Raider Reader for November 2, 2023
News for November 2, 2023
Lights on Afterschool Celebrates the Impact of Afterschool Programs
Last week was Lights On Afterschool! 💡 🎉 This annual nationwide event highlights the impact of afterschool programs across the country and recognizes the dedicated staff members who make these programs so amazing.
In Roseville Area Schools, our Out of School Time staff are devoted to creating enriching and engaging programs outside of the regular school day. 🌟 These programs, such as Friendship Connection and Unity Center, greatly benefit youth, parents, and our community. 🌎
To celebrate Lights On Afterschool, our Out of School Time sites hosted a variety of fun events and activities. Students, families, and staff enjoyed glow in the dark bowling, STEM stations, mini golf, succulent planting, glow jars and more! 🪴 🎳
THANK YOU for your great work, Out of School Time team! 😊
Communidad Latinx Student Group Honors Loved Ones with Butterfly Project
Students in the Roseville Area Middle School after-school group Communidad Latinx participated in a butterfly project during Hispanic Heritage Month. Students colored butterflies of their loved ones and hung the butterflies around the school's entryway. They also setting up an altar among the butterflies to honor their ancestors. Silvia Vasquez, a Dual Language Spanish Immersion (DLSI) program social studies teacher and the DLSI family/student/community engagement coordinator at RAMS coordinated the activity as well as invited an artist to come in and decorate sugar skulls to commemorate Day of the Dead.
"Experiences like these give the students the opportunity to learn about their Latiné/x/o culture," explains Vasquez. "The after-school program also continued their language instruction because the majority of the students are in the school's DLSI program."
Don't Forget to Vote on November 7!
Your voice matters, and this election is an opportunity to make a difference in your community. In the Roseville area, there are three seats on the school board up for election, and your vote can help shape the future of our schools.
To find more information about where to vote on Tuesday, please visit the official Roseville Area Schools website at www.isd623.org. Make an informed decision and be part of the democratic process by casting your vote on November 7.
The Roseville Area Schools State of the District presentation provides students, families, staff, and community members with updates re: where we are as a district and where we aspire to be. Hear from district administrators and board members -- all led by an outstanding student from Roseville Area High School -- as we address district challenges and successes and our goals for the first year of our new strategic plan.
November is National Native American Heritage Month
Throughout the 20th century, various Indigenous Americans organized and appealed to United States government leaders to establish a national day of recognition of Native Americans. In 1915, such a day was established. In November 1990, the first Native American Heritage Month was recognized after a federal law was passed. Similar laws are passed each year to continue to recognize the first Americans each November.
In Roseville Area Schools, we observe Native American Heritage Month to acknowledge that the land which our school district occupies is the ancestral home of the Oceti Sakowin or Dakota people. This is also a time to educate, liberate, and celebrate the rich cultures in our community.
Updated Calendar: Note Corrections to November 6 & 7
Please note that November 6 and 7 have been corrected in this version of the calendar to reflect the version approved by the school board. This is the correct notation for those days:
- November 6: Staff Development (No School)
- November 7: Election Day/Staff Development (Pre-K-6 No School/7-12 Asynchronous)
You can also download a corrected PDF of the calendar below or on the district website here.
Roseville American Indian Education Presents Dance Exhibition Featuring Jackie Bird
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 Junior Marit Haugen Competes in State Tennis Tournament
Congratulations to RAHS junior Marit Haugen, who placed first in the Section 4AA tournament to earn a trip to the Minnesota State Tennis Tournament! After losing her first match at state, Haugen won her last two matches to advance to the consolation championship where she competed against Section 4AA championship rival Rory Wahlstrand from Mounds View. Wahlstrand ended up taking the consolation championship with a 6-3 601 victory. Haugen is pictured with Sophia Dang (left) & Maddie Sundberg (right), who placed 3rd in Section 4AA doubles.
RAHS Cross Country Runners Going to State!
Roseville is sending four girls and two boys to state after their performances at the Section 4AA cross country meets at Anoka High School. Tilia Iverson finished (6th), Elinor Rogers (12th), Samantha Mermelstein (14th), and Lillian Freeman (15th) will compete at the University of Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, November 4 at 10:45 a.m. Section 4AA champion Robert Mechura and Owen Zupancich (6th) are advancing to the state tournament on the boys side. They will compete at the University of Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m.