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6/20/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #30 - Special announcement regarding Jeff Conger, Special announcement update regarding Crystal Schneider and registration for Community Education fall adult athletic leagues begins July 1.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Special Announcement regarding Jeff Conger
2. Special announcement regarding Crystal Schneider (update)
3. Announcement for retiring Anoka-Hennepin employees
4. AHEF to host lunch for Summer Institute in August

Community Education News and Events:
5. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning (http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews)
6. Registration for Community Education fall adult athletic leagues begins July 1

Useful Tips and Resources
7. Download the June issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter

Opportunities: Local and National
8. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Special Announcement regarding Jeff Conger
We are saddened to announce the death of Anoka-Hennepin employee Jeff Conger, network services coordinator for the Anoka cluster, on June 17.

Jeff began working for Anoka-Hennepin in 1983 as an A.V. maintenance specialist. In 1995, he became a coordinator for the district’s Network Services Department. Last fall, Jeff was diagnosed with Scleroderma, an auto-immune disease. He received a lung transplant in May, but unfortunately, his condition worsened.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a funeral service on Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m. (with a burial procession to follow) at Washburn – McReavy Seman Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd. in Coon Rapids (phone number: 763-767-1000). We extend our deepest sympathies to friends and family of Jeff.


2. Special announcement regarding Crystal Schneider (update)
We have learned from the family of Crystal Schneider (Northdale Middle School special education teacher, who died in a car crash in Florida on June 8, as announced in the June 8 issue of District Staff News and Announcements) that memorials may be directed to:

Crystal Schneider Memorial
Main Street Bank
7111 – 21st Ave. N.
Centerville, MN 55038


3. Announcement for retiring Anoka-Hennepin employees
Attention retiring employees! Are you looking for a way to keep in touch with fellow retirees after retirement? If so, you’ll want to check out the Retired Educators Association.

Luncheons will be held throughout the 2007-08 school year at Greenhaven Golf Course in Anoka on Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Apr. 15, May 20 and June 17. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is available for $10 and is served at noon. Musical entertainment and/or speaker begins at 2 p.m.

Contact Marlene Colvin, Retired Educators Association president, at 763-427-1077 or Bob Gander, past-president, at 763-323-1045 or Bob Powell, past-president, at 763-755-5594, for more information.

A link for retired educators will be added to the new district Web site this fall.


4. AHEF to host lunch for Summer Institute in August
Attention staff! Are you planning on attending the Summer Institute in August? If so you’ll want to read on for information on lunch.

The Anoka-Hennepin Education Foundation (AHEF) will be hosting lunch for the Summer Institute this year. Participants will need to order lunch ahead of time to ensure availability and to assist with AHEF vendors.

Order forms and payment envelopes were sent to schools earlier this week. Forms and payment should be returned to the AHEF Summer Institute lunch envelop in your school’s office.

Summer Institute participants will save $1 per meal by using the AHEF VIP card. Extra cards were sent with order forms for staff who have not previously signed up or misplaced their cards. Information on sites that accept the VIP card were sent along with order forms.

Participants will be distributed lunch tickets on the first day of the institute. Those who include the number on their VIP card will also receive a transaction receipt.

Go to: www.vipinternational.com/ahef to register your card, change your non-profit designation or check your card balance. For more information in AHEF, visit: www.anoka.k12.mn.us/ahef.

Free coffee will be available for participants during the institute. Treats and snacks will be available for purchase at coffee breaks and lunch.


Community Education News and Events:
5. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning
Click on the following link for the latest news on offerings from Community Education’s Adult Learning: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews

Spring is quickly turning into summer and thoughts of vacations. Before you head out, check out some of the remaining Adult Learning has classes. Below are special events that Anoka-Hennepin staff won’t want to miss. District staff will receive a discount price of $35 when you sign up for the High Tea in the Gardens special event. Be certain to register early, as these events will sell out. View additional class listings at:http://www.discovercommunityed.com or call 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.

SPECIAL EVENT: HIGH TEA IN THE GARDENS (STAFF DISCOUNT PRICE: $35)
Treat yourself to a very special afternoon of fashion, entertainment and a delectable high tea luncheon in the beautiful glass green house of Mickman Brothers Garden Center. See the latest fashion trends from “A Girl Thing” in Anoka; you’re sure to fall in love with their unique styles for the season. Following tea, enjoy a private shopping experience at Mickman’s. The doors remain open for a special 2-hour shopping event. What a great way to spend an afternoon with your mother, sisters, friends or all of them. Special giveaways as well as a silent auction will be at the event, which will benefit the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation. Mark your calendar; this is sure to be a sell-out. To receive the special discounted price, you must call in your registration at 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.
· Saturday, June 24 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Mickman Brothers Garden Center, Hwy 65 and Andover Blvd. Directions to location on Web site.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5557&catID=

WINE DINNER
Spend an evening with the chef/owner of Buona Sera Restaurant, Raffaele Virgillo, as he takes you on a wine adventure with exciting new discoveries. Enjoy a gala five-course Italian dinner perfectly paired with fine wines. Wine dinner is $50 per person, payable evening of dinner. Class fee: $15.
· Monday, June 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. - directions to location on Web site
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=4273&catID=


6. Registration for Community Education fall adult athletic leagues begins July 1
Attention district staff! Are you looking for a fun way to exercise this fall? If so, consider participating in one of Community Education’s adult athletic leagues.

The Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Athletics Department will begin accepting registration from July 1 to 27 for softball, volleyball and kickball leagues and July 1 through Aug. 24 for three-on-three/four-on-four basketball and four-person touch football.

Mens’, womens’ and co-rec leagues are available to choose from. Leagues are offered in various cities throughout the district.

Additional information is available in the District Information – Other Announcements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Document Center section of the district Web site. Participants can register by mail, in-person, by phone or online at: www.discovercommunityed.com. For more information, call Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.


Useful Tips and Resources
7. Download the June issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The June edition of BecauseWeCare is full of helpful tips for your day-to-day living.

Inside this edition you will find:
• Mens’ health reminders
• Keeping kids safe in the Great Outdoors
• Use your head when using your tools

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


Opportunities:
Local and National
8. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

FELLOWSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW SCIENCE TEACHERS
First- and second-year science teachers can apply to become an Associate Fellow at the National Science Teachers Association New Science Teacher Academy for a yearlong term with access to a wide array of professional development opportunities (see Web site for more information). Maximum Award: year-long fellowship
Eligibility: first- and second- year science teachers with U.S. residence
Deadline: Sept. 30
http://www.nsta.org/academy/

BROAD CENTER RECRUITS FOR 2008 SUPERINTENDENTS ACADEMY CLASS
Wanted: The nation's most talented executives to run the business of urban education. The Broad Center is now accepting resumes for application consideration for the 2008 Broad Superintendents Academy. They are seeking: (1) Educators with a proven track record of success: superintendents from rural and suburban communities; deputy, associate and area superintendents from medium and large urban districts; executives from private school and
charter school systems; (2) Outstanding senior executives from education, business, government, the military and nonprofit organizations who have had a successful career managing complex organizations, overseeing multimillion-dollar budgets and leading sizeable teams of people; and (3) Dynamic entrepreneurs and risk-takers who challenge the status quo. Know someone who fits this profile? Nominate them. Click the link below for admissions information. The final application deadline is Sept.16. Questions? Email: academy@broadcenter.org or call 310-954-5080.
http://broadacademy.org/program/admissions.php

AWARDS RECOGNIZE SCHOOL DISTRICT BEST PRACTICES
American School Board Journal (ASBJ) is accepting nominations online for the 2008 Magna Awards through Oct. 1. Presented in cooperation with Sodexho School Services, winners of the Magna Awards receive national recognition in a special supplement to ASBJ and are honored at a luncheon at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference. Awards are handed out in three enrollment categories -- under 5,000 enrollment, 5,001 to 20,000, and more than 20,000. Grand prize winners in each category receive a $3,500 cash award from Sodexho. Nominations this year are being accepted only online. For more information, call 703-838-6739.
http://www.asbj.com/magna/
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6/08/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #29 - Special announcement regarding Crystal Schneider, announcement for retiring Anoka-Hennepin employees and Johnsville classroom receives major makeover for safety award.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Special announcement regarding Crystal Schneider
2. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
3. Announcement for retiring Anoka-Hennepin employees
4. AHEF to host lunch for Summer Institute in August

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
5. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winner biographies
6. Mark Cotter wins Minnesota History Teacher of the Year Award
7. Rick Geiger receives 2007 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award
8. Johnsville classroom receives major makeover for safety award

Community Education News and Events:
9. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning (http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews)
10. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Useful Tips and Resources
11. Download the June issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter

Opportunities:
Local and National
12. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Special announcement regarding Crystal Schneider
We are saddened to announce the death of Anoka-Hennepin employee Crystal Schneider, special education teacher at Northdale Middle School. Crystal, 38, died in a car crash in Florida early Friday morning. Crystal has been employed at Northdale since 2002 and was a well-loved member of that school community. She and her husband, Mike, have two children.

Services are expected to be held in Minnesota and Florida. As it becomes available, information on local services will be posted on the Northdale Web site, www.anoka.k12.mn.us/nms — the school does not expect to know more before tomorrow (Saturday) evening. We extend our deepest sympathies to friends and family of Crystal.


2. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Calling all golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event on Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a scramble-shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

The ECSE program encourages district staff members to create a foursome that will represent Anoka-Hennepin at the event. It’s a great way to get the summer off to a “swinging” start, said Jane Roundtree, ECSE program supervisor.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or contact Jane Roundtree at 763-506-1475. You can also view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. A PDF is also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. Announcement for retiring Anoka-Hennepin employees
Attention retiring employees! Are you looking for a way to keep in touch with fellow retirees after retirement? If so, you’ll want to check out the Retired Educators Association.

Luncheons will be held throughout the 2007-08 school year at Greenhaven Golf Course in Anoka on Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Apr. 15, May 20 and June 17. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is available for $10 and is served at noon. Musical entertainment and/or speaker begins at 2 p.m.

Contact Marlene Colvin, Retired Educators Association president, at 763-427-1077 or Bob Gander, past-president, at 763-323-1045 or Bob Powell, past-president, at 763-755-5594, for more information.

A link for retired educators will be added to the new district Web site this fall.


4. AHEF to host lunch for Summer Institute in August
Attention staff! Are you planning on attending the Summer Institute in August? If so you’ll want to read on for information on lunch.

The Anoka-Hennepin Education Foundation (AHEF) will be hosting lunch for the Summer Institute this year. Participants will need to order lunch ahead of time to ensure availability and to assist with AHEF vendors.

Order forms and payment envelopes were sent to schools earlier this week. Forms and payment should be returned to the AHEF Summer Institute lunch envelop in your school’s office.

Summer Institute participants will save $1 per meal by using the AHEF VIP card. Extra cards were sent with order forms for staff who have not previously signed up or misplaced their cards. Information on sites that accept the VIP card were sent along with order forms.

Participants will be distributed lunch tickets on the first day of the institute. Those who include the number on their VIP card will also receive a transaction receipt.

Go to: www.vipinternational.com/ahef to register your card, change your non-profit designation or check your card balance. For more information in AHEF, visit: www.anoka.k12.mn.us/ahef.

Free coffee will be available for participants during the institute. Treats and snacks will be available for purchase at coffee breaks and lunch.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
5. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winner biographies
For the 11th year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District recognized excellent teachers through its Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award program. Of the approximately 95 teachers nominated, 20 winners were selected for recognition during a ceremony May 2 at the Anoka-Hennepin Learning Center.

The winning teachers represent less than 1 percent of the district’s 2,700 teachers. Each TOP winner receives up to $600 for classroom expenses, or to cover expenses of attending a special workshop or conference of their choice. Through an interview process, four winners were selected to receive a $1,000 grant for a project at their school plus $500 cash from the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation.

The 2007 TOP winners are:
• Berry Arrowsmith, Social Studies, Crossroads Alternative High School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Colleen Benton, Fashion and Cosmetic Careers, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• DaNette Dempsey, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Walter Filson, Law Enforcement and Firefighting, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• Paulette Fleming, Media Generalist, Oak View Middle School
• Todd Hunter, Earth Science, Anoka High School
• Nicole Huttner, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Debbie Johnson, Grade Two, Monroe Elementary School
• Melissa Kaiser Crist, Grade Four Specialization, Dayton Elementary School
• Todd Miller, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Tom Mulroy, Grade Five, Morris Bye Elementary School
• Jon Olson, Grade Three, Andover Elementary School
• Abbey Paulson, Social Studies, Oak View Middle School
• Mike Reeder, Physical Education and Health, Crossroads Alternative High School
• Christopher Vanjoske, Grade Five, Andover Elementary School
• Kelly Timonen, Kindergarten, Parkview Early Childhood Center
• William Vitt, French, Blaine High School
• Karen Williams, Kindergarten through Grade Five, Alexandra House ($1,000 grant winner)
• Pamela Zimba, English, Northdale Middle School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Sara Zimowicz, History and World Geography, Coon Rapids Middle School

District Staff News and Announcements will feature the biographies of each of the 20 winners throughout the remainder of the school year. This week’s featured winners are: Chris Vanjoske, Kelly Timonen, William Vitt, Karen Wlliams, Pam Zimba and Sara Zimowicz.


Kelly Timonen, Kindergarten, Parkview Early Childhood Center


Kelly Timonen is a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Millikin University and a Master’s degree in education from Viterbo University. She has been teaching for nine years. Kelly began her teaching career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in 2004 at Park View Early Childhood Center. Prior to this, Kelly taught in North St. Paul, Des Moines Public School District, Charleston County Schools, South Carolina, and Cambridge, Wisc.

Kelly currently serves on the leadership committee and previously facilitated staff development meetings. At the district level, Kelly is a member of the staff development committee. In the past, she served as a instructor at the Summer Institute and modeled writing lessons for coaches.

In nominating Timonen for this award, a parent wrote, “Ms. Timonen’s greatest gift to our son is giving him ownership of his accomplishments. He is instructed to draw a picture about what he liked best about a recent field trip. He then writes the caption for his picture, which is placed in a book with the drawings of the other kids in his class. When the book comes home in his backpack and we sit down to read it, he proudly says, “I wrote this!”

Kelly Timonen’s personal statement:
“I hope to bring a warm and caring feeling to my classroom through positive support.”


Christopher Vanjoske, Grade Five, Andover Elementary School


Chris Vanjoske is a graduate of Champlin Park High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Gustavus Adolphus College and is currently working on earning a Master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University. Chris began his teaching career in 2003 at University Avenue Elementary School. He has been at Andover Elementary since 2004.

Chris currently serves on the technology and talent development committees. He previously served on the volunteer and lyceum committees. At the district level, Chris served as a district staff development presenter on differentiated instruction.

In nominating Vanjoske for this award, a student wrote, “Fifth grade was the best year for me at Andover Elementary School. Mr. Vanjoske helped make it fun for me to come to school. He showed me that school isn’t always boring, and that you can decide to make it be fun or not so fun.”

Chris Vanjoske’s personal statement:
“A frequent complaint of teachers is that students are not motivated. I don’t dispute that most 10- and 11-year-olds are not intrinsically motivated to learn comprehension strategies or the definition of a factor. My primary goal is not to present content, but to engage my students in a way that motivates them to want to learn. In 20 years, they may not remember everything they learned in my class, but I hope my students will have had a positive learning experience that challenges and motivates them to confidently explore their world.”


William Vitt, French, Blaine High School


William Vitt is a graduate of Cando Public High School in Cando, North Dakota. He attended the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks before transferring to Saint John’s University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree. William then attended the Cours de Civilisation associés à la Sorbonne in Paris. He earned a Master’s degree in French from the University of Minnesota.

William has spent 14 of his 15 years of teaching in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. He began teaching in Anoka-Hennepin in 1991 at Anoka High School. William taught at Hill-Murray High School for a year and returned to Anoka-Hennepin in 1994, where he taught at Blaine High School, Oak View Middle School, Coon Rapids High School and Champlin Park High School. William has been back at Blaine High School for the past nine years. Prior to Anoka-Hennepin, William taught at Gustavus Adolphus College and
the University of Minnesota.

For the past six years, William has served as the co-department chair of World Language at Blaine High School. He is also a member of the technology and finance committees. William is a National Merit Scholar and recipient of a Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.

In nominating Vitt for a TOP Award, a student wrote, “This teacher taught me all I know and more. Even if it wasn’t about his class, we still learn it. When I come to class I feel so comfortable around everyone because of him. We are like a family…everyone laughs, has a great time and when we leave we also learn more than we thought we ever would!”

William Vitt’s personal statement:
“I love working with kids. They give me the opportunity to continually see things over again for the first time … from their vantage point and through their eyes.”


Karen Williams, Kindergarten through Grade Five, Alexandra House


Karen Williams is a graduate of Hopkins High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and a Master’s degree from Bethel University. Karen has been teaching for a total of 22 years. She began her teaching career in 1966, working first at Red Oak and Pinewood elementary schools in Mounds View and then Madison Elementary School in St. Cloud. She began her teaching career at Alexandra House in 1988, when it was a part of the Centennial School District. In 1994, Alexandra House became a part of the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Karen currently serves as a lead teacher and has held leadership positions in Christian education and worship planning at her church.

In nominating Williams for this award, a community member wrote, “Karen’s classroom is comforting and inquisitive at the same time – even as an adult you want to look closer at the ideas she has to share with the children.”

Karen Williams’ personal statement:
“I believe that as a teacher I have the power to affect how a child views himself. This gives me the desire and responsibility to help children feel worthwhile and valued. This is as important as providing them with a firm foundation in academic skills.”


Pamela Zimba, English, Northdale Middle School


Pamela Zimba is a graduate of Columbia Heights High School. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota. She has been a teacher for 35 years, working first in St. Anthony Village and Columbia Heights. She began her teaching career at Northdale in 1975 when the middle school was housed in Blaine High School. The Northdale building opened the following year.

Pam is currently a member of Northdale’s Talent Development Committee, she is an advisor for the school’s literary arts magazine and the school newspaper, and she coordinates the Writer’s Breakfast, a weekly meeting for student writers. She has won two Golden Apple Achiever Awards from Ashland Oil, an Excellence in Education Award from Anoka County Chamber of Commerce and won the Education Minnesota Human Rights Award in 2005.

In nominating Zimba for this award, a student wrote, “Ms. Zimba is passionate about what she teaches. You can tell she believes the words she is saying and not just reading from a teacher’s guide. I have had the honor of being in her class for two years. She has changed my life. Ever since I have been in Ms. Zimba’s class I have been pushed to look skeptically and openly at all of the work I do in each of my classes. If every teacher was like Ms. Zimba, my generation would be full of highly motivated, hard-working, eager and confident leaders.”

Pam Zimba’s personal statement:
“For me, teaching has been a career and a life of purpose like a roller coaster ride with ups and downs, twists and turns, yet framed by exhilaration and sheer joy.”


Sara Zimowicz, History and World Geography, Coon Rapids Middle School


Sara Zimowicz is a graduate of Hermantown High School in Hermantown, Minn. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance and a Master’s degree in social studies education from the University of Minnesota. She began her teaching career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District at Jackson Middle School. Sara has been teaching at Coon Rapids Middle School since 2002.

Sara currently serves as a department leader, advisor for the Falcon Flash news crew and is a member of the budget committee and site council. In the past, she served as the treasurer of the faculty council. At the district level, she is a member of the seventh grade curriculum committee.

In nominating Zimowicz for a TOP Award, a student wrote, “The thing that helped me learn the best was Ms. Zimowicz’s positive attitude toward everything. I will never forget her.”

Sara Zimowicz’s personal statement:
“Teaching social studies is an integral component in developing citizens that participate in their community.”


6. Mark Cotter wins Minnesota History Teacher of the Year Award
Mark Cotter, grade five Social Studies teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School, recently was named the 2007 Minnesota History Teacher of the Year. The award, co-sponsored by Preserve America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, recognizes outstanding American history teachers and the crucial importance of American history education.

Winners are selected from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. Territories and then go on to compete for the national title. Each state winner receives $1,000 and an archive of books and educational resources donated to his or her school library. Kindergarten through grade six teachers who teach American history are eligible for nomination.

The winner of the national title will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national recognition ceremony, where they will be presented an award by First Lady Laura Bush (honorary chair of Preserve America).


7. Rick Geiger receives 2007 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award
Patrick (Rick) Geiger, music teacher at Coon Rapids High School, was recently selected as a 2007 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. The award, sponsored by the National Society of High School Scholars, was established to allow students to recognize and thank academic mentors who have had a positive influence on their lives. Geiger was nominated for the award by Coon Rapids High School student Hannah Durbin.

The National Society of High School Scholars is a worldwide student honors organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence and service among high school students.


8. Johnsville classroom receives major makeover for safety award
Debra Amenrud’s fifth grade class at Johnsville Elementary won a $10,000 classroom makeover for a poem on safety they wrote as part of Honeywell’s Got2BSafe program. Amenrud also attended an awards banquet in Washington D.C., hosted by the Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The room was redecorated this week and “revealed” to students on Wednesday. The theme of the room, designed by is red, white and blue. More information about the award is available here: http://www.got2bsafe.com/index.asp?name=Debra%20Amenrud

The fifth-grade class wrote the poem and had to incorporate these four themes of safety: Check first; go with a friend; it’s my body; tell a trusted adult. The poem was designed to be easy to remember.

STAY SAFE
Stay safe - all the way!
That's what this poem is here to say.
Our personal safety is number one.
In case of emergency, call 911.

When you're at the playground
At school or at the park,
Avoid shortcuts, go with a friend
And don't go after dark.

If someone tries to give you
Candy or food
Just turn the other way
You don't have to be rude.

Tell a teacher or adult
If you're scared or in doubt.
Say NO to all actions
That might freak you out!


Community Education News and Events:
9. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning
Click on the following link for the latest news on offerings from Community Education’s Adult Learning: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews

Spring is quickly turning into summer and thoughts of vacations. Before you head out, check out some of the remaining Adult Learning has classes. Below are special events that Anoka-Hennepin staff won’t want to miss. District staff will receive a discount price of $35 when you sign up for the High Tea in the Gardens special event. Be certain to register early, as these events will sell out. View additional class listings in this week’s issue of Backpack Online or visit: http://www.discovercommunityed.com or call 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.

BECOME A PERSONAL COACH
Join one of the fastest growing professions and at-home businesses. As a life coach, you help people discover greater fulfillment. Part-time or full-time – you decide. Learn: what coaching is and how it works; how to get started; basic coaching skills all good coaches possess; plus local resources. Instructor: Robert Rasmus is certified and credentialed through the International Coaching Federation and has taught worldwide. Material fee of $9 paid to instructor at class. Class fee: $29.
· Tuesday, June 12 from 6:3 to 9:30 p.m. at Champlin Park High School; 6025 109th Ave. N. in Brooklyn Park
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5500&catID=

ROCK CLIMBING
Learn the basic skills needed to rock climb. You will be in a setting that is geared to training with instructors who are knowledgeable and skilled. All equipment is provided. Directions to location will be mailed one week prior to the start of class. Class fee: $65.
· Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - directions to location will be mailed to participants one week prior to class.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5556&catID=

SPECIAL EVENT: HIGH TEA IN THE GARDENS (STAFF DISCOUNT PRICE: $35)
Treat yourself to a very special afternoon of fashion, entertainment and a delectable high tea luncheon in the beautiful glass green house of Mickman Brothers Garden Center. See the latest fashion trends from “A Girl Thing” in Anoka; you’re sure to fall in love with their unique styles for the season. Following tea, enjoy a private shopping experience at Mickman’s. The doors remain open for a special 2-hour shopping event. What a great way to spend an afternoon with your mother, sisters, friends or all of them. Special giveaways as well as a silent auction will be at the event, which will benefit the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation. Mark your calendar; this is sure to be a sell-out. To receive the special discounted price, you must call in your registration at 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.
· Saturday, June 24 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Mickman Brothers Garden Center, Hwy 65 and Andover Blvd. Directions to location on Web site.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5557&catID=

WINE DINNER
Spend an evening with the chef/owner of Buona Sera Restaurant, Raffaele Virgillo, as he takes you on a wine adventure with exciting new discoveries. Enjoy a gala five-course Italian dinner perfectly paired with fine wines. Wine dinner is $50 per person, payable evening of dinner. Class fee: $15.
· Monday, June 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. - directions to location on Web site
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=4273&catID=


10. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Register now for summer break adult tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Useful Tips and Resources
11. Download the June issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The June edition of BecauseWeCare is full of helpful tips for your day-to-day living.

Inside this edition you will find:
• Mens’ health reminders
• Keeping kids safe in the Great Outdoors
• Use your head when using your tools

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


Opportunities: Local and National
12. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

GRANTS TO SPREAD LITERACY AND LOVE OF LEARNING
Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program for Public Schools and Public Libraries supports educators, parents and children in their efforts to spread literacy and love of learning.
Maximum Award: $500
Eligibility: public schools and libraries anywhere in the United States and its protectorates.
Deadline: Sept. 15

GRANTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS TEACHERS
The American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Teacher Grant will reward a proposal designed to result in better teaching practice, student understanding and interest, and increased class enrollment. The proposal may use a new teaching method or an adaptation of an existing idea.
Maximum Award: $1,000
Eligibility: members of AAPT
Deadline: Nov. 1
6/01/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #28 - AHEF to host lunch for Summer Institute in August, Johnsville Elementary School staff get healthy with Biggest Loser competition and upcoming retirement announcements.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Insurance and flexible benefits open enrollment through June 8
2. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
3. AHEF to host lunch for Summer Institute in August

Retirements and Special Announcements:
4. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
5. Retirement party for Joel Peterson, Martha Forrest, Sandy Gutzwiller, Vince Smith and Diane Anderson June 4
6. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
7. Retirement party for Lee Anderson and Dawn Hamel June 6
8. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
9. Retirement party for Chuck Achter and Joe Karaulak June 7

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
10. Johnsville Elementary School staff get healthy with “Biggest Loser” competition
11. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winner biographies

Community Education News and Events:
12. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning (http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews)
13. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Useful Tips and Resources
14. Download the June issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter

Opportunities: Local and National
15. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Insurance and flexible benefits open enrollment through June 8
The insurance, flexible benefits and supplemental term life insurance open enrollment period for district employees will be held May 29 through June 8. If you are contemplating changing your insurance plan or making changes, this would be the time to do so.

Open enrollment is the only time that staff may make changes to insurance enrollment without an IRS defined life event (within the 30-day window period). Changes made during open enrollment will take effect September 1.

Individualized packets have been sent to each benefit-eligible employee, along with flex election forms. Employees can attend an informational meeting or stop by the Educational Service Center (Insurance Department) to make changes. Changes must be completed by June 8.

For more information, call the district Insurance Department at 763-506-1080.


2. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Calling all golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event on Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a scramble-shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

The ECSE program encourages district staff members to create a foursome that will represent Anoka-Hennepin at the event. It’s a great way to get the summer off to a “swinging” start, said Jane Roundtree, ECSE program supervisor.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or contact Jane Roundtree at 763-506-1475. You can also view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. A PDF is also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. AHEF to host lunch for Summer Institute in August
Attention staff! Are you planning on attending the Summer Institute in August? If so you’ll want to read on for information on lunch.

The Anoka-Hennepin Education Foundation (AHEF) will be hosting lunch for the Summer Institute this year. Participants will need to order lunch ahead of time to ensure availability and to assist with AHEF vendors.

Order forms and payment envelopes were sent to schools earlier this week. Forms and payment should be returned to the AHEF Summer Institute lunch envelop in your school’s office.

Summer Institute participants will save $1 per meal by using the AHEF VIP card. Extra cards were sent with order forms for staff who have not previously signed up or misplaced their cards. Information on sites that accept the VIP card were sent along with order forms.

Participants will be distributed lunch tickets on the first day of the institute. Those who include the number on their VIP card will also receive a transaction receipt.

Go to: www.vipinternational.com/ahef to register your card, change your non-profit designation or check your card balance. For more information in AHEF, visit: www.anoka.k12.mn.us/ahef.

Free coffee will be available for participants during the institute. Treats and snacks will be available for purchase at coffee breaks and lunch.


Retirements and Special Announcements:
4. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
There will be a retirement party for Jackson Middle School assistant principal Joel Peterson on Friday, June 1 at the Coon Rapids Legion, 11640 Crooked Lake Blvd, at 4 p.m.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


5. Retirement party for Joel Peterson, Martha Forrest, Sandy Gutzwiller, Vince Smith and Diane Anderson June 4
There will be a retirement party for Jackson Middle School staff members Joel Peterson (assistant principal), Martha Forrest (counselor), Sandy Gutzwiller (math), Vince Smith (science) and Diane Anderson (MLC paraeducator) on Monday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Edinburgh Ballroom, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


6. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
There will be a retirement party for Dayton Elementary School teachers Nancy Winberg (grade four), Carrie Milberry (grade four) and Pat Chan (grade two) on Wednesday, June 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daytona Country Club, 14730 Lawndale Lane, Dayton.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


7. Retirement party for Lee Anderson and Dawn Hamel June 6
There will be a retirement party for Lee Anderson (teaching and learning specialist) and Dawn Hamel (alternative programs specialist) on Wednesday, June 6 from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Educational Service Center, 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W., Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


8. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
There will be a retirement open house in honor of the following Monroe Elementary School staff members: Joan Neaton (principal), Carol Allen (grade two), Debbie Johnson (grade two) and Patricia Stierna (E/BD) on Thursday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


9. Retirement party for Chuck Achter and Joe Karaulak June 7
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids High School administration staff Chuck Achter (principal) and Joe Karulak (assistant principal) on Thursday, June 7 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the home of Shannon Madison, 8638 Dunkirk Ct. N.E., Blaine.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
10. Johnsville Elementary School staff get healthy with “Biggest Loser” competition
With inspiration from NBC’s fitness reality show “Biggest Loser,” the staff at Johnsville Elementary School are getting healthier and losing weight. The school’s staff has lost more than 405 pounds collectively over a nine-week period.

Prizes were awarded to the biggest individual “loser” and team each week. Prizes were also awarded at the end of the event for final weight loss.

Principal Pat Murray said that the biggest “losers” were determined by percentage of weight, not actual pounds.

“We had five teams of five staff members working to keep their weight down,” said Murray. “After nine straight weeks of losing and one month of maintenance, our staff members lost more than 405 pounds. That’s over 215 percent! This means our staff shed the approximate weight of two people in this period of time.”

The top five “losers” were: Josh Perkins, Gary Luke, Paul Becker, Sandi Hendricks and Ken Sonnenfeld. Murray said that the experience has led to healthier food being served at Johnsville staff celebrations.


11. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winner biographies
For the 11th year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District recognized excellent teachers through its Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award program. Of the approximately 95 teachers nominated, 20 winners were selected for recognition during a ceremony May 2 at the Anoka-Hennepin Learning Center.

The winning teachers represent less than 1 percent of the district’s 2,700 teachers. Each TOP winner receives up to $600 for classroom expenses, or to cover expenses of attending a special workshop or conference of their choice. Through an interview process, four winners were selected to receive a $1,000 grant for a project at their school plus $500 cash from the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation.

The 2007 TOP winners are:
• Berry Arrowsmith, Social Studies, Crossroads Alternative High School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Colleen Benton, Fashion and Cosmetic Careers, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• DaNette Dempsey, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Walter Filson, Law Enforcement and Firefighting, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• Paulette Fleming, Media Generalist, Oak View Middle School
• Todd Hunter, Earth Science, Anoka High School
• Nicole Huttner, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Debbie Johnson, Grade Two, Monroe Elementary School
• Melissa Kaiser Crist, Grade Four Specialization, Dayton Elementary School
• Todd Miller, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Tom Mulroy, Grade Five, Morris Bye Elementary School
• Jon Olson, Grade Three, Andover Elementary School
• Abbey Paulson, Social Studies, Oak View Middle School
• Mike Reeder, Physical Education and Health, Crossroads Alternative High School
• Christopher Vanjoske, Grade Five, Andover Elementary School
• Kelly Timonen, Kindergarten, Parkview Early Childhood Center
• William Vitt, French, Blaine High School
• Karen Williams, Kindergarten through Grade Five, Alexandra House ($1,000 grant winner)
• Pamela Zimba, English, Northdale Middle School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Sara Zimowicz, History and World Geography, Coon Rapids Middle School

District Staff News and Announcements will feature the biographies of each of the 20 winners throughout the remainder of the school year. This week’s featured winners are: Tom Mulroy, Jon Olson, Abbey Paulson and Mike Reeder.


Tom Mulroy, Grade Five, Morris Bye Elementary School

Tom Mulroy is a graduate of Elk River High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. He began his teaching career in 1992 at Morris Bye Elementary School.

Tom currently serves as school patrol advisor, Web site manager and a member of the crisis team. He previously served on the staff development committee, child study team and site council. At the district level, Tom is a technology teacher. In the past, he served as a social studies representative and presented at the Summer Institute. In the community, Tom is a participant and team captain in the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.”

In nominating Mulroy for a TOP Award, a parent wrote, “I believe Mr. Mulroy is the teacher who really connected with my daughter and got her interested and eager to learn. He got her hooked on reading. Today, she is reading at least an extra book a week because of him. Two years after having him, my daughter still talks about Mr. Mulroy and looks forward to visiting with him when she can. It would be great if all teachers were like him.”

Tom Mulroy’s personal statement:
“Teaching is as much a lifestyle as a career because so much of who you are goes into the work you do. A successful teacher shows students that effort is worthwhile and helps them develop the confidence they need to continue to learning.”


Jon Olson, Grade Three, Andover Elementary School

Jon Olson is a graduate of Centennial High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bethel University and currently is enrolled in a graduate program at Saint Mary’s University. He began his teaching career in 1999 in Bloomington Public Schools and worked in Columbia Heights Public Schools. Jon has been at Andover Elementary since 2003.

Jon serves on Andover’s technology committee and is a grade level representative in technology. In previous districts he was the teacher liaison for the parent support organization and was involved in planning staff events and his school’s learning festival. He was awarded at CARE Award from Bloomington Public Schools in recognition of his work with special education students in a regular classroom. In the community he is a volunteer music leader at church, a Sunday school teacher and participates in neighborhood clean-up events.

In nominating Olson for this award, a student wrote, “He made sure he got equal time with everyone, he made learning so much fun with his cheers and games that I wish I could flunk back to third grade. He would do anything (find quiz games and stuff that would be fun and teach me) to make me succeed. His goal was to make learning fun … and it worked!”

Jon Olson’s personal statement:
“In all that you do, teaching and beyond, have a contagious joy for life and show an unabashed love for others.”


