Lighthouse School Newsletter

April 6, 2022

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Hello, Lighthouse Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week! This week is National Library week — and it’s library month! What a great time to highlight the importance and joy of reading. At our school, we have great resources for our students to find new books in the Lighthouse library or the SLPHS library. Now is a good time to head to your local library and sign up for a library card (if you don’t already have one) so your student can get more books to read at home or during summer!

Today is National Paraprofessional Appreciation day. I truly cannot thank Donna enough for her critical role in helping our students succeed each and every day! Thank you for your amazing work, Donna!


  • Feed My Starving Children: Most Lighthouse students are volunteering at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, April 8. Please remind your child to wear closed-toe shoes and leave jewelry at home. If a student has long hair, it will need to be tied back.
  • Friday, April 15: There is no school for students on Friday, April 15. Mark your calendar and make sure you have a plan for that day.

With Gratitude,

Lisa Cisewski

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Learner Profiles: Learning the learner

What does Maya know about herself at age six? She likes to eat tacos. She wants to be a ballerina. Her favorite color is blue. By the end of kindergarten as she’s turning seven? She might know that she doesn’t like working in groups. She prefers a wobble chair (to help with concentration). She’s interested in animals and (it’s likely) she still likes tacos.

A learner profile documents this kind of information – a student’s strengths, interests and needs as a learner as well as who they are as a person. It grows as they do during their time at Spring Lake Park Schools and supports them to become powerful, independent and curious learners.

In kindergarten, the profile primarily helps teachers to know a student and design engaging experiences for them. As they grow, students take more ownership. By graduation, the goal is for each student to know their strengths, interests and needs so well they can navigate anything.

Read more.

12 by 12: 12 college credits by 12th grade

By the time Senior Dian Castro graduates from Spring Lake Park High School, she will have earned 43 college credits. She’s on track to go to college to study engineering. Junior Hunter Mlinarcik is also earning college credits with his sights set on pursuing a career in the trades.

Dian and Hunter plan to take two different paths after graduation. Both are realizing an important goal at Spring Lake Park Schools by earning 12 (or more) college credits by the end of 12th grade. It’s a goal known to Panthers as 12 by 12.

Over the past seven years, Spring Lake Park Schools has made it a priority to provide high school students with various opportunities and paths to earn college credits while in high school. Students will need at least some college level work for whatever comes next, whether they choose a 2-year or 4-year college degree or technical training and career.

Read their stories and learn more about 12 by 12.

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Winter highlights: Panther athletics and activities

With six winter girls’ sports, six winter boys’ sports and 44 student-based interest clubs and co-curricular activities at Spring Lake Park High School, there were abundant opportunities this winter for students to find connection, belonging and purpose beyond the classroom. These opportunities allow students to participate and pursue excellence in their areas of interest.

This winter, athletes in several sports were state-bound. Boys swimming had one of their best seasons ever – placing 9th at the state meet. The math team finished the regular season second in the section and 14th overall in the state.

From the figure skating rink to the basketball court to knowledge bowl and one act play competitions, we shared our excellence and panther pride wherever we went. It was a world-class winter.

Check out all the athletics and activities highlights and view the photo album.

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It's time to register for summer programs!

Make it a full summer at SLP with programs for grades K-12. From athletic camps with SLP coaches, to field trips and other community experiences to enrichment programming, child care options and more, we’ll keep your student learning, growing and having fun. View program highlights below and find a full list of youth summer programs here.

Family Program

Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tour: Are you looking for the perfect way to kick off Father's Day weekend? Take a trip down the majestic St. Croix River on paddlewheel boat while learning about the unique history of the area and taking in the natural beauty! After the river excursion stick around to explore the many shops, restaurants, and other attractions Taylors Falls has to offer. This is a perfect day trip for the whole family. Takes place on June 9, 2022.

Tickets available for SLPHS spring musical "Oklahoma!"

Come support our SLPHS theater students in an upcoming production of "Oklahoma!" at the SLPHS Fine Arts Center. Purchase your tickets online or for a $1 more at the door.

About the show
In a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century, a high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful background for Curly, a charming cowboy, and Laurey, a feisty farm girl, to play out their love story. Their romantic journey, as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road, contrasts with the comic exploits of brazen Ado Annie and hapless Will Parker in a musical adventure embracing hope, determination and the promise of a new land.

"It's going to be a pretty phenomenal show - a unique and thought-provoking take on this old chestnut." - Kevin Dutcher, SLPHS theater director


  • Friday, April 22, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.

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Women's History Month Activities

As part of our celebration of Women's History Month in Physical Education, Lighthouse students have been learning about Title IX and playing netball, a sport originally designed for women in the 1890s.

As Women's History Month comes to a close, so does the research phase of our work with Underdog Games. Students at Lighthouse have been researching famous women to contribute to the upcoming publication of the game Herstory. In the spring, students will be able to play-test and provide feedback to the game designers too!

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  • April 8 - Field trip to Feed My Starving Children
  • April 12 - Reading MCA for grades 3-8
  • April 14 - Math MCA for grades 3-8
  • April 15 - No School, Staff Professional Work Day
  • April 20 - Reading MCA for grade 10 and Math MCA for grade 11
  • April 21 - Science MCA for grades 5-8
  • April 22 - Science MCA for grades 8-12
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