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iPhone and iPad users: Update your device
Apple has released an important software update to fix a security bug. This impacts all iPhone and iPad models. Staff with a district-issued iPhone 4, iPod Touch 5th generation, iPad 2 or any newer models must update to iOS 7.0.6. Anyone with an iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation, or the original iPad, must install the software update for iOS 6.1.6. If you need directions for installing a software update, please visit

All staff: Review new information about Summer Term (S-Term)
Now is the time to start thinking about summer! Families of students who qualify for S-Term will receive an S-Term guidebook and registration via U.S. mail March 12-14. Review the following information to help you answer questions from students and staff:

The priority registration deadline for families is March 28, 2014, although applications will be accepted after this date. Please contact the Office of Alternative Education at 651-744-8020 with questions.

Teachers: Apply for grants this spring
Contact Lisa van der Steur, 651-767-8108 or, to talk through your ideas, for assistance with your proposal, and for district approvals (as needed).

  • Due by April 15: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. NOTE: These grants are to individuals, not to a school or the district. Recipients may be liable for taxes on the award amount. Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met. Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.
  • Due by April 25: Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grants “offer funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences.” This can be a complicated proposal with many moving parts. Interested applicants need to read the guidelines thoroughly before moving forward with a project; note that – new this year --  “the applicant must provide at least 10 percent of the total project’s cash expenses from other sources. The match requirement will apply regardless of the size of the applicant’s budget or request amount.”
  • Due by April 30: Target Early Childhood Reading Grants to schools, libraries and non-profit organizations that support programs like after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Each Early Childhood Reading Grant is $2,000. Target Arts, Culture + Design in School for programs that enhance students' classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops in schools. Each Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant is $2,000.
  • Due by April 30: ING Unsung Heroes could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
  • Due by May 22: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants support schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.