Daily School Announcements:
New Racial and Demographic Designation From from the Minnesota Department of Education:
In an effort to assist Minnesota districts in providing targeted programs and services to help all students succeed, districts are required by law to request more detailed student ancestry or ethnic origin information based on Minnesota’s largest groups, beyond what has been collected on enrollment forms under federal law since 2008. Parents or guardians are not required to answer the federal questions (in bold) on the Ethnic and Racial Demographic Designation Form for their children. However, if you choose not to answer the federal questions (in bold), federal law requires schools to choose for you. State questions are labeled as “Optional” and schools will not fill in this information for you. Refusal to respond will not impact enrollment in the school. As a result of the new law, you are asked to report your child’s information. Starting with the 2019-20 school year, all schools in Minnesota will collect this information using these updated categories. It is likely you will be asked to fill out a revised form next year as well. The Minnesota Department of Education will continue to incorporate feedback from the public into this form.
Forms will be sent home this year and can also be downloaded here: MDE Ethnic and Racial Demographic Designation Form
MDE Ethnic and Racial Demographic Designation Form: Frequently Asked Questions
MDE Ethnic and Racial Demographic Designation Form: 2019-2020 EdFi Parent Letter
School Picture Days are coming up! You can order your school photos online ahead of time using the links below. Each school has a unique Picture Day ID#, which is listed below. Check the dates and use the links below to make it easy by ordering your school photo packages ahead of time:
Two Harbors High School: Picture Day is Sept 12th with retake day on Oct 23rd
http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/EVT9B9GJM Picture Day ID: EVT9B9GJM
Minnehaha Elementary School: Picture Day is Sept 17th with retake day on Oct 24th
http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/EVTDJ3RS7 Picture Day ID: EVTDJ3RS7
William Kelley School: Picture Day is Oct. 2nd with retake day on Nov. 6th
http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/EVTFG4N64 Picture Day ID: EVTFG4N64
“Don’t Blow It!” video complements of Essentia Health with real information about vaping/ e-cigarette use.
MCA Testing Information:
- Did you know that students perform better when they are well rested and eat a healthy breakfast?
- Did you know that our MCA scores help determine our eligibility for the 4 day school week?
- Did you know that limiting children’s screen time before bed will help help them sleep better?
- Did you know that MCA scores can affect a student’s placement in college level courses?
ISD381 Testing Calendar
Community Education Preschool scholarship forms are now available online:
Mental Health Resources for Parents and Students