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Clinton Boadu
Cooper High School Senior Awarded Full Scholarship to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
06/01/2020
Clinton Boadu, a senior at Cooper High School, was offered a full scholarship to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT). NCAT is classified as an “HBCU,” a designation for historically black colleges and universities. NCAT is known for a student-centered emphasis on leadership, ethical reasoning, critical thinking, achievement and excellence.
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Superintendent's E-update 5/29/2020
05/29/2020
Today, I am writing to you with a heavy heart. In my thirty years as an educator, recent local events have been among the most challenging situations I have experienced.
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Cynthia Bergquist, an Education Assistant (EA) at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School
Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion Special Education Staff Member Named Robbinsdale Education Assistant of the Year
05/25/2020
Cynthia Bergquist, an Education Assistant (EA) at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School (RSI), was selected as Robbinsdale Area Schools 2020 Education Assistant of the Year! Ms. Bergquist works with students one-on-one (and in small group settings) in the special education resource room and provides additional support in classrooms.
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Eric Zuccola
Cooper High School English Department Teacher Named Robbinsdale Teacher of the Year
05/22/2020
Eric Zuccola, a member of the English Department at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, was named the Robbinsdale Area Schools 2020 Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, during a virtual ceremony hosted by the Seven Dreams Education Foundation and Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers.
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Armstrong High School Senior Participates in Congressional Art Competition
05/18/2020
Armstrong High School senior Sara Shiff recently participated in the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. The competition celebrates the talent, creativity and resiliency of students within our community. For the first time in its 40 years, the competition was hosted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Superintendent's E-update 5/14/2020
05/14/2020
I am so proud of how our staff, parents, families and students have risen to the challenges of these current times. Our students have used their voices to ensure their feelings and perspectives (and those of their peers) are heard. Students have also been integral partners in planning end-of-year celebrations through their feedback and collaboration. As such, I am excited to introduce this week's student guest writers.
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Robbinsdale Area Schools Relay for Life Event Now Virtual
05/01/2020
Each year, Robbinsdale Area Schools hosts a student-led Relay for Life event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually through Instagram and Facebook live on Friday, May 1 from 6-8 p.m.
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Superintendent's E-update 4/30/2020
04/30/2020
As we continue to adapt our current practices of delivering instruction, we must take care of one another, and rely on the expertise of our healthcare professionals. As such, I am excited to introduce this week’s guest writers, Jennifer Rainerson and Heidi Haines; both are licensed school nurses and co-leads of our Health Service Department. Collectively, they have 60 years of pediatric nursing experience, and 21 years of school nursing experience in our district.
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Olivia Barfnecht and Orla White
Two District 281 Seniors Named Rose Rees Peace Award Recipients
04/29/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools is proud to announce two District 281 seniors have been honored with a Rose Rees Peace Award: Robbinsdale Armstrong Senior Olivia Barfnecht and Robbinsdale Cooper Senior Orla White.
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Exclusive Virtual Student Information Session for Robbinsdale Area Schools Seniors
04/27/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools seniors (and their families) are invited to attend an exclusive information session presented by Hennepin Technical College on Thursday, May 7, 2020. The session is designed for graduating seniors
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Superintendent's E-update 4/24/2020
04/24/2020
Together, we are 281! Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed evidence of this powerful statement in both big and small ways. Our staff are working hard in this 'new normal' to ensure all needs are being met, and we extend our gratitude and appreciation. Our amazing educators are working to deliver high-quality, equitable instruction in new and innovative ways. Our dedicated nutrition services staff have served more than 150,000 meals since mid-March. Our diligent buildings & grounds and custodial staff continue to ensure our buildings are safe and clean.
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Distance learning extended through remainder of the 2019-2020 school year
04/23/2020
Thank you for your continued support, feedback and patience. We truly understand the social and emotional impact distance learning has had on you and your family. We are grateful for your partnership in implementing and refining our distance learning plan. Our students, families and staff are the heart of Robbinsdale Area Schools. Earlier this afternoon, Governor Tim Walz announced all Minnesota schools will engage in an Extended Distance Learning Period, which will last through the end of the 2019-2020 school year (Executive Order 20-41). Although we are saddened by this news, we understand the Governor's efforts to protect the health and safety of our community.
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School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) Named a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
04/22/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools is proud to announce the School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) is the only Minnesota school to be named a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award honoree, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Schools who earn this recognition demonstrate significant achievement in the three Pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools Award: reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness, and providing effective environmental education.
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Robbinsdale Area Schools Recognized as One of the Best in Nation for Music Education
04/20/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools has been honored with the prestigious ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ award from The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation. The annual award recognizes school districts across the United States for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to providing access to music education.
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Next School Board Listening Time is 4/20/2020
04/16/2020
The next School Board Listening Time is Monday, April 20, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Your input is welcomed and valued even more during this unprecedented time. The School Board Listening Time protocol has been adjusted; please see below for more information.
