In the Know - October 14, 2022
October 14, 2022
Order Anoka-Hennepin Schools apparel through Oct. 25
An online store to purchase Anoka-Hennepin branded apparel and accessories is now open through Tuesday, Oct. 25. Items will be customized with the Anoka-Hennepin Schools logo through BSN Sports, with delivery expected between Nov. 30 and Dec. 13. Orders will be delivered to the Anoka-Hennepin Schools Educational Service Center (2727 N. Ferry Street, Anoka) for pick-up. Email notifications will be sent to staff when orders are ready for pick-up.
Visit the online store. If prompted to use a code, the Anoka-Hennepin Schools store code is ahstaff955.
Note: District funds may not be used for purchases. This opportunity is available for staff members who wish to enhance their wardrobe with Anoka-Hennepin Schools apparel and accessories.
Boundary change community meetings conclude; feedback submissions still accepted
This week, the district concluded a series of eight community meetings held in September and October at locations in each area of the school district to provide families, staff and community members the opportunity to see attendance boundary proposals, ask questions and provide feedback. Meetings were streamed online, live, and are archived on the boundaries website.
Recommendations will be presented to the School Board Nov. 7, and the board is expected to take action at its Nov. 21 meeting with a final vote. Updated boundaries are to go into effect in the fall of 2023. View the boundary change timeline for implementation.
Details by community clusters
There are no boundary changes proposed in the Andover or Coon Rapids communities. High school boundaries are also not proposed to change.
Read more details about proposed changes in the following community cluster of schools:
Feedback and input
The district continues to seek feedback from families, staff and community members on the current proposals. Submit feedback via online form at ahschools.us/boundaryfeedback or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
KARE 11 television attended the Champlin Park community meeting, Oct. 12.
Anoka-Hennepin considers boundary changes, primarily for elementary schools
The district says population growth in Blaine, Champlin and Dayton is forcing shifts. CHAMPLIN, Minn. - The Anoka-Hennepin School District is considering boundary changes that would impact 12 elementary schools and two middle schools, due to an explosion of population in the eastern and western edges of the state's largest district.
Anoka-Hennepin and Allina Health present SupportingYoU podcast
Anoka-Hennepin and Allina Health partnered to provide district teachers and staff with a library of resources to support employee health and mental wellness.
SupportingYoU, an employee wellness podcast, has 23 episodes available now - featuring a range of topics from self-care fundamentals to the importance of gratitude.
Listen by visiting the website at ahschools.us/supportingyou.
Did you know? Staff members may attend high school events, free of charge
Get behind your team! Have a game plan for the most enjoyment at the event.
Safety at school events continues to be a focus area for the district and surrounding communities. Anoka-Hennepin recently increased security procedures at events to ensure safety following incidents at other metro area high schools. These guidelines limit entrance to students at participating schools with identification and adult supervision for younger students, amongst other strategies.
As your family makes a plan to attend school events, keep the following guidelines in mind:
Bring student IDs. Students from the hosting and visiting schools are welcome with student ID. No student ID, no entry. Students from any other schools/non-participating schools must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Allow extra time for admission and entry. Increased security may mean lines are longer at the entrance gate. Please plan accordingly.
Plan for parent/guardian chaperones in accordance with district guidelines to monitor student activity and behavior. The student-to-adult chaperone ratio is 2:1. Adult chaperones are expected to supervise middle and elementary school students they escorted to the game at all times. Adult chaperones are NOT allowed to leave the stadium without their students. Adult chaperones and students who are unable to follow these guidelines may be asked to leave the facility. Students from any other schools/non-participating schools must also be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Get behind your team! Spectators are expected to view the event in the appropriate designated seating area.
Leave extra items at home or in your vehicle. Backpacks, large bags/purses and outside food or drink (if concessions are sold on-site) are not allowed. Anoka-Hennepin prohibits weapons, alcoholic beverages, e-cigarettes / vaping, tobacco products and controlled substances.
It takes everyone to keep school events and activities safe. If your student, you or anyone in your family sees something or hears something suspicious or threatening in nature, report the information to school leadership or law enforcement immediately.
For more information, please visit ahschools.us/eventpolicies.
Deadline tomorrow: AHEF opens second round of mini-grants for teachers
The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) has opened a second round of grants for the 2022-23 school year (the grant guidelines are here and the grant application is here). Described as “mini-grants” because each grant is capped at $500, this round of grants is in response to teacher and staff feedback about the annual grant process.
“We had feedback from teachers that our annual process, which is open in the spring and awarded for the next school year, doesn’t always work for them. Teachers may not know what grade they will be teaching the following year, or what unique needs or challenges their students may have,” said Tess DeGeest, executive director of AHEF. "The mini-grant process is designed to address these needs."
“It is because of our generous donors that we can sustain this second round of grants for this school year,” said DeGeest. “Donors make this possible because they care about kids and they care about education.”
Minnesota Wild to hold Educator Appreciation Night on Oct. 20
The Minnesota Wild are showing their appreciation for educators and their hard work and dedication by holding an Educator Appreciation Night on Thursday, Oct. 20.
