Thursday, March 11, 2021
Virtual State of the District: Tonight, March 11
Join Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Burrage, Board Chair David Boone and a slate of other guests for this year’s virtual State of the District presentation.

The online event is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 11, and will premier live on the District’s YouTube channel. If you can’t make it for the live premier, the video will be available on the YouTube page immediately following the event.
Gov. Tim Walz Discusses Summer Learning Plan During Armstrong High School Media Event
Gov. Tim Walz visited Armstrong High School Thursday, March 11 where he held a press conference to discuss the need to quickly fund districts so they can roll out their summer learning plans. 

The proposal, which is part of the governor’s COVID-19 Recovery Budget, is a $150 million package that will help students catch up on learning disruptions from the pandemic, and includes school- and community-based learning opportunities, field trips and hands-on learning, mental health supports, summer preschool and college courses for graduating seniors.

Armstrong senior, Kaitlyn Daoheuang, also spoke during the event, discussing how the past year of distance learning has been a challenge academically, and how she’s grateful to policy makers like the governor and state legislature for their support to make sure students can get ahead and be prepared for success in the future.
Armstrong, Cooper High Schools Announce Athena Award Winners
Two high school senior student-athletes have been recognized for their hard work both in the classroom and on the court.

Armstrong High School senior Ryley Frye and Cooper High School senior Andrea Tribble have been named 2021 Athena Award winners, which recognizes the achievements of female student-athletes from public and private high schools in the greater Minneapolis area. Read more about the accomplishments of both student-athletes.
Two Lego League Teams Represent Robbinsdale Area Schools, Earn State Titles
Two teams -- a fourth grade team from Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion (RSI) and a middle school team from Plymouth Middle School (PMS) -- recently earned recognition at the virtual state First Lego League tournament.

The fourth grade team of Mattias Weidner, Tyler Hassis, Charlie Knudson and Xavier Emerson, dubbed The Winning Guinea Pigs, from RSI, earned two first-place awards: one for a top score in robot performance and one for top robot design.

Meanwhile, the middle school team of PMS students Soren Weidner, Tyler Knudson and Anders Hassis, who called themselves LEGO Lag, won the Rising All-Star Award, which recognizes their future potential. Learn more about First Lego League and the success the two teams had.
Cooper High School's Student Newspaper 'The Quill' Earns State Recognition
Cooper High School’s (CHS) student newspaper, The Quill, and many of the young writers and editors who staff it, recently earned some serious recognition.

The newspaper earned a 2020 All-State Silver Award from the Journalism Educators of Minnesota, which was announced during this year’s virtual Minnesota State Journalism Convention. The award recognizes excellence in writing, editing, photography and design of a high school newspaper.

That’s not all -- The Quill also received individual awards in three specific categories: third place in the state for "Photojournalism Feature Photo," fourth place in the state for "Newspaper/Newsmagazine Story," and fifth place in the state for "Newspaper/Newsmagazine Editorial/Opinion." Read more about the award-winning student newspaper.
Armstrong, Cooper Music Departments Team for Virtual Performance
Each year, students from the music departments at both Armstrong and Cooper high schools collaborate for a performance of masterworks from choral and instrumental literature at Minnesota Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. However, this year, due to the pandemic, the schools were not able to participate.

As an alternative, the Armstrong and Cooper music departments partnered with C. Scott Productions to create a virtual performance of James Mulholland’s “How Can I Keep From Singing,” which is available to watch on the District’s YouTube page.
Virtual High Fives for March 9, 2021
 
Give a Robbinsdale staff member a Virtual High Five or offer some kudos for a job well done. Maybe there a teacher, staff member or administrator you would like to thank or recognize. Submissions will be featured in upcoming newsletters and on social media. Nominate someone for a Virtual High Five today.
COVID-19 Testing for Children and Families
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.
 
Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit the MDH website about COVID-19 testing for children and families.
School Start Times: Parent and Community Engagement Subcommittee Meeting: March 17
The Robbinsdale Area School Board voted to change school start times, but is gathering necessary information before implementing those changes.

To help, the district has developed a steering committee to make recommendations to the School Board for a successful implementation of new school start times. Part of this work includes a Parent and Community Engagement Subcommittee that will be holding virtual conversations. The next of these events will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 23.

All are invited to attend one or more of these conversations. A link to conversation can be found on the district calendar at rdale.org/calendar. If you would like to join the subcommittee, please complete the form to join at rdale.org/starttimes. You can also check out a recent panel discussion the district hosted, which featured representatives from metro school districts that have recently changed start times, who shared insights, perspectives and lessons learned.
Education Recognitions This Week
National School Social Worker Week

This week, March 7-13, is National School Social Worker Week. Thank you to all of the Robbinsdale school social workers who provide such exceptional support for our students and families!

National School Breakfast Week

This week, March 8-12, is also National School Breakfast Week. The annual celebration recognizes the importance of a nutritious school breakfast in fueling students for success. Thank you to all the Robbinsdale Nutrition Services staff for their hard work keeping students in peak learning condition.
School Board News

6 p.m. Monday, March 15, 2021: Listening Session

7 p.m. Monday, March 15, 2021: Regular Meeting

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021: Business Meeting with work session to follow

*Meeting dates and times are subject to change

School Board Resources
Agenda
Webpage

School Board Members:
David Boone, Chair  • Helen Bassett, Vice-Chair  Mike Herring, Clerk  Pam Lindberg, Treasurer  Greta Evans-Becker, Director  Sam Sant, Director  John Vento, Director   
Coming Together as Team 281

"We commit to ensuring fairness, equity and inclusion as essential principles of our district, fully integrating those principles into all our governance, leadership, policies, programs, operations and practices."