Abbey Paulson, Social Studies, Oak View Middle School

Abbey Paulson is a graduate of Elk River Area High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Hamline University. Abbey began her teaching career in 2004 at Oak View Middle School.

At Oak View, Abbey serves as one of the coordinators for the WEB program and geography bee and is a member of the PRIDE curriculum committee. At the district level, she is a member of the eighth grade social studies curriculum writing committee.

In nominating Paulson for this award, a student wrote, “Ms. Paulson is a very creative person and turns a lesson into an adventure. Every day I look forward to her class so I can see what she has chosen for use that day. She makes us laugh…I really enjoy being a student in her class.”

Abbey Paulson’s personal statement:
“Teaching is an effect of caring about individuals, communities and the well-being of society. I view our future as bound to the effective leadership of our youth, to whom I dedicate a shared responsibility to educate and prepare. Great joy comes from participating in the development of students’ ability to feel compassion, accept responsibility and think critically about the world they inherit.”


Mike Reeder, Physical Education and Health, Crossroads Alternative High School

Mike Reeder is a graduate of Newark High School in Newark, Delaware. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree from Iowa State University. Mike began his teaching career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in 2002 at the Mid Level Alternative School. Prior to this, he taught at alternative programs in Columbia Heights and Des Moines, Iowa. Mike has been at Crossroads since 2003.

Mike currently serves as a department leader and outdoor experiential leader for Crossroads’ leadership class. In the community, Mike has volunteered at a Juvenile Detention Center in Quito, Ecuador, Teen Rehabilitation Center in Recife, Brazil and Street Teen and Street Children’s Program in Mumbai, India.

In nominating Reeder for a TOP Award, a colleague at Crossroads wrote, “Often our toughest kids at Crossroads find Mike to be the first who can relate and the first to believe in him. They seek him out and they know he recognizes their potential and sees the best in them. He becomes a role model for our students who have rarely, if ever, had a male role model like this. I often use him as an example for what young men can strive to be and what young women can expect from men.”

Mike Reeder’s personal statement:
“Teaching is about seeing young people for what they can become and providing them worth-while experiences to challenge them, uplift them and make them see what had not been visible.”


Community Education News and Events:
12. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning
Click on the following link for the latest news on offerings from Community Education’s Adult Learning: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews

Spring is quickly turning into summer and thoughts of vacations. Before you head out, check out some of the remaining Adult Learning has classes. Below are special events that Anoka-Hennepin staff won’t want to miss. District staff will receive a discount price of $35 when you sign up for the High Tea in the Gardens special event. Be certain to register early, as these events will sell out. View additional class listings in this week’s issue of Backpack Online or visit: http://www.discovercommunityed.com or call 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.

PERFECT PIZZA
Learn to create delicious homemade pizza. Raffaele, chef/owner of Luna Rossa Restaurant, teaches you techniques for easily making a traditional crust and a quick tomato sauce. Then he'll add a variety of toppings to create the perfect pizza. Recipes given so you can create your own perfect pizza at home even on the grill. Following class, join Raffaele for wine and cheese in the old caves wine cellar. Directions to location will be mailed one week prior to class. Supply fee of $25 collected night of class. Class fee: $15.
· Monday, June 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Luna Rossa Restaurant, directions mailed to participants one week prior to class
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5586&catID=

BECOME A PERSONAL COACH
Join one of the fastest growing professions and at-home businesses. As a life coach, you help people discover greater fulfillment. Part-time or full-time, you decide. Learn what coaching is and how it works; how to get started; basic coaching skills all good coaches possess; plus local resources. Instructor: Robert Rasmus is certified and credentialed through the International Coaching Federation and has taught worldwide. Material fee of $9 paid to instructor at class. Class fee: $29.
· Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Champlin Park High School; 6025 109th Ave. N. in Brooklyn Park
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5500&catID=

ROCK CLIMBING
Learn the basic skills needed to rock climb. You will be in a setting that is geared to training with instructors who are knowledgeable and skilled. All equipment is provided. Directions to location will be mailed one week prior to the start of class. Class fee: $65.
· Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - directions to location will be mailed to participants one week prior to class.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5556&catID=

SPECIAL EVENT: HIGH TEA IN THE GARDENS (STAFF DISCOUNT PRICE: $35)
Treat yourself to a very special afternoon of fashion, entertainment and a delectable high tea luncheon in the beautiful glass green house of Mickman Brothers Garden Center. See the latest fashion trends from “A Girl Thing” in Anoka; you’re sure to fall in love with their unique styles for the season. Following tea, enjoy a private shopping experience at Mickman’s. The doors remain open for a special 2-hour shopping event. What a great way to spend an afternoon with your mother, sisters, friends or all of them. Special giveaways as well as a silent auction will be at the event, which will benefit the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation. Mark your calendar; this is sure to be a sell-out. To receive the special discounted price, you must call in your registration at 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.
· Saturday, June 24 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Mickman Brothers Garden Center, Hwy 65 and Andover Blvd. Directions to location on Web site.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5557&catID=


13. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Register now for summer break adult tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Useful Tips and Resources
14. Download the June issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The June edition of BecauseWeCare is full of helpful tips for your day to day living.

Inside this edition you will find:
• Mens’ health reminders
• Keeping kids safe in the Great Outdoors
• Use your head when using your tools

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


Opportunities: Local and National
15. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

RICHARD RILEY AWARD HONORING EXCELLENCE IN SCHOOLS AS CENTERS OF COMMUNITY
KnowledgeWorks Foundation and The American Architectural Foundation, seek submissions for the Richard Riley Award. This award recognizes design and educational excellence in "schools as centers of community" -- schools that serve as centers of community provide an array of social, civic, recreational and artistic opportunities to the broader community and to students, often clustering educational and municipal buildings together.
Maximum Award: $10,000
Eligibility: all existing elementary and secondary public schools
Applications are being accepted now
Deadline: July 9

STUDY TRIPS FOR TEACHERS FOR TRAVEL TO COSTA RICA
Toyota International Teacher Program for Costa Rica Study will send teachers to eastern Costa Rica from Feb. 24 to Mar. 7, 2008 to study the country's environmental and cultural preservation efforts.
Maximum Award: a fully funded (transportation, lodging, meals, and all program activities) 10-day trip to Costa Rica
Eligibility: U.S. secondary school teachers with at least three years of full-time teaching experience
Deadline: Sept. 7
5/25/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #27 - Insurance open enrollment trhough through June 8, nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award and upcoming retirement announcements.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Insurance and flexible benefits open enrollment May 29 through June 8
2. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
3. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award

Retirements and Special Announcements:
4. Retirement party for Jan Raabe, Bob Nehring, JoAnn McCloskey, Jerry Weidemann and Dave Sekhon May 29
5. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31
6. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
7. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
8. Retirement reception for Judy Intihar May 31
9. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
10. Retirement party for Joel Peterson, Martha Forrest, Sandy Gutzwiller, Vince Smith and Diane Anderson June 4
11. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
12. Retirement party for Lee Anderson and Dawn Hamel June 6
13. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
14. Retirement party for Chuck Achter and Joe Karaulak June 7

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
15. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winner biographies

Community Education News and Events:
16. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Useful Tips and Resources
17. Download the May issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
18. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines

Opportunities:
Local and National
19. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Insurance and flexible benefits open enrollment May 29 through June 8
The insurance, flexible benefits and supplemental term life insurance open enrollment period for district employees will be held May 29 through June 8. If you are contemplating changing your insurance plan or making changes, this would be the time to do so.

Open enrollment is the only time that staff may make changes to insurance enrollment without an IRS defined life event (within the 30-day window period). Changes made during open enrollment will take effect September 1.

Individualized packets have been sent to each benefit-eligible employee, along with flex election forms. Employees can attend an informational meeting or stop by the Educational Service Center (Insurance Department) to make changes. Changes must be completed by June 8.

For more information, call the district Insurance Department at 763-506-1080.


2. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Calling all golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event on Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a scramble-shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

The ECSE program encourages district staff members to create a foursome that will represent Anoka-Hennepin at the event. It’s a great way to get the summer off to a “swinging” start, said Jane Roundtree, ECSE program supervisor.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or contact Jane Roundtree at 763-506-1475. You can also view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. A PDF is also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who allocated creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics? If so, consider nominating him or her for a 3M Economic Education Award, which acknowledges teachers for creative instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
• Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
• Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu.


Retirements and Special Announcements:
4. Retirement party for Jan Raabe, Bob Nehring, JoAnn McCloskey, Jerry Weidemann and Dave Sekhon May 29
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids Middle School teachers Jan Raabe (English), Bob Nehring (art), JoAnn McCloskey (physical education), Jerry Weidemann (grade six) and Dave Sekhon (social studies) on Tuesday, May 29 at Wells Catering, 6139 W. Hwy. 10, Ramsey.

Dinner begins at 5:15 p.m. with a program at 6:15 p.m. The cost of dinner is $22. Please R.S.V.P. to Maia Gratz at Coon Rapids Middle School by May 17.


5. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31
There will be a retirement open house for Northdale Middle School staff members Phyllis Anderson (grade six), John Eggert (math), Polly Kieklucki (health), Connie Munson (Special Education paraeducator) and Donelle Tanner (English) on Thursday, May 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin St. N.W., Andover.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


6. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
There will be a retirement party for Sand Creek Elementary School teachers Connie Brock (grade one) and Mike McDonald (grade five) on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


7. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
There will be a retirement party for Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School staff members Cheryl Franson (technology coordinator) and Lynn Schommer (grade three) on Thursday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


8. Retirement reception for Judy Intihar May 31
There will be a retirement reception for Judy Intihar, secretary at Roosevelt Middle School, on Thursday, May 31 at 3:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt media center.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


9. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
There will be a retirement party for Jackson Middle School assistant principal Joel Peterson on Friday, June 1 at the Coon Rapids Legion, 11640 Crooked Lake Blvd, at 4 p.m.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


10. Retirement party for Joel Peterson, Martha Forrest, Sandy Gutzwiller, Vince Smith and Diane Anderson June 4
There will be a retirement party for Jackson Middle School staff members Joel Peterson (assistant principal), Martha Forrest (counselor), Sandy Gutzwiller (math), Vince Smith (science) and Diane Anderson (MLC paraeducator) on Monday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Edinburgh Ballroom, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


11. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
There will be a retirement party for Dayton Elementary School teachers Nancy Winberg (grade four), Carrie Milberry (grade four) and Pat Chan (grade two) on Wednesday, June 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daytona Country Club, 14730 Lawndale Lane, Dayton.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


12. Retirement party for Lee Anderson and Dawn Hamel June 6
There will be a retirement party for Lee Anderson (teaching and learning specialist) and Dawn Hamel (alternative programs specialist) on Wednesday, June 6 from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Educational Service Center, 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W., Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


13. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
There will be a retirement open house in honor of the following Monroe Elementary School staff members: Joan Neaton (principal), Carol Allen (grade two), Debbie Johnson (grade two) and Patricia Stierna (E/BD) on Thursday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


14. Retirement party for Chuck Achter and Joe Karaulak June 7
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids High School administration staff Chuck Achter (principal) and Joe Karulak (assistant principal) on Thursday, June 7 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the home of Shannon Madison, 8638 Dunkirk Ct. N.E., Blaine.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
15. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winner biographies
For the 11th year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District recognized excellent teachers through its Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award program. Of the approximately 95 teachers nominated, 20 winners were selected for recognition during a ceremony May 2 at the Anoka-Hennepin Learning Center.

The winning teachers represent less than 1 percent of the district’s 2,700 teachers. Each TOP winner receives up to $600 for classroom expenses, or to cover expenses of attending a special workshop or conference of their choice. Through an interview process, four winners were selected to receive a $1,000 grant for a project at their school plus $500 cash from the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation.

The 2007 TOP winners are:
• Berry Arrowsmith, Social Studies, Crossroads Alternative High School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Colleen Benton, Fashion and Cosmetic Careers, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• DaNette Dempsey, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Walter Filson, Law Enforcement and Firefighting, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• Paulette Fleming, Media Generalist, Oak View Middle School
• Todd Hunter, Earth Science, Anoka High School
• Nicole Huttner, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Debbie Johnson, Grade Two, Monroe Elementary School
• Melissa Kaiser Crist, Grade Four Specialization, Dayton Elementary School
• Todd Miller, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Tom Mulroy, Grade Five, Morris Bye Elementary School
• Jon Olson, Grade Three, Andover Elementary School
• Abbey Paulson, Social Studies, Oak View Middle School
• Mike Reeder, Physical Education and Health, Crossroads Alternative High School
• Christopher Vanjoske, Grade Five, Andover Elementary School
• Kelly Timonen, Kindergarten, Parkview Early Childhood Center
• William Vitt, French, Blaine High School
• Karen Williams, Kindergarten through Grade Five, Alexandra House ($1,000 grant winner)
• Pamela Zimba, English, Northdale Middle School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Sara Zimowicz, History and World Geography, Coon Rapids Middle School

District Staff News and Announcements will feature the biographies of each of the 20 winners throughout the remainder of the school year. This week’s featured winners are Todd Hunter, Debbie Johnson, Melissa Kaiser Crist and Todd Miller:


Todd Hunter, Earth Science, Anoka High School

Todd Hunter is a graduate of Wauwatosa West High School in Wauwatosa, Wisc. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education, life and earth sciences, from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in natural science education and environmental education from Hamline University. He completed his student teaching at Johnson High School in St. Paul and Marcy Open School in Minneapolis. Todd began his teaching career in 2005 at Anoka High School.

In 2006, Todd led the summer western field trip at Anoka High School. He was the recipient of the Ken Gilbertson Leadership Award at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

In nominating Hunter for this award, a student wrote, “Mr. Hunter helped me take a leadership role in group lab work to help the other students learn, rather than just me telling them.”

Todd Hunter’s personal statement:
“I can think of no better way to live my life than to be a teacher.”


Debbie Johnson, Grade Two, Monroe Elementary School

Debbie Johnson is a graduate of Anoka High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Debbie began her teaching career at Riverview Elementary School in 1971. For the past 22 years, she has taught at Monroe Elementary School.

Debbie currently serves on the social committee and participates in all school community service projects at Monroe Elementary. In the past, she has served as a grade level representative and as a member on the building leadership team, child study, technology, discipline, social and Sunshine committees. In the community, Debbie has worked on church projects and hockey booster club activities. She is also a two-time recipient of a National Honors Society Special Person Award.

In nominating Johnson for this award, a parent wrote, “Ms. Johnson uses many different ways to make learning fun. She incorporates group learning, individual time and every day tries to have small group time with all the children. She uses games, art, creative writing, puzzles and many more ways to engage the kids. She is a wealth of information for parents wanting to do extra work with their children at home. Most of all, her up-beat personality keeps everything flowing.”

Debbie Johnson’s personal statement:
“I believe that it is important to value and respect each child. I think my effort to have a personal connection with each student helps create an environment where learning and growing can happen naturally. I want all my students to walk away knowing they can make a difference in the world.”


Melissa Kaiser Crist, Grade Four Specialization, Dayton Elementary School


Melissa Kaiser Crist is a graduate of North High School in North St. Paul. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Antioch College and a Master’s degree in education from St. Thomas University. She began her teaching career in 2005 at Dayton Elementary School.

Melissa currently co-coordinates the guided math discussion group at Dayton. She previously served as a member of the No Child Left Behind team and presented at staff meetings and coordinated and conceptualized Dayton’s book swap. Melissa received the ETS Recognition of Excellence in Principals of Teaching and Learning and Content and Knowledge.

In nominating Kaiser Crist for this award, a parent wrote, “Since my son has been in Ms. Kaiser Crist’s class, I have seen a steady and wonderful change in him. His teacher’s enthusiasm for reading has been infectious and now my son will come home sharing details of the books he is reading. He is able to choose topics that interest him and I even noticed that currently he has bookmarks in three books that he is reading all at once! Ms. Kaiser Crist is a shining example of excellence in our district.”

Melissa Kaiser Crist’s personal statement:
“I have been lucky in life to find work that I am truly passionate about. For me, teaching is an endlessly fulfilling challenge.”


Todd Miller, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School


Todd Miller is a graduate of Anoka High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. He began his teaching career in 1992 at McKinley Elementary School.

Todd currently serves as the chair of the staff development committee and previously served as the building leadership team grade level representative and math representative to the district. He is a three-time recipient of the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award.

In nominating Miller for a TOP Award, a parent wrote, “Mr. Miller is an awesome teacher who has the ability to make each child feel special and valued. I have personally observed on many occasions the thoughtfulness and caring approach he has for each and every child. Mr. Miller’s calm and considerate approach is so infectious that the children have no recourse but to respond in the same respectful way.”

Todd Miller’s personal statement:
“Teaching is the best job in the world! We get to see the kids mature and grow and know that we were an important part of that growth.”


Community Education News and Events:
16. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Register now for summer break adult tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Useful Tips and Resources
17. Download the May issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The May edition of BecauseWeCare is full of helpful tips for your day to day living.

Inside this edition you will find:
• College Prep: Making the Transition from High School
• Keep the Mosquitos at Bay This Summer
• Splendid Spa Treatments without Spending a Fortune
• Recipe for Grilled Portobella Mushrooms

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


18. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and healthy environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

TECHNOLOGY
• Shut down your desktop/laptop computer at the end of each day.

• Make sure your computer is password protected when you are away from it.

• Turn off your TV/monitor (using remote) when not in use.

• Students should always be supervised when using the Internet.

• Important files should be backed up to the file server on a regular basis.


Opportunities:
Local and National
19. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

GRANTS TO ENCOURAGE USE OF OUTDOOR NATURE-BASED CLASSROOMS
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation gives grants to organizations to start or expand Nature of Learning programs in their communities. Grants support start-up expenses associated with new programs and give continued support to existing Nature of Learning programs. The Nature of Learning is the National Wildlife Refuge System’s community-based environmental education initiative that seeks to use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote greater understanding of local conservation issues; encourage interdisciplinary approaches to learning that enhance student academic achievement; use field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons to real world issues; and partner local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals and local businesses.
Maximum Award: varies
Eligibility: Programs involving a partnership among a local school(s), community group (e.g., Refuge Support Group), and National Wildlife Refuge
Deadline: June 15

GRANTS FOR DIRECT SERVICES TO YOUNG CHILDREN
Mattel Children's Foundation Grants program award organizations with a mission that focuses on the direct service of children ages zero to 12 years. Organizations or programs must show creative and/or innovative methods to address locally defined needs directly impacting children.
Maximum Award: $20,000
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations that benefit children
Deadline: June 15

For a detailed list of existing grant opportunities (updated each week), visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
5/18/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #26 - Insurance open enrollment through June 8, TOP Award biographies and upcoming retirement celebrations.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Insurance and flexible benefits open enrollment May 29 through June 8
2. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
3. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award

Retirements and Special Announcements:
4. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
5. Retirement party for Linda Klohs May 20
6. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
7. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
8. Retirement celebration for Larry Golyer Mary 23
9. Retirement open house for Shirley Fairbanks May 23
10. Retirement party for Betty Krull, Diane Oslund and Jill Peacock on May 24
11. Retirement open house for John Ploeger May 24
12. Retirement party for Jim Mentel May 24
13. Retirement party for Jan Raabe, Bob Nehring, JoAnn McCloskey, Jerry Weidemann and Dave Sekhon May 29
14. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31
15. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
16. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
17. Retirement reception for Judy Intihar May 31
18. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
19. Retirement party for Joel Peterson, Martha Forrest, Sandy Gutzwiller, Vince Smith and Diane Anderson June 4
20. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
21. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
22. Retirement party for Chuck Achter and Joe Karaulak June 7

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
23. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winner biographies

Community Education News and Events:
24. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning (http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews)
25. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Useful Tips and Resources
26. Download the May issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
27. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines

Opportunities:
Local and National
28. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Insurance and flexible benefits open enrollment May 29 through June 8
The insurance and flexible benefits open enrollment period for district employees will be held May 29 through June 8. If you are contemplating changing your insurance plan or making changes, this would be the time to do so.

Open enrollment is the only time that staff may make changes to insurance enrollment without an IRS defined life event (within the 30-day window period). Changes made during open enrollment will take effect September 1.

Individualized packets will be sent to each benefit-eligible employee, along with flex election forms. Employees can attend an informational meeting or stop by the Educational Service Center (Insurance Department) to make changes. Changes must be completed by June 8.

For more information, call the district Insurance Department at 763-506-1080.


2. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Calling all golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event on Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a scramble-shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

The ECSE program encourages district staff members to create a foursome that will represent Anoka-Hennepin at the event. It’s a great way to get the summer off to a “swinging” start, said Jane Roundtree, ECSE program supervisor.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or contact Jane Roundtree at 763-506-1475. You can also view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. A PDF is also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who allocated creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics? If so, consider nominating him or her for a 3M Economic Education Award, which acknowledges teachers for creative instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
• Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
• Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu.


Special Announcements:
4. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger, network services coordinator, on Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Club Post 102 in Anoka (400 W. Main St.). Proceeds from the benefit will be used to offset medical expenses.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


5. Retirement party for Linda Klohs May 20
There will be a retirement party for Linda Klohs, French teacher at Anoka High School, on Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Izaak Walton League, 8816 W. River Rd., Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


6. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
There will be a retirement party for Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts staff members Don Bright (grade six), Sonja Chamberlain (music), Sue Gugisberg (nurse) and Donna Melby (grade six) on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenhaven Golf and Banquet Center, 2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


7. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
There will be a retirement party for University Avenue Elementary School staff members Karen Winkelman (English as a second language) and Ann Boyke (paraeducator) on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


8. Retirement celebration for Larry Golyer Mary 23
There will be a retirement celebration for Larry Golyer, grade five teacher at Riverview Specialty School for Math and Environmental Science, on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at MacTavish’s at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


9. Retirement open house for Shirley Fairbanks May 23
There will be a retirement open house for Hoover Elementary School kindergarten teacher Shirley Fairbanks on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hoover Elementary gymnasium.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


10. Retirement party for Betty Krull, Diane Oslund and Jill Peacock on May 24
There will be a retirement party for Jefferson Elementary School teachers Betty Krull (grade three), Diane Oslund (grade two) and Jill Peacock (grade one) on Thursday, May 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 128000 Bunker Prairie Road (County Road 242 and Foley Blvd.) in Coon Rapids.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served for a fee. Contact Cindy Wrobel at 763-506-2942 or at: cindy.wrobel@anoka.k12.mn.us for more information.


11. Retirement open house for John Ploeger May 24
There will be a retirement open house for John Ploeger, assistant principal at Northdale Middle School on Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. at the Refuge Golf Club, 21250 Yellow Pine St.,
Oak Grove.


12. Retirement party for Jim Mentel May 24
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids High School industrial technology teacher Jim Mantel on Thursday, May 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Green Mill Patio and Bar, 12475 Riverdale Blvd. N.W., Coon Rapids.

The cost of the event is $5 for food and gift, payable to Bill Voigt or Bruce Leonhardt.


13. Retirement party for Jan Raabe, Bob Nehring, JoAnn McCloskey, Jerry Weidemann and Dave Sekhon May 29
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids Middle School teachers Jan Raabe (English), Bob Nehring (art), JoAnn McCloskey (physical education), Jerry Weidemann (grade six) and Dave Sekhon (social studies) on Tuesday, May 29 at Wells Catering, 6139 W. Hwy. 10, Ramsey.

Dinner begins at 5:15 p.m. with a program at 6:15 p.m. The cost of dinner is $22. Please R.S.V.P. to Maia Gratz at Coon Rapids Middle School by May 17.


14. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31
There will be a retirement open house for Northdale Middle School staff members Phyllis Anderson (grade six), John Eggert (math), Polly Kieklucki (health), Connie Munson (Special Education paraeducator) and Donelle Tanner (English) on Thursday, May 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin St. N.W., Andover.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


15. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
There will be a retirement party for Sand Creek Elementary School teachers Connie Brock (grade one) and Mike McDonald (grade five) on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


16. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
There will be a retirement party for Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School staff members Cheryl Franson (technology coordinator) and Lynn Schommer (grade three) on Thursday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


17. Retirement reception for Judy Intihar May 31
There will be a retirement reception for Judy Intihar, secretary at Roosevelt Middle School, on Thursday, May 31 at 3:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt media center.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


18. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
There will be a retirement party for Jackson Middle School assistant principal Joel Peterson on Friday, June 1 at the Coon Rapids Legion, 11640 Crooked Lake Blvd, at 4 p.m.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


19. Retirement party for Joel Peterson, Martha Forrest, Sandy Gutzwiller, Vince Smith and Diane Anderson June 4
There will be a retirement party for Jackson Middle School staff members Joel Peterson (assistant principal), Martha Forrest (counselor), Sandy Gutzwiller (math), Vince Smith (science) and Diane Anderson (MLC paraeducator) on Monday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Edinburgh Ballroom, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


20. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
There will be a retirement party for Dayton Elementary School teachers Nancy Winberg (grade four), Carrie Milberry (grade four) and Pat Chan (grade two) on Wednesday, June 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daytona Country Club, 14730 Lawndale Lane, Dayton.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


21. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
There will be a retirement open house in honor of the following Monroe Elementary School staff members: Joan Neaton (principal), Carol Allen (grade two), Debbie Johnson (grade two) and Patricia Stierna (E/BD) on Thursday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.


22. Retirement party for Chuck Achter and Joe Karaulak June 7
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids High School administration staff Chuck Achter (principal) and Joe Karulak (assistant principal) on Thursday, June 7 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the home of Shannon Madison, 8638 Dunkirk Ct. N.E., Blaine.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
23. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winner biographies
For the 11th year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District recognized excellent teachers through its Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award program. Of the approximately 95 teachers nominated, 20 winners were selected for recognition during a ceremony May 2 at the Anoka-Hennepin Learning Center.

The winning teachers represent less than 1 percent of the district’s 2,700 teachers. Each TOP winner receives up to $600 for classroom expenses, or to cover expenses of attending a special workshop or conference of their choice. Through an interview process, four winners were selected to receive a $1,000 grant for a project at their school plus $500 cash from the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation.

The 2007 TOP winners are:
• Berry Arrowsmith, Social Studies, Crossroads Alternative High School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Colleen Benton, Fashion and Cosmetic Careers, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• DaNette Dempsey, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Walter Filson, Law Enforcement and Firefighting, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• Paulette Fleming, Media Generalist, Oak View Middle School
• Todd Hunter, Earth Science, Anoka High School
• Nicole Huttner, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Debbie Johnson, Grade Two, Monroe Elementary School
• Melissa Kaiser Crist, Grade Four Specialization, Dayton Elementary School
• Todd Miller, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Tom Mulroy, Grade Five, Morris Bye Elementary School
• Jon Olson, Grade Three, Andover Elementary School
• Abbey Paulson, Social Studies, Oak View Middle School
• Mike Reeder, Physical Education and Health, Crossroads Alternative High School
• Christopher Vanjoske, Grade Five, Andover Elementary School
• Kelly Timonen, Kindergarten, Parkview Early Childhood Center
• William Vitt, French, Blaine High School
• Karen Williams, Kindergarten through Grade Five, Alexandra House ($1,000 grant winner)
• Pamela Zimba, English, Northdale Middle School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Sara Zimowicz, History and World Geography, Coon Rapids Middle School

District Staff News and Announcements will feature the biographies of each of the 20 winners throughout the remainder of the school year. This week’s featured winners are Colleen Benton, DaNette Dempsey, Walt Filson and Paulette Fleming:


Colleen Benton, Fashion and Cosmetics Careers, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)

Colleen Benton is a graduate of Anoka High School. She earned undergraduate degrees from Mankato State University in Communication Arts and Literature and from the University of Minnesota in Creative Design Careers. She began her teaching career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in 2004 at the Secondary Technical Education Program.

She currently is a new teacher mentor at STEP and previously was chair of the student activities committee and the student leadership team. In the community she has volunteered for Anoka Halloween and worked on a fundraiser for STEP colleague Mike Hilber.

In nominating Benton for this award, two of her students commented on her resourcefulness, saying, “She can make anything out of nothing.” They went on to say, “She displays an attitude which is conducive to the fashion world and demonstrates this by appearance, lesson planning, presentation and demonstration.”

Colleen Benton’s personal statement:
“Education is not just teaching content, it’s also teaching students how to analyze their choices and the consequences that follow to develop success and achieve their goals.”


DaNette Dempsey, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School

DaNette Dempsey is a graduate of Pequot Lake High School in Pequot Lakes, Minn. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine and is working on a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University. She began her career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in 1981 as a preschool coordinator and teacher. For the past three years she has been teaching at the elementary level at Adams Elementary and now at McKinley. DaNette is a member of the building leadership team at McKinley.

In nominating Dempsey for this award, one parent said, Mrs. Dempsey asked students at the end of the year to write letters over the summer, and she would return a letter to them. She continues to write to our daughter even though she doesn’t have her in class anymore.” Another commented, “After my daughter had completed all the problems in a math lesson, Mrs. Dempsey began creating additional ones for her and other kids who wanted to do them.”

DaNette Dempsey’s personal statement:
“Find a job you love and will never work a day in your life.” – Confucious.


Walter Filson, Law Enforcement and Firefighting, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)

Walt Filson is a graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School in Red Hill, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and a teaching certificate from Augsburg College. He earned a Master’s degree in criminal justice from Concordia College. A 28-year police veteran, Filson began his teaching career in 2002 at the Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP).

In the past, Walt served as the head of staff development. In the community, he serves as a Cub Scout leader, Boy Scout troop scoutmaster, Explorer advisor, little league coach and umpire and a church elder.

In nominating Filson for this award, a student wrote, “Mr. Filson has helped me by showing me I have to work very hard if I want to success and earn a good grade. He has shown me the importance in studying and always caring. Mr. Filson has been the best teacher I’ve ever had. His is funny, smart and helps you out when you need help.”

Walt Filson’s personal statement:
“I develop high expectations for the students which are communicated to them so they understand their role in the process. I treat students in a fair and compassionate manner that creates an environment conducive to learning.”


Paulette Fleming, Media Generalist, Oak View Middle School

Paulette Fleming is a graduate of Fergus Falls Senior High School in Fergus Falls, Minn. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Minnesota. Paulette taught in White Bear Lake for two years before joining the staff at Roosevelt Middle School in 1975. She has been at Oak View Middle School for the past 11 years.

Paulette currently serves as a department chair leader, member of the technology committee and was on the design and development committee for Oak View’s media center. She previously served as book fair chair leader, career day facilitator, Bobcat Boost (wellness) presenter and was on the design and development committee for Roosevelt’s media center. At the district level, Paulette is on the secondary media committee and previously served on the middle school research committee and middle school media center design committee.

In the community, Paulette has participated in the Ronald McDonald fundraiser and the Mounds View High School tennis fundraiser and volunteers at her church. She also served on the University of Minnesota Graduate Admissions committee.

Paulette is the recipient of the Oak View Middle School “Red Chair” Award and the Roosevelt Middle School “Red Apple” Award.

In nominating Fleming for this award, a student wrote, “Ms. Fleming is very kind and she shows this in helping us when we need it. She also makes up really fun games for us!”

Paulette Fleming’s personal statement:
“My career in educational media supports my vision and passion for reading and lifelong learning. I see myself as a facilitator in nurturing readers and a provider of resources and skills for learning.”


Community Education News and Events:
24. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning
Click on the following link for the latest news on offerings from Community Education’s Adult Learning: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews.

Amazing classes and special events are just waiting for you in the Adult Learning spring course offerings catalog. Below are special events that Anoka-Hennepin staff won’t want to miss. District staff will receive a discount price of $19 when they sign up for the Rebecca Kolls special event. Be certain to register early for both, as these events will sell out. View additional class listings in this week’s issue of Backpack Online or visit: http://www.discovercommunityed.com or call 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.

SPECIAL EVENT: REBECCA KOLLS (STAFF DISCOUNT PRICE: $19)
Spend a Morning with America’s Garden Diva as she talks about Pretty Gardens in Containers. Rebecca Kolls knows her dirt - she’s been digging in the garden most of her life! It was a passion passed down from her mentor, her grandfather. For 11 years, Rebecca hosted the nationally syndicated show “Rebecca’s Garden.” She’s been the lifestyles and gardening contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America since 1998, is the author of the book, “Rebecca’s Garden: Four Seasons to Grow On,” and now publishes her own magazine, “Seasons by Rebecca.” Learn from one of the nation’s best Master Gardeners. Rebecca will reveal secrets for great container gardens including: -- Why Choose Containers; -- Which Plants Do Well; -- and the Important Rule of Plants - a thriller, chiller and spiller. You will not want to miss this special morning! Register today, space is limited.
· Saturday, May 19 from 8 to 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast at 9 a.m. Rebecca’s presentation at Mickman Brothers Garden Center, Hwy. 65 and Andover Blvd. Directions to location on Web site.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5741&catID=


25. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Registration is now open for the adult summer break tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Useful Tips and Resources
26. Download the May issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The May edition of BecauseWeCare is full of helpful tips for your day to day living.

Inside this edition you will find:
• College Prep: Making the Transition from High School
• Keep the Mosquitos at Bay This Summer
• Splendid Spa Treatments without Spending a Fortune
• Recipe for Grilled Portobella Mushrooms

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


27. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

ENGERGY CONTROL
Due to the higher cost of natural gas and electricity, attention must be given to the heating and electrical system operating guidelines listed below.

• On nights and weekends, make sure the boiler goes into the night set back mode. Check the outside and inside sensor for proper settings and operation. The night set back temperature should be five degrees less than day temperature settings.

• Make sure all exhaust fans are off at night and on weekends. Run the exhaust fans when the public is in the building, such as parent/teacher conference or other public events.

• Shut off all unnecessary lighting in areas of the building that are not in use during the day. When the building is unoccupied, shut off all lights that are not needed for cleaning.

• Check your time clocks that control outside lighting for the correct time and make sure that lights are off during the day.


Opportunities: Local and National
28. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

TARGET ARTS IN EDUCATION GRANTS
Target Arts in Education grants make art exhibitions, classes and performances more affordable and accessible for families by funding programs that bring arts to schools or school children to the arts.