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Superintendent's E-Update 4/16/2020
04/16/2020
As we near the end of our third week of Distance Learning, I want to thank our families who continue to provide us feedback and work with us in partnership to support our students in an equitable manner. We value the crucial role you play in your student's education, now more than ever. We know this can be difficult as we have all had to make adjustments to our daily lifestyles - and we are all in this together!
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Robbinsdale Area Schools Provide Resources to Families Experiencing Housing Instability
04/15/2020
Various departments within Robbinsdale Area Schools are working together to provide meals and educational materials to highly-mobile families, including those experiencing homelessness. Nutrition Services, Transportation and Student Services are collaborating to connect with these families, as well as determining what resources are needed and getting those resources delivered.
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School Staff Create Virtual ‘Calming Room’ to Provide Social-Emotional Support, Resources
04/15/2020
With many students and families adjusting to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is especially important to find ways to cope and relax. Counseling staff at Cooper High School, and counselors and the school social worker at Sandburg Middle School, created online spaces for students, staff and families to find tools and strategies for managing their social-emotional health.
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Sonnesyn Elementary Hosts Virtual School Dance
Sonnesyn Elementary Hosts Virtual School Dance
04/14/2020
Sonnesyn Elementary School was scheduled to have a school dance on Friday, April 3, 2020. Instead of canceling the dance, school staff made the decision to host the dance virtually.
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Armstrong Staff Remain Connected to Students Through BARR Program
04/13/2020
In response to school closures related to COVID-19, Robbinsdale Area Schools staff have been brainstorming ways to keep students connected. Staff understand the importance of maintaining relationships and keeping students engaged during distance learning in order to ensure educational success.
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Nutrition Services staff serve meals while schools are closed
Summer Free meal sites - updated
04/09/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools is providing ALL children 18 and under with FREE meals on weekdays while schools are closed. Grab & Go breakfast and lunch available for pick up between 11 a.m to noon.
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Technology Teachers at Robbinsdale Middle School Use 3D Printers to Create Ventilator Supplies
04/08/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted society, however, educators within Robbinsdale Area Schools continue to inspire students to think about ways to help our larger community. An immediate concern within the healthcare community is a potential shortage of ventilators, which are used for people who need breathing assistance due to the COVID-19 virus. Two technology teachers from Robbinsdale Middle School, in Robbinsdale, Minn., are using the school’s 3D printers to create ‘splitters’ which can be used to increase the capacity of ventilators. The splitters allow one ventilator to be used for two or four patients at one time.
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Technology Support During Distance Learning
04/07/2020
The Technology Department is available to support families who might experience issues with Chromebooks or instructional technology.
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Superintendent's E-Update 4/6/2020
04/06/2020
As we embark on our second week of Distance Learning, I continue to be inspired by our staff's unwavering dedication to our students in these unprecedented times. We are finding creative ways to remain connected, and understand it is critical to maintain our relationships during these times. Even though we are apart, we want to do everything to support our students, families and staff during this time. As such, we cannot thank you enough for the patience and flexibility you have exhibited as we have journeyed together.
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2020 Athena Award Winners
2020 Athena Award Winners
04/03/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools is proud to announce two District 281 seniors have been honored with the 2020 Athena Award. Armstrong High School student Sierra Smith and Cooper High School student Evelyn Villalobos have been honored with this award. The Athena Award recognizes outstanding Senior female athletes from each of the 50 Metropolitan area high schools. Recipients are selected based on excellence in an individual sport or for participation and accomplishment in group sports.
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Maryann Davila
Co-Workers Host Surprise “Coffee Tailgate” Retirement Celebration
04/03/2020
Several staff from Robbinsdale Area Schools planned a creative way to celebrate a co-worker’s retirement, all while adhering to social distancing and small gathering guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Interruption of Schoology Service
04/01/2020
The current reliance on technology around the world continues to tax telecommunications infrastructure. As schools across Minnesota (and our country) utilize Distance Learning, and more employees work remotely, we may experience widespread slowdowns and intermittent outages in Schoology and Seesaw services.
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District 281 Elementary Schools Continue to Connect with Students Virtually
04/01/2020
As schools begin Distance Learning across Minnesota this week, Robbinsdale Area Schools is bringing familiarity to students during this unprecedented time. School staff have begun recording morning announcements and morning meetings. Students are able to tune in, see a friendly face and stay connected with their school community.
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Joel Mehring, Assistant Director of Technology for Robbinsdale Area Schools
District 281 Featured in EdTech Magazine
03/31/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools is featured in the Spring 2020 edition of EdTech Magazine. In the article titled How Wi-Fi 6 Is Helping Schools Stay Connected, Robbinsdale Area Schools is identified as one of the early adopters of Wi-Fi 6. As many school districts implement a Distance Learning model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be imperative our current systems support the possibility of new ways of learning. “We don’t want our infrastructure to be a barrier to learning,” said Joel Mehring, Assistant Director of Technology for Robbinsdale Area Schools. “We want our infrastructure to be able to handle the unknown,” he continued.
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Staff Find Ways to Connect with Students Virtually
03/30/2020
As school districts around the nation continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Robbinsdale Area Schools staff are finding fun and creative ways to help our students stay safe and connected. Plymouth Middle School and Zachary Lane Elementary School recently created videos for students, and shared them through social media channels.
