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Vision One91 Parent Update - Feb. 5, 2016


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Update No. 2 • Feb. 5, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191,

When the next school year begins in September 2016, our school district will be changed in many wonderful ways because of Vision One91, our plan to redesign our district to meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure the district’s mission of “Each Student Real-World Ready.” Here are some updates.

Important events:

DiscoverBHS is a great way to learn about upcoming changes at Burnsville High School, including career pathways, college readiness, and Chromebooks for all high school students. A brief program that includes a student panel begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, followed by tours. [Link]

Tech Share Fair will feature teachers and students showing how technology is being used in our classrooms for learning and how it will be expanding in coming years. Stop by on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the Senior Campus Commons, upper level, at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

Construction:

  • At Burnsville High School, you can see walls going up on the west, south and east sides of the building.
  • The new automotive and construction trades annex at BHS is now being used. Students in the advanced automotive class assisted teacher Russ Tesmer (at left) with setting up the shop — what an amazing real-world experience for them.
  • At William Byrne Elementary School in Burnsville, the district’s final portable classroom (40+ years old) will be removed and construction will soon begin on a classroom addition to the school. 

Programming at Burnsville High School

A new Pathways model represents a sweeping shift in how we ask students to think about and plan their high school experience and prepare for bright futures. Pathways will be at the heart of how we ensure students are college, career and real-world ready. An exciting new course catalog is brimming with new opportunities for students to get the most out of their high school years.

Programming at new middle schools

  • Nearly 900 people attended the middle school information nights in January to learn about the exciting new STEA3M concept for all three middle schools. [More on STEA3M] Because of the enthusiasm for the STEM program at Metcalf, the Gifted/Talented program at Eagle Ridge, and the AVID college prep program at Nicollet, we’re combining all three themes into the new middle schools with STEA3M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Advanced learning, Arts, AVID and math. An eight-period day will provide opportunities for students to explore more subjects and interests. The school day will be 20 minutes longer to include an Advisory period to focus on college/career readiness and other important areas.

Technology

  • All students at Burnsville High School will receive Chromebooks as their personal learning devices next school year. These Chromebooks will have keyboards but will also swivel around to be touch screens. For more details, see the district’s technology plan approved by Board of Education last June.
  • Middle school students will receive Chromebooks with the 2017-18 school year.
  • Elementary schools will use Chromebooks during the school day (with a ratio of two students per device by the 2018-19 school year) but not take them home as secondary students will.
  • New digital learning specialists will support and expand technology learning skills with elementary students. We will have a defined science curriculum that will be taught by their classroom teachers. Science continues to be an important subject in our elementary schools as we prepare students for extraordinary science opportunities at our new STEA3M middle schools and at Burnsville High School where we are adding 50,000 square feet designed to meet the scientific needs of our students.
  • ParentVue is the new portal for parents to access student information online like grades, attendance, immunizations and more. ParentVue is also an easy way to keep your contact information up to date so we can always reach you in an emergency.
  • Schoology, our new online learning management system, is being used by an increasing number of teachers and students. [Schoology Information]

In addition to these email updates, you can keep up with Vision One91 progress:

Thanks for your interest,

Joe Gothard, Ed.D
http://www.twitter.com/joegothard@joegothard

 
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