Maximum Award: $3,000
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations
Deadline: May 31

NEA FOUNDATION STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GRANTS
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provides funds to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

Maximum Award: $5,000
Eligibility: K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities
Deadline: June 1

For a detailed list of existing grant opportunities (updated each week), visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
5/11/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #25 - 2007 TOP Award winners recognized at ceremony, news and updates from Community Education Adult Learning and upcoming retirement celebrations.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Retirement dinner for John Bohlig May 14
2. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
3. Retirement party for Kathy Boron May 15
4. Retirement party for Bev King May 15
5. Retirement party for Tina Mulroy and Tom Cloutier May 16
6. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
7. Retirement party for Pat LeDoux, Darlene Nelson and Sandy Schirmers May 17
8. Retirement open house for Linda Chur May 17
9. Retirement party for Paulette Fleming, Carol Gedde, Chip Nelson, Marge Nelson and Judy Whipple May 17
10. Retirement open house for Joyce Heida May 17
11. Retirement party for Myles Wagner May 17
12. Retirement party for Rose Griffith May 17
13. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
14. Retirement party for Linda Klohs May 20
15. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
16. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
17. Retirement celebration for Larry Golyer Mary 23
18. Retirement open house for Shirley Fairbanks May 23
19. Retirement party for Betty Krull, Diane Oslund and Jill Peacock on May 24
20. Retirement open house for John Ploeger May 24
21. Retirement party for Jan Raabe, Bob Nehring, JoAnn McCloskey, Jerry Weidemann and Dave Sekhon May 29
22. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31
23. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
24. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
25. Retirement reception for Judy Intihar May 31
26. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
27. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
28. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
29. Retirement party for Chuck Achter and Joe Karaulak June 7
30. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
31. News and updates from the Continuing Education/Relicensure Committee (updated)
32. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
33. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
34. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winners recognized at ceremony

Community Education News and Events:
35. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning (http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews)
36. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Useful Tips and Resources
37. Download the May issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
38. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines

Opportunities: Local and National
39. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Retirement dinner for John Bohlig May 14
There will be a retirement dinner for Coon Rapids High School teacher John Bohlig (social studies and science) on Monday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at Billy’s Bar and Grill, 214 Jackson St., Anoka.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


2. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
There will be a retirement dinner for Nancy Leba, Adams Elementary principal, and Cheryl Larsen, Adams Elementary grade one teacher, on Tuesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club Fireside Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. Retirement party for Kathy Boron May 15
There will be a retirement party for Kathy Boron, grade one teacher at Crooked Lake Elementary School on Tuesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 2939 Bunker Lake Blvd. in Andover.


4. Retirement party for Bev King May 15
There will be a retirement party for Bev King, paraeducator at Coon Rapids High School, on Tuesday, May 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club Cedar Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


5. Retirement party for Tina Mulroy and Tom Cloutier May 16
There will be a retirement party for Ramsey Elementary School teachers Tina Mulroy (grade three) and Tom Cloutier (grade five) on Wednesday, May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Seasons Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


6. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
There will be a retirement party for McKinley Elementary School teachers Deb Lofboom (grade five), Laurie Erickson (art) and Roz Neutgens (grade two) on Thursday, May 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Blainbrook Entertainment Center – Brookhall, 12000 Central Ave. N.E., in Blaine.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


7. Retirement party for Pat LeDoux, Darlene Nelson and Sandy Schirmers May 17
There will be a retirement party for Madison Elementary School staff members Pat LeDoux (grade two), Darlene Nelson (grade one) and Sandy Schirmers (head secretary) on Thursday, May 17 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Greenhaven Country Club, 2800 Greenhaven Road in Anoka.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


8. Retirement open house for Linda Chur May 17
There will be an open house in honor of the retirement of Linda Chur, paraeducator at Compass Programs, at the Compass Programs building, 532 Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


9. Retirement party for Paulette Fleming, Carol Gedde, Chip Nelson, Marge Nelson and Judy Whipple May 17
There will be a retirement party for Oak View Middle School staff members Paulette Fleming (media generalist), Carol Gedde (SLD Special Education), Chip Nelson (industrial technology), Marge Nelson (grade six) and Judy Whipple (nurse) on Thursday, May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Refuge Golf Club, 21250 Yellow Pine Street, Oak Grove.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


10. Retirement open house for Joyce Heida May 17
There will be a retirement open house for Joyce Heida, Rum River Elementary School media generalist, on Thursday, May 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Rum River Elementary.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


11. Retirement party for Myles Wagner May 17
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids High School English teacher Myles Wagner on Thursday, May 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the El Loro Mexican Restaurant, 11590 Robinson Dr. N.W., Coon Rapids.


12. Retirement party for Rose Griffith May 17
There will be a retirement party for Rose Griffith, Child Nutrition assistant at Hoover Elementary School, on Thursday, May 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Hoover, 2369 109th Ave. N.W., Coon Rapids.


13. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger, network services coordinator, on Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Club Post 102 in Anoka (400 W. Main St.). Proceeds from the benefit will be used to offset medical expenses.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


14. Retirement party for Linda Klohs May 20
There will be a retirement party for Linda Klohs, French teacher at Anoka High School, on Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Izaak Walton League, 8816 W. River Rd., Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


15. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
There will be a retirement party for Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts staff members Don Bright (grade six), Sonja Chamberlain (music), Sue Gugisberg (nurse) and Donna Melby (grade six) on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenhaven Golf and Banquet Center, 2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


16. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
There will be a retirement party for University Avenue Elementary School staff members Karen Winkelman (English as a second language) and Ann Boyke (paraeducator) on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


17. Retirement celebration for Larry Golyer Mary 23
There will be a retirement celebration for Larry Golyer, grade five teacher at Riverview Specialty School for Math and Environmental Science, on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at MacTavish’s at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


18. Retirement open house for Shirley Fairbanks May 23
There will be a retirement open house for Hoover Elementary School kindergarten teacher Shirley Fairbanks on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hoover Elementary gymnasium.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


19. Retirement party for Betty Krull, Diane Oslund and Jill Peacock on May 24
There will be a retirement party for Jefferson Elementary School teachers Betty Krull (grade three), Diane Oslund (grade two) and Jill Peacock (grade one) on Thursday, May 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 128000 Bunker Prairie Road (County Road 242 and Foley Blvd.) in Coon Rapids.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served for a fee. Contact Cindy Wrobel at 763-506-2942 or at: cindy.wrobel@anoka.k12.mn.us for more information.


20. Retirement open house for John Ploeger May 24
There will be a retirement open house for John Ploeger, assistant principal at Northdale Middle School on Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. at the Refuge Golf Club, 21250 Yellow Pine St.,
Oak Grove.


21. Retirement party for Jan Raabe, Bob Nehring, JoAnn McCloskey, Jerry Weidemann and Dave Sekhon May 29
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids Middle School teachers Jan Raabe (English), Bob Nehring (art), JoAnn McCloskey (physical education), Jerry Weidemann (grade six) and Dave Sekhon (social studies) on Tuesday, May 29 at Wells Catering, 6139 W. Hwy. 10, Ramsey.

Dinner begins at 5:15 p.m. with a program at 6:15 p.m. The cost of dinner is $22. Please R.S.V.P. to Maia Gratz at Coon Rapids Middle School by May 17.


22. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31
There will be a retirement open house for Northdale Middle School staff members Phyllis Anderson (grade six), John Eggert (math), Polly Kieklucki (health), Connie Munson (Special Education paraeducator) and Donelle Tanner (English) on Thursday, May 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin St. N.W., Andover.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


23. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
There will be a retirement party for Sand Creek Elementary School teachers Connie Brock (grade one) and Mike McDonald (grade five) on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


24. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
There will be a retirement party for Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School staff members Cheryl Franson (technology coordinator) and Lynn Schommer (grade three) on Thursday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


25. Retirement reception for Judy Intihar May 31
There will be a retirement reception for Judy Intihar, secretary at Roosevelt Middle School, on Thursday, May 31 at 3:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt media center.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


26. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
There will be a retirement party for Jackson Middle School assistant principal Joel Peterson on Friday, June 1 at the Coon Rapids Legion, 11640 Crooked Lake Blvd, at 4 p.m.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


27. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
There will be a retirement party for Dayton Elementary School teachers Nancy Winberg (grade four), Carrie Milberry (grade four) and Pat Chan (grade two) on Wednesday, June 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daytona Country Club, 14730 Lawndale Lane, Dayton.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


28. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
There will be a retirement open house in honor of the following Monroe Elementary School staff members: Joan Neaton (principal), Carol Allen (grade two), Debbie Johnson (grade two) and Patricia Stierna (E/BD) on Thursday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.


29. Retirement party for Chuck Achter and Joe Karaulak June 7
There will be a retirement party for Coon Rapids High School administration staff Chuck Achter (principal) and Joe Karulak (assistant principal) on Thursday, June 7 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the home of Shannon Madison, 8638 Dunkirk Ct. N.E., Blaine.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


30. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Calling all golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event on Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a scramble-shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

The ECSE program encourages district staff members to create a foursome that will represent Anoka-Hennepin at the event. It’s a great way to get the summer off to a “swinging” start, said Jane Roundtree, ECSE program supervisor.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or contact Jane Roundtree at 763-506-1475. You can also view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. A PDF is also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


31. News and updates from the Continuing Education/Relicensure Committee (updated)
Elections May 14 through 16
The election for two committee members will take place on May 14 through 16. Teachers elected will serve a two-year term beginning next fall. To vote, log on to: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/ceelection

Final committee meeting May 14
The final committee meeting for the year will be on Monday, May 14. The committee will hold a public hearing on May 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center. The purpose of the state-mandated public hearing is to allow Anoka-Hennepin teachers an opportunity to speak to the committee regarding guidelines and procedures for the granting of continuing education clock hours and teacher relicensure.

New NCR forms
The committee will no longer require the two-part NCR forms for individual clock hour approval. Staff can download the new form from the district Web site (click on For Staff) and duplicate it as necessary. The old-style forms will still be accepted. Forms will be returned after clock hours are approved and recorded. The committee does not save copies of clock hour forms, so save any returned forms.


32. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
Attention district staff! Sign up now to participate in Medica’s Shape Up Challenge and earn gift certificates for keeping track of your healthy habits.

The Shape Up Challenge, sponsored by Medica insurance, is a six-week program designed to get participants to kick-start healthy habits. This Web-based program, which is endorsed by the Educational Service Center Building Council, allows individuals to enroll, set goals and accrue points throughout the year and earn a $25 gift certificate per quarter.

The ESC Building Council encourages other district staff to participate in the program, which is free to Medica members. The program created interest among ESC staff members after a recent informational meeting, said Karen Dahl, Prevention Program trainer, who coordinates the program at the ESC along with Judy Schultze (Information Systems).

“I think people are intrigued with the program being available to them at no charge and online,” said Dahl.

Visit www.medica.com and click on “My Health Manager” for more information or to register.


33. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who allocated creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics? If so, consider nominating them for a 3M Economic Education Award. The 3M Economic Education Awards acknowledges how teachers allocate creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
• Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
• Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
34. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance Award winners recognized at ceremony
For the 11th year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District recognized excellent teachers through its Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award program. Of the approximately 95 teachers nominated, 20 winners were selected for recognition during a ceremony May 2 at the Anoka-Hennepin Learning Center.

The winning teachers represent less than 1 percent of the district’s 2,700 teachers. Each TOP winner receives up to $600 for classroom expenses, or to cover expenses of attending a special workshop or conference of their choice. Through an interview process, four winners were selected to receive a $1,000 grant for a project at their school plus $500 cash from the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation.

The 2007 TOP winners are:
• Berry Arrowsmith, Social Studies, Crossroads Alternative High School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Colleen Benton, Fashion and Cosmetic Careers, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• DaNette Dempsey, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Walter Filson, Law Enforcement and Firefighting, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
• Paulette Fleming, Media Generalist, Oak View Middle School
• Todd Hunter, Earth Science, Anoka High School
• Nicole Huttner, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Debbie Johnson, Grade Two, Monroe Elementary School
• Melissa Kaiser Crist, Grade Four Specialization, Dayton Elementary School
• Todd Miller, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School
• Tom Mulroy, Grade Five, Morris Bye Elementary School
• Jon Olson, Grade Three, Andover Elementary School
• Abbey Paulson, Social Studies, Oak View Middle School
• Mike Reeder, Physical Education and Health, Crossroads Alternative High School
• Christopher Vanjoske, Grade Five, Andover Elementary School
• Kelly Timonen, Kindergarten, Parkview Early Childhood Center
• William Vitt, French, Blaine High School
• Karen Williams, Kindergarten through Grade Five, Alexandra House ($1,000 grant winner)
• Pamela Zimba, English, Northdale Middle School ($1,000 grant winner)
• Sara Zimowicz, History and World Geography, Coon Rapids Middle School

District Staff News and Announcements will feature the biographies of each of the 20 winners throughout the remainder of the school year. This week’s featured winners are Berry Arrowsmith, Nicole Huttner, Karen Williams and Pamela Zimba:


Berry Arrowsmith, Social Studies, Crossroads Alternative High School


Berry Arrowsmith is a graduate of Forest Lake High School in Forest Lake, Minn. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and a Master’s degree from Lesley University. Berry has been teaching for 18 years, working first at St. Francis High School. He has been teaching at Crossroads since 1999.

Berry currently serves as technology chair and social studies department leader for alternative sites. In the past, he served as technology teacher. At the district level, Berry is a member of the ninth grade and 10th grade curriculum writing teams. In the community, Berry has spent 24 years working with adults and students as a soccer coach. Berry was previously nominated for a Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award in 2004.

In nominating Arrowsmith for this award a student wrote, “Mr. Arrowsmith has helped me in so many ways. Before I came to Crossroads, I was told that I was going to graduate a year, maybe even two, late. When I came here, everything changed. For once in my life someone made me think that I could actually achieve something and he proved it to me.”

Berry Arrowsmith’s personal statement:
“I enjoy working with students everyday!”


Nicole Huttner, Grade One, McKinley Elementary School

Nicole Huttner is a graduate of Cooper High School in New Hope, Minn. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State University and intends to complete her Master’s degree in teaching and learning next year from Saint Mary’s University. Nicole began her teaching career in the Anoka-Hennepin School District at L.O. Jacob Elementary in 2000, and also taught at Morris Bye Elementary.

Nicole currently is chair of the Integrated Language Arts Committee at McKinley and is on the Sunshine Committee. She is past member of building-level site council, School Learning Improvement Plan committee, technology committee and she has been a mentor to first-year teachers. At the district level, Nicole is a curriculum writer for social studies; she serves on the math adoption committee and coordinates training for paraprofessionals in the district’s character education program. She is a past member of the district’s ILA core team, Integrated Language Arts representative for primary grades and the social studies adoption committee. In the community, Nicole is co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.

In nominating Huttner for a TOP Award, a parent volunteer said described a reading activity that challenged students to be public speakers by reading short plays. The nominator noted that most adults have difficulty with public speaking and that a proud moment was when “two children who were challenged most with lack of confidence stood up in front with a quiet yet confident voices and read their script. Adults who knew the students and saw them grow in her class had tears in their eyes, including Mrs. Huttner.”

Nicole Huttner’s personal statement:
“Teaching is my passion. Every day I get to come to work, explore new ideas, share and encourage curiosity, test new ideas, and learn from an amazing group of kids. I think, ‘It will not matter in 100 years what my bank account was or the material possessions I accumulated. What will matter is the life lessons I have learned from the students I have been fortunate enough to share my passion with.”


Karen Williams, Kindergarten through Grade Five, Alexandra House


Karen Williams is a graduate of Hopkins High School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and a Master’s degree from Bethel University. Karen has been teaching for a total of 22 years. She began her teaching career in 1966, working first at Red Oak and Pinewood elementary schools in Mounds View and then Madison Elementary School in St. Cloud. She began her teaching career at Alexandra House in 1988, when it was a part of the Centennial School District. In 1994, Alexandra House became a part of the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Karen currently serves as a lead teacher and has held leadership positions in Christian education and worship planning at her church.

In nominating Williams for this award, a community member wrote, “Karen’s classroom is comforting and inquisitive at the same time – even as an adult you want to look closer at the ideas she has to share with the children.”

Karen Williams’ personal statement:
“I believe that as a teacher I have the power to affect how a child views himself. This gives me the desire and responsibility to help children feel worthwhile and valued. This is as important as providing them with a firm foundation in academic skills.”


Pamela Zimba, English, Northdale Middle School


Pamela Zimba is a graduate of Columbia Heights High School. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota. She has been a teacher for 35 years, working first in St. Anthony Village and Columbia Heights. She began her teaching career at Northdale in 1975 when the middle school was housed in Blaine High School. The Northdale building opened the following year.

Pam is currently a member of Northdale’s Talent Development Committee, she is an advisor for the school’s literary arts magazine and the school newspaper, and she coordinates the Writer’s Breakfast, a weekly meeting for student writers. She has won two Golden Apple Achiever Awards from Ashland Oil, an Excellence in Education Award from Anoka County Chamber of Commerce and won the Education Minnesota Human Rights Award in 2005.

In nominating Zimba for this award, a student wrote, “Ms. Zimba is passionate about what she teaches. You can tell she believes the words she is saying and not just reading from a teacher’s guide. I have had the honor of being in her class for two years. She has changed my life. Ever since I have been in Ms. Zimba’s class I have been pushed to look skeptically and openly at all of the work I do in each of my classes. If every teacher was like Ms. Zimba, my generation would be full of highly motivated, hard-working, eager and confident leaders.”

Pam Zimba’s personal statement:
“For me, teaching has been a career and a life of purpose like a roller coaster ride with ups and downs, twists and turns, yet framed by exhilaration and sheer joy.”


Community Education News and Events:
35. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning
Click on the following link for the latest news on offerings from Community Education’s Adult Learning: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/adultlearningnews.

Amazing classes and special events are just waiting for you in the Adult Learning spring course offerings catalog. Below are special events that Anoka-Hennepin staff won’t want to miss. District staff will receive a discount price of $19 when you sign up for the Rebecca Kolls special event. Be certain to register early for both, as these events will sell out. View additional class listings in this week’s issue of Backpack Online or visit: http://www.discovercommunityed.com or call 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.

SHADE GARDENING
Discover unique ways to brighten that shady area in your yard.
• http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5571&catID
55+ DEFENSIVE DRIVING REFRESHER
Renew your 10% three-year car insurance discount by attending this refresher course.
• http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=4582&catID

HOME STAGING
Get hands-on tips for making your home look its best with the items you already have.
• http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=4542&catID=

SPECIAL EVENT: REBECCA KOLLS (STAFF DISCOUNT PRICE: $19)
Spend a Morning with America’s Garden Diva as she talks about Pretty Gardens in Containers. Rebecca Kolls knows her dirt - she’s been digging in the garden most of her life! It was a passion passed down from her mentor, her grandfather. For 11 years, Rebecca hosted the nationally syndicated show “Rebecca’s Garden.” She’s been the lifestyles and gardening contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America since 1998, is the author of the book, “Rebecca’s Garden: Four Seasons to Grow On,” and now publishes her own magazine, “Seasons by Rebecca.” Learn from one of the nation’s best Master Gardeners. Rebecca will reveal secrets for great container gardens including: -- Why Choose Containers; -- Which Plants Do Well; -- and the Important Rule of Plants - a thriller, chiller and spiller. You will not want to miss this special morning! Register today, space is limited.
· Saturday, May 19 from 8 to 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast at 9 a.m. Rebecca’s presentation at Mickman Brothers Garden Center, Hwy. 65 and Andover Blvd. Directions to location on Web site.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5741&catID=


36. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Registration is now open for the adult summer break tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Useful Tips and Resources
37. Download the May issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The May edition of BecauseWeCare is full of helpful tips for your day to day living.

Inside this edition you will find:
• College Prep: Making the Transition from High School
• Keep the Mosquitos at Bay This Summer
• Splendid Spa Treatments without Spending a Fortune
• Recipe for Grilled Portobella Mushrooms

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


38. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

ENGERGY CONTROL
Due to the higher cost of natural gas and electricity, attention must be given to the heating and electrical system operating guidelines listed below.

• Check the Energy Management System to make sure the building is going into night set back. Night set back starts one hour after school has been let out. Day operation starts one hour before school starts. Air handler for the offices shuts down when the office closes for the day and on weekends.

• If any area needs heat or ventilation when in night set back, the air handler can be run using the timed override for that area.

• On nights of parent/teacher conferences, run the air handlers on timed override if needed.

• Gyms/fieldhouse – run air handler during the school day or when activities are taking place, such as games or other public events.

• Auditoriums – run air handler during the school day or when activities are taking place, such as plays or other public events.


Opportunities:
Local and National
39. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

TARGET ARTS IN EDUCATION GRANTS
Target Arts in Education grants make art exhibitions, classes and performances more affordable and accessible for families by funding programs that bring arts to schools or school children to the arts.

Maximum Award: $3,000
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations
Deadline: May 31

NEA FOUNDATION STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GRANTS
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provides funds to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

Maximum Award: $5,000
Eligibility: K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities
Deadline: June 1

For a detailed list of existing grant opportunities (updated each week), visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
5/04/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #24 - Allison Bradford wins Minnesota and Midwest School Nutrition Association Director of the Year Awards, Diane Stritesky selected for Japan Fulbright Teacher Program and upcoming retirement celebrations.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops May 5
2. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
3. Retirement party for Jackie Hartman May 10
4. Retirement party for Jan Clemens, Jan Cameron, Rita Wilson and Mary Tronson May 10
5. Retirement dinner for John Bohlig May 14
6. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
7. Retirement party for Kathy Boron May 15
8. Retirement party for Bev King May 15
9. Retirement party for Tina Mulroy and Tom Cloutier May 16
10. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
11. Retirement party for Pat LeDoux, Darlene Nelson and Sandy Schirmers May 17
12. Retirement open house for Linda Chur May 17
13. Retirement party for Paulette Fleming, Carol Gedde, Chip Nelson, Marge Nelson and Judy Whipple May 17
14. Retirement open house for Joyce Heida May 17
15. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
16. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
17. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
18. Retirement celebration for Larry Golyer Mary 23
19. Retirement open house for Shirley Fairbanks May 23
20. Retirement party for Betty Krull, Diane Oslund and Jill Peacock on May 24
21. Retirement open house for John Ploeger May 24
22. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31
23. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
24. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
25. Retirement reception for Judy Intihar May 31
26. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
27. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
28. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
29. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
30. News and updates from the Continuing Education/Relicensure Committee
31. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
32. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
33. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning
34. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
35. Allison Bradford wins Minnesota and Midwest School Nutrition Association Director of the Year Award
36. Diane Stritesky selected for Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program

Useful Tips and Resources
37. Download the May issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
38. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
39. Health and medical tips from Medica

Opportunities: Local and National
40. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
41. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops May 5
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Mar. 24 and Apr. 21. Here is a list of workshops offered:

Introduction to Premier Elements (May 5)
Learn the basics of video editing, including working with video tracks, transitions and sounds.

Managing and Editing Digital Photographs with iPhoto (May 5)
See how easy it is to import, organize, edit and retouch photographs.

iDVD Introduction (May 5)
Find out how to create a DVD project with custom themes and menus, chapter markers, background music and photo slide shows.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html. For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


2. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
There will be a retirement party for Linda Tomsich, kindergarten teacher at Peter Enich Kindergarten Center, on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. Retirement party for Jackie Hartman May 10
There will be a retirement party for Jackie Hartman, Special Education teacher, on Thursday, May at 4 p.m. at Tanner’s Station, 13655 Martin St. N.W. in Andover.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


4. Retirement party for Jan Clemens, Jan Cameron, Rita Wilson and Mary Tronson May 10
There will be a retirement party for Sandburg Middle School staff members Jan Clemens (STARS/Language arts), Jan Cameron (health), Rita Wilson (English) and Mary Tronson (Child Nutrition) on Thursday, May 10 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Links at Northfork Golf Course, 9333 Alpine Dr. N.W., Ramsey.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


5. Retirement dinner for John Bohlig May 14
There will be a retirement dinner for Coon Rapids High School teacher John Bohlig (social studies and science) on Monday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at Billy’s Bar and Grill, 214 Jackson St., Anoka.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


6. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
There will be a retirement dinner for Nancy Leba, Adams Elementary principal, and Cheryl Larsen, Adams Elementary grade one teacher, on Tuesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club Fireside Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


7. Retirement party for Kathy Boron May 15
There will be a retirement party for Kathy Boron, grade one teacher at Crooked Lake Elementary School on Tuesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 2939 Bunker Lake Blvd. in Andover.


8. Retirement party for Bev King May 15
There will be a retirement party for Bev King, paraeducator at Coon Rapids High School, on Tuesday, May 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club Cedar Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


9. Retirement party for Tina Mulroy and Tom Cloutier May 16
There will be a retirement party for Ramsey Elementary School teachers Tina Mulroy (grade three) and Tom Cloutier (grade five) on Wednesday, May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Seasons Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


10. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
There will be a retirement party for McKinley Elementary School teachers Deb Lofboom (grade five), Laurie Erickson (art) and Roz Neutgens (grade two) on Thursday, May 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Blainbrook Entertainment Center – Brookhall, 12000 Central Ave. N.E., in Blaine.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


11. Retirement party for Pat LeDoux, Darlene Nelson and Sandy Schirmers May 17
There will be a retirement party for Madison Elementary School staff members Pat LeDoux (grade two), Darlene Nelson (grade one) and Sandy Schirmers (head secretary) on Thursday, May 17 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Greenhaven Country Club, 2800 Greenhaven Road in Anoka.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


12. Retirement open house for Linda Chur May 17
There will be an open house in honor of the retirement of Linda Chur, paraeducator at Compass Programs, at the Compass Programs building, 532 Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


13. Retirement party for Paulette Fleming, Carol Gedde, Chip Nelson, Marge Nelson and Judy Whipple May 17
There will be a retirement party for Oak View Middle School staff members Paulette Fleming (media generalist), Carol Gedde (SLD Special Education), Chip Nelson (industrial technology), Marge Nelson (grade six) and Judy Whipple (nurse) on Thursday, May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Refuge Golf Club, 21250 Yellow Pine Street, Oak Grove.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


14. Retirement open house for Joyce Heida May 17
There will be a retirement open house for Joyce Heida, Rum River Elementary School media generalist, on Thursday, May 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Rum River Elementary.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


15. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger, network services coordinator, on Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Club Post 102 in Anoka (400 W. Main St.). Proceeds from the benefit will be used to offset medical expenses.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


16. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
There will be a retirement party for Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts staff members Don Bright (grade six), Sonja Chamberlain (music), Sue Gugisberg (nurse) and Donna Melby (grade six) on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenhaven Golf and Banquet Center, 2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


17. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
There will be a retirement party for University Avenue Elementary School staff members Karen Winkelman (English as a second language) and Ann Boyke (paraeducator) on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


18. Retirement celebration for Larry Golyer Mary 23
There will be a retirement celebration for Larry Golyer, grade five teacher at Riverview Specialty School for Math and Environmental Science, on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at MacTavish’s at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


19. Retirement open house for Shirley Fairbanks May 23
There will be a retirement open house for Hoover Elementary School kindergarten teacher Shirley Fairbanks on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hoover Elementary gymnasium.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


20. Retirement party for Betty Krull, Diane Oslund and Jill Peacock on May 24
There will be a retirement party for Jefferson Elementary School teachers Betty Krull (grade three), Diane Oslund (grade two) and Jill Peacock (grade one) on Thursday, May 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 128000 Bunker Prairie Road (County Road 242 and Foley Blvd.) in Coon Rapids.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served for a fee. Contact Cindy Wrobel at 763-506-2942 or at: cindy.wrobel@anoka.k12.mn.us for more information.


21. Retirement open house for John Ploeger May 24
There will be a retirement open house for John Ploeger, assistant principal at Northdale Middle School on Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. at the Refuge Golf Club, 21250 Yellow Pine St.,
Oak Grove.


22. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31
There will be a retirement open house for Northdale Middle School staff members Phyllis Anderson (grade six), John Eggert (math), Polly Kieklucki (health), Connie Munson (Special Education paraeducator) and Donelle Tanner (English) on Thursday, May 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin St. N.W., Andover.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


23. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
There will be a retirement party for Sand Creek Elementary School teachers Connie Brock (grade one) and Mike McDonald (grade five) on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


24. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
There will be a retirement party for Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School staff members Cheryl Franson (technology coordinator) and Lynn Schommer (grade three) on Thursday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


25. Retirement reception for Judy Intihar May 31
There will be a retirement reception for Judy Intihar, secretary at Roosevelt Middle School, on Thursday, May 31 at 3:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt media center.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


26. Retirement party for Joel Peterson June 1
There will be a retirement party for Jackson Middle School assistant principal Joel Peterson on Friday, June 1 at the Coon Rapids Legion, 11640 Crooked Lake Blvd, at 4 p.m.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


27. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
There will be a retirement party for Dayton Elementary School teachers Nancy Winberg (grade four), Carrie Milberry (grade four) and Pat Chan (grade two) on Wednesday, June 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daytona Country Club, 14730 Lawndale Lane, Dayton.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


28. Retirement open house for Joan Neaton, Carol Allen, Debbie Johnson and Patricia Stierna June 7
There will be a retirement open house in honor of the following Monroe Elementary School staff members: Joan Neaton (principal), Carol Allen (grade two), Debbie Johnson (grade two) and Patricia Stierna (E/BD) on Thursday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.


29. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Calling all golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event on Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a scramble-shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

The ECSE program encourages district staff members to create a foursome that will represent Anoka-Hennepin at the event. It’s a great way to get the summer off to a “swinging” start, said Jane Roundtree, ECSE program supervisor.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or contact Jane Roundtree at 763-506-1475. You can also view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. A PDF is also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


30. News and updates from the Continuing Education/Relicensure Committee
Elections May 14 through 16
The election for two committee members will take place on May 14 through 16. Teachers elected will serve a two-year term beginning next fall. Teachers interested serving for this committee should contact Randy Edinger by Thursday, May 10.

Final committee meeting May 14
The final committee meeting for the year will be on Monday, May 14. The committee will hold a public hearing on May 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center. The purpose of the state-mandated public hearing is to allow Anoka-Hennepin teachers an opportunity to speak to the committee regarding guidelines and procedures for the granting of continuing education clock hours and teacher relicensure.

New NCR forms
The committee will no longer require the two-part NCR forms for individual clock hour approval. Staff can download the new form from the district Web site (click on For Staff) and duplicate it as necessary. The old-style forms will still be accepted. Forms will be returned after clock hours are approved and recorded. The committee does not save copies of clock hour forms, so save any returned forms.


31. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
Attention district staff! Sign up now to participate in Medica’s Shape Up Challenge and earn gift certificates for keeping track of your healthy habits.

The Shape Up Challenge, sponsored by Medica insurance, is a six-week program designed to get participants to kick-start healthy habits. This Web-based program, which is endorsed by the Educational Service Center Building Council, allows individuals to enroll, set goals and accrue points throughout the year and earn a $25 gift certificate per quarter.

The ESC Building Council encourages other district staff to participate in the program, which is free to Medica members. The program created interest among ESC staff members after a recent informational meeting, said Karen Dahl, Prevention Program trainer, who coordinates the program at the ESC along with Judy Schultze (Information Systems).

“I think people are intrigued with the program being available to them at no charge and online,” said Dahl.

Visit www.medica.com and click on “My Health Manager” for more information or to register.


32. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who allocated creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics? If so, consider nominating them for a 3M Economic Education Award. The 3M Economic Education Awards acknowledges how teachers allocate creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
• Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
• Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu.


33. News and updates from Community Education Adult Learning
Amazing classes and special events are just waiting for you in the Adult Learning spring course offerings catalog. Below are two special events that Anoka-Hennepin staff won’t want to miss. Be certain to register early for both, as these events will sell out. View additional class listings in this week’s issue of Backpack Online or visit: http://www.discovercommunityed.com or call 763-506-5766 (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Press one when prompted.

SPECIAL EVENT: REBECCA KOLLS
Spend a Morning with America’s Garden Diva as she talks about Pretty Gardens in Containers. Rebecca Kolls knows her dirt - she’s been digging in the garden most of her life! It was a passion passed down from her mentor, her grandfather. For 11 years, Rebecca hosted the nationally syndicated show “Rebecca’s Garden.” She’s been the lifestyles and gardening contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America since 1998, is the author of the book, “Rebecca’s Garden: Four Seasons to Grow On,” and now publishes her own magazine, “Seasons by Rebecca.” Learn from one of the nation’s best Master Gardeners. Rebecca will reveal secrets for great container gardens including: -- Why Choose Containers; -- Which Plants Do Well; -- and the Important Rule of Plants - a thriller, chiller and spiller. You will not want to miss this special morning! Register today, space is limited.
· Saturday, May 19 from 8 to 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast at 9 a.m. Rebecca’s presentation at Mickman Brothers Garden Center, Hwy. 65 and Andover Blvd. Directions to location on Web site.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5741&catID=

HIGH TEA IN THE GARDEN
Treat yourself to a very special afternoon of fashion, entertainment and a delectable high tea luncheon in the beautiful glass green house of Mickman Brothers Garden Center. See the latest fashion trends from “A Girl Thing” in Anoka; you’re sure to fall in love with their unique styles for the season. Following tea, enjoy a private shopping experience at Mickman’s. The doors remain open for a special 2-hour shopping event. What a great way to spend an afternoon with your mother, sisters, friends or all of them. Special giveaways as well as a silent auction will be at the event, which will benefit the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation. Mark your calendar; this is sure to be a sell-out. Cost: $45.
· Saturday, June 24 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Mickman Brothers Garden Center, Hwy. 65 and Andover Blvd. Directions to location on Web site.
· Visit Community Education for complete details: http://www.discovercommunityed.com/insight/registry/classinfo.asp?courseID=5557&catID=


34. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Registration is now open for the adult summer break tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
35. Allison Bradford wins Minnesota and Midwest School Nutrition Association Director of the Year Award
Allison Bradford, director of child nutrition, was named the winner of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association Director of the Year Award in March. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of school foodservice and nutrition directors who manage effective programs that provide healthful, appetizing and nutritious meals to students. Directors are eligible to be nominated after 10 years of service.

Bradford was named the Midwest Director of the Year earlier this month and will now compete for the national title.

Chuck Holden, director of administrative services, said that Bradford has been a wonderful addition to the district’s management team.

“Since she started in Anoka-Hennepin in 1996, Allison has successfully worked to cutting district costs while at the same time enhancing meal offerings, maintaining low meal prices, and improving the nutritional value of our meals for students and staff,” said Holden. “In this time of tight school budgets and funding levels, the Child Nutrition Program is healthy and self supporting.”

Bradford has worked to transition the district’s food delivery system from a warehouse system to direct delivery. Holden said that the direct delivery system provides timely and safe food delivery to schools.

“Additionally, Allison and her staff have used the savings in systemic changes to remodel school cafeterias into ‘food courts’ that are both attractive and better serve our students with fresh food choices that are maintained at proper temperatures,” said Holden. “I am very pleased that the School Nutrition Association has discovered the talent we have seen in her for years and awarded her the regional Outstanding Director of the Year Award. It is well deserved!”


36. Diane Stritesky selected for Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program
Diane Stritesky, technology teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, was recently selected to participate in a three–week scholarship program through the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. As part of the scholarship program, Stritesky will travel to Japan to learn about the Japanese culture and education.

