary Merchant, High School Principal                            Go Raiders!

mmerchant@lpa.k12.mn.us

December 2018 Secondary Newsletter

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From the Principal’s Corner…

Thank you to all the parents who attended Parent Teacher Conferences.  We appreciate the time spent meeting with teachers and myself.  If you were unable to attend conferences, report cards were sent home with students.  Do keep in mind, we encourage and welcome you to contact your student’s teachers at any time to keep updated on progress.  You may contact by telephone or send an email.  Staff email addresses are the initial of their first name followed by last name @lpa.k12.mn.us.

8th Graders under the direction of Mrs. Watland and Mr. Wixo presented group work on Minnesota Geography and Geology to the Kindergarteners and 1st graders on November 20th.  The 8th graders did an excellent job presenting and sharing their knowledge of various regions in the state.  This definitely reflects the outstanding teaching and preparation by Mrs. Watland and Mr. Wixo and incorporation of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics) into the classroom.

If you have seen a school van out and about the past several weeks during the day with Mrs. Hogie and students, it is most likely the Architecture Design class.  The classroom is brought to life by visiting homes in the community to compare and analyze a variety of structures.

Parents may obtain Computer blocking Access on school computers at home by emailing Jared DeZeeuw, LPA Technology Coordinator, jdezeeuw@lpa.k12.mn.us.  Send Jared your request with your student’s name, grade, your relationship to students and your email.

In an attempt to improve accuracy in attendance documentation, parents are encouraged to email Attendance@lpa.k12.mn.us or call 218-325-0754 extension 0010.  Leave student’s name, grade, parent’s name and reason for student being absent.  If you know ahead of time that your student will be absent it is expected that you contact the email or number listed prior to the absence.  Otherwise, email/call as soon as you are able.  Sheila will be checking this email for messages, so you will no longer have to contact her or send a note if you use this method.

Study Time is available for all students in the Media Center Monday through Friday from 3:10 – 4:00 p.m.  All students are encouraged to attend.  A licensed teacher is supervising to assist students if they need help.

For up to date LPA events, bookmark https://www.pinetoprairieconference.org you may choose the events you want to receive notification on.

If you do not have access to ParentVue, please contact Sherri Lefebvre to secure a password.  This allows you to check on your students grades at any time.

Students will receive an overview of ALICE Training on December 13th.  We will begin the day with an assembly and then students will go into their advisor / advisee groups for information on the components of ALICE Training.  We will be practicing lockdown drills as well.

As part of improving safety in the high school, alarms have been installed and activated on a couple exterior doors in the high school.

Mr. Bashford and Mr. Otto have recently resigned their positions at LPA.  Mrs. Svobodny and Mrs. Lunde have graciously returned to the classroom until the positions are filled.  Thanks to our terrific former LPA teachers, it has been a smooth transition.  We have advertised for both positions and will keep you posted when we have a new teacher hired.

The High School Holiday Concert is scheduled for December 10th at 1:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  It is guaranteed to bring you holiday cheer!  Basketball games and wrestling meets are in full swing – come out and Cheer on the RAIDERS!

If at any time you have any questions or concerns please feel welcome to stop by the office or give us a call.  Your input is appreciated.  It is my wish that each of you have a Most Wonderful Christmas and enjoy the time off school with family and friends!  And…looking to a Very Happy New Year!

Mary Merchant, High School Principal                            Go Raiders!

mmerchant@lpa.k12.mn.us

November 2018 Secondary Newsletter

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First Quarter ended on November 5th and we are looking forward to meeting with parents on November 13th and 15th during Parent Teacher ConferencesWhen you arrive at school, stop in the office to pick up your student’s report card.  Teachers will be available in their classrooms to meet with parents from 4:00 – 7:45 p.m.  If you are unable to attend conferences, please contact your student’s teacher by email.  We want to keep communication open with the school and parents to best serve the needs of students.

Teachers and paras participated in a presentation on vaping by Jason McCoy, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Clay County Public Health.  Mr. McCoy shared statistics and well as information and background on a variety of devices.  He will meet with NHS and Student Council on November 6th which will be followed by students taking the hazards of vaping message to the student body.

