STEM HUB Parent Newsletter

May 2020

Item Pick-Up Schedule

Monday: 9am-11am & 1pm-3pm

Tuesday: 2pm-7pm

Wednesday: 2pm-7pm

Thursday: 9am-11am & 1pm-3pm

Seniors Cap and Gown: Tuesday, 2-7

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Passing Grade Request

Parent/Guardian of Shakopee High School Student,

As you know, this school year has presented new challenges to our school community. One of the considerations Shakopee Schools decided to make was to give each student in grades 9 - 12 the option of changing a letter grade of any course they passed during 4th quarter to a grade of P for Pass instead of having a letter grade. Each student can use this option on as many of their courses as they choose.

Please use this form to request a change from a passing letter grade to a grade of P for Pass. The student will still receive credit for the course, but the grade will not impact the student's GPA. A separate form will need to be filled out for each student who wishes to make this grading change.

This option is designed specifically for a student whose GPA would be negatively impacted by a passing grade earned during 4th quarter distance learning. As a reminder, if a student is not at a passing grade at the end of the course, the student will receive an Incomplete (I) and be invited to participate in a summer program to complete missing work and assessments.

If you have any questions, please contact your Academy Principal.

Thank you,

Jeff Pawlicki

Shakopee High School Principal

Stuart Lang


Freshman Alpha/Freshman Omega

(952) 496-5159

Sarah Jordan

Academy Principal

Arts & Communication/Business & Entrepreneurship

(952) 496-5163

Adam Dittberner

Academy Principal

Engineering & Manufacturing/Science & Technology

(952) 496-5113

Scott Doran

Academy Principal

Health Science/Human Services

(952) 496-5169

Distance Learning Update

Governor Tim Walz announced that all Minnesota schools will continue with distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

I understand this is a challenging situation for everyone. This is certainly not how I envisioned the final couple of months of this school year unfolding. The fact every school district in the state and many districts across the nation are dealing with these same feelings of disappointment does not provide much comfort. Please know we are here to support you and that our team, the employees of Shakopee Public Schools, will continue to do our absolute best to serve our students and community in any way possible.

We will continue distance learning, building on the successes and learning from the challenges we have seen over the last three weeks. We are passionate about doing all we can to strengthen relationships with our students, who remain our number one priority. I am incredibly proud of how our students, families and staff have persevered in this challenging situation. Ultimately, we will continue to meet this challenge and show that we are truly #shakostrong!

The one silver lining in the Governor’s decision to not reopen schools is that we now have clarity. We will begin to quickly finalize and initiate plans to deal with the current circumstances. These plans include things like graduation for the Class of 2020, the fate of summer school, locker clean-outs, device returns, fee refunds, and more. As decisions are finalized, our team will share the information with you.

Grading Modifications Overview

Shakopee Public Schools Parents/Guardians:

We hope this email finds you and your family well. As a reminder, there is no school for students on Friday, May 1 and on Monday, May 4. Distance learning will resume on Tuesday, May 5. We also wanted to share important information on the district’s grading modifications for Quarter 4, which are outlined below:

Grading Modifications Overview

Distance learning continues to provide challenges to students, families and staff. Schools across the country have been grappling with issues around grading. We, too, have been working to balance our need to focus on learning with the social-emotional needs of our students. As a result, our grading systems need to be modified to better manage grading and assessment during this unprecedented time for our students, families and staff. Our primary goals are to:

  • Focus on the social-emotional needs of our students, families and staff as well as continued learning in this difficult time.
  • Avoid any unnecessary negative impact or inequities for students and families who may be struggling for a wide variety of reasons to consistently participate in a distance learning environment.
  • Allow teacher teams flexibility to focus on critical standards, assignments and assessments that can be managed well in a distance learning environment.

High School (9-12)

High School students will receive letter grades with an option to request a Pass (P) for grades of D- or above at the end of the quarter. Modified grading will be noted on student transcripts. Students will receive an Incomplete (I) for a failing grade and be invited to participate in a summer program to complete missing work and assessments.

Information- Tech Support

Tech Support During Closure

Contact Process

Initial contact

**Help Desk ticket is needed to begin the process**


  • Parent/Student Phone: (952) 697-8701 (Voicemail only)

As much as possible, we will handle support remotely via help tickets, remote access to devices, or phone calls. Physical visits would be a last resort.

Physical Locations

Starting April 6, Tech will be using Pearson for in-person tech support.

What Tech Support at Pearson covers:

  • Mi-Fi Pick-up.
  • New enrollee device pick-up.
  • Exiting student device drop-off.
  • Broken device drop-off/swap.
  • Remote support not possible on device.

Food Distribution Plan

1) Pick-up at the high school 11am-1pm Monday-Friday. Lunch and the next morning's breakfast will be available.

2) Delivery locations and times

Bus #1:

Jackson Heights 11:00 - 11:25 a.m.

Mobile Manor 11:30 - Noon

Bus #2:

Sweeney Elementary 11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Taylor Street Complex (Cul De Sac off 13th Ave) 11:20 - 11:40 a.m.

Bonnevista Terrace 11:45 - Noon

Bus #3:

Sarazin Flats 11:00 - 11:25 a.m.

Fire Station at Pine Tree Townhomes 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

East Middle School - 11:50 - 12:10

Bus #4:

Pearson Elementary 11:15 - 11:30

Clifton Apartments 11:34 - 11:50

Garden Lane Cul-de-sac 11:55 -12:10

Bus #5:

Eagle Creek Townhomes 11:00 - 11:25 a.m.

Valley Haven 11:30 - Noon

Upcoming Schedule

May 1- No School

May 4- No School

Documents Linked Below:

  • 2019-20 Calendar

E&M Design Challenge-Postponed (can still submit)

Students in the E&M Academy (open to other academies as well) have the opportunity to design a Music Wall, to be added to the playground at Eagle Creek upon completion. The designs are due on Friday, March 27. Eagle Creek students will select a winner, and we will do a group build in April and install the wall in May. More info on the attached image.

Opportunity: 2021 Spring Break Trip to Panama to Provide Clean Water to Under Resourced Communities

The Academies of Shakopee are happy to promote an opportunity for students taking place during Spring Break 2021. There will be a group traveling to Panama to work with an organization called Squads Abroad. Students will have the opportunity use their skills to provide access to clean water in under resourced communities. For more information please plan to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, March 12 from 6-7:00pm in the Saber Community Room. For questions please connect with Elizabeth Duehr

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