The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program is sponsored by the government of Japan and provides American primary and secondary school teachers and administrators with funded short-term study tours of Japan. The program is designed to increase understanding between Japan and the United States by inviting U.S. elementary and secondary educators to visit Japan and share their experiences with fellow Americans upon their return.

Jefferson Elementary Principal Kim Pavlovich said Stritesky will implement a self-designed plan to share her knowledge and experience with the students, colleagues and Jefferson community upon her return.


Useful Tips and Resources
37. Download the May issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The May edition of BecauseWeCare is full of helpful tips for your day to day living.

Inside this edition you will find:
• College Prep: Making the Transition from High School
• Keep the Mosquitos at Bay This Summer
• Splendid Spa Treatments without Spending a Fortune
• Recipe for Grilled Portobella Mushrooms

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


38. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

TEMPERATURE, ELECTRICAL AND VENTILATION GUIDELINES
C.
Air Temperatures (cooling):
• Minimum occupies temperature, 76 degrees
D. Pool Temperatures:
• Air temperatures should be one degree warmer than water set point
• Water temperature should be 83 degrees.
E. Air Handlers:
• Air handling systems will be run not more than one hour before school starts and one hour after school is dismissed. Air handling units will run for public events as needed.
F. Electrical Reducations:
The following are areas where lighting may be reduced: gymnasiums (occupied and unoccupied), corridors, auditoriums, electronic equipment should be turned off or down when not in use, i.e. computers.


39. Health and medical tips from Medica
Here are a few health tips from Medica Insurance about how to stay healthy. District Staff News and Announcements will feature different tips in each issue this year.

DID YOU KNOW?
People of all ages can improve the quality of their lives through a lifelong practice of moderate physical activity. Consider the benefits of fitness and find your motivation to stay committed to a personalized fitness program.

SELF-CARE TIPS
Benefits of exercise:
• Relieves tension and stress
• Stimulates the mind
• Controls appetite
• Improves muscle tone and strength
• Lowers blood pressure
• Increases “good” cholesterol (HDL)
• Provides enjoyment and fun
• Helps maintain stable weight
• Boosts self-image
• Improves flexibility
• Relieves insomnia
• Reduces risk of diabetes


Opportunities: Local and National
40. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit: www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


41. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

PARENT GROUP OF THE YEAR CONTEST
PTO Today’s Parent Group of the Year Contest is an excellent opportunity to showcase your hard work while giving your school the chance to win cash and prizes.
Maximum Award: $8,000
Eligibility: all parent groups -- PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, etc.; public and private schools; rural, suburban, and urban schools.
Deadline: May 31

GRANTS TO IMPLEMENT THE TOYOTA FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM
The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is seeking five school districts to implement the Toyota Family Literacy Program. Direct funding for school districts will allow for support, training, education materials and assistance from NCFL to implement the program for students in kindergarten through third grade.
Maximum Award: $600,000
Eligibility: communities with high or fast-growing Hispanic and immigrant population
Deadline: May 9
http://www.famlit.org/TFLP-Capability-Survey

GRANTS TO ENHANCE LEARNING ABOUT THE UPPER OZONE LAYER
The CAPCO Science Class Challenge is a classroom contest that encourages students and teachers to learn about the Earth's protective upper ozone layer, CFCs, and the environment by using the provided activities or their own creative methods.
Maximum Award: $5,000
Eligibility: teachers grades four through nine
Deadline: May 14
http://www.nocfcs.org/scc/rulesregs.htm

GRANTS TO ENCOURAGE SCIENCE EDUCATION
Motorola Innovation Generation Grants provide funds for initiatives that creatively generate a love of science early in life and show the new generation of inventors that careers involving science and math are important, challenging and possible. Priority will be given to programs that
incorporate Motorola employees as volunteers.
Maximum Award: $250,000
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations
Deadline: June 15
http://www.motorola.com/content.jsp?globalObjectId=8153

For a detailed list of existing grant opportunities (updated each week), visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
4/27/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #23 - Register for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play, health and medical tips from Medica and upcoming retirement celebrations.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops May 5
2. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
3. Retirement party for Jackie Hartman May 10
4. Retirement party for Jan Clemens, Jan Cameron, Rita Wilson and Mary Tronson May 10
5. Retirement dinner for John Bohlig May 14
6. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
7. Retirement party for Kathy Boron May 15
8. Retirement party for Bev King May 15
9. Retirement party for Tina Mulroy and Tom Cloutier May 16
10. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
11. Retirement party for Pat LeDoux, Darlene Nelson and Sandy Schirmers May 17
12. Retirement open house for Linda Chur May 17
13. Retirement party for Paulette Fleming, Carol Gedde, Chip Nelson, Marge Nelson and Judy Whipple May 17
14. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
15. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
16. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
17. Retirement celebration for Larry Golyer Mary 23
18. Retirement party for Betty Krull, Diane Oslund and Jill Peacock on May 24
19. Retirement open house for John Ploeger May 24
20. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31 (correction)
21. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
22. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
23. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
24. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
25. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
26. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
27. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Useful Tips and Resources
28. Download the April issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
29. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
30. Health and medical tips from Medica

Opportunities:
Local and National
31. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
32. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops May 5
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Mar. 24 and Apr. 21. Here is a list of workshops offered:

Introduction to Premier Elements (May 5)
Learn the basics of video editing, including working with video tracks, transitions and sounds.

Managing and Editing Digital Photographs with iPhoto (May 5)
See how easy it is to import, organize, edit and retouch photographs.

iDVD Introduction (May 5)
Find out how to create a DVD project with custom themes and menus, chapter markers, background music and photo slide shows.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html. For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


2. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
There will be a retirement party for Linda Tomsich, kindergarten teacher at Peter Enich Kindergarten Center, on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. Retirement party for Jackie Hartman May 10
There will be a retirement party for Jackie Hartman, Special Education teacher, on Thursday, May at 4 p.m. at Tanner’s Station, 13655 Martin St. N.W. in Andover.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


4. Retirement party for Jan Clemens, Jan Cameron, Rita Wilson and Mary Tronson May 10
There will be a retirement party for Sandburg Middle School staff members Jan Clemens (STARS/Language arts), Jan Cameron (health), Rita Wilson (English) and Mary Tronson (Child Nutrition) on Thursday, May 10 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Links at Northfork Golf Course, 9333 Alpine Dr. N.W., Ramsey.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


5. Retirement dinner for John Bohlig May 14
There will be a retirement dinner for Coon Rapids High School teacher John Bohlig (social studies and science) on Monday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at Billy’s Bar and Grill, 214 Jackson St., Anoka.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


6. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
There will be a retirement dinner for Nancy Leba, Adams Elementary principal, and Cheryl Larsen, Adams Elementary grade one teacher, on Tuesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club Fireside Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


7. Retirement party for Kathy Boron May 15
There will be a retirement party for Kathy Boron, grade one teacher at Crooked Lake Elementary School on Tuesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 2939 Bunker Lake Blvd. in Andover.


8. Retirement party for Bev King May 15
There will be a retirement party for Bev King, paraeducator at Coon Rapids High School, on Tuesday, May 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club Cedar Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


9. Retirement party for Tina Mulroy and Tom Cloutier May 16
There will be a retirement party for Ramsey Elementary School teachers Tina Mulroy (grade three) and Tom Cloutier (grade five) on Wednesday, May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Seasons Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


10. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
There will be a retirement party for McKinley Elementary School teachers Deb Lofboom (grade five), Laurie Erickson (art) and Roz Neutgens (grade two) on Thursday, May 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Blainbrook Entertainment Center – Brookhall, 12000 Central Ave. N.E., in Blaine.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


11. Retirement party for Pat LeDoux, Darlene Nelson and Sandy Schirmers May 17
There will be a retirement party for Madison Elementary School staff members Pat LeDoux (grade two), Darlene Nelson (grade one) and Sandy Schirmers (head secretary) on Thursday, May 17 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Greenhaven Country Club, 2800 Greenhaven Road in Anoka.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


12. Retirement open house for Linda Chur May 17
There will be an open house in honor of the retirement of Linda Chur, paraeducator at Compass Programs, at the Compass Programs building, 532 Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


13. Retirement party for Paulette Fleming, Carol Gedde, Chip Nelson, Marge Nelson and Judy Whipple May 17
There will be a retirement party for Oak View Middle School staff members Paulette Fleming (media generalist), Carol Gedde (SLD Special Education), Chip Nelson (industrial technology), Marge Nelson (grade six) and Judy Whipple (nurse) on Thursday, May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Refuge Golf Club, 21250 Yellow Pine Street, Oak Grove.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


14. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger, network services coordinator, on Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Club Post 102 in Anoka (400 W. Main St.). Proceeds from the benefit will be used to offset medical expenses.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


15. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
There will be a retirement party for Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts staff members Don Bright (grade six), Sonja Chamberlain (music), Sue Gugisberg (nurse) and Donna Melby (grade six) on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenhaven Golf and Banquet Center, 2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


16. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
There will be a retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


17. Retirement celebration for Larry Golyer Mary 23
There will be a retirement celebration for Larry Golyer, grade five teacher at Riverview Specialty School for Math and Environmental Science, on Wednesday, May 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at MacTavish’s at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


18. Retirement party for Betty Krull, Diane Oslund and Jill Peacock on May 24
There will be a retirement party for Jefferson Elementary School teachers Betty Krull (grade three), Diane Oslund (grade two) and Jill Peacock (grade one) on Thursday, May 24 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 128000 Bunker Prairie Road (County Road 242 and Foley Blvd.) in Coon Rapids.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served for a fee. Contact Cindy Wrobel at 763-506-2942 or at: cindy.wrobel@anoka.k12.mn.us for more information.


19. Retirement open house for John Ploeger May 24
There will be a retirement open house for John Ploeger, assistant principal at Northdale Middle School on Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. at the Refuge Golf Club, 21250 Yellow Pine St.,
Oak Grove.


20. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 31 (correction)
There will be a retirement open house for Northdale Middle School staff members Phyllis Anderson (grade six), John Eggert (math), Polly Kieklucki (health), Connie Munson (Special Education paraeducator) and Donelle Tanner (English) on Thursday, May 31 (not May 24) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin St. N.W., Andover.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


21. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
There will be a retirement party for Sand Creek Elementary School teachers Connie Brock (grade one) and Mike McDonald (grade five) on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Course, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


22. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
There will be a retirement party for Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School staff members Cheryl Franson (technology coordinator) and Lynn Schommer (grade three) on Thursday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


23. Retirement party for Nancy Winberg, Carrie Milberry and Pat Chan June 6
There will be a retirement party for Dayton Elementary School teachers Nancy Winberg (grade four), Carrie Milberry (grade four) and Pat Chan (grade two) on Wednesday, June 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daytona Country Club, 14730 Lawndale Lane, Dayton.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


24. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Calling all golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event on Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. with a scramble-shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

The ECSE program encourages district staff members to create a foursome that will represent Anoka-Hennepin at the event. It’s a great way to get the summer off to a “swinging” start, said Jane Roundtree, ECSE program supervisor.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or contact Jane Roundtree at 763-506-1475. You can also view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. A PDF is also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


25. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
Attention district staff! Sign up now to participate in Medica’s Shape Up Challenge and earn gift certificates for keeping track of your healthy habits.

The Shape Up Challenge, sponsored by Medica insurance, is a six-week program designed to get participants to kick-start healthy habits. This Web-based program, which is endorsed by the Educational Service Center Building Council, allows individuals to enroll, set goals and accrue points throughout the year and earn a $25 gift certificate per quarter.

The ESC Building Council encourages other district staff to participate in the program, which is free to Medica members. The program created interest among ESC staff members after a recent informational meeting, said Karen Dahl, Prevention Program trainer, who coordinates the program at the ESC along with Judy Schultze (Information Systems).

“I think people are intrigued with the program being available to them at no charge and online,” said Dahl.

Visit www.medica.com and click on “My Health Manager” for more information or to register.


26. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who allocated creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics? If so, consider nominating them for a 3M Economic Education Award. The 3M Economic Education Awards acknowledges how teachers allocate creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
• Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
• Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu.


27. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Registration is now open for the adult summer break tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Useful Tips and Resources
28. Download the April issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The April edition of the BecauseWeCare has helpful tips for incorporating health and wellness into your life.

Inside this edition you will find:
• Get fit and stay safe with self-defense
• Exercise at every age
• Coping with sleep apnea

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


29. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

SECURITY
• Window and doors are secured after hours
• Close blinds and shades at the end of each day
• Arm security systems when appropriate

TEMPERATURE, ELECTRICAL AND VENTILATION GUIDELINES
A. Air temperatures (heating)
Occupied maximum/unoccupied maximum:
Secondary/AVTI classroom – 68/63 degrees
Preschool and Kindergarten through grade six classroom – 70/65 degrees
Gymnasiums and lunchrooms – 65/60 degrees
Corridors and lavatories – 60/55 degrees
All offices 70/65 degrees
Lounges – 68/63 degrees

B. Night temperatures should be five degrees less than day temperature settings.


30. Health and medical tips from Medica
Here are a few health tips from Medica Insurance about how to stay healthy. District Staff News and Announcements will feature different tips in each issue this year.

DID YOU KNOW?
Early detection is every woman’s best protection against the effects of breast cancer.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
• Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women today. One out of every eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
• If breast cancer is found early, before it spreads, women have a 96 percent chance of surviving.
• More than 44,000 women die of breast cancer each year. Better methods of detecting and treating the disease are helping women with breast cancer live longer.
• Eight out of 10 lumps found in the breast are not cancerous.
• 77 percent of new breast cancers are diagnosed in women over the age of 50.

DID YOU KNOW?
Research has found that you can benefit from breaking the 30-minute exercise workout into three 10-minute intervals throughout the day.

SELF-CARE TIPS
• Find a walking buddy at work
• Take walks at break time
• Take the stairs one flight at a time and gradually increase the number of flights.
• Park further away from the building to increase your walking distance.


Opportunities:
Local and National
31. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit: www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


32. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

PARENT GROUP OF THE YEAR CONTEST
PTO Today’s Parent Group of the Year Contest is an excellent opportunity to showcase your hard work while giving your school the chance to win cash and prizes.
Maximum Award: $8,000
Eligibility: all parent groups -- PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, etc.; public and private schools; rural, suburban, and urban schools.
Deadline: May 31

GRANTS FOR SCHOOL ART AND MUSIC PROGRAMS
The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund invites teachers throughout the country to submit proposals for art and music programs their schools are unable to fund.
Maximum Award: $10,000
Eligibility: elementary and middle school teachers from public and private schools
Deadline: Apr. 30
http://www.airbornetrust.com/index.aspx

GRANTS TO IMPLEMENT THE TOYOTA FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM
The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is seeking five school districts to implement the Toyota Family Literacy Program. Direct funding for school districts will allow for support, training, education materials and assistance from NCFL to implement the program for students in kindergarten through third grade.
Maximum Award: $600,000
Eligibility: communities with high or fast-growing Hispanic and immigrant population
Deadline: May 9
http://www.famlit.org/TFLP-Capability-Survey

GRANTS TO ENHANCE LEARNING ABOUT THE UPPER OZONE LAYER
The CAPCO Science Class Challenge is a classroom contest that encourages students and teachers to learn about the Earth's protective upper ozone layer, CFCs, and the environment by using the provided activities or their own creative methods.
Maximum Award: $5,000
Eligibility: teachers grades four through nine
Deadline: May 14
http://www.nocfcs.org/scc/rulesregs.htm

GRANTS TO ENCOURAGE SCIENCE EDUCATION
Motorola Innovation Generation Grants provide funds for initiatives that creatively generate a love of science early in life and show the new generation of inventors that careers involving science and math are important, challenging and possible. Priority will be given to programs that
incorporate Motorola employees as volunteers.
Maximum Award: $250,000
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations
Deadline: June 15
http://www.motorola.com/content.jsp?globalObjectId=8153

For a detailed list of existing grant opportunities (updated each week), visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
4/19/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #22 - TIES Weekend Workshops, Davis Graff charity golf event and upcoming retirement celebrations.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops Apr. 21 and May 5
2. Open house for Gordy Sironen Apr. 26
3. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
4. Retirement party for Jackie Hartman May 10
5. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
6. Retirement party for Kathy Boron May 15
7. Retirement party for Bev King May 15
8. Retirement party for Tina Mulroy and Tom Cloutier May 16
9. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
10. Retirement party for Pat LeDoux, Darlene Nelson and Sandy Schirmers May 17
11. Retirement open house for Linda Chur May 17
12. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
13. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
14. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
15. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 24
16. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
17. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
18. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
19. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
20. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
21. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Useful Tips and Resources
22. Download the April issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
23. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
24. Health and medical tips from Medica

Opportunities:
Local and National
25. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
26. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops Apr. 21 and May 5
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Mar. 24 and Apr. 21. Here is a list of workshops offered:

Moodle This! (Apr. 21)
Learn how to create effective online courses using this free, open-source software.

Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements (Apr. 21 for Windows)
Get up to speed with the essentials of this easy-to-use yet powerful digital imagining software.

Introduction to Premier Elements (May 5)
Learn the basics of video editing, including working with video tracks, transitions and sounds.

Managing and Editing Digital Photographs with iPhoto (May 5)
See how easy it is to import, organize, edit and retouch photographs.

iDVD Introduction (May 5)
Find out how to create a DVD project with custom themes and menus, chapter markers, background music and photo slide shows.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html. For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


2. Open house for Gordy Sironen Apr. 26
An open house will be held in honor of Gordy Sironen, Ramsey Elementary School technical coordinator, on Thursday, Apr. 26 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Blainbrook Entertainment Center – Brookhall, 12000 Central Ave. N.E., Blaine.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
There will be a retirement party for Linda Tomsich, kindergarten teacher at Peter Enich Kindergarten Center, on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


4. Retirement party for Jackie Hartman May 10
There will be a retirement party for Jackie Hartman, Special Education teacher, on Thursday, May at 4 p.m. at Tanner’s Station, 13655 Martin St. N.W. in Andover.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


5. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
There will be a retirement dinner for Nancy Leba, Adams Elementary principal, and Cheryl Larsen, Adams Elementary grade one teacher, on Tuesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club Fireside Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


6. Retirement party for Kathy Boron May 15
There will be a retirement party for Kathy Boron, grade one teacher at Crooked Lake Elementary School on Tuesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 2939 Bunker Lake Blvd. in Andover.


7. Retirement party for Bev King May 15
There will be a retirement party for Bev King, paraeducator at Coon Rapids High School, on Tuesday, May 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club Cedar Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


8. Retirement party for Tina Mulroy and Tom Cloutier May 16
There will be a retirement party for Ramsey Elementary School teachers Tina Mulroy (grade three) and Tom Cloutier (grade five) on Wednesday, May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Seasons Restaurant, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


9. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
There will be a retirement party for McKinley Elementary School teachers Deb Lofboom (grade five), Laurie Erickson (art) and Roz Neutgens (grade two) on Thursday, May 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Blainbrook Entertainment Center – Brookhall, 12000 Central Ave. N.E., in Blaine.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


10. Retirement party for Pat LeDoux, Darlene Nelson and Sandy Schirmers May 17
There will be a retirement party for Madison Elementary School staff members Pat LeDoux (grade two), Darlene Nelson (grade one) and Sandy Schirmers (head secretary) on Thursday, May 17 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Greenhaven Country Club, 2800 Greenhaven Road in Anoka.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


11. Retirement open house for Linda Chur May 17
There will be an open house in honor of the retirement of Linda Chur, paraeducator at Compass Programs, at the Compass Programs building, 532 Northdale Blvd. in Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


12. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger, network services coordinator, on Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Club Post 102 in Anoka (400 W. Main St.). Proceeds from the benefit will be used to offset medical expenses.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


13. Retirement party for Don Bright, Sonja Chamberlain, Sue Gugisberg and Donna Melby May 21
There will be a retirement party for Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts staff members Don Bright (grade six), Sonja Chamberlain (music), Sue Gugisberg (nurse) and Donna Melby (grade six) on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenhaven Golf and Banquet Center, 2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


14. Retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke May 23
There will be a retirement party for Karen Winkelman and Ann Boyke on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in
Coon Rapids.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


15. Retirement open house for Phyllis Anderson, John Eggert, Polly Kieklucki, Connie Munson and Donelle Tanner May 24
There will be a retirement open house for Northdale Middle School staff members Phyllis Anderson (grade six), John Eggert (math), Polly Kieklucki (health), Connie Munson (Special Education paraeducator) and Donelle Tanner (English) on Thursday, May 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin St. N.W., Andover.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


16. Retirement party for Connie Brock and Mike McDonald May 31
There will be a retirement party for Sand Creek Elementary School teachers Connie Brock (grade one) and Mike McDonald (grade five) on Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road in Coon Rapids.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


17. Retirement party for Cheryl Franson and Lynn Schommer May 31
There will be a retirement party for Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School staff members Cheryl Franson (technology coordinator) and Lynn Schommer (grade three) on Thursday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at Edinburgh USA, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brookyn Park.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


18. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Attention golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or call 763-772-3515. You can also view the PDF of this announcements in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


19. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
Attention district staff! Sign up now to participate in Medica’s Shape Up Challenge and earn gift certificates for keeping track of your healthy habits.

The Shape Up Challenge, sponsored by Medica insurance, is a six-week program designed to get participants to kick-start healthy habits. This Web-based program, which is endorsed by the Educational Service Center Building Council, allows individuals to enroll, set goals and accrue points throughout the year and earn a $25 gift certificate per quarter.

The ESC Building Council encourages other district staff to participate in the program, which is free to Medica members. The program created interest among ESC staff members after a recent informational meeting, said Karen Dahl, Prevention Program trainer, who coordinates the program at the ESC along with Judy Schultze (Information Systems).

“I think people are intrigued with the program being available to them at no charge and online,” said Dahl.

Visit www.medica.com and click on “My Health Manager” for more information or to register.


20. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who allocated creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics? If so, consider nominating them for a 3M Economic Education Award. The 3M Economic Education Awards acknowledges how teachers allocate creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
• Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
• Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu.


21. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Registration is now open for the adult summer break tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Useful Tips and Resources
22. Download the April issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The April edition of the BecauseWeCare has helpful tips for incorporating health and wellness into your life.

Inside this edition you will find:
• Get fit and stay safe with self-defense
• Exercise at every age
• Coping with sleep apnea

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


23. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

FIRE MARSHAL REGULATIONS
• Flammable and combustible liquids should be stored in an approved cabinet when not in use.
• Child-prepared artwork and teaching materials shall not exceed 20 percent of the wall area in a corridor. The artwork shall not be displayed from the ceiling in the corridor.
• All furniture must be ordered through the Purchasing Department or approved by the district. Couches, overstuffed chairs, household furnishing, etc., will not be permitted in classrooms due to the increased fire hazard and potential for air quality problems.
• Beanbag chairs will only be allowed in limited numbers and must be ordered through the Purchasing Department to ensure they meet the proper fire ratings.
• Staff should minimize clutter in their rooms, offices and storage areas. Excessive clutter can be a potential fire hazard, and it also creates obstacles that prevent proper cleaning by the custodial staff.


24. Health and medical tips from Medica
Here are a few health tips from Medica Insurance about how to stay healthy. District Staff News and Announcements will feature different tips in each issue this year.

DID YOU KNOW?
Don’t lose sight of diabetic eye disease
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people ages 20 to 74. Each year, from 12,000 to 24,000 people lose their sight because of diabetes.

Diabetes can cause changes in the blood vessels of the retina of the eye and these changes can lead to vision loss or blindness. Often there are no signs in the early states of the disease, nor is there pain.

The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial showed that better control of blood sugar levels could slow the onset of diabetic eye disease. The best way to control diabetic eye disease and protect vision is early diagnosis and treatment. So, if you have diabetes, please make sure that a yearly dilated eye exam is part of your routine diabetes care. If someone in your family or a friend has diabetes, share your concern for them be making certain they take care of their vision by getting a yearly eye exam.

DID YOU KNOW?
One minute of belly-laughing gives you the same abdominal exercise as 25 sit-ups.

SELF-CARE TIPS
Ways to put more “funny” in your life:
• Surround yourself with people that laugh
• Purchase funny, inexpensive things
• Use humor to communicate
• Read funny cards
• Purchase a few videotapes or DVDs of your favorite funny movies
• Play with your pets
• Hang around small children


Opportunities:
Local and National
25. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


26. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER AWARD
The National Association of Special Education Teachers Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award is given to educators who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of special education.
Maximum Award: N/A
Eligibility: full-time, certified or licensed, special education teachers with three or more years’ teaching experience.
Deadline: May 1

PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHING
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are among the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science and recognize highly qualified teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
Maximum Award: $10,000
Eligibility: grades seven to 12 teachers with five years experience teaching math or science.
Deadline: May 1

For a detailed list of existing grant opportunities (updated each week), visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
4/13/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #21 - Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge, District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines and upcoming retirement celebrations.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops Apr. 21 and May 5
2. Open house for Gordy Sironen Apr. 26
3. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
4. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
5. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
6. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
7. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
8. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
9. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
10. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
11. Jessica Saver receives 3M Innovative Economic Educator Award
12. Ken Sundstrom inducted to Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame

Useful Tips and Resources
13. Download the April issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
14. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
15. Health and medical tips from Medica

Opportunities: Local and National
16. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
17. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops Apr. 21 and May 5
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Mar. 24 and Apr. 21. Here is a list of workshops offered:

Moodle This! (Apr. 21)
Learn how to create effective online courses using this free, open-source software.

Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements (Apr. 21 for Windows)
Get up to speed with the essentials of this easy-to-use yet powerful digital imagining software.

Introduction to Premier Elements (May 5)
Learn the basics of video editing, including working with video tracks, transitions and sounds.

Managing and Editing Digital Photographs with iPhoto (May 5)
See how easy it is to import, organize, edit and retouch photographs.

iDVD Introduction (May 5)
Find out how to create a DVD project with custom themes and menus, chapter markers, background music and photo slide shows.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html. For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


2. Open house for Gordy Sironen Apr. 26
An open house will be held in honor of Gordy Sironen, Ramsey Elementary School tech coordinator, on Thursday, Apr. 26 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Blainbrook Entertainment Center – Brookhall, 12000 Central Ave. N.E., Blaine.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


3. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
There will be a retirement party for Linda Tomsich, kindergarten teacher at Peter Enich Kindergarten Center, on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


4. Retirement dinner for Nancy Leba and Cheryl Larsen May 15
There will be a retirement dinner for Nancy Leba, Adams Elementary principal, and Cheryl Larsen, Adams Elementary grade one teacher, on Tuesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Fireside Room, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


5. Retirement party for Deb Lofboom, Laurie Erickson and Roz Neutgens May 17
There will be a retirement party for McKinley Elementary School teachers Deb Lofboom (grade five), Laurie Erickson (art) and Roz Neutgens (grade two) on Thursday, May 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Blainbrook Entertainment Center – Brookhall, 12000 Central Ave. N.E., Blaine..

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


6. Spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger May 19
There will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for Jeff Conger, network services coordinator, on Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Club Post 102 in Anoka (400 W. Main St.). Proceeds from the benefit will be used to offset medical expenses.

For more information, view the PDF of this announcement in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Special Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


7. Davis Graff charity golf event June 11
Attention golfers! Mark your calendars and get your golf clubs ready! The Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education program invites you to participate in the Davis Graff Charity Golf Event Monday, June 11 at the Links at Northfork in Ramsey. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Davis Graff was born on Dec. 18, 2001 and died at the age of five months due to congenital heart and lung complications. His charismatic spirit lives on through this 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity event. Proceeds will be distributed to the Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Special Education Program to expand Assistive Technology libraries at sites throughout the district to help young children with special needs.

For more information, visit: www.davisgraffmtf.org or call 763-772-3515. You can also view the PDF of this announcements in Outlook/Entourage. In Public Folders go the District Information folder, then go to Staff News and Announcements and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


8. Get in shape and earn gift certificates with the Medica Shape Up Challenge
Attention district staff! Sign up now to participate in Medica’s Shape Up Challenge and earn gift certificates for keeping track of your healthy habits.

The Shape Up Challenge, sponsored by Medica insurance, is a six-week program designed to get participants to kick-start healthy habits. This Web-based program, which is endorsed by the Educational Service Center Building Council, allows individuals to enroll, set goals and accrue points throughout the year and earn a $25 gift certificate per quarter.

The ESC Building Council encourages other district staff to participate in the program, which is free to Medica members. The program created interest among ESC staff members after a recent informational meeting, said Karen Dahl, Prevention Program trainer, who coordinates the program at the ESC along with Judy Schultze (Information Systems).

“I think people are intrigued with the program being available to them at no charge and online,” said Dahl.

Visit www.medica.com and click on “My Health Manager” for more information or to register.


9. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who allocated creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics? If so, consider nominating them for a 3M Economic Education Award. The 3M Economic Education Awards acknowledges how teachers allocate creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
· Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
· Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu .


10. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Registration is now open for the adult summer break tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at: www.discovercommunityed.com , in person or by calling 763-506-5766. Leagues are offered.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
11. Jessica Saver receives 3M Innovative Economic Educator Award
Jessica Saver, social studies teacher at Anoka High School, was awarded the 2006 3M Innovative Economic Educator Award last fall for her project, entitled, “Economic Challenges: Poverty and Income Distribution.” Saver placed first in the secondary level division.

The award, sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, acknowledges how teachers allocate creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics. There are two categories in which teachers can win:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
· Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
· Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

To view Saver’s winning project, visit: http://www.mcee.umn.edu/programs/3m-inn-awards.html#06 . For more information on the 3M Innovative Economic Educator Award or Economic Educator Excellence Award, see the news item titled, “ Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award” in this issue.


12. Ken Sundstrom inducted to Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame
Former Coon Rapids High School physical education teacher and baseball coach Ken Sundstrom was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame last October for his work with students at Coon Rapids High School.

Sundstrom coached the Coon Rapids High School boys’ baseball team for 28 seasons. He ended his coaching career with a total of 377 wins and 160 losses and is currently number 18 on the association’s won-lost records list. Coaches have to win a minimum of 200 games to be considered for the list.


Useful Tips and Resources
13. Download the April issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The April edition of the BecauseWeCare has helpful tips for incorporating health and wellness into your life.

Inside this edition you will find:
• Get fit and stay safe with self-defense
• Exercise at every age
• Coping with sleep apnea
Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


14. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

FIRE MARSHAL REGULATIONS
• Personal appliances are not allowed in classrooms or offices. This includes coffeepots, toasters, lamps, refrigerators, heaters, hot plates, microwaves, etc. Properly rated appliances must be ordered through the Purchasing Department for use in appropriate areas (i.e. family and consumer sciences, special education, staff lounges, nurses’ offices and labs). Additional use of appliances may be available by applying for a variance request from the District Health and Safety Committee. Variances are available on the district Web site.
• Extension cords are not allowed, except for temporary use on portable equipment such as overhead projectors, vacuums, etc. (Exception: UL listed power strips equipped with circuit breakers are acceptable for office equipment, but only if they are plugged directly into an outlet).
• Storage must be kept at least 18 inches below sprinkler heads for adequate coverage.
• Exit doors and corridors are to be kept clear at all times.
• Fire rated doors (equipped with closer) are not to be blocked open at any time, except with an approved device that will automatically release upon activation of the fire alarm system.

15. Health and medical tips from Medica
Here are a few health tips from Medica Insurance about how to stay healthy. District Staff News and Announcements will feature different tips in each issue this year.

Did you know?
You are able to boost your immune system. Your immune system responds to your thoughts, emotions and actions.

SELF-CARE TIPS
In addition to staying fit, eating right and managing stress, the following three strategies will help your immune system function better:
• Create positive expectations for health and healing
• Open yourself to humor, friendship and love
• Appeal to the spirit

Did you know?
There are things you can do to get the most out of your medications.
· Make sure you understand why you are taking the prescribed medication. Ask your doctor to explain any questions you have. Make sure the instructions are clear before you leave the pharmacy.

· If you are taking a prescription medication, don’t stop taking the medication early just because you feel better. Take it as prescribed, or call your doctor with your concerns.

· If the order instructs you to take your medication four times or two times a day, work with your doctor of pharmacist to decide on the best schedule for you.

· If you are having any side effects, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

· Make sure your doctor and your pharmacist know all the medications you are taking. This includes prescribed medications, herbs, vitamins and over-the-counter medications.


Opportunities:
Local and National
16. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering
Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in
workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff
development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated
classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


17. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp . Here are a few samples of what is available:

Honoring Teachers Who Change Outcomes in Students’ Lives
The Turnaround Management Association is now accepting nominations for the 2007 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards. The award honors classroom teachers who have changed the outcome of students’ lives and the communities in which they live.
Maximum Award: $5,000
Eligibility: Primary or secondary school teachers employed by accredited schools for at least five years
Deadline: May 1

Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award
The National Association of Special Education Teachers Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award is given to educators who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of special education.
Eligibility: Full-time, certified or licensed, special education teachers with three or more years of teaching experience
Deadline: May 1

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are among the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science and recognize highly qualified teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
Maximum Award: $10,000
Eligibility: Grades seven through 12 teachers with five years experience teaching math or science
Deadline: May 1

For a detailed list of existing grant opportunities (updated each week), visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
3/27/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #20 - Registration for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues due Mar. 30, 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award winners and upcoming retirement announcements.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Registration for Community Education adult athletic spring and summer leagues due Mar. 30
2. TIES Weekend Workshops Apr. 21 and May 5
3. Open house for Gordy Sironen Apr. 26
4. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
5. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
6. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
7. Renae Lenhardt wins 2007 Regional Science Fair Outstanding Teacher Award
8. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award winners

Useful Tips and Resources
9. Download the March issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
10. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
11. Health and medical tips from Medica

Opportunities:
Local and National
12. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
13. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Registration for Community Education adult athletic spring and summer leagues due Mar. 30
The deadline to sign up for Anoka-Hennepin Community Education spring/summer adult leagues is Friday, Mar. 30. Interested teams can sign up for the following leagues:
• mens’ softball
• womens’ softball
• co-rec softball
• co-rec kickball
• mens’ three-on-three basketball
• womens’ three-on-three basketball

Register now online at www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766. Leagues are offered in the cities of Anoka and Coon Rapids.

Additional information and registration forms are available in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.


2. TIES Weekend Workshops Apr. 21 and May 5
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Mar. 24 and Apr. 21 Here is a list of workshops being offered:

Moodle This! (Apr. 21)
Learn how to create effective online courses using this free, open-source software.

Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements (Apr. 21 for Windows)
Get up to speed with the essentials of this easy-to-use yet powerful digital imagining software.