The Musical A Little Princess matinee performance will take place on Friday, November 9th for students in grades 7-12, admission is only $1.00.

On Friday, November 9th, PBIS is sponsoring Celebrate Success student recognition.  All students who at the end of first quarter, passed all their classes, had zero discipline referrals and no unexcused absences or tardies were recognized by a staff member.

Parents may obtain Computer blocking Access on school computers at home by emailing Jared DeZeeuw, LPA Technology Coordinator, jdezeeuw@lpa.k12.mn.us.  Send Jared your request with your student’s name, grade, your relationship to students and your email.

In an attempt to improve accuracy in attendance documentation, parents are now encouraged to email Attendance@lpa.k12.mn.us or call 218-325-0754 extension 0010.  Leave student’s name, grade, parent’s name and reason for student being absent.  If you know ahead of time that your student will be absent it is expected that you contact the email or number listed prior to the absence.  Otherwise, email/call as soon as you are able.  Sheila will be checking this email for messages, so you will no longer have to contact her or send a note if you use this method.

November is recognized as Native Heritage Month.  As a school, we will have an assembly on November 12th by Dennis Rogers, spirit dancer, will share Native American “Music, Song and Dance”.  Across the curriculum Native Heritage Month will be incorporated; for example, the Media Center

For up to date LPA events, bookmark https://www.pinetoprairieconference.org

Please contact your student’s teacher if at any time you have concerns with their progress or have any questions.  You may contact by telephone or send an email.  Staff email addresses are the initial of their first name followed by last name @lpa.k12.mn.us.

If at any time you have any questions or concerns please feel welcome to stop by the office or give us a call.  Your input is appreciated.

 

Mary Merchant, High School Principal

mmerchant@lpa.k12.mn.us


January 2019 Elementary Newsletter

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December 2018 Elementary Newsletter

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Tis The Season

The month of November provided many reasons to celebrate and give thanks in our school. We had our first Raider Rally to celebrate students in grades 3-6 demonstrating exceptional behavior during the first quarter. We also celebrated Native American Heritage Month with literature, art, food, and conversation. Viktor, the Minnesota Vikings mascot, visited our school to encourage our students to eat healthy and be active for 60 minutes every day. To finish out the month we served 638 muffins during the morning of Muffins for Moms! Thank you PTO for sponsoring this event.

A big thank you goes to all of our families who attended conferences this fall or made other arrangements with classroom teachers. Out of 412 students in grades pk-6, 403 student families attended. That is 98% attendance by our families. Not many communities can boast such active parent participation like we can in LPA. Thank you families for taking an active role in your student’s education!

Looking ahead to the end of December, we have 3 weeks left with students before Winter Break. Our teachers will continuing to create great experiences for your students and engage them in learning. See below for information regarding our holiday concerts during the month of December.

GO RAIDERS!

Craig Bahr, Elementary Principal cbahr@lpa.k12.mn.us

November 2018 Elementary Newsletter

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Trick or Treat

We are well on our way to a successful school year. Routines are set, classrooms are full, smiles can be seen down every hallway, and the fall book fair is right around the corner. This year the book fair will run November 12th-16th and be open before and on conference nights. Stop by if you need a few more books to read at home.  

Please share the importance of dressing warm with your student at home. Students will be outside for 30+ minutes each afternoon. If they were cold walking to the bus or car, they will be cold playing out at recess. It’s always easier to have fun when you’re dressed warmly. If you are in need of any winter gear, we do have some at the school. Please contact the elementary office with any needs. With the potential of wintery days ahead, please ensure you are receiving notifications from the school in case of any closings or weather delays (see communications below).  

Conferences are right around the corner and we cannot wait to connect with you again in person. We are lucky to have such great family support at LPA

(92% Open House Attendance) and look forward to continuing this tradition with each of you. If I have not had a chance to introduce myself, please stop in and say hello when you’re in for conferences. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on November 13th or 15th!

GO RAIDERS!

