Maadaadizi Program Weekly Update

Week of September 25, 2015

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Harding Student Attends Summer Health Science Academy

Arianna Wright, a tenth grader at Harding High School, attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth's Center of American Indian and Minority Health's summer program for high school students. The program's mission is to encourage American Indian students to explore medical concepts and careers. Ari spent a week on campus with American Indian students from around the state. During this time she learned more about Lyme Disease and formed new friendships.

The FREE program is open to American Indian students in 7th-12th grade. Kerrie will provide more information in the spring; however, students can access information on The Center's website (

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PSAT Testing

The PSAT is a "pre-SAT" test used to assist students to prepare for the SAT, a college admissions test. Students are not required to take the PSAT; however, the test is tied to some scholarships and awards based on the student's test result. SPPS will permit any 11th grader to take the test for FREE. Students need to contact their College Career/Resource Center or School Counselor to sign up. Any Indian Education 10th grader can take the test for practice, and Indian Education will pay for the $15 fee. Please consider taking this test for preparation purposes. Tenth graders should contact Kerrie ( prior to October 2 if you would like Indian Education to pay for your test.
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Kerrie's Schedule for September 28- October 2

  • Monday- Meetings at the Indian Education Office.
  • Tuesday- Harding (room 1352) individual meetings with juniors.
  • Wednesday-Central (room 4215) individual meetings with seniors about graduation credits and meetings with the freshmen to introduce students to the Maadaadizi Program. If time permits, meeting with sophomores and juniors to review credits.
  • Thursday-Highland (room 1111) meetings with the freshmen to introduce students to the Maadaadizi Program. If time permits, meeting with sophomores and juniors to review credits.
  • Friday-Harding (room 1352) individual meetings with juniors.

School Counselor Visits to High Schools

Kerrie will regularly be visiting Central, Como Park, Harding, Highland, and Johnson High Schools this school year. If you do not attend one of these high schools, you still can receive Indian Education counseling services. Please email Kerrie ( if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet.
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Upcoming Events

  • September 26: Wild Rice Processing at the MN Historical Society in Onamia, MN. Click here for more information (on your own activity).
  • October 10: Open House for Multicultural Students at U of M, Twin Cities (on your own activity). Learn more or register through this link.
  • October 13-14: Overnight college visit to Northland College and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (permission slip required; 16 students permitted).
  • October 18: No Honor In Racism Rally starting at 9 AM at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Campus. For more information access their Facebook page at
  • November 19th: Native American College Fair at Midtown YWCA from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Free meal to first 300 attendees. Kerrie will be offering one bus for students/families to receive a free ride to the event. She will post more information as date gets closer.
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Volunteering & Service Opportunities

  • 651 Youth for Justice Youth Volunteers wanted: SPPS Community Education will be offering a school-year long fellowship to 30 high school students from across Saint Paul. Students will have access to trainings, field trips and skill-building that they will apply both personally and toward community impact projects they design. Upon completion, youth will receive a small stipend ($). For more information, including an application, please click HERE.
  • Artists Wanted: Students who would like to design posters for the Indian Education powwow at Harding on October 9th, are needed. If you would like to design posters to advertise the event, which will be posted around the District, please email Shannon Timms-Bassett ( and send her a message of interest.
  • Indian Education Powwow Volunteers needed: Harding Senior High School will be hosting the Indian Education October Powwow on the 9th. All SPPS High School Indian Education students are encouraged to participate. Please contact Shannon Timms-Bassett ( for more information and to sign up.

Field Trips through Indian Education

Kerrie will be taking students on at least two "daytime" field trips to local colleges this year. Permission slips are required; however, this year Indian Education is using ONE field trip form to cover all daytime field trips. Have your parent/guardian sign it once for the entire school year.

Here are the instructions:

  1. Access the PDF in your Google/Gmail Drive (it is called "Annual Permission Slip"). You can contact Kerrie if you would like it emailed directly to you or mailed home.
  2. Print the form (you can do this at your high school) and have your parent/guardian sign and fill out the form.
  3. Send the form to Kerrie. The best way is to take a picture of the completed form with your iPad and email me the picture. Make sure that the picture contains the whole form and that your writing is clear. Or students can drop off the forms at their building's Indian Education office, Indian Education mailbox (at the high school's main office), or mail it to the Indian Education Office.
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Senior Portraits

Seniors are reminded that Indian Education will be providing a professional photographer FREE OF CHARGE to Indian Education seniors. Each senior will be provided a FREE 8x10 and photo submission to their high school yearbook. To request a photo session, please click this link. Responses are due by September 30.

Contact Kerrie

Have questions about this newsletter? Contact me.