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Upcoming School Board Meetings
03/28/2020
Due to the current federal and state emergency declarations and guidance about limiting person-to-person contact due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic (Executive Order 20-01 and Executive Order 20-20), by action of the School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools, all future meetings of the School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools will be conducted in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13D.021—Meetings by Telephone or Other Electronic Means—until further notice.
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Distance Learning Plan
03/26/2020
As always, the health and safety of our students, families, staff and community are our top priorities. The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to think of new ways to meet the educational needs of all our students through an equitable distance learning model. Our staff have been diligent in developing a comprehensive Distance Learning Plan which continues to provide high-quality and equitable instruction for all students.
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Childcare for Workers in Critical Sectors
03/26/2020
In compliance with Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-19 and Executive Order 20-20, school age care will only be open to children (grades K-5) of families working in Critical Sectors beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.
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Distance Learning Begins March 30; Stay-at-Home Executive Order March 27-April 10
03/25/2020
As always, the health and safety of our students, families, staff and community are our top priorities. The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to think of new ways to meet the educational needs of all our students through an equitable distance learning model.
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Free food sites
Three additional food pick up sites added!
03/24/2020
Three additional pick up sites added! Robbinsdale Area Schools is provided ALL children 18 and under with FREE meals on weekdays while schools are closed.
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Meadow Lake Elementary Stays Connected with Students Through Virtual Bedtime Stories
03/24/2020
In an effort to stay connected with students during mandated school closures due to COVID-19, Meadow Lake Elementary has begun reading bedtime stories to students virtually. Through a YouTube channel, staff are taking turns reading stories to students. These stories teach lessons ranging from patience to making mistakes.
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COVID-19 Response Plan and Resources 3/23/2020
03/23/2020
Please check our website rdale.org/COVID-19 often. This page is continually updated as new information becomes available. The District's Distance Learning Plan will be posted this week. Available now is information on special education services, childcare information, nutrition services, District updates, along with a comprehensive resources list.
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Free Food Sites
03/18/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools is providing children 18 and under with free meals while schools are closed, 10am to noon, Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020. Meals will also be provided during spring break Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27, 2020.
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Continuation of Special Education Services for Students with an IEP or 504 Plan
03/18/2020
We thank our students, families, and staff for their understanding, patience, and support during this unprecedented time navigating the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize and acknowledge the unique set of challenges the potential of school closure presents to you as a parent/caregiver to a child with a disability. We are working closely with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) as we develop our plans.
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Resources for Families
03/18/2020
We understand some of our families may be impacted by the statewide closure of schools. We added several resources for you to consider.
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Emergency Workers Childcare Update 3/17/2020
03/17/2020
Please note, the list of qualifying workers has expanded. For the definition of Tier 1 and Tier 2 emergency workers, please read more.
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A Message from the School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools
03/17/2020
We wanted to take a moment to say thank you for everything you do for the Robbinsdale Area School District. We are incredibly fortunate to have exceptional teachers, administrators, and staff in place to guide our students and families through and beyond these challenging times.
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Childcare for Healthcare and Emergency Workers
03/16/2020
As always, the health and safety of our students, families, staff and community is our top priority. Please carefully read through all items (below).
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Nutrition Services Update 3/16/2020
03/16/2020
Please read our Nutrition Services plan to provide meals to students Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020 as well as during Spring Break (March 23-27).
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Education Service Center Closed to Visitors March 17-27, 2020
03/16/2020
The Education Service Center is closed to visitors Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Our main number is 763-504-8000 should you need to reach us by phone.
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3/15/2020 COVID-19 Update and Response Plan
03/15/2020
Robbinsdale Area Schools will be closed to students March 16-20, 2020 (EC, PreK, K-12, Adult Basic Ed) to allow teachers and staff to finalize plans for distance learning. Spring break will be March 23-27, 2020. Keep reading for more information.
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Robbinsdale Area Schools Update 3/13/2020 - 4:00pm
03/14/2020
Please read the Friday, March 13, 2020 update, posted at 4:00pm.
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Robbinsdale Area Schools closed today, Friday, March 13, 2020
03/13/2020
Please be advised, out of an abundance of caution, Robbinsdale Area Schools will be closed today, Friday, March 13, 2020. This includes all Adventure Club sites. Early childhood and ECFE classes/events are canceled. Adult Academic Program classes are canceled. After-school activities and practices have also been canceled.
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Coronavirus Update 3/12/2020
03/12/2020
We are writing to share important updates on our District’s response to ongoing news related to coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following the latest recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There is no recommendation to close schools in Minnesota at this time. Additionally, Robbinsdale Area Schools has been working collaboratively with principals and staff to refine our e-Learning plan/online learning in order to be ready to implement in the event schools were directed to close by the MDH. Please continue reading for important information.
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Coronavirus Update 3/11/2020
03/11/2020
As we value the health and wellbeing of our Robbinsdale Area Schools community, we feel it is important to personally share updates in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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