DREAM Drop

September 2017

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You may only be one drop in the world, but even the smallest drop starts a ripple.

I AM A DREAMER

Every month we wish to highlight a student from DREAM and acknowledge their hard work, so students here is a chance for you to shine! There'll be a form on the website you can submit.


I'm Amy Haney, and I am the student representative here at DREAM! As student rep, I attend board meetings and advocate for the students of our school at those meetings. I'm here for students to talk to about issues they have, so if you ever have any questions or problems that need to be addressed, come and find me! Other than my involvement as student rep, I am the Club Editor for Key Club, a part of the Minnesota Youth Council and GSA. I have been a PSEO student for three semesters so far and I also have a non-profit organization called Free The Beauty. Most of my projects revolve around those activities, but when I'm not working on those things, I will most likely be working on a psychology project. Outside of school, I get slushies at SA, play piano, and love my puppy dog. I'm passionate about helping others in my community and using my voice to advocate for those who cannot.

Project Pin

DREAM students feature your project here!

KEY Club Corner

Key Club is a large student organization within DREAM, so we want to provide updates on its happenings.


Key Club Corner will be where our Dream Academy Key Club is talking about what we have done in the community and our school each month. We are looking for new members currently! All meetings are on Mondays after lunch and open to everyone.

So what exactly does Key Club do? Key Club is the largest student-led non-profit organization. We volunteer to help make our community a better place. We also plan activities here at school-like volunteering at the animal shelter, or raising money by pieing seniors in the face! If you need service learning credit, or just love to help people, Key Club is the place to go!

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Where They Are Now

DREAM has graduates out in the world in various locations, so we want to highlight some of them!


My name is Rena Bartlett and I was one of the first to graduate from DREAM Technical Academy. Since graduating I’ve had many different job experiences. I have been working at Spicer Cinema since I was 14, so that’s about 6 years of my life right there. Since working here I have gained a second family and let me tell you it’s the best thing in the world. I have also worked at a vet clinic (Animal Birth Control also known as ABC) while I lived in Texas. OH! Did I forget to mention that I moved to Texas? Well I did and it was a great life experience for about 7 months and then I decided that it was time to move back to Minnesota. It’s been almost a year since I’ve moved back and I’m doing better than ever. I am now currently working at the movie theater along with Bowling on Ash in New London and I am proud to say that I am now working at DREAM as a para. I’m very excited to see what my future holds!

Parent/Guardian Perspective

Parents/guardians please send your input our way; we want parents to be as involved as possible!


"It has helped her be more outgoing, step out of her box, take control of her learning, enjoy learning, improved her math, reading, writing and art ability. It has helped her self-esteem. The students and staff in her school seem very close and supportive."

~DREAM TA Parent

Sports Scope

CCS Volleyball:

Friday, Sep 29, 2017

Game TBD Away vs. Immanuel Lutheran

Saturday, Sep 30, 2017

Tournament 9:00PM Away vs. New Century Academy Brownton Area Civic Center


CCS Football JH:

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

Game TBD Away vs. Buffalo Lake-Hector Junior

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

Game 4:00PM Away vs. Fulda Fulda High School 1:30PM 1:15PM

Saturday, Sep 30, 2017

Scrimmage TBD Away vs. New Life Academy Brownton Area Civic Center

Staff Spotlight

Tammie Knick, along with Doug Knick, were the founders of DREAM Technical Academy. You could say that opening DREAM was their DREAM! Tammie grew up in Willmar and graduated from Willmar High School, a long time ago! Tammie didn't go to college until she was 30 years old. Tammie originally wanted to be a teacher but later learned about school social work and knew she had found her calling. Tammie had worked in a traditional public school for 16 years as a School Social Worker and saw how many students were not successful with the structure of the school day or the classroom setting. Tammie had heard about charter schools but wasn't exactly sure what made them so different from traditional public schools. In the summer of 2013, Tammie became aware of TAM - Technical Academies of Minnesota, a group of area educators, business people, and community members who were going to open four Technical Academies in Minnesota. Tammie joined the start up board for TAM and started researching locations for the schools. Willmar seemed like a wonderful location, given there was no charter school within a 60 mile radius. The rest is history as DREAM opened it's doors for the first time in September of 2014. Tammie is the School Social Worker at DREAM. Tammie says there are so many things to love about DREAM. First is all the students, many who come a great distance (Benson, Renville, Cottonwood, Brooten, Grove City, Olivia, New London) to attend DREAM. Second is the staff. All the staff are so caring, friendly, nurturing, funny, and smart! Third is the school building. Tammie thinks we have an awesome old historic building with terrific learning spaces and a fantastic view out our front door. Fourth is the school culture. Tammie says we don't have much bullying at DREAM, due in part to the diverse and eclectic group of wise, energetic, talented, and respectful young people who attend DREAM. If Tammie were to start a project tomorrow at DREAM she would want to research poetry, specifically the time period in which the poems were written and what world influences impacted the poets choice of words. Tammie wishes all the DREAM students and staff a fantabulous school year!!

We need you!

In this section, we will be asking for supplies and/or volunteers for various projects & events. Please contact us if you are able to assist.

  • Hand Sanitizer/Wet-ones
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Plastic forks & spoons
  • Paper plates & bowls

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"...youth everywhere, brim with creativity and the desire to share their gifts with the world. All they need from us is a launching pad. They’ll take flight on their own." ~Unbound

DREAM is authorized by Innovative Quality Schools which is responsible for providing oversight of our school. For information about IQS go to www.iqsmn.org The website will also provide you with names, phone numbers, and email addresses.