Raider Reader for November 15, 2023
News for November 15, 2023
Community Safety Meeting TONIGHT!
Please join Roseville Area Schools Superintendent Jenny Loeck, Roseville Chief of Police Erika Scheider, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, staff members from the school district, police department, and county attorney’s office, as well as members of non-profit organizations that serve our families and students as we address questions and concerns around school safety. We will highlight current safety and security efforts as well as new efforts and opportunities that are being explored. The goal of this meeting is to inform our community as well as collaborate on opportunities for improvement.
🗓️ Wednesday, November 15
⏰ 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Doors open 5:30 p.m. for attendees to review FAQs and resources.)
📍 Roseville Area High School's Thein Auditorium
A recording of the meeting will be available on the district website later this week.
We had SO MUCH FUN at Kindergarten Information Night!
The future members of the Class of 2037 joined us for so many exciting activities... from posing in our photo booth, dancing with the Teddy Bear Band, and signing our graduation banner to meeting our wonderful principals and teachers, enjoying a Super Snack, and collecting stickers for the Kindergarten Passport. We can't wait for you to start kindergarten in September 2024!
EDW Students Present Fred the Skunk
Students in the Targeted Services theater program at Emmet D. Williams Elementary School wowed the crowd with their recent performance of Fred the Skunk by Chuck Novatka! This play told the tale of a friendly skunk looking to make friends with the other forest animals. Though the other animals were initially scared of skunks, Fred's quick thinking and kind words saved the day and showed the forestanimals what it means to truly be a friend!
This special theater program, which has now run at several of our elementary schools, was created to support students who lost out on literacy learning due to the pandemic. In this program, students practice their literacy skills through reading scripts, engaging in theater-related games and tongue twisters, learning new terminology, and practicing their lines in front of others. At the end of class, students get to perform for family, friends, and staff. This program continues to boost reading scores, group cohesion, creativity, and peer mentorship among students! (✍🏼: Megan Webb)
THANK YOU to Our Community!
Recently, we relaunched the Community Advisory Committee comprised district staff, community members, and representatives from local organizations -- all focused on collaborating to better serve our students and their families. Our focus this year is on growing our business partnerships in the community. I am so hopeful about the work of this committee, appreciative of the members who donate their time and talent to our efforts, and look forward to leveraging the collective expertise and knowledge base to support the work in our schools.
Part of my hope is rooted in the overwhelming community support we experience in the Roseville area. Case in point, on Election Day, with only three school board seats on the local ballot, we had an *amazing* turnout at the polls. The numbers are so telling -- in 2019 when only the school board election was on the ballot, Ramsey County reported a voter turnout of 3,686 people. This year, Ramsey County reported a voter turnout of 10,353. This is an increase of 6,667 voters, equating to almost a 200% increase! Our Roseville Area Schools community cares deeply about the education of our children and that value was reflected this year at the polls.
We also had wonderful turnout at two annual events last week. At Kindergarten Information Night on November 9, next year's kindergarteners (the Roseville Area High School Class of 2037!) and their families took part in a number of informative AND fun events as they start prepping for kindergarten next fall. And on Saturday, more than 250 community members turned out for the annual 623 Walk/Run, which raised more than $9,000 for youth scholarships. These fun events reflect our community's commitment to our current and future students.
Before I go...a reminder that tomorrow night we are hosting a Community Safety Meeting at Roseville Area High School. We will be providing information about current safety and security measures and our partnerships with the Roseville Police Department, the Ramsey County District Attorney's office, and a number of local organizations focused on supporting youth. We will aim to answer questions submitted by our community and attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions. I hope to see you there as we collaborate with existing partners and nurture new partnerships -- all to support our students, their families, and our staff.
Roseville American Indian Education Presents Dance Exhibition Featuring Jackie Bird
🗓️ Friday, November 17
⏰ 6:30 p.m.
📍 Roseville Area High School
Jackie Bird was born in St. Paul and spent most of her childhood in Pipestone, MN where she attended elementary and middle school. In all her performances, Jackie has been praised for getting her audience involved with her contemporary and traditional music, songs and dances. Woven throughout Jackie’s performance are the intricacies and beliefs of her Native American culture.
The Hoop dance has a different meaning for every tribe. For Jackie, the dance is for healing. It has been passed down through her family from generation to generation. The hoops stand for the circle of life. Once, it was a male-dominant dance, but with the world needing more healing, women have now joined in. She uses 38 hoops to tell the creation story.
Jackie has performed worldwide, including places like Germany, Italy, Hungary, Peru, Sweden, Japan, Australia, and all over the United States and Canada. Some of her more notable performances were the opening of the 2008 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where she performed the hoop dance, sang with Robbie Robertson and sang the National Anthem at a Minnesota Twins game in Minneapolis, MN.
RAHS Swim Team Members Heading to State!
We're so proud of our alumni! Acer Iverson (Roseville Area High School Class of 2019 who attends Harvard University) and Bennett Harrison-Michaels (RAHS Class of 2023 who attends the University of Vermont) competed at the NCAA Northeast Regional cross country race in New York City on Friday. Go Raiders!