In the Know - November 4, 2022
November 4, 2022
District schools participate in Anoka Big Parade of Little People
It was a treat for three elementary schools in Anoka, the Halloween Capital of the World, and four Anoka-Hennepin middle school marching bands that participated in the Big Parade of Little People on Friday, Oct. 28.
Dressed in costumes, students from Franklin, Lincoln and Wilson elementary schools walked the parade route in downtown Anoka. Marching bands from Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Jackson Middle School: A Specialty School for Math and Science, Oak View Middle School and Roosevelt Middle School entertained the spectators. Parade participation gives students an opportunity to share what they have learned with the community, while giving younger students insight into classes and activities they may want to consider exploring and getting involved in at their schools in the future.
Grad Spotlight: Todd Archbold (CRHS) leads local mental health care expansion
A social worker and a summer volunteer gig led 1999 Coon Rapids High School graduate, Todd Archbold, on a career path that would wind through the mental health care field, from school social worker to CEO of PrairieCare - one of the nation’s largest providers of psychiatric services.
Archbold decided to volunteer at a teen center for at-risk youth in Coon Rapids over summer break between his junior and senior year of high school, where an Anoka-Hennepin school social worker, Mike Kochendofer, also volunteered.
“I loved everything he brought to the table: his persona, what he did with kids,” Archbold said of Kochendofer. “He taught me a lot about how to build meaningful connections. So, I ended up going into social work because of him. I wanted to ‘Be Like Mike.’”
Community survey data monitors and assists decision makers
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board is committed to collecting community feedback as an essential element to ensure schools are meeting community needs. The district authorizes an annual scientifically valid survey of community members to collect data to monitor key performance indicators.
Community survey key indicators
Anoka-Hennepin conducts an annual community survey using the Morris Leatherman company, a leading Twin Cities based firm. The survey contacts 500 randomly selected residents from all areas of the district via phone and is considered accurate by plus or minus 4.5 percentage points in 95 of 100 cases. Comparison with past surveys helps to ensure accuracy and identify trends for decision makers.
When asked to rate the quality of education provided by the school district, a combined 82% gave an “excellent” or “good” rating. Anoka-Hennepin’s excellence rating of 20% remains well above the state average of 13%. Residents also show strong support for Anoka-Hennepin teachers; 83% voiced favorable ratings of teachers’ job performance, 81% believed Anoka-Hennepin does a good job of involving the community. In total, the survey included 107 questions, including many perception questions asked every year and monitored to identify trends or areas of concern.
View the full article, including details about parent perceptions and the district's pandemic response.
Jackson Middle School, CPHS and CBPA host educators from Finland
Jackson Middle School - A Specialty School for Math and Science (JMS) hosted six educators from Finland Nov. 3 for a day-long glimpse of the U.S. education system from the Anoka-Hennepin perspective.
The Finnish guests toured Champlin Park High School - International Baccalaureate Programme (CPHS), JMS and Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Science all in one day and have been spending time in the state visiting a variety of schools and districts.
JMS principal Joel Young became connected with the group of educators through a friend, Dr. Sean Wachsmuth, who spent a year teaching at the University of Turku in Finland as a Fulbright Scholar.
Teachers and staff shared their experiences as educators and the guests visited classrooms at each site, seeing all of the great things Anoka-Hennepin has to offer. All three schools have specialty programs, where programming is integrated into the curriculum to provide unique learning experiences.
CPHS activities director Matt Mattson shared how athletics and activities are integrated into the U.S. school system, which was an unusual system for the visitors. In Finland, sports and activities are not offered through school systems, but many people join club sports teams.
View photos of the visit during the JMS portion of the visit.
Coon Rapids High School celebrates auditorium renovation with a grand re-opening
Coon Rapids High School continues to be a focal point for facility upgrades with the latest project being celebrated in style through special showcase performances held Thursday, Oct. 27. View photos from the event.
Nearly 250 student musicians and actors from five performing groups - Concert and Bel Canto Choir, Concert Orchestra, Concert Band and Coon Rapids High School Theatre - combined in a fine-arts showcase event as part of a grand re-opening event. Called a “once in a generation” set of upgrades during the introductory remarks by CRHS Assistant Principal Andrew Frosch, the auditorium renovations start with the main curtain and include stage and facility flooring and patron seating. The investment of approximately $500,000, approved by the Anoka-Hennepin School Board, replaced materials that were decades old and will serve the school and community for years to come.
CTN Coon Rapids provided complete coverage of the one-hour Grand Re-opening event. View the entire event on the CTN YouTube page.