Craig Bahr, Elementary Principal

cbahr@lpa.k12.mn.us  

PBIS – School Mall Fundraiser

The PBIS team wanted to remind you of our fundraiser. You do not need to do anything (collect money, etc.). When people shop online using schoolmall.com, our school earns money. Love Target? Go to schoolmall.com and then click on Target’s website and shop. Easy! There are over 300 stores to choose from.  First, login to schoolmall.com, then select the store and make your purchase.

So shop away on Black Friday (and every day…it is ongoing)! The PBIS team thanks you!

ALICE

This year, like many schools across our nation, Lake Park Audubon has implemented new security measures in our buildings. Some of these changes will be visible with secure entries being installed soon. Other measures are intended to empower our staff and students by giving them additional tools, options, and training. The model we choose for student and staff training is ALICE:

A – Alert (Notify others in building, call 911)

L – Lockdown+ (Lock, barricade, spread out, know exits)

I – Inform (Plain language, update, anyone can notify)

C – Counter (Distract with noise and objects)

E – Evacuate (Rally points, zigzag, never leave safe situation)

Training

October: Drill to introduce lockdown+ & inform

November: Evacuation drill with students

December: Discussion with students about counter & alert

Links

https://www.alicetraining.com/

https://www.dl-online.com/news/4479034-what-would-you-do-if-confronted-gunman-local-teachers-law-enforcement-receive-active

Lake Park Audubon Elementary Transportation

To ensure the safety of our students please follow the guidelines below when making transportation changes:

  • Preferred: Email or submit a written note to the elementary office before 2PM for any transportation changes for the day.
  • Phone call: Please communicate with the elementary office before 2PM for any transportation changes for the day.

*We understand things come up last minute. We will continue to be accommodating to these circumstances.

**Students without parent communication will be asked to follow their regularly scheduled.

Communications

Elementary Office Hours: 7:30am – 4pm  

Elementary Principal: Craig Bahr cbahr@lpa.k12.mn.us  

Elementary Secretary: Barb Jenson bjenson@lpa.k12.mn.us  

School Messenger: To sign up for text alerts about events, school closings, safety alerts and more simply text Y or Yes to 67587  

Website: www.lakeparkaudubon.com

October 2018 High School Newsletter

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The end of the first quarter of school is quickly approaching – November 2nd.  Report cards will be available for parents to pick up in the office when you come for Parent Teacher Conferences on November 13th or 15th from 4:00 – 7:45 p.m.

Students in grades 7-10 will participate in Bus Safety Evacuation and Drill on October 24th as part of an annual requirement.

Other drills that are required for the year include 5 fire drills and 5 lockdown drills.  Students have participated in one fire drill and one lockdown drill so far this year.  Lockdown drills will begin to incorporate ALICE Training components.  Eight district employees, including myself attended ALICE Training this summer and are certified ALICE instructors.  All staff received training on ALICE during the district August workshop day.  During the open house, we held a parent meeting to present ALICE Training to parents.  The next step is to work with students on the components of ALICE training (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate).  The training with students will take place during Raider Rally time throughout the school year.  Our first step will be to explain ALICE Training to students and then add the components of ALICE to lockdown drills.

PBIS – ask your student what it means (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is supported by all LPA Staff.  Students who are display the high school components that support PBIS are recognized by receiving LPA (Leadership, Pride and Achievement) Recognition.  This may be in the form of a paper completed by a teacher where the student brings the recognition to my and receives an award from the treasure box, or is recognized by the weekly LPA Recognition nominated by a department and is announced on the PA and their picture is posted on the website and in the paper.

If you do not have access to ParentVue, please contact Sherri Lefebvre to secure a password.  This allows you to check on your students grades at any time.

The first Choir Concert of the year is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m.  A wonderful performance is in store for everyone.

            The fall musical, A Little Princess, is also quickly approaching.  Students in grades 7-12 will be able to attend an afternoon matinee on November 9th for only $1.00.

Please contact your student’s teacher if at any time you have concerns with their progress or have any questions.  You may contact by telephone or send an email.  Staff email addresses are the initial of their first name followed by last name @lpa.k12.mn.us.

If at any time you have any questions or concerns please feel welcome to stop by the office or give us a call.  Your input is appreciated.

 

Mary Merchant, High School Principal

mmerchant@lpa.k12.mn.us

 

Go Raiders!