Introduction to Premier Elements (May 5)
Learn the basics of video editing, including working with video tracks, transitions and sounds.

Managing and Editing Digital Photographs with iPhoto (May 5)
See how easy it is to import, organize, edit and retouch photographs.

iDVD Introduction (May 5)
Find out how to create a DVD project with custom themes and menus, chapter markers, background music and photo slide shows.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html. For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


3. Open house for Gordy Sironen Apr. 26
An open house will be held in honor of the retirement of Gordy Sironen, Ramsey Elementary School Tech Coordinator, Thursday, Apr. 26 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Blainbrook Entertainment Center – Brookhall, 12000 Central Ave. N.E., Blaine.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


4. Retirement party for Linda Tomsich May 10
There will be a retirement party for Linda Tomsich, kindergarten teacher at Peter Enich Kindergarten Center, on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake.

View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage for additional information. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Retirements Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


5. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who has created an implemented innovative projects that increase economic understanding? If so, consider nominating them for a 3M Economic Education Award. The 3M Economic Education Awards acknowledges how teachers allocate creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
• Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
• Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu.


6. Register now for Community Education adult summer break tennis drill and play
Tennis is a great team sport as well and a great way to get exercise. Registration is now open for the adult summer break tennis drill and play league, offered by the Anoka-Hennepin Community
Education Athletics Department.

Two skill levels are offered: beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced. Each level runs for six weeks starting the week of June 11.

Sign up with your friends, a doubles partner or by yourself. Tennis staff will assist in forming teams, coaching, strategy and supervising activities.

Registration is first-come, first-serve basis. Register now online at www.discovercommunityed.com, in person or by calling 763-506-5766. Leagues are offered.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains the registration form, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

For more information, contact Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.

Be sure to check out other great class offerings from Community Education in Backpack Online, which features selections from Adult Learning, Parent Involvement and much more!


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
7. Renae Lenhardt wins 2007 Regional Science Fair Outstanding Teacher Award
Renae Lenhardt, science teacher at Jackson Middle School, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2007 Minnesota Central Region Science Fair Outstanding Teacher Award. Lenhardt was selected by region fair directors on Feb. 24 for her outstanding leadership and teacher support for science fair and research paper presentations.

More than 300 projects and papers were presented at the regional event, held at St. Cloud State University. A total of 45 Anoka-Hennepin middle and high school students advanced to the state competition, which was held on Mar. 25 through 28 in St. Paul. Of those who advanced, 12 were
Lenhardt’s students.


8. 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award winners
The Anoka-Hennepin School District is pleased to announce the 2007 Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award* winners. These 20 winners represent less than 1 percent of teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. They will be recognized formally at a ceremony in early May. The TOP Award is in its 11th year, after being started with a grant from the Medtronic Foundation. The award is now co-sponsored by the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation and the district. Approximately 70 teachers were nominated for this award by parents, students and community members based on 11 criteria: sensitivity, knowledge, creativity, uses creative strategies, leadership, modeling, fairness, enthusiasm, resourceful, commitment, and students learn.

Winners receive a $600 grant to use for staff development. At the award ceremony four of the TOP teachers will be selected for an additional $1,000 grant for a special project, plus $500 in cash provided by the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation.

2007 TEACHER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNERS
Berry Arrowsmith, Crossroads Alternative High School
Colleen Benton, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
Danette Dempsey, McKinley Elementary School
Walter Filson, Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
Paulette Fleming, Oak View Middle School
Todd Hunter, Anoka High School
Nicole Huttner, McKinley Elementary School
Debbie Johnson, Monroe Elementary School
Melissa Kaiser Crist, Dayton Elementary School
Todd Miller, McKinley Elementary School
Tom Mulroy, Morris Bye Elementary School
Jon Olson, Andover Elementary School
Abbey Paulson, Oak View Middle School
Mike Reeder, Crossroads Alternative High School
Christopher Vanjoske, Andover Elementary School
Kelly Timonen, Parkview Early Childhood Center
William Vitt, Blaine High School
Karen Williams, Alexandra House
Pamela Zimba, Northdale Middle School
Sara Zimowicz, Coon Rapids Middle School

*Anoka-Hennepin’s TOP Award is for Anoka-Hennepin teachers only. It should not be confused with a teacher award of a similar title that is sponsored by FOX 9 TV.


Useful Tips and Resources
9. Download the March issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The March edition of the BecauseWeCare has helpful tips for incorporating health and wellness into your life.

Inside this edition you will find:
• Simple steps to help lower cholesterol
• Get on the court: tennis
• The facts about energy drinks
Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


10. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY
• Air freshner products, such as “plug-ins” and electronic air freshners, must not be used in the schools.

• The top and front of unit ventilators should be clear and free from obstructions in order to allow for proper air distribution.

• Louvers/grills leading out to hallways should be kept free of obstructions to allow for proper ventilation.

• Unit ventilators or other ventilation systems should be operational at all times while the building is occupied.

• No latex balloons should be used within the building.

• Be aware of your classroom environment; keep in mind those with allergies or chemical sensitivity.


11. Health and medical tips from Medica
Here are a few health tips from Medica Insurance about how to stay healthy. District Staff News and Announcements will feature different tips in each issue this year.

DID YOU KNOW?
“If exercise could be packed into a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” Robert Bulter, M.D.

SELF-CARE TIPS
Medica Health Plans encourages members to:
• Develop a personalized fitness program
• Include activities and exercises you enjoy doing and will continue to do

The only way to walk a mile is to take one step at a time. Start today! Refer to your Medica Health Handbook in learning how to start a personalized fitness program.

DID YOU KNOW?
16 million Americans have diabetes, but one out of three do not know it.

Diabetes is a silent disease. Many people have no symptoms – they learn they have diabetes when they start suffering from the disease’s complications…blindness, stroke, kidney failure or amputations.

Every minute at least one person is diagnosed with diabetes. You are at higher risk for developing diabetes if:
• You are 45 years or older
• You are a member of a high-risk ethnic group (i.e. African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander)
• You are overweight
• You have high blood pressure (at or above 140/90)
• You have a family history of diabetes
• You have a history of diabetes during a pregnancy or have had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth


Opportunities: Local and National
12. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering
Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in
workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff
development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated
classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


13. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

FINANCIAL LITERACY AWARDS PROGRAM
The Planet Orange Financial Literacy Awards Program challenges educators to advance children’s knowledge of personal finance and money management.
Maximum Award: $1,000
Eligibility: teachers K-8
Deadline: Apr. 20

AWARDS FOR INNOVATIVE AND PROGRESSIVE THINKING IN EDUCATION
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education.
Maximum Award: $27,000
Eligibility: full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff members with projects that improve student learning at K-12 public or private schools.
Deadline: Apr. 30

For a detailed listing of existing grant opportunities (updated each week), visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
3/16/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #19 - Register for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues, nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award and Renae Lenhardt received Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops Mar. 24, Apr. 21 and May 5
2. Register for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues
3. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
4. Renae Lenhardt receives Fulbright-Hays Scholarship

Useful Tips and Resources
5. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
6. Download the March issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
7. Tips and resources for grant writing

Opportunities:
Local and National
8. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
9. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops Mar. 24, Apr. 21 and May 5
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Mar. 24 and Apr. 21 Here is a list of workshops being offered:

Moodle This! (Apr. 21)
Learn how to create effective online courses using this free, open-source software.

Web 2.0 Tools (Mar. 24)
Discover the second generation of the Internet with blogging, wikis and tagging and get tips for classroom use.

Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements (Mar. 24 for Mac, Apr. 21 for Windows)
Get up to speed with the essentials of this easy-to-use yet powerful digital imagining software.

Introduction to Premier Elements (May 5)
Learn the basics of video editing, including working with video tracks, transitions and sounds.

Managing and Editing Digital Photographs with iPhoto (May 5)
See how easy it is to import, organize, edit and retouch photographs.

iDVD Introduction (May 5)
Find out how to create a DVD project with custom themes and menus, chapter markers, background music and photo slide shows.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html. For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


2. Register for Community Education adult athletic spring and summer leagues
Attention district staff! Are you looking for a fun way to spend the next few months? If so, consider participating in one of Community Education’s adult athletic leagues.

The Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Athletics Department will begin accepting registration through Mar. 30 for the following spring/summer adult leagues: mens’ softball, womens’ softball, co-rec softball, co-rec kickball and mens’ three-on-three basketball. Leagues are offered in the cities of Anoka and Coon Rapids.

Additional information and registration forms are available in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

Participants can register by mail, in-person, by phone or online at: www.discovercommunityed.com. For more information, call Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.


3. Nominate a teacher for a 3M Economic Educator Award
Do you know of a teacher who has created an implemented innovative projects that increase economic understanding? If so, consider nominating them for a 3M Economic Education Award. The 3M Economic Education Awards acknowledges how teachers allocate creativity and commitment to the instruction of economics.

Sponsored by 3M and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, an Economic Education Award has been presented for 30 years. The two award categories are:

Economic Educator Excellence Award
• Recognizes teachers who have a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.

Innovative Economic Educator Award
• Recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative projects that increase K-12 economic understanding.

Teachers may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a peer, school administrator, curriculum specialist, community or business representative or a director of a Center for Economic Education. Nominations must be received by June 1.

Both awards are open to Minnesota teachers in grades K-12. The Excellence Award is a one-time award. Last year's Innovative Educator Award winners are not eligible for the same award this year. Award winners, along with their administrators, will be honored at the Minnesota Council’s annual fall recognition event, EconFest, in October.

Visit www.mcee.umn.edu for the online nomination form. For more information on the awards program, call 612-625-3727 or email: mcee@umn.edu.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
4. Renae Lenhardt receives Fulbright-Hays Scholarship
Renae Lenhardt, science teacher at Jackson Middle School, was recently named one of 16 recipients to receive the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.

The scholarship program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Support is made available through interagency agreements with the Department of Education, the State Department and Fulbright commissions in various countries associated with administering seminars. This partnership allows the program to use the services and expertise of bi-national organizations to plan and conduct seminars for U.S. educators.

The seminars provide an opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle and secondary school teachers to observe the process of curriculum development, its implementation in the classroom and the training of teachers in general knowledge fields, including humanities and sciences.

Lenhardt, who will travel to India this summer, is the only Minnesotan among the recipients to receive the scholarship. This year marks the first year that science teachers have been allowed to apply for the scholarship.


Useful Tips and Resources
5. District Health, Safety and Wellness Committee guidelines
In an effort to provide a safe and environment, to protect students and staff who have specific health concerns, and to use district resources wisely, the district’s Health and Safety Committee (now the Health, Safety and Wellness Committee) developed guidelines for operation of district schools and other district buildings. The guidelines are in accordance with fire marshal regulations, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and best practices related to indoor air quality.

As a reminder of these guidelines, District Staff News and Announcements will feature a couple of guidelines in each issue.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY
• No dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits, reptiles, birds, exotic animals, or other pets are allowed (animal provided by the district-approved science curriculum will be allowed if the IAQ policy is followed).

• Minimize food storage in classrooms and offices. If food is going to be stored in these areas, it must be stored in a rigid, airtight container.

• Limit food consumption in classrooms and offices. If food consumption is to occur, then the following steps are to be followed:
1) Spills cleaned up and/or reported to custodial staff immediately
2) Food waste disposed of in a lined garbage container
3) Waste removed by custodial staff within a 12-hour period

• Limit plants in classrooms and offices. No plants should be placed on or above a unit ventilator.

• Household cleaning products or pesticides must not be brought in by staff.


6. Download the March issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The March edition of the BecauseWeCare has helpful tips for incorporating health and wellness into your life.

Inside this edition you will find:
• Simple steps to help lower cholesterol
• Get on the court: tennis
• The facts about energy drinks

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


7. Tips and resources for grant writing
Attention teachers! Are you writing a grant or thinking about writing one? If so, you’ll want to check out these tips and web resources to writing a successful grant:

Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing
Many educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too. Included: Practical tips to help
first-time grant writers get the grants they need.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml


Opportunities:
Local and National
8. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering
Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in
workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff
development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated
classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


9. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

REWARDING ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS REDUCING THE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATE
The 2007 Pew Partnership Civic Change Award will recognize organizations or individuals that demonstrate long-term concern for their community’s odds of success by implementing collaborations specifically aimed at reducing the high school dropout rate.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: individuals or organizations working within their community.
Deadline: Mar. 31.
http://www.pew-partnership.org/whatsnew.html

USA TODAY ALL-USA TEACHER TEAM SEEKS NOMINATIONS
USA TODAY seeks teachers, both individuals and instructional teams to honor as representatives of all outstanding teachers on the All-USA Teacher Team.
Maximum Award: $2,500 - $500 for the teacher; the remainder to the school
for use as designated by the teachers.
Eligibility: certified full-time K-12 teachers for the 2006-07 school year.
Deadline: Apr. 30.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/allstars/front.htm?Loc=vanity

For a detailed listing of EXISTING GRANT OPPORTUNITIES (updated each week),
visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
2/23/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #18 - School House Rocks teacher talent show, district crisis response team training and off-campus Master's Programs from Concordia University - St. Paul.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21
2. Retirement reception for Sheila Brisbin Feb. 28
3. Presenters wanted for 2007 Anoka-Hennepin Summer Institute, applications due by Feb. 28
4. School House Rocks teacher talent show Mar. 9 and 10
5. Anoka-Hennepin DestiNation Imagination tournament Mar. 10, judges needed!
6. District crisis response team training Mar. 21
7. Register for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues

School Board News:
8. School Board begins planning referendum levy for November vote

Useful Tips and Resources
9. Download the February issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
10. Tips and resources for grant writing

Opportunities:
Local and National
11. Off-campus Master’s Programs from Concordia University – St. Paul, informational meeting Mar. 15
12. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
13. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. TIES Weekend Workshops Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21 Here is a list of workshops being offered:

Moodle This! (Feb. 24 and Apr. 21)
Learn how to create effective online courses using this free, open-source software.

iMovie Introduction (Feb. 24)
Discover how to import videos, edit clips, rearrange scenes, add transitions and more.

Web 2.0 Tools (Mar. 24)
Discover the second generation of the Internet with blogging, wikis and tagging and get tips for classroom use.

Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements (Mar. 24 for Mac, Apr. 21 for Windows)
Get up to speed with the essentials of this easy-to-use yet powerful digital imagining software.

Introduction to Premier Elements (May 5)
Learn the basics of video editing, including working with video tracks, transitions and sounds.

Managing and Editing Digital Photographs with iPhoto (May 5)
See how easy it is to import, organize, edit and retouch photographs.

iDVD Introduction (May 5)
Find out how to create a DVD project with custom themes and menus, chapter markers, background music and photo slide shows.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html. For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


2. Retirement reception for Sheila Brisbin Feb. 28
There will be a retirement reception for Sheila Brisbin, Buildings and Grounds secretary, on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the LCDC in the Buildings and Grounds office.

If you’d like to contribute toward a gift, please send a check to Al Scales at Hamilton Elementary School. The LCDC is located at 2727 N. Ferry St. in Anoka.


3. Presenters wanted for 2007 Anoka-Hennepin Summer Institute, applications due by Feb. 28
Attention district staff? Is there something you are doing in your work that you would like to share with your colleagues? If so, consider applying to present at the 2007 Anoka-Hennepin Summer Institute.
Download a Proposal to Present form on the district Web site at: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/summerinstitutepresenters.

All proposals are due by Wednesday, Feb. 28. The review committee will notify applicants by the end of March regarding their proposal status. For more information, contact Liz Gundlach at 763- 506-1174.


4. School House Rocks teacher talent show Mar. 9 and 10
Community members are invited to see Anoka-Hennepin teachers “rock the house” in the new teacher talent show, School House Rocks. The event is sponsored by Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota (AHEM), and will be held at Coon Rapids High School in the auditorium on Friday, Mar. 9 and Saturday, Mar. 10 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 65 years of age and older. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota (AHEM) office at 763-421-9110.

Proceeds will go to student scholarships and the AHEF Chance Fund for students who need assistance with activity fees.

Coon Rapids High School is located at 2340 Northdale Blvd. N.W. in Coon Rapids.


5. Anoka-Hennepin DestiNation Imagination tournament Mar. 10, judges needed!
The public is invited to attend the district’s annual DestiNation Imagination event on Saturday, Mar. 10 at Blaine High School from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Team challenges begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m.

DestiNation Imagination is a creative problem solving competition for K-12 students. The atmosphere at the competition is one of energy, enthusiasm, excitement and amazement at the creativity of students as they present solutions to "team challenges" they have been developing for months. Students also participate in an “instant challenge” in which they are given a problem to solve on the spot in a few minutes.

Judges are needed for the event. You don’t need to be an expert to be a judge! Past judges have come back year after year to experience the excitement of the day. One experienced judge said, "What these kids can do will just blow your socks off!" All judges will receive a free T-shirt, snacks and lunch.

To register as a judge, contact Deb Perriello at 763-506-1113 or at: deb.perriello@anoka.k12.mn.us. DestiNation Imagination is free and open the public. Blaine High School is located at 12555 University Ave. NE, Blaine


6. District crisis response team training Mar. 21
DISTRICT CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING
NOVA (National Organization of Victim Assistance)
Sponsored by Student Services and Safe and Drug Free Schools
• Mar. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the George Petty Room at the Staff Development Center, 2727 N. Ferry St. in Anoka.

This optional training is intended for school psychologists, school social workers, student learning advocates, school nurses, prevention specialists, counselors, etc.

Presenters:
Karen Dahl, prevention program trainer, and Anna Wilken, student learning advocate. Dahl and Wilken are advanced NOVA trained and district crisis team responders.

The Crisis Response Team training is designed to train district staff to address the consequences of any potential crisis or disaster that could occur in the Anoka-Hennepin schools.

The District Crisis Response Team consists of well-trained staff ready to go to any building location in the District. The NOVA trained staff meet with students/staff who have been impacted by a school crisis or emergency by facilitating crisis-debriefing sessions with individual students/staff or small groups/classrooms.

This training is intended for staff that has not been NOVA trained previously and could be available to assist in the aftermath of a school emergency or crisis. Potential participants should be very interested and committed to the training.

Participants will become familiar with NOVA and the crisis intervention protocol, which focuses on three priorities:
• Safety and Security
• Ventilation and Validation
• Prediction and Preparation

Registration is due Friday, Mar. 9 to Cheryl Dugan at: Cheryl.Dugan@anoka.k12.mn.us. For more information, contact Karen Dahl at 763-506-1168 or at: Karen.Dahl@anoka.k12.mn.us.


7. Register for Community Education adult athletic spring and summer leagues
Attention district staff! Are you looking for a fun way to spend the next few months? If so, consider participating in one of Community Education’s adult athletic leagues.

The Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Athletics Department will begin accepting registration through Mar. 30 for the following spring/summer adult leagues: mens’ softball, womens’ softball, co-rec softball, co-rec kickball and mens’ three-on-three basketball. Leagues are offered in the cities of Anoka and Coon Rapids.

Additional information and registration forms are available in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

Participants can register by mail, in-person, by phone or online at: www.discovercommunityed.com. For more information, call Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.


School Board News
8. School Board begins planning referendum levy for November vote
Members of the Anoka-Hennepin School District community are invited to provide input that will help the School Board develop a referendum levy proposal for the November election ballot. One meeting remains:
• Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Champlin Park High School, 6025 - 109th Ave. N., in Brooklyn Center

District staff will present information on school funding and provide an update on the 2002 referendum levy. This will be followed by an opportunity for participants to address the School Board.

View the slideshow presentation from these public meetings at:
http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/education/components/album/default.php?sectiondetailid=228091&sc_id=1172174273&sc_id=1172174322&sc_id=1172174351&sc_id=1172174467#pitem169371.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you may submit comments the School Board at: schoolboard@anoka.k12.mn.us or by U.S. mail to:

School Board Levy
Educational Service Center
11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433


Useful Tips and Resources
9. Download the February issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The February edition of the BecauseWeCare has helpful tips for incorporating health and wellness into your life.

Inside this edition you will find:
• A Sweet and Healthy Valentine's Day
• Significant Exercise for Significant Others
• Is Tofu for You?
• Recipe for Super Moist Chocolate Cake

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


10. Tips and resources for grant writing
Attention teachers! Are you writing a grant or thinking about writing one? If so, you’ll want to check out these tips and web resources to writing a successful grant:

Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing
Many educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too. Included: Practical tips to help
first-time grant writers get the grants they need.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml


Opportunities:
Local and National
11. Off-campus Master’s Programs from Concordia University – St. Paul, informational meeting Mar. 15
Are you interested in earning your Master’s degree? If so, you’ll want to attend an information meeting, hosted by Concordia University – St. Paul, on Thursday, Mar. 15 at 2:45, 3:30 or 4:15 p.m. at Elk River High School, 900 School St., Elk River.

Concordia University – St. Paul is now offering off-campus Master’s programs that meet one evening per week in Educational Leadership, Classroom Instruction, Reading License and Classroom Instruction for Multiple Learning Styles.

View the PDF of this announcement, which also contains program times, locations and highlights, in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. A PDF is also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

The university strictly limits the number of students that may participate in off campus programs and accepts reservations on a first come, first served basis To reserve your seat for this informational meeting or for more information, please call 800-432-7118 or email Kristin Jackson at: kristinj@graduateprogram.org.

Disclaimer: Including information in this newsletter about courses offered by various colleges and universities does not imply endorsement by the school district.


12. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering
Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in
workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff
development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated
classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


13. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

REWARDING ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS REDUCING THE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATE
The 2007 Pew Partnership Civic Change Award will recognize organizations or individuals that demonstrate long-term concern for their community’s odds of success by implementing collaborations specifically aimed at reducing the high school dropout rate.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: individuals or organizations working within their community.
Deadline: Mar. 31.
http://www.pew-partnership.org/whatsnew.html

USA TODAY ALL-USA TEACHER TEAM SEEKS NOMINATIONS
USA TODAY seeks teachers, both individuals and instructional teams to honor as representatives of all outstanding teachers on the All-USA Teacher Team.
Maximum Award: $2,500 - $500 for the teacher; the remainder to the school
for use as designated by the teachers.
Eligibility: certified full-time K-12 teachers for the 2006-07 school year.
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2007.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/allstars/front.htm?Loc=vanity

For a detailed listing of EXISTING GRANT OPPORTUNITIES (updated each week),
visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
2/16/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #17 - Teachers and students invited to matinee performance at FMMS Center for the Arts, TIES Weekend Workshops and retirement announcements.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Anoka-Hennepin teachers and students invited to matinee performances at FMMS Center for the Arts Feb. 23
2. TIES Weekend Workshops Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21
3. Retirement reception for Sheila Brisbin Feb. 28
4. Presenters wanted for 2007 Anoka-Hennepin Summer Institute, applications due by Feb. 28
5. District crisis response team training Mar. 21
6. Register for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues

School Board News:
7. School Board begins planning referendum levy for November vote

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
8. Neil Eerdmans wins RBC Dain Rauscher’s “Tribute to Teachers” award
9. Bob Pivec to be inducted to Minnesota Coaches Hall of Fame
10. Jefferson Elementary School staff get healthy with “Biggest Loser” competition

Useful Tips and Resources
11. Download the February issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
12. Tips and resources for grant writing

Opportunities:
Local and National
13. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
14. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Anoka-Hennepin teachers and students invited to matinee performances at FMMS Center for the Arts Feb. 23
Attention teachers! Your classroom is invited to attend a school day performance of “Amazing Grace” on Friday, Feb. 23 at Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts. The matinee performance has 500 available seats remaining, tickets are $2.50 per seat.
“Amazing Grace” is about a character named Grace. Grace loves stories, whether she hears them, reads them, or makes them up. Possessed with a marvelous imagination as well as a strong flair for the dramatic, she acts the stories out, always giving herself the most exciting parts. Thus, it is natural when her teacher announces a classroom production of Peter Pan that Grace wants to play the lead. One classmate says she can't because she's a girl and another says she can't because she's black.
When a saddened Grace relates the day’s events to her mother and grandmother, they tell her she can be anything she wants to, if she puts her mind to it. Inspired by her family's support and her own indomitable spirit, Grace begins the pursuit of her dream to play Peter Pan.
The play is based on the best-selling children’s book by Mary Hoffman and adapted for the stage by Shay Youngblood.
For more information, call the FMMS Center for the Arts box office at 763-506-FMMS (3667). FMMS Center for the Arts is located at 1523 Fifth Ave. S. in Anoka.

2. TIES Weekend Workshops Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21 Here is a list of workshops being offered:

Moodle This! (Feb. 24 and Apr. 21)
Learn how to create effective online courses using this free, open-source software.

iMovie Introduction (Feb. 24)
Discover how to import videos, edit clips, rearrange scenes, add transitions and more.

Web 2.0 Tools (Mar. 24)
Discover the second generation of the Internet with blogging, wikis and tagging and get tips for classroom use.

Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements (Mar. 24 for Mac, Apr. 21 for Windows)
Get up to speed with the essentials of this easy-to-use yet powerful digital imagining software.

Introduction to Premier Elements (May 5)
Learn the basics of video editing, including working with video tracks, transitions and sounds.

Managing and Editing Digital Photographs with iPhoto (May 5)
See how easy it is to import, organize, edit and retouch photographs.

iDVD Introduction (May 5)
Find out how to create a DVD project with custom themes and menus, chapter markers, background music and photo slide shows.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html. For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


3. Retirement reception for Sheila Brisbin Feb. 28
There will be a retirement reception for Sheila Brisbin, Buildings and Grounds secretary, on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the LCDC in the Buildings and Grounds office.

If you’d like to contribute toward a gift, please send a check to Al Scales at Hamilton Elementary School. The LCDC is located at 2727 N. Ferry St. in Anoka.


4. Presenters wanted for 2007 Anoka-Hennepin Summer Institute, applications due by Feb. 28
Attention district staff? Is there something you are doing in your work that you would like to share with your colleagues? If so, consider applying to present at the 2007 Anoka-Hennepin Summer Institute.
Download a Proposal to Present form on the district Web site at: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/summerinstitutepresenters.

All proposals are due by Wednesday, Feb. 28. The review committee will notify applicants by the end of March regarding their proposal status. For more information, contact Liz Gundlach at 763- 506-1174.


5. District crisis response team training Mar. 21
DISTRICT CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING
NOVA
(National Organization of Victim Assistance)
• Mar. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the George Petty Room at the Staff Development Center, 2727 N. Ferry St. in Anoka.

This training is intended for school psychologists, school social workers, student learning advocates, school nurses, prevention specialists, counselors, etc.

Presenters:
Karen Dahl, prevention program trainer, and Anna Wilken, student learning advocate. Dahl and Wilken are advanced NOVA trained and district crisis team responders,

The Crisis Response Team training is designed to train district staff to address the consequences of any potential crisis or disaster that could occur in the Anoka-Hennepin schools.

The District Crisis Response Team consists of well-trained staff ready to go to any building location in the District. The NOVA trained staff meet with students/staff who have been impacted by a school crisis or emergency by facilitating crisis-debriefing sessions with individual students/staff or small groups/classrooms.

This training is intended for staff that has not been NOVA trained previously and could be available to assist in the aftermath of a school emergency or crisis. Potential participants should be very interested and committed to the training.

Participants will become familiar with NOVA and the crisis intervention protocol, which focuses on three priorities:
• Safety and Security
• Ventilation and Validation
• Prediction and Preparation

Registration is due Friday, Mar. 9 to Cheryl Dugan at: Cheryl.Dugan@anoka.k12.mn.us.


6. Register for Community Education adult athletic spring and summer leagues
Attention district staff! Are you looking for a fun way to spend the next few months? If so, consider participating in one of Community Education’s adult athletic leagues.

The Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Athletics Department will begin accepting registration through Mar. 30 for the following spring/summer adult leagues: mens’ softball, womens’ softball, co-rec softball, co-rec kickball and mens’ three-on-three basketball. Leagues are offered in the cities of Anoka and Coon Rapids.

Additional information and registration forms are available in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

Participants can register by mail, in-person, by phone or online at: www.discovercommunityed.com. For more information, call Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.


School Board News
7. School Board begins planning referendum levy for November vote
Members of the Anoka-Hennepin School District community are invited to provide input that will help the School Board develop a referendum levy proposal for the November election ballot. Two public meetings will be held for this purpose:
• Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m., Anoka High School, 3939 Seventh Ave., Anoka
• Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Champlin Park High School, 6025 - 109th Ave. N., in Brooklyn Center

District staff will present information on school funding and provide an update on the 2002 referendum levy. This will be followed by an opportunity for participants to address the School Board.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you may submit comments to the School Board by email through the district Web site at www.anoka.k12.mn.us or by U.S. mail to:

School Board Levy
Educational Service Center
11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Unlike many school districts around the state, Anoka-Hennepin School District has been able to avoid the pain that comes with cutting programs for five years thanks to voter approval of a referendum levy in 2002. While other districts have been laying off teachers and increasing class size, Anoka-Hennepin has been able to maintain programs and add back many of the teaching positions that had been cut in years prior to the successful referendum.

“We have been very fortunate to have five years without the worry of cutting programs,” said Superintendent Roger Giroux. “Our citizens value their schools. They said they didn’t want any more cuts when they approved that levy.” In the two years prior to the successful 2002 levy, the school board had enacted more than $16 million in program cuts and fee increases.

“The voters did their part in approving the levy, and the School Board kept its end of the bargain by using the money exactly as we said it would be used,” said School Board Chair Michael Sullivan. “We kept our promise.”

When it presented a five-question levy and bond proposal to the voters in fall of 2002, the School Board said it would not make cuts for five years if voters approved the primary ballot question, which gave the district $21 million each year for five years. The board said it would be able to keep this promise if the state provided funding increases of 1.5 percent each of the first two years and 3 percent the remaining three years. Although the state did not provide funding increases the first two years, through careful management the district was able to avoid cuts.

Voters also approved a second ballot question, which provided $4 million a year for five years to reinstate 100 teaching positions that had been cut in previous years. These positions have been used to reduce class size where needed most. Ballot questions on eliminating transportation fees, reducing high school activity fees and reopening swimming pools, plus a bond question on updating technology were not approved.

This fall it will be time for voters to consider the levy again because it is expiring. The next school year, 2007-08, is the last with revenue from the 2002 referendum levy. The School Board is now beginning to develop the levy referendum proposal for the fall election. The board is planning two public meetings, Tuesdays, February 20 at Anoka High School and March 6th at Champlin Park High School, 7 p.m., to provide citizens information about the district’s financial situation and get their input on what they want for their schools.

As they develop the proposal, School Board members and district administrators are now working to determine how much money will be necessary to get the district through another five years or more without reducing existing programs. To do this, they must make assumptions about how much revenue the Minnesota Legislature will provide each year, how much inflation over that period will increase expenses, and how many students will attend district schools since revenue is based on enrollment. The district is beginning to face a slight decrease in enrollment. This year, the district saw a decrease of 285 students over last year, however, at approximately 40,600 students, the district remains the largest in Minnesota.

“This levy will be critical,” said Assistant Superintendent Dennis Carlson. “Without it, we would have an immediate $25 million shortfall in our budget and no way to make it up. We expect to get some additional revenue from the state to help offset inflation, but we know for a fact that the state does not have enough money to replace what school referendum levies provide. Many districts will be taking referendum levies to voters this fall. The referendum levy is simply part of the funding mix.”

Board Vice-Chair Tom Heidemann pointed out that the referendum levy buys real programs and real teaching positions and without it “this would be a very different school district in terms of what we would be able to offer, especially given the fact that we are already spending less then the state and metro averages.”

More information about the referendum levy proposal and the district’s finances will be posted on the district’s web site as it becomes available and in the district’s electronic newsletter, Backpack Online.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
8. Neil Eerdmans wins RBC Dain Rauscher’s “Tribute to Teachers” award
Neil Eerdmans, second grade teacher at Oxbow Creek Elementary School was recently named as one of four teachers who won the RBC Dain Rauscher “Tribute to Teachers” award, sponsored by RBC Dain Rauscher and the Minnesota Gophers Mens’ Hockey team.

Teachers were nominated by current and former students and parents for making a difference in their own or their student’s academic experience. Eerdmans’ nominator described his classroom as being alive, with their teacher as their life guide. Using crazy, funny books to engage reading; singing the Minnesota rouser to teach first graders to spell Minnesota; and asking how much money it would take for the whole class to eat breakfast in Phoenix as a math problem, Eerdmans teaches his students lessons that will guide their lives for years to come.

Eerdmans and the three other winners were awarded $500 “Classroom Cash” to put toward scholastic supplies. Goldy the Gopher presented the “Classroom Cash” to Eerdmans on Feb. 14. Winners each also received four free tickets to a Gopher Mens’ Hockey game, where they were honored for their dedication to their students.


9. Bob Pivec to be Inducted to Minnesota Coaches Hall of Fame
Former Coon Rapids High School social studies teacher and tennis coach Bob Pivec will be inducted into the Minnesota Coaches Hall of Fame on Mar. 4 for his work with students at Coon Rapids High School. The ceremony is at the White Bear Racquet and Swim Club from 11 a.m. to noon.

Pivec coached the Coon Rapids High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams for 32 and 29 seasons respectively. He ended his coaching career with a total of 909 wins and 300 losses (463 wins and 177 losses in boys’ tennis; and 446 wins and 123 losses in Coon Rapids girls’ tennis).


10. Jefferson Elementary School staff get healthy with “Biggest Loser” competition
With inspiration from NBC’s fitness reality show “Biggest Loser,” the staff at Jefferson Elementary School are getting healthier and losing weight. The school’s staff has lost 375 pounds collectively since beginning their own “Biggest Loser” competition last fall.

The highly popular “Biggest Loser” TV show offers severely overweight participants the opportunity to undergo a radical physical makeover without any kind of surgery. Show contestants are divided into teams and compete in challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations until the final contestant remains to claim the title of “the biggest loser.”

Jefferson’s competition is similar with exercise and weigh-in challenges, except participants are not eliminated. Participants who win challenges are eligible to enter a drawing for a prize at the end of the session.

Staff are now in the midst of their third session, said Diane Stritesky, Jefferson technology teacher. Each session runs for six weeks. Session four will begin after President’s Day and will run until April.

“It has been great fun and staff are feeling healthier,” said Stritesky. “Maybe we’ll have one more session before school is out.”


Useful Tips and Resources
11. Download the February issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The February edition of the BecauseWeCare has helpful tips for incorporating health and wellness into your life.