Ninja warrior course allows students to climb obstacles with hands-on math lab
The math lab at Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science (CBPA) officially opened last school year, and one of the latest additions to the school building continues to deliver new and exciting learning opportunities.
On Oct. 31, fourth and fifth grade students participated in a ninja warrior course and collected data to bring back to the classroom for an interactive math analysis.
Throughout the course, students tested their strength and agility in a number of activities, including a rock climbing wall, warped wall, quintuple steps, and a balance beam and rope climbing wall.
Watch this video to learn more about the interactive math lesson and view photos of students participating in the ninja warrior course.
Putting 'U' in Community Education: Mike's story
Community School Coordinator, Mike Race saw a way he could help and jumped on board… the bus that is. Race obtained a bus license over the summer so that this fall he could cover some of the after-school routes for Community Education middle school athletic programs.
Mike’s real job, along with five other middle school coordinators, is to set up enrichment activities, along with games, practices, matches, as well as book refs and order buses. But after all competitions had to be cancelled in the fall of 2021 due to a shortage of bus drivers, Race stepped up to help drive, in addition to his regular position.
In the latest Putting ‘U’ in Community Education video, ride along with Mike as he shares his story.
Early influenza season and promoting health and wellness in school
Minnesota is starting to see an uptick in flu cases, according to new data from the state department of health. Now is the perfect opportunity to remind your students about healthy habits to prevent the spread of germs and illness. Use these conversation tips at home to stay healthy this school year:
Wash hands frequently: Scrub hands and fingers with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover coughs and sneezes: Use an elbow or a tissue.
Avoid touching your face: Germs can enter your body through your eyes, nose and mouth.
Practice healthy eating habits: Food is your body’s fuel. Choosing well-balanced meals boosts energy and health. Avoid sharing food/drinks/utensils with others.
Get plenty of rest: Sleep is important and restores your mind and body.
When to stay home
Ensuring schools are safe and healthy for all students is the first priority for Anoka-Hennepin. If your child does get sick, keep them home from school so they don’t share their illness with others. Reference school district guidelines to help with this decision:
If a student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student must stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without fever reducing medication.
If a student has vomited or had diarrhea, the student must stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
If a student has had any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with your family physician before sending the student to school.
If a student is ill, please call the school daily to report the illness.
For more resources and information contact your school health services office or visit ahschools.us/healthservices.
2022-23 fall sports and activities roundup
With the fall sports and activities season wrapping up, here’s a look at who’s heading to state, and how they fared when they performed and played. Also included is information about post-season awards student-athletes and coaches earned.
Girls cross country
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) state cross country championships will be held Nov. 5 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Seven individuals from Anoka-Hennepin qualified for the girls' state cross country meet.
Champlin Park High School: Abby Hibbs, Brigid Keran
Andover High School: Julia Babineau, Isabel Grant, Olivia Krafty
Anoka High School: Kaelyn Nelson
Blaine High School: Shalom Sulungaine
Boys cross country
The MSHSL state cross country championships will be held Nov. 5 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
The Blaine High School (BHS) boys’ cross country team qualified for the state cross country meet as a team after a second place at the Section 7AAA meet. BHS head coach Rachel Karel was honored as the Section 7AAA boys cross country coach of the year. Five individuals from Anoka-Hennepin schools also qualified for the state meet.
Champlin Park High School: Charles Hibbs, Ethan Ibarra
Andover High School: Aidan Gomes, Jack Jendro
Coon Rapids High School: Peyton Martinek
District schools to honor service members with Veterans Day lessons
The week of Nov. 7, Anoka-Hennepin will honor past and present service members with a variety of Veterans Day events or educational opportunities aimed at learning about and honoring those who have served or who are serving in the military.
Schools will recognize Veterans Day in a variety of meaningful ways, including all-school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, special lessons or veteran speakers who will visit schools and share the importance of the day with students. View a summary of events and activities planned at district schools.
Upcoming events and important links
- Action of the School Board, Oct. 24 meeting.
- Nov. 7 School Board meeting preview.
District to host hiring event for operational positions Nov. 9.
- Supporting YoU: Employee wellness podcast.
High school chemistry and elementary science curriculum open house set for Nov. 17.
Providing family choice: Anoka-Hennepin features 12 specialty and magnet schools.
Oct. 1 enrollment report shows district enrollment remains steady, elementary-age students impacting growth.
- Winter weather reminders.
Increased security in place to ensure safety at school events.
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