In the Know - August 12, 2022
August 12, 2022
Live well. Lead well. Learn well. District holds annual leadership workshop
Anoka-Hennepin’s leadership workshop, which is an annual event for district leaders and members of the School Board, was held at the Educational Service Center in Anoka, Aug. 9. The theme of the event, which is also the district’s focus for the 2022-23 school year was: Live well. Lead well. Learn well.
The event featured comments and updates from Interim Superintendent Dr. Kate Maguire, School Board Vice Chair Nicole Hayes, members of the cabinet and the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation, in addition to a presentation from Coon Rapids High School (CRHS) alumnus, Todd Archbold and keynote speaker, Dr. Josh Stein from Prairie Care. Leaders from across the district connected to foster collaborative relationships, learn about important initiatives for the school year and build leadership skills.
Mission, vision and core values
District leaders spent time learning, reflecting and discussing the District’s 2022-23 strategic priorities and Equity Achievement Plan. These activities aim to provide a shared understanding and alignment throughout the organization regarding key initiatives authorized by the School Board and informed through significant staff and community input.
Strategic priorities for the 2022-23 school year
View the full plan at ahschools.us/strategicpriorities. The School Board has established three broad strategic priorities, along with a three-step process to guide priority items effectively through the process: Maintaining safe and welcoming schools; improving academic performance; and ensuring effective organizational support.
Continuous improvement model
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board relies on a continuous improvement cycle and strategic priorities framework as a system to bring necessary resources to schools, and evaluate and monitor programming for effectiveness. The continuous improvement cycle provides a framework, which places a value on time and is based on a school-year calendar cycle for decision making.
Anoka-Hennepin and Allina Health have partnered to provide district teachers and staff with a library of resources to support employee health and mental wellness. Listen to the SupportingYoU podcast to learn how you, an educator, can help support student mental wellness in your classroom.
Topics will also include guidance on how to navigate difficult conversations and how to share important school climate themes with school administrators. This information could inform school support programming, curriculum, or school practices for teachers/staff to listen at any time that is convenient.
Six episodes are currently available to listen to, with an additional 33 episodes set to be added to the podcast resource by the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.
The SupportingYoU Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Allina Health and made possible by a grant funded by the Anoka County Children and Families Council.
Listen by visiting our website at ahschools.us/supportingyou.
Recruitment efforts continue ahead of the new school year
Anoka-Hennepin Schools is a great place to live, learn and work. As a school district staff member, you play a role in preparing students for life. We are always looking for professionals, parents, volunteers or community members to join us in providing students a future without limit.
Share the new recruitment video with friends and neighbors so they can join our team!
Interested applicants can browse openings and apply online: ahschools.us/jobs.
Anoka-Hennepin 2022-23 school handbook
The Anoka-Hennepin School District has updated its school handbook for the 2022-23 school year. Parents/guardians will be required to view and sign off on the handbook as part of the district’s back to school verification process through A-HConnect, and families can preview the School Handbook now for important information and updates about the upcoming school year.
To access the forms through A-HConnect, click on the lock icon and log in at the top right corner of any district or school website. Then, select "my student information." For login/password assistance, call 763-506-HELP or email email@example.com.
Parent Engage 360 Podcast Episode 25: Welcome to kindergarten!
As the 2022-23 school year approaches, some parents/guardians may be gearing up for their first school year as caregivers or sending their youngest to kindergarten. Whether this is your first kindergartener or your fifth, you may have some questions about how it all works or what to expect.
We’ve got you covered! Tune in to the latest Parent Engage 360 Podcast episode titled “Welcome to kindergarten” to hear from two district kindergarten teachers on what you can expect, from orientation to the first day of school and beyond, as well as some tips and ideas to consider as you prepare to send your child to kindergarten.
Andover Elementary School kindergarten teacher Nicole Huttner and Johnsville Elementary School teacher Abby Hawes bring over 20 years of combined experience to the conversation. Learn what a typical day looks like in kindergarten, how you can help your student prepare for the upcoming school year, how to communicate with your teacher and more.
Tune in to the latest episode on Podbean, Apple Podcasts or at ahschools.us/parentengage360.
Registration is open for the 63rd Annual AHEF Golf Tournament
Registration for the 63rd Annual “Putt-ing Kids First” Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) golf tournament is now open. This year’s scramble is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at Green Haven Golf Course in Anoka.
Registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart and all-American cookout lunch. The event will get underway with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Check-in will begin at 7:15 a.m. Funds raised provide grants for early childhood education, talent and opportunity development and career and college readiness for students, among other things.
“I challenge anyone to find a tournament with this longevity for public schools and students,” said Tess DeGeest, executive director of the AHEF. “Every year, we have sponsors, district vendors and community members golf with current and retired superintendents, principals, and teachers because they believe so deeply in the cause. These are compassionate people with generous hearts dedicated to creating equitable and innovative experiences for students. I could not be more appreciative of our fabulous golfers, donors and sponsors.”
To register, visit the AHEF website at ahef.us.
District partners with local non-profits to help provide backpacks for students
AHEF and United Way donate over 2,000 backpacks for Anoka-Hennepin students
Anoka-Hennepin Schools has once again partnered with the United Way to help distribute backpacks and school supplies to students in need. The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation has also stepped up with a partnership to help he district provide backpacks and school supplies. In total, over 2,000 backpacks will be distributed to district students. Read more about the United Way and AHEF backpack donations.
Upcoming events and important links
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