Inside this edition you will find:
• A Sweet and Healthy Valentine's Day
• Significant Exercise for Significant Others
• Is Tofu for You?
• Recipe for Super Moist Chocolate Cake

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


12. Tips and resources for grant writing
Attention teachers! Are you writing a grant or thinking about writing one? If so, you’ll want to check out these tips and web resources to writing a successful grant:

Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing
Many educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too. Included: Practical tips to help
first-time grant writers get the grants they need.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml


Opportunities: Local and National
13. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering
Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in
workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff
development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated
classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


14. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

REWARDING ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS REDUCING THE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATE
The 2007 Pew Partnership Civic Change Award will recognize organizations or individuals that demonstrate long-term concern for their community’s odds of success by implementing collaborations specifically aimed at reducing the high school dropout rate.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: individuals or organizations working within their community.
Deadline: Mar. 31.
http://www.pew-partnership.org/whatsnew.html

USA TODAY ALL-USA TEACHER TEAM SEEKS NOMINATIONS
USA TODAY seeks teachers, both individuals and instructional teams to honor as representatives of all outstanding teachers on the All-USA Teacher Team.
Maximum Award: $2,500 - $500 for the teacher; the remainder to the school
for use as designated by the teachers.
Eligibility: certified full-time K-12 teachers for the 2006-07 school year.
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2007.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/allstars/front.htm?Loc=vanity

For a detailed listing of EXISTING GRANT OPPORTUNITIES (updated each week),
visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.
2/02/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #16 - Register for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues, School Board begins planning referendum levy for November vote and auditors praise district's financial management.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts students are featured readers on WCCO throughout February
2. Register for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues
3. TIES Weekend Workshops Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21
4. Announcement from Community Education Adult Learning
5. Promoting school events, student athletics and activities

School Board News:
6. School Board begins planning referendum levy for November vote
7. Auditors praise district’s financial management: spending in classroom increases, spending on administration decreases

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
8. Linda Rodgers recognized by University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute
9. Paul Keeney named finalist in 2006 Minnesota Tekne Awards

Useful Tips and Resources
10. Download the February issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
11. Significant holidays and spiritual activities dates for district staff
12. Tips and resources for grant writing

Opportunities:
Local and National
13. Open house information session on Hamline reading licensure program Feb. 7
14. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
15. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts students are featured readers on WCCO throughout February
Viewers of WCCO’s Monday morning news programs during the month of February, Black History Month, will hear students from Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts reading excerpts from African American literature. WCCO videotaped the students in the school’s recording studio in mid-January for playback throughout the month as transition pieces into a variety of stories appropriate for Black History Month.

“Our students were thrilled to be a part of this Black History Month celebration. Although they were nervous, they were also very excited and they represented us beautifully,” said Principal Kathy Baufield.

Student readers are Jake Sullivan, Gertrude Yego, Austin Gordon and Kirstie Forslund.


2. Register for Community Education adult athletic spring and summer leagues
Attention district staff! Are you looking for a fun way to spend the next few months? If so, consider participating in one of Community Education’s adult athletic leagues.

The Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Athletics Department will begin accepting registration on Feb. 1 through Mar. 30 for the following spring/summer adult leagues: mens’ softball, womens’ softball, co-rec softball, co-rec kickball and mens’ three-on-three basketball. Leagues are offered in the cities of Anoka and Coon Rapids.

Additional information and registration forms are available in the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage. Go to the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the PDFs in the Other Announcements folder. PDFs are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.

Participants can register by mail, in-person, by phone or online at: www.discovercommunityed.com. For more information, call Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.


3. TIES Weekend Workshops Jan 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21
TIES Weekend Workshops are now included as part of Anoka-Hennepin’s membership in TIES. Take advantage of this membership benefit to ease your schedule and learn new skills. These in-depth, hands-on sessions on top classroom technology tools are offered on Feb. 24, Mar. 24 and Apr. 21 Here is a list of workshops being offered:

Moodle This! (Feb. 24 and Apr. 21)
Learn how to create effective online courses using this free, open-source software.

Web 2.0 Tools (Mar. 24)
Discover the second generation of the Internet with blogging, wikis and tagging and get tips for classroom use.

Graduate credit is available. Registration information is available at:
www.ties.k12.mn.us/Workshops_and_seminars.html.

For more information, contact Dorothy Harmon at 651-999-6503 or at: Dorothy.Harmon@ties.k12.mn.us.


4. Announcement from Community Education Adult Learning
The Winter 2007 Adult Learning program is now in full swing! There are more than 200 great classes being offered this quarter, including classes covering health and exercise, computer training and finance and career. Check out all of the class offerings at: http://www.discovercommunityed.com. Winter catalogs were mailed to every household in the district and to each Anoka-Hennepin school. Check in your staff lounge for a copy today!


5. Promoting school events, student athletics and activities
Help tell the Anoka-Hennepin community about our outstanding students and student athletes. The district communications and public relations department wants to help you get the word out. We feature information in the Backpack Online e-newsletter, and post news and events to the district Web site. Your help is needed in order to be as complete and consistent as possible.


GUIDELINES FOR WHAT TO REPORT
ACTIVITIES

• Upcoming plays, concerts and other performances sponsored by schools, the district or Community Education

• Other school-sponsored events that has district- or state-wide interest, such as a speaker, workshop, concert, etc.

Note: Activities intended only for parents of a particular school rather than the community in general will not be announced in Backpack Online. (Individual school Backpacks Online should be used for this purpose. All schools have the opportunity to have their own Backpack Online at no cost.)


RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS

ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES
• Varsity teams, individual varsity athletes and adapted sport teams competing in state tournaments sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League

• Teams that place first, second and third at state

• Individuals that place first through eighth at state

• All-state athletes, academic all-stars, other recognition through the Minnesota State High School League or state coaches associations

NON-ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES
• Students representing the district at the state level in Minnesota State High School League competitions such as speech, debate, fine arts, and one-act plays; in vocational student organization competitions; or other state academic competitions such as Destination ImagiNation, Math League, Math Counts, etc.

• Individuals or groups who win awards at the state level, multi-state regional, or national level.

• Students elected to or selected for state and national office for vocational student organizations (DECA, HOSA and similar groups), or other student organizations sponsored by the school

• Winners of competitions sponsored directly by the school district such as district spelling bee, secondary Science Fair, and North Metro Destination ImagiNation

• Students honored at the state or national level in a school-related activity for reasons not described above


HOW TO REPORT

E-mail information to Courtney Markuson at: courtney.markuson@anoka.k12.mn.us. The more complete information you can provide, the better.

• Who? (student name, grade, and school)
• What? (Please be specific and accurate)
• When? (time, date)
• Where? (if necessary, cite the location of event, address, and directions)
• If this is an upcoming event, who should the public call for more information? Is there a Web site?
• If providing sports results, include time or score if available.
• For plays and similar events, include ticket prices.


School Board News
6. School Board begins planning referendum levy for November vote
Members of the Anoka-Hennepin School District community are invited to provide input that will help the School Board develop a referendum levy proposal for the November election ballot. Two public meetings will be held for this purpose:
• Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m., Anoka High School, 3939 Seventh Ave., Anoka
• Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Champlin Park High School, 6025-109th Ave N., Champlin.

District staff will present information on school funding and provide an update on the 2002 referendum levy. This will be followed by an opportunity for participants to address the School Board.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you may submit comments to the School Board by email through the district Web site at www.anoka.k12.mn.us or by U.S. mail to:

School Board Levy
Educational Service Center
11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Unlike many school districts around the state, Anoka-Hennepin School District has been able to avoid the pain that comes with cutting programs for five years thanks to voter approval of a referendum levy in 2002. While other districts have been laying off teachers and increasing class size, Anoka-Hennepin has been able to maintain programs and add back many of the teaching positions that had been cut in years prior to the successful referendum.

“We have been very fortunate to have five years without the worry of cutting programs,” said Superintendent Roger Giroux. “Our citizens value their schools. They said they didn’t want any more cuts when they approved that levy.” In the two years prior to the successful 2002 levy, the school board had enacted more than $16 million in program cuts and fee increases.

“The voters did their part in approving the levy, and the School Board kept its end of the bargain by using the money exactly as we said it would be used,” said School Board Chair Michael Sullivan. “We kept our promise.”

When it presented a five-question levy and bond proposal to the voters in fall of 2002, the School Board said it would not make cuts for five years if voters approved the primary ballot question, which gave the district $21 million each year for five years. The board said it would be able to keep this promise if the state provided funding increases of 1.5 percent each of the first two years and 3 percent the remaining three years. Although the state did not provide funding increases the first two years, through careful management the district was able to avoid cuts.

Voters also approved a second ballot question, which provided $4 million a year for five years to reinstate 100 teaching positions that had been cut in previous years. These positions have been used to reduce class size where needed most. Ballot questions on eliminating transportation fees, reducing high school activity fees and reopening swimming pools, plus a bond question on updating technology were not approved.

This fall it will be time for voters to consider the levy again because it is expiring. The next school year, 2007-08, is the last with revenue from the 2002 referendum levy. The School Board is now beginning to develop the levy referendum proposal for the fall election. The board is planning two public meetings, Tuesdays, February 20 at Anoka High School and March 6th at Champlin Park High School, 7 p.m., to provide citizens information about the district’s financial situation and get their input on what they want for their schools.

As they develop the proposal, School Board members and district administrators are now working to determine how much money will be necessary to get the district through another five years or more without reducing existing programs. To do this, they must make assumptions about how much revenue the Minnesota Legislature will provide each year, how much inflation over that period will increase expenses, and how many students will attend district schools since revenue is based on enrollment. The district is beginning to face a slight decrease in enrollment. This year, the district saw a decrease of 285 students over last year, however, at approximately 40,600 students, the district remains the largest in Minnesota.

“This levy will be critical,” said Assistant Superintendent Dennis Carlson. “Without it, we would have an immediate $25 million shortfall in our budget and no way to make it up. We expect to get some additional revenue from the state to help offset inflation, but we know for a fact that the state does not have enough money to replace what school referendum levies provide. Many districts will be taking referendum levies to voters this fall. The referendum levy is simply part of the funding mix.”

Board Vice-Chair Tom Heidemann pointed out that the referendum levy buys real programs and real teaching positions and without it “this would be a very different school district in terms of what we would be able to offer, especially given the fact that we are already spending less then the state and metro averages.”

More information about the referendum levy proposal and the district’s finances will be posted on the district’s web site as it becomes available and in the district’s electronic newsletter, Backpack Online.


7. Auditors praise district’s financial management: spending in classroom increases, spending on administration decreases
Governor Tim Pawlenty has said school districts should strive to spend 70 percent of their revenue on direct classroom expenses. Anoka-Hennepin School District has exceeded that goal by 5 percent, according to figures from Deloitte and Touche, the independent firm that audited the district’s financial records for 2005-06. “The vast majority of the dollars are going to instruction,” said auditor Kirsten Vosen.

In its annual report to the School Board January 11, auditors said the district increased the amount spent directly in the classroom from 74 percent to 75 percent. At the same time, the amount spent on district and school administration decreased. “Administration is very lean, to see that shift from 4 percent to 3 percent is very lean,” said Vosen.

She pointed out that the district’s amount of bonded debt per capita has been decreasing steadily. It dropped from $858 per capita in 2002 to $667 in 2006. In contrast, the Minnesota median is $1,694 and the national median is $1,365 per capita. “You have had the benefit of some strong market value growth in the past few years that provides you some additional capacity,” she said, adding that it could be a source to fund some of the challenges the district faces. Bonded debt primarily represents borrowing for building and improving school district facilities.

Vosen noted that the district’s general fund balance declined by $3.6 million, but at $25 million, or 6.5 percent of annual expenditures, it remains well above the district’s policy of maintaining a balance of 5 percent of annual expenditures. “It’s really only about 25 days worth of a cushion for unexpected items,” she said. “It’s a great policy to have in place…and it’s good to have because there are a lot of things not necessarily in your control when it comes to the revenue that you have to service the expenses of the district.”

She reviewed a number of strengths the district has to deal with the challenges it faces. Among these are the tone set by management to “do things right, an experienced and knowledgeable management team, an excellent Moody’s bond rating of Aa2, a string of financial reporting awards from the Association of School Business Officials, and the continued ability to provide above-average programs at below average state and metro cost. She praised the district for a very good job of multi-year forecasting. “That, together with the five percent policy in place, gives good fiscal responsibility to deal with challenges,” she said.

Some of the challenges facing the district are an uncertain political environment concerning state aid and property tax reforms, district infrastructure and technology replacement needs, likely decline in student enrollment, ever-increasing special education requirements, an increasingly diverse and mobile population, rising health care costs, rising compensation costs, and the gap between general fund revenues and expenditures for instructional programs.

Board Vice-Chair Tom Heidemann added that another of the district’s challenges is that a portion of its revenue is dependent on voter approval. “It does buy real programs, real teaching positions and certainly, without that level of support…this would be a very different school district in terms of what we would be able to offer, especially given the fact that we are already spending less then the state and metro averages,” he said.

Overall, Vosen described the audit as “very clean.” She said district financial staff, “should be very proud of the financial records and the work they have done over the past year.”


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
8. Paul Keeney named finalist in 2006 Minnesota Tekne Awards
Paul Keeney, industrial technology teacher at Northdale Middle School, was among three teachers named as finalists for a 2006 Minnesota Tekne Award – Innovation in Teaching last fall.

The Minnesota Tekne Awards honor companies, innovations and individuals that positively impact Minnesota's technology-based economy.

The Innovation in Teaching award recognizes excellence in education by creating exciting learning opportunities for students through the innovative use of technology. The educator cultivates experiences in the classroom not possible without technology, promotes the use and sharing of technology in classrooms to benefit learning, and expands opportunities for students to be successful in technology-related careers.

The Innovation in Teaching Award ultimately went to Brad Blue of Minneapolis Public Schools.


9. Linda Rodgers recognized by University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute
The faculty of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs selected Minnesota’s Promise as the best paper or project in public affairs that demonstrated intellectual insight and creativity in consideration of the political environment. Linda Rodgers, parent involvement coordinator, was part of the team that researched and wrote the paper.

Minnesota’s Promise emphasized the following points:
• Opportunity is central to the American experience – equal opportunity under the law. The Minnesota Constitution underscores equal opportunity by charging the legislature with establishing a general and uniform system of public schools. Thus Minnesota made binding its promise of equal opportunity to learn. In 1968 the federal government added the promise of equal educational opportunities specifically for language-minority students, or English Language Learners in The Bilingual Education Act, Title VII, Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The No Child Left Behind Act, 2001, holds schools strictly accountable to this promise.

• Keeping the promise of educational and linguistic opportunity is crucial to Minnesota. The state would be wise to examine how effectively its current system teaches English Language Learners; the relationship of language acquisition to dropout and graduation rates; and the resulting impact on the economy, crime, and civic vitality.

• Minnesota would benefit from a new comprehensive ELL system that provides effective access points, continuity and transferability from one place of learning to the next across the life span; ensures high quality instruction; and fully acknowledges and utilizes families and communities as powerful places of learning.


Useful Tips and Resources
10. Download the February issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The February edition of the BecauseWeCare has helpful tips for incorporating health and wellness into your life.

Inside this edition you will find:
• A Sweet and Healthy Valentine's Day
• Significant Exercise for Significant Others
• Is Tofu for You?
• Recipe for Super Moist Chocolate Cake

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


11. Significant holidays and spiritual activities dates for district staff
District staff can now download a list of dates of significant holidays and spiritual activities that may impact the classroom. Go to the District Information folder in Outlook/Entourage, click on the Staff News and Announcements folder and look for the documents in the Other Announcements folder. These documents are also available to download in the Document Center section of the district Web site.


12. Tips and resources for grant writing
Attention teachers! Are you writing a grant or thinking about writing one? If so, you’ll want to check out these tips and web resources to writing a successful grant:

Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing
Many educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too. Included: Practical tips to help
first-time grant writers get the grants they need.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml


Opportunities: Local and National
13. Open house information session on Hamline reading licensure program Feb. 7
District staff are invited to attend an open house information session to learn more about the on-site reading licensure courses offered by Hamline University on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Staff Development Center.

The Reading License Program includes six required courses totaling 15 semester credits. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit: www.hamline.edu/reading or contact Terri Christenson at 651-523-2532 or: tchristenson01@hamline.edu. The Staff Development Center is located at 2727 N. Ferry St. in Anoka.


14. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering
Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in
workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff
development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated
classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


15. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp. Here are a few samples of what is available:

REWARDING ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS REDUCING THE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATE
The 2007 Pew Partnership Civic Change Award will recognize organizations or individuals that demonstrate long-term concern for their community’s odds of success by implementing collaborations specifically aimed at reducing the high school dropout rate.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: individuals or organizations working within their community.
Deadline: Mar. 31.
http://www.pew-partnership.org/whatsnew.html

USA TODAY ALL-USA TEACHER TEAM SEEKS NOMINATIONS
USA TODAY seeks teachers, both individuals and instructional teams to honor as representatives of all outstanding teachers on the All-USA Teacher Team.
Maximum Award: $2,500 - $500 for the teacher; the remainder to the school
for use as designated by the teachers.
Eligibility: certified full-time K-12 teachers for the 2006-07 school year.
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2007.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/allstars/front.htm?Loc=vanity

For a detailed listing of EXISTING GRANT OPPORTUNITIES (updated each week),
visit: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp.


Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition in the DO YOU REMEMBER Column? We are looking for Anoka-Hennepin graduates who have made exceptional achievements. Submissions will be considered for either the DO YOU REMEMBER column or the Graduate Spotlight in our Focus on Anoka-Hennepin newsletter.

Send submissions to Courtney Markuson, staff writer, at: Educational Service Center, 11299 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433 or courtney.markuson@anoka.k12.mn.us.
1/16/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #15 - Special announcement regarding Judy Thistle, Revolution Youth Theatre to perform excerpts on bullying for district staff and registration for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues.
News, Announcements and Events:
1. Special announcement regarding Judy Thistle
2. Revolution Youth Theatre to perform excerpts on bullying for district staff Jan. 23
3. Registration for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues begins Feb. 1

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
4. Anoka-Hennepin lauded for fiscal reporting
5. Cindy Hiltz takes part in national nurse association event
6. Parent Involvement Department featured in summer District Administration magazine
7. Sue Roth and Diane Stritesky named TIES Exceptional Teachers

Useful Tips and Resources
8. Download the January issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
9. Health and medical tips from Medica
10. Tips and resources for grant writing

Opportunities: Local and National
11. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
12. Grant opportunities


News, Announcements and Events:
1. Special announcement regarding Judy Thistle
We are saddened to announce the death of Anoka-Hennepin employee Judy Thistle, an English teacher at Anthony Louis Center for 16 years. Judy died peacefully at home Jan. 11. Funeral services for her were held Jan. 16 at Church of the Epiphany, Coon Rapids.

Judy is survived by her husband, Bob: children Jennifer, Mark and Brian and their spouses; four grandchildren; mother, Olga Hassett; two sisters and a brother; two sisters-in-law; 11 nieces and nephews.

Memorials are preferred to the Book Buddy program of Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation, which will purchase books for Anthony Louis Center in Judy’s memory. Please make checks to AHEF and send to Brian Thistle, 4624 Fable Hill Parkway, Hugo, MN, 55038.


2. Revolution Youth Theatre to perform excerpts on bullying for district staff Jan. 23
The Revolution Youth Theatre will perform excerpts from “Bullying, When is it Going to Stop?” and “Rock and Roll Grade School Game Show” for district staff on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Staff Development Center.

Characters in the show will explore possible root causes of bullying, different types of bullying and how to address this problem in schools. The program uses live singing and dance to engage the audience while also illustrating the negative impact of bullying. Those attending the workshop will have the opportunity to talk with O’Calla Joslyn, director, and student participants.

The event is open to all staff. To register, send an email to Ann Heath at: Ann.Heath@anoka.k12.mn.us by Friday, Jan. 19. The Staff Development Center is located at 2727 N. Ferry St. in Anoka.


3. Registration for Community Education adult spring and summer leagues begins Feb. 1
Attention district staff! Are you looking for a fun way to spend the next few months? If so, consider participating in one of Community Education’s adult athletic leagues.

The Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Athletics Department will begin accepting registration on Feb. 1 through Mar. 30 for the following spring/summer adult leagues: kickball, three-person basketball and softball. Mens’, womens’ and co-rec leagues are available to choose from. Leagues are offered in the cities of Anoka and Coon Rapids.

Additional information is available in the District Information – Special Announcements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Document Center section of the district Web site. Participants can register by mail, in-person, by phone or online at: www.discovercommunityed.com. For more information, call Marv Johnson, Rec/Athletic Supervisor, at 763-506-1267.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
4. Anoka-Hennepin lauded for fiscal reporting
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded Anoka-Hennepin School District the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2005-2006 fiscal year. The award is the highest recognition for school financial operations offered by ASBO. It is the fourth consecutive year the district has received this honor.

This award program reviews the accounting practices and reporting procedures used by school districts in their Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR). The CAFR is a detailed financial record of the school district for the current year, with information from 10 previous years.

The report is available to the public at www.anoka.k12.mn.us/finance. Click on “Budget Information Downloads,” then on “Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.”


5. Cindy Hiltz takes part in national nurse association event
Cindy Hiltz, school nurse consultant, attended the 38th annual conference of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in New York this past summer. The conference addressed school health issues that occur on a daily basis and focused on advancing the specialty practice of school nursing by strengthening school nursing skills needed to deliver nursing services, provide leadership, coordinate services between school and community and support health education to students.

Featured conference highlights include a poster presentation, in which Hiltz participated with her
recent research on the comparison of nursing interventions and levels of competence among school nurses in Minnesota; the National Certified School Nurse Examination which Hiltz took and became nationally certified through supporting a national standard of preparation.

NASN has more than 13,000 members in all 50 states and abroad. NASN’s main purpose is to advance the delivery of professional school health services to promote optimal learning in students.


6. Parent Involvement Department featured in summer District Administration magazine
Anoka-Hennepin’s Parent Involvement Department was featured in an article about building strong community partnerships in the June 2006 issue of the District Administration magazine for K-12 education leaders. The article, written by Carl Vogel, features advice from veteran school districts on how to create effective school-family-community partnerships.

To view the article, go to: http://www.districtadministration.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=209.


7. Sue Roth and Diane Stritesky named TIES Exceptional Teachers
Sue Roth and Diane Stritesky are the recipients of the 2006 TIES Exceptional Teacher Awards, which recognizes teachers for creative use of technology. Central administrators and colleagues nominated Roth and Stritesky for the award. The teachers were honored Dec. 5 at the TIES 2006 Education Technology Conference. They were featured in the TIES Exceptional Teachers publication, and will be recognized by the Anoka-Hennepin School Board at a January meeting.

Roth, technology teacher at Riverview Specialty School for Math and Environmental Science, is responsible for assisting staff and students in using technology as an instructional and learning tool throughout all aspects of the school’s curriculum. She can be seen integrating technology in classrooms, computer lab, greenhouse, gardens, field trips, playground and wherever learning takes place.

Roth works to ensure that staff and students use technology to its fullest potential, so that they may realize their fullest potential. Roth also works to increase Riverview parents’ knowledge of student use of technology. She regularly demonstrates to parent groups, conducts parent-child tech classes and makes sure technology projects are prominently featured at Riverview’s annual Specialty School open house.

“Because of Sue’s ability to demonstrate how technology can enhance student understanding and creativity, her opinion is sought and valued by her colleagues throughout the school district,” said Randy Edinger, instructional technology facilitator. “She is a tireless advocate of a technology-centric education for students who will live in a technology-centric world.”

Stritesky, technology teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, is responsible for supporting technology integration in all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. She also plays a key district leadership role in the creation of district staff development materials that are posted to the Web.

Stritesky works closely with staff and students to ensure that successful integration is occurring. She can be seen working with staff on developing new lessons using particular software, such as iPhoto and GarageBand or with students using software packages like Kidspiration and iMovie. Additonally, Stritesky offers staff development sessions before and after school that focus on new instructional software.

“Diane has a true passion for the integration of technology and is an asset to her school and to the district,” said David Treichel, instructional technology facilitator. “Her success is attributed to her determination, focus and her commitment to student achievement.”


Useful Tips and Resources
8. Download the January issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The January edition of the BecauseWeCare e-letter has great ideas for healthy living. Inside this edition you will find:

• New Year’s resolution: portion control
• Have a ball with inflatable exercise balls
• Coping with change

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


9. Health and medical tips from Medica
Here are a few health tips from Medica Insurance about how to stay healthy. District Staff News and Announcements will feature different tips in each issue this year.

Did you know?
You can beat the bugs this winter! Catching a cold or a case of the flu isn’t fun, be prepared to fight.

Self-care tips:
• A cold is caused by any of hundreds of viruses that can infect your nose. Each winter brings several new influenza viruses. Take steps now to reduce your sick days.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before preparing and eating food or after using the restroom. You can catch viruses by touching an infected person’s hand or any object they’ve recently handled. Once the germs are on your hands, they can easily spread to your nose, mouth or eyes when you touch your face.
• Make time for relaxation. Get at least seven hours of rest each night. Take a few minutes to escape daily stresses and relax. Studies show that excess stress makes you more prone to colds.
• Get moving: Moderate exercise releases pent-up stress and boosts your immune system.
• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, at least five servings daily including those rich in vitamin C and beta carotene.

Did you know?
Holiday trimming can help you stay slim through the food-filled holidays and throughout the year.

Self-care tips:
Wet your appetite
Drinking lots of water helps suppress your appetite because it fills your stomach. One Harvard Medical School physician believes that “many people think they’re having a food craving when in fact they’re thirsty.” So pass up that sugar cookie for water!

Beware of buffets
The more options we have, the more total food we tend to eat. By taking small samples of a few food items you can still feast on all of your favorite foods.


10. Tips and resources for grant writing
Attention teachers! Are you writing a grant or thinking about writing one? If so, you’ll want to check out these tips and web resources to writing a successful grant:

Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing
Many educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too. Included: Practical tips to help
first-time grant writers get the grants they need.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml


Opportunities: Local and National
11. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering
Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in
workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff
development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated
classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will
be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of
each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center,
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


12. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp.


Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition in the DO YOU REMEMBER Column? We are looking for Anoka-Hennepin graduates who have made exceptional achievements. Submissions will be considered for either the DO YOU REMEMBER column or the Graduate Spotlight in our Focus on Anoka-Hennepin newsletter.

Send submissions to Courtney Markuson, staff writer, at: Educational Service Center, 11299 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433 or courtney.markuson@anoka.k12.mn.us.
1/02/07 > District Staff News and Announcements #14 - Special announcement from the Communications and Public Relations Department, district enrollment report for 2006-07 and parent survey shows high satisfaction with district.
General Announcements:
1. Special announcement from the Communications and Public Relations Department
2. Attention payroll deduction participants: Save your year-end pay stub for tax records
3. Download the December issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
4. Sign up for Group Facilitators Training (GFT) workshop Jan. 11

General News and Events:
5. District enrollment report for 2006-07
6. Parent survey shows high satisfaction with district
7. Jackson Middle School Observatory open house recap

Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
8. Child Nutrition staff receive Heart of the Program awards
9. Communications and Public Relations Department receives awards from NSPRA
10. Mary Beth Elhardt re-elected to second term on Minnesota Indian Education Association board of directors
11. Kirk Enzenauer named National Association of Geoscience Teacher of the Year
12. Laura Kaiser named KS95’s Teacher of the Week
13. Kim Pavlovich receives Metro ECSU Above & Beyond award
14. Robert Cahow, Goeff Law, Eric Waldoch and Jackson Middle School honored at MTEA fall conference

Useful Tips
15. Health and medical tips from Medica
16. Tips and resources for grant writing
17. Create educational puzzles at DiscoverySchool.com

Opportunities: Local and National
18. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
19. Grant opportunities


General Announcements:
1. Special announcement from the Communications and Public Relations Department
You might have noticed that this week’s District Staff Announcements e-newsletter has a new name and more content. The Communications and Public Relations Department decided recently to combine District Staff Announcements and Staff Focus Online e-newsletters that are sent to Anoka-Hennepin staff into one e-newsletter. District staff will still receive the same news and announcements that they always have, except it will be in one e-newsletter. The new e-newsletter will be called District Staff News and Announcements. Please read on for District Staff News and Announcements guidelines:

All announcements (workshops, etc.) submitted need to be approved by your supervisor before they will be considered (except retirement announcements). If you wish to make an announcement that includes an attachment, you must send the attachment in PDF format so that all staff can access it (If you are not sure how to create a PDF, please check with a technology person in your building for assistance).

Submissions, supervisor approval and PDF attachments may be sent Courtney Markuson, staff writer, at the ESC or to: courtney.markuson@anoka.k12.mn.us.


2. Payroll deduction participants: save your year-end pay stub for tax records
Did you participate in payroll deduction for charitable contributions this year? If so, you’ll want to keep your Dec. 29 pay stub. This pay stub will contain the totals of all donations you made to the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF), the United Way or Environmental Fund. All of these contributions are tax deductible, so be sure to keep this pay stub for 2006 and put it with your tax records.


3. Download the December issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The December edition of the BecauseWeCare e-letter is full of helpful suggestions for a healthy season. Inside this edition you will find:

• Sally Rhoden's family gives back to the community
• Get on the dance floor- it's worth it
• Simple steps to prevent osteoporosis
• Recipe for no-bake cookies

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


4. Sign up for Group Facilitators Training (GFT) workshop Jan. 11
Attention district staff! Are you interested in enhancing your facilitation and leadership skills? If so, sign up now for the Student Services Departments’ Group Facilitators (GFT) workshop on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Staff Development Center.

The workshop is free for all district employees and serves as a refresher course for staff who are interested in facilitating student groups for extra support in the areas of grief and loss, family change and other topics. Jackie Sandusky, Chemical Health/Violence Prevention specialist, will serve as trainer for the workshop.

The registration deadline has been extended to Jan. 5. To register, contact Ann Heath at 763-506-1183 or at: Ann.Heath@anoka.k12.mn.us. CEU’s will be available.

The Staff Development Center is located at 2727 N. Ferry St. in Anoka.


General News and Events:
5. District enrollment report for 2006-07
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board heard the annual enrollment report at its Oct. 23 meeting. Each year on Oct. 1 the district counts the number students in the district and reports this information to the state Department of Education. The number of students affects the district’s budget because schools are funded on a per-pupil basis. The total K-12 daily enrollment of the district is 40,597 including early childhood special education and alternative programs. The elementary counts is 17,029 students, a decrease of 195 from last year. The high school count is 13,225 students, 44 more than 2005. The middle school count is 9,565, a decrease of 134 from the previous year.

The rate of students applying for free or reduced-price lunch in the district is 22 percent, a 4 percentage point increase over prior year. The percentage of students receiving ESL services is 6.5 percent, a fractional increase from last year. The ethnic background of students, which is self-reported by families at enrollment and verified by schools annually, is 1 percent Native American, 6 percent Asian, 3 percent Hispanic, 8 percent African-American and 82 percent white. This is a two percentage point increase from last year. (Note that ethnicity categories are set by the federal government.) Students receiving special education services this year is 10 percent, a 2 percentage point decrease from last year.

“One of the important things for a school district is getting the counts as accurate as you can,” said Superintendent Roger Giroux. “It drives space, it drives revenue and it drives programs. You need to get it down or you’re going to be chasing dollars that aren’t there.”


6. Parent survey shows high satisfaction with district
The Anoka-Hennepin School District’s Parent Satisfaction Survey (PASS) for 2005 indicated a high level of overall satisfaction with the district. Eric Moore, Director of Student Services, presented results of the Parent Satisfaction Survey to the School Board in September. He stated that approximately 38,380 paper surveys were distributed to parents and approximately 29 percent were returned. The results of these surveys will not be statistically reliable because of sample bias, but with roughly 11,000 responses, the district gets valuable information and schools take the results seriously. Moore explained that the results have been broken down by grade level, race and gender. He found that, in general, males and those with students in special education programs responded more positively.

Board member Jerry Newton asked how the results compare with prior surveys. Moore stated that generally the trend is the same. He said the level of dissatisfaction with the schools is very minimal, generally two or three percent. Board member Tom Heidemann said that the parent survey is very important. Because 15,000 families are connected to A-HConnect he suggested considering use of an electronic survey.

Superintendent Roger Giroux said he will ask Moore to insure the district has measures that are sensitive enough to gauge levels of change in satisfaction. Board Chair Michael Sullivan said it is important that the district continue to survey annually so citizens realize the district wants their opinions on an ongoing basis, not only when the district is asking them to vote on a referendum.

Below are the percent of parents at each level who responded “agree” and “somewhat agree” (other responses on the scale were “neither agree nor disagree”, “somewhat disagree,” “disagree,” and “don’t know.”)

1. In this school, teachers and staff care about my student.
Elementary – 96 percent
Middle School – 90 percent
High School – 87 percent

2. My student’s school is safe.
Elementary – 94 percent
Middle School – 85 percent
High School – 81 percent

3. Teachers provide help for my student when needed.
Elementary – 94 percent
Middle School – 85 percent
High School – 83 percent

4. The teachers in this school support me in helping my student learn more at home.
Elementary – 92 percent
Middle School – 73 percent
High School – 62 percent

5. I feel welcome at my student’s school.
Elementary – 95 percent
Middle School – 88 percent
High School – 84 percent

6. Teachers in my student’s school challenge my student to do his or her best in school work.
Elementary – 92 percent
Middle School – 84 percent
High School – 81 percent

7. Teachers communicate regularly with me about my student’s progress.
Elementary – 84 percent
Middle School – 67 percent
High School – 59 percent

8. All staff (teachers, administrators, support staff) show my student respect in this school.
Elementary – 90 percent
Middle School – 78 percent
High School – 73 percent

9. This school has a good leadership team and is well led.
Elementary – 86 percent
Middle School – 76 percent
High School – 72 percent

10. Overall, my student’s school provides a quality education.
Elementary – 94 percent
Middle School – 88 percent
High School – 88 percent


7. Jackson Middle School Observatory open house recap
Hundreds of district families and curious community members visited the Jackson Middle School Observatory last month during a series of open houses. Throughout November, Jackson hosted gatherings to introduce the observatory to Jackson staff and families, Anoka-Hennepin School District staff and families and the general public.

The observatory, built last year and fully operational this fall, features the largest telescope operated by a K-12 school district in Minnesota. The 14” lens gathers enough light to see details of six of the planets (Mercury is too small and Uranus is too far to see with detail). It allows viewers to see the surface of the moon and its craters in sharp detail. The telescope also can image “deep space” objects such as galaxies, galaxy clusters, and nebulae. Jackson students will be using the telescope to capture images and study them in their astronomy and science courses. As the observatory program develops, there will be opportunities for students from around the district to use the telescope as well as public star gazing events at the observatory.