Educators have the opportunity to purchase an exclusively-priced ticket pack that includes a Wild-branded canvas tote, a pregame on-ice photo and a pregame gathering. Additionally, a donation will be made to the Education Minnesota Foundation from a portion of each ticket pack purchased.
Start MEA break by watching the Minnesota Wild take on the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Oct. 20. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
CPHS concert orchestra to perform original piece by junior Andres Johnson
When the Champlin Park High School (CPHS) concert orchestra puts bow to string in their first performance of the school year Oct. 18, it will be an extra special night for one high school junior. Andres Johnson, a member of the concert orchestra, has been hard at work over the past seven months composing an original piece that will be performed live for the very first time.
Johnson’s composition, titled Olympus Mons, was inspired by his love for space and tells the story of a journey to the top of the tallest mountain in the solar system. The song has nine parts, with each part telling a story about the journey, including obstacles such as Mars quakes and dust storms. The notes hit the crescendo as the final destination is reached, the summit of Olympus Mons.
Johnson has been creating music for the piano for some time, but this was his first attempt at an orchestral piece.
“All of my life I have been creating music,” Johnson said. “I decided that maybe I should try making an orchestra piece, so I emailed Mr. Comstock [CPHS orchestra instructor] and asked if I could write one.”
He began working on the project in March during spring break. Following many hours of work and revisions, Johnson gets to hear his piece come to life each day during first-hour rehearsal.
When asked what it’s like to hear his music played by his classmates, he responded with a fitting answer for a composer of orchestral music. “It tickles my heartstrings,” Johnson said.
The CPHS concert orchestra will perform for the first time this school year on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Putting 'U' in Community Education: The MacDonalds
The game of pickleball is played with a hard paddle and plastic wiffle ball, and it’s exploding in popularity across the country.
Dayton residents Mike and Joan MacDonald just started playing pickleball this month; in fact, they were taking part in their second open gym when we showed up with a camera to check out their skills. The MacDonalds say the game is great exercise and it’s also a great way to meet new people in the community.
Pickleball open gyms take place on Monday and Tuesday nights at Sandburg Education Center in Anoka through mid-December. Open gym hours are 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. It costs $5 at the door to play. Equipment is provided or you can bring your own. A new Intro to Pickleball class that was available this fall filled quickly, but our adult learning team says it will be offered again.
National Society of High School Scholars recognizes Coon Rapids student
Senior CJ Dean received the organization's "18 under 18" award
Coon Rapids High School senior CJ Dean made news this week when he was featured as a winner of an award recognizing the nation's most effective leaders under age 18 whose inspiration spreads positive influence for world betterment. Dean earned a $1,000 scholarship along with the award.
Read more about Dean and the positive influence he's making in his community.
District high school marching bands perform at Youth in Music competition
All five of Anoka-Hennepin’s traditional high schools competed in the 18th annual Youth in Music Championships at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Oct. 8. The premier marching band event featured 37 teams from Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Special guests included marching bands from North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Andover, Anoka, Blaine and Coon Rapids high schools competed in the Class A division, while Champlin Park High School competed in Class AA.
Blaine High School scored 66.750 for second place and Anoka scored 65.750 for third place in Class A. CRHS finished seventh in scoring and Andover High School was ninth in the Class A preliminary competition.
Earlier this fall, the BHS marching band placed third overall at the Bands of America Iowa regional held in September.
CPHS placed third in Class AA competition with a score of 73.650.
Local firefighters visit Anoka-Hennepin schools for fire prevention week
Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 9 through Oct. 15, and many district elementary schools are partnering with local fire departments offering opportunities for firefighters to discuss fire safety with students.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape. The Coon Rapids Fire Department (CRFD) visited students at elementary schools throughout the week, including at Hoover Elementary School - Biomedical, Health Sciences, and Engineering on Oct. 12. View photos of CRFD sharing fire safety information with Hoover students.
Firefighters encouraged students to know their family’s plan in the event of a fire, while also sharing information about smoke detectors, how to stop, drop, and roll, and more.
Students were treated to the always popular Sparky, who appeared on a remote control fire truck, during a life-size demonstration on smoke detectors and a puppet show. In Coon Rapids, elementary students have the opportunity to participate in a poster contest and the chance to earn a spot at a pizza party with CRFD at a fire station later this year.
Anoka-Hennepin is proud of its partnerships with local police and fire departments and works to create safe and welcoming learning environments for all students.
Minnesota Teacher of the Year nominations
Education Minnesota, the voice for professional educators and students in Minnesota, is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award program.
Online nominations are open now through Nov. 14.
Anyone may nominate a teacher.
For more information or to receive a paper nomination form, call Ashley Behrens at 651-292-4862 or 800-652-9073.
Upcoming events and important links
- School Board approves substitute pay rate increases, retention incentives.
Phil Knutson, former longtime educator in Anoka-Hennepin, has passed away
- Parent/guardian participation needed for district Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC).
- Resources available for teachers and staff serving students who have a seizure disorder.
- SEED seminars to be held for staff again in 2022.
- Construction for building addition at Sunrise Elementary set to begin this fall.
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