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Superintendent Report Highlights

National School Psychology Awareness Week - In recognition of School Psychology Awareness week, Superintendent Osei expressed gratitude for all of the work being done by our School Psychologists, Crystal Gross, Dan Phillipe, and Katie Lail. He highlighted aspects of their role which includes partnering with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They are also important members of school safety and crisis teams. Katie, Dan, and Crystal, thank you for your dedication to supporting our students, staff, and families!

Tales of Laughing Fox - As a part of American Indian Heritage Month, this week 4th and 5th grade students all of our elementary schools had an opportunity to hear stories and music from Michael Laughing Fox Charette. Michael Laughing Fox Charette is a gifted Native American storyteller, poet, and member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (located in Northern Wisconsin). As a self-taught Native flute player he enhances his stories with beautiful flute and drum performance. Growing up surrounded by the beauty of Lake Superior and the woods led him to dedicate his gifts as an artist to gently teaching about Native history, culture, and spirituality. His work as both a visual and performance artist is varied and tied together by the traditional wisdom of the Anishnaabe people, which is respectfully incorporated into his work. Michael captivates audiences with his authentic, relaxed style. We would also like to thank our American Indian Parent Advisory Council for their collaboration and helping us to coordinate this event for our students.

November is Children’s Grief Awareness Month - November is Children's Grief Awareness Month, dedicated to addressing the unique needs of grieving children and youth. As we approach the holiday season, Children's Grief Awareness Month arrives at a time when many bereaved children and families are facing the holidays without their loved ones.

Park Nicollet Growing Through Grief is feeling grateful to be your community-based partners providing specialized school-based grief support. Their commitment to student’s well-being and making a difference for those needing death related grief counseling is stronger than ever. It’s important that our school community feel supported and are not alone in responding to grief. The program offerings include:

  • Grief group for students that have experienced the death of a close family member or friend
  • Individual grief support sessions
  • Death related crisis support

Social Studies Program Review Update

Patrick Duffy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Peter Gerdts, Erika Scott, and Jill Merkle from the Social Studies Design Team, provided an update on the work of the design team in alignment with the curriculum review process. The team reviewed their racial equity purpose statement and the work done in Phase I including data analysis, engaging community and centering student voice. The team also presented the work that they will be engaging in during Phase II of the design team process including deepening understanding of best practices in social studies, connecting Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s work with identity and the learning for justice standards, mapping out potential E-12 scope and sequence - determining criteria to look at curricula, and creating opportunities for continued student and community input.

Policy Development

The School Board reviewed the following policies as a first reading:

  • 413 Harassment and Violence
  • 424 Employee Internet and Technology Responsible Use
  • 524 Student Internet and Technology Responsible Use

Upcoming School Board Listening Session

All stakeholders are invited to attend St. Louis Park School Board Listening Sessions to ask questions and have a conversation with school board members. Up to three school board members will attend to listen to stakeholders. It is not an official meeting and no official action will be taken. Please be aware that the school board members will end the listening session 30 minutes after the posted start time if there are no stakeholders in attendance.

Date: November 15, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Aquila Elementary Media Center

Get in touch with the School Board

Board members welcome your input. Email the entire School Board at  schoolboard@slpschools.org. You can also call the school board message line with your questions or comments: 952-928-6040. The Board also holds Open Forum at each Business Meeting, which occur on the fourth Tuesday of every month. To participate in Open Forum, please complete this sign-up form by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at which you would like to address the School Board.

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