Short Takes: Anoka-Hennepin’s Remarkable Staff (STARS)
8. Child Nutrition staff receive School Nutrition Association Heart of the Program awards
The following Anoka-Hennepin Child Nutrition staff won the School Nutrition Association’s Heart of the Program award this summer:

Cindy Kopacz, site supervisor, Monroe Elementary School
Julie Ann Peterson, child nutrition assistant, Dayton Elementary School
Kay Staton, site supervisor, Anoka High School
Linda Syverson, site supervisor, Educational Service Center
Linda Trebby, site supervisor, Dayton Elementary School

Heart of the Program awards recognize the valuable contribution of school foodservice and nutrition employees who work with their manager to prepare and serve appetizing meals to children at the state and national levels. These employees can make the difference between an outstanding program and an average program. Kopacz, Peterson, Staton, Syverson and Trebby received awards at the state level.

In addition to the Heart of the Program award, the School Nutrition Association also sponsors the Louise Sublette Award of Excellence, Outstanding Director of the Year award, Thelma Flanagan Gold award, membership awards and the President’s Award of Excellence.


9. Communications and Public Relations Department receives awards from NSPRA
Anoka-Hennepin’s Communications and Public Relations Department received six awards in the National School Public Relations Association’s (NSPRA) 2006 awards program. Awards are given in three categories (Publications and Electronic Media, Gold Medallion Award and Golden Achievement Award) at three different levels (Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Award of Honorable Mention).

Anoka-Hennepin received one Award of Excellence, three Awards of Merit and two Awards of Honorable Mention for their middle school brochure, Citizen’s Report of Accountability, Curriculum and Instruction, high school registration guide, employee recruitment brochure, Focus on Anoka-Hennepin newsletter and teacher attire training video, respectively.

The Communications and Public Relations Department members are: Mary Olson, director; Brett Johnson, communications specialist; Courtney Markuson, staff writer; and Marie Stockinger, communications secretary.

NSPRA provides school communications training and services to school leaders throughout the United States and Canada. NSPRA’s mission is to advance education through responsible communication.


10. Mary Beth Elhardt re-elected to second term on Minnesota Indian Education Association board of directors
Mary Beth Elhardt, Native American Academic Student Advisor for the Champlin Cluster of schools, was re-elected to a second term on the Minnesota Indian Education Association board of directors (MIEA) at the 21st annual MIEA conference in October.

Some of Elhardt’s duties include attending monthly board meetings and assisting with the planning and execution of the MIEA conference in the fall of 2007. The MIEA board of directors makes decisions for the directions the state will take in matters of American Indian students and their education. Elhardt has served on the board since 2005.


11. Kirk Enzenauer named National Association of Geoscience Teacher of the Year
Kirk Enzenauer, science teacher at Coon Rapids Middle School, was recently named the Minnesota Geoscience Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Geoscience.

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers works to foster improvement in the teaching of the earth sciences at all levels of formal and informal instruction, to emphasize the cultural significance of the earth sciences and to disseminate knowledge in this field to the general public.

Enzenauer was recognized for his passion for students and teaching. He will be honored at a ceremony in February at the Minnesota Earth Science Teacher’s Association Conference at the Science Museum. Enzenauer is a past President of MESTA and currently serves on their board.


12. Laura Kaiser named KS95’s Teacher of the Week
Laura Kaiser, social studies teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, was selected as KS95’s Teacher of the Week during the week of Nov. 3. Winners of the program are invited to a special dinner and are eligible to enter a drawing to win $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school.

Kaiser was presented a plaque by KS95 staff members on Nov. 8 and was also interviewed on-air on Nov. 3. Kaiser was nominated for the award by Hayley Selinski, a former student of Kaiser’s.

To learn more about the KS95 Teacher of the Week program, visit http://www.ks95.com/teacher.shtml


13. Kim Pavlovich receives Metro ECSU Above & Beyond award
Kim Pavlovich, principal of Jefferson Elementary School, was awarded a Metro ECSU Above and Beyond Award on Oct. 24. The award is given to participants in Metro ECSU programs who have put forth remarkable effort and have provided exceptional support.

The Metro ECSU recognizes four groups in awarding: staff development opportunities, leadership development through the Metropolitan Principals Academy (MPA), special education programs and student programs which are a part of Success Beyond the Classroom.

Pavlovich was recognized for her contribution and commitment to MPA, of which she has been a member since 1998. Pavlovich also represents the Anoka-Hennepin School District as a volunteer member of the MPA Advisory Board.


14. Robert Cahow, Goeff Law, Eric Waldoch and Jackson Middle School honored at MTEA fall conference
The following Anoka- Hennepin staff and programs were honored at the Minnesota Technology Education Association (MTEA) September conference in St. Cloud:

• Robert Cahow, industrial technology teacher at Sandburg Middle School, was selected as the MTEA New Teacher of Excellence for 2006.

• Goeff Law, industrial technology teacher at Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts, was named the MTEA Middle School Teacher of Excellence for 2006.

• Jackson Middle School was designated as the MTEA Program of Excellence for 2006. This is the second year in a row that a school from Anoka-Hennepin has won this award. Northdale Middle School earned the award in 2005.

• Eric Waldoch, industrial technology teacher at Jackson Middle School is transitioning from President-Elect to President of MTEA.


Useful Tips
15. Health and medical tips from Medica
Here are a few health tips from Medica Insurance about how to stay healthy. District Staff News and Announcements will feature different tips in each issue this year.

Getting your five a day, the easy way!
The National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urges Americans to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Make your brown bag the healthiest bag (think in terms of a half cup for most serving sizes):
• Add an apple, banana, orange or pear
• Add veggies, like carrots and celery sticks
• Add some dried fruit, like a mini-bag of raisins
• Stuff a pita pocket with veggie chunks, alfalfa sprouts and light Ranch dressing
• Try a green salad with chopped veggies
• Prepare for the mid-morning and late afternoon hunger attack by packing 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, pre-packaged applesauce or fruit cocktail

Small changes do make a big difference today. Start packing your healthy brown bag!

Did you know?
More than 60 percent of American adults are not physically active on a regular basis. In fact, 25 percent of adults are not active at all. Which group are you in?

Self-care tips:
Barriers to exercise that are easy to overcome
• No time? Try three 10-minute walks throughout the day.
• Too tired? Exercise gives you more energy, try it!
• Embarrassed? Be proud that you are taking care of your body.
• No partner? Yes, it’s more fun to exercise with a friend, find one!
• Bad weather? Try a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.


16. Tips and resources for grant writing
Attention teachers! Are you writing a grant or thinking about writing one? If so, you’ll want to check out these tips and web resources to writing a successful grant:

Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing
Many educators have found that outside funding, in the form of grants, allows them to provide their students with educational experiences and materials their own districts can't afford. Learn how they get those grants -- and how you can get one too. Included: Practical tips to help
first-time grant writers get the grants they need.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml


17. Create educational puzzles at DiscoverySchool.com
Using a tool on DiscoverySchool.com, you can create numerous kinds of puzzles in a matter of minutes. This free puzzle generation tool is great for teachers, parents and students. To create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists, visit Discovery School's Puzzlemaker at: http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/.


Opportunities: Local and National
18. Multicultural Professional Development Grants available
The Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) is offering
Multicultural Professional Development Grants. These grants will be awarded to NWSISD staff and member districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, throughout the 2006-07 school year.

Individual recipients will be eligible for up to $800 in grant money for participating in workshops, conferences, seminars or classes that will increase their professional staff development skills and practices in regard to multicultural, diverse and racially integrated classrooms, schools and surrounding communities.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.nws.k12.mn.us. Grants will be reviewed October through May of each year. Deadlines for applications are the 15th of each month. Individuals are awarded one grant per fiscal school year.

NWSISD is a collaborative district made up of the Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Osseo and Rockford school districts.


19. Grant opportunities
Check out the Public Education Network’s extensive lists of available grant and funding information at: http://www.publiceducation.org/NewsBlast_grants.asp.
12/15/06 > District Staff Announcements #13 - Sign up for GFT workshop and download December issue of BecauseWeCare e-newsletter.
This week’s announcements:
1. Sign up for Group Facilitators Training (GFT) workshop Jan. 11

Previously mentioned announcements:
2. Download the December issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter


This week’s announcements:
1. Sign up for Group Facilitators Training (GFT) workshop Jan. 11
Attention district staff! Are you interested in enhancing your facilitation and leadership skills? If so, sign up now for the Student Services Departments’ Group Facilitators (GFT) workshop on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Staff Development Center.

The workshop is free for all district employees and serves as a refresher course for staff who are interested in facilitating student groups for extra support in the areas of grief and loss, family change and other topics. Jackie Sandusky, Chemical Health/Violence Prevention specialist, will serve as trainer for the workshop.

To register, contact Ann Heath at 763-506-1183 or at: Ann.Heath@anoka.k12.mn.us by Friday, Dec. 22. CEU’s will be available.

The Staff Development Center is located at 2727 N. Ferry St. in Anoka.


Previously mentioned announcements:
2. Download the December issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The December edition of the BecauseWeCare e-letter is full of helpful suggestions for a healthy season. Inside this edition you will find:

• Sally Rhoden's family gives back to the community
• Get on the dance floor- it's worth it
• Simple steps to prevent osteoporosis
• Recipe for no-bake cookies

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/
12/01/06 > District Staff Announcements #12 - District staff invited to view XL30 microscope, download the December issue of BecauseWeCare e-newsletter and Flying the Shuttle from the Ground Up presentation.
This week’s announcements:
1. District staff invited to view XL30 electron microscope at TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 5
2. Download the December issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter

Previously mentioned announcements:
3. District staff invited to attend TIES “Flying the Shuttle from the Ground Up” presentation Dec. 4
4. Nominate someone for Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards


This week’s announcements:
1. District staff invited to view XL30 electron microscope at TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 5
District staff are invited to see how the XL30 electron microscope magnifies objects up to 200,000 times at the TIES Education Technology Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 11:20 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency.

You'll discover how teachers are using the microscope over the Internet, learn about classroom projects and find out how you and your classroom can get involved. The microscope viewing is part of a presentation by George Motter, senior instructional technologist at Lehigh University.

Register for the event at: www.ties.k12.mn.us.


2. Download the December issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The December edition of the BecauseWeCare e-letter is full of helpful suggestions for a healthy season. Inside this edition you will find:

• Sally Rhoden's family gives back to the community
• Get on the dance floor- it's worth it
• Simple steps to prevent osteoporosis
• Recipe for no-bake cookies

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


Previously mentioned announcements:
3. District staff invited to attend TIES “Flying the Shuttle from the Ground Up” presentation Dec. 4
Are you interested in learning about the planning that goes into a NASA space shuttle mission? If so, you’ll want to check out a free special event open to the public, sponsored by TIES and the Minnesota Planetarium and Space Discovery Center:

"Flying the Shuttle from the Ground Up"
with NASA Astronaut Heidimarie Stefanyshyn-Piper

Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Hyatt Regency
TIES 2006 Education Technology Conference

Learn about what goes into a NASA shuttle mission from the ground and in space, the teamwork it takes, the accomplishments and the challenges. Astronaut Stefanyshyn-Piper and Lead Flight Director Dye will put their amazing work in the context of their formative learning experiences growing up in Minnesota.

Details at http://tchlrn.ties.k12.mn.us/ties2006/main/event.asp. Contact Barb Raygor at: Barb.Raygor@ties.k12.mn.us or 651-999-6523 for more information.


4. Nominate someone for Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards
Do you know of a pre K-12 colleague who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the education of children and youth? If so, consider nominating them for a Cable’s Leaders in Learning award. The award, sponsored by Cable in the Classroom (CIC), the cable industry’s education foundation, promotes and encourages innovative learning practices by recognizing individuals who have transformed an aspect of pre K-12 education on a large or small scale.

Awards are given in the following categories: Media Literacy Education, Policymaker Excellence, General Excellence, Cable Partnerships for Learning and Pushing the Envelope with Cable Technology and Programming.

Winners will receive a $3,000 prize and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a televised awards gala. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15. For more information and nomination and application forms, visit: www.leadersinlearningawards.org.
11/10/06 > District Staff Announcements #11 - Temporary problem with School Center, district staff invited to TIES Flying the Shuttle presentation and updated flu shot clinics.
This week’s announcements:
1. Temporary problem with School Center software corrected
2. District staff invited to attend TIES “Flying the Shuttle from the Ground Up” presentation Dec. 4

Previously mentioned announcements:
3. Flu shot clinics scheduled for through Nov. 20 (updated)
4. Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5
5. Nominate someone for Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards
6. Download the November issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter


This week’s announcements:
1. Temporary problem with School Center software corrected
You might have noticed that there was a temporary problem with emails being generated through School Center software in the past week. The problem has appeared to have been corrected by School Center. Because of this, you may receive multiple emails in the next few days that were created and sent at an earlier date. We apologize for the inconvenience.


2. District staff invited to attend TIES “Flying the Shuttle from the Ground Up” presentation Dec. 4
Are you interested in learning about the planning that goes into a NASA space shuttle mission? If so, you’ll want to check out a free special event open to the public, sponsored by TIES and the Minnesota Planetarium and Space Discovery Center:

"Flying the Shuttle from the Ground Up"
with NASA Astronaut Heidimarie Stefanyshyn-Piper

Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Hyatt Regency
TIES 2006 Education Technology Conference

Learn about what goes into a NASA shuttle mission from the ground and in space, the teamwork it takes, the accomplishments and the challenges. Astronaut Stefanyshyn-Piper and Lead Flight Director Dye will put their amazing work in the context of their formative learning experiences growing up in Minnesota.

Details at http://tchlrn.ties.k12.mn.us/ties2006/main/event.asp. Contact Barb Raygor at: Barb.Raygor@ties.k12.mn.us or 651-999-6523 for more information.


Previously mentioned announcements:
3. Flu shot clinics scheduled for through Nov. 20 (updated)
Anoka-Hennepin will once again offer flu shot clinics at several school sites this fall. The clinic dates run through Nov. 20.

If you are a member of Anoka-Hennepin’s Medica health insurance plans, you have the opportunity to have a flu shot at one of the sites (listed below) with no co-payment. Family members ages 9 and older that are enrolled in your plans may also be immunized. Dependents that are younger than age 9 receive a different vaccine and must receive their shot a health care clinic. Anoka-Hennepin’s self-insured Medica plan will be paying the cost of the shots for all covered employees. All employees and dependents ages 9 and older not covered by Anoka-Hennepin’s plan may receive a flu shot at the cost of $23, which will be collected at the clinic site. Minor children must have parental consent to receive the vaccine.

Any eligible employee may attend any flu clinic site at the stated time. Employees at other sites
should go to the clinic site that is most convenient. Please bring your Medica insurance card with you to your clinic site!

2006-07 Anoka-Hennepin scheduled flu shot clinic dates
Coon Rapids High School – Nov. 13 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Morris Bye and Community Education

Jackson Middle School – Nov. 16 from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Parkview, Monroe, Evergreen Park and Community Education

LC/DC – Nov. 20 from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Additional sites invited: ECSE, Peter Enich and Community Education

LC/DC – Nov. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Additional sites invited: ECSE, Peter Enich and Community Education

L.O. Jacob Elementary School – Nov. 15 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Adams, Crossroads and Hamilton

Madison Elementary School – Nov. 15 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: University Avenue and Jefferson

Northdale Middle School – Nov. 16 from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Sorteberg, Bell Center, Eisenhower, Compass and Community Education

Oak View Middle School – Nov. 14 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Andover Elementary and Community Education

Sandburg Middle School – Nov. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Washington, Franklin and Community Education


4. Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5
Attention teachers! Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Anoka-Hennepin staff will receive a 10 percent discount on registration for Monday and Tuesday sessions (this applies to two-day registration and single day registration, it does not apply to Saturday or Sunday pre-sessions). Contact your building technology teacher with questions.

For more information or to view the registration form, look in the TIES folder in Outlook/Entourage.


5. Nominate someone for Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards
Do you know of a pre K-12 colleague who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the education of children and youth? If so, consider nominating them for a Cable’s Leaders in Learning award. The award, sponsored by Cable in the Classroom (CIC), the cable industry’s education foundation, promotes and encourages innovative learning practices by recognizing individuals who have transformed an aspect of pre K-12 education on a large or small scale.

Awards are given in the following categories: Media Literacy Education, Policymaker Excellence, General Excellence, Cable Partnerships for Learning and Pushing the Envelope with Cable Technology and Programming.

Winners will receive a $3,000 prize and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a televised awards gala. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15. For more information and nomination and application forms, visit: www.leadersinlearningawards.org.


6. Download the November issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The November edition of the “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter is loaded with healthy holiday ideas.
Inside this edition you will find:

• Rising from the ashes and the Great American Smokeout
• Simple ways to stop seasonal stress
• The skinny on holiday party food
• Recipe for Indian Curried Carrot Soup

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/
11/03/06 > District Staff Announcements #10 - Keep valuables in a safe place, nominate someone for Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards and download the November issue of BecauseWeCare e-newsletter.
This week’s announcements:
1. Keep valuables in a safe place
2. Nominate someone for Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards
3. Download the November issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter

Previously mentioned announcements:
4. Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 6 through 20
5. Anoka-Hennepin staff and families invited to Jackson Middle School observatory, Nov. 9
6. Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5
7. Results of Anoka-Hennepin’s Physical Therapy month contest


This week’s announcements:
1. Keep valuables in a safe place
This is a reminder to staff to secure valuables at school. As you may recall, we reported a number of thefts from offices and classrooms last year. This week a purse was stolen from on top of the desk in the Child Nutrition office at an elementary school.


2. Nominate someone for Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards
Do you know of a pre K-12 colleague who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the education of children and youth? If so, consider nominating them for a Cable’s Leaders in Learning award. The award, sponsored by Cable in the Classroom (CIC), the cable industry’s education foundation, promotes and encourages innovative learning practices by recognizing individuals who have transformed an aspect of pre K-12 education on a large or small scale.

Awards are given in the following categories: Media Literacy Education, Policymaker Excellence, General Excellence, Cable Partnerships for Learning and Pushing the Envelope with Cable Technology and Programming.

Winners will receive a $3,000 prize and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a televised awards gala. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15. For more information and nomination and application forms, visit: www.leadersinlearningawards.org.


3. Download the November issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The November edition of the “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter is loaded with healthy holiday ideas.
Inside this edition you will find:

• Rising from the ashes and the Great American Smokeout
• Simple ways to stop seasonal stress
• The skinny on holiday party food
• Recipe for Indian Curried Carrot Soup

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/


Previously mentioned announcements:
4. Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 6 through 20
Anoka-Hennepin will once again offer flu shot clinics at several school sites this fall. The clinic dates start on Nov. 6 and go until Nov. 20.

If you are a member of Anoka-Hennepin’s Medica health insurance plans, you have the opportunity to have a flu shot at one of the sites (listed below) with no co-payment. Family members ages 9 and older that are enrolled in your plans may also be immunized. Dependents that are younger than age 9 receive a different vaccine and must receive their shot a health care clinic. Anoka-Hennepin’s self-insured Medica plan will be paying the cost of the shots for all covered employees. All employees and dependents ages 9 and older not covered by Anoka-Hennepin’s plan may receive a flu shot at the cost of $23, which will be collected at the clinic site. Minor children must have parental consent to receive the vaccine.

Any eligible employee may attend any flu clinic site at the stated time. Employees at other sites
should go to the clinic site that is most convenient.

2006-07 Anoka-Hennepin scheduled flu shot clinic dates
Andover High School - Nov. 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Rum River, Crooked Lake and Community Education

Anoka High School – Nov. 6 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Wilson, Bridges, STEP and Community Education

Blaine High School – Nov. 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Sand Creek and Community Education

Champlin Park High School – Nov. 8 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Oxbow Creek, Riverview and Community Education

Coon Rapids High School – Nov. 13 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Morris Bye and Community Education

Coon Rapids Middle School – Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Additional sites invited: ESC, Hoover, Mississippi and Community Education

Dayton Elementary School – Nov. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Champlin

Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts – Nov. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Lincoln, Transition Plus, Ramsey and Community Education

Jackson Middle School – Nov. 16 from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Parkview, Monroe, Evergreen Park and Community Education

LC/DC – Nov. 20 from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Additional sites invited: ECSE, Peter Enich and Community Education

LC/DC – Nov. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Additional sites invited: ECSE, Peter Enich and Community Education

L.O. Jacob Elementary School – Nov. 15 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Adams, Crossroads and Hamilton

Madison Elementary School – Nov. 15 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: University Avenue and Jefferson

Northdale Middle School – Nov. 16 from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Sorteberg, Bell Center, Eisenhower, Compass and Community Education

Oak View Middle School – Nov. 14 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Andover Elementary and Community Education

Roosevelt Middle School – Nov. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Johnsville, McKinley and Community Education

Sandburg Middle School – Nov. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Washington, Franklin and Community Education


5. Anoka-Hennepin staff and families invited to Jackson Middle School observatory, Nov. 9
Employees of the Anoka-Hennepin School District and their families are invited to the Jackson Middle School Observatory, 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. Families will have an opportunity to tour the observatory and see what Jackson students are learning in the areas of science and astronomy. The observatory is home to a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, the largest telescope operated by a K-12 school district in Minnesota.

A public open house is Wed. Nov. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a star party with WCCO Radio meteorologist Mike Lynch, 7to 9 p.m.


6. Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5
Attention teachers! Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Anoka-Hennepin staff will receive a 10 percent discount on registration for Monday and Tuesday sessions (this applies to two-day registration and single day registration, it does not apply to Saturday or Sunday pre-sessions). Contact your building technology teacher with questions.

For more information or to view the registration form, look in the TIES folder in Outlook/Entourage.


7. Results of Anoka-Hennepin’s Physical Therapy month contest
Anoka-Hennepin’s physical therapists have announced that district staff members Colleen Barrett and Lisa Leiner were winners in the National Physical Therapy Month drawing for two duffle bags. Barrett and Leiner were two of many who submitted ideas on how to incorporate more movement into the workday. Read on to see the list of ideas submitted:

Elementary level
• When picking up students from their specialist teacher, leave one to two minutes early and walk a lap around the school.

• Walk students to their specialist teacher and walk around within that classroom setting in order to get the feeling of sharing the experiences with their special teachers (with permission of teacher).

• Do “head, shoulders, knees and toes” with your students.

• Actively seek out students to be placed in your classroom each year who like to move around a lot to keep you moving.


All settings
• Walk around the lunchroom before eating.

• Park further away in the parking lot or down the block.

• Walk around the building at the end of the day.

• Switch your hall duty with someone who is stationed further away from your office or classroom. This way you will walk farther and faster for your duty.

• Take the stairs when available.

• For specialists working on movement with their students, go for a walk around the building with students or work on curbs, stairs, etc. Choose an activity that increases endurance.

• When consulting with another teacher or specialist, walk around the building as you talk to each other.

• Help out your custodians and take five minutes at the end of class and have students pick up the floor (bend and stretch).

• Schedule yourself to move every 30 minutes within your day.

• When standing, do toe and heel raises with one or both feet, or stand on one foot for balance.

• When sitting, do some isometric exercises, like tightening your muscles without moving or stretch. You can even stretch and relax your mouth/jaw muscles.

• Do flexibility exercises while at your desk (students too if you like): rotate your head/neck to the right and left; lay your head down on each of your shoulders by bending it sideways; bend forward to touch your toes; bend to the right or left to touch the floor; raise your arms up and stretch back; do arm rotations or bend and straighten your elbows.

• Don’t forget about those heavy three-ring binders on your shelves! You could use them for weights in your hands to do arm exercises.

• Place items you use frequently on the top shelf so that you have to reach for them.

• Walk to use the copying machine that is the farthest away from your classroom or office.
10/27/06 > District Staff Announcements #9 - District staff and families invited to JMS observatory, results of district physical therapy month contest and flu shot clinics schedule.
This week’s announcements:
1. Anoka-Hennepin staff and families invited to Jackson Middle School observatory, Nov. 9
2. Results of Anoka-Hennepin’s Physical Therapy month contest

Previously mentioned announcements:
3. Indian Education Learning Trunk Series in-service for K – 5 teachers Nov. 1
4. Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 6 through 20
5. Anoka-Hennepin teachers and students invited to matinee performance at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nov. 17
6. Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5


This week’s announcements:
1. Anoka-Hennepin staff and families invited to Jackson Middle School observatory, Nov. 9
Employees of the Anoka-Hennepin School District and their families are invited to the Jackson Middle School Observatory, 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. Families will have an opportunity to tour the observatory and see the images from the night’s sky (weather permitting). The observatory is home to a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, the largest telescope operated by a K-12 school district in Minnesota. Be sure to dress warm!

A public star gazing party and observatory open house featuring local amateur astronomer and WCCO Radio meteorologist Mike Lynch will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 to 9 p.m.


2. Results of Anoka-Hennepin’s Physical Therapy month contest
Anoka-Hennepin’s physical therapists have announced that district staff members Colleen Barrett and Lisa Leiner were winners in the National Physical Therapy Month drawing for two duffle bags. Barrett and Leiner were two of many who submitted ideas on how to incorporate more movement into the workday. Read on to see the list of ideas submitted:

ELEMENTARY LEVEL
• When picking up students from their specialist teacher, leave one to two minutes early and walk a lap around the school.

• Walk students to their specialist teacher and walk around within that classroom setting in order to get the feeling of sharing the experiences with their special teachers (with permission of teacher).

• Do “head, shoulders, knees and toes” with your students.

• Actively seek out students to be placed in your classroom each year who like to move around a lot to keep you moving.


ALL SETTINGS
• Walk around the lunchroom before eating.

• Park further away in the parking lot or down the block.

• Walk around the building at the end of the day.

• Switch your hall duty with someone who is stationed further away from your office or classroom. This way you will walk farther and faster for your duty.

• Take the stairs when available.

• For specialists working on movement with their students, go for a walk around the building with students or work on curbs, stairs, etc. Choose an activity that increases endurance.

• When consulting with another teacher or specialist, walk around the building as you talk to each other.

• Help out your custodians and take five minutes at the end of class and have students pick up the floor (bend and stretch).

• Schedule yourself to move every 30 minutes within your day.

• When standing, do toe and heel raises with one or both feet, or stand on one foot for balance.

• When sitting, do some isometric exercises, like tightening your muscles without moving or stretch. You can even stretch and relax your mouth/jaw muscles.

• Do flexibility exercises while at your desk (students too if you like): rotate your head/neck to the right and left; lay your head down on each of your shoulders by bending it sideways; bend forward to touch your toes; bend to the right or left to touch the floor; raise your arms up and stretch back; do arm rotations or bend and straighten your elbows.

• Don’t forget about those heavy three-ring binders on your shelves! You could use them for weights in your hands to do arm exercises.

• Place items you use frequently on the top shelf so that you have to reach for them.

• Walk to use the copying machine that is the farthest away from your classroom or office.


Previously mentioned announcements:
3. Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 6 through 20
Anoka-Hennepin will once again offer flu shot clinics at several school sites this fall. The clinic dates start on Nov. 6 and go until Nov. 20.

If you are a member of Anoka-Hennepin’s Medica health insurance plans, you have the opportunity to have a flu shot at one of the sites (listed below) with no co-payment. Family members ages 9 and older that are enrolled in your plans may also be immunized. Dependents that are younger than age 9 receive a different vaccine and must receive their shot a health care clinic. Anoka-Hennepin’s self-insured Medica plan will be paying the cost of the shots for all covered employees. All employees and dependents ages 9 and older not covered by Anoka-Hennepin’s plan may receive a flu shot at the cost of $23, which will be collected at the clinic site. Minor children must have parental consent to receive the vaccine.

Any eligible employee may attend any flu clinic site at the stated time. Employees at other sites
should go to the clinic site that is most convenient.

2006-07 Anoka-Hennepin scheduled flu shot clinic dates
Andover High School - Nov. 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Rum River, Crooked Lake and Community Education

Anoka High School – Nov. 6 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Wilson, Bridges, STEP and Community Education

Blaine High School – Nov. 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Sand Creek and Community Education

Champlin Park High School – Nov. 8 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Oxbow Creek, Riverview and Community Education

Coon Rapids High School – Nov. 13 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Morris Bye and Community Education

Coon Rapids Middle School – Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Additional sites invited: ESC, Hoover, Mississippi and Community Education

Dayton Elementary School – Nov. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Champlin

Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts – Nov. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Lincoln, Transition Plus, Ramsey and Community Education

Jackson Middle School – Nov. 16 from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Parkview, Monroe, Evergreen Park and Community Education

LC/DC – Nov. 20 from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Additional sites invited: ECSE, Peter Enich and Community Education

LC/DC – Nov. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Additional sites invited: ECSE, Peter Enich and Community Education

L.O. Jacob Elementary School – Nov. 15 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Adams, Crossroads and Hamilton

Madison Elementary School – Nov. 15 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: University Avenue and Jefferson

Northdale Middle School – Nov. 16 from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Sorteberg, Bell Center, Eisenhower, Compass and Community Education

Oak View Middle School – Nov. 14 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Andover Elementary and Community Education

Roosevelt Middle School – Nov. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Johnsville, McKinley and Community Education

Sandburg Middle School – Nov. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Washington, Franklin and Community Education


4. Anoka-Hennepin teachers and students invited to matinee performance at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nov. 17
Attention teachers! Your classroom is invited to attend a school day performance of “Cinderella” by the Anoka Children’s Theatre on Friday, Nov. 17 at 10:15 a.m. at the beautiful Anoka-Ramsey Community College Performing Arts Center in Coon Rapids. The performance is approximately 75 minutes.

ACT, which began in January 1990, is an Anoka Community Education fine arts program that is open to any district student in grades four through eight. The program has two productions a year. Students rehearse for eight weeks before presenting three performances.

The Anoka Children’s Theatre’s performance of “Cinderella” is a classic re-telling of the rags-to-riches fairytale of a young girl forced to live with her cruel stepmother and her equally cruel stepsisters. Joliette, a "master storyteller, juggler and jester extraordinaire," narrates the tale from the very beginning, all the while confounding the King's right-hand man and beleaguered servant, Bernard. Throw in a forgetful Fairy Godmother, a tired dog, and the audience's participation, and higglety-pigglety-hobblety-hoy, get ready for an evening of classic fairytale fun!

The cost of the event is $3 for students. Teachers and chaperones (limit two per class) are admitted at no charge. Seating will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Contact Sheila Moller at: Sheila.Moller@anoka.k12.mn.us to register. Include the following information in your email:
• School/grade(s)
• Number of students
• Number of staff
• Any special needs

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is located at 11200 Mississippi Blvd. N.W. in Coon Rapids.


5. Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5
Attention teachers! Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Anoka-Hennepin staff will receive a 10 percent discount on registration for Monday and Tuesday sessions (this applies to two-day registration and single day registration, it does not apply to Saturday or Sunday pre-sessions). Contact your building technology teacher with questions.

For more information or to view the registration form, look in the TIES folder in Outlook/Entourage.


6. Indian Education Learning Trunk Series in-service for K – 5 teachers Nov. 1
Anoka-Hennepin’s kindergarten through grade 5 teachers are invited to attend the Indian Education Department’s Learning Trunk Series in-service on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Staff Development Center from 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. Student Services will provide dinner, consisting of homemade creamy chicken wild rice soup, warm fry bread, wojapi and beverages.

This in-service will feature the Plant Trunk. The Plant Trunk is the second release in a series of Learning Trunks put together by the Indian Education. It was designed to help kindergarten through grade 5 teachers and media generalists teach a subject from a Native perspective. The trunk is filled with hands-on materials and curriculum designed to enhance and in some cases, supplant existing Native American curriculum in district schools. Indian Education staff members Robin Nelson (Indian Education elementary cultural advisor) and Jennifer Weber (support staff/activities coordinator) will share with participants how the trunks are designed, hands-on materials, explain curriculum selected and will give an overview of how the trunks can be integrated into classrooms and how the trunks work and travel in the district.

Completion of the Buffalo Trunk in-service does not meet the Plant Trunk in-service requirements. Staff need to complete the Plant Trunk in-service in order to be eligible to check out the Plant Trunk for use in the classroom.

For more information, contact Jennifer Weber at 763-506-1349. To register, send an email to: Jennifer.Weber@anoka.k12.mn.us. The Staff Development Center is located at 2727 Ferry St. N. in Anoka.
10/20/06 > District Staff Announcements #8 - Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 6 through 20, teachers and students invited to Anoka Children's Theater matinee performance and sign up now for 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference.
This week’s announcements:
1. Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 6 through 20
2. Anoka-Hennepin teachers and students invited to matinee performance at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nov. 17
3. Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5

Previously mentioned announcements:
4. Retirement party for Merrill Olson Oct. 25
5. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
6. Indian Education Learning Trunk Series in-service for K – 5 teachers Nov. 1


This week’s announcements:
1. Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 6 through 20
Anoka-Hennepin will once again offer flu shot clinics at several school sites this fall. The clinic dates start on Nov. 6 and go until Nov. 20.

If you are a member of Anoka-Hennepin’s Medica health insurance plans, you have the opportunity to have a flu shot at one of the sites (listed below) with no co-payment. Family members ages 9 and older that are enrolled in your plans may also be immunized. Dependents that are younger than age 9 receive a different vaccine and must receive their shot a health care clinic. Anoka-Hennepin’s self-insured Medica plan will be paying the cost of the shots for all covered employees. All employees and dependents ages 9 and older not covered by Anoka-Hennepin’s plan may receive a flu shot at the cost of $23, which will be collected at the clinic site. Minor children must have parental consent to receive the vaccine.

Any eligible employee may attend any flu clinic site at the stated time. Employees at other sites
should go to the clinic site that is most convenient.

2006-07 ANOKA-HENNEPIN SCHEDULED FLU SHOT CLINIC DATES
Andover High School - Nov. 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Rum River, Crooked Lake and Community Education

Anoka High School – Nov. 6 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Wilson, Bridges, STEP and Community Education

Blaine High School – Nov. 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Sand Creek and Community Education

Champlin Park High School – Nov. 8 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Oxbow Creek, Riverview and Community Education

Coon Rapids High School – Nov. 13 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Morris Bye and Community Education

Coon Rapids Middle School – Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Additional sites invited: ESC, Hoover, Mississippi and Community Education

Dayton Elementary School – Nov. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Champlin

Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts – Nov. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Lincoln, Transition Plus, Ramsey and Community Education

Jackson Middle School – Nov. 16 from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Parkview, Monroe, Evergreen Park and Community Education

LC/DC – Nov. 20 from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Additional sites invited: ECSE, Peter Enich and Community Education

LC/DC – Nov. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Additional sites invited: ECSE, Peter Enich and Community Education

L.O. Jacob Elementary School – Nov. 15 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Adams, Crossroads and Hamilton

Madison Elementary School – Nov. 15 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: University Avenue and Jefferson

Northdale Middle School – Nov. 16 from 3:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Sorteberg, Bell Center, Eisenhower, Compass and Community Education

Oak View Middle School – Nov. 14 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Andover Elementary and Community Education

Roosevelt Middle School – Nov. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Johnsville, McKinley and Community Education

Sandburg Middle School – Nov. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Additional sites invited: Washington, Franklin and Community Education


2. Anoka-Hennepin teachers and students invited to matinee performance at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nov. 17
Attention teachers! Your classroom is invited to attend a school day performance of “Cinderella” by the Anoka Children’s Theatre on Friday, Nov. 17 at 10:15 a.m. at the beautiful Anoka-Ramsey Community College Performing Arts Center in Coon Rapids. The performance is approximately 75 minutes.

