In the Know - December 9, 2022
December 9, 2022
Cory McIntyre named next superintendent of Anoka-Hennepin Schools
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board selected Cory McIntyre as the next superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The selection was made following a first-round of interviews Nov. 29 and 30, and day-long final interviews with district/community stakeholders and School Board members Dec. 6 and 7.
“Anoka-Hennepin Schools has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a belief that all students can learn at high levels,” McIntyre said. “I believe the mission and vision of the District is a match with my philosophy of education, and my skills and abilities as a leader.”
Employee 2022 W-2s will be available electronically
Opt-out option available for those who prefer a printed copy
Anoka-Hennepin employee 2022 W-2s will be available for viewing, downloading and printing by logging into Skyward Employee Access.
Here are a few reasons to choose an electronic copy:
- It will be ready earlier than printed copies.
- It is a safer method of delivery considering the W-2 contains sensitive data such as social security numbers.
- It can be accessed from anywhere you can log in to Skyward.
To access Skyward, first sign in to A-HConnect, then click Skyward. In order to receive the W-2 electronically instead of a paper copy, please complete the opt out form titled "Confirm W2 Delivery 2022" in Employee Access of Skyward.
Employees have until Jan. 13, 2023 to change their preference to receiving their W-2 electronically. Communication will be sent out when 2022 W-2s are available electronically.
Please contact Payroll at extension 61050 or Payroll.Help@AHSchools.us with any questions.
Information sessions available for Grow Your Own Program
Three information sessions are available for employees to learn more about the Grow Your Own Program, specifically The Work and Learn Program offered by the University of St. Thomas for Anoka-Hennepin employees.
Upcoming information sessions:
Thursday, Jan. 12
- 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Meeting link: https://stthomas.zoom.us/j/7154955543
Tuesday, Feb. 7
- 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Meeting link: https://stthomas.zoom.us/j/7154955543
New $225 substitute teacher rate at select sites and on Fridays now in effect
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board approved increased pay for substitute teachers, including a $225 daily rate, as a strategy to maintain high quality education in classrooms across the district.
A new $225 substitute teacher daily rate is now in effect for 10 schools across the district and at all sites on Fridays through the end of the school year. Substitute teachers help provide stability for students and serve an important role in maintaining educational services. View the schools included in the special rate.
Serving as a substitute teacher is a great way to gain valuable experience in education while assisting in meeting a community priority by helping children learn and develop. Anyone with a bachelor’s degree is eligible to become a substitute teacher. Contact Debbie Richter in the Anoka-Hennepin Employee Services department at 763-506-1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn details and the process to apply.
Monroe Elementary staff goes on surprise shopping spree at Office Depot
In September, students and staff at Monroe Elementary School - Mathematics, Science and Children’s Engineering were surprised with a donation of backpacks and school supplies from Office Depot.
Through the Office Depot Start Proud!® Program, 1,000 backpacks filled with notebooks, composition books, crayons, pencils, highlighters and more were distributed to students at both Monroe and Evergreen Park Elementary: STEM School of Innovation.
Fast forward to Dec. 5, when staff at Monroe showed up to work prepared for a staff development day only to learn of another surprise. Teachers and staff members loaded school buses for a surprise trip to Office Depot in Maple Grove, where they would soon go on a shopping spree for classroom supplies thanks to a donation of over $50,000. View photos of Monroe staff stocking up on school supplies and watch the news story by CCX Media to hear from Monroe staff as they were able to get more supplies for their classrooms.
Monroe Elementary Teachers Get School Supply Shopping Spree at Office Depot
Staff from Monroe Elementary in Brooklyn Park got a chance to shop for their classrooms at the Office Depot in Maple Grove on Monday. Office Depot presented a check for more than $51,000 in staff supplies. "They are going to get all these amazing things for their classroom that they didn't even know they could get," said Amy Oliver, principal.
In the news: Andover Elementary student featured on KARE 11 news
Lucas Kacer's pencil sharpening prowess caught the eye of KARE's Land of 10,000 Stories team
Check out the story of nine year old Andover Elementary student Lucas Kacer, who has amassed a following of fans as he pursues his hobby of pencil sharpening that helps others along the way.
Minnesota boy sharpens 'a million' pencils, builds social media following
Lucas Kacer has autism. Pencil sharpening is his thing. ANDOVER, Minn. - In the digital age, bright yellow paint can seem like the only thing keeping pencils from feeling a little dull. But in a split-level house in Andover, pencils never stop feeling sharp.
Seasonal concerts at district middle and high schools
If you are looking for local holiday entertainment, look no further than your school community. There are a variety of music concerts going on at district middle and high schools in December and January.
Bid now: Student-built pergola swings, firewood sheds and luxury playhouse
Students in the Blaine High School (BHS) construction program have built four pergola swings and two firewood sheds, which are now open for bidding. Additionally, a luxury playhouse and ice house built by district students are up for auction.
Learn more about the student-built items and how to access the auctions.
Registration is now open for all winter Community Education classes, activities
Anoka-Hennepin Community Education offers many exciting opportunities for lifelong learning this winter. Distribution of printed catalogs has been delayed due to circumstances outside of the district's control, but registration for all programs is open and available online.
Learn more about the upcoming Community Education opportunities.
Increased security in place to ensure safety at school events
Safety at school events continues to be a focus area for the district and surrounding communities. Anoka-Hennepin Schools is committed to creating experiences that showcase the talents of student-athletes in an environment that promotes healthy competition. The district continues to implement safety and security practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for participants and spectators.
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