May 2, 2016

Monthly Newsletter

Issue 7 

School Satisfaction Survey
Click here to take the survey.
Dear Virginia School District Stakeholders,

As part of the strategic p lan objective , the Virginia School District i nvit es you to participate in a survey about our schools.  Your feedback will assist the district in  making decisions for continuous improvement and allow us to understand how our constitu ents feel about our schools. 

While completing the survey, focus your thoughts and perceptio ns based on your experience with the school, as well as your perceptions of a child's experience as a student.

Your responses are completely anonymous and the survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation!

Yours in Education,
Deron Stender, Superintendent
Superintendent Search Begins

Dear  Virginia School District Stakeholders,
The Vir ginia Minnesota Public Schools' Board is seeking your input as we beg in the important responsibility of hiring a new superintendent. 

The Board has hired School Exec Connect consultants to conduct the search.  The consultants will meet with board members, school district staff, parents, students and community members individually and in focus groups to determine the strengths, challenges, goals for our district and the characteristics or skills you would like to see in a superintendent. 

Additionally, our staff and community members will have the opportunity to give confidential written feedback to the consultants via a link from our district website. Using this information, we will develop a profile of the desired skills and characteristics in the next superintendent.

The timeline for the superintendent search is:

April 15 - May 31 Advertise position and recruit candidates.
June 13 The Board selects candidates for the first round of interviews.
June 14 - 15 The Board will interview four to six top candidates, then narrow
the field to two or three finalists.
June 20 - 22 The Board will interview two or three finalists.  Staff, students,
and community are invited to participate in an open question and answer session with each candidate and complete feedback sheets for the Boards review.
Late June - early July The Board will hire a new Virginia Public Schools Superintendent.

Please feel free to contact the consultants; Ken Dragseth (952-210-2790), Patty Phillips (651-357-0996), or Toni Johns (612-309-1511) if you have any questions regarding the search.  We look forward to your assistance in this search process and believe that your input will help us make the best possible choice for your next superintendent.


Board of Education, Virginia Public Schools 
Stacey Sundquist, Chair 
Tom Tammaro, Vice Chair 
Kimberly Stokes, Treasurer 
Greg Manninen, Clerk
Sonya Pineo, Director
Bill Hafdahl, Director

 Four Year Old Registration is Open
The Virginia School District is kicking off its innovative four-year-old early childhood program this fall.  The district made an investment in our children's future with the development of this unique social and educational opportunity housed in our new state-of-the-art addition at the Parkview Learning Center.  Please watch our video to learn more about our program.

 Click here to register your child by downloading the parent letter and form.

Preliminary program options are:
  • Virginia School District Four-Year-Old Program (open to all students)
    • 4 days per week all day (Monday - Thursday)
    • 2 days per week all day (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday)
  • Head Start Program (for qualifying students)
    • 4 days per week all day (Monday - Thursday)
(Friday session can be added to any of the above options based on a sliding scale)

Bus transportation is available through the district's school bus routes.  Please visit our website for program updates or for more information, contact the school at 218-742-3801.

2016 Graduation Celebrations
Help us celebrate the success of our Virginia students.  We are proud to graduate more than 100 students this year.  Tickets are not required to attend these events.

Friday, May 20th, 9:00 am 9-12 Academic and Co-Curricular Awards
Wednesday, May 25th, 7:00 pm Baccalaureate
Wednesday, June 1st, 7:00 pm Commencement Ceremony

Join the Elementary Summer Reading Program
The Virginia Public Library will begin its annual summer reading program for Roosevelt Elementary Students in June.   Stephanie Wichlacz, the new Children's Librarian, will be visiting Roosevelt classrooms with more information during the month of May.  
There are many ways to sign up for the reading program:
Students that complete the summer reading program will receive a $5.00 certificate for the fall Roosevelt Elementary Book Fair and are invited to attend a celebration at the park.
Library Books Due May 13th

Please return all library books or pay fines for missing books by  Friday, May 13th.

We will be sending home a list of outstanding books with your child this week.  Please ask your child if he/she has a book out or missing.

If you have any questions, please contact the school library at 218-742-3926 or email
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