ACT, which began in January 1990, is an Anoka Community Education fine arts program that is open to any district student in grades four through eight. The program has two productions a year. Students rehearse for eight weeks before presenting three performances.

The Anoka Children’s Theatre’s performance of “Cinderella” is a classic re-telling of the rags-to-riches fairytale of a young girl forced to live with her cruel stepmother and her equally cruel stepsisters. Joliette, a "master storyteller, juggler and jester extraordinaire," narrates the tale from the very beginning, all the while confounding the King's right-hand man and beleaguered servant, Bernard. Throw in a forgetful Fairy Godmother, a tired dog, and the audience's participation, and higglety-pigglety-hobblety-hoy, get ready for an evening of classic fairytale fun!

The cost of the event is $3 for students. Teachers and chaperones (limit two per class) are admitted at no charge. Seating will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Contact Sheila Moller at: Sheila.Moller@anoka.k12.mn.us to register. Include the following information in your email:
• School/grade(s)
• Number of students
• Number of staff
• Any special needs

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is located at 11200 Mississippi Blvd. N.W. in Coon Rapids.


3. Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5
Attention teachers! Sign up now for the 2006 TIES Education Technology Conference Dec. 2 through 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Anoka-Hennepin staff will receive a 10 percent discount on registration for Monday and Tuesday sessions (this applies to two-day registration and single day registration, it does not apply to Saturday or Sunday pre-sessions). Contact your building technology teacher with questions.

For more information or to view the registration form, look in the TIES folder in Outlook/Entourage.


Previously mentioned announcements:
4. Retirement party for Merrill Olson Oct. 25
A retirement party will be held for Merrill Olson, custodian at Madison Elementary School, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Elementary School media center, 650 Territorial Rd. in Blaine.

(View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information - Retirements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Documents for Download Web site section)


5. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
Vicki Tjaden, assistant principal on special assignment, is retiring after 21 years of service. Join in the celebration for Vicki on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (ESC), 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.

(View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information - Retirements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Documents for Download Web site section)


6. Indian Education Learning Trunk Series in-service for K – 5 teachers Nov. 1
Anoka-Hennepin’s kindergarten through grade 5 teachers are invited to attend the Indian Education Department’s Learning Trunk Series in-service on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Staff Development Center from 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. Student Services will provide dinner, consisting of homemade creamy chicken wild rice soup, warm fry bread, wojapi and beverages.

This in-service will feature the Plant Trunk. The Plant Trunk is the second release in a series of Learning Trunks put together by the Indian Education. It was designed to help kindergarten through grade 5 teachers and media generalists teach a subject from a Native perspective. The trunk is filled with hands-on materials and curriculum designed to enhance and in some cases, supplant existing Native American curriculum in district schools. Indian Education staff members Robin Nelson (Indian Education elementary cultural advisor) and Jennifer Weber (support staff/activities coordinator) will share with participants how the trunks are designed, hands-on materials, explain curriculum selected and will give an overview of how the trunks can be integrated into classrooms and how the trunks work and travel in the district.

Completion of the Buffalo Trunk in-service does not meet the Plant Trunk in-service requirements. Staff need to complete the Plant Trunk in-service in order to be eligible to check out the Plant Trunk for use in the classroom.

For more information, contact Jennifer Weber at 763-506-1349. To register, send an email to: Jennifer.Weber@anoka.k12.mn.us. The Staff Development Center is located at 2727 Ferry St. N. in Anoka.
10/12/06 > District Staff Announcements #7 - Announcement from Labor Relations and Benefits Dept. and Health Services regarding flu shots, Indian Education Learning Trunk Series in-services for K - 5 teachers and upcoming retirement announcements.
This week’s announcements:
1. Announcement from Labor Relations and Benefits Dept. and Health Services regarding flu shots
2. Retirement party for Merrill Olson Oct. 25
3. Indian Education Learning Trunk Series in-service for K – 5 teachers Nov. 1

Previously mentioned announcements:
4. October is National Physical Therapy Month
5. Announcement from Community Education
6. Announcement from Parent Involvement
7. Download the October issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
8. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25


This week’s announcements:
1. Announcement from Labor Relations and Benefits Dept. and Health Services regarding flu shots
Anoka-Hennepin will once again offer flu shot clinics at school sites this fall. Employees will receive a memo from the Labor Relations and Benefits Department and Health Services with more information and the scheduled sites in the coming week.


2. Retirement party for Merrill Olson Oct. 25
A retirement party will be held for Merrill Olson, custodian at Madison Elementary School, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Elementary School media center, 650 Territorial Rd. in Blaine.

(View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information - Retirements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Documents for Download Web site section)


3. Indian Education Learning Trunk Series in-service for K – 5 teachers Nov. 1
Anoka-Hennepin’s kindergarten through grade 5 teachers are invited to attend the Indian Education Department’s Learning Trunk Series in-service on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Staff Development Center from 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. Student Services will provide dinner, consisting of homemade creamy chicken wild rice soup, warm fry bread, wojapi and beverages.

This in-service will feature the Plant Trunk. The Plant Trunk is the second release in a series of Learning Trunks put together by the Indian Education. It was designed to help kindergarten through grade 5 teachers and media generalists teach a subject from a Native American perspective. The trunk is filled with hands-on materials and curriculum designed to enhance and in some cases, supplant existing Native American curriculum in district schools. Indian Education staff members Robin Nelson (Indian Education elementary cultural advisor) and Jennifer Weber (support staff/activities coordinator) will share with participants how the trunks are designed, hands-on materials, explain curriculum selected and will give an overview of how the trunks can be integrated into classrooms and how the trunks work and travel in the district.

Completion of the Buffalo Trunk in-service does not meet the Plant Trunk in-service requirements. Staff need to complete the Plant Trunk in-service in order to be eligible to check out the Plant Trunk for use in the classroom.

For more information, contact Jennifer Weber at 763-506-1349. To register, send an email to: Jennifer.Weber@anoka.k12.mn.us. The Staff Development Center is located at 2727 Ferry St. N. in Anoka.


Previously mentioned announcements:
4. October is National Physical Therapy Month
To help celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, all district staff are invited to participate in a drawing, sponsored by Anoka-Hennepin’s physical therapists. The theme of National Physical Therapy Month and drawing is “Moving You to Better Health.” Interested participants are encouraged to submit ideas on how to incorporate more movement into the workday. All submissions will then be entered into a drawing for two duffle bags that have the month’s theme embroidered on it.

The drawing is open from Oct. 2 to Oct. 13. To enter, send your name and idea on how to incorporate more movement into the workday to Laurie O’Connor at: Laurie.Oconnor@anoka.k12.mn.us. Entries are limited to one per person. Please include “PT Month” in the subject area.

District Staff Announcements will list all submitted ideas and the names of the winners in a future issue.


5. Announcement from Community Education
The Fall 2006 Adult Learning program is now in full swing! There are more than 250 great classes being offered this quarter. Check out all of the class offerings at www.discovercommunityed.com. Fall Catalogs were mailed to every household in the district and to each Anoka-Hennepin school. Check in your staff lounge for a copy today!


6. Announcement from Parent Involvement
Attention teachers! Did you know that Anoka-Hennepin’s Parent Involvement Program offers learning opportunities for parents? Classes offered focus on child and teen development and provide an opportunity to talk with other parents. Check out what’s being offered at www.discovercommunityed.com or in this week’s issue of Backpack Online and share with your students’ parents today! Contact Parent Involvement at 763-506-1278 for more information.


7. Download the October issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The October edition of the ”BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter has tips and tricks for healthy living. Inside this edition you will find:
• Alana Schube's story to punch out breast cancer
• Everyday moves can burn calories
• Comfort foods that work for your waistline
• Recipe for scary spiced popcorn

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/files/becausewecare/BWC_OCT06.pdf

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/files/becausewecare/BWC_OCT06 (SP).pdf


8. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
Vicki Tjaden, assistant principal on special assignment, is retiring after 21 years of service. Join in the celebration for Vicki on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (ESC), 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.

(View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information - Retirements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Documents for Download Web site section)
10/06/06 > District Staff Announcements #6 - October is National Physical Therapy Month, Announcements from Community Education and Parent Involvement and retirement announcements.
Previously mentioned announcements:
1. October is National Physical Therapy Month
2. Announcement from Community Education
3. Announcement from Parent Involvement
4. Download the October issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
5. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25


Previously mentioned announcements:
1. October is National Physical Therapy Month
To help celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, all district staff are invited to participate in a drawing, sponsored by Anoka-Hennepin’s physical therapists. The theme of National Physical Therapy Month and drawing is “Moving You to Better Health.” Interested participants are encouraged to submit ideas on how to incorporate more movement into the workday. All submissions will then be entered into a drawing for two duffle bags that have the month’s theme embroidered on it.

The drawing is open from Oct. 2 to Oct. 13. To enter, send your name and idea on how to incorporate more movement into the workday to Laurie O’Connor at: Laurie.Oconnor@anoka.k12.mn.us. Entries are limited to one per person. Please include “PT Month” in the subject area.

District Staff Announcements will list all submitted ideas and the names of the winners in a future issue.


2. Announcement from Community Education
The Fall 2006 Adult Learning program is now in full swing! There are more than 250 great classes being offered this quarter. Check out all of the class offerings at www.discovercommunityed.com. Fall Catalogs were mailed to every household in the district and to each Anoka-Hennepin school. Check in your staff lounge for a copy today!


3. Announcement from Parent Involvement
Attention teachers! Did you know that Anoka-Hennepin’s Parent Involvement Program offers learning opportunities for parents? Classes offered focus on child and teen development and provide an opportunity to talk with other parents. Check out what’s being offered at www.discovercommunityed.com or in this week’s issue of Backpack Online and share with your students’ parents today! Contact Parent Involvement at 763-506-1278 for more information.


4. Download the October issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The October edition of the”BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter has tips and tricks for healthy living. Inside this edition you will find:
• Alana Schube's story to punch out breast cancer
• Everyday moves can burn calories
• Comfort foods that work for your waistline
• Recipe for scary spiced popcorn

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/files/becausewecare/BWC_OCT06.pdf

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/files/becausewecare/BWC_OCT06 (SP).pdf


5. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
Vicki Tjaden, assistant principal on special assignment, is retiring after 21 years of service. Join in the celebration for Vicki on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (ESC), 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.

(View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information - Retirements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Documents for Download Web site section)
9/28/06 > District Staff Announcements #5 - Free science workshop for elementary and middle school teachers, October is National Physical Therapy Month and upcoming retirement announcements.
This week’s announcements:
1. Free science workshop for elementary and middle school teachers Oct. 6
2. October is National Physical Therapy Month

Previously mentioned announcements:
3. Announcement from Community Education
4. Announcement from Parent Involvement
5. Download the October issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
6. District Staff Announcements archive reminder
7. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson tonight
8. Governor’s STEM Summit Sept. 30
9. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25


This week’s announcements:
1. Free science workshop for elementary and middle school teachers Oct. 6
Attention elementary and middle school teachers! If you are looking for some fun science experiments to conduct with your students or have an interest in science, you’ll want to check out a free science workshop on Oct. 6 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in the Universe Room at the 3M Center (Interstate 94 and Century Ave. in Maplewood, building 224). Participants can come and go whenever they want.

The workshop, sponsored by 3M, will feature demonstrations of a variety of science activities and hands-on participation. Lesson plans are not provided, but teachers can use experiments presented at the workshop in the classroom.

Exhibitors presenting at the workshop include: Augsburg College Chemistry and Physics Departments, Science Museum of Minnesota, Monarchs in the Classroom, Music Maker Kits, Leonard’s Basement, First Lego League, Minnesota Herpetological Society and the Carpenter Nature Center. The 3M Visiting Wizards will also have activities and exhibits in: electrochemistry, botany, crime lab, pinhole camera, origami (use Japanese paper folding techniques to teach mathematical shapes), adventures in electricity, innovation and creativity, build your own engine, slime, weather discoveries and mini-tornadoes and more!

The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 29. Registration is limited to the first 500 teachers who register. To register, send an email with your name, school and the number of people planning to attend to: JLKOZA3@MMM.COM or call 651-733-2508 (email is preferred).


2. October is National Physical Therapy Month
To help celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, all district staff are invited to participate in a drawing, sponsored by Anoka-Hennepin’s physical therapists. The theme of National Physical Therapy Month and drawing is “Moving You to Better Health.” Interested participants are encouraged to submit ideas on how to incorporate more movement into the workday. All submissions will then be entered into a drawing for two duffle bags that have the month’s theme embroidered on it.

The drawing is open from Oct. 2 to Oct. 13. To enter, send your name and idea on how to incorporate more movement into the workday to Laurie O’Connor at: Laurie.Oconnor@anoka.k12.mn.us. Entries are limited to one per person. Please include “PT Month” in the subject area.

District Staff Announcements will list all submitted ideas and the names of the winners in a future issue.


Previously mentioned announcements:
3. Announcement from Community Education
The Fall 2006 Adult Learning program is now in full swing! There are more than 250 great classes being offered this quarter. Check out all of the class offerings at www.discovercommunityed.com. Fall Catalogs were mailed to every household in the district and to each Anoka-Hennepin school. Check in your staff lounge for a copy today!


4. Announcement from Parent Involvement
Attention teachers! Did you know that Anoka-Hennepin’s Parent Involvement Program offers learning opportunities for parents? Classes offered focus on child and teen development and provide an opportunity to talk with other parents. Check out what’s being offered at www.discovercommunityed.com or in this week’s issue of Backpack Online and share with your students’ parents today! Contact Parent Involvement at 763-506-1278 for more information.


5. Download the October issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The October edition of the”BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter has tips and tricks for healthy living. Inside this edition you will find:
• Alana Schube's story to punch out breast cancer
• Everyday moves can burn calories
• Comfort foods that work for your waistline
• Recipe for scary spiced popcorn

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/files/becausewecare/BWC_OCT06.pdf

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/files/becausewecare/BWC_OCT06 (SP).pdf


6. District Staff Announcements archive reminder
Attention staff! Looking for a retirement announcement that was in last week’s District Staff Announcements e-newsletter? Do you need to find something from a few weeks ago? Look no further! District Staff Announcement archives are now available on the district Web site.

Click on the following link and select which year you want to view for District Staff Announcements:
http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=12065


7. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson tonight
A retirement open house will be held tonight to celebrate the career of Assistant Principal Doug Hodson. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake.


8. Governor’s STEM Summit Sept. 30
Teachers, make plans to join students, parents and other teachers from around the state for the Governor’s Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Summit on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Science Museum of Minnesota (120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul). The Summit is the official launch event for the statewide initiative to promote advanced STEM coursework to Minnesota high school students. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a kick-off at 10 a.m. and exhibits opening at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the Science Museum is free and lunch is provided.

Teachers are encouraged to bring their students, as the Summit provides an opportunity for them to interact with people from top Minnesota companies about the role of STEM coursework in future career opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to win great prizes!

Register online at: http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html. Look under Current Topics and click on Register for STEM Summit. R.S.V.P by Monday, Sept. 18


9. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
Vicki Tjaden, assistant principal on special assignment, is retiring after 21 years of service. Join in the celebration for Vicki on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (ESC), 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.

(View the PDF of this announcement in the District Information - Retirements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Documents for Download Web site section)
9/22/06 > District Staff News and Announcements #4 - Morris Bye Elementary School 50 year celebration, free matinee performances at FMMS Center for the Arts and download October issue of BecauseWeCare e-newsletter.
This week’s announcements:
1. Morris Bye Elementary School 50 year celebration Sept. 24
2. Anoka-Hennepin teachers and students invited to free matinee performances at FMMS Center for the Arts Oct. 6
3. Announcement from Parent Involvement
4. Download the October issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
5. District Staff Announcements archive reminder
6. Register now for 2006-07 SEED classes (updated)

Previously mentioned announcements:
7. Announcement from Community Education
8. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson Sept. 28
9. Governor’s STEM Summit Sept. 30
10. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25


This week’s announcements:
1. Morris Bye Elementary School 50 year celebration Sept. 24
Come and celebrate Morris Bye Elementary School’s 50th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the school! The event will run from 2 to 5 p.m. with a special program at 3 p.m.

Morris Bye Elementary is located at 11931 Crooked Lake Blvd. in Coon Rapids.


2. Anoka-Hennepin teachers and students invited to free matinee performances at FMMS Center for the Arts Oct. 6
Attention teachers! Your classroom is invited to attend a free school day performance by Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, featuring Minnesota native Becky Buller on Thursday, Oct. 5 or Friday Oct. 6 at Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts. The free performances are sponsored by the NorthWest Suburban Integration School District’s Global Arts Village program. Free school day performances are:

Thursday, Oct. 5
9 to 10 a.m. (high school)
11 a.m. to noon (middle school)
1 to 2 p.m. (elementary school)

AND

Friday, Oct. 6
9 to 10 a.m. (high school)
11 a.m. to noon (middle school)
1 to 2 p.m. (elementary school)

Bluegrass is a unique style of music that originated in southeastern United States during the 1940s. It combines the mandolin, twang of the banjo, fiddle, guitar, and bass, with an upbeat tempo telling stories of rural life in America. Bluegrass quickly became popular entertainment celebrating the way of life of “everyday” people.

Teachers are responsible for obtaining permission slips from parents and ordering buses. Be sure to notify your business office that this transportation is for Integration/Desegregation Transportation so that it is coded to Finance Code 715 for proper reimbursement from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Space is limited, so register early to reserve your seating! Registration deadline is Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. Contact Judy Hetland at 763-450-1325 or at: jhetland@nws.k12.mn.us to register.

FMMS Center for the Arts is located at 1523 Fifth Ave. S. in Anoka.


3. Announcement from Parent Involvement
Attention teachers! Did you know that Anoka-Hennepin’s Parent Involvement Program offers learning opportunities for parents? Classes offered focus on child and teen development and provide an opportunity to talk with other parents. Check out what’s being offered at www.discovercommunityed.com or in this week’s issue of Backpack Online and share with your students’ parents today! Contact Parent Involvement at 763-506-1278 for more information.


4. Download the October issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The October edition of the”BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter has tips and tricks for healthy living. Inside this edition you will find:
• Alana Schube's story to punch out breast cancer
• Everyday moves can burn calories
• Comfort foods that work for your waistline
• Recipe for scary spiced popcorn

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/files/becausewecare/BWC_OCT06.pdf

Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/files/becausewecare/BWC_OCT06 (SP).pdf


5. District Staff Announcements archive reminder
Attention staff! Looking for a retirement announcement that was in last week’s District Staff Announcements e-newsletter? Do you need to find something from a few weeks ago? Look no further! District Staff Announcement archives are now available on the district Web site.

Click on the following link and select which year you want to view for District Staff Announcements:
http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=12065


6. Register now for 2006-07 SEED classes (updated)
District staff can now register for 2006-07 Seeking Education Equity and Diversity (SEED) classes. In SEED teachers read, learn and share about their experiences related to race, class, gender so as to be better prepared to work with their students in the classroom. SEED class participants will have an opportunity to: consider what inclusive schools might look like, identify barriers to family involvement and student success and reflect on issues through readings, discussions and activities.

Participants can also earn semester credits through the College St. Catherine and continuing education credits. There is no cost to participants (unless taking for semester credits through St. Catherine, approximate fee is $640).

Classes offered:
SEED I:
Inclusive Conversations I
The SEED I seminar provides an opportunity to renew yourself and consider what inclusive schools might look like. The seminar engages in bringing issues of diversity and inclusion into your work environment. Participants will learn how to address barriers to inclusive and welcoming school environments.

Anoka High School from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, Mar. 21 and Apr. 11

Blaine High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 11 and May 2

Coon Rapids High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays

Educational Service Center from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 14, Apr. 9 and May 2

Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School (SEED plus) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 14, Apr. 11 and May 9

Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts (SEED plus) from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 16, Feb. 6, Mar. 13, Apr. 10 and May15

Oak View Middle School from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12 and May 10

University Avenue Elementary School from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12 and May 10


SEED II: (prerequisite SEED I)
The SEED II-V seminar is designed for those who have already begun to study inclusive schools and are ready to be challenged and enriched with more advanced discussion of inclusive education.

Coon Rapids High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays


To register for SEED classes, simply email your name and location preference to: Ann.Heath@anoka.k12.mn.us. Registration is due by Monday, Sept. 25. SEED classes are offered on a monthly basis on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the selected Anoka-Hennepin schools (see above for locations).


Previously mentioned announcements:
7. Announcement from Community Education
The Fall 2006 Adult Learning program is now in full swing! There are more than 250 great classes being offered this quarter. Check out all of the class offerings at www.discovercommunityed.com. Fall Catalogs were mailed to every household in the district and to each Anoka-Hennepin school. Check in your staff lounge for a copy today!


8. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson Sept. 28
A retirement open house will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 to celebrate the career of Assistant Principal Doug Hodson. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake.


9. Governor’s STEM Summit Sept. 30
Attention teachers! Make plans to join students, parents and other teachers from around the state for the Governor’s Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Summit on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Science Museum of Minnesota (120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul). The Summit is the official launch event for the statewide initiative to promote advanced STEM coursework to Minnesota high school students. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a kick-off at 10 a.m. and exhibits opening at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the Science Museum is free and lunch is provided.

Teachers are encouraged to bring their students, as the Summit provides an opportunity for them to interact with people from top Minnesota companies about the role of STEM coursework in future career opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to win great prizes!

Register online at: http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html. Look under Current Topics and click on Register for STEM Summit. R.S.V.P by Monday, Sept. 18


10. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
Vicki Tjaden, assistant principal on special assignment, is retiring after 21 years of service. Join in the celebration for Vicki on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (ESC), 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.
9/15/06 > District Staff Announcements #3 - STEM Summit, announcement from Community Education and updated registration information for 2006-07 SEED classes.
This week’s announcements:
1. Governor’s STEM Summit Sept. 30
2. Announcement from Community Education
3. Register now for 2006-07 SEED classes (updated)

Previously mentioned announcements:
4. TOP art proposals due tomorrow
5. Retirement party for Marilyn Mellenthin Sept. 20
6. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson Sept. 28
7. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25


This week’s announcements:
1. Governor’s STEM Summit Sept. 30
Attention teachers! Make plans to join students, parents and other teachers from around the state for the Governor’s Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Summit on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Science Museum of Minnesota (120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul). The Summit is the official launch event for the statewide initiative to promote advanced STEM coursework to Minnesota high school students. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a kick-off at 10 a.m. and exhibits opening at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the Science Museum is free and lunch is provided.

Teachers are encouraged to bring their students, as the Summit provides an opportunity for them to interact with people from top Minnesota companies about the role of STEM coursework in future career opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to win great prizes!

Register online at: http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html. Look under Current Topics and click on Register for STEM Summit. R.S.V.P by Monday, Sept. 18


2. Announcement from Community Education
The Fall 2006 Adult Learning program is now in full swing! There are more than 250 great classes being offered this quarter. Check out all of the class offerings at www.discovercommunityed.com. Fall Catalogs were mailed to every household in the district and to each Anoka-Hennepin school. Check in your staff lounge for a copy today!


3. Register now for 2006-07 SEED classes (updated)
District staff can now register for 2006-07 Seeking Education Equity and Diversity (SEED) classes. In SEED teachers read, learn and share about their experiences related to race, class, gender so as to be better prepared to work with their students in the classroom. SEED class participants will have an opportunity to: consider what inclusive schools might look like, identify barriers to family involvement and student success and reflect on issues through readings, discussions and activities.

Participants can also earn semester credits through the College St. Catherine and continuing education credits. There is no cost to participants (unless taking for semester credits through St. Catherine, approximate fee is $640).

Classes offered:
SEED I: Inclusive Conversations I
The SEED I seminar provides an opportunity to renew yourself and consider what inclusive schools might look like. The seminar engages in bringing issues of diversity and inclusion into your work environment. Participants will learn how to address barriers to inclusive and welcoming school environments.

Anoka High School from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, Mar. 21 and Apr. 11

Blaine High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 11 and May 2

Coon Rapids High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays

Educational Service Center from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 14, Apr. 9 and May 2

Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 14, Apr. 11 and May 9

Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts (SEED plus) from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 16, Feb. 6, Mar. 13, Apr. 10 and May15

Oak View Middle School from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12 and May 10

University Avenue Elementary School from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12 and May 10


SEED II: (prerequisite SEED I)
The SEED II-V seminar is designed for those who have already begun to study inclusive schools and are ready to be challenged and enriched with more advanced discussion of inclusive education.

Coon Rapids High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays


To register for SEED classes, simply email your name and location preference to: Ann.Heath@anoka.k12.mn.us. Registration is due by Monday, Sept. 18. SEED classes are offered on a monthly basis on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the selected Anoka-Hennepin schools (see above for locations).


Previously mentioned announcements:
4. TOP art proposals due today
One day left for TOP art proposals! $2,000, plus the cost of materials will be paid to the artist whose proposal is selected. If you, or someone you know is a skilled artist, please share this message. Proposals due Friday, Sept. 15.

The Anoka-Hennepin School District, in partnership with The Medtronic Foundation, is seeking an artist to create a piece of artwork that conveys the magic of good teaching. The artwork is being commissioned in honor of the 10th anniversary of Anoka-Hennepin's Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award program. The artwork will be displayed permanently in the Staff Development Center. A $2,000 stipend, plus materials, will be paid to the artist whose proposal is selected. This project is being funded through a grant from The Medtronic Foundation.

Proposals are due Sept. 15 to Brett Johnson at the ESC – contact him for a PDF document of the request (brett.johnson@anoka.k12.mn.us) or view the PDF document in the District Information – Special Announcements folder in Outlook/Entourage or in the Documents for Download Web site section.


5. Retirement party for Marilyn Mellenthin Sept. 20
A retirement party will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20 to celebrate the career of Marilyn Mellenthin, Research, Evaluation and Testing (RET) Office Coordinator, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids).

Stop by to congratulate Marilyn on her retirement! If you would like to write a personal message, good-bye or a note of congratulations and/or contribute to a gift, please send to Barb Schneider, Research, Evaluation and Testing (RET) Department, at the ESC.


6. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson Sept. 28
A retirement open house will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 to celebrate the career of Assistant Principal Doug Hodson. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake.


7. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
Vicki Tjaden, assistant principal on special assignment, is retiring after 21 years of service. Join in the celebration for Vicki on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (ESC), 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.
9/07/06 > District Staff Announcements #2 - TOP art proposals, register for SEED classes and upcoming retirements.
This week’s announcements:
1. TOP art proposals due by Sept. 15
2. Retirement party for Marilyn Mellenthin Sept. 20
3. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
4. Register now for 2006-07 SEED classes

Previously mentioned announcements:
5. Retirement party for Donna Dovel Sept. 14
6. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson Sept. 28


This week’s announcements:
1. TOP art proposals due by Sept. 15
One week left for TOP art proposals! $2,000, plus the cost of materials will be paid to the artist whose proposal is selected. If you, or someone you know is a skilled artist, please share this message. Proposals due Friday, Sept. 15.

The Anoka-Hennepin School District, in partnership with The Medtronic Foundation, is seeking an artist to create a piece of artwork that conveys the magic of good teaching. The artwork is being commissioned in honor of the 10th anniversary of Anoka-Hennepin's Teacher Outstanding Performance (TOP) Award program. The artwork will be displayed permanently in the Staff Development Center. A $2,000 stipend, plus materials, will be paid to the artist whose proposal is selected. This project is being funded through a grant from The Medtronic Foundation.

Proposals are due Sept. 15 to Brett Johnson at the ESC – contact him for a PDF document of the request (brett.johnson@anoka.k12.mn.us).


2. Retirement party for Marilyn Mellenthin Sept. 20
A retirement party will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20 to celebrate the career of Marilyn Mellenthin, Research, Evaluation and Testing (RET) Office Coordinator, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids).

Stop by to congratulate Marilyn on her retirement! If you would like to write a personal message, good-bye or a note of congratulations and/or contribute to a gift, please send to Barb Schneider, Research, Evaluation and Testing (RET) Department, at the ESC.


3. Retirement party for Vicki Tjaden Oct. 25
Vicki Tjaden, assistant principal on special assignment, is retiring after 21 years of service. Join in the celebration for Vicki on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (ESC), 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.


4. Register now for 2006-07 SEED classes
District staff can now register for 2006-07 Seeking Education Equity and Diversity (SEED) classes. In SEED teachers read, learn and share about their experiences related to race, class, gender so as to be better prepared to work with their students in the classroom. SEED class participants will have an opportunity to: consider what inclusive schools might look like, identify barriers to family involvement and student success and reflect on issues through readings, discussions and activities.

Participants can also earn semester credits through the College St. Catherine and continuing education credits. There is no cost to participants (unless taking for semester credits through St. Catherine, approximate fee is $640).

Classes offered:
SEED I: Inclusive Conversations I
The SEED I seminar provides an opportunity to renew yourself and consider what inclusive schools might look like. The seminar engages in bringing issues of diversity and inclusion into your work environment. Participants will learn how to address barriers to inclusive and welcoming school environments.

SEED II: (prerequisite SEED I)
The SEED II-V seminar is designed for those who have already begun to study inclusive schools and are ready to be challenged and enriched with more advanced discussion of inclusive education.

To register for SEED classes, simply email your name and location preference to: Ann.Heath@anoka.k12.mn.us. Registration is due by Monday, Sept. 18. SEED classes are offered on a monthly basis on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the following Anoka-Hennepin schools: Anoka High School, Blaine High School, Coon Rapids High School, Educational Service Center, Evergreen Park World Studies Elementary School, Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts, Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts, Oak View Middle School, Oxbow Creek Elementary School and University Avenue Elementary School.


Previously mentioned announcements:
5. Retirement party for Donna Dovel Sept. 14
Come and help celebrate the beginning of Donna Dovel’s (confidential employee in Employee Services) new career on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Educational Service Center (ESC), 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.


6. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson Sept. 28
A retirement open house will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 to celebrate the career of Assistant Principal Doug Hodson. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake.
8/31/06 > District Staff Announcements #1 - Download September issue of BecauseWeCare, Purchasing Department surplus auction and retirement announcements.
WELCOME TO THE 2006-07 SCHOOL YEAR!

This week’s announcements:
1. Purchasing Department Public Surplus auction through Sept. 2
2. Retirement party for Donna Dovel Sept. 14
3. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson Sept. 28
4. Download the September issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
5. Announcement from the Communications and Public Relations Department


This week’s announcements:
1. Purchasing Department Public Surplus auction through Sept. 2
Are you in need of used desks? If so, you’ll want to check out the Purchasing Department’s auction that is going on now through Saturday, Sept 2 until 3:30 p.m. Purchasing has more than 100 open-front student desks for sale. The auction is hosted on the Web site: www.publicsurplus.com

The Purchasing Department auctions other surplus equipment and supplies once there isn’t a need for that item anymore and the district has attempted to repurpose it. These items are then listed on the Purchasing Department Web site and auctioned on publicsurplus.com. Money from these sales goes into the general fund.

Sale and Recycling of Used Books
Did you know that books purchased with taxpayers dollars must be offered for sale when they are no longer of use to students and teachers in the district? The Purchasing Department has a district-wide contract with a vendor for the collection and sale of recycling of the books. The district is paid for the books that are still marketable and the remaining books are automatically added to the shipments for Books for Africa. Teachers, if you have books that you no longer need, please send them to the Purchasing Department!

Contact Kathy Bergquist, director of purchasing/warehouse; at 763-506-61306 for more information about surplus equipment and supplies auctions and the sale and recycling of used books.


2. Retirement party for Donna Dovel Sept. 14
Come and help celebrate the beginning of Donna Dovel’s (confidential employee in Employee Services) new career on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the ESC, 11299 Hanson Blvd. N.W. Coon Rapids.


3. Retirement open house for Doug Hodson Sept. 28
A retirement open house will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 to celebrate the career of Assistant Principal Doug Hodson. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake.


4. Download the September issue of “BecauseWeCare” e-newsletter
Are you interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ll want to check out the American Cancer Society’s “BecauseWeCare” monthly e-newsletter. BecauseWeCare provides timely and interesting information to educate and motivate employees so they will be more likely to live healthy and productive lifestyles.

The September issue of the BecauseWeCare e-letter is full of helpful tips for healthy living. Inside this issue you will find:
• Learning about learning
• Office yoga
• Healthy food for fun for Labor Day
• Recipe for Greek Chicken with tomatoes, peppers, olives and feta

Download a PDF of the latest issue of BecauseWeCare
English Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwc/
Spanish Version:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/bwcesp/

Visit the BecauseWeCare Web site to download previous issues from August and July:
http://www.acsworkplacesolutions.com/becausewecare.asp

The July issue of the BecauseWeCare e-letter is filled with fun ways to start off a healthy summer. Inside this issue you will find:
• Carnie Wilson's story about gastric bypass surgery
• Suggestions for making good food choices at the airport
• Exercise while you work
• Recipe for tri-colored jalapeno slaw

The August issue of the BecauseWeCare e-letter has great ideas for healthy living. Inside this issue you will find:
• Dr. Gupta turning information into knowledge
• Healthy families are raising healthy kids
• Getting fit with Fido
• Recipe for energizing smoothie


5. Announcement from the Communications and Public Relations Department
Beginning with the 2006-07 school year, all items submitted for the District Staff Announcements e-newsletter must be approved by the submitter’s supervisor before it will be considered (except retirement announcements). For teachers, this would be your building principal. For other staff, this would be the person to whom you report.

Approval can be in the form of an email or written statement and can be sent to Courtney Markuson at the ESC or to: courtney.markuson@anoka.k12.mn.us.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


District Staff Announcements guidelines:
The submitter’s supervisor must approve all items submitted for the District Staff Announcements e-newsletter before it will be considered (except retirement announcements). If you wish to make an announcement that includes an attachment, you must send the attachment in PDF format so that all staff can access it (If you are not sure how to create a PDF, please check with a technology person in your building for assistance). Send the announcement by email to Courtney Markuson, staff writer, ESC. The District Announcements e-mail will be sent each Thursday (unless there are no announcements).