Red Wing Public Schools - ISD 256
School Board Election 2022
Arlen Diercks was first elected to the Red Wing School Board in 2014 and reelected in 2018.
School Board service is rewarding
By Arlen Diercks
School Board Vice Chair
I have served on the School Board since January of 2015. I am a Red Wing graduate and have lived in the Red Wing community my entire life. The Red Wing Public Schools gave me a quality education which created a path for me to be successful in life.
Serving on the board has allowed me to give back to my school and community which have given me so much. I have been blessed to be able to serve on the school board for 8 years. Serving on the school board has been a very rewarding experience for me.
I recently announced that I will not be filing for re-election. I feel it is time for me to step aside and make room for others to serve.
Please consider filing for the Red Wing School Board.
Filing dates for school board candidates are from Aug. 2 to Aug. 16.
Arlen Diercks and Interim Superintendent Frank Norton share a laugh before a recent School Board Agenda Committee meeting.
Three seats are up for election Nov. 8
The period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the Red Wing School Board opens Aug. 2 and will close Aug. 16. People may file their paperwork and pay the $2 filing fee at the District Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and until 5 p.m. Aug. 16.
The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, when voters will elect three members to serve four-year terms. The terms of Jim Bryant, Arlen Diercks and Holly Tauer are expiring.
The District Office has information packets available for anyone interested in running.
Come check out your school!
School will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6, for most students. Open houses and mini-conferences set for the week leading up to the long Labor Day weekend. The schedule is:
- Colvill Family Center "Meet the Teacher" appointments run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6. (PreK)
- Sunnyside mini-conferences start at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. (Grades K-1)
- Burnside mini-conferences start at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. (Grades 2-4)
- Twin Bluff Middle School open house runs 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. (Grades 5-7)
- Red Wing High School open house runs 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. (Grades 8-12)
Hispanic open house Aug. 24
Red Wing Public Schools and Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County will hold a back-to-school open house for all Spanish-speaking students and families 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Twin Bluff Middle School.
Students will pay for meals this year
Parents and Caregivers:
We have enjoyed serving our students breakfast and lunch at no cost for two years, but USDA regulations for the 2022-2023 school year require that full-pay meals resume this fall. The rates for 2022-2023 are listed above.
There is financial relief for qualifying families, however, if they apply. Family may learn more as well as access the free and reduced-price meal application using the button below.
Students must pay for any meals consumed prior to the application, so the sooner you sign up, the fewer dollars you will pay.
Save your receipts for school supplies
Minnesota families may get a tax break for the back-to-school supplies they purchase.
Families that save receipts for qualifying purchases might be eligible to claim K-12 tax benefits on their state income tax return, the Minnesota Department of Revenue says.
Two tax benefits can help Minnesota families pay expenses related to their child’s education:
the refundable K-12 Education Credit (income limits apply) and
the K-12 Education Subtraction (no income limits).
To qualify for either program, you must:
Have a qualifying child attending kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private, or qualified home school. For details, go to Qualifying Child for K-12 Education Subtraction and Credit.
Have paid “qualified education expenses” during the year for that child’s education. For details, go to Qualifying Expenses for the K-12 Education Subtraction and Credit.
Note: You may not use the same qualified education expenses to claim both the subtraction and the credit.
Learn more by visiting the Minnesota Department of Revenue website links highlighted above or consult a tax professional.
Class of 2035, it's time to report! Kindergarten registration underway
All class of 2035 -- aka incoming kindergartners -- will attend Sunnyside Elementary School, 1669 Southwood Ave. Transition days are set for Sept. 6 and 7. Parents can find the Sunnyside calendar and learn more here.
Each kindergartner must be enrolled. Parents and guardians may download the forms from the district website or pick up an enrollment packet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the District Office, 2451 Eagle Ridge Drive, Door No. 36, or contact Sunnyside School at 651-385-4570.
Please note that along with enrollment forms we also need photocopies of a student's birth certificate and immunization records.
The fall sports season will begin on Aug. 15
Registration is underway for fall sports grades 7-12. Visit gowingers.com to sign up now. Practices will begin Aug. 15.
The Minnesota State High School League requires all athletes to have a sports physical every three years. This means anyone participating in sports must have a physical form on file with Red Wing Activities Department prior to the start of the season.
Locally, Mayo Clinic Health System will hold a free physical clinic at 701 Hewitt Blvd:
- Aug. 4 -- 4-7 p.m.
Call MCHS Red Wing at 651-267-5500 for an appointment.
Kids Junction provides child care at our schools
Kids Junction is a school-age child care program serving students throughout the school year and summer. We provide a safe, creative environment for children from 33 months through grade 6. We will have three locations this year:
Before and after school
Before and after school
Note: This site includes preschool
Twin Bluff Middle School
Registration forms for the 2022-2023 school year will be available online starting Aug. 2.
If you have any questions, contact Justin Plein at email@example.com or 651-385-4621.
Nurses must distribute all student medications
Parents, if you have a student requiring medication that must be given by the nurse each day or as needed, follow these procedures:
- Please provide a written doctor's order along with their signature to your building nurse.
- Includes directions for administering the medication.
- Medications should be in a pharmacy-labeled bottle.
No child is allowed to bring medication to school to take on their own. Over-the-counter medicine such as cough drops or pain medication also requires parental permission.
Update your students' immunization record now
If your student received a vaccination this summer, it's time to update the record with the school district. Please send proof of vaccination to your building nurse for those students entering kindergarten, grade 7 and grade 12.
DTaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
Optional accident insurance available for students
Red Wing Public Schools has partnered with Student Assurance Services to give families the opportunity to purchase accident insurance for their student(s).
When enrolled, this annual coverage provides financial assistance with out-of-pocket medical expenses should your student sustain an accidental bodily injury.
- RWPS is not responsible for any accidental injuries that occur to students while under the school’s supervision or participating in interscholastic sports.
- This program is voluntary and is not a replacement for a child's general health insurance.
Annual coverage begins Aug. 1 but can be purchased any time during the school year.
For information on the program or to enroll, visit www.sas-mn.com.
Goodhue County HHS highlights child and teen checkups
Children and teens on Medical Assistance are automatically part of the Child & Teen Checkups program from birth until 21 years of age. The C&TC program includes free checkups and follow-up care.
Your family also can get help finding doctors, dentists, and community resources.
Goodhue County Health & Human Services notes that the southeast Minnesota region has more information about Child & Teen Checkups at connectwithctc.com.
Community Education & Recreation
You have time to squeeze in one last fun class -- or 2 -- this summer!
August 12, F, Battleship! Gr. 5-8, 9-10 a.m. Cost $30
August 12, F, Battleship! Gr. 9-12, 10-11 a.m. Cost $30
August 2, Tu & W, Precious Pet Crafts, Gr. 1-6, -11:30 a.m. Cost $70
August 3, W, Sliced Junior Cooking Competition, Gr. 5-6, 2-5 p.m. $35
August 4, Th, Sliced Junior Cooking Competition, Gr. 7-8, 2-5 p.m. $35
August 8-10, M-W, Beginner Woodworking Camp (She/They), Ages 9-13, 8:30 a.m to noon. Cost $90
August 8-12, M-F, Camp Invention, Gr. 1-6, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost $255
August 15-19, M-F, Let’s Learn Spanish Day Camp, Gr. K-5, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost $168
August 17, W, Acting & Improv Workshop Combo, ages 10-11, 8-10 a.m. Cost $28
August 17, W, Acting & Improve Workshop Combo, ages 12-15, 9-11 a.m. Cost $28
August 17, W, Acting Workshop, ages 8-11, 8-9 a.m. Cost $17
August 17, W, Acting Workshop, ages 12-15, 10-11 a.m. Cost $17
August 17, W, Improv Workshop, ages 10-18, 9-10 a.m. Cost $17
August 1, M & W, Move for Fun, ages 4-6, 10:-10:45 a.m. Cost $60
August 1, M & W, Advanced Movers, ages 7-9, 10-10:45 a.m. Cost $70
August 1, M & W & F, Move to Preform, ages 10-12, 10:45-11:30 a.m. Cost $90
August 1, M & W & F, Youth Athlete Development, ages 13-18, 7-8 a.m. to 12:15-1:15 p.m. Cost $100
August 15-18, M-Th, Baton Twirling, ages 6-14, 9-10:30 a.m. Cost $40
August 9-10, T-W, Defensive Driver 8 Hour Initial Course, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost $24
August 16, T, Foraged Cocktails, Ages 21+, -7:30 p.m. Cost $30
August 16, T, The A, B, C, and D’s of Medicare, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost $8 per individual, $12 couple
August 18, Th, Defensive Driver 4 Hour Refresher Course, 1-5 p.m. Cost $24
August 20, S, Essential Skills for Vehicle Ownership, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost $10
August 24-25, W-Th, MN Permit to Carry a Firearm, 5:30-9 p.m. Cost $102
August 27, S, Monarch Tagging, 8-11 a.m. Cost $12
August 31, W, Mushroom Hike, ages 18+, 6-7 p.m. Cost $8
August 22, M, First Timer’s Hike, 6-7 p.m. Cost $5
August 12, F, Parents’ Night Out! Gr. K-6, 6-9:30 p.m. Cost $35
Trips and Tours
August 25, Th, Minnesota State Fair, 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Cost $34
September 18, Su, Minnesota Renaissance Fair, 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Cost $47
Red Wing School Board
Handbooks for 2022-2023 on the Aug. 1 agenda
Red Wing School Board is expected to adopt the 2022-2023 student and employee handbooks on Monday, Aug. 1.
First, the board will meet at 5 p.m. for a workshop in the Red Wing High School J-pod That agenda includes:
- Referendum planning
- Budget review
- Goodhue County Education District update
The regular board meeting will follow the workshop, but not start before 6 p.m. In addition to discussions and potential votes on the two handbooks, that agenda will include:
- A proposal to raise general admission to athletic events by $2.
- Adoption of a state-required restrictive procedures policy. A restrictive procedure refers to physical holding or seclusion in an emergency.
People may attend in person or watch the livestream.
Community support means the world to us!
In July, the board accepted the following donations toward programs that benefit our students.
- Southeast Library System, $478.77, diverse materials grant reimbursement
- AmazonSmile Program, $25.02
- Live Well Goodhue County, $2,006.93, Schools Well-being Initiative
ON THE DISTRICT CALENDAR
Monday, Aug. 1: Red Wing School Board, 5 p.m., RWHS.
Monday, Aug. 15: Red Wing School Board, 5 p.m., RWHS.
Tuesday, Aug. 23: New teacher workshop.
Aug. 24-26: Staff workshops continue.
Tuesday, Sept. 6: First day of school.
About our district
Red Wing Public Schools strives to provide an innovating and meaningful educational experience that fosters curiosity; pursues and applies best practices; embraces diversity by respectfully engaging all students, families, and staff; and connects and partners with our community. We serve pre-K through grade 12.