April 2018

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


This month's DREAMER is Addie Cordova.

My hobbies include drawing, reading, writing, and fangirling.

I chose DREAM because...

I guess you could say my other school wasn’t working for me. There was a lot of drama and unneeded stress. So, first I decided on an online school, but that didn’t work because I was desperately missing my friends. I remember wanting to come to DREAM when I was in sixth grade, so I thought, “why not?” so I tried it out and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I've had more progress here then I did any other school.

My favorite parts of DREAM…

I love the sense of freedom I have, the choices and the atmosphere. It’s laid back and the teachers are basically your friends (Eli rocks). I used to despise the confines of the classroom, feeling trapped. But not here.

My favorite projects have been…

I think my favorite project so far was an art project where I created a character for Dungeons and Dragons. It was fun!


Drawing the Cold War - Alex

For this project I drew a comic for the cold war. I drew JFK assassination, the fall of the berlin wall, and the end of the U.S.S.R. The comic strips were fun to draw because each row was a different point of history. The project was different and making a comic is hard to do because there are no comic of the Cold War. Something I would have done differently would have been an alternative to making a comic strip. I would have rather done drawings of important people and explain who they are and how they were relevant to the Cold War.

Spanish Advertisement - Sasha

The resources I used in this project were Spanish based websites that helped me with formulating clearer Spanish sentences. I've gotten better at putting together sentences and following the rules that are applied to Spanish grammar. I've also made improvements on using conjugations correctly. One thing I'd like to improve on though, is the variety of words I used. I felt I only used a few. I learned that I can over exaggerate quite well (which would be a good thing for an ad). One thing I found frustrating about this project is the time it took (I decided to take my time with the artwork for it because I'm not that much of an artist to begin with). Also I knew I could've finished it in a small amount of time.

Native American Art and Music - Amber

I learned about the walk my aunt and her son did. It was a 780 mile pilgrimage. It was to honor indigenous people who suffered and perished in Mission system. My favorite about the walk was that they went so far and walked it all. I have done similar projects to this and learned a few things from each of them. This tells a story of how the Native Americans were treated horribly and their land being taken from them. They continue to fight for what is theirs. I wish I would’ve used more colors and different colors so it would be brighter and more colorful. I learned what not to do for my next painting. I really like the tent turned out. . . I want people to notice how the Native Americans lived and worked for everything they had. Things were not handed to them. . .

Changing Monopoly - Micheal, Brendan, Jonathan

List of econ terms:




money management/ budgeting

government failures

saving and investing

risk and return

income distribution

where we used them :

-Money We were using money to purchase things, pay taxes, or in Communist Monopoly bribe Gulag Guards

-Consumers We were the consumers in this purchasing land and other stuff like that

-Income Distribution In Communist any money made was split "evenly" between people as well as money spent

-Profit The Whole essence of Monopoly is to make a profit and its hard to change that without making a new game

-Saving and Investing You save your money to invest in properties

-Risk and Return Buying each property is a risk and you hope it pays off

-Money Management and Budgeting You have to know when to invest in or buy a property spending too much could be a risk spending too little can mean loss of profits or in Socialist upgrading too much is a risk because if one person goes bankrupt all go bankrupt.

-Government Failures Dictatorships don't work because of revolutions or other countries messing with foreign affairs, Communism hasn't worked because it wasn't fair like it should have been, people got mad and a revolution occurred.

What did this teach me about economics?

It taught me how other governmental systems work.

How realistic did we capture each system?

It was pretty realistic but some changes to improve game play.

What was the hardest version?

I think it would have to be socialist because you had to play it very strategic.



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

This past weekend three of our key clubbers attended the Key Club Convention. We met up with people from key clubs all over Minnesota, South and North Dakota. Each year at this convention we vote for the new district board, our Lieutenant Governor, and attend workshops. There are workshops for all the board members of each individual Key Club. We talk about how we can make our clubs a better place as well as make our world a better place through Key Club.


Aliyah and Kameron have been cast in the show Bye Bye Birdie at the Barn Theatre. Aliyah will be Gloria Rasputin and Kameron will be a part of the chorus! Congrats to the both of them! See them on stage starting June 7th at the Barn!
DREAM Technical Academy students Genesis and Jeremy, and I had the honor of being guests at the League of Women Voters banquet in Willmar. We were invited to talk about the March for Our Lives event in Willmar, as well as the National School Walk Out that our school participated in recently and to present our slam poem titled, "Enough is Enough" that we had performed at the march...
Congratulations to Amy, on being selected as the recipient for the Young Woman of Achievement award by the Willmar Branch of American Association of University Women!


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

My name is Jasmine Hart, and I graduated from DREAM with the class of 2016. Since graduating, I spent a year at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN, before moving to West Palm Beach, Florida. I worked as a staff writer for Affinity Magazine for about a year. I recently moved back to Willmar, and right now I'm working on several different creative writing and modeling projects before moving to Phoenix, Arizona at the end of the summer! I think one of the most important things I learned at DREAM was to think critically and to really take an active stance in making my own decisions.My favorite project was definitely my slam poetry project. Working with the advisers, the community, and the other students to create art was something that's still really important to me. If I could give one piece of advice to another student, I think I'd just tell them not to be afraid to branch out. DREAM really, really gives you the ability to do that, and it absolutely changed my life.


DREAM Technical Academy has a School Advisory Council that meets once a month on the second Monday evening at 6:30pm at the school. Their mission is to provide guidance and direction for the school. The Advisory Council consists of 50% of DREAM staff and 50% of DREAM parents, community members, and a student. Our parent representatives can bring your input to the Advisory Council or direct it specifically to a staff member.





Hi, I'm Luz, and I'm one of the Paraprofessionals at DREAM. I will be completing my fourth year here and returning next year. I'm passionate about traveling, enjoy warm weather, grill-outs, and spending time with my daughter at the pool. I am very grateful for having the opportunity to work with such amazing students at DREAM!


In this section, we ask for supplies and/or volunteers for various projects & events. Please contact us or drop-off items if you are able to assist.

  • Empty Paper Towel Rolls
  • Kleenex

  • Mentors (help students work on projects, experiences, etc.)

  • Paper plates

  • Disposable utensils


"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now." ~Unknown