Eagle Update: A new school year!
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! We are excited to start another school year. It seems once fall sports practices begin, we are running full speed to prepare for the arrival of students. We do know that our parents are excited for school to begin as well.
We welcome many new staff members to our team. Each person offers different talents and experiences to help shape our programs for our students. Together, we have over 300 employees, all focused on providing each student with a well-rounded education.
We are ready to start our fall workshop and transition to a new school year. Open houses are scheduled for all buildings on August 27th and 28th from 3:30-7:30 pm. The first day of school for students in grades 1st, 5th and 9th grade is September 3rd. The remaining students in grades 1-12 will begin school on September 4th. Kindergarten classes will begin on September 5th.
This year, students in grades 5-12 will be provided a Chromebook laptop as a learning tool for the school year. Our teachers are spending time learning and sharing new instructional strategies that incorporate more technology with learning. This does not replace the teacher – teachers become facilitators of learning, not just content experts. Using technology in schools isn’t new; we are accelerating learning opportunities and possibilities for our students with the individual devices.
Work continues with plans to develop a regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) center. We are working with many partners to finalize plans for this project. We have a rich array of CTE programs for our students. Our programs provide hands-on learning opportunities that integrate classroom learning with actual businesses and industry experiences. Workforce development requires all of us working together for our community. A CTE Center will allow us to add opportunities to integrate learning with application for credentialing and certifications in many career fields. In the next few weeks, additional computer controlled mills and lathes will be installed at the high school. We continue to work with our partners on what the industry standards are so our students learn and can work towards certifications in particular CTE areas.
I wish all schools and students in New Ulm all the best for this school year. I encourage all drivers to be more aware of pedestrians, bicyclists and buses so we don’t have any mishaps. Please be vigilant and safe around all schools and bus zones.